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Our Year End Blowout Sale Starts Tomorrow!

Monday, December 19th, 2016
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It’s that wonderful time of year when Steve needs to clear the shelves to make room for the incoming inventory of new yarns for 2017, and that means incredible prices on closeouts, discontinued colors, overstock yarns and more. Stock up on favorites from Cascade, Berroco and Plymouth, as well as over a dozen yarns from Rowan and a great selection from Noro, K1C2 and other favorite brands. Don’t believe me? Here’s Steve to tell you more!

With over 100 items in the sale you’ll find just what you need for a winter’s worth of fantastic knitting, crochet and weaving projects! The Sale starts online tomorrow, December 20 and in our retail store December 26, and ends  Monday, January 2, 2017. Check the Preview flyer for all the details!

Please remember:

  • WEBS closes at 4pm on Saturday Dec. 24th and Saturday Dec. 31st.
  • WEBS is closed Sunday Dec. 25th and Sunday Jan. 1st.
  • Some of these yarns are closeouts and no further inventory is available, please make note of second and third color choices in the special instructions during checkout, so you don’t miss out on yarn you really want!

Ready, Set, Knit! 470: Kathy talks with Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond

Saturday, December 17th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with designers Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond about their newest book, “Within: knitting patterns to warm the soul“.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #470 - Kathy talks with Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Shannon and Jane both learned to knit as a children but didn’t start designing until they were moms. They met back in 2010 when they both lived on Vancouver Island and this is their 4th book together. They worked to get all of the photography done in a single day and each hard copy of the book comes with a unique code to get your e-copy of the book as well as PDFs of the patterns that are easier to print.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Winter Classes are live! Sign up today.

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to shop at WEBS retail store on a Sunday. Tomorrow is the last day we’ll be open from noon to 5 pm!

Our annual Year End Sale begins online Tuesday Dec. 20th, and in-store  Monday Dec. 26th, and runs through Jan. 2nd!

Shipping Deadlines! To avoid expedited shipping costs you’ll need to have your orders in by these dates: Midwest 12/18, Eastcoast 12/21.

If you are on the Westcoast your only option to receive a package before Dec 24th is to choose expedited shipping.

WEBS will be closing at 4pm Saturday Dec. 24th and Sat. Dec. 31st.

WEBS is closed Sunday Dec. 25th and Sun. Jan. 1st.

Upcoming Events

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Valley Superwash Bulky in two new patterns!

Thursday, December 15th, 2016
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Just in time for the holidays you can whip up a bright and colorful cardigan for the little person in your life! The Honeycomb Child’s Cardigan features bright, striped sleeves and a whimsical honeycomb pattern on the body. Valley Superwash Bulky is a soft, machine-washable yarn that is perfect for kids, and with ingenious knit-in buttons this one is safe for your curious toddler! Designer Melissa Metzbower learned to knit as a teen and started creating her own patterns when she couldn’t find the right clothes for her sensitive skinned daughter. She says her designs are need driven, and very practical. Since they are geared toward busy people most of the designs call for washable yarns, and are meant to be as knitter-friendly as possible. Melissa really enjoyed getting to work with this yarn, “I absolutely love the squishiness of Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Bulky. This project was one I was sorry to see finished. The colors are so rich, the yarn knits up quickly, and the squish!!! Yum! The bonus to this yarn is that it is washable. Love that!”

The Honeycomb Child's Cardigan in Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Bulky. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And everyone needs a great last minute knit that looks fabulous, and the Firelight Shawl fits the bill! Whether you need a gift or something for yourself, just 3 skeins of Valley Superwash Bulky becomes a stunning little shawl, and when worked in a bold color it’s the ideal accessory to make you holiday outfit pop. Worked bottom up so the lace is worked through first this shawl finishes with short-row shaping and nearly mindless stockinette! With an interesting combination of color and texture, designer Kimberly Voisin has created a classic layering piece that really spans the seasons. A trained designer that found herself constantly making changes to other people’s patterns, Kimberly began designing her own patterns and hasn’t looked back. For her first Valley Yarns design she says, “The thing I loved most about this yarn was the rich color. It was beautiful.  The yarn was also incredibly soft which made it a pleasure to work with.”
The Firelight Shawl in Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Bulky. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com
What quick, bulky patterns are you casting on this week?

Ready, Set, Knit! 469: Kathy talks with Amy Small

Saturday, December 10th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Amy Small, owner of Knit Collage.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #469 - Kathy talks with Amy Small. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Amy designed sweaters for Free People just out of college and learned to spin during that time. After living and working in Hong Kong as a freelance designer she founded her company in 2010. Check out her website to learn all about the collective of woman that handspin every skein of her yarns!

WEBS carries Spun Cloud, a super chunky roving style yarn plied with gold and silver lurex and Cast Away a blend of 10+ colors all spun into the same yarn with a quirky core-spun think n thin texture.

Winter Classes are Live!
Beth Brown-Reinsel teaching Sanquhar Gloves
Todd Gocken – Streymoy Cardigan
Patty Lyons is teaching multiple classes
Alasdair Post-Quinn teaching Double Knitting
Carson Demers teaching Knitting Ergonomics
Lisa Hill teaching weaving

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to shop at WEBS retail store on a Sunday. We’ll be open from noon to 5 pm now through December 18!

Shipping Deadlines! To avoid expedited shipping costs you’ll need to have your orders in by these dates: Westcoast 12/15, Midwest 12/18, Eastcoast 12/21

WEBS will be closing at 4pm Saturday Dec. 24th and Sat. Dec. 31st.

WEBS is closed Sunday Dec. 25th and Sun. Jan. 1st.

Our annual Year End Sale begins online Dec. 20th, in-store Dec. 26th, and runs through Jan. 2nd.

Upcoming Events

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Introducing the Blue Quartz Cowl

Friday, December 9th, 2016
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It’s the perfect time of year to wrap yourself up in the squishy comfort of an extra long cowl. Whether you prefer to wear it long like a scarf or scrunch it up doubled for extra warmth the Blue Quartz Cowl is the ideal piece to add to your winter wardrobe.

The Blue Quartz Cowl in Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky now available. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Designer Fatimah Hinds drew on her background as a geologist to craft an interlocking matrix of cables and lace that evokes the beauty of a quartz crystal. Worked sideways and seamed this pattern can be easily customized to your perfect length. And when knit in Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky, with it’s combination of incredible loft and softness, it easily becomes a go-to knit for that perfect holiday gift.

How will you wear your Blue Quartz Cowl?

Ready, Set, Knit! 468: Kathy talks with Della Q

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Della Q about the origins of her company and the great products she makes for knitters and crocheters.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #468 - Kathy talks with Della Q. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Learn all about how she sources her fabrics, and how hard she’s worked to make sure she’s making the best, most useful product. Browse the full line of bags and needle/hook organizers at WEBS and be sure to check out Della’s Ultimate Needle Tracker.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

The Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage is happening tomorrow Dec 4th! Help Team WEBS with their fundraising effort here!

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to shop WEBS on a Sunday. We’ll be open from noon to 5 pm now through December 18!

Shipping Deadlines! To avoid expedited shipping costs you’ll need to have your orders in by these dates:

Westcoast 12/15, Midwest 12/18, Eastcoast 12/21

Upcoming Events

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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It’s almost time for the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage!

Monday, November 28th, 2016
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In what has become a yearly tradition for WEBS, our employees will be walking and running in the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage on December 4th. Now in it’s 13th year, and with this being our 6th year of participating, this event has become an important part of our lives.

Team WEBS memories from the Hot Chocolate Run over the last 5 years. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Some of us walk with our knitting, or spinning, some with our mothers, some with our spouses and children, or pets, some of us walk to support survivors we know, and in the hope that someday we won’t need fundraisers like this.

We participate for the good-natured competitiveness of the fundraising (you can make a donation here), for the team building excitement on race day, and for the positive impact it has in our community. We’re on track to meet our goal this year, $15,000!

To all of you who have donated in the past, and those of you who have participated yourselves, we say, “Thank You.”

Ready, Set, Knit! 467: Kathy talks with Kate Oates

Saturday, November 19th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Kate Oates, designer and  founder of Tot Toppers, about her new book “Grown“.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #467 - Kathy talks with Kate Oates. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Kate talks about her knitting journey, how she became a designer, and how her line of children’s hats turned into 2 traditionally published books and her newest self-published endeavor. See all the designs from “Grown” here, and check out the blog tour!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Northampton Bag Day is happening today! In-Store Only! Saturday, November 19th (12pm-5:30pm)

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to shop WEBS on a Sunday. We’ll be open from noon to 5 pm, starting this weekend, November 20 through December 18!

Upcoming Events:

The Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage is happening Dec 4th! Help Team WEBS with their fundraising effort here!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Valley Yarns Haydenville in Vogue Knitting

Thursday, November 17th, 2016
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The Holiday 2016 issue of Vogue Knitting has some truly stunning pieces, but we are totally enamoured by the Mosaic Poncho Pullover designed by Norah Gaughan.

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Raglan sleeves and a bicolor ribbed neck give this pullover the feel of a sweater, but the swingy open sides are all poncho. It’s knit in Valley Yarns Haydenville, a soft blend of superwash merino and microfiber. The vivid front and back mosaic panels are knit first; the sides are picked up along the panel and worked outward in two pieces, with the sleeves worked separately after the raglan shaping is complete.

Use Haydenville in Soft Grape and Grey, as shown in the sample, or choose your two favorite colors!

 

 

New designs in Valley Yarns Sunderland

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
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Just in time for the cooler Autumn weather we have two new designs in Valley Yarns Sunderland, our 100% baby alpaca in a super versatile DK weight!
The Rays Cardigan designed by Nataliya Polyakov is really the perfect outer layer for Fall.  With it’s 1×1 ribbing throughout, and the super soft baby alpaca, this piece is equally stylish with a decorative cami or  over your favorite sweater! Nataliya learned to knit from her grandmother and started designing to create pieces she just couldn’t find anywhere else.  With an abundant yarn stash and an eye for design inspiration in everyday life, Nataliya designed the Rays Cardigan to take advantage of the incredible softness and drape of Sunderland, “This yarn rocks!”
Get your copy of the Rays Cardigan PDF and Valley Yarns Sunderland at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS blog at blog.yarn.com
We’ve already been lucky enough to publish two designs from Tian Connaughton this year and are thrilled to add one more! The Ansonia Shawl gets all of the hard work out of the way first with a gorgeous twisted stitch lace border and then it’s smooth sailing through a stockinette stitch body to the end. Knit in next-to-the-skin soft Sunderland this shawl is just the right extra layer over a longsleeve to or under your coat. Tian is planning a full wardrobe of knitted items for herself this holiday season. The Ansonia Shawl is a great project to start with!
Get your copy of the Ansonia Shawl PDF and Valley Yarns Sunderland at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS blog at blog.yarn.com
What will you make with Valley Yarns Sunderland this holiday season? Will it be a gift for yourself, someone else? Will it be an original design or an old favorite?