Socks for everyone!

Our friend Maria Muscarella has published a new sock pattern that includes sizing for your entire family!  Her Cozy Sunday Socks are fun, bright and delightfully comforting.

© NinjaChickens

“Sundays are the days for resting by the fire while sipping on hot chocolate, reading in bed under a soft blanket, or curling up on the couch with family to rewatch your favorite movie. These types of Sundays are just what your Cozy Sunday Socks are made for!

Knit toe up with a gusset, short row heel turn, and slip-stitch heel so there are no stitches to pick up! The color work is simple but fun, and creates an eye catching pop on the leg of your sock. Knit in DK weight yarn, the socks are super quick to create and wonderfully cozy to wear.”

Her sizing range is wonderfully considerate:

1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6), leg and cuff height of 5.5” / 14 cm for all sizes
Measure foot circumference at widest part of foot, usually around the ball of your foot.
Size 1 to fit foot measurement: 6.5–7” / 16–18 cm
Size 2 to fit foot measurement: 7.25–7.75” / 18–20 cm
Size 3 to fit foot measurement: 8–8.5” / 20–22 cm
Size 4 to fit foot measurement: 8.75–9.25” / 22–24 cm
Size 5 to fit foot measurement: 9.5–10” / 24–25 cm
Size 6 to fit foot measurement: 10.25–10.5” / 26–27 cm

Any of the sizes can be made from a single skein of our Ragg-Time.  This yarn is generously skeined with a whopping 306 yards per skein!

© Ninja Chickens

Shown here with three different shades (from left to right: Thelonius, Jellyroll, and Holiday) paired with the creamy white neutral of our New Mexico Organic yarn.  Unfortunately, we are currently out of stock on both shades of our New Mexico Organic yarn and are waiting for the flock to be sheared before we’ll be able to make more.  But, either our White Wedding or Touch of Grey colorways of our Mewesic yarn will be a perfect substitute.

We think that these fun socks are a great project option to brighten up your life and provide your nearest and dearest with splendidly cozy toes!


A pattern release for the Equinox

As we prepare to greet the first day of Spring in a couple of weeks, in the southern hemisphere, friends are enjoying harvest bounties and getting ready for their colder season to arrive.  Temperatures everywhere are in constant flux with chilly nights giving way to daytime warmth.

Cloudy days and early mornings can be chilly without the welcome warmth of the sun.  Extra layers can be the key to comfort, and so we are happy to share with you Rachel Stecker’s Fall Waves Hat & Mitts.  This adorable matched set can be knit up with two contrasting colors of our DK weight yarns: Cotton Comfort, Alpaca Elegance, or Mewesic.  Shown here in Mean Mr. Mustard and Atlantis Mewesic.

Rachel’s pattern includes three sizing options for the hat: S, M, L – 18, 20, 22”/ 45, 50, 55 cm circumference & 7 ½”/19 cm deep.  Her mitts are generously sized for an adult.

The beautiful texturing is acheived with a simple charted lace pattern.  The clever pop of contrast color is done with a purl row stripe, making this a perfect project for advanced beginner or intermediate knitters eager to try adding some color to their projects without the complexity of stranded knitting.

We hope that you’re keeping comfortable in the shoulder season, and that you’re enjoying what is on your needles or hook!

 


Can you feel the warmth?

It was a cold day earlier this month when we dreamed up our newest colorway of Yarn Over: Ember.

Every batch of our recycled Yarn Over is unique.  It offers us a welcome opportunity to re-use material that would otherwise be wasted in our spinning process.  We gather all of the surplus carded fleece and remnants of unused roving and pool it together.  When we accumulate a quantity large enough to process, we re-pick, card, spin and ply a fresh batch of bulky 2-ply yarn.  We often augment this fiber with some fresh bale dyed wool to intensify the overall color to a more appealing shade.

To create Ember, we added different colors of wool into the carding machine in a sequence that has resulted in a variegated yarn that ranges from a soft ash grey to the warm rose and purples seen among the embers in a gently burning woodstove.

Each skein contains 155 yards of woolly goodness, more than enough for a warm winter hat!  We hope that you are keeping snug as the seasons are changing and that you have something delightful on your needles that brings you joy.


Seen at Stitches West

We are over the moon to be able to share with you two new designs that have been released this week, that look absolutely terrific knit up with Spinnery yarns.

© Denise Bayron

Our friend Denise Bayron’s Wave of Change jacket calls for bulky yarn that is perfect for Vermont at this time of year.  “This jacket gets its name from the purl ridges that create concentric rings around the body. The name also references the last year of change in the fiber community.”

Her thoughtful approach to design has created a pattern that is gender neutral and size inclusive bust circumference measurements that range from 36″ to 63″.

“The jacket is worked flat and seamlessly from the top down. Circular needles are recommended to hold the weight and width of the stitches. It is designed to fit as a layering piece with a boxy and slightly cropped silhouette. You can, of course, knit the body to your desired length. Suggestions for lengthening are included. A two inch button(less) band is picked up along each front. Sew-on snaps will keep your jacket closed, while allowing the waves to flow without interruption. Lastly, the sleeves are knit in the round using either magic loop or DPNs.”

Her pattern includes a schematic to facilitate modifications for a perfect fit as well as a video tutorial for picking up stitches for the button bands.

One of the recommended yarns for this pattern is Spinnery Yarn Over, a recycled 100% wool 2-ply bulky yarn that we have available in four appealing shades.  We’re confident that you’ll also be able to use our dreamy soft Capricorn yarn that blends wool with mohair and is available in three natural undyed shades.  Happily, our Natural Grey shade is now back in stock!

If a lighter weight garment is more to your liking, you might want to consider Julie Weisenberger’s Sarah.

Sarah is a perfect in-between seasons jacket – just right for cool days in lieu of a coat. The half-fisherman rib is not quite as condensed as full fisherman rib, resulting in a lofty, slightly puffy fabric. Dramatic angled, drop-shoulders and over sized pockets make Sarah fun to knit and even more fun to wear!

Shown here is a sample that is hanging in Julie’s booth at Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA worked up in Spinnery Mewesic in the Mean Mr. Mustard color.  We love the juxtaposition of Julie’s signature crisp tailoring with the cozy lush fabric created with the half-fisherman rib.  And those pockets!

We hope that you enjoy these two new pattern suggestions as much as we do.  Happy knitting!


Special Delivery

With the new year, comes the release of the four patterns that have been exclusively available to the members of our 2019 Mystery Project Club Members!

We’re pleased to share with you four new accessory patterns.  These projects allowed us to introduce our club members to four gorgeous yarns that we’ve spun for fiber producers we partner with.

Clockwise from the top left is Dominique’s Tuck Socks, Margeau & Rebecca’s Cowl, the Nezinscot River Hat & Mitts, and Jill’s Boots.  These designs have paired our yarns with theirs to highlight scrumptious fiber blends, and unique hand dying.

Our members received seasonal packages that included the pattern, all the yarn needed to complete their project, and a little gift. Their first delivery also includes a Spinnery project bag to keep everything organized. What could be more fun than finding such a precious package waiting in your mailbox?

With that in mind, we have developed a new idea to continue that pleasure of a surprise package arriving just for you.

Do you remember the joy of opening a letter from a pen pal? Or receiving a care package when you were away from home at school or at camp? What about the fun of selecting a mystery grab bag at the candy shop?

For 2020 we are curating a collection of seasonal care packages that will ship out with gorgeous skeins, a credit for your choice of pattern available on Ravelry, and a little sweet treat that will bring a smile to your face as you swatch with your new yarn and consider what you’d like to make! We’ll also have a limited quantity of additional skeins available for separate purchase, so if you find that you’d like more yardage to complete a larger project, we can send you what you need to get started.

Our first Mystery Care Package is available to pre-order now! It is inspired by springtime crafting and will include fingering weight 100% wool yarn. In order not to spoil the surprise, we won’t divulge any more details except to offer you four rough color themes that will customize your package to include shades you prefer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you’ve selected your color, and placed your pre-order, Melissa Johnson will handpaint your yarn and your package will be mailed to you in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  We’re offering these special packages for a limited time, since each one is custom assembled.  Purchase your choice before the opportunity vanishes on February 29th, 2020!

We hope that you’ll take advatage of this fun offer, and that you’ll take another look at our four newest accessory patterns.  We love giving you new ideas and beautiful new skeins to enjoy!


Baby, it’s cold outside!

We have a snugly warm Nordic inspired sweater pattern to share with you, that is just what we want to be wearing while temperatures hover below freezing.  We introduced this new pattern at Vogue Knitting Live last weekend, and the makers there were raving about it!

One of our very talented sample knitters, Elinor reached out to us this fall to share photos of a sweater she made for her brother.  It was a careful recreation of a beloved sweater that was more than 60 years old.

We were so delighted with her work that we asked her if we could partner with her to share this pattern with you.  After many weeks of grading, tech-editing and testing, we’re pleased to introduce you to Terry’s Sweater.  This unisex ski sweater is worked up with our Mountain Mohair and is as warm as a hand-knit gift from a sibling can be.

Shown here on David, the main color is Midnight Blue and the contrast colors are Blizzard and Claret.  At the top of the page, the same design is knit up with Claret as the main color with Blizzard, Maritime and Vincent’s Gold as contrast colors.

Elinor’s pattern includes a generous sizing range: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)”/ 81 (91, 102, 112, 122, 132, 142, 152) cm.  The yardage requirements are:  Mountain Mohair 6 (7 ,7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins MC; 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins CC1 & CC2; 10 yds for CC3.

While temperatures are still at their lowest here in the Northeast, it is a perfect time to work up this warming garment.  We hope that you’ll enjoy working on it as much as we have.


Soon to be released

As you may have seen on Instagram, a new issue of By Hand Serial is due to be released later this month and it focuses on our neck of the woods!

“In Issue #11 of By Hand Serial, we visit New England as we travel through Vermont and New Hampshire at the peak of the fall foliage season.

The New England makers we meet have a great love and deference for their land, their communities, and the region’s history and traditions. These artists pair local resources with traditional forms of creating: milling yarn, weaving cloth, sewing garments, making baskets for daily use. Form and functionality mesh seamlessly, creating beautiful materials that find use and purpose in our everyday lives. It is a joy to learn more about these makers, their materials and motivations, and the work they do to keep alive the values of hard work, handcraft, and artistry.”

© Jenn Bakos Photography

We are thrilled that this issue includes a new pullover sweater design by our dear friend Amy Christoffers.  Her Spruce Peak Pullover calls for Spinnery Mewesic!  “Mewesic yarn, a 100% wool with just the right amount of heft and texture to show off the lace stitches that make up the body of this garment.”  ⁠

The pattern is worked in the round from the bottom-up and features a readily memorized lace pattern.  The front and back are split at the armhole to be worked separately and then joined at the shoulder with a 3-needle bind off.  The stitches for the sleeves are then picked up and worked down to the cuff.

You’ll be as delighted as we are with her generous size range.  This sweater is designed to fit bust sizes 37-72″ with between 2-12″ positive ease.  The yarn requirements for the sizes 37 (41, 46, 50, 54)(59, 63, 68, 72)” call for 5 (6, 7, 7, 8)(9, 10, 11, 12) skeins of our DK weight yarn.

We got so excited about this new design that we asked Amy to share an early copy of the pattern with us.  Our scourer Megan has made quick progress on her version of the Spruce Peak Pullover with our new Touch of Grey color.  We hope to have this beauty ready to display at our booth at Vogue Knitting Live in New York City next weekend.

You can pre-order a copy of Lookbook 11: Vermont & New Hampshire from us. It will ship to you on the official release date, 1/25/20 without delay!  In the meantime, we hope that you’ll be able to join the fun of the fiber festival in Manhattan.  We have all kinds of fun new things to share with you there.


Planning ahead

We have a new design for you to consider adding to the top of your queue so that it is ready to wear for Spring.

Cap Sease’s Stansfield vest harkens back to Vermont’s agricultural past when practical knitwear needed to transition from town to field and back. The rugged texture of this lightweight layering piece is created with a simple repetition of knits and purls, rendering a lofty fabric that is an instant classic.  (While we have shown it here modeled only by men, this pattern is intended to be unisex and will be equally useful and appealling for women.)

This pattern features bottom-up construction that is worked flat up to the armholes.  The two front sections and back are worked separately until they are joined at the shoulder with classic three needle bind off.  The piece is finished with a garter stitch border at the armholes and along the neck, where button holes are placed evenly along the placket.

 

Designed to be worked with our fingering weight yarns, this vest will make an ideal lightweight layering piece that could work equally well for him or her.  Cap’s pattern includes sizing from 34 (38, 41, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)”/ 86 (97, 104, 117, 127, 137, 147, 157) cm and calls for 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6) skeins Lana, Meadow or Forest (400 yds each).  It is shown here in Plateada Lana.

You might also want to consider working with our Moorit Singles or Simply Fine skeins that are put up at a more generous 450 yards per skein for the three undyed colors. Our Simply Fine Skinnies are put up at 224 yards per skein and would allow you a larger palette of fresh spring-like colors to consider.

We hope that you enjoy this little preview of Spring.  It will be here before we know it!


Coming soon

Before you know it, it will be time for our January Sale!

Soon to arrive in your mailboxes (email or actual) will be our annual Sales Flyer! From Monday January 13th to Friday February 14th, 2020 we’ll have special discounts available on some of our most popular yarns!

You can find a digital copy of our flyer here. You may want to plan your purchases by reviewing your pattern options and making sure that you’ll have the yardage you need!

For those of you shopping online, be sure to shop among the SALE ITEMS, to ensure proper savings. (those listings won’t be visible on our website until our sale begins on January 13th). You’ll find additional options of single project quantities (less than 20 skeins) from the yarns and colors listed on the flyer.


A new and improved Ice Blue!

Back in late August of 2018, we announced that we would be downsizing our Mountain Mohair color range and discontinuing 7 shades.  That news elicited a strong response from some of our fiber friends who have been working with our Mountain Mohair for years.

At least one of those shades had such a strong following that we decided that instead of removing it from the line, we would improve it.  We’re pleased to announce that Ice Blue Mountain Mohair is back and better than ever!

The new color recipe is a bit more complex, with a bit of green and gold, hinting at depths of color deep within an ice flow as well as the glimmer of sun shining through icicles.

Now is your chance to cast on for Cesium designed by Sachiko Burgin and featured in a past issue of Pom Pom magazine (from 2016).  Our Ice Blue color was used for her design and is shown on the model below.

© Amy Gwatkin

We may be preaching to the choir, but we feel that this yarn is ideal for stranded color work.  The lofty woolen spun construction allows the yarn to bloom beautifully when blocked, making your stranded designs crisp and clear.

For example, our friend Emily’s Vintersol by Jennifer Steingass shows off the possibility of this shade. We love how her sweater pairs this soft blue with undyed neutrals for a dramatic effect.

© SlvrSprngWanderer

The possibilities are innumerable!  A quick search through the dozens of projects on Raverly that have been crafted with this shade will take your breath away.

What would you like to get started with this lovely new and improved shade?


Other takes on a perfect pullover

A pair of new patterns that call for Spinnery’s Mewesic have been published in the past couple of weeks; and we think that you’ll want to take a closer look at both.

Fresh from the pages of the newest issue of Taproot Magazine 36: WEAR, is Beatrice Perron Dahlen’s Sabellica, shown here modeled by the designer and her younger sister.  On the left is a cropped version made with Brickhouse Mewesic and on the left is a longer version made with Mean Mr. Mustard

@threadandladleThe design is named for the latin term for kale, one of Beatrice’s favorite cooler weather veggies. Sabellica’s pattern includes sizes from 30 (33 1/2, 38 1/2, 40 3/4, 48, 50 1/2, 53, 55 1/4, 60, 64 3/4)” /  76 (85.5, 97.5, 103.5, 110, 122, 128, 134.5, 140, 152.5, 164.5) cm and calls for between 4 and 11 skeins of our DK weight yarns depending on the size and length you choose.

Her design has you working the pullover from the top-down, so you’ll be able to try it on as you go adding length where you prefer.

On Beatrice’s Instagram feed she shares her thoughts about this design.  “Sabellica is knit up in Green Mountain Spinnery Mewesic, and I’ve already been living in this pullover. It includes a top down construction, a circular yoke with an eyelet pattern throughout. It’s great over a long sleeve for functional warmth, but it has options for a long sleeve as well.  Photos by the ever talented Hannah (@mindfulfolk) in one of my favorite Maine places!”

If you’re looking for a whole new outfit, and are as comfortable sewing as you are knitting; you could layer this sweater over Ellen Mason’s Smith River Tunic (whose pattern is also included in this issue)!

For those of you looking for a great pattern geared towards men, you might agree that Carol Feller’s new Corcra Pullover is a winner!

© Joseph Feller

Shown here (with approximately 4 inches of positive ease) in Purple Haze; this top-down sweater features a beautiful textured thermal stitch to create an interesting and wearable knit.   The saddle shoulders and short row set-in sleeves it will fly from your needles!

Carol’s pattern includes a broad range of sizes: 38.75 (42, 45.5, 50.5, 54, 57.25, 62.25)“ / 98.5 (106.5, 115.5, 128.5, 137, 145.5, 158) cm with a recommendation for 4-5” / 10 – 12.5 cm of positive ease.  It calls for  8 (8, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13) skeins of Spinnery Mewesic, but you could substitute any of our DK yarns such as Alpaca Elegance, Cotton Comfort, or Sylvan Spirit.

While these sweaters may be better suited for 3 season wear here in wintery Vermont, these could be terrific layering options for our friends in warmer parts of the world.  We hope that you agree!


A great layering cardigan to brighten your winter

Our Mill shop is diminutive; so our staggering yarn selection can have a strong impact on visitors as they come through our doors.  Our wide range of Mountain Mohair colors (right inside our front door) makes for a delightfully eye-catching display that brightens many a grey day.

We’ve seen how the perfect hue can call to a crafter and bring them joy as they reach right out and squeeze their favorite skein, wondering aloud what it will become.

Cap Sease’s new cardigan pattern uses our Mountain Mohair to great advantage and we want to share Sanderling with you this week, in case you are wondering how you can use this delightful yarn to make something beautiful.

A Sanderling is one of many small shore birds with a delicate gait that leaves mesmerizing patterns in wet sand. This classic crew neck cardigan features an easily worked lace pattern that is reminiscent of these tracks.  That lace gives this cardigan a delicacy that belies its straightforward boxy shape and easy construction.

The pattern is worked from the bottom-up without shaping, making it a great layering piece that will work with almost anything in your winter wardrobe.  The body is worked to the armholes, then split so that the fronts and back can be worked separately, to be joined at the shoulder with a three needle bind off (that could be bound off and seamed if you’d prefer).

Each sleeve is picked up along the armhole edge and worked with the same charted lace pattern.  Regular decreases provide shaping, and Cap suggests that when the stitch count prevents you from working a full lace repeat, you simply work those stitches in stockinette.

The neckband of the sweater can worked with or without buttons and buttonholes , depending on your preference.

Cap’s pattern includes sizing for 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)” /86 (97, 107, 117, 127, 137, 147, 157) cm and calls for 7 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) skeins of Mountain Mohair or Weekend Wool (140 yds each) or 4 (4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) Maine Organic or Vermont Organic (250 yds each).

We hope that this new design appeals to you as much as it does to us.  We can’t imagine a better way to spend your upcoming holiday weeks, than with some delightfully soft and beautifully colored yarn on your needles.