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.

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.

Hope Springs Eternal

In the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, birds are singing, flowers are starting to bloom, the grass is greening, and people are getting out their shorts.  Not here in the Teton Valley.  It’s not winter, but it’s far from what most of the world would consider Spring.  This non-season is not-so-affectionly called “Mud Season”, “Shoulder Season”, or even “Bad Skiing”.  No self-respecting Teton Valley-ian would call late-March, early April “Spring” with a straight face or at least not until they were 4-5 craft beers in.

0hBC6w%oR%KfHdmFsiSxLwWell over a foot of crusty, dingy snow still buries most of my yard, the trees look like sickly, withdrawn sun addicts with not a speck of green in sight amongst this waste land.  Even our local moose has given up on our yard; heading back to its hangout somewhere in the creek bottoms.  Late October, early November has more cheer and color than this season.  Cabin fever can be rampart and many of our friends travel south to the desert retreats of Zion and Canyonlands to escape the dreariness of the Valley.  Seed catalogs pop up in mailbox, taunting me with their bright, blooming plants, laden with the fruits of summer as my garden beds still lay heaped under snow.

It’s enough to drive a soul mad and want to curse out the cruelness of the world.  The only way I have found to cope with still maintaining at least some shred of sanity is my knitting. During this season, my regular colors of soothing blues, greens and teals, turns to springy greens, bright yellows, warm oranges, and fiery reds in a desperate bid to find color and life amongst the drab, drawn out colors of this season.

But yet, even under the wasteland, one can see the settle changes that life and spring do indeed exist somewhere under the snow.   The sunlight is a bit warmer on your cheek than it was less than a month ago, the days longer and the breeze a bit warmer and not so keen to cut through you like a knife.  Perhaps there is a new species of bird hanging out at the bird feeder tonight that was not there yesterday.

FAnxI0vlSYeYkCRqqXwd2gWhen Mountain Man wanted a long, narrow scarf for his “dress coat” (read non-ski coat), I was happy to oblige since he prefers yellows and oranges.  On a wimp, I had purchased a skein of Hedgehog Fibres Sock in “Pollen” during our last trip to Bozeman in January.  Digging through my stacks of Japanese stitch dictionaries (more addicting to me than Lay’s Potato Chips), I knitted a long, narrow scarf to Mountain Man’s satisfaction of golden yellow.  I’m normally not a yellow person, considering yellow a lovely accent color, but I gladly wiped out this scarf without a word of protest from me about choice of color.  The stitch pattern knitted up quickly considering it’s a moving 1×1 twisted rib pattern.

In hindsight, I’d probably adjust the stitch pattern to be a bit wider than I did.  At 29 stitches across, (25 pattern stitches, and 2 border stitches on both sides), it ended up a bit narrower and longer than I intended.  I’ll tweet the pattern to make it wider and add a few more border stitches to make it easier to block before writing up the pattern for the test knitter.

But it’s lovely to know I can get that long of scarf out of one skein of Hedgehog Fibres.  Though I should have known, or at least suspected, since it’s one of the few sock yarns I can get a pair of socks out of Mountain Man out of without sweating whether I’m going to run out of yarn halfway through the second sock like I have with so many other socks yarns.   As a big-footed person of  women’s size 12 feett, skimpy-yardage socks yarns are the bane of my existence of a sock knitter and will get a sock yarn on my black list faster than just about anything else short of bad dye jobs.

F37PDSUWLZT2YTi+5jAToday as I hung the scarf out to dry over our fence after washing it, I found hope for spring even in the wasteland of my yard.  The holy grail of them all, finding green poking out from beneath the snow amongst my garden.

Hope springs eternal.

 

Welcome to the Mountains

Welcome to The Teton Knitting Company!  I’m Sarah, an avid knitter, dyer, scientist, doggy momma, wife, skier, and trail runner living in the heart of the Grand Tetons!

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The Tetons are one of the most beautiful places in the United States to live and play.   I’m very lucky to get to call the Tetons home. The beauty and wonder of living here inspires my knitting designs and my dyeing everyday from the golden leaves of the aspen in the fall, to the granite spires of the Tetons with the season’s first dusting of snow.   I can be running up the Alaska Basin trail within 15 minutes of getting home, be skiing at Grand Targhee after work and have a family of moose living in my front yard most of the weekend.

Living here is not without its challenges; the winters are long, jobs are scarce, the cost of living higher, having to chop wood to keep your house heated through the winter, planning trips to visit the town for groceries and items (thank goodness for Amazon Prime!), a moose eating its way through your fruit orchard, to name just a few.  Mountain living is not for those who expect a Starbucks around every corner and a strip mall only 10 minutes away to get your shopping fix.  A sense of adventure, a strong sense of humor, being resourceful and a great can do attitude are essential to live in the mountains year round.

Teton Knitting

I started Teton Knitting Company to combine and share my passions of knitting and dyeing with living in the mountains.   The landmarks, wildlife, history, flora, people and way of life of the Tetons inspire me every single day in surprising new ways.  These elements inspire my knitting designs and yarn color ways.

So come join me in the Tetons!  For if you are lucky enough to knit and dye in the mountains, you are lucky enough!