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Clara
queen bee

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Posted - 04/07/2010 :  8:13:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, we're swatching Targhee this month for the Knitter's Book of Wool woolalong (which you're welcome to join if you're at all interested), which got me thinking about Targhee and the best places to find Targhee yarn. Which is when I realized that there's really only one source - one consistently reliable, abundantly available, diversely spun source - of Targhee yarns. Which is why, this week, I review Sweet Grass Wool. Enjoy! And if you know of another source for Targhee yarn, please oh please share it with us.

Clara
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Lanea
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Posted - 04/08/2010 :  05:56:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Clara, the Targhee sounds absolutely wonderful. I am eying some of the three-ply for my woolalong blanket.

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flickerknitter
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USA
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Posted - 04/08/2010 :  07:00:36 AM  Show Profile  Visit flickerknitter's Homepage Send flickerknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How great to see Sweet Grass Wool featured today! When you hold a skein of this yarn in your face you can smell sheep grazing on the high steppes of Montana, chilly wind in your face, and the smell of sage on the surface. How could a knitter not want a sweater made from all that? Lovely!

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Luann
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Posted - 04/08/2010 :  12:06:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I got mine today! Pic on my blog. I ordered a skein of the single ply natural as well as a skein of the 3-ply, just so I could experience the yarn both "au naturel" and in color. It is beautiful and oh-so-doughy. You don't want to pet this yarn, you want to squeeze and cuddle it. Must get back to work... resisting urge to wind and cast on... be strong... be strong... be....

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NutmegOwl
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Posted - 04/09/2010 :  08:33:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit NutmegOwl's Homepage Send NutmegOwl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You've hinted before at a connection to Mountain Colors - but it wasn't in the review. Inquiring minds???

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Clara
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USA
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Posted - 04/09/2010 :  09:42:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Good question! Before Patti bought Sweet Grass Wool, the yarns were all hand-dyed by the lovely women at Mountain Colors. But Patti is a dyer, so she took that over and is doing the dyeing herself. But many of the colorways were developed by Mtn. Colors and she continues them because they were so popular.

Clara
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Luann
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Posted - 04/09/2010 :  11:00:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I cannot stop sniffing this yarn. It has just a hint of lanolin/sheepiness, but also a soothing scent that makes me think of relaxing bubble baths. Clara, you are blowing my mind with this Wool-of-the-Month project... I keep falling in love again and again! How can they all be so different, and yet so wonderful?

Luann

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marfa
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Posted - 04/12/2010 :  07:25:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit marfa's Homepage Send marfa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How do.

Oh my, what a sweet review. I oohh-ed & aah-ed my way through it. This is on my wish list for sure.

Thanks, Miz Clara.

Martha

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mathiemom
Chatty Knitter

USA
245 Posts

Posted - 04/12/2010 :  2:22:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit mathiemom's Homepage Send mathiemom a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, thanks to Luann (a/k/a "The Yarn Enabler"), I ordered a skein of Targhee. I was planning on sitting out this month, but I have the yarn-buying resistance of, oh, a four-year-old in front of a pile of cookies. I finished the knitting on my BFL Madli's shawl, and am waiting for an inspired moment to graft the border onto the rest of the shawl. I'm afraid that I'm going to need a lot of inspiration to take on this daunting task. But the shawl is lovely, and if I keep reminding myself that if I can actually wear it after I graft it, maybe it'll actually happen some day!

Wendy
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Luann
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Posted - 04/12/2010 :  5:17:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Madli's shawl is a gorgeous project, Wendy! Don't deprive yourself of a perfect spring shawl.

Luann (who has an entire tub of FO's awaiting a blocking bath...)

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ikkivan
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USA
543 Posts

Posted - 04/14/2010 :  6:20:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My two hanks of the Sweet Grass Targhee 2-ply natural blends, one in the white and one in the gray-brown, arrived today. They are destined for another of the reversible striped scarves (Margaret Radcliffe's "The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques"); I made one with two shades of Elsa's Cormo woolen-spun, very squishy and absolutely perfect for a male in-law on my list for this past Christmas. I have at least six or eight gift scarves to make for men for Christmas 2010. For me, that means relatively simple patterns using exceptional yarns to make them real treasures for the recipients.

We have so many teen or older grandsons (several in grad school) that I'm thinking of just taking over a basket of assorted scarves and letting each pick his own.

Thanks, Clara, for information about yet another irresistable yarn.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time.
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Clara
queen bee

USA
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Posted - 04/14/2010 :  7:27:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You're very welcome, Donna!

And Luann, you've just qualified for Gold Enabler status. Your toaster-oven is in the mail.

Clara
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Lanea
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Posted - 04/15/2010 :  05:42:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've been trying to hold off on this particular wool, since we're getting ready to remodel a bathroom, but you people with your glowing reviews . . . you're killink me! I finally cracked and ordered some of the three-ply in willow, since it will look so lovely in my blanket. I think I'll blame Luann, since that seems to be the tradition in this thread.

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mathiemom
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USA
245 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2010 :  10:38:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit mathiemom's Homepage Send mathiemom a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What on earth would we do without Luann to enable us? My dilemna for today: do I finish my taxes or graft my shawl. This question isn't quite as absurd as it sounds, as my county has been declared an official federal disaster area (flooding), thereby scoring us a month's extension on our taxes. Oh dear, oh dear, what to do?

Wendy
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Luann
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Posted - 04/15/2010 :  12:11:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wendy, you KNOW what I think you should be doing. And just imagine all of the knitting you can get done between now and May 11th!

Lanea, I wouldn't expect anything less. And just try not to sniff that 3 ply, I dare you.

Anybody else need enabling? I'm always here for you!

Luann

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mathiemom
Chatty Knitter

USA
245 Posts

Posted - 05/01/2010 :  07:58:40 AM  Show Profile  Visit mathiemom's Homepage Send mathiemom a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yay! I actually finished my Targhee project before the end of April (a few days ago). I made a Spiral Tweed Cloche (from Veronik Avery's new book, Knitting 24/7) out of Sweet Grass Wool 3-ply, color: brick. The yarn was wonderful: the 3 plies made it fantastically tubular, balanced, and easy to work with. And the Targhee, as others have noted, is delightfully squishy and stretchy. I'm so in love with my new hat that I wore it around one day despite 60 degree temperatures. I'll post pics on ravelry soon.

Wendy
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Luann
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Posted - 05/01/2010 :  09:40:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm about 3/4 through with the Calystegia cowl in one-ply. Would love to have finished in April but this is my craziest time of year. Will finish next week and then start spinning (!) my Icelandic/Jacob for the May WAL.

Luann

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Luann
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Posted - 05/04/2010 :  6:54:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just bothered to look at my remaining yarn and realized I am going to run out! I bought 2 oz instead of 4 like I usually do (my father taught me the "why buy when you can over-buy" credo) so I just had to order more. Fortunately it's undyed so I don't have to worry about dye lots. Hope to finish it soon so I can start to work on MAY!!!

Luann

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Marie
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Posted - 05/20/2010 :  4:49:34 PM  Show Profile Send Marie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Clara asked whether we knew of another source for Targhee, and I've had this one on my radar for a while, but have not yet sampled it:

http://mosaicmoon.com/yarn.html#targhee
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Luann
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2671 Posts

Posted - 06/01/2010 :  12:03:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My cowl is done and blocked, pictures on my blog. I am still deeply in love with Targhee!

Luann

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zknit08
Chatty Knitter

USA
315 Posts

Posted - 06/05/2010 :  09:58:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit zknit08's Homepage Send zknit08 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I actually thought upon reading the title of the post that the yarn is actually made from Sweet Grass fibers--if they can make yarn out of bamboo why not Sweet Grass? Just a passing thought.
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