With the I-91 Shop Hop gearing up to start next week, we got to thinking about how to help get your creative juices flowing.
We understand that with a dozen shops to visit, the temptation to pick up a skein or two at each will run strong. We also recognize that yarn shopping without projects in mind can be frustrating if you find the perfect project after your visit and discover that you don’t have the yardage you need.
With that in mind, we thought that we could collect a list of some of our current favorite project ideas that can be knit (or crochet) with a just a skein or two of our lovely yarns in a range of gauges.
When you arrive, you’ll see that we have created samples of several of these designs and they will be available in the shop for you to enjoy and try on.
Ascutney Aran Hat is a $7 Green Mountain Spinnery pattern that calls for 250 yards. Purchasing this pattern gives you the cable chart you’ll need to complete the FREE Boot Topper pattern addendum which calls for 280 yards for a pair.
Duffers is a $2.50 felted slipper pattern designed by Mindie Tallack that calls for 220 – 440 yards for a range of three sizes.
Singapore Sling* a $5 hat pattern designed by Thea Colman that calls for 200 yards.
*This is one of the 6 patterns included in the $16 BabyCocktails’ Tiki Collection published last winter that all knit up with minimal yardage in a variety of gauges.
We hope that this selection provides you with some welcome inspiration and may make your Shop Hop experience a bit more fun! We look forward to seeing you soon and we can’t wait to get you started on your next project.
Summertime brings with it a call from the open road. For those of us free from the demands of a working farm, a desire to travel gets us planning trips to visit friends, family, and new locales. And with the I-91 Shop Hop just two weeks away, all of us knitters at the Spinnery are planning projects that will travel with us, for short day trips or longer excursions.
Maureen has a trip to Maine scheduled next week and her travel project is already on her needles.
She has begun knitting the Swingy Lace Vest designed by Jean Clement and published in the Summer edition of Love of Knitting. The pattern calls for 3-5 skeins of Sock Art Forest in the Water colorway and our dyer Melissa just dropped off a fresh new batch of the beautiful blue skeins.
Maureen has chosen a deeper teal color that more closely matches the two other teal projects that are currently on her needles. Funny how that can happen…
Larisa has already started her travel project as well.
This garter stitch scarf is an ideal travel project being small enough to fit on her lap and a very easy pattern repeat that doesn’t require much concentration. This leaves Larisa free to enjoy the scenery and help navigate on the day trips she often makes with her husband around New England.
Kate has a week long adventure to Alaska planned for late July and so is still in the planning stages of her travel project. She currently has two contenders that have captured her fancy.
The first is a potential Rhinebeck sweater. Inspired by the project photos of one of the Spinnery’s Ravelry friends, Kate is thinking about casting on for an Autumn inspired version of Hiro designed by Julia Farwell-Clay. These hues of Spinnery Mewesic are going to look amazing blended together in a pixelated circular yoke (left to right: Norwegian Wood, Evergreen, Mean Mr. Mustard, and Sandman).
But she recognizes that a smaller project might be easier to pack.
Hence project option number two: Brooklyn Tweed’s Ashby shawl to be knit with the Cappuccino color of Alpaca Elegance. Delicious.
We hope that your summer travels have you headed our way. We’d love to see you during the Shop Hop or any time that brings you to the Spinnery’s doors. Time permitting, we can offer you a tour of our production facility giving you a chance to see all the work that goes into our skeins before they are ever wound and ready to knit.
Please share your project photos and your travel snapshots on our Facebook page or on our Ravelry Group discussion thread. We’d love to see where you’re headed and what you’re working on!
The I-91 Shop Hop Bag Day is coming up soon on Saturday March 14th.
Come into any of the yarn stores that participated in the 2014 I-91 Yarn Crawl (see list below) during store hours on Saturday, March 14th, present a shop hop bag from any of the past I-91 Shop Hops and receive 15% off your entire purchase!
Last weekend’s I-91 Shop Hop was a hoot! It was great fun meeting new friends and introducing them to what we do here at the Spinnery. Many of our first-time visitors didn’t realize that we make everything that we have available in the shop. From fleece to skein we do it all right here!
As time permitted, we brought as many folks as we could out back into the thick of things so that they could see the different stages of our production process, and all of the amazing old machinery that makes it possible. If you missed your chance, you can learn a bit more about the Spinnery on our virtual tour.
But you just can’t beat the real thing, so plan on coming back as soon as you can and we can bring you “behind the scenes”. Bring your 15% off coupon for extra savings in the shop from now until the end of August.
More Hoppers than ever turned in their passports with us this year. We hope that all of you on the Hop enjoyed your adventure, and that you used the trip to reconnect with friends, find new yarns and patterns, and get inspired by all of the beautiful finished projects you saw along the way.
Many of you will be casting on for the Shop Hop’s mystery KAL project. We know that you’ll find some great support on the discussion board that you’ll find here.
Many of you took home our special “Sock Hop” kit. We wanted to be sure that you had the link you needed to browse the FREE shawl and scarf patterns that we found on Ravelry that could be used to make something not “socky” with your new skein of yarn, if you so choose.
We hope that all of you who visited will join our group on Ravelry and share the details of what you create with our yarns. We can’t wait to see what you want to work on.
And we have some exciting news to share with you! Keep those tote bags that you were given to you along with your passport…
A mystery sale has been planned for Saturday March 14th, 2015. Visitors who bring their totes to the sale will be eligible for special savings that we’ll be able to tell you more about in upcoming months.
We would like to thank all of you who participated, as well as the wonderful sponsors who generously contributed to the 44 goodie bags that were raffled off this weekend. I think it’s fair to say that a great time was had by all!
Get your Shop Hop passport stamped by visiting the participating shops over the 4-day Shop Hop weekend. Every time you get your passport stamped you will be entered to win the Daily Door Prize at that shop. A total of 44 door prizes will be given out to participants! By visiting all 11 shops you will be entered into a drawing for the fabulous Grand Prize, which includes gift certificates for the 11 shops, as well as yarns, needles and other goodies.
Here’s your chance to explore new yarn shops and win some great prizes. You can complete the Shop Hop all in one day, or make it a weekend event. Along with all of the fun prizes, you’ll be able to pick up clues to a mystery pattern at each of the shops. That way we can all share the fun.
This year’s theme of gold and black mystery is a fun one. In honor of this, and Kate’s insistence on referring to the Shop Hop as a Sock Hop, we will be offering an exclusive kit that includes a skein of our deep gold Sock Art – Forest yarn, a packet of lavender Eucalan, a darling needle gauge, and your choice of one of three Spinnery sock patterns that can be created with your new skein. All of this for under $20 (including Vermont sales tax)! This offers you a savings of over 60%
If knitting socks is not your favorite, you might find a pattern to your liking among the FREE Ravelry pattern selections of over 700 shawl patterns that could be knit or crocheted with the included skein.
While you are here in Putney, VT you may want to find a comfortable spot for a meal, a snack, or to cast on without delay. We recommend our favorite local spot: the Gleanery for a delicious lunch or dinner. They are open from 11:30 am – 9:00pm Thursday – Saturday and 11:30 – 8pm on Sunday. Basketville is another great spot for a quick visit that could provide you with beautiful storage for your new yarn!
We can provide you with local maps and more tips for a wonderful adventure when you visit. We can’t wait to see you!
There a number of new patterns published recently that feature Green Mountain Spinnery yarns. Don’t leave your projects behind as the days warm up! Keep your yarn and needles nearby as you are sure to want a project to work on while waiting at the airport, riding in the car, or just relaxing on your porch.
Did you spot Jackaroo, by Amy Herzog, in the newest issue of knitty? Worked in Maine Organic, this jacket is warm (but not too warm), and sure to be a go-to staple in your wardrobe. As with all of Amy’s designs, the construction lends itself to modifications so you will have a sweater you love that is a perfect fit for you! Stripes are a summer staple and are given a fresh look in Julia Farwell-Clay’s Albers Pullover. You can find this pattern in the Summer 2013 Interweave Knits. Our Cotton Comfort combines the pure softness of organic cotton with the elasticity and delicacy of fine wool.
We are very excited to also draw your attention to a these crochet patterns. The Bella Vesta, by Maureen Clark, is not only stylish but will provide you with a touch of warmth for those cool nights. You will need 4-6 skeins of Cotton Comfort or Sylvan Spirit, depending on size. Marly Bird designed the Fun in the Sun Cover-up for the Summer 2013 issue of Love of Crochet. Cotton Comfort comes in both bright and subtle colorways; we have something for everyone!
The I-91 Shop Hop is happening June 27 through 30, giving you four days to explore eleven great yarn shops along the I-91 corridor between Connecticut and Vermont. The Green Mountain Spinnery is the Vermont anchor and we do hope you will make a point to visit us and replenish your stash for those fall sweaters you want to knit! You can purchase your passport for $5 and you will receive a map of the shops and a bright tote bag to carry your purchases. There are great prizes daily in each of the shops and if you visit all of the participating shops you will be entered to win $550 in gift certificates plus yarn, books, tools & accessories plus a $50 gift certificate from every shop participating in the Shop Hop!