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.
We’re into the double digits on our advent calendars and we know that the remaining days will pass in a flash. If you are planning to hand craft your holiday gifts this year, we thought we’d share a few project ideas that could be created in an afternoon (or less) of knitting or crocheting.
We hope that you’ll be able to get any one of these (or even a handful of them) under the tree just in time.
Our go-to yarn choice for last minute knits would have to be Capricorn. Our bulky single ply yarn knits up in a flash at roughly 3 stitches per inch on US 10 needles. Everything created with this blend of wool and mohair is cozy warm and deliciously soft. The delicate halo from the mohair makes these items even more snuggly looking.
Our Capricorn Hats and the Steps and Ladders Hat (on the left) knit up quickly; and that stranded color work ensures a double layer of yarn over your ears for a very snug and cozy hat. You could combine contrasting colors of our soft neutrals or provide a pop of color with one of the hand-painted skeins that Melissa has created for us.
Ellen Mason’s Polka Knot Hat, Ekaterina Blanchard’s Pomme hat and Johnny Vasquez’s FREE Gridiron Hat are a few other great alternatives that can be knit with a single skein (or a bit less).
If you think that a cowl might better fit the bill, we can recommend several FREE patterns: Purl Bee’s Bandana Cowl or Garter Gaiter are both quick knits; and Kathryn Jones’ Catesby Three-Hour Cowl is a crochet project that looks fun.
If you’d like to give the gift of warm hands, you might want to consider using a single strand of our Capricorn to knit up our Bulky Mittens (instead of the double strand of worsted weight that the pattern specifies). You might also want to try Marielle Henault’s FREE Bella’s Mittens. Over 10,000 ravelers have knit up this pattern, and have been delighted with the results.
Lastly, if a pint sized project is required, you might want to consider our Little Billy Goat vest. This knits up to a snug layering pieces for sizes ranging from 2 – 12. Granted, the larger sizes of this pattern may take a bit more time to complete. But who hasn’t wrapped up something still on the needles with a guilty shrug and a smile?
We’d love to help support your goals and deadlines, so let us know if you have questions or need a skein or two rushed your way. We wish you a happy few weeks of crafting.
Summertime brings with it a call from the open road. For those of us free from the demands of a working farm, a desire to travel gets us planning trips to visit friends, family, and new locales. And with the I-91 Shop Hop just two weeks away, all of us knitters at the Spinnery are planning projects that will travel with us, for short day trips or longer excursions.
Maureen has a trip to Maine scheduled next week and her travel project is already on her needles.
She has begun knitting the Swingy Lace Vest designed by Jean Clement and published in the Summer edition of Love of Knitting. The pattern calls for 3-5 skeins of Sock Art Forest in the Water colorway and our dyer Melissa just dropped off a fresh new batch of the beautiful blue skeins.
Maureen has chosen a deeper teal color that more closely matches the two other teal projects that are currently on her needles. Funny how that can happen…
Larisa has already started her travel project as well.
This garter stitch scarf is an ideal travel project being small enough to fit on her lap and a very easy pattern repeat that doesn’t require much concentration. This leaves Larisa free to enjoy the scenery and help navigate on the day trips she often makes with her husband around New England.
Kate has a week long adventure to Alaska planned for late July and so is still in the planning stages of her travel project. She currently has two contenders that have captured her fancy.
The first is a potential Rhinebeck sweater. Inspired by the project photos of one of the Spinnery’s Ravelry friends, Kate is thinking about casting on for an Autumn inspired version of Hiro designed by Julia Farwell-Clay. These hues of Spinnery Mewesic are going to look amazing blended together in a pixelated circular yoke (left to right: Norwegian Wood, Evergreen, Mean Mr. Mustard, and Sandman).
But she recognizes that a smaller project might be easier to pack.
Hence project option number two: Brooklyn Tweed’s Ashby shawl to be knit with the Cappuccino color of Alpaca Elegance. Delicious.
We hope that your summer travels have you headed our way. We’d love to see you during the Shop Hop or any time that brings you to the Spinnery’s doors. Time permitting, we can offer you a tour of our production facility giving you a chance to see all the work that goes into our skeins before they are ever wound and ready to knit.
Please share your project photos and your travel snapshots on our Facebook page or on our Ravelry Group discussion thread. We’d love to see where you’re headed and what you’re working on!
A new shop sample joined our collection this week: the Walnut Vest for Men designed by Mary Beth Temple.
This vest was created with three colors of Spinnery Alpaca Elegance in the natural un-dyed range from Cream to Dark Roast. The butter soft yarn makes a wonderful fabric that is warm and very fluid to the touch.
Mary Beth says that she “was inspired by classic menswear patterns — (she) wanted to create a crochet pattern that men would actually want to wear, rather than focusing on what the stitcher might want to stitch! Tunisian crochet with a DK weight yarn is perfect for classic pieces — it retains its shape but isn’t stiff or bulky.”
The decorative panel of basket weave pattern created with a combination of Tunisian Knit and Tunisian purl stitches is a great touch that adds visual interest, and draws the eye towards the broadest part of the chest to flatter the wearer.
We hope that you can pop into the Spinnery shop if you are in the neighborhood, or passing through this month. Seeing a sample up close and in person can make all the difference. This vest might be a perfect choice for a holiday gift for a well-dressed someone on your list!
Back to school ads are starting to appear in newspapers, online and on tv and there is a very slight shift in the weather lately that promises fall will be here soon. As you take stock of the supplies your favorite student will need for the upcoming school year, why not include a new school sweater for the fall or replace the favorite hat and mittens that were lost last year? Green Mountain Spinnery has several classic patterns in a variety of yarns and colorways that will allow you to create a handmade hug!
What about the older kids? Why not work up a new winter hat, now before the weather turns truly bitter. Our pattern page for hats includes hats, caps and earwarmers; there is something for everyone! If you are looking for something a bit more colorful and bold, the Anatolian Flip, Icebreaker Hat, and Happenin’ Hat are all great choices. We have suggested color combinations but these make great canvases as a way to show one’s school or team spirit!
Though we often think first to put on a sweater and hat when the weather turns cooler, in the early days of fall that can be too much; after all it’s not winter yet! Fingerless gloves, like Eric’s Glovelets, are a great choice for musicians and outdoor sport spectators. The Phoebe Cowl will keep the cool breeze at bay without the bulk of the scarf. Leg warmers are practical and fashionable! The Renaissance Leg Warmers are a great accessory in which you could go elegant with classic Fair Isle details or playful with stripes. These patterns are great for teens and adults!
We’d love to see your work as it heads back to school! Have you made a sweater, new hat and mittens, or maybe a blanket for a dorm room for this school year? Share it with us and other fans of Green Mountain Spinnery in our Ravelry group, on our Facebook page or even send us a tweet @GMSpinneryCoop!
Here in Vermont we’ve had a burst of unusual weather – within the same week we had snow and temperatures reaching over 80 degrees Fahrenheit! The weather seems to have settled a bit, and we are happy for warmer days and plenty of sunshine. We encourage you to reach for a wonderful skein of Alpaca Elegance, our blend of 50% New England grown alpaca and 50% fine American wool. If you have never worked with an alpaca blend before, you are in for a treat! Alpaca fibers have a hollow core, making them lightweight yet warm.
Summer is a great time to try out a new technique. Give colorwork a try with Julia Farwell Clay’s “Wolves will be Wolves” hat. The sample shown used 140 yards of the main color, Chai, and 50 yards of each of the contrast colors, Cocoa and Cream. Sweaters may be far from your mind now, but remember they are a larger time investment. If you start now, you will be all ready for fall. We love Amy Christoffers’ Catboat Cardigan in Rosehip; this sweater strikes a balance between a traditional sweater and modern sports wear. This yarn is also great for crochet patterns. The Walnut Vest for Men by Mary Beth Temple is inspired by classic menswear and is sure to keep your interest with basketweave pattern in the color work section of Cream and Dark Roast against the Cocoa.