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2015 was a terrific year for us in the store! In addition to our daily activities, we coordinated trunk shows and yarn tastings with Shibui, Blue Sky Alpacas, Classic Elite, Louet, Cascade; accommodated frequent visits from knitting and crochet groups (one summer Saturday we had over 150 visitors from three different groups in the store!); coordinated annual events such as our 9th annual Big Game Day Escape, our 3 bus-load trip to Rhinebeck, the I-91 Shop Hop, our 13th annual Tent Sale, Ravelry’s Tour de Fleece, TNNA’s Spinzilla, and Weaving and Spinning Week, just to name a few. None of these events could have been possible without your enthusiasm and support.
I’m proud of the outstanding service you’ve received from our welcoming, knowledgeable staff throughout the year. Whether you knit, crochet, spin, weave or felt, there’s something here at WEBS to inspire you. We’ve helped thousands of visitors from around the globe find the perfect project or yarn, tool or accessory. Please plan to spend some time with us in 2016.
Our annual Year End Blowout starts online tomorrow but you can browse the sale yarns now! We’ve got over 70 yarns in the sale this year at up to 50% savings! Here are just some of our favorites.
Road to China worsted may be the most luxurious closeout yarn we’ve ever had! With it’s blend of 65% Baby Alpaca/10% Cashmere/10% Camel/15% Silk it is one of the softest, squishiest yarns around. We have a limited number of colors and skeins available in their old 50g put up. Get your hands on this one while you can!
Berroco Espresso is just what you’ve been searching for to make the perfect spring and summer accessories, a bulky cotton! The i-cord tape construction of this yarn means you get a large knitting gauge without the weight and bulk of a plied yarn. bright summer colors are perfect for lifting the winter doldrums and dreaming of warmer days.
Classic Elite Yarns Toboggan is the perfect yarn for quick winter accessories, hats, mittens and cowls, as well as comfy sweaters. The wool/alpaca blend will keep you warm and cozy.
There are also quite a few coned yarns for weavers and some spinning fiber! Plan out your shopping now with our sale preview and start filling your carts tomorrow! And if you’re local to the store be sure to stop in and start shopping the sale on Saturday December 26th. We have all kinds of deals and yarns that will only be available in the store! The sale runs through January 4th.
Susan at Juniper Moon Farm is doing something spectacular this year, she’s selling these adorable wooden sheep and animals, that you can decorate, and donating the proceeds to Heifer International. So when you buy a sheep, you really help to buy a sheep!
She shared some of the sheep with friends and has asked them to give folks an idea of how they could be used and decorated. Susan B Anderson has made some adorable sweaters and shared the pattern so you can make them, too! Mary Jane Mucklestone worked some fair isle magic, and there are lots more ideas on the Juniper Moon Farm blog, and on their Facebook page.
We decided we were all in a nostalgic 80’s kinda mood and dressed ours up with some leg warmers and headbands and a little glitter. Go get yourself a single sheep, or a set, or even a T-rex! Supplies are limited so grab them while you can, they’re only available through December 15th, 2015.
How will you decorate your Sheep Stash?
Last week we started putting up some holiday decorations in the store and displaying our new items for holiday shopping. We’re featuring a wide range of gift-giving ideas sure to please your crafting friends and some nice things for you to include on your own holiday wish list.
We continue to carry old favorites like Kristin Nicholas’s ever-popular lamb cards, the best travel knitting light around, and hand moisturizer that should be in every knitter’s bag, particularly during the cold winter months. Laura Nelkin offers two new holiday ornament kits featuring a beaded star and beaded lights called Adornments. And don’t miss the adorable selection of Mochimochi toy kits in styles ranging from tiny ballet dancers to miniature Santas.
If you’re looking for one large item to splurge on, don’t miss the Knitter’s Pride Royale Interchangeable Needle set containing 9 sets of birch wood needles (sizes #4-#11) with smooth metal tips, color-coded cables, and a carrying pouch. This is the perfect gift for the special knitter in your life.
Please stop by and see what’s on offer–you’re sure to find something for the crafters in your life. Don’t forget that we’re open four more Sundays this year: November 29, December 6, 13 and 20 from 12-5.
Although ponchos are the go-to garments for this season, we haven’t forgotten the tried-and-true favorites–shawls, cowls, and sweaters. At the moment, we have a broad array of styles and shapes for you to try on next time you’re in the store.
Our first featured project is an asymmetrical shoulder wrap, worked on the bias with a distinctive texture, appropriately named Pleat Up. Our version is worked in Madelinetosh Merino Silk, in one of our favorite colors, Tart. It’s modeled by Marthe. The pleats create a fabric with lots of character, the yarn simply glows with the 50% silk content, and the colorway makes this a go-to piece for the coming holiday season.
One of our customers, Mary A., was visiting the store a few weeks ago wearing one of the prettiest wraps I’ve seen in a long time. I had to stop her to get the details. Turns out the pattern is called Greystone from Twist Collective and is available on Ravelry. Mary chose to knit her version in Valley Yarns Charlemont. The lace and cable details really pop and Charlemont’s silk content contributes to the beautiful drape. Mary was gracious enough to let us take a few photos for this post–thanks again!
Months and months ago, Bonnie suggested that we have this sample knit up. I couldn’t find just the right yarn to show off the the texture and unusual shape until we started carrying Mirasol Sisa. This wool/alpaca blend comes in eleven heathered tones, giving it the depth to transform even the most basic stitch pattern. This cowl is worked in strips of 2×2 ribbing and moss stitch and braided together as you proceed to create an intriguing, attractive piece. Bonnie’s modeling the cowl doubled, but wearing it as a single loop shows off the texture and braiding technique in a different way.
Suzanne is sporting one of our most popular fall garments, Cirrus designed by Nancy O’Connell for Shibui Knits. This not-quite-a-sweater, not-quite-a-poncho is knit with two Shibui yarns held together throughout–Pebble and Silk Cloud. If you’re familiar with Silk Cloud, you know that it does indeed feel like a cloud (and a warm one at that) while providing a subtle halo effect. The best part? The Shibui pattern is free with the yarn purchase!
Who doesn’t need a grey cardigan? Our comfy version is knit in Yarn and Soul’s Superfine 400 in the Pewter colorway. Alyssa is wearing the perfect layering piece for colder days and chillier nights. The rolled edges keep it casual and stylish. This pattern is free with the yarn purchase as well.
And finally, Meg is wearing our newest cardigan sample, Stranger Cardigan, knit in one of our favorite new yarns for fall, Swan’s Island All American Worsted Collection. We decided that a store sample was needed immediately! The yarns shows off all types of stitch work beautifully and comes in a wide palette of inspiring colors. Please come see us and try on our newest samples–you won’t be disappointed!
And now we have a gift for you! The store is offering you the chance to win one of our weekly prizes. From now until December 14, simply visit the store and fill out a ticket to be eligible to win. You don’t have to buy anything to participate in the give-away–it’s one simple way to say thank you for supporting WEBS.
As always, please introduce your self when you’re here–we love to get to know our customers and we especially love greeting first-timers.
Hope to see you soon.
Although it’s not quite Hallowe’en, it’s time for us crafters to start working on our holiday gifts. We all know that starting early gives us time to plan the perfect present for the perfect person. So why don’t most of us actually do this? I can only speak for myself but procrastination is my middle name. I convince myself that I have way more time than I do, rarely taking into account that life is full of surprises and uncontrollable events. Not keeping this fact in mind derails a fair number of plans I make with the best of intentions. If you’re even a teeny bit like me, this tendency makes holiday knitting even more stressful than it needs to be. To assist you with this issue, I’d like to show you a few new yarns that have arrived at the store within the past couple of weeks. Best news: they’re beautiful and bulky. At 2-3 stitches to the inch, these yarns provide us with a fair chance of finishing our gift knitting in time to actually relax over the holidays. All of these yarns contain enough yardage to work up some fast gifts in no time. Think warm hats, toasty cowls and colorful arm warmers.
First up is my new winter favorite, Noro Kureyon Air, available in six smashing colors. This yarn will perform like other Noro yarns you love, striping in glorious and unexpected color combinations. 110 yards is plenty to whip up a quick hat or a pair of mittens for the person who loves accessories with a splash of color.
And while we’re talking about Noro, Transitions is another late fall addition with lots of interesting possibilities. The fiber content surely has something for everybody to love: wool, silk, cashmere, angora, mohair and camel hair. The resulting one-ply yarn is soft to the touch and the colors shift in a more muted range than the Kureyon Air, mentioned above. How about a cowl?
Funky Chunky from The Third Piece, in thirteen solid colors, offers more possibilities for our friends and family members with more traditional tastes. This yarn is so soft that a next-to-skin cowl would work just fine. Throw in a cable or two and you’ve got a classic gift that’s sure to please. At two stitches to the inch, you could knit or crochet a few pairs of fingerless mitts in no time at all.
The last item I want to mention is a new collaboration between Rowan yarns and Swarovski beads. And crystals! This is not for gift-giving–you owe it to yourself to indulge in something special after all that knitting and crocheting for other people. The projects range in size from tiny wrist and hair accessories and small shawls to sweaters and even an evening dress. We’ve got a display in the front of the store to give you lots of inspiration.
I hope you’re inspired to work up a few quick projects before the first snow falls! Let us help you find just the right yarns and patterns for your holiday presents. And don’t forget, we’re open five Sundays this year, November 22, 29, December 6, 13 and 20 from 12-5, to help you find everything you need for those last minute gift projects!
I’m on yarn overload lately. There’s so much new, gorgeous yarn in our store that it’s all blending together in my mind. A few days ago, I took a calming walk out in our warehouse and was reminded once again that there are treasures in our closeout aisles that, in any other context, would be aspirational fibers for any knitter or crocheter (or weaver, truth be told). It’s our luck that a manufacturer made too many of a certain color or just didn’t sell enough to sustain a particular yarn. We can offer those to you at way-lower-than-full-retail-price and you can stock up on some basics that will satisfy any craving. Here are my findings:
Classic Elite Yarns Liberty Wool discontinued colors is a gem of a yarn. It’s machine washable and is a pleasing, straightforward worsted-weight workhorse that can handle a sweater, hat, mittens, perhaps a cowl or a scarf. Certainly a baby garment or blanket. The colors available, Orchid Pink, Sky, and Deep Teal, could work for almost any project.
The Fibre Company Road to China Worsted is a dreamy, lush yarn that screams “luxury” to me. It’s a beefy 4.5 stitches/inch on US size 9 needles, and the colors are what I like to call Anthropologie: earth tones, but not muddy browns and grays. Blues, yellows, a ruby red that is eye-catching, and the skein I picked up, in a color called Abalone, is an iridescent gray/green/blue mix that looks like a dragonfly wing. There’s nothing I wouldn’t knit in this lovely combination of baby alpaca, cashmere, camel, and silk.
Frog Tree has long been a favorite of mine. It’s a yarn company that takes what they do very seriously–providing soft, halo-y warm fibers to greedy knitters such as myself. Their Alpaca Sport Melange is a heathery, soft sport-weight that would be perfect for a hat, scarf, or a simple pullover. The bright colors alone would draw any fiber artist to them, but the price! $3.89 a skein, for a yarn that used to be twice that price is a fantastic deal. Stock up, not just on this yarn, but on any of the yarns in this post. And let me know what you’re knitting!
Each year WEBS sponsors the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage. WEBS sponsors lots of events, both large and small each year, but this one is different. This one affects the heart of our community and has far reaching effects not just for the individuals and families that benefit from the services that Safe Passage can provide but for the people who participate each year. Many of our staff members, their family and friends, walk and run, and work to raise additional funds in the lead-up to this event. We tease each other at work about our fundraising efforts and egg each other on to more. Individually we post on social media to extend the reach of our call for help, we offer special handmade items, and services like knitting and yoga classes, in exchange for donations. We spend our spare time crafting and creating additional products whose sales benefit an organization we believe in. And each year there are new Valley Yarns Patterns, the purchase price of $3.99 PDFs ($4.49 paper patterns) going to Safe Passage, as one more way to help. All of this happens because it is important to us.
We decided to round up those Valley Yarns Patterns, and introduce you to the new patterns, as a way to really kick-off our efforts.
Safe Passage Hat and Mitten Set PDF available here.
The NEW! Sixth Button Mitten PDF available here.
The Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage happens on December 6th this year but we’ll be fundraising right up to the end on Dec. 31st. There’s one last way that you can help Team WEBS, you can make a donation to our team here. Every dollar DOES make a difference and every dollar that’s raised by our team will be matched by WEBS so your donation will be doubled!
Our young man, J. is working on a store sample to show off the beautiful new Malabrigo Mora. The pattern is called Herald and was designed by Janina Kallio. J. reports that this asymmetrical scalene triangular shawl pattern will keep your interest and show off any hand-dyed yarns beautifully.
Next up is Marthe’s Eccentric Chevron Wrap. Painstakingly knit from a kit using 6 different colors of Prism Merino Mia fingering weight yarn. Marthe says that this wrap was a fun knit and the yarn was a pleasure to work with. She truly enjoyed the subtle color variations and the delightful ‘hand’ of the knitted fabric. This is a wrap that really needs to be seen in person to appreciate its beauty.
Bonnie took her first rigid heddle weaving class, and here’s the finished project that she completed in one class session. She really enjoyed the class and is looking forward to purchasing a loom and doing more weaving. But that’s not all! Bonnie has been busy the past couple of months–she finished a poncho too. This is a free pattern on our website. It features Berroco Briza, a lightweight blend of mohair, nylon and wool. This on-trend poncho is knit in stockinette stitch and features a garter stitch band across the bottom edge. Bonnie enhanced the existing pattern by picking up stitches around the neck opening and working for a few more inches, creating a loose turtleneck. She says “It’s a great accessory for fall evenings when a coat is just too much.” She loves the poncho so much she’s knitting another one!
What are you working on for the fall? We love seeing your beautiful hand knits in the store when you visit. Please stop by and show off!