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!
November is quickly approaching, and we are starting to get excited about this fall’s Knitter’s Weekend. It is the perfect time of year to be in New England enjoying the fall color and the crisp air. The golden light is magical and we hope that you can come and experience it for yourself.
Nancy Marchant will be joining us in Putney, Vermont the weekend of November 7th-9th to teach the brioche stitch. This is a great opportunity to addluscious texture and stunning, reversible patterns to your knitting. For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with the brioche stitch you can learn the basics in the video below.
We’ll be publishing a pattern shortly. In the meantime, you may want to peruse the hundreds of FREE brioche patterns available on Ravelry. You will be stunned by the beauty and versatility of this stitch.
We hope that you will consider adding the brioche stitch to your knitting repertoire. It is a wonderful technique that could provide you with a winter season full of fun new projects that will keep you extra warm with squishably soft ribs of beautiful color that will fly off your needles.
Baseball season starts this week, and the Red Sox’s first home game will be against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday afternoon. We imagine that you may be spending some time in front of the TV this weekend, or perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to be in the bleacher seats at Fenway Park. Brrrr!
We thought that we’d celebrate the beginning of baseball season with a super-quick Knit Along that will give you something fun to work on while you are watching a game at home, and a finished accessory to wear if you are headed to the stands and need an extra layer to keep off the chill.
Please join us this week as we all cast on for an arm-knit Infinity Cowl. Yep, that’s right, no needles needed. This Cowl is knit in a single quick sitting; and you’ll be using your arms as needles.
Earlier this week, we cast on with multiple strands of our favorite bulkier Green Mountain Spinnery Yarns such as Capricorn and Green Mountain Green. And lickety-split, we had beautiful bulky cowls in no time! I chose to use three skeins of creamy white GMG that I wound into 6 half skein balls so that I could create a REALLY bulky strand. If you squint your eyes, they look a bit like baseballs. Using all 6 strands at once as I worked, I had a finished cowl in under an hour!
Maureen cast on this afternoon with 2 skeins of Capricorn wound into 4 mini balls. And she now has a beautiful periwinkle cowl in less than an hour.
If you’d like to learn how, Anne Weil of Flax & Twine created a series of set-by step tutorials that break the project down into its four steps: cast-on, knitting, binding-off, and finishing. Or you can check out Simply Maggie’s video for a live demonstration.
Join us this week as we get to stitching with our arms, and share photos with us of your finished projects. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Are your needles and hooks ready for something new? In this blog post we are rounding up the newest published patterns, including several from Green Mountain Spinnery, to inspire your next project!
First, the latest designs in your favorite Green Mountain Spinnery yarns. The Little Man Cardigan by Rachel Stecker is a top-down raglan sweater with inset pockets, contrast detail, and a pint-size shawl collar in Cotton Comfort. The Enterprise Hat by Eric Robinson is a great way to use up small amounts of Mountain Mohair or Weekend Wool. A garter stitch brim is worked flat, then folded for double warmth. When doubled around your neck the soft frills of the Frilly Mobius Cowl by Cap Sease will keep your neck warm with style; calls for Simply Fine.
Like most of the United States this month, we’ve been dealing with truly frigid temperatures that make us glad we can stay warm in our handknit layers and under a pile of wool! Have any of the recent snow events or temperature dips inspired you to cast on a new project? Let us know on our Facebook page or in our Ravelry group!
Spring is so here! Sure, Mother Nature could pull a fast one on us still and bring a few more grey days and a lot of mud, but instead we will choose to focus on welcoming spring with warmer weather yarns and colorful accessories. Shawls can add a pop of color to brighten your day while being an easy extra layer to keep the chills away.
The Green Mountain Spinnery has several cute and easy shawl patterns you should check out. The Septor Cowl, (above left) designed by Maureen Clark, is the newest in the bunch. This crochet pattern is worked flat, and then seamed to create an infinity loop style accessory and uses one skein of Simply Fine or Sock Art. The Catalina Wrap is another crochet design using 2 skeins of Simply Fine (center). If you prefer a knitting pattern, Simply Fine is also the yarn called for in the Gillette Shawl (above right). Gale Zucker took the photos of the Catalina Wrap and the Gillette Shawl as part of a recent photo shoot in Connecticut; you can read more about the experience on her blog!
Perhaps you are the type to be inspired by the leaves that are dotting the trees once again? The Leafy Lace shawl (above, left) will work up quickly in a DK-weight yarn, like Sylvan Spirit! The Summer Breeze shawl, (center, left), uses Simply Fine or Sock Art to make this lightweight cover-up in a gentle lace pattern. Two recent publications have included Simply Fine shawls as well. The Spring/Summer 2013 issue of the Twist Collective presents Spoleto, (center, right) designed by Sandi Rosner, and involves a lace and a touch of beadwork. The Flanders Scarf pattern, found in the summer issue of knitscene (above, far right) is a garter stitch scarf worked with lace insert and bobbled edge perfect for a take-along knitting project.