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Vertical Pullover

Monday, May 23rd, 2016
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With the warm days of Spring rolling in it’s tempting to think only of tank tops and cute summer shorts but those chilly May nights will remind you right quick that it’s not quite time to be without an extra layer or two.

The Vertical Pullover from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the design, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The new Vertical Pullover from Valley Yarns is that perfect layer! A roomy sweater with 3/4 length sleeves, and it’s namesake vertical bands of stockinette and textured stitch patterns, that’s worked from the bottom up and seamed for structure. Being a little longer than usual, hip length, makes this pullover a comfortable and casual, mid-season layering piece.

The Vertical Pullover from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the design, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Knit in Valley Yarns Southwick, a 52% Pima Cotton/48% Bamboo blend, this pullover will last through a lifetime of wear and the surprising shine from the bamboo means that your stitches won’t lose definition over time! With 20 colors, from bright and cheerful to muted neutrals, there’s a color of Southwick for everyone.

Be sure to check out all the new patterns from Valley Yarns here. Tell us which one is your favorite and what kinds of designs you’d like to see  in the comments.

Ready, Set, Knit! 445: Kathy talks with Vickie Howell

Saturday, May 21st, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Vickie Howell about her new book, Wee Garter Stitch. She was brave enough to do a fashion show for the book at VK Live in Pasadena last week!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #445 - Kathy talks with Vickie Howell. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Vickie talks about her path to the crafting industry, when she learned how to knit, and how this book reflects what she’s learned about crafters and knitters during her career.

And stay tuned for a big exciting new project here at WEBS with Vickie Howell later in the year!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Our retail Store Closed Memorial Day,  Monday May 30th.

Seats are going fast in our Color Theory Class with the amazing Amy Hendrix of Madelinetosh! If you can make it to the class you can join us for a meet and greet, please register so we know how many to expect.

Upcoming Events:

The I-91 Shop Hop will take place June 23–26th. Get your passport now and plan your weekend!

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

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Introducing Valley Yarns Pocumtuck

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
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I’m  so excited to share our newest yarn with you! Valley Yarns Pocumtuck is a 100% Cashmere yarn in a super versatile DK weight and in 24 bold and modern colors.

Valley Yarns Pocumtuck on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I am an admitted fiber snob, most of the time, and I was gobsmacked by the incredible softness and squooshyness of this yarn. It has a cable plied construction which helps to give some strength to the yarn and lends the stitches a crisp definition without making the hand of the yarn too crunchy or stiff. I’m not sure if there’s a staff member here who didn’t take a few skeins home this week and immediately cast on with hooks or needles!

Valley Yarns Pocumtuck on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Our Design Manager Kirsten pulled together two lovely colors for a beautifully unisex pattern, the Petra Cowl, and it’s FREE! Just two skeins of Pocumtuck and an incredibly simple stitch pattern, worn in reverse, gives you an accessory with  bold architectural lines and a surprisingly lush feel that’s perfect for anyone on your gift list. Everybody deserves a little cashmere in their life! How will you work Pocumtuck into your project plans? Tell us in the comments.

Anniversary Spotlight: Color and Texture

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
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Our Anniversary Sale isn’t just for knitters looking to stock up on stash-building workhorse yarns! Each year we have quite a selection of unique yarns that are perfect for garments and accessories with incredible texture and color, and these yarns are often an excellent addition to the weavers stash.

WEBS Anniversary Sale yarns - yarns with texture and color. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Tempo from Filatura Di Crosa works up into wide stripes of color, but these stripes are no plain-jane solid colors! The yarn is made from 3 plys, one is a two-ply, multicolored print with nubby tweedy bits, wrapped with two different colored thick-thin plys that gradually change color. While that seems like a lot happening in one yarn it results in a muted blending of colors that give your knits a sophisticated yet rustic quality. And, it’s a cotton blend so it’s perfect for warmer weather! Working with 2 colors of Tempo, and creating wedges with short rows, the Boticelli Top is an interesting but not overly complicated pullover to knit. Interchangeable front and back are seamed at the sides and shoulders for a reversible top that is eye catching and comfortable.

WEBS Anniversary Sale yarns - yarns with texture and color. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Another great cotton yarn for summer is Schachenmayr Tahiti. This fingering weight yarn has beautiful color shifts in variegated shades and it’s totally machine washable! Just 4 balls of this yarn knit into the gorgeous Sundowner Shawl. The pattern is FREE and you can choose from two sizes. This yarn would also make a beautiful warp yarn for a shawl or scarf with a gradient effect!

WEBS Anniversary Sale yarns - yarns with texture and color. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

With subtle, tonal colors and a shifting series of fibers, the chainette or woven tape-like construction of Classic Elite Yarns Sanibel lends textural interest to even the simplest stockinette pieces. The Lady Londonderry capelet is a lovely layering piece for when it’s not quite warm enough to wear your favorite summer dresses but you just can’t wait! Worked from the bottom up in a classic feather and fan stitch, this little piece features a wide rib neckline and a button closure for a fun retro look.

WEBS Anniversary Sale yarns - yarns with texture and color. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Also from Classic Elite is Santorini, the same base yarn as Sanibel but in a cheerful array of variegated colors. Put the two together for fun accessories with tons of colorful drama. Nonamesset scarf does just that with modular knit triangles that are joined as you go!

WEBS Anniversary Sale yarns - yarns with texture and color. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And don’t forget that I mentioned the weavers! These yarns create beautiful texture and color in your weaving. Here you can see we’ve used them as weft yarns paired with a simple warp of Juniper Moon Farms Zooey, a gorgeous linen blend.

So how will the colors and textures of these yarns inspire you? Tell us in the comments!

All Dressed Up Wrap

Monday, May 16th, 2016
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Not only is our Valley Yarns Goshen part of our May Anniversary Sale but we’ve also got exciting new designs in this yarn for you, and the All Dressed Up Stole is the newest!

The All Dressed Up Stole from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn and design, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Drape this stole loosely over your shoulders and secure with a bright shawl pin over a floral summer dress, or let it hang long and loose with a stylish belt for a more tailored look. This piece is a truly versatile addition to your wardrobe that works as a perfect extra layer in Spring and Fall.

The All Dressed Up Stole from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn and design, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog..yarn.com

Knit in Valley Yarns Goshen, the All Dressed Up Stole takes advantage of the silky drape of the yarn for a garment with beautiful fluid movement. With 25 colors to choose from you could go with an understated neutral like the sample, which was knit in #26 Steel, or add a bright splash of color to your summer wardrobe with #12 Lake or #10 Green Apple. Which color is calling your name?

Ready, Set, Knit! 444: LIVE from Tent Sale!

Saturday, May 14th, 2016
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This week Kathy and Steve are LIVE from our Annual Tent Sale!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #444 - Kathy and Steve LIVE at Tent Sale. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Kathy and Steve talk about all the great deals in the tent this year, the wonderful vendors at our fleece market and what it takes to pull this even together each year. And check out our live Facebook video of the show this year!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

The 14th Annual Tent Sale is happening NOW! Today and tomorrow, and don’t forget the 12th Annual Fleece Market today until 5! Check out the vendor list.

And don’t forget that our show is broadcast LIVE today so the podcast version of our show will be up just a little bit later than usual because of the remote broadcast.

Check out our first Facebook Live Video from our Summer Valley Yarns catalog photoshoot!

Upcoming Events:

The I-91 Shop Hop will take place June 23–26th. Get your passport now and plan your weekend!

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

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Valley Yarns Goshen

Friday, May 13th, 2016
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Whether you’ve been a loyal fan of Goshen since it debuted back in 2007, or you’re just discovering it this Spring, there couldn’t be a better time to get this yarn on your needles or hook!

Valley Yarns Goshen! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Goshen is a worsted weight blend of 48% Peruvian Cotton, 46% Modal, and 6% Silk that is milled and dyed for Valley Yarns in Peru. These long smooth fibers are blended together to enhance each other’s durability, strength and shine resulting in a yarn that has incredible stitch definition and longevity. This yarn is super resistant to pilling! The shine from the silk and modal, which is a rayon fiber made from recycled tree-based cellulose, really makes your stitches pop. Whether you’re making cables or an allover textured pattern with your stitches this yarn will showcase them beautifully.

Valley Yarns Goshen! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

This unique mix of fibers also lends an incredible smoothness to the yarn that not only feels silky to the touch, but actually feels cool against your skin, making it perfect for warm weather projects. My older daughter is a big fan of wearing beanies all year long and she loves my hand knits hats, but she’s not a fan of wool hats in the summer.  So I dug through our collection of Valley Yarns patterns and landed on the Embers hat. Originally knit in Amherst, this hat has a fantastically easy to remember 2 row repeat. You could easily knit this hat in one color for a beanie with great texture, but the magic really happens when you introduce a second color! While this may look like a complicated stitch pattern, or one that involves slipped stitches, you are only knitting with one color in each round and there are NO slipped stitches, just knits and purls! I chose the Green Apple and Seafoam colorways of Goshen for a subtle tonal quality. I used the same size needle called for in the pattern and knit to gauge. in the end I used less than a full skein of each color and used what yarn remained to make the pom pom.

Valley Yarns Goshen! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

l-r top: Hen Plaid Wrap, Winter Lake Henley, Goshen Crocheted Jacket, Park Pullover l-r bottom: Twilight Short Sleeve Sweater, New Hope Pullover, Anemone Mitts, Purlless Pullover

We’ve showcased Goshen in some of our most popular Valley Yarns patterns over the years. If you’re looking for everyday knit tops, accessories with a pop of color or cozy wraps, you’ve found the ideal yarn. What will you knit with Goshen? One of our original Goshen patterns or one intended for another yarn? Tell us all about it in the comments! Pick up a few skeins of Goshen today and give it a try. It’s part of our Anniversary Sale through May 31st, meaning you get each skein for only $2.79. That’s right, you could knit the Embers Hat for less than $6.00, or splurge a little and grab a bag, 10 whole skeins, for only $27.90!

It’s almost time for Tent Sale!

Thursday, May 12th, 2016
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Come to the 14th Annual Tent Sale this Saturday and Sunday! While supplies last, you’ll find deals on full bags of yarns, $2.50 and $5.00 yarn bins, hand-dyed yarn specials, and even more deals that can only be found at the WEBS Tent Sale! You can also take the opportunity to shop the 42nd Anniversary Sale in person in our store, PLUS save 20% on all in-stock spinning tools, fiber, and equipment! Doors open at 10am but you can peruse the tent and shop the Fleece Market a bit earlier, and if you do you might catch Steve and Kathy broadcasting Ready, Set, Knit! Live from the tent!

tentsale and fleece market

If you come shop the Tent Sale on Saturday, May 14th, you can also shop our 12th Annual Fleece Market, which features fleeces, fiber, yarn, and crafts from over a dozen local vendors!

Leyden Glen Lamb (Kristin Nicholas)Stitched by JessaluArtemisia Ink Studio ArtsWhispering Winds Alpaca FarmRag Hill FarmCeladon StudioThe Stonehill FarmWinterberry FarmCrooked Fence FarmKama Suutra Fiber Arts, From Fiber to Fashion, Red Barn Alpacas, and Barberic Farm. And if you forget to bring lunch or get overwhelmed by yarn fumes The Bistro Bus will be here at lunchtime (on Saturday only) to fuel you back up!

Valley Yarns on the cover of Vogue Knitting!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
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We’re so excited about Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2016. Not only is it packed with over 20 stunning knit patterns from some of our favorite designers, but our own Valley Yarns Charlemont made the cover in a design from Unjung Yun, the Leaf Motif Wrap!

Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2016 - featuring Valley Yarns Charlemont on the cover. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The open spaces that dot this sculptural wrap recall the look of windblown leaves. Knit in Charlemont, a pearlescent wool/ silk blend from Valley Yarns, garter-stitch leaf motifs are worked continuously with cast-on stitches to form a tiered panel. Each subsequent panel reverses the direction of the work, producing the subtly undulating texture. Dropped stitches worked throughout delineate the lacy look. They’ve even put together a quick tutorial on their Youtube channel to guide you through this fantastic technique!

Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2016 - featuring Valley Yarns Charlemont on the cover. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Whether you choose to use Charlemont in natural for a light, ethereal summer wrap or one of the vibrant jeweltones for a richly elegant look, this will be one of those accessories you’ll be happy you spent the time knitting for years to come! The Spring/Summer 2016 issue hits newsstands today so get out there and get your copy!

It’s another FLASH SALE!

Monday, May 9th, 2016
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Now through 11:59pm EDT, tomorrow, May 10th, you can take advantage of crazy-good savings on favorite brand name yarns and needles in our Flash Sale!

It's the May FLASH SALE at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Right now you can save an additional 15% off over 100 already reduced closeouts from Noro, Tahki, Schachenmayr, Rowan, Ella Rae, and more! Never get stalled starting a new project again with a Denise Interchangeable needle set, now an additional 20% off. This deal is limited to the inventory we have on hand so don’t wait to snap one of these up for yourself or as a gift!If that wasn’t enough you can now save 35% on 4 of our most popular yarns! Shibui Baby Alpaca DK Rowan Cocoon Louet Gems Fingering , and Louet Gems Sport.

This offer is good both online and in-store, but you have only have a little over 24 hours to seize your chance at incredible savings!