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Steve’s Deal of the Day – Valley Yarns Berkshire: Project Ideas

Friday, June 6th, 2014
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Steve’s Deal of the Day for this weekend is Valley Yarns Berkshire - $4.09/ball (reg $5.99), one of our original Valley Yarns and still one of our favorites! With an 85%Wool/15% Alpaca fiber blend presented in a single ply in over 40 colors this is one perfect stash yarn. Berkshire works up beautifully in colorwork and texture stitches and is a dream to felt.

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Our new Berkshire Blossoms pattern – a FREE downloadable PDF – is a great way to use lots of color for seasonal accents to your home or office.

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The Monarda Pullover by Annie Foley is a great use of Berkshire in a simple colorwork yoke. Ravelry user spinbikerun chose to lengthen the sleeves for her version.

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Romi’s Fairy Snowcap is one of our favorites from her e-Book – The Great Oddments Knitdown. With just one skein you can whip up this gorgeous winter hat! Which color would you choose?!

Be sure to check out additional patterns for Berkshire by simply clicking on the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of the yarn page!

And don’t forget! Valley Yarns Berkshire is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, June 8, 2014. Use Promo Code FBBERKSH94 at checkout to get the special price, $4.09/ball (reg $5.99). 

Ready, Set, Knit! 359: Kathy talks with Fiona Ellis

Saturday, May 31st, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with first time guest Fiona Ellis. Fiona studied fashion design with a concentration in knitwear and specialized in hand knits – no programming knitting machines for her! She used to design Ready-to-Wear for mass production but made the switch to hand knit patterns when her first patterns appeared in Vogue Knitting in the late 90′s. Fiona Ellis designs featuring Valley Yarns Fiona specializes in colorwork and cables and her patterns include charts as well as written instructions. You can see the majority of her designs on Ravelry. Two of her latest feature Valley Yarns, Sugarbeach from Twist collective knit in Valley Yarns Longmeadow and Blue Helix from Knitter’s Magazine knit in Valley Yarns Colrain.

Check out Fiona’s website for even more designs!

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Anniversary Sale through May 31st – This is your LAST DAY to order!

Upcoming Events:

Stop by and check out current the Classic Elite Yarns Trunk Show.

Laura Militzer Bryant, Prism Yarns Trunk Show and Book Signing June 6th and 7th.

The 4th Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening June 26th-29th, get your Passport Today!

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Steve’s Deal of the Day – Ella Rae Classic Superwash Chunky: Project Ideas

Friday, May 30th, 2014
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Steve’s Deal of the Day for this weekend is Ella Rae Classic Superwash Chunky - $4.79/ball (reg $10.50), a great stash yarn available in over 45 colors! This yarn can work up into some really fast and satisfying projects.

Cinder by Jared Flood

The cinder scarf by Jared Flood, part of Classic Elite Quick Knits, is a soft and cozy scarf with flowing oversized cables. Here Ravelry user schknitzle has knit the scarf in color #23-Aqua Heather a color quite similar to a very familiar jewelers’ gift boxes!

owls by Kate Davies

For a more substantial but still fairly speedy project try Kate Davies’ ever popular owls sweater, shown here knit by Ravelry user millicurie in color #16-Grey Rose Heather.

This yarn knits at a similar gauge to our Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky and Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky so be sure to check out the patterns for those yarns as well by simply clicking on the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of the yarn page.

And don’t forget! Ella Rae Classic Superwash Chunky is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, June 1, 2014. Use Promo Code FBCLSUPCH2 at checkout to get the special price, $4.79/ball (reg $10.50). 

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Hen Plaid Wrap

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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We thought we’d start a new, regular feature post to show off some of the Valley Yarns Patterns that we love. First up is my personal favorite from our e-Book Soft Landing, the Hen Plaid Wrap.

Hen Plaid Wrap knit in Valley Yarns Goshen - available exclusively at yarn.com

This cozy shawl takes advantage of the next-to-the-skin softness of Valley Yarns Goshen and combines a neutral and jewel tone palette for versatile wearability. The construction of this simple plaid couldn’t be easier! Knit in mostly stockinette with an occasional stacked purl, horizontal stripes are added as you knit and the vertical stripes are added afterwards with surface crochet in the purl ditches. And don’t worry about having ends to weave in from the color changes, those become part of the fringe.

Check out our video tutorial for this technique!

Foxhead Dish Towels from Scott Norris

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
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This month we present our 5th Anniversary Draft, The Foxhead Dish Towels from Scott Norris woven on 4-shafts in Valley Yarns 20/2 and 40/2  linen. Scott loves weaving with our fine linens and has put together a gorgeous draft that shows off this fiber’s beauty and versatility.

Foxhead DishTowels in Valley Yarns 20/2 and 40/2 Linen - available exclusively at yarn.com

 

About the draft Scott says, “Towels woven with fine linen are a pure pleasure. The combination of Valley Yarns 40/2 linen (warp and tabby weft) and 20/2 for the pattern weft is perfect for this delicate overshot pattern. Linen may have a reputation as hard to work with, but if you follow the instructions for these towels you will find that with a little care you will come to love the process and the product!”

Foxhead Dish Towels designed by Scott Norris in Valley Yarns 20/2 and 40/2 linen - available exclusively at yarn.com

He is a long time friend of WEBS and one of our most popular teachers. Scott will be here this summer teaching Beginning Weaving – One Week Intensive and in August, the once-monthly Weaving for the Advanced Beginner.

Ready, Set, Knit! 358: Kathy talks with Kristi Johnson

Saturday, May 24th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Kristi Johnson from Shalimar Yarns.

Shalimar Yarns Breathless - available at yarn.com

Kristi tells Kathy about learning to knit at a young age, opening a yarn shop and beginning her hand-dyeing journey. They also discuss The Shalimar yarns that WEBS carries and the full line available on the Shalimar website as well as the origin of the company name.

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Anniversary Sale through May 31st – This is your last week to order!:

Upcoming Events:

Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Festival  is THIS weekend! May 24th and 25th.

WEBS is closed Sunday, May 25th (Head over to the MA Sheep and Wool Festival!) and Monday, May 26th. Enjoy your Memorial Day!

Stop by and check out current the Classic Elite Yarns Trunk Show.

Laura Militzer Bryant, Prism Yarns Trunk Show and Book Signing June 6th and 7th.

The 4th Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening June 26th-29th, get your Passport Today!

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Steve’s Deal of the Day – Dana: Project Ideas

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
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Steve’s Deal of the Day for this weekend is Valley Yarns Dana, a limited edition, worsted weight superwash wool available in 8 rich colors. This yarn is very similar to our permanent Valley Superwash and can be used interchangeably in the patterns.

Valley Yarns Dana - available eclusively at yarn.com - While supplies last!

Because it is a superwash, Dana is perfect for classic go-to sweaters and households goods. Try the Rosewood Henly, the Laurel Top-down Hoodie, or the Thaw Cabled Blanket. It’s also great for baby items that call for a worsted weight yarn!

For even more ideas, click over to Valley Superwash page on our website and then choose the “Related Patterns” tab. And don’t forget! Valley Yarns Dana is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, May 25, 2014. Use Promo Code FBVYDANA at checkout to get the special price, $2.39/ball (reg $3.59). 

The Sermilik Shawl from Kristin Omdahl

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
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At the beginning of April we introduced you to our 3 new designs with Valley Yarns Huntington Hand Dyed by Lorna’s Laces. Our featured crochet design, the Sermilik Shawl, is from the wonderfully talented Kristin Omdahl.

We were thrilled when Kristen said she would design a shawl for us! Inspired by the blue icebergs of the Sermilik Fjord in Greenland, Kristin has designed a  simple triangle shawl made of stacked double crochet shells with a delicate and lacy bottom edge that that gives this shawl a real wow-factor. Though the stitches are densely packed the open nature of the fabric means that the shawl has beautiful drape and movement while really showing off the beauty of the hand dyed yarn colors.

The Sermilik Shawl designed by Kristin Omdahl and crocheted in Valley Yarns Huntington Hand Dyed by Lorna's Laces - available exclusively at yarn.com

Kristen learned how to knit when she was young but didn’t really get going until she was in her twenties. She has been designing and teaching, both knit and crochet for over 10 years and can’t imagine doing anything else, when she’s not kayaking or hiking that is!

Ready, Set, Knit! 357: Kathy and Steve LIVE from the Tent Sale!

Saturday, May 17th, 2014
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This week Kathy and Steve broadcast live from our 12th Annual Tent Sale! WEBS Tent Sale May 17-18, 2014 Fleece Market Vendors :

And don’t forget the Food Trucks!:

Steve fills us in on all of the great stuff that we have at the Tent Sale. We have 20% of spinning wheels, fiber, and accessories this weekend in the store only.

Steve’s Yarn Picks – only at the Tent Sale!

32 tables full of yarn under the tent!

Three of our vendors needed to clear out “broken bags” from their warehouse, which means we have your favorite yarns at fantastic prices for you while supplies last.

We have cones from Cascade – 2 lb. cones for $20 of various yarns

VERY limited supply of Classic Elite cashmere yarns and cashmere/silk blend yarns.

There’s also special pricing on closeouts that never made it to the website.

Find sample garments and one-off yarns for sale.

Noro Takeuma – $49.99/bag, plus additional Noro yarns under the tent!

These prices are only at our Tent Sale!

Kathy & Steve Elkins recording Ready, Set, Knit live at the WEBS Tent Sale

Steve’s Picks for Everyone

NEW YARNS

 NEW CLOSEOUTS

SALE YARNS

Our Anniversary Sale continues until May 31st.

Upcoming Events: Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Festival May 24th and 25th

WEBS is closed Sunday, May 25th (Head over to the MA Sheep and Wool Festival!) and Monday, May 26th. Enjoy your Memorial Day!

Stop by and check out current the Classic Elite Yarns Trunk Show.

Laura Militzer Bryant, Prism Yarns Truck Show and Book Signing June 6th and 7th.

The 4th Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening June 26th-29th, get your Passport Today!

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

Steve’s Deal of the Day – Stockbridge: Project Ideas

Friday, May 16th, 2014
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Each weekday Steve chooses a yarn to feature as his Deal of the Day and knocks it down to a special low price. And each Friday he chooses a yarn to keep at that special price for the whole weekend.

This weekend Steve’s Deal of the Day is Valley Yarns Stockbridge, a 50/50 blend of Superfine Alpaca and Wool that results in a yarn with bounce and drape, and a soft, subtle halo. We thought we’d give you some pattern ideas to mull over for the weekend that feature this versatile yarn.

If you’re looking for a gorgeous sweater there is the Tarian Pullover from Thayer Preece Parker. It looks great in the original Natural color or in the Light Grey that Ravelry user MollyMcCorry chose.

Tarian Pullover

For a smaller project try the Fabric Stitch Mittens by Kirsten Hipsky, almost any combination of colors works! Try the blues and brown that Raverly user tomatoesoup used or the green and greys combo from sebaenen.

Fabric Stitch Mittens knit in Valley yarns Stockbridge

There’s the Stoker sweater from Amy Herzog’s book Knit to Flatter. A wardrobe staple that is equally appealing in rich Chocolate brown or the vibrant Deep Teal colorway chosen by Ravelry user splityarn.

Stocker knit in Valley Yarns Stockbridge

For even more ideas, click over to the yarn page on our website and then choose the “Related Patterns” tab.

Choose the Related Patterns Tab at yarn.com for more pattern ideas!

And don’t forget! Valley Yarns Stockbridge is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, May 18, 2014.