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5 Twist Collective Patterns To Knit In 2018

Friday, January 12th, 2018
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The Winter 2018 issue of Twist Collective is finally here and full of gorgeous knitting patterns for sweaters, hats, scarves, and mittens! But how do you choose what to knit first? I pulled five of my favorite patterns from the new issue to help give you some inspiration and get started on some new projects in 2018! Do you need some creative accountability? Check out Marykate’s post on the #WEBSFiberFollowThrough and join us on social media for a year of fiber fun!

Beringer Pullover Sweater Kit

Twist Collective Beringer Knit Pullover Sweater Pattern

Designed by Quenna Lee

Who doesn’t love a gorgeous sweater in a fun, tweedy yarn? This sweater immediately stood out to me as a classic when I first flipped through the new Twist issue. I love the simple cables up the front and the pretty details at the cuff and hemline. Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Tweed Superwash also comes in the cutest color palette! It reminds me of the fun speckled yarns that are all the rage right now, but in a more subtle aesthetic.

Thunderbolt Bottom Up Sweater Pattern

Twist Collective Thunderbolt Knit Pullover Sweater Pattern

Designed by Cheryl Burke

I am absolutely smitten with the colorwork on the yoke of the Thunderbolt sweater! This is for all you color lovers out there. It’s another pullover knit from the bottom up with some short row shaping at the back of the neck to give the collar some additional shaping. The fun pattern is achieved with rows of mirrored left and right leaning ribbing, which should also make for some fun knitting after working the stockinette body and sleeves. Knit up in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool this sweater is also guaranteed to be super soft! (And since I’m the model in this picture, I can vouch for that!)

Cabrillo Knit Hat, Mittens, & Cowl Set

Twist Collective Cabrillo Knit Hat Mittens Cowl Pattern

Designed by Juliana Lustenader

The adorable Cabrillo set is so soft and will knit up in a flash in the gorgeously bulky Fibre Co.’s Tundra! The kit comes with the colors pictured in the finished set, but there are several beautiful combinations you can put together with Tundra! If I were going to knit this set, I would choose the three playful colors on the left: Sockeye Salmon, Snowdrift, and Blue Lagoon.

Yojimbo Knit Shawl

Twist Collective Yojimbo Knit Shawl Pattern

Designed by Nancy Vandivert

The Yojimbo shawl may be knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont, but either way it would be one of my favorite pieces in this issue. I love anything with a bold geometric motif and a fun to knit stitch pattern and Yojimbo has both! This gorgeous shawl is achieved with a slipped stitch mosaic color work pattern and finished off with a bold intarsia edge. The kit comes with the colors pictured in the finished garment, but I pulled a few more options so you could get creative and change up the blue to be whatever color would fit your wardrobe best!

Mill Creek Hat & Cowl Knitting Kit

Twist Collective Mill Creek Knit Hat Cowl Pattern

Designed by Sierra Morningstar

How cute is the playful reindeer motif on this set?! I’m definitely going to knit up a few of these for Christmas gifts next year. They’re the perfect mix of playful, cozy, and cool! It’s the perfect style for someone who loves a little bit of cutesy mixed in with their bold patterns!

What are your favorite patterns from the Twist Collective Winter 2018 issue?

5 Patterns To Knit & Crochet Right Now!

Friday, January 5th, 2018
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If you’re like us, you may have gone overboard during our Year End Sale. Or maybe you received a WEBS gift card and bought a ton of new yarns at a fantastic price with no pattern in mind. If you’re in need of a refresh, we have plenty of inspo to help you start off 2018. Here are some of our picks!

1. If you treated yourself to a worsted weight superwash, like Madelinetosh Vintage, Lyrical Knit’s I Am Groot sweater is the perfect pattern to compliment a rich, hand dyed yarn. Oversized, seamless, and accented with a panel of delicate cables, I Am Groot is a great option for winter knitting.

2. One of our favorite yarns for kid’s projects and accessories, Conway + Bliss Lolli, comes in a wide range of bright colors, with a neon burst throughout the strand, which kicks classic pieces up a notch. Try knitting the Colour Block Sweater for your favorite tween.

3. The soft, painterly colors of Juniper Moon Farm Findley DK Dappled would look extraordinary knit up in a lace shawl like Tin Can Knits’ Sunflower Shawl. One of the best things about this pattern is that it includes instructions for lighter weight shawls as well – perfect for using up additional yarns!

 

4. We’re loving Vickie Howell’s Super Bulky Baby Blanket crocheted in Valley Superwash Super Bulky. With so many vivid and neutral colors to choose from, this is the perfect statement piece to work on this winter – and a quick crochet project to boot! Add a few more colors, and you’ll have an adorable throw to accent your sofa! 

 

5. For all of you crocheters out there who love gradient projects as much as we do, we have the Transition Shawl from Kira K. Designs. If you’re looking for something beautiful to create with that cake of Scheepjes Whirl you’ve been eyeing, then this is the project for you! Look at that lace edging!

 

What are you working on right now? Be sure to tag @WEBSFiberFollowThrough to show us your WIPs and FOs – you may even be featured!

Introducing Valley Yarns Worthington

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
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Here at WEBS we are always excited to unveil a new Valley Yarn! One of our newest yarns has already become a favorite of ours. Valley Yarns Worthington is a tweedy blend of wool, alpaca, and viscose, in a sophisticated color range – easy to wear and definitely fun to craft with!

Worthington is a DK weight yarn with a plied texture that works up at about 5.5 to 6 stitches per inch on a US 5 or 6 needle. It has a slight halo and a beautiful, rustic-feeling hand. Worthington is lightweight and comes in a wearable color palette. It’s sure to become your new go-to for sweaters, hats, and mittens!

One of our favorite things about Worthington is its incredible stitch definition. It’s gorgeous in stockinette, but when it’s worked up in a cable, like this one from Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook, that’s when it really shines!

You could also try crocheting a cozy lap rug using several colors – the wool and alpaca blend is warm and cozy, and it will look stunning with your home decor!

Our first Worthington project, Duxbury Mitts, shown in Evergreen, have been a huge hit – who doesn’t love the look of these tweedy cabled mitts? They’re warm, yet lightweight, perfect for wearing at work or while driving if you’re looking to keep your hands cozy without the added bulk of full mittens.  We’re envisioning them knit up in Rhododendron or Arctic for a quick and easy holiday gift.

Worthington is lightweight and comfortable next to the skin, and we’re loving the way it looks in the Adilah Pullover. The fitted silhouette is timeless,  while the flattering V-neck adorned with delicate cables will be fun to knit. The hard part will be choosing a color!

Since it’s starting to get colder here in Western Massachusetts, it’s time to think about hats and mittens for winter. Lucky for us, Adventure Du Jour designed the Box Top Hat and Mittens in Worthington! We love coordinating accessory sets, and this one is definitely a winner. Cables knit on a background of reverse stockinette are always entertaining. We’re thinking about making a set in coordinating colors!

Check out the full selection of Valley Yarns Worthington here!

 

 

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 500: Kathy Talks With Jakob Lang

Saturday, September 9th, 2017
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This week, we’re celebrating our 500th episode! The first episode of Ready, Set, Knit! premiered on November 4th, 2006, and since then, it’s been almost 11 years of fantastic interviews and inspiration. This week, Kathy is talking with Jakob Lang of Lang Yarns, who are also celebrating a milestone – their 150th year in business! Listen to learn more about the Lang family and how their business got started! To top off our celebration, we’re giving away TWO Lang Bjork Cowl kits on Facebook and Instagram. To enter, visit the WEBS Facebook and Instagram pages (both @websyarn) and comment what you would most like to learn about, or who you’d like to hear interviewed. Feel free to enter both, but only one vote will count!

Check out the gorgeous offerings we have from Lang this fall!

…and not to worry! Steve will be back with his yarn picks next week!

The 2017 Fall Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for fall! 

Reminder

Fall classes are LIVE!! Have you been itching to take the plunge and learn how to knit or crochet? How about fine-tuning your weaving and spinning skills? Click HERE to take a peek of our full list of class offerings – but be quick! They are known to fill up fast!

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Upcoming Events

You can sign up for the 11th annual WEBS Rhinebeck Roadtrip RIGHT NOW!! Have you started knitting your sweater yet? Click here for more details and to purchase your ticket…seats always fill up super fast, and you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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3 Ways to Style: WEBS Learn to Knit Kit

Monday, July 31st, 2017
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One of the best things about being able to knit your own clothes is pairing your handmade items with things you already own!

Here at WEBS, people often tell us that they would love to learn to knit but they don’t live close enough to take a class, or they have a friend who wants to learn, but they don’t know where to start. We can help you with that!

We’ve created a Learn To Knit Kit complete with helpful easy to follow directions and a YouTube playlist so you can see each technique in action. Each kit include everything you’ll need to create your first scarf from start to finish!

When you’ve finished your first knitted garment, you might wonder what you’re going to wear it with? Take a quick look at our Learn to Knit scarf in Lime, made using Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky, a super-soft washable merino wool with an irresistible color selection.

For a casual autumn look, try wearing your scarf wrapped twice, with leggings and a flannel shirt! The faux leather jacket and chunky faux suede booties add a slight edge, while the textured scarf in a bright green brings warmth back into the outfit.

One of my favorite ways to wear a scarf is folded in half, with the ends pulled through the loop. Pairing your new scarf with a jean jacket and cords makes for an easy to wear outfit for running weekend errands!

Last minute brunch date? Not to worry! Your scarf is the perfect pop of color against a camel-colored coat, printed and cropped navy pants, and finished off with leopard print wedge sandals. Lookin’ cute!

 

Your WEBS Learn to Knit Kit includes:

  •  two balls of Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky
  • one pair of size US #10 needles made of smooth and easy-to-use birchwood
  • one handy tapestry needle – you’ll need it to weave in those pesky little ends!
  •  one booklet with easy-to-understand pictorials that detail how to knit your first pattern, as well as four extra stitch patterns for when you’re ready to move on!
  • YouTube videos so you can see each knitting technique in action!
  •  one super cute muslin bag to keep your project contained (first 25 customers only!)

Order our kit today and you’ll know how to knit before summer is over! You’ll want to hurry, though, because those adorable bags are only available with the first 25 kits. And, if green isn’t your thing, and you’re psyched to knit your new scarf in a neutral, we have two more color options available to fit your personal style! To order yours, click here!

We’re here to help you start knitting, but once you start, you won’t be able to stop 🙂

Valley Yarns Style Guide: 3 Ways To Style the Harkin Pullover

Friday, July 7th, 2017
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Do you ever see something that you really want to knit, but aren’t sure how you would fit that style into your current wardrobe?

Me too. All the time.

We all want to get as much use out of our handknits as possible. Making your own clothing is time consuming and can get very expensive.

When I’m looking at a potential new project, I ask myself these four questions:

1. What fiber will I knit this in and realistically wear?

This is really a two-part question. What is the original garment made out of? Was it designed for a cotton and silk blend, so it will have lots of drape and movement? If so, would  I be willing to invest the time and money into that particular yarn or something similar? Will it look as good in a superwash Merino? Will I have to take special care when laundering the garment? If you’re looking to make an aran sweater with a turtleneck, choosing a cotton is probably not the best idea – even if it has the same stitch gauge. The same goes for a summery linen top. The fabric won’t act the same if knit in a bouncy superwash Merino as it would in a linen fiber.

2. What color do I want to knit it in vs. what color will actually work with what I have?

This can be a really tough one, especially if you’re like me, and tend to be interested in knitting only with a few different shades. So, if the sample garment is knit in a bright yellow, can I envision it in a different color? Would the stitch pattern disappear if I used my favorite hue? Would I wear that trendy neon green speckled color next season? How many tops do I have that will go under that sweater and will I have to buy more to coordinate? Sometimes you just can’t tell until you’ve actually knit it. My advice would be to buy a skein of that color and swatch it. Hold it up against your skin in natural and unnatural light. Drape it over clothes you already own. If you can still envision yourself wearing that color, then by all means, use it!

3. I like the shape of this garment – but will I like it on me? 

Another tough question. If you’re petite, maybe you’re not comfortable wearing something long and oversized without  changing the length a bit (or quite a bit). If you’re busty with wide shoulders, you may need to choose a pattern that can accommodate your frame. A taller body may need to edit where the waist shaping is on a sweater as well as the length. The list goes on and on. All of our bodies are sized differently and a lot of patterns are only written for a handful of sizes (although most designers are getting much better about expanding their sizing options). For me, if I have to change more than three things about a pattern to feel comfortable in it, I’m out. Pull out some of your favorites and decide what you think looks best on you, and try choosing a pattern that has similar qualities.

4. How many outfits can I make out of things I already own? Will I have to buy something to go with this?  

If your wardrobe is more jeans-and-a-tee, maybe you won’t get as much wear out of that gorgeous cable-knit skirt as you would a top-down raglan. If you live in Hawaii, you might not have the same need for a closet full of Lopi sweaters as someone in Alaska might.

Ok, so maybe that was more than four questions, but I think you get the gist of it. Of course, we support making what you want, when you want, but we also want you to get as much wear as you can out of your handknits, and to make something you’ll cherish!

Today, we’re taking the Harkin Pullover, by Kirsten Hipsky, knit in Valley Yarns Hatfield, and styling it three different ways. Harkin is an oversized pullover, knit in a lace weight alpaca on size 8 needles. It’s roomy and comes in several sizes. It’s very lightweight, but adds a touch of warmth to almost any outfit, which is perfect for all seasons, and definitely easy to mix and match with what you probably already own!

For our Valley Yarns 2017 catalog, we styled the Harkin Pullover with medium-wash skinny jeans, brown riding boots, and a chunky necklace. It’s a simple outfit that definitely has an autumnal feel. Since we’re still a couple of months away from Fall here in the Pioneer Valley, I styled Harkin three ways that could work in the summer, using items pulled from my own wardrobe.

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The first outfit is a summery recreation of the original look. When late summer mornings start to get cool, I often throw a lightweight sweater over a tank. I used medium-wash jeggings with a black cami to pair underneath. Instead of tall boots, I chose these colorful, faux-leather flat sandals that were a steal at Target. To top it off, I grabbed a small cross-body bag.

valley yarns knit sweater harkin 2Do you wear your knits to work? We do at WEBS!

For a casual office, the unstructured and oversized Harkin Pullover would look great over the same black camisole, and with a flouncy patterned skirt. Cute, shiny, and comfy, these flat sandals add texture and shine.

valley yarns knit sweater harkin 3

For the final outfit, I wanted to dress Harkin up a bit. I chose an ultra-short, strappy sundress, with chunky wedge platforms. The colors of the floral print compliment the sweater’s deep red color, and because the knitted fabric is sheer, a bit of that print will peek through! It’s the perfect cover-up for a summer date night!

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How do you style your handknits? We want you to show us! Tag us @websyarn on Instagram, or share them in our Ravelry group!

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 493: Kathy Talks with Andra Asars

Saturday, July 1st, 2017
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Today on Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy is interviewing Andra Asars, our Berroco representative and longtime friend of WEBS! Kathy and Andra are having a great conversation all about the four new Berroco releases for Fall ’17, Quechua, Bento, Catena, and Millefiori Big. As always, these new yarns come with fantastic pattern support crafted by the Berroco design team. You won’t want to miss this!

 

Check out the pattern collections for these yarns! There are tons of fantastic garments and accessories, with great styling ideas!

Quechua

Bento

Catena

Millefiori Big

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

WEBS will be CLOSED Tuesday, July 4th (store and shipping), but you can shop online!

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 492: Kathy Talks With Tina Whitmore

Saturday, June 24th, 2017
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This week on Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy is talking with Tina Whitmore, owner of Freia Yarns. Tina started knitting as a child, and has been knitting ever since! She now owns and dyes for Freia Fine Handpaints – and creates the STUNNING hand-pained ombre colorways we all drool after! Listen to learn more about Tina and her company, and what inspired her to start dyeing yarns!

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Don’t forget! This week is the I-91 Shop Hop weekend! Stop by WEBS and grab a free pattern, designed exclusively for Shop Hop by Melissa LaBarre!! Are you going to try and hit all 11 in one day?

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

Don’t forget to pick up your passport for the I-91 Shop Hop, which is taking place THIS WEEKEND!!  11 shops are participating this year, with raffles and prizes galore! If you make it to all 11 stores and fill your passport, you could win a huuuuuge gift basket!

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

WEBS will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 491: Kathy Talks With Janice Kang

Saturday, June 17th, 2017
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This week, Kathy is talking with Janice Kang, knitwear designer and longtime friend of WEBS. For our 40th Anniversary, Janice designed the Mixed Tide Shawl, which knits up beautifully in 2/10 Merino Tencel (Colrain Lace). She entered a version in the California State Fair in 2014, and it placed! Summer is here, and it’s fair season! Janice is an award-winning knitter, so listen to hear more about entering your knitwear in fair exhibits! You won’t want to miss this.

Janice’s award-winning Lady’s Circular Cape in Shell Pattern, knit in Valley 2/10 Merino Tencel.

Janice’s Must Have Cardigan, knit in Valley Northampton.

Janice is also a weaver. Her Pseudo Crackle bag in Valley 5/2 Cotton placed 2nd!

Check out Janice’s blog to read more about the California State Fair results here.

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

Don’t forget to pick up your passport for the I-91 Shop Hop, which is taking place from Thursday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 25th- NEXT WEEK!!! 11 shops are participating this year, with raffles and prizes galore! If you make it to all 11 stores and fill your passport, you could win a huuuuuge gift basket!

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

WEBS will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 489: Kathy Talks With Leanne Pressly

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
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This week, Kathy is talking with Leanne Pressly, CEO of Stitchcraft Marketing! Leanne started knitting in college, which led her to a job at Interweave, and now she runs her own marketing firm. Stitchcraft Marketing that services fiber companies, quilting and fabric companies, and other crafting industries. Listen to learn more about what’s hot right now in the knitting industry, and what’s on our radar! Take a peek at the Stitchcraft Marketing portfolio over here, and check out who is using their services.

 

Listen to the Stitchcraft Podcast here!

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

Don’t forget to pick up your passport for the I-91 Shop Hop, which is taking place from Thursday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 25th! 11 shops are participating this year, with raffles and prizes galore! If you make it to all 11 stores and fill your passport, you could win a huuuuuge gift basket!

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

WEBS will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th!

Upcoming Events

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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