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!
This week’s post has been commandeered by darling patterns that have distracted all of us here at the Spinnery this week.
Larisa is our mistress of the spinning machine. She loves to knit socks and shawls and as it turns out, tiny animals. Her Mom Sharyn just finished a little bat that charmed her daughter. When Larisa inquired about the pattern, her Mom sent her a copy of the book that holds the entire collection.
This collection of two dozen exotic animals created by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne has kept us quite entertained. Kate is eager to try casting on for a small family of meerkat using the natural un-dyed colors of Spinnery Alpaca Elegance: Dark Roast, Chai, and Cream.
Larisa has her heart set on creating a camel with our un-dyed Alashan yarn made from 100% camel fiber. Now to be technically accurate, our yarn is sourced from bactrian or two hump camels, but that may be splitting hairs.
And if that wasn’t enough to melt your heart just a little, another collection of animal patterns has recently been released for the crocheters among us! Edward’s Menagerie is a collection of patterns created by Kerry Lord.
This collection of 40 animals was created so that your yarn selection and gauge dictates the finished size of your new friend. Fingering weight will create a tiny animal and heavier yarns will make a little creature large enough for a hug.
This collection includes all kinds of animals from domestic to exotic so it is likely that you will find the perfect match to the obscure request that your discriminating toddler may make. Need an lemur, anteater, or nanny goat? No problem!
We have an excellent collection of natural and undyed yarns from fingering weight to aran weight to make soft snuggly animals that will be a delight to create, collect and even more fun to give to a little one. Give us a call at 800-321-9665 and we can help you select the perfect skeins for your new critter.
Earlier this week we found out about a new Ravelry Knit Along that is starting today! We didn’t want to waste a minute sharing some of the details with you in case it might be something you’d like to try knitting along with the group.
Isabell Kraemer has designed another lovely striped sweater that looks as though it will be a hit. Her …a hint of summer pattern is one that we can easily imagine wearing all summer long. We love that the sizing options are generous and that you can modify the sleeve length to match your preference. Her pattern details are as follows:
XS (S, M1, M2, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
Finished bust circumference:
106.6 (116.6, 126.6, 131.6, 136.6, 146.6, 156.6, 166.6) cm 42 (46, 50, 52, 53.75, 57.75, 61.75, 65.5) in
Finished hip circumference:
96.6 (106.6, 116.6, 121.6, 126.6, 136.6, 146.6, 156.6) cm
38 (42, 46, 48, 50, 53.75, 57.75, 61.75) in
Please choose a size with approximately 25 cm (10 inches) of positive ease at bust.
Lace weight or light fingering yarn
for the sleeveless version:
approx. 430 (475, 520, 550, 585, 635, 685, 740) meters
470 (517, 567, 600, 637, 692, 746, 806) yd of each color
for ¾ sleeves please add approx.
75 (80, 86, 93, 100, 104, 108, 115) meters
82 (87, 93, 102, 109, 114, 117, 125) yd of each color.
Many of us at the Spinnery spent a little time in the shop this week looking at our color options, and picking out what we we would love to cast on with. Since the sweater has such generous ease, we got a bit creative with our selections, not restricting our choices to the lace/fingering weight called for in the pattern.
What Spinnery yarns and colors would you choose to work with? You can join the Ravelry group that is working on this beautiful sweater here. You’ll start to see other knitters’ yarn photos, as well as work in progress photos as the group works to finish their sweaters by the 1st of July. We can’t wait to see what you share with the group.
You may have already seen our brand new patterns if you follow us on Facebook. We gave our friends there a sneak peek of the four new patterns that made their debut this week at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.
For those of you out there who are able to crochet (or are ready to give it a try) Gee’s Bend Afghan is a cozy, warm afghan inspired by the corduroy color block quilts of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. It was designed by our friend and neighbor Melissa Johnson. You could vary the colors and sizes of the blocks to suit your own personal style and yarn supply. Working in bold colors and single crochet throughout makes the afghan fun and quick to create.
Gauge: 12 SCs and 12 rows over 4 in / 10 cm
Size: approximately 44 in / 112 cm wide x 62 in / 157 cm long
Yarn: Weekend Wool – 12 skeins in assorted colors
Hook: Size K / 7 mm
Pictured in Natural Dark, Poppy, Blue Jay, Spruce, Pine Warbler, Lichen and Pumpkin Weekend Wool.
Next up is lovely Tracy modelling the Islander Pullover designed by Libby Mills and Cap Sease! The Islanders’ Vest pattern has been such a big hit that we decided to turn it into a pullover. Knit in one piece from the bottom up in Weekend Wool or Mountain Mohair, it has easy inserted sleeves that are knit right on. Minimal finishing means you’ll be able to wear your masterpiece almost as soon as it is off the needles.
Gauge: 18 sts over 4 in / 10 cm
Finished Chest Measurement: approx. 35 (38, 42, 45, 49) in / 89 (97, 106.5, 115, 124.5) cm
Yarn: Weekend Wool or Mountain Mohair – 7 (8, 8, 8, 9) skeins
Needles: Size 7 US / 4.5 mm circular needles, 16 in / 40 cm AND 29 in / 60 cm long AND dpn, size 7 US / 4.5 mm
Shown here in Spruce Weekend Wool.
Lauren is wearing the Equinox Poncho designed by yours truly! This is a simple poncho, with an elegant chevron edge and the option to personalize fit, this is the perfect garment for spring when knit in Cotton Comfort. Alpaca Elegance will make it a bit warmer, and Sylvan Spirit will add a tad more drape.
Gauge: 28 sts over 4 in / 10 cm before blocking
Size: approximately 64 in / 163 cm wide x 22 in /56 cm long after blocking
Yarn: Cotton Comfort, Alpaca Elegance or Sylvan Spirit – 7 skeins
Needles: Size US 5 / 3.75 mm circular needle, at least 32 in / 80 cm long
Shown here in Cotton Comfort Silver.
Last but not least is a fun new accessory pattern brought to us by Rachel Stecker. Her Wicked Good Moxie Hat and Handwarmer pattern makes a fun set that we imagine will be a huge hit this fall as the weather starts to cool, and knitters start looking for perfect holiday gifts. You could get a head start this year!
Sizes: Hat – Infant (S, M, L) Finished hat circumference approximately 16¾ (20, 20¾, 21½) in / 43 (51, 53, 55) cm
Gauge: 20 sts over 4 in / 10 cm
Yarn: Weekend Wool or Mountain Mohair – 2 skeins
Needles: Size 6 US / 4 mm AND size 7 US / 4.5 mm circular needles 16 in / 40 cm long AND size 5 US / 3.75 mm needles, any type, AND dpn, size 7 US / 4.5 mm, cable needle
Shown here in Deep Lake.
We hope that you are as excited as we are about these fun new patterns. You can find a downloadable copy of any of these new patterns for purchase on our website. They are $7 each. You can also call us at the shop at any time at 800-321-9665 if you have questions or would like our help picking out the perfect Spinnery yarns to work with.
If you are in the New Hampshire area this weekend you can check out these samples in person. We’ll be in Deerfield at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival. And next week you can stop into the Spinnery to visit us and try them on. We look forward to seeing you soon!
What comes to mind when you think of Spring? Warmer days, fresh air, or new life in the garden, maybe? We look forward to the new little ones! Often that does mean lambs, bunnies and chicks, but there are plenty of new human babies arriving as well. In this blog post, we’d like to share with you some project inspiration for using Green Mountain Spinnerypatterns and yarns to make wonderful heirloom, traditional, and modern gifts!