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Ready, Set, Knit! 467: Kathy talks with Kate Oates

Saturday, November 19th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Kate Oates, designer and  founder of Tot Toppers, about her new book “Grown“.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #467 - Kathy talks with Kate Oates. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Kate talks about her knitting journey, how she became a designer, and how her line of children’s hats turned into 2 traditionally published books and her newest self-published endeavor. See all the designs from “Grown” here, and check out the blog tour!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Northampton Bag Day is happening today! 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 this weekend, November 20 through December 18!

Upcoming Events:

The Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage is happening Dec 4th! Help Team WEBS with their fundraising effort here!

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 Haydenville in Vogue Knitting

Thursday, November 17th, 2016
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The Holiday 2016 issue of Vogue Knitting has some truly stunning pieces, but we are totally enamoured by the Mosaic Poncho Pullover designed by Norah Gaughan.

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Raglan sleeves and a bicolor ribbed neck give this pullover the feel of a sweater, but the swingy open sides are all poncho. It’s knit in Valley Yarns Haydenville, a soft blend of superwash merino and microfiber. The vivid front and back mosaic panels are knit first; the sides are picked up along the panel and worked outward in two pieces, with the sleeves worked separately after the raglan shaping is complete.

Use Haydenville in Soft Grape and Grey, as shown in the sample, or choose your two favorite colors!

 

 

New designs in Valley Yarns Sunderland

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
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Just in time for the cooler Autumn weather we have two new designs in Valley Yarns Sunderland, our 100% baby alpaca in a super versatile DK weight!
The Rays Cardigan designed by Nataliya Polyakov is really the perfect outer layer for Fall.  With it’s 1×1 ribbing throughout, and the super soft baby alpaca, this piece is equally stylish with a decorative cami or  over your favorite sweater! Nataliya learned to knit from her grandmother and started designing to create pieces she just couldn’t find anywhere else.  With an abundant yarn stash and an eye for design inspiration in everyday life, Nataliya designed the Rays Cardigan to take advantage of the incredible softness and drape of Sunderland, “This yarn rocks!”
Get your copy of the Rays Cardigan PDF and Valley Yarns Sunderland at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS blog at blog.yarn.com
We’ve already been lucky enough to publish two designs from Tian Connaughton this year and are thrilled to add one more! The Ansonia Shawl gets all of the hard work out of the way first with a gorgeous twisted stitch lace border and then it’s smooth sailing through a stockinette stitch body to the end. Knit in next-to-the-skin soft Sunderland this shawl is just the right extra layer over a longsleeve to or under your coat. Tian is planning a full wardrobe of knitted items for herself this holiday season. The Ansonia Shawl is a great project to start with!
Get your copy of the Ansonia Shawl PDF and Valley Yarns Sunderland at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS blog at blog.yarn.com
What will you make with Valley Yarns Sunderland this holiday season? Will it be a gift for yourself, someone else? Will it be an original design or an old favorite?

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!