Autumn is here in the Tetons and winter is right around the corner. It’s raining as I sit at the dining room table, sipping my mug of tea looking out the window at the rain. After as hot and dry as August was, I’m grateful for the rain.
The colder temperatures and rain has started the turning of the colors of the forest. The aspens are started to turn gold, the vine maples crimson and red. The grasses and understory are fading to golds and brown. Snow has already fallen on the ski hill.
With the changing of the seasons, comes time to change out my color ways of yarn in the Etsy Shop. It’s time to say goodbye to the summer color ways to make room for all the beautiful autumn color ways I have brewing in my head. So now until they are gone, check out the Sale Section of the Teton Knitting Company Etsy Shop for summers color ways that are 15% to 20% off while they last. These color ways will not be coming back to the shop so once they are gone, they are gone.
Find these and many color ways for sale. Also, check out my growing selection of Mountain Sock Mini Skeins, perfect for color work, socks, gloves, mittens, blankets and hats.
Finally the autumn rush of getting summer items put away and ready for winter is done. The vegetables from the garden are harvested. The few apples the deer and moose spared us are picked and a batch of apple butter has been made. This weekend is our last trip with the whitewater raft before it gets put away for the season. We’ll be digging out the winter sky gear very soon; tuning up skis, waxing snowboards, rewaterproofing winter jackets to prepare for winter snows.
But I have a few more weeks before I have to throw myself into getting ready for winter. I finally had an opportunity to finish a new sock pattern, Sheep Steps Socks knitted out of Teton Knitting Company Mountain Sock or would work equally well in Hedgehog Fibres Sock.
The Sheep Steps go from the Alaska Basin Lakes to Mt. Meeks Pass, allowing sheep ranchers to drive their flocks from Teton Valley to summer pastures in Jackson Hole before the creation of the Jeremiah Smith Wilderness Area shut down livestock grazing. The Sheep Steps is one of the few spots of the Teton Shelf where livestock could safely climb up to the mountain passes to cross into Jackson Hole before heading back to Teton Valley for the winter.
The beauty of these socks is they are dead simple and great for the beginner sock knitter who can read charts that wants to knit it up a notch without dealing with a complicated pattern. This pattern is incredibly stretching and will accommodated a wide range of calf and foot sizes.
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.
The autumn sunsets and sunrises have been influencing what has been coming out of the dyepot; golds, reds, oranges, navy blues and purples.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.