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Ready, Set, Knit! 454: Amy talks with Jillian Moreno

Saturday, August 6th, 2016
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This week WEBS Education Manager, Amy Greeman, is in the studio to talk to Jillian Moreno about her new book, Yarnitecture – a Knitter’s Guide to Spinning, available August 23rd.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #454 - Amy talks with Jillian Moreno. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Amy and Jillian talk about the process of spinning for a specific project, and how the book came together.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Upcoming Events:

WEBS is at Convergence in Milwaukee, WI this weekend! Come by and say hello!

WEBS is also at Stitches Midwest this weekend! We’re at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL through Sunday!

It’s not too early to book your seat on the bus to Rhinebeck!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

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

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The Anthemis Cowl

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
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We have one more fantastic new pattern in our sumptuous Hatfield yarn for you. The Anthemis Cowl, designed by Tian Connaughton, is soft as a cloud and light as air!

The Anthemis Cowl from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn and where you can get your copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Knit in the round from the bottom up, in an easy to memorize arrow lace pattern, the Anthemis Cowl gets extra oomph from a gradient of colors. Use the soft, greyish blues show in the sample or go bold with reds and oranges, frosty with pale purples, or perfectly neutral with greys or beautifully heathered browns.

The Anthemis Cowl from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn and where you can get your copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

With more than 2 dozen colors to choose from there’s no reason to pass up the chance to get Hatfield on your needles. With a quick and easy project like this you’re sure to have the knitting done before the cooler weather settles in, and this way you’ll be prepared for it with a striking accessory that keeps you warm while staying stylishly on trend.

Choose Your Own Adventure – Hat KAL: Week 5

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
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Your hats are almost done! Let’s add those finishing touches that really pull it together. First you’ll want to weave in your ends.

Will you add any additional surface work before you block? Duplicate Stitch or Embroidery? Here’s a quick tutorial for duplicate stitch, which is a great way to add an extra little pop of color!

Now it’s time to block your hat to settle all those stitches. Remember how you blocked your swatch, that’s how you’ll block the hat! If you don’t have a hat form to block your hat with you can use a bowl propped over a vase or tall glass.

Add a pom pom or tassel or braids! We had some fun making pom pom!

For those of you that asked, here’s how we made our CYOA Hats!

Wrapping up the Choose Your Own Adventure Hat KAL on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I knit my first hat with my favorite Valley Yarn, Northfield, in the Wine colorway. I used the cable pattern and cable decreases,and added a 1 1/2″ pom pom.

Wrapping up the Choose Your Own Adventure Hat KAL on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Beth also used the cable pattern, but changed the smaller side cables by only repeating the first cable crosses, and broke it up with panels of moss stitch, in the Forest color of our Valley Superwash DK. She also used a twisted ribbing at the brim by knitting her knit stitches through the back loop.

Wrapping up the Choose Your Own Adventure Hat KAL on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I wanted my second hat to be simpler so I opted for seed stitch with a garter stitch border and the 4 corners decreases. And I knit it all in the rich Red Wine Heather color of Colrain.

Wrapping up the Choose Your Own Adventure Hat KAL on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Mary chose the Fair Isle pattern for her hat and opted for 3 colors in Valley Yarns Goshen, Navy, Linen and Persimmon. Using the 2-color ast on really ties it all together!

Wrapping up the Choose Your Own Adventure Hat KAL on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Dena also used the Fair Isle pattern but chose two colors, Silver and Eggplant, of Brimfield. She also chose to knit a short i-cord at the top of the hat arther than cinching the top closed right away, this gives the hat a whimsical little stem!

Wrapping up the Choose Your Own Adventure Hat KAL on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

For my last hat I just wanted to have some fun! I used Stockbridge in Blue Mist, Grey and Gold, in stripes where each color was a different stitch. If you love Stockbridge you should stock up now since it’s discontinued!

Be sure to post your pics to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and tag it with #chooseyourownadventure #WEBSKAL #Myhatadventure We’d love to see your finished hats!

Ready, Set, Knit! 453: Kathy talks with Benjamin Levisay

Saturday, July 30th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Benjamin Levisay about the upcoming STITCHES Midwest. They chat about the importance of crochet, even for knitters, all of the amazing classes and events taking place that weekend as well as the great vendors on the show floor. Don’t forget to grab your 50% off admission coupon now!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #453 - Kathy talks with Benjamin Levisay and Alasdair Post Quinn. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

 

Kathy also talks with Alasdair Post Quinn about his upcoming book, Double or Nothing – reversible knitting for the adventurous. You can catch previews of the patterns and pre-order your copy on his blog! You can check out his first book, Extreme Double Knitting, now!

Kathy’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Upcoming Events:

WEBS will be at Convergence in Milwaukee, WI next week! August 2-6.

WEBS is also at STITCHES Midwest August 5-7, in Schaumburg, IL

It’s not too early to book your seat on the bus to Rhinebeck!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

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

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Thank You!

Thursday, July 28th, 2016
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Once again the residents of the Pioneer Valley have voted in the Daily Hampshire Gazette‘s annual Reader’s Poll and have chosen WEBS as their favorite yarn store!

WEBS is in first place for 2016 in the Daily Hampshire Gazette's annual Reader's Poll. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

A huge thank you to all our customers that voted. We wouldn’t be able to keep doing what we do without you!

Choose Your Own Adventure – Hat KAL: Week 4

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
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Let’s turn this tube into a hat! It’s time for some crown decreases

If you’re working magic loop or on two circular needles you can continue along but if you’ve been working with one 16″ needle you’ll want to transition to double pointed needles at this point.

Crown shaping options for the Choose Your Own Adventure Hat KAL on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

1 – Option 1: Spiral Decreases 

Place a stitch marker after every 10th sts, use a contrasting color marker to identify the beginning of the round. Work in rounds as follows:

Rnd 1: *K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog: rep from * around. (9 (10, 11, 12) sts decreased.)

Rnd 2: Knit.

Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until 18(20, 22, 24) sts remain.

Rnd 3: *K2tog; rep from * around. (9 (10, 11, 12) sts)

Cut yarn, leaving an 8” tail. Thread yarn through all remaining stitches and pull snugly. Sew in all ends and block to settle stitches. 

Here’s a quick refresher on k2tog.

2 – Option 2: 4 corners 

For 18” and 22” sizes only: on the last round, increase by 2 sts at evenly spaced intervals around the hat. (92, 112 sts)

Divide your stitches evenly among 4 double pointed needles.

Work in rounds as follows:

Rnd 1: *Ssk, knit to last 2 sts on the needle, k2tog; repeat from *. 8 sts decreased.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until 20(20, 16, 16) sts remain.

Rnd 3: *K2tog; rep from * around. (10(10, 8, 8)sts remain)

Cut yarn, leaving an 8” tail. Thread yarn through all remaining stitches and pull snugly. Sew in all ends and block to settle stitches.

A quick reminder of how to make an ssk

3 – Cable pattern decreases

18 and 22” sizes only, an 18st repeat

Rnd 1: *P1, c1L, c1R, p1, k1, ssk, k2tog, k1, p1, c1R, c1L, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 2: *P1, k4, p1, k4, p1, k4, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 3: *P1, c1L, c1R, p1, ssk, k2tog, p1, c1R, c1L, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 4: *P1, k4, p1, k2, p1, k4, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 5: *P1, c1L, c1R, (p2tog)twice, c1R, c1L, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 6: *P1, k4, p2, k4, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 7: *P1, ssk, k2, p2, k2, k2tog, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 8: *P1, k3, p2, k3, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 9: *P1, ssk, k1, p2, k1, k2tog, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 10: *P1, k2, p2, k2, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 11: *P1, ssk, p2, k2tog, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 12:  *P1, k1, p2, k1, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 13: *P1, (p2tog)twice, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 14: P all sts

Rnd 15: *P2tog; rep from * around

Repeat Rnds 15 and 16 once more.

Cut yarn, leaving an 8” tail. Thread yarn through all remaining stitches and pull snugly. Sew in all ends and block to settle stitches.

20 and 24” sizes only, a 20 st repeat

Rnd 1: *P1, k1tbl, p1, c1L, c1R, p1, k1, ssk, k2tog, k1, p1, c1R, c1L, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 2: *P1, k1tbl, p1, k4, p1, k4, p1, k4, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 3: *P1, k1tbl, p1, c1L, c1R, p1, ssk, k2tog, p1, c1R, c1L, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 4: *P1, k1tbl, p1, k4, p1, k2, p1, k4, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 5: *P1, k1tbl, p1, c1L, c1R, (p2tog)twice, c1R, c1L, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 6: *P1, k1tbl, p1, k4, p2, k4, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 7: *P1, k1tbl, p1, ssk, k2, p2, k2, k2tog, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 8: *P1, k1tbl, p1, k3, p2, k3, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 9: *P1, k1tbl, p1, ssk, k1, p2, k1, k2tog, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 10: *P1, k1tbl, p1, k2, p2, k2, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 11: *P1, k1tbl, p1, ssk, p2, k2tog, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 12:  *P1, k1tbl, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 13: *P1, k1tbl, p1, (p2tog)twice, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 14: *P1, k1tbl, p4; rep from * around

Rnd 15: *P1, k1tbl, (p2tog)twice; rep from * around

Rnd 16: *P1, k1tbl, p2; rep from * around

Rnd 17: *P2tog; rep from * around

Rnd 18: P all sts

Repeat Rnd 17 once more.

Cut yarn, leaving an 8” tail. Thread yarn through all remaining stitches and pull snugly. Sew in all ends and block to settle stitches.

If you’ve never done a p2tog before, here’s how!

5 – Alternate Crown: No shaping!

Continue working your hat in pattern with NO decreases until the hat is 1 inch longer than your desired depth from the cast-on edge. Fold the hat flat and use the 3 needle bind off or kitchener stitch to close the top of the hat with a flat seam.

Here’s your chance to try a 3-needle bind off

And, it never hurts to have a visual reminder of kitchener stitch!

Next week we’ll do a little finishing work, and show you our fully finished hats as well as which options were used for each. How’s your hat looking?

Be sure to post your pics to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and tag it with #chooseyourownadventure #WEBSKAL #Myhatadventure #websyarn

Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk

Monday, July 25th, 2016
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Our 2/14 Alpaca Silk is one of the hidden gems in our Valley Yarns collection. The fact that it’s on a cone gives some knitters and crocheters pause, but let me tell you what a boon that is. For larger projects, and even multiple small projects, it means only 2 ends to weave in at the end of your work. You read that right, only TWO ends to weave in! There’s so much yardage on one of these cones, over 1,700yds in fact, that each cone really can result in multiple projects. Like our Allamanda Shawl. The pattern requires 550yds but with the incredible yardage on these cones you could get three of these shawls out of just one cone! This makes it a wonderful choice for wedding party shawls, or other occasions where multiple versions of the same knits or crochet are needed.

Get to know Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The fiber combination of this yarn, 80% Alpaca/20% Silk, results in a lace weight yarn with incredible strength and beauty. The silk gives the yarn durability and a delicate sheen while the alpaca imparts warmth and softness as well as a subtle halo. Together you get a yarn that is soft and easy to work with, even in the summer heat, that becomes garments and accessories that are surprisingly warm.

Get to know Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Clockwise from bottom left: The Stella Pullover, the Magda Shawl NEW, the Geothermal Tubular Scarf, the Shenandoah Valley Shawl NEW, the Vintage Vest FREE,  the October Mountain Cardigan, the Gallica Shell, the Coppice Cardigan, and the Intemporelle Pullover.

We have some truly lovely patterns for this yarn, from cozy mid-season accessories to full garments in both knit and crochet. Have you worked with 2/14 Alpaca Silk?

Ready, Set, Knit! 452: Kathy talks with Kate Atherley

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Kate Atherley about her 4th, and newest book, The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #452 - Kathy talks with Kate Atherley. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

After years working as a tech editor Kate began to compile some of answer to questions she regularly encountered in the process of pattern writing.  She sees designing and pattern writing as two separate skills and this is a guide for helping designers articulate their instructions. She also gives resources for photography and pattern layout.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Upcoming Events:

WEBS will be at Convergence in Milwaukee, WI August 2-6.

It’s not too early to book your seat on the bus to Rhinebeck!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

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

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The Shenandoah Valley Shawl

Friday, July 22nd, 2016
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I love a good wrap. A nice wide shawl that I can snuggle into like a great knitted hug is a real comfort, but I don’t necessarily want to look like I’m wearing a blanket. The new Shenandoah Valley Shawl designed by Katharine Malcolm is that perfect shawl! Knit in our Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk it is gauzy and ephemeral but amazingly warm and cozy.

The Shenandoah Valley Shawl from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the designer, and where you can get your copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The silk give the yarn strength and shine, while the alpaca give it that surprising warmth and a soft fuzzy halo. With a decreasing pattern of cables forming a mountain shaped border at each end and a gentle striping effect of stockinette and yarn overs, reminiscent of the rivers and streams, you get to see the best of the Shenandoah Valley in this shawl, the gorgeous Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains as well as the James and Potomac rivers. And with the bonus of the incredible yardage of the 2/14 Alpaca Silk being offered on cones you will only have 2 tails to weave in at the ends of this project!

Katharine talked to us about herself and how this design came to be.

When did you learn to knit? 

I taught myself how to knit before I was ten years old, a long time ago. The first article I can remember knitting was a woolen turtleneck, shaped, full fashioned sweater with mock cables on the front and the back. I was 12 at the time. In my college years, everyone knit in class. I knit my model train loving fiance a pair of socks with an original train on the side, but never thought of it as designing. The same was true as I knit for my sons and nephews, including whole animal families of hand puppets. It wasn’t until I became a TKGA Master Hand Knitter that I realized that what I had been doing for years was designing. I have been knitting my own designs ever since.

What prompted you to start designing?

I tend to find a design that I want to create in knitting and as I proceed, my ideas grow. That was the case with the Shenandoah Valley Shawl. It started as a project to work on a train trip and as I knit, I did not want it to be the same throughout, so I created the triangles. As I worked the shawl that you see I realized, looking out the window that the color matched the Blue Ridge Mountains. From another window I can see the Appalachian range and the Shawl fit in perfectly. Many of my designs evolve as I knit.

Give us a glimpse into your design process, where/how do you find inspiration?

When I was working towards the Masters Program for The Knitting Guild Association, I decided that since I lived on an alpaca farm, that I would create the yarn for the project. As a result, it was not only an original design for the vest and the long coat, but they were both knit from a one of a kind yarn.

What did you love about the Valley Yarn you worked with?

I loved the feel of the Alpaca/Silk. The silk adds a sheen to the alpaca and I loved working in color. I have been knitting with my hand spun, but none of the alpacas come in Whipple Blue!

The Shenandoah Valley Shawl from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the designer, and where you can get your copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

With a gorgeous combination of lace and cables, this light and airy yet scrumptiously warm shawl could be the perfect accessory, and with almost 30 colors of 2/14 Alpaca Silk to choose from you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for you. Download your copy of the pattern now and cast on!

 

Choose Your Own Adventure – Hat KAL: Week 3

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
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It’s time to get to the fun part, the body of the hat! Feel free to add stripes in multiple colors, or stitches, for these first 3 options.

Stitch pattern options in the Choose Your Own Adventure Hat KAL on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

1 – Stockinette

Rnd1: K all sts

Repeat Rnd 1

Continue in stockinette until the hat is 2 inches LESS than your desired depth from the cast-on edge

2 – Seed Stitch

Rnd 1: *K1, P1; rep from * around

Rnd 2: * P1, k1; rep from * around

Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until the hat is 2 inches LESS than your desired depth from the cast-on edge

3 – Moss Stitch

Rnds 1 and 2: *K2, P2; rep from * around

Rnds 3 and 4: * P2, K2; rep from * around

Repeat Rnds 1 through 4 until the hat is 2 inches than your desired depth from the cast-on edge edge

You can add stripes into any one of these stitch patterns or combine these stitch pattern as their own stripes as shown above! And just to gussy things up a bit, here’s a great way to avoid that unsightly jog that happens with stripes in the round!

Please note: the Cable and Fair Isle motifs work with an 18 st or 20st repeat, depending on size.

4 – Cables

Stitch pattern options in the Choose Your Own Adventure Hat KAL on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com18 and 22” sizes only, an 18 st repeat

Stitch pattern options in the Choose Your Own Adventure Hat KAL on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comRnd 1: *P1, k4, p1, k6, p1, k4, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 2: *P1, c1L(left twist), c1R(right twist), p1, k6, p1, c1L, c1R, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 3: Repeat Rnd 1

Rnd 4: *P1,  c1R, c1L, p1, k2, sl 2 purlwise, k2, p1, c1R, c1L, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 5: *P1, k4, p1, 1/2Rc(c1 over 2 right), 1/2Lc(c1 over 2 left), p1, k4, p1; rep from * around

Rnds 6-9: Repeat Rnds 4 and 5 twice more

Rnd 10: *P1, c1L, c1R, p1, k6, p1, c1L, c1R, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 11: *P1, k4, p1, k6, p1, k4, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 12:  *P1, c1R, c1L, p1, k6, p1, c1R, c1L, p1; rep from * around

 

20 and 24” sizes only, a 20 st repeat

Stitch pattern options in the Choose Your Own Adventure Hat KAL on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comRnd 1: *P1, k1tbl, p1, k4, p1, k6, p1, k4, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 2: *P1, k1tbl, p1, c1L(left twist), c1R(right twist), p1, k6, p1, c1L, c1R, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 3: Repeat Rnd 1

Rnd 4: *P1, k1tbl, p1, c1R, c1L, p1, k2, sl 2 purlwise, k2, p1, c1R, c1L, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 5: *P1, k1tbl, p1, k4, p1,1/2Rc(c1 over 2 right), 1/2Lc(c1 over 2 left), p1, k4, p1; rep from * around

Rnds 6-9: Repeat Rnds 4 and 5 twice more

Rnd 10: *P1, k1tbl, p1, c1L, c1R, p1, k6, p1, c1L, c1R, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 11: *P1, k1tbl, p1, k4, p1, k6, p1, k4, p1; rep from * around

Rnd 12:  *P1, k1tbl, p1, c1R, c1L, p1, k6, p1, c1R, c1L, p1; rep from * around

For all sizes

Repeat Rnds 1-12 until the hat is 2 inches LESS than your desired depth from the cast-on edge,

ending after Rnd 1 or Rnd 9, before beginning Crown decreases.

Sara Hat LegendAbbreviations:

c1L – left twist: sl next st to cn and hold to front of work, k1, k1 from cn

c1R – right twist: sl next st to cn and hold to back of work, k1, k1 from cn

1/2Rc – c1 over 2 right: sl next 2 sts to cn and hold to back of work, k1, k2 from cn

1/2Lc – c1 over 2 left: sl next st to cn and hold to front of work, k2, k1 from cn

tbl – through the back loop; work designated stitch through the back loop of the stitch on the needle

Here’s a quick refresher on basic cabling.

And a tutorial for cabling without a needle!

5 – Fair Isle

Stitch pattern options in the Choose Your Own Adventure Hat KAL on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Work Rounds 1-20 of the chart then Rounds 1-4 Only, or until the hat is 2 inches LESS than your desired depth from the cast-on edge before beginning crown decreases.

Stitch pattern options in the Choose Your Own Adventure Hat KAL on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

18 and 22” sizes only, an 18st repeat

20 and 24” sizes only, a 20 st repeat

Follow the chart as indicated

Continue in colorwork pattern until the hat is 2 inches LESS than your desired depth from the cast-on edge. Next week we’ll start the crown decreases.

Here’s a quick tutorial on basic colorwork.

Be sure to post your pics to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and tag it with #chooseyourownadventure #WEBSKAL #Myhatadventure #CYOAKAL