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Ready, Set, Knit! 423: Kathy talks with Faina Goberstein

Saturday, November 21st, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with first time guest Faina Goberstein, author of the new book The Art of Slip Stitch Knitting.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #423 - Kathy talks with Faina Goberstein. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Faina was born in Russia and learned how to knit socks as a child! She worked as a mechanical engineer and, and became a math professor when she and her family moved to California. She has been knitting her whole life, with the publication of her first book in 2008, and hasn’t stopped since!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week : 

Reminder:

Northampton Bag Day is happening this weekend at our retail store! Shop today 10-5:30, or tomorrow 12-5.

WEBS employees are once again walking and running in the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage On December 6th. We’re all working to raise money for our favorite community organization and you can help! You can make a donation to any employee, or to the whole team, here. Every dollar will be matched by Steve and Kathy so your donation will do twice as much good! Make a donation to Team WEBS now.

Upcoming Events:

We’ll will be closed next Thursday, November 26th, in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

WEBS retail store will be open Sundays 12-5, now through December 20th.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 422: Kathy talks with Verity Britton

Saturday, November 14th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with first time guest Verity Britton, owner of Baa Ram Ewe, a lovely yarn shop and yarn producer from England.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #422 - Kathy talks with Verity Britton. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

The shop opened in 2009. They wanted to celebrate the history and heritage of wool in Yorkshire while appealing to modern knitters and their yarns really took off after Titus was reviewed by Clara Parkes. This year they introduces Dovestone DK and there’s great pattern support for both yarns.

Titus is available in 14 colors and Dovestone DK is available in 12 colors from WEBS, with great pattern support for both.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week : 

Reminder:

WEBS employees are once again walking and running in the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage On December 6th. We’re all working to raise money for our favorite community organization and you can help! You can make a donation to any employee, or to the whole team, here. Every dollar will be matched by Steve and Kathy so your donation will do twice as much good! Make a donation to Team WEBS now.

Upcoming Events:

Northampton Bag Day is happening at our retail store on Nov. 21st, that’s NEXT week!

We’ll will be closed Thursday, November 26th in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

WEBS retail store will be open Sundays 12-5 beginning November 22, through December 20.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 421: Kathy talks with Fiona Ellis

Saturday, November 7th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with WEBS 2015 Knitwear Designer in Residence, Fiona Ellis. Her last design for the year is the Red Letter Day cardigan knit in Valley Yarns Northampton.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #421 - Kathy talks with Fiona Ellis. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

This detailed cardigan features morphing cables and subtle feminine shaping, a theme common in most of the designs Fiona created for WEBS this year. Learn about all of Fiona’s designs and where she finds inspiration.

Amy’s Yarn Picks of the week : 

Reminder:

Our 2015 Holiday Catalog is available to browse online now and should be arriving in mailboxes this week!

We have a limited number of Schacht Looms available in cherry, snap these up before they’re gone!

Steve no longer has a Deal of the Day but your can check out the Deals of the Week. A new Deal starts every Tuesday, check the Sale tab on our website.

Upcoming Events:

Northampton Bag Day is happening Nov. 21st this year.

WEBS will be closed Thursday, November 26th in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

WEBS employees are once again walking and running in the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage On December 6th. We’re all working to raise money for our favorite community organization and you can help! You can make a donation to any employee, or to the whole team, here. Every dollar will be matched by Steve and Kathy so your donation will do twice as much good! Make a donation to Team WEBS now.

WEBS will be open Sundays 12-5 beginning November 22, through December 20.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Designer in Residence – Red Letter Day from Fiona Ellis

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
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We’ve reached the last big reveal for our 2015 WEBS Knitting Designer in Residence Fiona Ellis, The Red Letter Day cardigan.

Fiona Ellis WEBS 2015 Knitwear Designer in Residence. Her sixth design, the Red Letter Day cardigan, in Valley Yarns Northampton - learn more at blog.yarn.com

Knit in Valley Yarns Northampton, in a classic holiday Red, this sweater features ribbing in the lower section of the body that slowly morphs into a panel of cables that include magical-looking closed loops, reminiscent of Celtic knot patterning. With over 3 dozen colors of Northampton to choose from you’ll have no trouble finding just the right shade for you.

Fiona Ellis WEBS 2015 Knitwear Designer in Residence. Her sixth design, the Red Letter Day cardigan, in Valley Yarns Northampton - learn more at blog.yarn.com

The slightly flared cuffs and lower body ribbing give Red Letter Day a very feminine shape. The featured cable panel from the back and sleeves is divided in half to flank the center front opening so it can join back together when buttoned, and move effortlessly upward around the V-neck shaping.

Fiona Ellis WEBS 2015 Knitwear Designer in Residence. Her sixth design, the Red Letter Day cardigan, in Valley Yarns Northampton - learn more at blog.yarn.com

This cardigan goes to great lengths for style, but you don’t have to! Choose from any one of the 6 sweaters that Fiona has designed for us this year and you’ll be knitting your way to a stylish and comfortable sweater that’s all your own! Which design has been your favorite?

Ready, Set, Knit! 420: Kathy talks with Marcy Vandale

Saturday, October 31st, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with designer Marcy Vandale about her Got You Covered eBook as part of the WEBS Emerging Designer Series.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #420 - Kathy talks with Marcy Vandale. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

The Got You Covered Vest, Socks and Hat and Mittens are available as individual patterns. You can find more of Marcy’s patterns on Ravelry and be sure to check out Adventure du Jour Designs, her collaborative designs with Debbi Stone.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week : 

Reminder:

We have a limited number of Schacht Looms available in cherry, snap these up before they’re gone!

Steve no longer has a Deal of the Day but your can check out the Deals of the Week. A new Deal starts every Tuesday, check the Sale tab on our website.

WEBS employees are once again walking and running in the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage. We’re all working to raise money for our favorite community organization and you can help! You can make a donation to any employee, or to the whole team, here. Every dollar will be matched by Steve and Kathy so your donation will do twice as much good! Make a donation to Team WEBS now.

Upcoming Events:

Northampton Bag Day is happening Nov. 21st this year.

WEBS will be open Sundays 12-5 beginning November  22 through December 20.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Handspun, now what? What to weave with your handspun yarn.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
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Leslie Ann decided to weave with one of the yarns she began during the 2014 Spinzilla. She used Frabjous Fibers BFL Sparkle, one braid of Moulin Rouge.
Spinzilla wrap up, what to weave with your handspun yarn. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com
“My first 2-ply! I had about 300 yds total after plying. For weaving I wanted the handspun to be the focus, so I chose to plain weave with a warp much smaller than the weft. I used a navy 8/2 wool and sett it at 12 epi on my Flip, and beat firmly to create a fabric that would stand up to wear. I chose to make a pillow because I love the colors and I wanted to see it daily. I’m planning more pillows because I love that I can add splashes of color to my home and I love to spin the multicolor braids of roving/top.”
Have you done any weaving with your handspun? Have you used any of the yarns you spun for Spinzilla 2015?

Ready, Set, Knit! – No new show this week

Saturday, October 24th, 2015
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There’s no new show this week but you can enjoy any episode from the archives here.

We’re gathering up our supplies and getting ready for the final holiday gift making push. Our Holiday Gift Giving Guide should be in your mailboxes soon if you’re looking for last minute inspiration and supplies, but you can view it online now if you just can’t wait! And if you don’t already receive our catalogs you can sign up here and our next catalog will arrive in your mailbox in February 2016.

Kathy and Steve will be back with an all new show next week. Until then, have fun with your knitting and crochet!

Reminder:

We have a limited number of Schacht Looms available in cherry, snap these up before they’re gone!

Steve no longer has a Deal of the Day but your can check out the Deals of the Week. A new Deal starts every Tuesday, check the Sale tab on our website.

Upcoming Events:

WEBS will be open Sundays 12-5 beginning November  22 through December 27.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

Help Us Save Lives with Safe Passage

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
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Each year WEBS sponsors the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage. WEBS sponsors lots of events, both large and small each year, but this one is different. This one affects the heart of our community and has far reaching effects not just for the individuals and families that benefit from the services that Safe Passage can provide but for the people who participate each year. Many of our staff members, their family and friends, walk and run, and work to raise additional funds in the lead-up to this event. We tease each other at work about our fundraising efforts and egg each other on to more. Individually we post on social media to extend the reach of our call for help, we offer special handmade items, and services like knitting and yoga classes, in exchange for donations. We spend our spare time crafting and creating additional products whose sales benefit an organization we believe in. And each year there are new Valley Yarns Patterns, the purchase price of $3.99 PDFs ($4.49 paper patterns) going to Safe Passage, as one more way to help. All of this happens because it is important to us.

We decided to round up those Valley Yarns Patterns, and introduce you to the new patterns, as a way to really kick-off our efforts.

The Safe Passage Hat and Mittens Set - patterns sales benefit Safe Passage. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comSafe Passage Hat and Mitten Set PDF available here.

The Sixth Button Mittens - patterns sales benefit Safe Passage. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comThe NEW! Sixth Button Mitten PDF available here.

The Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear and the Hot Chocolate Run Penguin - patterns sales benefit Safe Passage. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comThe Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear PDF available here and the NEW! Hot Chocolate Run Penguin PDF available here.

The Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage happens on December 6th this year but we’ll be fundraising right up to the end on Dec. 31st. There’s one last way that you can help Team WEBS, you can make a donation to our team here. Every dollar DOES make a difference and every dollar that’s raised by our team will be matched by WEBS so your donation will be doubled!

Handspun, now what? What to knit with your handspun yarn.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
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I have plenty of yarn to work through in my handspun stash this year thanks to Tour de Fleece and Spinzilla but deciding what projects to make can be simultaneously tedious and overwhelming.  There is one website and one important tool that I use when deciding on a project, Ravelry and my yarn gauge.

Spinzilla wrap up, what to knit with your handspun yarn. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

First I use my yarn gauge to figure out what my yarn is. Is it worsted, DK, bulky? I wrap the yarn loosely around my gauge and count how many wraps per inch (wpi) I have. I’m using the Fractal spun yarn that I plied from a center-pull ball back in Sept. I ended up with 15 wpi, so I have a fingering weight yarn. Here’s a handy chart that will help to translate wpi into more useful information.  You’ll notice that the stitch gauge is roughly 1/2 the wpi.

Spinzilla wrap up, what to knit with your handspun yarn. Using Ravelry.com to narrow your pattern search. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Now you know your yarn gauge and you can go looking for patterns! Ravelry not only has a fantastic pattern library but they have an advanced pattern search feature that lets you narrow down your search by gauge, yardage, fiber, and more! Go to the pattern tab at the top of the page and you can choose the advanced pattern seach – right there on the left of the screen under the binoculars. Then you can scroll down the categories on the left hand side and narrow down your choices! By choosing Fingering, 300-450 yds and Merino I was still left with over 9,000 pattern choices. So I narrowed it further by choosing a cowl, shawl or scarf pattern and that knocked it down to 3,000 options, but still too many! So I chose adult only patterns and then narrowed my search one more time to Free patterns and that left me with 164, not too bad.

Spinzilla wrap up, what to knit with your handspun yarn. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I didn’t want anything with colorwork or with too much texture since I really want the handspun to shine, I want the fractal color shifts to be the star of the show. I found the Terraform Shawl and it fits the bill! Not only is there a bit of stitch work to keep me interested (no worries about miles and miles of mind-numbing stockinette stitch), but the pattern will show off my yarn, and I can just keep going until I run out of yarn. It couldn’t be more perfect! How do you decide what projects are right for your handspun? Have you made anything with your Spinzilla yarns yet?

WEBS Holiday 2015 eCatalog is here!

Monday, October 19th, 2015
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The holiday gift preparation doesn’t really begin for me until my copy of the WEBS Holiday catalog arrives, and this year’s edition is spectacular!

WEBS 2015 Holiday Catalog. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Not only is there an adorable Holiday Bears duo on the cover, with perfect little sweaters and hats to knit and personalize them with (keep an eye on the blog for an upcoming KAL), but the pages are full of so many new knit and crochet patterns that are inspiring me to get yarn on my hooks and needles. New patterns from Doris Chan and Fiona Ellis from the WEBS Designer in Residence series, the new Got You Covered eBook from Emerging Designer Marcy Vandale, and over a dozen New Valley Yarns patterns. Gorgeous gradient yarns sets from Wonderland Yarns, kits from the CREATE YOUR STYLE collection (a collaboration between Rowan Yarns and Swaraovski!), holiday ornament kits from Laura Nelkin, and the Royal Petites from Blue Sky Alpacas. New yarns from Amano, Classic Elite and more!

WEBS 2015 Holiday Catalog. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I’ve started a list of what I’d like to make and I’m gathering supplies so I can get started. What will be the first project you cast on for from this year’s Holiday catalog? And don’t worry! If you’re waiting for the paper catalog to arrive in your mailboxes they’re just starting to ship and should be there within the next 2 weeks. If you don’t yet receive our catalogs but would like to you can sign up right here!