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!
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.
Last week we shared some beautiful project ideas for the Spinnery’s hand painted skeins of Simply Fine on our Facebook page. We have found that many of us are drawn to work on smaller accessory projects with lightweight yarn while summer’s heat still lingers.
This fingering weight single ply yarn is a wonderfully soft blend of 60% Fine wool and 40% premium kid mohair. Our friend Melissa Johnson who dyes these skeins for us has made each one a work of art. And the beauty of this yarn lends itself perfectly to delicate shawls, scarves and cowls.
While browsing through Ravelry, enjoying the photos of finished projects we found created with Simply Fine, we found a stunning collection of projects that were created with the variegated skeins of the Simply Fine. These undyed skeins are naturally “painted” by blending the different fibers in the carding process so that the yarn is softly striated with a spectrum of tones from brown, taupe, to grey.
This soft ombre effect can be just as dramatic as a pop of pure bright color. We thought that we’d share some of our favorite photos with you this week, so that you could also enjoy the effects of this special yarn.
This is our Ravelry friend Emilie’s Holden Shawl. This lacey design by Mindy Wilkes can be created with one to two skeins of Simply Fine depending on the size of the finished shawl you’d prefer. We have a sample of this eye-catching shawl in our shop and it continually steals the show.
Those beautiful striations of natural color make our friend Christine’s version of Stephen West’s Boneyard Shawl a real stunner. We love how the simple stripes of purl stitch texture pairs with the changes of color. This FREE pattern can be knit up with just a single skein as you see here. Or a larger version can be made with an additional skein to provide more depth to snuggle into.
Our Ravelry friend Elizabeth has used the yarn for a couple of projects. First, is Katharina Nopp’s FREE pattern for the Wurm hat. This slouchy welted hat has a folded brim for extra warmth for your ears. Elizabeth made some pattern modifications to adjust the pattern for her gauge, since the pattern calls for a sport weight yarn.
Next is the FREE Less is More Shawl designed by maanel. This version was created with roughly a skein and a half of the variegated Simply Fine. This slightly asymmetrical shawl is knits sideways, and the pattern allows for size adjustments to fit your preference.
Last but certainly not least, is Mary’s version of Lisa Mutch’s Nimbus Shawl. The sections of the shawl drape beautifully around one’s shoulders making a flattering accessory with stunning drape and an unusual overall shape. The garter stitch texture provides more substance to the design rendering it more plush. Mary used a single skein for her project.
We have a few more projects to share with you that will be featured on our Facebook page. We hope that you’ve enjoyed the selection and that these lovely photos might inspire your next project.
Thank you to all of the knitters who so generously shared their photos with all of us.
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!
Some skeins of yarn are destined for great things. Others are destined for tiny things that are more precious than we can say. We just learned of a very sweet story that we thought you’d enjoy reading.
We reached out to Arianna on Ravelry who recently finished a darling wee sweater made with just two skeins of Green Mountain Spinnery Sylvan Spirit. She used the Pebble Yoke Sweater pattern designed by Cap Sease, which is part of the 99 yarns and Counting collection, or available as an individual PDF for $7.
She wrote back and told us a bit more about the history of her project.
“There is actually a very special story behind the sweater! I bought that yarn when I was up in VT visiting my newlywed friends back in December of 2007. They brought me to a local yarn shop because I love checking out LYSes. So I kind of on-the-sly bought this yarn with the sole intention of making them a baby sweater one day.
Well, the wife went through a lot in the intervening years, beating cancer before they were able to conceive their first child. I was finally able to knit them that sweater – with yarn that had traveled through several different apartments with me – seven years later! – and was thrilled to have mailed it to them recently for their beautiful new daughter.
I thought you might like to know there was a real story behind the yarn & sweater – and that it all started with your beautiful yarn!”
We love learning about the tales our skeins hold. We often forget that the creation of our yarns is just the preface. It’s lovely to be reminded that when they leave the Spinnery, for many skeins, their adventure has just begun.
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!
Here we are, in the week before Christmas! We hope that you are looking forward to the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays. In this blog post we want to share with you a few projects in Green Mountain Spinnery yarns that will work up quickly if you find yourself in need of a last minute gift or just want to make something quick for yourself, which is ok – you deserve it!
This wreath is not knit or crochet, but does use Spinnery yarn. Spinnery friend Tedd Kapinos made this for us and we proudly and lovingly display it each year!
We have had a wonderful year thanks to all our fiber friends! We are looking forward to a wonderful 2014 as well. Be sure to keep an eye on your favorite social media channel (our Ravelry group, our Facebook page, Twitter, even our newsletter and of course this blog) for all the Green Mountain Spinnery news and events!