Behind the scenes

This week, we thought we’d share with you a few additional details about our new pullover pattern, Elevate.

Kate found inspiration for this stunning yoke on one of her early morning coffee walks to downtown Brattleboro last spring.  While she was waiting at a crosswalk she noticed the manhole cover under her feet and she decided that its simple geometry was compelling enough to translate to a stranded yoke.

She spent the early months of our quarantine holed up at home making several prototypes, working out the details of the yoke design and shaping to ensure the perfect comfortable fit.  As she worked on this design with various skeins from her stash, she found that her favorite samples used vividly dyed worsted spun yarns paired with Spinnery woolen spun yarns for the most dramatic effects.

Kate found that the blank canvas created by the almost matte fuzzy finish of Simply Fine contrasted beautifully with the lustrous shine and stitch definition characteristic of the worsted spun yarns that she was using as her contrast colors.  And thus the second intention of this pattern began to take shape.

She hoped that with a pattern like Elevate, she could encourage knitters to experiment with blending yarns from different producers in the same project.  Perhaps they might already have the perfect skein of fingering or sport weight yarn in their stash that was purchased on a whim and was just waiting for the chance to be the focal point of a special new garment.

This pairing of disparate yarns could potentially introduce knitters to new yarns, new vendors and new friends in the way that a stroll through a fiber festival would normally allow.  In the absence of this year’s crafty gatherings, Kate hoped that with her design she could somehow recreate the sense of community, play and regenerating enthusiasm that she enjoys when festival season comes around.

Her next challenge was to find a couple of models who could demonstrate the unisex appeal of this sweater; and she wanted to find a pair who would be comfortable being photographed together, unmasked.  Happily, Lauren’s kids Magnus and Zola came to our rescue.  They are local siblings who were quarantined together, and were willing to be photographed one morning this summer in exchange for breakfast at the local food co-op (steps away from that manhole cover that started us on this adventure).

Shown on the left –  MC: Shown in MC: Stargazing Green Mountain Spinnery Simply Fine Skinnies CC: Java Jive Fiber Optic Yarns Short Unified Gradient (225 yds) and on the right – MC: Woodsmoke Green Mountain Spinnery Simply Fine Skinnies CC: Log Cabin Sun Valley Fibers MCS Fingering.

One last detail that we’d like to share with you concerns the fit of this sweater.

You’ll see in the photos above that Kate (at the top of the page) and Magnus are wearing the same sweater.  It has a finished chest circumference measurement of 38″.  On her that means that there is approximately four inches of positive ease and on him there is less than two.  The overall length of the sweater from neckline to hem is 26″ which fits him perfectly and is about five inches longer than Kate would prefer.  With a french tuck into the waist of her jeans, (thank you Tan France from Queer Eye), it feels cozy, looks stylish, and works perfectly.

Since the pattern is constructed top-down, modifications are easily made.  We recommend that you block and try on the sweater after separating the sleeves so that you can customize the length of the body and sleeves for a personalized fit.

Kate modified her second sample, shown here on Zola (who is wearing her sweater with about 6 inches of positive ease).  Kate made this sweater for herself and so customized the length of the sweater to hit her just below her waist and the sleeves to be 3/4 length.  This change meant that her MC yardage requirement was reduced by roughly 300 yards.

The pattern as written does not include body shaping, for a unisex appeal; so folks who would prefer a closer fit with close to no positive ease, may want to add waist shaping.

We hope that this additional information about our new Elevate pattern answers some questions that you might not have known you wanted to ask.  If you find that you have a few more questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Kate at spinnery@spinnery.com.


Waste not, want not

My grandmother lived through the depression and took that phrase to heart.  We here at the Spinnery, aspire to waste as little as possible in our production process, to ensure that every ounce of fiber that was grown, shorn and delivered to us with care is put to its highest use.

We capture the leftover scraps of wool and spun roving from every batch of yarn, and save it for future use.  Each lot of custom yarn generates its own small bag that is either returned with the finished yarn, or popped into storage here at the Mill to be added to the next batch of yarn we’ll make for that producer.

The leftovers from all of the Spinnery yarns that we spin is separated out into two categories.  Usable waste fiber from the mill floor and weight rolls is gathered in giant $5 bags and sold on a first come first served basis.  We’ve had customers use this fiber for crafting, felting and even as a natural insulation for their home!

The cleanest fiber that remains from our production process is saved and re-carded into our bulky Yarn Over.  Each dye lot of this yarn is truly unique.  It includes a differing combination of fibers and colors that has accumulated from our most recent batches of yarns.  We occasionally supplement this mix with some additional bale dyed wool to create a more appealing shade.  Our most recent colorway, Ember (shown on the left), even includes a subtle variegation of shades that can be found among the dying ashes of a comforting campfire.

We thought we’d highlight this warm yarn this week, and share with you some terrific pattern suggestions that make great use of it.  Now that the weather is turning cooler, bulkier knits are going to be more in demand.

Earlier this year, our friend Denise Bayron published the Wave of Change Jacket.  This jacket gets its name from the purl ridges that create concentric rings around the body. Denise’s pattern includes a generous range of sizes: 36 (40, 45, 50.5, 54, 58.5, 63) ” or 91.5 (101.5, 114.5, 128.5, 137, 148.5, 160) cm: and calls for 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8) skeins.

This yarn has also been used in some of our most popular patterns.   From largest to smallest is a collection of some of our most recent favorites!

Thistledown Throw.  We hope that this bulky throw that features a botanical thistle lace will bring you sweet dreams, whether it’s used for an afternoon nap or a good night’s sleep.  This pattern creates a blanket that measures 53”/134.5 cm wide x 54”/137 cm long, (after blocking) and is created with 10 skeins.

John’s Sweater.  This sweater is based on a well loved sweater Cap’s father wore for years. The boat neck allows for layering to make this a perfect sweater for your winter outdoor activities.  Cap’s pattern includes sizing that ranges from 37 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56)”/ 93 (101, 111, 121, 132, 142)cm and calls for 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins (MC) and 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2 ) skeins (CC).

Beekeeper’s Smock.   This pullover has been designed to provide you with a hard-wearing outer layer that is as comfortable as it is practical. Pop it on as you head out for errands, chores and cool weather excursions this season and many to come.  The pattern has two sizes: approximately 50 & 60”/ 127 & 152.4cm (designed to fit with 11-15”/ 27 -38 cm of positive ease) and can be made with 5 or 6 skeins.

Gathering Hat.  This FREE pattern creates a hefty hat that can protect from brisk winds and cold ears, giving us a bit more time outdoors to enjoy the best of the season.  The pattern creates an adult cap that fits most – Circumference: 18” x Depth: 8½; (after blocking) and is created with a single skein.

You’ll find even more great pattern suggestions by browsing through the 150 projects listed on Ravelry that were created with our Yarn Over.


Two terrific shawls

Two of our Raverly friends, Tara and Amanda recently finished Andrea Mowry shawl patterns to equally beautiful effect!  We’d like to share their new shawls with you and introduce you to the patterns they selected to work with.

First up is Andrea Mowry’s recently published Cinnabar shawl pattern.

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This asymmetrical pattern combines garter stitch and brioche for deliciously comforting stretch and coziness.  It has a wingspan of approximately  74”/188 cm and a depth of 32”/81 cm when worked at the recommended gauge.  One of the fun and rewarding aspects of any shawl pattern is that you can adjust the finished measurements with your yarn selection.

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Tara paired our DK weight Touch of Grey Mewesic with Aran weight Spincycle Dream State in the Devilish Grin colorway.  Andrea’s pattern calls for two contrasting yarns of slightly different gauges.

“Using two different weights of yarn adds even more texture to this shawl. I kept my MC neutral and used my CC to play with color. Anything from another solid, to gradient sets or even stash scraps would be great! You are looking for a flowy fabric with nice drape. I recommend yarns with some bounce back (wool, for example) to help keep the brioche from stretching out too much. The best way to know if your yarn choice will work is to do a swatch and wet block it! If you like the drape and feel, then go for it!”

Earlier this summer our friend Amanda started Andrea’s Satellite shawl; another design that pairs garter stitch and brioche to play with color and texture.

Amanda used our 2-ply fingering weight yarn and paired undyed creamy white with several hand painted skeins in autumnal hues of gold and ochre.  This design has an even more generous wingspan of  83”/211 cm and a center depth of 32.5”/82.5 cm.

Both of these shawls will be large enough to snuggle into on a brisk fall morning.  When worked up with any of our woolen spun yarns, their generous volume will not weigh you down.  The bounciness and elasticity of our yarns will ensure that the brioche sections don’t stretch beyond reason, which will keep your shawl looking freshly knit.

We hope that these two beautiful projects may inspire a new shawl of your own.  Thank you Amanda and Tara for sharing your photos!


Not exactly out of stock

Our Mill is almost back to being fully operational; with our team working most of the hours that they did before COVID social distancing required that we keep a generous distance from one another.  We are continuing to stagger our scheduling to allow the machinery operators as much room as possible to work comfortably with their equipment and not feel as though they are crowding one another.

Our team’s shorter work week has impacted our production schedule.  We are prioritizing our custom processing orders to ensure that the fiber producers for whom we spin for are not waiting overly long to receive their finished skeins.

 

This means that re-stocking our yarns has taken a bit of a back seat.  As a result, some of your favorite yarns will need more time to be produced.  Out of stock skeins may be unavailable for longer periods than the 3-4 month worse case timeframe that we have worked with in the past.  And for that, we apologize.

We wanted to offer you a valuable tip that may provide a small bit of silver lining to this news.

We typically identify a yarn as being out of stock on our website before we actually sell out of skeins.  This ensures that we don’t oversell the limited number of skeins remaining and disappoint our online shoppers.  We usually have a project quantity or two of inventory that we keep in our back stock to cover our bases.

If you fall in love with one of our yarns that is identified as out of stock, send us an email at spinnery@spinnery.com or give us a call at 800-321-9665 (9am to noon M,W,F) to confirm its availability.  It is likely that we’ll have the skeins you need, and we’d love to get them into your hands without delay.

 


Introducing Hybrid!

We have a new pattern to share with you this week!  We’d like to introduce you to Hybrid.

This top-down yoked sweater designed by Kate Salomon, pairs woolen spun Spinnery yarn with beautiful super washed worsted-spun skeins created by some of our fiber friends whom you may already know.  Kimber Baldwin of Fiber Optic Yarns and Karida Collins of Neighborhood Fiber Co. are both working magic with buttery soft yarns that are a treat for the eye and hand.

Gardeners have been cross-pollinating plants for generations to introduce exciting new variations. This stranded pullover blends different yarns to startling effect, similar to an opening blossom or a spreading bird’s wing. Carefully blending lofty woolen spun yarns with brilliant worsted spun yarns can result in a comforting sweater that showcases a radiantly hued yoke like a prized bloom.

The sample shown on the lovely Magalie Remy above was made with a single strand of Dark Roast Alpaca Elegance as the main color and a double strand of Fiber Optic Yarns Unified Gradients in the Java Jive colorway.

By happy accident, this sample was lightly fulled in the soaking process of the final wet block. (The washing machine agitated for about 3 minutes before it was caught). This slight bit of felting had no effect on the super washed contrast color yarn, but pulled the alpaca blend woolen-spun main color yarn together into a deliciously dense and fuzzy fabric. Below, you can see  the difference in stitch definition between the fulled sample and another that not agitated when blocked.

The Yarn Requirements for this pattern are a little unusual.  The Fiber Optic Unified Gradients used as the contrast color is a fingering weight yarn. In order to get gauge, you will hold a double strand of this yarn throughout the yoke. These vibrant gradients are available in two lengths: Short (225 yards) and Long (400) yards. The two versions are created with an identical color spectrum. This ensures that the larger sizes of the Hybrid pattern can be created with a similar effect using a double strand of the longer gradient.

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If you opt for Neighborhood Fiber Company’s mouthwatering Studio DK as your contrast color, you’ll work the yoke with each yarn held as a single strand.  Karida’s signature colorways are all named after neighborhoods in the Washington DC and Baltimore areas.  One of our test knitters is in the midst of a sweater that pairs a soft pearly grey (Charles Center) with our classic navy Ceylon Alpaca Elegance. A sneak peek of her wip is below.

Finished Measurements (Chest circumference) – Chest: 34 ½ (38 ½, 44, 50 ½, 56 ½, 63.2)”/ 87 (98, 112, 128, 143, 161) cm

Yarn Requirements  — MC: 4 (5, 6, 7, 10, 11) skeins Alpaca Elegance CC: 2 skeins Fiber Optic Unified Split Gradient 255 yd each, 400 yds for 3 largest sizes (held dbl); or 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) skeins Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio DK 275 yds each.

And to celebrate the launch of this new pattern we’ll be sponsoring a contest over the month of August that you can read more about on our blog post here!  We hope that you’ll join us this month in spending some time reconnecting with fiber friends and sharing your love for gorgeous yarn and fun new patterns.

 

 


Crafting for action!

We are excited to share with you a great trio of projects that can bring the fiber and crafting community together and working towards social justice.

“emPower people is a purple colored craftivism project aimed at uniting crafters to spark conversation, engagement, and action. Wear it when you vote, grocery shop, march, or knit in your socially isolated bedroom. We would love to see a sea of purple to represent unity so please tell your friends, family, knitting groups, or anyone who can knit, crochet, or sew a simple pattern. Make a bandana and a commitment to vote!”

 

© Casapinka

The FREE pattern for the emPower People Knit bandana can be found here.  There is also a crochet pattern here and a sewing pattern and all three are free and available at the emPower People website.

We’ve gathered a collection of skeins that will work beautifully for this project and we are donating all the proceeds of their sales for justice!

100% of the sales of our purple yarns sold between now and the end of the month, will be donated to our local The Root Social Justice Center.  This local organization is growing a movement here in Southern Vermont for racial justice and it operates with a collective leadership.

This list of skein options show above includes: Purple Rain and Purple Haze Mewesic, Amethyst, Agate and Blue Opal Sylvan Spirit, Iris and Violet Cotton Comfort, Lavender Cream Alpaca Elegance, Elderberry, Lupine, Blue Violet and Alpenglo Mountain Mohair.

To ensure that your donation is recorded, please use coupon code: empower.  This will allow us to more easily track these sales, and make sure that the funds are properly allocated.  We hope that you’ll join the fun of this crafting for justice movement; and please be sure to register to vote if you haven’t already!


A lamb update!

Over the past few months, we’ve shared snapshots of some of the charming lambs that the fiber producers we work with have been raising this Spring.  Those fuzzy adorable creatures are thriving, and growing more independant.  One in particular now has an official fan club!

Today we wanted to share with you the details of the Jubilee Fan Club that Tammy from Wing & a Prayer Farm has organized for her adorable lamb.

“Jubilee is our sweet 3 and a half month old Valais Blacknose x Teeswater lamb that was born on March 14th to her mama, June, the 4th out of 5 lambs. She just barely survived her first few weeks on the farm, as she was premature by 2 weeks as well as her mama had quite a few complications from going into labor early with multiple births. We’ve all fallen in love with her inspirational story of triumph over struggle, her friendships with the farmyard animals of all species, her sweet adaptation to life as a bottle baby and gradual acclimation to the barnyard from the farmhouse hearth.”

Tammy has created four levels of participation with prices that range from $25 to $65.

1. Baby Jubi -Limited Edition of Jubilee’s Fan Club Enamel Pin + Photo Postcards of Jubilee + Friends, shipped in August 2020

2. Jubilee-Out of the Box – Limited Edition of Jubilee’s Fan Club Enamel Pin, 3 x 3″ Vinyl Sticker of Jubilee’s Fan Club, Photo Postcards of Jubilee + Friends, shipped in August 2020

3. Fireside Jubilee – Limited Edition of Jubilee’s Fan Club Enamel Pin, 3 x 3″ Vinyl Sticker of Jubilee’s Fan Club, Photo Postcards of Jubilee + Friends, and member of “Close Friends” Story Feature on Instagram for Wing & A Prayer Farm, shipped in August 2020

4. Look At Me Now Jubilee – Limited Edition of Jubilee’s Fan Club Enamel Pin, 3 x 3″ Vinyl Sticker of Jubilee’s Fan Club, Photo Postcards of Jubilee + Friends, membership in “Close Friends” Story Feature on Instagram for Wing & A Prayer Farm, and locks from Jubilee’s First Hair Cut in the fall. All shipped in August 2020, except for her locks which will be shipped after her first hair cut.

Participating in this Club will give you a unique opportunity to financially support a small family farm that is committed to providing a safe a nurturing environment for all the creatures in Tammy’s wildly diverse flock.  It will also keep you connected to the growth and development of a single lamb whose wool may eventually become yarn that you could find yourself working with in years to come.

We hope that you’ll check out Tammy’s ETSY site that has details of the Fan Club.  You’ll be able to sign up there and be a supporting part of the fun of raising this little darling.


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?


A special sale!

To celebrate the re-opening of our Mill Shop we’re offering a 15% discount on our Mewesic Yarn (pronounced music), until the end of the month!  You’ll find that all 15 colors are now $12.96 a skein.

This delightfully lofty DK weight yarn is made with 100% fine wool.  These rich tweedy colors are created by blending bale dyed wool in the carding stage of processing.  The flecks of color that comprise each shade add a depth of color that makes this yarn special.

It’s 2-ply construction adds a bit of strength that will allow your finished garment to look terrific for years to come.  You can find some terrific patterns on the newly redesigned Ravelry site that were created with this gorgeous yarn in mind.  We’ll be sharing some of our favorite projects with you later this week.

We hope that you’ll take this opportunity to try this yarn if it is new to you, or stock up on a sweater’s quantity if you already know what a pleasure it is to work with.  Enjoy!


Armchair travel at its best

We want to share with you a recently finished object that we found on Ravelry that was knit up in Edinburgh, Scotland!

Our Ravelry friend Sarah’s Bradford Road wrap is a garter stitch wonder.  This design calls for five colors of fingering weight yarn to be worked in sequence for a bold geometric effect.  The shawl is constructed in two pieces – one large and one small — which are joined using kitchener stitch for a smooth finish.

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Since the squishy resilient fabric is crafted with garter stitch, it is a joy to work as well as wear.  This kind of project is perfect for those of us who are looking for something fun and cheerful to work on but don’t currently have the mental bandwidth for complex patterns.

Here is what Sarah included in her project notes, “When I traveled to New York to attend VogueKnit Live, I wanted to purchase some US yarns to make a special project as a memento of the trip.

I decided to use the Bradford Road wrap pattern by Through the Loops. I had knit this in 2019 and loved the 5-coloured fingering weight garter stitch pattern. And as Kirsten lives in NY, it seemed even more appropriate!

I chose the above five US yarns as I wanted solid colours in nylon-free yarns. It was great to wander around VK Live and chat to each of the yarn producers. I had already met mYak at Edinburgh Yarn Festival and it was lovely to catch up. The Madeleine Tosh yarn was a gift from the Gala Dinner that I was very fortunate to attend with my friend, Karen.

Now that it’s finished, i look at it and realize how special it is and how lucky I was to travel to the US before the world went into lock down.”

We’re delighted that our Simply Fine Skinnies in the Pick Your Own color was used for the mouthwatering purple seen in her project.  It complements her other selections beautifully.  Great work Sarah! And thank you for sharing it with us.

Sarah has created a memento of a happier time that can buoy all our spirits this week as we turn to our stitches and plan for future adventures when we can travel and meet again soon.


We can all be Nurtured by Julie and Jean-Francois

It is hard for us to recollect exactly when our partnership with Julie Asselin and her husband Jean-Francois began.  They have become such treasured members of our fiber family that it’s impossible to imagine a time before their visits.

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They have a delightful habit of bringing delicious homemade meals with them, so that we can share some food together and get caught up before we fill their van with freshly spun skeins and they head back north to the outskirts of Quebec.

© Julie Asselin

Their goofy playfulness makes them a pleasure to work with.  They are the first to remind us that the work of making yarn is fun!  That joie de vivre that makes them so beloved to us all, translates directly into the yarn that we make with their fiber.

In the fall of 2016, Julie approached us with plans for an exciting new project that we were eager to try.  Instead of dyeing skeins that we spun for her, she wanted us to create a yarn that would include fiber that she and Jean-Francois dyed ahead of time. The Rambouillet, Targhee and Merino fibers would be blended in the carding process, much like many of the Spinnery yarns that you’ve knit with for years.

© Julie Asselin

This combination of small quantities of many disparate shades of intensely dyed fiber would lead to a tweedy yarn with a subtle overall shade that has hints of color of an unusual depth and complexity.  And so, Julie’s Nurtured came into being!

© Julie Asselin

We find that the best way to appreciate this yarn is see it up close.  That is where those glints of color become readily apparent and Julie’s uncanny talent for color becomes crystal clear.  There is a magical moment at the Mill when Nurtured is in production.  We have to confess that we rarely are able to anticipate how colors as diverse as these will coalesce into something new.

© Julie Asselin

So, it’s not until after her fiber goes through the picker and our carding machine, when the pencil roving is wound; that we’re able to see the final hue that Julie anticipated when she dyed her fiber and carefully calculated the ratios of each color to one another.  It’s remarkable!  And we think that you’ll agree that these skeins are unique in their appeal.

The overall impression is wonderfully wearable color that draws your eye in to find more detail.  The 3-ply construction of Nurtured makes it strong as well as soft.  And the round shape of the yarn lends itself well to crisply defined textured stitches without a hint of ply shadow.

© Annie Lupton

You’ll find a generous list of patterns that call for Julie’s Aran weight yarn on Ravelry.  Some of us at the Spinnery have knit up several projects with this yarn, such as Thea Colman’s Lillet.  Some of Julie’s current favorites include: Boho Texture Triangle pattern by Annie Lupton (shown above), When in Rome Hat pattern by Monika Anna, and Hiémal pattern by Sarah Bleau Design.
If you’d like to purchase some of this delicious yarn, you may find it online at several wonderful local yarn stores located all over the US.  We would encourage you to support these shops that may be closed during the COVID quarantine, but are able to ship and would love to help you get some of these gorgeous skeins into your hands.

© Julie Asselin

We’ll leave you with one more photo of Julie and Jean-Francois in the hope that their smiling faces will cheer you as much as they do us.  Their love for the fiber community and their place in it shines through everything they do.
You’ll find their endearing pledge to focus on Inspiration, Community and Craftsmanship on their website.  And we encourage you to learn more about this dynamic team as you work with their yarns.  They will brighten your life as they have ours.

An invitation to fun!

We usually spend Mothers’ Day weekend at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival.  We love sharing our yarn and newest designs with friends who come from all over New England to shop, take classes, see sheep dog trials and greet some new lambs.

This year, we’ll be continuing our quarantine at home but we wanted to share a new special edition yarn that we were hoping to debut at the festival.  We have a limited quantity of the most delicious fingering/sport weight 3-ply Alpaca Blend that you can imagine!

We’re offering you this gorgeous un-dyed yarn at a 35% discount!  These are just $10 a skein!

We combined 60% alpaca sourced from Maryland with 40% fine wool for a wonderfully soft hand.  The 3-ply construction provides some additional structure, and has a nice round shape that will show off textured stitches.

These unwashed 2 oz. skeins are approximately 200 yards.  We’ve left these skeins unwashed to pass along some extra savings to you.  We’ll provide washing instructions with your order so that you can remove the slight traces of spinning oil remaining on the yarn before you swatch.

Kate used this yarn to make a lovely version of Jennifer Steingass’ Gardengate.  She gently fulled her finished sweater by allowing it to agitate for several minutes when she gave it a bath for its final blocking.  This softened the crisp detail of the color work but has resulted in a dreamy soft fabric that calls out to be touched.

Happily, in the near future our friends at Must Love Yarn will be starting a knitalong that focuses on the gorgeous sweater designs of Jennifer Steingass (aka Knit.Love.Wool).  This yarn would make for perfect neutral background for more than a dozen of Jennifer’s designs that all call for fingering or sport weight yarn.

The gals are hosting a Zoom Meeting on the 14th to talk about the knitalong.  You can join the conversation here with Meeting ID: 889 7084 3202.

You might want to find a pattern that calls to you, and purchase a sweater quantity of this gorgeous yarn while our supply lasts!  Kate’s sweater shown above is a cropped 42″ chest circumference and required only 6 skeins!

While we’re waiting for the knitalong to begin, you may want to join the Must Love Yarn gals for their twice weekly remote knit/crochet/spin/weave/sew/stitch group! Grab whatever you’re working on, a favorite beverage and your computer/tablet/phone for a couple of hours of chat and fun!

When: Sundays, 1-3 pm EST AND Wednesdays, 5-7 pm EST
Where: Online via Zoom.us
How: Email Kelly (kelly@mustloveyarn.com) for the link to join!

We hope you can join this virtual group that is keeping us all connected during these challenging times!  You may also want to tune into their podcast which is always a pleasure to enjoy.