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Ready, Set, Knit! 464: Kathy talks with Susan Gibbs

Saturday, October 29th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Susan Gibbs, owner of Juniper Moon Farm.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #464 - Kathy talks with Susan Gibbs. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Last year Suan raised money for Heifer International by selling adorable sheep and alpaca wooden cutouts. Those shapes are back as part of her Holiday Housewares Fundraiser! This year there are more animal shapes and even some in black or white acrylic. Additionally there are cookie stamps and rolling pins for adorable, fiber themed holiday treats, shop now!

Steve’s Yarn (and Gift!) Picks of the week:

Reminder:

A week from today we’ll be celebrating 10 years on the air! We’ll be broadcasting Live on Facebook as we record the show on Wednesday 11/2/16, be sure to tune in! We’ll be answering some of your questions in that episode, so let us know what you’d like to know! Just comment here and Steve and Kathy may answer YOUR question.

The Fiber Festival of New England is happening next weekend, Nov 5+6.

WEBS will be at Vogue Knitting Live in Minneapolis Nov 4, 5 + 6.

WEBS retail store has extended it’s hours until 6:00PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. Thursdays the store will remain open until 8pm, and Saturdays until 5:30.

If you haven’t yet seen our new Website – check it out!

Upcoming Events:

Local Artist, Author, & Designer Meet & Greet is happening on Saturday, November 12 from 1:30pm–3:30pm, register now!

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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Ready, Set, Knit! 463: Kathy talks with Dora Ohrenstein

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Dora Ohrenstein about her new book “Top-Down Crochet Sweaters“.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #463 - Kathy talks with Dora Ohrenstein. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Learn about the two types of top down sweaters in the book, the styling and sizes, and all of the extra help packed into these pages!

One of the designs, Erde,  is in our Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk. Check out the CAL in her Ravelry group!

Steve’s Yarn (and Gift!) Picks of the week:

Reminder:

2 weeks from today we’ll be celebrating 10 years on the air! We’ll be broadcasting Live on Facebook as we record the show on Wednesday 11/2/16, be sure to tune in! We’ll be answering some of your questions in that episode. Let us know what you’d like to know! Just comment here and Steve and Kathy may answer YOUR question.

The Fiber Festival of New England is happening Nov 5+6.

WEBS will be at Vogue Knitting Live in Minneapolis Nov 4, 5 + 6.

WEBS retail store has extended it’s hours until 6:00PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. Thursdays the store will remain open until 8pm, and Saturdays until 5:30.

If you haven’t yet seen our new Website – check it out!

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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WEBS Holiday 2016 Catalog is online!

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
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It’s time to make those holiday gift making plans, if you haven’t already!

WEBS Holiday 2016 Catalog is online now! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

In our Holiday 2016 Catalog you will find knitting and crochet patterns, new and favorite yarns, spinning wheels and fiber, rigid heddle looms, and fantastic gift ideas for everyone in your life.

WEBS Holiday 2016 Catalog is online now! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Paper catalogs will begin arriving in mailboxes in the near future but feel free to browse the catalog now! If you’re not yet on the mailing list sign-up here!

Ready, Set, Knit! 462: Kathy talks with Kristen Lambert and Carina Donoso

Saturday, October 15th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Kristen Lambert and Carina Donoso from The Third Piece.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #462 - Kathy talks with Kristen Lambert and Carina Donoso. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

The company, based in Boston,  started in 2012 with ready-to-wear first and adding their yarn, Funky Chunky later on. Their clothing is available online, in specialty boutiques, and at Bergdorf Goodman. Check out their Stitch n Bitch event on Oct 19th!

Steve’s Yarn (and Gift!) Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Our Holiday 2016 catalog will be online Monday!

The Fiber Festival of New England is happening Nov 5+6.

WEBS will be at Vogue Knitting Live in Minneapolis Nov 4, 5 + 6.

WEBS retail store has extended it’s hours until 6:00PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. Thursdays the store will remain open until 8pm, and Saturdays until 5:30.

If you haven’t yet seen our new Website – check it out!

Upcoming Events:

We’ll be celebrating 10 years of Ready, Set, Knit! next month!

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 Lida Pullover

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
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We’ve been lucky enough to add 6 incredible yarns to our family of Valley Yarns so far this year. Our Southampton is a lighter than air combination of mulberry silk and kid mohair and our Pocumtuck is a 100% cashmere at a versatile DK weight. When working her magic and dreaming up designs for our Fall ’16 catalog our Design Manager, Kirsten Hipsky wondered what would happen if she combined the two, and the Lida Pullover was born!

Valley Yarns Lida Pullover, a gorgeous sweater combining two luxury yarns at incredible prices! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Knit in the Putty color of Pocumtuck and the Natural color of Southampton this pullover features a large, triple cable panel with a v-neck and set-in sleeves for a luxurious knit that will have you dreaming of Fall sweater weather even in summer!

Originally swatched in greens, Spring Grass and Spring Moss, this pullover would be casually stylish in blues and softly elegant in deep greys. What colors of these yarns would you pair for your own Lida?

New Patterns for Valley Yarns Brimfield!

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
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We’ve got two fantastic new patterns the month for our Valley Yarns Brimfield!

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The Blurry Lines Scarf by Kim Bridgeo is a truly unisex piece with a bold geometric texture, but an easy to memorize stitch repeat. We asked Kim to tell us more about herself, how she designs, and her experience with Brimfield.

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When did you learn to knit? I learned to knit back in 2008. I had been crocheting since I was young but wanted to give knitting a try, so I taught myself using the Teach Yourself Visually book series. Over the last few years, though, my passion for knitting has grown exponentially. As I continue to be exposed to new fiber content, yarn brands and independent dyers, I get so inspired to find the perfect pattern/yarn combination. My stash is a bit out of control!

What prompted you to start designing? I guess I’ve always been designing without really knowing it. It’s common for me to modify patterns as I’m making them, or combine different elements of one stitch pattern with another. The first design I ever created for sale came about after I knit a baby blanket for my cousin a few years ago and lots of friends and family members asked if I could share the pattern. I’ve had the designing bug ever since.

Give us a glimpse into your design process, where/how do you find inspiration? I’m constantly jotting down notes that aren’t fully formed designs initially, but more about different ideas for shapes, stitches, and combinations of increases & decreases. I also chart the majority of my designs whether or not I include them in the final published design. In my “non-knitting life” I analyze and visualize data for a living, so, when I’m designing I constantly think about visual balance and spacing, and how to make the math work to achieve the look I want. After that it’s really all about the yarn. I have skeins that I know I want to design something with, so I review my design notes and figure out what would work best with the yarn given its weight, fiber and color.

Tell us one of your favorite knit/fiber stories. For me, knitting has become all about community and camaraderie. When I first started knitting, I was in my 20s, and it was rare that I came across others who knit. But now I feel like it’s much more mainstream across age and gender. I started teaching a knitting class at a local chain craft store a couple years ago, and though I no longer teach, I still get together weekly with three women who were some of my very first students. The four of us were born in 3 different decades and have had very different life experiences, yet we have developed an awesome friendship built initially on our love for knitting. Also, with the popularity of Ravelry & Instagram, it is so great to make lots of new “fiber friends” every day who continue to inspire and challenge me. I design to create something that others want to make and enjoy.

Tell us about the Valley Yarn you worked with? During my very first trip out to WEBS, I fell in love with Brimfield and couldn’t resist buying a full 10-skein bag! I’ve always been a huge fan of merino and silk blends. The texture of Brimfield makes for amazing stitch definition but also feels so soft! I also really love the rich and deep color choices. Perfect for fall!

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We also have the lovely Hendrie Park Cardigan from Karen Marlatt. The sweater  features an sweet lace pattern in the yoke, 3/4 sleeves and a relaxed tunic-length fit. Valley Yarns Brimfield is the perfect yarn to balance the polished simplicity of stockinette stitch and the structural beauty of the lace. Karen tells us about her love of this yarn and her journey from new knitter to designer.

hendrie park and Brimfield fbWhen did you learn to knit? I first learned to knit in Brownies, I wish I still had that first uneven, hole-filled square.  I have always been crafting, rug hooking, cross stitch, jewelry, etc., but did not pick up needles again until 2006.

What prompted you to start designing? It was the Think Outside the Socks competition and their $5,000 prize, I thought to myself, ‘How hard could it be to knit a pair of socks?’. I obviously had a lot to learn! Off I went to my local LYS, Spun Fibre Arts, and the owner Danielle worked with me to find the perfect yarn for the project and offered a bit of guidance along the way!  My Apple of my Eyelet socks did not win the competition, but I was honoured to be included in the publication of the same name.

Give us a glimpse into your design process, where/how do you find inspiration? Oh that is a tough question to answer.  I would say it is an even split between seeing a beautiful yarn and being completely inspired vs. doodling in my fashionary and then enjoying the challenge of bringing that flat image to life (sometimes unsuccessfully).  I think the fact that I am a bit of a math geek helps in the design process as well.

Tell us one of your favorite knit/fiber stories.  I was very lucky to have Pat McClymont in my life, as a neighbour, friend and knitting guru.  Pat was one of the original Eaton’s yarn department demonstration staff in the late 1950’s, had a long career creating samples for Spinrite/Paton’s as well as many designers. It is very easy to experiment and challenge yourself with new knitting techniques knowing your safety net lives next door. Many a time I would show up with my mess and she would walk me through how to correct it and send me away even more confident. Unfortunately Pat passed away this September, but each time I pick up my knitting I know she is close by!

Tell us about the Valley Yarn you worked with? For the Hendrie Park Cardigan I worked with the scrumptious Brimfield.  The Merino/Silk blend was such a pleasure to work with, the stitch definition was fantastic and the silk gives the garment a wonderful drape. I fell so much in love with this yarn that I am currently working on my second Hendrie Park Cardigan (this one’s for me)!

 

It’s always interesting to see the ways that knitting comes into our lives and what paths different knitters take to becoming designers and how our yarns inspire them. What have you been inspired to knit or design with Valley Yarns?

Ready, Set, Knit! 461: Kathy talks with Donna Woolam

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Donna G. Woolam, Director of Agriculture and Education at the Eastern States Exposition, about the upcoming Fiber Festival of New England.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #461 - Kathy talks with Donna Woolam. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

The Festival is taking place November 5+6 at the Big E Fairgrounds in the Mallory Complex. Make a Fiber Filled Weekend out of it! Visit WEBS on Saturday, stay a night at one of the hotels in Springfield and visit the Festival on Sunday! Sell or buy fleeces, take classes, watch the fashion show, participate in the Make it Yourself With Wool contest,  shop vendors from all over New England and the surrounding states, watch sheep shearing demos and more!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Visit the Paradise City Arts Festival this weekend in Northampton.

Take a seat in the Adventure Du Jour Designs design class or visit their trunk show on Friday October 14.

WEBS retail store has extended it’s hours until 6:00PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. Thursdays the store will remain open until 8pm, and Saturdays until 5:30.

If you haven’t yet seen our new Website – check it out!

Upcoming Events:

We’ll be celebrating 10 years of Ready, Set, Knit!next month!

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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Weaving as art

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
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Woven wall hangings and art pieces have really made a comeback in the last year. This is a craft that is portable and perfect for a quick burst of creative expression. Rachel Denbow’s new book “Woven Art” breaks down the process beautifully and walks you through not only the processes of creating woven art, but the steps needed to make your own small projects looms.

Rachel Denbow's  Woven Art and the Hokett Hand Loom make a great gift! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

If you’re not ready to construct your own loom we have some excellent options for you! From the Harrisville Designs Peg Loom and Lap Loom for small projects, to the Schacht School Loom and Tapestry Loom for larger projects. The Hokett Hand Loom (or full Kit) makes a beautiful gift when paired with this book.

Have you created your own woven art?

New Valley Yarns designs from Vickie Howell!

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
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We’re beyond thrilled to have partnered with DIY Queen and craft enabler, Vickie Howell for a collection of fun, modern patterns as well as an exclusive set of colors for our NEW Valley Superwash Super Bulky!

NEW! Valley Superwash Super Bulky in exclusive Vickie Howell colors, read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

These quick knit and crochet accessories are the perfect projects for gifts, travel or just treating yourself before the first snow flies! The Arrow Head Hat features a simple combination of Fair Isle and textured stitches in 3 colors that is a terrific first colorwork project. The Ziggy Scarf get’s its twisty pop from the simplest cable, another great starter project! The Upward Spiral Beanie is a fun crochet tube of post stitches, cinched at the top for that great slouchy look and topped with a lively pom pom. And the Curvaceous Cowl is a cozy and warm combination of cables and seed stitch, perfect for bridging the seasons.

NEW! Valley Superwash Super Bulky in exclusive Vickie Howell colors and 5 brand new designs! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Vickie also designed the Kitchmas Stocking to add a bit of her signature style to your holidays. Chose two of Vickie’s exclusive colors: Cast Away Coral, Aqua Oasis, Moontower Mustard, Gray Gardens, Tiki Turquoise and Boss Byzanthium, or combine them with one of our 12 other colors!

NEW! Vickie Howell patterns! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Which of these new patterns will you make first?

Ready, Set, Knit! 460: Kathy talks with Vickie Howell

Saturday, October 1st, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Vickie Howell. Learn about Vickie and Kathy’s process to developing the new Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Super Bulky and Vickie’s exclusive colors!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #460 - Kathy talks with Vickie Howell. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Check out Vickie’s designs for this yarn. And be sure to check out the FREE Super Scarf design! Look for the WEBS booth at Vogue Knitting Live in Minneapolis, and Vickie’s Make and Take!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Our 11th Annual Knit for the Cure is happening tomorrow, Sunday 10/2, from 12-4!

WEBS retail store has extended it’s hours until 6:00PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. Thursdays the store will remain open until 8pm, and Saturdays until 5:30.

If you haven’t yet seen our new Website – check it out!

Upcoming Events:

Book your seat on the bus to Rhinebeck! Spaces are running out and the trip is in just 2 weeks!

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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