Cap Sease has designed a new cardigan pattern that knits up into a perfect sweater for Spring. Tekle is knit up in Spinnery Mewesic. Shown here in our popular Blue Bayou color, it makes for a beautifully textured swingy layering piece whose design subtly shifts as you move.
The pattern includes a generous range of sizes extending from 34 to 54 inch bust measurements. It uses a bottom up construction with sleeves that are picked up at shoulder and worked towards the wrist. A short band is added to finish the neckline and front of the sweater where buttons could be added if you’d prefer. But we love the casual look of the open sweater as Cap envisioned it.
You could easily substitute some of our other DK weight yarn options in this pattern. Using Sylvan Spirit would increase the drape of the finished piece and make the provide the textured stitches with a crisp pop. Cotton Comfort would make for a lighter sweater that could extend the sweater’s wear further into warmer weather or for warmer climates. And choosing Alpaca Elegance would result in a warmer sweater that could be perfect for Autumn or a better choice for folks who tend to easily catch a chill.
For those of you who may be curious, the design was named after a new arrival in Cap’s family. This new addition to the Spinnery family of patterns is a welcome one, and we hope that you are as excited by this pattern as we are!
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.
We have been working hard this week sprucing up the Spinnery in anticipation of the 36th annual Putney Craft Tour that will occur later this week. We are thrilled to be a part of America’s oldest craft tour.
We will be open from 9am – 5:30pm on Friday, 10am – 5:30pm on Saturday, and 10 – 5pm on Sunday. We’ll be offering tours of the Spinnery and some special items will be available for sale on a first come first served basis. Our “retired” antique spinning bobbins will be available for $5 each.
We have dozens of hand knit shop samples that could make perfect holiday gifts! We can save you hours of crafting time over the next month, and perhaps even offer you something that you’d like to wear yourself this winter.
We are offering our adult sweaters for $50 each, adult vests for $30 each, children’s sweaters for $25 and accessories of all kinds for $15.
And this one-of-a-kind hand woven shawl is $100 and all of the proceeds will be donated to the Putney Food Shelf.
We are looking forward to this weekend, and hope that you will be able to join the fun.
Our weekend in Rhinebeck was wonderful. The New York Sheep & Wool Festival is a treat to attend every year and last week was no exception. The weather was perfect (just brisk enough on Sunday to require woolen layers). The fall color seemed to be at its peak and the crowds seemed delighted with their visit. We loved seeing friends and making new ones.
One of our favorite aspects of the festival is the show and tell. We had many friends stop by our little “shop” to show us what they’ve been working on and how beautifully their projects knit up with our yarns. We thought we would share some of the ones were able to grab some photos of with you.
Our friend Diane stopped by wearing this great hat that she knit up with the leftover yarn she had in her stash after finishing this beautiful sweater. We just love how the Pine Warbler color of Spinnery Weekend Wool pops like the fall foliage and shows off her cables with crisp detail.
We got to talking with Liz while waiting in line for hot apple cider and fresh doughnuts. She pulled on a stunning version of the Sugarleaf Sweater designed by Mary-Heather Cogar and part of the Rhinebeck Sweater collection published by Ysolda Teague last fall.
Liz created this beautiful cardigan with Spinnery New Mexico Organic and Alpaca Elegance in the Blue Lotus color for the lovely color work. It looks stunning on her, don’t you think?
Our friend Jenny is modeling her version of Flyaway by Marji LaFreniere. That beautiful drape is thanks to the Spinnery Sylvan Spirit she chose to work with in the Citrine color. The wool and Tencel blend lends the finished fabric of her sweater wonderful stitch definition and a swingy flattering shape.
We think that it is the details of this pattern that make it special. The cables run up the spine, and merge under the arm as part of the raglan sleeve construction.
We want to thank all of you who stopped by the Spinnery booth to introduce yourselves. You had a chance to see what we’ve been working on and touch and see our yarns in person. We hope that you’ll return next year with new projects to share with us or that we may have inspired you to come to Vermont for a visit to the Spinnery so that we don’t have to wait that long to see you again!
Occasionally, a pattern that turns up on Raverly, Facebook or Pinterest that gets our attention. This week, Isabell Kraemer’s Audrey Cardigan has been the talk of the Spinnery as all of us realized that we’d added it to our must-knit lists.
“Worked in one piece from the top down, the sweater features reversible front borders and elegant shaping. Faux raglan, back and doubled side seams add visual interest. The optional longer sleeves include thumb openings which make the cuffs function like built-in fingerless mitts – perfect for those cooler days!”
We all agreed that we loved the boxy shape, the faux seams, and best of all: the long sleeves that could double as wrist warmers.
The asymmetric front can be belted closed, clasped with a shawl pin, buttoned, or left open. The myriad ways in which this sweater can be worn made it attractive to all of us although we typically have widely disparate ideas about what we want in a sweater.
Another commonality was that all of us selected Spinnery Weekend Wool as our yarn of choice. Our 11 colors can provide many compelling combinations. Here are the ones that we selected:
You’ll notice that Pine Warbler was a very popular choice for that bright pop of color at the bottom of the body and sleeves. Its vibrant hue works nicely with the differing main colors and the combinations couldn’t be more individual, from subtle to vibrant.
Kate and Larisa didn’t stray far from the neutral grey background pictured above, but each has her own idea of what she’d prefer for those deep cuffs.
What colors of Weekend Wool do you gravitate towards? You may also want to consider using Spinnery Mountain Mohair for an even larger array of color combinations to select from. We can’t wait to see what you choose to work with!
School has started in Putney Vermont this week. Backpacks were filled, pencils were sharpened, and apples polished. And we at the Spinnery have been thinking about projects for little ones. Perhaps a new sweater finished just in time for school photos? We have a wall of restocked Mountain Mohair for you to choose from.
The Puntas Sweater and Puntas Edged Cap are also fun knits with decorative edges that can be highlighted with contrasting colors for an extra twist. The sweater pattern includes sizing from children’s size 2 to a 50 inch bust measurements for adults.
One of our most popular patterns is Rosemary’s Little Sweater. A pint-sized version of the adult pullover, this pattern includes five sizes ranging from 2 to 10. It is a wonderful sweater for a little one who has a single favorite color.
We have dozens of other project ideas that call for Mountain Mohair, and even more that call for a lighter weight yarn such as our Cotton Comfort. We would love to help you find the perfect new sweater for your little one to help celebrate a fresh start this Fall.
All of us can agree that when it comes to buying yarn, there is no substitute for getting to see and touch the skeins in person. Brochures and computer monitors rarely do the colors justice. And getting a true sense of the feel of the yarn is essential.
We think that the same can be said of knitted samples. You can learn far more about a sweater by trying it on than you might imagine. You can assess its sizing and length, if it is flattering to your figure, and if you’d prefer the sweater with some ease and how much.
With all of this in mind, we have a fun event to invite you to!
Written Words Bookstore is sponsoring a deliciously fun event at Stockbridge’s Gourmet Cheesecakes and Cafe (located at 509 Howe Ave. in Shelton, CT). On Sunday June 22nd Maureen will be “setting up shop” at the southern end of I91 giving those of you in that area a unique opportunity to have Spinnery yarn and samples brought to you!
She is going to be bringing copies of our very popular book: 99 Yarns and Counting. She’ll also be bringing samples from the book, and mini skeins of some of our favorite yarns so that you can knit a swatch or two that afternoon. If you find the perfect pattern and yarn to start it with, she may have just the skeins you need. (Since she won’t be able to transport our entire shop we may have to send your selection to you on Monday when she returns).
You’ll want to get your tickets ahead of time as they won’t be available at the door. You can secure your spot at our fun afternoon by calling 203-362-9114.
Some skeins of yarn are destined for great things. Others are destined for tiny things that are more precious than we can say. We just learned of a very sweet story that we thought you’d enjoy reading.
We reached out to Arianna on Ravelry who recently finished a darling wee sweater made with just two skeins of Green Mountain Spinnery Sylvan Spirit. She used the Pebble Yoke Sweater pattern designed by Cap Sease, which is part of the 99 yarns and Counting collection, or available as an individual PDF for $7.
She wrote back and told us a bit more about the history of her project.
“There is actually a very special story behind the sweater! I bought that yarn when I was up in VT visiting my newlywed friends back in December of 2007. They brought me to a local yarn shop because I love checking out LYSes. So I kind of on-the-sly bought this yarn with the sole intention of making them a baby sweater one day.
Well, the wife went through a lot in the intervening years, beating cancer before they were able to conceive their first child. I was finally able to knit them that sweater – with yarn that had traveled through several different apartments with me – seven years later! – and was thrilled to have mailed it to them recently for their beautiful new daughter.
I thought you might like to know there was a real story behind the yarn & sweater – and that it all started with your beautiful yarn!”
We love learning about the tales our skeins hold. We often forget that the creation of our yarns is just the preface. It’s lovely to be reminded that when they leave the Spinnery, for many skeins, their adventure has just begun.
What comes to mind when you think of Spring? Warmer days, fresh air, or new life in the garden, maybe? We look forward to the new little ones! Often that does mean lambs, bunnies and chicks, but there are plenty of new human babies arriving as well. In this blog post, we’d like to share with you some project inspiration for using Green Mountain Spinnerypatterns and yarns to make wonderful heirloom, traditional, and modern gifts!