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!
To accompany the new yarns that we’ve been working on this Spring, we have several new patterns releasing this week that we are very eager to share with you.
All of these new patterns will be making their debut at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival in Friendship, MD this weekend. We hope that you’ll have a chance to visit our booth there to see these samples in person!
The first is a beautifully practical layering cardigan designed by Maureen Clark. Coming Up Spring is knit up with Cotton Comfort for a lighter weight summer sweater. We love having sweaters like this one to transition us through April and May when temperatures tend to vary from day to day and occassionally from hour to hour!
The pattern is knit flat in one piece from the bottom-up. The sleeves are worked separately and seamed in during finishing.
The delicate botanical lace that runs along the bottom border of the sweater as well as cuffs is our favorite part of this feminine design.
We’ve also developed an asymmetrical and reversible shawl called Davis & Fuber (named after the Spinnery’s carding machine that is celebrating its centennial this year). Seen here knit up with three skeins of the limited edition Moorit yarn and a contrasting pop of color supplied by a skein of Passionate Kisses Mewesic.
Kate knit up a larger version of the shawl with 4 skeins of Chai Alpaca Elgance and a pop contrast of a single skein of Mean Mr. Mustard Mewesic. As you can see, the larger version provides a generous amount of fabric to wrap up in during colder months.
And with those colder temperatures in mind, our Granite Cap was designed to ward of winter’s chills.
This unisex beanie has a dense ribbed texture that stretches for a custom fit that feels like a hug. It knits up as quick as a wink with a double strand of Green Mountain Green.
We hope that you enjoy knitting up any of these patterns that strikes your fancy. We’d love to help you with your yarn selections, so plan a visit to the Spinnery or give us a call at 800-321-9665!
Sometimes we are drawn to work with a particular yarn because the color speaks to us, at times its the texture or quality of the fiber; and occasionally our selection can be influenced by larger, global considerations. When our choice makes a positive impact on folks we’ve never met, every one of us wins.
“This region of Texas, the heart of “the world’s largest cotton patch,” is well-suited to the production of organic cotton. Winter temperatures are cold enough to limit insect pressure and provide a hard freeze to defoliate the cotton plants prior to mechanical harvest. In addition, a sunny climate and quick-drying soils facilitate timely weed control.”
Their certified organic fiber is tracked from the field to the bale and so we know exactly where our fiber comes from and whom to thank.
When interviewed for The True Cost, La Reah Pepper (an organic cotton farmer who grew up just south of Lubbock, TX) speaks passionately about the benefits of organic growing practices.
“Organic promotes life and creates solutions. Organic agriculture promotes life in the soil, increased bio-diversity, increased food-security, ability to mitigate impacts of climate change with stronger carbon sequestration, the reduced use of irrigation where that applies, and the elimination of toxic and persistent pesticides from the water we drink and the air we breathe. It is also life for communities, catalyzing job creation with the increased crop selections as a result of the shift from a mono-crop culture and the employment of more people to care for the crop during the growing season.
It also means life for farm families ensuring that their fields are safe places to work and to play – to live!!”
We’ve been lucky to work with the team at Texas Organic who have always been able to send us a bale of the best quality cotton that meets our staple length specifications. Since it is currently only used in our Cotton Comfort yarn and a few of our custom lot projects, it usually takes us a few years to work through the hundreds of pounds of cotton when it arrives. But from the warmth and kindness we’ve always enjoyed when working with Kelly Pepper, you’d think that we were their best customers.
Kate recently completed a project using our Cotton Comfort that was inspired by her trip to Stitches West in Santa Clara. We asked her to bring a bit of that Californian sunshine back with her, and she did in the form of a beautifully sunny shawl!
Using Isabell Kraemer’s Paris Toujours pattern, and three skeins of Yarrow Cotton Comfort, she quickly knit up a delightfully squishy and comforting wrap. She found the lace repeat called for in the pattern was easily memorized making it a perfect project for a long flight. Her project grew quickly as she flew across the country and back and now she has an accessory that will brighten her days when showers are in the forecast.
We hope that when you are interested in casting on for a project that calls for a DK weight yarn, you might consider using our Cotton Comfort line. Your choice will have a larger impact than you might have imagined.
We are pleased to tell you that now we have an adult version of this sweater! The Adult East Putney Aran includes sizing for bust sizes 38′ – 50″. This often requested pattern has been drafted by Melissa Johnson so that now all of us can can have one of our own.
The pattern is a perfect one for knitters eager to try their hand on an Aran knit and would like a great beginner pattern to get started. The pattern includes two different cable motifs separated by columns of seed stitch making it ideal for newer knitters.
The sweater features a bottom-up seamed construction with a modified drop shoulder. The stitch pattern is charted for easy reading, and as always, we are available at the Spinnery for phone support. We hope that you’ll give it a try.
A lighter weight pullover such as this one will be a perfect addition to your wardrobe as temperatures get a bit warmer. And with so many fun yarn options in mouthwatering colors, you may find yourself making more than just one!
We reorganized one of our display walls last week in order to incorporate the newest colors of Sylvan Spirit into our DK wall of yarn. This inspired us all to pick out skeins for a FREE shawl pattern that has been topping the popularity charts on Ravelry this month.
Larisa and Maureen are both drawn to working with Sylvan Spirit. The 50/50 blend of wool and tencel creates an enviable drape that will look terrific when paired with this pattern. Larisa wants to work with Sterling and Maureen wants to cast on with Jade. Kate is interested in playing with a bolder color and is considering Cotton Comfort in Yarrow.
Are you tempted to cast on for this beautiful pattern in one of our delicious DK yarn options?
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
We thought that you would enjoy getting a peek at the sweater that just came off Maureen’s needles. Back in the beginning of August, Maureen cast on for Ankestrike’s Summerhill cardigan.
Maureen selected Green Mountain Spinnery’s Sylvan Spirit in the Sterling color. The blend of wool and Tencel is perfectly suited to this flowing open cardigan. You’ll see that Maureen’s stitches glow! Her stitch definition couldn’t be more crisp. And the beautiful lace details of this sweater are perfectly highlighted by her choice of yarn and light color.
You can see more detailed photos of Maureen’s cardigan on her project page.
This sweater was Maureen’s first project that utilizes the contiguous shoulder technique. She loved the top-down construction that creates the look of set in sleeves without the fuss of seaming. You can find out more about this technique here. And you can find a growing list of patterns that incorporate this technique here.
Some of our favorite recently published patterns that contain a contiguous shoulder include:
Elsa by mend&repair, (which could be knit up with any of our dozens of shades of Mountain Mohair).
There are hundreds of patterns to choose from, we hope that you find one that appeals to your sense of style and that you give this technique a try. If you’d feel more comfortable giving yourself a bit of practice before working on the project you choose, you might want to consider casting on for this mini sweater that was created as a tutorial for this technique.
Maureen is confident that you’ll enjoy the process as much as she did. A few of the Spinnery designers are hoping to make this fun technique a part of their future designs. We look forward to seeing what they come up with!
Our Annual Tent Sale is coming up soon!
Friday May 27th: 9 am - 5:30 pm &
Saturday May 28th - Monday May 30th: 10 am - 5:30 pm
Sale prices will be available online from Friday May 27th - Friday June 17th.
Click here for our Sales Flyer
Announcing our 2016 Knitters’ Weekend!
Faina Goberstein will be joining us November 11th - 13th to teach us about Slipped Stitch Knitting!