Spinnery News

Make lemonade

Can you imagine when running out of yarn might be a blessing?  It can be rewarding to find a pattern that you can’t resist knitting and realizing that you might have just enough yarn in your stash to make the size you’d like.  But working on those projects can be a bit stressful, especially when you are cutting it so close that short sleeves or a cropped length seem to be your only options for success.

Kate is working on a fun FREE pullover pattern designed by Leslie Weber that is giving her the opportunity to making the most of a small quantity of yarn.  Tweedy Stripey is a boxy pullover that calls for three colors of DK weight yarn (the tweedier the better).

© wychfingers
© wychfingers

Many of us at the Spinnery are eager to make versions of our own knowing that our Mewesic yarn will be perfectly suited to this pattern.  Kate has elected to cast on with two different dyelots of our Earl Grey Alpaca Elegance instead.  (Her pop stripe color comes from a skein of Madelinetosh Merino DK in the candlewick colorway).  The variation is subtle but eye-catching in the right light.


This means that she’ll be able to get a sweater out of just a half dozen skeins of yarn that aren’t all in the same dyelot, giving her a chance to bust her stash just a bit and make a wonderfully wearable garment with yarn quantities that she thought she’d only be able to use for smaller accessories.

We hope that you are able to find a fun stripey pattern that appeals to you (there are hundreds in the Ravelry database) that allows you to play with your stash and find creative ways to make beautiful projects with yarn you didn’t think you could make use of.

A little gift

Sugaring season is almost over here in Vermont which has us all very eager for Spring.  Temperatures are no longer dipping below freezing at night and while we are seeing some occasional snow flurries, the snow drifts are no longer deepening.

In celebration of the change of season, we’ve created a FREE pattern addendum to the very popular Ascutney Mountain Hat & Earwarmer pattern.  With our addendum, you can make a pair of boot toppers that feature that beautiful braided cable.


This pair was knit up with two skeins of our Weekend Wool.  This crisp 100% wool 2-ply yarn provides wonderful stitch definition to compliment the brilliant color palette.


What could be more fun that a pop of bright color to brighten up your work boots?


For those of you who already own a copy of the pattern, downloading the FREE addendum will set you on your way.  If necessary, purchasing a copy of the Ascutney pattern here will provide you with all  the information (and cable charts) that you’ll need.

Before you know it, signs of warmer weather to come will blossom all around us.  We can’t wait!

A new take on a classic Aran

The Aran sweater has a rich history, full of Irish island lore and fishing stories about the one that “got away”.  In the past, each cable included in the pattern acted as a symbol that could weave a tale about the home port or invoke a bountiful catch for the wearer.

Maureen has created a fresh new pattern that combines the reassuring comfort that we associate with these classic designs and thoughtful details that ensure a perfect and flattering fit.  We’d like to introduce you to Duncan.



Maureen has designed the pattern with a size range of 40″ to 51″ and has used set in sleeves to make sure that the sweater fits with a minimum of positive ease.  It is warm and snuggly  knit up with worsted weight Weekend Wool or Mountain Mohair; and will never create the impression that you are wearing a cardigan meant for your favorite Fisherman.


Shown here in the undyed White Weekend Wool, this 2-ply 100% wool yarn lends the sweater a crisp stitch definition making the cables pop.  And the classic creamy white color ensures that this sweater could work for any outfit making it a wardrobe staple that you reach for most months of the year (if you live in New England like we do).

We also love the addition of pockets that maintain the cable pattern for continuity but give us the option of warming our hands on a bitter cold or damp morning.

This sweater is sure to become a Spinnery classic and we can’t wait to see yours!

Postcards from last weekend’s retreat

Last weekend was a huge success.  The weather was brisk but sunny, and our workshop was filled with eager crafters creating a convivial environment in which to learn.  WE want to extend a very hearty thank you to everyone that attended and to Lorilee for her fabulous instruction.


Lorilee is a delightful person and a very generous teacher.  She thrilled the group with her patient instruction that gave us a new mastery of her beautiful vertical stranding technique.  We enjoyed her sense of humor too.


She brought a huge selection of stunning samples with her for us to browse through.  She also gifted the students with two patterns each, a Craftsy coupon for additional learning and has promised to follow up with any of us who have questions about how to use what we learned last weekend.


Saturday was spent creating swatches that included all kinds of vertical color techniques and textures.  Throughout her instruction Lorilee provided us with tips and tricks for new cast-ons, various bind offs and increases and decreases that will improve our projects for years to come.


On Sunday we were able to start projects of our own with her thoughtful guidance that meant all of our new knits got off to a great start.

We have created a new Ravelry Group specifically geared towards our Knitting Weekend friends.  It is a space where we hope to stay in touch with students and teachers alike.  And in conjunction with its launch we are also announcing an exciting contest!We will be selecting a winner at random from among the new members who have joined the group and giving them a 50% off the registration fee of a future Knitters Weekend of their choice.  We’ll provide more information about that contest as we get closer to drawing the winner later this summer.
We’ll share details of our upcoming Knitter’s Weekend in the fall as details come together here and on the Green Mountain Spinnery Knitters Weekend Ravelry Group page.  We hope that you’ll be able to join the fun and come learn something new with us.

A light cardigan for shoulder season

Cap Sease has designed a new cardigan pattern that knits up into a perfect sweater for Spring.  Tekle is knit up in Spinnery Mewesic.  Shown here in our popular Blue Bayou color, it makes for a beautifully textured swingy layering piece whose design subtly shifts as you move.



The pattern includes a generous range of sizes extending from 34 to 54 inch bust measurements.  It uses a bottom up construction with sleeves that are picked up at shoulder and worked towards the wrist. A short band is added to finish the neckline and front of the sweater where buttons could be added if you’d prefer.  But we love the casual look of the open sweater as Cap envisioned it.

You could easily substitute some of our other DK weight yarn options in this pattern.  Using Sylvan Spirit would increase the drape of the finished piece and make the provide the textured stitches with a crisp pop.  Cotton Comfort would make for a lighter sweater that could extend the sweater’s wear further into warmer weather or for warmer climates.  And choosing Alpaca Elegance would result in a warmer sweater that could be perfect for Autumn or a better choice for folks who tend to easily catch a chill.

For those of you who may be curious, the design was named after a new arrival in Cap’s family.  This new addition to the Spinnery family of patterns is a welcome one, and we hope that you are as excited by this pattern as we are!

The Spinnery is hiring

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
or spinnery@spinnery.com.

We’ve made a new batch of Yarn Over!

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?


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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.

Many of the Spinnery patterns are tempting the other knitters here in the shop.  Tracy is interested in Libby Mills’ Islanders’ Vest and Kate loves the idea of a Spanish Tunic or the Shawl Collar Snuggly that she can layer over other knits.  Gail’s favorite is the Spinnery Jacket.

What would you choice to work on with this lovely yarn?

Save the date for savings!

The I-91 Shop Hop Bag Day is coming up soon on Saturday March 14th.

hop bag

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!

  1. Green Mountain Spinnery (Putney, VT)
  2. Northampton Wools (Northampton, MA)
  3. WEBS (Northampton, MA)
  4. Marji’s Yarncrafts (Granby, CT)
  5. Creative Fibers LLC (Windsor, CT)
  6. Yarnover Avon (Bloomfield, CT)
  7. Village Wool (Glastonbury, CT)
  8. Country Yarns (Wallingford, CT)
  9. The Yarn Barn (Woodbridge, CT)
  10. The Yarn Basket (Branford, CT)
  11. Knit New Haven (New Haven, CT)

Note: you MUST present the bag from a previous Shop Hop event to get the discount!  And you may want to check in with the shops you’d like to visit for their store hours.

We hope that this will provide you with the excuse you may have been looking for to pay us a visit.  Fingers crossed that the weather will cooperate and there won’t be any fresh snow to slow you down.

We’re polishing a few new “gems”

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.

color change spool

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!

You’re invited!

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.

And we have a new color of Sylvan Spirit to unveil: Hematite.


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.