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Ready, Set, Knit! 471: Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski

Saturday, December 31st, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski, it’s their annual Year in Review!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #471 - Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

It was a year of constant change in the industry with some large yarn companies reorganizing, lots of beloved shops closing and new shops opening. Knitter’s Review closing its forums and Mason Dixon Knitting reemerging. Lots of designers launched their own yarn lines, designers and teachers talked honestly about a Fair Fiber Wage and the Craft Industry Alliance was born.

Cowls are still the go-to project with Gradient yarns being a favorite color trend this year.

What was news to you? What trends and happenings did you see this year? Tell us in the comments!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Winter Classes are live! Sign up today.

WEBS will be closing today at 4pm, and will be closed tomorrow.

Upcoming Events

Red Cross Blood Drive at the store on January 12th!

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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The Year End Blowout Sale is in full swing!

Thursday, December 29th, 2016
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With over 100 items in this years sale it’s hard not to find the perfect yarns to add to your stash or to cast on with right now! I’m already dreaming of summer projects, hoping I can get a few finished in time to wear them this year!

Rowan Summerlite DK is a beautifully soft, 100% cotton, DK weight yarn that has me dreaming about a cute cropped cardi for me and maybe one for my niece.

100+ yarns, needles and more in WEBS 2016 Year End Blowout Sale! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Jil Eaton CottonTail is another 100% cotton yarn, this time in a cable plied, worsted weight, and it might just be perfect for a lacey, summer poncho in a bright pop of color.

100+ yarns, needles and more in WEBS 2016 Year End Blowout Sale! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Cascade Yarns Sateen Worsted keeps calling my name and telling me that it wants me to make a blanket. I walk past this yarn almost every day and I keep seeing new color combinations and they start spinning in my head like a kaleidoscope, and then I’m wondering should I knit or crochet? Since I’m planning to use this yarn over the winter I think I might knit a blanket since I don’t need to worry about being bundled up under it as it grows, that’s kind of the point isn’t it? Now, do I go with simple stripes, log cabin, or something even more colorful?

100+ yarns, needles and more in WEBS 2016 Year End Blowout Sale! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And if I didn’t already own a set of Addi Click needles I’d be getting one because they’re at a great price!

That’s my plan for now. 3 yarns, 4 projects, though I still need to make a decision or two on what those will be, and I’ll have 2 tops, a gift and a new blanket for summer. That is if I don’t walk by another yarn that starts calling my name!

What are your plans for your Year End Blowout Sale purchases, or are you stashing for a rainy day?

And don’t forget that if you’re within driving distance you should stop by our retail store for deals that you won’t find online! You’ll find directions here.

Lovely sweaters in Valley Yarns Northfield.

Friday, December 23rd, 2016
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My personal favorite, Valley Yarns Northfield, is featured in two, beautiful new sweater patterns this month!

Cranston, designed by Fiona Ellis for Twist Collective Winter 2016 features Celtic Knotwork inspired cables in a rich, classic red with timeless styling and shaping. A true wardrobe staple!

Cranston knit in Valley Yarns Northfield. More on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And from knit.wear Wool Studio 2016: A Winter Pattern Collection, Linda Marveng has designed the Brewster Cardigan to be a stylish, but comfy cardigan with beautiful cable details and a fun construction with optional pockets.

Brewster knit in Valley Yarns Northfield. More on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The blend of merino, baby alpaca, and silk in this yarn shows off texture and cable stitches beautifully while staying squishy and soft. When it’s’ sweater season and there are beautiful patterns like these to choose from there really is no reason not to stock up on Valley Yarns Northfield and cast on!

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.”