Perfect for a warming up a new house, welcoming family back, or bringing new family members home, the Welcome Home Blanket can be knit in different sizes for any occasion. Cheery, unisex colors and the classic feather and fan stitch pattern just feel like home. (HINT: Newborns, graduations, consolations or house warmings)
And here we are at the end of our KAL. Your Snow Family is all done and now they just need some trees to set the scene.
There are three sizes of tree to make in this pattern and they’re all really simple cones that just fly off your needles. Once they’re finished you can lightly stuff them to hold their shape but since they’re knit with 2 strands of Northampton held together, they may not even need it! You can even stack the individual trees to create one big evergreen.
And since you had so much fun customizing their accessories why not customize the trees? A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of my favorite holiday specials so I decided to take Lucy’s advice and make a, “big, shiny aluminum tree… maybe painted pink.” Well, it’s not aluminum OR painted but it sure is pink!
Thanks for joining the #SnowFamilyKAL How did you personalize your snowfamily?
With Thanksgiving being celebrated this week in the States the bell has been rung for the final round of gift making. While there may be a few of you out there who still have time for larger projects like a sweater, most of us need patterns for small or quick gifts, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be special! Our Great Gifts eBook has patterns perfect for the special people in your life and you still have time to make all of them.
The Basic Scarf from Measurements, knit in Northampton Bulky, is a bit of a choose-your-own-adventure scarf that even a beginning knitter can play along. With 5 stitch patterns to choose from and easy calculations to change the width and length of your scarf this may become your go-to pattern. The Welcome Home Blanket may be the perfect gift for the new baby in the family. The classic feather and fan pattern gets a modern update with bold blocks of color and the incredible squishiness of the Valley Superwash Bulky make this one a joy to knit. One of our newest yarns, Leyden, is show off to great effect in the Cobblestone Socks. The subtle pebbled surface of these socks works wonderfully with the variegated hues in the yarn and with some of the richer jeweltone colorways of Leyden these could be just the right pair of socks for the special guy in your life. The Rail Trail Mitts knit with two colors of Valley Yarns BFL Fingering would certainly be appreciated by the outdoorsy types in your life, the die-hard cyclist that’s still out on their bike in the snow or the early morning dog-walker. And the Forget-Me-Not Cowl is a beautiful, airy cowl perfect for a little extra layering. Knit in our 2/10 Merino Tencel which is available on cones with over 1,000 yards you could easily knit cowls for several friends or co-workers from the same cone.
Each pattern is available as an individual PDF for $3.99 or you can download the whole collection in the Great Gifts eBook for just $11.99. Who will you make these great gifts for?
In this episode they discuss Cirilia’s approach to organizing the book, how she writes patterns and the influence that her travel has on her designs.
Steve’s Yarn Picks :
- Opal Schafpate 6
- Schachenmayr Select Allegretto – Closeout
- Schachenmayr Belisia – Closeout
- Schachenmayr Select Scarlett – Closeout
- Kollage Glisten – Closeout
- Cascade Kid Seta – Closeout
- James Brett Rainbow Baby DK – Closeout
- Loro Piana 2/16 Cashmere (fingering weight) – Closeout
- Loro Piana 4/16 Cashmere (lace weight) – Closeout
TODAY Is Bag Day in Northampton! We’re open today until 5:30 pm and tomorrow noon – 5pm
WEBS retail store will be open Sundays through December 14th.
Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.
Whether there’s an experienced spinner in your midst or someone who’s interested in getting started we have everything you’ll need for great gifts this season. Fibers from wool to silk in gorgeous colors from Malabrigo, Sweet Georgia and Frabjous Fibers. Amazing resources like Ply magazine, The Intentional Spinner with accompanying DVD and the Spinner’s Book of Fleece. And all the tools any spinner could need from yarn gauges and niddy noddys to drop spindles and Spinning Wheels.
If you’re local to our retail store in Northampton MA, or you’ve been thinking of taking a trip to visit us, this weekend is the perfect time. It’s Bag Day in Northampton this weekend and we’re offering 20% off any one, regular priced, in-stock item for in-store customers only! If you have been thinking about buying a wheel for that someone special (or yourself!) stop by the store on Saturday 11/22 from 10am – 5:30 pm or on Sunday 11/23 from noon – 5pm and take advantage of the Bag Day special.
Please remember the Bag Day discount applies only to items that we have in stock in either our Northampton store or our warehouse, no special orders.
Kirsten says, “The Coppice Cardigan was a lot of fun to design. It combines one of my favorite Shetland lace patterns (seen with built-in increases in the recent Hazel Shawl) with one of my favorite cardigan structures – the folded rectangle! Funny how a simple, rectilinear shape can create flowing dolman sleeves and a gently curving neckline and hem. It defies all logic, but it’s a shape that seems to fit everyone no matter how big or small you make it! So don’t worry too much about gauge here, and feel free to block it as big as you like to open up the lace.”
Now your snow person just needs some fun accessories. The pattern includes an elfin hat and perfect little scarf, you can make the hat all in one color or add some bright stripes. I even stopped knitting my hat about half-way, just before the decreases in the pattern, and seamed it shut so I could add TWO adorably small pom-poms. You could also abandon the hat altogether and make some super cozy, and tiny, ear muffs with two simple crocheted circles and a chain between!
And don’t forget the scarves! Again, don’t be afraid to have some fun and add stripes or blocks of color. Customize your snow family to reflect who you are. If you’re thinking of giving a set as a gift why not dress them up in the recipients favorite team colors, or in colors to match their decor. Your possibilities are endless!
Next week we’ll knit up some evergreens to finish the KAL and the set. Show us how your snowpeople are coming along!
With so many amazing patterns to choose from it can sometimes be daunting to narrow it down to the few that you can reasonable get done before the holidays, and enjoy the process. Occasionally the perfect yarn crossed your path and solves all your problems. The Cheshire Cat 5-skein Pack from Wonderland Yarns is a combo of 5 mini skeins in gorgeous ombres or coordinated color stories, and they’re perfect for gift making!
Try the Stellar Beret or Circle Scarf from Linda Permann, Breda’s Cowl from the Fibre Company, or add stunning yoke stripes to the Icelandic Turtleneck from Crochet Me (pair it with Anzula Cloud for the additional yardage you’ll need for a sweater.) What projects will you make with the Cheshire Cat 5-Skein Packs?
This week Kathy talks with Bobbie Matela, Design Production Manager at Coats & Clark, about the yarns from Red Heart that you’ll now find at yarn.com.
Learn a bit about where Red Heart yarns are made , how to best care for your finished projects and check out the free patterns on our site!
Steve’s Yarn Picks :
- Valley Yarns Brimfield – NEW!
- Euro Baby Maypole
- Mirasol Sulka Legato
- Louisa Harding Grace Harmonies – Closeout
- Katia Jaipur – Closeout
- Noro Taiyo Discontinued Colors – Closeout
Be sure to tune in to the Yarn Thing Podcast on Tuesday 11/18 as host Marly interviews Kathy and Steve.
Next Weekend, November 22nd and 23rd – It’s Bag Day in Northampton! Get your shopping lists planned.
WEBS retail store will be open Sundays from 12-5 starting Nov 23rd – December 14th.
WEBS will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.