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A few gift ideas

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

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.

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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!

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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.

 

An exclusive event

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Rhinebeck projects

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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!

A new sweater for you to consider

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

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.

© Isabell Kraemer

© Isabell Kraemer

“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.

© 2014 Swans Island

© 2014 Swans Island

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:

Maureen selected Lichen  for her main color and Pine Warbler for her accent color.

Maureen chose Lichen for her main color and Pine Warbler for her accent color.

Lauren chose Natural Dark for her main color and Pine Warbler for her accent color

Lauren chose Natural Dark for her main color and Pine Warbler for her accent color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracy chose Deep Lake for her main color and Pine Warbler for her contrast color.

Tracy chose Deep Lake for her main color and Pine Warbler for her accent color.

 

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.

Larisa selected Natural Grey as her main color and Blue Jay for her contrast color.

Larisa selected Natural Grey for her main color and Blue Jay for her accent color.

Kate selected Natural Grey for her main color and Mewesic Brick House (held double) for her contrast color.

Kate selected Natural Grey for her main color and Mewesic Brick House (held double) for her accent color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Back to school!

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

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.

 

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If this bright spectrum is not enough to spark your creative inspiration, perhaps a quick browse through the pages of the beautiful Green Mountain Spinnery Knitting Book?  For those of you who love to play with color, perhaps the Stained Glass Hat or Stained Glass Sweater (pictured below on the right) might be perfect for your kiddo.

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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.

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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.

 

 

You’re invited!

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

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!

14 Green Mountain TeaWritten 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.  

We hope to see you there!

Happily Ever After

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

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.

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© arianna

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.

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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.

Baby and Child Project Inspiration

Friday, March 21st, 2014

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 Spinnery patterns and yarns to make wonderful heirloom, traditional, and modern gifts!

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The Green Mountain Spinnery pattern collection includes more than two dozen patterns for your favorite baby or child. Several of these were included in the 99 Yarns and Counting or The Green Mountain Spinnery Knitting Book, but are now available for individual purchase! If you’re looking for an easy knit, but one with attention to detail and one that will be a treasure to hang on to for future generations, you might like the Baby Bonnet(top), Rebecca’s Little Sweater(bottom), or a Pebble Yoke Sweater and Hat set.

 

 

 

The sun may feel warm in spring but the weather can still feel cool and breezy.  A vest or sweater, in lightweight Cotton Comfort, is the perfect layer! Here we have String of Pearls, Magic Stripes and the Little Man Cardigan.

 

Very special babies are the recipients of the following projects we’ve noticed on Ravelry! Koigusue’s Pink Jasmine Lace Edged Cardigan and Booties in knit in Cotton Comfort. Cotton Comfort is also great for weaving, as shown here in Chis’s Cotton Comfort Baby Blanket, woven on a Mighty Wolf loom. The frog is actually a two-in-one toy! Goodenoughforme’s Frog-and-turtle project follows Susan B. Anderson’s Itty-Bitty Toys Reversible pattern.

Besides making these wonderful items for the wee ones, we also love to see them wear (or snuggle with) them! Share your projects and photos with us in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page!

 

Customer Project Round-Up

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Green Mountain Spinnery continues to strive to create yarns of the highest quality, to help sustain regional sheep farming, and to develop environmentally sound ways to process natural fibers. Seeing our yarns worked up by our fans and friends makes all the work worthwhile. Today we’d like to use this blog post to put the spotlight on projects recently completed in Spinnery yarns.

Our Fall Hike KAL recently wrapped up in our Ravelry group. Participants knit up a variety of items and are ready for the upcoming winter season! These sweaters were knit during the KAL, from left to right: Finnsmydog’s Strokkur sweater in Green Mountain Green, Coldtoesneedsocks’ Jackaroo sweater in Alpaca Elegance, and Knitngtriathlete’s Autumn End II sweater, also in Alpaca Elegance.

Accessories may be quicker to complete than a sweater, but they can be just as satisfying! They are a great way to try out a new-to-you yarn or colorway! Here we have, from left to right: Luvthesnow’s Japanese Wave Mittens in Mountain Mohair, MarkinSF’s Mittens #1 Learning to Cable in New Mexico Organic, and Caramora’s Fishbone Snood in Sylvan Spirit.

One of our Ravelry group members, Malone, has had a highly productive fall! You can see all her Spinnery yarn projects here. During our Fall KAL she knit up a pair of Lodestar Mittens in Weekend Wool and Margaret’s Tam in Alpaca Elegance (both from our Green Mountain Weekend Ebook), and a set of Cider Press Mitts in Maine Organic.

We love to see your projects – finished and in progress! You are welcome to share them in our Ravelry group, on our Facebook page and even send us a Tweet. For even more project inspiration, check out our Pinterest boards!

 

 

 

Wow Your Friends with Colorwork

Monday, October 7th, 2013

One of the greatest parts about being in New England, Vermont in particular, in the fall is the ultimate explosion of color. As the trees that surround Green Mountain Spinnery turn to shades of red, gold, orange, yellow and gold, we can’t help but think about color in our fiber projects. Colorwork in knitting often looks more complicated than it is. There are quite a few ways to add color to your knitting and we hope you would consider including one of these techniques when you work on your next sweater, maybe as part of the 30 Day Sweater challenge!

 

The simplest form of color work is stripes. At first glance stripes may not seem that interesting but there are so many possibilities and combinations of stripes to try! If you’re feeling like making some stripes and want something new, check out this random stripe generator and have fun trying it out. One thing you should watch out for if you’re knitting your project in the round is the little jog that happens when you change colors. For instructions on how to make a jogless stripe in the round check out this great video over at New Stitch A Day. Shown at left is the Solstice Sweater, knit in Denim and Unbleached White Cotton Comfort.

 

 

Another easy way to wow your friends with color is with slip stitch or mosaic colorwork. This style of colorwork was developed by the knitting superstar Barbara Walker and is achieved by using slip stitches to draw color up into the next row. It is very simple to accomplish because you only work with one color at a time. That means you don’t have to worry about carrying multiple colors along each row and do the finger gymnastics required to switch back and forth between them. You can knit very simple patterns all the way to intricate motifs. Labyrinth is a design by Cap Sease that is lightweight yet warm, pictured here in Luminosity and Peridot Sylvan Spirit.

 

One of the most popular forms of colorwork (and the style most people think of when you say “colorwork”) is fair isle or stranded colorwork. Here the design is accomplished by alternating the color the stitches are knit with, in a particular row. The only technique used in this style is the knit stitch; you’ll need to learn to hold two pieces of yarn at once, but the outcome is certainly worthwhile. One unique characteristic about this technique is that it must be performed in the round; if you are not a fan of purling this could be the technique for you! If you want a cardigan, you first knit in the round and then steek it (a method for cutting your work) open. This photo shows one of newest patterns that utilizes fair isle and steeking, the Putney Mountain Vest; it will be released in our upcoming e-book, Green Mountain Weekend. Weekend Wool is an excellent choice for colorwork projects.

 

 

The last technique to share with you is the duplicate stitch. This is a way to add color to your work that you don’t have to think about before you begin knitting your project. Duplicate stitch is when you use a contrasting color of yarn and a darning needle to follow the paths of the stitches to create a small area of color like a monogram or small motif. It is a simple way add color and personalize your project after you have knit it. Shown at right are the Squirrel in the Woods mittens in which the squirrel motif is worked in duplicate stitch. If you are looking to design your own colorwork sweater there are many many great colorwork mitten patterns from which to draw inspiration!

If you’d like to learn more about planning your next sweater project, download the free Sweater Planning Guide from the 30 Day Sweater Challenge. This guide is full of advice on design basics, color choice, how much yarn to buy and everything else that goes into knitting a sweater that you’ll love! Click here to download.

This post is a part of the 30 Day Sweater Challenge promo tour. Join us this October as we help 5,000 knitters around the world knit a sweater they’ll love, in 30 days. To sign up just visit 30daysweater.com/greenmountain and download your free Sweater Planning Guide. It will help you get started on the right foot!

 

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