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 are setting up shop at Rhinebeck this weekend. We look forward to this festival every fall. The food, yarn, sheep and wool bring thousands of fiber enthusiasts to this gathering, but it is the mystique of the “Rhinebeck Sweater” that inspires all of us to knit a new garment each year.
We’ll have some great new samples with us in our booth and we hope that you’ll stop by to check out: Kristen, the Exit 4 Tunic , and Amy Christoffer’s Coolidge Cardigan, among others.
We’ll also be debuting Suzanne Allen’s new sweater: the White Pine Pullover. White Pines are a native Vermont tree once used for the masts of ships. The strong vertical pine-like stitch pattern compliments the soft curve of a generous cowl neck on this comforting pullover. Designed with lazy weekends in mind, the White Pine Pullover combines cozy comfort with effortless style.
Suzanne has paired a light weight textured fabric with an over-sized silhouette that can be dressed up or down.Equally perfect with jeans or leggings, you’ll want to snuggle into the generous cowl neck when temperatures drop. This pullover is knit flat from the bottom up and seamed together.Side vents and set in sleeves provide the perfect balance between relaxed ease and a flattering fit.
The pattern includes a generous range of seven sizes from 31″ – 55″ busts and it calls for 6 – 11 skeins of DK weight yarn such as the Sandman Mewesic shown above.
We hope that we’ll see you this weekend at the festival. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on and perhaps get you what you need for a new “Rhinebeck Sweater” that will be the hit of next year’s show.
We are headed to the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival this weekend and we couldn’t be more excited. Tunbridge is lovely this time of year. And in our opinion, there is nothing quite so fine as a gathering of fiber enthusiasts eager to share what they’ve been working on.
There will be sheep aplenty as well as over 70 vendors offering all your favorite fibers and yarn along with equipment and supplies. The Spinnery will have a booth there and you can visit us to see a selection of our yarns as well as some samples that can demonstrate how our yarns and patterns work up.
Anticipating that shoppers might be eager to find a unique local offering, and inspired by Amy Christoffer’s beautiful Coolidge Cardigan, Kate spent a few hours this week knitting up a new sample with our Vermont Organic Yarn.
These creamy skeins include 250 yards of worsted weight yarn and Kate thought that a simple hat pattern that could highlight the terrific stitch definition was called for. She knit up a Koolhaas hat, designed by Jared Flood.
The pattern includes two size options and Kate knitted the larger of the two for the deepest possible version of this unisex beanie. She was delighted to find that she had enough yarn remaining for a second hat!
We love it when you can create two projects from a single skein! You’ll be able to make two holiday gifts or keep one for yourself as a little reward.
If a trip to Tunbridge Vermont is on your agenda this weekend, we look forward to seeing you soon. If some knitting time on the couch at home is more your speed, we wish you happy knitting!
Last week we shared with you Amy Christoffer’s Coolidge Cardigan pattern, a lovely moss stitch and lace creation that Maureen has already cast on for. She is making a version in Pumpkin Weekend Wool that just might be ready to make its debut at Rhinebeck.
This week we wanted to draw your attention to the handful of other recently published patterns available on Ravelry that call for Spinnery yarns.
Among our favorites is Annie Rowden’s Polka Dot Tunic. This pattern includes sizing for 6 months to 12 years and the design could transition from a dress to a tunic worn over leggings as the little one who wears it grows. Annie knit this up with Spinnery Sylvan Spirit.
This pattern is part of the Knittin’ Little Fall 2015 Collection that includes designs from 6 popular designers with a little something for every discriminating kiddo that you may be knitting for.
Our friend Therese has designed a lush cabled pillow that is perfect for snuggling into on long winter evenings. Her Long Weekend Cabled Pillow pattern calls for Alpaca Elegance and would satisfy a project need for those of you eager to nest as our days get shorter.
If a smaller project is more your speed, you may want to consider Amy Palmer’s top-down Mewesic Socks. This pattern is available for FREE when you purchase either the digital or physical edition of Knitscene Winter 2015 from the Interweave online store. Never fear! The pattern will be available for free to everyone in the near future.
And for you hookers out there, Marly Bird has recently published a beautiful shawl that also calls for Spinnery Mewesic yarn.
You’ll find her Camilla Shawl in the pages of the Fall 2015 issue of Love of Crochet. It calls for a skein each of two colors of our DK weight wool yarn. Just beautiful!
There are even more patterns for you to choose from. Browsing the selection on Ravelry may help you find the perfect new pattern to start next Feel free to give us a call or stop by the Spinnery; we’d love to help you find the perfect yarn selection for your next project.
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.
Maureen and Kate are headed out west to bring a bit of Spinnery magic to the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival that will be taking place in Jefferson, WI on Friday Sept 11th – Sunday September 13th.
On their way they will be stopping of at the Sow’s Ear Coffee and Yarn Shop in Verona. On Wednesday September 9th from 6-8pm Maureen and Kate will host a Trunk Show of Green Mountain Spinnery yarns and samples.
Their hand-picked collection of sweater and accessory samples will give guests a chance to see, feel and try on how Spinnery yarns knit up.You’ll find options from single skein patterns that make delightful gifts to larger projects; with a range of difficulty from beginner to expert, and featuring a variety of techniques from stranded color work to airy lace.
You’ll have a unique opportunity to choose skeins from their collections of Weekend Wool, Simply Fine, and Sock Art.We know that getting to chance to see these yarns in person can make all the difference when finding the perfect color.
We hope that you can join the fun and come see what Green Mountain Spinnery will inspire you to cast on for next!
Kate had an “ah-hah” moment in the midst of working on a sample of Heidi Kirrmaier’s Vitamin D cardigan that we thought might be worth sharing. She cast on for the top-down pattern using Spinnery Sylvan Spirit in the Sterling colorway.
She is thrilled with how the yarn is knitting up and things were sailing along smoothly until she started working her first sleeve. Unlike similarly constructed top-down sweater patterns, Heidi has the knitter put the body stitches on hold while working the sleeves first. The pattern includes a note in italics explaining her directions.
“Note: instructions are for working the sleeve flat in order to ensure the same tension as yoke is maintained.”
Kate decided that the simplicity of working the sleeves in the round was worth any small shifts in tension that she was confident she could block out…do you see where this is going?
She didn’t have to work very far on her sleeve to have about an inch or two worth of stitches to test her theory.*
The difference between the worked-flat stockinette and the worked-in-the-round stockinette more apparent in person. There is a stitch per inch difference in the tension. “What’s one stitch between friends?” you might ask.
Well, this creates a visible line in the fabric and more importantly translates into a substantial change in the finished measurements of the sleeve. What should measure out at about 15 inches will in fact be closer to 12 1/2. That is a difference that can’t be blocked out.
This shift in tension can often occur when switching between knitting and purling, but it can also happen when switching between needles made of different materials. There is a fantastic article on Alexis Winslow’s blog Knit Darling that clearly illustrates how dramatic the effects of that switch can be.
Kate combined both by switching from carbon metal needles as she started her sleeve in the round. Instead of cancelling each other out as she hoped, they combined to create a substantial change in tension.
So, Kate will frog back and instead follow the pattern working the sleeve flat using the same carbon needles she used for the yoke of the sweater. We are looking forward to seeing the finished project that we know will be more successful for having been checked and adjusted.
*Kate is the first to agree that she could have figured this all out a head of time if she had swatched and blocked her sample ahead of time — but she prefers to dive into the deep end and check her progress as she goes. She also recognizes that when that little voice tells you to stop and reconsider, you may find as Kate did, that it is worth listening to.
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.
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!
A new pattern has been released by Annie Rowden this week. We’d like to introduce you to Morning Mist made with Spinnery Cotton Comfort.
Larisa was among the lucky few test knitters who were given the opportunity to work on the pattern before its release. She created a gorgeous version using the Juniper and Unbleached White colors. It turned out beautifully and was a hit among the folks at the Maryland and New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festivals that got a sneak peek of the finished project.
The pattern calls for just 5 skeins of yarn (3 of the main color and 2 for the lace). The pattern has you starting with a provisional cast on so that you work the lace panel first in one direction and then in the other. Once your lace is complete, you’ll pick up stitches for your shoulders and work the front of the top back and forth until it is the same measurement as the bottom of the lace panel. After picking up stitches across the bottom of your lace section, you’ll continue to work your top in the round to the bottom hem. It couldn’t be neater.
Annie explains on the pattern page on Raverly, “I love lace back shirts, but chose a pattern that wasn’t too open to avoid seeing straps underneath. The simple drop-shoulder body creates its own cap sleeves, making for quick knitting, and comfortable wearing. (Totally seamless!)”
We couldn’t agree more. This is a perfect pattern for early summer knitting and we hope that you’ll consider casting on for one of your own!
Thea Colman and Ellen Mason are coming to the Spinnery!