Our production team has been busy this week packing up dozens of boxes of patterns and yarn that will be headed to Santa Clara to be featured in the Green Mountain Spinnery booth at Stitches West. Kate and Maureen will be in booths 817-819 at the Convention Center from February 18th – 21st with our yarns, patterns, and samples to share with you.
They will be featuring a new pattern available as an exclusive kit for Stitches West attendees. The Beinecke Cowl designed by Cap Sease features blocks of garter and lace inspired by Yale University’s landmark library.
This infinity cowl can be created with two skeins of Spinnery Sylvan Spirit. Our exclusive kit will include the pattern, the yarn, and a fun gift, all for $40. Visitors will be able to select their preferred color from our entire line of Sylvan Spirit including the new colors that we created last Spring.
We hope that you’ll mark your calendars and be able to stop by the Spinnery’s home away from home. We have even more to share with you and inspire your next knits.
Happy New Year! To help you celebrate what we hope will be a fiber filled 2016, our Winter Sale begins on the 4th, and you are going to be thrilled with what we have available.
You’ll find discounted skeins of Mountain Mohair, Alpaca Elegance, Mewesic, Cotton Comfort, Sylvan Spirit, Yarn Over, Sock Art and a even more surprises.
Something that we are particularly excited to be able to offer is this gorgeous bulky weight 100% wool. These skeins include 170 yards of a Clun Forest and East Friesian wool blend this has been discounted 40%! Undyed skeins will be available in this beautiful creamy white and Melissa is hard at work hand painting additional skeins that will be revealed on Monday morning.
You can download a copy of our sales flyer here and plan your order this weekend. Early on Monday morning, you’ll be able to find these items in the SALE ITEMS section of the Spinnery website. You may want to make your selections early so that you don’t miss out on the savings that are available while our limited supplies last.
We look forward to hearing from you and we are especially eager to see what you create with these special skeins.
We are very proud to be participants in the oldest continuing Craft Tour in the country. Thanksgiving weekend marks the 37th annual Putney Craft Tour: Friday November 27th – Sunday November 29th. 23 local artists will open their studios from 10am – 5pm and give visitors the chance to see first hand how their creative process works.
We’ll be offering tours at the Spinnery, so that if you haven’t yet seen how we make all our beautiful yarns, this is a perfect opportunity to see how the magic happens. And that’s not all!
Many local restaurants will be offering special meals for the occasion:
The Putney Diner will feature a Thanksgiving after sandwich with turkey, cheddar cheese, stuffing and cranberry sauce on rye bread with fries and coleslaw.
Katy’s Great Foodwill offer a special menu featuring Putney Craft Tour Stir Fry: thinly sliced carrots, scallions, tri-colored peppers, squash, zucchini and rice noodles with a sesame coconut ginger sauce served with steak, chicken, shrimp or tofu. They’ll also be offering Chilliquelles: roasted peppers and tomato chili sauce with a wine braised and house spiced rubbed chicken, corn chips, fresh salsa, sour cream, cilantro and fresh cheddar cheese curds with tow over easy eggs.
The Putney General Store will prepare a different sandwich each day of the tour. Proceeds of the sale of the PCT sandwich will be donated to the Putney Food Shelf.
Saxtons River Inn that is not normally open for lunch will open specially for the tour. The restaurant is famous for its French Onion Soup and that will be the Putney Craft Tour special during the tour.
Popolo in Bellows Falls will feature Harlow Farm Chicken Tagine with Vermont Quince Past, Goat Milk, Black Olives and served with Old Athens Farm Root Vegetables and Greens.
(Participating restaurants include Burdick’s in Walpole, NH; Popolo in Bellows Falls; The Gleanery in Putney, The Putney General Store; J.D. McCliments Pub in Putney; Katy’s Great Food in Putney; Putney Food Coop; The Saxtons River Inn and the Putney Diner.)
Make a day of it and bring friends and family. It may be a welcome break from the bustle of the holiday. You can support local artisans and take care of a bit of holiday shopping while experiencing a charmingly quintessential New England day. We hope to see you soon!
There are just a couple of weeks remaining before our 2015 Knitters in the Green Mountains Weekend. Thea Colman and Ellen Mason will be joining us for a crafty weekend of fun, fiber and festivities on Friday November 6th – Sunday November 9th.
On Saturday, Thea will impress us with her design process as she takes us from yarn thoughts to stitch motifs to actually plotting ideas for a basic design. We’ll put that into practice as we cast on for custom cowls. She’ll follow that up with a session in which we play 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.
On Sunday morning, Ellen will share her creative ways for sculpting a mitten thumb with her “Fried Chicken Mitten” pattern, using two at a time magic loop techniques. Time permitting, she demonstrate a quick sewing project for a darling “runaway” hobo bag that could be used as a project bag or as a reusable gift bag (perfectly timed for the upcoming holiday season).
There are a few spots available, so if your calendar allows, we hope that you can join the fun! More details can be found here and you can call us at 800-321-9665 with questions.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.