We are seeking someone to apprentice for carding and fiber related activities at Green Mountain Spinnery. Our vintage machinery requires good mechanical skills with an ability to diagnose, repair and constantly adapt to ongoing challenges, especially given the huge variety of fiber types that are processed.
This job is very physical, with some heavy lifting.
We want someone who can join us now on a part time basis, but with staying power to eventually become full time.
The Spinnery is a modest company with a very dedicated staff. We are worker owned and there is an opportunity for membership after 2 years employment.
Please submit a resume and/or a description of interest to:
Green Mountain Spinnery
P.O. Box 568
Putney, Vt 05346
Because of the beautiful new Sylvan Spirit that we’ve been working on over the past few weeks, we had some gorgeous waste fiber that we couldn’t resist whipping up into a new color of an old Spinnery favorite: Yarn Over.
Each batch of our Yarn Over includes a unique blend of color and fibers as it’s our way of reusing material that would otherwise go to waste. Don’t you love how leftovers can be mixed up into something fresh and delicious?
In honor of the lunar new year we’ve named this new colorway Year of the Sheep. And these skeins include a blend of carded wool, TENCEL® Lyocell and a bit of mohair that all combine to add great drape and stitch definition to your finished knitwear.
(Lyocell is marketed under the trade name TENCEL®, and a natural derivative of wood pulp from cultivated Southern oak and gum trees grown on land unsuitable for grazing.)
Our 4 oz. / 120 g skeins include approximately 155 yards and the gauge varies depending on your needle size with a range of 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 using size 7 US / 4.5 mm needles to size 10 US/ 6 mm needles.
This Aran weight yarn is ideal for sturdy sweaters and outerwear. Ravelry has pages of pattern suggestions that offer many tempting choices. Larisa is tempted to cast on for the Fiber Co.’s Hiker’s Waistcoat which should be beautiful in this rich tweedy color.
The I-91 Shop Hop Bag Day is coming up soon on Saturday March 14th.
Come into any of the yarn stores that participated in the 2014 I-91 Yarn Crawl (see list below) during store hours on Saturday, March 14th, present a shop hop bag from any of the past I-91 Shop Hops and receive 15% off your entire purchase!
The production team has had a colorful week as a collection of new yarn has moved from fiber to skein. As evidenced by Laurie’s color change spool from the carder, we have been working with such beautiful colors that the combination looks a bit like a geode.
We are working on a total of five new shades of Sylvan Spirit and we can’t wait for you to see them. You were among the first to see our new Hematite shade last week, and this week we have some new colors to share.
From left to right we have Jade, Agate, Aquamarine and Turquoise. These new additions to the Sylvan Spirit spectrum are going to give you a wonderful palette to play with this Spring.
Our 50/50 blend of Wool and TENCEL® Lyocell makes a soft yarn with a satiny sheen. You will love its beautiful drape and spectacular stitch definition. This DK weight yarn includes 180 yards per 2 oz. skein and is a wonderful choice for lighter weight knits that will provide that touch of warmth and comfort we like from Spring and Summer knitwear.
For those of you who are curious, TENCEL is a natural derivative of wood pulp from cultivated Southern oak and gum trees grown on land unsuitable for grazing.
These new colors of Sylvan Spirit are making their debut at Sitches WEST this weekend and we will have skeins available for everyone on our website later next week. We hope that you enjoy working with this yarn as much as we loved making it!
Eric and Maureen are going to be bringing a bit of the Green Mountain Spinnery to the West Coast next week. We will be participating in the STITCHES Market at the Santa Clara Convention Center from Friday February 20th through Sunday the 22nd.
You’ll find us at Booth 817-819 from 10am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday. We hope that you’ll be able to swing by for a visit.
This is a wonderful opportunity to see (and touch) all of our yarns in person. Since you’ve seen us last we’ve introduced a new yarn, our Spinnery Mewesic.
This tweedy blend of bale dyed fine wool is a treat to work with. We have a great selection of new samples to share with you so that you can see how beautifully this DK weight yarn knits up.
This inky mercury color is a perfect addition to the line, providing a deep rich dark hue at the end of the spectrum for stunning color work options.
Maureen has created a new pattern using this beautiful yarn that will be revealed at the show. Details are still under wraps, but we’ll be able to share photos when the sample returns to the Spinnery in a couple of weeks.
We are also extending our SALE on our Sock Art Yarns Forest and Meadow. Our hand painted skeins will be available at just $20.25 while supplies last. It makes all the difference in the world to be able to see these colors in person.
If a trip to Santa Clara is not in the cards for you, we hope that you’ll visit us online and let us know how we can help get you started on your next Spinnery project.
We are eager to cast on for another Knit Along. We thought that a smaller project with a larger gauge might make for a quick knit that will be done in time to help us stay warm through the tail end of winter.
All of us agreed that Hilary Smith Callis’ Adama cowl pattern would be fun to work on. We spent a few moments this week browsing through our worsted weight yarn options in the shop and we each found a selection that we can’t wait to get started with.
Larisa and Maureen both gravitated to our Green Mountain Green yarn. This deliciously soft blend of Wool and fine kid Mohair is going to be a treat to snuggle into.
Tracy decided that the Wintergreen color of our Mountain Mohair would create the perfect match for her complexion.
Kate has already cast on and gotten started so that we can figure out if the pattern needs 3 skeins of yarn or can be finished with just two. She’ll be sharing her findings on our Ravelry Group Page early next week, so be sure to check in before you place your orders.
The rest of us are going to be casting on for our projects on Valentine’s Day (as a little gift to ourselves). Would you like to join the fun?
According to style maven Karen Templer of Fringe Association, the new “it” sweater this Fall will be made with camel. She follows many top designers and when they released their previews earlier this month of 2015 Fall Fashion, camel sweaters were abundant. She collected a few of her favorites in a blog post last week.
We just washed and skeined the last few skeins of our beautiful Alashan 100% camel yarn this week. So you may want to act fast and ensure that you don’t miss out.
These skeins of 350 yards of DK weight yarn are deliciously soft. And due to the longer fibers, this yarn (that is close to the soft feel of cashmere) is in fact stronger and less likely to pill. Practical luxury!
And for those of you who are looking for a yarn option that is a bit more affordable, or a different neutral shade that will better suit your complexion, the undyed skeins of our Alpaca Elegance could be a perfect substitute. At a similar gauge, these 180 yard skeins are just $14.25 each.
We have found a few classic patterns that will ensure that your new handmade sweater for fall is on the cutting edge of fashion.
If you prefer pullovers, Ysolda Teague’s Blank Canvas is a favorite of Kate’s. She has knit a total of three! And the #33 Cabled Pullover from the Fall 2014 issue of Knit Simple magazine could be another timeless option.
For those of you who love cardigans you might want to check out Joji Locatelli’s Grandpa Cardigan for a pattern that looks as delightful to knit as it would be to wear.
We hope that if you are drawn to try our special limited edition Alashan, you’ll be among the last to snap up these beautiful skeins and we can’t wait to see what you make with our skeins for your new fall wardrobe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
Thea Colman and Ellen Mason are coming to the Spinnery!