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

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.