This week we are proud to share with you another new pattern as well as six new shades of Weekend Wool!
From top to bottom and left to right is Fawn, Pollen, Chestnut, Grasshopper, Teal and Orchid. These new shades round out our Weekend Wool spectrum with additional rich tones that our friends in Wisconsin are delighted with!
All of these new colors were created by blending our bale dyed wool in the carding process for a unique depth of tweedy color you are going to love working with. You may want to consider casting on for the Putney Mountain Vest pattern which features a total of four colors of Weekend Wool in the colorful yoke.
And for those of you who prefer to crochet, Maureen has crafted a special pattern for a new accessory you are going to love working on.
Cowl Up is a cozy accessory is created with the Tunisian Crochet technique. With 2 skeins of our bulky weight Capricorn yarn and a very large hook, you’ll have a finished project to curl up into in just a few hours! It has been a hit in our booth at Wisconsin and we hope that you’ll enjoy it too.
And in just a few days we’ll have the finishing touches ready for another circular yoke sweater that you may recognize from our newsletter! We’ll let you know on our Facebook page as soon as the pattern is ready for downloading.
Autumn has so many iconic signs: shorter days, crisp temperatures, turning and falling leaves and the start of school. Each of us marks the change of the seasons with a different indicator, but all of us here at the Spinnery are feeling ready for the start of a new season!
As our youngsters head back to school this week, we are packing up for the first Sheep and Wool Festival of our Fall season. Next weekend in Jefferson Wisconsin we’ll be introducing several new patterns and colors!
First we’d like to introduce you to a lovely crescent shawl pattern created by Cap Sease: the Guilford Shawl. This lushly garter stitch textured accessory is created with 2 skeins of our Simply Fine in the Variegated color. The delicate lace border is worked as you go, so there is no seaming or finishing to slow you down.
Kate Salomon has designed two sweaters for this fall. The first, shown above, is the Hatteras Cardigan. This light layering piece is knit up with the Spinnery’s new 100% wool fingering weight yarn, Lana; and the fabric is appealingly comforting and breathable.
The pattern features an unusual top-down construction that creates a bias hem decorated with a twisted rib border. It includes four sizes ranging from finished bust sizes of 38″ to 50″ and can be knit up with just 3 to 4 skeins of any of our Sock Art yarns.
On the warmer side, is the Beekeeper’s Smock. This oversized pull-over features cuffs and a funnel neck decorated with a honeycomb cable pattern. It also has contrast pop color pockets and lined neck for a touch of color that will play beautifully off the tweedy Yarn Over the pattern calls for.
This year’s limited edition version of our bulky recycled yarn comes in two colors, Smoke on the left and Flannel on the right. The beekeeper’s smock can be knit up as quick as a wink with either 5 or 6 skeins (and an additional single skein or worsted weight Weekend Wool or Mountain Mohair for that fun pop of color).
And that’s not all! Next week we’ll have more new patterns to share with you. And, we’ll be premiering 6 new shades of our very popular Weekend Wool.
We hope that you can visit our booth in Jefferson, our mill in Putney or our website from the comfort of your own home over the next couple of weeks as all of our hard work this summer comes to fruition just in time for your autumn knitting plans.
You might think that the dog days of summer are no time to cast on with bulky wool (unless you have an air conditioned space to knit in). However, a new pattern has been published this week that may make you want to reconsider.
Twist Collective’s Fall Issue went live a few days ago and among the “pages” is a pattern designed by Kristen TenDyke: Rumford. This delightfully cozy cardigan features Green Mountain Spinnery’s Capricorn yarn.
We particularly love the gentle halo created by our special blend of wool and mohair. That fuzzy softness will make the sweater feel warmer and will protect your stitches from friction, making this single-ply more pill resistant than other yarn options with a similar construction. Your creation will maintain it’s crisp cables and stand up to everyday wear.
The single ply has another added benefit, creating cables that are beautifully defined, without any ply shadows that make your stitches a bit less clear.
Our three un-dyed shades will knit up into neutral wardrobe staples that you’ll love wearing as temperatures drop.
Kristen’s pattern includes a generous sizing range from 31 1/2″ to 57 3/4″. It is worked bottom-up with raglan decreases at the shoulder and has delicate cables on the front and back.
It is designed to be worn with very little positive ease and the subtle waist shaping ensures that it will flatter. With a suggested gauge of just under 3 stitches per inch (in the stockinette sections) this cardigan will fly off your needles!
What’s not to love about Rumford? We hope that you’ll check out this new edition of Twist Collective to see if you can find inspiration for your fall knits there. We’d love to help you get started on any of the projects you’ll find. We can offer yarn suggestions and go from there!
A couple of weeks ago we shared with our Facebook friends that Thea Colman (of Babycocktails fame) had published a new cardigan worth taking a look at. Her new Greenbriar cardigan was designed with Spinnery Mewesic yarn.
Thea fell in love with these skeins when she and Ellen Mason came to the Spinnery to teach our Knitter’s Weekend last fall. As Thea says, “Green Mountain Spinnery’s Mewesic yarn is a beautiful tweed with subtle flecks of color that is just gorgeous in cables and lace – although in stockinette, the shades and texture of the tweed shine as well! With that in mind, Greenbriar features both.” Thea worked her sweater up in the Mean Mr. Mustard color.
This top-down sweater uses the contiguous method to shape the shoulders. It features one of Thea’s characteristic lace panels that is beautifully charted and written for your preference. “The lace is easier to work than you’d think, since the stems and leaves are bold – making errors easy to spot.”
One of the reasons that Thea’s patterns are such a pleasure to knit is due to her thorough testing process. Several knitters work up a range of sizes of the pattern (in this case there are a total of 9 options) to ensure that there are no mistakes or surprises. Many of Thea’s test knitters chose to work up the pattern in several colors of Spinnery Mewesic, and we thought that you’d enjoy taking a look at how the sweater looks in a variety of colors.
Sandy used Passionate Kisses to make her sweater. Sandy shared her thoughts about the yarn in her project notes, “THE perfect pairing for this sweater pattern – I couldn’t stop taking close-up pics because I absolutely adore the little yellow flicks of color in the yarn!
I’m already looking through my stash, thinking about knitting another Greenbriar in another color – its’s just the perfect sweater pattern – – easily customizable, a fun lace and cable pattern, and then gorgeous stockinette to show off a tweedy yarn.”
Both Kim and Glenna used Purple Haze for their sweaters. Kim modified the length of her sleeves and added a bit of delicate lace from another of Thea’s patterns: Eradour!
Bonnie used Blue Bayou to create a wardrobe classic in the perfect shade of washed denim. “This is one of my favorite cardigans to date! The back lace/cable looks difficult but really isn’t … Mewesic is one of my favorite yarns; I used it for my Ommegang and over a year later there is not a pill to be found.” (Ommegang is a cowl necked pullover of Thea’s design that can also be knit up beautifully in Mewesic.)
With a baker’s dozen of colors to choose from, we hope that you’ll find the perfect shade to work with to make a Greenbriar cardigan of your own. We are all eager to have one; our spinner Larisa has a Mean Mr. Mustard version on her needles and Maureen is working on one in Atlantis.
And for our readers and friends, Thea’s provided a special discount code to be used on Ravelry for $1 discount off of her Greenbriar pattern that is active until midnight Friday July 15th. Simply type in GMS when you check out, and you’ll receive Thea’s little gift!
We look forward to seeing more finished cardigans on Ravelry and hope to find yours among them!
As the first skeins of Lana moved through production, Maureen began envisioning a gradient version of this 100% wool fingering weight yarn.
With faded vintage cotton fabrics in mind, Maureen worked with Laurie on a blended yarn that combined increasing amounts of bale dyed wool to undyed fiber to create a very gradual gradient that extends over hundreds of yards.
Since the color change is so gradual, we decided to offer the yarn in a three skein bundle that includes all three different shades of color. This means that you’ll have 1200 yards of beautifully elastic lofty yarn to play with for all kinds of light weight projects.
The yarn works well at a wide range of gauges. Kate has used a US 3 for roughly 6 stitches per inch and Maureen has been using a US 7 and achieved a lush 4 1/2 stitches per inch.
Maureen cast on without delay and has already created a new Spinnery pattern that features the soft blue Dungarees yarn: Jordache — named for the acid washed skinny jeans we all tried to squeeze into in the 80’s.
Summertime is perfect for fond nostalgia, and what better way to re-invent a retro fashion trend, than to give it a new spin that makes it more wearable and more useful. This generous shawl features a comforting elasticity that makes wearing it feel like a soft embrace. (A far more pleasant experience than wriggling into our favorite jeans from High School).
Maureen’s pattern is beautifully charted for easy success. The large sections of repeated texture make it readily memorized; it could be a perfect project for travel knitting. We hope that your summer holidays give you plenty of time for relaxed stitching.
This week Kristin Tendyke’s new Goblet Cardigan has been pre-released by the folks at Interweave. This pattern is part of a collection from the designers featured in the upcoming Fall edition of Love of Knitting. We love the classic lines of this sweater.
The Goblet Cardigan has a generous range of sizing options from 30¾ to 53½” bust circumference, buttoned. (the sweater shown above measures 38¼”; modeled with ¼” of positive ease.)
This classic cardigan uses the same Juniper Cotton Comfort yarn you saw featured here a few weeks ago when we announced the arrival of Maureen Clark’s new Coming up Spring cardigan. (the sweater shown below measures 44″; modeled with 9″ of positive ease.)
Both patterns can be knit up with between 7-11 skeins of the delightful soft and bouncy blend of 80% wool and 20% cotton. The tweedy blend of fibers makes the stockinette sections of both sweaters come alive with interesting texture. And both feature delicate lace details that make each of these sweaters more feminine and fun to knit.
Meghan is shown with another version of the Coming Up Spring Cardigan knit at the 36″ bust size with 1½” of positive ease. Her sweater features the Suede color of Cotton Comfort. As you can see, knitting the pattern with less positive ease results in a very different fit that you may find more appealing.
We’re delighted to have a choice of patterns to play with this summer that can be worked up so beautifully in our favorite summer DK weight yarn; and hope that you’ll take a closer look at both of these projects for a wearable work of art of your own!
To accompany the new yarns that we’ve been working on this Spring, we have several new patterns releasing this week that we are very eager to share with you.
All of these new patterns will be making their debut at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival in Friendship, MD this weekend. We hope that you’ll have a chance to visit our booth there to see these samples in person!
The first is a beautifully practical layering cardigan designed by Maureen Clark. Coming Up Spring is knit up with Cotton Comfort for a lighter weight summer sweater. We love having sweaters like this one to transition us through April and May when temperatures tend to vary from day to day and occassionally from hour to hour!
The pattern is knit flat in one piece from the bottom-up. The sleeves are worked separately and seamed in during finishing.
The delicate botanical lace that runs along the bottom border of the sweater as well as cuffs is our favorite part of this feminine design.
We’ve also developed an asymmetrical and reversible shawl called Davis & Fuber (named after the Spinnery’s carding machine that is celebrating its centennial this year). Seen here knit up with three skeins of the limited edition Moorit yarn and a contrasting pop of color supplied by a skein of Passionate Kisses Mewesic.
Kate knit up a larger version of the shawl with 4 skeins of Chai Alpaca Elgance and a pop contrast of a single skein of Mean Mr. Mustard Mewesic. As you can see, the larger version provides a generous amount of fabric to wrap up in during colder months.
And with those colder temperatures in mind, our Granite Cap was designed to ward of winter’s chills.
This unisex beanie has a dense ribbed texture that stretches for a custom fit that feels like a hug. It knits up as quick as a wink with a double strand of Green Mountain Green.
We hope that you enjoy knitting up any of these patterns that strikes your fancy. We’d love to help you with your yarn selections, so plan a visit to the Spinnery or give us a call at 800-321-9665!
Along with our new Moorit yarn, we have two other new additions to the Spinnery offerings: Lana. This 100% wool fingering weight yarn is perfect for lighter summer knits.
We’ve created two contrasting naturals, Blanco (on the right) is created with our fine western wool sourced from Targee sheep; and Gris (on the left) is created with a 50/50 blend of the fine western wool and our fine dark wool. A third color ( a soft medium grey called Plata) is still in production and will be available for sale next week.
This 2-ply yarn is lofty and delicate and sure to knit up into summer weight shawls and garments that will be warm and light as a feather. Each skein is roughly 3.5 ounces and contains 400 yards. Suggested gauge is 8.5 st/inch on US size 1 (2.25 mm) needles, but flowing looser fabrics can be created with needles as large as a US 6 (4 mm).
Kate wasted no time and started working on developing a pattern for a top-down seamless cardigan that she’s been wanting to add to her wardrobe. We imagine that the pattern will be ready to share with you by summer’s end.
In the meantime, Larisa is working on Brooklyn Tweed’s Boardwalk pullover that we can’t wait to see off the needles.
Garments made with this yarn will make for perfect layering pieces, light, warm and easily packed into a bag to accompany you on any summertime adventure.
We hope that you’ll have a chance to see these new yarns at the upcoming Maryland or New Hampshire Festivals, or that your summer holidays bring you to Putney to visit us at the mill. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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!
Our dear friend Ellen Mason (Odacier) inspired several of us at the Spinnery to dust off our sewing machines and spend an afternoon sewing instead of knitting this week.
When Ellen and Thea joined us in Putney last November for our Knitters’ Weekend, Ellen filled our heads with dreams of sewn projects. She modeled a darling dress that we all fell in love with, and promised that a pattern for it was in the works…
Yesterday her pattern for the Ann Carolyn Smock was released, and we got busy! Ellen’s inclusion of the yardage requirements among the photos on her etsy site mean that you can purchase your fabric without delay, and get it ready to be sewn while your pattern is in the mail on its way to you.
Larisa made a shirt version of the pattern early in the week as a “dress-rehearsal” of sorts and then made the same longer dress version of the pattern that Maureen selected to work on. Kate opted for the tunic version of the pattern.
After just three hours, all three smocks were very close to being finished. (Maureen’s is on the left, Kate’s in the middle and Larisa’s is on the right). One of our favorite aspects of the pattern is the optional “pop” pockets. They can be personalized in all kinds of ways: un-embellished, trimmed with bias tape and brightly contrasting.
The pattern provides crisp, clear and illustrated directions that were a snap for all of us to follow, in spite of two of us being infrequent/novice sewers. Having an almost finished garment at the end of an afternoon’s work was exhilarating for a group of knitters who are more accustomed to spending weeks to complete a project.
And nothing beats the sense of accomplishment that comes with a finished project! We recommend putting down your knitting needles and crochet hooks in exchange for a set of pinking shears for a change of pace that will add a terrific new garment to your Spring/Summer wardrobe and put a spring in your step.
Thank you Ellen for a lovely pattern that we are sure to recreate again and again, and for inspiring us to try something new.