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Raising The Bar

Friday, March 11th, 2016
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In February, I worked at the WEBS booth at Stitches West, in California. So many folks wandered into our booth to see what goodies we had, and I had a blast helping them find great yarns (not hard) and walking them through patterns for projects they wanted to make. I kept hearing the same thing, which was usually a variation of “I’m not a very good knitter, I can’t make that pattern because it’s too hard, are you sure I can handle that yarn/pattern/needle size/stitch pattern?”

The first thing I ever knit was a sweater, and it remains the ugliest sweater ever, but because I started with something sort of difficult, I think I have a bit more confidence about some things in the knitting world than I might if I had just stuck with scarves or hats. I would never say I’m a fantastic knitter, but I can get a project done without much whining and I love stitch textures like cables and knit/purl combos.

The Mill River Cardigan knit in Valley Yarns Sunderland. Read more on the WEBS Blog at

In that vein, I am encouraging all knitters who have ever wanted to knit a sweater to choose our Valley Yarns pattern 668, the Mill River Cardigan. First of all, it’s knit in Sunderland, which is the softest, coziest, DK-weight baby alpaca I’ve ever felt. The lace panels on either side of the front button bands won’t weigh the sweater down, but will let air and light filter through the panels to create movement and loft. I personally think it’s a triumph of sweater design by our own Kirsten Hipsky.

It’s a classically shaped cardigan, knit in pieces and seamed at the shoulders, sides, and sleeves; you’ll pick up stitches for the two bands on each front piece and you can choose to put in buttons and buttonholes, or leave it open. Either way, you’ll get a sweater’s worth of fiber and finishing education. If you get stuck on anything, check out our website for technique videos – we’ve got a lot of help for you! Or go to your LYS, which, hopefully, is WEBS. Either way, once you finish this charming garment, you’ll be filled with a new confidence and ready for more!

What knitting challenge will you take on this year?

Cleckheaton Australian Superfine Merino 8 Ply

Thursday, March 10th, 2016
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Cleckheaton Superfine Australian Merino 8-Ply at Read more on the WEBS blog at

Usually reserved for the finest men’s suiting, Cleckheaton has taken the same incredibly soft fiber and created a spectacular yarn. This high quality wool is put up in 65 gram balls making it 30% larger than an average yarn ball. The larger put up and quality fiber make Cleckheaton Superfine Australian Merino 8-Ply a yarn that’s not to be missed at an amazing price. The combination of the bright white natural color of the fleece and the fine crimp of this wool lends a depth of color to the rich, solid tones, and the cable-plied construction of the yarn itself gives you a round and bouncy DK weight yarn with incredible stitch definition.

Cleckheaton Superfine Australian Merino 8-Ply at Read more on the WEBS blog at

Welcome baby home with bold colors and modern flair. The simple repeated geometric stitch pattern of the Mod Baby Blanket combined with rich saturated hues and a pop of color on the border knit up into a pleasingly unexpected project.

Cleckheaton Superfine Australian Merino 8-Ply at Read more on the WEBS blog at

A sophisticated and tailored sweater that will certainly become a 4-season favorite, the Longline Cardigan is a fully fashioned knit with subtle stitch patterning and optional patch pockets. Work up this knit in a versatile neutral, or add a pop of color to your wardrobe with a jewel tone or modern color blocks. And don’t miss out on 4 other fantastic patterns in this yarn, the Triple Stitch Cowl, the Sweater Cape, Brioche Beanie and Mitts, and the lovely Crochet Cowl.

Longmeadow in Vogue Early Spring 2016

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
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With each release of Vogue Knitting we look forward to seeing what wonderful new garments designers have imagined with our Valley Yarns and Early Spring 2016 does not disappoint!

High Low Tunic knit in Valley Yarns Longmeadow in Vogue Knitting Early Spring 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at

Julie Turjoman has designed the close fitting, High Low Tunic, with a split back and gorgeous slipped stitch texture. Once the body pieces have been knit and seamed the bodice is picked up and worked in the round. While we are sold out of the Winter Lake colorway we have quite a few fun and summer color in Longmeadow. Go classic and beachy with Natural, or add a splash of color with Periwinkle or Coral.

New designs from Vogue Knitting Early Spring 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at

And don’t miss out on all the other incredible designs in this issue!

#4 Graphic Top by Yoko Hatta in Cascade Yarns Anchor Bay, #5 Striped Romper by Courtney Cedarholm in Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Dyed, #13 Open Waves Top by Jacqueline van Dillen in Rowan Creative Linen, #16 Cable & Lace Duster by Yoko Hatta in Plymouth Yarn Linen Concerto, #17 Deep V-Neck Duster by Deborah Newton in Classic Elite Yarns Soft Linen, #18 Lacy Cardi by Sarah Hatton in Rowan Pure Linen, #19 Deep Rib Tank by Annabelle Speer in Cascade Yarns Fixation Solid, #24 Eyelet Top by Yoko Hatta in Fibre Company Meadow.

Special Fiber Packs for Spring Training!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
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We are going all in with the sports metaphors this year. We already have the Tour de Fleece in July; we needed a spring equivalent and what better event to represent skill building than Spring Training? In my last post I talked about the event we are having on March 13 – be sure to check it out and sign up if you are in the area.

Spring training is about more than the event, however. We created some great fiber pack specials to add excitement and zip to your spinning life. We started with an assortment of fibers and blends from Louet to keep things interesting and encourage spinners to try new fibers. Then we asked our friends at Frabjous Fibers to dye an exclusive colorway just for Spring Training and we added that to the pack. And because we love bonuses, we added a (not so) little bag as the icing on the cake.

Spring Training Fiber Packs at WEBS. Read more on the WEBS Blog at

The Rookie Pack features easy-to-spin fibers that are perfect for newer spinners, with enough variety to keep you from getting bored. There’s a half-pound of Blue Faced Leicester and another half-pound of Falkland, and for some fun color play there are 4 different 4-ounce bags of dyed Corriedale. The Frabjous Fiber Take Me Out to the Ballpark colorway is dyed in BFL and will amaze you with a gradient of luscious hues from the ballpark – green grass, blue skies and a touch of brown (that’s either the pitcher’s mound or the color of your uniform after sliding in to home plate).

The All Star Pack brings some different players to the field with half-pound bags of Masham, Light Grey Romney, and Medium Grey Romney. We added some color with a half-pound bag of dyed Merino/Silk and then sprinkled in a 2 ounce bag of Camel/Silk for a touch of luxury. This pack also contains 4 ounces of the exclusive Take Me Out to the Ballpark colorway, this time in a BFL/Silk base.

Remember the surprise I hinted about? As a special bonus, when you buy either of the fiber packs, you will get a free gift – a cotton tote bag for carrying your fiber and yarn. This bag is sturdy and roomy enough for some serious stash, with great shoulder straps to make it easy to carry and WEBS’ Spring Training logo on the outside pocket.

I’m pretty excited to dive into these packs (um, yeah, I may be buying both packs) and feel what it’s like to spin some fibers I haven’t tried yet. I’m not sure if I’ll start with the Romney (maybe a marled 2-ply with the two shades of grey?) or the Take Me Out to the Ballpark (maybe a Navajo ply?). Which of these would be your first choice?

Another Fine Donegal I’ve Gotten Myself Into

Friday, February 26th, 2016
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vintage leaf sweater

Photo copyright Debbie Bliss

I have been loving Debbie Bliss’s Fine Donegal from afar these days, but I grabbed a skein to check out a particularly pleasing color this afternoon (it has an antiseptic number instead of a name, but if I were the Head Namer at Debbie Bliss, I would probably call it Pine Forest with New-Growth Leaves), and I fell in love with it all over again.  It’s a scrumptious blend of wool and cashmere in a sport-weight gauge of 6.5 stitches to an inch on US size 3’s, which is my sweet spot. My love was confirmed when I went wandering around on Ravelry to see what folks are making with this delicious stuff, and found The Vintage Leaf Sweater, designed by Debbie herself and found in the pattern book that supports this yarn (also called Fine Donegal). All the pictures in this book must have been taken on a really hot day because the model looks really mad. No matter; the garments drew me in and especially Ms. Vintage Leaf. Body-conscious, close-fitting at the neck, and with a hypnotic twisted-stitch lace pattern that looks like –you guessed it — leaves. It has an afterthought collar, and elbow-length sleeves that add even more class.

It’s snowing here today, and even though we had the coldest weekend ever, I’m hopeful that looking at some sweet tweedy yarn will bring a little spring to mind. Happy knitting!

Spring yarns from Berroco

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
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The folks at Berroco must have been dreaming about a Mediterranean vacation when they created their yarns for Spring 2016, and what a great choice because that’s what they’ve got me dreaming about knitting and crocheting for!

Berroco Elba available now at Read more on the WEBS Blog at

Elba is a cotton tape yarn that feels t-shirt soft against the skin. Machine washable in saturated tonal colors it may be my new favorite summer sweater yarn! The Abree cardigan looks like the perfect extra layer, and while I ;ike the mossy green they used for the sample I might go for a softer grey, or their rich orange!

Berroco Corsica available now at Read more on the WEBS Blog at

Two words perfectly describe Berroco Corsica, comfortable luxury!  Cotton and cashmere are blended in a 90/10 mix which means easy, machine washable garments and accessories that are just a little bit decadent. I’m not sure which of the soft, heathered shades I want to use to crochet the Tucker cardigan, maybe I’ll just make two or three!

Berroco Mykonos available now at Read more on the WEBS Blog at

Berroco Mykonos is a silky blend of linen, nylon and cotton with a shine you won’t believe! If you remember Berroco Seduce, and miss it like I do, you’ll love this one. Summer tops and accessories that will feel cool against your skin, in vibrant summer shades, are the perfect anecdote to the winter doldrums. Sometimes you want a little shawl for style rather than warmth and the Xenia shawl fits the bill, it’s like knitted jewelry!

Now I just have to decide what I’ll cast on for first! And be sure to check out the pattern support for each of these yarns by clicking on the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of the yarns page, there’s lots more fantastic garments and accessories.

New Yarn and new color for Spring from Classic Elite

Friday, February 19th, 2016
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The newest yarn from Classic Elite, Calista, has amazing texture due to it’s construction, it’s actually a crocheted chain! This DK weight yarn is 100% mercerized cotton which gives it a lovely sheen, and is lightweight enough for beautiful summer garments. Think sweaters, tanks and wraps.

Classic Elite Yarns Calista. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comClassic Elite Firefly has been with us for a few years but they’ve added some new colors for 2016. A wonderful blend of Viscose and linen, with a slightly nubby texture, Firefly works up into a fabric with a beautiful, glowing sheen and the drape is incredible too. There are plenty of sophisticated summer garments in the Wooded Glen Collection, perfect for showcasing this yarn’s unique features.

There’s no better time to dream about, and plan for, those warm summer days. What warm weather knits do you have on your needles?


Friday, February 12th, 2016
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Apparently, the new new thing is gradients. I’ve been hearing about them here and there, and they seem to be popping up all over. We’ve got the lovliest set of gradients in the store by indie dyer Kate Bacchus of A Hundred Ravens and when I picked up a colorway called Legolas, I was enchanted. We all know that in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Legolas was the CUTEST. And, bonus for me, he’s Jewish.

The sets are made of her Iachos yarn and each contain seven mini-skeins ranging from light to deep. Legolas is a meltingly beautiful mix of greens, from coolest mint to pine-forest, with eye-catching twists of light and dark. Iachos is a soft superwash 2-ply merino wool, in a fingering weight. Each mini is about 55 yards, and the set adds up to 400 yards. You could make a cowl, scarf, or shawl easily. And it would be so much fun to knit! You could stripe or use the gradient from light to dark. When I checked out the sets on Ravelry, I saw very cool colorwork. The sky is the limit.

Best of all, for WEBS customers, the seven colorways we carry are exclusive to our store and customers! Check out all of Kate’s fabulous colors, and listen to our December “Ready, Set, Knit!” podcast when Kathy interviewed Kate about her New England business.

The Bleak Midwinter

Thursday, February 11th, 2016
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We’re in the thick of winter now; for a while it seemed that we were going to have a “no-snow” season, but as I look out my window now, there’s about two inches on the ground and it’s falling steadily. This weather makes me glad that I have a comforting project to sit with. I’ve just begun #677 Bookstack Cowlthe Bookstack Cowl, a Valley Yarns pattern knit in Superwash DK. It’s so squishy! I just love the hypnotic bookstack rib stitch. The image shows it knit in the “Cloudy Day” colorway, but I switched it up, to a bright red, to go with my black winter parka. The size is perfect for wearing doubled, and the spiraling bookstack rib pattern is reversible.

This doesn’t have to be a winter-only accessory; I could wear this in the spring with a long-sleeved tee in case a light jacket isn’t warm enough. It’s beautiful as well as functional, and isn’t that what the best knits should be?Bookstack rib

It’s Not Too Late For Valentine’s Day Knitting!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
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It’s down to the wire now–Valentine’s day is right around the corner and you’d love to give your boy- or girlfriend a handmade gift. But you procrastinated, and then you didn’t know what to knit, and then the Super Bowl happened…and now you have only a day or two to make a gift to warm a loved one’s heart. What to do? Fingerless Mitts to the rescue.

A quick trip around our website offers myriad possibilities, and not one of these patterns will take you more than a day or two. (Secret: you don’t have to block them if you completely run out of steam!)  My personal favorite is by one of my go-to pattern designers, ChickenBetty. Her Birthstone Pattern by Chicken Betty.  Photo by Lindsey TophamBirthstone mitts have a beautiful 2-stitch cable motif that goes down the back of each mitt. And the garnet colorway that you see in the pattern would be a lovely offbeat choice for a Valentine.

Spud and Chloe’s Venus Mitts are made in a lovely worsted weight yarn that will keep hands and wrists toasty and stylish. Plus, “Venus.” It screams Valentine. They take only one skein of Spud and Chloe SPUDCHLPDFOTRVENUSMI.zoom.1Sweater, a superwash yarn, and would be nice for either a man or a woman, depending on what color you choose.

Finally, the Swan’s Island Cafe Mitts are the simplest ever in a lovely 2-stripe sequence. Best of all, there are 3 different lengths you can make–so if you’re trying to git’er done on a lunch hour, make the shortest one! How SWANSISPDFCAFEMITTS.zoom.1about white and red stripes? Or, if you’re going manly, gray and blue look very nice together.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Make it a crafty one!