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Our Sugar Season Knitting Retreat

January 24th, 2015

Our favorite “knitting enabler” and upcoming Knitting Retreat teacher Lorilee Beltman shared some more details about the workshop that she is organizing for us. We wanted to pass this along to you so that you can consider joining our group this Spring.

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© Lorilee Beltman

Our introduction to Vertical Stranded knitting will begin on Saturday morning. Lorilee will guide us through the history of this technique from its use in Rovaniemi knitting, as a substitute for duplicate stitch in argyle, and even as it appears in a Japanese stitch dictionary. We’ll learn how to manage the strands and how to address the stitches so things operate smoothly for you.

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We’ll play with simple zigs and zags, color between lace, and purl-only columns that look like caterpillars. Most students will tackle three motifs during this session.

After a delicious lunch featuring local ingredients and a bit of free time to explore Putney we’ll regroup for our afternoon class session.

Building on our morning swatch, we’ll continue exploring adding color to different fabrics: garter stitch and cables in particular. This will give us hands on practice learning the basics of vertically stranded color work as applied to our favorite knit fabrics.

Our evening will be spent with a convivial dinner and a surprise activity.

Then bright and early on Sunday morning, we’ll dive into a project! Lorilee has designed a cowl pattern as a template into which the knitter can plug their choice of the motifs we’ve learned. You could also knit the free pattern as written – as a sampler of several ways to let color climb. Not a cowl fan? Not to worry, Lorilee will also provide a wristlet pattern option as well.

We’ll close the weekend with a show and tell of Lorilee’s most recent explorations as inspiration. We’ll discuss how to include your new coloring tool in existing patterns and have a Q & A.

Our Knitter’s Weekends are always a treat. With an intimate group, we can ensure that you have plenty of support while you are learning. And there is sure to be plenty of laughter and sharing. Come and make new friends or organize a small group of your own to meet and knit together free from the distractions of home.

We hope that you will be able to join the fun. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-321-9665 with any questions you have about registering.

Jill Draper makes fun stuff!

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!

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© Jill Draper

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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!

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

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.

 

What’s next?

December 27th, 2014

The imminent New Year has us thinking about our resolutions and intentions for 2015.  While we love knitting and crochet, we thought it might be fun to start our New Year rounding out our crafty skills.

We spent a little bit of time this morning browsing the class selection on Craftsy.com and each found a class to kick off the beginning of January with a new skill!  These fun online classes provide a crafty “education designed to help you succeed: with Craftsy you can learn when, where, and how you like.”

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Tracy is excited about Peter Reinhart’s Pizza Class.  Lauren had a hard time choosing just one of the weaving classes available.  Kate is interested in learning how to draw and is excited about Paul Heaston’s Sketching Class for beginners.  And Larisa is interested in Alton DuLaney’s Paper Arts Class.

The Craftsy class selection is robust and you’ll find multiple classes to choose from in Sewing & Quilting, Cooking, Yarn & Fiber Arts, Art & Photography, Home & Garden, and more.

We hope that you’ll check it out and perhaps start your New Year with a fun new skill that may become your next passion.

A treat for you

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.

A new pattern from the pages of a fairytale

December 13th, 2014

We have released a new pattern this week that you may find irresistible: Maisie designed by Cap Sease.

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This magical little red riding hood is sized for pint sized folks aged 2-4.  And we think it is darling.  The pattern calls for up to three skeins of any of our worsted weight yarns: Weekend Wool, Mountain Mohair, or the softest of the bunch: Green Mountain Green.

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While local temperatures have dropped below the “in between” Fall and Spring range that is perfect for this little poncho, this quick knit can be cast on and ready for the Spring thaw in no time.

You’ll enjoy working on the delicate cabling that decorates all sides and wraps around the edge of the hood.  This is a great pattern to work on through this Winter’s chill.

Give us a call or visit us to explore our rich spectrum of color options.  We look forward to your visit.

A few gift ideas

December 6th, 2014

We had a wonderful time last weekend greeting visitors from all over the country who dropped in to the Spinnery during Putney’s 36th Annual Craft Tour.  We opened our doors to new friends and offered all who were interested tours of our facility.  By walking through the mill and explaining how our yarn is created, we were able to share our story and our passion for beautiful fiber.

Along with our tours we also offered our guests a chance to buy a selection of our “retired” shop samples.  These hand knit sweaters and accessories are destined to make wonderful holiday gifts this season for thrifty shoppers who won’t have to rush to finish knitted projects for friends and family on their gift list.

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There are a few remaining samples that are now available on our website.  If you are running short on holiday knitting time, take a minute to browse our selection.  You might find a perfect gift among them!

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We also have a shop full of great stocking stuffers: from crafty magazines, project totes, bottles of Eucalan, needles, hooks, and tools of all kinds.  We hope that if you are in the market for a crafty or handmade gift, you’ll stop in or give us a call.  We can offer you all kinds of suggestions that we hope will take a bit of the guesswork out of your holiday purchasing.

 

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

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.

An exclusive event

November 25th, 2014

We have been working hard this week sprucing up the Spinnery in anticipation of the 36th annual Putney Craft Tour that will occur later this week.  We are thrilled to be a part of America’s oldest craft tour.

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We will be open from 9am – 5:30pm on Friday, 10am – 5:30pm on Saturday, and 10 – 5pm on Sunday.  We’ll be offering tours of the Spinnery and some special items will be available for sale on a first come first served basis.  Our “retired” antique spinning bobbins will be available for $5 each.

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We have dozens of hand knit shop samples that could make perfect holiday gifts!  We can save you hours of crafting time over the next month, and perhaps even offer you something that you’d like to wear yourself this winter.

We are offering our adult sweaters for $50 each, adult vests for $30 each, children’s sweaters for $25 and accessories of all kinds for $15.

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And this one-of-a-kind hand woven shawl is $100 and all of the proceeds will be donated to the Putney Food Shelf.

We are looking forward to this weekend, and hope that you will be able to join the fun.

ANNUAL WINTER SALE!

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