Stories from Snoqualmie Valley MKAL

Yesterday we kicked off the first day of Autumn with a new MKAL! Our Spring mystery knit-along, Tales from the Isle of Purbeck was so well received and such a blast that I couldn’t help but design another MKAL for the cosy fall months.

I can’t tell you how happy I was when Anna of Tolt Yarn and Wool agreed to showcase her special farm yarn in this mystery knit along!

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Snoqualmie Valley Yarn (No.2) is the inspiration behind this design – a unique lightweight DK single source yarn coming from, you guessed it, the heart of Snoqualmie Valley. Having visited this area quite a bit this year, and getting to know Anna and the Tolt crew, I’m drawn to this yarn and their efforts in bringing you a true farm to needle yarn!
Snoqualmie Valley Yarn is a rustic blend of Bluefaced Leicester and Clun Forest wool which is purposefully and organically raised by Jeff and Katya Rogers. From pasture, to mill, to your needles – it’s a journey that is thoughtfully planned, organised, and carried out, and I wanted to create a design that reflects all the hard work that’s been put in.

And so this MKAL is a slightly more involved project and as I was working away on my sample I took the time to take some video tutorials outlining some of the unusual stitches. It turns out that I am definitely not a pro in this field, and upon uploading the videos I discovered that between the lighting, a cream colored yarn, the wrong backdrop, and my very basic recording equipment (aka my phone) the stitch definition is completely lost and the only thing that could possibly be useful is my blabbering narration of what I was trying to show you.

And so I turn to the wonderful, wonderful knitters out there who are far more experienced in this than I am (!) and their online tutorials which are ready and available to help you get well on your way!!

Make sure to share updates and other tips and trick in our ravelry MKAL thread!! See you there!

First off; the Invisible Provisional Cast On

RT: right twist;
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LT: left twist;
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T7B: twist 7 back (this tutorial has you purl the middle stitch, however I simply knit this stitch)
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P tbl: purl through the back loop
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Birthday Sale!!!

 

☀️ I’ve traveled once more around the sun which means it’s time for my annual summer sale! This year a big ol’ 50% off all self published patterns using code ”BIRTHDAYSALE”. Thanks for celebrating with me, and here’s to another great year! ♡

See all patterns here

(Sale ends end of day July 31st)

Pattern Release : Morning Mist

It’s a bit of a pattern heavy month this May! Introducing  Morning Mist!
Here on the Northern CA coastline morning mist is a common sight, as the sun rises burning off the fog that comes in from the ocean overnight. I was so happy the weather cooperated when we had our little shoot!!

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Morning Mist is a comfy but elegant spring top featuring a textured lace panel on a stockinette body. Cotton Comfort by Green Mountain Spinnery is a wonderful cotton wool blend yarn that is warm yet breathable, making a perfect garment to take you into the warmer, or cooler months. I love lace back shirts, but chose a pattern that wasn’t too open to avoid seeing straps underneath. The simple drop-shoulder body creates its own cap sleeves, making for quick knitting, and comfortable wearing. Bonus; totally seamless!

Yarn : Cotton Comfort by Green Mountain Spinnery; 80% Fine Targee Wool/20% Organic Cotton, 185yds/165m, 2oz
3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins in MC, photographed in ‘Storm’, or 550 (625, 710, 805, 900, 1005) yds/502 (572, 649, 736, 832, 919)m dk weight yarn.
1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2) skein/s in CC, photographed in ‘Silver’, or 150 (175, 205, 240, 275, 310) yds/137 (160, 187, 219, 251, 283)m dk weight yarn.
Needles : US 5 (3.5mm) and US 4 (3.75mm) needles, 32” (80cm) circular.
1 set US 4 (3.75mm) DPNs
or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge : 20 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st on US 5 3.5mm needles.
Notions : Removable stitch markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn/stitch holder, tape measure.

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