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Spring yarns from Berroco

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
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The folks at Berroco must have been dreaming about a Mediterranean vacation when they created their yarns for Spring 2016, and what a great choice because that’s what they’ve got me dreaming about knitting and crocheting for!

Berroco Elba available now at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Elba is a cotton tape yarn that feels t-shirt soft against the skin. Machine washable in saturated tonal colors it may be my new favorite summer sweater yarn! The Abree cardigan looks like the perfect extra layer, and while I ;ike the mossy green they used for the sample I might go for a softer grey, or their rich orange!

Berroco Corsica available now at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Two words perfectly describe Berroco Corsica, comfortable luxury!  Cotton and cashmere are blended in a 90/10 mix which means easy, machine washable garments and accessories that are just a little bit decadent. I’m not sure which of the soft, heathered shades I want to use to crochet the Tucker cardigan, maybe I’ll just make two or three!

Berroco Mykonos available now at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Berroco Mykonos is a silky blend of linen, nylon and cotton with a shine you won’t believe! If you remember Berroco Seduce, and miss it like I do, you’ll love this one. Summer tops and accessories that will feel cool against your skin, in vibrant summer shades, are the perfect anecdote to the winter doldrums. Sometimes you want a little shawl for style rather than warmth and the Xenia shawl fits the bill, it’s like knitted jewelry!

Now I just have to decide what I’ll cast on for first! And be sure to check out the pattern support for each of these yarns by clicking on the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of the yarns page, there’s lots more fantastic garments and accessories.

Ready, Set, Knit! 434: Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski

Saturday, February 20th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski, author of the new book: Knitting Ephemera. Unlike Carol’s’ past books, full of knitting patterns and technical help, this is a collection of stories, anecdotes and knowledge of and from the knitting world.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #434 - Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Share your own knitting ephemera and be entered to win a copy of Carol’s book! Leave a comment on this post with your own unique knitting trivia by 11;59pm EST on Tuesday Feb. 23rd. Please be sure to include a valid e-mail address in your comment so we can contact you if you win, and check next week’s post to see all the winners!

Kathy’s Yarn Picks of the week:

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New Yarn and new color for Spring from Classic Elite

Friday, February 19th, 2016
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The newest yarn from Classic Elite, Calista, has amazing texture due to it’s construction, it’s actually a crocheted chain! This DK weight yarn is 100% mercerized cotton which gives it a lovely sheen, and is lightweight enough for beautiful summer garments. Think sweaters, tanks and wraps.

Classic Elite Yarns Calista. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comClassic Elite Firefly has been with us for a few years but they’ve added some new colors for 2016. A wonderful blend of Viscose and linen, with a slightly nubby texture, Firefly works up into a fabric with a beautiful, glowing sheen and the drape is incredible too. There are plenty of sophisticated summer garments in the Wooded Glen Collection, perfect for showcasing this yarn’s unique features.

There’s no better time to dream about, and plan for, those warm summer days. What warm weather knits do you have on your needles?

STITCHES West 2016 Coupon

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
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Are you heading to Stitches West this weekend at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA? If you are, print out this coupon and present it when you purchase your ticket to save! (Only valid in-person. Will not work online.)

Your coupon for 50% off admission to the 2016 STITCHES West Market! Present coupon at the time of purchase, valid only for in-person ticket purchase.

Make sure you stop by to see us while you’re there. We’ll be in booths 604, 606, 608, 610, 703, 705, 707, and 709 in the STITCHES Market. We’ll have some great yarns from Madelinetosh, Malabrigo, and Valley Yarns, as well as great savings on closeouts. If you’re nearby, we hope you’ll stop by and check out what we have. We can’t wait to say hi!

New Valley Yarns patterns for Haydenville

Monday, February 15th, 2016
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If you haven’t tried out our newest Valley Yarn, Haydenville yet then we have the perfect projects for you.

The Leaves and Lines Afghan from Valley Yarns, knit in Haydenville. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The Leaves and Lines Afghan is deceptively simple! Squares are knit on the bias, from corner to corner, and then pieced together to form a whole new pattern. it’s a perfect travel project since you’re only making one square at a time and you can make 3 different sizes depending on how many squares you knit.

The Grayson Baby Set from Valley Yarns, knit in Haydenville. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

If you’re expecting, or know someone who is then you’ll want to gran a few skeins and get started on the Grayson Baby Set. Shown here in a classic color scheme, you could easily change up those colors for the modern baby. The chevron band adds visual interest as you knit each piece and helps to tie the whole set together.

NEW! Valley Yarns Haydenville. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Haydenville is a machine washable and dryable wool/acrylic blend for all your easy-care knits, and it’s availabli in 25 of our most popular solid colors.

Ready, Set, Knit! 433: Kathy talks with Trisha Malcolm

Saturday, February 13th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Vogue Knitting Editor, Trisha Malcolm, about trends in the industry and the successful Vogue Knitting Live events.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #433 - Kathy talks with Trisha Malcolm. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Trisha has seen a spike of interest in colorwork designs, from stripes to color blocking and picture knits with intarsia,  brioche and more! Check out the Winter ’16 issue to see lots of great patterns with colorwork.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

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FREE SHIPPING to Celebrate Art Elkins 80th Birthday! Now through Feb. 17th any order over $75 will receive free shipping (restrictions apply).

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

Upcoming Events:

Team WEBS will be at STITCHES WEST this week, February 18-21. Join us at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 432: Kathy talks with Heidi Hennessy

Saturday, February 6th, 2016
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This week Kathy talks with Heidi Hennessy of Pepperberry Knits which has become Lux Adorna. Heidi started as a knitter but really loved cashmere yarns. She would recycle thrift stores sweaters and would re-spin the yarn into heavier weights before she got into having the yarns manufactured for sale.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #432 - Kathy talks with Heidi Hennessy. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Their kits have been super popular, with mini skeins or multi colors sets with a free pattern included. Look for more kits under the Lux Adorna brand soon!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

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TOMORROW, February 7th from 12-4pm,  join us for our 10th Annual Pre-Game Escape!

Be sure to take our survey to be entered to win a fantastic gift basket from WEBS!

Upcoming Events:

Team WEBS will be at STITCHES WEST February 18-21. Join us at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

WEBS Fall Retreat Sept. 16-18. Remember registration opens on Monday, February 8th.

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

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WEBS Spring 2016 Catalog is online!

Friday, February 5th, 2016
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While it’s been a fairly mild winter , compared with 2015, but I’m still ready to start thinking about camping, beach days and cool summer evenings. So the timing of the WEBS 2016 Spring Catalog couldn’t be more perfect!

WEBS Spring 2016 Catalog, online now. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

There are so many great, new yarns and patterns in our Spring catalog that I’m going to need a few days to decide on what to cast on for first. The Odele pullover in Berroco Mykonos,  the Tobay top in Tahki Yarns Malibu, or the Diamond Lace Sweater in Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim DK? And that’s just scratching the surface!

If you’re on our mailing list a copy should land in your mailbox in the next week or two, and if you’re not, sign up here!

Sharing your love of crafting

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
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I’ve spent the last decade or so teaching lots of strangers to knit and crochet. And while I’ve also done a bit of that with my family, teaching my daughters to crochet when they were little, I’ve never crafted with my Mom. When I was growing up she wasn’t the crafty one on the family, I had a plethora of grandmothers of different generations for that! Now that life has slowed down a bit for her she’s itching to spend some time making and crafting. We’ve talked about what we can do together, and work on while we’re apart, and she’s intrigued by the possibilities of weaving.

Choosing yarns for a first weaving project. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I happen to have two rigid heddle looms, a 20″ Flip and a 10″ Cricket. So we’ve planned to spend a weekend day together this winter so I can show her how to warp the Cricket, as I warp my Flip, and we can both start weaving a scarf. I want to make sure that this simple starter project keeps her interest so I want to use a yarn with lots of great color play for an interesting finished fabric. I’m loving the new Scheepjes Invicta Color and the Louisa Harding Pittura, both of which will create interesting fabric in plainweave.

Once she’s gotten through that first project I’ll let her borrow my copy of the Weaver’s Idea Book, and then I might get her a copy of Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom just so I can borrow it from her!

Who will you share your love of crafting with this year?

WEBS loves our customers!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
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We’d like to express our gratitude and appreciation for you this Valentine’s Day and offer you a chance to win a fantastic gift basket!

Take the WEBS mini-survey to be entered to win this project basket, now through 11:59pm EST Feb. 14, 2016. Read more, and find the link to the survey, on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Take a few minutes to fill out our mini-survey and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a full kit for the Noro Heart Blanket, everything you need to complete the project plus a little more! This kit includes the pattern, 3 colors of Noro Kureyon, needles, a custom Yankee Candle, chocolates and a sturdy project basket.

The survey will be open through February 14th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST, each person can enter once. Just 4 quick questions and this kit could be yours!