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Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat

Star Wars Spin Master BB-8 and Barbie Smart Dream House, it’s time to move over and make room for the #1 hot gift of the season…The Messy Bun Hat!  Also known as the ponytail hat, this topless hat pattern is the most requested style of knitted gifts for the season.

Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat
Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat

Knit in The Buffalo Wool Company’s Earth Aran (90% bison down, 10% nylon), this cabled, topless hat is a perfect choice for active winter sports lovers.

Downhill, telemark, backcountry, crosscountry and skate skiing are some of the different types of skiing we enjoy in snowy Alta, Wyoming.  And even when it’s 20 degrees fahrenheit (-6.6 C), when the sun is shining it’s hot outside!

It's 18 degrees F outside, too hot for a hat!
It’s 18 degrees F outside, too hot for a hat!

The Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat is perfect for keeping your ears cozy and snug while allowing your ponytail (or messy bun) plenty of freedom.  And if the sun isn’t shining (brrrrr!) you can pull this hat over your head and wear it as a neck gaiter.  Perfect!

Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat worn as a neck gaiter
Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat worn as a neck gaiter

Hope you enjoy knitting this pattern, revised with new charts.   You can find my original page featuring the hat here and  can download it here on Ravelry.

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Fall Sweater Challenge Prizes

I’m thrilled to be a sponsor in this year’s Fall Sweater Challenge, where everyone who finishes gets a one-of-a-kind hand knit/crocheted garment.

Teton Village Sweater
Teton Village Sweater – It’s a quick knit and the pattern is  FREE!

It’s so easy to play along, simply sign up here and post your progress with specific hashtags on Instagram, Facebook or in the Fall Sweater Challenge Ravelry Group.  You don’t even have to start a new sweater, any work-in-progress will do!

The challenge culminates October 14th & 15 with the start of the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival in New York, but you don’t have to be there to win.

There will be lots of fabulous prizes from companies such as The Buffalo Wool Company, Koigu, Jimmy Beans Wool and amazing designers including Marly Bird, Le Tissier Designs, and East End Design Co.  This year I will be offering five of my knitting patterns as prizes:

Dreaming of Edinburgh fingerless mitts
Palisades Lace Cowl
Palisades Lace Cowl
Sedona Lace Scarf
Sedona Lace Scarf
Caribou Wildflower Cowl
Caribou Wildflower Cowl
Rendezvous Snowflake Mitts
Rendezvous Snowflake Mitts

It’s not too late to join in the fun!

Wayfaring Yarns🚃Travel Tales of a Novice Knitter

Inside the Snowglobe☃

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Thoughts and Thank You’s

Yarn Companies

The Buffalo Wool Company
The Buffalo Wool Company
Malabrigo Yarns
Malabrigo Yarns

Local Yarn Stores

Blazing Needles, Salt Lake City, Utah
Blazing Needles, Salt Lake City, Utah
ImagiKnit, San Francisco, California
ImagiKnit, San Francisco, California
Knit on Pearl, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Knit on Pearl, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Free Patterns

Downtown Jackson Scarf
Downtown Jackson Scarf
Rendezvous Snowflake Mitts
Rendezvous Snowflake Mitts
Selway River Poncho
Selway River Poncho
Sugar House Cowl
Sugar House Cowl
Teton Village Sweater
Teton Village Sweater
Yellowstone Ear Warmers
Yellowstone Ear Warmers
Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat
Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat

Home on the Range

Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the world is famous for geysers, waterfalls, wolves, elk, moose and…Bison!

Geyser at Lake Yellowstone
Geyser at Lake Yellowstone

Sometimes called buffalo, these majestic creatures brave extremely cold temperatures, as low as 66 degrees below zero (-55C) with an average of 150 inches of snow each year.

Lake Yellowstone
Lake Yellowstone

The Bufflo Wool Company, owned by Ron and Theresa Miskin and located in Kennedale, Texas harvest soft bison down from their herd and use it to create the most amazing luxury yarn on earth.  I was tickled pink to be able to speak with Ron and he had a lot of awesome things to say about their job, their herd, and their yarn.

Me:  Here in Yellowstone country we have a healthy fear and respect for the mighty Buffalo and are instructed by state park officials to stay 25-30 yards away.  How do you harvest the bison down?

Ron:  When we first started using the fiber we picked it up off the fences and bushes around the ranch.  Now we put street sweeper brushes on fence posts on ranches around the country.  We also shear the hides when the bison are processed for meat.

Me:  I like that.  Nothing goes to waste.  What is your favorite part of owning and running The Buffalo Wool Company?

Ron:  Definitely the people.  This industry is filled with the most kind, generous people I’ve ever met.  Everyone is so willing to give advice and help where they can.

He is seriously the nicest man!

2Sexy fingering weight, 50% bison down, 50% silk
2Sexy fingering weight, 50% bison down, 50% silk

Why bison? I can personally attest to the company’s claim that bison is soft enough to wrap a baby in and tough enough to keep a mountain man warm in a blizzard!

This is our backyard six months a year...we know warm when we feel it!
This is our backyard six months a year…we know warm when we feel it!

Some other awesome bison down fiber facts:

– No known allergies to the fiber.
– Bison down has a moisture regain of about 30%, keeping you warm and comfortable even when wet.
– Because it’s not hollow and doesn’t have barbs like wool, it doesn’t shrink.

Below are the 3 designs from my Winter 2016 collection that feature The Buffalo Wool Company Yarns.  Click on the links for the free patterns.

Rendezvous Snowflake Mitts
Rendezvous Snowflake Mitts – 2sexy, 50% bison down, 50% silk
Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat - Heaven DK, 100% bison down
Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat – Heaven DK, 100% bison down
Yellowstone Ear Warmers - Heaven DK, 100% bison down
Yellowstone Ear Warmers – Heaven DK, 100% bison down

Have you used yarn from The Buffalo Wool Company?