While traveling last week, Maureen had plenty of time to work on a new shawl. She cast off her last few stitches as we drove back to Vermont from Maryland and will be able to model it this weekend at the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival.
This is the Lallybroch Shawl designed by our friend Marly Bird. This pattern was recently published in the Spring 2015 issue of Love of Knitting. (We have a couple of copies still available).
Marly has confessed that this shawl was inspired by the one worn by Claire on the tv show Outlander. And we should confess that if we had remembered to pack the cord we needed for the truck’s stereo, we would have been listening to one of the audiobooks in the series while Maureen was knitting and Kate drove.
Maureen’s version was knit up with two colors of the pattern’s called for Spinnery Alpaca Elegance: Chai and Cocoa. We love the warmth of these two colors together and it looks beautiful on Maureen.
We hope that you’ll be able to visit us at the festival this weekend so that you can see this beautiful shawl for yourself. It is likely that you’ll want to cast on for your own without delay.
The Aran sweater has a rich history, full of Irish island lore and fishing stories about the one that “got away”. In the past, each cable included in the pattern acted as a symbol that could weave a tale about the home port or invoke a bountiful catch for the wearer.
Maureen has created a fresh new pattern that combines the reassuring comfort that we associate with these classic designs and thoughtful details that ensure a perfect and flattering fit. We’d like to introduce you to Duncan.
Maureen has designed the pattern with a size range of 40″ to 51″ and has used set in sleeves to make sure that the sweater fits with a minimum of positive ease. It is warm and snuggly knit up with worsted weight Weekend Wool or Mountain Mohair; and will never create the impression that you are wearing a cardigan meant for your favorite Fisherman.
Shown here in the undyed White Weekend Wool, this 2-ply 100% wool yarn lends the sweater a crisp stitch definition making the cables pop. And the classic creamy white color ensures that this sweater could work for any outfit making it a wardrobe staple that you reach for most months of the year (if you live in New England like we do).
We also love the addition of pockets that maintain the cable pattern for continuity but give us the option of warming our hands on a bitter cold or damp morning.
This sweater is sure to become a Spinnery classic and we can’t wait to see yours!
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!
The production team has had a colorful week as a collection of new yarn has moved from fiber to skein. As evidenced by Laurie’s color change spool from the carder, we have been working with such beautiful colors that the combination looks a bit like a geode.
We are working on a total of five new shades of Sylvan Spirit and we can’t wait for you to see them. You were among the first to see our new Hematite shade last week, and this week we have some new colors to share.
From left to right we have Jade, Agate, Aquamarine and Turquoise. These new additions to the Sylvan Spirit spectrum are going to give you a wonderful palette to play with this Spring.
Our 50/50 blend of Wool and TENCEL® Lyocell makes a soft yarn with a satiny sheen. You will love its beautiful drape and spectacular stitch definition. This DK weight yarn includes 180 yards per 2 oz. skein and is a wonderful choice for lighter weight knits that will provide that touch of warmth and comfort we like from Spring and Summer knitwear.
For those of you who are curious, TENCEL is a natural derivative of wood pulp from cultivated Southern oak and gum trees grown on land unsuitable for grazing.
These new colors of Sylvan Spirit are making their debut at Sitches WEST this weekend and we will have skeins available for everyone on our website later next week. We hope that you enjoy working with this yarn as much as we loved making it!
Several seasons ago we sent a few dozen skeins of our New Mexico organic yarn to our friend Roy Kady in order to be hand painted. We received a wonderful care package this month filled with gorgeous skeins from the Navajo Nation that we want to share with you as a little holiday present.
We have small quantities of limited edition Hand Painted New Mexico Organic – a 100% Fine Wool (Rambouillet) grown in New Mexico and hand dyed by the indigenous Diné (Navajo) community.
Using traditional methods of dying has resulted in a subdued palette of natural tones that reflect the high desert environment of the American Southwest. The skeins are named for the plants used to create each hue.
Even more exciting, part of the proceeds from the sales of these skeins will benefit the artists who painted them, allowing us to give back to the Native American community that is such a vital part of our heritage.
We hope that you’ll take a look at these skeins on our website, or visit our little shop to enjoy the colors in person. They are $15 each and will disappear quickly.
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.
We’ve released a new pattern this week that you may want to take a closer look at. This is the Ebb Tide Hats pattern designed by Kate Salomon. The pattern includes instructions for two version of the hat: a “low tide” slouch and a “high tide” beanie.
This hat was inspired by long walks on the Cape Cod National Seashore. We love the texture reminiscent of tide washed sand and windswept dunes.
Knit up with Mewesic, with its rustic good looks and tweedy rich color, this hat knits up into a medium weight cap that drapes beautifully and wears well. Style, yarn, and two versions of the pattern combine into the perfect accessory for him or her!
The pattern calls for a bit less than a single skein of DK weight yarn for the smaller beanie version and would look great with any of our DK yarns such as our New Mexico Organic (as seen above), our Cotton Comfort or our Alpaca Elegance.
The 50/50 alpaca blend will provide beautiful drape for the “low tide” slouch hat which requires just over a single skein. You’ll have plenty of yarn left over for some fingerless mitts!
This pattern may make for a fun collection of hand made gifts for everyone on your list this year. Give us a call at 800-321-9665 and we can help you find the perfect colors for everyone you’d like to knit a “little something” for.
We have had a busy summer at the Spinnery, and our beautiful new yarn Mewesic isn’t the only new offering we have to share with you. We have several new patterns that we’ve released this week that you may want to take a closer look at.
Here you can see Lauren modeling the Snowfall Scarf designed by Cap Sease. This delicate accessory can be beautifully knit up with 2 skeins of Spinnery Sock Art or Simply Fine. The graduated lace pattern illustrates either an accumulation of snowflakes or a gentle tapering of a blizzard into a light dusting depending on your perspective.
We also have a warm hat to add to our collection of patterns. Melissa Johnson designed the Lattice Cable Hat with brisk Vermont mornings in mind.
The double brim created with lush garter stitch can ensure warm ears no matter how cold it gets. These were knit up with a single skein of Spinnery Maine Organic (in the foreground) or two skeins of Dark Green Mountain Green (in the background).
If you are looking for something a little more substantial to snuggle into this winter, you should consider casting on for our new Diagonal Blanket designed by Cap Sease. This elegantly simple design combines simple stockinette and garter stitch texture with a bias construction that is made more complex by the tonal variations in the variegated Green Mountain Green yarn it was knit up with.
This blanket is an easy introduction to both diagonal and multi-directional knitting. The pattern is a pleasure to work, and you’ll enjoy seeing how the subtle tone shifts in the variegated yarn make each row unique.
Last but not least is Maureen Clark’s FREEDuet Cowl pattern. This brioche stitch infinity cowl highlights the tweedy rich colors of our new DK weight Mewesic. The pattern calls for a single skein of two colors for a richly textured accessory that has no wrong side.
This week on our Facebook page, we are running a little contest that you may want to enter. The winner (who will be chosen at random on Thursday September 25th) will receive a kit that includes a copy of this pattern and two skeins of yarn in their choice of colors!
We hope that our new patterns offer you some inspiration to get cast on for some fresh new knits this season. We look forward to see what you work on next!
We have some exciting news to share with you this week. At long last our new yarn is ready for you to begin working with! We’d like to introduce you to Mewesic.
These beautiful 2 oz. skeins include 180 yards of DK weight wool. We have blended the fiber from a wide variety of different breeds to create a special mix that is lustrous and crisp. Included in the fiber content are medium fine wools such as Rambouillet, Columbia, Targhee and Friesian sheep as well as lustrous fleeces from Corriedale, Montadale and Romneys. The result is a lofty yet durable yarn with great stitch definition.
We spent weeks coming up with a color palette that we couldn’t wait to get our hands on. Now, we have a total of 13 beautiful heathered colors that have been created by blending our bale dyed wool. You’ll love how rich and deep these hues are.
Here you can see the wool for our Norwegian Wood colorway waiting to go through the picker. All of our new colors are named after songs, and we think that you’ll have as much fun as we did remembering these tunes and humming along as you pick your next project or cast on.
For those of you looking for natural undyed neutrals, you can reach for our New Mexico Organic yarns that offer a creamy ivory and soft grey in the same gauge.
We introduced these skeins last week at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool festival to rave responses. We hope that you are as excited as we are about Mewesic and we can’t wait to see what you make with it!
Maureen and Kate headed to Jefferson, Wisconsin earlier this week to bring a little bit of Putney, Vermont to the Midwest. They are participating in the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival that runs through this weekend.
They left the Spinnery on Tuesday morning and headed west. They have been sharing photos on our Facebook page and so we’ve been able to track their progress across roughly 1,000 miles. They are now smack dab in the middle of corn country where the surrounding fields are as green as our mountains.
They set up a booth in the “Country Store” of the Festival and are now showcasing our yarns in a space that has a bit more square footage than our shop here at the Spinnery.
The local fiber fans couldn’t be more warmly welcoming and enthusiastic. Friends new and old have been arriving at the booth to find out what’s new and share what they have been working on. Here you can see our friend Cathy with her newly finished Putney Mountain Vest. This pattern is part of the Spinnery’s most recent e-book publication: Green Mountain Weekend.
Beautiful yarn, roving and fleece are just the tip of the iceberg of what this festival has to offer visitors. There are several barns temporarily housing all kinds of livestock that have traveled almost as far to showcase the special qualities of their breeds. Throughout the weekend there will be shearing demonstrations, sheep dog trials, as well as a few carefully timed births of new lambs.
Kate missed the moment of this particular arrival, but she was able to find a new lamb with its mother nestled in the straw of their pen.
As their day ended and they headed off to dinner and a sound night’s sleep, the girls were charmed by yet another surprise: a double rainbow made a brief appearance after a passing rain shower.
It has been a wonderful working holiday, giving the gals a chance to see another corner of the country and share the last bit of summer with friends new and old. This Festival marks the beginning of the fall knitting season, and they have enjoyed getting a chance to see what folks in Wisconsin are eager to cast on for as they start thinking about cooler weather.
Next week, we’ll be officially introducing our new sport weight 100% wool yarn; Mewesic. The folks in Wisconsin received a sneak preview of the yarn we’ve been working on all summer, and they are thrilled with the beautiful new colors.
We’ll be able to share more details of this yarn with you next week, so be sure to check back to be among the first to see what we have in store for you.
Our Annual Tent Sale is coming up soon!
Friday May 27th: 9 am - 5:30 pm &
Saturday May 28th - Monday May 30th: 10 am - 5:30 pm
Sale prices will be available online from Friday May 27th - Friday June 17th.
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Announcing our 2016 Knitters’ Weekend!
Faina Goberstein will be joining us November 11th - 13th to teach us about Slipped Stitch Knitting!