A new year and a new pattern!

Happy 2018! We’d like to introduce you to the Spinnery’s newest pattern: Triangles.

This darling little pullover was designed by Cap Sease with little ones in mind. The pattern is sized for ages 2 – 10 with finished chest circumference measurements of 25 (27, 30, 33)” / 63 (68, 76, 84) cm.

It features a gansey textured yoke that is created by twisted stitches set off against a purl background.  The interplay of ribbed triangles with stockinette makes an interesting and lively yoke that looks difficult, but is actually easy to knit.

The boxy shape  and accommodating sleeves makes it perfect for little ones.  Selecting a classic color could make it a perfect garment to share amongst siblings who pass along hand me down knits.

It knits up quickly with between 3 – 5 skeins of our DK weight yarns and our recommendation is Spinnery Cotton Comfort.

This delightfully soft and squishy yarn is constructed with a blend of 20% organic cotton and 80% fine western wool.  And our rich color selection can’t be beat with bold primary hues as well as softer pastels for a darling spring garment.  This little number could easily be on and off your needles before Easter.

This week will be a perfect time to enjoy some savings as our January Sale begins on Monday the 8th providing you with terrific discounts (as much as 50% off!) on a variety of odd weight yarns that will work beautifully for this pattern.  You can peruse our sales flyer here and plan your order.

Early on Monday morning, you’ll be able to find these (and a few more) items listed in the SALE ITEMS section of the Spinnery website.  These yarns are available in limited quantities, so don’t miss your chance to take advantage of these terrific prices.

We hope that you enjoy working on this delightful little sweater.  It’s a new favorite here at the Spinnery because like you, we delight in making knits for the little ones we love.


Baby it’s cold outside!

Temperatures are hovering around zero here in Putney, Vermont this week and it doesn’t look as though the mercury will be rising for days.  When it gets this chilly, we bundle up in our warmest woolens, and for some of us that means the bulkier the better.

So this week we’re launching an exciting new shade of Yarn Over, our bulky weight 2-ply yarn that knits up into delightfully cozy winter wear.  We’d like to introduce you to Aurora Borealis!

Yarn Over is created with carded wool left over from the production of a range of Spinnery yarns that is blended in the carding process to create a unique tweedy color. Aurora Borealis includes a larger percentage of bale dyed medium wool for a muted teal color, speckled with every hue in the rainbow.

Shown above is a cabled cuff of the the Beekeeper’s Smock, one of several Spinnery patterns designed for this yarn.  This popular oversized cropped pullover has been a hit at this year’s Sheep and Wool festivals, and many of our customers were hoping for additional color options to work with.  You might also want to take a look at the  Spanish Tunic pattern which has a more unisex appeal.

A couple of patterns that were designed for Capricorn (our single ply bulky yarn that contains wool and mohair) would also knit up beautifully with Yarn Over.  The Capricloak designed by Maureen Clark is a swingy circular poncho; and the Tile Jacket is just what you’d want to wear while gathering more wood for the wood stove.

Any project you choose to use Yarn Over for will knit up quickly.  We recommend a gauge of 3 stitches to the inch using US 10/ 6mm needles.  Paired with the neutral grey Fog color, you could experiment with some stranded color work or intarsia and gain some new skills for the new year. What fun!

From all of us here at the Spinnery we wish you a cozy and delightful New Years.  We look forward to seeing what you make of our skeins in 2018!


Our warmest wishes to you

We hope that you are enjoying a very happy holiday season.

“This is our wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!”     – D.M. Dellinger

For those of you in the area this week our holiday hours are as follows:

Sun December 24th – 12 – 4 pm

Mon December 25th  – CLOSED

Tue Dec 26th- Fri Dec 29th – 9 am to 5:30 pm

Sat Dec 30th – 10 am to 5:30 pm

Sun December 31st – 12 – 4 pm

Mon January 1st  – CLOSED

We hope that we’ll have a chance to visit with you and wish you the best for your New Year!

 


Introducing our 2018 Project Club!

We have now launched two annual Mystery Project Clubs.  In 2016, we created a club featuring gorgeous color work hat patterns designed by Melissa Johnson.  This year’s Club has featured four textured infinity cowl patterns.  (These beautiful designs will become available in January, 2018).

Next year, we’re trying something new! Our 2018 Project Club will feature four projects that pair some of our yarns with those that we spin for our custom customers. With each mystery project, you’ll work with two yarns, both created here at the Spinnery; a custom spun yarn and one of the yarns we’ve created for our shop.

Along with your beautiful handcrafted item, these projects will give you a unique opportunity to learn a little bit more about the fiber producers we work with and the wonderful fiber and yarns that they are bringing forth.   All of the skeins we produce at the Spinnery have a unique story and we look forward to sharing the details of a few carefully selected yarns that we think you will love working with.

Each project will create a different kind of accessory. And as a Project Club member, you’ll have exclusive access to these patterns until they are made available to the public in 2019.

Members will receive four exclusive projects sent quarterly. Shortly before delivery you’ll receive an email revealing the details of the project and a choice of color options to work with. Your four project packages will include the pattern, all the yarn needed to complete your project, and a little gift. Their first delivery also includes a Spinnery project bag to keep everything organized.

Membership is $192 and open for a limited time. You’ll want to sign here up before Friday January 12th, 2018.

We can’t wait to share these beautiful projects and delightful yarns with you. We hope that you’ll decide to join the fun!


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!


Fresh skeins and a new cardigan

Our new colors of Cotton Comfort are ready for online sales!  These beauties were a hit when we introduced them at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival.  From left to right we have Aubergine, Gingerbread, Duffel and Pine.

 

That lovely tweedy texture is created by the resistance of the cotton content of the yarn (20%) to absorb the dye that the wool soaks up like a sponge.  We feel that our four new shades bring some exciting new autumn colors into the spectrum that you already know and love.

And to help celebrate the launch, we have a new cardigan pattern to share with you so that you can cast on with these skeins without delay!  Our Windrow Cardigan, seen below in the new Gingerbread color is a quick knit and a great wardrobe staple that could work through 3 seasons here in the Northeast and year round in warmer climates.

This is a cropped top-down seamless pattern that you’ll be able to try on as you work, ensuring a perfect fit.  You can easily modify the length of the body and the sleeves for a sweater that is just right for you.  We love it paired with a t-shirt and jeans or over a me-made dress that you adore.

Above, Kate is wearing the size 38″ with about 2 inches of positive ease.  The pattern includes sizing from 35″ to 50″ and requires between 5 and 7 skeins of our DK weight yarns.  We’ve also knit it up with our 100% wool Mewesic in the Mean Mr. Mustard colorway and love the way it turned out!

Here, Kate is wearing a model that has about 8″ of positive ease for a looser fit some may be more comfortable with.  The seeded rib texture wraps around the back of the neck and down the front of the sweater to be joined around the waistline for a bottom border of texture that will match your cuffs.  It provides some visual interest on an otherwise stockinette background that is as quick to knit as it is easy to wear.

We hope that you’ll take a closer look at our new colors as well as this new pattern this week as you continue to plan your winter’s projects!


Our first new pattern for fall!

Our needles have been flying this summer as we’ve been working to get new patterns ready for the upcoming fall festival season.   Our goal has been the start of the  2017 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival which kicks off next weekend at 10am on Friday September 8th.

We’ll have a fun selection of new offerings to share with visitors including some new sweaters, and cowls as well as a few shawl project kits!

And, there will be new colors of yarn on display!  We’ll have 4 new shades of Cotton Comfort, 4 new shades of Alpaca Elegance and 2 new shades of Sock Art Lana.  All of these yarns will become available on our website in upcoming weeks.  We’ll post updates on Facebook and Instagram as we have skeins washed, twisted and labeled for sale!

In the meantime, we have a stunning new pattern that we’re releasing today, so that you don’t have to wait!  Larisa Demos designed a breathtaking shawl for us that you won’t want to miss: the Mercury Rising Shawl.

This garter stitch crescent shawl is worked from the top-down with regular increases on every row, creating a generous wing span without bulk!  This beauty was knit up with two contrasting skeins of Spinnery Simply Fine, which is comprised of the finest fiber we work with.  The fine wool and yearling mohair is as soft as a cloud!

The contrasting wedge sections of stockinette are created with staggered short rows for a pop of color and texture variance that makes this design so appealing.  We’ve also knit this project up with our Sock Art Meadow to great effect.

We hope that you enjoy your long holiday weekend with a few leisurely hours spent with a project you enjoy.  We’ll continue working on our shop samples so that we have a wealth for you to choose from.


Knitting Local in Vermont

You may already know that 65% of our production is focused on custom lot spinning.  In addition to yarns you can find in our shop, we create yarns for small farms, indie dyers, weavers and local yarn shops all around the country.  These are not yarns that we sell directly, instead they are often found at Sheep & Wool festivals, local farm stands or farmers’ markets and occasionally in local yarn stores.

This work allows us to foster a rich fiber shed, ensuring that you have a greater chance of finding yarn that is spun from fiber grown near you.

Last weekend, when Larisa and Maureen visited Must Love Yarn’s new location at Suite 2 at 2438 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT, they brought with them a Spinnery Trunk Show of yarns that featured locally hand painted skeins as well as some organic skeins that were sourced from a flock in New Haven Vermont.

We love the new space that partners Angela, Kelly and Jennifer have moved into.  Maureen snapped a few photos of the new space that couldn’t be more welcoming, bright and open.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were delighted by the rich selection of locally sourced yarn all ready on the shelves at MLY.  Some of which is highlighted in a local newscast that aired last week that you can find here.

And we were proud to note that several of these skeins were spun here at GMS!  Blue Heron Farm is a family run organic farm located in Grand Isle, VT that makes lovely skeins.  And our friend Jessica of Dillner Hillside Farm (who occasionally provides us with delightful mohair fiber) has skeins of her yarn among Must Love’ Yarn’s local selection.

For some fun inside information, you can take a virtual tour of the newly expanded version of the shop by watching the video below.


We learned that there are plans afoot to soon offer spinning wheels, so in upcoming months there will be even more the learn, love and share.

As the foliage season draws visitors up into Northern Vermont, we hope that you’ll get a chance to visit this newly expanded local yarn shop in Shelburne.  If you miss the chance to find single sourced local yarns during this Fall’s festivals, a visit to Must Love Yarn can provide you with some terrific Vermont grown and spun yarns worth trying.  And on the way, you can visit our Mill in Putney, VT to see what we’re spinning!


Top five reasons to visit Putney, VT this summer

Putney Vermont is not your typical small New England town.  We’ve got much more to offer than a post office, general store and gas station.

There are no less than 3 intimate world-class theaters providing diverse cultural events from classical music Master Classes (at the Yellow Barn) to award winning Puppetry (at the Sandglass Theater).  We have a rich offering of local eateries.  And there’s us!

In an effort to entice you to our corner of Southeastern Vermont as part of your summer getaways, we wanted to share a few of our favorite things to do in and around town so that you could plan on making a full day trip out of a visit to our Mill.

5.  Spend some time in the great outdoors!  You could enjoy a quick hike to the top of a nearby peak.  Lauren popped up to the top of Putney Mountain on Thursday afternoon, to check on the rams that are grazing there.  She snapped this photo, and we know that you’ll love the view from up there as much as these fellows do!

We are also a few hundred yards away from the Connecticut River.  There is a boat ramp at the end of the road that runs right past the Spinnery.  Bring your equipment and spend a few pleasant hours on the water where it’s cool.  If you don’t want the hassle of travelling with a boat in tow, there are canoe and kayak rentals available in nearby Brattleboro at the Vermont Canoe Touring Co.

4. The Putney Farmers’ Market gathers in front of the Putney Co-op on Sundays from now until the first weekend in October from 11am – 2pm.  You’ll find fresh produce, live music, locally made crafts and various snacks that may provide a delicious lunch or ruin your appetite for supper!

3. You can find some sweet maple treats and souvenirs to take home at Hidden Springs Maple’s Farm Store.  This local gem can provide you with syrup gathered from a variety of local farms, and their free maple syrup tasting table allows you to try before you buy.

 

2. Green Mountain Orchards’ pick your own blueberry fields and raspberry brambles have opened for the season.  And their peaches should be ready for harvest in the next couple of weeks.  Their early morning hours can give you a chance to arrive in the cool morning and bring home a quantity of fresh berries to fill your freezer before the heat of the day may drive you towards cooler activites.

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1.  A trip to Putney wouldn’t be complete without a visit to our Mill and Shop!  While some members of your group may be drawn to our shop filled with brilliantly hued skeins and wonderful patterns; others in your group may enjoy a chance to see what’s going on behind the scenes.

We can provide free tours of our production floor from 9 am – 2 pm Monday – Friday to groups smaller than 8.  Many a traveller has been lured out of the car by the promise of antique machinery, MacGyver worthy repair solutions, and yankee ingenuity.

We’d love to see you and we hope that you’ll bring your Spinnery projects along with you, so that we can see what you’ve been working on.


Celebrate National Crochet month with us

Perhaps you already knew that March is National Crochet month.   The fun folks over at Crochetville, have organized a blog tour that you should follow if you are eager to get some inspiration for great crochet projects and yarns. This year’s theme focuses on “glamping” otherwise known as glamorous camping.

If your idea of the perfect camping trips includes a warm bed under a sturdy canvas roof, or a warm beverage beside a fireside; you’re in good company!  We like to imagine glamping as if we were characters in Out of Africa, fine china, polished silver and all.

And with that in mind, Maureen has created a fun new crochet pattern: The Sierra Cowl.  This pattern was inspired on her recent trip to California, home of some of the most glamorous camping we know of in Yosemite National Park.

This fun infinity cowl can be crafted up in just a few hours with 2 contrasting skeins of Spinnery Cotton Comfort.  Maureen completed hers on a transcontinental flight that brought her from Hartford, CT to San Jose, CA.  Shown above, our sample was created with a skein each of Phlox and Silver.

For the next 30 days, we’re offering a 10% discount on the Sierra Club project.  You can receive 10% off your purchase of Cotton Comfort and the pattern by using the coupon code NATCRO17 at check out.  (This offer is valid through 4/18/17).

We hope that this may inspire you to get a cowl of your own started before the end of March so that you too can be part of the fun of National Crochet month!


Just around the corner

Temperatures are warming up here in Vermont and that has us eagerly anticipating Spring, which is likely to be delayed by a few more messy late winter storms.  In an effort to change our perspective on any upcoming precipitation, we’ve got a new pattern to play with: Wintery Mix. We hope that this project will have us looking forward to gloomy weather forecasts instead of dreading them.

The pattern includes four stitch patterns named after weather patterns (snow, rain, sleet and ice) that can be worked at your discretion.  A bit like a choose your own adventure novel, you can select your stitches based on the weather outside your window, or follow your creative inspiration and knit them as you like.

This asymmetrical shawl pattern designed by Kate Salomon is worked from the bottom up, making each row a couple of stitches shorter than the last.  Your shawl will be worked up in time for warmer weather giving you a light and comforting three season accessory that you’ll enjoy in the weeks to come.

Wintery Mix calls for 3-4 skeins of our DK weight yarns: Cotton Comfort, Mewesic, Alpaca Elegance, Sylvan Spirit or New Mexico Organic.  Shown above, our samples were knit up in Brickhouse Mewesic and Silver Cotton Comfort.  Yardage required to complete the pattern will vary based on the stitch patterns you select so we recommend getting adequate yardage to ensure that you don’t run short.

We’ll be featuring these two beautiful shawls at our booth in Santa Clara, CA at the STITCHES West Marketplace, this weekend.  We hope that you can drop by and visit us to see them for yourself!  This fun project is one you are sure to enjoy.


The hats you’ve been waiting for?

Our collection of four hat patterns designed by Melissa Johnson for our 2016 Project Quartet Hat Club are now available!

Up until now, these patterns were exclusively available to those who signed up for club membership at the beginning of 2016.  Now that the membership for our current Project Club has been filled, we can share these patterns with everyone!

The Quartet Hats are wonderful additions to the Spinnery’s pattern collection.  Melissa designed each one to feature different Spinnery yarns that reflect the four seasons which inspired them.

Our club members loved working on these projects and many found that they reknit the patterns with left over and stash yarns.  Since the patterns call for small quantities of from 3 – 4 colors, you may find that you’re able to make several hats by swapping colors and using up your remaining partial skeins.

 

The Winter Hat features four colors of our Mountain Mohair and a unique braided detail.  The double layer of yarn created with the stranded colorwork will keep you cozy all winter long. If you don’t already have particular colors in mind, this hat could be knit up with a single full skein and 3 of the mini skeins available in our Mini Bundles.

 

Melissa’s Spring Hat is created with our Sylvan Spirit.  The addition of TENCEL provides an extra luster to the crisp stitches and makes your Fair Isle colorwork look its best!

The Summer Hat is made with Cotton Comfort and features beautiful lace at the brim and crown decreases, as well as a stranded color work section with a nautical theme. This lighter weight fabric is perfect for warmer climates and seasons.

Last but not least, the Fall Hat shows off the jewel tones of our Mewesic line.  As you can see, these skeins were created with color work in mind.  These hues play off one another beautifully; and this design uses 4 complementary colors to great effect.

We hope that you’ll take a closer look at each of these patterns.  You’ll be very happy that you did.