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It’s our 40th Anniversary!

Monday, January 20th, 2014
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Windchill PromoWe’re so excited to officially launch our 40th Anniversary celebrations and to share with you our first round of spectacular specialty products.

WEBS has teamed up with Madelinetosh to bring you our own Valley Yarns Superwash DK dyed in 19 of your favorite Madelinetosh colors and an exclusive Ruby colorway for our 40th year. This yarn is only available at WEBS and in limited quantities so get it while you can!

We’ve also partnered with 3 amazing designers who have worked their magic with this yarn.

Doris Chan designed the Cousteau Shawl that shows off the drape and movement of the Superwash DK beautifully and just seems to shimmer in the Cousteau colorway.

Melissa LaBarre’s  Windchill Cardigan, designed using the Baroque Violet colorway, is an easy, open front cardigan with great hem and neckline details.

And Amy Herzog worked with the Magnolia Leaf colorway to design a classic wardrobe staple with a few simple, yet  modern twists in the Thornes Pullover.

And this is just the start. We’ll have new and exclusive designs from some of your favorite designers throughout the year in some of our favorite Valley Yarns and each quarter we’ll bring you a new and exclusive hand dyed yarn.

As if all this amazing yarn and patterns weren’t enough, you can tote your new project around in a brand new, exclusive to WEBS, della Q bag! There will be a new bag from della Q each quarter.

We’ll also be unveiling new weaving drafts from long-time friends of WEBS, and some of our favorite weaving instructors throughout the year. Additionally, as part of our year-long celebration, we’re sponsoring a Weaving Contest with 4 different categories and 3 prizes per category! Full details and contest rules are available on our website.

We’ve got so much more for you this year. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Instagram, and on Ravelry for all the latest.

Thank you for 40 years and thank you for making us America’s Yarn Store!

How To Get Through The Awful Part of Winter

Friday, January 17th, 2014
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I am a professed winter-lover. I love the clean, white snow and the sharply etched night skies that come with cold weather, and I especially love layering on sweaters and blankets. However what I don’t love is what my area of the Northeast is enduring now: dirty, old snow with a treacherous icy topcoat, cloudy, raw days that spit an unappetizing mix of sleet and freezing rain, and a few days of absolute bone-chilling don’t-go-outside-or-your-face-will-freeze temperatures below zero.

These are the times that I rely on a pop of color, an unexpected fiber combination, or a fun, easy pattern that will help me endure until I can look at the 7-day weather forecast and not see one day that has a temperature in the single digits, or an unbroken line of clouds and ice. While walking through the store a day or so ago I stumbled upon one of Berroco’s new spring yarns, Folio.     FOLIOBERRO.4515.zoom.1First of all, bless Berroco for shipping their spring yarns in January. But also, thank you, Berroco, for showcasing my favorite fiber of all, alpaca, in such bright, rich colors! And thanks even more for combining it with just the right amount of rayon, so it won’t grow, pill, or lose its drape. I fell in love at first sight, and immediately hit on a pattern that shows my two color choices (Spruce–a bright olive green, and Criehaven–a honeyed dark yellow) to best advantage.

KitaKita, in the booklet Berroco 344 Folio which accompanies this yarn, is a long, drapy cardigan with a forgiving silhouette and a cozy ease.

What will help you through the worst part of winter? What gives you hope for spring?

Valley Yarns in the new Interweave Crochet!

Monday, January 13th, 2014
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The Winter 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet is out and we are loving the Marlo Cardigan designed by Vera Sanon. Tunisian honeycomb stitch, worked in Valley Yarns Charlemont Hand Dyed produces a textured fabric with drape, that resists curling and has minimal finishing.

Which Color of Charlemont Hand-Dyed will you be using?

Valley Yarns featured in Knit Simple

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
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The new, Winter 2013, issue of Knit Simple has hit the newsstands and it features 2 great projects knit with our very own Valley Yarns!

First is the Striped and Solid Cowl by Loren Cherensky knit in Northampton Bulky. Deceptively simple stitches combined with a bulky yarn make for a quick and easy project and with over 30 colors to choose from there’s a perfect color combination for almost everyone.

Second is the Dog Pillow designed by Amy Bahrt and knit in Valley Superwash. This whimsical little pillow, with adorable dachsunds, is worked in colorblocks with some easy garter stripes.

What will you be knitting from this issue?

Bang! Zoom! Pow!

Monday, January 6th, 2014
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CULLIGAN.zoom.1I consider myself a fairly straightforward knitter–I make hats, mittens, cowls, and the occasional sweater. I’m not knitting up dog sweaters (well, just once), toys, or iPad covers. Not, that is, until now. We featured the book Knits of Tomorrow on the blog a few weeks ago, and it caught my eye–mainly because my husband is an avid collector of space toys, especially rayguns, from the 1930’s onward. I thought he’d like a knitted object that isn’t a sweater or a hat (because, sadly, none of my family will wear the things I knit. They itch, apparently.) I found this great placemat/coaster set that features a raygun and burst of cosmic kablooey that I thought would be a quick, funraygun knit. The yarn the book calls for is Rowan Denim, but I’m going to switch it up with Rowan Handknit Cotton, which has lots of fun, unexpected colors and feels great on the needles.  Normally, I don’t love knitting with cotton, but the four plies twist in such a way that it doesn’t feel as stiff and unyielding as cotton sometimes can. Although the colors shown in the photo from the book are sort of dark and menacing, I am taking the design in a more light, fun way and I’ll probably use this bright, space-age green to pop out of a dark background.

rowan handknit cotton

I think that working on a totally different kind of project will clear my head as I hunker down to knit the 2 sweaters that are up next in my queue.

 

Comfort Knitting

Friday, December 20th, 2013
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I’ve been knitting so many small projects lately, for the ease of finishing them in a week or less. It also gives me a great excuse to try lots of different yarns and I’ve been branching out in my needle choices as well. But I’ve been seduced by a sweater pattern, and like dating, I want to find just the right yarn to settle down with since I’ll be living with it for a while. I think I’ve happened upon the best thing ever–Shalimar Homage DK.  I had an argument with myself about whether to go with the fabulously-named color “Land! Katie Scarlett” or the less-fabulous “Lagoon”, but the ” Lagoon” won, and I took a skein home to swatch. It’s just lovely. Smooth, with some subtle color Shalimar Homage DK in Lagoonshadings of blue and grey, but not muddy or with any pooling of darker colors. It knits right to gauge and when I washed my swatch (of course I washed it. Don’t you?) it bloomed but didn’t get fuzzy or pill-y. I think I’m going to really enjoy the miles of stockinette stitch my sweater pattern demands, and when it’s finished, I’ll have a soft, beautiful garment that will last forever. I think I’ll knit it on my current favorite needles, Karbonz; and I think I might even drop a hint about getting the Karbonz Interchangeable Deluxe Set, with the 4.5″ tips and 4 different cables. They hold the yarn smoothly while the pointy tips let me knit at top speed, which is a bonus with a sweater that includes pleats and a shawl collar. I’ll call it my “Happy New Year” gift, since Hanukkah is just a memory now. I hope your New Year includes all the yarn you need and some you don’t!

Comfort Knitting with Shalimar Yarns Homage DK

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.

“Hanukkah is Over, Full Speed Ahead to Christmas” Gifts

Friday, December 6th, 2013
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I’ve been wandering around the store, enjoying the festive look of our new cash wrap and the decorations around the shelves. Although my family celebrates Hanukkah, I always like the lights and pine-y scent of Christmas decor. I thought I’d mention some gift items for shoppers looking for Christmas stocking-stuffers as we look ahead a few weeks to present-opening day.

Kristin Nicholas is not only an icon in the knitting world but a good friend and a talented artist. A few years ago, she used some of her rare free time to knit sweaters for her lambs, and then photograph them and turn them into magical gift and greeting cards. How can you resist this face?

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Another friend and gifted artist is former WEBS employee and potter Malea Rhodes, who produces beautiful ornaments and porcelain buttons for sale in the store. These sheep would look right at home nestled on a knitter’s Christmas tree or carefully wrapped in a stocking or on a special package.

Just right for a crafty Christmas...

And last but not least, these exquisite scissors, which look like they came from an Edwardian sewing box, would be the perfect accessory for any crafter’s stash. The delicate gold accents don’t detract at all from the durability and sharpness of the tool, and it’ll be oohed and ahhed over at your next knitting group meeting.

Happy crafting, happy shopping, and happy holidays!scissors

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.