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Valley Yarns Spring Baby Sets eBook

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
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It seems like everyone I know is about to have, or has just had a baby. Knitting baby things is very rewarding for me. You get a finished project in no time at all, and thankfully, most of the people I have knit for are super appreciative of the gift. If you’re looking for some inspiration for Spring baby knits, the Valley Yarns Spring Baby Sets eBook is a great collection.

Valley Yarns Spring Baby Sets eBook

It contains three matching sweaters and blankets that are perfect for baby. The yarns it features are Valley Yarns Longmeadow, Valley Yarns Valley Superwash DK, and Valley Yarns Valley Superwash (which happens to currently be part of our Anniversary Sale).

Martius Baby Pullover and Blanket

The Martius Baby Pullover and Martius Baby Blanket feature cables and moss stitch. I love the addition of contrasting, colorful buttons at the shoulder. It is a cute detail that can add a bit of pop and personality.

Aprilis Baby Cardigan and Blanket

If you’re looking for an adorable short sleeve baby cardigan with a lacy touch, you’ll want to check out the Aprilis Baby Cardigan and Aprilis Baby Blanket. I love the lacy pattern, and you may recognize it as a tiny version of our popular Philomena Cardigan.

Maia Baby Cardigan and Blanket

The Maia Baby Cardigan uses a fun math trick to turn two matching garter stitch hexagons into a cardigan. The trick is that they aren’t really hexagons, but 3-dimensional shapes made of six right angles. Simple stripes wrap all the way around the outer edges of each hexagon to give clues to the clever observer about how it’s made. The 3-needle bind off used to join the pieces together in the end is sturdy, but can be undone in order to be worked on again to keep the cardigan growing right along with the baby. The Maia Baby Blanket is worked from the center out, bright stripes around the outer edges.

All of these patterns are also available individually, but the eBook saves you almost half the price! Plus, having the patterns as downloads is so handy for carrying along and saving without taking up physical space.

Which pattern in the collection is your favorite?

Start a New Crochet Project Today

Monday, March 9th, 2015
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The long winter has me itching to start new things, which is terrible for my WIP list, but great for discovering new (and new to me) patterns. Since March is National Crochet Month, I decided maybe I’d flex my crochet muscles and took a peek at what we have for crochet PDF patterns. I love PDF patterns for several reasons. They don’t clutter up my house, I can store them on my phone or iPad, so I have them right there with me, and I can make notes on the patterns with several of the PDF apps that are out there (and save my notes for future projects).

Perusing our collection of PDF crochet patterns, I have encountered a small problem. I want to make every pattern I’ve looked at. I guess I haven’t been keeping up with our PDF patterns because, wow! There are some incredible patterns available.

Sweet Clementine by ChickenBetty

I’m a big fan of hats, because I’m often cold, and if you’re having a less than stellar hair day, you can always throw a hat on! Sweet Clementine by ChickenBetty (who happens to be our own Sara Delaney) is high on my to-crochet list. I have loads of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in my stash, and already have two hats made from it, so I know it’s great for just this purpose.

Fresh Stitches Crochet Patterns

I want to crochet every single one of the adorable amigurumi patterns from Fresh Stitches by Stacy Trock. Flavia the Unicorn, Forrest the Gnome, Murray the Squirrel, Jackie the Cow, the Choose Your Own Adventure Dragon – I don’t know where to start! These are a great gift for your favorite child. One of my favorites (my godson) is turning two later this month, and he may be getting at least one of these as part of his gift.

Crochet Patterns by Linda Permann

All the time I’ve been spending inside lately has made me want to make some changes around the house, and Linda Permann, in addition to having some spectacular garment and accessory patterns (we did a CAL with her Sugar Sparkles Shawlette), has a lovely pillow that I can picture on my couches. The Everyday Lace Pillow has a fabric cover underneath, and since I’ve also been dabbling in some sewing, this project will be a great way for me to combine that in.

What PDF patterns do you want to download right now and start?

New Spring Yarns and Patterns from Rowan

Friday, February 20th, 2015
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It’s that time of year! New yarns are rolling in and the new yarns and patterns from Rowan have us itching for warmer weather. (The frigid weather and feet upon feet of snow isn’t helping matters much either!)

Rowan Cotton Lustre

Rowan Cotton Lustre blends cotton, modal, and a touch of linen into a tape yarn that is super light. This worsted weight yarn is machine washable and comes in an array of colors that have us thinking Spring and the beach. There’s a dedicated pattern book where you’ll find 13 gorgeous designs. Rowan Cotton Lustre includes garments that have loads of beautiful texture.

Rowan Tetra Cotton

Rowan Tetra Cotton is another tape-style yarn. This 100% cotton yarn is light and airy and comes in variegated colors. The dedicated pattern book, Rowan Tetra Cotton, features projects for men and women that range from openwork cardigans to textured sweaters.

Rowan Summerlite 4-Ply

Rowan Summerlite 4-Ply is a machine washable, 100% cotton. It is fingering weight, so it’s perfect for lighter garments and accessories. Rowan Summerlite 4-Ply is a collection of garments designed by Martin Storey. You’ll find cables, lace, and other textures in the featured garments.

Rowan Magazine 57

And, of course, you can’t forget Rowan Magazine 57. Always a wonderful collection of patterns, this book features three stories: daydream, relic, and essentials. Daydream is a collection of feminine knits inspired by romanticism. The designs have a fun, modern feel with a slight 1950s retro influence. Relic is a collection of men’s and women’s knits inspired by the past and the colors and textures of ancient architecture. In Essentials, you’ll find key shapes and textures on trend, designed into easy to wear styles.

Berroco Spring is Here!

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
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Have you had a chance to check out the Spring yarns and patterns from Berroco? If you haven’t yet, you’ll want to take a peek!

Berroco Mixer

Berroco Mixer is featured on the cover of our Spring catalog. (Have you looked at the online version? It should be hitting mailboxes soon!) This blend of cotton, polyester, viscose, and nylon has a shimmery and matte finish and a great texture. It works up into a flowing fabric and is featured in Berroco 354 Mixer pattern book.

Berroco Espresso

Berroco Espresso is a bulky blend of cotton and acrylic that works up at 3 stitches per inch. It is a colorful yarn that is machine washable, so it’s perfect for easy-care projects that will fly off your needles or hook. You can find patterns in Berroco 356 Espresso.

Berroco Indigo

Berroco Indigo is made of recycled cotton fibers and is super soft – like a favorite pair of jeans. It is slightly tweedy and comes in a great palette of colors. It is a machine washable yarn that’s perfect for garments and accessories. You can find patterns for both in Berroco 353 Indigo.

Berroco Fiora

Berroco Fiora is a soft blend of cotton, viscose, alpaca, nylon, and wool. It has a wonderful heathered look because of the different fibers. There is fantastic pattern support for this classic yarn in Berroco 355 Fiora and Berroco Norah Gaughan Vol. 16.

Check out the Berroco Spring 2015 video we have on our YouTube channel!

Limited Edition Knitter’s Pride MarblZ Designer Set

Monday, November 10th, 2014
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Looking for something special to add to your wishlist this season? Check out the limited edition Knitter’s Pride Marblz Interchangeable Circular Needle Designer Set.

Knitter's Pride Marblz Interchangeable Needle Set

This set includes 9 pairs of Marblz interchangeable needles in US sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5 & 11, four cables in lengths of 24”, (2) – 32” & 40”, a needle gauge, and a set of cord connectors. Everything you need comes in a lovely box with and open window that displays these gorgeous needles.

Marblz are beautifully patterned acrylic needles. The tips have a wonderful point and the needles are super smooth without being too slick. They also warm nicely in your hands and are incredibly light..

Personally, I’m a big fan of metal needles and use them almost exclusively, so I was a little skeptical giving these needles a try. I found myself to be pleasantly surprised! They were really quite lovely to knit with. I was already a fan of Knitter’s Pride circular needles, both fixed and interchangeable, since there aren’t many projects I don’t use circulars for, so I knew I would enjoy that part. I have previously tried acrylic needles but didn’t like them because they were too grabby, or squeaked. I didn’t have either of those issues with Marblz.

This set definitely deserves a place on your wishlist. It’s limited edition, so make sure you grab it while you can!

 

Planning a Trip to WEBS? Where to Stay

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
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One of the great things about living in Hampshire County is all of the amazing colleges we have. Of course, this also means that come fall, the hotels in the surrounding area fill up between students moving in and family weekends. When you add in the visitors we have to check out our amazing foliage, hotel room book quickly. If you’re planning to visit WEBS and are including an overnight stay,  it’s a good idea to plan ahead.

Visithampshirecounty.com Hotel SearchVisithampshirecounty.com is a great resource if you’re travelling to our neck of the woods, and they’ve just added a great function to their site to help you find a hotel room. They have added the JackRabbit Book Direct Lodging Search Engine. Enter the dates you’d like to stay and you will receive a list of places to stay with vacancy and price so you can compare. Super simple!

While you’re on the site, you can check out places to eat, shop, and things to see while you’re visiting us. Hampshire County has a lot to offer. Even I, a lifelong resident of Hampshire County, find it useful when looking for something new to do.

Are you planning a trip to WEBS sometime soon?

Extra Savings on Closeouts from Universal Yarn

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
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This week, 7/15/14-7/21/14, save an additional 15% on closeouts from Universal Yarn when you use code UNIVERCLOS at checkout.

Universal Yarn Closeouts at yarn.com

You don’t want to miss your chance to save on the amazing closeouts from Universal Yarn. Many of the yarns don’t have a hefty stock, so if you see something you can’t live without, make sure you grab it now. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab some gorgeous yarn at amazing savings.

Use code UNIVERCLOS at checkout to save an additional 15% off of the already low closeout price of Universal Yarn.

Extra Savings on Closeouts from Tahki, S. Charles, and Filatura di Crosa

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
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Are you ready for this week’s extra savings on closeouts? 7/8/14-7/14/14, you can save an extra 15% on closeouts from Tahki, Filatura di Crosa, and S. Charles. Just enter code TSCCLOS at checkout. There are so many great options in this week’s selection, it might be hard to choose. Of course, the extra 15% off makes it easier to not have to pick!

S Charles Natalia at yarn.com

Looking for something a little more classic? S. Charles Natalia is a beautiful blend of merino, angora, and a touch of nylon. The chainette construction means it will be light, and the fiber content means that it will be warm! Available in naturals and jewel tones, this yarn is perfect for garments as well as accessories.

Tahki Jackson at yarn.com

If you want something bulky with a bit of interest, Tahki Jackson may be just what you need. Jackson has lengths of textured coils wrapped up in a haze of long wool strands. This chunky yarn will work up in no time and the unique color treatment will add interest to your finished fabric. It has a subtle thick-thin texture and the black and bright color combinations are striking.

Filatura di Crosa Tiffany at yarn.com

Want a little more glitz? Filatura di Crosa Tiffany is the perfect glitzy yarn for the summer months. This yarn has just enough sparkle to catch the light without being scratchy or overpowering. It’s a cotton blend, which makes it perfect for those who can’t use wool, or want a non-wool blend for when it’s warm.

Don’t forget to add code TSCCLOS at checkout for the additional 15% savings on closeouts from Tahki, S. Charles, and Filatura di Crosa.

Extra Savings on Classic Elite Closeouts

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
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I am pretty excited about this week’s closeout special. 7/1/14-7/7/14 you can save an additional 15% on all Classic Elite closeouts. Just enter code CLASELCLOS at checkout and the discount will be taken then.

We have some gorgeous closeouts from Classic Elite including, Classic Elite Montera, Classic Elite Giselle, and Classic Elite Avenue. You’ll also find tons for pattern support for these yarns, both free and PDF downloads.

Classic Elite Montera at yarn.com

Classic Elite Montera is a soft and rustic one-ply yarn made from a 50/50 blend of wool and llama. This heavy worsted weight yarn comes in a broad palette of bright, solid colors that would look great knit or crocheted into a big warm sweater or cuddly accessories. The closeout price is just $5.49, so with the additional discount, each skein will only be $4.67!

Classic Elite Giselle at yarn.com

A gorgeous blend of kid mohair, nylon, and wool for just $4.92! Classic Elite’s Giselle is a breathtaking, light, and airy blend of kid mohair, wool, and nylon.  It is extremely versatile and can be used for anything from lacy accessories to beautiful garments that are sure to add a touch of sophistication to your wardrobe. Enjoy special savings on this discontinued yarn

Classic Elite Avenue at yarn.com

The combination of extrafine merino and silk gives Classic Elite Avenue a soft hand with drape. The merino and silk take the dye differently in this chainette yarn creating a marled effect. Be sure to check out the related patterns tab.

Remember, enter code CLASELCLOS at checkout to save an extra 15% off of Classic Elite closeouts.

 

Extra Savings on Ella Rae Closeouts

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
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This week, 6/24/14-6/30/14, you can save an extra 15% on closeouts from Ella Rae when you enter code ELLACLOS at checkout.

Ella Rae Calluna at yarn.com

Ella Rae Calluna is a machine washable blend of wool and acrylic. The colors are absolutely stunning and have a lovely heathered look. It is perfect for blankets, garments, and more! The worsted weight means you have tons of options for patterns.

Ella Rae Classic Sport at yarn.com

Ella Rae Classic Sport is a classic wool yarn that would be a great choice for colorwork projects. Have you been thinking about trying steeking? The great savings on this yarn makes it affordable to experiment with. It would also be fantastic for mittens.

Ella Rae Mega at yarn.com

 

Ella Rae Mega is a super bulky, 100% wool single ply yarn. It is soft and great for quick accessories. There are over 30 colors available, including several heathers.

Don’t miss out on an extra 15% off Ella Rae closeouts. You can see them all here. Use code ELLACLOS at checkout.