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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!

Tent Sale in just 4 days!

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
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We’ve been getting ready for weeks but like an ant’s nest that’s been kicked, all that activity has been below the surface until now! The Tent is going up and we’ll start filling it for you early on Saturday morning. Get here early for some of the best deals and to check out all the local vendors and shepherds at our Annual Fleece Market! And don’t forget that all of the great deals on the May Anniversary Sale Yarns will still be in effect as well as 20% off all in-stock spinning wheels and spinning supplies during Tent Sale. Will this be the year you FINALLY get to WEBS’ Tent Sale? or will this be your 14th visit? How many times have you made it?

The Annual Tent Sale at WEBS - America's Yarn Store, May 16th and 17th 2015. Will you be there? more info at yarn.com

WEBS Mystery Blanket KAL and CAL- Just 4 days till the release of our last Square!

Sunday, May 10th, 2015
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Later this week we’ll reveal the final squares for our Mystery Knit-a-Long and Crochet-a-Long! We’ve had a great time sharing new techniques and stitches with you and it’s time to cruise to the finish line. No extra needles or tools are needles for this one!

WEBS Mystery Knit-a-Long and Crochet-a-Long Square #4 revealed on May 14th, 2015. Have you joined in yet? read more at blog.yarn.com

And don’t worry if you haven’t started yet, both projects are open for you to join in at ANY TIME! Check out the first Square here, the second Square here, the third Square here and be sure to pop into our Ravelry group and join the discussion.

Longmeadow featured in Twist Collective

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
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The Windley pullover from the Spring/Summer 2015 edition of Twist Collective is knit in our very own Valley Yarns Longmeadow in the bright, and sunny, melon colorway.

Windley from Twist Collective Spring/Summer 2015 issue knit in Valley Yarns Longmeadow - read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

This perfect for summer pullover is worked in one piece from the top down with easy rolled hems, and a darling lace inset. With almost 20 colors of Longmeadow‘s cool cotton/mircofiber blend to choose from there’s sure to be a Windley in your future!

Designer in Residence – Made to Border from Fiona Ellis

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
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With the warmer weather finally starting to settle in we couldn’t be happier to present the latest design from Fiona Ellis, Made to Border! This cute little cap sleeve cardigan is perfect for throwing on over a tank top or light summer dress. The main feature of this design is the border patterning which morphs into gradually diminishing cables. The top is completed with simple edging and a knitted tie closure.

Fiona Ellis WEBS 2015 Knitwear Designer in Residence. Her third design, the Made to Borger cardigan, in Valley Yarns Northfield - learn more at blog.yarn.com

 

Made to Border will soon become your go to layering cardigan! The silk content of the Valley Yarns Northfield gives your stitches shine which enhances your stitch definition, a total plus with cable work, while the baby alpaca give it the softest halo, and the merino ties it all together into a springy yarn that is a joy to knit.

Fiona Ellis WEBS 2015 Knitwear Designer in Residence - learn more at blog.yarn.com

Which of Fiona’s designs is your favorite so far? Which sweater are you working on?

Ready, Set, Knit! 400: Kathy talks with Angelia Robinson

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with first time guest, Angelia Robinson, our featured Spring 2015 WEBS Emerging Designer!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode 400 - Kathy talks with designer Angelia Robinson - listen now at blog.yarn.com

Kathy and Angelia talk about learning to knit and crochet, juggling their favorite yarn art while raising kids, and Angelia’s process for designing her Emerging Designer eBook collection.

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

Reminder:

Mark your calendars, WEBS Tent Sale is happening May 16th and 17th, and don’t miss the 11th Annual Fleece Market on May 16th!

Upcoming Events:

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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May Anniversary Sale Yarns – available now!

Friday, May 1st, 2015
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We’ve reached the midpoint of our Annual Anniversary Sale and that means there’s a whole new pile of amazing yarns, as well as needles and hooks, for you to save on! From luxury fibers and workhorse classics to gorgeous hand dyed yarns and more.

Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy, part of the WEBS Anniversary Sale, now through May 31st at yarn.com

Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy is a great warm weather yarn with wonderfully saturated colors. You’ll make tanks and lightweight sweaters and accessories that will last for years and years, and only get softer with time!

Berroco Vintage, part of the WEBS Anniversary Sale, now through May 31st at yarn.com

Berroco Vintage is another great stash builder yarn! Perfect for any project that calls for worsted weight yarn, with almost 70 available colors, and washable to boot. You’ll be making projects for everyone on your list with this one!

Plymouth Yarns Gina, part of the WEBS Anniversary Sale, now through May 31st at yarn.com

Plymouth Yarn Gina‘s long sections of blended colors knit or crochet into amazing self striping patterns. Even the simplest patterns will seem so much more complicated when all the colors are revealed and the yarn does all the work for you!

Check out the full list of sale yarns here, which yarns will you choose?

Last days of the April Anniversary Sale yarns!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
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Have you taken advantage of the incredible savings on the April Sale yarns yet? You still have a few days to load up on over 50 incredible yarns!

Classic Elite Mohawk Wool - part of the April sale yarns at WEBS Anniversary Sale - available at yarn.com

Classic Elite Mohawk Wool is a great stash building yarn. Perfect for cozy sweaters, scrumptious socks and heirloom shawls, this yarn will hold up well to lost of wear and still hold your stitches beautifully.

Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande - part of the April sale yarns at WEBS Anniversary Sale - available at yarn.com

Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande is unbelievably soft with more squish than you can possibly describe. Comforting accessories and luscious sweaters await the knitter with this on their needles.

Rowan Pure Wool Worsted - part of the April sale yarns at WEBS Anniversary Sale - available at yarn.com

Rowan Pure Wool Worsted is everything you’ve ever wanted in a workhorse yarn. Perfect for sweaters and blankets to gift to the loved ones that won’t be hand washing their hand knits. With an incredible palette of colors you’ll be knitting or crocheting for everyone on your list with this yarn.

Don’t miss you chance to save on these yarns and more, the sale ends at 11:59pm EST April 30th. But don’t worry, there’s a whole new batch of sale yarns set to premiere on May 1st!