Join in

Our next virtual meet up is scheduled to occur later this week!  This Thursday evening from 6:30pm – 8:30 pm Larisa will be hosting our next virtual meet up on Go To Meeting.  Using your computer, tablet or  phone, head over to this website: https://www.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join-meeting  and enter our Meeting ID number: 176-221-037.

Going forward you can connect with her and our other crafting friends twice a month. This month, those gatherings will occur on July 2nd 18th.

On the first Thursday of each month we’ll gather at 6:30pm – 8:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time) using Meeting ID number: 176-221-037.

On the third Saturday of each month we’ll gather at 10 am – noon (Eastern Standard Time) using Meeting ID number: 423-682-741.

Larisa will be there to knit with you, and get caught up.  We hope that you can gather your current project and a cool beverage and join our virtual group for some socially distant crafting.

We hope that you can add these regular meet-ups to your calendar and join us whenever you are available.


Humming along

The Mill has been back up and running for several weeks now, and we are getting the hang of yarn production while socially distancing.  We’ve got fresh air moving through the building with as many fans as possible; and our production floor is operating at partial capacity to allow our co-workers to work freely without crowding one another.  This has had the added benefit of cooling down the Mill as not all of our machines are operating simultaneously, generating unwelcome heat that can be unpleasant in the summer’s humidity.

Out behind the Mill, these worker bees don’t have such concerns.  Andy has re-established his hives here for the season, and we are thrilled to see these pollinators happily at work gathering pollen from the nearby field of wildflowers that is currently in bloom.

 

It feels good to be getting back to the business of making, transformation and participating in Nature’s cycles.  What are you busy creating or nurturing this week?


Painting with tweed

Yoked color work sweaters can offer us an exciting blank canvas with which to experiment with color.  We thought we’d share with you several sweaters that were recently finished using our Mewesic yarn that is currently on sale!  All three of these projects are the same design: namely Nelchina by Caitlin Hunter.  It is so inspiring to see hw the same design can be reimagined by different knitters with such beautiful results!

This top-down sweater can be worked as either a cardigan or a pullover and has a generous size range from a 35″  to a 56 3/4″ bust.  It calls for four contrasting shades of DK weight yarn.

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Our friend Elissa created hers with a warm autumnal palette that includes Norwegian Wood as her main color that works beautifully with Sandman, Diamonds and Rust and our undyed New Mexico Organic.  (The organic yarn is currently out of stock but could be substituted with our White Wedding color of Mewesic).

She shared with us that ” I love it by the way – the yarn is so comfortable to wear, it is going to be my go to sweater for the fall.”

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Barbara opted to make Evergreen that star of her sweater.  She also chose to work with Sandman and a creamy white for her neutral shades, but opted for Brickhouse for her pop of contrast color.  Wow!

She, “planned this sweater for recovery period after having right knee replacement surgery on 2/17/2020. Did not start right away due to pain meds. LOL.   So this project turned into a covid-19 sweater which has offered me lots of time to work on it. I’m looking forward to being finished with it and hopefully can wear it a couple of weeks before the weather gets warm.”

Just last weekend she added to her project page: “I want to add that this yarn, Mewesic from Green Mountain Spinnery, is the perfect yarn for a sweater like this one. It is light, not heavy like so many other sweaters I have knit, and yet it provides just the right amount of warmth on a chilly day. I can’t say enough good things about this yarn!”

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And finally, Elaine (a hand dyer living in Switzerland) modified her cardigan for a cropped short sleeve version that is adorable!  She paired our Atlantis Mewesic with several other yarns from different manufacturers that all work together beautifully.

Perhaps her sweater may inspire you to do a bit of stash busting and find some suitable DK weight yarn options that have been waiting for the perfect project to come together?  How would you like to combine our beautiful shades of Mewesic?


Join us

For many of us social butterflies, the quarantines, social isolating, and distancing required in the past several months have been difficult.  Knitting and crochet can be so much more rewarding when made more communal through shop visits, fiber festivals and community crafting groups.

It is such a pleasure to meet other fiber enthusiasts, see what they are working on, and share our own progress.  It is also very helpful to be able to run questions by other crafters who have different experience levels. Advice, helpful suggestions and out of the box solutions can help us overcome all kinds of stumbling blocks, allowing us to complete projects that would otherwise languish under the couch.

Tomorrow morning Larisa will be hosting our next virtual meet up on Go To Meeting.  Using your computer, tablet or  phone, head over to this website: https://www.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join-meeting  and enter our Meeting ID number: 423-682-741.

From 10 am – 12pm Larisa will be there to knit with you, and get caught up.  We hope that you can gather your current project and a cool beverage and join our virtual group for some socially distant crafting.

We are going to try hosting these gathering more regularly, so that you can add them to your calendar and join us whenever you are available. You can plan to set aside a couple of hours on the first Thursday of the month in the evening, and the 3rd Saturday of the month in the morning.

Larisa may occasionally plan additional virtual meet-ups when we have specials, or when we would normally be gathering at a Sheep & Wool Festival.  We hope that this will allow us to stay connected with our fiber friends around the country and perhaps reach new ones as well!

 


Another glimpse from the lamb cam

Since we all missed our opportunity to see some sheep this weekend at the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival, we thought we’d start our week with a tribute to some of the sheep that we’ve enjoyed in our Instagram feed this month.

Our friend Kathryn Ashley-Wright of Ewetopia Fiber Shop in Wisconsin shared a snapshot of her flock’s first arrival a week ago and her more recent Instagram post expressing gratitude to all Mothers for their tender (and woolly) care brought tears to our eyes this weekend.

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Tammy shared a post about her little May Queen, Jubilee to wish us all a happy start to the month.  And a quick visit to the Wing and a Prayer website will have you captivated by a little video of this adorable Valois Black Nose sheep wandering around the yard wearing her lovely spring garland.  What an adorable vision of Spring!

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But the star of this week’s lamb watch has got to be Melody.  She gave birth to three ram lambs over the Mother’s Day weekend much to the delight of Tammy and her daughter Char who you can see smiling with joy.  You can read all about the surprise birth in Tammy’s Newsletter.  Signing up to receive her regular updates will provide you with heartwarming news about the farm and her entire varied flock.

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Even our knitting friends who aren’t shepherds are drawn to lambs.  Meta shared a photo of a recently finished sweater modeled by her adorable nephew who has his hands full of fiber.  This pattern is the Little Star Sweater, worn backwards with great panache by a guy who feels like he prefers the star on his back.

While we hope that you are able to find and pet a lamb yourself in the near future — they do grow up quickly — we hope that these photos may suffice to bring a smile to your face and some joy to your heart!