Giving Back to Teton Valley

Dear Readers,

COVID-19 is hitting many of us very hard right now no matter where you are in the world. It’s an uncertain time for many of us with things changing rapidly. While Idaho has been hit relatively lightly compared to many places in the world, our local economy has been severely impacted in order to slow down the spread of the virus in our community.

On March 15, 2020, Grand Targhee Ski Resort and Jackson Hole Resort made the difficult decision to close for the reminder of the ski season to slow down community spread of COVID-19 in Teton Valley and Jackson Hole. Restaurants, bars and hotels have followed suit. This has laid off large amounts of people for an undetermined length of time.

Several organizations had stepped up to help people laid off: Teton Valley Food Pantry, Family Safety Network and Seniors West of the Tetons. These organizations resources are stretched thin to support the surge in need.

To help them out, all proceeds from sales of my knitting patterns will be donated to these three organizations. As of today, I have three patterns available for purchase in my Ravelry Store:

The Heatwave Socks shown in Teton Knitting Company Mountain Sock in Sunflower. Yes, this is the same pattern that raised funds for the Australian Red Cross for Bush Fire Relief. An easy to follow pattern with clever use of decreases and increases to create mock cables.

Next, up is the Black Diamond Socks knitted in Teton Knitting Mountain Sock shown in Obsidian. Cables are combined with textured stitches of knit and purl to create a fun but spicer sock for the more adventurous knitter who wants to take their sock knitting to another level.

The latest member of the Teton Knitting family is the Hidden Falls Fingerless Mitts knitted out Season DK. These fingerless mitts are a quick knit that is a great project for the new cable knitter. Shown in Teton Knitting Company Seasons DK in Midnight Velvet, a soft, springy 100% Superwash Merino 4-ply.

Thank you for your support is these difficult times. I greatly appreciate all the messages, purchases from the Etsy Store, likes on Instagram and take time to read blog posts.

Knitting Pattern: Black Diamond Socks

Baby, it’s cold outside but with all this snow, the skiing is great! Which is just the ticket to fighting cabin fever.

Ready for a challenge now that you’ve got your sock knitting basics down? Ready to take your sock knitting to the next level? Hit the ski slopes in the Black Diamond Socks to show you are the baddest knitter on the ski hill. These unisex socks are knit from the top down on two circular needles. The Black Diamond Socks mix textured diamonds of knit and purl stitches capped with cables to make these spicy without being overwhelming.

As always, my socks patterns are available in several sizes for a variety of foot sizes for either gender. Available in Sizes: Small (7”), Medium (8”), Large (9”)/ 18 (20, 22) cm cuff

Gauge: 32 sts x 36 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch

Knits and purls play with cables to add spice while still being an easy to work through pattern.

Yarn: Recommended 1 Skein of Teton Knitting Company Mountain Sock. Shown in Obsidian, 100% Superwash Merino, 438 yards per 3.5 oz/100 grams.

Other suggested yarns: Hedgehog Fibers Sock or Malabrigo Sock

Needles: Circular needles. Suggested size US Size 1 (2.25mm) or size to obtain gauge

Notions: Tapestry needle, row counter, stitch markers, darning needle, cable needles.

Skills: Knit in the round, how to cable, how to read charts, Kitchener stitch.

Download the Black Diamond Socks from my Ravelry Pattern Store and be the envy of everyone on the slopes with these socks.

Heatwave Socks Update

So this morning, I was able to send the first donation to the Australian Red Cross because of your help. I’m rounding up to the nearest $5 plus covering the transaction fees so your support goes as far as possible. Thank you so much for making this possible and helping Australia during this tragedy.

Let’s keep this going as long as possible! I’ll keep you updated with the total amount we have donated so far and keep designing and knitting new patterns to put up in my Ravelry shop. I have lots of ideas for new sock, fingerless gloves and hat patterns running around in my head! The hardest part is deciding which one comes off the needles next!

Find the Heatwave Socks in my Ravelry Store and keep your eyes peeled for new patterns. Every stitch counts!

Knitting Pattern: Heatwave Socks for Australia Red Cross

Fellow knitters, as many of you are aware, Australia is suffering from cataphoric bushfires that have burned 23,000 square miles to date, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes and millions of animals have perished in the fires. The fires have spread so quickly that people have had to flee to the beach for the Australian Navy to rescue them.

The fires have become a global disaster. Smoke from the fires has spread over 9,000 miles to South America. Temperatures have hit record highs in Sydney and Perth. There is little relief for Australia in sight. Australia is in the middle of a devastating, multi-year drought with little rain in forecast and two more months of fire season to go.

Australia needs our help. National resources are strained to capacity. The Australian Prime Minister has called up the national army to help fight the fire and help people evacuate, other countries are sending firefighters and supplies to help fight them.

To help the Australian Red Cross provide assistance to the people evacuated, I have designed the Heatwave Socks, available in my Ravelry Store. All proceeds from the sale of this pattern will go to the Australian Red Cross.

Heatwave Socks in Mountain Sock Shown in Sunflower.

Thank you so much for helping out in any way. Together we can make a difference for Australia one stitch at a time.

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.

New Knitting Pattern: Ripple Effect Socks

The Ripple Effect Socks knitted in Teton Knitting Company Mountain Sock in Summer Sky.

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!