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Ready, Set, Knit! 432: Kathy talks with Heidi Hennessy

Saturday, February 6th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Heidi Hennessy of Pepperberry Knits which has become Lux Adorna. Heidi started as a knitter but really loved cashmere yarns. She would recycle thrift stores sweaters and would re-spin the yarn into heavier weights before she got into having the yarns manufactured for sale.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #432 - Kathy talks with Heidi Hennessy. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Their kits have been super popular, with mini skeins or multi colors sets with a free pattern included. Look for more kits under the Lux Adorna brand soon!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

TOMORROW, February 7th from 12-4pm,  join us for our 10th Annual Pre-Game Escape!

Be sure to take our survey to be entered to win a fantastic gift basket from WEBS!

Upcoming Events:

Team WEBS will be at STITCHES WEST February 18-21. Join us at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

WEBS Fall Retreat Sept. 16-18. Remember registration opens on Monday, February 8th.

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

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WEBS Spring 2016 Catalog is online!

Friday, February 5th, 2016
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While it’s been a fairly mild winter , compared with 2015, but I’m still ready to start thinking about camping, beach days and cool summer evenings. So the timing of the WEBS 2016 Spring Catalog couldn’t be more perfect!

WEBS Spring 2016 Catalog, online now. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

There are so many great, new yarns and patterns in our Spring catalog that I’m going to need a few days to decide on what to cast on for first. The Odele pullover in Berroco Mykonos,  the Tobay top in Tahki Yarns Malibu, or the Diamond Lace Sweater in Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim DK? And that’s just scratching the surface!

If you’re on our mailing list a copy should land in your mailbox in the next week or two, and if you’re not, sign up here!

Sharing your love of crafting

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
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I’ve spent the last decade or so teaching lots of strangers to knit and crochet. And while I’ve also done a bit of that with my family, teaching my daughters to crochet when they were little, I’ve never crafted with my Mom. When I was growing up she wasn’t the crafty one on the family, I had a plethora of grandmothers of different generations for that! Now that life has slowed down a bit for her she’s itching to spend some time making and crafting. We’ve talked about what we can do together, and work on while we’re apart, and she’s intrigued by the possibilities of weaving.

Choosing yarns for a first weaving project. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I happen to have two rigid heddle looms, a 20″ Flip and a 10″ Cricket. So we’ve planned to spend a weekend day together this winter so I can show her how to warp the Cricket, as I warp my Flip, and we can both start weaving a scarf. I want to make sure that this simple starter project keeps her interest so I want to use a yarn with lots of great color play for an interesting finished fabric. I’m loving the new Scheepjes Invicta Color and the Louisa Harding Pittura, both of which will create interesting fabric in plainweave.

Once she’s gotten through that first project I’ll let her borrow my copy of the Weaver’s Idea Book, and then I might get her a copy of Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom just so I can borrow it from her!

Who will you share your love of crafting with this year?

WEBS loves our customers!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
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We’d like to express our gratitude and appreciation for you this Valentine’s Day and offer you a chance to win a fantastic gift basket!

Take the WEBS mini-survey to be entered to win this project basket, now through 11:59pm EST Feb. 14, 2016. Read more, and find the link to the survey, on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Take a few minutes to fill out our mini-survey and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a full kit for the Noro Heart Blanket, everything you need to complete the project plus a little more! This kit includes the pattern, 3 colors of Noro Kureyon, needles, a custom Yankee Candle, chocolates and a sturdy project basket.

The survey will be open through February 14th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST, each person can enter once. Just 4 quick questions and this kit could be yours!

Ready, Set, Knit! 431: Kathy talks with Mira Cole

Saturday, January 30th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Mira Cole of Baah Yarns. She came back to knitting after living and teaching overseas, and when she had a difficult time finding hand-dyed yarns she decided to dye her own!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #431 - Kathy talks with Mira Cole. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Baah Yarns La Jolla, Shasta and Aspen are available at WEBS.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Sunday, February 7th from 12-4pm,  join us for our 10th Annual Pre-Game Escape!

Upcoming Events:

Team WEBS will be at STITCHES WEST February 18-21. Join us at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

WEBS Fall Retreat Sept. 16-18. Remember registration opens February 8th.

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

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Take the 2016 TNNA Fiber Arts Survey today!

Monday, January 25th, 2016
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Take the 2016 TNNA Fiber Arts Survey,  Jan. 25 - Feb. 13, 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

CALLING ALL FIBER ARTISTS! The fiber arts community needs your feedback. With just 10 minutes of your time you can take  the TNNA Fiber Arts 2016 Survey,  a major study of U.S. knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, cross-stitchers, weavers, and spinners. This survey is anonymous – you will not receive marketing spam.

By taking this survey you will…

–  Help fiber arts organizations and businesses serve you better

–  Tell retailers and brands what you want

–  Explore your fiber arts life

–  Get the chance to win one of five $100 fiber arts store gift cards

The results of this survey will appear in the fifth edition of the TNNA State of Specialty NeedleArts Study. The survey results will be available to non-profit fiber arts advocacy groups and TNNA members in mid-2016. TNNA is an association of hundreds of independent and family-owned fiber arts brands and retailers.

TNNA Fiber Artist 2016 Sweepstakes Rules. You have from Jan. 25th – Feb. 13th to complete the survey. Please give your feedback and thoughts as a fiber artist by taking the TNNA Fiber Arts 2016 Survey today!

Ready, Set, Knit! 430: Kathy talks with Courtney Kelley

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Courtney Kelley, of Kelbourne Woolens, about her new role with TNNA.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #430 - Kathy talks with Courtney Kelley. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

 

Learn about what TNNA does for the fiber arts industry and for you as a consumer, and be sure to take the 2016 TNNA Survey today!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! The first ever WEBS Knitting Retreat will happen this Fall on the UMass Amherst Campus,  Sept. 16-18 2016. Registration will open February 8th. Look for classes with Cirilia Rose, Bristol Ivy, Amy Hendricks, Kate Atherley and Anne Hanson! We’ll have more information for you in the coming weeks.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Sunday, February 7th from 12-4pm,  join us for our 10th Annual Pre-Game Escape!

Check out the feature on WEBS at Cut Out + Keep, in their Shop Showcase.

Upcoming Events:

Team WEBS will be at STITCHES WEST February 18-21. Join us at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

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

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WEBS is featured at Cut Out + Keep

Friday, January 22nd, 2016
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There’s a lovely piece about us on the Cut Out + Keep Blog in their Shop Showcase.

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Learn a bit about us, and check out a few free stitch tutorials!

Valley Yarns Amherst – perfect Winter knitting

Monday, January 18th, 2016
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As seasonal cold weather finally settles over New England I’m feeling the urge to knit something warm and cozy but I’m not sure if I want a blanket, poncho, sweater or a pile of accessories! As I was thinking about what yarn I’d like to use I remembered our Valley Yarns Amherst, 100% Merino yarn with 2 dozen colors to choose from.

Valley Yarns Amherst available at yarn.com

Knowing that it’s 100% wool means that I won’t have to worry about a larger project sagging out of shape after time. Being Merino it will be nice and soft, and with lots of color choices I can fill in gaps in my wardrobe, or coordinate with my home decor. I don’t find wool to be too scratchy so I’m comfortable wearing it against my skin, I don’t own any pets, and I don’t mind hand-washing projects so this one seems like a great fit.

Valley Yarns pattern 663 - The Oatmeal Afghan, knit in Valley Yarns Amherst. Available now at yarn.com

After going through all the great patterns that are available for Amherst (and you can too by clicking the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of this page), I decided that what I really wanted was a new blanket for my favorite chair at home, and the Oatmeal Blanket is perfect. While it may look like a big complicated counterpane pattern it’s actually much easier! The whole blanket is simple triangles that are whip-stitched together. Super portable until the very end. Now I just have to decide on color.

What’s your favorite project in Valley Yarns Amherst?

Ready, Set, Knit! 429: Kathy talks with Andra Asars

Saturday, January 16th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Andra Asars about all the great, new Spring Yarns from Berroco.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #429 - Kathy talks with Andra Asars. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Mykonos – If you loved Seduce you’ll love this one! And there’s great pattern support, Berroco #368 Mykonos with some great accessories and easy wear garments.

Corsica – A gorgeous cashmere and cotton blend. Berroco Book #37 0 Corsica is a dedicated pattern book with knit and crochet patterns.

Elba – 100% Cotton, in a tube ribbon. Lots of comfortable garments in Berroco #369 Elba to add to your wardrobe.

Indigo - New colors! and a great new pattern book, Berroco #371 Indigo Vol. 2

Berroco #374 Picnic – new patterns for Remix, Weekend, Weekend DK and Modern Cotton with lots of casual patterns for kids and adults.

The Amano Collection Trunk Show! Saturday, January 30th from 1-4pm, join Andra to learn all about the new Amano yarns! Try out the yarns, check out all the garments and enter to win the door prize.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Sunday, February 7th from 12-4pm,  join us for our 10th Annual Pre-Game Escape!

Upcoming Events:

Team WEBS will be at STITCHES WEST February 18-21. Join us at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

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

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