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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.

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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.

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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!

Ready, Set, Knit! 339: Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski

Saturday, December 28th, 2013
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This week Kathy and Carol have their 4th annual year in review and chat about the yarn industry in 2013.

Kathy talks with Carol about the impact of social media sites like Facebook, Ravelry and Pinterest. They also discuss the influx of literary and pop culture themed collections, the growth of online classes and the major trends of the year.

Reminder:
Our Annual End of Year Sale – has begun on-line and  in-store and runs through 1/4.
On-line Sale Yarns - 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 Facebook, Twitter 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.

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

On the bookshelf this week: Cozy Knits

Friday, December 27th, 2013
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Cozy Knits from Tanis Grey has 50 projects to keep you knitting all winter long. Whether you need a quick birthday gift, a new hat to match the coat you got over the holidays or you are determined to get a head start on your gift knitting for NEXT year, you’ll likely find what you’re looking for here.

With projects that range from hats and mittens to simple sweaters and adorable pieces for baby, you’ll find yourself knitting up colorful and interesting projects in no time.

Leave a comment below and tell us about your favorite quick and cozy knit project and you could win a copy! All comments must be posted by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Please make sure to leave us a way to contact you if you win! The winner will be drawn randomly and posted here.

Edited, Monday January 6, 2014:

And our Winner is –  Debra who said, “Of the four projects on the cover, I can see making all four (and there’s 46 more to explore!). Hats and mitts are always needed and fun to work up quickly.”

Congratulations Debra! Keep an eye on your inbox, we’ll be contacting you soon.