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Anniversary Spotlight: Color and Texture

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
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Our Anniversary Sale isn’t just for knitters looking to stock up on stash-building workhorse yarns! Each year we have quite a selection of unique yarns that are perfect for garments and accessories with incredible texture and color, and these yarns are often an excellent addition to the weavers stash.

WEBS Anniversary Sale yarns - yarns with texture and color. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Tempo from Filatura Di Crosa works up into wide stripes of color, but these stripes are no plain-jane solid colors! The yarn is made from 3 plys, one is a two-ply, multicolored print with nubby tweedy bits, wrapped with two different colored thick-thin plys that gradually change color. While that seems like a lot happening in one yarn it results in a muted blending of colors that give your knits a sophisticated yet rustic quality. And, it’s a cotton blend so it’s perfect for warmer weather! Working with 2 colors of Tempo, and creating wedges with short rows, the Boticelli Top is an interesting but not overly complicated pullover to knit. Interchangeable front and back are seamed at the sides and shoulders for a reversible top that is eye catching and comfortable.

WEBS Anniversary Sale yarns - yarns with texture and color. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Another great cotton yarn for summer is Schachenmayr Tahiti. This fingering weight yarn has beautiful color shifts in variegated shades and it’s totally machine washable! Just 4 balls of this yarn knit into the gorgeous Sundowner Shawl. The pattern is FREE and you can choose from two sizes. This yarn would also make a beautiful warp yarn for a shawl or scarf with a gradient effect!

WEBS Anniversary Sale yarns - yarns with texture and color. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

With subtle, tonal colors and a shifting series of fibers, the chainette or woven tape-like construction of Classic Elite Yarns Sanibel lends textural interest to even the simplest stockinette pieces. The Lady Londonderry capelet is a lovely layering piece for when it’s not quite warm enough to wear your favorite summer dresses but you just can’t wait! Worked from the bottom up in a classic feather and fan stitch, this little piece features a wide rib neckline and a button closure for a fun retro look.

WEBS Anniversary Sale yarns - yarns with texture and color. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Also from Classic Elite is Santorini, the same base yarn as Sanibel but in a cheerful array of variegated colors. Put the two together for fun accessories with tons of colorful drama. Nonamesset scarf does just that with modular knit triangles that are joined as you go!

WEBS Anniversary Sale yarns - yarns with texture and color. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And don’t forget that I mentioned the weavers! These yarns create beautiful texture and color in your weaving. Here you can see we’ve used them as weft yarns paired with a simple warp of Juniper Moon Farms Zooey, a gorgeous linen blend.

So how will the colors and textures of these yarns inspire you? Tell us in the comments!

All Dressed Up Wrap

Monday, May 16th, 2016
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Not only is our Valley Yarns Goshen part of our May Anniversary Sale but we’ve also got exciting new designs in this yarn for you, and the All Dressed Up Stole is the newest!

The All Dressed Up Stole from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn and design, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Drape this stole loosely over your shoulders and secure with a bright shawl pin over a floral summer dress, or let it hang long and loose with a stylish belt for a more tailored look. This piece is a truly versatile addition to your wardrobe that works as a perfect extra layer in Spring and Fall.

The All Dressed Up Stole from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn and design, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog..yarn.com

Knit in Valley Yarns Goshen, the All Dressed Up Stole takes advantage of the silky drape of the yarn for a garment with beautiful fluid movement. With 25 colors to choose from you could go with an understated neutral like the sample, which was knit in #26 Steel, or add a bright splash of color to your summer wardrobe with #12 Lake or #10 Green Apple. Which color is calling your name?

Ready, Set, Knit! 444: LIVE from Tent Sale!

Saturday, May 14th, 2016
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This week Kathy and Steve are LIVE from our Annual Tent Sale!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #444 - Kathy and Steve LIVE at Tent Sale. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Kathy and Steve talk about all the great deals in the tent this year, the wonderful vendors at our fleece market and what it takes to pull this even together each year. And check out our live Facebook video of the show this year!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

The 14th Annual Tent Sale is happening NOW! Today and tomorrow, and don’t forget the 12th Annual Fleece Market today until 5! Check out the vendor list.

And don’t forget that our show is broadcast LIVE today so the podcast version of our show will be up just a little bit later than usual because of the remote broadcast.

Check out our first Facebook Live Video from our Summer Valley Yarns catalog photoshoot!

Upcoming Events:

The I-91 Shop Hop will take place June 23–26th. Get your passport now and plan your weekend!

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

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Valley Yarns Goshen

Friday, May 13th, 2016
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Whether you’ve been a loyal fan of Goshen since it debuted back in 2007, or you’re just discovering it this Spring, there couldn’t be a better time to get this yarn on your needles or hook!

Valley Yarns Goshen! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Goshen is a worsted weight blend of 48% Peruvian Cotton, 46% Modal, and 6% Silk that is milled and dyed for Valley Yarns in Peru. These long smooth fibers are blended together to enhance each other’s durability, strength and shine resulting in a yarn that has incredible stitch definition and longevity. This yarn is super resistant to pilling! The shine from the silk and modal, which is a rayon fiber made from recycled tree-based cellulose, really makes your stitches pop. Whether you’re making cables or an allover textured pattern with your stitches this yarn will showcase them beautifully.

Valley Yarns Goshen! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

This unique mix of fibers also lends an incredible smoothness to the yarn that not only feels silky to the touch, but actually feels cool against your skin, making it perfect for warm weather projects. My older daughter is a big fan of wearing beanies all year long and she loves my hand knits hats, but she’s not a fan of wool hats in the summer.  So I dug through our collection of Valley Yarns patterns and landed on the Embers hat. Originally knit in Amherst, this hat has a fantastically easy to remember 2 row repeat. You could easily knit this hat in one color for a beanie with great texture, but the magic really happens when you introduce a second color! While this may look like a complicated stitch pattern, or one that involves slipped stitches, you are only knitting with one color in each round and there are NO slipped stitches, just knits and purls! I chose the Green Apple and Seafoam colorways of Goshen for a subtle tonal quality. I used the same size needle called for in the pattern and knit to gauge. in the end I used less than a full skein of each color and used what yarn remained to make the pom pom.

Valley Yarns Goshen! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

l-r top: Hen Plaid Wrap, Winter Lake Henley, Goshen Crocheted Jacket, Park Pullover l-r bottom: Twilight Short Sleeve Sweater, New Hope Pullover, Anemone Mitts, Purlless Pullover

We’ve showcased Goshen in some of our most popular Valley Yarns patterns over the years. If you’re looking for everyday knit tops, accessories with a pop of color or cozy wraps, you’ve found the ideal yarn. What will you knit with Goshen? One of our original Goshen patterns or one intended for another yarn? Tell us all about it in the comments! Pick up a few skeins of Goshen today and give it a try. It’s part of our Anniversary Sale through May 31st, meaning you get each skein for only $2.79. That’s right, you could knit the Embers Hat for less than $6.00, or splurge a little and grab a bag, 10 whole skeins, for only $27.90!

It’s almost time for Tent Sale!

Thursday, May 12th, 2016
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Come to the 14th Annual Tent Sale this Saturday and Sunday! While supplies last, you’ll find deals on full bags of yarns, $2.50 and $5.00 yarn bins, hand-dyed yarn specials, and even more deals that can only be found at the WEBS Tent Sale! You can also take the opportunity to shop the 42nd Anniversary Sale in person in our store, PLUS save 20% on all in-stock spinning tools, fiber, and equipment! Doors open at 10am but you can peruse the tent and shop the Fleece Market a bit earlier, and if you do you might catch Steve and Kathy broadcasting Ready, Set, Knit! Live from the tent!

tentsale and fleece market

If you come shop the Tent Sale on Saturday, May 14th, you can also shop our 12th Annual Fleece Market, which features fleeces, fiber, yarn, and crafts from over a dozen local vendors!

Leyden Glen Lamb (Kristin Nicholas)Stitched by JessaluArtemisia Ink Studio ArtsWhispering Winds Alpaca FarmRag Hill FarmCeladon StudioThe Stonehill FarmWinterberry FarmCrooked Fence FarmKama Suutra Fiber Arts, From Fiber to Fashion, Red Barn Alpacas, and Barberic Farm. And if you forget to bring lunch or get overwhelmed by yarn fumes The Bistro Bus will be here at lunchtime (on Saturday only) to fuel you back up!

Valley Yarns on the cover of Vogue Knitting!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
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We’re so excited about Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2016. Not only is it packed with over 20 stunning knit patterns from some of our favorite designers, but our own Valley Yarns Charlemont made the cover in a design from Unjung Yun, the Leaf Motif Wrap!

Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2016 - featuring Valley Yarns Charlemont on the cover. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The open spaces that dot this sculptural wrap recall the look of windblown leaves. Knit in Charlemont, a pearlescent wool/ silk blend from Valley Yarns, garter-stitch leaf motifs are worked continuously with cast-on stitches to form a tiered panel. Each subsequent panel reverses the direction of the work, producing the subtly undulating texture. Dropped stitches worked throughout delineate the lacy look. They’ve even put together a quick tutorial on their Youtube channel to guide you through this fantastic technique!

Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2016 - featuring Valley Yarns Charlemont on the cover. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Whether you choose to use Charlemont in natural for a light, ethereal summer wrap or one of the vibrant jeweltones for a richly elegant look, this will be one of those accessories you’ll be happy you spent the time knitting for years to come! The Spring/Summer 2016 issue hits newsstands today so get out there and get your copy!

It’s another FLASH SALE!

Monday, May 9th, 2016
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Now through 11:59pm EDT, tomorrow, May 10th, you can take advantage of crazy-good savings on favorite brand name yarns and needles in our Flash Sale!

It's the May FLASH SALE at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Right now you can save an additional 15% off over 100 already reduced closeouts from Noro, Tahki, Schachenmayr, Rowan, Ella Rae, and more! Never get stalled starting a new project again with a Denise Interchangeable needle set, now an additional 20% off. This deal is limited to the inventory we have on hand so don’t wait to snap one of these up for yourself or as a gift!If that wasn’t enough you can now save 35% on 4 of our most popular yarns! Shibui Baby Alpaca DK Rowan Cocoon Louet Gems Fingering , and Louet Gems Sport.

This offer is good both online and in-store, but you have only have a little over 24 hours to seize your chance at incredible savings!

Anniversary Sale Spotlight – Bulky Yarns

Sunday, May 8th, 2016
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May is a great time to stock up on yarns for future holiday gifts. I know, I know! It’s not even summer yet and I’m raising the spectre of holiday knitting. Some of you will think I’m crazy but I actually like to get lots of quick and easy projects done in the summertime to fill the “bin of potential gifts”. This is a little storage bin where I place finished knit and crochet items that don’t have a particular recipient yet, maybe one of my girls’ teachers, or my husband’s boss, or the secret snowflake exchange at work. I get lots of little things done over the summer and then I always have an extra gift or two come holiday time! This year I am particularly enamoured of bulky and chunky yarns, and there are SO many great ones to choose from in the May portion of our Anniversary Sale!

Anniversary Sale yarns and quick summer gift knits on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Encore Mega, is a super versatile yarn  in 25 colors that is perfect for the person in your life who needs an easy care gift. With a blend of 75% Acrylic and 25% Wool you don’t have to worry about them felting that special gift! The Lodge Pole Cowl is not only a quick, yet interesting pattern, but it’s Free! Double strand your yarn for a super squishy and cozy cowl, keep it all in one color or use 2 colors for a marled look, and the 4 skeins of Encore Mega that you need will only cost $16.76 during the sale!

Anniversary Sale yarns and quick summer gift knits on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

A yarn with fantastic texture and beautiful colors is Bamboo Bloom Handpaints. This blend of bamboo based Rayon, Wool, and Acrylic has a thick and thin texture with large slubs of fluffy wool and sections of tightly spun rayon with incredible shine. Finished knits have amazing texture, like the Corners Scarf, another FREE pattern. At less than $8 per hank for Bamboo Bloom Handpaints during the sale, you could make a whole pile of these one skein scarves and still have plenty of cash left in your holiday budget!

Anniversary Sale yarns and quick summer gift knits on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Another yarn with great texture is Rosa from Tahki Yarns. This 100% Cotton yarn is fantastic for summertime garments and accessories. Right now I’m kind of crushing on the Textures Cardigan by Rosemary Drysdale. My daughter loves a good summer dress and would happily wear them in December, so a little cotton cardi is perfect for letting her fashion sense rule while making me feel better about her staying warm! With Rosa being a bulky yarn this sweater will knit up super quick, and during the sale it costs less than I would have paid for one at her favorite department store.

So what do you have planned for your “bin of potential gifts”? Give some of these great bulky yarns a try and help to fill it up over the summer!

Ready, Set, Knit! 443: Kathy talks with Franklin Habit

Saturday, May 7th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Franklin Habit about his brand new coloring book! I Dream of Yarn, a knit and crochet coloring book will be available June 7th.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #443 - Kathy talks with Franklin Habit. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Franklin talks about creating the images for the book, his favorite colored pencils and Kathy encourages Franklin to have a Color-a-long! For a first look at the book stop by Vogue Knitting Live! next weekend in Pasadena!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

The 14th Annual Tent Sale happens NEXT WEEKEND! May 14th and 15th, and don’t forget the 12th Annual Fleece Market on May 14th! Check out the vendor list for our Fleece Market this year.

And don’t forget that our show is broadcast LIVE next Saturday morning at 9am on WHMP, the podcast version of our show will be up just a little bit later than usual because of the remote broadcast.

Our first Facebook Live Video from our Summer Valley Yarns catalog photoshoot went up this past week – check it out!

Upcoming Events:

The I-91 Shop Hop will take place June 23–26th. Get your passport now and plan your weekend!

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

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New Hope Pullover

Thursday, May 5th, 2016
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One of our newest patterns from Valley Yarns is the New Hope Pullover designed by Nadya Stallings. Knit in Goshen, our worsted weight, cotton/modal/silk blend, this a-line top is cozy enough for cool Spring evenings but cool enough for breezy, Summer beach days. Broad rolling waves fill the cable panels of this warm weather sweater, and the set in sleeve construction helps to give it structure and stability without hampering the flow and drape of the fabric.

The New Hope Pullover from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the designer, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Pair this with jeans and chunky boots for a weekend hike or toss it on over your favorite shorts and tank when a cool breeze kicks up. Shown here in crisp summer white it would be equally stylish in classic Navy, a neutral like Fawn or Linen, or add a pop of color to your wardrobe with Green Apple or Persimmon.

We asked Nadya to tell us a bit about herself and her work.

When did you learn to knit? 

I learned to knit, when I was 10. And it was not my mother who taught me, although she was doing all kind all crafts, but I was stubborn enough to not let her. Instead, I watched a TV show (in Russian) , called “Magic Yarn Ball”. That is how I learned to cast on the stitches, and I just kept doing it until I could without even looking at my needles.

What prompted you to start designing?

Since I grew up with  just a few magazines that could give me some ideas of knitting, and not much else, I just was making them up for my own needs and desires. I had no feeling that it would be called “designing”! I moved to USA and looked through all those knitting magazines, I thought: “I know I could do this kind of work!’, but I just did not know how to approach the editors. In 2009, I was laid off, and very soon after that I received a catalog with announcement that they accept independent designers’ submissions. So, I went on-line, made my first submission and dared to send it out. Surprisingly, it was accepted!

Give us a glimpse into your design process, where/how do you find inspiration?

Inspiration comes from everywhere: watching TV, fashion shows, other designers’’ work, very often from some words, or music, and nature. Sometimes (more often) I come up with just a detail, an element, and try to figure out what silhouette would work with it. Very often, I develop a few variations of the design because I think the general idea would be good for them all. I tend to design garments with a bit more challenge,  it makes the design work more interesting. Besides, I wear my garments, my daughter and granddaughter do too!

Tell us about your design aesthetic.

I admire people who dress themselves thoughtfully. I keep this in mind while designing, too. I do love vintage, but not being old-fashioned. I love to discover new color combinations that bring joy to my eyes. My recent favorite is the combination of different shades of brown with different shades of blues. And I love to design dresses and skirts! Or, at least the tops that are styled with skirts.

What did you love about the Valley Yarn you worked with?

I love to touch it, it feels so natural. I love to look at them, because the colors make me happy. I love how smoothly stitches slide from one needle to the next, and  I love its drape.

The New Hope Pullover from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the designer, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog..yarn.com

Valley Yarns Goshen is an ideal yarn for warm-weather knits! With it’s unique blend of fibers you get the sturdy durability of cotton, the memory and softness of modal , and the incredible shine and drape of silk. This versatile yarn feels cool against the skin but is squishy and cozy when knit into bouncy fun cables! What color of Goshen will you choose when you knit the New Hope Pullover?