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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Summer Greens

I knit this wrap for my sweet cousin and actually had it delivered to her in time for her birthday earlier this month, one of the few times I have finished a project well before the event it was meant to celebrate.

But I got an early start, having fallen for the Raven Ridge yarn at Knit on Pearl in Jackson, Wyoming, last summer. The luxurious silk and merino blend yarn made working on this such a great pleasure that I picked it up at every opportunity and finished quickly.

As I noted the first time I knit the Calza wrap pattern, it is completely reversible, thanks to garter stitch for the body of the work and a knit one/purl one ribbed cable edging.

Raven Ridge yarns are hand dyed in Montana with colors inspired by Montana landscapes. This particular yarn color, called Wolf Lichen, is a light, variegated green that really does look like wolf lichen, which you can see growing on conifers in the western states.

Since the yarn is very much a product of the west, I'll finish this post with a few pictures from Jackson Hole, one of the west's iconic locations. The John Moulton Barn, one of the remaining structures from old homesteads along Mormon Row, is a popular spot for watching the sun rise on the high peaks.

Other Mormon Row structures may be less dramatic, but have their own charm.

The area is, of course, most famous for its natural beauty. In early summer the valley is bright with wildflowers,

 while up high the lakes may still be frozen over.

Ice and reflections on Goodwin Lake

Dramatic skies are as important to the scenery as what is on the ground. Summer storm clouds roll in from the west, usually in the afternoon.

Clouds over the Tetons, seen from the top of Snow King Mountain

Morning clouds, like these seen at Schwabacher's Landing, may portend a mostly rainy, but still beautiful, day.

May all our rainy days be filled with beauty!


  1. Love this post, Ann! Both the shawl and the photos are wonderful. Coincidentally, we just returned from a short camp along the North Umpqua River in Oregon where there are so many wonderful greens, I've been trying to come up with names to describe them. Serene green. Cool green. Happy-to-be-alive green!

    1. Thank you, Gayle! Oregon sounds beautiful. It's funny that having made this shawl and having the name "Wolf Lichen" on my mind made me especially conscious of all the early summer greens this year. I guess that when you open your eyes and your mind to something you can see much more than you every imagined.