Twist Collective Blog
Twist Designers love GMS
Today's post was written by the delightful Fiona Ellis, who this lucky bloglady had the opportunity to have coffee with recently! She rules. Plus her designs are awesome. See evidence here, here, and here (for starters). Her post is about a company that supports Twist big time. We heart their yarns too, and use them frequently (for example in Burrard, Cithara, Timpani, Mystere, Linden, Crane Creek, Fortune Bay, Sheepcote and Lanata)!
Can you believe that Twist will be turning 5 this summer? And one of the companies who have supported them since the very first issue is Green Mountain Spinnery.
GMS organize a knitter’s retreat twice a year and in 2011 I was thrilled to be invited to teach at the Fall retreat. I had a wonderful time and it was really fabulous to be able to get to know the people who run the business - it’s a co-operative. Since then, whenever we have chance, we get together at knitting events over dinner or a beer to catch up. In January hanging out at Vogue Knitting Live in New York I discovered that several of the designers whose work is featured in Twist have taught at the retreats. We form a kind of alumni group. So I thought it might be fun to see what memories each of us have of the GMS retreats.
This was her response when I asked her about them: “I've been a fan of Green Mountain Spinnery Yarns since I moved to Maine and started knitting in earnest. Their Mountain Mohair was my heartthrob to-die-for absolute favorite yarn. I love it to this day, so it was a great treat to be invited teach at their annual spring retreat. Held in an antique B&B with fun and relaxation as the main program, knitting as the delivery vehicle. Hostesses with the mostesses Maureen and Eric are there for you for your entire weekend – it is a grand time for all. The group of avid knitters come from all over, guaranteeing an interesting and diverse mix! Don't miss a visit to the mill!!!! And watch out for the door that isn't an exit!”
The year I (Fiona) taught it was the weekend just before Halloween and I was looking forward to a classic New England Fall weekend of maple leaves, dappled sunlight and maybe the smell of wood burning stores. But what we got instead was a huge very early snowstorm, power outages and pioneer spirit. I ended up teaching without electricity on the Sunday but fortunately somebody braved the barely impassable streets to find somewhere that was open and serving coffee.
That is Margaret in the yellow sweater. Arrangements for a mobile pizza kitchen for dinner on Sat eve was a great idea when you were expecting a traditional fall day…but it began snowing mid afternoon.
Alison Will Green taught Math for Knitters, where she goes into the calculations used when designing sweaters and talks about how knitters can alter patterns to fit their bodies or styles better. She also taught a class on Continental Knitting. She said: “The students were great - a very wide range of skill levels but I think I was able to offer something for everyone and we all had a great time. Some had driven quite a long way to get there. Vermont is so beautiful, especially at that time of year, and I really love the Green Mountain Spinnery people. They were so welcoming and helpful.”
Alison closed with this: I do love that company. Hmmm... this makes me want to work with their yarns again...