Gratitude

This week’s holiday provides us with a extra day of rest to enjoy with our friends and families.  It gives us a welcome moment to look back on the past year and reflect on all that we have to be grateful for.

We are proud members of a growing community of fiber loving folks who craft, design and otherwise contribute to the wealth of yarns, patterns and goods available to us all.  Every week that passes sees this kindred group, and all that they have to offer, become richer and more robust.

When we return to the Spinnery this weekend, we’ll open our doors to friends from far and wide to give them a chance do a little shopping and to see how our work fits in with the larger fibershed we all enjoy.  Putney’s Craft Tour weekend gives visitors a chance to see behind the scenes at about two dozen local craftsmen and artists.  For our part, we’ll be providing in depth tours of our production process and some special treats.

We’ll be selling some unique products this weekend, giving you a chance to shop locally, and find some terrific holiday gift ideas.  We have a limited edition shawl kit in three beautiful colors, some locally made sheep note cards, and…

Exclusively available in our mill shop will be a collection of shop samples as part of our Annual Sample Sale!  We have dozens of garments and accessories for children and adults.  Shown below is a very small sampling of what we’ll have available while supplies last.

Each of these hand knits is one of a kind, crafted with a great deal of love and priced to go!  And several have been donated to directly support the Putney Food Shelf.  All of the proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated to this local organization to ensure that the holiday season is more comfortable for local families in need.  A win win for everyone!

We hope that you’ll be able to stop in for a visit.  We’d love to  thank you in person for being a part of our fiber family and making the world a more beautiful place with all that you create!


A knit and walk along for peace

Christina Campbell has launched a special KAL/WAL for the month of November that is as beautiful as it is noteworthy.  We wanted to share her thoughts about this project with you this week, thinking that you might be as inspired by it as we are.  This project will have us knitting and walking together all month long!

© Christina Campbell

“Meet Camino de Paz, the path of peace. Knit and walk (not simultaneously of course) the path of peace in November and find yourself ready for Project Peace (kicks off 12/1). Camino de Paz is a simple color work cowl using 2 colors of sport weight yarn. It’s the perfect first color work project yet equally rewarding for the knitter with lots of color work experience. The finished size is just right to wear on a walk to ward off a chill. Finally, it’s just the right size project for gift knitting…in case you needed to knit up a quick gift for someone.”

You can read more about Christina’s inspiration for this project on her blog.

The Walk-along.  November is one of those months that can be challenging to walk. As the weather changes, our thoughts of getting cozy on the sofa with a blanket, warm beverage, and some knitting prevail…walking takes a back seat. For this walk-along, the challenge is to walk every day for 30 days regardless of how far. Walk for 5 minutes or walk for 50; it doesn’t matter just as long as you get up and go for a “walk.” 

Giveaway. With the pattern purchase you’ll receive a 30-day walking log. Fill this out each day and at the end of the month, send Christina the documentation that you’ve walked all 30 days. Or you could do a 30-day post on Instagram with a photo from each walk. Use the hashtag #caminodepazwalkalong At the end of the month, everyone that walked daily will be entered into a giveaway for a project bag and some yarn (TBD) and she’ll randomly select a winner. Of course, the real prize is the fact that you walked daily for 30 days. 

Need some support? Join The Healthy Knitter Ravelry group and interact with other super friendly and kind knitters that love to walk.”

We were so delighted by the peaceful intention of this KAL/WAL that we all want to get cast on!  The pattern calls for two contrasting colors of sport weight yarn (between 150 and 190 yards). We made our selections from our cozy 2-ply DK weight yarns: Alpaca Elegance, Cotton Comfort, Mewesic and New Mexico Organic.

 

Tracey selected Alpaca Elegance in Lavender Cream and Sencha

Maureen selected Cotton Comfort in Storm and Iris.

Megan selected Mewesic’s Green Eyed Lady paired with New Mexico Organic in Grey.

Larisa selected Cotton Comfort in Pine paired with New Mexico Organic in Grey.

Lauren has selected Alpaca Elegance in Darjeeling and Earl Grey.

Kate has selected Alpaca Elegance in Roobois and Cappucino

We hope that you decide to join the fun.   We echo Christina’s wish for our projects: “May each stitch and step be filled with peace.”


Let’s talk turkey

We have a great idea for what to do after you’ve enjoyed your holiday meal, the dishes have been done, and the leftovers have been organized.  “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.”

We’d like to invite you to visit Putney, Vermont during the Putney Craft Tour November 24th – 26th.

This special weekend is a wonderful time to check out the diverse cultural offerings to be found in our tiny town.  Along with access to 24 local artists, local businesses will provide you an opportunity to sample local syrup, cider, wine or take in an award winning performance at one of our local theaters.

We’ll be open from 9 am – 5:30 pm on Friday, 10 am – 5:30 pm on Saturday and 10 am- 5 pm on Sunday.

The Spinnery will be offering mill tours, special sale yarns and unique gift ideas for the knitworthy on your gift list.  We’d love to visit with you and see what you’ve been working on.  And we have a wealth of new project ideas to share with you that will fill your crafting hours all winter long.  It’s a perfect time to plan a visit!


And on to Asheville!

Maureen and Kate arrived in Asheville, NC and set up the Spinnery booth for some fiber fun this weekend at SAFF.   The event is located at the WNC Agricultural Center, in Fletcher, NC; across Hwy 280 from the Asheville Regional Airport. (Exit 40 off I-26).  The marketplace will be open from 9 – 6 pm Friday and Saturday and from 9 – 4 pm on Sunday.  And we have so much to share with you!

Larisa Demos’ Long Trail cowl made its debut last weekend at Rhinebeck.  This terrific slipped stitch unisex cowl is equally appealing when knit up with our Mewesic (as seen above in the New Mexico Organic in Grey as main color, Atlantis and Mean Mr. Mustard as contrast colors), or Spinnery’s Cotton Comfort.

This infinity cowl can be created with a bit less than a single skein of each color.  The pattern as written creates a cowl that is 11.5″ high and 25″ circumference (29 x 63 cm).  You’ll have sufficient yarn to increase the depth of the cowl if you’d like.

You might want to play with some of our 4 new Cotton Comfort colors.  Shown below is a cowl knit up with Winterbeach as the main color with Gingerbread and Pine.  We love how these colors reflect the beautiful fall foliage on display all along the east coast.

We also have 4 new colors of Alpaca Elegance and a sample of Babycocktails’ Cranberry Gose in the booth, that Kate recently finished.  Plus, our favorite new design Maureen’s Seeded Pullover that may be your next sweater project!  These two samples are delightfully contemporary, and either one would be very useful additions to your wardrobe.

And for those of you looking for something that you won’t find anywhere else, we have limited edition shawl project kits that will only be available while supplies last this weekend!

We hope that you’ll have a chance to swing by and visit with us.  We’d love to see what you’ve been working on and help you find a terrific project (or two) to keep your fingers busy this winter!


A Special Event!

Our friends at Must Love Yarn have moved and are celebrating their Grand Re-opening this Saturday.  We’ll be there with a special Trunk Show for the festivities!

If you are in the Burlington area, or are making your weekend plans, add a visit to this terrific LYS, located in Suite 2 at 2438 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482.  We’d love to see you there!

Larisa and Maureen will be there from 1-4 pm on Saturday August 19th with a special selection of Spinnery treasures to share.

These will include a mouthwatering selection of our handpainted fingering weight yarns like the one shown above that has been knit up into a classic Hitchhiker shawl designed by Martina Behm.  You can find a copy of the pattern on Raverly available for purchase directly from the designer.

A single skein of any of our Sock Art or Simply Fine yarns will knit up quick as a wink into a light summer accessory like this one that you’ll adore.

We’ll also have on hand several new project kits and a pre-release sneak peek of a new Spinnery pattern, the Mercury Rising shawl!  This garter stitch crescent shawl was designed by Larisa Demos and was inspired by this spring’s Knitters’ Weekend featuring Bristol Ivy.  If you aren’t able to join us for this weekend’s Trunk Show, you’ll have to wait a few weeks for more details…

We hope to see you in northern Vermont in a couple of days for this very special occasion, or at our Mill in Putney any day of the week.


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.

Gulfoss

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.