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The Jazerant Set from Emma Welford

Monday, August 11th, 2014
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As we sink into the dog days of summer it’s time to think about little projects that you can work on that won’t fill your lap with yarn. The Jazerant Set by Emma Welford is the perfect end of summer project. Knit in the gorgeous Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo these two small pieces have lots of great details to keep your knitting interesting without being daunting. Non-symmetrical ribbing frames gorgeous winding cables which hide winking little beads! What’s not to love?!

The Jazerant set designed by Emma Welford, knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

Emma has worked at WEBS for several years and we’re so happy to see her designing career really starting to take off, with designs published by Valley Yarns as well as Universal Yarns, Holla Knits, Knitscene, special issues of Interweave, and her own self published patterns. For working with the beads in this pattern, which are optional, she offers two working solutions, “Beads are placed as you work on purl stitches. Place a bead on a stitch by threading the bead on to a steel crochet hook, then use the hook to draw the stitch through the bead. Alternately, slip the stitch on to a thin, flexible piece of wire, bend the ends of the wire together so it forms a long needle. Thread the bead on to the needle and slip it down on to the stitch. Purl the beaded stitch.”

The Jazerant set designed by Emma Welford, knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

Which color of the Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo would you choose? (I’m leaning towards the Primavera!)

 

Ready, Set, Knit! 367: Kathy talks with Amy Greeman

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
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Kathy talks with Amy Greeman, WEBS Education Manager, about all the great classes and events scheduled at WEBS this Fall.

 

Susan B. Anderson will be teaching 4 classes at WEBS this fall including her Sock Yarn Bunny Class. Register today >> http://ow.ly/A6vrgDon't miss Dora Ohrenstein classes at WEBS this fall including her Master Class in Crochet Fabric. Register today >> http://ow.ly/A6vKG
Amy Herzog will be teaching at WEBS this fall. Learn from the master of flattering fit. Register today >> http://ow.ly/A6w0JJoin fiber artist Mihoko Wakabayashi in a celebration of the random beauty of the Asian art form of Saori Weaving. Register today >> http://ow.ly/A6wyg

We have an amazing line-up of guest teachers this year!
Amy Herzog in SeptemberSusan B Anderson will be here Columbus Day WeekendDora Ohrensten is doing a weekend of crochet classes in November.

Lots of crochet classes this fall, new and core knitting classes as well as classes in weaving, spinning, dyeing and felting.

And be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

This week Steve and the WEBS team are at Stitches Midwest in Schaumburg Ill -  10-6 today and10-4 tomorrow stop by our booths in the 500 Aisle to shop and say hello!

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

Sara Delaney and Leslie Ann Bestor Book Launch – August 28th 5:30-7pm – They will talk about the new Storey Basics line of books for fiber artists and their own writing and crafting process, and they’ll sign your books, too. The event is free but please register!

Fibre Company Yarn tasting – Sept. 4th 6-7pm

Classic Elite Fall 2014 Event – Sept. 18th 6-7:30pm – The event is free but registration is required.

Stop by and check out current the Classic Elite Yarns Trunk Show.

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Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Colorfall Cardigan

Friday, August 8th, 2014
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This week we’re featuring one of our favorite designs from the  2014 Valley Catalog, the Colorfall Cardigan. Knit in three colors of our luscious Valley Yarns Charlemont, this cardigan has a sleek yet cozy look that pairs well with jeans and a t-shirt or with that little black dress. And while Charlemont may be a fingering weight yarn, when knit on a larger needle the result is a lightweight fabric with lots of great movement and drape.

The Colorfall Cardigan designed by Kirsten Hipsky and knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont - available exclusively at yarn.com

From the designer, “The recommended gauge for Charlemont (7-8 sts per inch), is for a solid stockinette stitch fabric, neither sheer nor extremely dense. The Colorfall Cardigan deliberately uses a much looser gauge in order to keep the fabric light and flowing and it is in fact slightly sheer under the right lighting conditions. As with any pattern, you must use whatever needle size is needed to get the gauge described in the pattern in order to achieve the same size and fit.”

The Colorfall Cardigan designed by Kirsten Hipsky and knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont - available exclusively at yarn.com

Great blocks of color break up the easy stockinette fabric and with 18 colors of Charlemont to choose from, as well as coordinating Kettle dyed and hand dyed colors, the possible color combinations are almost endless!

 

Valley Yarns in Fall 2014 Twist Collective

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
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The Fall issue of Twist Collective is out and once again it is full or gorgeous knitwear designs! We are in love with the new cardigan from Quenna Lee, Caledonia, knit in our Valley Yarns Northfield.

Caledonia from Twist Collective knit in Valley Yarns Northfield - Valley Yarns Northfield available at yarn.com

 

photography: Linus Ouellet

The body of this cardigan is worked in one piece from the lower edge to the armholes, then divided for front and back. The sleeves are worked in the round from stitches picked up around the armholes. The sweater features a shaped waist and a square neckline. The ribbed cable and eyelet patterns are presented both in charts and in row-by-row instructions.

Ready, Set, Knit! 366: Kathy talks with Betsy Perry

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
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Kathy talks with Betsy Perry about how Classic Elite Yarns changed up their new yarn and Pattern release schedule. Instead of seeing a whole collection of new yarns and dozens of patterns each season, they have spread everything out, releasing a new yarn with supporting patterns each month.

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The new yarn from Classic Elite in June was Villa which is interchangeable with Vail and has great pattern support. The newest yarn, from July, is the Mohawk Wool in a beautiful undyed color palate, which also has great pattern support, like the Kimball Shawl pictured above.

Classic Elite Yarns are also featured in Vogue Knitting, Early Fall 2014 in the Scoop Neck Pullover as well as two sock patterns with the Striped Socks and the Hound’s Tooth Socks. And don’t miss Maleficent’s Cloak from Enchanted Knits.

 

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

Aug. 7-10 - Stitches Midwest in Schaumburg Ill

Sara Delaney and Leslie Ann Bestor Book Launch – August 28th 5:30-7pm – They will talk about the new Storey Basics line of books for fiber artists and their own writing and crafting process, and they’ll sign your books, too. The event is free but please register!

Fibre Company Yarn tasting – Sept. 4th 6-7pm

Classic Elite Fall 2014 Event – Sept. 18th 6-7:30pm – The event is free but registration is required.

Stop by and check out current the Classic Elite Yarns Trunk Show.

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Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Bilateral Cardigan

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
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From looking at it, you’d never guess that this cropped Bilateral Cardigan is made from just two hexagons, but follow along and see how it works!

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Alternate two different skeins of Valley Yarns BFL Worsted Hand Dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer for subtle, blended colors, or make each hexagon with different skeins for a two-toned effect. We even have a handy tutorial video to show you how this sweater comes together!

Santa Fe Summer towels by Chris Hammel

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
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We’re smack-dab in the middle of Summer here at WEBS and thought that would be the perfect time to bring you The Santa Fe Summer dish towels from Chris Hammel as the 7th in our year-long series of special guest designer weaving drafts.

Sante Fe Summer Towels draft designed by Chris Hammel - available exclusively at yarn.com

Chris says, “Valley Yarns 8/2 unmercerized cotton is perfect for thirsty, washable, kitchen towels, and what could be better than a bright, cheery towel in lively colors that evoke a Santa Fe summer. This 4-shaft draft is easy to thread and weave and will result in an ample kitchen towel. If you would like to increase the length of your warp, you could try different treadling variations for each subsequent towel and create a set for yourself or gifts for family and friends.”

Sante Fe Summer Towels draft designed by Chris Hammel - available exclusively at yarn.com

Using sewing thread to weave 1″ of plain weave as the the under-hem for each end of the towel gives your hems a much less visible profile. Bonus: If you use a sewing thread like Gutermann you can pop the thread right onto your shuttle without needing to wind a separate bobbin!

 

The Waterfall Jacket from Debbie Bliss

Sunday, July 27th, 2014
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We’re so excited to share this next design with you! The amazing Debbie Bliss has designed the cozy Waterfall Jacket in our Valley Yarns Deerfield

The Waterfall Jacket designed by Debbie Bliss in Valley Yarns Deerfield - available exclusively at yarn.com

She has put together a modern, boxy cardigan in a simple but sophisticated broken rib pattern that is sure to become one of your go-to wardrobe staples. Designed with just the right amount of positive ease and fantastic front pockets this sweater looks great dressed up or styled more casually. You can never go wrong with a pocket! 

The Waterfall Jacket designed by Debbie Bliss in Valley Yarns Deerfield - available exclusively at yarn.com

Ready, Set, Knit! 365: Kathy talks with Linda Pratt

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Linda Pratt from Westminster Fibers, distributors of Rowan, Schachenmeyer and other fine brand knitting yarns. They discuss new, Fall yarns from Rowan: Brushed Fleece with a collection designed by Martin Storey, Big Wool Color, a fun take on one of our favorites where each ply is spaced dyed before plying for great playful colorways, as well as Fazed Tweed and Rowan Finest both of which feature collections by Sara Hatton. These yarns haven’t arrived at webs as of the airing of this show but keep an eye on the Rowan Yarns page on our website for them. They also discuss some great new yarns from Schachenmeyer and the impossible to resist Rowan Magazine #56!

Rowan Knitting and Crochet Magazine 56 - available at yarn.com

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

Northampton Sidewalk Sale, TODAY! stop in the store for great deals and specials. – In store only. WEBS is closed tomorrow, Sunday July 27, but the deals continue in Downtown Northampton.

Join us for the Shibui Mix Yarn Party  next Tuesday, July 29th from 6-7:30 pm - There is a $10 fee for this event, and space is limited so be sure to register today!

This Wednesday, July 30th from 10am – 3pm we’re hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the store. Please sign up in advance, there is limited space available, but walk-ins will also be welcomed!Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS today to schedule an appointment.

Aug. 7-10 - Stitches Midwest in Schaumburg Ill

Stop by and check out current the Classic Elite Yarns Trunk Show.

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The Maplewood Cardigan from Carol Sulcoski

Monday, July 21st, 2014
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As with each of our previous specialty hand dyed yarns, we have three amazing designs to share with you that have been knit and crocheted in our Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo. First up is the Maplewood Cardigan designed by Carol Sulcoski.

The Maplewood Cardigan by Carol Sulcoski - available exclusively at yarn.com

From Carol – “I have been a customer of WEBS for a long, long time – I remember receiving the really old newsletters that were more or less a typed-out list of what yarns were available.  I still get so excited getting the WEBS catalog in the mail, although now it’s as beautiful as a magazine. I was so excited to be asked to design a sweater for the WEBS Anniversary celebration. I do some hand dyeing, and love designing with hand dyed yarns. When I found out I was getting Northfield, I was thrilled – it is probably my all-time favorite Valley Yarns base. And the colorway dyed by Malabrigo, called Piedras, was fascinating: at first look, it reads like a semisolid brown, but the more I knit with it, the more I noticed all of the many other colors that were in it, shades of brown from golden brown to russet to taupe, and also hints of lavender, gold, gray and slate. When I thought about what to design, I decided to design the kind of sweater I’d want to make myself (if I had more time to knit for myself). That meant a minimum of finishing, it meant something without long sleeves or a high neck (since I always run warm), and lately I’ve gotten the most wear out of longer sweaters that I can wear over a dress. I also wanted to figure out a way to showcase the beautiful dyeing, so I opted for a mostly-stockinette-stitch garment, where the colors would be the focus of attention. Next I took into account the qualities of Northfield yarn. It’s got excellent stitch definition, so I opted for an edging to show off how beautifully the yarn looks in a pattern. It’s got silk and alpaca in it, which gives it drape, so that was a good match for a longer sweater that would have a bit of swing at the hem. But it’s mostly merino, which means it has elasticity to help keep it from stretching too much – also a good quality for a longer sweater. I swatched a couple of different edgings, and found the one I used in a Japanese stitch dictionary, although I modified it a little. I began knitting from the bottom hem up, starting with the edging. I used raglan shoulder shaping, and kept the sweater fronts purposely narrow so they wouldn’t need a closure (and I hope that this will make the sweater more versatile when it comes to fit; if you have a larger bust, it won’t matter because the front edges are so narrow they fall along the side of the bustline). The design came together really quickly and I didn’t have to do too much fiddling with things, although I did play around with different edgings for the armholes and neckband. I ended up using a simple crocheted crab stitch. I really do want to knit another one of these for myself!”

The Maplewood Cardigan by Carol Sulcoski - available exclusively at yarn.com

Carol also offers these useful tips, “The biggest tip for knitters who make this sweater: if you do use a hand-dyed yarn (and I highly recommend the hand dyed Northfield!), pay close attention to the slight color variations between skeins. It’s pretty much impossible to hand dye skeins exactly alike, so you may notice that some skeins look more “alike” than others. I knit from two different skeins at the same time, alternating skeins so that I knit a row or two with the first skein, then switched to the second one. (Of course if you use solid Northfield, this won’t be an issue.) I chose to switch balls of yarn at the side (imagine where a side seam would run if the sweater were seamed) so that the front edges, which are knit as you go along, wouldn’t have noticeable places where I had to weave in ends. Have fun!”