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New Years Resolutions for 2013 – How did we do?

Monday, December 30th, 2013
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Last December we asked our staff if they had any resolutions for 2013 – let’s check in and see how they’ve done.

My fiber resolution for 2013 is to knit at least one item for myself. – Jamie – Jamie made it out of 2013 with a hat for himself. Way to go Jamie!

I resolve to use up my stash! – Linda – Linda made a dent but says she has a long way to go.

I’m determined to learn how to use Photoshop Elements to develop fabulous weaving drafts! – Barbara – Barbara did take a class on using Photoshop and is well on her way to implementing her new skills.

I resolve to spend a little time every day doing fiber art, I’d like to make art a daily, restorative habit. – Kirsten – Kirsten started strong but lagged a bit towards the end of the year.

My resolution is to get better at spinning on my wheel this year. – Jackie – Jackie didn’t spend anytime with her wheel but did dive into weaving and crochet this past year.

I now have a basket Full of handspun that I NEED to use up in 2013! – Sara – Sara did not use up her handspun stash, she spun more and now it’s twice the size it was. (but really, who’s complaining about MORE yarn?!)

Self publish a sweater design! – Emma – Emma didn’t manage to self-publish a sweater pattern this year but she has been quite busy!

I plan to spin down A LOT of my fiber stash. It’s out of control! – Mary – While Mary did spin quite a bit she added even more fiber, it’s still out of control!

I resolve to knit from MY stash and use MY patterns. – Lise – Lise did a great job of working through a large portion of her stash this year.

This year I’m going to be a slightly selfish knitter and make sure I have a nice hand made hat and cowl.  - Grace – While Grace didn’t make the hat and cowl she envisioned she did end up with a lovely shawl.

I want to use up many of my coned yarns to make room for new yarns. – Debbie – Debbie did quite a bit of weaving this year, there’s definitely room for new yarns!

My only resolution right now is to finish the hexagon blanket. This WILL be the year I do it. I swear! – Dena – Dena did manage to finally finish the Amethyst Brook Afghan and with gorgeous results!

I will encourage Tina to have quicker project turn-around times. – Bryan – Sadly, since Tina has moved on we’ll never know how well Bryan would have done!

Kyle, Tina, Kristin, Karen, Kendra and Heather have all moved on from the WEBS family this year, we miss them and wish them all the best in their new endeavors!

Even More Employee Wishlists

Monday, December 16th, 2013
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We’ve asked one last bunch employees what’s on their personal wishlists. After all, if it’s on the wishlist of a WEBS employee you know it’s a good choice for the fiber enthusiast in your life!

Hi, I’m Kirsten and I’m a designer! Kirsten is our Valley Yarns Design Manager.

My holiday wishlist includes:

1. 1/20nm Wool Cashmere Mill End – I’ve spent most of my life working in yarn stores, so believe me when I say this stuff is special! It’s an amazing value and a great thickness for weaving, lace knitting or crocheting, or for plying into a thicker yarn. Closeouts like this don’t come around much anymore.

2. Run Run Run Italian Shopper – The more sturdy tote bags in my life, the better. Since this one can fold up and go in my purse, I’ll never be without a shopping bag.

3. Lavishea Lotion Bars – So important for keeping my hands in good condition in the winter. Make mine lavender, please!

4. Debra’s Garden Needle Gauge Pendant – I have a number of inexpensive needle sizing tools, but they’re never to be found when I need them. I bet this awesome pendant would solve that problem.

5. Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Crochet Hook Set – It feels like I’m discovering a new use for crochet hooks every day: threading garment tags, fixing knit stitches, weaving in ends, actual crocheting. Time to ditch the hodgepodge of hooks in my toolkit and grab a great, color-coded set.

 

Hi, I’m Bonnie and I’m a knitter and spinner. Bonnie is our Assistant Store Manager.

My holiday wishlist includes:

1.Knitters Pride Symfonie Rose Interchangeable Needle Set- I’m in love with the needles.  They are light weight and have a great point for working with lace weight.  I also love the nice case they come in so they are easy to store and keep organized.

2. Highlighter Tape is a must-have for any project.  It helps me keep my place on projects, whether it be with charts or just keeping my place on a pattern.  This has been a life saver for me because I tend to have many projects going and I know right where I left off, because I have it marked with the tape.

3. Madelinetosh Merino Light - This would be a great gift for me because I have many scarves/shawls in my Ravelry Queue.  This yarn is one of my top choices for yarns in this weight.

4.Camel Down- One of my favorite fibers to spin up.  Feels like cashmere but half the price.

5. Artyarns Ensemble 4- wonderful high end yarn that is a blend of silk and cashmere.  I would NEVER turn this yarn away!  Hint Hint!

 

Hi, I’m Stephanie and I’m a knitter and spinner. Stephanie is one of our Store Co-Managers.

My holiday wishlist includes:

1. Schoppe Zauberball Starke 6 – This is sport weight sock yarn,  which is not all that easy to find, and it comes in a gorgeous array of colors. Since I’m a frequent sock knitter, I’m partial to color #2082 if you want to buy me a present.

2. The Field Guide to Fleece by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius - I love reference books and this would be a welcome addition to my bookshelves.  100 sheep breeds and their fibers are featured in this small volume, in addition to clear photos and suggestions for best uses of each fiber.  A must for fleece shopping at wool festivals.

3.  The Reisenthal small Allrounder - Like many folks, I can’t have too many bags and these are well-made, reasonably priced and come in a variety of bold prints.  It can be used as a project bag and a purse with lots of roomy pockets for doodads and necessities.

4. Bobbins for my Schacht Matchless and my Lendrum DT. Since I don’t get around to plying my spun singles very often, this way I can have as many unfinished spinning projects as I do knitting projects.

5. New fiber from Sweet Georgia - 100%  superwash Blue Faced Leicester, caught my eye as soon as it arrived. Rich saturated colors ensure a spun yarn with lots of character and interest.

 

Hi, I’m Dena and I’m a knitter who wants to be a better crocheter. Dena is our E-Commerce Marketing Manager.

My holiday wishlist includes:

1. 6 oz of Jaggerspun Zephyr in Turquoise – So I can knit the Shetland Trader Laar cardigan.

2. Clover Soft Stitch Ring Markers – My stitch markers are always disappearing. I think my sofa is eating them.

3. Knitter’s Pride Karbonz Interchangeable Circular Starter Set – I love my Knitter’s Pride interchangeable needles. And this Karbonz Starter Set would be a nice addition to my collection.

4. Unexpected Afghans by Robyn Chachula – I love so many of the blankets from this book and think it would be a fun way to expand my crochet skills.

5. Be Sweet Skinny Wool – Surprise me with 3 colors so I can make a stripy shawl. But it can include the Sea Green color, I would be extra happy.

More Employee Wishlists

Monday, December 9th, 2013
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We’ve asked a few more of our employees what’s on their personal wishlists. After all, if it’s on the wishlist of a WEBS employee you know it’s a good choice for the fiber enthusiast in your life!

amys wishlistHi, I’m Amy S. and I’m a knitter and weaver.  Amy is our Mutimedia Assistant and a Sales Associate in our Retail Store.

My holiday wish list includes:

1  Harrisville Designs Cone Holder - My cones are rolling everywhere when I’m winding a warp.  This would make it much easier for me to start my weaving projects!

2  Knitter’s Pride Karbonz 6” Double Pointed Needle Set -  I really feel like I should never need to buy any more needles, but I can never seem to find my smaller DPN’s.  I love the way the Karbonz feel.  It would make it so much easier just to have the whole set.  Don’t you think?

3 The Original Thera Glove -After hours of knitting my hand can get sore.  This just might be a way to get a couple more hours in.  I’ve heard great reviews from customers who use it.

4 Knitter’s Pride Needle Gauge –  They aren’t expensive but I’m going to need about 10, one for every project bag.  As far as I’m concerned you can’t have enough of these.  It’s a great stocking stuffer too.

5 Large Blocking Board – I can’t believe I don’t own one of these yet!
Hi, I’m Ping and I’m a knitter. Ping is a Sales Associate in our store and a Valley Yarns designer.

My holiday wish list includes:

1  Reisenthal Allrounder Medium Bag - You know that boy scout saying “be prepared”, the same applies for knitters. Since I am constantly driving my kids to various appointments and activities, there is always a project bag ready and waiting for me. I love the Reisenthal Allrounder Medium bag. Size of the bag can accommodate a variety of projects, from shawl to color work sweater project – it fits. The hinged satchel is reminiscent of a doctor’s bag; no fumbling around something. With plenty of roomy interior pockets, tools, keys and even your phone have a place.

2  Run, Run, Run Lunch Tote - Okay, I believe you can NEVER have too many bags.  This one is stylish and oh so practical. What is not to love? It folds down to nothing so it’s a great emergency bag. It’s reflective, insulated interior lets you see inside your bag with ease. The finish is smooth, so it’s easy to clean. Plus, the interior is made from recycled water bottles. It comes in four cute colors; each has a little message. My heart is set orange bag. I love how it reminds me to keep taking chances.

3  Lantern Moon Stitch markers -  These stitch marketers are the embodiment of cute! WEBS carries a wonderful assortment of these charming and whimsical stitch markers. Whether it’s the tiny crocheted blue birds, bees, sheep or flowers, there are six in a package. They are lightweight and won’t weigh down your knitting. Each crocheted image is mounted on a metallic marker ring that ensures snag free knitting. My daughters have threatened to use my Lantern Moon stitch markers as earring charms, so I really need to stock up!

4  Knitter’s Pride Karbonz Interchangeable Deluxe Set - When someone asks me why I have a need for so many different types knitting needles, I tell them that knitting needles are tools, and like any tool, a crafter does not have just one. Have you ever asked a woodworker how many drills, hammers, screw drivers, or chisels  he or she has? Or how many knives and pans does the serious home chef own? Does a painter only paint with one brush? Enough said. The yarn and the project often dictate the best knitting needle to help you accomplish your creative endeavor.  As I age, I find my hands are more sensitive surfaces and weight of my tools. I want warmth and flexibility without comprising speed and sight. This is why I find the Knitter’s Pride Karbonz needles so appealing. The carbon fiber is warm, flexible and lightweight. The metallic tip allows me to see the stitches even in indoor evening light. More importantly, unlike most  interchangeable sets, the Karbonz interchangeable deluxe set includes sizes 2.5 and 3 – perfect of lace and sock knitting. Most interchangeable sets stop at size 4. These needles would be a perfect complement to my needle toolbox.

5  Warping Board - In 2013, I learned dress and use a 4-harness loom. This was an amazing learning experience. My education as a weaver has only just begun. The tool that fascinates me the most is the warping board. Made from hardwoods, the simple rectangular frame and strategically position pegs appears rather unassuming, but this ingenious tool enables you to consistently measure your warp ends. For example, the Schacht 14 yard warping board is only 36 inches across. The methodical manner of winding the yarn under, over and around the different pegs is quite calming and rather meditative.

6 WEBS classes -  I believe the opportunity to create with one’s hands something beautiful and entirely personal is truly part of the human condition. There are so many wonderful classes offered at WEBS; knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, dyeing, felting - all my favorite tactile sports! The classes satisfy my curiosity and my need to create, to learn and to broaden my appreciation of the fiber arts.  There are just not enough hours in the day to pursue all the things I wish to make. However, when I take a class, it gives me the chance to learn and to create in a very focused manner.

 

Hi, I’m Amy G and I’m a Knitter. Amy is our Education Manager.

My holiday wishlist includes:

1 I would love a huge supply of  T-Pins because I always seem to have “just enough” and I’d love to not have to worry that I’ll run out.

2 I would love a sweater’s worth of Madeline Tosh Merino Light in Badlands, a dark, interesting color I fell in love with at Stitches West this year.

3 It would be great to have the Barbara Walker Treasury of Knitting Patterns, the 4th volume, which is the only one I don’t own.

4 Hey, how about a set of Karbonz double points in sizes 4, 5, and 6? Those are my most-used sizes and I love using dpns, especially these pointy-tipped beauties.

5 Mostly what I’d love is a comfy sofa, good light, hot coffee, “Breaking Bad” streaming on my iPad, and three days’ worth of knitting. And then a nap.

 

 

Hi, I’m Jamie and I’m a knitter! Jamie is our E-Mail Marketing Manager.

My holiday wishlist includes:

1 Knitter’s Pride Nova Special Interchangeable Circular Set — It seems like every time I find a new hat pattern to knit I end up needing one or two new 16″ circular needles. I love using the Novas that I already have – they’re nice and smooth and the tips are pointy, but not too pointy. With the Special Interchangeable Circular Set I’d never have to worry about not having the right needles for a hat pattern, and I could have two (or three, or four) on my needles at once!

2 Fibre Company Tundra — I cannot get enough of this yarn. Seriously, can I have all of it? It’s great for quick hats for gifts (I love Greta’s Tundra Hat pattern), and now that the Tundra Elements collection is out there are even more warm and soft projects to whip up!

3 Weekend Hats by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre — I’ve been on a hat knitting kick lately, and I’d be really excited to get this book. The book’s presentation is lovely, and it features hat patterns from a who’s-who of knitwear designers!

4 Knitter’s Pride Lace Blocking Mats — I’ve grown tired of pinning my damp finished objects to the carpet. It seems kind of gross both for the projects and the carpet. The Lace Blocking Mats are a great solution —  they don’t take up too much space but can expand for larger pieces.

5 Lee Highlighter Tape — As I’ve done more lace patterns, I’ve found myself frequently wishing I had Highlighter Tape. My current system consists of resting my pencil next to the row I’m on. It’s not very good system, as the pencil frequently rolls down the page or gets knocked off-course by a curious dog.

Valley Yarns 574 Safe Passage and the Hot Chocolate Run

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
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Valley Yarns 574 Safe Passage SetThe close of November not only brought a bit of panic to my life (I want to knit how many things by when?!), it also meant the end of our Ravelry KAL. This month we did Valley Yarns 574 Safe Passage. All of the proceeds from the sale of this set will be donated to Safe Passage. We had two wonderful members of our group knit them, and I send a big thank you their way.

With the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage quickly approaching (it’s this Sunday, December 8th), I’d like to share with you a little information about Safe Passage, and our team’s fundraising goals.

Safe Passage is located in Northampton, MA and has served Hampshire County since 1977. Safe Passage offers survivors of all types of domestic violence hope, along with support, as both are essential in the journey from violence to safety.

Here are some ways Safe Passage will put your gift to work:
$25: Resources, support and hope for a woman calling the 24-hour hotline
$75: Safe transportation for a family traveling to Safe Passage’s emergency shelter
$100: A drop-in support group session for survivors of domestic violence
$140: Education for parents on talking with their kids about domestic violence
$500: Healing counseling for a child who has witnessed violence

This year, the WEBS staff as a team hope to raise more than we have in the previous years. To encourage that, one of our staffers has started the More Jacksons than Jackson campaign. Kathy and Steve’s son is signed up as a member of our team, and at this moment, he is in the fundraising lead. We’re all trying really hard to raise more than him (in good fun, of course). WEBS will match all of the donations that we receive, but if Jackson wins, instead of doubling the donation, it will be tripled. If you’d care to donate, you can do so here. Donate to the whole team, or a specific member (including Jackson).

Thank you!

Employee Wishlists

Monday, November 25th, 2013
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Every year we put together a few posts and  videos to help our customers find those extra and special little gifts for the fiber enthusiast in their life.  This year we thought we’d ask our employees what’s on their personal wishlists. After all, if it’s on the wishlist of a WEBS employee you know it’s a good choice!

Hi, I’m Katie and I’m a Knitter and Dyer. Katie is a Sales Associate in our retail store but has also worked in our Warehouse.
My holiday wishlist includes:
1. Namaste Oh Snap! Pouches -These bags are great because they won’t snag your yarn and you can see the project inside! This is a great product for and knitter or crocheter who has multiple projects going at the same time.

2. Jade Sapphire Brigadoon and Getting Purly with it Cowl pattern - I love this cowl pattern and the yarn; who doesn’t want washable cashmere?

3. Wild Color by Jenny Dean - A friend loaned me this book when I told her that I was interested in natural dyeing. It is filled with useful information for both the new and experienced dyer.

4. BFL Fingering, natural hanks - In the dye experiments I have done, this has been my favorite yarn with which to dye. It takes the color beautifully and is such a lovely wool to wear as well.

5. Lantern Moon embroidery scissors - I need some small, sharp scissors for my tool kit and these would make a great stocking stuffer! Plus, Lantern Moon uses sustainable practices in all areas of their business, so
you can feel good about supporting them!

Hi, I’m Greta and I’m a knitter and crocheter. Greta is one of our Website Coordinators but she has also worked in our retail store.
My holiday wishlist includes:
1. Sweet Georgia CashSilk Lace - because…Silk! Cashmere!

2. The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt - I don’t have it yet and not owning it makes me feel like an irresponsible knitter.

3. The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman - My goal for 2014 is to FINISH some of my many, many works in progress.

4. A skein of Freia Lace in the Dusk colorway - I’m totally obsesses with Amy Stephen’s Rooshed pattern and I’m excited to see what it would look like in this beautiful ombre lace yarn.

5. Knitter’s Pride Bamboo Crochet Hook Set - I only just took up crochet this year, but I’m very excited about it! I would like a crochet hook set so I don’t have to worry whether I have a particular hook size or not!

 

 

Hi, I’m Ashley and I’m a dangerous fiber nerd. Ashley is a Sales Associate in our retail store and our resident spinning expert.
My holiday wishlist includes:
1.Abstract Fibers 40/40/20 - Raw Merino/Superwash Merino/Silk, hand dyed blended fibers

2. Ashland Bay Organic Polwarth wool fiber - Super soft, springy wool that takes dye beautifully and spins up smoothly. Processed ecologically

3. Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere - Having a love affair with this super soft yarn, which wants to become new garments for me to snuggle with, in hand dyed colors that pop!

4. Be Sweet Bamboo - Gorgeous hand dyed colors in cable-plied 100% bamboo, which I recently made my first pullover with, and the drape and softness of this yarn makes me want to knit another one right away.

5.  Zealana Willow DK - Following the thread of cashmere addiction running through my wishlist, this blend of 70% New Zealand Merino and a whopping 30% Cashmere content makes visions of cozy soft hats and snug wintertime socks dance in my head…

Hi, I’m J, aka Young Man, and I’m a knitter and weaver. J is a Sales Associate in our retail store.
My holiday wishlist includes:
1. Eucalan, lavender scent - To give with gifts, samples and full size bottles, please.

2. Fix-a-Stitch lace - My current method is Okay but this is perfect.

3. Knitter’s Pride Karbonz 6” DPN set - Love these DPNs; one word: smooth.

4. Schacht baby Wolf 26” – four now, four later - It’s a wishlist and this is definitely what I wish for.

5. Buffalo Wool Co. Sexy in the Royalty colorway - Bison down and silk, thank you very much.

Your yarn.com Wish List, it’s as easy as 1,2,3.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
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If you have an account at yarn.com then the Wish List is a great place to save items you’re not quite sure you’re ready to buy, but you don’t want to loose track of. It’s also an easy way to put together a list of can’t-lose gifts for your family and friends.

Step 1: Add items to your Wish List

Wish List Step 1

Step 2: View and edit your Wish List

Wish List Step 2

Step 3: Share your Wish List with friends and family

Wish List Step 3

WEBS Staff Spotlight – Linda

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
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LindaLinda is the Customer Service Manager at WEBS and goes well beyond the fiber arts with her creativity. Seemingly endless hobbies just weren’t enough to satisfy this self proclaimed “do-it-yourselfer”, so Linda now runs the Pioneer Valley Vineyard with her family. “Making wine really falls along the lines of crafting to me. It’s just so much fun to create things from scratch and I love being outside in the vineyard.” Linda definitely keeps herself busy. There is work to be done in the vineyard all year round!

How long have you been knitting? 
I learned to knit at age 8, but I learned to weave when I began working at WEBS. In between, I played with crochet, embroidery, needlepoint, needlepunch, quilting, sewing, and wood working

How did you learn?
My grandmother taught me the basics of knitting and I just took it from there. I took some classes but don’t have a lot of “formal” training. Mostly I prefer to just figure it out for myself. The same with crochet. Weaving on the other hand, I knew was not something I could learn well from reading a book.

What is your favorite yarn to work with?
I really like wool cotton blends, like Spud and Chloe Sweater or Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. I like the softness of the cotton on my skin and the wool gives the yarn memory and warmth.

Linda's Afghan 2

Do you have a favorite fiber project you completed or one you’re most proud of?
I recently completed an afghan in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino that took a lot of time and I am glad I stuck with it. My plan is to make a special afghan for each of my grandchildren and to give it to them when they are older.

What is your favorite fiber art?
If I could only pick one it would have to be knitting. I can’t imagine not knitting.

Would you consider yourself artistic?
I wouldn’t say that I am artistic, it’s more crafty, or a do-it-yourself-er. I once built a large 2-sided gazebo type swing from scraps of wood. I enjoy making candy, tempering chocolate and dipping different flavored fillings in pretty molds and giving them as gifts.

What fiber project are you working on right now?
I’ve made some crocheted critters for my grandchildren and am working on a few small gifts for Christmas.

Pioneer Valley Vineyards

How do you like to spend your free time?
Most of our time is spent in our winery and 3 acre vineyard; Pioneer Valley Vineyard. We offer free wine tastings at the winery on weekends in the fall and spend the spring and summer caring for the grapes so they will give us the best wine possible. It’s an incredible amount of work and equally rewarding. It still gives me goose bumps when we harvest in the fall and press the grapes and taste the sweet juice that pours out of the press.

Big E's Medals

Linda started working at WEBS 14 years ago. “I answered an ad in the paper for ‘one of the Valley’s best knitters’. It was an ad I could not resist! I started part time and I never could have imagined it would lead to what I am doing now.” Linda has helped WEBS grow into the company we are today. What started as a part-time job to help combat a little empty nest syndrome as evolved into a 14 year career. We don’t know what we would do without her!

Our Newest Holiday Catalog

Monday, November 4th, 2013
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WEBS 2013 Holiday CatalogIt’s happening…no matter how much denial we may be in…the holidays are coming!

Our 2013 Holiday Gift and Inspiration Guide should be hitting your mailbox any day. If you’d like to get a preview online, you can flip through the pages here. We hope that you’ll find tons of great gift ideas, both for the people on your list, and maybe a little something you can ask for for yourself.

Valley Yarns Holiday 2013 PhotoshootWe had the photoshoot for the new Valley Yarns patterns at the Wisteriahurst Museum in Holyoke, MA, and our model was our own Emma Welford. (Not only does she work at WEBS, but she’s an amazing designer, and you can check out her designs here.) If you remember, we also had the photoshoot for our Valley Yarns catalog at Wisteriahurst. If you’re ever in Holyoke, MA, it is a beautiful place to visit full of interesting history.

This year’s cover features knit and crocheted jar covers. You can use Valley Yarns 575 Crochet Jar Covers and Valley Yarns 576 Knit Jar Covers to spice up your Mason jars. And even better, the patterns are free. They’re great to use for storage of anything (crochet hooks, knitting needles, pens, etc.), as vases, or, you can use them for holiday decorating by popping a flameless LED candle into the jar. (Important: please use ONLY flameless LED candles in your jars.) I’m a big fan of the LED candles and have them all over my house. I love that many of them have a timer, so I’ll have great ambiance without having to remember to light or extinguish a candle. I’m looking forward to adding a few of these jars and jar covers to my decorating this season.

Valley Yarns 574 Safe Passage SetI must say that my favorite project from the catalog is Valley Yarns 574 Safe Passage Set. All of the proceeds of sales of this pattern will be donated to Safe Passage. Every year, WEBS participates in the Hot Chocolate Run that benefits Safe Passage, and I think I’ll be making a set for myself to wear. You’ll be hearing a lot more about this set soon, and it is our November Ravelry KAL, so join in!

We hope that you enjoy flipping through and shopping the holiday catalog as much as we enjoyed creating it.

What project from the catalog is on the top or your list to make? What are you hoping to get this holiday season?

 

WEBS Staff Spotlight – Debby

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
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Spring Garden Tee by Alana Dakos knit in Valley Yarns LongmeadowDebby is part of our amazing store staff team, and happens to be an incredibly talented knitter and weaver. She continues to impress us all by her projects despite a very busy life outside of WEBS. Debby’s family owns Cook Family Farm, where she lives and works every day of the week. Their restaurant, Flayvors of Cook Farm is a local favorite, especially for the ice cream!  With 5 children, 2 dogs, many chickens, 13 turkeys and about 200 cows to tend to, it’s amazing she finds the time to knit and weave.

How long have you been knitting and weaving?
I’ve been knitting for almost 9 years and I’ve been weaving for just over 2 years.

How did you learn to knit?
I’m a self taught knitter. After I learned how to knit, I realized how much I didn’t know! So then I took classes here at WEBS. I was inspired to knit by my Mom, but it was my grandmother in law, Mimi, who pushed me to learn. I had told Mimi that “someday I’ll learn to knit and make sweaters”. And she said, “Don’t wait for someday because you don’t know what the future holds.You may loose your sight or maybe have severe arthritis, whatever it may be. If you want to learn or do something, do it now!” She was a very wise woman.

What is your favorite yarn to work with?
I love Malabrigo yarns!  They are such a joy to knit with that it never feels like “work”. I have grown very fond hand dyed yarns, especially monochromatic styles.

Dishtowels woven with Valley 5/2 Cotton.Dishtowels woven with Valley 5/2 Cotton.

Do you have a favorite fiber project you completed or one you’re most proud of?
Some of my favorite projects that I’ve finished are hand woven dishtowels. They get used every day and somehow in their functionality,  any “flaws” seem lost. I just love having them around.

What fiber project are you working on right now?
Right I’m working on the Feather weight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig. I’m also weaving a small rug for our bathroom…and hoping that I am able to get 2 or 3 rugs from this warp so that I may also get a Christmas present or 2 done.

What is your favorite fiber art?
I like weaving, but honestly don’t seem to make the time to  get a project started. So knitting is my favorite fiber art…it’s just so  portable!! Quick to find a project, which then becomes a birthday gift,  baby shower present or Christmas gift.

The Amanda Hat by Gina House in Classy with CashmereDishtowels woven with Valley 5/2 Cotton.

How else do you like to express yourself artistically?
Well, I don’t know how artistic I am, but I really enjoy photography. I got the chance of a lifetime this year to venture down to Argentina, the Falkland Islands and then onto Antarctica. It was so amazing and the pictures I came home with made me fall in love with photography. I’ve started making cards with some of my favorite pictures from our family farm. Now if I just had some more time…

Do you have a favorite non fiber related project you’ve completed?
My best marathon time is just 13  minutes shy of qualifying for Boston!

Knitting Pure and Simple 9724 in Plymouth Encore

How do you like to spend your free time?
I work full time at our family farm store. I work at WEBS 1 day a week. We have 5 children, 2 dogs, many chickens, 13 turkeys and about 200 cows. I have no free time. However, I love spending time with my family, especially outdoors. So we go for bike rides, hikes and day trips.

Debby has been working at WEBS for about 5 years now, and says she hopes to be here forever! “My husband encouraged me to apply  in order to support my yarn addiction and to be able to spend more time with  fiber crazy people.  And I’m so grateful that he did.”

Unselfish Selfish Knitting

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
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Greta is an experienced knitter who works in the store and on our website. She shares with us how even knitting a simple project is a great, relaxing thing for experienced knitters. Sometimes you just need a break from the complex and need to be refreshed with an easy project.

Goshen Hat knit in Berroco BrioYou may think that with me being an experienced knitter and all that I would only knit complicated, intricate things. Well, you would be wrong! While I am generally what we call a “process knitter” (someone who knits for the sake of knitting rather than being focused on the product) sometimes I find it really satisfying to pick a project that I can knit quickly and easily.

Case in point: We recently got a sample in the store of the Goshen hat, which is knit in Berroco Brio. I don’t know what it is about this hat but my coworker Katie and I simply adore it. We were all, “Oh my gosh, earflaps! Sparkles! Earflaps and sparkles!” That’s when we had an idea: instead of knitting it for ourselves, why not knit it for each other? All things told, this hat probably took me 4 hours to knit from start to finish. Plus, giving it to Katie (and her giving me mine) was so much fun! Now we are hat sisters with our wild, weird, sparkly hats! Also, with the holidays coming up, now I know where to turn if my holiday knitting comes down to the wire (which it usually does).

Getting back to basics like that was really refreshing for a knitter like me. I feel like it gave me a chance to breathe and then refocus on some of my other projects, re-motivated and restored. And that’s the way knitting should make you feel, right?