When Larisa and Kate from the Spinnery headed to Quebec a couple of weeks ago for a knitting event hosted by our friend Julie Asselin, they couldn’t resist snapping a postcard photo of Larisa’s shawl on the go. Larisa did most of her knitting in the car, but the girls couldn’t resist stopping briefly at a pick your own blueberry stand with the most beautiful sunflowers around.
We’d love to see and hear about how your Jordache is knitting up and where you took your project this summer. Post photos to our Raverly Group page or to our Facebook page this week and you can be entered into our contest!
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?
In anticipation of one of the heaviest travel days all year, we thought we’d start a KAL so that we can all be knitting together over Thanksgiving Weekend.
We are all in love with Amy Christoffer’s new Gold Rush Shawl. And we can’t help but feel as though it will be a perfect project to keep us all happily occupied through traffic jams, flight delays, football games or whatever else Thanksgiving Weekend and the holiday season in general have to throw at us.
We hope that you will join the fun and cast on with us Monday November 24th. Our goal is to finish our shawls before December 31st. We’ll be running a contest along with this KAL giving all of you who join along a chance to win a $25 Green Mountain Spinnery gift certificate.
Whoever posts the most about their project progress on the Spinnery’s Ravelry Thanksgiving 2014 KAL discussion board will be chosen as our lucky winner just in time for New Years!
Want one of your friends to join in giving you a great excuse to gather and knit? Think about gifting a copy of the pattern and encourage them to join the Spinnery Ravelry group if they aren’t already members. Then you both can have a chance to win the contest!
We can’t wait to see what you choose to cast on with (the pattern calls for four skeins of Spinnery Mewesic). Share photos of your skein selection, your progress, or even recipes that you and your family are enjoying this holiday season. We want to know all about how this project makes your holidays a bit more fun.
Joji Locatelli’s most recently published Grandpa Cardigan looks as though it will be a very interesting pattern to work on. She has created a top-down, seamless, set-in sleeve cardigan that looks appealing for folks of all knitting abilities. And who wouldn’t be tempted to make a comfy cardigan to snuggle into this Fall?
“Worked from the shoulders down completely seamlessly, Grandpa features a different set of cables for every size, making it look complex and sophisticated as any seamed garment, but without any finishing required.
All the instructions are charted out, so there is no guessing with this sweater. Just enjoy watching all the pieces come together to create this beautiful timeless cardi. Even if you have never knitted a cabled sweater before, you’ll find Grandpa’s instructions clear and easy to follow, making it a great choice for your first challenging project. ”
Joji has incorporated a contiguous shoulder into her pattern to create set-in sleeves, so there should be some interesting fun for more experienced knitters who haven’t yet had a chance to try this technique.
More fun can be had if you join the Ravelry KAL. You’ll have a chance to win prizes, and have the gratification of seeing and reading about other knitters’ progress. The group will be casting on August 1st with a goal of finishing the sweater in three months. This gives you plenty of time to pick your yarn.
Some of the girls at the Spinnery started plotting out our selections this morning, and this is what we came up with.
Alpaca Elegance was the most popular choice! From left to right you have Rachel’s choice: Earl Grey, Maureen’s selection: Sencha, and Kate’s preference: Rosehip. Larisa opted for the New Mexico Organic yarn in grey. We know that these yarns will all perfectly highlight the beautiful cables.
What Spinnery yarn would you be tempted to cast on with?
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!
Earlier this week we found out about a new Ravelry Knit Along that is starting today! We didn’t want to waste a minute sharing some of the details with you in case it might be something you’d like to try knitting along with the group.
Isabell Kraemer has designed another lovely striped sweater that looks as though it will be a hit. Her …a hint of summer pattern is one that we can easily imagine wearing all summer long. We love that the sizing options are generous and that you can modify the sleeve length to match your preference. Her pattern details are as follows:
XS (S, M1, M2, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
Finished bust circumference:
106.6 (116.6, 126.6, 131.6, 136.6, 146.6, 156.6, 166.6) cm 42 (46, 50, 52, 53.75, 57.75, 61.75, 65.5) in
Finished hip circumference:
96.6 (106.6, 116.6, 121.6, 126.6, 136.6, 146.6, 156.6) cm
38 (42, 46, 48, 50, 53.75, 57.75, 61.75) in
Please choose a size with approximately 25 cm (10 inches) of positive ease at bust.
Lace weight or light fingering yarn
for the sleeveless version:
approx. 430 (475, 520, 550, 585, 635, 685, 740) meters
470 (517, 567, 600, 637, 692, 746, 806) yd of each color
for ¾ sleeves please add approx.
75 (80, 86, 93, 100, 104, 108, 115) meters
82 (87, 93, 102, 109, 114, 117, 125) yd of each color.
Many of us at the Spinnery spent a little time in the shop this week looking at our color options, and picking out what we we would love to cast on with. Since the sweater has such generous ease, we got a bit creative with our selections, not restricting our choices to the lace/fingering weight called for in the pattern.
What Spinnery yarns and colors would you choose to work with? You can join the Ravelry group that is working on this beautiful sweater here. You’ll start to see other knitters’ yarn photos, as well as work in progress photos as the group works to finish their sweaters by the 1st of July. We can’t wait to see what you share with the group.
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.
One of the greatest parts about being in New England, Vermont in particular, in the fall is the ultimate explosion of color. As the trees that surround Green Mountain Spinnery turn to shades of red, gold, orange, yellow and gold, we can’t help but think about color in our fiber projects. Colorwork in knitting often looks more complicated than it is. There are quite a few ways to add color to your knitting and we hope you would consider including one of these techniques when you work on your next sweater, maybe as part of the 30 Day Sweater challenge!
The simplest form of color work is stripes. At first glance stripes may not seem that interesting but there are so many possibilities and combinations of stripes to try! If you’re feeling like making some stripes and want something new, check out this random stripe generator and have fun trying it out. One thing you should watch out for if you’re knitting your project in the round is the little jog that happens when you change colors. For instructions on how to make a jogless stripe in the round check out this great video over at New Stitch A Day. Shown at left is the Solstice Sweater, knit in Denim and Unbleached White Cotton Comfort.
Another easy way to wow your friends with color is with slip stitch or mosaic colorwork. This style of colorwork was developed by the knitting superstar Barbara Walker and is achieved by using slip stitches to draw color up into the next row. It is very simple to accomplish because you only work with one color at a time. That means you don’t have to worry about carrying multiple colors along each row and do the finger gymnastics required to switch back and forth between them. You can knit very simple patterns all the way to intricate motifs. Labyrinth is a design by Cap Sease that is lightweight yet warm, pictured here in Luminosity and Peridot Sylvan Spirit.
One of the most popular forms of colorwork (and the style most people think of when you say “colorwork”) is fair isle or stranded colorwork. Here the design is accomplished by alternating the color the stitches are knit with, in a particular row. The only technique used in this style is the knit stitch; you’ll need to learn to hold two pieces of yarn at once, but the outcome is certainly worthwhile. One unique characteristic about this technique is that it must be performed in the round; if you are not a fan of purling this could be the technique for you! If you want a cardigan, you first knit in the round and then steek it (a method for cutting your work) open. This photo shows one of newest patterns that utilizes fair isle and steeking, the Putney Mountain Vest; it will be released in our upcoming e-book, Green Mountain Weekend. Weekend Wool is an excellent choice for colorwork projects.
The last technique to share with you is the duplicate stitch. This is a way to add color to your work that you don’t have to think about before you begin knitting your project. Duplicate stitch is when you use a contrasting color of yarn and a darning needle to follow the paths of the stitches to create a small area of color like a monogram or small motif. It is a simple way add color and personalize your project after you have knit it. Shown at right are the Squirrel in the Woods mittens in which the squirrel motif is worked in duplicate stitch. If you are looking to design your own colorwork sweater there are many many great colorwork mitten patterns from which to draw inspiration!
If you’d like to learn more about planning your next sweater project, download the free Sweater Planning Guide from the 30 Day Sweater Challenge. This guide is full of advice on design basics, color choice, how much yarn to buy and everything else that goes into knitting a sweater that you’ll love! Click here to download.
This post is a part of the 30 Day Sweater Challenge promo tour. Join us this October as we help 5,000 knitters around the world knit a sweater they’ll love, in 30 days. To sign up just visit 30daysweater.com/greenmountain and download your free Sweater Planning Guide. It will help you get started on the right foot!
Spring is a time to enjoy the little things like little flowers and little lambs, and is a perfect time to work up adorable little baby gifts! Baby projects can be made quickly without requiring a lot of yardage, and are unique, unlike anything you would find in a big box store.
Spinnery yarns come in a wide variety of colorways, so you can work with the traditional blue/pink baby palette, go bright and bold, or stick with neutrals and match anything! The quickest projects for babies are probably booties or hats – of course this is dependent on the stitch pattern and your own skill! The classic Baby Booties offered by the Spinnery are also found as “Be-Ribboned Booties” in One Skein Wonders: 101 Yarn Shop Favorites. Baby hats are not just for winter! Together with the “Be-Ribboned Bonnet”, also found in the same book, you’ll have a gift ready-to-go! Cotton Comfort, our Wool/Cotton blend is a great choice for the sensitive scalp. Cap’s Hat and the Baby Bonnet patterns are simply sweet and just right for a carry-along project.
If you have a little more time, Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Leggings are a classic choice in Cotton Comfort or New Mexico Organic. The Pebble Yoke Sweater & Hat set is a charming set that so soft thanks to Sylvan Spirit. Peanut is an interesting knit that will keep your attention if you are waiting on the arrival of a new little one! A blanket pattern like Blankie, can be easily sized up for a crib or down for a car seat.
Have you tried making toys or stuffed animals? We have said before that gauge is important, but with toys there is a bit of wiggle room – using a lighter weight yarn will result in a smaller toy! Louisa Harding’s Cat pattern is made with rectangles of Cotton Comfort! This pattern is also part of the collection in Natural Knits for Babies and Moms, a book that has many more ideas for baby items in our yarns! Before you wrap up your baby gift, it is a good idea to give it a soak in a gentle wool wash like Eucalan. Eucalan has tips on their website for washing wool diaper covers, stuffed animals, and blankies!
We encourage you to pick up your needles and hooks and join us in a KAL/CAL this Spring for Baby Items, happening in our Ravelry group! Cast on between now and the end of May, your choice of baby item (or items) in Green Mountain Spinnery yarns. A random winner will be selected from the finished projects to receive prizes from Green Mountain Spinnery and Eucalan!