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Top 20 Finalist in the “This Is Retail” Video Contest!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
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Well, the exciting news just seems to keep on coming our way as of late! We are excited to share the latest with all of you!

Steve & I submitted a 2 minute video to the National Retail Federation’s contest titled “This Is Retail“. We’ve been notified that we are a top 20 finalist which is very exciting! Over the next three weeks there will be a series of voting opportunities that can result in us advancing to the next round. When its all said and done the top three voted videos will attend the NRF’s national conference in Washington, DC in May. The top retailer will win $25,000, 2nd place is $15,000 and 3rd is $10,000. Needless to say, we’d love to be in the top 3 but first we have to get past this first round of voting.

Here’s how the voting works:

  • Starting April 3rd at 12:01am through 11:59pm on April 8th, we will be paired against one other video. We won’t know who it is until voting begins at 12:01am on 4/3. We will go head to head in the voting and the top vote-getter will move onto the top 10.
  • Round 2 (4/9–4/15) is structured the same way – each of the top 10 videos will be paired against one other video and the top vote-getter in each pairing will move on to the next round (top 5).
  • Round 3 (4/17–4/22) is down to the top 5. There are no match ups at this level – just general voting and the top three will go to DC.
  • Each individual can vote up to 10 times per day and voters must be over the age of 13.
  • All of the details and the other 19 finalists can be found on the National Retail Federation’s website.
  • Voting happens at retailmeansjobs.com/vote.
  • You can log in with a Google, Yahoo or Facebook account to vote.
We’ll be posting about this on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
We don’t want to drive everyone nuts with reminders to vote but will do some nudging along the way.
Please pass this along, please vote for us each day (10x) and help us make it to the next round.Thanks in advance for all of your help & consideration!

Kathy

Knitter’s Pride Needles & More

Monday, September 12th, 2011
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There is not a week that goes by when we don’t receive some new product, be it a new yarn, book or tool.  Last week, we received a very large and very special shipment of new products.  Knitter’s Pride needles, hooks & accessories have finally arrived here at WEBS and we are all super excited!

Knitter’s Pride is a line of needles, hooks & accessories that are produced in India by KnitPro.  Overall, the line is HUGE.  It’s going to take a few blog posts to really do the line justice and to give you all of the info.   Let me share an overview of each of the 5 different needle types:

The Dreamz line is made from Symfonie wood and each needle is color coded by size.

I love this concept – makes it so easy to find the size you want!  The wood is smooth as are the joins.  The cables are soft and flexible as well.  The points are sharp, though I realize the degree of sharpness can be interpreted differently by different knitters.   In working with the needles, I found my yarn moved easily and the needles felt great in my hands.

The Dreamz line is available in interchangeables, fixed circulars, dpns, straights, crochet hooks & tunisian crochet hooks.  The interchangeables can be purchased individually or in sets.  The Deluxe Set contains:

  •  9 sets of tips in sizes #4-#11,
  • 4 cords (1 each 24″ & 40″ and 2 each 32″),
  • 1 set of  of size markers, 8 end caps, 4 cord keys & 1 cord case
  • Set is packaged in a clear vinyl case

The Deluxe Set retails for $82.99.  There is also a Starter Set of three different tip sizes that is a great way to give these needles a test run.  The Starter Set retails for $29.99.

The Nova line includes  interchangeables, fixed circs, dpns and 10″ straight needles in nickle plated brass. The Nova line has the same great construction features as the Dreamz line.  The nickle plated brass finish makes for smooth movement of your stitches.  The Nova Deluxe Set contains all of the same parts & pieces at the Dreamz Set and retails for $69.99.  The Nova Starter Set is $26.99.

Both Dreamz & Nova also have a Chunky Set that contains tips in sizes #13-#17.

Knitter’s Pride Cubics are square needles made from Symfonie wood with a rosewood colored finish.  The Cubics are not currently available as a set, but one will be coming shortly.  Cubics come in interchangeables, fixed circs, dpns & straights.  For those of you who love knitting with square needles or have been curious about them, the Cubics are worth a try.

Knitter’s Pride Basix are jumbo needles made of Birchwood.  Available in fixed circs that range in size from #11-#50 in four different cord lengths.  For those of you who like knitting bulkier weight yarns, our #50 fixed circs are the only ones on the market at this size.  Basix are also available in 8″ dpns in sizes #11-#36.  Basix are affordable starting in price at $5.49 for fixed circs and $6.99 for dpns.

Last in terms of type is the Trendz needles.  Available only as an interchangeable set, Trendz are acrylic needle colored by size like the Dreamz interchangeables.  The Deluxe Set features:

  •  9 sets of tips in sizes #4-#11,
  • 4 cords (1 each 24″, 32″, 40″, 47″ )
  • 1 set of  of size markers, 8 end caps, 4 cord keys & 1 cord case
  • Set is packaged in a clear vinyl case

The Trendz Deluxe Set retails for $36.99.

There is so much information about these amazing new needles that I want to share with you but I don’t want to overwhelm you either.

What do you think so far? Are you excited about the Knitter’s Pride line?  Share your thoughts and any questions in the comments!

Enjoy!

Kathy

Pilgrimage to Portland

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
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I am writing this post as I jet across the country to Portland, OR for Sock Summit 2011. I can’t believe two years has passed since the first Sock Summit.

I will be tweeting and such from the show all week and will give you all a full report when I am back next week.

For those of you also making the pilgrimage, here’s some info:

*We can be found in booths 502-508. This is a smaller set-up than we did last time and much smaller than our Stitches set-up but we will be packed with awesome sock yarns, needles, accessories and more! We’ll even have some exclusive items

*We’re planning on lots of fun for everyone. When you visit our booth you’ll have the opportunity to play Sock Summit Plinko and win a cool prize, you can show off your hand knit socks and join our “Who Are You Wearing” wall of fame and you can possibly win a cool prize pack by tweeting about us during the show!

*Be sure to stop by. I’ll be joined at the show by Kirsten our Valley Yarns Designer, Cara our Assistant Store Manager and Tina our Education Manager

See you in Portland!

Kathy

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Best Yarn EVAH

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
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If you happened to catch last week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit you know exactly where I am going with this post.  For those of you who haven’t listened yet, indulge me for a moment.

Each season, we receive in a TON of new yarn.  Most of which are yarns I love, some are yarns I don’t.  I think Steve has made it abundantly clear that if I filled WEBS with only yarns I love we’d have a lot of worsted weight cashmere, alpaca and a few other odds and ends.  Definitely some sparkle.  When you own a retail business I believe strongly that it has to reflect your core values and the aesthetic should mirror (to a certain extent) your taste, but the products offered need to represent what the customer wants.  So yes, there are yarns and things we buy that aren’t my favorite but variety makes the world go ’round.  Plus, we are lucky to have a large store and web presence that affords us the ability to represent LOTS of different yarns.

Every now and again, a new yarn comes along that tickles me.  This season, our friends at Tahki/Stacy Charles have won my heart.  I give to you, the single best yarn ever created on the face of the planet:

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Yes, Jackson.  I cannot believe the lovely folks at TSC named a yarn after my beloved eldest son.  Now, the fact that some of their other new yarns this season have names like “Boulder” and “Montana” does not convince me the name “Jackson”  has anything at all with a location.  It’s clear to me its after my dear J1.

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Stacy & Diane the owners of TSC had mentioned that they had a new yarn in the works with a working name of Jackson several months ago.  When I told J1 about this his one and only comment was “It better be a cool yarn”.  Well, I think it’s quite cool:

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I think its the perfect yarn to bear his name.  It’s 100% wool, has an interesting texture and coloration – traits that can easily be applied to J1.  It knits at 3.25 sts = 1″ on a 10.5 needle so it’s fast – no messing around here, no fussiness.  Another perfect attribute.  At $9.95 for 131 yards on a 100gm ball it’s not cheap but not outrageous.  J1 has yet to establish a price sensitivity so from his perspective this is not an issue.

All joking aside, it is a lovely yarn and one I recommend you check out in the store or at your own LYS.  There’s great pattern support coming along as well.

Now I have only two thoughts left to share.  (1)  Obviously Jackson can NEVER be a closeout and (2) Poor Jonathan – no yarn for him (yet)……….

Enjoy!

Kathy

P.S.  One final note – it makes me smile that I can “search” Jackson on our website and he pops up in the form of a yarn.  When I did so to get the links for the post, look at what else came up.  He just turned 12 yesterday and that picture must have been taken when he was no more than 5. It took my breath away.

Show #226: Kathy Chats with Carol Sulcoski

Saturday, July 9th, 2011
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Guest: Carol Sulcoski and Kathy chat about what they saw at TNNA and what’s coming up in the yarn world. Ruffle yarns are a big hit right now for quick gifts. There were also many chainette yarns coming up for fall. These give you a thicker gauge, but helps keep the yarn light.

The industry is moving toward more diversity in patterns, so there’s a wealth of patterns out there for whatever you want to do, especially with patterns being available so many places now.

Carol is currently working on a new book that she has to keep under wraps at the moment, but you can check out her yarns at Black Bunny Fibers. You can also check out Carol’s blog at goknitinyourhat.blogspot.com.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

 

Check out our upcoming classes and see what we have coming up.

If you’re a weaver and local, check out NEWS.

 

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Show #225 Kathy Talks with Melissa Morgan-Oakes (again!)

Saturday, June 25th, 2011
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Guest: Melissa Morgan-Oakes, author of Teach Yourself Visually Circular Knitting. Kathy and Melissa chat about TNNA and what they saw there, what caught their eye, and what’s coming up in the industry. Both were big fans of what is coming from Artyarns. Lorna’s Laces has a new sock yarn coming out called Solemate. It has Outlast in it, which absorbs, stores, and releases body heat so the wearer stays comfortable at all times. Kathy also checked out the new pairing of Denise and Della Q. There’s a new case just for their needles and hooks.

Check out Melissa’s Blog Tour for more information on her book.

Steve’s Yarn Picks


Upcoming Events

I-91 Shop Hop June 24th-26th – visit the participating shops and have a chance to win prizes.

New Valley Yarns catalog is on its way. Check it out online today!

WEBS will be closed on Monday, July 4th and there will be no podcast on July 2nd.

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Time to Hop & Shop

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
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Tomorrow is the start of the I-91 Shop Hop which runs through Sunday, June 26th!  This event has been months in the planning and the last weekend in June has seemed so far away but it’s finally here!  This is the first Shop Hop and we’re anxious with anticipation!

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Here are the details you need to know:

1.  There are 11 shops participating in the Hop.  The 12th store, Knit or Dye in Brattleboro, VT had to bow out due to the arrival of a new, wee knitter.  A list of the shops can be found on our Ravlery page or Facebook page.

2.  To participate, you need to purchase a Passport for $5.00 at any of the shops.  On the back each shop has a place to “stamp” your passport to prove you’ve been there.

3.  If you get to all 11 shops, the final shop will take your back panel and enter you into our Grand Prize Drawing!  The Grand Prize includes a ton of yarn, books, patterns, etc from our faboo suppliers but it also includes a $100 gift certificate FROM EACH SHOP!  That is $1100 in total and that’s a lot of yarn, books & tools!!

4.  Each shop will be having a daily drawing as well for some great gift baskets full of yarn, books, tools, etc.

5.  Some shops are doing demos, some will provide snacks and other fun things.  All shops will have goodie bags to give out.

It should be a super fun weekend and we hope to see many of you hopping into WEBS!

Enjoy!

Kathy

Show #224: Interview with Meta Nisbet

Saturday, June 18th, 2011
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Guest: Meta Nisbet, owner of Metaphor Yarns in Shelburne, MA. She is also one of the founders of the I-91 Shop Hop. Meta talks about her shop, how it got started, and what you can find there as well as in the Shelburne area. You don’t want to miss out on this shop on the Shop Hop. You’ll find yarns from local farms as well as commercial yarns.

The Shop Hop is in one week! June 24th-June 26th. At Metaphor Yarns, you’ll find a number of demonstrations over the weekend. They’re hoping to put a tent on the front lawn to show off yarn basket making, two sleeves at once, painting on silk, I-cord, dyeing, and spinning. They will go on throughout the weekend. Metaphor Yarns is also launching a new vest kit (vests are their specialty).

Make sure you stop by, shop, and get your passport stamped!

Valley Yarns Preview with Kirsten Hipsky

Some crocheted goodies:
#400 October Mountain Cardigan – a lovely lacy crocheted cardi in 2/14 by Sara
#384 Golden Baby Blanket – Out of Goshen, has both knitting and crochet in the same project.

Some beautiful knitted sweaters:
#396 Masonic Street Cardigan – a stunning reknit in Colrain, from the classic Green Street Cardigan. I think it worked out really well.
#380 Boothbay Lace Pullover – a sideways, one-piece lace pullover in Southwick, ribby and flattering

Some unexpected knockout accessories:
#403 Jambalaya Shawl – I sort of just knit it on a lark, wasn’t sure it would even have a place in the catalog

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Show #223 Interview with Becca Smith

Saturday, June 11th, 2011
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Guest: Becca Smith, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting. Kathy and Becca chat about the book and what it contains. Becca is also the founder of BagSmith, so she and Kathy chat about the yarns and creations you can find from them. BagSmith concentrates on really big knitting – size 50 needles!

Steve’s Yarn Picks

A note: Our show is pre-recorded, so last week’s show did not include mention of the severe weather we got a week ago. On June 1st, our area experienced two tornadoes, including one that was on the ground for over an hour. It was classified as an EF-3. We will be donating a portion of our sales June 10th-June 15th to our local chapter of the Red Cross and Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, which was very hard hit by the tornado. You can donate directly to these organizations.

 

 

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Show #222: Interview with Margaret from Green Mountain Spinnery

Saturday, June 4th, 2011
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Guest: Margaret from Green Mountain Spinnery, one of the stops on the I-91 Shop Hop. Make sure you don’t miss out on this stop in Putney, VT. It’s a unique experience because all of the yarn they sell is made at their mill in Putney. They are in their 30th year of producing yarns. You’ll also get a chance to see how the yarns are made. All of the yarns are spun in Putney and all of the fibers are grown in the United States, with the focus on New England fibers. At the shop you’ll also find great mill ends and experimental yarns, which are always fun to pick up!

Steve’s Yarn Picks

History of WEBS

Barbara’s “little lie” was that she wasn’t planning on leaving, even though she said she would. It has worked out wonderfully because she has been able to travel, design, weave, and work with our long-time weaving customers.

We’ve gone from three computers to too many to count! We’ve also gone from an informational website to one you can place orders from. No more cutting samples – we have four knitting catalogs and a couple weaving catalogs. The building has morphed quite a bit as well!

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