As the first skeins of Lana moved through production, Maureen began envisioning a gradient version of this 100% wool fingering weight yarn.
With faded vintage cotton fabrics in mind, Maureen worked with Laurie on a blended yarn that combined increasing amounts of bale dyed wool to undyed fiber to create a very gradual gradient that extends over hundreds of yards.
Since the color change is so gradual, we decided to offer the yarn in a three skein bundle that includes all three different shades of color. This means that you’ll have 1200 yards of beautifully elastic lofty yarn to play with for all kinds of light weight projects.
The yarn works well at a wide range of gauges. Kate has used a US 3 for roughly 6 stitches per inch and Maureen has been using a US 7 and achieved a lush 4 1/2 stitches per inch.
Maureen cast on without delay and has already created a new Spinnery pattern that features the soft blue Dungarees yarn: Jordache — named for the acid washed skinny jeans we all tried to squeeze into in the 80’s.
Summertime is perfect for fond nostalgia, and what better way to re-invent a retro fashion trend, than to give it a new spin that makes it more wearable and more useful. This generous shawl features a comforting elasticity that makes wearing it feel like a soft embrace. (A far more pleasant experience than wriggling into our favorite jeans from High School).
Maureen’s pattern is beautifully charted for easy success. The large sections of repeated texture make it readily memorized; it could be a perfect project for travel knitting. We hope that your summer holidays give you plenty of time for relaxed stitching.
This week Kristin Tendyke’s new Goblet Cardigan has been pre-released by the folks at Interweave. This pattern is part of a collection from the designers featured in the upcoming Fall edition of Love of Knitting. We love the classic lines of this sweater.
The Goblet Cardigan has a generous range of sizing options from 30¾ to 53½” bust circumference, buttoned. (the sweater shown above measures 38¼”; modeled with ¼” of positive ease.)
This classic cardigan uses the same Juniper Cotton Comfort yarn you saw featured here a few weeks ago when we announced the arrival of Maureen Clark’s new Coming up Spring cardigan. (the sweater shown below measures 44″; modeled with 9″ of positive ease.)
Both patterns can be knit up with between 7-11 skeins of the delightful soft and bouncy blend of 80% wool and 20% cotton. The tweedy blend of fibers makes the stockinette sections of both sweaters come alive with interesting texture. And both feature delicate lace details that make each of these sweaters more feminine and fun to knit.
Meghan is shown with another version of the Coming Up Spring Cardigan knit at the 36″ bust size with 1½” of positive ease. Her sweater features the Suede color of Cotton Comfort. As you can see, knitting the pattern with less positive ease results in a very different fit that you may find more appealing.
We’re delighted to have a choice of patterns to play with this summer that can be worked up so beautifully in our favorite summer DK weight yarn; and hope that you’ll take a closer look at both of these projects for a wearable work of art of your own!
The forecast for this weekend is looking as though it might get a little gloomy, so we have brightened up the production floor by filling it with beautiful yarn for sale. Our Tent Sale has moved indoors!
Our annual Tent Sale started yesterday morning and continues here at the Spinnery all weekend (Sat, Sun & Mon 10 am- 5:30 pm). You can also find our discounted skeins in the SALE ITEMS section of the Spinnery website. Our sale prices on these items will continue to be available (while supplies last) through Friday June 17th.
Included among these skeins are unwashed odd weight skeins of many of your favorite yarns. These unwashed skeins still have a light coating of spinning oil on the yarn and they will “bloom” to softness if gently hand washed before knitting. Easy washing instructions will be included with your order.
Odd weight skeins are first quality, but the yarn is, overall, a bit lighter or heavier than in a regular weight skein. When we fill orders for any particular color, all the skeins will be either all heavies or all lights. Check your gauge carefully before starting your project.
Among our selection you’ll find select colorways of:
And there is more! In the shop this weekend are project quantities of discontinued yarns and orphan skeins at just $8 a skein. We have irregular skeins that may have an extra knot or two available at just $2.50 an ounce. These are perfect for crafters who love a bargain and who don’t mind a few extra ends to weave in.
We hope that you’ll be able to shop the sale, either here in person or via the internet. We love the thought of this lovely yarn finding new homes and becoming gorgeous knitwear in the months to come!
Our new Moorit DK yarn was a huge hit when we introduced it to our friends at the Maryland and New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festivals. Folks were delighted by its soft hand and bouncy feel. We were so inspired by their response that we got to work making a fingering weight yarn with the same delicious Merino fiber.
This lovely wool comes from a merino flock raised in Missouri for this unusual dark color. The sheep are bred not for a typical snowy white fleece but for one with rich tones of cinnamon, nutmeg and russet. Our undyed skeins are as unique as the sheep they come from.
Our new Moorit Singles are put up as a single-ply fingering weight yarn with 450 yards per 3.5 oz. skein. This yarn would make a perfect choice for a warm and yet light weight shawl.
We’ll be casting on as the weather gets warmer and hope to have some new samples to share with you before summer’s end. We hope you’ll let us know what your plans are for these yarns, we look forward to seeing what you create!
To accompany the new yarns that we’ve been working on this Spring, we have several new patterns releasing this week that we are very eager to share with you.
All of these new patterns will be making their debut at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival in Friendship, MD this weekend. We hope that you’ll have a chance to visit our booth there to see these samples in person!
The first is a beautifully practical layering cardigan designed by Maureen Clark. Coming Up Spring is knit up with Cotton Comfort for a lighter weight summer sweater. We love having sweaters like this one to transition us through April and May when temperatures tend to vary from day to day and occassionally from hour to hour!
The pattern is knit flat in one piece from the bottom-up. The sleeves are worked separately and seamed in during finishing.
The delicate botanical lace that runs along the bottom border of the sweater as well as cuffs is our favorite part of this feminine design.
We’ve also developed an asymmetrical and reversible shawl called Davis & Fuber (named after the Spinnery’s carding machine that is celebrating its centennial this year). Seen here knit up with three skeins of the limited edition Moorit yarn and a contrasting pop of color supplied by a skein of Passionate Kisses Mewesic.
Kate knit up a larger version of the shawl with 4 skeins of Chai Alpaca Elgance and a pop contrast of a single skein of Mean Mr. Mustard Mewesic. As you can see, the larger version provides a generous amount of fabric to wrap up in during colder months.
And with those colder temperatures in mind, our Granite Cap was designed to ward of winter’s chills.
This unisex beanie has a dense ribbed texture that stretches for a custom fit that feels like a hug. It knits up as quick as a wink with a double strand of Green Mountain Green.
We hope that you enjoy knitting up any of these patterns that strikes your fancy. We’d love to help you with your yarn selections, so plan a visit to the Spinnery or give us a call at 800-321-9665!
Along with our new Moorit yarn, we have two other new additions to the Spinnery offerings: Lana. This 100% wool fingering weight yarn is perfect for lighter summer knits.
We’ve created two contrasting naturals, Blanco (on the right) is created with our fine western wool sourced from Targee sheep; and Gris (on the left) is created with a 50/50 blend of the fine western wool and our fine dark wool. A third color ( a soft medium grey called Plata) is still in production and will be available for sale next week.
This 2-ply yarn is lofty and delicate and sure to knit up into summer weight shawls and garments that will be warm and light as a feather. Each skein is roughly 3.5 ounces and contains 400 yards. Suggested gauge is 8.5 st/inch on US size 1 (2.25 mm) needles, but flowing looser fabrics can be created with needles as large as a US 6 (4 mm).
Kate wasted no time and started working on developing a pattern for a top-down seamless cardigan that she’s been wanting to add to her wardrobe. We imagine that the pattern will be ready to share with you by summer’s end.
In the meantime, Larisa is working on Brooklyn Tweed’s Boardwalk pullover that we can’t wait to see off the needles.
Garments made with this yarn will make for perfect layering pieces, light, warm and easily packed into a bag to accompany you on any summertime adventure.
We hope that you’ll have a chance to see these new yarns at the upcoming Maryland or New Hampshire Festivals, or that your summer holidays bring you to Putney to visit us at the mill. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Parts of the carding machine at the Spinnery are turning 100 this year! This anniversary recently made it into the local paper, and we couldn’t be prouder of our role in breathing new life into an industry that formed much of New England as we know it today.
The behemoth that fills the back of the Spinnery was assembled over 30 years ago from various parts and pieces salvaged from abandoned mills all around New England and Canada. In the early 1980’s the founding members of the co-op spent months travelling far and wide to find the machinery and expertise needed to put it together in working order.
Two giant pieces from Davis & Furber cards manufactured in 1916 are now integral parts of our operation, and help us process an average of 200 pounds of fiber a week. In honor of their centennial we’ve made a new yarn to share with you that is as unique, hard wearing, and classic as the machine that made it: Our new limited edition: Moorit!
This undyed yarn comes from a very special flock of Merino sheep that are being raised for their atypical color. Our friend Andy has been breeding his flock not for the brilliant white fleece that the breed is known for, but a warm cinnamon shade called moorit. We thought that it would be best showcased in springy, delightfully soft 3-ply DK weight yarn.
Our 3 oz. skeins contain approx. 180 yards and are made from some of the finest wool that we have had the pleasure of working with. The yarn has a recommended gauge range of 5-6 stitches to the inch on a range of needle sizes from US 4/3.5 mm to US 7/ 4.5 mm.
Because of the yarn’s 3 plies, it has a very balanced round shape that lends itself beautifully to crisp cables and rich textured stitches. We can’t wait to see what you make with it!
This yarn will be making its debut at the upcoming Sheep & Wool Festivals in Maryland and New Hampshire. We hope that you’ll be able to stop by our booth to get acquainted with it. Or you can visit us at the Spinnery and wish the carding machine a happy birthday!
Larisa spent many hours winding and bundling the Spinnery’s new Mountain Mohair Mini skeins this winter. As she worked, she found herself wanting to create a cowl that would highlight small amounts of our delicious Mountain Mohair.
After a thorough search of the Ravelry database that didn’t turn up what she was envisioning, she designed the cowl that she wanted to wear.
Named after the rural highway that Larisa uses to commute to and from the Spinnery, these fun accessories have chevron striping that is reminiscent of the twists and turns of that beautiful road and the Connecticut River that runs beside it.
Using a full single skein of Mountain Mohair for the main color (on the ribbed bands and between each contrast color stripe) and a bundle of 5 of our Minis, you’ll have enough yarn for both the cowl and matching wrist warmers. Larisa used Blizzard as her main color to act as a soft neutral and played with pop colors for her stripes.
Larisa specifically selected a bundle group that had a mini skein of Goldenrod in it and ended up with a color selection that is a bit reminiscent of a Hudson’s Bay point blanket. She used (from bottom to top) Blueberry, Fern, Goldenrod, Periwinkle, and Rhubarb.
The random selection of colors included in our bundles will allow you to play with your own combination. You could also substitute leftover bits of stash yarn from other projects to create custom stripes of your own design.
We hope that you have fun with Larisa’s new pattern. We can’t wait to see what new color combinations result from it!
In celebration of the beginning of Spring, we have created “bouquets” of fun color for you to play with!
Knowing how popular our worsted weight Mountain Mohair is for color work projects, we have bundled five Mountain Mohair mini skeins into a fun collection of yarn for you to enjoy!
These skeins are each approximately 50 yards, giving you plenty of yardage for small accessories of many colors or a fun way to add a pop of color here and there to other larger projects.
If you are looking for some project inspiration, you might want to take a look at our Mini Mitts. Cap Sease created a fun pair of fingerless mitts using just two of these mini skeins.
A bundle would provide you with the yardage for a couple of pairs. If you wanted matching mitts, you could use the mini skeins for pops of color on a much larger collection of mitts to give as gifts or to match every outfit and mood.
There are hundreds of other accessory project suggestions to be found on Ravelry. Our favorite may be the Algonguin Hats designed by Thea Colman which calls for a single skein of Mountain Mohair as a main color and just 50 yards of a contrast color to create a beanie with a hint of slouch and gorgeous textured color.
The color selection of the Mountain Mohair Minis that you’ll receive is random and sure to compliment each other beautifully. We can’t wait to see what you make with them!