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The Buzz at WEBS – August 31, 2012

Friday, August 31st, 2012
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The Buzz at WEBS

This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

A good friend of mine was turning 50 and I really wanted to knit her something special. After narrowing down hundreds of patterns, she decided she wanted a cardigan from Knit, Swirl! in a beautiful charcoal color of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. We decided the Plum Perfect pattern would be the right silhouette for her. It was a bit daunting starting since you cast on 513 stitches around the outside of the swirl. But working a few rows first before joining made it a lot easier to not introduce a twist. Since this sweaters is constructed so differently than any other sweater I’ve made, it was a ton of fun to knit and to see how it magically came together at the end with only one seam. I really want to make one for myself now, maybe the Sheer Beauty which alternates rows of lace yarn and DK yarn creating sheer stripes. > Dena C.

          

Metalico, the new yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas, was so nice to knit. I was lucky enough to snag a skein to knit a swatch for the store and I loved every minute of it! The yarn is so soft and warm, yet it is surprisingly light. It absolutely begs to be knitted into lace, as evidenced by my swatch. > Greta S.

Classic Elite Yarns Blackthorn was knit up into this fantastic wrap for a store sample, and I have to have it! It’s Widgeon Hill and you can find it in the new Classic Elite pattern book 9182 Blackthorn. It’s wonderfully warm and the sample is very long. You can wrap it several times around your neck for extra warmth and protection from winter wind. It’s also crescent shaped, so it sits really nicely over your shoulders so you can easily wear it as a traditional shawl. > Grace H.

I’m always excited when we publish a new season of classes, but fall tends to feel extra special to me. Maybe because I’m so happy for the air to get cooler and looking forward to yarn weather. This fall we are kicking off the schedule with two of the things I am most excited about – The Valley Yarns Trunk Show event, and an ergonomics class with Physical Therapist and knitter Carson Demers! At the Valley Yarns event you’ll be able to try on our new designs, get a sneak peek at the holiday designs, ask Kirsten Hipsky questions and try out our newest yarns. (It’s free, but we ask you to register.)  Carson Demers is offering two workshop options for learning about avoiding aches and pains while knitting – something I know many of us can use advice on. These both happen in September, so don’t miss out! > Tina M.

I was so excited when I saw a copy of The Beaded Edge 2 arrive at the store I ran right to the registers and bought it! I have Midori’s first book and I’ve dreamt of making beautiful beaded edges for everything but until now I’ve never actually done it. Once I had this book in my hands I grabbed a cone of UKI 20/2 mercerized cotton in dark grey and then headed down to the local bead store to find the perfect little pink beads. I’m so excited about getting the first full scallop done, I may just make this piece into a necklace. > Sara D.

 

 

Expert Knitter Certification Program Graduation, 2012

Thursday, June 28th, 2012
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Each year we celebrate members of the WEBS Expert Knitter Certification Program who have completed all of their required classes and have taken on the challenge of designing and knitting an original sweater. This final phase of the program is known as The Capstone Project.

This year three people spent the months of January through May sketching, swatching, knitting, ripping and reknitting a garment that reflected their shape, style and skill. From elegant bead work to ornate cables, these cardigans are stunning projects and expertly constructed.

This year’s Capstone Projects (from left to right) are the works of Diane, Harriett and Kathy:

2012 Capstone ProjectsCapstone Projects 2012

(Click on the photos to view them larger.)

Expert Knitter Graduation is one of the best events we hold all year. Filled with knitters, staff members, and friends and family of the graduates, it never fails to be fun, lively and inspiring. You can press play below for a slideshow of images from this year’s graduation.

You can view last year’s Capstone Project sweaters here, and sweaters from years past here.

June Events!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012
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If you are local to WEBS and are looking for some fun things to do with your fiber friends, we have plenty of events to keep you busy in June!

On Thursday, June 14th we are excited to host the book launch for our very own Leslie Ann Bestor’s book Cast On, Bind Off! Join us from 6pm – 8pm to celebrate this comprehensive collection of all of her tips and tricks for dressing up the beginning and end of every project. (Leslie Ann is also teaching some of these techniques this summer! Find out more about her classes here.)

 

On Tuesday, June 5th Iris Schreier will join our regular Drop-In session!  Iris Schreier is the founder and designer of Artyarns, and author of One + One Scarves, Shawls & Shrugs. Stop in to meet and chat with her between 10am and 12pm and see many of the beautiful garments from the book.  Then feel free to stick around for a little advice on your current project.

 

On Friday, June 15th we will welcome designer Ysolda Teague to the store! From 4pm to 5:30pm Ysolda will hang out in the store for a meet-and-greet after she finishes teaching her class (more information on that class here). Swing by and say hello, she’ll be happy to answer a few questions or sign your book!

 

And, of course, there is the I-91 Shop Hop!  Eleven local yarn shops located along I-91 from Putney, VT to New Haven, CT are joining together for the second annual I-91 Shop Hop! This event is a fun way to visit new and interesting yarn shops in our area.

The I-91 Shop Hop will take place June 29th – July 1st.  All participating shops will be open from 10am–6pm on Friday & Saturday and 12pm–5pm on Sunday.  Find out how to purchase your passport and all of the other details here.

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June is going to be such an exciting way to kick off the summer!  For details about registering for any of the events above, click the event image or visit our events page.

Ysolda Teague, June 15th! New Class Just Added

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
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When we heard that designer Ysolda Teague is going to be in our area in June, we jumped at the chance to schedule a class with her!  Her book Little Red in the City has such helpful information on garment customization and fit, in addition to containing great patterns, that it’s become a must-have resource.  The Whimsical Little Knits books are also staff favorites, filled with adorable quick projects.

On Friday, June 15, from 1pm – 4pm, join Ysolda for the class “The Perfect Sweater“:

In this workshop we’ll go through everything you need to successfully make perfectly fitted sweaters. We’ll cover matching the right yarn to your pattern, how to get the most out of swatching, and taking accurate measurements. Then we’ll put that information to use learning how to shape your sweater for the perfect fit and a flattering visual effect. This is a great chance to discuss the techniques and information in Little Red in the City and ask questions about shaping for your body. There will also be an opportunity to get hands on help with shaping techniques that you’d like help with, such as short rows.

Then, from 4pm – 5:30pm, Ysolda will stick around for a meet-and-greet where she’ll chat, answer questions, sign books and maybe even sit and knit.

Register quickly as we have a feeling that seats for Ysolda’s class will go quickly, and it isn’t often that this Scottish designer comes to the East Coast!  You can find all of the details about the class here and can find event information here.

Summer Classes at WEBS

Sunday, May 27th, 2012
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Registration is now open for the classes available this summer! Once again we have a lot of our customer favorites available, like Knitting I & II, Fiber Camp for Kids, Steeking and Weekend Weaving.

And since we know how busy everyone can get during our lovely New England summers, we’re also offering a bunch of workshop-style classes, which can be completed in just a session or two:

We’ve got a little something for everyone!  For more information about these and all of the other classes we are offering, please visit our website or give Customer Service a call.

 

Guest Teacher Spotlight: Caro Sheridan

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
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When Caro Sheridan offered to teach a class at the store, we jumped at the chance!  Not only did we know that our customers would enjoy spending time with her because she is so lovely, but she also offered great ideas for how to bring crafts to life through styling and photography.  Between blogs, Ravelry, other social networks and physical craft journals, we find ourselves taking pictures of our finished objects all the time.  It is great when the photo shows just how wonderful the handmade item is! But it can be disappointing when the image doesn’t do the object justice.   Photos can be even more important for anyone designing a pattern – the image is the first impression a person gets of what the pattern holds. 

If you want to learn the tips for capturing a photo that is just right, you’ll want to check out Caro’s workshop on Saturday, March 17th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm!  This is all about staging – no camera needed!

We recently chatted with Caro about her class:

What do you enjoy most about styling and photographing knit and crochet projects? 

Caro: I love highlighting the hard work and technical details that go into handmade items. Every centimeter of fibre has passed through a maker’s hands to build an everyday object like a sweater. I’m a knitter, so I know how just how much time is in each of the objects I photograph. To me, getting to photograph that FO is so much more than just documenting something you made. If I do my job well, it’s honouring the knowledge and experience surrounding that object by showing the beauty in the details.

Photos by Caro Sheridan

(Photos by Caro Sheridan)

Why is styling important?

Caro: Styling helps set a mood and ultimately will help you sell more patterns. Be it inspirational or aspirational, if you can help people see the finished item in their own closet (or their own dream closet) you’ll be more likely to reach them. I liken it to selling a house. Some people can walk into an empty house and picture their own furniture and paint colours on the wall and know whether it would fit their lifestyle. Other people need a sprinkling of furniture here and there to spark their inspiration and imagine themselves living there. Styling your pattern photographs works the same magic as staging a house to sell.

What can students expect to learn in your class?

Caro: There will be a little colour theory, some composition recommendations, tips on posing, choosing backgrounds. They’ll learn to look at a scene and see it from the camera’s eye.

If someone isn’t a designer, what will they take away from this workshop?

Caro: They will come away with plenty of ideas on how to improve their everyday photography and improve even snapshots that they take with their camera phones. A lot of the methods we discuss are applicable to photos of family life, so they’ll improve not only their finished object shots for Ravelry, but also their photos of friends and family for Facebook.

Can you give us one quick tip for improving the styling of our finished objects?

Caro: I can do better! I can give you ten!  The one biggest thing I would recommend is to tidy up. Not your whole house, not even a whole room; just the two feet around where you’re shooting. Nothing spoils the mood you’re trying to create faster than a pile of junk mail or dirty dishes in the background.

For more information about Caro Sheridan’s class, visit our website.

Ready, Set, Knit #249: Kathy and Tina discuss Winter/Spring classes

Saturday, January 7th, 2012
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Tina and Kathy discuss upcoming classes. Check out our class listing on our website!

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Next weekend in New York City, make sure you check out VKLive. We won’t be there, but there are great teachers and vendors there.
Thursday, January 19th 6pm-8pm Stacey Trock will be in the store.
Drop-In has returned!

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The Buzz at WEBS – Winter/Spring 2012 Classes

Friday, December 30th, 2011
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Registration opened today for our Winter/Spring 2012 classes. We have a nice mix of longtime favorites with some classes that we’re offering for the first time. Look for the new tag highlighting these first timers. Below are a few classes that the staff at WEBS is buzzing about.

Knitting Classes

Advanced Lace with Beads & Butin: A Beaded Necklace with guest teacher Laura Nelkin – I am super excited to host Laura here at WEBS!  She is an absolutely fabulous person and her beaded designs are absolutely stunning.  Her classes aren’t until April but you will want to sign up early to ensure you get a spot! > Kathy E.

Sock Basics – I wish I had access to a class like this when I was learning how to knit socks. It was really hard to try to teach myself and this would have made the learning process so much more fun. In this class, Lindsey walks you through each step of making a sock from cuff to toe. Socks are great projects and they’re one of my favorite things to knit. There’s nothing better than putting on a pair of hand knit socks that fit your feet perfectly! > Grace H.

Crochet Classes

Design Your Own Crocheted Cowl – WEBS offered this class for the first time earlier this year but the time didn’t work out with my schedule. Two of my office mates did take the class and it was so exciting to hear about it and see the progression of their designs. Sara Delaney is a great crochet teacher. Her classes are always so much fun. This class would be a great way to spend my Friday evenings in February. > Dena C.

Weaving Classes

Weaving for the Advanced Beginner with Scott Norris  – I’m really excited for this class with Scott. He’s a great teacher and this is a wonderful way to learn more about different weave structures. The class is geared for those who have taking beginning weaving and want to move on from that. > Leslie Ann B.

Other Classes

Pattern Photography and Styling for the Indie (and Budding) Designer with guest teacher Caro Sheridan – I’ve long been a fan of the photos featured on Caro Sheridan’s site and of the photos she has taken for other knitwear designers. So I can’t wait to discover all of her tips and tricks for styling items in a way that makes knitters want to run off and grab their needles and yarn to get started! > Tina M.

Nelkin Designs Patterns

Thursday, October 13th, 2011
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Designer Laura Nelkin is one busy lady!  In addition to designing wonderful beaded accessories (you can find them as pdfs here), creating two new patterns for our Valley Yarns (Selata and Gears) and releasing a new collection of patterns based on a single stitch, she’ll be teaching here at WEBS in November! Even with all of that on her plate, Laura was excited to take some time to highlight a few of her favorite patterns for us.

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Ennoble:

Ennoble is a rectangular lace scarf with pre-strung beads worked at the bottom to create an elaborate border. The pattern has both charts and written directions, and lots of helpful hints for working with beads.  My class [on November 5th] will focus on teaching you the skills you’ll need to make this scarf AND develop a love for knitting with beads!

(Laura will also be teaching Beading 101 on November 4th.)

Cayden:

Cayden is an over-sized vest meant to throw on over jeans and a t-shirt, your favorite dress, or whatever suits your mood.  Seamless and worked from the bottom up, decreases occur along the bobble edge all the way up to the neckline so that the front hem falls gracefully downwards.  I knit Cayden with Fibre Company Road to China Light, one of my favorite yarns because of it’s incredible hand and fluidity.

Iota Collection:

My latest project, the Iota Collection, is based on the Iota stitch which I developed last spring.  The patterns in this collection play with this stitch, both in the round and flat.  The cowl and scarf pattern is written for three different sizes of yarn, Fingering, DK and Bulky and plays with working the stitch both in the round (cowl) and flat (scarf).  The capelet and sweater are both seamless, worked top down, and are written for worsted weight yarn, like Valley Yarns Stockbridge, or Swans Island Worsted.

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We are excited to be carrying so many patterns by Nelkin Designs and can’t wait to have her in the store as a teacher in November!  Thanks, Laura, for giving us so many options to put on our must-knit list!

The Buzz at WEBS – October 7, 2011

Friday, October 7th, 2011
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This week the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

1. Contemporary Irish Knits by Carol Feller – Finally, a traditional knitting book with whimsy, history and garment fitting considerations. Chapter openings give you a peak into the local knitting industry followed with a fresh combo of traditional and modern garments. Filled with versatile knits for the whole family in glorious tweeds (and a couple ones bookmarked for yourself too). > Cara S.

2. Madelinetosh Tosh DK has now made my list of favorite yarns.  I was looking for a yarn with deep, varied shades of purple for a friend’s birthday gift and this yarn, in the color Clematis, jumped right off the shelf at me. The yarn is soft, easy to knit and has a lovely bit of spring to it.  It also blocked beautifully.  (The pattern I used is Springtime Bandit, but I didn’t knit the edging.) > Tina M.

3. I am truly excited about the Exploring Tunisian class! I’m mulling over new color combinations for the work I will do with the class and I can’t wait to see their Ah-ha! moments with this technique. > Sara D.

4. I just finished a last minute gift for my great aunt out of Valley Yarns Northfield Hand Dyed in Denim. I absolutely love hand dyed yarns and how each skein is unique. This particular one had more purple and dark blue tones than the other skeins and I love the way the colors flowed. Northfield is a great yarn to work with and the shawl worked up quickly, but was still soft and warm. I used the basic triangle shawl pattern by Kirsten Hipsky and made my own crocheted edging. > Grace H.

5. Knitting America by Susan M. Strawn – Melanie Falick’s foreword to this book drew me in and I am loving the historical aspect of knitting it presents. I sometimes forget what a historical section of the country we live in and loved reading about the collections from Historic Deerfield. Not only are there wonderful stories like the rallying of wives and mothers to help knit socks  for the bloodied feet of the men under George Washington but there is poetry, prose and some wonderful old patterns. I must admit, I have been knitting long enough that some of the old patterns are in my stash! In the disposable product age we live in today, it is refreshing to read about making things that were necessary to every day life and used to threadbare stages. > Lise G.