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The Mixed Tide Shawl from Janice Kang

Monday, February 24th, 2014
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Part of our Anniversary celebrations this year includes new designs for some of our favorite Valley Yarns. Today we’re highlighting our Valley Yarns Colrain Lace.

The Mixed Tide Shawl from Janice Kang is a stunning, lacy wrap made with cleverly arranged, elongated stitches framed by easy garter stitch. Janice is a longtime friend of WEBS who never ceases to stun our staff with her beautiful knitwear when she visits our booths at Stitches West each year.

She was excited to work with our Valley Yarns Colrain Lace. The merino and tencel blend yarn has beautiful drape and subtle shimmer, and with 20 different colors to choose from there’s a shade for everyone. You can find more of Janice’s designs on Ravelry.

Ready, Set, Knit! 346: Kathy talks with Alasdair Post-Quinn

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Alasdair about the failed origami class that led to his life in knitting, how he discovered double knitting, teaching classes and his new e-book Parallax.

Alasdair will be at WEBS on April 12th and 13th teaching Intro to Double Knitting, Double Knitting Off the Grid and  Two Pattern Double Knitting. There are still spots open so sign up today!

Reminder:

Be sure to stop into the store and see all the new Spring garment models! And don’t miss the Classic Elite Yarns Trunk shows.

Steve and the crew are at Stitches West this weekend in the 400 aisle, if you’re in the Santa Clara, CA area check out the show Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-4

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Upcoming Events:

Why we do what we do! Workshop with Sally Melville on March 29th

Our 40th Annual Anniversary Sale is coming up, April 1 – May 31!

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Best of Berroco from WEBS is here!

Friday, February 21st, 2014
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This is one of the little surprises we’ve had tucked up our sleeve since the beginning of the year and we’re excited to reveal it. To help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary our friends at Berroco pulled together a collection that is exclusive to Webs until June!  Best of Berroco from WEBS features 4 classic patterns that have been reworked  in new colors and yarns.

Chantal

The first pattern is Chantal.  Originally published in Norah Gaughan Vol. 1 in 2007, and knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca and Ultra Alpaca Light it has been reworked in a bright aqua color perfect for Spring.

The Deran hat which made it’s debut in  Berroco booklet #303 is the second pattern, and though originally knit in Berroco Remix in a creamy natural color it has been updated in the new and vibrant Poppy colorway.

The third pattern, a classic cabled aran sweater, Paddy has been reworked in Blackstone Tweed. It was originally knit in Comfort and appeared in Berroco booklet #269.

And my favorite, Rhodocrosite, which graces the cover. Knit with their new yarn Folio, this pattern originally appeared in Norah Gaughan Vol. 7 knit in Ultra Alpaca Fine.

Which pattern will you cast-on first?

Ready, Set, Knit! 345: Kathy talks with Deborah Tomasello

Saturday, February 15th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Deborah Tomasello, author of Wrapped in Color: Stranded Knitting in the 21st Century. Deborah talks about growing up, learning to knit and rediscovering knitting in her adult life.

She also talks about bringing her book to the market and how stranded knitting can seem daunting but it is almost as simple as stockinette.

Reminder:

Spring 2014 Catalog is online now! If you’re on the mailing list it should be arriving in your mailboxes this week. If you’re not on the mailing list you can request a catalog here.  This one is jam-packed with over 20 new yarns for Spring, a great editorial piece on the founding of WEBS and our first ever eBook: Soft Landing.

 

WEBS will be open regular hours, 10:00am – 5:30pm, on Presidents’ Day, Monday February 17th.

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Upcoming Events:

Stitches West, next week! February 20-23 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 344: Kathy talks with Kelly from namaste

Saturday, February 8th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Kelly, co-owner of namaste bags and accessories,  about the origins and growth of their small, family owned business. From their start at the sewing machine in her home 8 years ago to some of the great new products they are now offering, from the new Harlow bag to Kathy’s favorite Monroe bag.

Spring 2014 Catalog is online now! If you’re on the mailing list it should arrive in your mailbox in the next week or so if you’re not you can request a catalog here.

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Upcoming Events:

Stitches West, February 20-23 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

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The Windchill Cardigan from Melissa LaBarre

Friday, February 7th, 2014
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We’ve been so thrilled with your response to our first specialty yarn and dedicated patterns. We thought it was time to share another pattern highlight with you. Melissa LaBarre designed the Windchill Cardigan for us and it’s just stunning!

About her relationship with WEBS:

I’m so happy to be one of the designers for Webs’ 40th anniversary. Webs has been a big part of my life for more than a decade.
I discovered Webs when I started knitting again, just over 10 years ago. What a place to discover when you’re a new knitter. I think I started by buying 2 of everything and making a bunch of fancy scarves.
Years later, knitting had become a big part of my life. I started designing and picked up a part-time job at Webs. During my 2 years there, I co-wrote 2 knitting books, New England Knits and Weekend Hats.
Now I’m a work-at-home designer and mother of a toddler girl, with another baby girl on the way. My designs had shifted from adult garments to accessories and baby designs in the last year, so it was fun to design my first adult sweater in a year for Webs’ anniversary.
You can check out more of Melissa’s patterns on our site, on her Ravelry page or follow her on Facebook!

Ready, Set, Knit! 343: Kathy talks with Leslie Ann Bestor

Saturday, February 1st, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with our Retail Store Manager, Leslie Ann Bestor, about more of the great products coming up during our 40th anniversary year. If you’re a weaver be sure to check out our weaving contest!

They also discuss our year of Guest Weaver Drafts. First up is the Escher Scarf designed by our founder, Barbara Elkins.

Escher Scarf

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Upcoming Events:

Our 8th Annual Big Game Day Escape, IS TOMORROW! Feb. 2nd from 12-4

Reminder:

We’re STILL collecting Hats for Halos of Hope. Our thanks to everyone that has already sent in hats, keep ‘em coming! You can now make a donation in lieu of hats and help out as well! Each $5.00 contribution counts as 1 hat in our total. Donations can be made here.

Make as many knit and/or crochet hats as you can (check here for preferred fibers and free patterns) and get them to us by February 1, 2014. Make sure each hat and package is labeled with “Team RSK!” Please mail all packages to:

WEBS
Attn: TEAM RSK!
6 Industrial Pkwy.
Easthampton, MA 01027

If you’re posting about your progress on Facebook or Twitter please use #PodcastThrowdown. And please join the Podcasters Throwdown Group on Ravelry and show your support in the Team RSK thread! If you’ve sent in hats let us know who you are.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 342: Kathy talks with Louisa Harding

Saturday, January 25th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Louisa Harding

Louisa calls in from VK Live and chats with Kathy about her early days taking pattern cutting courses at college and bringing her knowledge of sewing and garment making to the art of hand knitting.

She also talks about the long road from seeing new yarns at an industry trade show to designing, photography and bringing them to market. Louisa is lucky enough to work with her photographer husband to bring an easily identifiable look and feel to her brand.

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Upcoming Events:

Our 8th Annual Big Game Day Escape, Feb. 2nd from 12-4

Reminder:

We’re collecting Hats for Halos of Hope. Our thanks to everyone that has already sent in hats, keep ‘em coming! You can now make a donation in lieu of hats and help out as well! Each $5.00 contribution counts as 1 hat in our total. Donations can be made here.

Make as many knit and/or crochet hats as you can (check here for preferred fibers and free patterns) and get them to us by February 1, 2014. Make sure each hat and package is labeled with “Team RSK!” Please mail all packages to:

WEBS
Attn: TEAM RSK!
6 Industrial Pkwy.
Easthampton, MA 01027

If you’re posting about your progress on Facebook or Twitter please use #PodcastThrowdown. And please join the Podcasters Throwdown Group on Ravelry and show your support in the Team RSK thread! If you’ve sent in hats let us know who you are.

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Projects for the Winter Games

Friday, January 24th, 2014
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The Winter Games begin Feb 7th  - just 2 weeks away!

If you’re looking for a few quick projects to knit or crochet before the games begin, to show your support, we’ve got some great ideas and each pattern is FREE.

Our Last Minute Hat pattern is a great quick knit! Written to double strand our Berkshire Bulky, you could easily substitute with 3 strands of our Valley Yarns Berkshire or Northampton.

The Last Minute Mittens are also a great choice. Shown knit in Northampton Bulky, you could substitute Berkshire Bulky, and easily add stripes.

 

The Bits and Pieces Cowl is a great way to show your team spirit, and being worked in singled crochet on a larger hook with Berkshire Bulky you’ll zip right along!

my mt hat and yarn

Finally, a cute and slouchy crochet hat from the My Mountain collection from Schachenmayer worked in their Boston yarn.

If you already have projects planned but need yarns in the right patriotic color scheme to support Team USA we have a few more great options:

Berroco Comfort, Berroco Comfort Chunky, Plymouth Encore

What will you be working on during the games? And what events are you most looking forward to?

The Cousteau Shawl from Doris Chan

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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As WEBS enters it’s 40th year we’ve been lucky enough to enlist some amazing designers to help us celebrate. We’ll be highlighting each designer throughout the year, first up we have Doris Chan who has crafted the gorgeous Cousteau Shawl for us.

About her relationship with WEBS:

I have been a WEBS customer for over a decade. Before I was a crochet designer, before I knew much about yarn at all, it was at a WEBS vendor booth at a knitting event where I was first introduced to the joys of buying great yarn by the bag. I must have browsed that display for an hour before taking the plunge and grabbing up 10 hanks of a lusciously luxe DK weight chrome yellow silk I and haven’t looked back since.

Much later I began receiving WEBS print catalogs. The first one I saw was in 2010. I was impressed at how Kathy Elkins openly and enthusiastically welcomed crocheters to her store by including crochet in her editorial comments, in WEBS design offerings, and on the pages of the catalog and website. I wrote and told her so, and was completely charmed by her reply. It didn’t take much coaxing on her part to start me thinking about designing with the WEBS house brand Valley Yarns. I felt confident that my work would be in good hands. In 2011, much to my delight, my Valley Cowl debuted in the WEBS line-up, along with full pattern support and tutorials.

In June 2011 I finally met Kathy at a TNNA industry event. I remember laughing. A lot. Our professional connection and personal friendship continues to grow out of mutual admiration. It didn’t take much coaxing on my part to get Kathy to support the Crochet Guild of America; WEBS is now a major sponsor of the CGOA Design Competition. It is an honor to be invited to participate in the WEBS 40th Anniversary and a pleasure to present this design, the Coutsteau Shawl, in a special hand-dyed edition of Valley Superwash DK. Congratulations to Kathy and to WEBS!

About her design for our 40th Anniversary Doris offers these tips:

Stitch Pattern Notes

Although the stitch pattern and trim have designated RS and WS rows, the faces of the fabric are so similar that the shawl is viewable and wearable from either side.

Advanced Tips for Working With Custom Dyed Colors

These special hand-dyes can vary from hank to hank. To avoid the stripes or blocks that may appear if you completely work each new hank in turn, you may wish to work a couple of rows, then switch hanks. For fewer cut ends, I prefer to work with three feeds at the same time; one feed is wrapped and carried up as you go at each end, every row. Because of the increasing stitch pattern at the end of every row, the best place to change yarn feeds is not in the very last stitch, but a couple of stitches before the end. This interior wrap and carry, if done neatly and fairly relaxed, is nearly invisible and should not hamper the stretchiness of the edge shells.