An end of summer camp for knitters

Perhaps you were lucky enough to go to sleep away camp as a kid; or attend one of the magical crafting weekends at Squam. If so, you know how much fun it can be to venture into the wilderness to meet new friends, and while away a few days surrounded by nature in a creative escape from your daily routine.

This September, just after the official end of summer, a special gathering will occur in Maine that you may want to sign up for!

Knit Maine will convene several inspiring fiber teachers at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft on Deer Island, Maine. This retreat comprises four days of  “knitting and fiber-inspired workshops, presentations by iconic leaders in the knitting and fiber world, and a marketplace filled with Maine and New England based producers and vendors.”  What fun!

Attendees will have a chance to work with and learn from: Kate Atherly, Julia Farwell Clay,  Katharine Cobey, Nora Gaughan, Patty Lyons, Susan Mills, and Kristen TenDyke.  The wide range of workshops is almost impossible to choose among.  Attendees will have the chance to take as many as 6 classes over the course of their stay!  We wish that we could be a fly on the wall of all of them.

Registration details can be found here.  And classes will fill on a first come first served basis, so we hope that you’ll act fast to ensure that you have your first choice among the exciting classes on offer!

We are very proud to be among the sponsors for this event.  We’ll be providing class materials for several classes including Julia Farwell Clay’s Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Percentage System and Fair Isle Mittens, Kate Atherly’s two part Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Pi Shawl class, Katharine Cobey’s Basics and Beyond, and Kristen Tendyke’s Seamless Pockets.  Should you choose to sign up for any of these classes, you’ll have chance to play with our yarns, even if you don’t bring some from your stash along with you for leisure knitting.

We hope that your calendar is currently free September 6th – 9th so that you can pencil in a rewarding adventure that could conclude your summer with a long weekend of fiber fun!


Your passport to fun!

This year’s I-91 Shop Hop passports are now available for sale!  You can stop by our Mill Shop to pick one up, or you can purchase yours on our website here.

Along with your $5 passport, you’ll also receive a FREE tote (pictured above) that cunningly folds up into a handy drawstring carrying pouch.  It is perfect for holding all of the new skeins you’ll want to bring home!

As in year’s past, eleven local yarn shops located along I-91 from New Haven, CT to Putney, VT, are teaming up to bring you fun, prizes, and plenty of fiber!

Get your Shop Hop passport stamped by visiting the participating shops over the 4-day Shop Hop weekend (June 21st – 24th, 2018).  Every time you get your passport stamped you will be entered to win the Daily Door Prize at that shop. A total of 48 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 eleven 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.

Passports are available now at one of these fine shops:

Green Mountain Spinnery (Putney, VT)
HandKnits (Brattleboro, VT)
Sheep & Shawl (Deerfield, MA)
Northampton Wools (Northampton, MA)
WEBS (Northampton, MA)
Marji’s Yarncrafts (Granby, CT)
Village Wool (Glastonbury, CT)
Country Yarns (Wallingford, CT)
Knit New Haven (New Haven, CT)
Yarn Barn (Woodbridge, CT)
The Yarn Basket (Branford, CT)

Each shop will have a specially designed pattern to share with Hoppers and this year, we’re going to be able to give our visitors an exclusive chance to preview a brand new yarn that  launches this fall.

Maureen has created a fun one skein project that features this beautiful new yarn, and we can’t wait to share it with those of you who can participate in the Shop Hop!  So mark your calendars, call your friends and make your plans!  We look forward to seeing you then.


Our newest Co-op member

Thanks to Lauren, the Spinnery has a brand new member!  We’d like to introduce you to wee Roo.

He arrived at the Spinnery a little over a week ago and has us all utterly smitten.  He’s named after the beloved A. A. Milne character from the Winnie the Pooh volumes that we all enjoy.  He is characteristically bouncy and eager to greet visitors with a friendly lick and a very waggy tail.

While doing a bit of research, David came across the word Roo in the glossary of the Field Guide to Fleece compiled by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius.  As it turns out, Roo is a verb: “to pluck wool from sheep after the fiber has loosened and is naturally shedding. Wool can be collected by rooing only from sheep that seasonally molt or shed their fleeces.”

Based on our little Roo’s passion for sniffing out our most fragrant fiber (in between naps and trips outside), we think that he may be a natural at finding wool in the wild!

We hope that you’ll have a chance to visit us while he’s in his infancy.  He loves making new friends just as much as we do!


Big news!

We’re delighted to share with you that Kate Atherly will be the featured instructor for the Spinnery’s 2018 Knitters’ Weekend Retreat!

© Kate Atherly

This special weekend will give us an opportunity to get far more comfortable with our sock knitting skills. Kate has designed a fun curriculum.  It will cover both an overview and the details of general sock construction to better understand the features and benefits of knitting socks in a variety of different ways. We’ll also have an opportunity to move into greater detail, on the tips and tricks included in her book, Custom Socks – Knit to your Feet.

Kate will spend Saturday morning guiding us through a deep dive of sock fit and customization. We’ll learn how to measure feet and design a sock pattern for that foot, ensuring a perfect fit no matter which pattern or yarn we select.

After lunch she’ll work with us on sock knitting techniques, tips and tricks. This will be a wide-ranging discussion of sock topics, including: fit, reinforcement, different constructions and different methods of working, yarn choices, etc. Included in this discussion will be instruction on how to improve gusset pickup and avoid holes in top-down heel flap socks, as well as her clever solution for avoiding “ears” in a grafted toe. Bring any recurring queries you have about sock knitting, because this class will begin with an opportunity for you to ask questions, to better focus the discussion.

On Sunday, Kate will guide us through one of her favorite two at a time techniques: Side by side on magic loop. She’ll also discuss the other two-at-a-time technique, the legendary “War & Peace” method.” While students aren’t required to be proficient at the magic loop method, familiarity with it, and a comfort level with working in the round on double pointed needles is encouraged.

The workshop will be held in Brattleboro, Vermont from Friday, October 5th to Sunday, October 7th, 2018.   It will begin with dinner on Friday evening and conclude by noon on Sunday.  The Spinnery’s weekends feature great food, lively companionship and lots of yarny goodness.  And by scheduling this gathering over a holiday weekend, we hope that you’ll have even more time to relax and enjoy New England in October!

Your registration fee of $365 per person includes all meals including Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast and nine hours of instruction with Kate.This year’s event will be held at the Hampton Inn in Brattleboro. We have a block of rooms reserved for you at the discounted rate of $175.00 per night. Please contact the Hamp­ton Inn to make your reservation using the code “Spinnery”.  These rooms are limited so register early!

Registration Forms can be found on the Spinnery website, here.  We hope that you can join the fun!


A new year and a new pattern!

Happy 2018! We’d like to introduce you to the Spinnery’s newest pattern: Triangles.

This darling little pullover was designed by Cap Sease with little ones in mind. The pattern is sized for ages 2 – 10 with finished chest circumference measurements of 25 (27, 30, 33)” / 63 (68, 76, 84) cm.

It features a gansey textured yoke that is created by twisted stitches set off against a purl background.  The interplay of ribbed triangles with stockinette makes an interesting and lively yoke that looks difficult, but is actually easy to knit.

The boxy shape  and accommodating sleeves makes it perfect for little ones.  Selecting a classic color could make it a perfect garment to share amongst siblings who pass along hand me down knits.

It knits up quickly with between 3 – 5 skeins of our DK weight yarns and our recommendation is Spinnery Cotton Comfort.

This delightfully soft and squishy yarn is constructed with a blend of 20% organic cotton and 80% fine western wool.  And our rich color selection can’t be beat with bold primary hues as well as softer pastels for a darling spring garment.  This little number could easily be on and off your needles before Easter.

This week will be a perfect time to enjoy some savings as our January Sale begins on Monday the 8th providing you with terrific discounts (as much as 50% off!) on a variety of odd weight yarns that will work beautifully for this pattern.  You can peruse our sales flyer here and plan your order.

Early on Monday morning, you’ll be able to find these (and a few more) items listed in the SALE ITEMS section of the Spinnery website.  These yarns are available in limited quantities, so don’t miss your chance to take advantage of these terrific prices.

We hope that you enjoy working on this delightful little sweater.  It’s a new favorite here at the Spinnery because like you, we delight in making knits for the little ones we love.


Baby it’s cold outside!

Temperatures are hovering around zero here in Putney, Vermont this week and it doesn’t look as though the mercury will be rising for days.  When it gets this chilly, we bundle up in our warmest woolens, and for some of us that means the bulkier the better.

So this week we’re launching an exciting new shade of Yarn Over, our bulky weight 2-ply yarn that knits up into delightfully cozy winter wear.  We’d like to introduce you to Aurora Borealis!

Yarn Over is created with carded wool left over from the production of a range of Spinnery yarns that is blended in the carding process to create a unique tweedy color. Aurora Borealis includes a larger percentage of bale dyed medium wool for a muted teal color, speckled with every hue in the rainbow.

Shown above is a cabled cuff of the the Beekeeper’s Smock, one of several Spinnery patterns designed for this yarn.  This popular oversized cropped pullover has been a hit at this year’s Sheep and Wool festivals, and many of our customers were hoping for additional color options to work with.  You might also want to take a look at the  Spanish Tunic pattern which has a more unisex appeal.

A couple of patterns that were designed for Capricorn (our single ply bulky yarn that contains wool and mohair) would also knit up beautifully with Yarn Over.  The Capricloak designed by Maureen Clark is a swingy circular poncho; and the Tile Jacket is just what you’d want to wear while gathering more wood for the wood stove.

Any project you choose to use Yarn Over for will knit up quickly.  We recommend a gauge of 3 stitches to the inch using US 10/ 6mm needles.  Paired with the neutral grey Fog color, you could experiment with some stranded color work or intarsia and gain some new skills for the new year. What fun!

From all of us here at the Spinnery we wish you a cozy and delightful New Years.  We look forward to seeing what you make of our skeins in 2018!


Our warmest wishes to you

We hope that you are enjoying a very happy holiday season.

“This is our wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!”     – D.M. Dellinger

For those of you in the area this week our holiday hours are as follows:

Sun December 24th – 12 – 4 pm

Mon December 25th  – CLOSED

Tue Dec 26th- Fri Dec 29th – 9 am to 5:30 pm

Sat Dec 30th – 10 am to 5:30 pm

Sun December 31st – 12 – 4 pm

Mon January 1st  – CLOSED

We hope that we’ll have a chance to visit with you and wish you the best for your New Year!

 


Introducing our 2018 Project Club!

We have now launched two annual Mystery Project Clubs.  In 2016, we created a club featuring gorgeous color work hat patterns designed by Melissa Johnson.  This year’s Club has featured four textured infinity cowl patterns.  (These beautiful designs will become available in January, 2018).

Next year, we’re trying something new! Our 2018 Project Club will feature four projects that pair some of our yarns with those that we spin for our custom customers. With each mystery project, you’ll work with two yarns, both created here at the Spinnery; a custom spun yarn and one of the yarns we’ve created for our shop.

Along with your beautiful handcrafted item, these projects will give you a unique opportunity to learn a little bit more about the fiber producers we work with and the wonderful fiber and yarns that they are bringing forth.   All of the skeins we produce at the Spinnery have a unique story and we look forward to sharing the details of a few carefully selected yarns that we think you will love working with.

Each project will create a different kind of accessory. And as a Project Club member, you’ll have exclusive access to these patterns until they are made available to the public in 2019.

Members will receive four exclusive projects sent quarterly. Shortly before delivery you’ll receive an email revealing the details of the project and a choice of color options to work with. Your four project packages will include the pattern, all the yarn needed to complete your project, and a little gift. Their first delivery also includes a Spinnery project bag to keep everything organized.

Membership is $192 and open for a limited time. You’ll want to sign here up before Friday January 12th, 2018.

We can’t wait to share these beautiful projects and delightful yarns with you. We hope that you’ll decide to join the fun!


Let’s talk turkey

We have a great idea for what to do after you’ve enjoyed your holiday meal, the dishes have been done, and the leftovers have been organized.  “Once each year, just in time for holiday gift giving, our local craftsmen open their studios for the public to come and explore, to experience first-hand the making of our work, to understand our creative process, to hear our stories, and to purchase our unique crafts directly from us.”

We’d like to invite you to visit Putney, Vermont during the Putney Craft Tour November 24th – 26th.

This special weekend is a wonderful time to check out the diverse cultural offerings to be found in our tiny town.  Along with access to 24 local artists, local businesses will provide you an opportunity to sample local syrup, cider, wine or take in an award winning performance at one of our local theaters.

We’ll be open from 9 am – 5:30 pm on Friday, 10 am – 5:30 pm on Saturday and 10 am- 5 pm on Sunday.

The Spinnery will be offering mill tours, special sale yarns and unique gift ideas for the knitworthy on your gift list.  We’d love to visit with you and see what you’ve been working on.  And we have a wealth of new project ideas to share with you that will fill your crafting hours all winter long.  It’s a perfect time to plan a visit!


Fresh skeins and a new cardigan

Our new colors of Cotton Comfort are ready for online sales!  These beauties were a hit when we introduced them at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival.  From left to right we have Aubergine, Gingerbread, Duffel and Pine.

 

That lovely tweedy texture is created by the resistance of the cotton content of the yarn (20%) to absorb the dye that the wool soaks up like a sponge.  We feel that our four new shades bring some exciting new autumn colors into the spectrum that you already know and love.

And to help celebrate the launch, we have a new cardigan pattern to share with you so that you can cast on with these skeins without delay!  Our Windrow Cardigan, seen below in the new Gingerbread color is a quick knit and a great wardrobe staple that could work through 3 seasons here in the Northeast and year round in warmer climates.

This is a cropped top-down seamless pattern that you’ll be able to try on as you work, ensuring a perfect fit.  You can easily modify the length of the body and the sleeves for a sweater that is just right for you.  We love it paired with a t-shirt and jeans or over a me-made dress that you adore.

Above, Kate is wearing the size 38″ with about 2 inches of positive ease.  The pattern includes sizing from 35″ to 50″ and requires between 5 and 7 skeins of our DK weight yarns.  We’ve also knit it up with our 100% wool Mewesic in the Mean Mr. Mustard colorway and love the way it turned out!

Here, Kate is wearing a model that has about 8″ of positive ease for a looser fit some may be more comfortable with.  The seeded rib texture wraps around the back of the neck and down the front of the sweater to be joined around the waistline for a bottom border of texture that will match your cuffs.  It provides some visual interest on an otherwise stockinette background that is as quick to knit as it is easy to wear.

We hope that you’ll take a closer look at our new colors as well as this new pattern this week as you continue to plan your winter’s projects!


Our first new pattern for fall!

Our needles have been flying this summer as we’ve been working to get new patterns ready for the upcoming fall festival season.   Our goal has been the start of the  2017 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival which kicks off next weekend at 10am on Friday September 8th.

We’ll have a fun selection of new offerings to share with visitors including some new sweaters, and cowls as well as a few shawl project kits!

And, there will be new colors of yarn on display!  We’ll have 4 new shades of Cotton Comfort, 4 new shades of Alpaca Elegance and 2 new shades of Sock Art Lana.  All of these yarns will become available on our website in upcoming weeks.  We’ll post updates on Facebook and Instagram as we have skeins washed, twisted and labeled for sale!

In the meantime, we have a stunning new pattern that we’re releasing today, so that you don’t have to wait!  Larisa Demos designed a breathtaking shawl for us that you won’t want to miss: the Mercury Rising Shawl.

This garter stitch crescent shawl is worked from the top-down with regular increases on every row, creating a generous wing span without bulk!  This beauty was knit up with two contrasting skeins of Spinnery Simply Fine, which is comprised of the finest fiber we work with.  The fine wool and yearling mohair is as soft as a cloud!

The contrasting wedge sections of stockinette are created with staggered short rows for a pop of color and texture variance that makes this design so appealing.  We’ve also knit this project up with our Sock Art Meadow to great effect.

We hope that you enjoy your long holiday weekend with a few leisurely hours spent with a project you enjoy.  We’ll continue working on our shop samples so that we have a wealth for you to choose from.


Knitting Local in Vermont

You may already know that 65% of our production is focused on custom lot spinning.  In addition to yarns you can find in our shop, we create yarns for small farms, indie dyers, weavers and local yarn shops all around the country.  These are not yarns that we sell directly, instead they are often found at Sheep & Wool festivals, local farm stands or farmers’ markets and occasionally in local yarn stores.

This work allows us to foster a rich fiber shed, ensuring that you have a greater chance of finding yarn that is spun from fiber grown near you.

Last weekend, when Larisa and Maureen visited Must Love Yarn’s new location at Suite 2 at 2438 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT, they brought with them a Spinnery Trunk Show of yarns that featured locally hand painted skeins as well as some organic skeins that were sourced from a flock in New Haven Vermont.

We love the new space that partners Angela, Kelly and Jennifer have moved into.  Maureen snapped a few photos of the new space that couldn’t be more welcoming, bright and open.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were delighted by the rich selection of locally sourced yarn all ready on the shelves at MLY.  Some of which is highlighted in a local newscast that aired last week that you can find here.

And we were proud to note that several of these skeins were spun here at GMS!  Blue Heron Farm is a family run organic farm located in Grand Isle, VT that makes lovely skeins.  And our friend Jessica of Dillner Hillside Farm (who occasionally provides us with delightful mohair fiber) has skeins of her yarn among Must Love’ Yarn’s local selection.

For some fun inside information, you can take a virtual tour of the newly expanded version of the shop by watching the video below.


We learned that there are plans afoot to soon offer spinning wheels, so in upcoming months there will be even more the learn, love and share.

As the foliage season draws visitors up into Northern Vermont, we hope that you’ll get a chance to visit this newly expanded local yarn shop in Shelburne.  If you miss the chance to find single sourced local yarns during this Fall’s festivals, a visit to Must Love Yarn can provide you with some terrific Vermont grown and spun yarns worth trying.  And on the way, you can visit our Mill in Putney, VT to see what we’re spinning!