We were lucky enough to get a chance to preview the newest samples from Pompom Quarterly while at Rhinebeck last weekend. The girls flew all the way from their home turf in the UK to share issue 19 (winter 2016) with visitors to the New York Sheep & Wool Festival.
While all 18 patterns are worth checking out, our favorite has been topping the popularity charts on Ravelry this week. We’d like to introduce you to Cesium designed by Sachiko Burgin. This stunning pattern will be available for purchase through Ravelry on Nov. 1st.
The cozy sweater is knit up with between 6-11 skeins of Mountain Mohair and is shown above in the Ice Blue color. The pattern includes a generous size range: 29½ (33, 37½, 41, 45½, 49, 53½)” and is intended to be worn with 1-1½” positive ease. The model has a 35” bust, stands 5’6” tall, and is wearing the 37½” size.
We love the soft subtle cabling. The asymmetry of the cables adds visual complexity to a comforting, flattering shape. And the wide neckline beautifully balances the strong vertical of the cabled panel; it will look fantastic on all kinds of figures.
On Sunday, Sachiko and her twin sister Kiyomi stopped by our booth and so we were able to thank and congratulate her on her stunning design. Her sister and fellow designer also has a lovely pattern included in this issue of Pompom, Fragmentation is a beautifully designed slouch hat that makes the most of gradient fingering weight yarns that are so impossible to resist.
You’ll find many treasures in the pages of this magazine. We found that Bristol Ivy’s article about asymmetry and imperfection ties the theme of the collection together in a thoughtful and delightful way that may help you find a new appreciation for the inherent inconsistencies that make our craft unique.
If you don’t already have a subscription to this delightful quarterly, you will be able to find Pompom Winter 2016 available for sale in our shop on Nov. 1st.
The forecast for this weekend is looking as though it might get a little gloomy, so we have brightened up the production floor by filling it with beautiful yarn for sale. Our Tent Sale has moved indoors!
Our annual Tent Sale started yesterday morning and continues here at the Spinnery all weekend (Sat, Sun & Mon 10 am- 5:30 pm). You can also find our discounted skeins in the SALE ITEMS section of the Spinnery website. Our sale prices on these items will continue to be available (while supplies last) through Friday June 17th.
Included among these skeins are unwashed odd weight skeins of many of your favorite yarns. These unwashed skeins still have a light coating of spinning oil on the yarn and they will “bloom” to softness if gently hand washed before knitting. Easy washing instructions will be included with your order.
Odd weight skeins are first quality, but the yarn is, overall, a bit lighter or heavier than in a regular weight skein. When we fill orders for any particular color, all the skeins will be either all heavies or all lights. Check your gauge carefully before starting your project.
Among our selection you’ll find select colorways of:
And there is more! In the shop this weekend are project quantities of discontinued yarns and orphan skeins at just $8 a skein. We have irregular skeins that may have an extra knot or two available at just $2.50 an ounce. These are perfect for crafters who love a bargain and who don’t mind a few extra ends to weave in.
We hope that you’ll be able to shop the sale, either here in person or via the internet. We love the thought of this lovely yarn finding new homes and becoming gorgeous knitwear in the months to come!
Larisa spent many hours winding and bundling the Spinnery’s new Mountain Mohair Mini skeins this winter. As she worked, she found herself wanting to create a cowl that would highlight small amounts of our delicious Mountain Mohair.
After a thorough search of the Ravelry database that didn’t turn up what she was envisioning, she designed the cowl that she wanted to wear.
Named after the rural highway that Larisa uses to commute to and from the Spinnery, these fun accessories have chevron striping that is reminiscent of the twists and turns of that beautiful road and the Connecticut River that runs beside it.
Using a full single skein of Mountain Mohair for the main color (on the ribbed bands and between each contrast color stripe) and a bundle of 5 of our Minis, you’ll have enough yarn for both the cowl and matching wrist warmers. Larisa used Blizzard as her main color to act as a soft neutral and played with pop colors for her stripes.
Larisa specifically selected a bundle group that had a mini skein of Goldenrod in it and ended up with a color selection that is a bit reminiscent of a Hudson’s Bay point blanket. She used (from bottom to top) Blueberry, Fern, Goldenrod, Periwinkle, and Rhubarb.
The random selection of colors included in our bundles will allow you to play with your own combination. You could also substitute leftover bits of stash yarn from other projects to create custom stripes of your own design.
We hope that you have fun with Larisa’s new pattern. We can’t wait to see what new color combinations result from it!
In celebration of the beginning of Spring, we have created “bouquets” of fun color for you to play with!
Knowing how popular our worsted weight Mountain Mohair is for color work projects, we have bundled five Mountain Mohair mini skeins into a fun collection of yarn for you to enjoy!
These skeins are each approximately 50 yards, giving you plenty of yardage for small accessories of many colors or a fun way to add a pop of color here and there to other larger projects.
If you are looking for some project inspiration, you might want to take a look at our Mini Mitts. Cap Sease created a fun pair of fingerless mitts using just two of these mini skeins.
A bundle would provide you with the yardage for a couple of pairs. If you wanted matching mitts, you could use the mini skeins for pops of color on a much larger collection of mitts to give as gifts or to match every outfit and mood.
There are hundreds of other accessory project suggestions to be found on Ravelry. Our favorite may be the Algonguin Hats designed by Thea Colman which calls for a single skein of Mountain Mohair as a main color and just 50 yards of a contrast color to create a beanie with a hint of slouch and gorgeous textured color.
The color selection of the Mountain Mohair Minis that you’ll receive is random and sure to compliment each other beautifully. We can’t wait to see what you make with them!
We are launching something brand new this month that we’re delighted to share with you. We’d like to introduce our first Spinnery project club! The Quartet Hat Club.
Membership in the Spinnery’s exclusive hat club will ensure delivery of four beautiful seasonal hat projects to your doorstep over the next calendar year.
As knitters, we know that nothing beats the fun of a brand new project. Having something new to start is as delightful as finishing a project is rewarding. And smaller projects such as hats can be completed quickly for a crafting experience that feels great from start to finish. We want to share all of that fun with you. Joining the club couldn’t be easier and you’ll love what we have in store for you with our upcoming projects.
Melissa Johnson has designed four beautiful hat patterns with the seasons in mind. Each pattern will feature a different Spinnery yarn and provide you with a pattern you’ll want to knit again and again. As a Quartet Hat Club member, you’ll have exclusive access to these patterns until they are made available to the public in 2017.
You’ll receive a quarterly preview email with information about the next pattern delivery and a choice of two colorways. When you’ve let us know which version of the kit you’d prefer, you’ll receive a special package of a new pattern, all the yarn needed to complete the project, and a special treat. Your first delivery will also include a small Spinnery project bag to keep your project materials organized and easy to find.
Membership is a perfect holiday gift to ask for; or to give to a knitter who would be thrilled to receive 4 special deliveries filled with fun. Membership is open for a limited time until Friday January 15th. So this is a perfect time to sign up.
We hope that you’ll join the fun and become of a member of our first project club or gift membership to a knitter you love. If you are lucky, you might be thanked with a new hat!
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!