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Steve’s Deal of the Day – Valley Yarns Charlemont Kettle Dye

Friday, July 4th, 2014
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Here in the US it’s a big holiday weekend as we celebrate our Independence Day on July 4th! Why not spend your weekend knitting something small but beautiful. Steve’s Deal of the Day for this weekend is Valley Yarns Charlemont Kettle Dye - $11.99/hank (reg $15.99). Charlemont is a wonderful blend of 60% Fine Superwash Merino Wool/20% Mulberry Silk/20% Polyamide and with over 400yds per skeins is great for one-skein projects.

The Marrowstone Shawl from Steppingstone Fiber Creations, knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont Kettle Dye - available at yarn.com

The Marrowstone Shawl, from Marcy Vandale of Steppingstone Fiber Creations, shows off the subtle tonal color shifts in the yarn beautifully and takes advantage of the drape that only silk can provide.

ValleyYarns Charlemont Kettle Dye - perfect for socks! Available at yarn.com

And don’t forget socks! These Ravelry users sure didn’t. Clockwise from top left: Knitably’s Bernoulli Socks, hkyrisj’s Kayla’s purple passion socks, KLINE’s blue socks, TOOMANYBOOKS’ Breathless Socks, MorenaLinda’s Sox – Sunset, and kristin93′s Deep Sea Socks

Don’t forget! Valley Yarns Charlemont Kettle Dye is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, July 6, 2014.  Use Promo Code FBKDCHARL3 at checkout to get the special price, $11.99/hank (reg $15.99)

Thank You, Again!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
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The second quarter of our Anniversary year is coming to a close and we have more wonderful people and companies to thank.

WEBS 40th Anniversary Knit and Crochet Patterns - available exclusively at yarn.com

To Tanis Gray, Kristin Omdahl, and Franklin Habit
Thank you for unique and beautiful designs that showcase our yarn!

Valley Yarns Huntington hand dyed by Lorna's Laces - available exclusively at yarn.com

To Lorna’s Laces,
Thank you for making our yarn shine with your incredible colorways. There are still some skeins left, get some while you can!

WEBS 40th Anniversary specialty products - available exclusively at yarn.com

To Schacht Spindle Company, della Q, and Marcy Vandale,
Thank you for the adding your special products to our celebration.

40th Anniversary weaving drafts - available at yarn.com

To Dena Gartenstein Moses, Virginia West, and Scott Norris,
Thank you for weaving textiles that bring out the best in our fibers.

UMass Fine Arts Center

To The Fine Arts Center on the Campus of UMass Amherst,
Thank you for opening your doors and letting us shoot in some gorgeous spaces.

WEBS 40th Anniversary 3rd Quarter products go on sale July 7, 2014 - available at yarn.com

Next Monday, July 7th, we’ll have all new yarn and patterns to share, don’t miss out!

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – The Hazel Shawl

Monday, June 30th, 2014
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The Hazel Shawl is a stunning, crescent shaped shawl in a delicate, knotted lace pattern that is just perfect for summer.

The Hazel Shawl from Valley Yarns knit in 2/14 Alpaca Silk available at yarn.com

About the design Kirsten says, “The shaping is built right into the stitch pattern, eliminating any unsightly jogs between the increases and the lace motifs. The built-in rate of increase creates a more eccentric crescent-shape than traditional triangle shawls that fits better over the shoulders. The patterning is done on both sides with a garter stitch base, which means no purling and no long, boring plain rows! There’s plenty of yarn left over in the skein to make it larger if you like. A simple, knitted-on lace edging rounds out the piece.”

The 2/14 Alpaca Silk is available in 10 hand dyed colors and 25 solid colors. Which will you choose?

Ready, Set, Knit! 362: Kathy talks with Andra Asars

Saturday, June 28th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Andra about the new Fall yarns and designs from Berroco.

Norah Gaughan Vol. 15 from Berroco – available at yarn.com

Try Mojo, if you’re a Brio fan this is a tamer version of the yarn you love. Ultra Alpaca Chunky and Inca Tweed are great new chunky yarns. And there are 2 new sport weight yarns as well, Cosma and Andean Mist. Be sure to check out all the new patterns for the season and don’t miss Norah Gaughan Vol.15!.

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Reminder: The 4th Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening THIS WEEKEND! - Get your Passport and stop by today until 6pm and tomorrow from 12pm–5pm

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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Steve’s Deal of the Day – Circulo Tecido Trico

Friday, June 27th, 2014
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Steve’s Deal of the Day for this weekend is Circulo Tecido Tricot - $9.99/hank (reg $19.95). One of our most popular ribbon-like ruffle yarns, Tecido Tricot from Circulo is available in over 30 different fabric prints.

Circulo Tecido Tricot available at yarn.com

While ruffle scarves are still quite popular and a great way to whip up a quick gift (check out our video tutorials!) there are other ways to use this unique yarn.

Circulo Tecido Tricot available at yarn.com

The Cascading Ruffle Clutch by Christina Behnke is a great way to use this type or ruffle yarn which is just what Ravelry user dcknitwhit did.

Circulo Tecido Tricot available at yarn.com

Ravelry user 1skeinwonderwoman whipped up The Party Dress, a great little pattern to celebrate the little one in your life, and it’s a FREE pattern!

Don’t forget! Circulo Tecido Tricot is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, June 29, 2014.  Use Promo Code FBTECTRIC at checkout to get the special price, $9.99/hank (reg $19.95)

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Cranwell Hat

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
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Our new Cranwell Hat uses our Charlemont Kettle Dye and is crocheted using 2 strands which gives the yarn a dappled appearance.  A round of post stitches at the edge of the crown and reverse single crochet at the brim give it that perfect finishing touch, and with the yarn held doubled throughout it works up very quickly.

Cranwell

This is a great hat for the beach, a round of golf, or a summer picnic, and it’s the perfect summer project for under $20. The PDF is just $3.99 and one skein of Charlemont Kettle Dye, at $15.99, is enough for the whole hat.

Which shade of Charlemont Kettle Dye will you use?

Dots & Dashes Chenille Scarf designed by Dena Gartenstein Moses

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
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The 6th of our 40th Anniversary weaving drafts, the Dots & Dashes Chenille Scarf woven in 4 or 6-shafts in our Valley Yarns Rayon Chenille, was designed by Dena Gartenstein Moses.

Dots & Dashes Chenille Scarf in Valley Yarns Rayon Chenille - available exclusively at yarn.com

Valley Yarns Rayon Chenille can be really fun to work with, once you get the hang of it. This scarf remind me of a bowl filled with brightly colored candy. On the loom, it will appear somewhat flat, but the ribbon will pop out and the scarf will get luxuriously soft when washed properly.

Dots & Dashes Chenille Scarf in Valley Yarns Rayon Chenille - available exclusively at yarn.com

A note about working with chenille: Chenille wants to move, stretch and worm, which can make it tricky to work with, but also forgiving. I like using front to back warping and just accepting the gnarls as part of the process, working them out using my sense of humor and as much patience as I can muster. If the warp snarls when beaming, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve done anything wrong. Over time, working it out will get easier. I strongly advise against using a comb to work through your warp. This scarf is easiest woven on six shafts. It can be adjusted to four shafts, although your shed may not be as lovely as usual.

Ready, Set, Knit! 361: Kathy talks with Wendy Bernard

Saturday, June 21st, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Wendy Bernard, author of the new book Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary. Wendy talks about her journey from Marketing to knit design.

Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary, the new book from Wendy Bernard - available at yarn.com

This book is packed full of over 100 stitch patterns that Wendy presents in four different ways: top down, bottom up, back and forth, and in the round, as well as 11 patterns into which you can easily insert your own choice of stitch patterns.

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Reminder: Our yearly Capstone ceremony happened earlier this week with 6 new graduates from our WEBS Expert Knitter Program. You can learn more about the program here.

Upcoming Events:

The 4th Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening NEXT WEEKEND! – June 26th-29th, get your Passport Today!

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

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Steve’s Deal of the Day – Plymouth Yarns Grandiosa Hand Dyed

Friday, June 20th, 2014
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Steve’s Deal of the Day for this weekend is Plymouth Yarns Grandiosa hand-dyed - $8.19/hank (reg $17.99). This super bulky yarn knits up at just 2 stitches per inch for super quick and cozy projects.

Plymouth Yarns Grandiosa hand-dyed available at yarn.com

With just 2 skeins you could whip up your own Herringbone Neckwarmer, which is a FREE pattern, like Ravelry user paigecm has done.

Plymouth Yarns Grandiosa hand-dyed available at yarn.com

Or with only 3 skeins you could do what Ravelry user knittingnurse has done and whip up an Ovate shawl for yourself.

Don’t forget! Plymouth Yarns Grandiosa hand-dyed is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, June 22, 2014.  Use Promo Code FBGRANDIOS3 at checkout to get the special price, $8.19/hank (reg $17.99). 

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Falling Leaves Shawl

Monday, June 16th, 2014
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This week’s featured pattern graces the cover of our 2014 Valley Catalog, the Falling Leaves Shawl. This has been one of our most popular patterns of the last few years. Originally knit in the soft Stone Blue color of Valley Yarns Stockbridge it has gotten a stylish update in the Fall Festival colorway of Valley Yarns Charlemont hand dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer.

falling leaves charlemontfalling leaves - stockbridge

The simple, biasing lace stitch works together with the vibrant hand-dyed colors to resemble a canopy of changing autumn leaves. Check out all the gorgeous completed Falling Leaves Shawls over on Ravelry.