A fresh perspective

We’ll be bringing another brand new pattern with us to NYC this weekend.  Maureen and Kate are headed to Vogue Knitting Live at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, where we’ll have a booth with all of our yarns and latest designs.

This week, we’re proud to introduce Maureen Clark’s new cardigan, Turning Sideways.

This clever sweater is knit from side to side starting from each ribbed cuff and working towards the center.  You may find that working a project from a different direction to be a refreshing change.  We sure did!

You’ll be amazed by the cunning technique that allows you to cast on stitches for the front and back of the cardigan without an edge that requires seaming.  That stunning mosaic colorwork is worked only on the front and is charted for your ease.

The back features a box pleat at the neck and the two sides are joined at the back with a three needle bind off for a clean finish.  This sweater is exactly what you want to pop on while temperatures remain low this winter.  Knit up with a worsted weight yarn, you’ll have it ready before spring!

The pattern is written with a generous sizing range from 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)” / 76 ( 86, 96, 106, 116, 127, 137)cm.  It requires (9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10) skeins for MC, 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2) skeins for CC, in either Weekend Wool or Mountain Mohair.  The possible color combinations are mouthwatering!

We’ll have our entire color range with us this weekend, so that you can have your pick of lovely shades to work with.  We’d be delighted to visit with you while we’re enjoying our stay in the big apple.

And you can always shop our website, any time.  If you’re shopping online, you may want to take advantage our of current sale and see if any of our odd weight skeins of Mountain Mohair strike your fancy.

And we have more great news!  We’re extending the deadline to sign up for our 2108 Mystery Project Club through this Sunday January 14th. So that folks attending Vogue Knitting Live in NYC can get signed up at our booth!

Members receive 4 exciting projects sent throughout the year.  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 until Sunday January 14th, 2018!  You can still sign up here.

Whether we see you in New York or here in Vermont, we look forward to seeing you soon!


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!

A gift for you (and maybe someone else too)

We have a new FREE hat pattern to share with you to celebrate the holiday season!  Our Thermal Cap  pattern is one that you may want to cast on for before year’s end.

This unisex slouchy toque is a perfect pattern for beginner knitters comfortable working in the round and working k2tog decreases.  Those garter stitch ridges create a soft waffled texture that acts as a thermal layer to keep you cozy without bulk.  Knit up with our fingering weight Simply Fine, this hat is as light as a feather and almost as warm as down.

And best of all, a single skein provides you with enough yardage to make two!  You’ll be able to knit up one for yourself and a second as a gift.  What better way to celebrate the holidays than with an offering of warmth?

This yarn combines premium kid mohair with the finest wool to produce a singly ply fingering weight yarn that you’ll enjoy working with.  Fibers for this yarn are GREENSPUN using vegetable based soaps and oils in the processing and then washed gently to preserve the natural sheen and resilience. This yarn will bloom and become fuzzier with use.

These natural undyed shades create beautiful neutrals that will coordinate with almost any winter coat. And the Variegated color way (show in the middle skein above and in the completed samples below) can create a soft ombre effect that makes the project more sophisticated and interesting.

It’s just a matter of finding the right spot in the skein for your cast on edge.

The brim of the hat has a greater elasticity due to the use of a stretchy cast on and a smaller needle for a snugger gauge.  You’ll find that by using an elastic cast on like the German Twisted method, the 18″ circumference has enough give to comfortably fit teen and adult heads ranging from 20 – 23″.  If you’re not already familiar with this technique, you can find an instructional youtube video here.

We hope that you enjoy this little holiday gift from all of us here at the Spinnery.  The FREE Thermal Cap  pattern is one that we hope you’ll want to knit again and again!

Cozy crochet

One of the Spinnery’s favorite designers Kristen TenDyke has come up with another winning design this month, and this one is for all you hookers out there!

Her Entwined in Cables Hat and Mittens set is featured on the cover of the newest issue of Love of Crochet.

The patterns for these accessories include various sizing options and require from 2 – 4 skeins of Spinnery DK weight Mewesic to complete both.  The elastic springiness of our 100% fine wool yarn makes for a very cozy fit that will hug your  head and hands with welcome warmth.  And we love how the tweedy rustic look of our woolen spun yarn adds depth and character to Kristen’s beautiful cabled texturing.

“This issue has many other fun pattern ideas for the winter season including tops, scarves, shawls, home décor, and more.

From casual to elegant, you’ll find 7 party-ready fashions including fabulous sweaters, stunning ponchos, and lovely scarves. Learn how to use Excel and the Fibonacci Sequence to make your own striped projects like the poncho and shawl featured in the issue.

Enjoy 12 patterns to DIY your own winter wonderland, including snowflakes, snowmen, Santas, and more. Find 7 patterns that use crochet balls, baubles, and pom-poms to make winter decorations for hearth and home. Create a pom-pom ornament that looks like Santa’s belly following the step-by-step photo tutorial.

Stay cozy and warm this winter with projects using everything from DK-weight to jumbo yarns. Cover up with a cabled hat and mittens, cuddle up with a chunky blanket, and snuggle up with an oversized pillow you can make in minutes using jumbo yarn. Be inspired by 10 ways to use jumbo yarn with Marly Bird and learn about 5 fun fat yarns to try with designer Karen Clements.”

Super fun, and super fast!  Any of these projects can be whipped up in a fraction of the time that it would take to knit something similar.  One of the many reasons we love to crochet.

If speed is of the essence, you might want to consider working on Maureen Clark’s Cowl Up! tunisian crochet cowl.  This infinity cowl balances a delicate lace pattern with our bulkiest yarn for a squishy soft, comforting neckwarmer that calls for two skeins of our Capricorn yarn.

For those of you in warmer climates who don’t need as much additional warmth, you may want to opt for Maureen’s Sierra cowl. This pattern uses 2 contrasting skeins of Spinnery Cotton Comfort for a lighter accessory that can provide a beautiful pop of color at you neck with a bit less thermal protection.

We hope that you enjoy the next couple of weeks of holiday crafting!

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!

A pattern for your entire list

With the holiday season quickly approaching, many of us here at the Spinnery have started planning and crafting our handknit gifts.  When the knitworthy list is long, smaller projects are a perfect choice; and those that can easily travel move to the top of our list.  We wanted to share our current favorite with you so that you might be able to cast on this week and get a few gifts created while in the midst of your Thanksgiving travels.

Elizabeth Doherty’s Crosscheck hat pattern is as much fun to knit as it will be to wear.  This unisex pattern provides instruction for 6 different sizes (circumference measurements) and two different crown depths (beanie or slouch).  Seen here you can see Kate’s finished slouch version knit up with a worsted weight yarn from her stash and the beginnings of a beanie version knit up with the Spinnery’s DK weight Mewesic.

And that, my friends is the genius of this pattern!  Elizabeth (our most recent Knitters Weekend teacher) has provided comprehensive tables for cast on counts and crown decreases that adapts her pattern for different weights of yarn.  The same pattern can be used for a variety of gauges giving you chance to use up stash yarn while crafting handmade gifts for everyone on your list!  Win win, right?

Please keep in mind that changing the size, depth and gauge does affect yarn requirements.  Kate used less than 140 yards of worsted weight yarn to make a hat that is 9″ deep with an unstretched circumference of  16 3/4″, a single skein of Spinnery Mountain Mohair or Weekend Wool will be sufficient to make a similarly sized hat.  Kate is confident that she’ll have the yardage she needs for her DK weight beanie using her single skein’s quantity of 180 yards (or less).  And Elizabeth has even included notes that guide you through using as much yarn as you can, to make the hat as deep as possible.

You can purchase the Crosscheck pattern through Raverly here, and if you purchase the pattern before Sunday, November 26th, 2017 using the coupon code spinnery, you’ll receive 25% off!  Thank you Elizabeth!

We hope that you’ll grab a copy of this pattern, and get cast on for several hats this holiday season.  You may find that this portable little project can come with you everywhere: getting through security at the airport, in the car stuck in traffic, while in line at the post office, or waiting to check out at the grocery store.  Your gift knitting will be done before you know it!

And all of us here at the Spinnery wish you a very happy holiday week ahead.

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.”

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!

More fresh ideas

This week we thought we’d share some of our favorite new releases from non-Spinnery sources.  A friend brought in a copy of Hannah Thiessen’s Slow Knitting for us to take a look at, and we can’t wait for a long winter’s night to curl up with it!

Hannah describes the journey “from sheep to skein to stitch”, inspiring a more thoughtful reflection of the materials we choose to work with to create heirlooms worth cherishing.  We are honored to be featured in a chapter that describes how the Spinnery was founded and came to make the very special kind of woolen spun skeins that we all squeeze, sniff, and work with today.

Included in the book are 10 knit-worthy patterns from the industry’s leading style makers.  We found a handful of patterns that we’d like to cast on for.  You’ll also find informative chapters on other inspirational resources including some of the fiber folks we spin for such as Julie Asselin and Jill Draper.   We can’t imagine a better volume to while away a cozy afternoon.

© Thea Colman

And speaking of cozy, you should certainly take a look at the new sweater released this week by Thea Colman (aka Babycocktails).  Her Cranberry Gose is a loose pullover turtlenecked tunic that can be thrown over almost anything for an effortlessly stylish look.  Designed to be worn with quiet a bit of positive ease (10 – 12″), this lofty and warm fabric has a beautiful fluidity that is figure flattering, thanks to being knit up with Spinnery Alpaca Elegance.

© Thea Colman

The pattern includes subtle Gansey texturing around the neckline that works gently against the short row shaping of the shoulders for a soft curve that belies the overall boxy shape.  Sheer genius.  And doesn’t that rich tweed look like Autumn?  Don’t forget we have a few new Alpaca Elegance shades for you to choose from for this pattern.

Kate knit up a shorter version of the Cranberry Gose with our Earl Grey color.  She modified the tunic pattern with Thea’s careful suggestions to remove 5 inches in overall length.  This makes it a more practical layering piece for her wardrobe, and may inspire you to consider how you could make this piece a perfect fit for you!

Thea has offered a little discount to encourage you to consider making one of your own for Rhinebeck.  $1 off the pattern if you purchase the pattern  between now and Rhinebeck (ending 10/20) – because some of us need to plan, and others of us may need to knit vicariously if not at the fair….

Kate and Thea are likely to be wearing their tunics at the fair in a couple of weeks.  We hope that you’ll stop by our booth in Building 22 to check ours out, and experience our new Alpaca Elegance skeins in person.  We think you’ll be delighted by our new shades.  We hope to see you there!

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!

Make a hat day

Yesterday, Friday September 15th was make a hat day.  And just in case you didn’t cast on we thought we would offer you a few suggestions so that you could get started before the week’s end and join the fun!

Melissa Johnson’s Hat Quartet patterns are some of our best selling patterns this season.  The four patterns were created for our 2016 Project Club and kitted up for the members who signed up.  They became publicly available earlier this year, and we’ve been delighted to see how much folks are enjoying their projects.

Each of the patterns feature different Spinnery yarns.  Going clockwise from the top left, Winter calls for four colors of worsted Mountain Mohair, Spring calls for four colors of Sylvan Spirit, Fall calls for four colors of Mewesic and Summer calls for three colors of Cotton Comfort.

Much of this beautiful stranded color work requires less than full skeins, so you will have extra yardage available to make additional ones by alternating your colors.  This could be a really fun way to start your holiday knits, do a bit of charity knitting, or use up some stash yarn that has been waiting to be put to a good use.

Ease your way back into larger cool weather projects with an accessory (or two) that will be off your needles in no time!  Happy Knitting!