We’ll be starting a KNITALONG for this beautiful shawl this weekend (July 16th) and would love to see photos of your progress. You can share them on our Ravelry thread or on Instagram by adding #jordacheknitalong to your comments.
We hope that you’ll take this project with you everywhere this summer. Those growing rows will be quickly accomplished if you add to them everyday. Your shawl could go on holiday, to the farmer’s market, on a picnic, out into the garden, or even to the movies!
A couple of weeks ago we shared with our Facebook friends that Thea Colman (of Babycocktails fame) had published a new cardigan worth taking a look at. Her new Greenbriar cardigan was designed with Spinnery Mewesic yarn.
Thea fell in love with these skeins when she and Ellen Mason came to the Spinnery to teach our Knitter’s Weekend last fall. As Thea says, “Green Mountain Spinnery’s Mewesic yarn is a beautiful tweed with subtle flecks of color that is just gorgeous in cables and lace – although in stockinette, the shades and texture of the tweed shine as well! With that in mind, Greenbriar features both.” Thea worked her sweater up in the Mean Mr. Mustard color.
This top-down sweater uses the contiguous method to shape the shoulders. It features one of Thea’s characteristic lace panels that is beautifully charted and written for your preference. “The lace is easier to work than you’d think, since the stems and leaves are bold – making errors easy to spot.”
One of the reasons that Thea’s patterns are such a pleasure to knit is due to her thorough testing process. Several knitters work up a range of sizes of the pattern (in this case there are a total of 9 options) to ensure that there are no mistakes or surprises. Many of Thea’s test knitters chose to work up the pattern in several colors of Spinnery Mewesic, and we thought that you’d enjoy taking a look at how the sweater looks in a variety of colors.
Sandy used Passionate Kisses to make her sweater. Sandy shared her thoughts about the yarn in her project notes, “THE perfect pairing for this sweater pattern – I couldn’t stop taking close-up pics because I absolutely adore the little yellow flicks of color in the yarn!
I’m already looking through my stash, thinking about knitting another Greenbriar in another color – its’s just the perfect sweater pattern – – easily customizable, a fun lace and cable pattern, and then gorgeous stockinette to show off a tweedy yarn.”
Both Kim and Glenna used Purple Haze for their sweaters. Kim modified the length of her sleeves and added a bit of delicate lace from another of Thea’s patterns: Eradour!
Bonnie used Blue Bayou to create a wardrobe classic in the perfect shade of washed denim. “This is one of my favorite cardigans to date! The back lace/cable looks difficult but really isn’t … Mewesic is one of my favorite yarns; I used it for my Ommegang and over a year later there is not a pill to be found.” (Ommegang is a cowl necked pullover of Thea’s design that can also be knit up beautifully in Mewesic.)
With a baker’s dozen of colors to choose from, we hope that you’ll find the perfect shade to work with to make a Greenbriar cardigan of your own. We are all eager to have one; our spinner Larisa has a Mean Mr. Mustard version on her needles and Maureen is working on one in Atlantis.
And for our readers and friends, Thea’s provided a special discount code to be used on Ravelry for $1 discount off of her Greenbriar pattern that is active until midnight Friday July 15th. Simply type in GMS when you check out, and you’ll receive Thea’s little gift!
We look forward to seeing more finished cardigans on Ravelry and hope to find yours among them!
The Fall issue of Knitscene has hit the news stand and we’re thrilled that our yarn is featured on the cover!
The Barton Cowl designed by Laura Reinbach is knit up with 3 skeins of Green Mountain Spinnery’s Simply Fine. Shown above in 2 skeins of the undyed Natural Dark color and a single skein of Azalea.
This beautiful infinity cowl is started with a provisional cast on and knit as a tube, keeping all your color work ends and floats neatly tucked inside. To finish, all the live stitches are grafted together to create a seamless circle.
This single ply fingering weight yarn is created with a blend of our softest mohair and finest wool. It blooms when washed and creates a downy soft fabric that is a pleasure to wear against the skin. We have a beautiful selection of hand painted colors that will shine in contrast with our lovely un-dyed neutrals.
And that’s not all! Included in the pages of this issue is a multiple page book excerpt from The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting by Faina Goberstein and Simona Merchat-Dest.
This three page primer provides a taste of the terminology and diagrams of this wonderful color work technique that is going to be the topic of this fall’s Knitters’ Weekend Retreat. You can learn more about it here.
Faina will be here in Putney Vermont sharing her tips and tricks with us on November 11th – 13th. Our Knitters’ Weekend is a very special gathering. You’ll have a chance to learn from an expert in the field with fewer than 20 other students ensuring an intimate gathering where you’ll get all the support you need while making new friends.
New England is at its most beautiful in the fall and we know that you’ll enjoy your visit that will be full of yarn, laughter, and learning. We hope that you’ll be able to participate!
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.
We are so looking forward to the start of the I-91 Shop Hop! The fun begins at 10 am on Thursday June 23rd and will continue through the weekend until 5 pm on Sunday. We can promise you a fun adventure filled with fiber!
You may want to plan to make a day or even two of it. We’ve had Hop visitors in years past tell us that they found a place to stay along the way, giving them more time to enjoy the shops and explore the area. We thought we’d share some of our favorite local spots for a delicious meal or two on the off chance you wanted to make this year’s Hop a more leisurely experience.
Here in Putney, VT off of Exit 4 of I-91 you can find delicious BBQ at Curtis’ for lunch or dinner. He’ll be open throughout the weekend from 10 am until dusk. There is plenty of outdoor seating, so if the weather is beautiful you may find you can’t resist the call of his smoke. We also enjoy the sandwiches, snacks and espresso drinks at the Putney Food Co-op. Both of these spots are just up the road from the Spinnery, no more than a 2 minute drive away.
In Brattleboro, on Route 5 running in between exit 2 and 3 of I-91 you’ll find a couple of terrific eateries. For breakfast or lunch on Thursday and Friday, we urge you to try The Porch Too. Their daily specials can be found on their Facebook page and have never disappointed. Right next door, Top of the Hill Grill has some of the most beautiful outdoor seating around, with a view of the West River watershed and a diverse menu that is sure to have something that appeals to everyone travelling with you.
In downtown Brattleboro off of exit 2 of I-91 you’ll find a local favorite Mocha Joe’s right down the street from the next shop on the Hop: Handknits. The baristas there will make a caffeinated work of art to pick you up if you find your energy lagging.
We’re sure that the other shops along the Hop will each be able to provide you with more insider tips on local treasures not to be missed. We look forward to seeing you soon and hearing a bit about your Hop travels during your woolly weekend of fun!
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!
We are delighted to announce that we’ll be hosting a very special event on Wednesday June 8th. Pam and Mark from Indian Lake Artisans will be dropping in to the Spinnery for an exclusive Trunk Show from 3pm – 7pm.
They will be bringing their unique hexagonal knitting needles with them for you to try out. Designed around the comfortable shape of a pencil, these needles are a pure pleasure in the hand and can help “alleviate hand strain and symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.”
These needles are available in three different wood finishes: maple, cherry and walnut. The single tip straight needles are available in sizes ranging from US 6 – US 15 and in 10″ and 14″ lengths.
Double pointed needles are available in various wood finishes and sizes ranging from US 3 – US 15. The smaller sizes are 5″ or 6″ in length and the larger ones are available at 8″ in length.
Their circular needles are available in Size 3 US to Size 15 US. in 16″, 24″, 32″ and 40″ lengths. And if we are very lucky, they may have a few of their brand new interchangeable needles sets that will provide you with any needle that you could possibly need in a beautiful organizing carrying case.
We hope that you’ll have a chance to swing by the Spinnery to meet Pam and Mark and their darling dog Maggie. It is sure to be a wonderful afternoon.
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!
Four of us from the Spinnery went to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival last weekend and we had a ball! Temperatures were delightfully mild, and as always we were warmly received by local fiber enthusiasts. This gathering reminds us each year what a remarkable and lovely community we belong to.
Clara Parkes has an essay about this festival in the pages of her new book: Knitlandia. She describes the festival as “a touchpoint, that class reunion we attend — even if we have nothing new to say — to honor our friendships and keep track of the passage of time, all in a place that reflects a mutual love of wool.”
We enjoyed our visit very much, enjoying festival food, exploring the animal barns, and admiring the prize winning fleeces and garments. Larisa and Lauren loved the Make it with Wool Fashion Show; finding inspiration in the creativity and talent shown by the contestants. And of course, sharing our new yarns and patterns with folks is always a pleasure.
For those of you who would enjoy a bleated and vicarious trip to the festival from your armchair, we thought we’d share a few photos of some of the animals that charmed us.
Sunday was Mothers’ Day, and this pair epitomized the day for us.
Clara says that “visiting the sheep barns restores one’s faith and sense of order in the world.” We couldn’t agree more. Surrounded by the call and response of these animals, one can feel your breathing slow, shoulders drop, and pace become a tad slower so as not to miss a moment.
We hope that you’ll be able to join the fun in New Hampshire this weekend. We have lots to share with you, including several new yarns, new patterns and samples that you won’t want to miss. Plus, there is sure to be Kettle Corn.