Our production team has been busy this week packing up dozens of boxes of patterns and yarn that will be headed to Santa Clara to be featured in the Green Mountain Spinnery booth at Stitches West. Kate and Maureen will be in booths 817-819 at the Convention Center from February 18th – 21st with our yarns, patterns, and samples to share with you.
They will be featuring a new pattern available as an exclusive kit for Stitches West attendees. The Beinecke Cowl designed by Cap Sease features blocks of garter and lace inspired by Yale University’s landmark library.
This infinity cowl can be created with two skeins of Spinnery Sylvan Spirit. Our exclusive kit will include the pattern, the yarn, and a fun gift, all for $40. Visitors will be able to select their preferred color from our entire line of Sylvan Spirit including the new colors that we created last Spring.
We hope that you’ll mark your calendars and be able to stop by the Spinnery’s home away from home. We have even more to share with you and inspire your next knits.
Our ravelry friend Jessica recently finished a show stopping shawl that we thought you might like to take a look at.
Annie Rowden designed a stunning lace shawl this spring inspired by a small batch single source yarn much like the Spinnery’s New Mexico Organic yarn which Jessica chose to create this shawl.
The Isle of Purbeck Shawl Mystery Knit Along started in early May and by now all four clues have now been released and you will receive the whole pattern when purchased on Ravelry.
You can still join the Ravelry group MKAL thread for friendly and enthusiastic knitting company that includes tips, encouragement and general chitter chatter.
Jessica created her version of this shawl with just four skeins of our DK weight New Mexico Organic yarn. These skeins are created from 100% Rambouillet fiber which has a similar softness to Merino with more loft and resiliency. When it is woolen spun like ours is, you have a bouncy airy yarn that your fingers will never tire working with.
If you’d prefer a version with more color, our Mewesic would provide a perfect option.
We’d like to thank Jessica for letting us share her beautiful photos. Your shawl is simply breathtaking, Jessica!
In anticipation of one of the heaviest travel days all year, we thought we’d start a KAL so that we can all be knitting together over Thanksgiving Weekend.
We are all in love with Amy Christoffer’s new Gold Rush Shawl. And we can’t help but feel as though it will be a perfect project to keep us all happily occupied through traffic jams, flight delays, football games or whatever else Thanksgiving Weekend and the holiday season in general have to throw at us.
We hope that you will join the fun and cast on with us Monday November 24th. Our goal is to finish our shawls before December 31st. We’ll be running a contest along with this KAL giving all of you who join along a chance to win a $25 Green Mountain Spinnery gift certificate.
Whoever posts the most about their project progress on the Spinnery’s Ravelry Thanksgiving 2014 KAL discussion board will be chosen as our lucky winner just in time for New Years!
Want one of your friends to join in giving you a great excuse to gather and knit? Think about gifting a copy of the pattern and encourage them to join the Spinnery Ravelry group if they aren’t already members. Then you both can have a chance to win the contest!
We can’t wait to see what you choose to cast on with (the pattern calls for four skeins of Spinnery Mewesic). Share photos of your skein selection, your progress, or even recipes that you and your family are enjoying this holiday season. We want to know all about how this project makes your holidays a bit more fun.
We have a new Spinnery sweater pattern to share with you that beautifully highlights our new Mewesic yarn.
Maureen was inspired by one of the first vivid colors we created this summer and started swatching. This lace pattern became the basis for her new cardigan. Passionate Kisses is named after the color she chose to knit with.
We love how the botanical lace pattern highlights the rich tweedy color. It also creates a lightweight fabric that will ensure your finished sweater is versatile during the change of seasons. Fall here in New England can bring dramatic temperature changes during the course of a typical day and this sweater is a stylish layering piece that is as beautiful as it is functional.
Maureen designed the scooped neck to be clasped with just three buttons at the neck, but you could add buttons all the way down the band if you’d prefer.
The pattern uses a seamed construction, a modified set in sleeve, and is worked in pieces from the bottom up. It is a great choice for intermediate knitters eager to try out our new yarn with a larger project.
Which color would you cast on with?
There is a bumper crop of gorgeous flowers growing by the side of the road at the Spinnery this week. These blossoms have us thinking of circular lace shawls that might mimic their delicate finery.
One of the most widely knit circular shawl is the Pi Shawl from Elizabeth Zimmerman. Over 2,100 Ravelers have cast on for this pattern. From the pages of her Knitter’s Almanac, Elizabeth describes the project:
“When you set out on the annual family trip naturally you have to take your knitting; something has to keep you sane in face of the possibly quite ferocious situations you will be up against in the next two weeks.
Try a shawl.
I have a circular shawl for you which starts at the center, has absolutely no pattern, and only six shaping-rounds in the whole thing.”
What could be simpler? And the stunning variety of the projects on Ravelry clearly show how this simple recipe can create a unique shawl that like a snowflake or a flower has a breathtaking grace. Using Spinnery Simply Fine yarn might be a perfect choice. Selecting the variegated color will add another level of complexity to your project.
For those of you feeling more ambitious, you may want to try one of a pair of circular shawls designed by Audry Nicklin that portray the stars in the night sky oriented from either the north or south poles. The lacework of this shawl is combined with beads for a bit of extra sparkle.
© Jane Heller
This stunning shawl Celestarium uses eyelets and beads as stars with the center representing Polaris. We can’t think of a more beautiful way to capture memories of summer evenings spent stargazing. Our Spinnery Sock Art Forest or Meadow might be a perfect yarn for this project, requiring just three skeins to complete.
Eric has a stunning circular shawl on the needles right now. We can’t share project details or photos yet, in part because we haven’t yet released the yarn she’s using, and in part because she is eager to block out her work so that it looks its very best. We hope to show you those photos in upcoming weeks.
In the meantime, you may want to take a look at some of the other 274 circular lace shawl patterns that are available on Ravelry. Let us know if we can help you find the perfect Spinnery yarn for an end of summer project that will capture the fleeting beauty of a summer bouquet.