Shop Update, A Sale and A Party!

“It’s my party and I’ll dye if I want to, dye if I want to, dye if I want. You would dye too, if it happened to you.”

It’s my birthday weekend, readers. Yes, I did say birthday weekend. Once you get a certain age, you can have more than one day if you so want it. And since this one is the big 4-0, I am taking more than one day.

To celebrate 40 years in this wonderful, crazy world full of fun, yarn, color and mountains, I am throwing a 15% off sale in the Teton Knitting Company Etsy Shop. Now from February 11. No coupon code needed. This includes everything in the Etsy Shop including the sale items.

And just to sweeten things up, I just finished putting up a large selection of dreamy Sky Lace in new tonal colors.

Sky Lace in Mountain Stream.

So come over to the Etsy Shop and help me celebrate. Thanks for being part of the party.

Knitting Pattern: Drifting Snow Cowl

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.

Drifting Snow Cowl in Mountain Sock in Oxbow Bend.

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.

Second Time Around

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.

The Albright Scarf knitted in Teton Knitting Company Mountain Sock in Moulton Barn.

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!