So many lucky winners

At the end of each day of the 2017 I-91 Shop Hop, each of the eleven participating shops will draw a raffle ticket from their collection gathered from the Shop Hop visitors that stopped into their shop that day.  Over the course of the weekend, 44 tickets will be drawn!

These raffle winners will receive a gift bag like the ones shown above, which we have set aside for the four winners that we’ll select.  By visiting a few shops along the Shop Hop, it is entirely possible that folks could win more than just one!  Along with goodies from the Spinnery, these bags contain items from the Shop Hop’s generous sponsors:

Accessories Unlimited, Berroco, Inc., Brown Sheep Company, Bryson Distributing, Cascade Yarns, Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, CLassic Elite Yarns, Frabjous Fibers, Knitting Fever/Euro Yarns, Madelinetosh, Malabrigo Yarns, Misti Alpaca, Mountain Colors, Nancy’s Knit Knacks, Plymouth Yarn Company, Rowan/Schachenmayr, Schact Spindle Company, Sirdar USA, Skacel Collection, Tahki/Stacy Charles, and Westing Bridge – Chia Goo Needles.

And that is in addition to the GRAND PRIZE winner whose prize includes gift certificates for the 11 shops, as well as yarns, needles and other goodies!  You can be entered into this drawing by visiting all 11 shops, getting your passport stamped in each shop, and submitting your completed passport at your last shop before 5pm on Sunday 6/25.

You can learn a more about the fun on the Shop Hop’s Facebook page.  We hope that you’ll decide to join the fun this weekend.  We look forward to seeing you soon!


Holiday weekend plans

We’d like to give you a reason to plan a road trip to southern Vermont for your Memorial Day weekend.  Next Saturday through Monday the Spinnery will be hosting its annual Tent Sale!

Our shop will be open from 10 am – 5:30 pm all three days and we’ll have special items available in the shop that you won’t find among our sale yarns on the website.

We are going to be able to offer special savings on a large selection of irregular and orphan skeins.  These will be available at just $5 and $8 respectively.  Irregular skeins may have slubby bits or more than one knot; and our orphan skeins are the last remainders of older dye lots that are perfect for larger projects that call for multiple colors or smaller accessories that need smaller yardage amounts.  Because these quantities are limited, they are only going to be available to our tent sale customers that visit the shop in person.

While you’re here you can also take advantage of our Book Sale.  All in stock books will be discounted 30%!

You can download a copy of our sales flyer here.  This includes all of the odd weight and unwashed skeins that we have available in larger quantities.  These yarns will be discounted from 30 – 40% and will be available in the Sale Items section of our website while supplies last.  Be sure to check back on Friday May 26th when those skeins become available for sale.


Remember, wool is warm even when wet!

The forecast indicates that we may get some showers on Sunday in Deerfield, NH.  So we encourage you to come explore the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival on Saturday before the rain arrives.  Or better yet, bring your wellies and a good rain jacket so that you can wander around in perfect comfort.

The fun begins at 9 am on Saturday morning and the festival is open from 9-5 pm and then again for 9 – 4 pm on Sunday.  You’ll find workshops, demonstrations, lectures and more.

There is even a showing of “Yarn” the Movie scheduled for 5:30 on Saturday evening. You’ll want to bring your own chair. $5.00 for adult, $2.00 for children 12 and under.  You can find a full schedule of events here.

We’ll be among the dozens of vendors providing wooly wares of all kinds!  You’ll find our booth in Building C, not far from Dairy Barn 1 where you’ll get a chance to meet the real stars of this gathering.

As this is the year of the Shearer, shearing demonstrations will be taking place all day in “shearer’s corner” near the main gate and the sheep display area in Dairy Barn 1.  Both mechanical and blade will be demonstrated and shearers will answer your questions.

And for the more crafty, from  12-3 on Sunday, May 14, in the Dairy and Beef Barn 1 (Building H), Local 4-H youth with demonstrate their fiber skills by turning a fleece into a scarf! The process of carding, spinning, weaving, and embellishing with felted wool will be shown using a freshly shorn fleece. Come watch, learn, and encourage local 4-H’ers as they put their fiber skills into action!

We hope that you’ll choose to spend a part of your Mothers’ Day weekend with us at the festival.  Bring your recently finished projects for show and tell.  We’d love to see what you’ve been working on since we saw you last!

 


Care to join the fun?

Today is Green Up Day in Vermont.

“Green Up Day, always the first Saturday in May, was launched in 1970 by Governor Deane Davis. Since 1979, the non-profit organization Green Up Vermont proudly carries on the tradition of Green Up Day. It is an annual statewide event, when over 22,000 volunteers come together to remove litter from Vermont’s roadsides and public spaces.”

It’s a great excuse to go for a leisurely walk and enjoy the changing countryside.

Communities all around the state will be offering special pick-up and drop-off spots for rubbish bags; and you may find a nearby gathering with refreshments available.  You can find a listing of all the participating communities here.   What a great way to meet your neighbors and celebrate the arrival of spring blossoms and new leaves!

We hope that this Vermont tradition inspires you to head out this weekend and make your community a bit more beautiful.


Upcoming fiber fun in Connecticut

Next Saturday there will be two nearby fiber gatherings that you’ll want to make note of.  In Vernon, CT the Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association will be hosting their 108th Annual Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival from 9am – 4pm.

Here, you’ll get a chance to enjoy workshops, demonstrations, as well as “fiber of all types, fiber tools, dyes, finished goods, soaps, herbals, local CT cheese and a variety of other quality items produced by small farms and businesses from the North East.”  You’ll also get a chance to see sheep being sheared, which is a sight to see!

Over in Hartford, starting on Thursday, April 27th; Stitches United will be drawing crafters of all kinds to the Connecticut Convention Center.  The former Stitches East has expanded to include quilting, sewing, cross stitch, and more.  Now, those of us equally inspired by yarn and fabric have a gathering that provides classes and shopping for all our passions.

This event presents all of us with an exciting opportunity to expand our crafting repertoire with new skills!  Registration for classes is still open.  We invite you to peruse the generous list of offerings and see if there is something there that you’ve always wanted to try.  The selection is remarkable, from the ergonomics of knitting to hand sewing bow ties.  What fun!

Maureen and Kate from the Spinnery will be on hand in the marketplace giving visitors a chance to peruse our newest patterns and yarns.  We invite you to visit our booth and show us what you’ve been working on since we’ve seen you last!  We look forward to catching up and sharing our passion for craft!


And the winner is…

Our Groundhog Day Knitalong concluded late last week and we were delighted to see the progress that was made.  We really enjoyed the photos that many of you shared along with notes about your projects.  Some terrific knits were started, and a few were cast off within our allotted time frame; making them eligible to be entered in the drawing for our prize.

We thought we’d share some of the finished projects so that you can see what was created with our delicious Vermont Organic yarn.

Here at the Spinnery, Larisa made a pair of Double Stuff Mittens with the grey organic yarn on the outside, and Rosehip Alpaca Elegance as the snuggly inside.  Maureen got a warm cardigan started.  Her Barnard sweater designed by Lori Versaci is about 3/4 complete, with just the sleeves remaining to be knit.  And Meghan completed a Sundottir pullover designed by Diana Walla.  She combined both colors of the Vermont Organic yarn to stunning effect!

You may have seen a photo of Carrie’s lovely Brezel hat here a couple of weeks ago, when we featured some recently finished customer projects.  We love the way this rustic yarn makes textures like ribs and cables pop with clarity.

Jolene from Washington state started a pair of Ah Caramel fingerless gloves designed by Tanis Lavallee.  As you can see, the creamy white yarn makes her cable work look like a million dollars!  And we imagine that these will keep her nice and toasty warm.

The randomly selected winner of our prize, Joy, finished a pair of very snuggly looking socks with a few weeks to spare!  She shared these details about her project, “Best socks ever, like hugs for your feet. Great yarn, great pattern.  The socks are fun to knit with the knit/purl sequence creating the interesting stitch pattern.  I will use this yarn again…a sweater, I think., it’s that lovely.”

Her socks were created with the FREE pattern designed by Ingrid Nødtvedt.

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When we contacted her to let her know that she’d won a Spinnery tote bag and pattern of her choice, she selected Cap Sease’s Gulfoss pattern.  We can’t wait to see how that knits up for her, and what colors she chooses to work with.

Thanks to everyone who cast on with us and shared their progress.  Our virtual knitting circle made the last few weeks of winter pass with a shared sense of community and fun.  We’ll reach out to you all shortly before we start our next knitalong to find out if you have suggestions or preferences about what we all get started next!


Mark your calendars!

We have two fun events for you to look forward to!  In just a few weeks the I-91 Shop Hop Bag Day  (on Tuesday March 14th, 2017) could provide you with a discount of 10% at ANY of the 11 participating stores!

Simply bring in any of the bags from previous I-91 Shop Hops to any of the 11 participating stores, you’ll receive a 10% discount on your entire purchase!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Mountain Spinnery (Putney, VT)
HandKnits (Brattleboro, VT)
Sheep & Shawl (Deerfield, MA)
Northampton Wools (Northampton, MA)
WEBS (Northampton, MA)
Marji’s Yarncrafts (Granby, CT)
Village Wool (Glastonbury, CT)
Country Yarns (Wallingford, CT)
Knit New Haven (New Haven, CT)
Yarn Barn (Woodbridge, CT)
The Yarn Basket (Branford, CT)

And while you’re here, you can purchase your $5 passport for the 2017 Shop Hop!  Mark your calendars for June 22nd – 25th, 2017!

Plan on a fun weekend full of yarn store visits, daily raffles and several prizes that you’ll be delighted by.  This year’s Grand Prize includes yarn, books, tools and accessories as well as a $50 gift certificates from all 11 participating shops!

We’ll have some exciting new patterns to share with you as well as some special limited edition yarns and sale items that you won’t find anywhere else.  We’re looking forward to your visit.


A knit along to welcome spring

Whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not, we want to herald in the eventual arrival of spring with a fun knit along that will keep us stitching together through Vermont’s mud season.

We’ll be casting on this weekend for our Groundhog Day KAL that kicks off this morning, and we hope that you’ll join the fun!  All that’s required is working on a project that uses either un-dyed shade of our Vermont Organic yarn.

You can share photos and details of your progress by posting here on our Ravelry Group Groundhog Day KAL thread or by posting photos to Instagram with #groundhogdayKAL.

We’ll select a random winner from the folks who have completed their project by March 16th, 2017 and posted a photo of their finished project to either Ravelry or Instagram.

Larisa has decided that its never to late in the season for a warm pair of mittens.  She’ll be starting a pair of Cap Sease’s Double Stuff Mittens with our grey Vermont Organic for the outer layer and the richly hued Rosehip Alpaca Elegance for the inner layer.

Maureen has a bit more knitting ahead of her, as she has selected to work on Lori Versaci’s Barnard cardigan. Knit up in the charcoal grey color, this sweater is sure to be a wardrobe staple that she’ll wear all the time next winter.  (We all hope that spring will arrive in southern Vermont before she weaves in her ends on this project).

We’d love to hear from you about your project, please post photos as the mood strikes you so that we can share in your progress.  Happy Groundhog day!


A Putney Shepard shares stories of her flock

Are you eager to learn a bit more about Vermont’s rich history of wool?

This Sunday (January 29th) at 5:30pm at  Saxtons River Inn, Main Street Arts and the Saxtons River Historical Society will be sponsoring a FREE fireside chat that focuses on wool production in Vermont.

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Putney based Sheep farmer Betsy MacIsaac will share details of her experience raising sheep.  Her flock of colored Merino and CVM/Romeldale flourish at her Crooked Fence Farm.

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This herd proudly continues the tradition of sheep keeping in Vermont, which at one point was home to a population of over 1.6 million sheep, making it the Sheep Capital of the world!

Join the fun in Saxtons River this Sunday evening to learn more about it and mingle with other fiber friends.  It’s possible that Betsy may have some some of her most recently sheared fleeces and roving with her so that you can get your hands on fiber grown just down the road from the Spinnery!

 

 


Why, yes! Today, that is for sale.

An important part of the pattern design process is test knitting the garment in question.  We like to create a version (and sometimes two) of each pattern to ensure the different knitters can follow the pattern’s instructions with varying materials and achieve success!  A happy by-product of all of that knitting, is a shop full of samples in various sizes that show off our designs.

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Crafters love getting a chance to see how our patterns knit up and feel the fabrics made from our yarns.  They can examine a piece from all angles, getting to know the garment in greater detail than the photos included in the pattern or on Ravelry can illustrate.

Visitors who don’t knit are often curious about these pieces of knitwear, and are crestfallen to find that they are not available for sale.  But that will change for a few days next weekend.

Once a year, for the Putney Craft Tour, we select a few samples and other test knits and offer them for sale. Our test knitters and designers have collected some stunning garments and accessories that will be available for visitors to purchase Friday November 25th – Sunday November 27th.

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You’ll find:
Hats – $25
Cowls – $35
Shawls/Wraps – $40
Vests – $50
Sweaters – $60

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Kate’s sample of her Yosemite Blanket is a queen-sized work of love.  This hand-knit garter stitch blanket was created with over 3,100 yards of un-dyed natural wool in three beautiful shades.  It is priced at $250 and all of the proceeds from the sale of this blanket will go to benefit the Putney Food Shelf.

We hope that all of these beauties find new homes next weekend, and hope that you can be among the lucky few who gets a chance to snap them up!

 


A wonderful time to visit Putney

In just a few weeks, studios all over Putney will be opening their doors to the public for the 38th annual Putney Craft Tour.  The weekend of Friday November 25th – Sunday November 27th is a great time to head our way.

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“For the third year running, the Putney Craft Tour has been voted as one of Vermont’s top ten winter events.  Once each year, just in time for holiday gift giving, our local craftsmen open their studios for the public to come and explore, to experience first-hand the making of our work, to understand our creative process, to hear our stories, and to purchase our unique crafts directly from us.”

Our little village is chock full of craftsman that are eager to share their art work with you, and several will be offering demonstrations.  You’ll find almost two dozen studios open from 10 am – 5 pm on all three days giving you a chance to learn more from the artists and possibly do a bit of holiday gift shopping as well.

Our local restaurants will be featuring locally sourced seasonal specials to tempt you and there are a couple of theater performances that you won’t want to miss:

Next Stage Arts is proud to present Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are dead, an inventive retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Nov 25, 26, 7:30 pm.

Sandglass Theater will be presenting Autumn Portraits, Side by Side which honors the changing of the seasons in a physical and metaphorical sense, Nov 25, 26, 7:30 pm.

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Here at the Spinnery, we’ll be offering behind the scenes tours of our production floor.  You’ll get the chance to walk through our mill and see the antique machinery we use to spin all of your favorite yarns!  From fleece to skein, it is a remarkable transformation that you’ll enjoy learning more about.

Our shop will be filled with bright beautiful woolly skeins and knitted samples for you to enjoy.   Getting a chance to see and touch samples of our new patterns in person can make all the difference in the world.  Photos alone often can’t capture how wearable and appealing our knitwear is.  You’ll get some great new project ideas to keep you happily crafting through the winter months ahead.

We’ll also be offering a special opportunity for you to purchase a handful of select samples.  Hand knits at these prices are very rare and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit our local food shelter, the Putney Food Shelf.

So mark your calendars and we hope to see you soon!


Rhinebeck Sweaters

We are so looking forward to the New York Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY this weekend.  Every year, all of us that return for the fun wear our hand knits looking forward to the accolades and recognition that are such a rewarding part of the day.

You will be hard-pressed to find another group as appreciative of a beautiful shawl or sweater, because they know exactly what kind of time and patience was required.  It’s likely that their outfit was created with an equal amount of love and care.

You’ll see hand knits that you would never know were still on the needles just a few hours earlier.  Social media sites like Facebook and Instagram become filled with photos of late night and last minute steam blocking and seaming. Laughed confessions of car knitting on the way to the festival abound.

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The Rhinebeck Sweater phenomena was formalized in 2013 in part by Ysolda Teaque’s book that features a dozen stunning sweaters patterns inspired by the gathering.  They were created by 12 different designers who selected yarns that could be purchased from among the Festivals vendors.

The book is filled with beautiful photos shot at the Festival that provide you with a chance to relive the weekend from your armchair any time of year.  And the inclusion of Ysolda’s thoughtful interviews with the folks who grow, spin, and dye these yarns gives the reader a rich history that can sometimes be hard to glean directly from the producers due to the crowds and hectic pace of the weekend.

Included in these pages you’ll find Gudrun Johnston’s Pippin sweater which was created with Spinnery Weekend Wool. You’ll find some terrific new colors to choose from in our booth this year!

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But that’s not all.  Since last year’s festival we’ve added other new yarns that you’ll want to see, feel and possibly smell.

Our Sock Art Lana is a 100% wool 2-ply fingering yarn that knits up into beautiful shawls (like our Jordache pattern) and lightweight sweaters (like the Hatteras Cardigan).  We have two different yarns comprised of Moorit merino fiber that is naturally soft and beautifully hued; a fingering weight single-ply and a DK weight 3-ply.  This year’s batch of Yarn Over is as utilitarian as you remember, comes in two shades (grey and a faded red), and has been worked up into the Beekeeper’s Smock.  This quickly knit pullover has been a hit at this season’s other festivals.

Along with these new yarns, we’ll be featuring all of our new patterns in our booth.  Stopping by will give you a welcome chance to see some of the patterns you’ve seen on Ravelry, our website and on Facebook.  We know that it can be invaluable to check them out in person and get a closer look at elements that may be difficult to distinguish in a photo.

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We’ll have several different versions of Maureen Clark’s Corrie.  This yoked pullover can be worked up with 4 complementary colors of Mewesic; and you’ll have a ball selecting your favorites from among the 13 shades we’ll have sweater quantities of.

We’ll also have all of Cap Sease’s new accessory patterns: the Beinecke Cowl, the Guilford Shawl and the Athens Key Hat.  If you prefer working with bulkier yarns, we have several projects for last minute gifts.  Maureen has crafted a cozy infinity cowl with Tunisian Crochet techniques (Cowl Up). And Kate Salomon has created the Granite Cap that can be knit with a single strand of bulky yarn, a double strand of worsted or a triple strand of DK for three very different looks.

We hope that no matter what you enjoy working on, we can provide you with a whole winter’s worth of beautiful projects that will keep you and your loved ones warm and woolly!

The fun starts at 9 am tomorrow morning.  We can’t wait to see you there.