Of Course. It’s Yours.

Many moons ago, I got this yarn in the mail from Mountain Meadow Wool, the last installment of a 3-month Legacy Yarn Club subscription.

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It is Mountain Meadow Wool’s Mountain Down, a 25% hand-pulled bison from Durham Ranch and 75% Mountain Merino from Camino Ranch, both in Wyoming. My family and I are definitely unnaturally into the plains and all the flora and fauna that live upon it, so this 25% bison yarn just had to be knit up into something special.

I ended up going with the original pattern I picked for the yarn, Elbert by Ysolda Teague. It was part of my “September of colorwork” and for reason after reason I’ve been super slow getting images up here with it. It’s definitely not for lack of love…

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Because it was a beautiful knit. The yarn was absolutely dreamy.

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But mostly I just knit it super quickly. And then it sat in limbo, without its pom for a good long while…

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You know how that goes. Life keeps happening and those little tasks keep falling between the cracks.

And then one day…

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You get that pom attached.

 

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And you’re like, “Hey, this hat is pretty rad.”

It’s not as slouchy as the pattern intends — I could have gone up a needle size, but I wanted a tighter gauge for a more winter-friendly result. It fits like a proper hat or large beanie and I think it’s just perfect. Perfect for such special yarn, perfect for winter, perfect for everyday wear.

And as I was admiring it with the newly affixed pom, my daughter walked up to me and was like, “Hey mom, can I have that hat?”

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And I said, “Of course. It’s yours.” Perfect for such a special yarn. Perfect for winter. Perfect for everyday wear. Perfect for my girl.

 

Many thanks to Mountain Mountain Wool Mill for providing this yarn to me for review!

From Wyoming, With Love

Last week I got the last of my 3 installments of the Legacy Yarn Club from Mountain Meadow Wool. Before I show you what was inside box #3 though, how about I show you what I did with what came inside box #2?

If you’ll think way back to April when this box arrived on my brand new doorstep, two skeins of Lincoln Wool dyed to match the summer skies from which it came.

I had about 350yards of this light worsted yarn to work with and I ended up picking the Pedestrian Cowl pattern for it. I knew I had an abundance of yarn for this project, but I had this feeling that the stitch pattern would work well with the yarn so I just cast-on and decided the details would work themselves out.

This was the point I knew I would knit this pattern until I ran out of yarn, plain and simple.

It’s a cool pattern because it’s really easy to commit to memory and despite having a few little decrease/increase maneuvers, it’s really delightfully simple.

You can see here, how pretty the pattern looks in the yarn…

Maybe more of a close up for you?

Of course! Because I love this slightly rustic yarn in this refreshing color knit into such a pretty little design. And in the end I eyeballed how much yarn I’d need for the garter border and I did indeed knit until I was out of yarn.

I blocked it very lightly. Even though I know the stitch pattern might have benefit from a more aggressive take on blocking, I thought a more natural look suited the overall project better. I washed it and literally laid it to dry in the sun on my deck with just the lightest touch to sharpen the basic shape.

Admittedly, it’s a little short for a scarf. At somewhere around 56-57″ long and about 8″ wide, it’s probably about 15″ shorter than the length of my average scarf. If I double it over the long way and wrap it around my neck I can just tuck the ends back through it though. This will actually be perfect under my winter coat to chase the chill away because it’s also quite warm. It was truly a lovely knit from start to finish.

Are you as excited as I was to open box #3?! Well, here you go!

I think these are my favorite skeins yet! These are a special edition of Mountain Meadow Wool’s Mountain Down, a 25% hand-pulled bison from Durham Ranch and 75% Mountain Merino from Camino Ranch, both in Wyoming. The two top skeins are hand-dyed in the “Spruce” and “Pine” colorways and the mini-skein is natural undyed. I’ve never knit with bison before, so I cannot wait to try it. This blend is extremely soft and I’m guessing it’ll be nice and warm, too. I’m not sure yet, but I’m currently flirting with the idea of turning these into a version of Ysolda Teague’s Elbert hat. I’m kind of thinking I could cast-on and maybe do one round with the natural and then work the rest of the hat in the other two colors. I’m going to mull that idea over for a bit though while I finish up a couple other works-in-progress.

I’ve really enjoyed this yarny foray into the ranches of the American West. And I have to admit, that the name, “Legacy Yarn Club” is a perfect fit — not only are you investing in the legacy of American ranching, you get to create your own heirloom, your own legacy of knitted items from it. I felt like every package could have been marked, “From Wyoming, With Love” because that’s what I felt when I opened each box — the care and thoughtfulness is laced through the local ranches, the specific info on each skein, and even the packaging. For those interested in trying out the Legacy Yarn Club or maybe just learning more about it, you can find all the info you need right here. You have until July 31st to sign up for the next delivery. Who knows what gorgeous, exotic American fibers could be headed your way!

“The Adventure Begins”

Late last week a much anticipated delivery arrived at my house. I knew it was on the way and I was kind of bursting at the seams waiting for it. And then one morning I opened my door and there it was, my first installment of the Legacy Yarn Club from Mountain Meadow Wool Mill.

img_5853Not wanting to ruin the surprise for those who were still waiting for their box to arrive, this was the only picture I’ve shared until now. Isn’t it beautiful, though? Almost too pretty to open… that “almost” is working pretty hard though…

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contentsAs promised, this package included 2 skeins of Mountain Meadow Tweed in Pumice and Russet, 2 lovely patterns, and — a surprise! — two delicious Dove Red Velvet Chocolates (eaten immediately after this photo). Everything about this package felt like proper down home luxury. That’s seriously my kind of thing.

Maybe the coolest aspect, however, is on the label.

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I’m thinking I may make both into hats. I’m really in a hat mood lately and I think these will be simple and beautiful. Plus, I’ve been in a bit of a rut using the same hat patterns over and over, so I’m kind of excited to try a new one — the one supplied with the package looks like a lovely basic pattern that’ll fit the bill perfectly.

It was my intention to get my yarn wound and on the needles over the weekend, but I was under the weather with a cold and didn’t get a ton done. Also, the idea of lugging out my winding equipment wasn’t super appealing in my state. Thankfully I’m feeling better today, so I’m aiming to get that yarn wound this afternoon or tomorrow morning. I really can’t wait to dig in!

I’ll be sure to report back asap on the yarn and share some WIP photos once I’m on my way, but in the mean time I’ll share the friendly reminder that you can still sign-up for the 3-shipment option any time to try out this very special club. I just got the first and I’m already looking forward to the next!

The Legacy Yarn Club: “Touch the West”

You know that my family and I are always up for a good adventure in our nation’s West. While we sadly had to cancel our latest trip into the sunset earlier this month, it seemed a little like fate when I got a message last week asking if I’d like to take part in Mountain Meadow Wool‘s Legacy Yarn Club. I hadn’t heard of this place, so I immediately hopped to their website to do a little research.

I discovered that Mountain Meadow Mill is a full service woolen mill located below the Bighorn Mountains of Western Wyoming. Opened to help preserve the small ranches that were struggling to survive in Wyoming, this mill is founded on the principles of fair payment for ranchers and eco-friendly, sustainable practices that serve their mission to keep the rich history of ranching alive and well in Wyoming.

Photo courtesy of Mountain Meadow Wool.

Since I’ve been leaning more and more toward handspinning and using my own handspun yarns, it should be a clear indicator that in signing up to be part of their yarn club, I think this place is pretty special. So what makes this place different? What makes Mountain Meadow Wool special? Let me tell you what sparked my interest.

Did you know?

  • Ranching in Wyoming is rooted in Basque shepherds originating in France and Spain who migrated to the West over 100years ago
  • Each skein of Mountain Meadow Wool can be traced back to a local ranch
  • Mountain Meadow Wool Mill recycles 50% of the water used during scouring
  • This mill uses “100% bio-degradable soaps” and only “non-petroleum spinning oil”
  • With a reputation for custom blending & spinning, Mountain Meadow Wool Mill has worked with both Madelinetosh and Brooklyn Tweed to create some of our favorite yarns

In fact, I didn’t even know it, but they are the mill behind yarn I have in my own home!

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Yes, these skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Plains are actually a collaboration between BT’s Jared Flood and Mountain Meadow Wool Mill.  I can give a first hand account that this is some pretty incredible yarn so I truly cannot wait to see what beauties are headed my way in the club!

So now let me take a few moments to tell you a little about the Legacy Yarn Club.

There are three themes this year for your club shipments: Breed Roundup, Taste of the Exotic, and Mountain Merino — you can read more about each theme on the yarn club page here. Each shipment will include TWO yarns and TWO patterns. You can also choose between two different “plans” — you can sign-up for 6 shipments OR you can sign-up for 3 shipments. It’s also worth noting that there are options to pay up front (and receive free shipping) or on a monthly basis. The club packages will ship in February, April, June, August, October, and December of this year. Please note that sign-ups for the full year (6 shipments) will close on January 3oth, so don’t delay if you’d like to take advantage of that offer!

If you’re in the same boat as me, dreaming of the big beautiful West and wanting to support our nation’s small ranchers and eco-friendly processing, maybe you’d like to tag along and give this club a try with me. I know I cannot wait for the first shipment to arrive in February!