Winner, Winner!

Many of us at the Spinnery will be helping to judge this year’s Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival Contests.  We are thrilled to see what visitors to the Festival have been making this year and we hope that the broad range of fun categories will give everyone a chance to shine!

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Hand-spun Yarn Contest

All weight yarn consisting of at least 50% animal fiber. Show us the naturals. Show us the dyed. Show us your spun magic!

Year of the Sheep & Goat Sweater

Celebrate all fiber animals and the beauty that comes from uniting fiber into yarn!  Knit, Weave or Crochet a sweater using a mill or hand-spun yarn with a fiber blend, such as wool & mohair (sheep & goat) or alpaca, angora, llama, cashmere, camel, dog, yak and qiviut.

Small is Beautiful

Gloves, mittens, cowls, scarves, shawls, hats, leg warmers, socks, slippers, boot toppers….We must not forget, that sometimes the best things, come in small packages….Knit, weave or crochet a beautiful and definitely essential accessory.

I Felt

Let’s honor the ancient tradition of felting; one of the first fabrics known, and still widely used and admired today. Whether a yurt covering, cozy slippers or a mouse cat toy, share your needle-felted or wet-felted creations.

I Felt too!

This special category is for knitted or woven articles that have been felted.

Ewe & Me

The gift of passing down a passion and skill is one to be treasured. Ask any fiber artist, and most will tell you they learned their craft from a grandparent, an aunt, a friend…someone who cared enough to sit down and share what they love with whom they love!  Bring in a garment that is a collaboration (and hopefully wonderful experience) between TWO to create ONE b-ewe-tiful creation.

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I did it ALL-BY-MYSELF!!  (For fiber lovers 12 years old and under).

Show off your fiber creations…perhaps knit clothes for your doll or a blanket for your teddy bear. A hat! Woven pot holder! A crocheted granny-square afghan, felted soap or cuddly needle-felting animals.  Show us your fiber creations.  (This contest is not judged and every entry gets a prize!)

A Picture is worth a Thousand Words

Share your photograph showing us your view of beauty and wonder in the natural world; plants,animals, the beautiful Vermont landscape.

A Poem is its own Picture

Share your poem showing us your view of beauty and wonder in the natural word; plants, animals, the beautiful Vermont landscape.

For those of you that are interested in entering a craft of your own in one of these categories, check out the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival’s contest page for the Official Rules as well as information on how to download entry cards and the how, when, and where of submitting your entry.

We hope that you’ll be inspired to enter and we eagerly look forward to seeing your submission!

 

Thea Colman and Ellen Mason are coming to the Spinnery!

We are excited to announce that Thea Colman (of BabyCocktails) and Ellen Mason (of Odacier) will be the featured instructors for the Spinnery’s 2015 annual Knitters in the Green Mountains retreat.

These two designers continually delight us with their well crafted patterns and inspiring blog posts.  We are thrilled that they are interested in sharing some of their creative insights with our intimate group of crafters this fall.

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This year’s workshop will be held in Putney, Vermont from Friday, November 6th to Sunday, November 8th, 2015.

Thea will impress us with her design process where she will take us from yarn thoughts to motifs to actually plotting ideas for a basic design and they begin to design their own cowls. The other is “playing with cables” where we look at things we can do with cables – pair them together, play them off of one another, change the size, add/change texture, add/change lace, make a panel, read and create a chart, etc.

Ellen will be sharing her creative ways for sculpting a mitten thumb with her Fried Chicken Mittens, working two at a time using magic loop and possibly a small sewing project ??

The Spinnery’s weekends feature great food, lively companionship and lots of yarny goodness.  A cost of $390.00 per person includes all workshops and meals (Friday Dinner, Saturday Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and Sunday Continental Breakfast).

You can find the registration form here.  Students are responsible for their own lodging arrangements and we have a handful of local suggestions listed on the registration form.

AND, we have a contest to announce!  We will be offering two lucky winners a 50% discount on their registration fee.  In order to be eligible to win you must be registered for the retreat and be an active participant in either (or both) of the Spinnery’s two Ravelry groups.

How can you do that?  Simply join the Green Mountain Spinnery’s Weekend Group or the Friends of Green Mountain Spinnery and share your projects and thoughts.  Let us know what you’re working on, what you are thinking about working on next or what you’d like to learn from a knitting retreat in the future.  We’ll be selecting our lucky winners on September 15th.

You’ll want to sign up soon as our small workshop size of just 20 students will fill up quickly!   Check your calendars and give us a call to reserve your spot! 970-407-1461.

A Knit Along for you to consider

Our friend and soon to be Knitter’s Weekend teacher, Thea Colman has organized a fun KAL that you might want to check out.  In her blog this week she introduces her new Brighton Cowl and provides the details on the group knit along.

©Thea Colman
© Thea Colman
©Thea Colman
© Thea Colman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you aren’t in the KAL yet, there’s plenty of time to cast on.  Knit ANY BabyCocktails pattern along with the gang in the Ravelry thread before the end of June.  And… As part of the London Calling KAL, the code London Calling will get you 20% off the cowl pattern shown above on the left until June 15th.

All you have to do to enter the online KAL is post a photo of your BabyCocktails project, yarn or drink in the London Calling thread in Thea’s BabyCocktails Ravelry group, and each week (ish) she’ll pick winners for prizes like the one shown above on the right.

We think that this UK inspired prize is an extra special treat as Julie Asselin (who dyed the skein pictured above) is one of our custom processing customers!  While we didn’t spin the yarn pictured above, we have been working on some very special skeins for her this month that should be available this fall!

And for those of you who were reading carefully, Thea will be coming to Putney, VT this November to lead our 25th annual Knitter’s Weekend workshop along with Ellen Mason.  We are organizing a very special weekend that is sure to expand your knitting skills, and perhaps your sewing skills as well!  You can find more details here.

We hope that you can join the fun of Thea’s current KAL and perhaps join us for some more Babycocktails crafting in a few months.  Happy Knitting!

We’re going to camp

Maureen and Kate are headed to New Hampshire next Saturday for a bit of fun.  The Spring Session of the Squam Art Worskshops will be kicking off next week in Holderness.

© Christine Chitnis
© Christine Chitnis

We are very proud to be among the sponsors of this event and we are super excited to be participating in this year’s Squam Art Fair & Ravelry REVELRY!  Saturday, June 6th, 2015 from 7:30-10:00pm.

We will bring some extra special skeins and some terrific project ideas and hope that you’ll be able to join the fun.

Postcards from Maryland

Maureen, Kate and Lauren have headed South to Maryland and are setting up shop at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival this weekend. They are delighted with the fast forward of the seasons they experienced on the drive south and have sent word back that West Friendship, MD is bright green with spring growth.

You’ll find our beautiful yarns, inspiring samples, and generous selection of patterns in a tent located in the Outside North Vendors section.

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You’ll find the Green Mountain Spinnery’s tent very close to this “intersection”.  And you’ll be so glad that you decided to join the fun.  The festival is already filled with sheep of almost every breed.  These handsome critters were relaxing after a grueling afternoon of grooming to prepare them for the two Parades of Sheep Breeds that are scheduled for later today and Sunday.

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Vendors of all kinds have gathered to create a memorable day for you.  You’ll find delicious food to snack on, fiber of all kinds and in all forms, tools of the trade that will make your crafting even more of a pleasure, and items for your home and garden that may inspire your next project.

Dahlias like these may become a cardigan or inspire you to try working with a new color that is not yet in your stash.

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The fiber love is all around the festival.  The girls enjoyed an alfresco dinner last night sitting under one of the trees that have been yarn bombed by a local knitting guild.

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We hope that you’ll be able to join the fun.  If this weekend is not feasible, you may want to consider coming to the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival that is going to fill Deerfield, NH with just as much lively activity next week.  We’d love for you to get a chance to visit!

Postcards from last weekend’s retreat

Last weekend was a huge success.  The weather was brisk but sunny, and our workshop was filled with eager crafters creating a convivial environment in which to learn.  WE want to extend a very hearty thank you to everyone that attended and to Lorilee for her fabulous instruction.

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Lorilee is a delightful person and a very generous teacher.  She thrilled the group with her patient instruction that gave us a new mastery of her beautiful vertical stranding technique.  We enjoyed her sense of humor too.

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She brought a huge selection of stunning samples with her for us to browse through.  She also gifted the students with two patterns each, a Craftsy coupon for additional learning and has promised to follow up with any of us who have questions about how to use what we learned last weekend.

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Saturday was spent creating swatches that included all kinds of vertical color techniques and textures.  Throughout her instruction Lorilee provided us with tips and tricks for new cast-ons, various bind offs and increases and decreases that will improve our projects for years to come.

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On Sunday we were able to start projects of our own with her thoughtful guidance that meant all of our new knits got off to a great start.

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We have created a new Ravelry Group specifically geared towards our Knitting Weekend friends.  It is a space where we hope to stay in touch with students and teachers alike.  And in conjunction with its launch we are also announcing an exciting contest!We will be selecting a winner at random from among the new members who have joined the group and giving them a 50% off the registration fee of a future Knitters Weekend of their choice.  We’ll provide more information about that contest as we get closer to drawing the winner later this summer.
We’ll share details of our upcoming Knitter’s Weekend in the fall as details come together here and on the Green Mountain Spinnery Knitters Weekend Ravelry Group page.  We hope that you’ll be able to join the fun and come learn something new with us.

Save the date for savings!

The I-91 Shop Hop Bag Day is coming up soon on Saturday March 14th.

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Come into any of the yarn stores that participated in the 2014 I-91 Yarn Crawl (see list below) during store hours on Saturday, March 14th, present a shop hop bag from any of the past I-91 Shop Hops and receive 15% off your entire purchase!

  1. Green Mountain Spinnery (Putney, VT)
  2. Northampton Wools (Northampton, MA)
  3. WEBS (Northampton, MA)
  4. Marji’s Yarncrafts (Granby, CT)
  5. Creative Fibers LLC (Windsor, CT)
  6. Yarnover Avon (Bloomfield, CT)
  7. Village Wool (Glastonbury, CT)
  8. Country Yarns (Wallingford, CT)
  9. The Yarn Barn (Woodbridge, CT)
  10. The Yarn Basket (Branford, CT)
  11. Knit New Haven (New Haven, CT)

Note: you MUST present the bag from a previous Shop Hop event to get the discount!  And you may want to check in with the shops you’d like to visit for their store hours.

We hope that this will provide you with the excuse you may have been looking for to pay us a visit.  Fingers crossed that the weather will cooperate and there won’t be any fresh snow to slow you down.

Our Sugar Season Knitting Retreat

Our favorite “knitting enabler” and upcoming Knitting Retreat teacher Lorilee Beltman shared some more details about the workshop that she is organizing for us. We wanted to pass this along to you so that you can consider joining our group this Spring.

© Lorilee Beltman
© Lorilee Beltman

Our introduction to Vertical Stranded knitting will begin on Saturday morning. Lorilee will guide us through the history of this technique from its use in Rovaniemi knitting, as a substitute for duplicate stitch in argyle, and even as it appears in a Japanese stitch dictionary. We’ll learn how to manage the strands and how to address the stitches so things operate smoothly for you.

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We’ll play with simple zigs and zags, color between lace, and purl-only columns that look like caterpillars. Most students will tackle three motifs during this session.

After a delicious lunch featuring local ingredients and a bit of free time to explore Putney we’ll regroup for our afternoon class session.

Building on our morning swatch, we’ll continue exploring adding color to different fabrics: garter stitch and cables in particular. This will give us hands on practice learning the basics of vertically stranded color work as applied to our favorite knit fabrics.

Our evening will be spent with a convivial dinner and a surprise activity.

Then bright and early on Sunday morning, we’ll dive into a project! Lorilee has designed a cowl pattern as a template into which the knitter can plug their choice of the motifs we’ve learned. You could also knit the free pattern as written – as a sampler of several ways to let color climb. Not a cowl fan? Not to worry, Lorilee will also provide a wristlet pattern option as well.

We’ll close the weekend with a show and tell of Lorilee’s most recent explorations as inspiration. We’ll discuss how to include your new coloring tool in existing patterns and have a Q & A.

Our Knitter’s Weekends are always a treat. With an intimate group, we can ensure that you have plenty of support while you are learning. And there is sure to be plenty of laughter and sharing. Come and make new friends or organize a small group of your own to meet and knit together free from the distractions of home.

We hope that you will be able to join the fun. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-321-9665 with any questions you have about registering.

Our January Sale is off to a great start!

Our month long sale began earlier this week and shoppers have been finding some great deals.  We wanted to share the details with you so that you wouldn’t miss out on the fun.

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So far our 30% discount on our 2-ply fingering weight Sock Art yarns has been the biggest hit.  We are in the midst of transitioning to a 3-ply version of both yarns that will be available for sale later this spring.  As a result, we are discontinuing the 2-ply Forest and Meadow.

Forest’s blend of 70% Fine Western Wool and 30% TENCEL® Lyocell (a man made fiber created from wood pulp) lends it a distinct sparkle that brings out fancy stitch patterns. We thank the sheep and the trees for producing this lovely fiber!

Meadow is a blend of some of the rarest American-grown natural fibers, 50% super fine kid mohair and 50% Fine Western Wool (a cross between Rambouillet and Columbia sourced from herds along the Front Range of the Rockies). This yarn is elastic, warm and soft with a subtle luster. These hand painted skeins are a tribute to the farmers and animals that produce such excellent fleeces.

Our skeins are hand painted by a friend and local artist Melissa Johnson 5 at a time in a microwave on her back porch.  The colors are mouthwatering and we’ve found that many Spinnery fans want to use this yarn for more than just socks.  It is easy to envision working with this yarn for larger projects such as shawls and lightweight spring and summer knits.

We are also offering skeins of Pink Lilac Cotton Comfort at a remarkable 50% off.  This discontinued color has been a great favorite among knitters and crochet fans looking for skeins for baby knits, when the run of the mill pink or blue won’t do.

 

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We also have a great deal on a small quantity of extra large unwashed skeins of Atlantis Mewesic. (Seen above in the Sabi Hat designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian and knit up by Maureen as a holiday gift last month).

As it happens, a few of skeins of this yarn will be a future prize on BabyCocktail’s KAL that you may want to join.  Thea Colman has suggested pairing the yarn with her Bastille Cowl pattern. Yum.

These skeins include a whopping 280 yards of yarn (instead of the usual 180).  We are offering them at a 15% discount.  These larger skeins could be a great choice for crafters interested in working on larger projects with fewer ends to weave in.

We hope that you have time to visit our little shop before the end of the month.  You’ll find one-of-a-kind skeins in our selection there that are not available online.  We’re also offering all of our in-stock book titles at 20% off.  You may find it well worth a trip.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

An exclusive event

We have been working hard this week sprucing up the Spinnery in anticipation of the 36th annual Putney Craft Tour that will occur later this week.  We are thrilled to be a part of America’s oldest craft tour.

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We will be open from 9am – 5:30pm on Friday, 10am – 5:30pm on Saturday, and 10 – 5pm on Sunday.  We’ll be offering tours of the Spinnery and some special items will be available for sale on a first come first served basis.  Our “retired” antique spinning bobbins will be available for $5 each.

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We have dozens of hand knit shop samples that could make perfect holiday gifts!  We can save you hours of crafting time over the next month, and perhaps even offer you something that you’d like to wear yourself this winter.

We are offering our adult sweaters for $50 each, adult vests for $30 each, children’s sweaters for $25 and accessories of all kinds for $15.

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And this one-of-a-kind hand woven shawl is $100 and all of the proceeds will be donated to the Putney Food Shelf.

We are looking forward to this weekend, and hope that you will be able to join the fun.