Spinnery News

Works in progress

Our Felix-along is humming along, and there is still time for you to get involved.  Our knit-along continues until November 18th; and any project that is in progress at that time is eligible to win our prize!  You can check in on the recent updates to our Ravelry Group.  Folks there are sharing photos and project notes.

Both of Amy Christoffer’s Felix patterns are a delight to work up.  They are well crafted for clarity.  Both designs knit up very quickly on large needles for an airy fabric that is comforting, warm and flattering.  Just what you’d want for a new cool weather sweater.

As usual, we like to keep the rules pretty casual, so the only guidelines are …

  1. Knit either the Felix Pullover or Cardigan.
  2. Bonus points for using Mountain Mohair, or other GMS yarns, Amy recommended Weekend Wool, and Green Mountain Green would be a great option as well.
  3. WIPs are allowed, up to 50% done, we know several of you have already started.
  4. Ends on November 18th, because we know you have more than one sweater on your needles, this way you won’t feel rushed.
  5. Have Fun!!!

While we were at the New York Sheep & Wool Festival last week, Amy Christoffers (third from the right, wearing her newest design: Lunenburg Pullover) met up with some of the knitters who have finished their sweaters who were at the festival, for a little photo op that you may find inspiring.

Some of the projects that we know are in the works include Larisa’s (shown on the right), who is wearing her Partidgeberry Pullover and holding her Felix Cardigan wip in Fern Mountain Mohair.  Maureen is making great progress on her pullover that she is working up with Glacier Lake Mountain Mohair.

Our Ravelry friend Chelsea from Australia has finished her cardigan and we love how it knit up for her!  We’re so thrilled that our knit along has spanned the globe and brought us all closer while working on this terrific pattern designed by Amy Christoffers.

We hope that you join the fun.  We loom forward to seeing what’s on your needles in the next few weeks!


So many choices!

Now that sweater weather is fully upon us, we have some new designs for you to consider and a fun invitation to extend to you.  We thought that we’d showcase all of this season’s new patterns in one place so that you can select between them.

All in a Row is a yoked pullover pattern designed for us by Cap Sease. The pattern features a bottom-up construction and is worked with our DK weight yarns, shown above in Rooibos and Dark Roast Alpaca Elegance. So cozy!

Based on a Norwegian ski sweater, the geometric pattern on this pullover creates a stylized design. Alpaca Elegance produces a lightweight, yet comfortably warm, sweater that you can wear for any occasion.  The pattern includes a wide range for sizing from 34 (36, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)” / 86 (91, 97, 107, 117, 127, 137, 147, 157) cm, calling for MC: 6 (7, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12) skeins, CC: 1 skein of Alpaca Elegance (CC) or Cotton Comfort, Mewesic, Sylvan Spirit or New Mexico Organic (180 yd skeins).

We are also smitten with Maureen’s new cabled creation, Your Irish is Showing. This cropped pullover modernizes the classic Aran sweater with some contemporary styling ideas. When worked in a lighter weight yarn for a more fluid fabric, and designed with a fun up to date length, this sweater is transformed from a Fishermens’ knit into a more relevant garment that may become your new classic.  It ‘s shown above in our white New Mexico Organic yarn.

This pattern is also worked from the bottom up, so you can easily add more length if the current trend of cropped sweaters is not your thing.  The pattern includes sizing from 36 (39, 42, 47, 51, 53, 57, 61, 65)” / 91 (99, 107, 119, 130, 135, 145, 155, 165) cm calling for 6 (7 ,7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins New Mexico Organic, Cotton Comfort, Sylvan Spirit Alpaca Elegance or Mewesic (180 yds each).

** Our stock of New Mexico Organic is running low and we will need to wait for the flock to be shorn in the  Spring in order to make our next batch.  In the meantime, we are in the process of creating two new shades of Mewesic that will come close to matching the white and grey New Mexico organic yarns, but will not be made with wool from organically raised sheep.

You may have read here last month that Snowy Woods is now available as an independent pattern.  Cap’s slipped stitch yoked pullover is a classic design that has been popular since it was first published in our 99 Yarns and Counting collection.  We’ve seen it worked up in Alpaca Elegance for a cozy look, and the Sylvan Spirit used below highlights those textured stitch details to perfection!

For those of you living in warmer climates, or looking for a sweater that will be useful before it gets chilly,  Cap Sease’s Whitby pullover may be the pattern for you.  The seaside towns along the east coast of Yorkshire were noted for their elaborately decorated fishermen’s sweaters. The pattern stitch on this pullover originated in Whitby, one of these towns.

It is shown below in the Ancho color of Lana, our 100% wool 2-ply fingering weight yarn.  The pattern is worked bottom-up and features delicate texturing in the yoke created with a simple sequence of knit and purl stitches.

Our pattern includes sizing from 35 (38, 42, 44, 48, 52)” / 89 (97, 107, 112, 122, 132) cm, and calls for 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins Lana, Meadow or Forest, which are all put up in 400 yard skeins.

And we have a warm cozy scarf that we think you’ll adore! Tosh.

Our favorite scarves are voluminous to wrap up into and have no “wrong” side to complicate styling; and our preferred patterns look more complex than they are to make. This woolen scarf is made doubly warm by being two-sided (a trick easily accomplished not with double knitting, but by working in the round and blocking flat).

And it features two-color stranded knitting made more sophisticated thanks to the variegation in the Ragg-Time yarn used as the main color. Finished with a crocheted fringe edge, this scarf doesn’t take itself as seriously as it will be able to keep you warm.

It’s generous dimensions can be knit up as pictured with 3 skeins of GMS Ragg-Time (MC), 4 skeins of New Mexico Organic, Cotton Comfort, Mewesic or Alpaca Elegance (CC).  Shown here in Bessie, Ragg-Time and Grey New Mexico Organic.

We are very proud of these five patterns, and we’re delighted that we have even more options to share with you that have been designed by our friends.

Thea Colman (aka Babycocktails) has crafted many Rhinebeck sweater designs that call for Green Mountain Spinnery yarns, including Cranberry Gose and Fernet Branca.  Using the coupon code SHEEPANDWOOL at checkout on Ravelry will provide you with 25% off her patterns until the weekend’s over on October 19th, 2019.

Her newest hat pattern, Heady Topper can be knit up with a couple of skeins of our Mountain Mohair, shown on her husband Craig, above in the Balsam color.

And our most exciting news for you this week, is our Felix-along meet-up that we have planned for Saturday October 19th at the New York Sheep & Wool festival. We’d like to invite you to come meet  Amy Christoffers who designed the Felix Pullover and Felix Cardigan that many of us are happily working on.  Bring your project in whatever form it is in and share your progress with the group.

We’ll be gathering on the grassy area near Building 22 (where our booth is) at 2:00 pm on Saturday.  We hope that you can come join the fun!

Simply Fine Skinnies

We’ve got a new yarn to share with you this week, our Simply Fine Skinnies!

These gorgeous skeins of blended bale-dyed fine wool and baby soft kid mohair are put up in skeins that have half the yardage of our undyed Simply Fine skeins that you already know and love.  This yarn includes the softest fiber that we work with at the Spinnery; and now is available in an irresistible spectrum of luscious colors that could be used for some of this season’s most popular patterns that call for fingering or sport weight yarn.

Thanks to our woolen spinning process and this yarn’s single ply construction, it blooms beautifully when washed.  This allows it to gracefully accommodate a wide range of gauges.

Kate quickly cast on with a skein of the Golden Hour color to make a Thermal Cap.  Just one 224 yard skein provides more than enough yardage for the FREE pattern.  It knits up quickly for a light weight cap that is perfect for crisp autumn mornings.

These beautiful skeins could also be used to work up a stunning Mercury Rising Shawl.  You’d need 2 skeins each of two contrasting colors.  Or you might want to consider pairing a single pop of color with one of the neutral undyed options. You could even try working the pattern with four different colors.  What a fun experiment!

All 9 colors have been named for some of our favorite simple pleasures from gazing at the stars on a clear dark night, to the smell of woodsmoke in the air on a crisp cool morning.

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Fall than with some seasonal color on our needles.  We hope that you find working with this yarn to become one of your simple pleasures. Enjoy!

A wonderful visit

Vermont is a destination location, especially at this time of year.  “Leaf Peepers” and maple enthusiasts head our way to enjoy long walks to enjoy the foliage, and scuff through fallen leaves with pumpkin flavored snacks of all kinds.

In the spirit of celebrating the season, tomorrow morning, we are headed to the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival in Tunbrige, VT where we hope to connect with fiber friends from all over New England to enjoy a wooly special weekend.

For those of you who haven’t planned to attend the fair this weekend, you might want to consider picking up a copy of the newly published Vermont issue of Nomadic Knits.  You can visit the area vicariously from the comfort of your armchair!

This publication comes from our friends Becky and Melissa who visited the state this summer to collect stories, interviews, patterns and travel tips for our Green Mountain state.  Within these pages you’ll find a great article about the Spinnery and over a dozen knitworthy patterns inspired by and often worked with yarns from local producers.  Yay!

When Becky and Melissa visited our mill they brought along a photographer to capture the magic of our production floor.  While they were here, they snapped a few photos of Kate in one of the designs included in this collection.  Kate fell head over heels for Rose Beck’s Stowe Away pullover knit with Mountain Mohair.  She got permission to work up a sample of the pattern ahead of its release and will be bringing this stunner along with her to all the festivals this season.

With over two dozen shades of Mountain Mohair to choose from, finding the perfect hue to match your view, or your mood is easy!

We hope to see you this weekend, or at any of the other upcoming festivals. We look forward to seeing what you’ve been working on since we last saw you.

Sweet Dreams

For some of us, a sound restful sleep is a little hard to come by.  Hectic daily routines, stress, and our love of caffeinated beverages can make slipping into dreamland difficult.

Various scientific studies have shown that heavier blankets “can be beneficial for reducing stress and anxiety, and testimonials from owners who have used them for years prove that curling up under the comforting embrace of a weighted blanket can be beneficial for just about everyone.”

Kate loves to snuggle under weightier covers for a good night’s sleep, and so she’s designed our newest pattern, the Thistledown Throw to provide extra comfort to crafters like her who would enjoy a bulky weight blankie to wrap up in.

Actual thistledown is light enough to be dispersed on the wind. But some of us sleep more soundly when snuggled by the heft of a weightier blanket. That close embrace can provide a gentle, constant pressure, producing a calming effect. 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 bulky lace throw blanket blooms beautifully with blocking and measures 53”/134.5 cm wide x 54”/137 cm long.  This size is easily customizable.  If you’d prefer to make your version to fit your bed or couch to perfection, simply work a smaller or larger amount of the thistle lace motif.  Size details of the lace pattern is included in the pattern to help you calculate those modifications.

Our sample was knit up with ten skeins of Spinnery Yarn Over in the Frost color.  We currently have four great shades of our unique recycled yarn for you to choose from (woodland, flannel, frost and fog — top to bottom).

This yarn allows us to re-purpose wool that would otherwise be a waste by-product of our production process.  Every fresh batch (dye lot) of Yarn Over that we make is a bit different, including fibers from our recent runs of different yarns, occasionally blended with bale dyed wool for a lovely touch of color.

Worked on US 11/8mm needles, this project will quickly start to wrap you up with comforting warmth even as it is still in progress.  What could be better?

We hope that you’ll consider curling up with this new project that your whole family will be able to enjoy this winter.

Tune in to Larisa and Marly

Marly Bird’s interview with Larisa is now available on Youtube!  You can watch our favorite Yarn Thing Podcast episode any time you like.  We recommend having a project in hand (as long as you’re not following a complicated chart).

We hope that you’ll enjoy tuning in and learning a little bit more about the Spinnery.  Plus, there is a contest that you could win!

You could be eligible to win a copy of our newest pattern collection, At the Spinnery, by heading over to Marly’s website and adding a comment about her video there.  You’ll need to watch the video to learn the keyword (that Larisa and Marly will provide) and be sure to include that in your comments.

And elsewhere on the internet, our friend Mina Phillips (of Knitting Expat Designs) has just published a darling cropped pullover with Spinnery Mewesic.

© Knitting Expat Designs

Her Yorkville Sweater is a natural extension of her New York Hat Collection that she published last fall with a variety of Spinnery yarns.  Like the seven hat patterns, this sweater features lush texturing that works beautifully with the tweedy rich colors of our DK weight yarn offerings.

Her sweater shown above is knit up in the Brickhouse colorway in the 42″ size with approximately 4 inches of positive ease.  Her pattern is available in ten sizes ranging from a finished chest circumference size of 30.5″ – 65.5″.

She has very generously created several coupon codes to provide a sliding scale of pricing to make the pattern available to a broader range of knitters.  She asks that you pay what you can, understanding that the full price of the pattern fairly compensates her for all the work and time she put into developing this beautiful design.

We love that this pattern can be worked from the top-down allowing you for a custom fit that will be the perfect length to highlight your curves or act as a comfy layering piece for three season wear.

So many options

This week brought some rainy weather and we found ourselves throwing on shop samples to stay warm.  You know what that means, Sweater Weather is here!  And we have some terrific pattern ideas to share with you this week that you may want to get started on.


We’ve just released Cap Sease’s wildly popular Snowy Woods Sweater design as an independent pattern.  Up until now it was to be found among the dozens of patterns included in the pages of our 99 Yarns and Counting book, published in 2009.

This bottom-up yoked pullover features slipped stitch color work, making it a perfect introduction to stranded projects. This pullover recalls the designs of the early 20th Century Bohus Stickning knitting collective of Sweden. The interplay of brown, black and grey with the white reminded Cap of woodlands on an early winter’s day.  Shown above in our DK weight Sylvan Spirit MC: Silver, CC: Luminosity, Moonshadow, Antique Brass.

Cap’s pattern includes sizing for 34, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52” / 86.5, (91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132) cm finished chest measurement; and it calls for 4 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) sks Main Color (MC) 1 skein each of 3 Contrasting Colors (A, B, C) of any of our DK weight yarn options: Sylvan Spirit, Cotton Comfort, Mewesic, Alpaca Elegance, and New Mexico Organic.

If you’d prefer to work on something a bit cozier that you can wrap up into, you may want to take a look at Columella designed by Andrea Cull.  This stunning wrap is among the patterns included in the most recent Pompom Quarterly publication.  This generous and richly textured accessory measures  64½” /164cm  long x 17¼” /44cm wide.  Andrea’s pattern includes both written and charted instruction for those lush cables, for your ease.

According to the magazine’s publishers, “the cable swells resemble pointed seashells whose elegant forms spiral around a central axis called a columella, from the latin meaning ‘little column’.  While you won’t see the columella  unless the shell has been cut or broken, it’s always there, offering strength and  protection. We hope that this wrap will keep you sound  when you are buffeted by life’s storms.”

It is shown here in the Blizzard color of Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair and the pattern calls for 7 skeins.  When worked with our lofty worsted weight blend of wool and mohair, this rectangular shawl blooms into a warm and reassuring garment that looks sophisticated and yet can comfort like a blankie.  Perfect for winter.

We’ve been working on several other patterns that we’ll be releasing in upcoming weeks, so keep checking back for a couple more new sweater options and a bulky lace throw blanket that you’ll adore!

Felix-along with us!

When we shared last week’s blog post with Amy, she let us in on the exciting news that a Cardigan version of her Felix sweater was in the works.  And now here it is!

© Amy Christoffers

This delightfully cropped cardigan could become everyone’s favorite winter sweater this season! It looks like the perfect layering piece to go over everything you love to wear.

The cardigan version is written to be worked top-down, back and forth in rows.  The neck is shaped with short rows, the body and sleeves are divided after the yoke shaping. The body is continued by working back and forth in rows, the sleeves are worked in the round. The body of the cardigan is 1” longer then that of the Felix Pullover – please note the body can be made any length but plan to purchase more yarn.

The pattern includes sizing from 39 (43 ½, 48, 52 ½, 57)” around chest at underarm.  It is shown above in size 43 1/3, worn with 7” of positive ease.  Selecting the correct amount of ease is a very personal, please choose a size based on your own preferences, Amy recommends a range between 2 to 10” of ease  for this garment.

We think that it is darling, and will knit up in a flash with our Mountain Mohair.  The gauge is meant to be light and airy so you’ll be working with a Worsted or Aran weight yarn with larger needles (Larisa used a US 10.5). Amy’s cardigan is shown in our Alpenglo color and her pattern calls for 5 (6, 7, 8, 8) skeins.

We can’t wait to get started, and so we are planning a FelixKAL. You can cast on with us and make either version of her sweater that works for you, Pullover or Cardigan.

For one week, Amy has generously made it possible for you to have both patterns for the price of one, so you can make your decision about which to knit later, or perhaps even make both!

Enjoy the Felix Cardigan pattern free with purchase of the Felix Pullover until the end of day September 10, 2019 (EST). No coupon code is required, just add both the Felix Cardigan and Pullover patterns to your cart on Ravelry.   This Promotion includes those who have already purchased the Pullover- in that case just add the cardigan to your cart and check out.

More details about the Felix knit along will be posted on our Instagram feed and on our Raverly Group’s Discussion Board.  Stay tuned!

Has Amy just published your next knit?

Our friend Amy Christoffers published a lovely new pullover this week that we’d like to bring to your attention.  This is Paper Birch.

© Amy Christoffers

It is a raglan pullover worked from the bottom up in the round.  The sleeves are worked in the round to the underarm. Body and sleeves are joined at the yoke and worked with hybrid-raglan shaping on either side of a graduated lace panel.  Seamless construction is such a pleasure to knit!

Paper Birch calls for DK weight yarn. Shown here in Green Mountain Spinnery New Mexico Organic: 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins.  Her pattern’s sizing range is generous: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64) inches around chest at underarm; and Amy is wearing the size 40 with 4 inches of positive ease.

© Amy Christoffers

We just love the thoughtful detail of the gradually diminishing lace motif.  Those little leaves are a perfect reference to autumn.

Amy’s choice of soft neutral shades of our un-dyed organic yarns acts as an ideal wardrobe staple, but we can offer you a wealth of more colorful options among our other DK weight yarns.  You might want to consider casting on with Mewesic.  These skeins’ rustic tweed is perfect for evoking the vibrancy of Vermont foliage and twilight walks in the woods.

If Paper Birch looks a little familiar to you, it is no wonder.  As Amy shared on her Instagram feed, “there is a strong resemblance between the Paper Birch and the Felix pullover patterns but funny enough I made this one first. Even though they may bare certain resemblances they couldn’t be more different in the construction, the fit and of course the yarn. Two different ways to execute the same idea. Isn’t knitting amazing??? And yet, the two couldn’t be more different.”

We couldn’t agree more.

© Amy Christoffers

Felix‘s pattern features top-down construction and calls for a heavier Aran weight gauge.

Amy designed it to be the perfect sweater to wear layered over tunics and dresses though she finds it is well suited to high-waisted pants as well. Her thoughtful  suggestion of putting all the stitches on waste yarn and trying the sweater on before beginning the ribbing, will ensure that have a length you will like and will enjoy wearing.

The Felix pattern also features a wide range of sizing: 39 (43 ½, 48, 52 ½, 57) inches around chest at underarm. It is shown in the photo above in size 43 1/3, worn with 7” of positive ease.

The required yardage ranges from 650 (700, 850, 950,1050) yards.  Both of our worsted weight yarns (Mountain Mohair and Weekend Wool) that could work for this pattern are put up at 140 yards per skein.

Larisa and our Ravelry friend Kathy cast on for this pattern without delay last spring, using Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair.  The soft halo works beautifully to keep those delicate lace eyelets open.  Both are pleased with their finished projects and look forward to adding them into their winter wardrobe this season.

We imagine that you’ll agree, these are two terrific sweaters from a delightful Vermont designer that may need to be added (or bumped to the top) to your knitting queue.

Knit, frog, re-do

One of the wonderful things about knitting is how forgiving it can be.  When we find a mistake we can work back, tinking or frogging larger sections to rework, when required. Lifelines can be added as we go so that particularly tricky lace sections or finer stitches can be more easily recovered.

Undoing weeks of work can take mere minutes which is both heartbreaking and exhilarating if you’re willing to think of it as a second chance to get it right.

Learning to fix our mistakes can liberate us to try new things, work more complex patterns, and even knit socially (where distractions can abound).  A simple google search will provide you with a wealth of resources that should provide you with the information you need to get things back on track.

We find that when you hear that little voice in your head expressing some doubt with what you see, it’s best not to ignore it for long.  Take a break from your work and look at it with fresh eyes when you feel ready.  Many of us have had to put a project on time out before we’re prepared to address its issues.

Kate worked up a version of Elizabeth Doherty’s Clio sweater with Green Mountain Spinnery Cotton Comfort in the Silver colorway a couple of years ago without blocking her gauge swatch as carefully as she should have.  The finished fabric of the sweater was close to the right size, but didn’t have the fluid movement that she knew this yarn could create.  This is a big re-do, but one that she knew would make the sweater one of her favorites.

So she put the whole idea on hold, working other projects until she felt ready to get back to work.

This time for Clio 2.0, she followed the pattern exactly as written, going up in needle sizes to what Elizabeth recommended.  She also added an additional inch of length to the cropped version’s instruction.  And every reworked stitch was worth it!

She is very happy with the look and feel of her re-knit sweater and will be looking forward to cooler sweater weather to give her a reason to enjoy its warmth.

When in doubt, rip it out (when you’re ready).

Two skein wonders

This week, our Raverly friend Irene returned to our Mill shop to share a shawl with us that is fresh off her needles.

Andromaque is a slipped stitch triangle shawl designed by Marie Adeline Boyer. Irene opted to make a version of the shawl in the soft neutral tones of our Simply Fine Dark and Simply Fine Variegated.  We adore how those shades complement her hair perfectly.

This yarn combines the softest fibers that we work with for Spinnery yarns.  We blend 40% premium kid mohair with 60% Targhee wool to produce a singly ply fingering weight yarn that is as soft and light as a cloud.  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 blooms and becomes fuzzier with use.

Can you imagine a more comforting choice for a garter stitch shawl? Squish!

And just as we were getting ready to cast on, we were distracted by this photo that arrived in our inbox.

This is Laurelie designed by Lisa Hannes.  This stunning sample can be found at one of the Spinnery’s retailers, Rows of Purl in Chester New Jersey.  The crafters at that LYS made this shawl with a single skein each of Spinnery Forest in the Gold colorway and Spinnery Lana in the Noche colorway.  We love how the two work together in that show-stopping mosaic section in the middle.

These two yarns are made with slightly different ingredients: Lana is made from 100% Targhee wool and Forest contains a blend of that wool with 30%  TENCEL® Lyocell.  This is a man made fiber sourced from wood pulp that is similar to its cousin, rayon.  Thanks to the longer fiber length, Forest has a bit of extra luster and stitch definition that makes every detail of that lacework clear.  Since they are both constructed with 2-plies, they work well together allowing each to shine!

So now we’re stuck with the happy dilemma of wondering which to start first!

Show and tell

Our dear friend John Crane is always up to something interesting.  His fiber interests range from traditional Gansey knitting, to natural dyeing techniques.  His visits to our Mill are always a treat, because he often brings projects with him so that we can see (and feel) what he’s been working on.

You may recognize his name, because last year he shared with us a treasure trove of unique fleeces that he had collected from all over the world, allowing us to make 5 unusual limited edition yarns.  These precious skeins gave many of us our first chance to work with unusual heritage wool blends.  You can read more about that project here.

This week, he brought in a beautiful basket of skeins of Green Mountain Spinnery Lana, that he’s recently dyed with plants from his garden.  These subtle hues were achieved with flora common to many New England flower beds: goldenrod, marigold, Joe Pye weed, sumac, rhubarb and blood root.  In the center of the basket you can see the single skein of creamy white undyed Blanco for comparison.

We love the range of colors that he’s created, and know that this spectrum will complement the soft tweedy shades of the Lana line for a larger “paintbox” to play with for stranded color work that will reflect nature’s diverse palette.  He’s assured us that he’ll share future projects that feature these skeins.

In the meantime, we thought we’d share a valuable resource with you, in case you feel inspired to do a bit of natural dyeing yourself while your garden is replete with options.  Kristine Vejar’s book: The Modern Natural Dyer is as beautiful as it is chock full of helpful instruction.

© Kristine Vejar

She is one of the creative forces behind A Verb for Keeping Warm, a unique creative space in Oakland, CA.

“Located at 6328 San Pablo Ave, their Oakland brick-and-mortar houses a store, an indoor and outdoor classroom, an indoor and outdoor natural dyeing studio, where they produce their own line of naturally dyed yarn and fabric, and a natural dyeing garden. The garden is used to educate local school children, customers, and aspiring dye gardeners about which types of plants make dye. At Verb, you can find batches of yarn dyed with these plants.”

We are connected with the folks at Verb through our love of fiber and because we have the honor of spinning many of their lovely yarns.  You can learn more about that collaboration by tuning into the second episode of their Reverberate podcast which features an interview with one of our founding Co-op members, David Ritchie.

Many of our un-dyed yarns work well for natural dyeing.  You can find a fun selection of various weights and fiber blends on our website, here.  We hope that you’ll consider giving natural dyeing a whirl this summer.  It can be fun to try something new and you can give yourself a mini craft camp experience in your own back yard!