We are headed to the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival this weekend and we couldn’t be more excited. Tunbridge is lovely this time of year. And in our opinion, there is nothing quite so fine as a gathering of fiber enthusiasts eager to share what they’ve been working on.
There will be sheep aplenty as well as over 70 vendors offering all your favorite fibers and yarn along with equipment and supplies. The Spinnery will have a booth there and you can visit us to see a selection of our yarns as well as some samples that can demonstrate how our yarns and patterns work up.
Anticipating that shoppers might be eager to find a unique local offering, and inspired by Amy Christoffer’s beautiful Coolidge Cardigan, Kate spent a few hours this week knitting up a new sample with our Vermont Organic Yarn.
These creamy skeins include 250 yards of worsted weight yarn and Kate thought that a simple hat pattern that could highlight the terrific stitch definition was called for. She knit up a Koolhaas hat, designed by Jared Flood.
The pattern includes two size options and Kate knitted the larger of the two for the deepest possible version of this unisex beanie. She was delighted to find that she had enough yarn remaining for a second hat!
We love it when you can create two projects from a single skein! You’ll be able to make two holiday gifts or keep one for yourself as a little reward.
If a trip to Tunbridge Vermont is on your agenda this weekend, we look forward to seeing you soon. If some knitting time on the couch at home is more your speed, we wish you happy knitting!
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!
School has started in Putney Vermont this week. Backpacks were filled, pencils were sharpened, and apples polished. And we at the Spinnery have been thinking about projects for little ones. Perhaps a new sweater finished just in time for school photos? We have a wall of restocked Mountain Mohair for you to choose from.
The Puntas Sweater and Puntas Edged Cap are also fun knits with decorative edges that can be highlighted with contrasting colors for an extra twist. The sweater pattern includes sizing from children’s size 2 to a 50 inch bust measurements for adults.
One of our most popular patterns is Rosemary’s Little Sweater. A pint-sized version of the adult pullover, this pattern includes five sizes ranging from 2 to 10. It is a wonderful sweater for a little one who has a single favorite color.
We have dozens of other project ideas that call for Mountain Mohair, and even more that call for a lighter weight yarn such as our Cotton Comfort. We would love to help you find the perfect new sweater for your little one to help celebrate a fresh start this Fall.
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!
If you have “liked” our page or postings on Facebook, you will have already seen some of the beautiful projects that our friend Melissa has created using Green Mountain Spinnery yarns. We found her projects on Ravelry, and we thought it might be fun to learn a little bit more about Melissa. We imagine that you will enjoy seeing some of her projects and finding out a bit more about what she loves to work on.
Who taught you how to knit?
One day while exploring, my mom and I saw the book Knitting Pretty: Simple Instructions for 30 Fabulous Projects by Kris Percival. We bought it thinking it would be fun to learn together. At the time I had a long commute on the train, so I taught myself how to knit using that book. About 5 years later I taught my mom; and even later I taught my daughter.
How were you introduced to Green Mountain Spinnery?
My husband, daughter and I had recently moved to New England and I saw an article about the Spinnery in a magazine. The article mentioned that visitors could go on a tour. I already loved the yarn and was curious to see how it was made – it seemed like a perfect reason to organize an outing.
We decided to make a girls’ trip out of it – my daughter and I met my mom in Putney and spent the weekend. We explored the area and did many fun things. By far our favorite part was the Spinnery.
Do you have a favorite GMS yarn (and why)? ?
I love all of the colors of Mountain Mohair – they are great for colorwork. But I bought a skein of Simply Fine (natural) at Rhinebeck and that is hands down my favorite. I am planning to copy the booth sample of the Holden Shawlette – it was stunning.
* The Holden Shawlette is a $6 pattern designed by Mindy Wilkes and is available on Ravelry. Our sample seen above was knitted with a single skein of Simply Fine in the Variegated color.
What technique/skill have you most recently learned?
I recently knit the Lotus Blossom Hat by Melissa Johnson because I wanted to practice stranded colorwork. It was the perfect project for that, and I knit most of the hat with yarn in both hands – it worked well, and it was a new technique for me!
What technique/skill are you eager to tackle next?
I really enjoy knitting socks and am a big fan of DPNs, but I think I need to try Magic Looping. That is next on my list.
You may want to friend Melissa on Ravelry so that you can see what she’s up to. We know that whatever she casts on will be inspiring for the rest of us. We can’t wait to see what Melissa knits up next!
Green Mountain Spinnery is pleased to present the brand-new ebook, Green Mountain Weekend. Fall is prime time for weekends in Vermont. For more than 20 years, our Knitter’s Weekend Retreats have provided great company, good food, wonderful learning experiences, and of course, yarny goodness. In addition,our weekends have offered a chance for our own Spinnery designers to share their passion. We invited these folks to celebrate their Green Mountain Spinnery experience by creating a design just for us. This e-book is available for purchase as a digital download and features 8 patterns. Click on the photo below for the Ravelry project page details.
Here in Vermont we’ve had a burst of unusual weather – within the same week we had snow and temperatures reaching over 80 degrees Fahrenheit! The weather seems to have settled a bit, and we are happy for warmer days and plenty of sunshine. We encourage you to reach for a wonderful skein of Alpaca Elegance, our blend of 50% New England grown alpaca and 50% fine American wool. If you have never worked with an alpaca blend before, you are in for a treat! Alpaca fibers have a hollow core, making them lightweight yet warm.
Summer is a great time to try out a new technique. Give colorwork a try with Julia Farwell Clay’s “Wolves will be Wolves” hat. The sample shown used 140 yards of the main color, Chai, and 50 yards of each of the contrast colors, Cocoa and Cream. Sweaters may be far from your mind now, but remember they are a larger time investment. If you start now, you will be all ready for fall. We love Amy Christoffers’ Catboat Cardigan in Rosehip; this sweater strikes a balance between a traditional sweater and modern sports wear. This yarn is also great for crochet patterns. The Walnut Vest for Men by Mary Beth Temple is inspired by classic menswear and is sure to keep your interest with basketweave pattern in the color work section of Cream and Dark Roast against the Cocoa.