Archive for the ‘40th Anniversary’ Category

WEBS is forty tapestry by Micala Sidore

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
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Our newest 40th Anniversary draft is a fun freebie! The WEBS is forty draft from Micala Sidore is a great primer for branching out with your own tapestry explorations and with 40 colors of Valley Yarns Northampton to choose from you’ll have almost endless color combinations to choose from.

WEBS is Forty tapestry draft - FREE DRAFT - available exclusively at yarn.com

Micala says, “Using words as design elements in your tapestry gives you freedom to express yourself in many ways. The look of the tapestry, the words chosen, the “font” created, and the colors can all lend meaning to your work. To celebrate WEBS’ 40th anniversary, I chose to weave the word “forty”, but tapestry can be any word or number or symbol that is meaningful to you.

You also need to consider positive and negative space as you create your design. Remember that you will be weaving a background as you weave your word or number, and you have to think about how the background can enhance or overwhelm your main image. Everything happens in relationship to everything else, so don’t forget to give equal thought to all the elements of your design. I suggest you begin by working with three colors: a ground color, a color for the letters, and a third highlight or accent color. I have used red in the “o” of forty as a surprise accent. Consider the dots of “i”s, the interiors of letters like o, b, d, etc. as opportunities for accent.”

The Gathering In Cowl by Debbi Stone

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
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We’re excited for another beautiful design celebrating our 40th Anniversary. This time it’s the Gathering In Cowl by Debbi Stone in our Valley Yarns Stockbridge. Debbi has taken one of our longest running Valley Yarns and given us a fresh, but classic wardrobe piece that works with almost any style.

Gathering In Cowl designed by Debbi Stone in Valley Yarns Stockbridge - available exclusively at yarn.comThe Gathering In Cowl is a buttoned wrap in a stitch pattern reminiscent of a gathering basket, edged in sturdy ribbing.  Perfect for around your neck or pulled down around your shoulders when the days turn crisp. The alpaca and wool blend in Stockbridge is available in a kaleidoscope of 24 gorgeous colors and is so soft to the touch. 

Gathering In Cowl designed by Debbi Stone in Valley Yarns Stockbridge - available exclusively at yarn.com

The Jazerant Set from Emma Welford

Monday, August 11th, 2014
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As we sink into the dog days of summer it’s time to think about little projects that you can work on that won’t fill your lap with yarn. The Jazerant Set by Emma Welford is the perfect end of summer project. Knit in the gorgeous Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo these two small pieces have lots of great details to keep your knitting interesting without being daunting. Non-symmetrical ribbing frames gorgeous winding cables which hide winking little beads! What’s not to love?!

The Jazerant set designed by Emma Welford, knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

Emma has worked at WEBS for several years and we’re so happy to see her designing career really starting to take off, with designs published by Valley Yarns as well as Universal Yarns, Holla Knits, Knitscene, special issues of Interweave, and her own self published patterns. For working with the beads in this pattern, which are optional, she offers two working solutions, “Beads are placed as you work on purl stitches. Place a bead on a stitch by threading the bead on to a steel crochet hook, then use the hook to draw the stitch through the bead. Alternately, slip the stitch on to a thin, flexible piece of wire, bend the ends of the wire together so it forms a long needle. Thread the bead on to the needle and slip it down on to the stitch. Purl the beaded stitch.”

The Jazerant set designed by Emma Welford, knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

Which color of the Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo would you choose? (I’m leaning towards the Primavera!)

 

Santa Fe Summer towels by Chris Hammel

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
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We’re smack-dab in the middle of Summer here at WEBS and thought that would be the perfect time to bring you The Santa Fe Summer dish towels from Chris Hammel as the 7th in our year-long series of special guest designer weaving drafts.

Sante Fe Summer Towels draft designed by Chris Hammel - available exclusively at yarn.com

Chris says, “Valley Yarns 8/2 unmercerized cotton is perfect for thirsty, washable, kitchen towels, and what could be better than a bright, cheery towel in lively colors that evoke a Santa Fe summer. This 4-shaft draft is easy to thread and weave and will result in an ample kitchen towel. If you would like to increase the length of your warp, you could try different treadling variations for each subsequent towel and create a set for yourself or gifts for family and friends.”

Sante Fe Summer Towels draft designed by Chris Hammel - available exclusively at yarn.com

Using sewing thread to weave 1″ of plain weave as the the under-hem for each end of the towel gives your hems a much less visible profile. Bonus: If you use a sewing thread like Gutermann you can pop the thread right onto your shuttle without needing to wind a separate bobbin!

 

The Waterfall Jacket from Debbie Bliss

Sunday, July 27th, 2014
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We’re so excited to share this next design with you! The amazing Debbie Bliss has designed the cozy Waterfall Jacket in our Valley Yarns Deerfield

The Waterfall Jacket designed by Debbie Bliss in Valley Yarns Deerfield - available exclusively at yarn.com

She has put together a modern, boxy cardigan in a simple but sophisticated broken rib pattern that is sure to become one of your go-to wardrobe staples. Designed with just the right amount of positive ease and fantastic front pockets this sweater looks great dressed up or styled more casually. You can never go wrong with a pocket! 

The Waterfall Jacket designed by Debbie Bliss in Valley Yarns Deerfield - available exclusively at yarn.com

The Maplewood Cardigan from Carol Sulcoski

Monday, July 21st, 2014
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As with each of our previous specialty hand dyed yarns, we have three amazing designs to share with you that have been knit and crocheted in our Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo. First up is the Maplewood Cardigan designed by Carol Sulcoski.

The Maplewood Cardigan by Carol Sulcoski - available exclusively at yarn.com

From Carol – “I have been a customer of WEBS for a long, long time – I remember receiving the really old newsletters that were more or less a typed-out list of what yarns were available.  I still get so excited getting the WEBS catalog in the mail, although now it’s as beautiful as a magazine. I was so excited to be asked to design a sweater for the WEBS Anniversary celebration. I do some hand dyeing, and love designing with hand dyed yarns. When I found out I was getting Northfield, I was thrilled – it is probably my all-time favorite Valley Yarns base. And the colorway dyed by Malabrigo, called Piedras, was fascinating: at first look, it reads like a semisolid brown, but the more I knit with it, the more I noticed all of the many other colors that were in it, shades of brown from golden brown to russet to taupe, and also hints of lavender, gold, gray and slate. When I thought about what to design, I decided to design the kind of sweater I’d want to make myself (if I had more time to knit for myself). That meant a minimum of finishing, it meant something without long sleeves or a high neck (since I always run warm), and lately I’ve gotten the most wear out of longer sweaters that I can wear over a dress. I also wanted to figure out a way to showcase the beautiful dyeing, so I opted for a mostly-stockinette-stitch garment, where the colors would be the focus of attention. Next I took into account the qualities of Northfield yarn. It’s got excellent stitch definition, so I opted for an edging to show off how beautifully the yarn looks in a pattern. It’s got silk and alpaca in it, which gives it drape, so that was a good match for a longer sweater that would have a bit of swing at the hem. But it’s mostly merino, which means it has elasticity to help keep it from stretching too much – also a good quality for a longer sweater. I swatched a couple of different edgings, and found the one I used in a Japanese stitch dictionary, although I modified it a little. I began knitting from the bottom hem up, starting with the edging. I used raglan shoulder shaping, and kept the sweater fronts purposely narrow so they wouldn’t need a closure (and I hope that this will make the sweater more versatile when it comes to fit; if you have a larger bust, it won’t matter because the front edges are so narrow they fall along the side of the bustline). The design came together really quickly and I didn’t have to do too much fiddling with things, although I did play around with different edgings for the armholes and neckband. I ended up using a simple crocheted crab stitch. I really do want to knit another one of these for myself!”

The Maplewood Cardigan by Carol Sulcoski - available exclusively at yarn.com

Carol also offers these useful tips, “The biggest tip for knitters who make this sweater: if you do use a hand-dyed yarn (and I highly recommend the hand dyed Northfield!), pay close attention to the slight color variations between skeins. It’s pretty much impossible to hand dye skeins exactly alike, so you may notice that some skeins look more “alike” than others. I knit from two different skeins at the same time, alternating skeins so that I knit a row or two with the first skein, then switched to the second one. (Of course if you use solid Northfield, this won’t be an issue.) I chose to switch balls of yarn at the side (imagine where a side seam would run if the sweater were seamed) so that the front edges, which are knit as you go along, wouldn’t have noticeable places where I had to weave in ends. Have fun!”

Weaving Contest Winners!

Friday, July 18th, 2014
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The winners were officially announced at Convergence last evening and we’re so thrilled to finally share the results of our Weaving Contest with you! Congratulations to all our winners!

WEBS 40th Anniversary Weaving Contest, winners in the Accessories category.

WEBS 40th Anniversary Weaving Contest, winners in the Byways category.

 

WEBS 40th Anniversary Weaving Contest, winners in the Clothing category.

 

WEBS 40th Anniversary Weaving Contest, winners in the Decorative category.

Ready, Set, Knit! 364: Steve talks with his parents, Art and Barbara Elkins

Saturday, July 12th, 2014
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This week Steve talks with his parents, Art and Barbara, about WEBS’ transition from our Kellogg Ave. location in Amherst to our current location at 75 Service Center Rd. Northampton.

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In the early 90′s mail order was busy, their little parking lot was always full, and the shop was packed full of customers and yarns. They were bursting at the seams and there were warehouses full of yarn all over the valley.

They talk about trying to find a larger location in Amherst and ultimately deciding to look in Northampton where they found our current building, which had been occupied by the Telephone company and housed their offices and their garage.

And Art tells Steve how yarn.com came to be.

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

Convergence is next week in Providence RI, and hasn’t been in New England in over 20 years!

Northampton Sidewalk Sale, July 24th – 27th – stop in the store for great deals and specials. – In store only.

Join us for the Shibui Mix Yarn Party on July 29th from 6-7:30 pm - There is a $10 fee for this event, and space is limited so be sure to register today!

July 30th from 10am – 3pm we’re hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the store. Please sign up in advance, there is limited space available, but walk-ins will also be welcomed!Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS today to schedule an appointment.

Aug. 7-10 - Stitches Midwest in Schaumburg Ill

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

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40th Anniversary Celebrations Round 3!

Monday, July 7th, 2014
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Our Third Quarter of Specialty Anniversary products are available today! We’ve been eagerly anticipating telling you about our Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo!

Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo, limited quantites! - available exclusively at yarn.com

There are 20 incredible colorways including an exclusive Ruby colorway for our Anniversary.

And we’re so excited about the designs for this quarter!

The Jazerant Set designed by Emma Welford for WEBS 40th Anniversary knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

Our very own Emma Welford, who has modeled all of our Anniversary Garments this year, has designed the fantastic cabled and beaded Jazerant Set.

The Maplewood Cardigan designed by Carol Sulcoski for WEBS 40th Anniversary knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

Carol Sulcoski designed the Maplewood Cardigan for us, an easy and comfortable layering piece with beautiful lace detailing at the hem.

The Cirro Tee designed by Linda Permann for WEBS 40th Anniversary knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

And Linda Permann may have designed the perfect crochet t-shirt with the Cirro Tee, a flexible and lightweight garment with an easy 2 row pattern repeat!

Della-Q Summer Floral Project Bag - available exclusively at yarn.com

Della-Q has done it again with a bright summery print for her latest WEBS exclusive project bag.

There will be three more weaving drafts from long-time friends of WEBS, as well as additional products and patterns. Follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle +Instagram, or on Ravelry for all the latest.

Ready, Set, Knit! 363: Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski

Saturday, July 5th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski of Black Bunny Fibers about her design for our 40th Anniversary.

3rd qtr sneak peek

Here’s a sneak peak at our 3rd Quarter Anniversary Products – they officially launch on Monday July 7th!

This quarter we have a knit cardigan from Carol, a crochet t-shirt from Linda Permann, and a cable and beaded accessory set from Emma Welford. Be sure to check the website on Monday to see these exciting new designs!

Kathy’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

Join us for the Shibui Mix Yarn Party on July 29th from 6-7:30 pm - There is a $10 fee for this event, and space is limited so be sure to register today!

July 30th from 10am – 3pm we’re hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the store. Please sign up in advance, there is limited space available, but walk-ins will also be welcomed!Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS today to schedule an appointment.

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

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