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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 484: Kathy Talks with Vickie Howell

Friday, April 14th, 2017
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This week on Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy talks with Vickie Howell! Vickie does it all – she’s an author, designer, and television personality, and she’s been hard at work on her newest venture, a Kickstarter campaign for The Knit Show with Vickie Howell. The Knit Show with Vickie Howell will be the first studio-quality, community-funded, and internationally available knitting and crochet show! The best part? It’ll be completely bingeable – all episodes will be released at once, so there’s no waiting! You’ll be able to learn knit and crochet tips and tricks, hear chats with industry experts, and receive downloadable content – plus so much more. If you miss Vickie’s show Knitty Gritty as much as we do, you won’t want to miss The Knit Show with Vickie Howell.

To contribute to Vickie’s kickstarter fund, click here!

 Check out Vickie’s website here!

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

For a full list of our amazing April Anniversary Sale offers, click here!

Classes are live! Click here to take a look at our offerings!

Reminder:

WEBS 15th annual Tent Sale will take place May 20th and 21st! On Saturday, May 20th, we will have our Fleece Market. Start your day off under the tent and in the store, and finish up your shopping trip buying locally grown fleeces and other goods from our fantastic vendors!

Shop our 43rd Anniversary Sale, going on now through May 31st! If you see something you like, grab it now –  there will be new deals on May 1st!

Upcoming Events

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

WEBS will be at Stitches United in Hartford, Connecticut from April 27th-30th. We’ll be at booths 407, 409, 411, 506, 508, 510. For a map of the marketplace floor, click here! Already planning on going to Stitches United? WEBS has a coupon for 50% off market admission!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 483: Amy and Leslie Ann Talk With Carson Demers

Saturday, April 8th, 2017
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This week on Ready, Set, Knit!, we have two special guest hosts! Amy Greeman, our education manager, and Leslie Ann Bestor, our spinning and weaving manager, are filling in for Steve and Kathy, who have been working in Europe.  This week’s guest is Carson Demers, a physical therapist who also teaches knitting and spinning, designs patterns, and has a book coming out in the coming months called Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting. Carson will also be teaching some classes at WEBS in May! Listen to hear more! 

 To check out what Carson will be teaching, and to enroll in some (or all!!) of his classes, click here!

 

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

For a full list of our amazing April Anniversary Sale offers, click here!

Reminder:

WEBS 15th annual Tent Sale will take place May 20th and 21st! On Saturday, May 20th, we will have our Fleece Market. Start your day off under the tent and in the store, and finish up your shopping trip buying locally grown fleeces and other goods from our fantastic vendors!

Shop our 43rd Anniversary Sale, going on now through May 31st! If you see something you like, grab it now –  there will be new deals on May 1st!

Upcoming Events

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

WEBS will be at Stitches United in Hartford, Connecticut from April 27th-30th. We’ll be at booths 407, 409, 411, 506, 508, 510. For a map of the marketplace floor, click here! Already planning on going to Stitches United? WEBS has a coupon for 50% off market admission!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 482: Amy and Leslie Ann Talk With Jillian Moreno

Saturday, April 1st, 2017
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This week on Ready, Set, Knit!, we have two special guest hosts! Amy Greeman, our education manager, and Leslie Ann Bestor, our spinning and weaving manager, are filling in for Steve and Kathy who are working in Europe. This week, Amy and Leslie Ann are talking with author and spinning instructor Jillian Moreno. Be sure to listen for information about the WEBS Spinning Summit, happening in September where Jillian will be teaching, and find out more about her new book Yarnitecture! Read all about the WEBS Spinning Summit here, and reserve your space here

Also, today marks the first day of our 43rd Anniversary Sale! Stock up and save up to 50% on over 100 yarns and accessories now through May 31st.

 

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

For a full list of our amazing April Anniversary Sale offers, click here!

Reminder:

Shop our 43rd Anniversary Sale, going on now through May 31st! If you see something you like, grab it now –  there will be new deals on May 1st!

New Class from Vickie Howell called Intro to Knitting, take advantage of the pre-order discount!

Upcoming Events

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Visit WEBS at the DFW Fiber Fest from April 7-9!

WEBS will be at Stitches United in Hartford, Connecticut from April 27th-30th. We’ll be at booths 407, 409, 411, 506, 508, 510. For a map of the marketplace floor, click here! Already planning on going to Stitches United? WEBS has a coupon for 50% off market admission!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 481: Kathy Talks With Stacy Charles

Saturday, March 25th, 2017
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This week, Kathy talks with Stacy Charles of Stacy Charles Fine Yarns and Tahki Yarns. Stacy Charles has really upped the game this spring with four gorgeous yarns – three in the Tahki line and one for Stacy Charles Fine Yarns. Plus, with two new design books Stacy Charles One Christopher and Tahki Boardwalk, filled with chic patterns using Tahki and Stacy Charles Fine Yarns in breathable plant-based fibers, you’ll want to knit an entirely new wardrobe for the warmer months!

Check out Tahki Catalina, Skinny Jeans, Baja, and Stacy Charles Lia.

 

 

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Check out our Spring catalog online!

Reminder:

New Class from Vickie Howell called Intro to Knitting, take advantage of the pre-order discount!

Upcoming Events

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! The kickoff event is Saturday, March 25th in the store form 1-4. Click here for more information and to register!

Visit WEBS at the DFW Fiber Fest from April 7-9!

WEBS will be at Stitches United in Hartford, Connecticut from April 27th-30th. We’ll be at booths 407, 409, 411, 506, 508, 510. For a map of the marketplace floor, click here! Already planning on going to Stitches United? WEBS has a coupon for 50% off market admission!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set Knit! 480: Kathy Talks with Stacey Trock

Saturday, March 18th, 2017
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This week, Kathy talks with author, crochet teacher, and designer Stacey Trock. Kathy and Stacey will discuss Stacey’s background in crochet design, her new gig at Louet, and of course, Stitches United, where WEBS is a sponsor this year. Listen to learn all about Stitches United, which is happening from April 27th through the 30th in nearby Hartford, Connecticut. Stop by the WEBS booth to say hi!

For more information about Stitches United, including links to sign up for classes, click here.

To learn more about Stacey and look at her awesome patterns, check out her website here!

Sign up for Stacey’s classes at Stitches United here!

 

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Frabjous Fibers Colorshift Top

Wonderland Yarns Queen of Hearts 5 Skein Pack

Louisa Harding Marmo

Louisa Harding Mazzo

Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter Fair Isle Effect Chunky

Fibranatura Flax Lace

Cascade Nevado – Closeout

Shop our Spring catalog online!

Reminder:

New Class from Vickie Howell called Intro to Knitting, take advantage of the pre-order discount!

Classes are live! Sign up today.

Upcoming Events

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! The kickoff event is Saturday, March 25th in the store form 1-4. Click here for more information and to register!

Visit WEBS at the DFW Fiber Fest from April 7-9!

WEBS will be at Stitches United in Hartford, Connecticut from April 27th-30th. We’ll be at booths 407, 409, 411, 506, 508, 510. For a map of the marketplace floor, click here! Already planning on going to Stitches United? WEBS has a coupon for 50% off market admission!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 479: Kathy Talks with Betsy Perry

Saturday, March 4th, 2017
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This week, Kathy talks with Betsy Perry, owner of Classic Elite Yarns! Hear all about Yuri, Mika, and Hanako – three brand new Classic Elite yarns for spring. With gorgeous colors, textures, and of course, new patterns from the designers at Classic Elite, these yarns can easily be incorporated into your spring wardrobe!

Also, catch up with Kathy and Steve as they recap their trip to Stitches West!

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Check out our Spring catalog online!

Reminder:

New Class from Vickie Howell called Intro to Knitting, take advantage of the pre-order discount!

Winter Classes are live! Sign up today.

Upcoming Events

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! The kickoff event is Saturday, March 25th in the store form 1-4. Click here for more information and to register!

Visit WEBS at the DFW Fiber Fest from April 7-9!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 475: Kathy talks with Mary Beth Temple

Saturday, February 4th, 2017
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This week Kathy talks with author Mary Beth Temple about her new book Bath Knits. Mary Beth talks about what makes this book of accessories distinct from other knitting books.

Check out Mary Beth’s YouTube channel, Hooked for Life with Mary Beth Temple

 

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Check out our Spring catalog online!

Reminder:

New Class from Vickie Howell called Intro to Knitting, take advantage of the pre-order discount!

Winter Classes are live! Sign up today.

Upcoming Events

Our Big Game Day Escape is happening February 5th from 12-4, register now!

Registration for WEBS Fall Retreat will open on Wed Feb 8th at noon, check the Ravelry group: WEBS Knitting Retreat for more info.

STITCHES West is coming February 23-26, 2017!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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First Watch Pea Coat – Winner!

Monday, January 16th, 2017
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Our thanks to everyone that commented and said such lovely things about Marie’s newest design. And we love all your color choices!

First Watch Giveaway Winner on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Our winner is Commenter # 242, Anne,  who said, “I think I would use the gold…bold and bright for these endless cloudy winter days. I have followed WEBS forever, catalogue and then on FB and online. I even had the pleasure of visiting the store a few years ago. Yay, WEBS!!” Anne will be getting a sweater’s worth of Berkshire in her chosen color and a copy of the First Watch pattern!

There are already so many great projects popping up on Ravelry, we can’t wait to see all of your versions of this sweater in all these amazing color choices! Our thanks go out to Marie for designing such a lovely sweater in Valley Yarns.

First Watch Pea Coat – new design and a giveaway!

Monday, January 9th, 2017
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Marie Greene, from Olive Knits has just released a new design knit in our Valley Yarns Berkshire. Her First Watch Pea Coat is a lovely modern take on the classic pea coat, with subtle, crisp details that make this sweater a classic piece that you will wear for years. We asked Marie to share the story of this design.

First Watch Pea Coat from Olive Knits, read about the design journey of this knit, and enter to win the yarn and pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Design Insights:

For me, knitwear design usually always begins with a structure or a place – a bridge, a coastline, an outdoor marketplace. I am always open to inspiration in unexpected places, and more often than not it’s the littlest things that kick off an idea.

My philosophy is simple: I want my designs to be timeless and wearable, but equally important – I want them to be portable. I’m a knitter on the go, and I design with this in mind. I knit during meetings, at the beach, when I travel, when I’m visiting friends – I am never without a project. Some projects travel well and some don’t, but I find that the more portable a project is, the easier it is to finish. (And the sooner I finish, the sooner I can wear it, right?)

First Watch was inspired by my home near the Oregon Coast – a place where the ocean breezes can cut right through several layers (even when you think you’ve bundled up enough).  I’ve always loved the minimal style of a pea coat; it’s a perfect example of form and function, and this one – knit with Valley Yarns Berkshire at a relatively dense gauge makes for a toasty fabric that holds its own on a cold day. The yarn blocks beautifully and provides clear stitch definition for ribbing and details. The result is a sturdy, totally wearable piece that you’ll find yourself reaching for again and again throughout the cold season. Best of all, it’s a quick, seamless knit with the button band worked right along as you go.

Designed for sizes 32-52 with a little ease for layering, First Watch is a versatile piece that you’ll love so much you’ll wear it every time the temperature drops.

First Watch Pea Coat from Olive Knits, read about the design journey of this knit, and enter to win the yarn and pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

 

I have to agree with Marie, I love it, and  I just have to decide what color of Berkshire I’m going to use. For more info on Marie or her Olive Knits designs please follow her on Ravelry or Instagram.

THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT PARTICIPATED! This Giveaway is now closed.

Now for the Giveaway! Tell us what color of Berkshire you’d like to use and where you heard/saw about this giveaway in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a copy of the pattern and a full sweater quantity of Berkshire to knit your own First Watch! The giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada, and closes at 11:59pm EST Sunday, January 15th.

Please use a valid email address when creating your comment account, anonymous comments prevent us from contacting you if you are the winner. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator,  the comment with that number will be the winner.  If the winner has not responded to requests after 1 week a new winner will be chosen using the same method.

(No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Only comments on this blog post count as an entry. Entries must include a preferred color of Valley Yarns Berkshire and the platform where the entrant learned about the giveaway. The winner will be announced here on the WEBS Blog on Monday, January 16th.)

Valley Superwash Bulky in two new patterns!

Thursday, December 15th, 2016
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Just in time for the holidays you can whip up a bright and colorful cardigan for the little person in your life! The Honeycomb Child’s Cardigan features bright, striped sleeves and a whimsical honeycomb pattern on the body. Valley Superwash Bulky is a soft, machine-washable yarn that is perfect for kids, and with ingenious knit-in buttons this one is safe for your curious toddler! Designer Melissa Metzbower learned to knit as a teen and started creating her own patterns when she couldn’t find the right clothes for her sensitive skinned daughter. She says her designs are need driven, and very practical. Since they are geared toward busy people most of the designs call for washable yarns, and are meant to be as knitter-friendly as possible. Melissa really enjoyed getting to work with this yarn, “I absolutely love the squishiness of Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Bulky. This project was one I was sorry to see finished. The colors are so rich, the yarn knits up quickly, and the squish!!! Yum! The bonus to this yarn is that it is washable. Love that!”

The Honeycomb Child's Cardigan in Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Bulky. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And everyone needs a great last minute knit that looks fabulous, and the Firelight Shawl fits the bill! Whether you need a gift or something for yourself, just 3 skeins of Valley Superwash Bulky becomes a stunning little shawl, and when worked in a bold color it’s the ideal accessory to make you holiday outfit pop. Worked bottom up so the lace is worked through first this shawl finishes with short-row shaping and nearly mindless stockinette! With an interesting combination of color and texture, designer Kimberly Voisin has created a classic layering piece that really spans the seasons. A trained designer that found herself constantly making changes to other people’s patterns, Kimberly began designing her own patterns and hasn’t looked back. For her first Valley Yarns design she says, “The thing I loved most about this yarn was the rich color. It was beautiful.  The yarn was also incredibly soft which made it a pleasure to work with.”
The Firelight Shawl in Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Bulky. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com
What quick, bulky patterns are you casting on this week?