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Designer in Residence – Changing Tack from Fiona Ellis

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
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Fiona Ellis WEBS 2015 Knitwear Designer in Residence. Her fifth design, the Changing Tack Pullover, in Valley Yarns Brimfield - learn more at blog.yarn.com

September always seems to sneak up on you. The last heatwave of August rolls right into the first frosts of autumn.  To celebrate the changing of the seasons why not knit Changing Tack, the newest pattern from our  Designer in Residence, Fiona Ellis. The Valley Yarns Brimfield is a gorgeous blend of extrafine merino and silk with a shine you won’t believe. Be adventurous and use the peridot color in the sample or try one of a dozen other shades.

Fiona Ellis WEBS 2015 Knitwear Designer in Residence. Her fifth design, the Changing Tack Pullover, in Valley Yarns Brimfield - learn more at blog.yarn.com

Changing Tack is a perfect between-season sweater, inspired by traditional cabled sweaters but with a modern twist. The pattern placement and repeats are set asymmetrically on the figure-flattering silhouette to give an updated look. The slightly flared sleeves add to the feminine appeal. Knitting with Valley Yarns Brimfield takes this pullover to the next level with gorgeous stitch definition and a wonderful sheen from the silk.

Fiona Ellis WEBS 2015 Knitwear Designer in Residence. Her fifth design, the Changing Tack Pullover, in Valley Yarns Brimfield - learn more at blog.yarn.com

Five gorgeous patterns already this year. Where does the time go?! You have just enough time to knit Changing Tack before we reveal the final design from Fiona in this Series. Which design has been your favorite?

Ready, Set, Knit! 412: Kathy talks with Doris Chan

Saturday, August 29th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with WEBS 2015 Crochet Designer in Residence, Doris Chan!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #412 - Kathy talks with Doris Chan. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

The talk about the surprising simplicity of her newest design, the Crocheted Goshen Jacket, and how sophisticated and elegant it can look.

WEBS was a sponsor of the 2015 Crochet Guild Crochet Design Contest – check out the winners on their recap blog post.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week :

Reminder:

Fall classes are open. Register now, they’re filling fast!

Bathroom renovations are happening in our retail store. We are now restricted to a single stall for all our customers and employees. Please plan ahead for restroom stops before and after your visit to help alleviate lines for other  customers and staff. We will be down to just one bathroom stall through the Labor day weekend – PLEASE plan ahead.

Upcoming Events:

Registration for Spinzilla opens Sept. 1st at 10am. Are you ready?

Sign ups are open for our annual bus trip to Rhinebeck – get your seat now!

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

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FREE Shipping with a $25 Valley Yarns Purchase continues

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
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I don’t know about you but I’m glad that there’s a little something for me in the midst of all this back-to-school shopping! I have a high-schooler and a middle-schooler this year and between the backpacks, notebooks, binders, new clothes and the equipment for Fall sports I was feeling a little left out of all the shopping fun. The good news is I can add a few great yarns to my stash, get a jump start on holiday gift projects and not have to pay for shipping!

Take advantage of our End of Summer FREE Shipping promo - now through Aug 30th. Details on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I’m loving the new Hatfield from Valley Yarns, buttery soft baby alpaca in some gorgeous colors. The Fruits of the Forest Shawl would be just perfect for my Sister-in Law and I’ll only need 2 skeins!

Take advantage of our End of Summer FREE Shipping promo - now through Aug 30th. Details on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Another great 2 skein project is the Tokudama Socks in Valley Yarns Huntington. I’m planning on making socks in my oldest daughter’s school colors for spirit days, orange and black! That right there is $25.56 in Valley Yarns, FREE Shipping is mine!

Take advantage of our End of Summer FREE Shipping promo - now through Aug 30th. Details on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I’m going to add a Pepperberry Knits Fun Size Bundle to my order and make a stripey, chevron cowl just for me! And I might add some single skeins of Color by Kristin, and a few cones of the 30s Yorkshire Wool for some weaving projects I have in mind.

How will you take advantage of the FREE Shipping offer? Will you plan out a few projects, fill your stash with great workhorse yarns or take the leap with a few luxury splurges?

How to Wear It – The Converging Cables Cardigan

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
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Every one needs that perfect go-to sweater for Fall, the one that fits beautifully and goes with almost everything in your wardrobe. The Converging Cables Cardigan fits the bill! Knit in Valley Yarns Stockbridge a 50/50 bland of superfine Alpaca and wool with almost two dozen colors to choose from, you won’t have a problem finding the perfect color for you.

This pattern integrates top-down, seamless design with set-in sleeves, ribbed saddle shoulders, and traditional Aran cables that grow closer together over the length of the body. Ribbed panels on the front and back help give it the perfect fit.

How to Wear It - The Converging Cables Cardigan. Show us how YOU wear your Valley Yarns knits, more info on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com #VYwearit

We’d love to see your finished garments! Anytime you’ve made a Valley Yarns pattern be sure to tag it with #VYwearit We may feature you here on the blog, highlight you on our Facebook page, or repost you on Instagram!

No new Ready, Set, Knit! this week – What are you working on?

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
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There’s no new show this week, but but you can cool down a bit just by listening to this episode from February of this year when we were in the grip of a record breaking cold snap!

With some steadily hot temperatures and high humidity in the Northeast this past week it’s been hard to find projects to work on that didn’t make it even worse! What do you knit/crochet when it’s too hot but you just can’t help yourself?

Our End of Summer Sale ends tomorrow!

Friday, August 21st, 2015
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Have you taken advantage of our End of Summer Sale? Did you stock up on Color by Kristin, Blue Sky Alpacas Techno, Noro Shiro, Rowan Frost and almost 60 other yarns? Did you take advantage of the incredible sale prices on Colonial Needle Company Rosewood needles? Did you check out the amazing coned yarns? And don’t forget the yarns that got added after the sale started, Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca and Discontinued colors of Louet Gems Fingering, Sport and Worsted!

WEBS End of Summer Sale ends at 11:59 EDT on August 22, 2015. Take advantage of up to 60% off over 60 yarns and needles while you still can at yarn.com

It’s your last chance! Stock up your stash and plan your holiday projects now while you can still save up to 60% off the original prices on some of these incredible yarns.

End of Summer Sale – Bulky yarns for quick projects

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
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Chilly Autumn days are just around the corner and we have some great yarns in our End of Summer sale perfect for working up chunky, last minute accessories and garments.

Plymouth Yarns Sophia Tweed in the WEBS End of Summer Sale, until Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com Great for quick knit, crochet or woven accessories! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Plymouth Sophia Tweed not only has great color, but amazing texture as well. A lightly spun single of wool and acrylic is wrapped with a rayon thread for a thick and thin yarn with so much color! This yarn could be worked on smaller needles at a worsted gauge for a dense fabric or loose and light for bulky scarves and hats with lots of warmth but not a lot of weight. I even wove up a scarf on my cricket loom, I used a 5 dent reed, and it only took me 2 hours! 3 skeins would easily make two 60″ plainweave scarves, not bad for just under $21.

grandiosa

Grandiosa is a beautiful super bulky, wool and alpaca blend in hand dyed colors. Not only would this make super cozy accessories but great little sweaters, too.

deaire

If you’re looking for a bulky yarn that doesn’t weigh down your knitting then Plymouth DeAire is the yarn you’re looking for! With an I-cord construction there’s lots of air in this yarn giving you tons of warmth without the weight. It even knits up into wonderful blankets, like this one that only uses 9 skeins, less than $80 for that whole project!

Do you have a favorite go-to project for bulky yarn?

Ready, Set, Knit! 411: Kathy talks with LA Bestor

Saturday, August 15th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with WEBS Weaving Manager, LA Bestor, about Spinzilla and Spinning and Weaving Week in October.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #411 - Kathy talks with LA Bestor. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Sign-ups open on Sept. 1st for our Spinzilla team, we’re prepared to spin our way to victory! Join us for a Pajama Party Spin-in and lots more fun if you’re local to WEBS, and look for some great prizes for our team members.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week :

Reminder:

Sign ups are open for our annual bus trip to Rhinebeck – get your seat now!

Upcoming Events:

Bathroom renovations are happening in our retail store starting August 23rd. Please plan ahead for restroom stops before and after your visit to help alleviate lines for our customers and staff. We will be down to just one bathroom stall through the Labor day weekend – PLEASE plan ahead.

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

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End of Summer Sale – great weaving yarns!

Thursday, August 13th, 2015
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There are some great yarns on sale for weavers in our End of Summer Sale, too!

Coned yarns for weavers in the WEBS End of Summer Sale, until Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com Loro Piana Cashmere, Yorkshire Wool, Alpaca blends and Valley Yarns favorites. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The 30s Yorkshire wool comes in almost 50 colors, with a wonderful array of neutrals and  jewel tones, that would weave up into gorgeous scarves and yardage for sewn garments. It’s also a wonderful yarn for knitting lace! Your favorite Shetland pattern would look amazing knit up in this yarn.

Another coned yarn in gorgeous neutrals is our 2/24 Alpaca Wool from Loro Piana. A high alpaca content makes this yarn super soft and will lend your woven pieces amazing drape. We also have a 2/16 Cashmere in a soft, natural fawn color. Not only can weave, knit or crochet with this one but It takes dye beautifully. Grab a cone and dye your own cashmere yarn!

Valley Yarns Charlemont in the WEBS End of Summer Sale, until Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com An incredible sock yarn that works beautifully in woven fabrics. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And don’t forget Valley Yarns Charlemont! Not just for knitting and crochet, we love weaving with this yarn and even have 2 drafts for you! The Meta Weave Scarf (pictured in detail above) and the Charlemont Lace Scarf.

Be sure to check out all the yarns in this years’ sale! Are you planning to weave with any knitting yarns? Or to knit with any weaving yarns?

End of Summer Sale – Noro and striping yarns

Monday, August 10th, 2015
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If you’re a fan of Noro you have to love the idea of a Noro yarn with cashmere! Shiro is a wool/silk blend with 30% cashmere in some of your favorite Noro color combos. With a little more than one skein you can make the adorable Eyelet Beanie, 3 skeins will make 2 hats! At a DK weight this yarn is perfect for all kinds of accessories and garments.

Noro Shiro in the WEBS End of Summer Sale, until Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com Perfect for the Eyelet Beanie. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

We have several other yarns that work up with great colors shifts. Souk from Cascade yarns is a blend of wool and silk with nice, long color repeats, and several FREE patterns! Try the shawl, cowl or sweater or substitute this yarn into your favorite pattern that calls for a worsted weight yarn.

Cascade Souk in the WEBS End of Summer Sale, until Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com Great for hats, shawls, and colorful accessories. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Wisdom Yarns Poems Forte is a super bulky wool yarn with fun color shifts. This would work up into quick and easy accessories, hats, mittens, scarves. I even crocheted a cowl for myself while watching a movie the other night, simple and easy double crochet letting the yarn do all the work! And because it’s 100% wool this yarn would also felt beautifully.

Wisdom Yarns Poems Forte in the WEBS End of Summer Sale, until Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com Crochet a quick cowl while you binge watch your favorite show. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Do you have any projects planned for these yarns?