February 5th, 2016

WEBS Spring 2016 Catalog is online!

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While it’s been a fairly mild winter , compared with 2015, but I’m still ready to start thinking about camping, beach days and cool summer evenings. So the timing of the WEBS 2016 Spring Catalog couldn’t be more perfect!

WEBS Spring 2016 Catalog, online now. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

There are so many great, new yarns and patterns in our Spring catalog that I’m going to need a few days to decide on what to cast on for first. The Odele pullover in Berroco Mykonos,  the Tobay top in Tahki Yarns Malibu, or the Diamond Lace Sweater in Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim DK? And that’s just scratching the surface!

If you’re on our mailing list a copy should land in your mailbox in the next week or two, and if you’re not, sign up here!

February 3rd, 2016

Sharing your love of crafting

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I’ve spent the last decade or so teaching lots of strangers to knit and crochet. And while I’ve also done a bit of that with my family, teaching my daughters to crochet when they were little, I’ve never crafted with my Mom. When I was growing up she wasn’t the crafty one on the family, I had a plethora of grandmothers of different generations for that! Now that life has slowed down a bit for her she’s itching to spend some time making and crafting. We’ve talked about what we can do together, and work on while we’re apart, and she’s intrigued by the possibilities of weaving.

Choosing yarns for a first weaving project. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I happen to have two rigid heddle looms, a 20″ Flip and a 10″ Cricket. So we’ve planned to spend a weekend day together this winter so I can show her how to warp the Cricket, as I warp my Flip, and we can both start weaving a scarf. I want to make sure that this simple starter project keeps her interest so I want to use a yarn with lots of great color play for an interesting finished fabric. I’m loving the new Scheepjes Invicta Color and the Louisa Harding Pittura, both of which will create interesting fabric in plainweave.

Once she’s gotten through that first project I’ll let her borrow my copy of the Weaver’s Idea Book, and then I might get her a copy of Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom just so I can borrow it from her!

Who will you share your love of crafting with this year?

February 2nd, 2016

WEBS loves our customers!

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We’d like to express our gratitude and appreciation for you this Valentine’s Day and offer you a chance to win a fantastic gift basket!

Take the WEBS mini-survey to be entered to win this project basket, now through 11:59pm EST Feb. 14, 2016. Read more, and find the link to the survey, on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Take a few minutes to fill out our mini-survey and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a full kit for the Noro Heart Blanket, everything you need to complete the project plus a little more! This kit includes the pattern, 3 colors of Noro Kureyon, needles, a custom Yankee Candle, chocolates and a sturdy project basket.

The survey will be open through February 14th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST, each person can enter once. Just 4 quick questions and this kit could be yours!

January 30th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 431: Kathy talks with Mira Cole

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This week Kathy talks with Mira Cole of Baah Yarns. She came back to knitting after living and teaching overseas, and when she had a difficult time finding hand-dyed yarns she decided to dye her own!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #431 - Kathy talks with Mira Cole. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Baah Yarns La Jolla, Shasta and Aspen are available at WEBS.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Sunday, February 7th from 12-4pm,  join us for our 10th Annual Pre-Game Escape!

Upcoming Events:

Team WEBS will be at STITCHES WEST February 18-21. Join us at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

WEBS Fall Retreat Sept. 16-18. Remember registration opens February 8th.

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

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January 29th, 2016

“Let’s Put On A Show!”

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Every once in a while, in a meeting, the word “retreat” would come up and everyone around the table would nod and say, “yes, we’ve got to do that one of these days.” Knitters, that day is here! Last week we announced our first-ever WEBS Knitting Retreat (#WEBSRetreat) and we have been overwhelmed by the response. It seems that you really, really like us.

WEBS Fall Knitting Retreat Sept. 16-18, 2016. Registration open Feb. 8th. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Registration opens Monday, February 8. We did that for a reason–to give you all time to put your lifesavers in place: your babysitters, your spouse, your pet caregivers. We wanted you to come up with a really great excuse to give your boss for why you’re not coming in to work on Friday. It takes some time to digest all the information, and make a decision about whether or not you’re going to spend money to treat yourself for an entire weekend of fiber frolics. We wanted you all to be absolutely positive when you click the “Register” link that fateful Monday.

I can tell you that it will be a ton of fun. We have all kinds of great stuff planned, including late-night knitting gatherings, theme meals, lots of shopping time with Steve and Kathy, personalized swag from your favorite yarn companies, and the hottest teachers around. It’ll be action-packed, I guarantee.

You know what? I’ve never been to a knitting retreat. I’m DYING to go to this one. Are you coming?

January 26th, 2016

Fit Fiber Crafters: Good for Your Brain

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As the new year begins, many like to focus on shaping up and getting healthier. Each Tuesday in January, our Fit Fiber Crafters series will give you tips on getting your personal yarn world a little healthier, from the health of your stash to the health of your body while crafting, keeping your finished project looking healthy, and exercising your brain when your craft.

Good for Your Brain Learn a New Technique

We’ve all seen the news stories touting what we’ve all known for a long time – knitting (and other fiber crafts) are good for your brain. Not only does it help cognitive function, these activities can help with depression. We like to think that any learning can’t be bad, so why not take some time this year to help your brain’s health and stretch your knowledge a little.

We challenge everyone to learn one new fiber-related skill this year. If you’re not sure where to start, you can take a look at our class offerings. Another option is checking out that pattern or weaving draft you’ve been eyeing but have always thought, “Oh, that’s too hard.” It’s not. You can do it. Use 2016 as your chance to learn how to do it.

Many of us often try new things and stop immediately because it’s too hard. Stretch yourself this year. Take the time to truly learn something new. Show your friends what you did. Maybe you’ll encourage them to try it too.

What are you going to challenge yourself with this year?

January 25th, 2016

Take the 2016 TNNA Fiber Arts Survey today!

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Take the 2016 TNNA Fiber Arts Survey,  Jan. 25 - Feb. 13, 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

CALLING ALL FIBER ARTISTS! The fiber arts community needs your feedback. With just 10 minutes of your time you can take  the TNNA Fiber Arts 2016 Survey,  a major study of U.S. knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, cross-stitchers, weavers, and spinners. This survey is anonymous – you will not receive marketing spam.

By taking this survey you will…

–  Help fiber arts organizations and businesses serve you better

–  Tell retailers and brands what you want

–  Explore your fiber arts life

–  Get the chance to win one of five $100 fiber arts store gift cards

The results of this survey will appear in the fifth edition of the TNNA State of Specialty NeedleArts Study. The survey results will be available to non-profit fiber arts advocacy groups and TNNA members in mid-2016. TNNA is an association of hundreds of independent and family-owned fiber arts brands and retailers.

TNNA Fiber Artist 2016 Sweepstakes Rules. You have from Jan. 25th – Feb. 13th to complete the survey. Please give your feedback and thoughts as a fiber artist by taking the TNNA Fiber Arts 2016 Survey today!

January 23rd, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 430: Kathy talks with Courtney Kelley

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This week Kathy talks with Courtney Kelley, of Kelbourne Woolens, about her new role with TNNA.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #430 - Kathy talks with Courtney Kelley. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

 

Learn about what TNNA does for the fiber arts industry and for you as a consumer, and be sure to take the 2016 TNNA Survey today!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! The first ever WEBS Knitting Retreat will happen this Fall on the UMass Amherst Campus,  Sept. 16-18 2016. Registration will open February 8th. Look for classes with Cirilia Rose, Bristol Ivy, Amy Hendricks, Kate Atherley and Anne Hanson! We’ll have more information for you in the coming weeks.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Sunday, February 7th from 12-4pm,  join us for our 10th Annual Pre-Game Escape!

Check out the feature on WEBS at Cut Out + Keep, in their Shop Showcase.

Upcoming Events:

Team WEBS will be at STITCHES WEST February 18-21. Join us at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

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

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January 22nd, 2016

WEBS is featured at Cut Out + Keep

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There’s a lovely piece about us on the Cut Out + Keep Blog in their Shop Showcase.

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Learn a bit about us, and check out a few free stitch tutorials!

January 21st, 2016

Weaving White Sale!

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I have always loved a White Sale–that January staple where you can load up on all the things that you need for your house but never seem to buy during the rest of the year. This year WEBS is holding our version of a White Sale, a Weaving promotion that is too good not to take advantage of.

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From January 22 through January 29, customers who buy 3 cones of Valley 8/2 Cotton or Valley 6/2 Cotton will receive a free download of our new weaving eBook, Favorite Five Dish Towels. The best part, for all of our readers and customers, is that the White Sale will be online as well as in-store! We’ve included some very well-loved drafts as well as a few newbies, and a bonus small dish cloth is yours as well.

The drafts are written for both 4-shaft as well as 8-shaft looms, and they all work well for both 8/2 and 6/2 cotton. You’ll be able to make Carol Birtwistle’s sprightly Ribbon Towels, Chris Hammel’s beautiful and evocative Garden Towel with either a summer or winter weave structure, two of Barbara Elkin’s designs, the Modified Star Work dish towel and the Waffle Weave Buddies, as well as a new draft, the Crepe Towel. Your bonus, the Petite Dish Cloth, is a tiny work of art, and would be perfect as a housewarming gift along with some handmade soaps and a lovely soap dish.

It’s not often that you get to make your own White Sale! Let us know your color choices and the delighted reactions you see if you decide to bestow one of these designs on a deserving friend for the bleak midwinter.