Last weekend was a huge success. The weather was brisk but sunny, and our workshop was filled with eager crafters creating a convivial environment in which to learn. WE want to extend a very hearty thank you to everyone that attended and to Lorilee for her fabulous instruction.
Lorilee is a delightful person and a very generous teacher. She thrilled the group with her patient instruction that gave us a new mastery of her beautiful vertical stranding technique. We enjoyed her sense of humor too.
She brought a huge selection of stunning samples with her for us to browse through. She also gifted the students with two patterns each, a Craftsy coupon for additional learning and has promised to follow up with any of us who have questions about how to use what we learned last weekend.
Saturday was spent creating swatches that included all kinds of vertical color techniques and textures. Throughout her instruction Lorilee provided us with tips and tricks for new cast-ons, various bind offs and increases and decreases that will improve our projects for years to come.
On Sunday we were able to start projects of our own with her thoughtful guidance that meant all of our new knits got off to a great start.
We have created a new Ravelry Group specifically geared towards our Knitting Weekend friends. It is a space where we hope to stay in touch with students and teachers alike. And in conjunction with its launch we are also announcing an exciting contest!We will be selecting a winner at random from among the new members who have joined the group and giving them a 50% off the registration fee of a future Knitters Weekend of their choice. We’ll provide more information about that contest as we get closer to drawing the winner later this summer.
We’ll share details of our upcoming Knitter’s Weekend in the fall as details come together here and on the Green Mountain Spinnery Knitters Weekend Ravelry Group page. We hope that you’ll be able to join the fun and come learn something new with us.
Our favorite “knitting enabler” and upcoming Knitting Retreat teacher Lorilee Beltman shared some more details about the workshop that she is organizing for us. We wanted to pass this along to you so that you can consider joining our group this Spring.
Our introduction to Vertical Stranded knitting will begin on Saturday morning. Lorilee will guide us through the history of this technique from its use in Rovaniemi knitting, as a substitute for duplicate stitch in argyle, and even as it appears in a Japanese stitch dictionary. We’ll learn how to manage the strands and how to address the stitches so things operate smoothly for you.
We’ll play with simple zigs and zags, color between lace, and purl-only columns that look like caterpillars. Most students will tackle three motifs during this session.
After a delicious lunch featuring local ingredients and a bit of free time to explore Putney we’ll regroup for our afternoon class session.
Building on our morning swatch, we’ll continue exploring adding color to different fabrics: garter stitch and cables in particular. This will give us hands on practice learning the basics of vertically stranded color work as applied to our favorite knit fabrics.
Our evening will be spent with a convivial dinner and a surprise activity.
Then bright and early on Sunday morning, we’ll dive into a project! Lorilee has designed a cowl pattern as a template into which the knitter can plug their choice of the motifs we’ve learned. You could also knit the free pattern as written – as a sampler of several ways to let color climb. Not a cowl fan? Not to worry, Lorilee will also provide a wristlet pattern option as well.
We’ll close the weekend with a show and tell of Lorilee’s most recent explorations as inspiration. We’ll discuss how to include your new coloring tool in existing patterns and have a Q & A.
Our Knitter’s Weekends are always a treat. With an intimate group, we can ensure that you have plenty of support while you are learning. And there is sure to be plenty of laughter and sharing. Come and make new friends or organize a small group of your own to meet and knit together free from the distractions of home.
We hope that you will be able to join the fun. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-321-9665 with any questions you have about registering.
Last weekend a wonderful group of crafters converged here in Putney and spent three lovely days learning as much as possible about the brioche stitch from our friend Nancy Marchant.
She is an inspiring teacher whose patience and devotion made our lessons fun and very informative. She has spent the last 10 years exclusively knitting brioche and her passion for this technique spread through the room like wildfire. Getting an exclusive sneak peek of samples of her newest patterns was a special bonus.
Her newest book that includes these patterns is due to be released early next month. Her wraps and scarves combine stunning vibrant yarns of all kinds with hypnotizing stitch patterns that are in fact not as difficult to execute as you might imagine.
It was wonderful to see such a rich variety of pattern variations and textures created with the basic brioche techniques that we covered in our workshop.
Here you can see our friend and fellow student Donna (modeling her beautiful Gulfoss sweater) working on the first swatch of the workshop. This lesson allowed us to practice increases and decreases in a single color. After lunch, we tried our hand at two-colored brioche.
And Eric has started a deliciously cozy brioche textured cowl that will be a delight to wear through our coldest months this winter.
It was a delightful weekend and we want to thank everyone who was a part of the fun. We’d also like to extend a very warm thank you to Nancy for her excellent instruction. It was a pleasure to learn from her and she has probably inspired more than one of us to visit her hometown Amsterdam with her wonderful anecdotes.
We are already looking ahead to our Spring gathering and hope to be able to lure Lorilee Beltman here to Putney to teach us about her remarkable vertical stranding techniques. We will share more details with you about that as soon as we can.
November is quickly approaching, and we are starting to get excited about this fall’s Knitter’s Weekend. It is the perfect time of year to be in New England enjoying the fall color and the crisp air. The golden light is magical and we hope that you can come and experience it for yourself.
Nancy Marchant will be joining us in Putney, Vermont the weekend of November 7th-9th to teach the brioche stitch. This is a great opportunity to addluscious texture and stunning, reversible patterns to your knitting. For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with the brioche stitch you can learn the basics in the video below.
We’ll be publishing a pattern shortly. In the meantime, you may want to peruse the hundreds of FREE brioche patterns available on Ravelry. You will be stunned by the beauty and versatility of this stitch.
We hope that you will consider adding the brioche stitch to your knitting repertoire. It is a wonderful technique that could provide you with a winter season full of fun new projects that will keep you extra warm with squishably soft ribs of beautiful color that will fly off your needles.
Spinnery founders Claire Wilson and Libby Mills began taking our wares to Stitches events and fiber festivals years ago and realized that doing these kinds of shows was fun and good business, but wondered how it would be to have knitters come to us. So, for more than 20 years we have been inviting folks to enjoy a weekend in New England with good food, excellent company, a fun learning experience and generally lots of yarny goodness.
Over the years we have had quite an array of instructors, from established names like Barbara Walker, Katherine Cobey, Nancy Bush, Fiona Ellis and Beth Brown-Reinsel to more recent emerging stars in the knitting world: Gudrun Johnston, Alison Green, Kate Gilbert and others. In addition, our weekends have offered a chance for our own Spinnery designers to share their passion.
This past weekend was no exception, and Marly Bird was a huge hit with the group. Her warm and bubbly personality made the weekend more fun and full of laughter than one could imagine possible.
She is a wonderful teacher who was able to gracefully guide both knitters and crocheters through the intricacies of Entrelac. It was inspiring to see everyone in the room working with their preferred tool, be it hook or needle. Then on Sunday morning the group gathered to learn about thrumming and a new collection of deliciously warm mittens was born!
She inspired all of us to embrace the intention of her instructions and make them our own; reminding us that one of the reasons she became a designer was because she is not a fan of closely following directions.
Our “students” proved to be very talented crafters, and they brought some amazing hand knits with them. The collection of sweaters in the room was breathtaking. It was also fun to see what came along in everyone’s work basket or project bag.
It was a wonderful weekend filled with laughter, learning, and wonderful company. One of our new friends Sue posted to our Facebook page, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for a fabulous weekend!! This was my very first knitting retreat & you have set the bar very high! I loved every moment, learned so much and enjoyed getting to know a truly great group of ladies!!”
It is a sentiment that we all share. Thank you to all of you who joined us. A huge warm hug and enthusiastic thank you to Marly for traveling halfway across the country to help us make a memorable weekend. And to all of you who hope to come and join us next time, there is always room at the table for another friend!
Thea Colman and Ellen Mason are coming to the Spinnery!