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.

eBay Store Update: Rowan Yarns Pattern Books and A Life-Long Love Affair

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Rowan Yarns is legendary for not only their amazing, diverse yarn lines but their pattern support with their stunning pattern books and magazines for over 30 years.  Rowan has drastically changed how knitting and pattern publishing are done.  Rowan Yarns was the first knitting company to give designers credit for their designs.  Prior to Rowan, knitting patterns were published anonymously in women’s magazines, tucked in the back at the very end of the magazine.

Based in Yorkshire, England, Rowan Yarns has published the who’s-who of knitting designers: Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably, Sarah Hatton, Marie Wallin, Louisa Harding, and Kim Hargreaves to name just a few of the many internationally famous designers that have worked with Rowan over the years.  Twice a year, Rowan releases their knitting magazine, highlighting stunning patterns that look like they belong in the art gallery.  Each magazine features stunning photographs of the patterns in the beautiful English countryside alongside articles on knitting history, knitting techniques and featured articles about different fiber animal breeds/species.  Every issue is a treasure trove of knitting knowledge and inspiration.

Highlights of Rowan Magazine over the years include just about any Kaffe Fasset pattern, with brilliantly colored knits in an artist’s pallet in many of the first issues, Kim Hargreaves’ long flowing coats, Marie Wallin’s Raphel in Issue 44.  I personally fell in love with Rowan after seeing’s Kim Hargreaves’ Red Hot from Issue 33 on the Wendy Knits blog.

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That one pattern started a life-long quest to collect each of the Rowan Knitting Magazines.  I’m nearly there, missing only the coveted and rare, Issue 4.  One day, I will find this holy grail within my budget.

In the meantime, I hope to share my undying love for this English knitting company with other knitters.  The Teton Knitting Company eBay Shop is overflowing with Rowan Knitting Magazines, Rowan Studio pattern books and yarn specific pattern books.  Find page after page of inspiration in these books from classic knitting patterns to runway inspired looks and everything in between.  You won’t be disappointed and your knitting life will be richer for the inspiration.

Knitting Patterns: Symmetry Spires Socks

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As they say, “A day late and a dollar short.” My apologies for the delay in getting the new sock pattern: Symmetry Spires Socks uploaded to the webpage.  It took me a bit to sweet talk Mountain Man to pose for pictures.

Without further ado, I introduce to you the Symmetry Spire Socks.  Inspired by Symmetry Spire above Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Symmetry Spire rises over Jenny Lake as a lovely granite spire that forms north side of the entrance to Cascade Canyon. While appearing insignificant compared to the larger peaks of the Cathedral Group, Symmetry Spire has played a key role in the history of mountaineering in Grand Teton National Park with many famous Teton climbers using Symmetry Spire as training climbs for numerous first ascents in the park.

This unisex sock pattern features an easily memorized 3 row chart pattern that flows of the needles that is available in three sizes to fit a wide range of feet sizes.  The suggested yarn is Mountain Colors Crazy Foot in colorway Copper Mountain; Crazy Foot is a versatile but durable yarn of 90% superwash merino, 10% nylon with great yardage.  But  the pattern will easily accommodate a wide range of sock yarns from your stash.

Find the Symmetry Spires Socks on our Knitting Patterns page.

eBay Store Update Friday, April 19, 2019

yqndq5ujrfemtzjvxuk00a.jpgI’ve updated the Teton Knitting Company eBay Store with a gorgeous selection of Wollmeise Pure Sockenwolle and Wollmeise Twin Sockenwolle.  I’ve gushed about this amazing yarn many times before on this blog.  It’s one my goto sock yarns for knitting shawls, wraps and socks for Mountain Man.

What is there not to love with brilliant, handdyed colors, generous yardage, extra large 150 gram skeins, and a durable 6-ply yarn?  There is a reason why knitters collect this yarn!

I have several harder to find colors available in this update:

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Suzanne in Sockenwolle Twin, Mond im 7. Haus in 100% Pure Sockenwolle, and am kalten Polar in 100% Pure Sockenwolle to name just a few.

As always, yarn ships free in the US.  Thank you for your continued business and support!

Knitting Patterns: The Albright Peak Scarf

f1rMhXPEQdCPt5tT3vDWrQAs the winds howled around our house this winter, Mountain Man asked me to knit him a scarf to ward off the bite of the wind when he wasn’t skiing.  A long, narrow scarf that he could wrap multiple times around his neck.

I’m thrilled to knit for Mountain Man anytime, anyplace since from the very beginning of our relationship he has always shown a love for hand knitted items.   He uses the fingerless gloves just about every day from October to April to keep his hands warm in his office. He treasures every pair of socks I have ever knitted for him. To date, he is the only person to ever actually wear out a pair of socks.

Hedgehog Fibres Sock has always been one of my go to sock yarns as I love the beautiful colors, the yardage is generous and has enough twist with a bit of nylon to hold up but still is soft to the touch.  Mountain Man’s taste in colors is a bit different than mine but considering the drabness of the winter, I was all too happy to indulge in his request for a bright yellow scarf.

FAnxI0vlSYeYkCRqqXwd2gThe flow and peaks of the twisted stitches reminded me of the lines of Albright Peak, that raises majestically above Phelps Lake in southern Grand Teton National Park.  The Albright Peak Scarf is designed to be unisex as the pattern of ribs of twisted stitches with increases and decreases gives the appearance of cables without the difficulty, working well for either gender.

This pattern is free and available for download on our Knitting Patterns Page. This is just the beginning of our collection knitting patterns.  More will be published in the weeks to come.

Thanks for knitting with Teton Knitting Company!

Hashing It Up

Breakfast hash is an essential mountain breakfast.  Forget the cans of Hormel Corned Beef Hash.  Good breakfast hash is so much more.  You got your crispy, but creamy potatoes, the kick of the peppers, the savoriness of the onions, sweetness of tomatoes, with the meatiness of bacon or sausage.

Mountain Man’s family takes their breakfast hash very seriously.   And they constantly try to outdo each other over their breakfast hash.  There have been hash downs that make Bobby Flay’s Throw Downs look like child’s play.  So when I joined this crazy, loving family, I knew to be fully accepted I was going to have to: 1. Learn how to make breakfast hash and 2.  Get very good at it very quickly.

Thankfully, Mountain Man was willing to teach me a the family basics and from there, I built my working recipes.  I say working recipe because I constantly adapt it to what is on hand to make it work.  Quite often I make this the morning after making tacos the night before because I have many of the ingredients on hand and ready to throw into the skillet without a lot of last minute work.  I also cater this to who I’m feeding.  If I’m serving vegetarians or vegans, I will cook the meat separately, allowing people to add it to their preferences.

The potatoes can be boiled ahead of time, even the night before.  Just cut and dice your veggies the night before to make for a quick breakfast.  A cast iron skillet is essential for crispy potatoes but a high quality non-stick skilled will work well.

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  • 1 lb potatoes cut into 1 inch chunks (Yukons are my first choice but reds or russets work equally well)
  • 6 slices thick bacon cut up or 6 oz chorizo or breakfast sausage
  • 1-2 tablespoon vegetable oil if cooking vegetarian hash
  • 1 teaspoon of Penzey’s Ozark Seasoning
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 jalapeño pepper finely diced (ribs and seeds removed if you do not want it as spicy)
  • 1/2 of a red or green sweet pepper cubed into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheese of choice (Cheddar or Monterey Jack are popular choices)
  • Choice of toppings: chopped cilantro, salsa, sour cream, avocado

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  1. In large saucepan, place potatoes in salted water until covered by 1 inch of water.  Over high heat, bring pan to a boil and boil for 15 minutes. 5765dWDITJqWhco9RgAcDw
  2. While potatoes are boiling, in a 12-inch skillet, cook bacon or sausage until cooked to desired doneness.  Drain and reserve drippings.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of drippings back to skillet, adding vegetable oil if drippings do not equal 1 tablespoon.  Heat skillet over medium heat.  Drain potatoes and add to skillet, seasoning with Ozark seasoning.  Cook, stirring every 3-5 minutes until crust begins to form on the outside of potatoes, adding oil if needed if the skillet gets dry to ensure the potatoes get crispy and golden brown.          0Z8eaJxCTkK%JJKebuzwCQ
  4. Add tomatoes, jalapeño, sweet pepper, and onions.  Cook until tomatoes release their juices and onions are golden.
  5. Remove skillet from the heat.  Cover hash with cheese and cover until cheese is melted, 1-3 minutes.
  6. Serve hash with choice of toppings.