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The Gathering In Cowl by Debbi Stone

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
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We’re excited for another beautiful design celebrating our 40th Anniversary. This time it’s the Gathering In Cowl by Debbi Stone in our Valley Yarns Stockbridge. Debbi has taken one of our longest running Valley Yarns and given us a fresh, but classic wardrobe piece that works with almost any style.

Gathering In Cowl designed by Debbi Stone in Valley Yarns Stockbridge - available exclusively at yarn.comThe Gathering In Cowl is a buttoned wrap in a stitch pattern reminiscent of a gathering basket, edged in sturdy ribbing.  Perfect for around your neck or pulled down around your shoulders when the days turn crisp. The alpaca and wool blend in Stockbridge is available in a kaleidoscope of 24 gorgeous colors and is so soft to the touch. 

Gathering In Cowl designed by Debbi Stone in Valley Yarns Stockbridge - available exclusively at yarn.com

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Swirl Hat

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
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There has been a certain chill in the air in the evenings this past week in New England that is starting to make us think of the Autumn days to come. It’s the perfect time to start picking up little projects that will keep you warm in the coming seasons.

The Swirl Hat knit in Valley Yarns BFL Fingering - available exclusively at yarn.com

The Swirl Hat combines a surprisingly simple, naturally spiraling stitch pattern with the rich colors of BFL Fingering Hand Dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer to create a warm, earth-toned hat that’s great for a man or woman. Hold two strands of yarn together throughout. Note – to hold 2 strands together from one skein, we recommend winding the skein into a center-pull ball and pulling from both the inside and the outside of the ball.

WEBS #howweknit Instagram Contest

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
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We want to know how YOU knit!

Follow @websyarn on Instagram and participate in the #howweknit contest from August 17-24, 2014

Over the course of the next week we’re asking you to show us how you knit! Post an image or short video of yourself knitting to Instagram. You’ll be entered to win some great prizes, and it’s easy to participate!

Take a picture or short video of yourself knitting, be sure to include the hashtag #howweknit and don’t forget to tag @websyarn Upload that file to Instagram between 12:00am(midnight) on August 17 and 11:59pm EDT on August 24th to be entered.

Throughout the week we’ll show you more of how we knit and and other special peeks behind the scenes at WEBS, so be sure to follow @websyarn on Instagram, but for now you can enjoy a look at how we knit.

On August 25th, we’ll post the two winners here on our blog. Each winner will receive a limited edition Della Q bag stuffed with a full project kit for either the Nikiya Cowl or the Centuria Tam.

Follow @websyarn on Instagram

If you’re not yet on Instagram but want to join in simply download the app (it’s FREE!) to your smartphone, a few easy steps later and you’ll have your account all set-up!

Please Note: If your Instagram account is set as Private we won’t be able to find your post when we’re ready to pull the winner.

See the winners HERE!

 

Ready, Set, Knit! 368: Kathy talks with Leslie Ann Bestor

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
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Kathy talks with Leslie Ann, WEBS weaving Manager, about her new book  How to Knit, from Storey publishing.

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This is Leslie Ann’s second book, her first being Cast On, Bind Off. This book is an introduction to knitting and takes the reader from zero to a comfortable working knowledge of how to knit as well as the basic stitches, terms and tools. This is the book you grab when you have that grandchild/nephew/sister/friend who wants to learn to knit!

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

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.

We have an amazing line-up of guest teachers this year!
Amy Herzog in SeptemberSusan B Anderson will be here Columbus Day WeekendDora Ohrensten is doing a weekend of crochet classes in November!

And be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – The Cordoba Shawl

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
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This simple but stunning, granny-inspired Cordoba Shawl is a perfect lacy crochet project. Worked in Valley Yarns Franklin from the center back with simple changes in stitch height for interest and a delicate border, this will become your go-to shawl for special occasions and quiet evenings on the back porch.

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Tonal yarns are great for shawl projects like this as the play of color changes over the open work sections and the more densely packed sections of granny stitches to create a dappled color effect. This shawl can easily be worked in any yarn weight, just be sure to switch to a hook size appropriate for your yarn choice.

The Jazerant Set from Emma Welford

Monday, August 11th, 2014
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As we sink into the dog days of summer it’s time to think about little projects that you can work on that won’t fill your lap with yarn. The Jazerant Set by Emma Welford is the perfect end of summer project. Knit in the gorgeous Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo these two small pieces have lots of great details to keep your knitting interesting without being daunting. Non-symmetrical ribbing frames gorgeous winding cables which hide winking little beads! What’s not to love?!

The Jazerant set designed by Emma Welford, knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

Emma has worked at WEBS for several years and we’re so happy to see her designing career really starting to take off, with designs published by Valley Yarns as well as Universal Yarns, Holla Knits, Knitscene, special issues of Interweave, and her own self published patterns. For working with the beads in this pattern, which are optional, she offers two working solutions, “Beads are placed as you work on purl stitches. Place a bead on a stitch by threading the bead on to a steel crochet hook, then use the hook to draw the stitch through the bead. Alternately, slip the stitch on to a thin, flexible piece of wire, bend the ends of the wire together so it forms a long needle. Thread the bead on to the needle and slip it down on to the stitch. Purl the beaded stitch.”

The Jazerant set designed by Emma Welford, knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

Which color of the Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo would you choose? (I’m leaning towards the Primavera!)

 

Ready, Set, Knit! 367: Kathy talks with Amy Greeman

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
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Kathy talks with Amy Greeman, WEBS Education Manager, about all the great classes and events scheduled at WEBS this Fall.

 

Susan B. Anderson will be teaching 4 classes at WEBS this fall including her Sock Yarn Bunny Class. Register today >> http://ow.ly/A6vrgDon't miss Dora Ohrenstein classes at WEBS this fall including her Master Class in Crochet Fabric. Register today >> http://ow.ly/A6vKG
Amy Herzog will be teaching at WEBS this fall. Learn from the master of flattering fit. Register today >> http://ow.ly/A6w0JJoin fiber artist Mihoko Wakabayashi in a celebration of the random beauty of the Asian art form of Saori Weaving. Register today >> http://ow.ly/A6wyg

We have an amazing line-up of guest teachers this year!
Amy Herzog in SeptemberSusan B Anderson will be here Columbus Day WeekendDora Ohrensten is doing a weekend of crochet classes in November.

Lots of crochet classes this fall, new and core knitting classes as well as classes in weaving, spinning, dyeing and felting.

And be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

This week Steve and the WEBS team are at Stitches Midwest in Schaumburg Ill –  10-6 today and10-4 tomorrow stop by our booths in the 500 Aisle to shop and say hello!

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

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 – Colorfall Cardigan

Friday, August 8th, 2014
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This week we’re featuring one of our favorite designs from the  2014 Valley Catalog, the Colorfall Cardigan. Knit in three colors of our luscious Valley Yarns Charlemont, this cardigan has a sleek yet cozy look that pairs well with jeans and a t-shirt or with that little black dress. And while Charlemont may be a fingering weight yarn, when knit on a larger needle the result is a lightweight fabric with lots of great movement and drape.

The Colorfall Cardigan designed by Kirsten Hipsky and knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont - available exclusively at yarn.com

From the designer, “The recommended gauge for Charlemont (7-8 sts per inch), is for a solid stockinette stitch fabric, neither sheer nor extremely dense. The Colorfall Cardigan deliberately uses a much looser gauge in order to keep the fabric light and flowing and it is in fact slightly sheer under the right lighting conditions. As with any pattern, you must use whatever needle size is needed to get the gauge described in the pattern in order to achieve the same size and fit.”

The Colorfall Cardigan designed by Kirsten Hipsky and knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont - available exclusively at yarn.com

Great blocks of color break up the easy stockinette fabric and with 18 colors of Charlemont to choose from, as well as coordinating Kettle dyed and hand dyed colors, the possible color combinations are almost endless!

 

Valley Yarns in Fall 2014 Twist Collective

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
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The Fall issue of Twist Collective is out and once again it is full or gorgeous knitwear designs! We are in love with the new cardigan from Quenna Lee, Caledonia, knit in our Valley Yarns Northfield.

Caledonia from Twist Collective knit in Valley Yarns Northfield - Valley Yarns Northfield available at yarn.com

 

photography: Linus Ouellet

The body of this cardigan is worked in one piece from the lower edge to the armholes, then divided for front and back. The sleeves are worked in the round from stitches picked up around the armholes. The sweater features a shaped waist and a square neckline. The ribbed cable and eyelet patterns are presented both in charts and in row-by-row instructions.

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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