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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.

Ready, Set, Knit #265: Live from Tent Sale!

Saturday, May 19th, 2012
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Steve is live from Tent Sale without Kathy! This is a fun show, so enjoy listening.

Guest: Kristin Nicholas, author and owner of Leyden Glen Farm. Kristin was visiting our Fleece Market selling her delicious lamb. Steve and Kristin chat about her farm, her classes at the farm, and how she started.

Steve also previews some of the yarns under the tent. If you’re close and didn’t get a chance to make it on Saturday, there’s still Sunday! Come on down May 20th 10:00pm-4:00pm.

You still have one more day to get 20% off of spinning wheels too (at the store only), so if you’ve been thinking about getting one, come visit!

Karen, our Store Manager, and Pete, our Operations Manager chat with Steve about the prep done for Tent Sale. It’s a great inside peek to how they decide what goes in the sale as well as Karen and Pete’s jobs.

Check out the fun photos from Saturday on our Facebook page here!

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Tent Sale and Fleece Market This Weekend!

Friday, May 18th, 2012
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This weekend at our store, we have the event everyone looks forward to – our Tent Sale and Fleece Market! It’s a great time with great deals, and one of the rare times we’re open on a Sunday. Come see us Saturday, May 19th 10:00am-5:30pm, or Sunday, May 20th 10:00am-4:00pm (or both days!)

Check out our tents going up for this weekend!

If you’ve never been to our Tent Sale, it’s a pretty spectacular event – both in huge yarn savings and in the amount of fun. We set up a huge tent in front of the store and Steve packs it with incredible yarn savings – amazing prices on full bags of yarn. So, you can get a whole sweater of yarn at a price below even what you find in our closeout section!

As you know, we’re moving our shipping and Customer Service departments just a few miles down the road to Easthampton soon, and we’re not going to want to move all of this yarn, so I have a feeling there are going to be some pretty impressive savings.

There will also be discounted books, patterns, and accessories that are definitely worth a peek!

They’re predicting spectacular weather for this weekend, so if you’re within driving distance, hop in the car and take a trip to enjoy some outdoor (and indoor) yarn shopping!

Not only will you save on yarns in the tent, we also have all of our May Anniversary Sale yarns, so you can shop them in person. Need to stock up on some stash staples? Now’s the perfect time!

There will be registers set up in the tent and in the store, but you don’t have to pay for your purchases separately. Browse the tent, head into the store for Anniversary yarns, and pay in the store, or the other way around. Or, you can pick the shortest line! There will be lots of staff members around to assist you too.

Another helpful tip: If you have reusable shopping bags, they’re super handy for carrying your purchases around. We do have our regular shopping baskets, but they have a tendency to get scooped up, so if you bring your own tote, you can get right to the browsing!

Are you a spinner? Are you looking to get a wheel, some equipment, or some fiber? All of our in-stock spinning wheels, supplies, and fiber will be 20% off for this weekend only (and only in the store).

As if all of this weren’t enough, on Saturday we have our annual Fleece Market! We have 18 vendors coming with fiber, yarn, bags, and more.  This year, joining us we have:

From Fiber to Fashion
Jean Willmann
Red Barn Alpacas
Barberic Farm
Sojourner Design
Foxfire Fiber & Designs
Leyden Glen Lamb (Kristin Nicholas)
Galloping Jester LLC
Brook’s Bend
Tassawassa Ridge Fiber Farm
Artemisia Ink Studio Arts
Rag Hill Farm
Moonshine Design at Keldaby
Whispering Winds Alpaca Farm
Stitched by Jessalu
The Celadon Studio
Kama Suutra Fiber Arts
Winterberry Farm

They’ll be located around our parking lot, so make sure you stop by and check out their amazing products.

We hope that you can join us for this fun, fiber-filled weekend!

Ready, Set, Knit #256: Kathy talks with Guido Stein about Fiber Camp Boston 2012

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
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Guest: Kathy talks with Guido Stein about how the Common Cod Fiber Guild got started and its current speaker series. Just around the corner is Fiber Camp Boston 2012 in Cambridge, MA, a PodCamp like community un-conference for fiber craft enthusiasts including knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, dyers, and anyone curious about fiber crafts. Fibercamp is based on the fact that everyone has something to share and teach. Connect with the community by sharing your passion. Registration now for this March 9-11 event. The first 10 Ready, Set, Knit listeners who sign up can use the code WEBS to get $10 off of non-guild registration.

There have been some recent additions to interchangeable needle lines. Check out the new Addi Click Lace Long Tips with the handy life line feature. Knitter’s Pride now has the Special Interchangeable Circular Needle Tips available in the Dreamz, Nova, and Cubics lines. These tips are shorter and when paired with the shortest Knitter’s Pride cable can make a 16″ interchangeable needle. The Knitter’s Pride Comby Interchangeable Sampler Set now includes Cubics tips instead of Trendz tips.

Steve does a recap of Stitches West. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth. It was a great show.

Details are now on our website about Brenda Dayne’s visit to WEBS May 8-9.

Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and Ravelry. There’s great conversations happening on these social networks. We’d love to have you join in!

Pinterest is the latest and hottest addition to the social landscape. Think of it like a virtual pin board. You can pin photos and videos on themed boards, a great place to collect things that inspire. WEBS has just started a Pinterest page so we haven’t pinned much yet. Let’s us know what kinds of things you would like to see us pin.

Are you on Pinterest? How do you like to use it?

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The 8th Annual HOT CHOCOLATE RUN

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
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WEBS is a yearly sponsor of the Hot Chocolate Run and this year the staff wanted to get involved personally. Although this event has been regularly attended by employees we wanted to go as a team this year, complete with t-shirts! What better way to fuel our love of charitable events and team building than to pool our resources and do it together?! I’m hoping we can convince a large contingent to train to walk and knit, how fun would that be?

The Hot Chocolate Run raises funds for Safe Passage, the Hampshire County organization providing shelter, counseling, and advocacy services to women and children who have experienced domestic violence.  This event is Safe Passage’s largest fundraising event.

Want to get involved? We will have a team fundraising page available at  www.PledgeReg.com, listed under team WEBS. Learn a little bit about where your money will be going by following this link http://safepass.org/HCR/.

I hope you’ll consider offering support to such a worthwhile organization and helping us meet our fundraising goal. All money raised goes to support Safe Passage’s counseling, advocacy and shelter services, and all contributions are tax deductible. Donations will be collected until Sunday, December 4, which is race day.

Thanks for all your support!

Cara

Double-Knitting with Alasdair Post-Quinn

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
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We are excited to announce an addition to our fall class line-up!  A talented designer and teacher, who just happens to be coming through town in October, offered to teach a class – so we, of course, took him up on it!

Alasdair Post-Quinn will be joining us on Tuesday, October 18th from 1pm – 4pm to introduce participants to the beautiful and fun technique of double-knitting!

Alasdair says:

Double-knitting is a unique method of making a fabric with no “wrong” side and a built-in reversible colorwork pattern. Significantly different from the standard intarsia and Fair Isle colorwork that are so well known, double-knitting is a wholly worthwhile technique to have in your repertoire.

By the end of this class, you’ll be ready to tackle your own double-knitting project! This technique is great for reversible scarves, hats, blankets, and so much more.

You’ll also have the foundation of skills you need to work on many of the projects in Alasdair’s upcoming book, Extreme Double-Knitting, which he will have for sale at the Cooperative Press Event, on the same day! (You can get a sneak peek at his book in the Fall issue of Interweave Knits!) On October 18th, from 11am – 1pm, Alasdair Post-Quinn and Shannon Okey will be in the store chatting about knitting, designing and publishing during this free event.

For more information about the Introduction to Double-Knitting class, and Shannon Okey’s class Sewing Patterns for Knitting, visit the classes section of our website!

National Spinning and Weaving Week

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
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October starts with a bang this year as we celebrate National Spinning and Weaving Week here at WEBS October 3–8. We have a fun week of activities and events planned to highlight these wonderful fiber crafts. It’s a great time to see just how enjoyable it is to weave and spin and to enjoy the beautiful creations that are possible.

First up we will have daily demonstrations in the store. These are free and will give people a chance to see weaving and spinning up close and ask questions. The demos are from 11am–1pm each day and will be at the front of the store. Stop by and watch the fun unfold, as experienced crafters spin fleece into yarn and turn yarn into woven fabric.

We will also feature a variety of mini workshops for $5 each. If you’ve wondered about getting into weaving or spinning or are looking for a refresher, these workshops offer a taste of these techniques. Workshops offered include:

  • Rigid Heddle Weaving for Knitters (Monday 2–4pm): Dip your toe into the weaving pool with this brief introduction to weaving on a rigid heddle loom. Knitters will learn how easy it is to use the yarns in their stash to create beautiful scarves, shawls and more. Leslie Ann will show how the loom works and discuss how to select yarns and finish projects.
  • Loom Dressing (Tuesday 2–4 pm): WEBS founder Barbara Elkins will lead this workshop on getting your loom set up to weave. This is a great chance to learn (or re-learn) a simple, reliable way to warp your loom. Barbara will start with a wound warp and cover all the steps from getting it on the loom to being ready to weave.
  • Drafting for Spinners (Thursday 2–4 pm): In this workshop, Ashley will teach the difference between worsted and woolen style yarns and how to draft for each. Learn how the way the twist enters the fiber can determine the behavior of your finished yarn.

On Tuesday night we will have a Spinning Open House in conjunction with the monthly meeting of the local spinning group. The store will be open late until 9 pm and we will showcase our spinning wheels with hands on demonstrations of the various brands we carry. This is a great chance to try out different wheels and see how they work. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to meet other spinners and connect with local folks who get together each month to spin together (and talk yarny talk!).

Wednesday is our big Spinning & Weaving Meetup Day because we know how much fun it is to hang out with other people who share our passion. We welcome weavers and spinners from near and far to meet each other and enjoy the company of like-minded fiber fiends. We will have goodie bags, raffles, a room to hang out in (with refreshments!) and more. Barbara Elkins will give a demonstration of weaving on a computer loom from 11am–12pm and Gail Callahan, the Kangaroodyer, will demonstrate dyeing roving for spinning from 12–1pm. We encourage people to bring show and tell and look forward to lots of laughter and fun.

It’s a full week, yet it just scratches the surface of what is possible with these crafts. We look forward to meeting friends old and new, to being inspired by each other and to sharing the richness of spinning and weaving. Come join us!

Leslie Ann

8th Annual Knit/Crochet for the Cure

Monday, September 26th, 2011
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We are once again partnering with the Cancer Connection for our annual Knit and Crochet for the Cure to help bring attention and support during Breast Cancer Awareness month. The event will be taking place on Sunday, October 2 from 1-4pm.

        

A couple of snapshots from Knit for the Cure 2010!  We had lots of fun!

This is an event that we feel honored to be a part of. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful community of knitters and crocheters to join together in this cause. The staff here has a great time getting to know our customers, and customers getting to know each other. In the past we have made afghan squares, chemo caps and scarves and in speaking with the Cancer Connection, the items we create and donate to this group all end up with a story attached to them. The kindness you all show by helping this cause means such a great deal to every individual that is a recipient of a cap, or a scarf.

I have included some links to the projects that we are going to be doing this year. If you have some stash to use up, what a great way to do so. If you would like to join us for the event, we will have yarn available for these projects. Please be sure to register for this event by contacting customer service or stopping by the store. Or if you do not live near WEBS, why not create one of these and give it to your local Hospice shop or other non-profit affiliates that would cherish the donation you make.

Here are just a couple of the projects we will have going this year:

We hope you will be able to join us,  we always have a good time, have  delicious snacks, and good conversation.  And you know how we like to raffle off some great door prizes!

- Karen