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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!

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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.

Ready, Set, Knit! 360: Kathy talks with Kirsten Hipsky

Saturday, June 14th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with our Design Manager, Kirsten Hipsky, about the new Valley Yarns designs in our 2014 Valley Catalog.

Falling Leaves Shawl knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont hand dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer available at yarn.com

Falling Leaves Shawl knit in Valley Yarns Stockbridge available at yarn.com

Kathy and Kirsten talk about our cover design, a reknit of one of our most popular patterns the Falling Leaves Shawl designed by Katy Wight, originally knit in Valley Yarns Stockbrige and now in Valley Yarns Charlemont hand dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer.

Valley Yarns Valley Flowers e-Book available at yarn.com

Our divider pages are full of a collection of blooms that are available in our Valley Flowers e-Book.

Valley Yarns 40th Anniversary Crocheted Blanket e-Book available at yarn.com

Valley Yarns 40th Anniversary Knit Blanket e-Book available at yarn.com

They also discuss The Cordoba Shawl, the Colorfall Cardigan, the Intemporelle Pullover from Marcy Vandale, Mango Smoothie from Thea Coleman(Baby Cocktails), as well as the WEBS 40th Anniversary knit and crochet blankets e-Books created by our staff. And introducing our new yarn – Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky!

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Upcoming Events:

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

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Steve’s Deal of the Day – Maria Diaz Gabriela: Project Ideas

Friday, June 13th, 2014
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Steve’s Deal of the Day for this weekend is Maria Diaz Gabriela - $18.99/hank (reg $39.99), an 80%Baby Alpaca/20%Merino Wool blend that knits up at a chunky 3.5 stitches per inch on a US 10.5 needle for quick and cozy projects.

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Ravelry user Ladybird88 used Gabriela to make Jen Geigley’s GAP-tastic Cowl, the Tunbes River color would be perfect!

temporale dorato

Roberta Soleri’s temporale dorato looks so bright and perfect for spring in the Sapote Leaf color, as knit by Ravelry user 4Kfamily.

And don’t forget! Maria Diaz Gabriela is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, June 15, 2014. Use Promo Code FBGABRIELA2 at checkout to get the special price, $18.99/hank (reg $39.99)

The Centuria Tam from Franklin Habit

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
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As we approach the end of the 2nd Quarter of our 40th Anniversary celebrations we wanted to focus on the third design done in the Valley Yarns Huntington Hand Dyed by Lorna’s Laces, The Centuria Tam designed by Franklin Habit.

The Centuria Tam designed by Franklin Habit, knit in Valley Yarns Huntington hand-dyed by Lorna's Laces - available exclusively at yarn.com

About the design, Franklin says, “When WEBS asked me to celebrate their anniversary with a pattern, I decided (as I often do) to look to knitting history for inspiration. What is an anniversary, after all, if not a time to think over the past?
In 1874, exactly a century before WEBS opened its doors, the legendary American magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book tempted subscribers with an octagonal counterpane that mixed texture and lace to very striking effect.
I wasn’t in the mood for a counterpane, but I did think something of the kind would look well as the top of a perky little tam. Here it is– perfect for keeping off the autumn chill or for flinging into the air in a celebratory fashion.”

The Centuria Tam designed by Franklin Habit, knit in Valley Yarns Huntington hand-dyed by Lorna's Laces - available exclusively at yarn.com

With the Huntington held doubled throughout this project the yarn creates a dappled appearance and is squooshy and soft while still holding great stitch definition. And just as Franklin suggested, it IS great  for flinging into the air in a celebratory fashion!

The Centuria Tam designed by Franklin Habit, knit in Valley Yarns Huntington hand-dyed by Lorna's Laces - available exclusively at yarn.com

 

Dyeing Yarn with Sharpies!

Monday, June 9th, 2014
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If you’ve spent any time on Pinterest you’ve probably seen the posts about dyeing t-shirts with sharpies, our Customer Service Supervisor, Theresa, wondered if it could be done with yarn, and it can!

Dyeing yarn with Sharpies! You'll need yarn, sharpies and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle

You’ll need yarn, your choice in colors of Sharpie markers, and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle – it takes A LOT of the rubbing alcohol, we used almost 12 fl. oz for this project. Place skein of yarn on swift and untie the securing threads, if your yarn is not in a hank you can wind it onto a swift to make the dyeing process easier.

Dyeing Yarn with Sharpies on the WEBS blog

Color your yarn being careful not to damage the strands, and make sure you flip the skein over to color the other side! Then spritz with alcohol, on both sides, until the colors begin to bleed. Set your yarn aside to dry. You may want to take this in stages letting the yarn dry completely between colors.

Dyeing Yarn with Sharpies on the WEBS blog

My final yarn color reminds me of my sister’s favorite fun-fetti cake mix! Give it a try and let us know how you do.

Tiny Tea Leaves Cardigan knit with Valley Yarns Charlemont, dyed with Sharpies

Theresa chose Valley Yarns Charlemont in natural and used her dyed yarn as an accent for a Tiny Tea Leaves cardigan and blanket for her new granddaughter.

 

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Valley Flowers

Sunday, June 8th, 2014
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Our Valley Yarns 2014 Summer catalog is online now and we’re super excited about all the new designs and special patterns. One of our favorites is the Valley Flowers e-Book full of over a dozen different flower shapes to knit and crochet.

Valley Flowers e-Book - available exclusively at yarn.com

We featured the individual blooms on the divider pages separating the different weights of yarns throughout the catalog and thought these would make a great pattern collection!

Valley Flowers e-Book - available exclusively at yarn.com

They look wonderful grouped together as a centerpiece or as a wallhanging by simply pinning then to the wall or corkboard.

Valley Flowers e-Book - available exclusively at yarn.com

They’re also beautiful individually as accessories for your hair or pinned to your favorite sweater. Which blooms will you make and how will you use them?

If you’re waiting for your catalog in the mail they should start to arrive by mid-June. If you don’t yet get our catalog and would like to you can join the mailing list here! (48 contiguous US states only, if you are in AK, HI or are an international customer you can request a copy of our catalog with your next order, just leave a note in the Special Instructions text box.)

Ready, Set, Knit! Flashback!

Saturday, June 7th, 2014
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Kathy and Steve are on break this week but you can enjoy a classic episode of Ready, Set, Knit!

Way back during the first weekend of June in 2007 the WEBS staff was all excited about the new Valley Yarns Catalog, the newest Valley Yarn – Northampton, and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee coming to town.

Listen to the podcast here and read more about the full event with Stephanie here.

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Reminder:

Laura Militzer Bryant, Prism Yarns Trunk Show and Book Signing THIS WEEKEND! June 6th and 7th.

Upcoming Events:

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

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