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Ready, Set, Knit! 366: Kathy talks with Betsy Perry

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
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Kathy talks with Betsy Perry about how Classic Elite Yarns changed up their new yarn and Pattern release schedule. Instead of seeing a whole collection of new yarns and dozens of patterns each season, they have spread everything out, releasing a new yarn with supporting patterns each month.

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The new yarn from Classic Elite in June was Villa which is interchangeable with Vail and has great pattern support. The newest yarn, from July, is the Mohawk Wool in a beautiful undyed color palate, which also has great pattern support, like the Kimball Shawl pictured above.

Classic Elite Yarns are also featured in Vogue Knitting, Early Fall 2014 in the Scoop Neck Pullover as well as two sock patterns with the Striped Socks and the Hound’s Tooth Socks. And don’t miss Maleficent’s Cloak from Enchanted Knits.

 

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

Aug. 7-10 – Stitches Midwest in Schaumburg Ill

Sara Delaney and Leslie Ann Bestor Book Launch – August 28th 5:30-7pm – They will talk about the new Storey Basics line of books for fiber artists and their own writing and crafting process, and they’ll sign your books, too. The event is free but please register!

Fibre Company Yarn tasting – Sept. 4th 6-7pm

Classic Elite Fall 2014 Event – Sept. 18th 6-7:30pm – The event is free but registration is required.

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

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Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Bilateral Cardigan

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
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From looking at it, you’d never guess that this cropped Bilateral Cardigan is made from just two hexagons, but follow along and see how it works!

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Alternate two different skeins of Valley Yarns BFL Worsted Hand Dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer for subtle, blended colors, or make each hexagon with different skeins for a two-toned effect. We even have a handy tutorial video to show you how this sweater comes together!

Santa Fe Summer towels by Chris Hammel

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
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We’re smack-dab in the middle of Summer here at WEBS and thought that would be the perfect time to bring you The Santa Fe Summer dish towels from Chris Hammel as the 7th in our year-long series of special guest designer weaving drafts.

Sante Fe Summer Towels draft designed by Chris Hammel - available exclusively at yarn.com

Chris says, “Valley Yarns 8/2 unmercerized cotton is perfect for thirsty, washable, kitchen towels, and what could be better than a bright, cheery towel in lively colors that evoke a Santa Fe summer. This 4-shaft draft is easy to thread and weave and will result in an ample kitchen towel. If you would like to increase the length of your warp, you could try different treadling variations for each subsequent towel and create a set for yourself or gifts for family and friends.”

Sante Fe Summer Towels draft designed by Chris Hammel - available exclusively at yarn.com

Using sewing thread to weave 1″ of plain weave as the the under-hem for each end of the towel gives your hems a much less visible profile. Bonus: If you use a sewing thread like Gutermann you can pop the thread right onto your shuttle without needing to wind a separate bobbin!

 

The Waterfall Jacket from Debbie Bliss

Sunday, July 27th, 2014
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We’re so excited to share this next design with you! The amazing Debbie Bliss has designed the cozy Waterfall Jacket in our Valley Yarns Deerfield

The Waterfall Jacket designed by Debbie Bliss in Valley Yarns Deerfield - available exclusively at yarn.com

She has put together a modern, boxy cardigan in a simple but sophisticated broken rib pattern that is sure to become one of your go-to wardrobe staples. Designed with just the right amount of positive ease and fantastic front pockets this sweater looks great dressed up or styled more casually. You can never go wrong with a pocket! 

The Waterfall Jacket designed by Debbie Bliss in Valley Yarns Deerfield - available exclusively at yarn.com

Ready, Set, Knit! 365: Kathy talks with Linda Pratt

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Linda Pratt from Westminster Fibers, distributors of Rowan, Schachenmeyer and other fine brand knitting yarns. They discuss new, Fall yarns from Rowan: Brushed Fleece with a collection designed by Martin Storey, Big Wool Color, a fun take on one of our favorites where each ply is spaced dyed before plying for great playful colorways, as well as Fazed Tweed and Rowan Finest both of which feature collections by Sara Hatton. These yarns haven’t arrived at webs as of the airing of this show but keep an eye on the Rowan Yarns page on our website for them. They also discuss some great new yarns from Schachenmeyer and the impossible to resist Rowan Magazine #56!

Rowan Knitting and Crochet Magazine 56 - available at yarn.com

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

Northampton Sidewalk Sale, TODAY! stop in the store for great deals and specials. – In store only. WEBS is closed tomorrow, Sunday July 27, but the deals continue in Downtown Northampton.

Join us for the Shibui Mix Yarn Party  next Tuesday, 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!

This Wednesday, 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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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.