Second Time Around

The first Albright Peak Scarf for Mountain Man got caught up in accident of tragic circumstances that involved a friend’s dog with a love of hand knit yarn. It’s still painful to talk about.

But Mountain Man loved that scarf enough that he requested another one of the same pattern. This time, I dove into the Teton Knitting Company stash of quirky skeins. The quirky skeins are the skeins that come out of the dye pot with white spots, color a little off, a little tangled or some other quirk where I don’t feel comfortable selling to people without them seeing the quirkiness first. These skeins are perfect for pattern development and/or knitting for friends and family.

To reknit the Albright Scarf, a skein of Mountain Sock in Moulton Barn jumped out as being perfect for Mountain Man. He loves earth tone colors and Moulton Barn with browns, russets, oranges and chestnuts fits his color style perfectly.

For the second knit of the Albright Peak Scarf, I dug out the pattern to knit the pattern as written rather the memory. Second time around, I learned a lot from knitting from the pattern several months after I posted it. Enough to the point, I rewrote the pattern and am issuing Rev. 1 for knitters. Mountain Man assisted with better photos. I think you’ll find it easier to knit this fun, fantastic pattern.

The Albright Scarf knitted in Teton Knitting Company Mountain Sock in Moulton Barn.

I loved how Moulton Barn knitted up. Since it is kettled dyed instead of hand painted, the colors don’t pool into splotches of color that distort the pattern. The colors had enough variety to not be boring but worked as an harmonious whole that allowed the pattern to shine.

Mountain Man is thrilled with the new Albright Peak Scarf to the point he’ll admit he’s glad of the yarn accident. I’m not willing to go that far. Knitting should not be a dog toy!

Etsy Shop Update: Mini Skein Madness

Mini Skeins of sock yarn are a lot like potato chips; once you get the first one, you can’t stop. They’re small, brightly colored jewels of sock yarn that inspire all sorts of knitting creativity. And if regular skeins of sock yarn don’t count against you as stash, mini skeins definitely shouldn’t count against you.

Feeling adventurous and bold? Try my Choose Your Own 6 Mini Skein Set where you can pick your own color combinations.

If you think knitting with mini skeins is addicting, dyeing them is even more addicting. I honestly can’t help my self. I am powerless against their color potential. They are so much fun to try new colorways out and mixing and matching color combinations can turn into an all day affair at the drop of a hat.

Knit the Rainbow with my Rainbow Gradient 6 Mini Skein Set.

The Etsy Shop has been updated with new colors of individual Mountain Sock Mini Skeins and new gradient sets of these addicting little gems. Or if you are feeling bold, build your own 6 mini skein set. There is a world of possibility in each mini skein for hats, gloves, socks, sweaters, figurines and so much more.

Feeling cool? Pick my Mountain Cool 5 Mini Skein Set for your winter knitting.

Changing of the Seasons

Autumn has blown right past us, leaving winter knocking on our door. The aspen leaves didn’t even get a chance to change color before dropping. After such a cold, wet, long spring, we had been hoping that perhaps we would get rewarded with a long, beautiful autumn. It was not meant to be.

Morning snow on the Mountain Ashes up Teton Canyon.

The raft is put away, running shoes tucked away, shorts and t-shirts pushed to the back of the closet to make room for skis, sweaters, long wool socks and boots. A mug of tea and knitting have replaced my evening ritual of long walks to enjoy the evening sunset and watching the stars come out.

Unfortunately, one of the down sides of cold weather is packing up the dye barn for the year. Now, I’m reduced to one dyepot in the kitchen and my dyeing supplies tucked into odd nooks and crannies in the kitchen. So far, I’m managing with the balancing act. Mountain Man hasn’t grumbled too much of dye experiments taking over the kitchen after the dinner dishes are put away, or complained about the constant tubs of yarn soaking in the bathroom. Perhaps, by spring, he’ll be more willing to listen when I speak up about insulating the dye barn and installing heat in there. But we’ll see.

Moulton Barn in Mountain Sock is on sale in the Etsy Shop.

On a much more positive note, the Etsy Shop is fully stocked with lots of Mountain Sock, Sky Lace, Mountain Sock Mini Skeins and Rowan Knitting Books. After to celebrate the changing of the seasons, it’s time to say good bye to the summer colorways of Oxbox Bend, Moulton Barn, Beard’s Wheatfield, Adventure Dog, Fall Creek Falls, Rowan Studio Pattern Books and many more. You can find them in the Sale Section of the Etsy Shop, 20% off while supplies last. These colorways may or may not return in the future.

Time for a Little Autumn Cleaning

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.

Oxbow Bend on Mountain Sock.

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.

Moulton Barn on Mountain Sock.

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.

New Sock Pattern: Sheep Steps Socks

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.

Find the Sheep Steps Socks and other sock patterns on the Knitting Pattern Page.

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!