Autumn Sunsets Bring…

It’s hard to believe after what seemed like endless hot days, that autumn is here to the Tetons. The first snows of the season have turned the high peaks of the Teton white. The aspens are still green but that green has a golden yellow as they begin their transition to gold.

With autumn’s shorter days, I’ve been watching more sunsets as I walk the dogs in the evenings. The sun’s last light turning the sky into a brilliant display of golds, oranges, reds, and purples against the sky as it goes from sky blue to velvety night blue. The sunset fades into twilight and eventually into night as the stars coming out and the moon rises. No matter how many times I see sunsets over the mountains, I never get tired of watching them.

Last Light in Mountain Sock.

The autumn sunsets and sunrises have been influencing what has been coming out of the dyepot; golds, reds, oranges, navy blues and purples.

First Light in Mountain Sock
Twilight in Mountain Sock
Enchanted Evening in Mountain Sock

New Knitting Pattern: Ripple Effect Socks

The Ripple Effect Socks knitted in Teton Knitting Company Mountain Sock in Summer Sky.

Where has summer gone? It seemed like yesterday I was staring longingly up at the Tetons wondering if the snow was ever going to melt enough to get back into the mountains. Now, it’s been non-stop trail runs, afternoon floats, camping trips to make the most of every minute of summer before winter returns to our mountain valley. And when I have been in the mountains, I’ve been in the dye studio, playing with new yarns, new colorways. All of which are listed in the Teton Knitting Company Etsy Shop.

The downside to all this cramming every single second of adventure possible and playing in the dye studio, is not as much time knitting as I would love. As good as I am about knitting in public, I haven’t figured out how to knit while trail running or walking the dogs. And not from lack of trying either.

But enough of the excuses. I finally have a new sock pattern to share with you, Ripple Effect Socks. These were just plain fun to knit. Dead simple but interesting enough to not be boring and will blow your mind with the effect of the stitches. It was my chance to knit with my new Mountain Sock yarn. Which was an absolute joy to knit with; the yarn has beautiful stitch definition, the right amount of twist to hold up for socks without being difficult to knit with.

The Ripple Effect Socks will play with your mind. You’ll be convinced that tiny cables are wrapping around the sock and would take forever to knit. But in reality it is the clever use of purl and knit ribbing that is continually shifting to create the effect.

The beauty of these socks is they are dead simple and great for the beginner that wants to knit it up a notch without dealing with a complicated pattern or fun enough for the experienced knitter that wants a big bang for their knitting buck.

This pattern is incredibly stretching and will accommodated a wide range of calf and foot sizes. And you don’t have to do the normal boring 1″+ of cuff before you start the pattern. You can start the pattern fun right away.

Download this fun new sock pattern on the Knitting Pattern page and swing on over to the Etsy Store to see my latest colors of Mountain Sock to cast on these socks soon. Winter is coming and you’re going to need new socks soon!

Charity Colorway: Adventure Dog

One of the many reasons why I started Teton Knitting was a way for me to give back to Teton Valley. I fell in love with Teton Valley back when I was doing water right surveys for the State of Idaho in the early 2000’s. I rediscovered the valley when I returned to running and hiking in the 2010’s. I not only fell in love with the natural beauty of the Tetons, but the wonderful community of people that make up Teton Valley. I felt more at home in the Tetons that I had since leaving the Washington Cascades in the 80’s. Being in Teton Valley just felt right and my roots started going deep into this mountain valley. When things started working out between Mountain Man and me, I jumped to living in Teton Valley full time without looking back at my old life in Idaho Falls.

But mountain living is not as glamorous as the stunning Instagram photos make it out to be. It’s tough to live in the mountains; job opportunities are few and far between, housing shortages, mental illness, substance abuse, feeling alone and isolated from a support system. Thankfully, Teton Valley is full of amazing organizations and groups that make Teton Valley the amazing place it is to live and play.

To help these groups, each quarter of the year, I’m dyeing a limited edition colorway to support one of these groups. For Summer 2019, I’m supporting Teton Valley Community Animal Shelter with the colorway Adventure Dog.

Teton Valley Community Animal Shelter takes in over 500 animals every year. Sometimes they are able to return them to their families, others are placed into foster homes to help them find a forever home.

Adventure Dog on Mountain Sock.

We love our dogs here in the Tetons. It doesn’t matter if they are big or small, a pound puppy or pedigreed: we love them all. They are best buds that we take them with us everywhere; camping, skiing, mountain biking, running, rafting, fishing, parties, concerts…if we can figure out way to bring our dogs, we will. Dogs often outnumber humans at gatherings. Adopting a dog together is a sign you are in a serious relationship with someone in Teton Valley.

For the Adventure Dog colorway, I used was inspired by the colors of my two dogs and several of our friends with the contrast of their collars to add pop against the browns and blacks.

Between now and September 30, 2019, for every skein of Adventure Dog sold, $5 will be donated to the Teton Community Animal Shelter to help every animal find a loving home full of adventure. Find this yarn at in the Etsy Shop.

Thank you for supporting this organization.

Hand Dyed Yarns from Teton Knitting Company

After much ado, work to set up the dye studio and creating colorways, I am thrilled to announce my new hand dyed yarns! Thirteen new colorways are up in my brand new Etsy Shop. My first series of colorways, Teton Landmarks is inspired by locations and landmarks across the Tetons.

Mountain Sock in Moulton Barn, inspired by the Moulton Barn on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park.

Each quarter of the year, I will introduce another colorway series. The current set of Teton Landmark series will be available in the Etsy Store until September 30, 2019. After that, they will be off on vacation and the next series will take their place.

My first yarn base is Mountain Sock, a durable but soft 4-ply 100% Superwash Merino that has a tight twist that makes it long-lasting without depending on nylon to give it strength. Mountain Socks comes in 3.5 ounce (100 gram) skeins of 438 yards. Enough yardage to make even a pair of socks for Mountain Man. And you know how important generous yardage is to me!

Mountain Sock in Climbing Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Over the next week, I’ll introduce each colorway in full to you so can have a peak into what inspires me as a hand dyer and gain a greater love for the Tetons.

Knitting Pattern: The Cascade Stole

With the promise of summer right around the corner, my thoughts turn from knitted socks to lovely, elegant lace to dress up a sundress, drape around my shoulders while watching a Teton sunset or dress an outfit up for a mountain wedding or a night on the town.

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Of the six main canyons that cut through Grand Teton National Park, Cascade Canyon is one of the most popular hiking destinations for visitors every year. Surrounded by towering peaks with waterfalls tumbling down granite walls in the lower section, and graced with wildflowers, open meadows and glaciers in its upper sections of North and South branches, Cascade Canyon is one of the highlights of Grand Teton National Park.
The Cascade Stole combines vine lace, that resembles the tumbling waterfalls, with an elegant laces border that brings to mind the granite peaks that frame Cascade Canyon.

Knit out of one of my favorite lace yarns: buttery soft Handmaiden Sea Silk comes in a variety of hand dyed color ways from subtle tonals to variegated multi-colors with a lovely sheen and drape the plays perfectly to this pattern by echoing the reflection of light on cascading .  The Cascade Stole is simple pattern with an easily memorized four row pattern that only has patterning on the right side rows but still creates an elegant lace effect. The stole can be made wider or narrower by increasing or decreasing the number of repeats of Vine Lace.

Find the Cascade Stole pattern on the Knitting Pattern page for the perfect summery stole.

 

A Sneak Peak of My Next Pattern

Thank you everyone for all the support and love for The Jaw Socks!  The Jaw Socks have made it onto the Ravelry Hot Pattern list.  The words of support mean the world to me and encourage me to design more.

I’ve been designing off and on for years, but only recently have found my design groove. You can find some of my old designs on Ravelry if you look under my name.  The designs are solid, but my pattern writing skills were severely lacking at the time.  I have plans as time permits, to reknit those old designs into yarns that are a better choice for the patterns, retake pictures and rewrite the patterns to be an easier to read format.  So keep your eyes peeled for those relaunching over the reminder of the year.

sHSA+LFKSmKZpaurNGM+tgIn addition to redoing old patterns, I will be releasing new patterns.  In fact, my next design just came off the blocking wires last night and goes out for photos today if the clouds clear enough for descent light.  In this design, I play with a classic but goldie, a heavy lace/fingering yarn, Handmaiden Fine Yarns Sea Silk, just to whet your knitting appetite.

Sea Silk is my crack silk haze (if you get my Rowan reference there).  I have been buying and stashing this amazing yarn from Handmaiden for well over a decade.  My stash even includes a few skeins of when Handmaiden did runs of 150 grams, 600 meter skeins.  Those skeins are some of the holy grails of my knitting stash.  I’m constantly on the lookout for when Handmaiden does a run of them, which I’ve not seen for a while.

Everyone cross their knitting needles for the clouds to lift and clear as the sun rises over the Tetons this morning so I can get photos of this lovely design.  Thank you again for all the knitterly love, support and words of encouragement.

 

Knitting Patterns: The Jaw Socks

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Just in time for the budding of the Aspens here in Teton Valley, I bring you The Jaw Socks.  Now, you must be thinking that the inspiration for these socks is Jaws the movie.  You can even hear the Jaws theme song playing in the background as you read this.  But you would be a bit off the mark.

The Jaw is also a ridge line of impressive, craggy, jagged granite spires, rising above Holly Lake, that separates Paintbrush Canyon from Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park.  The adventurous will run The Jaw from Mount St. John to the Paintbrush Divide.  Yes, you read right, run it.  No, I’m not that adventurous.  Ridge running is not quite my cup of tea but I’ve known that have done it.

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Knit out of one of my favorite sock yarns, Hedgehog Fibres Sock in the color way Swamp. (They call it Swamp, I prefer to think of it as Aspen Green, but to each their own.)  The Jaw Socks are a fantastic basic sock for the beginning sock knitter that is ready to step up from the knit 2, purl 2 sock to a bit more. With just enough pattern to keep it boring, but simple enough to follow along without getting lost. The pattern is easily adjustable to a variety of sizes and fits, being very stretchy and forgiving.  This pattern also works for men, women and children.

So cue up the Jaws theme song, find the pattern on The Knitting Patterns Page and cast on these socks no matter what inspires you.