We are so looking forward to the New York Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY this weekend. Every year, all of us that return for the fun wear our hand knits looking forward to the accolades and recognition that are such a rewarding part of the day.
You will be hard-pressed to find another group as appreciative of a beautiful shawl or sweater, because they know exactly what kind of time and patience was required. It’s likely that their outfit was created with an equal amount of love and care.
You’ll see hand knits that you would never know were still on the needles just a few hours earlier. Social media sites like Facebook and Instagram become filled with photos of late night and last minute steam blocking and seaming. Laughed confessions of car knitting on the way to the festival abound.
The Rhinebeck Sweater phenomena was formalized in 2013 in part by Ysolda Teaque’s book that features a dozen stunning sweaters patterns inspired by the gathering. They were created by 12 different designers who selected yarns that could be purchased from among the Festivals vendors.
The book is filled with beautiful photos shot at the Festival that provide you with a chance to relive the weekend from your armchair any time of year. And the inclusion of Ysolda’s thoughtful interviews with the folks who grow, spin, and dye these yarns gives the reader a rich history that can sometimes be hard to glean directly from the producers due to the crowds and hectic pace of the weekend.
Included in these pages you’ll find Gudrun Johnston’s Pippin sweater which was created with Spinnery Weekend Wool. You’ll find some terrific new colors to choose from in our booth this year!
But that’s not all. Since last year’s festival we’ve added other new yarns that you’ll want to see, feel and possibly smell.
Our Sock Art Lana is a 100% wool 2-ply fingering yarn that knits up into beautiful shawls (like our Jordache pattern) and lightweight sweaters (like the Hatteras Cardigan). We have two different yarns comprised of Moorit merino fiber that is naturally soft and beautifully hued; a fingering weight single-ply and a DK weight 3-ply. This year’s batch of Yarn Over is as utilitarian as you remember, comes in two shades (grey and a faded red), and has been worked up into the Beekeeper’s Smock. This quickly knit pullover has been a hit at this season’s other festivals.
Along with these new yarns, we’ll be featuring all of our new patterns in our booth. Stopping by will give you a welcome chance to see some of the patterns you’ve seen on Ravelry, our website and on Facebook. We know that it can be invaluable to check them out in person and get a closer look at elements that may be difficult to distinguish in a photo.
We’ll have several different versions of Maureen Clark’s Corrie. This yoked pullover can be worked up with 4 complementary colors of Mewesic; and you’ll have a ball selecting your favorites from among the 13 shades we’ll have sweater quantities of.
We’ll also have all of Cap Sease’s new accessory patterns: the Beinecke Cowl, the Guilford Shawl and the Athens Key Hat. If you prefer working with bulkier yarns, we have several projects for last minute gifts. Maureen has crafted a cozy infinity cowl with Tunisian Crochet techniques (Cowl Up). And Kate Salomon has created the Granite Cap that can be knit with a single strand of bulky yarn, a double strand of worsted or a triple strand of DK for three very different looks.
We hope that no matter what you enjoy working on, we can provide you with a whole winter’s worth of beautiful projects that will keep you and your loved ones warm and woolly!
The fun starts at 9 am tomorrow morning. We can’t wait to see you there.
Autumn has so many iconic signs: shorter days, crisp temperatures, turning and falling leaves and the start of school. Each of us marks the change of the seasons with a different indicator, but all of us here at the Spinnery are feeling ready for the start of a new season!
As our youngsters head back to school this week, we are packing up for the first Sheep and Wool Festival of our Fall season. Next weekend in Jefferson Wisconsin we’ll be introducing several new patterns and colors!
First we’d like to introduce you to a lovely crescent shawl pattern created by Cap Sease: the Guilford Shawl. This lushly garter stitch textured accessory is created with 2 skeins of our Simply Fine in the Variegated color. The delicate lace border is worked as you go, so there is no seaming or finishing to slow you down.
Kate Salomon has designed two sweaters for this fall. The first, shown above, is the Hatteras Cardigan. This light layering piece is knit up with the Spinnery’s new 100% wool fingering weight yarn, Lana; and the fabric is appealingly comforting and breathable.
The pattern features an unusual top-down construction that creates a bias hem decorated with a twisted rib border. It includes four sizes ranging from finished bust sizes of 38″ to 50″ and can be knit up with just 3 to 4 skeins of any of our Sock Art yarns.
On the warmer side, is the Beekeeper’s Smock. This oversized pull-over features cuffs and a funnel neck decorated with a honeycomb cable pattern. It also has contrast pop color pockets and lined neck for a touch of color that will play beautifully off the tweedy Yarn Over the pattern calls for.
This year’s limited edition version of our bulky recycled yarn comes in two colors, Smoke on the left and Flannel on the right. The beekeeper’s smock can be knit up as quick as a wink with either 5 or 6 skeins (and an additional single skein or worsted weight Weekend Wool or Mountain Mohair for that fun pop of color).
And that’s not all! Next week we’ll have more new patterns to share with you. And, we’ll be premiering 6 new shades of our very popular Weekend Wool.
We hope that you can visit our booth in Jefferson, our mill in Putney or our website from the comfort of your own home over the next couple of weeks as all of our hard work this summer comes to fruition just in time for your autumn knitting plans.
There is still time to post your photos Jordache Knitalong on our Raverly Group page. We’ll be awarding prizes to three lucky winners in just a few days on Labor Day weekend!
- The knitter who first completes and posts photos of their shawl.
- The knitter who shares the photo of their shawl in the most unusual location.
- The knitter who shares a photo of their shawl in a location furthest away from Putney, Vermont.
Our prizes include three fun project kits including the yarn (in your choice of color), the pattern, and a little project bag for Cap Sease’s Beinecke Cowl, Thea Colman’s A Beer on the Dock and Larisa Demos’ Route 5 Cowl and Wristwarmers.
Take your Jordache Shawl on a little trip and snap a photo!
When Larisa and Kate from the Spinnery headed to Quebec a couple of weeks ago for a knitting event hosted by our friend Julie Asselin, they couldn’t resist snapping a postcard photo of Larisa’s shawl on the go. Larisa did most of her knitting in the car, but the girls couldn’t resist stopping briefly at a pick your own blueberry stand with the most beautiful sunflowers around.
We’d love to see and hear about how your Jordache is knitting up and where you took your project this summer. Post photos to our Raverly Group page or to our Facebook page this week and you can be entered into our contest!
Our month long sale began earlier this week and shoppers have been finding some great deals. We wanted to share the details with you so that you wouldn’t miss out on the fun.
So far our 30% discount on our 2-ply fingering weight Sock Art yarns has been the biggest hit. We are in the midst of transitioning to a 3-ply version of both yarns that will be available for sale later this spring. As a result, we are discontinuing the 2-ply Forest and Meadow.
Forest’s blend of 70% Fine Western Wool and 30% TENCEL® Lyocell (a man made fiber created from wood pulp) lends it a distinct sparkle that brings out fancy stitch patterns. We thank the sheep and the trees for producing this lovely fiber!
Meadow is a blend of some of the rarest American-grown natural fibers, 50% super fine kid mohair and 50% Fine Western Wool (a cross between Rambouillet and Columbia sourced from herds along the Front Range of the Rockies). This yarn is elastic, warm and soft with a subtle luster. These hand painted skeins are a tribute to the farmers and animals that produce such excellent fleeces.
Our skeins are hand painted by a friend and local artist Melissa Johnson 5 at a time in a microwave on her back porch. The colors are mouthwatering and we’ve found that many Spinnery fans want to use this yarn for more than just socks. It is easy to envision working with this yarn for larger projects such as shawls and lightweight spring and summer knits.
We are also offering skeins of Pink Lilac Cotton Comfort at a remarkable 50% off. This discontinued color has been a great favorite among knitters and crochet fans looking for skeins for baby knits, when the run of the mill pink or blue won’t do.
We also have a great deal on a small quantity of extra large unwashed skeins of Atlantis Mewesic. (Seen above in the Sabi Hat designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian and knit up by Maureen as a holiday gift last month).
These skeins include a whopping 280 yards of yarn (instead of the usual 180). We are offering them at a 15% discount. These larger skeins could be a great choice for crafters interested in working on larger projects with fewer ends to weave in.
We hope that you have time to visit our little shop before the end of the month. You’ll find one-of-a-kind skeins in our selection there that are not available online. We’re also offering all of our in-stock book titles at 20% off. You may find it well worth a trip.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
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 FREE Duet 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!
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.
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.
We are getting excited about the upcoming I-91 Shop Hop that will run from Thursday June 26 through Sunday June 29, 2014.
Stop in your participating LYS and purchase your Shop Hop passport for $5. Along with your passport you’ll receive a tote bag with the map and details about each of the eleven fabulous shops.
- Green Mountain Spinnery (Putney, VT)
- Northampton Wools (Northampton, MA)
- WEBS (Northampton, MA)
- Marji’s Yarncrafts (Granby, CT)
- Creative Fibers LLC (Windsor, CT)
- Yarnover Avon (Bloomfield, CT)
- Village Wool (Glastonbury, CT)
- Country Yarns (Wallingford, CT)
- The Yarn Barn (Woodbridge, CT)
- The Yarn Basket (Branford, CT)
- Knit New Haven (New Haven, CT)
Get your Shop Hop passport stamped by visiting the participating shops over the 4-day Shop Hop weekend. Every time you get your passport stamped you will be entered to win the Daily Door Prize at that shop. A total of 44 door prizes will be given out to participants! By visiting all 11 shops you will be entered into a drawing for the fabulous Grand Prize, which includes gift certificates for the 11 shops, as well as yarns, needles and other goodies.
Here’s your chance to explore new yarn shops and win some great prizes. You can complete the Shop Hop all in one day, or make it a weekend event. Along with all of the fun prizes, you’ll be able to pick up clues to a mystery pattern at each of the shops. That way we can all share the fun.
This year’s theme of gold and black mystery is a fun one. In honor of this, and Kate’s insistence on referring to the Shop Hop as a Sock Hop, we will be offering an exclusive kit that includes a skein of our deep gold Sock Art – Forest yarn, a packet of lavender Eucalan, a darling needle gauge, and your choice of one of three Spinnery sock patterns that can be created with your new skein. All of this for under $20 (including Vermont sales tax)! This offers you a savings of over 60%
If knitting socks is not your favorite, you might find a pattern to your liking among the FREE Ravelry pattern selections of over 700 shawl patterns that could be knit or crocheted with the included skein.
While you are here in Putney, VT you may want to find a comfortable spot for a meal, a snack, or to cast on without delay. We recommend our favorite local spot: the Gleanery for a delicious lunch or dinner. They are open from 11:30 am – 9:00pm Thursday – Saturday and 11:30 – 8pm on Sunday. Basketville is another great spot for a quick visit that could provide you with beautiful storage for your new yarn!
We can provide you with local maps and more tips for a wonderful adventure when you visit. We can’t wait to see you!
Earlier this week we found out about a new Ravelry Knit Along that is starting today! We didn’t want to waste a minute sharing some of the details with you in case it might be something you’d like to try knitting along with the group.
Isabell Kraemer has designed another lovely striped sweater that looks as though it will be a hit. Her …a hint of summer pattern is one that we can easily imagine wearing all summer long. We love that the sizing options are generous and that you can modify the sleeve length to match your preference. Her pattern details are as follows:
XS (S, M1, M2, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
Finished bust circumference:
106.6 (116.6, 126.6, 131.6, 136.6, 146.6, 156.6, 166.6) cm 42 (46, 50, 52, 53.75, 57.75, 61.75, 65.5) in
Finished hip circumference:
96.6 (106.6, 116.6, 121.6, 126.6, 136.6, 146.6, 156.6) cm
38 (42, 46, 48, 50, 53.75, 57.75, 61.75) in
Please choose a size with approximately 25 cm (10 inches) of positive ease at bust.
Lace weight or light fingering yarn
for the sleeveless version:
approx. 430 (475, 520, 550, 585, 635, 685, 740) meters
470 (517, 567, 600, 637, 692, 746, 806) yd of each color
for ¾ sleeves please add approx.
75 (80, 86, 93, 100, 104, 108, 115) meters
82 (87, 93, 102, 109, 114, 117, 125) yd of each color.
Many of us at the Spinnery spent a little time in the shop this week looking at our color options, and picking out what we we would love to cast on with. Since the sweater has such generous ease, we got a bit creative with our selections, not restricting our choices to the lace/fingering weight called for in the pattern.
What Spinnery yarns and colors would you choose to work with? You can join the Ravelry group that is working on this beautiful sweater here. You’ll start to see other knitters’ yarn photos, as well as work in progress photos as the group works to finish their sweaters by the 1st of July. We can’t wait to see what you share with the group.
Sock yarn is a magical thing in the knitting world. One skein is all you need for a pair of socks or a small shawl and two or three skeins can yield a sweater! Green Mountain Spinnery’s Sock Art Forest and Meadow each have such vibrant colorways and generous yardage making them a perfect choice many projects. Forest is a blend of 70% fine wool, 30% Tencel® and has a distinct sparkle that brings out fancy stitch patterns. Meadow is a blend of two exquisit American-grown natural fibers, 50% super fine kid mohair and 50% fine wool. This yarn is elastic, warm and soft with a subtle luster.
Socks are a portable project, making them perfect for spring and summer travel or enjoying the outdoors. The Trellis Socks are our newest sock pattern. This is a good pattern on which to try the “Magic Loop” technique, if you haven’t already. Designer Maureen Clark has provided us with an unusual and attractive cast on method at the toe, and her signature ribbed sole for great fit and comfort. The garter stitch short row heel is as easy and as cushy as they come. Sunny Side Up Socks are toe-up socks, also designed to be knit using the “Magic Loop” technique. These ankle socks sport a lacy diagonal pattern stitch, foot-hugging ribbed soles, and an elegant picot-edged cuff. They look great with a new pair of sping shoes. If you prefer a cuff-down style of sock, you will want to check out the Jelly Beans sock pattern. The textured stitch pattern is perfect for showing off variegated sock yarn.
Just because it has “Sock” in the name, that should not limit you when it comes to pattern choices! Bellflower by Cap Sease, is a wrap sweater ideal for wearing over a camisole on warm spring days or cool summer nights. It can be worn as a vest, or if you prefer, small cap sleeves make it perfect for warding off evening chill. Meadow Lark Lace by Melissa Johnson is equally lovely as a scarf (using 1 skein) or shawl (using 3 skeins); this pattern is simple and satisfying. The Septor Cowl, designed by Maureen Clark, is an infinity scarf, crocheted flat and sewn together. Wear it as a single loop or doubled over for extra coziness. The Summer Breeze Shawl is a simple lacy shawl, perfect as a lightweight cover-up for a cool summer evening, designed by Cap Sease.
Here are a few more projects to inspire you, from customers like you! SpindlBratt’s Grisaille is modified from the original pattern with stunning results using only 2.25 skeins of Forest in the Wheat colorway. Dodiraz’s Dandelions Shawl is a bright and sunny shawl using half a skein of Meadow in green and one skein (plus a little bit more) of Meadow in yellow. Knittingdove’s Affection combines 3 different colorways of Forest in this wonderful wrap.
Spring is so here! Sure, Mother Nature could pull a fast one on us still and bring a few more grey days and a lot of mud, but instead we will choose to focus on welcoming spring with warmer weather yarns and colorful accessories. Shawls can add a pop of color to brighten your day while being an easy extra layer to keep the chills away.
The Green Mountain Spinnery has several cute and easy shawl patterns you should check out. The Septor Cowl, (above left) designed by Maureen Clark, is the newest in the bunch. This crochet pattern is worked flat, and then seamed to create an infinity loop style accessory and uses one skein of Simply Fine or Sock Art. The Catalina Wrap is another crochet design using 2 skeins of Simply Fine (center). If you prefer a knitting pattern, Simply Fine is also the yarn called for in the Gillette Shawl (above right). Gale Zucker took the photos of the Catalina Wrap and the Gillette Shawl as part of a recent photo shoot in Connecticut; you can read more about the experience on her blog!
Perhaps you are the type to be inspired by the leaves that are dotting the trees once again? The Leafy Lace shawl (above, left) will work up quickly in a DK-weight yarn, like Sylvan Spirit! The Summer Breeze shawl, (center, left), uses Simply Fine or Sock Art to make this lightweight cover-up in a gentle lace pattern. Two recent publications have included Simply Fine shawls as well. The Spring/Summer 2013 issue of the Twist Collective presents Spoleto, (center, right) designed by Sandi Rosner, and involves a lace and a touch of beadwork. The Flanders Scarf pattern, found in the summer issue of knitscene (above, far right) is a garter stitch scarf worked with lace insert and bobbled edge perfect for a take-along knitting project.
Here are a few more projects we discovered on Ravelry to inspire your needles and hooks as spring approaches! The Farmer’s Market Capelet, (above left) designed by Suzy Allen, uses Sylvan Spirit to keep the chill away on breezy mornings. Ravelry user Dodiraz also used Sylvan Spirit in her version of Veera Valimaki’s Different Lines pattern (above, center). Cotton Comfort was used in batyabeth’s Miami Beach Shawl (above, right).