April 18th, 2015

Ready, Set, Knit! 398: Kathy talks with Betsy Perry

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This week Kathy talks with Betsy Perry, owner of Classic Elite Yarns, about their newest pattern release, The New Generation, an all baby and child collection with sweaters, blankets and accessories.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode 398 - Kathy talks with Betsy Perry of Classic Elite Yarns - listen now at blog.yarn.com

They also talk about the monthly Classic Elite pattern releases and the collection of shawls and wraps that will debut in May. Sign up for the weekly newsletter from Classic Elite for great tips and free patterns.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

400th Episode Giveaway!

Be sure to comment on this post and tell us about your favorite yarn from Steve’s Yarn picks that you’ve used (you have all 398 episodes of Steve’s Yarn Picks to choose from!), and don’t forget to include the hashtag that Kathy mentions in the show! Comments will close at 11:59pm EDT on Tuesday April 21st, and a random commenter will be chosen to win a $100 WEBS Gift Card. Be sure to listen to the show next week when we’ll reveal the winner!

(Please note: Each winner will have one week to claim their prize before a new winner is chosen. Remember to leave us a way to contact you when commenting!)

Reminder:

Mark your calendars, WEBS Tent Sale is happening May 16th and 17th, and don’t miss the 11th Annual Fleece Market on May 16th!

Upcoming Events:

Classic Elite Yarns Trunk shows are ongoing and there’s always something new to see! Stop by the store to see what’s on display.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

 

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April 17th, 2015

Emerging Designer – Angelia Robinson

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We’re thrilled to be revealing the first ever WEBS Emerging Designer eBook!

WEBS Emerging Designer Spring 2015 eBook - featuring designs by Angelia Robinson - available now at yarn.com

Knit and crochet designer Angelia Robinson has created three crochet accessories ideal for adding a pop of color, a twist of style and the perfect extra layer of warmth to any wardrobe.

Infinity Cowl Promo

The cozy Infinity Cowl begins with a set of simple ring motifs joined into a single chain-link ring that becomes an optical illusion-like central focus of this piece. Bands of sectioned double crochet are then worked in the round from the rings outward on both sides giving the cowl the perfect depth and body. Crocheted in Valley Yarns Colrain this perfect blend of 50/50 merino wool and tencel give the cowl great bounce and warmth as well as shine and crisp stitch definition.
Ladder Ponchette launch
The quick and easy Ladder Ponchette features a ladder mesh pattern stitch crocheted in our Valley Yarns Longmeadow into a versatile shape that allows in to be worn two ways. Two identical pieces are made and then seamed with a simple reverse single crochet border applied to the neck and bottom edges.  Wear it points centered for a traditional poncho silhouette or pull the points over your shoulders for a more modern look.
Pear Trellis Shawl launch
The gorgeous Pear Trellis Shawl triangular shawl is crocheted from the top down in a repeated pineapple lace pattern stitch that takes advantage of the best qualities of our Valley Yarns 2/10 Merino Tencel. The shine and drape that the tencel lends to the stitches is partnered with the warmth, body and slight halo from the merino. The mesh panels worked along the outer edge add a delicate and lightweight finish to the whole piece. Large enough wrap fully around the wearer, the open and lacy stitches combined with the fiber content of the yarn means that you’ll be keep warm on cool days and not overheat when it’s warmer.
Get your copy of the WEBS Emerging Designer Spring 2015 eBook now to get going on these great patterns!
Angelia is a southern California based designer with featured patterns in Vogue Knitting: Crochet, Interweave Crochet, I like Crochet, I Like KnittingLove of Knitting and Love of Crochet magazines. you can find her online on Ravelry as Quaternity, on Twitter as @quaternityknits, and on Facebook.
April 16th, 2015

Keeping Track

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Greetings from the Weaving Room! I am re-energized by the signs of spring popping up outside and excited to get started on new projects, both on my loom and in the garden. I am finishing up a rather complex weaving project, one that taught me patience and helped me refine my process for keeping track of my place. It is easy to get lost when your threading or treadling sequence is long, so I thought I’d share some tips that have helped me.

Keeping track of your treadling in weaving drafts - Leslie Ann has some great tips on the WEBS Blog - read more at blog.yarn.com

Break it into manageable bits. I have read that our brains retain information in groups of 4 or 5, so I break the sequences into sections that are either 4-5 threads/treadles long, or contain a run such as 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8. I find that I can keep this chunk of information in my mind while working and then look back at my notes for the next chunk.

Write it out in a way that makes sense to you and display it so you can see it while weaving. Rather than working off a a typical charted draft, I rewrite my treadling on paper using thick markers (my eyes need all the help they can get!). I use the Knitter’s Pride Magma Chart Keeper to hold my notes and place it on the castle or on a table next to my loom. It has magnets to hold the paper on, and I can use the strip magnet to mark my place. It keeps my notes close at hand and easy to see and read.

Use visual cues to remind you where you are. The scarf I just finished was an advancing twill with many repeating sequences (see picture) and sometimes I’d have a momentary lapse in attention (okay, it’s true. Sometimes I just zoned out.) and couldn’t remember if I had repeated 3-4-1 two or three times. The sett was 56 epi which added to the challenge of finding my place, plus it just slowed me down to squint at those interlacements! What I did was to mark which side of the loom my shuttle would be on at the beginning of each chunk. You can see in the picture that I used Highlighter Tape (another indispensable tool in my kit) to mark the sequences where my shuttle would begin on the left. It really helped me to quickly identify which point I was at.

Stop only at the end of sequences and mark where you will resume. I try to work through a full pattern repeat before I step away from the loom. In the case of long repeats I will at least finish a complete chunk. And do not fall prey to the voice in your head that says you will remember/will be right back – always write down where to start again. In words that you will understand – cryptograms are best saved for code breakers.

A toolkit of techniques is great to help you stay on track whether your draft is simple or complex. What tips work for you?

April 15th, 2015

A New Spin on Things

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The new Spinning Area at WEBS retail store in Northampton MA, chock full of color and fiber! read more at blog.yarn.com

As the craft of spinning continues to grow in popularity, we wanted to re-vamp our existing space into a beautiful, welcoming area in the store. And we’ve done just that. It’s our hope that experienced spinners and beginners alike will visit us to explore our enticing fibers on offer from workhorses like Blue Faced Leiceister and Romney to more luxurious blends like Frog Tree Meriboo Top (which comes in 10 shades and is on closeout for $2.29 per ounce, by the way). There’s an open space to try out a variety of wheels from Schacht’s popular Ladybug and elegant Matchless to the staff favorite, the Lendrum DT Complete. The back wall features an array of eye-popping color which is sure to inspire lots of new spinning projects! We’ve had such fun putting this new space together, and as the sole member of the store management team who does not (yet) spin, I have definitely caught the bug! Next time you visit the store, please stop by our new spinning area – even if you’re not (yet) a spinner, you’ll likely find yourself enticed to learn – ask me how I know…

April 14th, 2015

First FLASH SALE – Last Chance

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Have you taken advantage of our first ever Anniversary FLASH Sale? If you haven’t yet today is your last chance!

Now is the time to finally pick up a set of Addi Turbo Click or Addi Lace Click needles at only $143.99 for either set. Always have the right needle size and cord length with circular needles that click together! With the Addi Turbo Click Set you’ll get 8 tip sizes and three cord lengths as well as a cord connector to make your cord even longer. Ten needle sizes, five cords of differing lengths and a cord connector are included with the Addi Lace Click Set and both come in a compact carry-along organizer.

Flash Sale pic And not only do we have two cashmere yarns at incredible prices – S Charles Collezione Cashmere 100 at just 34.99 for each 154yd/50g ball(originally $5o.oo) and S. Charles Collezione Blossom 50%Cashmere/50%Silk at just $29.99 for each 177yd/50g ball(originally $43.00), but the ever popular Berroco Ultra Alpaca has been marked down to just $8.39 with over 40 colors to choose from! These yarns are perfect stash builders and never go out of style.

And don’t forget our Deluxe Grab Bags! Each bag contains ten skeins of the same yarn, either 50 or 100 grams per skein, and you can choose a five or ten bag Grab Bag. These are high quality closeout yarns that are available only for a very limited time, get them while you can!

April 13th, 2015

How to Wear It – The Reflection Cardigan

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Warmer weather has finally arrived in the Northeast and it’s got us thinking thoughts of summer! While me might be ready to trade in our pullovers and jeans for flirty summer dresses and shorts it’s not quite warm enough to go sleeveless just yet. The Reflection Cardigan is a fantastic cozy layer to get you through to those hot summer days. This flowing and elegant shawl-like cardigan is knit in a single piece with only two short side seams to sew!

Valley Yarns: How to Wear It - The Reflection Cardigan read more at blog.yarn.com #VYwearit

The cool and smooth fiber content of Valley Yarns Southwick feels fantastic even on warm days. The combination of soft pima cotton with the beautiful shine and drape of bamboo fiber makes Southwick is a joy to knit, and the feel improves even more once finished. This yarn is perfect for spring and summer basics.

Valley Yarns: How to Wear It - The Reflection Cardigan read more at blog.yarn.com #VYwearit

We’d love to see your finished garments! Anytime you’ve made a Valley Yarns pattern be sure to tag it with #VYwearit and we may feature you here on the blog, highlight you on Facebook, or repost you on Twitter or Instagram!

April 11th, 2015

Ready, Set, Knit! 397: Kathy talks with Jo Israelson

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This week Kathy talks with first time guest Jo Israelson. A sculptor by trade, Jo is also a crocheter who has begun a new weaving project in Portland Maine.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode 397 - Kathy talks with artist Jo Israelson- listen now at blog.yarn.com

To participate in the Welcoming a Stranger art installation you can donate yarn by mail or in person.

Send 42″ lengths of handspun yarn to:
Welcoming the Stranger
Po Box 10419
Portland ME 04104

Or if you are in the area you can deliver the yarn to:

Port Fiber in Portland Maine
50 Cove St.
Portland ME 04104

Check their Facebook page for all the details, and be sure to join the Ravelry group!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

400th Episode Giveaway!

Be sure to comment on this post and tell us about a project you have made from anniversary sale yarn, or a yarn from our anniversary sale that you have in your stash right now, and don’t forget to include the hashtag that Kathy mentions in the show! Comments will close at 11:59pm EDT on Tuesday April 14th, and a random commenter will be chosen to win a $100 WEBS Gift Card. Be sure to listen to the show next week when we’ll reveal the winner!

(Please note: Each winner will have one week to claim their prize before a new winner is chosen. Remember to leave us a way to contact you when commenting!)

Reminder:

You can join in the WEBS Mystery Blanket Knit-A-Long or Crochet-A-Long at anytime, grab the patterns that have already been released and join in the conversation on Ravelry.

Upcoming Events:

Classic Elite Yarns Trunk shows are ongoing and there’s always something new to see! Stop by the store to see what’s on display.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

Mark your calendars, WEBS Tent Sale is happening May 16th and 17th, and don’t miss the 11th Annual Fleece Market on May 16th!

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April 10th, 2015

Craft and Social Media

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Finding WEBS on the web - social media links and online community on the WEBS Blog - read more at blog.yarn.com

I’ve realized lately that every time I check my social media sites, the first thing I do is see what WEBS is doing there. There is a rich treasure trove of websites that are devoted to putting people in touch with other people, and you can find someone, for instance, who is a left-handed crocheter who only does stuffed animals in the blink of an eye. Knitting is a pretty social craft, as is crochet; less so, unfortunately, are weaving and spinning. Weavers and spinners, I know you are lovely and sociable, but there aren’t many sightings of folks dragging an 8-harness loom to the local Starbucks for Craft Night. In that way, sometimes it’s easier for knitters and crocheters who don’t know each other to get to know each other. I thought I’d walk you through our social media sites so that you can check out what we post, and who talks to whom through our newsfeed. In this post, I’ll spotlight Ravelry and Facebook, and in some subsequent posts, I’ll walk you through some of our other social media platforms.

Finding WEBS on the web - social media links and online community on the WEBS Blog - read more at blog.yarn.com

No mention of fiber social media is complete without Ravelry. This is the first place I look each day. I check our “All Things WEBS” group to see how the knitters and crocheters doing our Mystery Knit-A-Long and Mystery Crochet-A-Long are doing, what new yarns or needles have been added to our Anniversary Sale, or any information about store events that I might have missed. You can also search for Valley Yarns patterns, or see if anyone is knitting the same design you are, and if they made any modifications to the pattern. You can see how many folks are using Valley Yarns for different projects. And, best of all (to me), you can search for a group that might be tailored to your own particular interest. Once again, left-handed crocheters, I just searched and found not one, but TWO groups devoted to left-handed crocheters, both with large memberships. It’s a wonderful time-suck, and in my position as Education Manager, I’ve tracked down guest teachers, connected with students who’ve requested interesting class ideas, found some great designs to have our instructors use as teaching ideas, and lots more.

Finding WEBS on the web - social media links and online community on the WEBS Blog - read more at blog.yarn.com

Facebook is a great place to find information but it’s also a fun place to find interesting blog posts from other designers and yarn companies, see some deals before they make it onto the website, and hear from our customers around the world. Dena, who manages our social media presence on all sites, manages to find the most beautiful images our in-house photo and video team has produced to complement each post. I love to read the comments folks post about what we share on Facebook; I’ve learned about locally-sourced, allergy-free yarn as well as some variations on Tunisian Simple Crochet stitch from various customers who chime in with their knowledge from time to time.

What groups do you like on Ravelry? Do you follow any designers or yarn companies on Facebook? Let us know!

April 8th, 2015

Designer in Residence – Motif Bolero from Doris Chan

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April has arrived already and the next design from Doris Chan is here! The Motif Bolero is crocheted in two colors of our Valley Yarns Charlemont,  a lovely sock/fingering weight blend of superwash Merino wool and silk, the color sequence tends to emphasize the geometry of the motifs. For a less patchwork look go with a single shade, or choose your own color combination!

Doris Chan WEBS 2015 Crochet Designer in Residence, her second design the Motif Bolero in Valley Yarns Charlemont - learn more at blog.yarn.com

The Motif Bolero is a unique, open-front jacket constructed from granny-style motifs that have been updated with open stitch rounds for a lacy look and pretty drape. Pentagons form the V-neck and shaped shoulders. Squares fill in the underarms and complete the boxy body, which falls just below the waist.

Doris Chan WEBS 2015 Crochet Designer in Residence, her second design the Motif Bolero in Valley Yarns Charlemont - learn more at blog.yarn.com

This is a great piece to layer for Spring. Pair this little jacket with a flirty spring dress or your favorite t-shirt and jeans. What colors of Charlemont will you choose?

 

 

 


April 4th, 2015

Ready, Set, Knit! 396: Kathy talks with LeslieAnn Bestor

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This week Kathy talks with WEBS Weaving Manager, LeslieAnn Bestor, about our 2015 Weaving Sourcebook.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode 396 - Kathy talks with LeslieAnn Bestor- listen now at blog.yarn.com
LA, and WEBS Founder Barbara Elkins, worked to update some of our older drafts and put together a great collection of new drafts, as well as finding a balance between 4-shaft, 8-shaft and rigid heddle drafts. Request your copy of our weaving catalog on our website or by contacting Customer Service.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

400th Episode Contest!

Be sure to comment on this post with your favorite Anniversary sale memory and don’t forget to include the hashtag that Kathy mentions in the show! Comments will close at 11:59pm EDT on Tuesday April 7th, and a random commenter will be chosen to win a $100 WEBS Gift Card. Be sure to listen to the show next week when we’ll reveal the winner!

(Please note: Each winner will have one week to claim their prize before a new winner is chosen. Remember to leave us a way to contact you when commenting!)

Reminder:

You can join in the WEBS Mystery Blanket Knit-A-Long or Crochet-A-Long at anytime, grab the patterns that have already been released and join in the conversation on Ravelry.

Upcoming Events:

Classic Elite Yarns Trunk shows are ongoing and there’s always something new to see! Stop by the store to see what’s on display.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

Mark your calendars, WEBS Tent Sale is happening May 16th and 17th, and don’t miss the 11th Annual Fleece Market on May 16th!

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