February 17th, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 518: Kathy Talks with Betsy Perry

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This week, Kathy is chatting with Betsy Perry of Classic Elite Yarns! Betsy is here to share Classic Elite’s newest offerings for spring, Juna and Gigi! Juna is a scrumptious blend of Merino wool and alpaca, while Gigi is the perfect summer yarn: breathable cotton and silk with a hint of stretch polyester. Click the links below to check out each yarn and the beautiful pattern support that goes with them!

Juna

Book #1801 Juna

Gigi

Book #1802 Gigi


Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Our Spring 2018 catalog is LIVE! Click here to view 

Upcoming Events

Registration for the WEBS retreat is full and we are soooo excited! To join the waitlist, click here!

WEBs will be at Stitches West in San Jose, California from February 22nd through 25th! Click here to find out which booths we’ll be at!

Reminders

Do you have a crafting resolution for 2018? We sure do! Tag your posts #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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February 3rd, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 517: Kathy Talks With Andra Asars

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This week, Kathy is talking to one of our favorite Ready, Set, Knit! guests, Andra Asars of Berroco! Andra is here with a fantastic collection for Spring 2018, as well as beautiful new designs from the creative minds over at Berroco. One of our favorites is Gelato knit in Medina, a stunning self-striping cotton blend. Gelato uses self-striping yarn to its full advantage, as it’s worked in two different directions. Berroco also has two lighter weight versions of some of our favorites: Millefiori and Ultra Wool! Click the links below to check out each yarn individually!

Berroco Medina

Berroco Millefiori Light

Berroco Mykonos Stonewash

Berroco Regatta 

Berroco Quinoa

Berroco Ultra Wool DK 

Berroco Portfolio vol. 5


 

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Our Spring 2018 catalog is LIVE! Click here to view 

Upcoming Events

WEBS will be holding our 3rd Annual Knitting Retreat here in Western Massachusetts this September. Registration opens at noon on Thursday, February 15th, and class registration for attendees who have already registered for the retreat will open on Monday, February 26th!  Check here for more details in the coming days!

Come and join us for the annual Big Game Day Escape at WEBS tomorrow, Sunday, February 4th from 12-4! Bring your knitting, crocheting, spinning wheel, or even your rigid heddle loom! We’ll have plenty of snacks and prizes, as well as a yarn tasting from Lana Grossa – and it’s totally free! Just sign up here to let us know you’re coming!

WEBs will be at Stitches West in San Jose, California from February 22nd through 25th! Click here to find out which booths we’ll be at!

Reminders

Do you have a crafting resolution for 2018? We sure do! Tag your posts #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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January 27th, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 516: Kathy Talks With Marly Bird

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This week, Kathy is talking with Marly Bird! Marly is a knitting and crochet teacher, YouTuber and hosts her own podcast, YarnThing! Listen to hear more about Marly, her collaboration with Red Heart, and don’t forget to sign up for her classes at Stitches West!

For a list of Marly Bird classes at Stitches West, click here!

 

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Welcome!
We’re excited to welcome Julie Turjoman as our new Design Manager. We’re thrilled to have her on the team and can’t wait to share new designs with you!

Upcoming Events

Come and join us for the annual Big Game Day Escape at WEBS on Sunday, February 4th from 12-4! Bring your knitting, crocheting, spinning wheel, or even your rigid heddle loom! We’ll have plenty of snacks and prizes, as well as a yarn tasting from Lana Grossa – and it’s totally free! Just sign up here to let us know you’re coming!

WEBs will be at Stitches West in San Jose, California from February 22nd through 25th! Click here to find out which booths we’ll be at!

Reminders

Do you have a crafting resolution for 2018? We sure do! Tag your posts #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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January 26th, 2018

#WEBSFiberFollowThrough: January Wrap-Up

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Can you believe that the first month of 2018 is almost over? We sure can’t!

Last month,  we decided to make a few crafting resolutions, and now, one month later, we’re here with a couple of updates!

Liz L., our Social Media Coordinator  is finishing January with a newly finished sweater she started this fall. She says, “this month I finally finished a gray raglan sweater I started making as part of WEBS’s Top Down Raglan Sweater class back in October. I had to rip out the sleeves and body a couple of times to get the fit just right, so it feels extra good that it’s finally done (and I’m wearing it as I write this!). I knit it in Valley Yarns Northampton and I’m looking forward to making more sweaters like this one but swapping out the stitch pattern on the yoke!”

Andrea, our Email Marketing Coordinator has been hard at work knitting Rowan’s Earth Stripe Wrap. It’s a free pattern, and you can pick it up here!

And as for me, I’m slowly picking at a sweater that I began in October during a Design Your Own Aran Sweater class knit in Cascade Ecological Wool. I definitely wanted a traditional sweater, and have been using patterns out of Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook – an invaluable resource if you’re like me and love charted and written patterns. I had put it down for almost a month, but I am totally compelled to finish it! This sweater has been a labor of love, and I can’t wait to wear it!

Are you working along with us? Let’s keep each other accountable and inspired! Use the hashtag #WEBSFiberFollowThrough on Instagram to show us your projects and for a chance to be featured in our feed!

January 20th, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 515: Kathy Talks With Adventure du Jour Designs

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This week, Kathy is chatting with Debbi Stone and Marcy Vandale of Adventure du Jour Designs! Debbi and Marcy have just released their latest collection of designs: Knits in THE City 3! This year, they designed a special sweater inspired by Hoda Kotb’s daughter, Haley Joy! Listen to hear more about Debbi and Marcy, their design inspirations, and to find out more about Knits in THE City 3!

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Welcome!
We’re excited to welcome Julie Turjoman as our new Design Manager. We’re thrilled to have her on the team and can’t wait to share new designs with you!

Upcoming Events

Come and join us for the annual Big Game Day Escape at WEBS on Sunday, February 4th from 12-4! Bring your knitting, crocheting, spinning wheel, or even your rigid heddle loom! We’ll have plenty of snacks and prizes, as well as a yarn tasting from Lana Grossa – and it’s totally free! Just sign up here to let us know you’re coming!

WEBs will be at Stitches West in San Jose, California from February 22nd through 25th! Click here to find out which booths we’ll be at!

Reminders

Do you have a crafting resolution for 2018? We sure do! Tag your posts #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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January 19th, 2018

5 New Colors of Valley Yarns Peru!

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New year, new yarn colors!

Peru, one of our absolute favorites in the Valley Yarns line has gotten 5 new additions for 2018! This soft and luxurious chainette constructed blend of baby alpaca, Merino wool, and nylon has quickly become a go-to worsted weight pick for many of us here at WEBS. Whether you knit or crochet, Peru is a warm and squishy option for cold-weather garments and accessories.

Keep reading to learn more about each new colorway and to see our picks for new color combinations!

Fawn
Fawn is a rich neutral tan. It would pair wonderfully with any color of Peru!

Blue Tourmaline
Blue Tourmaline is a truly unique color – it’s a bright teal with a hint of red blended into the fibers, muting it ever so slightly.

Lichen
Lichen is a gorgeous heathered sage green colorway. It’s a fantastic color for spring garments!

Berry Compote
A bright, warm purple with a hint of pink, Berry Compote is perfect for a feminine sweater or top.

Charcoal
The darkest color of Peru, Charcoal is a rich, dark gray. Pick this color as a background for brights or neutrals.

What are your favorite color combos? Were there any that we missed? Let us know!

And if you have any Peru in your stash that you’re dying to use in 2018, why don’t you join us on Instagram? In 2018 we’re doing a WEBs Fiber Follow Through where we craft through our New Year’s resolutions! It’s not too late to play along – tag #WEBSFiberFollowThrough for a chance to be featured in our feed!

January 12th, 2018

5 Twist Collective Patterns To Knit In 2018

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The Winter 2018 issue of Twist Collective is finally here and full of gorgeous knitting patterns for sweaters, hats, scarves, and mittens! But how do you choose what to knit first? I pulled five of my favorite patterns from the new issue to help give you some inspiration and get started on some new projects in 2018! Do you need some creative accountability? Check out Marykate’s post on the #WEBSFiberFollowThrough and join us on social media for a year of fiber fun!

Beringer Pullover Sweater Kit

Twist Collective Beringer Knit Pullover Sweater Pattern

Designed by Quenna Lee

Who doesn’t love a gorgeous sweater in a fun, tweedy yarn? This sweater immediately stood out to me as a classic when I first flipped through the new Twist issue. I love the simple cables up the front and the pretty details at the cuff and hemline. Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Tweed Superwash also comes in the cutest color palette! It reminds me of the fun speckled yarns that are all the rage right now, but in a more subtle aesthetic.

Thunderbolt Bottom Up Sweater Pattern

Twist Collective Thunderbolt Knit Pullover Sweater Pattern

Designed by Cheryl Burke

I am absolutely smitten with the colorwork on the yoke of the Thunderbolt sweater! This is for all you color lovers out there. It’s another pullover knit from the bottom up with some short row shaping at the back of the neck to give the collar some additional shaping. The fun pattern is achieved with rows of mirrored left and right leaning ribbing, which should also make for some fun knitting after working the stockinette body and sleeves. Knit up in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool this sweater is also guaranteed to be super soft! (And since I’m the model in this picture, I can vouch for that!)

Cabrillo Knit Hat, Mittens, & Cowl Set

Twist Collective Cabrillo Knit Hat Mittens Cowl Pattern

Designed by Juliana Lustenader

The adorable Cabrillo set is so soft and will knit up in a flash in the gorgeously bulky Fibre Co.’s Tundra! The kit comes with the colors pictured in the finished set, but there are several beautiful combinations you can put together with Tundra! If I were going to knit this set, I would choose the three playful colors on the left: Sockeye Salmon, Snowdrift, and Blue Lagoon.

Yojimbo Knit Shawl

Twist Collective Yojimbo Knit Shawl Pattern

Designed by Nancy Vandivert

The Yojimbo shawl may be knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont, but either way it would be one of my favorite pieces in this issue. I love anything with a bold geometric motif and a fun to knit stitch pattern and Yojimbo has both! This gorgeous shawl is achieved with a slipped stitch mosaic color work pattern and finished off with a bold intarsia edge. The kit comes with the colors pictured in the finished garment, but I pulled a few more options so you could get creative and change up the blue to be whatever color would fit your wardrobe best!

Mill Creek Hat & Cowl Knitting Kit

Twist Collective Mill Creek Knit Hat Cowl Pattern

Designed by Sierra Morningstar

How cute is the playful reindeer motif on this set?! I’m definitely going to knit up a few of these for Christmas gifts next year. They’re the perfect mix of playful, cozy, and cool! It’s the perfect style for someone who loves a little bit of cutesy mixed in with their bold patterns!

What are your favorite patterns from the Twist Collective Winter 2018 issue?

January 6th, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 514: Kathy Talks With Kate Gilbert

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This week, Kathy chats with Kate Gilbert about the new issue of Twist Collective and the Framework Video KAL. If you haven’t checked it out yet, make sure you take a look at the latest issue of Twist Collective here.

You can purchase kits with the yarn and pattern at yarn.com!
Steve’s Yarn Picks
Twist Collective Yojimbo Kit
Baah Yarn Savannah
Great Adirondack Chinchilla
Katia Air Lux

Welcome!
We’re excited to welcome Julie Turjoman as our new Design Manager. We’re thrilled to have her on the team and can’t wait to share new designs with you!

Upcoming Events
Do you have a crafting resolution for 2018? We sure do! Tag your posts #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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January 5th, 2018

5 Patterns To Knit & Crochet Right Now!

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If you’re like us, you may have gone overboard during our Year End Sale. Or maybe you received a WEBS gift card and bought a ton of new yarns at a fantastic price with no pattern in mind. If you’re in need of a refresh, we have plenty of inspo to help you start off 2018. Here are some of our picks!

1. If you treated yourself to a worsted weight superwash, like Madelinetosh Vintage, Lyrical Knit’s I Am Groot sweater is the perfect pattern to compliment a rich, hand dyed yarn. Oversized, seamless, and accented with a panel of delicate cables, I Am Groot is a great option for winter knitting.

2. One of our favorite yarns for kid’s projects and accessories, Conway + Bliss Lolli, comes in a wide range of bright colors, with a neon burst throughout the strand, which kicks classic pieces up a notch. Try knitting the Colour Block Sweater for your favorite tween.

3. The soft, painterly colors of Juniper Moon Farm Findley DK Dappled would look extraordinary knit up in a lace shawl like Tin Can Knits’ Sunflower Shawl. One of the best things about this pattern is that it includes instructions for lighter weight shawls as well – perfect for using up additional yarns!

 

4. We’re loving Vickie Howell’s Super Bulky Baby Blanket crocheted in Valley Superwash Super Bulky. With so many vivid and neutral colors to choose from, this is the perfect statement piece to work on this winter – and a quick crochet project to boot! Add a few more colors, and you’ll have an adorable throw to accent your sofa! 

 

5. For all of you crocheters out there who love gradient projects as much as we do, we have the Transition Shawl from Kira K. Designs. If you’re looking for something beautiful to create with that cake of Scheepjes Whirl you’ve been eyeing, then this is the project for you! Look at that lace edging!

 

What are you working on right now? Be sure to tag @WEBSFiberFollowThrough to show us your WIPs and FOs – you may even be featured!

December 30th, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 513: Kathy Talks With Carol Sulcoski

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This week, Kathy is sitting down for her annual chat with Carol Sulcoski! Carol is an author, teacher, and knitwear designer, and every year, she and Kathy get together to reflect on their favorite knitting trends of the past year. In 2017, it was all about gradient yarns and ombres, as well as more traditional Lopi and Icelandic knits. Listen to find out what their 2018 knitting predictions are!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week:

Reminders: 

We’ve teamed up with Northampton Brewery for Knit and Crochet Nites every Tuesday from 5:30 until 8! Come grab a beer or a refreshing drink, a snack, and spend some time with like minded crafters! We’ll have prizes and goodies, so don’t miss out! We’ll be back on January 9th!

The 2017 Holiday Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for this holiday season!

Upcoming Events

Do you have a crafting resolution for 2018? We sure do! Tag your posts #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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