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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!”

Ready, Set, Knit! Flashback

Saturday, July 19th, 2014
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No new show this week but you can enjoy this flashback episode from July of 2010 when Kathy talked with Beth Casey of Lorna’s Laces about their Honor yarn.

Upcoming Events:

Convergence is THIS Weekend in Providence RI, and hasn’t been in New England in over 20 years!

Northampton Sidewalk Sale, July 24th – 27th – stop in the store for great deals and specials. – In store only.

Join us for the Shibui Mix Yarn Party on 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!

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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Steve’s Deal of the Day – Valley Yarns Northampton

Friday, July 18th, 2014
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Steve’s Deal of the Day July 18-20 is is Valley Yarns Northampton$4.19/skein (reg $5.99).  This is a great workhorse yarn perfect for almost any project that calls for worsted weight yarn, from sweaters, blankets and felted items to socks and accessories.

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The Ossel dress from Twist Collective is a beautiful cabled dress that looks equally stunning in the original grey or Ravelry user njstacie‘s color choice Ocean Heather.

 

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Nikol Lohr’s Sweetheart Socks also take advantage of Northampton’s ability to really shine in cable work. The original sicks were knit in the Light Green Heather colorway but Ravelry user withmyneedles changed hers up a bit by using two colors. With 40 colors to choose from this FREE sock pattern can turn into quite a few pairs of socks to love!

Don’t forget! Valley Yarns Northampton is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, July 20, 2014.  Use Promo Code FBNORTHAM23 at checkout to get the special price$4.19/skein (reg $5.99)

Weaving Contest Winners!

Friday, July 18th, 2014
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The winners were officially announced at Convergence last evening and we’re so thrilled to finally share the results of our Weaving Contest with you! Congratulations to all our winners!

WEBS 40th Anniversary Weaving Contest, winners in the Accessories category.

WEBS 40th Anniversary Weaving Contest, winners in the Byways category.

 

WEBS 40th Anniversary Weaving Contest, winners in the Clothing category.

 

WEBS 40th Anniversary Weaving Contest, winners in the Decorative category.

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Basic Men’s Pullover

Monday, July 14th, 2014
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A great, basic, worsted weight set-in sleeve pullover sized for men, the Basic Men’s Pullover from Valley Yarns can serve as a canvas for your favorite stitch patterns or worked as written for those who like their sweaters plain.

Basic Men's Pullover from Valley Yarns - available at yarn.com

Valley Superwash has a full 25 colors to choose from so you can find the one that’s right for the man, or men, in your life.

Ready, Set, Knit! 364: Steve talks with his parents, Art and Barbara Elkins

Saturday, July 12th, 2014
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This week Steve talks with his parents, Art and Barbara, about WEBS’ transition from our Kellogg Ave. location in Amherst to our current location at 75 Service Center Rd. Northampton.

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In the early 90′s mail order was busy, their little parking lot was always full, and the shop was packed full of customers and yarns. They were bursting at the seams and there were warehouses full of yarn all over the valley.

They talk about trying to find a larger location in Amherst and ultimately deciding to look in Northampton where they found our current building, which had been occupied by the Telephone company and housed their offices and their garage.

And Art tells Steve how yarn.com came to be.

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

Convergence is next week in Providence RI, and hasn’t been in New England in over 20 years!

Northampton Sidewalk Sale, July 24th – 27th – stop in the store for great deals and specials. – In store only.

Join us for the Shibui Mix Yarn Party on 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!

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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Steve’s Deal of the Day – Valley Yarns 2/10 Merino Tencel (Colrain Lace)

Friday, July 11th, 2014
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This weekend we’re featuring one of our favorite coned yarns! Steve’s Deal of the Day July 11-13 is Valley Yarns 2/10 Merino Tencel (Colrain Lace) $17.99/cone (reg $24.99). You’ll end up with fewer ends to weave in on your projects because of the large amount on yardage on these cones.

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The Mixed Tide Stole is from one of our 40th Anniversary designers, Janice Kang and Ravelry user bogiebogie made a beautiful version in the Grey Olive colorway.

Deep Breath Promo

The Deep Breath Sweater is an older Valley Yarns pattern but sill one of our favorites for it’s comfort and simplicity. Ravelry user whitecatstudio chose to make hers in the rich chocolate colorway.

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And if you’re a crocheter the Colrain Lace is perfect for the Crocus Lace Stole, shown in the hummingbird color of our 5/2 Bamboo and in the natural 2/10 Merino Tencel by Ravelry user Appliejuice.

Don’t forget! Valley Yarns 2/10 Merino Tencel (Colrain Lace) is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, July 13, 2014.  Use Promo Code FB210MERT8 at checkout to get the special price, $17.99/cone (reg $24.99)

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – The Lake House Shrug

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
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Stretchy, lacy ribbing, silky-soft worsted weight Valley Yarns Goshen and a simple, “seamed scarf” structure make the Lake House Shrug a cinch to knit and a pleasure to wear.  The shape is a simple rectangle – like a wide, short scarf – with seams sewn up a little ways on each end to form sleeves. It’s perfect for layering over sleeveless tops or T-shirts when you want a little more warmth on your arms and shoulders.

The Lake House Shrug from Valley Yarns - available at yarn.com

You’ll only need 4-5 skeins of Goshen for the whole project, that’s less than 500 yds! And with over 2 dozen colors to choose from you can knit one for each day of the week and more. Which color is perfect for you?

40th Anniversary Celebrations Round 3!

Monday, July 7th, 2014
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Our Third Quarter of Specialty Anniversary products are available today! We’ve been eagerly anticipating telling you about our Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo!

Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo, limited quantites! - available exclusively at yarn.com

There are 20 incredible colorways including an exclusive Ruby colorway for our Anniversary.

And we’re so excited about the designs for this quarter!

The Jazerant Set designed by Emma Welford for WEBS 40th Anniversary knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

Our very own Emma Welford, who has modeled all of our Anniversary Garments this year, has designed the fantastic cabled and beaded Jazerant Set.

The Maplewood Cardigan designed by Carol Sulcoski for WEBS 40th Anniversary knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

Carol Sulcoski designed the Maplewood Cardigan for us, an easy and comfortable layering piece with beautiful lace detailing at the hem.

The Cirro Tee designed by Linda Permann for WEBS 40th Anniversary knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

And Linda Permann may have designed the perfect crochet t-shirt with the Cirro Tee, a flexible and lightweight garment with an easy 2 row pattern repeat!

Della-Q Summer Floral Project Bag - available exclusively at yarn.com

Della-Q has done it again with a bright summery print for her latest WEBS exclusive project bag.

There will be three more weaving drafts from long-time friends of WEBS, as well as additional products and patterns. Follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle +Instagram, or on Ravelry for all the latest.

Ready, Set, Knit! 363: Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski

Saturday, July 5th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski of Black Bunny Fibers about her design for our 40th Anniversary.

3rd qtr sneak peek

Here’s a sneak peak at our 3rd Quarter Anniversary Products – they officially launch on Monday July 7th!

This quarter we have a knit cardigan from Carol, a crochet t-shirt from Linda Permann, and a cable and beaded accessory set from Emma Welford. Be sure to check the website on Monday to see these exciting new designs!

Kathy’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

Join us for the Shibui Mix Yarn Party on 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!

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.

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

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