Carol Feller’s Short Row Knits was published earlier this fall. It’s subtitle, “A Master workshop with 20 learn as you knit projects” beautifully distinguishes this book as one that you will want to experience, not just read.
It’s clear concise descriptions of both the why and the how of various short row techniques can be best absorbed by picking up your needles and working the stitches along with Carol’s prose. We find that getting new techniques into our muscle memory makes them far more likely to transition from theory into daily practice.
And Carol makes a very compelling argument for using these techniques. Adding short row curves into patterns can give us the ability to customize the fit of any pattern without math. Gasp! Yep, for those of you who aren’t a fan of “mathy” modifications, short rows can provide customized shaping without changing your stitch count.
The book is filled with clear illustrations, beautifully crisp photography and careful descriptions that make it seem as though she’s right by your side guiding you through the basics. And that’s not all.
Included in the book are 20 beautiful patterns give you a chance to work with these concepts while creating wonderfully wearable and gift-able knits. The collection includes sweaters and shawls as well as clever hats and socks and a darling woolen ball, Chirripo, that is worked side to side.
This wonderful book belongs in your project bag, not your bookshelf. We hope that you’ll give yourself the time to really play with Carol’s tips and tricks. Mastery of these short row techniques will dramatically change your craft for the better.
And we are pleased to announce that we have a copy to give to a lucky winner! This weekend, add a comment to our Facebook page and we’ll pick a winner at random on Monday November 2nd. We hope that you’ll share photos and details of your favorite knitwear projects that make use of short rows.
We look forward to learning about your successes and triumphs with short rows and we know that with Carol’s guidance all of us will have more of those to share in the future!
We have two new patterns that we are debuting at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival this weekend. For those of you that would like a virtual preview we’d like to introduce you to the newest designs to feature our Mountain Mohair.
Exit 4 is an oversized Tunic designed for us by Bonnie Sennott. Named after the Interstate 91 exit that leads to Green Mountain Spinnery in Putney, Vermont, Exit 4 is a loose-fitting cabled tunic that’s joined at the sides with decorative buttons. It’s designed to be worn with 5 in / 13 cm or more of positive ease.
It features a bold center cable pattern on the front and back that creates a strong vertical visual impression that can be slimming. It can easy be worn over other layers when winter’s chill arrives.
The pattern includes a size range to fit actual bust sizes from 32 – 52. It calls for 7-9 skeins of Mountain Mohair. It is pictured here in Spice.
We also have our first adult hoodie pullover sweater. Kristen was designed for us by Kristen TenDyke.
This cozy hoodie is knit seamlessly from the bottom up, beginning with the sleeves, then the body. (Hopefully this will help with those of you who suffer from second sleeve syndrome). As you can see, it also features a beautifully organic cable panel that runs up the front and back.
The pattern includes sizing for a range from actual bust sizes of 29½ – 51¼ and calls for between 10 – 15 skeins of Mountain Mohair. It is pictured above in Blizzard.
Both of these patterns show Mountain Mohair at it’s finest. We hope that you’ll get a chance to see (and try on) our samples at any of our upcoming Festival appearances or by stopping into the shop in Putney when the samples return home with Kate and Maureen in early November.
We wanted to provide you with advance notice that this Wednesday July 15th all our remaining stock of Mountain Mohair Cones will go on sale at 30% off! We have limited quantities of our most popular colors. You’ll find them in the SALE ITEMS section of the Spinnery site first thing on Wednesday morning.
At 560 yards, these 8 oz. cones contain the equivalent yardage of four skeins of Mountain Mohair. The yarn is unwashed and will bloom when washed. We suggest that since this yarn is coned you wait until after working the yarn and gently wet block your project when complete. (Our favorite blocking instructions an be found in a terrific article from the Twist Collective archives written by Sandi Rosner).
These cones of Mountain Mohair are perfect for weaving, and can also be used for color work projects or large beautiful blankets that will have fewer ends for you to weave in when you complete your project.
We hope that you are able to take advantage of these savings while our supplies last. We are no longer coning our Mountain Mohair when producing new batches of yarn so these cones are very special indeed.
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.
Yep! Our tent sale is featuring some terrific bargains on orphan skeins. These are small quantities of skeins leftover from older dye lots.
We have found a few skeins of our favorites: Mountain Mohair, Cotton Comfort, Sylvan Spirit, Alpaca Elegance, and Maine and New Mexico Organics. Every skein is just $5. Great yarn for a great price!
These limited quantities could be perfect for small accessory projects, or striped projects that require small yardages of multiple complimentary colors.
And there is much, much more! We have an even larger selection of unwashed odd weight yarns that we’ve been able to make available to our online friends who won’t be able to attend our Tent Sale in person. You can find all of our special Tent Sale savings here. These prices will be available (while supplies last) through Friday June 12th!
We hope that you can take advantage of these prices. Our Tent Sale hours this weekend (May 23-25) are Saturday 10am – 5:30pm, Sunday 12 – 4pm, and Monday 10am – 5:30pm. And our special $5 skeins are only available to those of you who can visit us in person.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend, and happy knitting!
Sugaring season is almost over here in Vermont which has us all very eager for Spring. Temperatures are no longer dipping below freezing at night and while we are seeing some occasional snow flurries, the snow drifts are no longer deepening.
In celebration of the change of season, we’ve created a FREE pattern addendum to the very popular Ascutney Mountain Hat & Earwarmer pattern. With our addendum, you can make a pair of boot toppers that feature that beautiful braided cable.
This pair was knit up with two skeins of our Weekend Wool. This crisp 100% wool 2-ply yarn provides wonderful stitch definition to compliment the brilliant color palette.
What could be more fun that a pop of bright color to brighten up your work boots?
For those of you who already own a copy of the pattern, downloading the FREE addendum will set you on your way. If necessary, purchasing a copy of the Ascutney pattern here will provide you with all the information (and cable charts) that you’ll need.
Before you know it, signs of warmer weather to come will blossom all around us. We can’t wait!
The Aran sweater has a rich history, full of Irish island lore and fishing stories about the one that “got away”. In the past, each cable included in the pattern acted as a symbol that could weave a tale about the home port or invoke a bountiful catch for the wearer.
Maureen has created a fresh new pattern that combines the reassuring comfort that we associate with these classic designs and thoughtful details that ensure a perfect and flattering fit. We’d like to introduce you to Duncan.
Maureen has designed the pattern with a size range of 40″ to 51″ and has used set in sleeves to make sure that the sweater fits with a minimum of positive ease. It is warm and snuggly knit up with worsted weight Weekend Wool or Mountain Mohair; and will never create the impression that you are wearing a cardigan meant for your favorite Fisherman.
Shown here in the undyed White Weekend Wool, this 2-ply 100% wool yarn lends the sweater a crisp stitch definition making the cables pop. And the classic creamy white color ensures that this sweater could work for any outfit making it a wardrobe staple that you reach for most months of the year (if you live in New England like we do).
We also love the addition of pockets that maintain the cable pattern for continuity but give us the option of warming our hands on a bitter cold or damp morning.
This sweater is sure to become a Spinnery classic and we can’t wait to see yours!
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?
We have released a new pattern this week that you may find irresistible: Maisie designed by Cap Sease.
This magical little red riding hood is sized for pint sized folks aged 2-4. And we think it is darling. The pattern calls for up to three skeins of any of our worsted weight yarns: Weekend Wool, Mountain Mohair, or the softest of the bunch: Green Mountain Green.
While local temperatures have dropped below the “in between” Fall and Spring range that is perfect for this little poncho, this quick knit can be cast on and ready for the Spring thaw in no time.
You’ll enjoy working on the delicate cabling that decorates all sides and wraps around the edge of the hood. This is a great pattern to work on through this Winter’s chill.
Give us a call or visit us to explore our rich spectrum of color options. We look forward to your visit.
We had a wonderful time last weekend greeting visitors from all over the country who dropped in to the Spinnery during Putney’s 36th Annual Craft Tour. We opened our doors to new friends and offered all who were interested tours of our facility. By walking through the mill and explaining how our yarn is created, we were able to share our story and our passion for beautiful fiber.
Along with our tours we also offered our guests a chance to buy a selection of our “retired” shop samples. These hand knit sweaters and accessories are destined to make wonderful holiday gifts this season for thrifty shoppers who won’t have to rush to finish knitted projects for friends and family on their gift list.
There are a few remaining samples that are now available on our website. If you are running short on holiday knitting time, take a minute to browse our selection. You might find a perfect gift among them!
We also have a shop full of great stocking stuffers: from crafty magazines, project totes, bottles of Eucalan, needles, hooks, and tools of all kinds. We hope that if you are in the market for a crafty or handmade gift, you’ll stop in or give us a call. We can offer you all kinds of suggestions that we hope will take a bit of the guesswork out of your holiday purchasing.
Thea Colman and Ellen Mason are coming to the Spinnery!