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.
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.
Where has summer gone? It seemed like yesterday I was staring longingly up at the Tetons wondering if the snow was ever going to melt enough to get back into the mountains. Now, it’s been non-stop trail runs, afternoon floats, camping trips to make the most of every minute of summer before winter returns to our mountain valley. And when I have been in the mountains, I’ve been in the dye studio, playing with new yarns, new colorways. All of which are listed in the Teton Knitting Company Etsy Shop.
The downside to all this cramming every single second of adventure possible and playing in the dye studio, is not as much time knitting as I would love. As good as I am about knitting in public, I haven’t figured out how to knit while trail running or walking the dogs. And not from lack of trying either.
But enough of the excuses. I finally have a new sock pattern to share with you, Ripple Effect Socks. These were just plain fun to knit. Dead simple but interesting enough to not be boring and will blow your mind with the effect of the stitches. It was my chance to knit with my new Mountain Sock yarn. Which was an absolute joy to knit with; the yarn has beautiful stitch definition, the right amount of twist to hold up for socks without being difficult to knit with.
The Ripple Effect Socks will play with your mind. You’ll be convinced that tiny cables are wrapping around the sock and would take forever to knit. But in reality it is the clever use of purl and knit ribbing that is continually shifting to create the effect.
The beauty of these socks is they are dead simple and great for the beginner that wants to knit it up a notch without dealing with a complicated pattern or fun enough for the experienced knitter that wants a big bang for their knitting buck.
This pattern is incredibly stretching and will accommodated a wide range of calf and foot sizes. And you don’t have to do the normal boring 1″+ of cuff before you start the pattern. You can start the pattern fun right away.
Download this fun new sock pattern on the Knitting Pattern page and swing on over to the Etsy Store to see my latest colors of Mountain Sock to cast on these socks soon. Winter is coming and you’re going to need new socks soon!
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.
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.
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.
I’ve updated the Teton Knitting Company eBay Store with a gorgeous selection of Wollmeise Pure Sockenwolle and Wollmeise Twin Sockenwolle. I’ve gushed about this amazing yarn many times before on this blog. It’s one my goto sock yarns for knitting shawls, wraps and socks for Mountain Man.
What is there not to love with brilliant, handdyed colors, generous yardage, extra large 150 gram skeins, and a durable 6-ply yarn? There is a reason why knitters collect this yarn!
I have several harder to find colors available in this update:
Suzanne in Sockenwolle Twin, Mond im 7. Haus in 100% Pure Sockenwolle, and am kalten Polar in 100% Pure Sockenwolle to name just a few.
As always, yarn ships free in the US. Thank you for your continued business and support!