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Jill Draper makes fun stuff!

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Last June, Jill Draper encouraged us to try something new. As one of our favorite custom yarn dyers and designers we were eager to oblige. She wanted to try creating an ombre striping yarn by carding already dyed wool instead of dying finished skeins.

Jill and her Mom brought beautiful wool fiber to the Spinnery in two natural shades and some brilliant dyed in the wool colors in both warm and cool spectrums. We cranked up the machines to see what was possible.

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Here you can see bobbins of her beautiful yarn fresh from the steamer after having been spun.

Just this week, as she was preparing to head to Vogue Knitting Live in NYC she announced on Ravelry and via Instagram that her new yarn was going to be making its debut this weekend!

© Jill Draper

© Jill Draper

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© Jill Draper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rifton is a single ply, fine USA grown and spun wool yarn, approximately 21.5 microns, and lives somewhere between a stripe and an ombré. Because the batch was a first for both us and Jill, the cakes of this beautiful yarn have unique yardages. Jill will ensure that each skein has the yardage noted, please check yardage needed as this is a single batch yarn.

We can’t wait to see what crafters make with these skeins. If you aren’t headed to New York, you may be able to find a few skeins in her Etsy Shop next week.

Our January Sale is off to a great start!

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

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.

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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.

 

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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 look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Happy New Year

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

The arrival of 2015 has us at the Spinnery looking ahead with new resolutions and intentions as well as reflecting over the past year of projects.  We’ve been looking back through our Ravelry project pages remembering each of the items that were completed this year and what was going on in our lives as those stitches were made.

We thought we would share our favorite projects with you this week.  These may inspire you to cast on for something similar, or get a little bit of new joy out of projects of your own that you are proud of.

 

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All of us at the Spinnery were excited as the first skeins of our new Mewesic yarn made their way through production.  This fall all of us cast on eagerly to play with the new yarn and get a sense of how it knit up.  Eric made a stunning new sample of the Wonderland Gloves pattern using Sandman, Brickhouse, and Evergreen.  The contrasting colors pop beautifully and the dense gauge of the gloves ensures satisfying warmth for your hands.

 

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Kate used a similar color scheme for her first stranded color work project, Ysolda Teague’s Pyukkleen Cowl pattern.  She found that the stitches just flew along her needles.  By trying something new after years of knitting, she has opened up a whole new world of projects that she is eager to try her hand at.

 

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Maureen’s favorite project of 2014 is the Summerhill cardigan designed by ANNESTRiCK (modeled by Kate above).  This beautiful sweater knit up with Spinnery Sylvan Spirit in the Sterling color included her first contiguous shoulder.  The technique results in the look of a set in sleeve with the convenience of a top-down construction.  And with the included lacework of this pattern the result is stunning!

Larisa has selected one of her most recently finished projects as her favorite.  Her Gold Rush Shawl designed by Amy Christoffers is a shop favorite knit up with the rich dark Evergreen color of Mewesic.

 

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All of us enjoyed the KAL that had us working on this lovely shawl through the holiday season.  It was fun to check in with one another around the “water cooler” and see who had progressed further through the charts.

As you look ahead to 2015 with resolutions or intentions for your craft, we hope that if there are particular projects or some new knitting skills you are eager to master, that we at the Spinnery can help make that happen for you.  Our biannual Knitting Retreats have provided many crafters with a warm and friendly environment to learn exciting new techniques.

And if you are a Vermont (or southern New Hampshire) local, you may  find that our Community Knit Night on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings of every month from 5:30-7:30pm is a wonderfully supportive and nurturing group. Many a new knitter has found answers, suggestions, and other help from friendly neighbors around our work table.

All of us at the Spinnery wish you the happiest of New Years and hope that we’ll be seeing you soon.

 

A treat for you

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Several seasons ago we sent a few dozen skeins of our New Mexico organic yarn to our friend Roy Kady in order to be hand painted. We received a wonderful care package this month filled with gorgeous skeins from the Navajo Nation that we want to share with you as a little holiday present.

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We have small quantities of limited edition Hand Painted New Mexico Organica 100% Fine Wool (Rambouillet) grown in New Mexico and hand dyed by the indigenous Diné (Navajo) community.

Using traditional methods of dying has resulted in a subdued palette of natural tones that reflect the high desert environment of the American Southwest. The skeins are named for the plants used to create each hue.

Even more exciting, part of the proceeds from the sales of these skeins will benefit the artists who painted them, allowing us to give back to the Native American community that is such a vital part of our heritage.

We hope that you’ll take a look at these skeins on our website, or visit our little shop to enjoy the colors in person. They are $15 each and will disappear quickly.

One skein (or less) wonders: M”ewe”sic

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

A few weeks ago Kate finished a beautiful stranded cowl designed by Ysolda Teague: Pyukleen.  We love the way this cowl knit up with 6 gorgeous tweedy our Mewesic.

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She had leftovers of four of the colors that were close to complete skeins.  She and Larisa spent some time on Ravelry looking for projects that can be finished with about 150 yards or less of DK weight yarn.  We found some great accessory patterns that can be quickly finished with singles skeins that you may want to consider for your last minute knitted gifts.

With the first of December just a couple of days away, we know that there is no time to waste.

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Eric’s Glovelets are a perfect gift!  These wrist warmers can be knit up with a skein or less of Spinnery Mewesic.  They are shown above in the Atlantis color.  You could also use a single skein of Mountain Mohair for a denser, warmer pair.

Kate knit up a version of Olga Buraya-Kefelian’s Sabi Hat with a single skein of Brickhouse.  This beanie is a fun knit whose crisp stitch pattern might appeal to both men and women on your gift list.

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The “high tide” beanie version of the new Spinnery Ebb Tide Hats can be knit up with less than a skein’s worth of Mewesic.  You can find more information in last week’s post.

And if you are willing to splurge on two skeins, you can make a Jul Hat designed by Jenny Gordy.  Larisa knit hers up with just over a single skein of the Diamonds & Rust color.

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Many of us at the Spinnery are busy knitting up our own collection of hand made gifts and we’ll have more project photos and suggestions to share with you as we approach the holidays.

We hope that you’ll give us a call at 800-321-9665 if you’d like us to provide you with some additional suggestions or better yet, we hope that you’ll have a chance to visit in person.  We’ look forward to seeing you soon.

A new pattern just in time for holiday knits

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

We’ve released a new pattern this week that you may want to take a closer look at.  This is the Ebb Tide Hats pattern designed by Kate Salomon.  The pattern includes instructions for two version of the hat: a “low tide” slouch and a “high tide” beanie.

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This hat was inspired by long walks on the Cape Cod National Seashore.  We love the texture reminiscent of tide washed sand and windswept dunes. 

Knit up with Mewesic, with its rustic good looks and tweedy rich color, this hat knits up into a medium weight cap that drapes beautifully and wears well. Style, yarn, and two versions of the pattern combine into the perfect accessory for him or her!

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The pattern calls for a bit less than a single skein of DK weight yarn for the smaller beanie version and would look great with any of our DK yarns such as our New Mexico Organic (as seen above), our Cotton Comfort or our Alpaca Elegance.

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The 50/50 alpaca blend will provide beautiful drape for the “low tide” slouch hat which requires just over a single skein.  You’ll have plenty of yarn left over for some fingerless mitts!

This pattern may make for a fun collection of hand made gifts for everyone on your list this year.  Give us a call at 800-321-9665 and we can help you find the perfect colors for everyone you’d like to knit a “little something” for.

 

Rhinebeck projects

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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!

Bringing a little bit of Vermont Autumn to you

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Maureen has designed a new sweater

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

We have a new Spinnery sweater pattern to share with you that beautifully highlights our new Mewesic yarn.

 

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Maureen was inspired by one of the first vivid colors we created this summer and started swatching.  This lace pattern became the basis for her new cardigan.  Passionate Kisses is named after the color she chose to knit with.

We love how the botanical lace pattern highlights the rich tweedy color.  It also creates a lightweight fabric that will ensure your finished sweater is versatile during the change of seasons.  Fall here in New England can bring dramatic temperature changes during the course of a typical day and this sweater is a stylish layering piece that is as beautiful as it is functional.

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Maureen designed the scooped neck to be clasped with just three buttons at the neck, but you could add buttons all the way down the band if you’d prefer.

The pattern uses a seamed construction, a modified set in sleeve, and is worked in pieces from the bottom up.  It is a great choice for intermediate knitters eager to try out our new yarn with a larger project.

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Which color would you cast on with?

A new sweater for you to consider

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Occasionally, a pattern that turns up on Raverly, Facebook or Pinterest that gets our attention.  This week, Isabell Kraemer’s Audrey Cardigan has been the talk of the Spinnery as all of us realized that we’d added it to our must-knit lists.

© Isabell Kraemer

© Isabell Kraemer

“Worked in one piece from the top down, the sweater features reversible front borders and elegant shaping. Faux raglan, back and doubled side seams add visual interest. The optional longer sleeves include thumb openings which make the cuffs function like built-in fingerless mitts – perfect for those cooler days!”

We all agreed that we loved the boxy shape, the faux seams, and best of all: the long sleeves that could double as wrist warmers.

© 2014 Swans Island

© 2014 Swans Island

The asymmetric front can be belted closed, clasped with a shawl pin, buttoned, or left open.  The myriad ways in which this sweater can be worn made it attractive to all of us although we typically have widely disparate ideas about what we want in a sweater.

Another commonality was that all of us selected Spinnery Weekend Wool as our yarn of choice.  Our 11 colors can provide many compelling combinations.  Here are the ones that we selected:

Maureen selected Lichen  for her main color and Pine Warbler for her accent color.

Maureen chose Lichen for her main color and Pine Warbler for her accent color.

Lauren chose Natural Dark for her main color and Pine Warbler for her accent color

Lauren chose Natural Dark for her main color and Pine Warbler for her accent color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracy chose Deep Lake for her main color and Pine Warbler for her contrast color.

Tracy chose Deep Lake for her main color and Pine Warbler for her accent color.

 

You’ll notice that Pine Warbler was a very popular choice for that bright pop of color at the bottom of the body and sleeves.  Its vibrant hue works nicely with the differing main colors and the combinations couldn’t be more individual, from subtle to vibrant.

Kate and Larisa didn’t stray far from the neutral grey background pictured above, but each has her own idea of what she’d prefer for those deep cuffs.

Larisa selected Natural Grey as her main color and Blue Jay for her contrast color.

Larisa selected Natural Grey for her main color and Blue Jay for her accent color.

Kate selected Natural Grey for her main color and Mewesic Brick House (held double) for her contrast color.

Kate selected Natural Grey for her main color and Mewesic Brick House (held double) for her accent color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What colors of Weekend Wool do you gravitate towards?  You may also want to consider using Spinnery Mountain Mohair for an even larger array of color combinations to select from.  We can’t wait to see what you choose to work with!

 

 

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