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Fiber Festival Season!

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Fiber festivals are a feast for your senses: seeing what others choose to wear and the colorful yarns, hearing the animals, smelling the “yarn fumes” and touching the fibers! Some fiber enthusiasts like to go in to a fiber event, such as Rhinebeck (a.k.a. the New York Sheep & Wool Festival), and see which yarn calls to them. For others, it is best to go in with a list and have a specific purchase already in mind. While we can’t say which way will work the best for you, it is a good idea to have a general list in mind for either a certain color you are looking for or yarn to finally see in person, in addition to a project you would like to make.

The GMS Booth at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Show

Why not take a step from our Fall KAL / CAL? We are inviting our fans and friends to go on a “Virtual Vermont Hike” with us – hike a “Side-to-Side” trail by making a project that uses 2 skeins of yarn (at least 200 yards) or hike “End-to-End” with a project that takes 4 skeins (at least 500 yards). There is already much chatter in our Ravelry group with ideas for each trail.

What can you make with 2 skeins? Fall and winter accessories are a great choice. Here we have, from left to right: Lauren’s Hat, Ascutney Aran Hat (each in Mountain Mohair or Weekend Wool) and the Turkish Rose Mittens (Alpaca Elegance).

Are you ready to sink your teeth into a larger project? These are just a few of our patterns that will take at least 4 skeins or more! From left to right: Little Billy Goat (Capricorn), Addie McGlone (Cotton Comfort or Sylvan Spirit), and Cap’s Comfy Cardigan (Mountain Mohair).

We hope that you are able to attend a fiber event this fall, and if it is one we are scheduled to attend, please stop by to say “Hello”. Part of the fun for us is to see what you have knit and hear about your plans for our yarn. Of course, you can feel free to share your new stash enhancements in our Ravelry group, on our Facebook page, or even Tweet us right from the festival!

Pattern Round Up & Shop Hop Time!

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

There a number of new patterns published recently that feature Green Mountain Spinnery yarns. Don’t leave your projects behind as the days warm up! Keep your yarn and needles nearby as you are sure to want a project to work on while waiting at the airport, riding in the car, or just relaxing on your porch.

Did you spot Jackaroo, by Amy Herzog, in the newest issue of knitty? Worked in Maine Organic, this jacket is warm (but not too warm), and sure to be a go-to staple in your wardrobe.  As with all of Amy’s designs, the construction lends itself to modifications so you will have a sweater you love that is a perfect fit for you! Stripes are a summer staple and are given a fresh look in Julia Farwell-Clay’s Albers Pullover. You can find this pattern in the Summer 2013 Interweave Knits. Our Cotton Comfort combines the pure softness of organic cotton with the elasticity and delicacy of fine wool.

We are very excited to also draw your attention to a these crochet patterns. The Bella Vesta, by Maureen Clark, is not only stylish but will provide you with a touch of warmth for those cool nights. You will need 4-6 skeins of Cotton Comfort or Sylvan Spirit, depending on size. Marly Bird designed the Fun in the Sun Cover-up for the Summer 2013 issue of Love of Crochet. Cotton Comfort comes in both bright and subtle colorways; we have something for everyone!

The I-91 Shop Hop is happening June 27 through 30, giving you four days to explore eleven great yarn shops along the I-91 corridor between Connecticut and Vermont. The Green Mountain Spinnery is the Vermont anchor and we do hope you will make a point to visit us and replenish your stash for those fall sweaters you want to knit! You can purchase your passport for $5 and you will receive a map of the shops and a bright tote bag to carry your purchases. There are great prizes daily in each of the shops and if you visit all of the participating shops you will be entered to win $550 in gift certificates plus yarn, books, tools & accessories plus a $50 gift certificate from every shop participating in the Shop Hop!

 

Indulging in 2013!

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

We hope your New Year has gotten off on the right foot! Many people look for ways to re-energize and renew their spirit in January after excitement of the holidays settles down.  Here at The Spinnery, we  have a few ideas to help you accomplish this.

Our Winter Yarn Sale is going on now through the end of January (while supplies last). If you didn’t find any Green Mountain Spinnery yarns among your holiday gifts this is a great time to indulge and treat yourself! Maybe your stash was depleted when you knit or crocheted all those holiday gifts? Introduce a few favorites to your stash to inspire you  as you consider your upcoming projects for 2013.

 

 

Weekend1Our 2-ply worsted Wonderfully Woolly has been discontinued to make room for our new yarn Weekend Wool, a limited selection is available now! The full line will be available in February. Many of the best loved colorways of Wonderfully Woolly along with some lovely new shades will be featured in this blend of 100% wool sourced from farms in New England and across the US.  The result is a lofty yet durable yarn with great stitch definition.  Many of our best loved colors Lichen, Poppy, Deep Lake, and Pumpkin appear again in this line along with lovely new dyed shades and harmonious naturals. We will be bringing this with us to Vogue Knitting Live! in New York City this weekend, make sure you stop by our booth and be among the first to check out this new yarn!

Another way to treat yourself and re-energize your knitting is to participate in the Sugar Season Knitting Retreat! Join us at the Saxtons River Inn in Saxtons, Vermont, March 22 – 24, for a relaxing weekend of knitting and companionship. Our featured teacher is Amy Herzog of Fit To Flatter fame, who will lead the group in an exploration of the tools you need to produce sweaters perfect for your figure every time you pick up the needles. There will also be plenty of time to explore the area, shop at our yarn store and to sit and knit. The price for the weekend ranges from $430 – $550, depending on the room, and includes the cost of your room, the workshops and meals for the weekend.

We look forward to hearing about your yarn purchases and project plans in our Ravelry group and Facebook page. You can also share your excitement with other Green Mountain Spinnery fans are already signed up for the retreat. We will see you there!

Tucking In 2012

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

What a year it has been! Here at the Green Mountain Spinnery we are under a blanket of fresh snow and enjoying the calm and quiet that comes between the holidays and New Year’s. We wanted to take a moment to reflect on all that has happened in 2012 and let you know what we are looking forward to for 2013!

2012 had many highlights! Our beautiful bulky yarn, Capricorn, was introduced.  Spinnery yarns were  used in many wonderful patterns published by the Spinnery,  independent designers and major publications such as Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Love of Knitting and Twist Collective, almost 50 in total! GMS also traveled across the country to bring our Vermont yarns to the many fiber festivals and industry events.  Our Knitter’s in the Green Mountains Weekend was a big success with Amy Christoffers coming in to share her expertise.

In 2013 we will be introducing a new yarn, Weekend Wool. You are sure to enjoy this all-American, 2-ply worsted weight yarn which will be available in colors you know and love! Here are a few behind-the-scenes pictures of this new yarn in progress.

In the coming year we are looking forward to more fiber events and wonderful patterns! We hope to you will make a point to stop by our booths at Vogue Knitting Live! in New York City in January and Stitches West in Santa Clara, California in February. In March, you can look forward to a “Sugar Season Knitting Retreat” hosted by the Spinnery at the Saxtons River Inn, in Saxtons River, Vermont with Amy Herzog, of Fit to Flatter fame!

We enjoy talking with so many of our friends and fans in our Ravelry group and Facebook page. Being able to share photos from the mill or what we are working on, and hear about your projects makes what we do so much fun! We hope that you have had an enjoyable holiday season and are able to make time to pick up your needles or hook!

Eucalan & Green Mountain Spinnery

Friday, November 16th, 2012

The goals of Green Mountain Spinnery are simple: to create yarns of the highest quality, to help sustain regional sheep farming, and to develop environmentally sound ways to process natural fibers. Did you know that one way we are able to do this is by using Eucalan, which is non-toxic, biodegradable and phosphate free? We are pleased to participate in the Eucalan Wrapture blog tour so we can share with you how we use this great product!

Here at our spinning mill, we do add spinning oil to the fleece before it goes into the carding machine.  A final wash with Eucalan removes the spinning oil and allows the yarn to bloom.  We do this in a center spindle washer that is filled with warm water and Eucalan.  The skeins are place in the water around the center spindle and allowed to soak for twenty minutes. We keep the washer lid up. After the soaking, the machine is set to spin and spin out. The skeins are then hung on a rack to dry.

We also recommend using wool wash products like Eucalan on your finished items as well! The Eucalan line has several scent options,  and the newest one is Wrapture by designer Kristin Omdahl, infused with the beneficial essential oil of Night Bloom Jasmine. Like all Eucalan scents, Wrapture contains a touch of lanolin to naturally condition fibers and keep static to a minimum. Here in New England, we’ve already had a taste of winter weather! When you dig out your favorite hat, scarf, mittens or socks give them a pre-season wash, and treat your handknits with the care they deserve!

We want to share Eucalan’s latest scent, Wrapture, with you! If you would like to win a 100mL bottle of Wrapture, please come on over to our Ravelry group and leave a comment in the Eucalan thread we have there. A winner will be selected at random on Friday, November 23, 2012.

 

November Knits Blog Tour: Market Jacket & Thayer Street

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

 

 

What comes to mind when you think of fall? At The Spinnery, in Putney, VT, we think of leaf-peeping in early October,  hiking with great views in great temperatures and no bugs, and bundling up in hand-knit sweaters.  November Knits is a new book by designers Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn. Here they act as “curators” of the twenty-three projects, two of which feature Green Mountain Spinnery yarns!

 

The Market Jacket is designed by Tanis Gray and is knit up in the ever classic Mountain Mohair.   As Tanis herself says on the Ravelry pattern page, “The three-quarter-length sleeves in this coat leave your arms and hands free to explore, while the wool/ mohair blend provides warmth. The cable-and-lace pattern reminds me of the vegetation on the forest floor, and the heathered yarn, with its golds, reds, and oranges, evokes the colors of changing leaves.”  This time of year is just about peak leaf-peeping season, and we agree that the Spice colorway of Mountain Mohair truly evokes the foliage.  Mountain Mohair is available in over thirty colors and would look fabulous in a more vibrant or more subtle hue that reflects your personality!  We create this premium yarn by hand, selecting the softest yearling mohair and spinning it with fine wool. It is also our best selling and longest running yarn; it is about 25 years old!

 

 

 

 

The second garment in November Knits is the Thayer Street Cardigan designed by Melissa Wherle uses Local Color, our DK-weight 100% U.S. Grown Certified Organic wool.  Inspired by school colors, fall sports, and rooting for the home team, this sweater is a modern take on the classic varsity cardigan, sans letter. Stripes are one of the easiest ways to introduce multiple colors in knitting- the combination of different stripe patterns makes them that much more interesting.  Our Local Color yarn comes from wool grown in New Mexico on the Manzares Ranch. Shown here in the Dark Indigo and Fern colorways, this yarn is dyed in small batches using Earthues Natural Dye Extracts mordanted with alum. This gentle handling maximizes the softness and elasticity of the natural fibers.

 

Interweave Press  has provided us with a copy of November Knits to give to one lucky commenter on this thread in our Ravelry group.  The winner will also receive 2 skeins of Mountain Mohair yarn! Please leave a comment letting us know what comes to mind when you think of fall! Did you know that here in Vermont many refer to the month of November as “Stick Season” ? It is too early for snow (usually) and too late for foliage.  Our colleague Laurie loves fall and November for being deer season! We will randomly draw a winner on October 18, 2012.  Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour – the next stop is scheduled to happen at Veera Valimaki’s blog.

Pictures from Sugar Season Retreat 2011

Monday, March 14th, 2011

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Annual Fall Knitters’ Weekend

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Announcing our Annual Fall Knitters’ Weekend

November 5-7, 2010

with designer
Alison Green Will
see her work here

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