Come sip and shop in McCloud, California (oh that’s dangerous!) and pick up holiday gifts from many of your favorite local Mount Shasta artisans at the newly-reopened Shasta View Lodge – including faerwear, Moonhoney, D’Lux Propaganda, Lava Oasis Farm and more 🙂
This came from a local alpaca ranch – we actually have several of these within an hour’s radius, and we’ve mostly visited all of them (fun for kids, and alpaca poop is BOMB for your garden, and it doesn’t burn – so you can basically just sprinkle it around whenever you want and your plants and your soil will show almost-instant happiness).
Actually though, i found this one single skein in one of the local thrift shops. I couldn’t believe it, because a thirty dollar skein of yarn came home with me for $6.50, label and all, but so it did. One single skein, which hung out in my yarn stash until recently when I began busting for gifts.
I really only knit small things anymore – hats, small shawls and triangular scarves, fancy washcloths – and I whipped this up as a gift. I of course tried it on, and it’s pretty dang sexy.
SUPER simple instructions here:
You’ll need one 220-yard skein of something luxurious in a heavy fingering/sock weight, or double two laceweights (which is pretty much what this was, handspun two-ply) and some US10 needles (I use a 16″ circular because it’s easy transport for me). You really do need something with a propensity for drape – alpaca, silk blends, etc.
Cast on 84 stitches and join for knitting in the round. Purl a row, and then knit for 12-18 inches (if you want to be able to pull this up over your head and ears, knit at least 18-24 inches). You’ll have some curl (quite a bit at the beginning) because it’s straight stockinette but eventually the weight of the fabric will pull most of it out and the rest of it just looks and feels nice. Cast off in purl and block.
I’m donating a pair of earrings to the raffle for the Mount Shasta Children’s Theatre, and I’m also going to set up a small booth during the event, which features the Mount Shasta Children’s Theatre, holiday raffle, homemade treats and a sing-along. $10 general admission; Students/Seniors $5 and children under six are free. All proceeds go to the Mount Shasta Children’s Theatre.
Support your favorite Mount Shasta artisans and get your last minute gift shopping taken care of – fun pop-up event at beautiful Petals Flower Shop in downtown Mount Shasta.
faerwear – enchanted adornments
Mountain Mama Tie Dye – clothing and accessories for the whole family
Holistic Body Therapy – lucious self care products made at the base of Mount Shasta
Natural Flipside – earth friendly jewelry
MoonHoney – upcycled cashmere and wool clothing for women
D’Lux Propaganda- sacred geometry inspired clothing for women and men