This one has been in the works for a while. While suffering a night of insomnia, I found myself on Ravelry going through page after page of cowl patterns. Some cabled, some colorwork, some with lacework, all beautiful and just the perfect quick knit to fight off the winter chill. My fingers were itching for needles and yarn as I scrolled through the pages. With the first snow flakes of winter, I had been considering casting on a scarf of my own. But scarves and I have a love-hate relationship on a good day. A scarf is either too long or too short, leaving a gap. The ends get tangled in my hair, my jacket, my shoulder bag. I have never quite figured out what to do with the ends; try to artfully tie them around my neck, tuck them into my coat, or what?
But cowls are perfect. Cowls are winter cold worst enemy; they perfectly cover up that expose bit of neck and ears from your winter jacket without getting tangled in the long ends of a scarf that you never know how to tuck in. You can wear them slouchy around your neck, pull them up to your nose or cover your head like a hood. The possibilities are endless!
After looking at all the cowl patterns, I was ready to dive into the Teton Knitting Stash with needles in hand to cast one on immediately. But of course, as lovely as everyone else’s cowl patterns are, I had to knit up my own pattern. So out of the stash a lovely skein of Mountain Sock in Oxbow Bend in one hand with my trusty Japanese stitch dictionaries in the other. I immediately had a stitch pattern that blended cables over a background of textured knits and purls in mind as this particularly stitch pattern had thwarted my attempts to use it in a sock pattern for Mountain Man. Alas, Japanese knitting stitches rarely have names, just a number assigned to them.
With a simple but elegant border of moss stitch, the stitch pattern of overlapping cables with the textured knits and purls works seamlessly together. Knit on a US Size 5 (3.75mm) circular needle, this knits up quickly and the pattern works well for either men or women. This one is long enough to scrunch around your neck or pull up to cover your head.
The Drifting Snow Cowl knits up fantastic in solids, tonals or a kettled-dyed multi such as Oxbow Blend. This probably is not the pattern to pull out a bright, multi-colored handpainted skein.
So keep yourself or someone you love (but hey, the holidays are over, time for selfish knitting for yourself after taking care of everyone for the holidays. We won’t tell on you.) the Drifting Snow Cowl to ward off the winter chill.
2019 has been quite the year at Chateau Teton. From building the yarn barn, from mixing all the dyes and the first yarns coming out dye pots. It’s been magically crazy as I play with new yarns and color combinations to develop my style of dyeing.
Thank you all for your support and encouragement. When you start something new, you feel like you are walking a tightrope across a canyon, wondering if this project is going to work, are you headed the right direction, will people enjoy your work, and on and on.
In celebration of your support and to finish the year with a bang, there is a 20% off sale in the Teton Knitting Company Etsy Shop on all regularly priced yarn and knitting pattern books now through January 4, 2020. No minimum purchase necessary.
There are new plans for 2020 that are still in the works. One of the great joys of dyeing is getting to meet you, the fiber artist, to talk with you, see what you are creating and hearing what you enjoy working with and looking for in your fiber journey. I am exploring which fiber fairs and knitting events that are feasible for me to attend within the Pacific Northwest in 2020. Keep checking back as I announce show dates.
The ideas for knitting projects have not stop coming. I have a few more projects that just came off the needles that I need to write up the pattern, find test knitters and get pictures taken. Don’t worry, they will make it up to the website very soon. More ideas are coming to me nearly daily. There isn’t enough time to knit and dye everything that comes to my head!
So keep your eyes peeled for more knitting patterns, show updates and shop updates in 2020! I am looking forward to seeing and hearing from you in 2020!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.