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.


New pattern suggestions for Cotton Comfort

We find that we and our friends reach for skeins of Cotton Comfort to work with as summer heats up.  Our DK weight blend of 80% of the finest wool we work with  and 20% organic cotton grown in Texas is a delight in the hands.  It has a comforting elasticity, a nubby texture and a color palette that is second only to our Mountain Mohair.

We wanted to use this week’s post to keep you up to date on some fresh new patterns that call for Cotton Comfort from some of Raverlry’s most popular designers.

Julie Weisenberger (of Cocoknits fame) recently publish Rosa, a figure flattering top-down pullover that is sure to become a classic.

© Cocoknits

The pattern features the Cocoknits Method of construction, “a commonsense system for knitting seamless, tailored sweaters from the top down. The Cocoknits Method is explained in detail in the book, Cocoknits Sweater Workshop by Julie Weisenberger, which includes 9 core patterns. The book is a necessary tool for knitting this and the other Cocoknits Method patterns.”

On a side note, Kate tried out this method of construction by knitting a version of Julie’s Antonia/Antonio sweater and was delighted by the clever construction and perfect fit created by this (new to her) English tailoring technique.  It creates a shoulder seam that the weight of the sweater can hang on, that sits a bit behind your shoulders for a more accurate fit and a better silhouette.  The anatomy of the sweater more closely mimics how our bodies move.  You’ll recognize the  look from machine knit sweaters in your wardrobe.

For those of you who would be more likely to wear a cardigan, you may want to consider taking a look at Asscher designed by by Christina Danaee as part of her StoneCutter Collection.

© Olive & West Photography

“The Asscher cardigan is an open, raglan cardigan featuring an angular eyelet pattern across the back. The eyelet shaping at the shoulders is echoed in the pattern on the back and the ribbed eyelet trim of the front. Green Mountain Spinnery’s Cotton Comfort yarn has a slight fleck of color creating a tweed-like appearance, and makes a perfect all-weather garment. Make one in any color to throw over jeans and a t-shirt, your favorite dress or layer with a flannel in colder weather.”

We agree that it looks like a perfect layering piece.

On the smaller side, is a kiddo knit for you to consider.  Summertime is a perfect time to select smaller projects that are easy to transport on your summer holidays.  New to Ravelry is Nemunoki designed by Simone Kereit, with sizes ranging from 3M to 2 years.

© Simone Kereit / OwlCat Designs

This darling little top could be worn as a wee dress and then layered over leggings as a tunic, extending its wearability.  We love the bright pop of color created by the slipped stitch texturing.

We hope that summer’s heat doesn’t prevent you from your favorite past time, and that the right project can keep you happily stitching (perhaps in front of an air conditioner) all season long.


What’s on our needles this week

We know how much fun it can be to take a look at what other people are working on, so we thought we’d share the “wips” on our needles this week.

While many of us are guilty of working on a handful of projects at any given moment, these are the projects that came to work with us this Thursday in the hopes that a few stitches could be worked at lunch or when our machines were humming along with occasional intervention.

Tracey is about a third of the way through an elegantly simple vest that will become a new wardrobe staple this fall.  She is working on His Vest designed by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, with a few pattern modifications to adjust the length for a personalized fit.  She selected the Mean Mr. Mustard colorway from the Spinnery’s Mewesic line.

This lofty DK weight 100% wool yarn is a pleasure to work with and will make a lightweight and yet warm layer that will be perfect for in between season temperature swings.  Her pattern is worked flat from the bottom up, and seamed before the finishing touches of the ribbed v-neck and armholes is worked.

Kate is making some headway with her Clio pullover designed by Elizabeth Doherty.  Kate chose to work with the undyed Silver colorway of our Cotton Comfort.  The addition of 20% cotton in these skeins lends lovely nubbiness to the textured stitches and should make the fabric drape just a bit for a flattering finished piece.

Clio has a top-down, seamless construction that allows the knitter to try it on while in progress. The pattern includes instructions for two lengths making it a versatile option for everyone.  Maureen is also working on a version of this sweater and we hope to share photos of both finished projects soon.

Kate hopes to have this sweater complete in plenty of time to cast on another of Elizabeth’s designs before she arrives in October to teach at our Knitters Weekend.  We love having plenty of samples available to try on so that our friends and fellow students can find new project inspiration and leave the weekend knowing exactly which size of the pattern they want to cast on for.

Megan is very close to finishing a beautifully neutral version of Melody Hoffman’s Kimono pattern.  She selected the Fawn color of our Weekend Wool for a cozy, slouchy shrug that will go with every outfit.

“The pattern is very easy and comes up in three different sizes.  It features a little bit of lace, a lot of stockinette, and a very addictive slipped stitch panel on the back (a video is provided to help you execute the slipped stitch. It is knit flat, like a large rectangle, and a little bit of seaming brings the sides together to create the opening for the sleeves.”

So elegant!  We hope to share photos of her finished project when it is off her needles.

And last but not least, Larisa is putting the finishing touches on a new cowl pattern that will become available this fall.

Her infinity cowl design features an organic lace pattern inspired by the beautiful Latte Art to be found on the beverages served at Larisa’s favorite cafe in Bellows Falls.  This sneak peek shows her project with the Orchid colorway of our worsted weight Weekend Wool.

Check back here in several weeks for more details on this upcoming design!


Fresh eyes

A couple of weeks ago we were treated to a visit by the gals from A Verb for Keeping Warm.  This delightful crafting haven located in Oakland, CA takes “local yarn store” to a whole new level.  Kristen and her team host workshops, classes and KALs in their fresh and airy space that span a gamut from sewing fundamentals to hand dying with natural ingredients fresh from their garden.

We’ve partnered with them for the past several years to spin Pioneer; a deliciously lofty organic yarn from fiber grown from a nearby California flock.  You can read more about these very special skeins here.

Kristen and Sarah were in New England to teach at Squam and while they were in the “neighborhood” they opted to spend the better part of an afternoon with us, learning more about our production process and how their yarn is made.  They shared some of the photos and videos they captured that afternoon in their Instagram feed.  On the off chance you aren’t already following them, we wanted to share their impressions of the Spinnery, so that you can enjoy an armchair tour of the mill with a new tour guide!  (Below is a photo captured from a couple of short videos that are a bit hypnotizing).

“Last week at this time, Sarah and I were just returning from a remarkable trip to Green Mountain Spinnery in Vermont – where it was snowing with wool. 🌿 We made our first farm yarn (Pioneer) with GMS four years ago – a monumental event for Verb because we received the opportunity to work with hero Sally Fox and because of the great financial undertaking. We were scared! Though everything went really well and we are still making Pioneer. Now we also make Flock with GMS. So we are so happy to be able to finally see the mill in person! 🌿 I love seeing the old machinery used to create our yarn. This machine opens up the locks of wool, preparing the wool to be carded.”

“Once the wool is picked open, it is carded (video 1), then it is pulled into a long continuous strip aka roving (video 2), then carded again in the other direction (this is what makes Pioneer extra woolly) and then pulled into thin strips aka sliver (video 3) 🌿 I like the guest appearance of David in video 3. He is my contact at @greenmtnspinnery and who I discuss design. He is also one of my favorite people. In addition to talking about wool, we talk about the earth, poetry, meditation, politics, and staying present. 🌿 I asked how the Spinnery came about and was told that one of the two founders had sheep and learned there wasn’t any place nearby to turn her wool into yarn, so she thought “let’s make a mill” (sounds good to me). So the two founders travelled to England to look at machinery. I love thinking about pre-internet days and when you had an idea, you went out and looked, and talked to people. So they found a machine. And then found more vintage machines – piecing together the mill until it could take raw wool and turn it into tidy little skeins of yarn. ❤

“Once the yarn has been pulled into thin sliver, like you saw in yesterday’s video, then twist is added which is what this machine is doing – using the beautiful wooden bobbins.”

“A box of beautiful, vintage, wooden bobbins used in the spinning process at @greenmtnspinnery – I believe the boxes next to I are full of our new yarn! Details coming soon!”

“One of my favorite parts of Green Mountain Spinnery is the ephemera they have hung around the mill over the years: art from a young nephew, a quote from Maya Angelou “The question is not how to survive but how to thrive with compassion, humor, and style.”, portraits of young children factory workers as a remembrance of where we were, where some still are, and a reminder of what these old machines have lived through, fancy staff nameplates keeping it official, and sighting friends like @claraparkes (for those of you interested in wool, The Book of Wool is a must-have).”

We hope that you’ll plan on dropping by our mill at some point soon.  We’d be delighted to walk you through the production floor and give you a chance to see how our skeins are created and learn a bit more about the Spinnery’s rich history.  We’re confident that after your visit, you’ll never look at a simple skein of yarn the same way, again.


Pop! Here comes Spring

Spring arrives a bit late here in Vermont.  While we see our Instagram feeds fill with photos of early blossoms from elsewhere in the world, our gardens are just now losing their blanket of snow.

So our Spring color comes in a slightly different form.  We’ve been working through our colored yarns this week in production.  This plethora of rich hues have made the Spinnery a vibrant place to be.  We’ve carded, spun and skeined several colors in our Mountain Mohair line including: Vincent’s Gold, Midnight Blue, Wintergreen, Claret, and Elderberry.

These colors have transformed our production floor into an early spring garden bed (of sorts) and has us all eager to start working with more color in our crafts as well as at work.

The yarn that has been taking center stage in all of this, is a new batch of our Peach Beryl Sylvan Spirit.  We’ve bumped up the color intensity and created skeins that are mouthwateringly fresh and juicy.  You can see the difference below.  The skein on top is from the new dye lot and the one on the bottom is from the previous one.

This fun new dye lot makes us think of cantaloupe, peaches, clementines, and sherbert.  What could be better for warmer weather knits?  Kate keeps picturing this yarn for a wee dress or tunic, perhaps paired with the new Citrine colorway, it could make a playful version of Annie Rowden’s Polka Dot Tunic.

© byAnnieClaire

If the thought of a child’s dress appeals to you, there are many more pattern options for you to consider on Ravelry.

You might also want to consider it for a shawl.   Briston Ivy’s Knúsa (published in the Share issue of Taproot Magazine) would be a delight to work and would bring this delightfully warm color into your life to brighten any room or rainy day.

© Bristol Ivy/Leah B. Thibault

We’ve also flirted with the idea of making some knitted or crocheted Easter eggs.  Since we didn’t get this project started early enough, we may end up simply using the skeins to decorate our holiday table!

Who wouldn’t want to find a basket such as this, full of candy and skeins left by the Easter Bunny in their garden?  We hope that you have a delightful holiday weekend and that signs of Spring are popping up all around you as well this week.

 


Signs of Spring

In celebration of the first hints of Spring that have appeared in Vermont this week, we have a new pattern to share with you that has made our winter months more colorful.  We’ve been hard at work over the past several weeks knitting up samples that have made us feel like artists.

Our Expressionist Shawl pairs our tweedy neutral Sock Art Lana with Fiber Optic Yarns Foot Notes Paintbox gradients to spectacular effect.  Shown here, it’s knit up with 2 skeins of Lana in the Gris colorway and the Light Into Darkness gradient set.  Kate worked her stripes moving from dark to light with the lengthening spring days in mind as she worked.

It’s simple asymmetrical shape is constructed with a lengthy cast on and diminishing rows that speed your progress.  The garter stitch fabric is lofty and elastic, and oh so comforting to wrap up with.

It’s a perfect project for social knitting or a lengthy trip.  A bit of intarsia at one end keeps things interesting and you’ll love watching the progression of colors as you work through Kimber’s mouthwatering gradient shades.

This second sample was made with Lana in the lighter Plateada colorway and the Onyx to Crimson gradient.  Jenny created this shawl working her stripes from light to dark ensuring that her favorite shade of crimson would make the boldest impression on the longest edge of her shawl.  As you can see, the shawl’s generous dimensions (56″ x 32″) make it a cozy fit.

The hardest part of this project will be selecting which paintbox colorway to play with!  We hope that you’ll select a spectrum of your favorite colors, or one that recalls a special place or time. Your shawl will become a beautiful expression of what you love.

Our friends Kimber and Ellie of Fiber Optic Yarns are debuting their stunning samples of the Expressionist Shawl this weekend at their booth at the DFW Fiber Fest in Dallas Texas.  We hope that if you are in that area, you’ll have a chance to stop by and check out their works of art in person.

We’ll be debuting our samples later this month at the Spinnery booth at Stitches United in Hartford, CT; and would love to share the fun of this project with you there.  In the meantime, we hope that your days ahead are made more colorful with beautiful knits and spring blossoms.

 


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!


Off the needle superstars

We love browsing through photos on Ravelry.  It can be so inspiring to see what other folks are working on and better yet, what they’ve recently finished.  This week, we want to share some of our favorites so that you can enjoy these knits as much as we do.  You might find your next project among some of these ideas!

© jennaleeashburn

Our friend Jenna Lee from nearby Massachusetts joined the Fancy Tiger Knitalong and created a Wolf River pullover designed by Melissa Schaschwary using Spinnery Weekend Wool.  We love how the grey ragg color adds visual texture enlivening the sweater’s stockinette sections.  It looks wonderfully wearable with almost anything! Beautiful work Jenna, and thank you for sharing with us!

Kelly from Texas is an amazingly prolific knitter.  Her project page will delight you, as it did us!  We discovered her Cascade cardigan designed by Amy Herzog and knew that you’d want to take a peek.

© KellyInTexas

Kelly’s sweater is such a perfect fit because she made use of Amy Herzog’s Custom Fit program that generated a version of the pattern specially tailored to her body measurements and gauge.  We’ve been continuously delighted by Amy’s designs, and the one of a kind ability to make them a perfect flattering fit is such a treat.

Kelly created her cardigan with Brickhouse Mewesic, for a 3 season sweater that is a classic.  You’ll want to browse through her other photos to be able to appreciate the crisp lacework on the back that makes this project such a stunner.

Our friend Charissa played with four different yarns to create a gorgeous pair of Baa-ble Mittens.  Her sheep look picture perfect with their realistic coloring.

© cmflame

The feet and faces of her darling flock were created with our Jet Black Mountain Mohair.  What a fun pair of mittens; who wouldn’t want a handful of sheep to help keep their fingers toasty warm?  And speaking of which…

© oalewis

 

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Olga created a breathtakingly delicate shawl with yarn that was spun here at the Spinnery as a custom project for the folks at Catskill Merino Sheep Farm in upstate New York.  She knit up the Echo Flower Shawl designed by Jenny Johnson Johnen.  Her project page features a series of photos that follows her yarn from the flock to the finished work of art.

© elliemay

Straight from the cover of Winter 2016 Knitscene, Ellie created a Slopes Cardigan with Spinnery Weekend Wool.   She opted to create a version of the sweater exactly as it was depicted and we love how the elegant simplicity of the pattern compliments the rusticity of our woolen spun yarn.

Next, we have two sweaters created with our Cotton Comfort.  This 80/20 blend of wool and cotton is a pleasure to work with.  It’s soft hand has a wonderful bouncy elasticity thanks to the high wool content.  It makes a comforting breathable fabric that is perfect for 3 season wear.

© yarnfloozy

We think you’ll agree that the tincanknits Prairie Fire pullover looks as though it would be as much fun ton construct as it will be to wear.  Dotty created her sweater in crisp and classic navy, and we love how the tweed and lace work together.  Beautiful work Dotty!

Michele’s Arcade pullover was designed by Isabel Kraemer.  She selected silver Cotton Comfort and has created a sweater that looks fantastic on her.  She indicates in her project notes that the pattern was well written and a pleasure to follow.  We want to cast on for similar sweaters without delay!

© MicheleDesautels

Last but certainly not least is a project dear to our hearts because it was created as part of our Groundhog Day Knitalong that concludes next week  on the 16th.

© riversidespinner

Carrie created a lovely version of the Brezel hat designed by Svetlana Volkova, using our Vermont Organic yarn.  She is flirting with the idea of dying her hat and we look forward to seeing how it will be transformed!

We hope that you enjoyed this little tour through some of our current Ravelry favorites.  We hope to be able to share your photos in the near future so be sure to share your progress with our Raverly group or on our Facebook page.  That way, our little community can remain in touch no matter the distance between us!


One last Snow Day

If you follow our Instagram feed, than you may have seen that Maureen recently cast off a Snow Day Shawl designed by Knitting Expat Designs.

This beauty is created with three skeins of Spinnery Cotton Comfort (seen above in Juniper, Weathered Green and Unbleached White).

This shawl stole its fair share of attention at our booth at STITCHES West last weekend, so we thought we’d share some of the different color combinations that shoppers came up with that you might enjoy working with.

Pictured here is Navy, Denim and Bluet

Pictured here is Yarrow, Maize and Unbleached White

Pictured here is Iris, Violet and Unbleached White

Pictured here is Leaf, Peony and Phlox

March usually delivers a few more heavy snowfalls, so in spite of the recent balmy temperatures, we anticipate that there may be a few more snowy knitting days in store for us this season.

We’ll make sure to have a trio of beautifully complimentary skeins ready to go so that we can create a shawl like Maureen’s to enjoy this Spring.  Are you tempted to as well?


Mark your calendars!

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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


A new shade of grey

Back in the summer of 2015, we received beautiful organic fiber from our friends at the Open View Farm in New Haven, Vermont.  Anna and Ben are raising a flock of Tunis/Dorset sheep that you can read more about here.

They recently sent us some darker fiber and we couldn’t wait to see how it would spin up.  If you follow our Instagram feed, you already know that over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been busy working on a new Vermont Organic yarn with their fiber.

The beautiful contrast between the two yarns created from Open View Farm fiber has us all thinking about casting on for patterns that would feature the two.  And that got us planning a new Knitalong for 2017!

We’ll be launching our Groundhog Day KAL on Thursday Feb. 2nd.  Perhaps you’ll want to join us, by casting on for a project using either (or both) of the Spinnery’s Vermont Organic yarns.  You can share photos and details of your progress by posting to our Ravelry Group Groundhog Day KAL thread or by posting photos to Instagram with #groundhogdayKAL.  We’ll select a random winner from the folks who have completed their project by March 16th, 2017 and posted a photo of their finished project to either Ravelry or Instagram.

Our worsted weight organic skeins skeins are put up with a generous 250 yards.  So just a couple of skeins will provide you with more than enough yardage to make something as special as the beautiful organic fiber we started with.  You can browse through the MANY pattern options available (that call for 500 yards or less) on Ravelry where you’ll find small accessories, knits for kiddos, and grown-ups too.

Larisa is flirting with Elizabeth Doherty’s Sans Serif sweater.  And Kate is struggling to choose between Kate Gilbert’s Kirigami (which Larisa knit up with two shades of the Maine Organic in 2015), Melanie Berg’s Rikochan, or Diana Walla’s Sundottir pullover.

Tell us about what patterns you’re considering!  We’d love to help you decide and get ready to cast on.


Holiday Knits – a new project for a new year

With 2017 just hours away, all the bustle of the past weeks is beginning to wind down.  A heavy snowfall has blanketed us here in Vermont, giving us a perfect excuse to enjoy some reflective time inside by the fire.

Do you have resolutions or goals for 2017?  Perhaps the New Year will bring with it intentions to learn new techniques, try your hand at something a bit more complex than you’ve tackled before or a chance to play with a fresh color, fiber blend or yarn combination.

With the prospect of a new project in mind, we’d like to share with you Cap Sease’s new pattern, the West River Wrap.

This beautiful rectangular lace shawl is knit up with 3 skeins of our Moorit Singles or Simply Fine.  (The sample shown above was made with Moorit Singles.)  This limited edition yarn is made with 100% undyed merino wool that is a pleasure to work with and snuggle into.

Both of these single-ply fingering yarns are a delight to work with.  The simple un-plyed construction of the yarns highlights the cable/lace texture of this fabric, allowing all your stitches to shine.

The pattern’s instructions are both written and charted for ease of use.  The repetition of the lace pattern can become familiar allowing your mind to wander a bit as you watch your project grow.

And grow it will!  This large shawl will help wile away the dark winter hours ahead growing in length as the days gradually grow longer as well.

As you contemplate your crafting year ahead this weekend and make plans for new projects, keep in mind that we are here to help with suggestions for designs and yarns as well as answering questions as they come up while you work.  We can’t wait to see what you make in 2017.