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Ready, Set, Knit! 409: Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski

Saturday, August 1st, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski about her newest book Lace Yarn Studio, a wonderful collection of patterns, from some of the best designers in the business, that celebrates using lace weight yarn for more than just lace knitting.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #409 - Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Be sure to check out Carol’s other books, patterns, her line of yarn and fiber, and her teaching schedule at Black Bunny Fibers.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week :

Reminder:

Stitches Midwest happens next weekend, August 6-9. WEBS will be there and you can save 50% on admission with a coupon from us.

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.

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

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It’s time for our End of Summer Sale!

Thursday, July 30th, 2015
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WEBS End of Summer Sale,  July 30 - Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

We can’t believe it’s the end of summer already! We’ve got to clear some space for all the new Fall yarns that are starting to come in which means that you get to take advantage of some incredible deals in our End of Summer Sale.

Schachenmayer Lova Fan in the WEBS End of Summer Sale,  July 30 - Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

It’s the perfect time to stock up on Schachenmayr Lova Fan, a bulky wool blend yarn in great sports color combinations. This yarn works up very quickly into mittens, scarves, and great hats in no time. I made a hat in less than 2 hours, in orange and black, to wear at my daughter’s field hockey games once the weather turns colder, and the yarn did all the striping! Just 2 skeins, less than $10, and a I used our FREE Last Minute Hat pattern, or you can check out all the FREE hat patterns in their My Mountain Schachenmayr Design Contest Winners eBook.

Noro Shiraito, shown here in the Asymmetric Shawl, in the WEBS End of Summer Sale,  July 30 - Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I’ve always been a fan of Noro yarns and the Shiraito has caught my eye. I love the idea of pairing this yarn with a coordinating solid, like you see in the Asymmetric Shawl, we even carry the Baby Cashmerino they recommend in the pattern! 2 skeins of each yarn plus the pattern will cost you less than $60 and you’ll have a gorgeous, and stylish shawl to show for it.

Blue Sky Alpacas Techno, shown here in Valley Yarns FREE Last Minute Mittens pattern, in the WEBS End of Summer Sale,  July 30 - Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Blue Sky Alpacas Techno has been one of my favorite yarns since it came in! Alpaca and merino blown into a silk mesh tube so you end up with a bulky yarn that is light as air, and it comes in eye popping colors. I used the yarn doubled and knit a pair of our FREE Last Minute Mittens in my daughter’s favorite green. Just 3 skeins of Techno would make 2 pairs, that’s just $15 per pair! There are also a few great FREE patterns from Blue Sky Alpacas for this yarn.

With over 50 yarns to choose from in our End of Summer Sale you’re sure to find some great deals to get you started on wonderful fall and holiday projects, as well as some great classic yarns to enhance your stash. The Sale starts today and runs until 11:59pm EDT August 22nd, so stock up now, quantities are limited! Which yarns are you excited about?

Design Inspiration with Fiona Ellis

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
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My goodness half of my Designer in Residence year is over and my fourth pattern was just launched! So I just did a quick review of what I’ve chatted with you about over the past few months; geometry, the humble I-cord and Morphing Cables. I guess it’s time I talked a little about how I find my inspiration. The best way I have found of generation my ideas is by taking photographs. Back on Sept 1st 2007 BI – that is “Before Instagram” (I can hardly believe it), I committed to taking photos to illustrate my journals. Up until that point my photo taking was more haphazard, but from that day on I have tried (and mostly succeeded) in taking a photo every single day. This kind of practice helps you develop a more artistic view of the, mostly mundane, everyday things that surround us. Or put another way it forces you to look at things that you see all the time (and mostly overlook) in a new light.

Ironwork - design inspiration for Fiona Ellis, WEBS 2015 Designer in Residence. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

As you can imagine I have amassed quite the collection of photos over these past 8 years. And through this process my fascinations have become very apparent. I have become very aware of my re-occurring themes/sources of inspiration. Collar Your Dreams springs from one of my favourites – ironwork, and more specifically the Eiffel Tower. OK you got me…the Eiffel Tower is hardly mundane and everyday, but the practice of looking at those objects transfers into my picture taking when I’m somewhere exotic like Paris.

Design inspiration with Fiona Ellis, WEBS 2015 Designer in Residence. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I’ve used ironwork as an inspiration source many times, but what is a little different with this design is that I wanted to incorporate the openwork feel that the tower, for me, epitomises. It’s not just about the lines, but the spaces in between the lines. There is almost a lightness or airiness to the structure,and that was what I wanted to try to capture. If you have ever been lucky enough to see it up close, maybe it has struck you as it did me, that when you walk around it each vantage point produces yet another beautiful curve or line with amazing geometric shapes nestled in between the main structural braces. So I placed arcs of eyelets holes between the cables, cables that I hope capture something of the graceful lines of this beautiful structure. If you are interested in hearing about my latest fascinations I would love for you to join me on my website on the 9th of each month when I post about what I’m currently finding inspiring. This month it’s all about my recent trip to the UK.

Ready, Set, Knit! 408: Kathy talks with Ben Levisay

Saturday, July 25th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with Ben Levisay of XRX, and Knitter’s Magazine about the upcoming Stitches Midwest show. If you’re going you’ll find over 130 vendors, more than 100 great classes and lots of new teachers!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #408 - Kathy talks with Ben Levisay. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

If you can’t do classes AND all the great vendors try one of the Market Sessions!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week :

Reminder:

Northampton Sidewalk Sale is happening this weekend. Shop today at WEBS, and the rest of the weekend downtown.

Now through Monday 7/27 save  an extra 15% off Noro, Sirdar, and Sublime Closeouts.

Upcoming Events:

If you’re local to our retail store we’re hosting another American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday July 29th, more info here.

Are you headed out to Stitches Midwest August 6-9 in Illinois? WEBS will be there and you can save 50% on admission with a coupon from us.

Bathroom renovations are happening in our retail store. Please,plan ahead for restroom stops before and after your visit to help alleviate lines for our customers and staff.

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

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How to Wear It – The Breezeway Pullover

Friday, July 24th, 2015
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Summer is in full swing but that doesn’t mean that you need to abandon your warmer knits or that a few cool evening aren’t going to sneak up on you! The Breezeway Pullover from our recent Valley Yarns catalog is a great transitional wardrobe piece that works well all year long and in almost any climate.

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

The loose, unstructured shape give this pullover versatility across multiple styles, and as a layering piece you can wear it in any season! We’re focused on summer looks here but you could add this over a great oxford with dress pants, or pair it with leggings, a cami, and some killer boots, topped off with a big statement necklace.

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

Hatfield is a 100% baby alpaca yarn in over 2 dozen lightly heathered colors so you’re sure to find a color to match this season’s trends or your tried and true wardrobe favorites.

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!

Introducing Valley Yarns Hatfield

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
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We’ve launched some great New Valley Yarns this summer, and with even more arriving in the coming weeks we thought we’d take some time to introduce them.

Valley Yarns Hatfield now available at WEBS and yarn.com

First up is our Valley Yarns Hatfield, a 100% Baby Alpaca, lace-weight yarn with over 400yds per skein. While it might seem a little early to talk about Holiday knits, who wants to think about winter when it’s 90+ outside, we only have a little over 20 weeks before the gift giving begins! This gorgeous yarn may be the perfect starting point. Light enough to be knit outdoors on a hot summer day without making you’re hands overheat, it will keep the wearer plenty warm when the cold winds begin to blow. Think shawls, lacy cowls, and even transitional sweaters!

Valley Yarns Hatfield now available at WEBS and yarn.com

And we already have 2 patterns to get you started on that gift list. The Breezeway Pullover is knit at a loose gauge into a roomy, casually shaped sweater that makes a great multi-season layering piece. The Composition Cowl uses a classic lace stitch, combined with garter stitch, for great texture without tons of work, and the length is totally adjustable! Or choose your favorite pattern that calls for a laceweight yarn. I’m thinking that maybe the Hazel Shawl, or the Greenway Shawl, is going to end up on my needles soon in Leaf Green, it’s my sister’s favorite color! What projects will you plan in Hatfield?

Emerging Designer – Debbi Stone

Monday, July 20th, 2015
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WEBS Emerging Designer Summer 2015 eBook: Sproutlet, from Debbi Stone. eBook and individual PDFS now available at yarn.com. Read more on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

We’re excited to bring you the second installment of our WEBS Emerging Designer series with the Summer 2015 Sproutlet eBook! Debbi Stone, who you may know from the Stitches of My Life Designs, has put together a mini collection of everything you need to bring that new baby home in style and keep them warm for the first few years! We’re always excited by Debbi’s fantastic accessory patterns and we couldn’t be happier with these designs! We asked her to tell us a bit about her process and inspiration.

WEBS: When did you learn to knit and what prompted you to start designing?

Debbi: I learned to knit from my grandmother the summer I was 7. She taught me to cast on and knit, no purling, and bind off. That summer I made a lot of garter stitch headbands! A few years back I was looking for a simple cabled cowl to knit for my daughters for Christmas and realized that I couldn’t find what I wanted on Ravelry. I knew how I wanted that cowl to look and how I wanted to construct it so I just started knitting. The next thing you know I had designed my first (very basic) pattern.

WEBS: Give us a glimpse into your design process, where/how do you find inspiration?

Debbi: Someone once referred to me as a “noun girl”. I take my inspiration from the people, places and things in my life. I’ve used everything from relatives, to places I love, and objects of my affection. Once I started keeping my eyes open the world of inspiration opened up to me.

WEBS: Tell us about your design aesthetic.

Debbi: I love to design accessories to pair with a simple, basic wardrobe. I wear a lot of basic black and love to put an accessory on to pull those basics together. I have found that this gives my mix and match wardrobe infinite possibilities, and creates many different looks with the same basic pieces.

The Sproutlet Sweater is an easy, top-down cardigan that you’ll reknit, in each size, every time they outgrow it. Paired with the Sproutlet Hat, and the Sproutlet Blanket, you’ll have one stylish baby ready for that first car ride home or an early autumn family picnic. All three patterns were designed in our line of Valley Superwash yarn, each using a different weight: DK, worsted, and bulky. With 12 colors available in all 3 weights you could make this set in a shade perfect for any baby, from the vibrant Spring Leaf green that Debbi chose to Soft Yellow, Natural or Misty Lilac. Or choose from over 20 other colors and create a set of hand knits in bold tones to gift with your favorite baby accessories.

WEBS Emerging Designer Summer 2015 eBook: Sproutlet, from Debbi Stone. eBook and individual PDFS now available at yarn.com. Read more on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Download all three patterns together in the WEBS Emerging Designer, Summer 2015 Sproutlet eBook for just $9.99 or download any individual pattern for just $3.99 each. You can find more of Debbi’s designs here on our site, and on Ravelry and don’t forget her collaborative designs with her friend Marcy under Adventures Du Jour. And check out WEBS Emerging Designer Spring 2015 eBook by Angelia Robinson with three stunning crochet accessories perfect for every season.

Ready, Set, Knit! 407: Kathy talks with Barry Klein

Saturday, July 18th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with first time guest Barry Klein, owner of Trendsetter Group. Barry has been working in the industry for over 40 years and run Trendsetter for the last 27.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #407 - Kathy talks with Barry Klein. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Barry discusses being the US distributor for Lotus Yarns, the Mimi recall and what you can do if you have Mimi in your stash at home. You can read more about the recall process in a letter from Barry, here.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week :

Reminder:

Now through Monday 7/20 save  an extra 15% off Plymouth Closeouts.

Upcoming Events:

If you’re local to our retail store we’re hosting another American Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday July 29th, more info here.

Are you headed out to Stitches Midwest August 6-9 in Illinois? WEBS will be there and you can save 50% on admission with a coupon from us.

Bathroom renovations are happening in our retail store the 3rd week of July, more details to come.

The Blue Sky Alpacas Trunk Show has grabbed everyone’s attention, be sure to stop by the store and check it out!

Classic Elite Yarns Trunk shows are ongoing and there’s always something new to see!

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

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Renovations at WEBS Retail Store

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
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Restroom rennovations begin July 22, please plan extra stops before you arrive. Read more on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Beginning July 22, and running into the first week of August, we will be renovating the restrooms at our Northampton Retail Store. While we’d love to be able to do this with as little interruption to accessibility as possible there may be times when only one restroom is available to both our customers and staff. Please plan extra stops into your trips to visit us during that time to help us all keep the lines short.

Restroom rennovations begin July 22, please plan extra stops before you arrive. Read more on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

 

Designer in Residence – Collar Your Dreams from Fiona Ellis

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
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Wow! July already and with all that glorious, hot summer weather, but before you know it a chill will settle into our evenings and the leaves will begin to change color as Autumn approaches. Once it does you’re going to wish you had a fantastic cardigan to ward of that cool weather. Fiona’s newest pattern as our Designer in Residence, Collar Your Dreams, may just be that perfect cardigan!

Fiona Elllis DiR FB July CYD

The Collar Your Dreams cardigan is the experienced, or adventurous, cable knitters dream, intricate and fun with just enough challenge! The cables, that incorporate eyelet holes alongside the crosses, were inspired by iron work and form shapes reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower. This multi-season cardigan sports a shawl collar worked in short rows and elegant, feature waist shaping.

DiR Pinterest JULY CYD

Knit in Valley Yarns Valley Superwash DK, with over 20 colors to choose from this one is sure to become a favorite wardrobe staple! Which color will you choose?