September 24th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 459: Kathy talks with Barry Schacht

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This week Kathy talks with Barry Schacht of Schacht Spindle Company.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #459 - Kathy talks with Barry Schacht. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Barry talks about their new Spinning Wheel the Flat Iron, WEBS will have it in stock soon!
This saxony Style wheel, with a left/right flyer design, and your choice of tension, was inspired by the geology of their hometown.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

WEBS retail store has extended it’s hours until 6:00PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. Thursdays the store will remain open until 8pm, and Saturdays until 5:30.

If you haven’t yet seen our new Website – check it out!

Upcoming Events:

Our 11th Annual Knit for the Cure is happening next Sunday, 10/2, from 1-4. The event is free but we ask that you register.

Book your seat on the bus to Rhinebeck! Spaces are running out!

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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September 23rd, 2016

Time For A New Bag!

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My favorite project bag is falling apart. It’s the cutest Erin Lane bag ever, in a fabric that I think they don’t use anymore–white skulls on a black background. The best part is that some of the skulls have little pink hair ribbons and it is just subversive and cute at the same time. However, I’ve carried it from East to West and it might have even traveled to another country and it’s shredding. Time for a new bag!

Binkwaffle Dumpling bags and more favorite project bags on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I certainly have a lot from which to choose. I’m a bit picky about my bags, because I like the kind that can stand (or sit) on their own, without falling over and taking up a lot of room. This Binkwaffle Dumpling bag comes in two sizes and seems highly useful in both. They’re both reversible and close ingeniously by simply pulling the handle through a grommet. Ta dah! comfy on your wrist and the big one is sturdy enough to sit quietly without misbehaving beside my chair.

Erin Lane is always reliable (and the fabrics they use are delightful). I particularly like Self-Standing Bucket Tote, big enough to throw my wallet, keys, and sunglasses in along with a project or two. Lots of choices of color and print, too.

If I was going to give a wishlist to a caring husband, I’d certainly encourage a Namaste purchase. The Hermosa Bag is big enough to throw a laptop in and maybe a sweater in case it gets cold (along with the sweater you’ll be knitting, of course). These bags last forever and they are easily mistake for a high-end handbag.

You know, there’s a lot of knitting time before the holidays hit us. Why not indulge in a new bag now for all those gifts you’ll be creating?

September 17th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 458: Kathy talks with Trisha Malcolm

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This week Kathy talks with Vogue Knitting Editor, Trisha Malcolm.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #458 - Kathy talks with Trisha Malcolm. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Launched in 1932 for just $.35 per issue, it was chock full of just patterns! Vogue Knitting, as we know it now, was relaunched in 1982. Trisha talks about the ups and downs between, some of the great Editors and the exciting new redesign of the magazine.

And Vogue Knitting Live! is happening in Minneapolis in just a few weeks!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

WEBS retail store has extended it’s hours until 6:00PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. Thursdays the store will remain open until 8pm, and Saturdays until 5:30.

Upcoming Events:

Book your seat on the bus to Rhinebeck! Spaces are running out!

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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September 14th, 2016

Monster Miles to Go Before I Sleep

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Yes, folks, we have circled the wheel of seasons and it’s time to get geared up for Spinzilla! It is a large event (worldwide!), but I do realize that some may not have the slightest inkling of what I’m talking about, so let me explain: Spinzilla is a friendly competition sponsored by the Spinning and Weaving Group of TNNA (The National Needle Arts Association) that takes place during the first week of October. The challenge is to see who can spin the most yarn in one week, either in the team category or as an individual (“Rogue”) spinner. The underlying purpose, beyond showing the world just how amazing spinners are, is to deepen our spinning skills by pushing ourselves to spin, spin, spin – practice makes us better, right? And the fringe benefit of the event is that all the registration fees go support the NeedleArts Mentoring Program.

Find out how to join Team WEBS for the 2016 Spinzilla events. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

 

WEBS has sponsored a team for the last 2 years and we are looking forward to another week of fun and fiber-full gatherings. Our team is already full but we know there are many more who’d like to join the fun as well as those who want to play but don’t want the pressure of competition (um, yeah, it can get a little intense on the team – last year we spun 126,000 yards!). So we invite you to go Rogue! Sign up as a Rogue spinner on the Spinzilla site and join us at our spin ins at the store. It’s a great way to meet local spinners, get inspired and pick up some tips, and share the laughter and camaraderie of other fiber-loving folk.

September 9th, 2016

Our Fall 2016 Catalog is here!

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Our Fall 2016 Catalog is now available for you to view online and will be arriving in mailboxes over the next few weeks! We have almost 2 dozen new yarns for you to discover from companies like Blue Sky Fibers, Berroco and Artyarns and over 40 new patterns, including 9 new designs from Valley Yarns!

WEBS Fall 2016 catalogs are mailing out now! Learn how you can get a copy on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Whether you peruse online today or wait for your copy to arrive, you’re sure to find plenty of yarns and projects to fill your mailbox!

WEBS Fall 2016 catalogs are mailing out now! Learn how you can get a copy on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

If you’re not yet on the mailing list sign-up here!

 

 

September 3rd, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 457: Kathy talks with Betsy Perry

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This week Kathy talks with Betsy Perry, owner of Classic Elite Yarns.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #457 - Kathy talks with Betsy Perry. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Check out all the new yarns for Fall and the fantastic pattern collections that accompany them.

Adelaide, featured in the 1607 Adelaide Book. Look for the Bundeena Cardigan and the Licola WrapArietta, featured in the 1608 Arietta Book. Look for the Hopewell Cardigan, and enjoy the FREE Arietta Cabled HatWildwood, featured in the 1609 Wildwood & Mountaintop Book. look for the Bigelow Cardi and the Colvin PulloverPalace, featured in the 1610 Fall Book. Look for the Hyppolyta cowl. And be sure to check out  1605 A time to Crochet, crochet collection!

Valley Yarns has a Brand New yarn coming this Fall! We have partnered with Vickie Howell and you can see her announcement in her latest Ask Me Monday Facebook Live broadcast from this past week! Check out Valley Superwash Super Bulky today!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

WEBS IS closed on Monday, Labor Day, September 5th.

Beginning Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, the retail store will be extending it’s hours until 6:00PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. Thursday the store will remain open until 8pm, and Saturdays until 5:30.

Upcoming Events:

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 31st, 2016

Welcome to the Weaving Room!

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We recently revamped the weaving room at our store and it’s amazing how small shifts can completely open things up. If you are in the neighborhood, or just passing through, we invite you to drop in and see the changes. And if you live further afield, here’s a virtual tour of our dynamic showroom.

The new arrangement not only feels more spacious and inviting, the layout allows us to showcase the different styles of looms and weaving. All of the tapestry looms are now together, so you can compare the Schacht, Mirrix and Hokett looms and decide which fit your needs the best. You’ll find beaters, bobbins and other tapestry tools there as well.

Read all about the new weaving room on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The small looms also have a home together on the table in the center of the room. Inkles and Inklettes are great for weaving bands that can be used for belts, straps and more. And if you are looking for a loom to start your young ones on, we have the ever-popular Potholder looms in addition to Lap Looms and School Looms.

Read all about the new weaving room on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

At the other end of the spectrum we have the Toika looms anchoring the front corner of the room. These great looms from Finland are available in both a traditional countermarch configuration or the computer-assist model with up to 32 shafts. We have drastically reduced the price on our floor model to make room for the new upgraded ES model. The floor model is a 40″ 16-shaft computer-assist Eeva and it comes with Weavepoint 7.2 software, a loom bench, 100 heddles per shaft and a cog wheel warp advance system. The discount is now 20%, which will save you over $2,000 and there’s only one, so don’t hesitate!

We hope to see you soon in our new-and-improved space.

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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