This week we are proud to share with you another new pattern as well as six new shades of Weekend Wool!
From top to bottom and left to right is Fawn, Pollen, Chestnut, Grasshopper, Teal and Orchid. These new shades round out our Weekend Wool spectrum with additional rich tones that our friends in Wisconsin are delighted with!
All of these new colors were created by blending our bale dyed wool in the carding process for a unique depth of tweedy color you are going to love working with. You may want to consider casting on for the Putney Mountain Vest pattern which features a total of four colors of Weekend Wool in the colorful yoke.
And for those of you who prefer to crochet, Maureen has crafted a special pattern for a new accessory you are going to love working on.
Cowl Up is a cozy accessory is created with the Tunisian Crochet technique. With 2 skeins of our bulky weight Capricorn yarn and a very large hook, you’ll have a finished project to curl up into in just a few hours! It has been a hit in our booth at Wisconsin and we hope that you’ll enjoy it too.
And in just a few days we’ll have the finishing touches ready for another circular yoke sweater that you may recognize from our newsletter! We’ll let you know on our Facebook page as soon as the pattern is ready for downloading.
Autumn has so many iconic signs: shorter days, crisp temperatures, turning and falling leaves and the start of school. Each of us marks the change of the seasons with a different indicator, but all of us here at the Spinnery are feeling ready for the start of a new season!
As our youngsters head back to school this week, we are packing up for the first Sheep and Wool Festival of our Fall season. Next weekend in Jefferson Wisconsin we’ll be introducing several new patterns and colors!
First we’d like to introduce you to a lovely crescent shawl pattern created by Cap Sease: the Guilford Shawl. This lushly garter stitch textured accessory is created with 2 skeins of our Simply Fine in the Variegated color. The delicate lace border is worked as you go, so there is no seaming or finishing to slow you down.
Kate Salomon has designed two sweaters for this fall. The first, shown above, is the Hatteras Cardigan. This light layering piece is knit up with the Spinnery’s new 100% wool fingering weight yarn, Lana; and the fabric is appealingly comforting and breathable.
The pattern features an unusual top-down construction that creates a bias hem decorated with a twisted rib border. It includes four sizes ranging from finished bust sizes of 38″ to 50″ and can be knit up with just 3 to 4 skeins of any of our Sock Art yarns.
On the warmer side, is the Beekeeper’s Smock. This oversized pull-over features cuffs and a funnel neck decorated with a honeycomb cable pattern. It also has contrast pop color pockets and lined neck for a touch of color that will play beautifully off the tweedy Yarn Over the pattern calls for.
This year’s limited edition version of our bulky recycled yarn comes in two colors, Smoke on the left and Flannel on the right. The beekeeper’s smock can be knit up as quick as a wink with either 5 or 6 skeins (and an additional single skein or worsted weight Weekend Wool or Mountain Mohair for that fun pop of color).
And that’s not all! Next week we’ll have more new patterns to share with you. And, we’ll be premiering 6 new shades of our very popular Weekend Wool.
We hope that you can visit our booth in Jefferson, our mill in Putney or our website from the comfort of your own home over the next couple of weeks as all of our hard work this summer comes to fruition just in time for your autumn knitting plans.
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!
Larisa spent many hours winding and bundling the Spinnery’s new Mountain Mohair Mini skeins this winter. As she worked, she found herself wanting to create a cowl that would highlight small amounts of our delicious Mountain Mohair.
After a thorough search of the Ravelry database that didn’t turn up what she was envisioning, she designed the cowl that she wanted to wear.
Named after the rural highway that Larisa uses to commute to and from the Spinnery, these fun accessories have chevron striping that is reminiscent of the twists and turns of that beautiful road and the Connecticut River that runs beside it.
Using a full single skein of Mountain Mohair for the main color (on the ribbed bands and between each contrast color stripe) and a bundle of 5 of our Minis, you’ll have enough yarn for both the cowl and matching wrist warmers. Larisa used Blizzard as her main color to act as a soft neutral and played with pop colors for her stripes.
Larisa specifically selected a bundle group that had a mini skein of Goldenrod in it and ended up with a color selection that is a bit reminiscent of a Hudson’s Bay point blanket. She used (from bottom to top) Blueberry, Fern, Goldenrod, Periwinkle, and Rhubarb.
The random selection of colors included in our bundles will allow you to play with your own combination. You could also substitute leftover bits of stash yarn from other projects to create custom stripes of your own design.
We hope that you have fun with Larisa’s new pattern. We can’t wait to see what new color combinations result from it!
Our production team has been busy this week packing up dozens of boxes of patterns and yarn that will be headed to Santa Clara to be featured in the Green Mountain Spinnery booth at Stitches West. Kate and Maureen will be in booths 817-819 at the Convention Center from February 18th – 21st with our yarns, patterns, and samples to share with you.
They will be featuring a new pattern available as an exclusive kit for Stitches West attendees. The Beinecke Cowl designed by Cap Sease features blocks of garter and lace inspired by Yale University’s landmark library.
This infinity cowl can be created with two skeins of Spinnery Sylvan Spirit. Our exclusive kit will include the pattern, the yarn, and a fun gift, all for $40. Visitors will be able to select their preferred color from our entire line of Sylvan Spirit including the new colors that we created last Spring.
We hope that you’ll mark your calendars and be able to stop by the Spinnery’s home away from home. We have even more to share with you and inspire your next knits.
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!
We are eager to cast on for another Knit Along. We thought that a smaller project with a larger gauge might make for a quick knit that will be done in time to help us stay warm through the tail end of winter.
All of us agreed that Hilary Smith Callis’ Adama cowl pattern would be fun to work on. We spent a few moments this week browsing through our worsted weight yarn options in the shop and we each found a selection that we can’t wait to get started with.
Larisa and Maureen both gravitated to our Green Mountain Green yarn. This deliciously soft blend of Wool and fine kid Mohair is going to be a treat to snuggle into.
Tracy decided that the Wintergreen color of our Mountain Mohair would create the perfect match for her complexion.
Kate has already cast on and gotten started so that we can figure out if the pattern needs 3 skeins of yarn or can be finished with just two. She’ll be sharing her findings on our Ravelry Group Page early next week, so be sure to check in before you place your orders.
The rest of us are going to be casting on for our projects on Valentine’s Day (as a little gift to ourselves). Would you like to join the fun?
The arrival of 2015 has us at the Spinnery looking ahead with new resolutions and intentions as well as reflecting over the past year of projects. We’ve been looking back through our Ravelry project pages remembering each of the items that were completed this year and what was going on in our lives as those stitches were made.
We thought we would share our favorite projects with you this week. These may inspire you to cast on for something similar, or get a little bit of new joy out of projects of your own that you are proud of.
All of us at the Spinnery were excited as the first skeins of our new Mewesic yarn made their way through production. This fall all of us cast on eagerly to play with the new yarn and get a sense of how it knit up. Eric made a stunning new sample of the Wonderland Gloves pattern using Sandman, Brickhouse, and Evergreen. The contrasting colors pop beautifully and the dense gauge of the gloves ensures satisfying warmth for your hands.
Kate used a similar color scheme for her first stranded color work project, Ysolda Teague’s Pyukkleen Cowl pattern. She found that the stitches just flew along her needles. By trying something new after years of knitting, she has opened up a whole new world of projects that she is eager to try her hand at.
Maureen’s favorite project of 2014 is the Summerhill cardigan designed by ANNESTRiCK (modeled by Kate above). This beautiful sweater knit up with Spinnery Sylvan Spirit in the Sterling color included her first contiguous shoulder. The technique results in the look of a set in sleeve with the convenience of a top-down construction. And with the included lacework of this pattern the result is stunning!
Larisa has selected one of her most recently finished projects as her favorite. Her Gold Rush Shawl designed by Amy Christoffers is a shop favorite knit up with the rich dark Evergreen color of Mewesic.
All of us enjoyed the KAL that had us working on this lovely shawl through the holiday season. It was fun to check in with one another around the “water cooler” and see who had progressed further through the charts.
As you look ahead to 2015 with resolutions or intentions for your craft, we hope that if there are particular projects or some new knitting skills you are eager to master, that we at the Spinnery can help make that happen for you. Our biannual Knitting Retreats have provided many crafters with a warm and friendly environment to learn exciting new techniques.
And if you are a Vermont (or southern New Hampshire) local, you may find that our Community Knit Night on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings of every month from 5:30-7:30pm is a wonderfully supportive and nurturing group. Many a new knitter has found answers, suggestions, and other help from friendly neighbors around our work table.
All of us at the Spinnery wish you the happiest of New Years and hope that we’ll be seeing you soon.
In our experience a terrific teacher or the right pattern can encourage a crafter to overcome their fears and doubts and attempt an untried technique. We can’t wait to see what kind of magic happens this weekend when Nancy Marchant guides our Knitter’s Weekend group though the brioche stitch.
Last weekend, a new Ysolda pattern encouraged Kate to try Fair Isle for the first time. Pyukkleen is a stranded color work cowl designed by Ysolda Teague that is part of her Knitworthy collection. This group of patterns is designed to be approachable to knitters of all abilities. Something about the delicious weight of this cowl made it very appealing to Kate and so she decided to give it a go.
She thought that holding a double strand of Spinnery Mewesic would get her very close to gauge. So she selected six warm autumnal tones and cast on before she could talk herself out of the idea.
She had so much fun that she quickly finished the project in a couple of days in spite of her weekend being filled with trick-or-treaters, raking leaves, and making Irish stew.
“It practically knit itself!”
She chose to remove a pattern repeat from the instructions making the circumference of the cowl a bit more snug to keep out winter chills.
Even though she doubled her yarn as she worked, she has a great deal of remaining yarn to play with. With almost four full skeins of yarn leftover, she can create four more knitworthy gifts for this holiday season. She has plans for a set of wrist warmers and three hats that will make use of all this wonderful yarn.
So Ysolda’s pattern inspired Kate to try a new technique that now makes Fair Isle something that no longer intimidates her. And results in a delightfully snug cowl as well as a handful of gifts that she’ll be able to give to friends and family. (We’ll share photos of those projects as they come off her needles in upcoming weeks).
We would love to inspire you to try something new this month. Give us a call or send us an email and let us know what you might like to try next. We will do our best to help you find the perfect pattern, delectable yarns, instructional video, or Craftsy class that might make that dream a reality!
We have had a busy summer at the Spinnery, and our beautiful new yarn Mewesic isn’t the only new offering we have to share with you. We have several new patterns that we’ve released this week that you may want to take a closer look at.
Here you can see Lauren modeling the Snowfall Scarf designed by Cap Sease. This delicate accessory can be beautifully knit up with 2 skeins of Spinnery Sock Art or Simply Fine. The graduated lace pattern illustrates either an accumulation of snowflakes or a gentle tapering of a blizzard into a light dusting depending on your perspective.
We also have a warm hat to add to our collection of patterns. Melissa Johnson designed the Lattice Cable Hat with brisk Vermont mornings in mind.
The double brim created with lush garter stitch can ensure warm ears no matter how cold it gets. These were knit up with a single skein of Spinnery Maine Organic (in the foreground) or two skeins of Dark Green Mountain Green (in the background).
If you are looking for something a little more substantial to snuggle into this winter, you should consider casting on for our new Diagonal Blanket designed by Cap Sease. This elegantly simple design combines simple stockinette and garter stitch texture with a bias construction that is made more complex by the tonal variations in the variegated Green Mountain Green yarn it was knit up with.
This blanket is an easy introduction to both diagonal and multi-directional knitting. The pattern is a pleasure to work, and you’ll enjoy seeing how the subtle tone shifts in the variegated yarn make each row unique.
Last but not least is Maureen Clark’s FREEDuet Cowl pattern. This brioche stitch infinity cowl highlights the tweedy rich colors of our new DK weight Mewesic. The pattern calls for a single skein of two colors for a richly textured accessory that has no wrong side.
This week on our Facebook page, we are running a little contest that you may want to enter. The winner (who will be chosen at random on Thursday September 25th) will receive a kit that includes a copy of this pattern and two skeins of yarn in their choice of colors!
We hope that our new patterns offer you some inspiration to get cast on for some fresh new knits this season. We look forward to see what you work on next!