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The Honza Baby Blanket

Monday, April 4th, 2016
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Our first new Valley Yarns pattern for Spring 2016 is the incredibly versatile Honza Baby Blanket, designed by Ann Klimpert, the perfect, easy-care blanket, knit in Valley Yarns Haydenville, for any baby in your life!

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This cozy, squishy blanket is knit all in garter stitch with bold, modern intarsia blocks of color, and a crisp pinstripe of color added along the edges with surface crochet. And don’t let that crochet technique give you pause, we’ve got a quick tutorial to help you out.

We asked Ann to tell us a bit about herself and her work.

When did you learn to knit?

I began knitting when my kids were in elementary school. It filled a void in that it let me work with my hands but was still portable. It was both creative and practical.

What prompted you to start designing?

After knitting for a few years, I found I was making small changes in patterns, the length, sleeve style, stitch patterns, etc. After a while, it was a small jump to actually designing an entire project.

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

Just about anything can spark an idea, from the lines of a bridge to the colors in a painting. Once I have a rough idea, I swatch for days!

Tell us about your design aesthetic. 

My background is in industrial design so I tend to favor pure, clean designs. I love garter stitch for its squishy playfulness and simplicity. It’s rugged and elegant at the same time.

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

I used Valley Yarns Haydenville for my baby blanket and it has the perfect blend of wooliness and practicality for baby items. Machine washable and soft but substantial. And the color selection is fantastic!

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The Honza Baby Blanket is knit in Valley Yarns Haydenville, a washable and dryable blend of superwash merino and acrylic microfiber, for a truly easy care knit. You can try one of our colorways or choose your own from over 30 different shades. The original blanket was knit with Light Grey, Pompeii, Navy, and Natural, but we think it would also look adorable in Chocolate, Natural, Pink, and Burgundy, or Yellow, Teal, Lake, and Sage, or Sage, Purple, Red Purple, and Grey.

The combination possibilities are almost endless! What colors of Haydenville will you choose?

Ready, Set, Knit! 439: Kathy talks with Deborah Norville

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with first time guest Deborah Norville! The longtime host of Inside Edition, and Emmy winner, is also an avid crafter.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #439 - Kathy talks with Deborah Norville. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Listen in as they discuss Deborah’s lifelong love of crafting and how it has shaped her personal philosophy, and find out how her own line of yarns came to be. And be sure to check your local TV listings for Deborah’s newest gig as host of Knit and Crochet Now!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

WEBS is at DFW Fiber Fest this weekend! Stop by and say hello!

You can still get on the waitlist for our first ever WEBS Retreat in September.

Upcoming Events:

The 14th Annual Tent Sale happens May 14th and 15th, and don’t forget the 12th Annual Fleece Market on May 14th.

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

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2016 Anniversary Sale preview!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Don't miss out on fantastic deals in the WEBS Anniversary Sale starting April 1st. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

That’s right it’s time for WEBS Anniversary Sale and have we got some great deals for you! Starting April 1st you’ll save on yarns from Cascade, Plymouth, Classic Elite, Lorna’s Laces, Regia, Dream in Color and more! We’ve got special prices on needle and hook sets, limited edition sock and hand dyed yarns, unbelievable coned yarns for weavers and some of your favorite Valley Yarns. Check out the full Sale Preview here for all the details and visit Yarn.com on April 1st to fill your cart!

Fresh Picks for Spring

Monday, March 28th, 2016
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We’re always working behind the scenes to design, write,  knit/crochet samples, and photograph beautiful new patterns in our Valley Yarns. We’ve partnered with some big name designers in the past few years to bring you some stunning patterns for our 40th Anniversary in 2014 and as part of our Designer in Residence Series for 2015. This year we thought we’d change things up a bit and share our Valley Yarns with some independant designers and see how they were inspired. And boy, were they!

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Throughout 2016 we’ll be featuring 2 Valley Yarns each month along with some great new designs, and designers! Starting in April we’ll be sharing our love of Longmeadow and Haydenville. You can look forward to yarn reviews, pattern features for some of our most beloved patterns and the newest designs for these yarns!

What is your favorite Valley Yarn?

New yarns from Kristin Omdahl!

Thursday, March 24th, 2016
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Kristin Omdahl is one of our favorite crochet designers and we’ve recently started carrying her two yarns, Be So Fine and Be So Sporty.  Both yarns are 100% bamboo, in bright, saturated colors inspired by tropical flowers and the sea. There’s great pattern support for these yarns including the FREE Beachy One eBook which contains six fantastic patterns including the Sunny Isles Soft Yellow Crochet Shawl.

Kristin Omdahl Be So Fine Yarn - learm more about this yarn and the fantastic pattern support on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

One of our store staffers, Mary, recently crocheted a sample of this shawl in the Lilac Memories colorway of Be So Fine and at  a whopping 650 yards per skein you only need one! This is one of the most beautiful shawl samples we’ve ever, if you’re near our retail store in Northampton MA stop by and check it out!

Valley Yarns for Dyers

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
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Did you know that some of your favorite yarns from Valley Yarns are available specifically in undyed, natural hanks for your own dyeing experiments?

100g hanks of your favorite Valley Yarns for all your dyeing needs. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Our Franklin has been available on cones for dyers for years but many of you don’t know that we carry other Valley Yarns in 100g hanks.

Try Berkshire,  Berkshire BulkyColrainStockbridgeDeerfieldNorthfield, BFL Worsted,  and Valley Superwash.

Or experiment with any of our other Valley Yarns in the natural color, though you’ll find these in skeins,balls or cones that need to be wound into hanks, or in smaller 50g hanks.

2016 Weaving Sourcebook

Monday, March 21st, 2016
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Each year we work behind the scenes to bring you a weaving catalog chock full of new and exciting products and this year we’ve outdone ourselves! Flip through the new Weaving Sourcebook now!

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In these pages you will find new yarns, like our Hatfield and Sunderland, both 100% Baby Alpaca, or our 6/2 Cotton in 29 stunning colors! Our new favorite tool is the Swatch Maker from Purl & Loop. Plan out your next weaving project with confidence! And speaking of next projects, we have 18 Brand New drafts for you in this catalog with 6 that are perfect for Rigid Heddle!

What exciting weaving projects will you create in 2016? Join our email list now to make sure you don’t miss out on any great deals, and if you don’t already receive a copy of our catalog you can request one here.

Ready, Set, Knit! 438: Kathy talks with Susan B. Anderson

Saturday, March 19th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Susan B. Anderson about her newest book, Kids’ Knitting Workshop. This is Susan’s 6th book, her first was published 10 years ago!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #438 - Kathy talks with Susan B. Anderson. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

This is her first book targeted at a young audience. Easy-to-follow illustrated tutorials and 17 progressively challenging knitting projects include step-by-step text and photographs that kids can read and follow on their own.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Join the Knitventures Stitches KAL on Ravelry

You can still get on the waitlist for our first ever WEBS Retreat in September.

Upcoming Events:

WEBS will be at DFW Fiber Fest April 1-3! just two weeks away!

Our 42nd Anniversary Sale begins April 1st.

The 14th Annual Tent Sale happens May 14th and 15th, and don’t forget the 12th Annual Fleece Market on May 14th.

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

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Valley Yarns challenges at Design Wars

Friday, March 18th, 2016
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Have you seen some of the fantastic patterns coming out of the Design Wars challenges?

Valley Yarns Hunting challenge at Design Wars. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Each challenge features two designers using the same yarn, readers get to vote on their favorites and enter to win prizes. And don’t miss each designer’s review of the yarn. This week’s challenge featured our own Valley Yarns Huntington and we’re so thrilled with the resulting designs! We’re loving the bold graphic design of the Heart Sweater from Accessorise and wish we had a pair of the cozy Mint Chocolate Chip Socks from ACCROchet.

Valley Yarns Hunting challenge at Design Wars. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Be sure to check out the Valley Yarns Superwash Challenge from February and sign up for the Design Wars newsletter to find out when the next Valley Yarns challenge will happen!

#learntoknit

Monday, March 14th, 2016
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Have you always wanted to learn how to knit, but were intimidated by classes or didn’t think you had the time? Did you learn to knit oh-so-long ago and want a refresher?

Two-night Learn to Knit workshops at WEBS, sign up today! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

We have the perfect option for you! Learn To Knit is a 2-session workshop that walks you through the knit stitch and the purl stitch; depending on your learning curve, you might get some instruction in casting on and binding off, or learning knit/purl combinations. Patient, understanding instructors will give you just what you need (including needles and yarn!) to accomplish this craft-building skill. You’ll be off and stitching in no time!

Our first session starts tonight, but you can sign up for April:Wednesdays, 4/13, 4/27 6-8pm, or May: Tuesdays, 5/5, 5/19 6-8pm, now.