The Story of Rifton

By Kay Gardiner
October 11, 2016

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36 Comments
  • Oh my! Absolutely beautiful! And with names like Appalachian Trail, Skies Over the Cumberland, and Central Park Bench, who can refuse?

  • Oh Rifton – I hoarded my skein, too, and finally made Kirsten Kapur’s Grand Central Scarf from Drop Dead Easy Knits. Pefect use. Want more.

  • Congrats to Jill and MDK! That looks just lovely and I’m really looking forward to smooshing it someday.
    Whew, the Not Going To Rhinebeck tension is going to be exceptionally high this year.

  • Just took a chunk out of my Rhinebeck yarn budget, because these look perfect for Kieran Foley’s Jacaranda pattern. I’ve been wanting to knit it in a heavier weight yarn, as an afghan. So perfect, the colors!

    • We’re going to need pictures, Susan!

  • Beautiful

  • Just ordered it – perhaps the only time I’m going to score any Jill Draper yarn.

    You guys are killing me with this fabulous stuff! My stash is already overflowing. I think I need a good Kon Mari marathon in there to make room for all the goodies you’re getting.

  • I just two rounds of Rifton and corresponding Mono skeins from Jill’s Etsy shop. I wish I had waited! I’m hoping for some inspiration about what to do with the additional Mono skeins….

  • This was so much fun to read! I can’t wait to get my yarn and try something with it–probably a cowl. Love how large the mixed color skein is. BTW, you’ve convinced me to try making variegated color yarn by spinning with individual colors! thanks!

  • Absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to see it in person.

  • So beautiful!

  • Love!!!

  • I’m trying to order this, but there is no shipping and also won’t let me ship to alternate address (only USA provided). I live in Canada

    • Hi Eleonora! Thanks for writing. We’re in the process of setting up our international shipping. We’re so sorry that we can’t yet ship to Canada.

  • Wow! How beautiful! And I love the name – I hike part of the Appalachian Trail often! ( and my hubby did the appraisals needed for the acquisition of land to protect the trail)
    You’re making it very hard for me to keep my promise to knit from stash – but, hey, I haven’t bought any yarn in this new 5777 year! I’m going to take a deep breath, and think on it. The yarns are perfect for the top down stripe-y sweaters I love so much. Or the blanket from your little book……I should probably just order it now, so it doesn’t distract me from the ‘work’ of Yom Kippur.
    Have an easy fast and a terrific year!

  • Love Mason Dixon Knitting’s Appalachian Trail. Too beautiful for words. Thank you for the pictures.

  • It’s beautiful! When will it be available?

    • It’s available now!

  • It is very inviting ! As a spinner and knitter, I am interested in what breed of wool ??

    • I believe it has a lot of Cormo in it but is not labeled as such.

  • I’m thinking this scarf could work if I use the skein from both ends? Any comments? One skein would be enough? The yarn is so pretty.

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cordillera-scarf

  • Thank you for the pictures of so many of the making steps, How very marvelous.

    I cannot wait to see what all of these babies become.

  • Can someone please catch me? I’m swooning…
    Loved seeing the birth of the yarn, as that makes it all the more special!

  • I was so excited to see that you are using GM Spinnery! We VT knitters think of that as “our” spinnery, although we are delighted to see that its fame is now widespread, and deservedly so. A knitter friend and I visited it several years ago on a tour day and were fascinated by the transformation of really dirty fleece into beautiful Mountain Mohair skeins. Of course we bought out the store. If you’re up our way, try to stop by on a tour day and see for yourself. It adds a whole new dimension to your knitting experience.

  • What a beautiful story, and a gorgeous colorway. I think the colors and their names are just perfect. #jilldraperfanclub

  • Gorgeous! What does it feel like? Soft?

  • Dear Ann and Kay – I’ve tried three times to buy this yarn. Your website asks if I agree to the terms and conditions. I say yes. It goes to the Terms page. I scroll to the bottom. There is nothing there to click on. There is no back button. I click on cart. It has me fill in all ID info again and then asks me if I agree to Terms. Over and over. Maybe I’m missing something but in case I’m not ….

  • Those photos are nutty! Not at all what I imagined. Can’t believe Six Feet Under never started an episode at a spinnery.

  • We (and by we, I mean Mary Lou Egan) discovered that you can knit a STUNNING version of the Grand Central Scarf from Drop Dead Easy Knits by using one cake of Rifton- use the inner end and the outer end as the two colors and walla. So beautiful. It is super tempting to notch that up by using 2 cakes of Rifton (or Rifton plus some monos) and turn it into a Drop Dead Easy wrap , just continuing the width…oooh I think I know what my next project may be…..

  • I’m longing to try this…just because I’m from Nashville and love the colors. Any suggestions for someone barely above beginner status when it comes to knitting?

    • A scarf!

  • I visited the MDK book table today at Rhinebeck. One of the ladies was knitting a cowl with this yarn, it had large eyelets and the pattern looked wavy. I can’t remember the pattern name. The yarn was perfect for this pattern.

    • It’s Hei by Olga Buraya-Kefelian. Coming soon to a blog post near you.

  • Loved this blog entry! I laughed when I read that you mused over what would happen if the machines break…I recently visited Yampa Valley Fiberworks…one of 5 small mills in the country like the one in Putney…really, I asked…only 5? Then, I asked them very same question: what happens if one of the machines break?

    • What did they say?

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