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On the bookshelf this week: Scottish Knits

Friday, October 4th, 2013
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This week we’re excited about the color play in the newest book of patterns from Martin Storey, Scottish Knits.

Scottish Knits by Martin Storey

In Scottish Knits, Martin Storey pays homage to beautiful Celtic cables and colorwork with 17 stunning and innovative handknits accessible to knitters of all skill levels. The projects include garments, accessories and home goods, many of which feature different color patterns or textures within a single piece.

2 colorful cardigans from Scottish Knits

Scotland has a rich tradition in handknitting thanks to the exquisite hand-dyed yarns that have been spun in the Scottish islands for centuries. Traditional techniques have been handed down through generations, resulting in a treasure trove of stitch patterns, textures, and colors. What happens when beautifully crafted handknits meet a Scottish sense of color and whimsy? You get an exquisite book of Scottish-influenced designs that knitters will crave.

Leave a comment below and tell us what colors of Rowan Fine Tweed you’d use for either cardigan above and you could win a copy of Scottish Knits! All comments must be posted by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Please make sure to leave us a way to contact you if you win! The winner will be drawn randomly and posted here the following day.

Edited, Friday October 11, 2013:

And our Winner is –  Ara who said, “Love your website, your blog, your yarn, and would love to win this book. The designs look intriguing. Just starting a sweater today with yarn purchased at Webs.”

Congratulations Ara! Keep an eye on your mailbox, your copy of Scottish Knits will be arriving soon.

The Harlot is Coming!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
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My first career was in publishing–I did publicity for authors and books, and I worked in New York City, for a fairly well-known set of publishing houses (Random House and Simon & Schuster). My strength was celebrity authors, and I got to work with lots of them. When I moved to western Massachusetts, I worked at a smaller publisher, Storey Publishing, in the Berkshires, and I got to work with another celebrity: Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Believe me, I was more excited to work with the Yarn Harlot than almost any other so-called “celebrity.” She’s a beautiful writer, she’s a lovely person, and most importantly, she is totally relatable to her audience and she’s an AMAZING knitter and teacher.

The Yarn Harlot is coming!

The Yarn Harlot is coming!

I’m super-duper excited that Stephanie is coming to WEBS right before Rhinebeck to teach for us!! She will run two classes, Grok the Sock (Thursday, October 17) and Knit Smart (Friday, October 18). Grok the Sock is a 6-hour sock intensive, not difficult, and integral to understanding basic construction of the sock.  Knit Smart is a lecture-style class with Stephanie’s trademark humor and smarts, about how to figure out where you might encounter knitting pitfalls and how to make ensure they don’t derail you.

There is limited space available in these classes, so sign up now and beat the Rhinebeck rush!

EZ

Friday, September 27th, 2013
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No, not “easy.” EZ as in Elizabeth Zimmermann, knitting touchstone, uninhibited free spirit, master knitter, mother of Meg Swansen, and most importantly for this blog post, prolific author. Elizabeth Zimmermann wrote numerous magazine articles and patterns, four design books, Knitting Without Tears, Knitter’s Almanac, Knitting Workshop, Knitting Around, hosted her own PBS television series, and founded Schoolhouse Press, which purveys books, yarn, patterns, and tools.  The Opinionated Knitter, is actually a collection of her newsletters over the course of 10 years. She was also the first knitter to ever be honored with an obituary and article in the New York Times when she died in 1999 at the age of 89.

EZ is beloved by knitters and designers for her innovations which are less overthought ideas and more like common sense. Knitting back and forth on straight needles is slow and tedious; her insistence on knitting in the round on circular needles is fast, eliminates the need to purl, and makes seamless garments. While Zimmermann’s patterns have always been relevant, her garments and clear mathematical formulas that re-invent how to design based on measurements and gauge have experienced a resurgence over the last few years. If you look on Ravelry you’ll see thousands of TomTens, Pi’s, and Baby and Adult Surprises.

Beautifully, mathematically proportionate!

Beautifully, mathematically proportionate!

Here at WEBS, our classes have included EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket and her Pi Shawl design. These classes ALWAYS sell out.  This fall’s EZ classes are almost sold out (Well, the Pi Shawl class is sold out. Run like the wind to get the last space or two in the Baby Surprise Jacket). Have you knit an EZ pattern? What did you love? What would you like to see next semester? Give me your ideas in the comment section below.

On the bookshelf this week, Great Little Gifts to Knit

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
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In the coming months we’re going to share some new releases and some of our older, but favorite titles, to help get you inspired to try different techniques and discover new designers or just to motivate you to get some gift projects going.

Our first book just happens to be Great Little Gifts to Knit by Jean Moss, a wonderful collection of quick gift projects that are perfect for almost every occasion and every person in your life. We’re thrilled to be the second stop on the blog tour for this book.

The book is broken down into 4 chapters with projects for the home, baby, his and hers. We’re going to share two of our favorite projects with you.

The Hugs Socks, worked in Rowan Felted Tweed Aran, feature fun stripes on the toes and heels and a simple but graphic fair isle pattern on the leg, and since they’re worked in an aran weight yarn they will fly of your needles.

We also really like the Will-o’-the-Wisp Shawlette. You can customize this one by doing a bit of stash diving for contrasting fibers or colors, as Jean suggests in the book, or by adding a beaded accent.

Leave a comment below and tell us what little projects you’re excited to knit or crochet this year and you could win a copy of Jean’s book! All comments must be posted by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Please make sure to leave us a way to contact you if you win! The winner will be drawn randomly and announced on the blog later next week.

Edited, Wednesday September 11, 2013:

And our Winner is –  Ellen who said, “I am going to do socks, scarves and maybe gloves. (okay fingerless gloves.)”

Congratulations Ellen! Keep an eye on your mailbox, your copy of Great Little Gifts to Knit will be arriving soon.

It’s never too early to get started on those holiday gift projects and with the first day of Autumn less than three weeks away the clock is ticking! Be sure to check out the project gallery to see all the projects from this book and be sure to check out the next stop on the blog tour and all those that follow.

Blog Tour Schedule
Mon 2 Sep       Wendy Knits
Wed 4 Sep       WEBS
Fri 6 Sep          Getting Stitched on the Farm
Mon 9 Sep       Stolen Stitches
Tues 10 Sep     Knittedbliss
Wed 11 Sep     Black Bunny Fibers
Thur 12 Sep     Rhythm of the Needles
Fri 13 Sep        Tiny Owl Knits   
Mon 16 Sep     Just Call Me Ruby
Tues 17 Sep     Zeneedle
Wed 18 Sep     Redshirt Knitting
Thur 19 Sep     A Friend to Knit With
Fri 20 Sep        Craft Sanity
Mon 23 Sep     Connieleneknits
Tues 24 Sep     Knitsofacto
Wed 25 Sep     Ulla Bella
Thur 26 Sep     A Really Good Yarn
Fri 27 Sep        Urban Yarns
Sat 28 Sep       Linda Marveng
Mon 30 Sep     Yarnings
Tues 1 Oct       Tentenknits

 

Knit to Flatter Review

Thursday, May 9th, 2013
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When Amy Herzog was here to teach her Fit to Flatter class back in January 2011 (was it really that long ago?), I had the pleasure of taking the class. If you get the change, I urge you to take it, and check out her online class on Craftsy. Both are amazing! Amy’s new book Knit to Flatter is an amazing resource that’s full of information and patterns to make you look your best. We’re all shaped differently and Amy shows you how you can flatter your shape.

The first section has you use a picture of yourself to figure out your body shape – top-heavy, bottom-heavy, or proportional. You’ll find great pictures illustrating the different body shapes and clear directions on how you can determine yours. You may even be surprised where you fall. (I know I was!) In this section, as well as throughout the book, you’ll find tips on the best ways to flatter your shape.

The patterns are divided by body shape, but each pattern has modification tips for the other shapes, so you’re not limited to just what’s in your section. Patterns are merely a jumping off point to creating a garment that fits and flatters YOU perfectly. The modifications section is chockfull of helpful information on darts, bust shaping, short rows, and more to make the most out of your project. This book deserves a prominent place in your library.

I also love that the book uses women of all different sizes to show off the gorgeous patterns. I don’t think there’s one pattern in here that I wouldn’t want to knit and wear! The projects all have very generous size options as well. Many start at a 28″ chest measurement and go up to a 53″ or higher.

Are you in the area? Amy will be here for a book-signing to celebrate this new release on Thursday, June 6th from 6:00pm to 7:30 pm. Please join us, stop by, say hi, and have your book signed.

 

Hooked on Malabrigo! Blog Tour

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
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Rohn Strong has put together a great collection of crochet designs featuring some of our favorite Malabrigo yarns in his new book, Hooked on Malabrigo!.

Inspired by the classic color blocking of Mondrian, Rohn has designed 7 different pieces, from accessories to garments, with strong stitch details and striking colors.

The deceptively simple color work of the Linda crescent scarf really shows off the shine and drape of the Silky Merino.

Malabrigo Arroyo looks light and airy in the Kristin tank, a perfect summer layering piece.

The Robyn cowl features giant crochet cables that really showcase the colors of Rasta.

Not only is this collection full of great additions to your wardrobe but it’s available in 2 size ranges; the Petite Collection: Small to XL, or the Plus Size Collection: 2X to 5X!

Which piece do you think you’d make first?

June Hemmons Hiatt Visits WEBS

Friday, March 29th, 2013
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Store associate, J, was here the day that June Hemmons Hiatt visited the store. He had a wonderful time at the event and shares his experience with us below.

We were so lucky to have June Hemmons Hiatt, author of The Principles of Knitting, visit the store on March 19th. The snowy and icy weather worked against us. (Isn’t it March that goes in like a lion and out like a lamb?) Not only was she here to sign her book, but she also made herself available to us. She gave some excellent background on both the original writing and the revision that this knitting textbook undertook.

To offer an anecdote of The Principles of Knitting’s importance among the knitting community: The first edition was selling on eBay for hundreds of dollars just months prior to the recent re-release.  A knitter’s version of The Joy of Cooking, June Hemmons Hiatt’s book should be at every knitter’s side, marked up, highlighted, dog-ears on the pages you return to again and again. While the internet has broadened the availability of knitting technique instruction, blogs, videos, etc., The Principles of Knitting is truly the definitive source for knitting techniques. It is a valuable work for beginners and advanced knitters alike that works without need for power or internet connection, with clear illustrations (over 900 illustrations, she told us) to compliment the text.

June Hemmons Hiatt spent nearly two hours at WEBS, taking the time to speak with the group, as well as with each of us individually while she signed our copies. I was able to get a picture to capture the moment, which was the icing on the cake for me. I blame the weather for my hair, but as you can see I was overjoyed to have time with June Hemmons Hiatt.

Look Who’s Stopping By

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
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There are so many exciting people visiting us at WEBS in the next few months!

Our first guest in February is Debbie Stoller, author of the Stitch ‘n Bitch series of books. She’ll be joining us for a workshop and book signing on February 18th. 

She’ll be in the area because of a fabulous sounding retreat she is teaching in Rowe, MA.  So if you are looking for a quick, relaxing getaway, this month, you should check that out too!

In March we are welcoming Norah Gaughan and the Berroco Design Team who will share the Berroco Spring 2013 collection, the Comfort Baby & Toddler Book, and a few favorites from Fall 2012. Hear all about the new garments, the design process and get a chance to try on some new favorite pieces.

Beth Brown-Reinsel will be here to teach three classes exploring traditional folk knitting techniques. Learn colorful knitting methods of Latvia, Maine and Norway.

In April we welcome Judith Durant and Dorothy Ratigan, a dynamic duo who will share their Knitting Know-How and help you out with your knitting woes.

  

Also in April, Melissa Morgan-Oakes will have you knitting two socks at a time, (top-down, or toe-up!) in no time.

For more details about all of these events and workshops visit our website! And keep an eye on that page – you never know who will visit us next and that link is the place you’ll always find the latest information.

Color by Kristin Stocking Kit Giveaway

Monday, November 5th, 2012
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We have been so inspired this fall by Kristin Nicholas’ newest designs using Classic Elite’s Color by Kristin. So when we saw her new knitted stocking kit come into the store we knew it would quickly become a staff and customer favorite!

Using stunning color combinations, this kit includes patterns for both stockings and enough yarn to knit both!  These stockings will be a fun, colorful addition to any celebration.

We are giving away one Classic Elite Color By Kristin Stocking Kit this week.  Leave a comment on this post telling us why you would like to knit these stockings. You have until Monday, November 12th at 9:00am EDT when we’ll choose one comment at random.

 

An Event with Carol Sulcoski and a Giveaway!

Monday, October 15th, 2012
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We have been loving Carol Sulcoski’s new book Sock Yarn Studio: Hats, Garments, and Other Projects Designed for Sock Yarn so when she agreed to hold a book signing event at WEBS on Saturday, November 10th, we were thrilled!

Carol is a talented designer, author and hand-dyer with a particular interest in light weight yarns. This book is filled with gorgeous projects to inspire knitters everywhere to use their colorful stashes of sock yarn for projects other than socks! There is also a handy section packed with information about how sock yarn works, how to best use self-patterning yarns and how to avoid pooling.

The beautifully photographed projects are the real stars of the show in this book. This Gumdrop Raglan pullover makes great use of both solid and striping sock yarns:

And, of course a staff favorite is the Fortunate Cowl by our very own Melissa Morgan-Oakes! Knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont Hand Dyed (in the colorway named for Melissa’s dog, Yoshi) this cowl is sure to help keep the chill away as the New England winter approaches.
In honor of Carol’s visit to WEBS, we are giving away one copy of Sock Yarn Studio!  To enter, just leave a comment on this post with the name of your favorite sock yarn. You have until Friday, October 19th at 9:00AM EDT. One winner will be chosen at random.

 

And don’t forget to register for the free Sock Yarn Studio event!  Carol will have lots of samples of the projects from the book, so you can see them up close, and she might even share a few tips on working with your favorite fingering weight yarns.