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Knitted Knockers at STITCHES West

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
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Our friends at STITCHES West have teamed up with Knitted Knockers for a fundraiser with a pretty great incentive. They’ll be donating a STITCHES Prize package (worth $1945 – $2309) that will be won by someone who donates $10 to Knitted Knockers, you can find all the details here.
Knitter Knockers at STITCHES West 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com
They’re also hosting a STITCHES West knocker drive with a goal of 1000 knit and/or crocheted knockers. You can knit or crochet knockers then send them, or bring them, to the Knitted Knocker booth (stuffed or un-stuffed). You can bring your knit or crochet knocker to the show and drop them off at the Knitted Knockers booth. Of you can mail them to XRX, Inc. by February 1, 2016 at the address below. Please include a note with your knit or crochet knocker(s) with your name and address.
   XRX, Inc.
Knitted Knockers
2704 West 3rd Street
PO Box 965
Sioux Falls SD 57101
If you have the yarn you want to work with, that’s great, but please remember that knockers need to be made of soft, washable, non-wool and of either sport, or DK weight. Our Valley Yarns Longmeadow is a great option! If you’re looking for patterns or technique videos to get you started, you can find those on the Knitted Knockers ‘Make a Knocker’ page.

The Downton Abbey Collection

Monday, January 11th, 2016
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Whether you’ve been following the saga of the Crawley family since the sinking of the RMS Titanic, or you’ve just binge watched seasons 1-5 to get ready for the last episodes, if you consider yourself a Downton fan you’ll want to get your hands on some of the new yarns in the Downton Abbey Collection.

Downton Abbey Collection yarns available at yarn.com

Lady Mary is a soft, chain-plied blend of acrylic and metallic thread for a touch of sparkle in a versatile DK weight yarn that’s perfect for elegant accessories.

Downton Abbey Collection yarns available at yarn.com

Lady Sybil is a sport weight blend of acrylic, mohair and polyamide with a gentle halo,  in softly heathered colors that will turn into gorgeous sweaters, hats and accessories.

You’ll also want to check out Branson and Matthew as well as a great collection of FREE patterns that celebrate your favorite characters.

Ready, Set, Knit! 428: Kathy talks with Amy Greeman

Saturday, January 9th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with WEBS Education Manager, Amy Greeman about the top patterns of 2015 at WEBS.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #428 - Kathy talks with Amy Greeman. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

#1 pattern of 2015 was from Blue Sky Alpacas – The Lanesboro Vest

#2 is from Debbi Stone, at Stitches of My life Designs – the Wanda Estelle

#3 comes from The Fibre Company – the Keswick cardigan

#4 is another from Debbi Stone – the Sproutlet Baby Blanket

#5 Jo Sharp is back with the Garter Stitch Jacket

They were So close to the top 5 we couldn’t help but mention #6 and #7, both from Shibui, the Facade scarf and the Emboss jacket

And don’t forget to check out the Valley Yarns eBook – Last Minute Knits with some great chunky, cold weather knits.

Amy’s Yarn Picks of the week: The Downton Abbey Collection!

Reminder:

Saturday, January 30th from 1-4pm, join Andra from Berroco and learn all about the new Amano yarns!

Sunday, February 7th from 12-4pm,  join us for our 10th Annual Pre-Game Escape!

Upcoming Events:

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

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The Martin Storey Knit Along 2!

Friday, January 8th, 2016
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Rowan Yarns has teamed up with Martin Storey for another incredible Blanket Knit-a-Long.

Rowan Yarns 2016 Blanket Knit-a-Long in Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The fun kicks off when the first square is released on January 28th. For this year’s blanket Martin looked to Northern European knitting traditions for inspiration, drawing patterns and textures from the Shetland Isles; the Faeroe Isles; Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Iceland. 8 squares will be released every two weeks over the course of the project, each knit 6 times, culminating in a stunning design made up of 48 squares in total. The final, and ninth release,  May 12th features the edging design.

Rowan Yarns 2016 Blanket Knit-a-Long in Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comAlso new this year, you can choose from four suggested palettes in Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted, chosen to fit in with most popular, interior colour schemes. A very soft and natural palette: a calming, blue palette; a fresh green and a zingy, and a warm spice palette.

And don’t worry if you’re new to knitting! this KAL has been designed with the beginner knitter in mind.  In this blanket you’ll create motifs in one color and two color squares.  Delicate motifs in simple texture, lace and  a further option that introduces the beginner knitter to a simple bead technique, patterns and different stitches.

Keep an eye on Rowan Yarns’  YouTube channel for an exclusive interview and tutorials from Martin himself.

2015 Year End Blowout Sale: Stash It!

Thursday, December 31st, 2015
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Our Annual Year End Blowout Sale is a always a great time to add some staples to your yarn stash. Sweater quantities of workhorse yarns and single skeins of something special for perfect accessories.

Great stash yarns in WEBS Year End Blowout Sale. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Berroco Weekend Chunky is a fantastic yarn to have on hand for quick, warm weather garments. A chunky blend of cotton and acrylic means you’ll have all the cool properties of cotton yarns but the acrylic content means that it won’t lose it’s shape!

For larger garments and home decor items that need to be 100% washable Loren Patik can’t be beat. With almost 2 dozens colors, this yarn is the right choice for afghans and blankets. A whole bag, 10 skeins, is only $19.99 and you’ll have 2,290 yards to work with!

If you’re looking for some fun color play Cascade Casablanca is a self striping, single-ply yarn available in beautiful, self-striping color blends from neutrals to rich jewel tones. Light and soft, with a slight tweedy texture from the silk and a halo effect from the mohair, this yarn is perfect for those special accessories.

And nothing is more luxurious than silk! Debbie Bliss Luxury Silk is an incredibly soft and smooth yarn, with a silky glow. A delight against the skin, this yarn will knit into lovely warm weather sweaters and accessories.

What will you add to your stash from this year’s sale?

2015 Year End Blowout Sale: Kits and Sets

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
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Our annual Year End Blowout Sale is in full swing and with over 50 yarns at up to 55% off but there’s lots of great stuff in the sale that isn’t just yarn!

The Year End Blowout Sale at WEBS, through January 4th 2016. Yarn, Kits, Needles and more! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The Knitter’s Pride Marblz Interchangeable Circular Needle Designer Set  is a Limited Edition set in colorful, patterned acrylic. The acrylic is hand-mixed, creating patterns that are unique to each needle! The set includes 9 pairs of  needles tips from US size 4 to 11, as well as cables, connectors and more for only $89.99.

The TSCArtyarns Zara Slip Stitch Layette Set includes the patterns and all the yarn you’ll need for an adorable 3-piece set. Make a hat, booties and a blanket in one of three colorways: It’s a Boy!, It’s a Girl!, and We Don’t Know Yet!

Now that all your holiday gifts have been made and given you can work on something for yourself! The Dream in Color Chelsea’s Cowl kit is available in 2 colorways of their gorgeous Jilly yarn and includes a link to the pattern.

Why not get started on some beautiful ornaments for next year? At just $14.99 each the Nelkin Designs Beaded Lights Adornments Kit and Beaded Stars Adornments Kit are just perfect for adding an extra bit of sparkle to your holiday decorating.

And why not a bit a whimsy? The next time your favorite knitter or dancer has a birthday surprise them with more than just a card, give them a sheep or ballerina from Mochimochi Land. These kits come complete with enough fingering-weight yarn and stuffing to knit two or three itty-bitty things. Make them into pins, ornaments, or just fun little trinkets!

And don’t forget we have LOTS of great deals that are only available in our retail store. If you’re in the Northampton, MA area before January 4th be sure to stop in and check them out! What will you take home from this year’s sale?

Ready, Set, Knit! 427: Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski

Saturday, December 26th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski for their 6th annual year end review!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #427 - Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Kathy and Carol talk about big trends in the knitting and yarn world as well as trade shows, retreats and some of their favorite products.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week from our Year End Blowout Sale! : 

Reminder:

WEBS will be closing at 4pm Dec 31st and closed  Jan. 1st.

Year End Blowout Sale runs through Jan 4th.

Upcoming Events:

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

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It’s the 2015 Year End Blowout Sale!

Monday, December 21st, 2015
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Our annual Year End Blowout starts online tomorrow but you can browse the sale yarns now! We’ve got over 70 yarns in the sale this year at up to 50% savings! Here are just some of our favorites.

Fibre Company Road to China Worsted in the WEBS Year End Blowout Sale Dec 22 - Jan 4. visit yarn.com for more details

Road to China worsted may be the most luxurious closeout yarn we’ve ever had! With it’s blend of 65% Baby Alpaca/10% Cashmere/10% Camel/15% Silk it is one of the softest, squishiest yarns around. We have a limited number of colors and skeins available in their old 50g put up. Get your hands on this one while you can!

Berroco Espresso discontinued colors in the WEBS Year End Blowout Sale Dec 22 - Jan 4. visit yarn.com for more details

Berroco Espresso is just what you’ve been searching for to make the perfect spring and summer accessories, a bulky cotton! The i-cord tape construction of this yarn means you get a large knitting gauge without the weight and bulk of a plied yarn. bright summer colors are perfect for lifting the winter doldrums and dreaming of warmer days.

Classic Elite Yarns Toboggan in the WEBS Year End Blowout Sale Dec 22 - Jan 4. visit yarn.com for more details

Classic Elite Yarns Toboggan is the perfect yarn for quick winter accessories, hats, mittens and cowls, as well as comfy sweaters. The wool/alpaca blend will keep you warm and cozy.

There are also quite a few coned yarns for weavers and some spinning fiber! Plan out your shopping now with our sale preview and start filling your carts tomorrow! And if you’re local to the store be sure to stop in and start shopping the sale on Saturday December 26th. We have all kinds of deals and yarns that will only be available in the store! The sale runs through January 4th.

Ready, Set, Knit! 426: Kathy talks with Amy Greeman

Saturday, December 19th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks Amy Greeman, WEBS Education Manager, about the new Winter Spring 2016 classes. All classes are up on the website and open for registration.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #426 - Kathy talks with Kate Amy Greeman. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Weaving classes – highlights
Paula Veleta – Advanced Beginner Rigid Heddle, Barbara Elkins – 4-shaft double weave!! She doesn’t teach often, take advantage!, Lisa Hill – Deflected Double Weave

Knitting classes – highlights
Assistance Store Manager Beth Decker – Custom Fit Workshop, Barry Klein – Short Rows, The Moving Waves Shawl, Slip Stitch (as well as a trunk show and lots of Trendsetter yarns that are not normally available at WEBS!), Cynthia Shepherd – Intro to Brioche Knitting as well as Intermediate Brioche

Spinning classes – highlights
Amy King from Spunky Eclectic – Texture and Color, and Spinning Sock yarn

Remember, Drop-in is no on hiatus until after the 1st of the year but will start up again on January 5th and don’t forget that Crochet drop-ins happen one thursday evening per per month starting again in January.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week : 

Reminder:

WEBS will be closed Dec. 25th and Jan. 1st. Dec 24th and 31st we will be closing at 4pm.
Tomorrow is our last open Sunday!

Upcoming Events:

Year End Blowout Sale! Starts Online Dec 22, In-store Dec 26, and runs through Jan 4th.

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

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Last Minute Gifts to make

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
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There’s still time to work up a few last minute hand knit and crocheted gifts!

Last minute gifts to make on the WEBS Blog. Read more at blog.yarn.com

The Bookstack Cowl,  from our Knit & Purl eBook, features addictive spiraling rib stitch pattern that is almost mesmerizing when paired with the subtle, tonal color shifts of the Valley Superwash DK in colors hand dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer. You’ll be surprised how quickly this one pops off your needles and you’ll be longing to cast on again!

Last minute gifts to make on the WEBS Blog. Read more at blog.yarn.com

With a cozy blend of 50%Superfine Alpaca/50%Wool, Valley Yarns Stockbridge is the perfect fit for the Essential Fingerless Gloves, part of our Essential Accessories eBook where you’ll also find great basic patterns for socks, a hat, cowl and basic shawl.

Last minute gifts to make on the WEBS Blog. Read more at blog.yarn.com

Valley Yarns Colrain has a shine and drape that can’t be beat from it’s mix of 50%Tencel/50%Wool and it’s shown off to great effect in the linked rings of the Infinity Cowl from WEBS Spring 2015 Emerging Designer eBook.

Last minute gifts to make on the WEBS Blog. Read more at blog.yarn.com

And the perfect quick gift with a pop of color? The Last Minute Hat. Not only does this work up quickly in two strands of Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky,  but there are over 40 colors to choose from! And be sure to check out the other quick, bulky knit projects in our Last Minute eBook.