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Are you ready to spin? It’s Tour de Fleece time!

Monday, June 29th, 2015
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Team WEBS Tour de Fleece spinning challenge, read more on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Attention Spinners! Team WEBS Tour de Fleece 2015 registration is now open! If you’ve never heard of the Tour de Fleece, it’s a Ravelry spin-along that shadows the Tour de France bike race during the month of July. This is not a competition! It’s a chance to come together with other spinners, set personal challenges for yourself but, most importantly, have fun.  If you don’t have a consistent spinning habit, the Tour is a great incentive to spin on a regular basis for a month.  You’re welcome to use wheels and/or spindles and there will be prizes at the end of the Tour.  If you’d like to join us, please pop over to the All Things WEBS group on Ravelry and let us know you’re participating by this Friday, July 3.

Here are some guidelines, not rules,  for those of you just joining in this year – and a refresher for returning spinners:

  • Try to spin every day that the Tour is riding, July 4-26. There are days of rest, July 13th and 21st, so feel free to take those days off.
  • There are challenge days, when the riders are climbing. Give yourself a challenge on those days by spinning a new fiber or try a new spinning style, but save your biggest challenges for the second climbing stage, like when they tackle Alpe d’Huez on July 25th  – seriously LOOK at the climb up that mountain! See the full route here.
    • Climbing stages 10 -12 from July 14, to 16
    • Climbing stages 17-20 from July 22, to 25
  • Celebrate as you go with the colors you wear.
    • Wear Green: green is for sprinters, if you’ve been spinning FAST this color is for you!
    • Wear Polka-dots: dots are for climbing so break them out whenever you’re taking on a challenge!
    • Wear White: white is for rookies so this is the color for you if this is your first Tour!
    • Wear Yellow: the leaders wear the Maillot jauneor Yellow Jersey, following each stage of the race, so wear it whenever you feel particularly successful. And be sure to wear it on July 26th to announce your victory in completing the Tour!

The Tour runs Saturday July 4th through Sunday July 26th, this year. And don’t worry about how much you have to do to participate! There is no minimum, or maximum amount of fiber you need to spin through. You don’t have to spin every day and you don’t even have to measure what you DO spin. The whole idea is just to get you spinning and to have fun with it! However we will be announcing some prizes on July 1st and there will be specific minimums or types of fibers and yarns you’ll need to spin to win. Keep an eye on the Ravelry group for specifics!

I’ll be spinning from my stash which includes Hello Yarn club fiber, some Spunky Eclectic fiber, some great stuff from Into the Whirled, and maybe something from Abstract Fibers or Frabjous Fibers! What will you be spinning and what will you challenge yourself with?

Ready, Set, Knit! 405: Kathy talks with Leslie Ann Bestor

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with Leslie Ann about N.E.W.S., the bi-annual weaving conference hosted by the New England Weaving Guilds. This year N.E.W.S. is at Smith College the weekend of July 9 – 12.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #405 - Kathy talks with Leslie Ann Bestor, WEBS Weaving Manager. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Learn from internationally know teachers in a wide array of classes from short 3 and 6 hour sessions to multi-day classes on every topic from beginner basics to advanced weaving, and even specific techniques. You can register for classes now.

Check out the vendor show, as well as the gallery and fashion shows(the runway show is Friday night) that are open to the public.

In the WEBS vendor booth you’ll find a Toika computer loom set up for demonstration that is for sale at 15% off, lots off mill end yarns, tools and accessories, benches, boards, and books!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week :

Reminder:

I-91 Shop Hop is HAPPENING RIGHT NOW! You still have time to shop and hop, all stores are open today until 6pm and will be open again tomorrow from noon till 5pm. And don’t forget there’s a special kit with exclusive patterns available at each shop!

We are closed on July 4th and 5th to celebrate Independence Day – Shop in-store on the 3rd until 5:30pm and we’ll see you again on the 6th at 10:00am! Enjoy a safe and healthy holiday weekend.

Upcoming Events:

Summer Classes are online – sign up now before all the seats are filled!

Classic Elite Yarns Trunk shows are ongoing and there’s always something new to see! Stop by the store to see what’s on display.

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

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Ready, Set, Knit! 404: Kathy talks with Andra Asars

Saturday, June 20th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with Andra about the new Fall yarns from Berroco.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode 404 - Kathy talks with Andra Asars - listen now at blog.yarn.com

Northstar is a chunky, superfine alpaca with a touch of nylon, in all natural colors. Gusto is a thick-n-thin wool acrylic blend great for quick garter or stockinette accessories while Briza is a worsted weight nylon netting filled with blown in mohair for easy, lightweight cardigans and accessories

Artisan fills the need for a hand dyed look with great, repeatable kettle dyed colors, and don’t forget to check out Colora and Folio Luxe. Also be on the look out for Berroco’s extensive pattern support which will be arriving in the coming weeks, including Portfolio Vol. One – Celebrating 10 years of Ultra Alpaca!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week :

Reminder:

We are closed on July 4th and 5th to celebrate Independence Day – Shop in-store on the 3rd until 5:30pm and we’ll see you again on the 6th at 10:00am! Enjoy a safe and healthy holiday weekend.

I-91 Shop Hop is coming NEXT WEEK, starting on Thursday 6/25 – get your passport now! Shop Hop hours for all participating shops:

Th 10-8
F/Sat 10-6
Sun 12-5

And don’t forget there’s a special kit with exclusive patterns available at each shop!

Upcoming Events:

Summer Classes are online – sign up now before all the seats are filled!

Classic Elite Yarns Trunk shows are ongoing and there’s always something new to see! Stop by the store to see what’s on display.

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

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WEBS Mystery Blanket KAL and CAL- Joining and Edging

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
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It’s FINALLY time to put everything together!

If you’ve been keeping up then you’ll have 36 finished squares, 4 squares in each of 9 colors. If you’re setting a slower pace for yourself or joined us in mid MKAL/MCAL NO problem, the patterns will remain free and at these links! If you’re just joining in you can find all the square patterns here(MKAL), or here(MCAL)

You may want to take some time and lay all your squares out in a couple different configurations to see which one really clicks for you. Here we have 3 different options for you but they’re not the ONLY ones! Play with the texture and color layout for a day or two before you decide to make sure you’re really happy with it. You’ll note that the last option we show has only 35 squares – you can use that extra one as an accent pillow.

Finishing the WEBS MKAL/MCAL blankets, layout options and more on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Knitters: We’re offering you two option for both the joining and the edging! For both joining options you’ll need to start by picking up stitches, you then have the option of a three needle bind-off or an I-cord join. Once all your squares are together you can add a tidy attached I-cord edge or be little more fancy and add the Fan lace edge. We’re showing the Fan lace with each row worked in one color from your blanket.

Picking up stitches

JOINS

Three Needle Bind-Off

I-Cord Join

EDGES

Attached I-Cord

Fan Lace Edge – no video for this one as there’s no new techniques, just a combination of one’s you already know!

Fan Lace edge option for the WEBS MKAL blanket, more on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Don’t forget, we have a playlist for the Knit-A-Long blanket on Youtube to make it all easier (Please note that our techniques videos are NOT the patterns! These videos are here to help you understand the featured techniques, but you’ll need to refer to your pattern for specifics.) All the squares and join/edge pattern instructions can be found here.

Crocheters: You also have two option for both joining and edging your blanket! As with the knitters options, having a nice clean edge to work on before you start your joins really helps to bring the blanket together, so you’ll want to add a row of single crochet to each square edge before you begin your joins. Joining single crochet is a skill you got to practice earlier in the blanket, as well as a more open lattice double crochet join. For edging you can choose rounds of single crochet or a neat looped chain edge, both are shown with a row worked in each color of your blanket.

Adding a single crochet edge

JOINS

Joining Single Crochet – this one will be familiar from your Tunisian square from March.

Lattice Double Crochet

EDGES

Single Crochet

Single Crochet edge option for the WEBS MCAL Blanket, more on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Looped Chains

Looped Chain edge option for the WEBS MCAL Blanket, more on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

The square patterns as well as the join/edge instructions can be downloaded here (FREE). Did you know there’s a playlist for the full Crochet-A-Long and all the techniques on Youtube? (Keep in mind that our techniques videos are NOT the pattern! These videos are here to help you understand the techniques featured in our patterns, please refer to your pattern for specifics.)

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and tell us about your progress! You can do that here, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Ravelry, or post pictures of your progress on Instagram and tag them with #WEBSMKAL or #WEBSMCAL

We can’t wait to see your finished blankets!

Ready, Set, Knit! 403: Kathy talks with Beth Leggiere

Saturday, June 6th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with Beth Leggiere, owner of HandKnits in Brattleboro, VT. about the upcoming I-91 Shop Hop.

RSK 403

Beth relocated from Wilmington Vt and rebuilt after the devastation of Hurricane Irene. You’ll find lots of great, small and local fiber sources as well as your favorite brands. There are great raffle prizes at each store, each day, as well as a Grand Prize that you can enter to win.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week :

Upcoming Events:

Summer Classes are online – sign up now before all the seats are filled!

I-91 Shop Hop is coming June 25th through June 28th – get your passport now!

Classic Elite Yarns Trunk shows are ongoing and there’s always something new to see! Stop by the store to see what’s on display.

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

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Designer in Residence – the Lace Stole from Doris Chan

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
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June is here and summer is just around the corner! While we might all be ready for poolside barbeques and heat waves, Mother Nature seems to have different plans. It’s been rather chilly in the Northeast lately and the newest design from Doris Chan might be the perfect thing to keep you warm at that Graduation or late Spring wedding! The Lace Stole, crocheted in Valley Yarns 2/10 Merino Tencel is the third design from Doris Chan as WEBS Designer in Residence.

Doris Chan WEBS 2015 Crochet Designer in Residence, her third design the Lace Stole in Valley Yarns 2/10 Merino Tencel - learn more at blog.yarn.comLace accessories are not about warmth or coverage; they’re all about drama. Yes, in the cold you could gather up the Lace Stole and softly twist it around your head and neck for a scarf and enjoy the cozy feeling of silky wool yarn. But the glorious nature of a lace weight stole is truly revealed when you think of it as a statement piece. This whisper-light, crush proof, packable stole is born for travel. Simply stash it in a compact bundle in your bag (hopefully protected from snagging on anything), and when the moment is right to transition from dress-down casual to dress-up drama, pull it out, shake it loose with a flourish, and fling it around your shoulders. Graciously accept all the compliments!

Doris Chan WEBS 2015 Crochet Designer in Residence, her third design the Lace Stole in Valley Yarns 2/10 Merino Tencel - learn more at blog.yarn.comWhether you prefer classic neutrals, or rich jewel tones, there’s a shade of 2/10 Merino Tencel that’s perfect for your own version of the Lace Stole. Which color will you choose?

Ready, Set, Knit! 402: Kathy talks with Edie Eckman

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with author, and designer Edie Eckman. Edie will be at WEBS the weekend of June 20th and 21st teaching 4 wonderful classes. Sign-up for these classes now before they fill!
1 – Around the Corner Crochet Borders – with brand new unpublished border patterns!
2 – No Longer a Novice – Knitting Knowledge
3 – Intarsia without Fear
4 – Mix it up Miters

Ready, Set, Knit! episode 402 - Kathy talks with Edie Eckman - listen now at blog.yarn.com

They also discuss the release of the 2nd Edition of the Crochet Answer Book as well as Edie’s Craftsy and Creative Bug classes. You can find out more about Edie’s online classes on her website.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week – May Anniversary Sale deals!:

Anniversary Sale Yarns – Only 8 days left!

Reminder:

This weekend is the annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair in Cummington, today and tomorrow. WEBS is a proud sponsor of their Drop-in Spinning Area.

Upcoming Events:

Summer Classes are online – sign up now before all the seats are filled!

I-91 Shop Hop is coming June 25th through June 28th – get your passport now!

Classic Elite Yarns Trunk shows are ongoing and there’s always something new to see! Stop by the store to see what’s on display.

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

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Made to Border – Exploring Cables with Fiona Ellis

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
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It’s no secret that I am a big fan of cable patterns, and ever since my designs were first published (1999) I have been exploring creative ways to update the classics.

Exploring cables with Fiona Ellis on the WEBS Blog - read more at blog.yarn.com

I have long held the notion that maybe cables don’t have to be strictly vertical in placement with the same row pattern being repeated over and over. Maybe they can change, or morph, into new patterning so that they appear to determine their own path through the garment piece. I have played with this notion a lot over the years – Made to Border is my latest in this series of what I call “morphing cables” designs.

Along the way I have designed patterns where the cable gets wider and wider until it forms a yoke, attached I-cords to give the appearance of the cables beginning outside of the fabric piece, cables that have just given up and become simple stockinette, or ones that extend beyond a hemline or have parts cut away. The idea is always to make it look deliberate, rather than something odd happening because the knitter forgot to follow the pattern. In order to achieve this look I have found that each section has to relate to each other rather than simply introducing (in the words of Monty Python) “something completely different”.

What this means for the knitter is that there is often a complete change of pace part way through a garment, which I hope makes for interesting knitting – a carrot being dangled as it were. Of course there is a comfort to a learned pattern being repeated over and over, but sometimes we want something a little more challenging or to break up the regularity. The downside is that the charts for this type of patterning can be large and somewhat daunting at first glance. But they always build on the patterning that you have already worked (remember Monty Python), so when you do reach the point of change it seems like a natural progression.

Exploring cables with Fiona Ellis, Made to Border, on the WEBS Blog - read more at blog.yarn.com

In Made to Border I have lightened the overall look of the cabled garment by adding lacy elements. Nestled in between the lace are simple rope cables, which slowly begin a journey through the piece, first defining the border and then playfully diminishing in size, before finally becoming the simple rope once again. The lacy element comes along for the ride by being reintroduced in the center of each diamond shape. The cardigan is edged with an elegant attached I-cord, which you will know from my earlier posts is a personal favourite in combination with cables, but is also a minimal finishing look which doesn’t detract from the cables within the piece.

I hope that you have as much fun knitting this project as I had designing it! If you would like to hear more about what inspires me please join me on my website where I post on a new theme on the 9th of each month – I call it On-line, On-nine.

Happy cabling!

Ready, Set, Knit! 401: LIVE From the Tent Sale!

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
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This week we’re Live from the Tent Sale! Get a peek at what’s going on at the Tent Sale and find out what Steve brought in special just for this weekend.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode 401 - LIVE from the Annual Tent Sale - listen now at blog.yarn.com

Fleece Market Vendors
Whispering Winds Alpaca Farm
Rag Hill Farm
Moonshine Design
Stitched by Jessalu
Woollies of Shirkshire Farm
Red Barn Alpacas
Barberic Farm
Foxfire Fiber & Designs
Leyden Glen Farm
Artemisia Ink Studio Arts
The Stonehill Farm
Winterberry Farm

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:
MJ Yarns Simple Sock
Bijou Basin Ranch Bijou Spun Bijou Bliss
Opal Cotton Premium 2015
Cascade Eco+ (Anniversary Sale)
Sirdar Snuggly DK (Anniversary Sale)

Upcoming Events:

I-91 Shop Hop is coming June 25th through June 28th – get your passport now!

Classic Elite Yarns Trunk shows are ongoing and there’s always something new to see! Stop by the store to see what’s on display.

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

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WEBS Mystery Blanket KAL and CAL- Square Four

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
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Are you ready for our last square?

Do you have 27 finished squares from FebruaryMarch, and April? No need to stress if you don’t! Take this project at your own pace and pull all the pieces together on a timeline that works for you.

Crocheters: Crocodile Stitch is the name of the game for this square! With a square that is worked on the bias from one corner to the next, we’ll work half the square in crocodile stitch and finish off with alternating double and single crochet.

Crocodile Stitch

The pattern can be downloaded here (FREE). Did you know there’s a playlist for the full Crochet-A-Long and all the techniques on Youtube? (Keep in mind that our techniques videos are NOT the pattern! These videos are here to help you understand the techniques featured in our patterns, please refer to your pattern for specifics.)

KnittersThis square is all about texture! We’re creating an undulating chevron with knits and purls, broken by embossed sections created with simple increases and decreases. There are no new stitches in this square (yay!), but here a few tutorial to remind you of the less common techniques.

Make 1 Purl stitches

And Make 1 Knit stitches.

Purling multiple stitches together

Don’t forget, we have a playlist for the Knit-A-Long blanket on Youtube to make it all easier (Please note that our techniques videos are NOT the patterns! These videos are here to help you understand the featured techniques, but you’ll need to refer to your pattern for specifics.), and all the squares can be found here.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and tell us about your progress! You can do that here, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Ravelry, or post pictures of your progress on Instagram and tag them with #WEBSMKAL or #WEBSMCAL

Next month we’ll put it all together!