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.

Hand Dyed Yarns from Teton Knitting Company

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.

Mountain Sock in Moulton Barn, inspired by the Moulton Barn on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park.

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!

Mountain Sock in Climbing Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

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.

Knitting Pattern: The Cascade Stole

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.

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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.

Find the Cascade Stole pattern on the Knitting Pattern page for the perfect summery stole.

 

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.