Last September, we were invited to stay in a cabin in Island Park, Idaho, which is just outside Yellowstone National Park. I was excited to go! I had only been once, and it was about 15 years ago. It would be so fun to return as a family and enjoy Mother Nature together. However, 3 days before our trip my son had his accident.
We were invited to stay in the cabin again this year and we were excited to make plans to go. The cabin sits up in the mountains, surrounded by trees and the smell of wet dirt and pine. The trip was a kind of renewal for us. We are finally done with all the “firsts” after his accident and it feels like the whole ordeal is truly behind us. The trip was the final sentence in this chapter of our lives, and we are ready to move onto the next one!
Since we were on the west side of Yellowstone, we drove through West Yellowstone, Montana to enter the park. It is an adorable little town featuring lots of shops and touristy places, plus enough cell data to check my email. I also found this cute little yarn shop called Send it Home. It features local yarn that is handspan and hand dyed, as well as rustic quilting fabric and supplies. I decided to forgo the obligatory Yellowstone t-shirt and treat myself to a souvenir of yarn (the correct decision, ammiright?).
In the back corner of this little shop, I saw this breathtakingly gorgeous hand-dyed yarn. It is locally made and dyed specifically for Send it Home.
Do the colors look familiar?
Yes, it matches the colors of the Grand Prismatic Spring!
I am now kicking myself that I only bought one skein, I would have loved to have one to give away to someone. I will remember to do that if we go back next year. And I am also hoping to make this a thing: traveling around and finding really awesome yarn!
I whipped up a fun hat using this beautiful yarn. I admit, I wish the striping was a bit longer. The hat doesn’t do the gorgeous blue and aqua tones justice. The stitch I used could very well be the problem though.
The yarn works up a bit finer than most medium weight yarn. It is 100% wool, but feels a lot like Caron Simply Soft in texture and weight.
Unfortunately, this yarn can only be purchased at Send It Home in West Yellowstone, Montana. So be sure to stop by if you take a trip there! And you can find the yarn designer Destination Yarn here.
Teton Springs Hat
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Special Stitch: 3-dc cluster. This stitch is a dc3tog, worked all in the same st. It has the bulk of 3 stitches, but has only one loop on top.
Ch 2 does not count as first st.
1. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc in each remaining ch. Turn. (7 sts)
2. Ch 1. Hcd in same st. In BLO, hdc in next 5 sts. Hdc in last st, going through both loops.
Repeat row two until your band reaches:
-about 19″ for adult
-about 17.5″ for child
-about 16.5 for toddler
-about 14.5″ for baby
You will get this measurement by gently stretching your band and measuring the length, not the pre-stretch length. You want the hat to be snug and due to differences in yarn stretchiness, I am not providing a row count. Instead, use your measuring tape. Don’t break yarn.
To form the band, fold the band in half and using the loops where you left off, sl st up the side, sewing the two layers together. Turn the band so the seam is on the inside and the loop is at the top.
1. Ch 1. Sc across the top. Work them loosely and evenly and make sure there aren’t so few that the row has no stretch. Make sure the stitch count is even.
2. Ch 2. 3-dc cluster in same st. *Ch 1. Sk next st. 3-dc cluster in next st* repeat all around the hat. Join with a sl st.
3. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 respeciavly until your hat reaches approx. 8″ tall (measuring from the bottom of the ribbed band). (approx. 7″ for child, 6.5″ for toddler, 5.5″ for baby)
For the last row, ch 2 and work a row of dc sts around the top. Tie off.
To close the hat, take a length of yarn and sew a loose running stitch around the top. Turn the hat inside-out Pull both ends to cinch it shut.
Finish with a pom-pom.
I do love my cozy hat! I thought wool might be itchy, but this yarn (and hat) is super soft and comfortable.
And I think I am leaning towards designing more fitted hats like this one, versus slouchy hats this fall season. What do you think?
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