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More Yarn Love

Friday, November 20th, 2015
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I always have a sharp out eye when the store staff is stocking new yarns and I make a point of walking right past our display cubes where the cool yarn kids hang out so I can see who my best friend of the week will be. This week I have two best friends–both in my desired sporty gauge.
Yarn and Soul Superfine 400 (in my mind I put the emphasis on “fine” so that when I say it to myself it comes out “SuperFINE!!”) comes in 25 gorgeous heather shades, and I honed right in on some dark green (called Seaweed) that would coordinate perfectly with most of my (black and white) wardrobe. 100% superfine alpaca and it has a little halo that just melts into a lovely drape. I’d make this adorable Side-Button Vest to go over a cream turtleneck for maximum contrast.

Two yarns from Spincycle Yarns now available at, read more on the WEBS Blog at

My other new amour is a yarn I talked about on our “Ready, Set, Knit!” podcast a few weeks ago; Spincycle Yarns’ Dyed In The Wool. It’s a sport/heavy fingering weight yarn, and superwash to boot, so you might make some kick-butt heavy boot socks but I’d rather make something that every can see–because the hand-dyeing process takes place before the yarn is spun so it has a unique patterned effect. If you’re making a large project, you might need to compare a few unwound skeins for the closest match, but if you’re using a hand-dyed yarn like this, I think it’s best to let the yarn tell you what to do. You can’t be the boss of a hand-dyed yarn! Spincycle is owned and run by two women who produce small batches of exquisite yarn in the Pacific Northwest. 17 different colorways are at your disposal, including my favorite name, Venus In Furs (check out the Velvet Underground song for a little kick in your workday, my friends) which is a melange of pinks and purples against a background of cream, brown, and burgundy. I’d make these really cute Kira K gloves to match my (black) winter coat and really make them pop.

What patterns do you like to use hand-dyed yarn to make? And what special care do you take to match up colorways? Let us know in the comments, below!

What We’re Wearing for Fall and a Surprise

Friday, November 13th, 2015
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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sharing Celebrations

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
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One of my early weaving goals was to clothe my house in handwovens. And just as we have fancy clothes for special occasions, I like to dress up my house for the holidays with festive and unique table runners and place settings. It’s so easy and such a great way to play with color or weave structures. Generally I go with twills in colors that match the occasion and use warp stripes to draw the eye along the length of the table. It’s fun to throw in some some sparkle to reflect candlelight; a yarn like Gold Rush looks great mixed into the lighter colored stripes and you can vary the glitz by how many ends you use.

Holiday Runners, Valley Yarns Draft #90, draft available at Read more on the WEBS Blog at

Just in time for this holiday season, our new Holiday Runners draft presents two variations to weave beautiful table runners to decorate your home – one for Hanukkah and one for Christmas. They are both easy 4-shaft twill patterns and will add a special touch to your home. They are also quick to weave which leads right into one of my other favorite parts of holidays – sharing. I really enjoy weaving for family and friends because I feel connected as I think of them while weaving, and I know they will think of me when they use the finished piece. It’s a way to be present with each other even when we are not in the same place. With that in mind, Barbara wrote the draft with a 5-yard warp so you can make one for your home and one to gift to someone special. There’s even enough yardage to weave a special small mat. We envision it as a place to leave Santa some milk and cookies, but I’m sure you can think of other possibilities – a small gift bag or pillow, perhaps?

Holiday Catalog Spotlight: Gifts to Make – Larger Projects

Monday, November 9th, 2015
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Our holiday catalog is hitting mailboxes now, and the holidays are quickly approaching. We’re just two and half weeks away from Thanksgiving here in the US, and I find that once Thanksgiving comes and goes, it’s full steam ahead with no stops to the rest of the holidays. Luckily, there’s still some time to get some bigger projects done, if you’re looking to give something bigger, or if you want to knit something for yourself before the holidays come. Here are a couple of ideas:

Valley Yarns 605 Colorfall Cardigan at

You may remember seeing Valley Yarns 605 Colorfall Cardigan knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont. For the holiday catalog, we knit it in 2/10 Merino Tencel, in a natural/gray combination, and it’s stunning. It’s a perfect layer that can easily be dressed up or dressed down.

Valley Yarns 676 Two-Tone Blanket and Valley Yarns 663 Oatmeal Afghan at

In the holiday catalog, you’ll also find two spectacular blankets. Valley Yarns 663 Oatmeal Afghan and Valley Yarns 676 Two-Tone Blanket are great gift ideas. The Oatmeal Afghan is knit in Valley Yarns Amherst, which is one of my favorite Valley Yarns because it is so soft. I would love to have this blanket on my couch for the cold nights that are surely coming. The Two-Tone Blanket is knit in Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Bulky, so it’s a quick knit that’s machine washable. It’s also a multidirectional knit that gives it an interesting, modular look. I love that you can be creative and select your own color combinations. I can see one in just brights using some of the newer colors of Valley Superwash Bulky.

Prism Eccentric Chevrons Shawl and Rowan Triangle Shawl at

Want to give a shawl to someone? Prism’s Eccentric Chevron Wrap is available in a kit so you don’t have to worry about selecting the colors. The graphic interest comes from unbalanced, or eccentric chevrons: one leg is much longer than the other, which skews the fabric off-center. Even better, the kit is discountable, so you automatically get our discount. If the person you’re creating a gift for is into a little sparkle, you might want to check out the Triangle Shawl from the Rowan Swarovski Evening Collection. This shawl is knit with Rowan Kidsilk Haze, then there’s a crocheted border with Swarovski crystals.

Are you planning any larger projects for holiday knitting?

Oh, So Fast, The Holidays Come…

Friday, November 6th, 2015
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I went downtown today to run an errand, and what did I see? Evergreen garland being put up on several storefronts and lightposts. It’s just too soon! Every year, I kick about this and nobody listens.

If we’re going to front-load the holiday season, at least let us have beautiful knits to make our holiday crafting better. I got a fun email from our friend Kristin Nicholas with the news that Yankee Magazine, the bible of New Englanders, is featuring some of her holiday patterns as well as the cutest video of her Pom Pom Garlands. This is a craft that can be done by anyone with the dexterity of a 3-year-old with the Clover Pom Pom makers sold in our store. Her Pom Poms are characteristically Kristin, made with her striking color choices.

Colorful holiday gift ideas from Kristin Nicholas on the WEBS Blog. Read more at

I always try to point folks making Christmas stockings to Kristin’s Creative Christmas Stockings pattern, available in PDF form. The colors are not what you’d call “Christmas-sy” but to me, that makes them way more appealing. The bright contrasts are as joyful as the spirit of the holidays; and aren’t you all getting a wee bit tired of red, green, blue, and white? Yankee magazine is also featuring Kristin’s Heart to Heart Mittens, which we carry in PDF as well. The word “happy” doesn’t begin to cover how these fun mittens make one feel. Not only does the pattern give you two options, one for one heart, one for many hearts, but Kristin’s clear directions even show the knitter how to embroider the accents onto the mittens before the top is closed, making them even easier to knit.

If all holiday designs could be knit in Color By Kristin yarn, I’d be much less Grinchly. What makes your holiday knitting happier?

Holiday Catalog Spotlight: Gradients

Monday, November 2nd, 2015
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If you haven’t received our holiday catalog in your mailbox yet, it should arrive any day now. (In the meantime, you can check out our online version here.) Gradients are big this year, and you’ll find two in the catalog from the fine folks of Wonderland Yarns. We feature the Wonderland Yarns Mad Hatter 5-Skein Pack, and the Wonderland Yarns Cheshire Cat 5-Skein Pack. Gradients lend themselves well to accessories, and more. You can use them as the main yarn, or as an accent.

Wonderland Yarns Gradient Packs at

In Passaggio from Lyrical Knits, the Cheshire Cat 5-Pack is combined with Madelinetosh Tosh Sock to make a gorgeous wrap. It is worked seamlessly and works up into an interesting trapezoid shape.

Lyrical Knits Passaggio PDF at

If you want your gradient to shine on it’s own, a pattern like Spectral or Tralicco from Stitches of My Life Designs may be what you’re looking for. Each cowl uses a gradient and an interesting stitch pattern to achieve a beautiful look.

No matter what pattern you end up choosing, a project made with a gradient makes a great gift. It’s an easy way to incorporate color without having to do too much pre-planning. What do you think of gradients?

Changing our Stripes

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
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When looking at patterns/drafts/designs it is sometimes hard (for some of us, anyway) to imagine them in another colorway. And yet, the original colors don’t always match the scheme of the room or person we are weaving for, or that particular color is out of stock or not in our stash. And this is a case where changing our stripes can be just the ticket for creating exactly what we want.

Changing warp and weft colors in your weaving drafts and the dramatic results. read more on the WEBS Blog at

One of our customers brought in some gorgeous dishtowels recently and I loved her color combinations, which she said were chosen for the kitchen of the intended recipient. I asked her what draft she used and did a double take when she told me it was one of ours – the Ribbon Towels by Carol Birtwistle. The Ribbon Towels draft has been one of our most popular drafts and features stripes of bright colors against a natural background with a medley of twill patterns. What really struck me in comparing Karen’s version to the original is that she not only changed the colors, but the arrangement of the stripes, which brought a different emphasis to the twill patterning. It ended up looking like a completely different towel.

Changing warp and weft colors in your weaving drafts and the dramatic results. read more on the WEBS Blog at

Another great example of this is Draft 07, the Dornik Throw. When Barbara designed it back in 2010, she used a rich palette with ocean blue, grape jelly and dark teal against the lighter whipple blue. We updated the pattern for the 2015 Weaving Sourcebook and the new colorway pairs navy and grey teal with steel and periwinkle for a distinctly different look and feel.

Changing up the colorway is a great way to take a draft and make it yours. One of the things I love about weaving is that I can choose my colors and create combinations that are custom fit for my project. Sometimes I design my own draft as well, but sometimes it’s a simple as changing the stripes on a draft I love. Have you changed the colorway on any of the WEBS drafts? Please share your results!

Help Us Save Lives with Safe Passage

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
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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.

The Safe Passage Hat and Mittens Set - patterns sales benefit Safe Passage. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comSafe Passage Hat and Mitten Set PDF available here.

The Sixth Button Mittens - patterns sales benefit Safe Passage. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comThe NEW! Sixth Button Mitten PDF available here.

The Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear and the Hot Chocolate Run Penguin - patterns sales benefit Safe Passage. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comThe Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear PDF available here and the NEW! Hot Chocolate Run Penguin 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!

Sparkle and Shine with Rowan Swarovski Create Your Style

Monday, October 12th, 2015
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We all love a little sparkle and a little shine. This year, the folks at Rowan are teaming up with the folks at Swarovski for their new CREATE YOUR STYLE collection.

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Two pattern books, Daytime and Evening, and a collection of free patterns, feature some of Rowan’s best yarns combined with beautiful Swarovski crystals and beads. You’ll find patterns for both garments and accessories that are simply stunning.

Rowan Swarovski Star Hat & Mitts at Rowan Swarovski Betty at

These patterns are absolutely spectacular. Depending on the pattern, the beads are sewn on later for embellishment, or they’re added as a crocheted lace border. Combining the ethereal feel of Rowan Kidsilk Haze and the brilliance of Swarovski crystals and beads creates a wonderful, classic, and sophisticated finished project.

Rowan Kidsilk Haze Shine at

In addition to the patterns the combine the yarns and crystals, Rowan has also introduced Kidsilk Haze ShineRowan Kidsilk Haze Shine is a special, luxurious yarn that’s perfect for making exceptional accessories that sparkle, shimmer and reflect light in all directions. It combines Kidsilk Haze with approximately 100 sparkling 3mm Swarovski bicone crystals pre-strung along the length, one every 4″. It’s perfect for delicately feminine hair accessories, bracelets, collars and little accents with Rowan Kidsilk Haze Shine.

If you love sparkle, Rowan Swarovski CREATE YOUR STYLE is definitely something you want to check out. We hope you love it!

An Unexpected Treat

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
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I get the WEBS emails, just like you do. Last week, one sprang out at me, featuring a yarn I had heard about but not really seen (I work tucked away in one of the offices and am not out in the store as much as I want to be!). Amano is a lovely group of yarns in enough weights to satisfy any knitter, crocheter, or weaver, all featuring some iteration of alpaca–baby, royal, and an important-sounding alpaca designated “Imperial,” which obviously makes it the Homecoming King this year. Late-breaking news: Royal is the TOP 1% of alpaca fiber, Imperial is the next 2-10%. So, royal is the Homecoming King and imperial, obviously, is the guy who fixes the overhead projector.

Amano Ayni is my new best friend. 80% baby alpaca, 20% silk, this sport-weight dream of a skein has a hint of halo, enough to say “I’m soft, but not scratchy.” I am imagining a drapy A-line sweater, soft enough to wear next to the skin. Warmi (is that the best name for a yarn? yes.) is a worsted-weight workhorse, perfect for sweaters, shawls, hats, or scarves. It’s got a lush color palette inspired by fruits and vegetables.

The new Amano yarns now available at Read more on the WEBS Blog at

Puna means “Andes Mountains” in the native language of the Incas, and is the essence of the Andes, made from 100% baby alpaca in a beefy 273-yard skein. It’s got a little more halo than Ayni, so I’d treat it a bit more gently, and my perfect project for this sport-weight wonder is the Delia Cowl in Amano’s pattern book for Fall/Winter. The simple openwork contrasts with the warmth of the alpaca to make a very useful garment.

The dip-dyed colorways of Mayu would be a wonderful vehicle for a body-conscious sweater– the addition of cashmere and silk to alpaca makes it almost criminally soft, and the heathery tones almost gleam, showing off the myriad shades in the skein. Puyu means “cloud” in the language of the Incas, and it does look very cloudlike. Baby alpaca is blown into a mesh tube made of silk for an almost two-tone appearance that will make luxurious accessories like hats, scarves, and even ponchos look expensive. Rounding out the Amano family is Apu (“Simpsons” fans will join me in a round of giggles), a dainty ball of imperial alpaca that I can’t stop holding. The Maria Cowl in Amano‘s pattern collection seems like the perfect project in Apu, with startling stitch definition and a drapy texture that caresses the skin.

Check out this new family online or in the store–you’ll want to make friends immediately. What project are you looking forward to knitting in an Amano yarn?