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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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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! 478: Kathy talks with Mike Safley

Saturday, February 25th, 2017
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This week Kathy talks with Mike Safley, the founder of the Quechua Benefit. The Quechua Benefit is an organization that helps bring education and medical care to highland alpaca farmers and their families living in the mountains of Peru, where many of our own Valley Yarns are sourced! During the week of February 26th until March 4th, WEBS will be donating 5% of all sales up to $20,000 to the Quechua Benefit!

For more information about the Quechua Benefit, and to learn how you can help, check out their website!

 

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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!

STITCHES West is February 23-26, 2017!

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!

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! 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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Spin Cycle

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
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We are nearly halfway through July and the Tour de Fleece. The what?! You mean you haven’t heard that spinners are spinning along with the Tour de France? We are and it’s great fun as well as a great way to get into a rhythm of spinning every day. I know it is making a big difference for me as the daily workout helps me spin more consistent yarn and improve my technique. I made some adjustments in my hand position after our workshops with Beth Smith last month and having dedicated time every day allows me to practice and become comfortable with that. On the challenge days I am working on plying, trying some new methods to spin a 3-ply. There’s still some room in our Tour de Fleece SpinShops on July 17th, so check out the event page for descriptions of the array of fantastic spinning workshops and join us for some fiber fun!

Tour de Fleece Spinshops at WEBS retail store. Details on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I’m also looking lustfully at some of the travel wheels we have in our spinning section, thinking about upcoming summer trips. We have 2 nice options with another on the horizon. The Louet Victoria is delightfully compact and light, folds with ease and even has a built in carrying handle. The spinning is smooth and it has accessories including a jumbo flyer for plying or creating art yarns. The Sidekick by Schacht is another contender that features its own carrying strap, folds easily into a snug shape and is a dream to spin on. Later this summer we will have a new loom from Schacht – the Flatiron, which is a folding Saxony wheel with many options for set up. I plan to try it out as soon as it arrives and will let you know how it spins.

Will you be taking your spinning on the road this summer?

 

Tour de Fleece

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
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Most people know about the Tour de France, but – hang onto your yellow jersey – have you heard of the Tour de Fleece? Spinners have taken it upon themselves to take their wheels (and spindles) for a spin and follow the great race. Unlike what happens in France, this Tour has no rules, just guidelines: spin each day the cyclists ride and rest on their rest days; on the mountain climb days challenge yourself with a new fiber, technique or yardage. Mostly just have fun and use the race as a way to pace yourself and spin almost daily for a month.

Tour de Fleece events at WEBS. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

WEBS is hosting a team again this year, so check our thread on our Ravelry page to join and be part of the fun. We will encourage and inspire each other to spin and have fun, share pictures and chat about spinning and why we love it so much.

And because I love a party with a purpose, we’ll be hosting a day of workshops and activities on July 17th at our store in Northampton. Join us for the day and spend time learning, shopping, gathering and spinning together with the folks that understand our love of twisting fiber into yarn. The daylong event (10 am – 4 pm) will feature workshops in the morning and afternoon with a slate of 4 different classes for both time slots. Options include hand carding, Navajo plying, spinning lace yarns, long draw, fractal spinning and more. All workshops are hands on and you will be able to sign up for your choices ahead of time.

The mid-day break will provide more activities as well as a chance for lunch (bring your own and we will provide cookies and fruit). Sit and spin, relax and shop (special spinning deals for the day), chat with spinning friends old and new. And because we’re trying to pack in as much as possible (it is a challenge day for the Tour, after all), we’ve got a couple more activities. Gather ’round the wheel display to hear about why spinning wheels have different drive styles and tensioning options and learn which features work best for the types of yarns you want to spin. Or stretch out with some gentle yoga focused on the muscles we use in spinning.

We hope you can join us for our special spinning day. I know I’m looking forward to it and to spinning along with the cyclists throughout the month of July.

Do you have your Passport?

Thursday, June 9th, 2016
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Don’t miss  your chance to visit twelve amazing yarn stores, along the I-91 corridor, with tons of chances to win some incredible prizes!

Join the fun at the 2016 I-91 Shop Hop! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com
Here’s why you should join us and make a weekend out of it! We’ve designed a calendar just for you. Each store has designed a pattern for their month, and collecting all 12 gives you a year full of fantastic new knitting. You have to visit each store to collect the whole calendar, and kits for each design are available at that month’s store. If you can’t make it to all the shops, no worries you will have a chance to purchase the calendar after the Shop Hop. You will also be entered in the daily gift basket drawing, with each basket including a certificate  from each of the participating shops, wonderful yarns, patterns, kits, needles, and more! On Sunday, each shop will have two drawings, one for the daily basket as well as a chance to win a wooden swift and ball winder set. All customers who entered in the previous raffles during the weekend will be entered for a chance to win the ball winder and swift set. There is also a chance to win the grand prize! When your entire passport is stamped, simply leave the stamped passport at the last store you visit and it will be entered in the grand prize drawing.

Here’s your chance to explore new yarn shops and win some great prizes. You can complete the Shop Hop all in one day, or make it a weekend event.

I-91 Shop Hop begins June 23, and runs through Sunday June 26th. Get your passport now at any participating store for only $5!

Passports are available at all of these fine shops:

Green Mountain Spinnery (Putney, VT)
Handknits (Brattleboro, VT)
Sheep & Shawl (Deerfield, MA)
Northampton Wools (Northampton, MA)
WEBS (Northampton, MA)
Marji’s Yarncrafts (Granby, CT)
Creative Fibers LLC (Windsor, CT)
Village Wool (Glastonbury, CT)
Country Yarns (Wallingford, CT)
Knit New Haven (New Haven, CT)
The Yarn Barn LLC (Woodbridge, CT)
The Yarn Basket (Branford, CT)

See you at the Shop Hop!

2016 Anniversary Sale preview!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Don't miss out on fantastic deals in the WEBS Anniversary Sale starting April 1st. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

That’s right it’s time for WEBS Anniversary Sale and have we got some great deals for you! Starting April 1st you’ll save on yarns from Cascade, Plymouth, Classic Elite, Lorna’s Laces, Regia, Dream in Color and more! We’ve got special prices on needle and hook sets, limited edition sock and hand dyed yarns, unbelievable coned yarns for weavers and some of your favorite Valley Yarns. Check out the full Sale Preview here for all the details and visit Yarn.com on April 1st to fill your cart!

#learntoknit

Monday, March 14th, 2016
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Have you always wanted to learn how to knit, but were intimidated by classes or didn’t think you had the time? Did you learn to knit oh-so-long ago and want a refresher?

Two-night Learn to Knit workshops at WEBS, sign up today! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

We have the perfect option for you! Learn To Knit is a 2-session workshop that walks you through the knit stitch and the purl stitch; depending on your learning curve, you might get some instruction in casting on and binding off, or learning knit/purl combinations. Patient, understanding instructors will give you just what you need (including needles and yarn!) to accomplish this craft-building skill. You’ll be off and stitching in no time!

Our first session starts tonight, but you can sign up for April:Wednesdays, 4/13, 4/27 6-8pm, or May: Tuesdays, 5/5, 5/19 6-8pm, now.

Spring Training

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
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Spring Training. For baseball fans that’s when the teams begin to practice and get ready for the season. Here at WEBS, Spring Training is when spinners continue to practice and get ready for the next Spinzilla! For those not familiar with it, Spinzilla is the friendly spinning competition sponsored by The National Needlearts Association in October. And, yes, you could call it the world series of spinning.

Spring Training Event at WEBS, March 13th. Read more on the WEBS blog at blog.yarn.com

We have had enormous fun sponsoring a team (25 members, yet another baseball parallel) for the last 2 years. So much so that we want to keep the momentum going with a special event and fantastic fiber deals. The event is open to all spinners, we just want to share the fun.

Our 1st Annual Spring Training event will take place at the store on Sunday, March 13 from 12 – 5 pm. We will be offering training clinics from our spinning coaches – Pamela Darrow, WEBS’ spinning instructor and Shannon Herrick of Frabjous Fibers. Learn how to Navajo ply, use long draw to make woolen-spun yarns, fiber prep techniques for faster spinning and more. Register for the event online and take your pick that day of 2 two-hour skill-building clinics.

Of course, we will ply you with snacks, camaraderie and conversation, so bring your wheel and spin with friends, learn something new, shop some of the fiber deals. The store will be closed, but we will have registers open for shopping.

Stay tuned for the announcement of our Spring Training fiber deals coming in March.