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Ready, Set, Knit! 466: Kathy talks with Sara Delaney

Saturday, November 12th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Sara Delaney about Team WEBS fundraising efforts for the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #466 - Kathy talks with Sara Delaney. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

This is the 13th year of the event! From a humble start in 2004 with just 500 participants that helped raise $6,000 to an incredible day of fun and unity celebrating our desire to help change and better our communities with 6,000 participants, as well as countless observers and volunteers, that raised almost $500,000 last year.

If you’d like to help you can make a donation to Team WEBS here. Or purchase one of these patterns, the full purchase price of each goes directly to Safe Passage!

Safe Passage Hat and Mittens, Sixth Button Mittens, Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear, Hot Chocolate Run Penguin

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

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

Upcoming Events:

Northampton Bag Day is coming next weekend! 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 next weekend, November 20 through December 18!

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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Join the Kitschmas Stocking CAL!

Monday, November 7th, 2016
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Join designer, Vickie Howell for a holiday prep Crochet-along!

Join the Kitschmas Stocking CAL Nov 17th - 22nd. Find out more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Starting November 17th you’ll chain on for the Kitschmas Stocking, a granny-striped decoration that can be crocheted in mere hours — that’s right, folks, hours! That means it may actually be attainable for more than one person in your family to get a handmade stocking this year. (Vickie will attempt to make enough for her family of 5. Can she do it? Nobody knows — least of all her!)

We’ll be using Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Super Bulky in any 2 colors. Use the code VHCal1 at checkout to get the Kitschmas Stocking Pattern for the discounted price of just $2.99 when you purchase 3 balls of Valley Superwash Super Bulky!

You’ll need 3 balls of Valley Superwash Super Bulky (2 balls of the main color and 1 ball of the contrast color), and a U.S. M (9.0mm) crochet hook.

Head on Over to Vickie’s Facebook Page and join the CAL event! Just post a comment letting her know, “I’m in!”

Feel free to post photos on the events page for others to see. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions and share tips. Vickie will be there to lead the conversation, answer questions, and fawn over your mad crochet skills!

Ready, Set, Knit! 465: Kathy talks with Kirsten Kapur and Gale Zucker

Saturday, November 5th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Kirsten Kapur and Gale Zucker about their new book “Drop-Dead Easy Knits“.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #465 - Kathy talks with Kirsten Kapur and Gale Zucker. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Learn how the authors met, how the book came together and hear about some of their favorite projects! And don’t forget to check out their adorable book trailer!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

The Fiber Festival of New England is happening this weekend!

WEBS will be at Vogue Knitting Live in Minneapolis this weekend!

Upcoming Events:

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

Northampton Bag Day is coming! 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, from November 20 through December 18!

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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New designs in Valley Yarns Northampton

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
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Both of these designs were knit in Valley Yarns Northampton. This is one of our core yarn lines and it’s available in over 40 colors.  With a wide variety of heathers and solids with an incredible depth of color, there’s no end to the possible color combinations you can add to your wardrobe.

Get your copy of the Cabello Cowl PDF and Valley Yarns Northampton at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS blog at blog.yarn.com

First up is the cozy, textured Cabello Cowl by Lori Wagner. Lori learned to knit back in 7th grade as part of 4-H, but didn’t pick her needles up again until years later.  A Designing Cowl class with Laura Nelkin sparked her interest in creating her own knit designs and started self-publishing in 2014. For the Cabello Cowl, Lori was daydreaming of hiking trips with friends…the twists and turn of the trails, the hills and all the rocks along the way. Lori says, “I loved working with this yarn! The Northampton was squishy and had fabulous stitch definition…exactly what I envisioned for my design. I then started to look at the other Valley Yarn available and could not believe how many lines were available!”

Just one skein of Northampton is all you need for the Cabello Cowl, making it a project that cost under $12.00! Get your needles ready and get some holiday gift knitting started!

Get your copy of the Valentina Cardigan PDF and Valley Yarns Northampton at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS blog at blog.yarn.com

For a larger project, one that will expand your wardrobe for the winter, try the Valentina Cardigan designed by Andrea Sanchez.

This long-sleeved open front cardigan is knit in one piece with the sleeves set in. A reversible textured stitch is worked throughout the body and the sleeves are worked in stockinette stitch.  A simple garter ribbing adorns the Hems, cuffs, and collar. Even the largest size, which needs only 7 skeins of Northampton, is a project that tops out at $50! I’m thinking I need a Valentina Cardigan in Charcoal and maybe another in Apple Green.

What projects have you planned in Northampton?

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?