Later this year, I have four designs that will be in a book called Stitch Mountain. Stitch Mountain is Jimmy Beans Wool‘s campaign to support the US Freeski and US Snowboarding teams. We also sponsor athlete Lindsey Jacobellis. I had the pleasure of designing a hat for her earlier this year (that she apparently wears a ton and loves, I might add.) It will be one of the 4 designs coming out in this book. I also got to design a blanket for Tommy Moe (I know, right!?!?!), a cowl for Ingird Backstrom, and a headband for Julia Mancuso. I am so excited to be a part of this book, and really proud of these designs.
Recently, one of the companies we worked with on this book–Westminster Fibers, which is the US distributor for Rowan, Regia, and Schachenmayr yarns decided to start their own campaign called My Mountain. My Mountain is a campaign geared towards active people who want to make their own knit and crocheted items to wear while snowboarding, skiing, hiking, biking, surfing, you name it! A similar campaign spread like wildfire across Europe and now Schachenmayr is bringing it to the US.
In order to generate some excitement, they are hosting a hat design contest which I decided I just had to enter. Here are my two entries:
First we have the Sugarbowl Hat knit in SMC Lova yarn. It doubles as a neck gaiter which is super handy on the slopes as well!
My second design is called the Alpine Meadows Hat knit in two colors of SMC Boston yarn. I love Boston! This was my 5th time working with it (as I recently used it for a collection of patterns for the upcoming Stitch Mountain website debut) and it’s fantastic. Durable, light, and easy to care for, this yarn is fantastic for garments that need to be hard wearing and stylish. Plus, who can resist those neon colors!?!?
Both of these hats are named for my two favorite ski resorts in the Reno/Tahoe area.
**Thanks to my awesome model Amanda for making these hats look good.
Wish me luck!