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Knit Factory

Knit Factory—the Sound of Needles…



Book your reservations now for our Knit Factory weekend at the glorious von Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont, May 12-15! Take classes led by our star-studded design staff and hand-picked industry teaching experts; browse (and fondle!) our gallery-style marketplace of coveted bespoke yarns and knit designs; make friends, and relax! all in a romantic setting that will have you singing you knit: “The hills are alive!…” The von Trapp Family Lodge is an internationally recognized property, with 96 Austrian-style rooms set on 2500 acres of lush Vermont farmland. You have not lived until you have knit in the Sun Room, and there is an indoor pool and fitness center, as well as miles of beautiful hiking trails. The Yarn’ Company’s fiber parties and knitting retreats get better every year, and you do NOT want to miss this one!

This year’s roster of knitting legends includes The Verdant Gryphon’s founder Gryphon Corpus (dyeing classes!!!) and VG owner Jamie Campbell, as well as knitwear Design and Development expert at Rag & Bone Gretchen Kreutz. Classes are as follows:

Friday morning, Session I, 10-12: “Knitting Basics,” in which TYC experts lead beginners through the ABCs using chunky yarn and big needles. For advanced beginners, Jamie Campbell leads “CastOn/Cast Off,” teaching a variety of casts such as the tubular long tail, 2+ color cast, half-hitch for ribs, and twisted German cast, to help you get a clean start on any project (bring yarn and corresponding needles for any project you want to start, or a few yarns in different weights with corresponding needles). Gretchen Kreutz teaches “Guernsey Remix,” in which students remix the traditional knit/purl relief combinations used in 17th-18th-century Guernsey sweaters to make a scarf (bring worsted weight yarn and US #7-9 needles). Also, Gryphon Corpus teaches “Knitting Backwards,” following the European right-to-left style that reduces hand strain and eases visibility (for intermediate to advanced knitters; bring any plain textured yarn and appropriate needles).

Saturday morning, Session II, 10-12: Dye queen Gryphon Corpus teaches “Dyeing Yarn in Glorious Color A,” the first dyeing class ever to be taught at a Yarn Company retreat! Learn color theory and a variety of dyeing techniques you will be able to experiment with at home using nontoxic acid dyes. Superwash merino will be provided, and you can take your gorgeous creation home. (For all levels. Please note that this is a two-part class, and this morning class is a prerequisite for the afternoon session.)

Also Saturday morning, make a beautiful optical-illusion cowl with Gretchen Kreutz in “Brioche à la trompe-l’oeil (Two-Color Brioche in the Round)” (for advanced beginner/intermediate, bring 2 skeins contrasting worsted and #6 needles); or, knit the “Gryphondor Hat” with Jamie Campbell in her class “Stranded Colorwork in the Round” (bring 2 skeins of Bugga! or other sport weight yarn, plus US #5 circular needles; intermediate level).

Saturday afternoon, 3-5, Session II: Gryphon Corpus continues with “Dyeing Yarn in Glorious Color B”;  Gretchen Kreutz leads a class in “Alpha-Loop Knitting,” taking monogramming techniques to the next level: students will use letter-knitting skills to make color graphs, which will morph to life with the wondrous Loop Stitch (graph paper & pencil, worsted or chunky yarn and #7-9 needles); Jamie Campbell teaches “Lace Paneled Shawl Shaping,” in which participants will learn the techniques used in the beautiful “Mansion House Shawl” (2 skeins Traveller or other DK, US #8 needles; intermediate/advanced).

Sunday morning Session IV, 10-12: Gryphon Corpus teaches “Austrian Twist Stitch Patterns”: learn to read the charts and work them without a cable needle (for intermediate/advanced knitters; bring any plain textured solid colored yarn and appropriate needles); learn “Hand-Dyed Short Row Effects” with Jamie Campbell and create a mesmerizing shawl (for advanced beginners; bring 1-2 skeins of hand-dyed yarn and corresponding needles); and Gretchen Kreutz teaches “Dynamic Cabling for Babies,” sharing the secrets of cable manipulation to help you create the perfect sweaters for your wee friends (intermediate; bring about 500 yards of your favorite sport weight yarn, and US #3-6 needles).

Packages for single occupancy are 2 nights, $400/day and 3 nights, $385/day; for double occupancy, 2 nights, $292 per person per day, 3 nights, $275 per person per day. Package includes breakfast and dinner daily; morning coffee and afternoon tea and cookies; 3 classes, Wi-Fi; self and valet parking; knitting fees (normally $150/2 nights, $200/3 nights); taxes and gratuities (not counting housekeeping and luggage handling); unlimited use of the fitness center, indoor pool, and walking/hiking trails; garden tours; guided hikes; a von Trapp history tour; and a yoga class (limited to 15 participants). Don’t hesitate, as spaces are filling up fast. To make your reservations, call 1-800-826-7000. For questions about workshops, email Tavy Ronen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Twinkle Armor Shawl


Twinkle, twinkle, tough little shawl! This intriguing mesh creation by Irina Poludnenko takes two skeins of Twinkle Cruise (70% silk, 30% cotton, 120 yards per 50-gram skein). A project for advanced knitters, the final shawl is a 15” x 68” (not so little) triangle. You will need US #6 (4mm) needles; kit includes pattern and yarn only.

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A Little Bit of Germany in Manhattan

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting…(drumroll)…DyeForYarn! We are so proud to be the exclusive Northeast retailers of fibers from this amazing German company! DyeForYarns beautiful laceweight yarns are hand-dyed in lots of no more than six skeins at a time, and skeins are often one of a kind. Gorgeous in intricate lace projects, they are usually solid to semisolid colors---however, they are sending us exclusive and rare variegated colorways as well, including a brand-new colorway created just for The Yarn Company! We have DyeForYarn’s 100% Tussah silk fingering yarn in six colorways: Aurora Borealis (luminous aqua blue in the night, variegated), Chilly Sea Breeze (solid icy blue, great sheen), Chocolate Cosmos Ceasing to Be (fading chocolate cherry, variegated), Fainting Gothic Princess (the purply dream hair of every young girl), Petrol Drops on Tarmac (iridescent blue green gray), and . . . Solar Flare (exclusive to The Yarn Company!!! A fiery ball of yellows & oranges).


Tussah comes 875 yards per 200-gram skein (wow), 19 stitches, 28 rows = 10x10cm after washing and blocking (Tussah silk expands once, when you wash it), US # 5 needles.


Also, in DyeForYarn’s gorgeous MeriSock, 75/25 Merino/Silk superwash fingering: Aurora Borealis, Dancing Gothic Princess (sleek purple & black), Drag Queen (fuchsia & black, oh la la), Lavender Steel (Silver with hints of purple), Looking Down on Earth (sweet blue & green), and Solar Flare (look out, world!). This base is 437 yards per 100-gram skein; gauge in stockinette stitch, on US # 2.5 needles, 27 stitches, 35 rows = 10x10cm after washing and blocking.

DyeForYarn is the brainchild of Cordula and Nicole, scientists who met at the University of Erlangen in Germany. Cordula had earned her PhD in Molecular Medicine and was working with Nicole to finish hers in Biology, when out of the blue Nicole started knitting lace shawls. “I was intrigued, too,” Cordula writes, “and soon both of us were hooked on lace knitting. We discovered Ravelry, which wasn’t known in Germany at that time. Finding the right yarns in solid colors here in Germany turned out to be rather difficult, so we decided to try dyeing them on our own.”

Acing this process, and becoming more passionate about yarn, the friends discovered Etsy, and opened shop there in early 2010. Nicole’s love of Monty Python led to colorway names such as Sloth in Procrastinator’s Paradise, Ex-Parrot, and Raven Being No More. But, no joke: their yarns were fantastic. Word spread on Ravelry, and DyeForYarn took off. In October of 2010 DyeForWool, a second Etsy shop for woolly yarn bases, was born. Meanwhile, Cordula and Nicole took classes in business administration, meant to help them find work beyond academic research. But, “yarn was crowding our homes, and dyeing yarn took up more and more time (and space) in our lives. One night, Cordula dreamed of having a brick-and-mortar shop, so the next day we went looking for one. This was the final spark it took to change our lives. We decided to work together, uniting both Etsy shops under one label, DyeForYarn.” Halleluiah!

Owner Cordula now lives with her husband and pet frogs in Nuremberg, and Nicole lives with her boyfriend and cat in nearby Erlangen. The two most enjoy the process of inventing new colorways, and naming them. DyeForYarn uses only the highest-quality natural fibers, and only of animal origin (silk, cashmere, baby camel, merino, alpaca), as their dyes (Ashford acid dyes) are not compatible with plant fibers.


We are thrilled to be on the receiving end. Willkommen!


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