Spinnery News

Cloudy with a chance of cowls

Our flurry of new patterns has developed into a storm this week with the release of four new cowl patterns for you to enjoy.  These four infinity scarves were designed for our 2017 Cowl Club members.  Each is named after a ski resort in Vermont and all featured different Spinnery yarns.

Now that registration for our 2018 Mystery Project Club has closed, we can release these four patterns that were exclusively available to our 2017 Cowl club members, up until now.

First up is the Okemo Cowl designed by Larisa Demos.  The diamond and double diamond alpine trails of Okemo Mountain are categorized as expert and most difficult; but this beautiful cowl is covered in diamonds that can be easily mastered by intermediate knitters.

Fun cables and alternating panels of knits and purls create a pleasing overall texture that will circle your neck with feather light and yet cozy comfort.

Shown here in Dragonwell Alpaca Elegance and Brickouse Mewesic.

Our second project was Cap Sease’s Mad River Cowl.  The Mad River Glen ski resort is America’s only skier owned mountain. Their cooperative is organized a bit differently than ours, but the synergy between the philosophies that drive us both make Mad River one of our favorite Vermont attractions, even during the summer months.

The pattern stitch on this cowl mimics river water as it rushes and eddies around rocks and is ruffled by the breeze in still pools.  Shown here in the Variegated Simply Fine, and at the top of the pagein the Moorit Singles.

Our third project was released in the middle of summer, when cozy cowls are a delight to make but not to wear.  Maureen Clark’s Killington Cowl has a larger circumference for a stylish fit that will be a stunning hand knit complement to any outfit.

This beautiful botanical lace infinity cowl features a lacy leaf design and is bordered with a delicate cabled ruffle. The two textures coalesce into an organic pattern that frames the face and enfolds your shoulders.  Shown here in Earl Grey Alpaca Elegance and at the top of the page in Jade Sylvan Spirit.

Last but not least, is Kate Salomon’s Stratton Cowl.  Traditional Gansey motifs created with simple combinations of knit and purl stitches decorate this cowl. Inspired by the simple beauty and practicality of fisherman knits, this accessory will both warm and comfort. Gradual decreases create a flattering shape that will circle your shoulders with effortless style.

This Gansey infinity cowl features our New Mexico Organic Yarns, seen above in white and grey. The light neutral tones of this yarn allow for your stitches to pop with crisp clarity, creating a classic accessory that can perfectly accompany any outfit or winter coat.

These luscious undyed skeins are made from some of the finest wool we work with. This Rambouillet fiber comes from an organically raised flock living in the scrub of New Mexico’s high desert. This organically processed yarn is lofty, soft, and delightfully bouncy; like a delicious merino, but we think even better!

Our club members really enjoyed these projects and we hope that you do too.  We’re delighted to be able to share them with you and hope that any one of them finds its way on to your needles soon!

A fresh perspective

We’ll be bringing another brand new pattern with us to NYC this weekend.  Maureen and Kate are headed to Vogue Knitting Live at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, where we’ll have a booth with all of our yarns and latest designs.

This week, we’re proud to introduce Maureen Clark’s new cardigan, Turning Sideways.

This clever sweater is knit from side to side starting from each ribbed cuff and working towards the center.  You may find that working a project from a different direction to be a refreshing change.  We sure did!

You’ll be amazed by the cunning technique that allows you to cast on stitches for the front and back of the cardigan without an edge that requires seaming.  That stunning mosaic colorwork is worked only on the front and is charted for your ease.

The back features a box pleat at the neck and the two sides are joined at the back with a three needle bind off for a clean finish.  This sweater is exactly what you want to pop on while temperatures remain low this winter.  Knit up with a worsted weight yarn, you’ll have it ready before spring!

The pattern is written with a generous sizing range from 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)” / 76 ( 86, 96, 106, 116, 127, 137)cm.  It requires (9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10) skeins for MC, 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2) skeins for CC, in either Weekend Wool or Mountain Mohair.  The possible color combinations are mouthwatering!

We’ll have our entire color range with us this weekend, so that you can have your pick of lovely shades to work with.  We’d be delighted to visit with you while we’re enjoying our stay in the big apple.

And you can always shop our website, any time.  If you’re shopping online, you may want to take advantage our of current sale and see if any of our odd weight skeins of Mountain Mohair strike your fancy.

And we have more great news!  We’re extending the deadline to sign up for our 2108 Mystery Project Club through this Sunday January 14th. So that folks attending Vogue Knitting Live in NYC can get signed up at our booth!

Members receive 4 exciting projects sent throughout the year.  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 until Sunday January 14th, 2018!  You can still sign up here.

Whether we see you in New York or here in Vermont, we look forward to seeing you soon!


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!


A gift for you (and maybe someone else too)

We have a new FREE hat pattern to share with you to celebrate the holiday season!  Our Thermal Cap  pattern is one that you may want to cast on for before year’s end.

This unisex slouchy toque is a perfect pattern for beginner knitters comfortable working in the round and working k2tog decreases.  Those garter stitch ridges create a soft waffled texture that acts as a thermal layer to keep you cozy without bulk.  Knit up with our fingering weight Simply Fine, this hat is as light as a feather and almost as warm as down.

And best of all, a single skein provides you with enough yardage to make two!  You’ll be able to knit up one for yourself and a second as a gift.  What better way to celebrate the holidays than with an offering of warmth?

This yarn combines premium kid mohair with the finest wool to produce a singly ply fingering weight yarn that you’ll enjoy working with.  Fibers for this yarn are GREENSPUN using vegetable based soaps and oils in the processing and then washed gently to preserve the natural sheen and resilience. This yarn will bloom and become fuzzier with use.

These natural undyed shades create beautiful neutrals that will coordinate with almost any winter coat. And the Variegated color way (show in the middle skein above and in the completed samples below) can create a soft ombre effect that makes the project more sophisticated and interesting.

It’s just a matter of finding the right spot in the skein for your cast on edge.

The brim of the hat has a greater elasticity due to the use of a stretchy cast on and a smaller needle for a snugger gauge.  You’ll find that by using an elastic cast on like the German Twisted method, the 18″ circumference has enough give to comfortably fit teen and adult heads ranging from 20 – 23″.  If you’re not already familiar with this technique, you can find an instructional youtube video here.

We hope that you enjoy this little holiday gift from all of us here at the Spinnery.  The FREE Thermal Cap  pattern is one that we hope you’ll want to knit again and again!

Cozy crochet

One of the Spinnery’s favorite designers Kristen TenDyke has come up with another winning design this month, and this one is for all you hookers out there!

Her Entwined in Cables Hat and Mittens set is featured on the cover of the newest issue of Love of Crochet.

The patterns for these accessories include various sizing options and require from 2 – 4 skeins of Spinnery DK weight Mewesic to complete both.  The elastic springiness of our 100% fine wool yarn makes for a very cozy fit that will hug your  head and hands with welcome warmth.  And we love how the tweedy rustic look of our woolen spun yarn adds depth and character to Kristen’s beautiful cabled texturing.

“This issue has many other fun pattern ideas for the winter season including tops, scarves, shawls, home décor, and more.

From casual to elegant, you’ll find 7 party-ready fashions including fabulous sweaters, stunning ponchos, and lovely scarves. Learn how to use Excel and the Fibonacci Sequence to make your own striped projects like the poncho and shawl featured in the issue.

Enjoy 12 patterns to DIY your own winter wonderland, including snowflakes, snowmen, Santas, and more. Find 7 patterns that use crochet balls, baubles, and pom-poms to make winter decorations for hearth and home. Create a pom-pom ornament that looks like Santa’s belly following the step-by-step photo tutorial.

Stay cozy and warm this winter with projects using everything from DK-weight to jumbo yarns. Cover up with a cabled hat and mittens, cuddle up with a chunky blanket, and snuggle up with an oversized pillow you can make in minutes using jumbo yarn. Be inspired by 10 ways to use jumbo yarn with Marly Bird and learn about 5 fun fat yarns to try with designer Karen Clements.”

Super fun, and super fast!  Any of these projects can be whipped up in a fraction of the time that it would take to knit something similar.  One of the many reasons we love to crochet.

If speed is of the essence, you might want to consider working on Maureen Clark’s Cowl Up! tunisian crochet cowl.  This infinity cowl balances a delicate lace pattern with our bulkiest yarn for a squishy soft, comforting neckwarmer that calls for two skeins of our Capricorn yarn.

For those of you in warmer climates who don’t need as much additional warmth, you may want to opt for Maureen’s Sierra cowl. This pattern uses 2 contrasting skeins of Spinnery Cotton Comfort for a lighter accessory that can provide a beautiful pop of color at you neck with a bit less thermal protection.

We hope that you enjoy the next couple of weeks of holiday crafting!

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!


This week’s holiday provides us with a extra day of rest to enjoy with our friends and families.  It gives us a welcome moment to look back on the past year and reflect on all that we have to be grateful for.

We are proud members of a growing community of fiber loving folks who craft, design and otherwise contribute to the wealth of yarns, patterns and goods available to us all.  Every week that passes sees this kindred group, and all that they have to offer, become richer and more robust.

When we return to the Spinnery this weekend, we’ll open our doors to friends from far and wide to give them a chance do a little shopping and to see how our work fits in with the larger fibershed we all enjoy.  Putney’s Craft Tour weekend gives visitors a chance to see behind the scenes at about two dozen local craftsmen and artists.  For our part, we’ll be providing in depth tours of our production process and some special treats.

We’ll be selling some unique products this weekend, giving you a chance to shop locally, and find some terrific holiday gift ideas.  We have a limited edition shawl kit in three beautiful colors, some locally made sheep note cards, and…

Exclusively available in our mill shop will be a collection of shop samples as part of our Annual Sample Sale!  We have dozens of garments and accessories for children and adults.  Shown below is a very small sampling of what we’ll have available while supplies last.

Each of these hand knits is one of a kind, crafted with a great deal of love and priced to go!  And several have been donated to directly support the Putney Food Shelf.  All of the proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated to this local organization to ensure that the holiday season is more comfortable for local families in need.  A win win for everyone!

We hope that you’ll be able to stop in for a visit.  We’d love to  thank you in person for being a part of our fiber family and making the world a more beautiful place with all that you create!

A pattern for your entire list

With the holiday season quickly approaching, many of us here at the Spinnery have started planning and crafting our handknit gifts.  When the knitworthy list is long, smaller projects are a perfect choice; and those that can easily travel move to the top of our list.  We wanted to share our current favorite with you so that you might be able to cast on this week and get a few gifts created while in the midst of your Thanksgiving travels.

Elizabeth Doherty’s Crosscheck hat pattern is as much fun to knit as it will be to wear.  This unisex pattern provides instruction for 6 different sizes (circumference measurements) and two different crown depths (beanie or slouch).  Seen here you can see Kate’s finished slouch version knit up with a worsted weight yarn from her stash and the beginnings of a beanie version knit up with the Spinnery’s DK weight Mewesic.

And that, my friends is the genius of this pattern!  Elizabeth (our most recent Knitters Weekend teacher) has provided comprehensive tables for cast on counts and crown decreases that adapts her pattern for different weights of yarn.  The same pattern can be used for a variety of gauges giving you chance to use up stash yarn while crafting handmade gifts for everyone on your list!  Win win, right?

Please keep in mind that changing the size, depth and gauge does affect yarn requirements.  Kate used less than 140 yards of worsted weight yarn to make a hat that is 9″ deep with an unstretched circumference of  16 3/4″, a single skein of Spinnery Mountain Mohair or Weekend Wool will be sufficient to make a similarly sized hat.  Kate is confident that she’ll have the yardage she needs for her DK weight beanie using her single skein’s quantity of 180 yards (or less).  And Elizabeth has even included notes that guide you through using as much yarn as you can, to make the hat as deep as possible.

You can purchase the Crosscheck pattern through Raverly here, and if you purchase the pattern before Sunday, November 26th, 2017 using the coupon code spinnery, you’ll receive 25% off!  Thank you Elizabeth!

We hope that you’ll grab a copy of this pattern, and get cast on for several hats this holiday season.  You may find that this portable little project can come with you everywhere: getting through security at the airport, in the car stuck in traffic, while in line at the post office, or waiting to check out at the grocery store.  Your gift knitting will be done before you know it!

And all of us here at the Spinnery wish you a very happy holiday week ahead.

A knit and walk along for peace

Christina Campbell has launched a special KAL/WAL for the month of November that is as beautiful as it is noteworthy.  We wanted to share her thoughts about this project with you this week, thinking that you might be as inspired by it as we are.  This project will have us knitting and walking together all month long!

© Christina Campbell

“Meet Camino de Paz, the path of peace. Knit and walk (not simultaneously of course) the path of peace in November and find yourself ready for Project Peace (kicks off 12/1). Camino de Paz is a simple color work cowl using 2 colors of sport weight yarn. It’s the perfect first color work project yet equally rewarding for the knitter with lots of color work experience. The finished size is just right to wear on a walk to ward off a chill. Finally, it’s just the right size project for gift knitting…in case you needed to knit up a quick gift for someone.”

You can read more about Christina’s inspiration for this project on her blog.

The Walk-along.  November is one of those months that can be challenging to walk. As the weather changes, our thoughts of getting cozy on the sofa with a blanket, warm beverage, and some knitting prevail…walking takes a back seat. For this walk-along, the challenge is to walk every day for 30 days regardless of how far. Walk for 5 minutes or walk for 50; it doesn’t matter just as long as you get up and go for a “walk.” 

Giveaway. With the pattern purchase you’ll receive a 30-day walking log. Fill this out each day and at the end of the month, send Christina the documentation that you’ve walked all 30 days. Or you could do a 30-day post on Instagram with a photo from each walk. Use the hashtag #caminodepazwalkalong At the end of the month, everyone that walked daily will be entered into a giveaway for a project bag and some yarn (TBD) and she’ll randomly select a winner. Of course, the real prize is the fact that you walked daily for 30 days. 

Need some support? Join The Healthy Knitter Ravelry group and interact with other super friendly and kind knitters that love to walk.”

We were so delighted by the peaceful intention of this KAL/WAL that we all want to get cast on!  The pattern calls for two contrasting colors of sport weight yarn (between 150 and 190 yards). We made our selections from our cozy 2-ply DK weight yarns: Alpaca Elegance, Cotton Comfort, Mewesic and New Mexico Organic.


Tracey selected Alpaca Elegance in Lavender Cream and Sencha

Maureen selected Cotton Comfort in Storm and Iris.

Megan selected Mewesic’s Green Eyed Lady paired with New Mexico Organic in Grey.

Larisa selected Cotton Comfort in Pine paired with New Mexico Organic in Grey.

Lauren has selected Alpaca Elegance in Darjeeling and Earl Grey.

Kate has selected Alpaca Elegance in Roobois and Cappucino

We hope that you decide to join the fun.   We echo Christina’s wish for our projects: “May each stitch and step be filled with peace.”

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!