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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

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

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
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

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 on April 1st to fill your cart!


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

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

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.

STITCHES West 2016 Coupon

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
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Are you heading to Stitches West this weekend at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA? If you are, print out this coupon and present it when you purchase your ticket to save! (Only valid in-person. Will not work online.)

Your coupon for 50% off admission to the 2016 STITCHES West Market! Present coupon at the time of purchase, valid only for in-person ticket purchase.

Make sure you stop by to see us while you’re there. We’ll be in booths 604, 606, 608, 610, 703, 705, 707, and 709 in the STITCHES Market. We’ll have some great yarns from Madelinetosh, Malabrigo, and Valley Yarns, as well as great savings on closeouts. If you’re nearby, we hope you’ll stop by and check out what we have. We can’t wait to say hi!

“Let’s Put On A Show!”

Friday, January 29th, 2016
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Every once in a while, in a meeting, the word “retreat” would come up and everyone around the table would nod and say, “yes, we’ve got to do that one of these days.” Knitters, that day is here! Last week we announced our first-ever WEBS Knitting Retreat (#WEBSRetreat) and we have been overwhelmed by the response. It seems that you really, really like us.

WEBS Fall Knitting Retreat Sept. 16-18, 2016. Registration open Feb. 8th. Read more on the WEBS Blog at

Registration opens Monday, February 8. We did that for a reason–to give you all time to put your lifesavers in place: your babysitters, your spouse, your pet caregivers. We wanted you to come up with a really great excuse to give your boss for why you’re not coming in to work on Friday. It takes some time to digest all the information, and make a decision about whether or not you’re going to spend money to treat yourself for an entire weekend of fiber frolics. We wanted you all to be absolutely positive when you click the “Register” link that fateful Monday.

I can tell you that it will be a ton of fun. We have all kinds of great stuff planned, including late-night knitting gatherings, theme meals, lots of shopping time with Steve and Kathy, personalized swag from your favorite yarn companies, and the hottest teachers around. It’ll be action-packed, I guarantee.

You know what? I’ve never been to a knitting retreat. I’m DYING to go to this one. Are you coming?

Big Game Day Escape 2016

Thursday, January 14th, 2016
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This year marks our 10th annual Big Game Day Escape!!! Once again, we’re planning a relaxing afternoon of yarncrafting, snacks and fun prizes for the hours leading up to the Big Game!!

Our 10th Annual Pre-game Sunday Escape at WEBS. Read more on the WEBS Blog at

On Sunday, February 7, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. join us at WEBS retail store in Northampton. MA, to escape the pre-game coverage, and be sure to bring your current knitting, crocheting, spinning or weaving project along to work on while you’re here!! You’ll be surrounded by beautiful yarns, yummy nosh and lots of like-minded folks (football attire and chat is entirely optional). This is a free event, but registration is required, so please sign up online or call Customer Service to let us know you’re planning to be here. We look forward to seeing you!!

Knit and Crochet for the Cure

Thursday, September 24th, 2015
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Once again, this October, WEBS, together with our friends at the Cancer Connection of Northampton, will be hosting our 12th annual Knit and Crochet for the Cure event. On Sunday, October 4th, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., yarn lovers can gather here at the store to knit or crochet fingerless mitts and cowls for cancer patients. I was so happy to be asked to be a part of this event, despite the fact that I have not done a great deal of charity knitting myself. My life, like so very many others, has been touched several times over by cancer, and being able to collaborate with an organization like Cancer Connection is so exciting!!

Join us for the 12th Annual Knit and Crochet for the Cure at WEBS. More details on the WEBS Blog at

Cancer Connection is a non-profit organization that provides care and support for cancer patients and their loved ones. They are fully funded by donations and all of their offerings, such as education, complementary therapies, peer support and creative programs, are free of charge. By working with Cancer Connection, the WEBS community has the opportunity to share our love of knit and crochet and offer some comfort to others who are dealing with the hardships of life with cancer.

The projects we will be knitting and crocheting this year are fingerless mitts (the ones donated last year were very popular!!) and neckwarmers (read: shorter, closer fitting cowls). The patterns are free and WEBS will be providing the yarn!!

We are so looking forward to this afternoon of charity and community and hope to see you here!! This is a free event, but registration is required, so please, sign up on our website!