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Projects for the Winter Games

Friday, January 24th, 2014
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The Winter Games begin Feb 7th  - just 2 weeks away!

If you’re looking for a few quick projects to knit or crochet before the games begin, to show your support, we’ve got some great ideas and each pattern is FREE.

Our Last Minute Hat pattern is a great quick knit! Written to double strand our Berkshire Bulky, you could easily substitute with 3 strands of our Valley Yarns Berkshire or Northampton.

The Last Minute Mittens are also a great choice. Shown knit in Northampton Bulky, you could substitute Berkshire Bulky, and easily add stripes.

 

The Bits and Pieces Cowl is a great way to show your team spirit, and being worked in singled crochet on a larger hook with Berkshire Bulky you’ll zip right along!

my mt hat and yarn

Finally, a cute and slouchy crochet hat from the My Mountain collection from Schachenmayer worked in their Boston yarn.

If you already have projects planned but need yarns in the right patriotic color scheme to support Team USA we have a few more great options:

Berroco Comfort, Berroco Comfort Chunky, Plymouth Encore

What will you be working on during the games? And what events are you most looking forward to?

The Cousteau Shawl from Doris Chan

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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As WEBS enters it’s 40th year we’ve been lucky enough to enlist some amazing designers to help us celebrate. We’ll be highlighting each designer throughout the year, first up we have Doris Chan who has crafted the gorgeous Cousteau Shawl for us.

About her relationship with WEBS:

I have been a WEBS customer for over a decade. Before I was a crochet designer, before I knew much about yarn at all, it was at a WEBS vendor booth at a knitting event where I was first introduced to the joys of buying great yarn by the bag. I must have browsed that display for an hour before taking the plunge and grabbing up 10 hanks of a lusciously luxe DK weight chrome yellow silk I and haven’t looked back since.

Much later I began receiving WEBS print catalogs. The first one I saw was in 2010. I was impressed at how Kathy Elkins openly and enthusiastically welcomed crocheters to her store by including crochet in her editorial comments, in WEBS design offerings, and on the pages of the catalog and website. I wrote and told her so, and was completely charmed by her reply. It didn’t take much coaxing on her part to start me thinking about designing with the WEBS house brand Valley Yarns. I felt confident that my work would be in good hands. In 2011, much to my delight, my Valley Cowl debuted in the WEBS line-up, along with full pattern support and tutorials.

In June 2011 I finally met Kathy at a TNNA industry event. I remember laughing. A lot. Our professional connection and personal friendship continues to grow out of mutual admiration. It didn’t take much coaxing on my part to get Kathy to support the Crochet Guild of America; WEBS is now a major sponsor of the CGOA Design Competition. It is an honor to be invited to participate in the WEBS 40th Anniversary and a pleasure to present this design, the Coutsteau Shawl, in a special hand-dyed edition of Valley Superwash DK. Congratulations to Kathy and to WEBS!

About her design for our 40th Anniversary Doris offers these tips:

Stitch Pattern Notes

Although the stitch pattern and trim have designated RS and WS rows, the faces of the fabric are so similar that the shawl is viewable and wearable from either side.

Advanced Tips for Working With Custom Dyed Colors

These special hand-dyes can vary from hank to hank. To avoid the stripes or blocks that may appear if you completely work each new hank in turn, you may wish to work a couple of rows, then switch hanks. For fewer cut ends, I prefer to work with three feeds at the same time; one feed is wrapped and carried up as you go at each end, every row. Because of the increasing stitch pattern at the end of every row, the best place to change yarn feeds is not in the very last stitch, but a couple of stitches before the end. This interior wrap and carry, if done neatly and fairly relaxed, is nearly invisible and should not hamper the stretchiness of the edge shells.

It’s our 40th Anniversary!

Monday, January 20th, 2014
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Windchill PromoWe’re so excited to officially launch our 40th Anniversary celebrations and to share with you our first round of spectacular specialty products.

WEBS has teamed up with Madelinetosh to bring you our own Valley Yarns Superwash DK dyed in 19 of your favorite Madelinetosh colors and an exclusive Ruby colorway for our 40th year. This yarn is only available at WEBS and in limited quantities so get it while you can!

We’ve also partnered with 3 amazing designers who have worked their magic with this yarn.

Doris Chan designed the Cousteau Shawl that shows off the drape and movement of the Superwash DK beautifully and just seems to shimmer in the Cousteau colorway.

Melissa LaBarre’s  Windchill Cardigan, designed using the Baroque Violet colorway, is an easy, open front cardigan with great hem and neckline details.

And Amy Herzog worked with the Magnolia Leaf colorway to design a classic wardrobe staple with a few simple, yet  modern twists in the Thornes Pullover.

And this is just the start. We’ll have new and exclusive designs from some of your favorite designers throughout the year in some of our favorite Valley Yarns and each quarter we’ll bring you a new and exclusive hand dyed yarn.

As if all this amazing yarn and patterns weren’t enough, you can tote your new project around in a brand new, exclusive to WEBS, della Q bag! There will be a new bag from della Q each quarter.

We’ll also be unveiling new weaving drafts from long-time friends of WEBS, and some of our favorite weaving instructors throughout the year. Additionally, as part of our year-long celebration, we’re sponsoring a Weaving Contest with 4 different categories and 3 prizes per category! Full details and contest rules are available on our website.

We’ve got so much more for you this year. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Instagram, and on Ravelry for all the latest.

Thank you for 40 years and thank you for making us America’s Yarn Store!

Ready, Set, Knit! 341: Kathy talks with Marly Bird

Saturday, January 18th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Marly about her journey from learning how to crochet and knit to making a living as a knit/crochet wear designer. She launched the Yarn Thing podcast to help connect her to other knitters and crocheters.

Marly Classes

thrummed mittens inside out  

Marly will be teaching here at WEBS on Feb 15th and 16th. You can take her Thrummed Mittens class, Knit or Crochet, or explore Colorwork Cables.

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Upcoming Events:

40th Anniversary celebrations kick off on January 20th! In just 2 DAYS!Keep an eye out for Valley Yarns collaborations with specialty hand dyers and some big name designers each quarter. 

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Ravelry for the most timely and up-to-date information, or sign-up for our e-mail list.

Our 8th Annual Big Game Day Escape, Feb. 2nd from 12-4

Reminder:

We’re collecting Hats for Halos of Hope. Our thanks to everyone that has already sent in hats, keep ‘em coming! You can now make a donation in lieu of hats and help out as well! Each $5.00 contribution counts as 1 hat in our total. Donations can be made here.

Make as many knit and/or crochet hats as you can (check here for preferred fibers and free patterns) and get them to us by February 1, 2014. Make sure each hat and package is labeled with “Team RSK!” Please mail all packages to:

WEBS
Attn: TEAM RSK!
6 Industrial Pkwy.
Easthampton, MA 01027

If you’re posting about your progress on Facebook or Twitter please use #PodcastThrowdown. And please join the Podcasters Throwdown Group on Ravelry and show your support in the Team RSK thread! If you’ve sent in hats let us know who you are.

Right click or CTRL+click and Save As to download the MP3 of this Podcast Subscribe to Ready, Set, Knit! in iTunes Subscribe to the Ready, Set, Knit! Podcast RSS Feed

Valley Yarns in the new Interweave Crochet!

Monday, January 13th, 2014
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The Winter 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet is out and we are loving the Marlo Cardigan designed by Vera Sanon. Tunisian honeycomb stitch, worked in Valley Yarns Charlemont Hand Dyed produces a textured fabric with drape, that resists curling and has minimal finishing.

Which Color of Charlemont Hand-Dyed will you be using?

Ready, Set, Knit! 340: Kathy talks with Art and Barbara Elkins

Saturday, January 11th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Art and Barbara about the founding of WEBS and their early years in Amherst.

Art and Barbara seen here in the Kellogg Ave. location in 1992 just before moving to the 75 Service Center Rd. location.

Barbara reminisces about buying the first 20 looms, WEBS initial location in the family’s basement,  our second location at 109 Main St., signing for her first loan and more.

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Steve will have lots of new Spring yarns and closeouts next week!

Upcoming Events:

40th Anniversary celebrations kick off January 20th! Keep an eye out for Valley Yarns collaborations with specialty hand dyers and some big name designers each quarter. 

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Ravelry for the most timely and up-to-date information, or sign-up for our e-mail list.

Reminder:

We’re collecting Hats for Halos of Hope. Our thanks to everyone that has already sent in hats, keep ‘em coming! You can now make a donation in lieu of hats and help out as well! Each $5.00 contribution counts as 1 hat in our total. Donations can be made here.

Make as many knit and/or crochet hats as you can (check here for preferred fibers and free patterns) and get them to us by February 1, 2014. Make sure each hat and package is labeled with “Team RSK!” Please mail all packages to:

WEBS
Attn: TEAM RSK!
6 Industrial Pkwy.
Easthampton, MA 01027

If you’re posting about your progress on Facebook or Twitter please use #PodcastThrowdown. And please join the Podcasters Throwdown Group on Ravelry and show your support in the Team RSK thread! If you’ve sent in hats let us know who you are.

Right click or CTRL+click and Save As to download the MP3 of this Podcast Subscribe to Ready, Set, Knit! in iTunes Subscribe to the Ready, Set, Knit! Podcast RSS Feed

Valley Yarns featured in Knitscene

Friday, January 10th, 2014
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Valley Yarns Northfield makes an appearance in the Spring 2014 issue of Knitscene in the Rietveld Sweater designed by Mari Chibi.

With over 20 colors of Northfield to choose from you’re sure to find the perfecting color blocking combination. Which 2 colors would you use?

Valley Yarns featured in Knit Simple

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
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The new, Winter 2013, issue of Knit Simple has hit the newsstands and it features 2 great projects knit with our very own Valley Yarns!

First is the Striped and Solid Cowl by Loren Cherensky knit in Northampton Bulky. Deceptively simple stitches combined with a bulky yarn make for a quick and easy project and with over 30 colors to choose from there’s a perfect color combination for almost everyone.

Second is the Dog Pillow designed by Amy Bahrt and knit in Valley Superwash. This whimsical little pillow, with adorable dachsunds, is worked in colorblocks with some easy garter stripes.

What will you be knitting from this issue?

Ready, Set, Knit! Flashback

Saturday, January 4th, 2014
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Kathy and Steve are off this week celebrating the holidays with friends and family but you can get your RSK fix by listening to Kathy, and guest Carol Sulcoski, do their year end review from 2013, 2012 or 2011.

Ready, Set, Knit! will be back on January 11, 2014 with a brand new episode featuring special guests, and WEBS’ founders, Art and Barbara Elkins!

Reminder:
Today is the last day of our Annual End of Year Blowout Sale - While Supplies Last

  • Full Sale Listing HERE

Upcoming Events:

40th Anniversary celebrations kick off January 15th! Keep an eye out for Valley Yarns collaborations with Madeline Tosh, Lorna’s Laces, Malabrigo and Dream in Color throughout the year.

We’re also working with some big name designers each quarter. Look for patterns from Tanis Grey, Sally Melville, Doris Chan, Franklin Habit, and Kristin Omdahl – to name a few!

Be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter and Ravelry for the most timely and up-to-date information.

Reminder:

We’re collecting Hats for Halos of Hope. Our thanks to everyone that has already sent in hats, keep ‘em coming! You can now make a donation in lieu of hats and help out as well! Each $5.00 contribution counts as 1 hat in our total. Donations can be made here.

Make as many knit and/or crochet hats as you can (check here for preferred fibers and free patterns) and get them to us by February 1, 2014. Make sure each hat and package is labeled with “Team RSK!” Please mail all packages to:

WEBS
Attn: TEAM RSK!
6 Industrial Pkwy.
Easthampton, MA 01027

If you’re posting about your progress on Facebook or Twitter please use #PodcastThrowdown. And please join the Podcasters Throwdown Group on Ravelry and show your support in the Team RSK thread! If you’ve sent in hats let us know who you are.

New Years Resolutions for 2013 – How did we do?

Monday, December 30th, 2013
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Last December we asked our staff if they had any resolutions for 2013 – let’s check in and see how they’ve done.

My fiber resolution for 2013 is to knit at least one item for myself. – Jamie – Jamie made it out of 2013 with a hat for himself. Way to go Jamie!

I resolve to use up my stash! – Linda – Linda made a dent but says she has a long way to go.

I’m determined to learn how to use Photoshop Elements to develop fabulous weaving drafts! – Barbara – Barbara did take a class on using Photoshop and is well on her way to implementing her new skills.

I resolve to spend a little time every day doing fiber art, I’d like to make art a daily, restorative habit. – Kirsten – Kirsten started strong but lagged a bit towards the end of the year.

My resolution is to get better at spinning on my wheel this year. – Jackie – Jackie didn’t spend anytime with her wheel but did dive into weaving and crochet this past year.

I now have a basket Full of handspun that I NEED to use up in 2013! – Sara – Sara did not use up her handspun stash, she spun more and now it’s twice the size it was. (but really, who’s complaining about MORE yarn?!)

Self publish a sweater design! – Emma – Emma didn’t manage to self-publish a sweater pattern this year but she has been quite busy!

I plan to spin down A LOT of my fiber stash. It’s out of control! – Mary – While Mary did spin quite a bit she added even more fiber, it’s still out of control!

I resolve to knit from MY stash and use MY patterns. – Lise – Lise did a great job of working through a large portion of her stash this year.

This year I’m going to be a slightly selfish knitter and make sure I have a nice hand made hat and cowl.  - Grace – While Grace didn’t make the hat and cowl she envisioned she did end up with a lovely shawl.

I want to use up many of my coned yarns to make room for new yarns. – Debbie – Debbie did quite a bit of weaving this year, there’s definitely room for new yarns!

My only resolution right now is to finish the hexagon blanket. This WILL be the year I do it. I swear! – Dena – Dena did manage to finally finish the Amethyst Brook Afghan and with gorgeous results!

I will encourage Tina to have quicker project turn-around times. – Bryan – Sadly, since Tina has moved on we’ll never know how well Bryan would have done!

Kyle, Tina, Kristin, Karen, Kendra and Heather have all moved on from the WEBS family this year, we miss them and wish them all the best in their new endeavors!