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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!

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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.

The Intemporelle Pullover from Marcy Vandale

Monday, May 12th, 2014
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Another friend of WEBS, Marcy Vandale, has taken our 2/14 Alpaca Silk and transformed it into a wardrobe staple with timeless style and class, the Intemporelle Pullover.

Intemporelle Pullover designed by Marcy Vandale in Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk - available exclusively at yarn.com

This long, flowing pullover knit in one piece from the bottom up features an accompanying cowl. The body, as well as the cowl, is knit with the yarn held double while the sleeves use a single strand, making a piece that transcends the seasons. The neckline is adorned with a decorative crab stitch border and the cowl adds just enough extra warmth for those cool mornings or evenings.

Intemporelle Pullover designed by Marcy Vandale with Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk - available exclusively at yarn.com

About her design and history with WEBS:

I  live only an hours drive from WEBS, just far enough not to be a problem (winkwink). A customer of WEBS for the past decade, I was fortunate enough to develop a friendship with Kathy on a more personal level, bonding as moms sharing similar experiences. Our kids are roughly the same ages and equally as active. Social networkers can find us trading updates from rinks and courts, fields and courses.

When Kathy asked me to design for the 40th Celebration, I was thrilled. I have dabbled in designing over the last few years while raising my 4 kids. My designs reflect my “always on the go” lifestyle in both style and knitting ease and somewhat selfishly, what I need for my wardrobe. I get dressed for the day early in the morning when the kids get ready for school. This time of year, temperatures are unpredictable but I am on the go all day and into the evening. I designed a classic sweater that could be layered as needed and will get you from volunteering at school to the grocery store and to an evening meeting after driving the practice carpools. The fabric is lightweight and comfortable and the accessory cowl allows the sweater to be a timeless wardrobe staple over several seasons. I designed this sweater to also be knit on the fly, waiting for appointments and at fields and during games. I love wearing what other moms have seen me knitting during the season.

I learned to knit in my dorm my freshman year in college, not exactly the “show and tell” my parents hoped for after that first semester. I knit occasionally over the following years but became a Knitter with a capital K over the last decade as I took classes, grew a stash, began teaching knitting and eventually designing. My designs are purposefully simple but functional to fit the lifestyles of active women and knitters.

Ready, Set, Knit! 356: Kathy talks with Julie Turjoman

Saturday, May 10th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with returning guest, Julie Turjomen, about her newest book, Knits that Breathe: 12 Breezy Projects to Keep You Cool. This is a collection of garments knit from light weight fibers with wonderful drape and movement.

Knits That Breathe by Julie Turjoman

The book includes the Splash Cardigan knit in our own Valley Yarns Southwick which happens to be on sale through the end of May! Julie points out that with the alternative fibers featured in the book your knit fabric will behave much differently than it would with wool so swatching will be important!

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Anniversary Sale through May 31st:

Reminder!:

Tent Sale  is in NEXT WEEKEND! May 17th and 18th, Fleece Market on the 17th with food trucks The Bistro Bus, Laughing Tomato and Sugar Bakers cupcakes!

 

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Ready, Set, Knit! 355: Kathy talks with Laura Bryant

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with returning guest Laura Bryant, founder and Creative Director of Prism Yarns. Laura talks about her journey from college textile student to yarn rep to 30 years as a hand dyer.

Laura Bryant at WEBS June 6-8, 2014. Join her for classes, a book signing and Prism Yarns Trunk Show. Register now at yarn.com

Laura will be here at WEBS on June 6th from 2:30 – 4:30 for a Prism Yarns trunk show or join us for her book signing on June 7th from 3:30 – 4:30. These Events are free but please register!

Laura is also teaching 2 classes that weekend, The Holistic Sweater Experience and Introduction to Color. Register now or contact Customer Service to be put on the waitlist.

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Anniversary Sale through May 31st:

Reminder!:

Tent Sale  is in JUST TWO WEEKS! May 17th and 18th, Fleece Market on the 17th with food trucks The Bistro Bus, Laughing Tomato and Sugar Bakers cupcakes!

 

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Lattice Weave Scarf from Virginia West

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
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This month puts us one third of the way through our 40th Anniversary year, it is flying past! To celebrate the end of this fourth month we have the next Anniversary weaving Draft, the lovely Lattice Weave Scarf from Virginia West. With a combination Of Valley Yarns 8/2 Tencel and 5/2 Bamboo your possible color combinations are almost limitless!

About the draft Virginia says, “The draft for Lattice Weave depends on the relationship of two yarns: one for the cells and a larger contrasting size for the outlines. I had previously used a similar draft to produce medallions, with curvilinear outlines in a heavier silk. This time I designed a geometric lattice weave of paired “cobblestones” in a mosaic of scattered color cells. The secret is to use a neutral weft to allow the rainbow colors to emerge with no reduction in chroma. The versatility of the draft is that  you can restrain color to two values, if you wish. Or you can use leftovers for the “cells” provided there is a contrast for the lattice. I have tried all these versions in a variety of yarns with success.

Pair a colorful warp with a neutral weft for lots of color interest.

About her history with WEBS she says, “In the late 70′s I received consistent repeat orders for my book WEAVERS WEARABLES ( and later for DESIGNER DIAGONALS) from a weaving shop in Amherst under the label Valley Fibers. I had a hunch this was a growing business. When I met Barbara and Art Elkins at Convergence my hunch was confirmed and I was bowled over by their yarn collection, now trading as WEBS. Barbara invited me to teach a workshop, the first of many, in Northampton, and these were mutually successful events for us. Still later, when I took over the revised edition of FINISHING TOUCHES from Interweave Press, the orders came as before, likewise with A CUT ABOVE.” If you’re a weaver be sure to check out our weaving contest, there’s still time to enter!