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Are 4 (or 5) Needles Better Than One?

Friday, August 16th, 2013
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Although my poor grandmother tried to teach me to knit when I was nine years old, I had absolutely no patience for fine motor skills at that point, and was much happier playing with her jewelry. I didn’t learn to knit until I was an adult, and I learned very traditionally: straight needles, follow a pattern, make a bottom-up sweater with set-in sleeves and a crew neck. When I started working at Webs shortly after I had gained some mastery of the craft, I was astounded at the variety of designs, techniques, and yarns I encountered. It was overwhelming, but I wanted to try it all. The one thing I stuck to was knitting any sort of tube with double-pointed needles. I honestly tried to use Magic Loop, two circulars, anything but DPNs. However, I don’t love knitting socks ( I have made exactly three socks) and I loved the way my DPNs made hats, baby booties, and sleeves on sweaters look. I’m always on the lookout for really great needles, and I think I have found my DPN mecca: Knitters Pride Karbonz. I recently knit baby sweaters for twins to be born in September, and the pattern was a beautifully easy top-down raglan with the sleeves picked up and knit on DPNs. I did one sweater with my old faithful Dreamz needles, but picked up a set of the Karbonz to try on sweater #2.

Reader, it was heaven.

All kinds’a’Karbonz at Webs!

The Karbonz shaft gripped the yarn just right–it slid easily but didn’t slide off. The tips are sharp and glide-y but they didn’t split the yarn, and there was no discernable bump or glitch at the place where the tip met the body of the needle. Best of all, they look super-badass. Shiny silver tip attached to a matte black needle made me feel a little naughty, even though the project they were attached to was the most adorable peach and lime green baby kimono. Karbonz are available in circulars as well, and we’ve just added interchangeable sets, too. They are well worth the slightly higher price point, and will last until your granddaughters refuse to learn to knit with them.

Debbie Bliss Crochet Living

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
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Debbie Bliss has released a new collection of crochet projects for the home, Crochet Living.

There are some simple but visually stunning blankets and home accessories, like pillows and table linens, as well as cozy, wearable accessories. With lots of colors available in Baby CashmerinoCashmerino Aran and Rialto DK you can take any of these patterns and make them your own.

I’m really loving the simple grey poncho with that pop of color from the orange buttons.


What Do You Get When You Cross a Knitting Bag with an iPad?

Saturday, July 6th, 2013
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Bonnie totes her tech!

You get the Yarn Pop Commuter and Mini Commuter. When I first worked in the store at Webs, customers would bring in their patterns, sometimes tattered and illegible, when they searched for yarn. Nowadays, most of our clientele has moved their pattern library onto their iPad, Kindle, iPhone, or Android device. And why not? Technology has it all over in the world of fiber. Check out this blog post by my co-worker, J, on the many, many apps, tricks, and techniques that knitters and crocheters can use on their notebook computer. Wouldn’t it be great to carry your iPad or Mini around in a case that also holds your needles, scissors, and stitch markers? Yarn Pop, maker of great totes and project bags, has come to the rescue again with the Commuter and the Mini Commuter.

Multi-tasking Commuter from Yarn Pop

It comfortably holds an iPad or Mini securely in a clear plastic case that allows fingertip access, and has a dedicated space protected by a microfiber panel, for circular and double-pointed needles. The handy zipper pocket even holds a small skein of yarn or the beginning of a project so you can knit on the go. I think the best use for this ingenious gadget sherpa is to carry along with your project bag, so that your pattern, tools, and yarn is right at your fingertips. No more screen scratches from an errant needle, no more guessing at yardage because you don’t have your pattern with you at the LYS. There’s a Mini version for e-readers and the new iPad Mini, in great patterns as well.


The Buzz at WEBS – May 31, 2013

Friday, May 31st, 2013
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

I can’t believe I finally finished the Valley Yarns Amethyst Brook Crocheted Afghan. Around the time that this pattern was released (almost 3 years ago!) I was looking for an afghan pattern where I could have fun playing with one of my favorite yarns, Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool. (It’s even in our Anniversary Sale for only $6.99 a hank!) Sara Delaney’s pattern was a perfect fit. While working on this project the past couple years, I was able to develop my crochet skills, have an easily portable project, and learn that randomly placing hexagons can be a beautiful thing. I love my new blanket so much. But what I didn’t expect after making and joining so many hexagons, I kind of want to start another one all over again. For more pictures and details about my afghan, you can visit my Ravelry project page here. > Dena C.

I am having a blast crocheting with the 3/2 Valley Cotton. It has a lovely sheen, and I think the fabric will drape very nicely when I am done. Also, despite being a good sturdy weaving cotton it is fairly soft. I’m crocheting a Shell Brimmed Cloche as a gift, and I think I want one for myself! > Kristin L.

Working at WEBS, a lot of new books come across my desk, and this one really stood out. Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out is full of fantastic patterns that are two projects in one by flipping it inside out. A dog house that transforms into a dog, a bunny that transforms into a sheep, even a chicken that transforms into a fox! These projects look fun to knit, and twice as much fun to give. Kids can easily turn the project inside out to reveal the surprise. I know plenty of adults who would love these as gifts too. > Grace H.

The Buzz at WEBS – May 17, 2013

Friday, May 17th, 2013
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I have been frantically knitting another supply of these Ruffle Washcloths for thank you gifts, Mother’s day and end of the year Teacher gifts. I knit a bunch every year and every year they are out the door as quickly as I can knit them!  They pair nicely with a fun bar of soap and pretty ribbon. I have found that they knit up nicely in almost any cotton but I think they would be beautiful in Bristol Yarn BradfordClassic Elite Seedling, or Rowan Handknit Cotton. Back to washcloth knitting! > Amy S.

The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs by Sarah Anderson – This fantastic compendium of spinning delights began to excite and inspire me as soon as I cracked it open. I sat down with it recently, began poring over its well organized chapters, and then immediately dove into my stash of handspinning scraps and started to combine them in new ways. The book is beautifully photographed and thoughtfully designed for easy reference. It includes a set of handy cards that can be used right at the spinning wheel to check your work during spinning, like the angle of twist or the structure of a multi-stranded yarn. This is a must have smorgasbord of inspiration and juicy tidbits of information that will bring new textures and dimensions to your handspun yarns! > Ashley F.

The inviting aroma of lavender drew me in to the Milk and Honey Lotion Bars as I walked by them in the warehouse one day. I had to buy one! Molded into decorative cakes, these all natural lotion bars are a compact alternative to liquid lotion bottles. Made from beeswax and infused almond oil, they not only moisturize your skin, but leave a heavenly lasting fragrance. I love the calming scent of lavender, and use this lotion at my desk whenever I need a little pick-me-up. The lotion bars are great to toss in your project bag, as some fibers will dry out your hands when you work with them. Snagging yarn on dry cuticles is the worst! A little does go a long way, your body heat will melt the oils and absorb into your skin. This lotion bar doesn’t leave my side! > Deb S.

The Buzz at WEBS – May 3, 2013

Friday, May 3rd, 2013
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

One of my favorite yarn and pattern combos is the Plymouth Yarn Select DK Merino Superwash and Rebecca Danger’s Monster Chunks pattern. The yarn is super soft and comes in a lot of great colors. The Monster Chunks pattern is quick and easy, and it’s the first time I knit something so many times in a row without getting sick of the pattern.  And the Monster Chunks look great with button eyes or safety eyes! > Jackie V.

I designed this cowl, The Bramble Cowl, for my older daughter who lives in England. Even though it’s spring, it’s still cool and blustery there. She loves chunky cowls but not the weight. I couldn’t resist all the beautiful colors of Madelinetosh Vintage that we have in the store. I just kept picking up skeins and putting them together. After I knit one for my oldest daughter, my younger daughter wanted one too, then I wanted one.  I can’t quite stop knitting these.  I have yarn for at least three more in beautiful color pairings. > Amy S.

I have been on a serious cowl kick recently. This one is The Wave Cowl, made with Noro Ayatori. I have been wanting to work with this yarn for a very long time but couldn’t figure out what to make with it. Right before a long car trip I decided to buy two skeins and make something. When all else fails, knit a cowl! That seems to be my current motto. Before the trip even started I knit up a cowl that turned out to be the perfect weight for a chilly spring or summer evening. This yarn is so soft and light. Of course I had to pick up another two skeins so I had something to knit on the trip. I have another one on the needles right now! > Amy S.

Amy has some great stories to tell. You can read more about her Bramble Cowl, her Wave Cowl and more on her blog,


The Buzz at WEBS – April 19, 2013

Friday, April 19th, 2013
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

Left: There’s a potholder swap annually on Ravelry that I participated in the very first year. It was lots of fun! Not only did I get a set of amazing potholders from all over the country, but it pushed me into one of my first designs, Disc-Disc. This year I got the itch to participate again and when I just couldn’t find a pattern I really liked, the inspiration bug bit me once again. This is my HOTbutton Potholder pattern and it’s free through the end of May, 2013. Enjoy! > Sara D.

Right: I’m crazy about the Needle Nanny we carry now. Not only are they adorable, but the super strong magnet is SO useful to have on hand! I’ve been using mine as a makeshift button on my sweater at work all week. I’m working on a crochet pattern that weaves in a lot of ends, and having the Needle Nanny attached to my sleeve or collar vastly trumps my usual method of stabbing it into the nearest cushioned surface, which I promptly forget! > Kerry T.

This blanket has been a year and a half in the making and I am so happy it is done! It is a very special thank you gift for a dear family friend. I bought the yarn, Blue sky Alpacas Dyed cotton, over the course of a year, one color at a time. The blanket used a total of 28 skeins! The pattern is the Chevron Baby Blanket from the Purl Bee, but enlarged to fit a single sized bed. The finished measurements are 62” X 121”, slightly stretched. We are going to visit soon so I can personally deliver this blanket. I didn’t want to trust it to the mail and I also didn’t want to pay postage. The blanket weighs about 10lbs! Until then it will rest on this bed where I can look at it every so often. > Amy S.

The Buzz at WEBS – April 5, 2013

Friday, April 5th, 2013
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I have been loving my Schacht Zoom Loom over the last week! I used Tahki Cotton Classic for a coaster and a Noro yarn that’s been sitting in my stash for a while to make a coaster and then a trivet by sewing 4 squares together. The Zoom Loom is easy to use, and the finished squares are versatile. You can use them as coasters, pockets, tech cases, or washcloths. Then, sew them together to make potholders, blankets, purses, scarves, or even add a knit or crocheted border to a finished square! > Jackie V.

(Left) I have been having a lot of fun crocheting coasters with the 8/2 Warp Linen. It works up such a nice rustic and sweet little project. It would be kind of fun to go even further with this idea and make a couple doilies or placemats. They’re perfect for coffee coasters because it doesn’t show the stains. You can find the pattern here or at  > Kristin L.

(Right) I have a new cowl pattern, Fluvial, that I’ve been working on for a bit and I had to try it in a few different yarns to find the right one. I was most happy with the Rowan Felted Tweed in the Peony. It’s a DK weight with a great halo and tweedy pops of color and just enough body to hold up in an open stitch pattern. > Sara D.

The Buzz at WEBS – March 22, 2013

Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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Firedance Cardigan: I spotted this on one of the display mannequins in the store and had to stop and try it on.  I already love Northfield, the Valley Yarn it was knit in, and the pattern is a sweet combination of textured and lace fabrics making me really want to cast on for this, even though I already have two sweater projects languishing on needles at home.  It fits really well, and the alpaca/wool/silk blend is super comfy.  Now to decide which color I like best… > Ashley F.

One of my favorite yarns to use this spring is definitely going to be the Valley Yarns Longmeadow.  It’s a cotton and microfiber blend that’s super soft and great for when all this snow finally melts.  The Manta Top-Down Tee is going to be a staple for my spring and summer wardrobe.  It’s top-down so you can try it on as you go, but the set-in sleeves are a nice change from most top-down patterns. Jackie V.

(Left) Our Exploring Tunisian Class started last week and part of the class project is working in 2 colors. This is the 3rd year that I’ve taught the class and the 4th time that I’ve made the scarf and hat along with the class, this year I thought I’d change things up a bit. We usually work with 2 solid colors but I decided to show them how choosing a variegated color that contains their solid color can really change up the look of the project. Here you can see the original set that I made using Valley Yarns Northampton in Light Grey and Cascade 220 in #7804 – Shrimp. And above is my work in progress, again I’m using the Northampton in Light Grey but this time it’s paired with a variegated yarn that contains the same shade of grey. > Sara D.
(Right) I love our Iris Shawl pattern and I’ve wanted to remake it since I first made the sample but I’ve never found another yarn that quite felt right until I spun up a batt of fiber from Spunky Eclectic. It’s a flax and merino blend so it feels super crunchy right off the wheel but once it’s blocked it really softens up without loosing the visual crispness of the flax fiber. The bonus is that it will just get softer with time! > Sara D.

The Buzz at WEBS – March 8, 2013

Friday, March 8th, 2013
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about… hats!

(Left) I needed a project for the flight to and from Stitches West, and of course I waited until the night before I was leaving to decide what to do. I figured a hat would be a good project, so I spent a while searching Ravelry until I came across Porom by Jared Flood. I love this style of hat and I had one skein of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (well, I have many, but one that was itching to be made into something ASAP) in my stash, so I cast on and was ready to fly. It’s a great pattern that is easy to memorize, so I didn’t have to have the pattern in front of me the whole time. It is my new favorite hat! I may even make another in a different color of Silky Wool…perhaps a pink next time. > Mary K.

(Right) I’m taking Knitting II right now, and one of our class projects is making a hat from measurements. For my projects, I often gravitate towards tans, browns and grays, but with this hat I wanted to spice it up a bit. There are some nice, bright colors in Cascade 220 Superwash, and I chose Hyacinth and Lime Sherbert to go with a main color of Silver Grey. But how to spice it up even more than Lime Sherbert? A Lime Sherbert pom-pom! Never having made a pom-pom before, I bought the large size of the new Clover Pom-Pom maker. After a few minutes of reading the directions and playing around with it, I was pumping out pom-poms.  It took just a few minutes to make a nice, full pom-pom. I’ve already started on my next hat so I have an excuse to make more pom-poms!  > Jamie S.

(Left) Madelinetosh is easily my favorite brand of yarn. Every time this comes into the room I join all of my coworkers in oohing and awe-ing over it! My rule to stop myself from over-indulging is that I have to wait for what I call a “unicorn skein”. These are skeins that are just a bit different from all the others, just a little bit more special. I also have a rule that I cannot buy yarn unless I have a pattern for it. This means my raverly account has a mile-long list of patterns in case I find yarn to go with it! Every once in a while, it all comes together: I find a magical skein like this particular Tosh Sport in Amber Trinket and the Free Cecily Hat pattern I’m dying to do, and it culminates in a gorgeous, beautiful, soft, warm hat that I know I’ll wear for years to come! Patience has its virtues! > Kerry T.

(Right) When my friend and coworker Ashley F. made these amazing hand spun yarns for me I wanted to do something simple that would really let the beauty of the yarn shine through. I decided on the Simple Beret pattern from Knitbot, a basic hat with instructions for 4 different weights, and had really great results. The hats are gorgeous and they fit great! > Greta S.

I absolutely love this Conductive Thread! It’s used to add to gloves or mittens so you can use your smart phone through your gloves. No more taking your gloves on and off to use your phone! This makes gifts even better when you can tell the recipient their new hand made gift has this fun feature. > Grace H.