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Last Minute Gifts to make

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
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There’s still time to work up a few last minute hand knit and crocheted gifts!

Last minute gifts to make on the WEBS Blog. Read more at blog.yarn.com

The Bookstack Cowl,  from our Knit & Purl eBook, features addictive spiraling rib stitch pattern that is almost mesmerizing when paired with the subtle, tonal color shifts of the Valley Superwash DK in colors hand dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer. You’ll be surprised how quickly this one pops off your needles and you’ll be longing to cast on again!

Last minute gifts to make on the WEBS Blog. Read more at blog.yarn.com

With a cozy blend of 50%Superfine Alpaca/50%Wool, Valley Yarns Stockbridge is the perfect fit for the Essential Fingerless Gloves, part of our Essential Accessories eBook where you’ll also find great basic patterns for socks, a hat, cowl and basic shawl.

Last minute gifts to make on the WEBS Blog. Read more at blog.yarn.com

Valley Yarns Colrain has a shine and drape that can’t be beat from it’s mix of 50%Tencel/50%Wool and it’s shown off to great effect in the linked rings of the Infinity Cowl from WEBS Spring 2015 Emerging Designer eBook.

Last minute gifts to make on the WEBS Blog. Read more at blog.yarn.com

And the perfect quick gift with a pop of color? The Last Minute Hat. Not only does this work up quickly in two strands of Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky,  but there are over 40 colors to choose from! And be sure to check out the other quick, bulky knit projects in our Last Minute eBook.

2016 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
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With the Christmas holiday fast approaching we just wanted to remind everyone of our holiday shipping dates. If you need your packages before the holiday get your orders in before these days roll around!

Holiday 2015 Shipping Deadlines at yarn.com

 

And you’ve still got plenty of time for some quick holiday gifts, check out our Last Minute eBook for great chunky knit ideas!

We’re looking for new Valley Yarns designs, from you!

Monday, December 14th, 2015
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Hello Designers! We are looking for original, never before published, designs for Spring 2016 to showcase four of our favorite Valley Yarns.

Submit your ideas in the April/May Valley Yarns design submission call. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com Submissions due December 27th, 2015.

For April, we’ll be showcasing two great machine-washable Valley Yarns: Longmeadow, and the brand-new Haydenville!

Think you don’t like knitting with cotton? Let Longmeadow show you cotton in a whole new light. Microfiber blended with cotton gives this yarn some wool-like forgiveness while being soft enough for even the pickiest recipient. A true DK weight, recommended at 5.5 sts per inch, and available in a sunny, colorful palette, Longmeadow is fantastic for baby items and multi-season garments and accessories.

Looking for great softness in a worsted weight, machine-washable and dryable wool? Look no further than our brand new Valley Yarns Haydenville. Mostly merino and blended with microfiber, these 100g/220 yard skeins are perfect for blankets of all sizes and for all recipients who need to machine wash and dry. Large projects, baby sets, stuffed animals, hoodies and other often-washed articles are great for this yarn.

Deadline: Submissions will be due Sunday December 27, 2015 by 11:59pm EST
Designers will be notified if their submission has been accepted, with yarn shipping out, by January 8th. Samples are due in-house by Friday March 4th.

Submit your ideas in the April/May Valley Yarns design submission call. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com Submissions due December 27th, 2015.

For May we’re highlighting two great warm-weather yarns: Valley Yarns Goshen and Southwick!

Featuring Peruvian cotton, modal, and silk, Valley Yarns Goshen is a luxurious treat with loads of shine. Our heaviest cotton blend, we recommend knitting Goshen at 4.5 sts to the inch for structured women’s garments or dazzling accessories that make use of its weight and drape.

Soft and drapey Valley Yarns Southwick, slightly lighter at 5 sts to the inch, is a perfect choice for flowing, airy garments, accessories and blankets. The combination of cotton and bamboo is smooth and cool on the skin, while the warm and sunny colors can’t help but make you smile.

Deadline: Submissions will be due Sunday December 27, 2015 by 11:59pm EST
Designers will be notified if their submission has been accepted, with yarn shipping out, by January 8th. Samples are due in-house by Friday April 1st.

Submit your ideas in the April/May Valley Yarns design submission call. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com Submissions due December 27th, 2015.

All accepted submissions will receive yarn support, assigned by our in-house team. Valley Yarns will pay for the finished sample of the pattern on a sliding scale ($50–$200 depending on size and complexity). Payment will be made within 2 weeks of on-time receipt of finished sample. Valley Yarns and the designer will benefit from a 50/50 revenue share of all patterns sales during the exclusivity period, with quarterly payments made to the designer during the exclusivity period, preferably via Paypal.

If your proposal is accepted, Valley Yarns requires a six month period of exclusivity after which rights will be shared and the designer may republish. Valley Yarns will retain their version of the pattern until such a time as they decide to discontinue the pattern or the featured yarn. The Valley Yarns version of the design will be sold only through yarn.com, and may be used in social media and print media advertising, and may be featured in one or more of our catalogs. After the six month period of exclusivity has ended the designer will have full control of the Ravelry page and may use our photography as long as Valley Yarns is credited for the images.

All proposals should be submitted in a one-page PDF format and include:
• your contact information, including your full name, email, mailing address, website and/or Ravelry designer page, and phone number. A short bio is encouraged if we haven’t worked with you before (tell us why you’re great!).
• sketches of your proposed design
• photographs of a generous-sized swatch, it’s not necessary to use a Valley Yarns yarn in your swatch but try to use a yarn with a similar fiber content and stitch gauge
• schematic measurements
• the Valley Yarns yarn you wish to work with
• a short description of the design, including construction, shaping, ease and fit, special techniques and stitch designs
Special reminder, please put everything you want us to see/read into the actual submission PDF, not into the body of your email. Also make sure that all parts of your submission are part of a single pdf.

Please email PDF submissions to:
ValleyYarnsDesigns (at) yarn (dot) com with the subject line: April/May Submissions

If you have questions please contact us at the same e-mail but use the subject line: April/May Questions

You can see past Valley Yarns designs here, and on Ravelry.

FAQ
• Decisions are made and designers with accepted submissions will be contacted approximately one week after the submission deadline. Submissions that are not accepted will be contacted 2-3 weeks after the deadline.
• If your proposal is accepted, Valley Yarns requires a 6 month period of exclusivity, after which shared rights begin.
• You will need to grade/size your patterns, and format with our style guide (will be provided once a pattern is accepted) but they will be tech edited by our excellent team.
• We are primarily looking for knit designs but will never turn away a stellar crochet submission
• You may submit more than one design. Each submission must be in an individual PDF, multiple PDFs may be sent with your submission e-mail
• If you have any questions about sizing and schematic please see the Craft Yarn Council’s Guidelines.

Brief Description:
Valley Yarns is the in-house brand of yarn at WEBS – America’s Yarn Store and at yarn.com, with each yarn named after one of the towns in our beautiful Pioneer Valley. These carefully selected, affordable yarns are perfect for knitters and crocheters.

Ready, Set, Knit! 425: Kathy talks with Kate Bachus

Saturday, December 12th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with Kate Bachus, founder and owner of A Hundred Ravens. Kate worked as a game designer and knit on the side. When she began dyeing yarn for fun everyone wanted a skein!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #425 - Kathy talks with Kate Bachus. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Check out the exclusive Iachos gradient kits in colors only available  at WEBS.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week : 

Reminder:

Our annual Year End Blowout Sale will begin online Tuesday December 22 and in store Saturday December 26.

Our Winter/Spring classes are now online – go register!

Holiday Shipping Deadlines!

– West Coast: Dec. 16th

– Midwest/South: Dec 18th

– East Coast: Dec 21st.

Upcoming Events:

WEBS retail store is open Sundays 12-5, now through December 20th. only 2 more Sundays!

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 424: Kathy talks with Betsy Perry

Saturday, December 5th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with Betsy Perry of Classic Elite Yarns. They talk about charity knitting and the newest yarns and pattern collections from Classic Elite.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #424 - Kathy talks with Besty Perry. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Check out Camelot and it’s pattern book, Warm Woolies, as well as Funky Chunky and the great pattern support for this yarn. And sign up for the Classic Elite Web Letter for great weekly patterns and ideas!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week : 

Reminder:

WEBS employees are once again walking and running in the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage tomorrow, December 6th. We’re all working to raise money for our favorite community organization and you can help! You can make a donation to any employee, or to the whole team, here.  Donations are accepted through December 31st.

Holiday Shipping Deadlines!

– West Coast: Dec. 16th

– Midwest/South: Dec 18th

– East Coast: Dec 21st.

Upcoming Events:

WEBS retail store is open Sundays 12-5, now through December 20th.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Holiday Catalog Spotlight: Gifts to Give

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
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In these last few days and weeks before your holiday celebrations you may have to begin paring down your list of gifts to make. If you have fiber enthusiasts on your list we have some wonderful products from our Holiday Gift Guide that might be just the perfect thing.

Gifts for Knitters - read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

For the knitter in your life we have the gorgeous new Royale interchangeable needle set from Knitter’s Pride, and they can try out the new needles with a Messenger Hat kit from Wonderland Yarns. If you include a cocoknits Knitter’s Keep set, with a magnetic wristband, stitch markers, tapestry needles and more, they’ll be all set for a year of great knits!

Whether your gift recipient is a knitter weaver or crocheter they’ll love the Gleener. It’s the ultimate fuzz and pill remover for your sweaters and home goods with 4 different surfaces to tame those fly-away fibers.

Gifts for Fiber Enthusiasts - read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Yarn bowls are always great for smaller projects. whether knitting a hat, crocheting a shawl or weaving on a Zoom Loom, the adorable animals yarn bowls from Pawley Studios are the perfect addition to your project. And no matter who is on your gift list this year a WEBS Gift Card is always a hit!

Be sure to check out Holiday Gift Guide for even more ideas.

Designer in Residence – the Lace Motif Afghan

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
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The sixth, and final, design from Doris Chan as WEBS Designer in Residence is the Lace Motif Afghan. A lovely square-shaped throw worked in supremely soft Valley Yarns Valley Superwash DK, in three colors. Handily sized for a decorative throw or shawl, this little beauty is constructed with two related lace motifs, a square and an octagon. For a larger afghan, simply add more motifs!

Doris Chan, WEBS Designer in Residence December design, the Lace Motif Afghan. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Doris says, “I particularly enjoy crocheting afghans when the weather turns cold. And if they’re lightweight, pretty, and not too large or cumbersome, I enjoy wearing them as well. ”

The Lace Motif Afghan is made of two motifs arranged in alternating placements in rows and columns. Motifs are connected to each other while crocheting, joining as you go. For some measure of portability crochet the centers of all motifs first, weave in those agonizing ends in advance, then do the last rounds with assembly when you can spread out.

Doris Chan, WEBS Designer in Residence December design, the Lace Motif Afghan. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

A simple, small scallop trim adds balance, stability and a pretty finish to the afghan edges. With over 2 dozen colors available in the Valley Superwash DK you can work up a Lace Motif Afghan to match any decor. Stay with Doris’ suggested 3 colors or go monochromatic! Who will you make this afghan for?

Doris Chan, WEBS Designer in Residence December design, the Lace Motif Afghan. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

A gift that gives back

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
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It’s always nice to think about the next generation of knitters and crocheters. Who will they be? Where will they learn?  Well, the National Needle Arts Association isn’t waiting to find out, they’re making it happen through their Needle Arts Mentoring Program. This year they’ve teamed up with Custom Bee for a unique fundraiser that will certainly appeal to many fiber enthusiasts.

An exclusive cell phone case from TNNA that benefits their Needle Arts Mentoring Program, on sale through Dec 7th 2015. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

An exclusive cell phone case cover is on sale through Monday, December 7th. You can choose from over 30 case styles with this print for only $20.00 ea. Buy one for yourself or as a gift! A portion of proceeds from each sale will go to purchasing needle arts supplies for The Needle Arts Mentoring Program.

Design Inspiration with Fiona Ellis – The power of color

Monday, November 30th, 2015
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Color, especially when it’s related to clothing, is fascinating to me. It is a powerful thing, triggering emotional responses in all of us. Each color creates a mood or feeling, can demonstrate the personally behind the wearer and evoke memories. I have been researching color for a while for a series of articles I have written for Twist Collective.  So when I came to choose the shade for my final Designer in Residence pattern I knew I should pick something that said WOW! So it had to be Red.

Fiona Ellis - color inspiration for her 6th and final WEBS Designer in Residence pattern. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Red evokes emotions ranging from passion and power to rage and romance. Viewing red increases blood pressure, pulse and heart rates, and even stimulates appetite. These physical reactions may be why we associate red with activity. But red is also considered seductive…think of lipstick & blush colors. Being the shortest wavelength on the spectrum, red is the first color the eye sees, making it attention- grabbing— the reason that it is used for warning signs. Our learned emotional responses to red are equally varied. Red can signify a mark of honor (think red carpet), we “see red” when we’re angry, are “in the red” when business is bad, and are “caught red handed” (originally a reference to blood on the hands) when guilty.  “Red herrings” divert our attention and we “paint the town red” when we let loose after a long workweek (the origins of that particular phrase are a source of debate).

Fiona Ellis designs with Valley Yarns. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

pictured left to right: Red Letter Day, Athasca, Sugarbeach and Paula all in Valley Yarns available in spectacular reds!

In naming this design I thought about how red is also linked to special occasions…my year as WEBS Designer in Residence has had, of course, many special days. Red letter days are so called because important festivals, holidays, and saints’ days were inked in red on medieval church calendars. So while I have your attention may I ask you to join me over on my website. I post a piece on the 9th of each month where I chat about design ideas and inspirations along with photos of what is fascinating me, I call it On-line, On-nine.

Thanks for following my wonderful year at WEBS!

– Fiona

Buy a sheep, feed a family.

Sunday, November 29th, 2015
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Susan at Juniper Moon Farm is doing something spectacular this year, she’s selling these adorable wooden sheep and animals, that you can decorate, and donating the proceeds to Heifer International. So when you buy a sheep, you really help to buy a sheep!

Purchase your own Sheep Stash from Juniper Moon Farms through 12/15/15, proceeds go to Heifer International. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

She shared some of the sheep with friends and has asked them to give folks an idea of how they could be used and decorated. Susan B Anderson has made some adorable sweaters and shared the pattern so you can make them, too! Mary Jane Mucklestone worked some fair isle magic, and there are lots more ideas on the Juniper Moon Farm blog, and on their Facebook page.

Purchase and decorate your own Sheep Stash from Juniper Moon Farms through 12/15/15, proceeds go to Heifer International. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

We decided we were all in a nostalgic 80’s kinda mood and dressed ours up with some leg warmers and headbands and a little glitter.  Go get yourself a single sheep, or a set, or even a T-rex! Supplies are limited so grab them while you can, they’re only available through December 15th, 2015.

How will you decorate your Sheep Stash?