The I-91 Shop Hop Bag Day is coming up soon on Saturday March 14th.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And Eric has started a deliciously cozy brioche textured cowl that will be a delight to wear through our coldest months this winter.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November is quickly approaching, and we are starting to get excited about this fall’s Knitter’s Weekend. It is the perfect time of year to be in New England enjoying the fall color and the crisp air. The golden light is magical and we hope that you can come and experience it for yourself.
Nancy Marchant will be joining us in Putney, Vermont the weekend of November 7th-9th to teach the brioche stitch. This is a great opportunity to addluscious texture and stunning, reversible patterns to your knitting. For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with the brioche stitch you can learn the basics in the video below.
We’ll be publishing a pattern shortly. In the meantime, you may want to peruse the hundreds of FREE brioche patterns available on Ravelry. You will be stunned by the beauty and versatility of this stitch.
We hope that you will consider adding the brioche stitch to your knitting repertoire. It is a wonderful technique that could provide you with a winter season full of fun new projects that will keep you extra warm with squishably soft ribs of beautiful color that will fly off your needles.
Last weekend’s I-91 Shop Hop was a hoot! It was great fun meeting new friends and introducing them to what we do here at the Spinnery. Many of our first-time visitors didn’t realize that we make everything that we have available in the shop. From fleece to skein we do it all right here!
As time permitted, we brought as many folks as we could out back into the thick of things so that they could see the different stages of our production process, and all of the amazing old machinery that makes it possible. If you missed your chance, you can learn a bit more about the Spinnery on our virtual tour.
But you just can’t beat the real thing, so plan on coming back as soon as you can and we can bring you “behind the scenes”. Bring your 15% off coupon for extra savings in the shop from now until the end of August.
More Hoppers than ever turned in their passports with us this year. We hope that all of you on the Hop enjoyed your adventure, and that you used the trip to reconnect with friends, find new yarns and patterns, and get inspired by all of the beautiful finished projects you saw along the way.
Many of you will be casting on for the Shop Hop’s mystery KAL project. We know that you’ll find some great support on the discussion board that you’ll find here.
Many of you took home our special “Sock Hop” kit. We wanted to be sure that you had the link you needed to browse the FREE shawl and scarf patterns that we found on Ravelry that could be used to make something not “socky” with your new skein of yarn, if you so choose.
We hope that all of you who visited will join our group on Ravelry and share the details of what you create with our yarns. We can’t wait to see what you want to work on.
And we have some exciting news to share with you! Keep those tote bags that you were given to you along with your passport…
A mystery sale has been planned for Saturday March 14th, 2015. Visitors who bring their totes to the sale will be eligible for special savings that we’ll be able to tell you more about in upcoming months.
We would like to thank all of you who participated, as well as the wonderful sponsors who generously contributed to the 44 goodie bags that were raffled off this weekend. I think it’s fair to say that a great time was had by all!