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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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