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March is National Crochet Month

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
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We’re always excited when March rolls around and we have the added incentive to feature extra crochet content! While we do work to make sure that crochet is represented throughout the year it’s really nice to make it our focus for a month each year.

Celebrate National Crochet Month on the WEBS blog - blog.yarn.com

We’ll be talking about the different crochet hooks we carry, we’re introducing a new styling guide on the blog for our Valley Yarns patterns and the first featured pattern is crochet. Our Ask WEBS posts will focus on answering your crochet questions this month, and we’ll launch the 2nd square in our WEBS Mystery Crochet-a-Long (It’s not too late to get started, you can join the CAL at anytime!)

Be sure to check out the hundreds of crochet patterns available on our website, with almost 200 FREE crochet patterns there’s sure to be something for everybody. And if you’re able to visit our retail store this month be sure to check the yarn swatches for all our new yarns, there are knit and crochet swatches for each!

Ready, Set, Knit! 392: Kathy talks with Norah Gaughan

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with author and designer Norah Gaughan about her last collection with Berroco as well as her work with Brooklyn Tweed and teh Fibre Company

Ready, Set, Knit! ep. 392 - Kathy talks with Norah Gaughan - listen now at blog.yarn.com

Norah talks about overbooking herself with independent design work as she settled into her new work schedule, working with new yarn companies, and all the teaching she’s been doing. You can check out her teaching schedule here and if you can’t make it to one of her workshops you can knit along with Norah on Creativebug.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Shop Hop Bag Day is next Saturday March 14th,  present a shop hop bag from any of the past I-91 Shop Hops and receive 15% off your entire purchase! In store purchases only.

Upcoming Events:

American Red Cross Blood Drive March 17th at our Northampton MA retail location – Give on St. Patrick’s day with a donation of blood for those in need! Donate blood or platelets. Give blood and you could help save up to three lives.

There are still open seats in classes with Margaret Radcliffe on April 12, Slipped Stitch Patterns and the Lazy Knitter’s Guide to Pattern Stitches!

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 One

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
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It’s finally time to cast-on, or chain to begin your squares!

Knitters: We’re making a tiled pattern of embossed diamonds with ALL of the shaping happening on the wrong side of the work! That’s right you’ll be increasing and decreasing on the purl side. It’s also a perfect background for some duplicate stitch embroidery, or a monogram, and this square is even reversible!

The pattern can be downloaded here (FREE) and to help you with those new stitches we’ve put together some video tutorials, We even have a playlist for the Knit-A-Long on Youtube to make it all easier.

Purling multiple stitches together:

Purling through the back loop:

Increasing on the purl side – Make One Purlwise:

Duplicate stitch:

Crocheters: We’re making yo-yos! And before you fret about having to make lots of little circles and sew them together make sure you watch our tutorial video. These little circles are made in two parts and joined as they are created!

The pattern can be downloaded here (FREE)and we have a great tutorial video to help you wrap your mind around how this one comes together. There’s a playlist for the Crochet-A-Long on Youtube as well.

Crochet yo-yos:

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

How to wear it – The Plesti Fair Isle Pullover

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
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Our Spring 2015 Catalog is online and is making it’s way to your mailboxes and with it comes a whole new bunch of Valley Yarns patterns.  We thought we’d share some styling suggestions for some of our patterns this year to help make these sweaters and accessories a part of your everyday wardrobe.

How to wear it - The Plesti Fair Isle Pullover on the WEBS blog - blog.yarn.com

First up is our Plesti Fair Isle Pullover, knit in Valley Yarns Northampton. This sweater features a wide scoop neck and a slightly over sized fit making it feel more like a comfy boyfriend sweater, but it can easily be dressed up. This sweater would also look great as an extra layer over a shirtwaist dress with a pair of knee boots!

How to wear it - The Plesti Fair Isle Pullover on the WEBS blog - blog.yarn.com

Though the fair isle work may look complicated there are never more than 2 colors in any row and the motifs are fairly large and easy to memorize as you knit. If you feel you need some practice before tackling the sweater the pattern includes a matching hat that ‘s not only a great to practice your color-work but makes a perfect swatch as well! You have over 3 dozen colors to choose from in Valley Yarns Northampton so the options are nearly endless.

Ready, Set, Knit! 391: Kathy talks with Shirley Paden

Saturday, February 21st, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with author and designer Shirley Paden about the 5th anniversary of the release of her book, Knitwear Design Workshop.

Ready, Set, Knit! ep. 391 - Kathy talks with Shirley Paden - listen now at blog.yarn.com

Kathy and Shirley talk about the design process, how to make a meaningful swatch, to slow down with your knitting, and Shirley’s upcoming Design Retreat at WEBS in May(please note the retreat is currently full). You can find Shirley on Ravelry, Facebook and Twitter.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Stitches WEST is happening today and tomorrow at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Stop by the WEBS booth and say hi!

The Stitch Sprouts Trunk Show is this Thursday night from 5:30-7:30! Meet designers Gudrun Johnston, Heather Zoppetti and Angela Tong, grab copies of their books and patterns, check out samples, and purchase their new yarn Yellowstone. The event is free but please register in advance!

Don’t miss your chance to meet and talk with Norah Gaughan on March 7th! Sign up now.

Upcoming Events:

Try your hand at Japanese knitting with Donna Druchunas, classes run Feb 28th and March 1st!

There are still open seats in classes with Margaret Radcliffe on April 12, Slipped Stitch Patterns and the Lazy Knitter’s Guide to Pattern Stitches!

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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Doris Chan – a Designer in Residence in her own words

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
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Our 2015 Crochet Designer in Residence, Doris Chan, took some time to write about the program, her history with WEBS, and how you can help her decide what Valley Yarns to use next and what to design, over on her website.

The Shawl Collar Stole from Doris Chan, one of six new designs available at yarn.com

About her first design, the Shawl Collar Stole, she says, “Anyone who has wrapped this baby around the shoulders does not want to take it off. Truth be told, I enjoyed the lush softness of the piece while I was creating the sample; this from a crocheter who has allergies, among them wool. Thick yarn, big hook, zero finishing, quick work, nearly instant gratification.”

Have you tried our Valley Superwash Bulky yet?

Ready, Set, Knit! 390: Kathy talks with Doris Chan

Saturday, February 14th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with our 2015 Crochet Designer in Residence, Doris Chan. Her first design, the Shawl Collar Stole is out now.

Ready, Set, Knit! ep. 390 - Kathy talks with Doris Chan our 2015 Crochet Designer in Residence - listen now at blog.yarn.com

Kathy and Doris talk about how Doris designs, her first trip to the store and warehouse, and the crochet friendly vibe at WEBS. You can find more of Doris’ designs on Ravelry and at Designing Vashti.

And for those of you wondering what all the snow up here look like, here’s Steve next to our monstrous snowbank!

Steve Elkins and the snowbank outside WEBS yarn store on Feb 13, 2015!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Sign up now for the WEBS Mystery KAL or Mystery CAL classes before they fill up! Classes Start February 21st!

Upcoming Events:

The Magpies Homebodies and Nomads Trunk Show from Cirilia Rose is on display in the store through Feb 23rd. Stop by and check it out!

Stitches WEST is happening at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA Feb 20-22, stop by the WEBS booth and say hi!

Try your hand at Japanese knitting with Donna Druchunas, classes run Feb 28th and March 1st!

Don’t miss your chance to meet and talk with Norah Gaughan on March 7th!

There are still open seats in classes with Margaret Radcliffe on April 12, Slipped Stitch Patterns and the Lazy Knitter’s Guide to Pattern Stitches!

Classic Elite Yarns Truck 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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Ask WEBS – Projects using two yarns at once

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
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Ask WEBS Feb.10, 2015  Using two strands of yarn in a non-color-work project - Read more at blog.yarn.com

When you first read through your pattern you may see a note that says to “hold the yarn doubled throughout” or “yarn is doubled throughout”, this means you’ll carry 2 strands of yarn and knit with them as if they are one strand. This allows you to knit at a bulkier gauge or to combine yarns for a completely different look and texture, like transitions of color. The Lodge Pole Cowl uses two strands of Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky for a chunkier gauge than one strand would have yielded and the Gradient Cowl from Shibui transitions colors easily by changing just one at a time.

Knitting two strands together as one - read more at blog.yarn.com

If your pattern is made up of short stripes, usually only 2 or 4 rows of each color, it may make more sense for you to “carry the yarn up the side” of your work rather that cutting and starting with new yarn for every new row – think of weaving in ALL those ends! The trick to this method is carrying the yarn up the side of the work each time you change color for the stripes. You’ll finish a row, and when you turn the piece over you’ll let the color you just finished with hang to the front of your work and bring the new color up behind to begin the new row. If you remember to change your colors this way for each color change it will be nearly invisible. The Garter Trap scarf, and the Chevron Tube Cowl are great examples of this technique!

Working with 2 colors in a project and carrying the yarn up the side - read more at blog.yarn.com

What techniques or stitches are you struggling with? Ask WEBS, we can help!

 

 

 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day

Monday, February 9th, 2015
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Our new Heart Pops Hat pattern is not only adorable but FREE!

The Heart Pops Hat pattern - FREE at yarn.com

Just two skeins of Valley Yarns Berkshire is actually enough to make two hats (in opposite colors). And try the Clover Heart-Shaped Pom-pom maker for the perfect topper to this little hat. What colors would you use?

Ready, Set, Knit! 389: Kathy talks with Benjamin Levisay

Saturday, February 7th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with President of XRX and Knitter’s Magazine, Benjamin Levisay, about the upcoming STITCHES WEST show.

Ready, Set, Knit! ep. 389 - Kathy talks with Benjamin Levisay about STITCHES WEST 2015 - listen now at blog.yarn.com

Kathy talks to Benjamin about his now retired podcast, the Fiber Hooligan, and what you can expect at STITCHES WEST this year, from classes to market sessions and what to expect on the market floor.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Sign up now for the WEBS Mystery KAL or Mystery CAL classes before they fill up!

Upcoming Events:

Join us for a Yarn Tasting with Cascade Yarns on Feb 12th.

Don’t miss your chance to meet and talk with Norah Gaughan on March 7th!

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

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