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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 497: Steve Talks With Amy Greeman

Saturday, August 12th, 2017
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This week, Steve is sitting down with our treasured education manager Amy Greeman, who has been hard at work on our 2nd annual WEBS Retreat which will be held this September. The retreat has been filled, but we will have plenty of other AMAZING class offerings this fall in knitting, weaving, crocheting, and more. We even plan on having a guest teacher or two – including Vickie Howell, who will be at WEBS in November! As you know, classes fill up super fast, so stay tuned  – sign ups will start on August 21st! Also, don’t forget – the WEBS Rhinebeck Road Trip and the Spinning Summit are coming very soon, and we have limited spots left! Sign up soon!The WEBS summer sale is now in full swing!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

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You can sign up for the 11th annual WEBS Rhinebeck Roadtrip RIGHT NOW!! Have you started knitting your sweater yet? Click here for more details and to purchase your ticket…seats always fill up super fast, and you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

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!

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 487: Kathy Talks With Amy Greeman

Saturday, May 6th, 2017
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This week, Kathy talks with our spectacular education manager, Amy Greeman! We have plenty of offerings for every level of fiber artist, from beginner to advanced. In our week-long Spinning Camp for Adults, you’ll learn how to spin and ply yarn successfully, and you’ll learn how to use your handspun in a project! In this year’s Beginning Weaving One-Week Intensive with Scott Norris, you will learn everything you need to know to weave a project on your own – all of the information covered in this five-day class covers what is normally learned in our six-week session! We’re also offering Socks With Magic Loop or 2 Circulars, which is a wonderful way to learn how to knit in the round without using double pointed needles. And, of course, we’re offering Knitting I – so if you have a friend who is dying to learn how to knit, our summer course is an excellent opportunity!

For a full list of our summer offerings, click here!

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

We have officially switched over to our May Sale yarns! Click here for huge savings!

 

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!

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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Step Up to the Plate: Spring Training 2017

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
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When most people think about Spring Training, they’re picturing their favorite baseball team getting ready to start the season. Here at WEBS, Spring Training means getting warmed up for all of our fantastic spinning events, like Tour de Fleece and Spinzilla! Dust off your drop spindles and wheels, grab that fiber you’ve been hoarding since Rhinebeck, and join us on Sunday, March 12th for Spring Training from 10-4!

We even have an exclusive Rookie or All Star fiber pack from Louet, which includes all the fiber you’ll need to get started AND the 2017 Spring Training tote bag!

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Choose two clinics, one in the morning from 10-12, and one in the afternoon from 2-4. In between, you’re encouraged to bring a lunch and join us for some Sunday shopping, and yoga for spinners, taught by our very own Amy Greenman! Check out the full list of skill-building workshops, here!

 

Planning on joining us and haven’t signed up yet? Click here. The more, the merrier!

Ready, Set, Knit! 477: Kathy talks with Leslie Ann Bestor

Saturday, February 18th, 2017
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This week Kathy talks with Leslie Ann Bestor. Kathy and Leslie Ann talk about the upcoming Spring Training spinning event happening at on Sunday, March 12th at WEBS. Get geared up for Spinzilla later in the fall with this fun event! Join us for a full day of spinning, with special fiber packs from Louet and in-store deals!

Learn more about the event, including a list of workshops here. Sign up in store, online, or by calling customer service.

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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 opened this week and filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

STITCHES West is coming February 23-26, 2017!

WEBS will be 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! 476: Kathy talks with Patty Lyons

Saturday, February 11th, 2017
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This week Kathy talks with Patty Lyons. Kathy and Patty talk about Patty’s journey to knitting and some misadventures along the way. Plus, learn more about the classes that Patty will be teaching here at WEBS. You don’t want to miss out on your chance to take a class with Patty.

Check out the KAL in Patty’s Ravelry group!

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Don’t miss our Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in #RogerThat in honor of the Patriot’s Big Game win.

 

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 opened this week and filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

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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Best In Class

Friday, July 15th, 2016
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Every June, I am honored to celebrate another class of graduates from the WEBS Expert Knitter Certification Program. We just had our graduation and 9 new designers have been launched into the knitting universe! Our very swanky ceremony was held at a very nice hotel/conference center nearby for the first time ever–because we’ve outgrown our former celebration venue otherwise known as “the back classroom.” Want to see some eye candy?

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Our graduates this year are, from left to right, Lorraine McGough, Sara Gibbons, Liz Frosch-Dratfield, Andy Tarr, Alexis Price, Lindsey Lindequist, Susan Baron, Donna Smith, and missing from the photo is graduate Cindy Romaniak. Each created a masterpiece of design and construction using the skills learned in the 16 required classes that make up the WEKP, as we call it.

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

This year’s sweaters ran the gamut of texture and construction. Susan Baron made an absolutely perfect coat in Madelinetosh Chunky; the detail was incredible. From the complicated math she used to figure out how to end a cable at the shoulder seam, to the ingenious use of a sport-weight yarn as a facing for the heavier front panel of the jacket, Susan made a garment that any professional designer would be proud to call their own. And, she got the stamp of approval from the designer herself when Amy Hendrix, the co-owner of Madelinetosh, saw Susan’s Capstone at her appearance at WEBS and loved it.

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Alexis Price made a lovely cabled pullover, keeping it traditional in her yarn and color choice, but making it her own with shaping and textural details. You can see the pride she takes in her Aran sweater (as well she should!).

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Cindy Romaniak’s complex paneled design contains a number of elements completely unique to her design sensibility. Her use of several different stitch patterns, unique Empire shaping, directional knitting, and eye-catching colorwork made this garment stand out.

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Sara Gibbons created an exquisite saddle-shoulder lace-and-cable sweater with 3/4 sleeves and knit it in a heathery green that beautifully complements her coloring. Sara was the most independent of our designers, needing only to consult her mentor Kirsten Hipsky for a few final questions about her finishing. Sara’s design was inspired by a sweater of her mother’s and she really nailed the essence of that earlier sweater.

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Lindsey Lindequist achieved the impossible – she finished her Capstone sweater while caring for a 2-year-old and a newborn. My hat is off to her! Her 2-color cable and sweet “Tree of Live” design on her front pockets (pockets! yes!) add standout elements to a reverse-stockinette background. Congrats, Lindsey!

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Lorraine McGough’s “Butterfly Sweater” (as she and I both called it) reflects her sunny personality as well as her perseverance. She knit the front as one piece and then steeked it (in order to preserve the unity of her butterfly eyelet stitch pattern), and knit intarsia butterflies around the shoulders and hem. Her sunny yellow color choice and bright bursts of color were exactly what she planned.

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Donna Smith made a designer’s dream sweater: she used stitch patterning to shape the back design of her cabled rib cardigan. The placement of her buttons emphasized the vintage look of her swing design and the blue color she chose added the perfect final touch.

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Andy Tarr had a tough year but still managed to pull off one of the most beautiful sweaters we’ve seen–and the complexity involved in her yarn and design made her dedication to her project even tougher. Andy hand-dyed Valley Yarns Huntington in shades of lavender and purple to achieve a gradient pattern, and she knitted a contrasting lace overlay as the front panel of her cardigan. It can be worn either buttoned on both sides as a fitted cardi, or open, as a draped open piece. Either way she wears it, the craftsmanship is evident in every detail.

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Liz Frosch-Dratfield had a rough year as well–and almost decided to wait to finish her sweater. However, with some persuasion, she decided to forge ahead (since I knew she’d been planning her Capstone design for over a year!) and her finished design is absolutely exquisite. Knit in Valley Yarns Northfield in purple and heathery green, she used a leaf motif throughout. The ties in front, the hemline, and the sleeves showed off hand-crafted leaves, and the lace patterning echoed the leaves, climbing like vines up the front and back panels of her cardigan. The final result is a flattering and eye-catching work of art.

I’m so proud of this year’s grads. Huge thank yous go to our Capstone mentors: Stephanie Gibbs, Cyndi Shepard, Erin Holman, Ping Wood, Kirsten Hipsky, and Sara Delaney. A thank you as well to Kris Potasky of KP&Co Designs, who hand-made lovely, lovely matching bracelets as our gift to the graduates. And a final thanks to Kathy and Steve Elkins, who started the WEBS Expert Knitter Certification Program in 2008. It’s grown to almost 100 folks at present, and 34 have graduated since 2009. I hope you find inspiration in these designs.

Summer School!

Friday, July 1st, 2016
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Long hot summer days are sometimes the best time to take a break from the everyday and learn something new. Besides time with like minded fiber folk, it means a few hours in a cool, air conditioned space! We have an extensive offering of classes this summer from truly basic, beginner courses all the way up to expert level skill building. Whether you knit or spin, crochet or weave, all of the above or none at all yet, we have the right class for you!

All new summer classes at WEBS! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Try your hand at short rows, beginning rigid heddle weaving. Delve into Yarn 101, or better crochet pattern reading. Learn to fix your knitting mistakes, and spin on a wheel. Indulge in squishy brioche knitting or start filling that drawer with handknit socks!

Which classes will you take this summer? Hurry and register now, seats are filling fast!

Customizing CustomFit

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
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As our second CustomFit workshop gets underway, it occurs to me to stop and take note of how much fun we are having with the whole CustomFit program at WEBS! We launched our new offerings in January, and since then we’ve had so many customers make appointments to get started on CustomFit sweaters. I think the appeal, apart from knitting a sweater that’s designed to fit perfectly, is the notion that knitters may choose any yarn and knit it to a gauge that works for them. And, once the measurements are in our system, knitters can make a new swatch and purchase a new pattern any time.

Knit your perfect sweater with Custom Fit at WEBS. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

In addition, Amy Herzog has been making changes and modifications to her makewearlove.com website. She has added options for no shaping and a-line shaping to the traditional hourglass shaping offerings. She has also added the ability to use more generic measurements, and added some great patterns for men and kids so that we have the ability to knit beautifully fitting sweaters for our loved ones. Her library of CustomFit patterns continues to grow as well. Many of Amy’s own sweater designs may be generated to a knitter’s particular measurements – and even the ever popular Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig (aka Knitbot) may be knit CustomFit! How cool is that?

If you have ever lamented a sweater project because it just didn’t fit properly, or you just want to have a better understanding of sweater construction and how all the pieces and pattern instructions work together to make a beautifully fitting garment, then CustomFit is the way to go! Check out all of the levels of CustomFit available here in the store to see which one best suits your needs. If you have questions, just email us at customfit@yarn.com – we look forward to having you knit your perfect sweater with us!