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The Chalk Hill mitts are named for the Chalk Hill appellation in northeast corner of the Russion River AVA in Sonoma County. Primary varietals grown here include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

I know Chalk Hill best as my bike-leg nemesis for Barb’s Race in 2007, my first and only half-Ironman triathlon. (At the time, Barb’s Race was an all-women’s half-Ironman triathlon, run concurrently with the full Vineman, raising money for cancer support.) The Chalk Hill area is gorgeous, but, oh, going up that hill was hard! The downhill and ride back to the transition area was awesome, though!

Cabled stitch pattern is both charted and written.

Read about the Winery Knits collection here.

Women’s Small (Large); to fit 6–7 (7–8)” / 15–18 (18–20.5) cm hand circumference

Finished Measurements
Palm circumference, unstretched (note the lace cable pattern is quite stretchy): 5.75 (6.5)” / 14 (16.5) cm

Shalimar Paulie Fingering, 60% Merino Wool / 20% Camel / 10% Silk / 10% Cashmere goat, 420 yds / 115 g, 1 skein, shown in size Large in Buttermilk

US 1 (2.25 mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge, for working in the round
US 0 (2 mm) needles for ribbing, or one size smaller than needle to obtain gauge, for working in the round

32 sts and 48 rounds = 4” / 10 cm in Stockinette Stitch
Cable pattern, unstretched: 2.25 (2.5)” / 5.5 (6.5) cm

yarn needle, waste yarn, 3 stitch markers

cabling, maintaining stitch patterns



The Willow Creek mitts are named after one of the new AVAs (American Viticultural Area) in the Paso Robles area, the Willow Creek District. It includes the rolling hills west of Highway 101; some of our favorite wineries such as Cypher and Turley have tasting rooms in this area. The most common varietals grown include Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Grenache.

Read about the Winery Knits collection here.

One Size

Finished Measurements
Palm circumference: 8” / 20.5 cm

Elemental Affects Natural Shetland Fingering (118 yds / 108m per 1 oz / 28g), in the following colors:
Fawn (MC): 2 skeins
Ciel (CC): 1 skein

US 1.5 (2.5 mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge
US 0 (2.0 mm) needles for garter stitch, or size smaller than needle to obtain gauge

32 sts and 34 rounds = 4” / 10 cm in stranded stitch patterns
28.5 sts = 4” / 10 cm in garter stitch

yarn needle, waste yarn, minimum 3 stitch markers

cabling, stranding, reading charts, maintaining stitch patterns


New Shawl Bundles!

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These showstoppers let you show off your lace knitting finesse.

Patterns included: Beneath the Moon ShawlUnder the Sun Shawl, and In Love with the Night Mysterious.

Color, Cables and Lace, Oh My!

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Patterns included:  AlongshoreSand Ripples ShawlEscondido Falls Shawl, and Estuarine Shawl.

One (or 1+) Skein Wonders

Either you’ve got the skills, and want to make something up quickly, or, there’s a technique you’d like to learn, but on a smaller scale. (hint — these are great for gifts!)

Patterns included: TafoniBreakwater ShawlCherty Shawlette, and El Segundo Shawlette



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Here’s the Spring Mountain Stole! As for the companion shawl, Atlas Peak, I wanted to choose a mountainous name to tie in with the feather-evoking two-colored cable pattern and the peaked merge into the cabled section. It’s always exciting to see raptors overhead!

Did you know that there’s a company, Authentic Abatement, that rents out birds of prey to scare off non-native berry-eating birds?

The Spring Mountain appellation has been the site of two of our favorite and most memorable wine tasting experiences (both at Fantesca, including tastings of Fantesca wines and La Sirena wines). Lush, rich Cabs and Cab blends are the highlight here.

The shawl is worked in one piece from the bottom up, with stranded portions on either end of the textured center.

One size (can be easily altered)

Finished Measurements as shown
Length: 85¼” / 217 cm
Width: 15½” / 39.5 cm

MC: Sunday Knits Nirvana 5 ply, 92% select fine Australian merino / 8% premium Mongolian cashmere (137 yds / 125 m per 50g), 6 skeins, shown in Earth. Actual yardage: 715 yds / 654 m
CC: Sunday Knits Angelic 5 ply, 75% extra-fine Australian merino / 25% ultra soft French angora (137 yds / 125 m per 50g), 2 skeins, shown in Sky. Actual yardage: 165 yds / 151 m

US5 / 3.75 mm or size to obtain gauge for cabled, stranded pattern
US6 / 4 mm or size to obtain gauge for Spot Stitch pattern

27 sts and 26 rows = 4” / 10 cm in cabled, stranded pattern
18 sts and 21 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Spot Stitch pattern

yarn needle, cable needle

cabling, stranding, reading charts