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!


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!


More new skeins!

We’ve added four new shades to our Alpaca Elegance line!

Shown above is Lavender Cream, Chamomile, Darjeeling, and Roobios.  These additions were created by blending our bale dyed fine western wool with undyed alpaca (whose full range of colors can be seen among the undyed shades of this line: Cream, Chai, Cappucino, Cocoa, Dark Roast and Earl Grey).

We’re thrilled with how these new shades provide us with more options to play with!  Many of us are flirting with the idea of a reimagined version of Corrie, a new Windrow Cardigan might have a bit more cozy warmth (than if you selected to work with Cotton Comfort), or even a fresh sample of the Snowy Woods Sweater from the pages of our 99 Yarns and Counting book.

You can find many more pattern options that can be knit up with this DK weight yarn among those to be found on Ravelry here.

Don’t be surprised if you see a new design from Maureen that features many of these colors!  We’ll keep you posted on her progress.

You’ll be able to find these skeins in our booth this weekend at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival in Tunbridge, VT.  You can fondle them in person and find a perfect project to get started on while the Festival is open from 10-5pm on Saturday and 10-4pm on Sunday.  We’d love 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!


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!


A possible Rhinebeck Sweater?

The newest issue of Interweave Knits arrived in the shop this week and we’re delighted to find a stunning cable sweater pattern within its pages that calls for Spinnery Weekend Wool.

Jennifer Owens has contributed the Highway 61 Pullover, and it is a showstopper!  Knit up with the Poppy colorway of Spinnery’s Weekend Wool, this classic cabled Aran has atypical figure flattering shaping.  This feminine touch makes it a modern classic.

© Interweave

The pattern has a generous sizing range from 36″ to 52″ bust, calling for 9 – 14 skeins of our Weekend Wool.  The full color range shown below gives you a mouthwatering range of choices.

And what a sweater to be wearing at Rhinebeck, where you’ll be surrounded by appreciative crafters who will understand the skill involved in every loving stitch.

 

The  Highway 61 Pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed; which means that it could travel beautifully.  Perhaps making it a great project for any end of summer travel plans you have on the calendar for the next couple of weeks?

We hope that if you decide to cast on for this beauty, or any other, that you’ll bring your project with you (finished or not) to our booth at any of the upcoming Sheep and Wool Festivals on our calendar, so that we can see what you’ve been working on.