August 26th, 2016

Summer Pick-Me-Up

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It’s the last weekend before the “official” start of autumn; here in Massachusetts, that means kids are starting to go back to school, colleges are welcoming freshmen for their orientation, and we’re starting to see the store fill up with parents of boarding school-ers and college students who see WEBS as the destination they come here for AFTER they drop off the kids.

Planning your last summer project with Amy on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Since it’s still pretty hot, I thought about knitting a “Last Gasp Of Summer” project, and with a minimum of searching I found the perfect top: Baby Cocktail “White Sangria” sleeveless top, designed by Thea Colman. It’s a gorgeous confection of eyelet patterning and a flattering shape–a super-feminine A-line with a fitted bust and the option to tailor the “skirt” for your figure. It won’t take long to make, since the details, while beautiful, are fairly simple, and although Thea used Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton, I think I might gravitate toward one of our Rowan closeouts like Pure Wool Worsted Superwash in a discontinued color. Grasshopper is a minty light green, almost a neutral; but Vintage (a mauve-y purple) would carry your top into the warmer days of September over jeans or some white capris (if you want to break some fashion rules!). Check it out, and let us know in the comments what your end-of-summer project is.

August 23rd, 2016

New Designs for Valley Yarns Northfield!

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With the last days of summer fast approaching and school starting again it’s time to begin thinking about knits for the cooler weather. Our two newest designs feature Valley Yarns Northfield, my favorite yarn! Not only does the blend of Merino, Baby Alpaca and Silk create an incredibly soft and bouncy yarn with a gorgeous sheen, but it’s also incredibly affordable!

The Irena Pullover from Valley Yarns. Learn more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Fiona’s latest design for Valley Yarns is the Irena Pullover with stunningly simple cable and eyelet  details at the neck, hem and on the sleeves.

The First Frost Hat from Valley Yarns. Learn more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And Carol’s whimsical First Frost Hat may just be the perfect first lace project!

With a full range of rich colors of Northfield to choose from your biggest decision may not be which project to cast on for first, but which color to use!

August 20th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 456: Amy talks with Lisa Shroyer

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This week WEBS Education Manager Amy Greeman is in the studio with Interweave Content Strategist, Lisa Shroyer.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #456 - Amy talks with Lisa Shroyer. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Interweave Knits recently celebrated their 20th Anniversary, with an incredible collection of patterns! Amy and Lisa talk about how it all came together and how Interweave has influenced the industry over the years.

Fall Classes are live on the website! Register now online, in-store or by calling our Customer Service department.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Upcoming Events:

Today is the last day of WEBS Tax-Free weekend! Visit our retail store, buy anything taxable and we’ll refund the tax in your purchase!

It’s not too early to book your seat on the bus to Rhinebeck!

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

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

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August 18th, 2016

Just 2 months till Rhinebeck!

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Are you headed to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY for the annual New York State Sheep and Wool Festival? You could save yourself the hassle of driving and give yourself extra knitting time by riding the bus with WEBS!

Ride the bus to Rhinebeck! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Your ticket on the bus includes a light breakfast, your ticket to the Festival, and a chance to win fabulous prizes along the way. Register now as seating is limited!

August 16th, 2016

Bulky Bliss in our Annual Summer Sale!

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August means Summer Sale time here at WEBS and this year we have some fantastic deals on great bulky yarns, and more, for your upcoming Holiday projects.

Great Yarns in the WEBS Annual Summer Sale July 28 - Aug 31, 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Modern technology makes Techno a feather-weight, bulky yarn! Baby alpaca is blown into a mesh tube of silk for really fast knitting with literally no splitting. You’ll knit up a pair of the Jive Mitts in no time! Worked in the round in an easy mock-cable pattern with just one hank of Techno, these little fingerless mitts will be great for cool mornings.

Great Yarns in the WEBS Annual Summer Sale July 28 - Aug 31, 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Schachenmayr Boston Mix is an acrylic & wool blend yarn in a super-fast-knitting bulky weight. Bold, bright colors mix with more subtle tones to create a fun, self-striping yarn that’s machine washable. One skein will make one hat! The My Mountain Design Contest Winners eBook comes with 12 fun and funky knit and crochet patterns.

Great Yarns in the WEBS Annual Summer Sale July 28 - Aug 31, 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Adriafil Scozia is a soft (very soft!) blend of wool, viscose & polyamide – in a bulky weight that knits up fast! With a time-honored tweedy look, and a range of classic colors this is the perfect yarn for cozy pullovers & cardigans, hats, accessories and blankets. The Corrib Beret by Laura Chau is a quick and easy slouchy hat, an accessory you need in lots of colours! This chunky beret is just slouchy enough without too much bulk.

Great Yarns in the WEBS Annual Summer Sale July 28 - Aug 31, 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Classic Elite Avalanche is a very light and lofty yarn in a blend of alpaca, wool & nylon. The long gradual color shifts mean that your projects will be done in no time when you just want to get to the next color shift before stopping. Roseau, a beautiful scarf that features reversible, ribbed cables and zig-zag edges.

With over 60 featured yarns in the sale this year there’s something for every project you can dream of!

August 13th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 455: Amy talks with Shannon Dunbabin

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This week Amy talks with Shannon Dunbabin, Creative Director of Cascade Yarns.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #455 - Amy talks with Shannon Dunbabin. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Learn all about the history of Cascade Yarns and about some of their newest Fall yarns: MelillaSpuntaneousMondo, and 220 Superwash Merino.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Upcoming Events:

Special in-store WEBS promotion – today is the last day. Spend $50 in store and receive a $5 Gift Card! Spend$100 and get a$10 Gift Card, spend $200 and get a $30Gift Card!

Next weekend is tax free weekend at WEBS Retail Store! Buy anything taxable we’ll refund the tax in your purchase!

It’s not too early to book your seat on the bus to Rhinebeck!

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

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

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August 10th, 2016

Expanding Horizons

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Like many weavers, I have my favorite structures that I love to work with. At the same time I love to explore and try new ideas. Sometimes this involves an immersion in the new technique, with lots of reading and maybe yards of gamps and design work to understand it in detail. Other times I want to glean the basics about a structure and weave some projects without having to create my own designs. It’s a great way to see if I want to go further/deeper with that technique, or put to rest a fascination that turns out to be less-than-thrilling in reality.

LA shares her love of resource materials for new techniques and new knowledge on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

My favorite resource for such explorations is the periodical Weaver’s Craft, published by Jean Scorgie, former editor of Handwoven magazine and longtime weaving teacher. Each issue features a weave structure and presents a solid explanation of the concepts and interlacement of threads as well as 3 – 4 drafts for projects to put the information into practice. The articles are clear and thorough and all the drafts are for 4-shaft looms. She also includes sidebars and articles about basic weaving topics – threading heddles, reading drafts, finishing details.

The most recent issue of Weaver’s Craft, #31, focuses on Warp Rep and contains many tips for weaving and designing with this structure. The drafts range from rug mugs and rep runners to a great tote bag with clever handles. One of my favorite issues is #21, Double Weave Pick-Up. She shows 2 different ways to work the pick up, with troubleshooting tips and great step-by-step photos. I love doing small projects to try new ideas and this issue has a series of rug mugs to weave with graphed designs to use plus info on how to graph your own designs. I’m looking forward to weaving a few sets of these.

Where do you turn when you want to learn something new?

August 8th, 2016

July pattern wrap up

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We released 3 beautiful shawls and a bold, modern cowl this past month!

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The Poet’s Corner Shawl with it’s rich deep purple and delicately ruffled edge, the Crisanta Shawl with it’s gentle crescent shape and botanical lace border, and the Anthemis Cowl with it’s bright, gradient stripes, all knit in our ethereal Valley Yarns Hatfield. And the Shenandoah Valley Shawl, a stunning rectangular wrap with geometric cable and lace in one of our favorites, Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk.

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In August we’re gearing up for all new designs from our Fall 2016 catalog and two new patterns just for our Valley Yarns Northfield. Fall knitting is right around the corners and we’re ready!

August 6th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 454: Amy talks with Jillian Moreno

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This week WEBS Education Manager, Amy Greeman, is in the studio to talk to Jillian Moreno about her new book, Yarnitecture – a Knitter’s Guide to Spinning, available August 23rd.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #454 - Amy talks with Jillian Moreno. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Amy and Jillian talk about the process of spinning for a specific project, and how the book came together.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Upcoming Events:

WEBS is at Convergence in Milwaukee, WI this weekend! Come by and say hello!

WEBS is also at Stitches Midwest this weekend! We’re at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL through Sunday!

It’s not too early to book your seat on the bus to Rhinebeck!

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

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

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August 5th, 2016

Embellish That Stuff!

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I learned a new craft this weekend–well really, I learned about three crafts this weekend: making block prints, printing on fabric, and embellishing the prints with embroidery. What really stuck with me was learning to embroider, and I think that if you can knit or crochet, you can embroider. The stitches are so intriguing, and easy to do. You use yarn, or crewel wool which is basically yarn. And there are NO RULES so you don’t have to worry about breaking any.

Amy's suggestions for adding embroidery to your knits, on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

It’s intoxicating, I tell you. Kristin Nicholas, who led our weekend retreat, is a local treasure and frankly, a national fiber and color cheerleader. She challenged us to experiment with color, and highlight the prints we made by outlining, filling in blank spaces with interesting stitches, and making negative space pop by using color as an accent.

Embroidering on knitted or crocheted projects is for the color-obsessed among us who can’t leave well enough alone. It’s so fun and makes a ho-hum accessory or garment super-special. Check out these adorable mittens designed by Kristin and imagine the possibilities. Or these cuties.  How about jazzing up your phone holder?

The book that got it all started is her Colorful Stitchery. It has all kinds of ideas for using embroidery on fabric, knitted accessories and garments, and tons of how-to instruction.

Experiment with gilding the lily and make your knits colorful and exciting. Tell us in the comments below what you end up with!