You can still join the Ravelry group MKAL thread for friendly and enthusiastic knitting company that includes tips, encouragement and general chitter chatter.
Jessica created her version of this shawl with just four skeins of our DK weight New Mexico Organic yarn. These skeins are created from 100% Rambouillet fiber which has a similar softness to Merino with more loft and resiliency. When it is woolen spun like ours is, you have a bouncy airy yarn that your fingers will never tire working with.
If you’d prefer a version with more color, our Mewesic would provide a perfect option.
We’d like to thank Jessica for letting us share her beautiful photos. Your shawl is simply breathtaking, Jessica!
With the I-91 Shop Hop gearing up to start next week, we got to thinking about how to help get your creative juices flowing.
We understand that with a dozen shops to visit, the temptation to pick up a skein or two at each will run strong. We also recognize that yarn shopping without projects in mind can be frustrating if you find the perfect project after your visit and discover that you don’t have the yardage you need.
With that in mind, we thought that we could collect a list of some of our current favorite project ideas that can be knit (or crochet) with a just a skein or two of our lovely yarns in a range of gauges.
When you arrive, you’ll see that we have created samples of several of these designs and they will be available in the shop for you to enjoy and try on.
Ascutney Aran Hat is a $7 Green Mountain Spinnery pattern that calls for 250 yards. Purchasing this pattern gives you the cable chart you’ll need to complete the FREE Boot Topper pattern addendum which calls for 280 yards for a pair.
Duffers is a $2.50 felted slipper pattern designed by Mindie Tallack that calls for 220 – 440 yards for a range of three sizes.
Singapore Sling* a $5 hat pattern designed by Thea Colman that calls for 200 yards.
*This is one of the 6 patterns included in the $16 BabyCocktails’ Tiki Collection published last winter that all knit up with minimal yardage in a variety of gauges.
We hope that this selection provides you with some welcome inspiration and may make your Shop Hop experience a bit more fun! We look forward to seeing you soon and we can’t wait to get you started on your next project.
Summertime brings with it a call from the open road. For those of us free from the demands of a working farm, a desire to travel gets us planning trips to visit friends, family, and new locales. And with the I-91 Shop Hop just two weeks away, all of us knitters at the Spinnery are planning projects that will travel with us, for short day trips or longer excursions.
Maureen has a trip to Maine scheduled next week and her travel project is already on her needles.
She has begun knitting the Swingy Lace Vest designed by Jean Clement and published in the Summer edition of Love of Knitting. The pattern calls for 3-5 skeins of Sock Art Forest in the Water colorway and our dyer Melissa just dropped off a fresh new batch of the beautiful blue skeins.
Maureen has chosen a deeper teal color that more closely matches the two other teal projects that are currently on her needles. Funny how that can happen…
Larisa has already started her travel project as well.
This garter stitch scarf is an ideal travel project being small enough to fit on her lap and a very easy pattern repeat that doesn’t require much concentration. This leaves Larisa free to enjoy the scenery and help navigate on the day trips she often makes with her husband around New England.
Kate has a week long adventure to Alaska planned for late July and so is still in the planning stages of her travel project. She currently has two contenders that have captured her fancy.
The first is a potential Rhinebeck sweater. Inspired by the project photos of one of the Spinnery’s Ravelry friends, Kate is thinking about casting on for an Autumn inspired version of Hiro designed by Julia Farwell-Clay. These hues of Spinnery Mewesic are going to look amazing blended together in a pixelated circular yoke (left to right: Norwegian Wood, Evergreen, Mean Mr. Mustard, and Sandman).
But she recognizes that a smaller project might be easier to pack.
Hence project option number two: Brooklyn Tweed’s Ashby shawl to be knit with the Cappuccino color of Alpaca Elegance. Delicious.
We hope that your summer travels have you headed our way. We’d love to see you during the Shop Hop or any time that brings you to the Spinnery’s doors. Time permitting, we can offer you a tour of our production facility giving you a chance to see all the work that goes into our skeins before they are ever wound and ready to knit.
Please share your project photos and your travel snapshots on our Facebook page or on our Ravelry Group discussion thread. We’d love to see where you’re headed and what you’re working on!
Our friend and soon to be Knitter’s Weekend teacher, Thea Colman has organized a fun KAL that you might want to check out. In her blog this week she introduces her new Brighton Cowl and provides the details on the group knit along.
If you aren’t in the KAL yet, there’s plenty of time to cast on. Knit ANY BabyCocktails pattern along with the gang in the Ravelry thread before the end of June. And… As part of the London Calling KAL, the code London Calling will get you 20% off the cowl pattern shown above on the left until June 15th.
All you have to do to enter the online KAL is post a photo of your BabyCocktails project, yarn or drink in the London Calling thread in Thea’s BabyCocktails Ravelry group, and each week (ish) she’ll pick winners for prizes like the one shown above on the right.
We think that this UK inspired prize is an extra special treat as Julie Asselin (who dyed the skein pictured above) is one of our custom processing customers! While we didn’t spin the yarn pictured above, we have been working on some very special skeins for her this month that should be available this fall!
And for those of you who were reading carefully, Thea will be coming to Putney, VT this November to lead our 25th annual Knitter’s Weekend workshop along with Ellen Mason. We are organizing a very special weekend that is sure to expand your knitting skills, and perhaps your sewing skills as well! You can find more details here.
We hope that you can join the fun of Thea’s current KAL and perhaps join us for some more Babycocktails crafting in a few months. Happy Knitting!
Yep! Our tent sale is featuring some terrific bargains on orphan skeins. These are small quantities of skeins leftover from older dye lots.
We have found a few skeins of our favorites: Mountain Mohair, Cotton Comfort, Sylvan Spirit, Alpaca Elegance, and Maine and New Mexico Organics. Every skein is just $5. Great yarn for a great price!
These limited quantities could be perfect for small accessory projects, or striped projects that require small yardages of multiple complimentary colors.
And there is much, much more! We have an even larger selection of unwashed odd weight yarns that we’ve been able to make available to our online friends who won’t be able to attend our Tent Sale in person. You can find all of our special Tent Sale savings here. These prices will be available (while supplies last) through Friday June 12th!
We hope that you can take advantage of these prices. Our Tent Sale hours this weekend (May 23-25) are Saturday 10am – 5:30pm, Sunday 12 – 4pm, and Monday 10am – 5:30pm. And our special $5 skeins are only available to those of you who can visit us in person.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend, and happy knitting!
A new pattern has been released by Annie Rowden this week. We’d like to introduce you to Morning Mist made with Spinnery Cotton Comfort.
Larisa was among the lucky few test knitters who were given the opportunity to work on the pattern before its release. She created a gorgeous version using the Juniper and Unbleached White colors. It turned out beautifully and was a hit among the folks at the Maryland and New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festivals that got a sneak peek of the finished project.
The pattern calls for just 5 skeins of yarn (3 of the main color and 2 for the lace). The pattern has you starting with a provisional cast on so that you work the lace panel first in one direction and then in the other. Once your lace is complete, you’ll pick up stitches for your shoulders and work the front of the top back and forth until it is the same measurement as the bottom of the lace panel. After picking up stitches across the bottom of your lace section, you’ll continue to work your top in the round to the bottom hem. It couldn’t be neater.
Annie explains on the pattern page on Raverly, “I love lace back shirts, but chose a pattern that wasn’t too open to avoid seeing straps underneath. The simple drop-shoulder body creates its own cap sleeves, making for quick knitting, and comfortable wearing. (Totally seamless!)”
We couldn’t agree more. This is a perfect pattern for early summer knitting and we hope that you’ll consider casting on for one of your own!
While traveling last week, Maureen had plenty of time to work on a new shawl. She cast off her last few stitches as we drove back to Vermont from Maryland and will be able to model it this weekend at the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival.
This is the Lallybroch Shawl designed by our friend Marly Bird. This pattern was recently published in the Spring 2015 issue of Love of Knitting. (We have a couple of copies still available).
Marly has confessed that this shawl was inspired by the one worn by Claire on the tv show Outlander. And we should confess that if we had remembered to pack the cord we needed for the truck’s stereo, we would have been listening to one of the audiobooks in the series while Maureen was knitting and Kate drove.
Maureen’s version was knit up with two colors of the pattern’s called for Spinnery Alpaca Elegance: Chai and Cocoa. We love the warmth of these two colors together and it looks beautiful on Maureen.
We hope that you’ll be able to visit us at the festival this weekend so that you can see this beautiful shawl for yourself. It is likely that you’ll want to cast on for your own without delay.
Maureen, Kate and Lauren have headed South to Maryland and are setting up shop at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival this weekend. They are delighted with the fast forward of the seasons they experienced on the drive south and have sent word back that West Friendship, MD is bright green with spring growth.
You’ll find our beautiful yarns, inspiring samples, and generous selection of patterns in a tent located in the Outside North Vendors section.
You’ll find the Green Mountain Spinnery’s tent very close to this “intersection”. And you’ll be so glad that you decided to join the fun. The festival is already filled with sheep of almost every breed. These handsome critters were relaxing after a grueling afternoon of grooming to prepare them for the two Parades of Sheep Breeds that are scheduled for later today and Sunday.
Vendors of all kinds have gathered to create a memorable day for you. You’ll find delicious food to snack on, fiber of all kinds and in all forms, tools of the trade that will make your crafting even more of a pleasure, and items for your home and garden that may inspire your next project.
Dahlias like these may become a cardigan or inspire you to try working with a new color that is not yet in your stash.
The fiber love is all around the festival. The girls enjoyed an alfresco dinner last night sitting under one of the trees that have been yarn bombed by a local knitting guild.
We hope that you’ll be able to join the fun. If this weekend is not feasible, you may want to consider coming to the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival that is going to fill Deerfield, NH with just as much lively activity next week. We’d love for you to get a chance to visit!
Perhaps you already know about the “other” yarns that the Spinnery produces… In case you don’t, we’d like to tell you a bit about the special yarns that come through our production line that never make it to our sales floor.
About 40% of the yarn that the Spinnery produces is custom lot work. “We enjoy working with fiber producers to design yarn particular to their unique fleece and fiber considerations. We can card and spin as little as 35 lbs of raw fleece or 20 lbs of scoured fleece.”
This small minimum makes the Spinnery an excellent choice for fiber producers who don’t have large quantities of fiber to work with. As few as a handful of sheep can provide the wool needed to meet the criteria.
Large producers also work with us as well. Our beautiful woolen spun yarns are created for many well known producers in the fiber world including Swans Island, Jill Draper, Elsa Wool and others. These yarns are a delight to weavers, dyers, and knitters alike.
Our custom lot yarns provide a bit of spice for us as they range widely in both gauge and content. We’ve spun everything from lace to bulky yarns. And these yarns occasionally include fibers not normally seen in the blends that we proudly put our Spinnery labels on including angora, camel and bison.
Lauren and David manage our custom processing and they will be coming along to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival and the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival to meet with fiber folks and answer any questions about our custom yarns. We hope that if you are planning to attend either festival you’ll stop by our booth and visit with them. (Lauren will be in Maryland for the entire festival and Lauren and David will be in New Hampshire on Saturday May 9th).
If you have a small flock and are looking to have some yarn spun, or if you know of someone who might like to learn more about this service we would love to tell you all about it. We look forward to visiting with you soon!