Yearly Archives: 2012

The Simplicity of Thanks

As the pace of late November quickens we are bombarded by the scourge of American consumerism. Giant stores open earlier and earlier in the wee hours of the morning to offer us the opportunity to get our holiday shopping done at amazingly low prices. Electronics, plastic toys and games from other countries will line the […]

Win a Swans Island hand-loomed blanket

With our Holiday Heirloom Giveaway, we’re sharing the warmth of this season and extending it throughout the year. All you have to do is buy any Swans Island woolen product*, from organic merino throws to natural-dye yarns, between November 15 and December 15 for your chance to win one of our hand-loomed summer-weight blankets. Like […]

Excess Warp….the Mother of Invention

Our biggest loom is warped specifically for weaving our Winter blankets, a laborious double weave pattern which results in a thick, lofty warm blanket.  Once a year, it is warped with Indigo yarn to weave our coveted Winter solid Indigo blankets, which happens to be right now. This time however, when the Winter Indigo weft […]

A Springtime Meal With Friends

One of the things we love about midcoast Maine is the unique community of talented artisans, storytellers, farmers and chefs — people who share in the same love of process, craft and history that underlines our own work and mission at Swans Island.  In our community, we share stories and ideas with each other.  We collaborate. […]

Notes on Design: Breean Elyse Miller

Breean Elyse Miller is the talented designer behind three of the knitting patterns in our 2011 Swans Island pattern collection:  the Open Book Hat, the Snow Bowl Hat and the ever-popular Anna Cowl, which was featured as a Knit-A-Long for Jimmy Beans Wool a few months ago.

Staff Blanket Spotlight: Becky’s Blanket

One of the perks of being on the Swans Island team is that every year, you get to create and keep a blanket of your very own.  Check out the blanket that our talented seamstress and monogram designer Becky designed for herself.  It’s a beautiful oatmeal base accented with alternating stripes of raspberry, brown, and […]

Facebook Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to our Facebook ‘Win Custom Throw Blankets’ contest winners. Our first place winner is Anne from Kenosha, Wisconsin, who wins a Swans Island throw that she will customize with her own color and stripe configurations.  Our second place winner is Rosanne from Los Gatos, Calfornia.  She wins a $75 Swans Island gift certificate, good toward any item from […]

Boston Globe Magazine

Our Swans Island organic merino wool throws were recently included in the Boston Globe Magazine‘s special feature on Beautiful Bedrooms. In the article “Natural Warmth in Bedrooms,” which highlighted organic wares that make your bedroom feel vibrant and warm during the winter, Swans Island was showcased alongside other eco-friendly companies like K Studio, Amy Butler, Coyuchi and Portland, Maine’s Furniturea.

February Featured Knits

We’d like to introduce a new monthly post on the Swans Island blog that we’re calling Featured Knits. It will showcase finished garments from friends and customers knitting with Swans Island yarn and patterns. This month’s featured knit is a knit cowl from Diane Patton in Beverly Hills, Michigan.  She knit up Purl Soho‘s Bandana Cowl with Swans Island bulky weight […]