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Postcards from Maryland

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

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

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

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!

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

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

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

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.

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© 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!

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

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

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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.

Brioche is beautiful

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Last weekend a wonderful group of crafters converged here in Putney and spent three lovely days learning as much as possible about the brioche stitch from our friend Nancy Marchant.

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She is an inspiring teacher whose patience and devotion made our lessons fun and very informative.  She has spent the last 10 years exclusively knitting brioche and her passion for this technique spread through the room like wildfire.  Getting an exclusive sneak peek of samples of her newest patterns was a special bonus.

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Her newest book that includes these patterns is due to be released early next month.  Her wraps and scarves combine stunning vibrant yarns of all kinds with hypnotizing stitch patterns that are in fact not as difficult to execute as you might imagine.

It was wonderful to see such a rich variety of pattern variations and textures created with the basic brioche techniques that we covered in our workshop.

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Here you can see our friend and fellow student Donna (modeling her beautiful Gulfoss sweater) working on the first swatch of the workshop.  This lesson allowed us to practice increases and decreases in a single color.  After lunch, we tried our hand at two-colored brioche.

After a few more hours of instruction, Maureen was able to dive into Nancy’s Hegg Braid Brioche Scarf.  Beautiful!

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And Eric has started a deliciously cozy brioche textured cowl that will be a delight to wear through our coldest months this winter.

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It was a delightful weekend and we want to thank everyone who was a part of the fun.  We’d also like to extend a very warm thank you to Nancy for her excellent instruction.  It was a pleasure to learn from her and she has probably inspired more than one of us to visit her hometown Amsterdam with her wonderful anecdotes.

We are already looking ahead to our Spring gathering and hope to be able to lure Lorilee Beltman here to Putney to teach us about her remarkable vertical stranding techniques.  We will share more details with you about that as soon as we can.

Rhinebeck projects

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Our weekend in Rhinebeck was wonderful.  The New York Sheep & Wool Festival is a treat to attend every year and last week was no exception.  The weather was perfect (just brisk enough on Sunday to require woolen layers).  The fall color seemed to be at its peak and the crowds seemed delighted with their visit.  We loved seeing friends and making new ones.

One of our favorite aspects of the festival is the show and tell.  We had many friends stop by our little “shop” to show us what they’ve been working on and how beautifully their projects knit up with our yarns.  We thought we would share some of the ones were able to grab some photos of with you.

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Our friend Diane stopped by wearing this great hat that she knit up with the leftover yarn she had in her stash after finishing this beautiful sweater.  We just love how the Pine Warbler color of Spinnery Weekend Wool pops like the fall foliage and shows off her cables with crisp detail.

We got to talking with Liz while waiting in line for hot apple cider and fresh doughnuts.  She pulled on a stunning version of the Sugarleaf Sweater designed by Mary-Heather Cogar and part of the Rhinebeck Sweater collection published by Ysolda Teague last fall.

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Liz created this beautiful cardigan with Spinnery New Mexico Organic and Alpaca Elegance in the Blue Lotus color for the lovely color work.  It looks stunning on her, don’t you think?

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Our friend Jenny is modeling her version of Flyaway by Marji LaFreniere.  That beautiful drape is thanks to the Spinnery Sylvan Spirit she chose to work with in the Citrine color. The wool and Tencel blend lends the finished fabric of her sweater wonderful stitch definition and a swingy flattering shape.

We think that it is the details of this pattern that make it special.  The cables run up the spine, and merge under the arm as part of the raglan sleeve construction.

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We want to thank all of you who stopped by the Spinnery booth to introduce yourselves. You had a chance to see what we’ve been working on and touch and see our yarns in person.  We hope that you’ll return next year with new projects to share with us or that we may have inspired you to come to Vermont for a visit to the Spinnery so that we don’t have to wait that long to see you again!

Bringing a little bit of Vermont Autumn to you

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

The fall color is really starting to pop here in Putney, Vermont.  Every day, our commute into the Spinnery is a breathtaking pleasure and we all count ourselves lucky to be living here.

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It is also our pleasure to bring a little bit of that vibrant color to you in the form of our blended and hand-painted skeins.  Our design team works hard to capture the amazing palette that nature inspires.

We are heading out to two festivals over the next couple of weeks and we hope that our travels will bring us (and our yarn) a bit closer to you.  We know how difficult it can be to choose a color online.  And we love having the chance to share our yarns with our friends and customers in person so that they can touch and see the skeins for themselves.

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This weekend October 18th and 19th we will be at the New York Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY.  We are bringing our new samples, patterns, and skeins, as well as a few freshly cast-off sweaters to model.

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Then early next week, Eric and Maureen are headed west!  They will be bringing our little shop to the Chicago area where they will be participating in Vogue Knitting LIVE October 24th – 26th.

On their way they will be making a special stop with our friends at D’ Vine in Shipshewana, IN.  They are hosting us for a special event on Wednesday October 22nd from 2pm-4pm.

We will be showcasing our one-of-a-kind hand-painted fingering weight skeins as well as sweater quantities of our new Mewesic yarn.  This will be a unique opportunity for those of you in that area to see these yarns in person.  We’ll also have samples that you can try on and some great pattern suggestions that may inspire your next project.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Postcards from Wisconsin

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Maureen and Kate headed to Jefferson, Wisconsin earlier this week to bring a little bit of Putney, Vermont to the Midwest.  They are participating in the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival that runs through this weekend.

They left the Spinnery on Tuesday morning and headed west.  They have been sharing photos on our Facebook page and so we’ve been able to track their progress across roughly 1,000 miles.  They are now smack dab in the middle of corn country where the surrounding fields are as green as our mountains.

 

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They set up a booth in the “Country Store” of the Festival and are now showcasing our yarns in a space that has a bit more square footage than our shop here at the Spinnery.

 

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The local fiber fans couldn’t be more warmly welcoming and enthusiastic.  Friends new and old have been arriving at the booth to find out what’s new and share what they have been working on.  Here you can see our friend Cathy with her newly finished Putney Mountain Vest.  This pattern is part of the Spinnery’s most recent e-book publication: Green Mountain Weekend.

 

 

 

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Beautiful yarn, roving and fleece are just the tip of the iceberg of what this festival has to offer visitors.  There are several barns temporarily housing all kinds of livestock that have traveled almost as far to showcase the special qualities of their breeds.  Throughout the weekend there will be shearing demonstrations, sheep dog trials, as well as a few carefully timed births of new lambs.

Kate missed the moment of this particular arrival, but she was able to find a new lamb with its mother nestled in the straw of their pen.

 

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As their day ended and they headed off to dinner and a sound night’s sleep, the girls were charmed by yet another surprise: a double rainbow made a brief appearance after a passing rain shower.

 

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It has been a wonderful working holiday, giving the gals a chance to see another corner of the country and share the last bit of summer with friends new and old.  This Festival marks the beginning of the fall knitting season, and they have enjoyed getting a chance to see what folks in Wisconsin are eager to cast on for as they start thinking about cooler weather.

Next week, we’ll be officially introducing our new sport weight 100% wool yarn; Mewesic.  The folks in Wisconsin received a sneak preview of the yarn we’ve been working on all summer, and they are thrilled with the beautiful new colors.

We’ll be able to share more details of this yarn with you next week, so be sure to check back to be among the first to see what we have in store for you.

Our Annual Tent Sale begins May 23rd!

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