This time of year has many of us doing a bit of armchair traveling. From the cozy comfort of our chairs by the fire we can dream of warmer climates and alluring locales around the globe. Occasionally, those dreams of far off places can inform and inspire our knitwear designs.
Cap Sease created a beautiful hat pattern that reminds us of the classic architecture details that can be found on landmarks located on the other side of the Atlantic. Her Athens Key Hat features a classic Greek key motif created with slipped stitch garter rows that result in a thick warm fabric that will keep your ears delightfully warm.
We used Spinnery Mewesic and our New Mexico Organic yarns for these samples. Pictured in Pink Cadillac and Purple Haze Mewesic with White New Mexico Organic (on the left) and Diamonds and Rust and Norwegian Wood Mewesic with White New Mexico Organic (on the right).
We hope that you’ll consider casting on for this pattern while planning your next getaway. You may find that having a new hat to toss in your bag may broaden the destination options to include the perfect spot!
We’re into the double digits on our advent calendars and we know that the remaining days will pass in a flash. If you are planning to hand craft your holiday gifts this year, we thought we’d share a few project ideas that could be created in an afternoon (or less) of knitting or crocheting.
We hope that you’ll be able to get any one of these (or even a handful of them) under the tree just in time.
Our go-to yarn choice for last minute knits would have to be Capricorn. Our bulky single ply yarn knits up in a flash at roughly 3 stitches per inch on US 10 needles. Everything created with this blend of wool and mohair is cozy warm and deliciously soft. The delicate halo from the mohair makes these items even more snuggly looking.
Our Capricorn Hats and the Steps and Ladders Hat (on the left) knit up quickly; and that stranded color work ensures a double layer of yarn over your ears for a very snug and cozy hat. You could combine contrasting colors of our soft neutrals or provide a pop of color with one of the hand-painted skeins that Melissa has created for us.
Ellen Mason’s Polka Knot Hat, Ekaterina Blanchard’s Pomme hat and Johnny Vasquez’s FREE Gridiron Hat are a few other great alternatives that can be knit with a single skein (or a bit less).
If you think that a cowl might better fit the bill, we can recommend several FREE patterns: Purl Bee’s Bandana Cowl or Garter Gaiter are both quick knits; and Kathryn Jones’ Catesby Three-Hour Cowl is a crochet project that looks fun.
If you’d like to give the gift of warm hands, you might want to consider using a single strand of our Capricorn to knit up our Bulky Mittens (instead of the double strand of worsted weight that the pattern specifies). You might also want to try Marielle Henault’s FREE Bella’s Mittens. Over 10,000 ravelers have knit up this pattern, and have been delighted with the results.
Lastly, if a pint sized project is required, you might want to consider our Little Billy Goat vest. This knits up to a snug layering pieces for sizes ranging from 2 – 12. Granted, the larger sizes of this pattern may take a bit more time to complete. But who hasn’t wrapped up something still on the needles with a guilty shrug and a smile?
We’d love to help support your goals and deadlines, so let us know if you have questions or need a skein or two rushed your way. We wish you a happy few weeks of crafting.
A few weeks ago Kate finished a beautiful stranded cowl designed by Ysolda Teague: Pyukleen. We love the way this cowl knit up with 6 gorgeous tweedy our Mewesic.
She had leftovers of four of the colors that were close to complete skeins. She and Larisa spent some time on Ravelry looking for projects that can be finished with about 150 yards or less of DK weight yarn. We found some great accessory patterns that can be quickly finished with singles skeins that you may want to consider for your last minute knitted gifts.
With the first of December just a couple of days away, we know that there is no time to waste.
The “high tide” beanie version of the new Spinnery Ebb Tide Hats can be knit up with less than a skein’s worth of Mewesic. You can find more information in last week’s post.
And if you are willing to splurge on two skeins, you can make a Jul Hat designed by Jenny Gordy. Larisa knit hers up with just over a single skein of the Diamonds & Rust color.
Many of us at the Spinnery are busy knitting up our own collection of hand made gifts and we’ll have more project photos and suggestions to share with you as we approach the holidays.
We hope that you’ll give us a call at 800-321-9665 if you’d like us to provide you with some additional suggestions or better yet, we hope that you’ll have a chance to visit in person. We’ look forward to seeing you soon.
We’ve released a new pattern this week that you may want to take a closer look at. This is the Ebb Tide Hats pattern designed by Kate Salomon. The pattern includes instructions for two version of the hat: a “low tide” slouch and a “high tide” beanie.
This hat was inspired by long walks on the Cape Cod National Seashore. We love the texture reminiscent of tide washed sand and windswept dunes.
Knit up with Mewesic, with its rustic good looks and tweedy rich color, this hat knits up into a medium weight cap that drapes beautifully and wears well. Style, yarn, and two versions of the pattern combine into the perfect accessory for him or her!
The pattern calls for a bit less than a single skein of DK weight yarn for the smaller beanie version and would look great with any of our DK yarns such as our New Mexico Organic (as seen above), our Cotton Comfort or our Alpaca Elegance.
The 50/50 alpaca blend will provide beautiful drape for the “low tide” slouch hat which requires just over a single skein. You’ll have plenty of yarn left over for some fingerless mitts!
This pattern may make for a fun collection of hand made gifts for everyone on your list this year. Give us a call at 800-321-9665 and we can help you find the perfect colors for everyone you’d like to knit a “little something” for.
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!
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.
It will surprise no one that the Green Mountain Spinnery supports knitting and crochet as year-round activities. There is something particularly motivating though about winter weather that makes you reach for the yarn and needles; this winter especially requires extra warm layers! We’ve noticed many wonderful projects shared on Ravelry and wanted to shine a spotlight on them here as well!
Accessories like hats and gloves are wonderful due to their feeling of instant gratification. Finishing a larger project can be equally satisfying and thee knitters of these sweaters and shawl should feel quite proud! Nickeneck’s Mom’s Celestrial Mosaic is knit with Mountain Mohair and has a great depth of texture thanks to the color and stitch combination. Gretchen623’s Cardinal cardigan in the Poppy colorway of Weekend Wool is simply beautiful.
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!
It feels like this year the holiday season is coming fast and furious. We hope that in the midst of searching for your must-have recipes for those holiday dinners and locating the cherished decorations you have out every year, you find more than a few moments with your yarn and needles (or hooks). Here are just a few of our favorite knitting staples and classics, most enjoyable when worked in your favorite Green Mountain Spinnery yarns.
Hats are a great “go-to” project for knitters of all abilities. The construction is usually similar between different designs but there is room for modifications or improvisations to create something totally unique. The Warmest Winter Hat, designed by Spinnery friend John Crane in three different weights, is a reversible hat for the person who’s a bit buttoned-down on the outside but jazzy on the inside. It will keep the head toasty-warm on the coldest and windiest days of winter. The only hat s/he’ll ever want to wear! Pictured in Alpaca Elegance and (far left). The Ascutney Mountain Hat & Earwarmer prototype was “borrowed” by our staff members for ski outings to various mountains! This classic design by Melissa Johnson is warm and flattering hat with a cabled band that is knit sideways and an attractive double decrease at the crown. The cabled band can be knit alone to wear as an earwarmer. Pictured in Lichen Weekend Wool (center left). Hopefully you could find time to devote one pleasant evening to knitting and end up with this versatile Beret! A seed stitch band snugs over the ears on a winter’s day, or fits comfortably on the crown of a lucky head. Pictured in Pistachio Mountain Mohair (center right). Riley’s Hat is a design by Maureen Clark for her grandson. This retro-styled hat with earflaps ties under the chin to stay on through all sorts of winter fun. Pictured in Blue Opal and Rose Quartz Sylvan Spirit (far right).
Portable projects are wonderful to keep with you when you have to wait for something. These could be the hats we mentioned above but socks, mittens, or scarves are also great choices. Isabelle Hegemann, also known as IBH, had twenty-six grandchildren and great-grandchildren and knit socks for each of them annually. Her step-by-step teaching pattern, IBH’s Toasty Socks , will have you confidently knitting a rib pattern in the round on double-pointed needles, turning a heel, and finishing the toe with kitchener stitch. Pictured in Natural Grey and White Vermont Organic (left). Little Hands, designed by Cap Sease, are quick knit mittens for the younger set. You can make a pair with each chart for your favorite child. Pictured in variouscolors of Mountain Mohair (center). There’s no denying the appeal of the Simple Pleasures Scarf constructed in garter stitch on the diagonal. What could be more simple, yet simply elegant? Any of our soft yarns will do – Mountain Mohair, Green Mountain Green or Alpaca Elegance. Pictured in Vincent’s Gold Mountain Mohair (right).