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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.

The Buzz at WEBS – February 22, 2013

Friday, February 22nd, 2013
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

After years of sharing our lives with big dogs, in December we welcomed little Rosie, a chihuahua rescue, into our family. Immediately I knew I would be knitting for her! A friend recommended Doggie Knits by Corinne Niesnner and I have knit several sweaters for our ‘little bit’. I love the patterns in this book and she gives a lot of information about sizing and custom fitting. Knitting ranges from basic to intermediate and includes options like adding holes for either a leash or harness attachment. This particular purple sweater on the left is sweater is called Astro and I knit it in Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere color 509. The edging is Charlemont scraps I had around (burgundy & purple passion). Yes, it’s a bit indulgent for a dog, but for me it’s about the process, too, and I wanted to indulge myself in a bit of luxury. Plus, I’ve got leftovers to use for some fingerless mitts! The blue sweater is in Dream in Color Classy color 170 Some Summer Sky. > Leslie Ann B.

I absolutely couldn’t resist making the Love Socks by Devon Clement. The bright colors Spud and Chloe Fine has to choose from are absolutely perfect for striped socks. I love their color selection. The hearts in the heel are subtle and easy to make, and make these socks an extra special gift. I might have missed my Valentine’s Day deadline, but it’s always a good day to tell someone you love them with a nice pair of socks. > Grace H.

When we got the Manos del Uruguay Alegria yarn in and I saw the hot, gorgeous Locura Fluo colorway I knew I had to try it! I have a teammate on my Roller Derby team and her derby name is Neon Stiletto, and she takes her name very seriously, so this cowl is for her! This yarn was wonderful and soft to knit with and I really like how the colors worked up in the finished product. You can click here to see the pattern I wrote up. > Greta S.

(Left) I’ve had this skein of Swans Island Fingering for over a year. I fell in love with the color last gloomy February. This gloomy February, I finally decided what I was going to do with it. My neck gets cold all the time at home but I am often painting or sewing which makes wearing a long scarf awkward. I love long cowls, but sometimes there’s too much material around my neck. So, I decided to knit a handy short cowl in fingering weight. The pattern is the Swans Island Cirrus Cowl. It is knit back and forth with a broken cable pattern for 30” then joined together. I just shortened mine to 21”. The best part is, I had enough to make my daughter one too! I wear this cowl ALL the time. The yarn is wonderfully soft and the color is stunning. I’m having a hard time not scooping up skeins in red and orange too! > Amy S.

(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.

New Spring Yarns from Rowan

Friday, February 15th, 2013
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The new yarns keep rolling in and the Rowans yarns are one of the highlights.

 

Rowan Softknit Cotton is a worsted weight blend of 92% cotton/8% polyamide. It’s light and airy chainette construction is perfect for durable warm weather garments and accessories . With 8 patterns available in Rowan Simple Shapes Handknit Cotton and 16 more in Rowan Softknit collection you’ll be able to take advantage of all 14 available colors.

All Seasons Cotton, a worsted weight avaiable in 15 colors, has a machine washable blend of 60% cotton and 40% acrylic/microfiber. This yarn works up into a light springy fabric, perfect for sweaters, tops, and baby things. Rowan Summer Textures and Rowan Magazine 51 offer over 20 patterns that showcase this Rowan classic.

Rowan’s All Seasons Chunky is a bulky-weight version of the popular All Seasons Cotton. With the same tightly twisted multi-ply construction but larger stitch gauge, projects will fly off the needles (or hook!), and despite gauge it produces beautiful stitch definition. Rowan All Seasons Chunky Collection is a pattern book dedicated to this yarn alone and features 12 designs.

 

New Spring Yarns from Classic Elite

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
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Classic Elite has two great new yarns for Spring 2013!

Classic Elite Yarns Mesa is a worsted weight, 100% cotton, machine washable yarn. WEBS carries all 14 colors dyed in subtle tonal shades that lend depth and interest to your finished garments. This yarn is perfect for casual summer tops and baby items.  Classic Elite also offers a 4 pattern collection that takes advantage of the tonal color shifts of Mesa: Classic Elite 9212 – Mesa

Classic Elite Yarns Canyon is a DK weight, 85% Pima Cotton/15% Alpaca blend that is also machine washable. Canyon is a summertime addition to Classic Elite’s Mountain Top collection of naturally hued yarns. The fiber blend gives this yarn beautiful drape and movement that make it perfect for 3 season garments. Classic Elite 3211 – Canyon offers 4 patterns that take advantage of the natural colors and unique fiber blend of Canyon to produce beautiful lace and crisp stitch definition.

 

The Buzz at WEBS – February 8, 2013

Friday, February 8th, 2013
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about gifts! Amy designed the Love Monsters, a perfect Valentine’s Day knit; while Lise and Mary have been busy knitting for babies!

Every February I am inspired to knit in pinks and reds to counteract the gray gloom of New England winters. Luckily, Valentine’s Day gives me the perfect opportunity! This year I couldn’t find anything that was inspiring me so I decided to make something myself. These Love Monsters were the result. By the time I got the pattern worked out I had my whole family represented. I used some yarns from my stash, Cascade 220 and Valley Yarns Berkshire and Berkshire Bulky, but they have been so popular around my house that I had to stock up on the Berkshire yarns again. They don’t take long to knit, so I’m going to whip a couple more up for Valentine’s gifts. You can find the pattern for the Love Monsters here on Ravelry. > Amy S.

My cousin is expecting a baby in March and I wanted a blanket that would be cozy for our new family member and fun for me to knit. The Cuddly Monster Blanket from Rebecca Danger’s Knit a Monster Nursery fit the bill. It is an adorable project and it was a fun knit. I used Spud & Chloë Sweater, which isn’t the least expensive yarn, but I have used it for baby blankets before and I love the way it feels and washes (it’s already gone through the washer and dryer and looks great). It’s so soft and squishy if I could keep it for myself I would! > Mary K.

I’m finally getting back to a WIP that was started over a year ago, my Plymouth Encore granny square blanket. It’s really fun to mix and match the colors as I go, I’m trying to come up with a unique combination each time. I have started to join some of the squares using the brown heather, it’s creating an interesting stained-glass effect. Also, when I’m switching and binding off so many colors, it’s great to have scissors handy. My favorites are the Slip and Snip folding scissors, which are really convenient to use when going back and forth  between skeins. > Deb S.
(Left) Having missed the births of my friend’s first two children, I thought it would not be fair to make the last two blankets. When I saw this free Fiber Company Alfalfa Hat pattern I could not resist making it. The first one I made for my grandson Luke, looked great on him so I decided to make them all matching hats. Three of the hats were made with Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool and the smallest one with a wool from my stash. I followed the pattern exactly for each size and only changed the yarn and needle size to make the size adjustments. This is stash busting year for me and I am on prayer shawl and 5 hats down! > Lise G.
(Right) My Dad requested a a special cashmere scarf for Christmas, and I couldn’t wait to knit it. I had never had the chance to knit with fine cashmere before, and now I’m spoiled. I don’t ever want to go back to knitting with rough wool again. I used Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 4-ply . I tried out a lot of different patterns to use for the scarf, but everything I tried took away from the softness of the cashmere. The best way to show off just how soft this fiber is, was to use plain stockinette stitch. It’s my dad’s favorite scarf, and it looks wonderful with his black winter coat. If you’ve never treated yourself to knitting with cashmere, you should try it at least once! > Grace H.

New Spring Yarns from Berroco

Thursday, February 7th, 2013
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We’re very excited about the new Spring Yarns from Berroco.  All the yarns are washable with a great range in weights from DK to Bulky and as always Berroco has fantastic pattern support for their new yarns.

Weekend DK – available in over 20 colors, is wonderful for striping, summer sweaters and accessories as well as children’s garments. Berroco 328 – Weekend Stripes features 12 designs using Weekend DK, Weekend and Weekend Chunky.

Karma –  with it’s unique mesh, tape construction makes for an amazingly light weight bulky yarn. Berroco 330- Karma includes 6 projects with almost instant gratification appeal.

Maya – a beautiful cotton and alpaca blend, is a much lighter weight yarn than you would expect because of it’s chainette construction. Berroco 331 – Maya includes 6 designs that are perfect mid-season pieces.

Fuji – a great blend of silk, cotton, and rayon, makes for a solid but light weight fabric that has beautiful stitch definition and would be wonderful for cables. The fibers take in the dye differently for great, subtle color depth. Berroco 327 features 6 designs using Fuji.

Floret – is another great cotton, acrylic blend in multi color strands with a great sheen that works up into a subtle, almost tonal fabric. Berroco 332 – Floret is a collection of 5 designs featuring Floret’s beautiful drape and color.

Berroco 329 – features 6 delicate, Victorian inspired designs in Lago, Seduce and Captiva Metallic.

Berroco Norah Gaughan Vol. 12 is a collection of 14 designs, tops and accessories in simple shapes with refined elaborate detailing that play with geometry, texture, and drape, featuring the full line of Spring yarns.

I’m looking forward to making the Hami tank in Fuji from Berroco 327 Fuji, the cedar colorway is calling my name!

What new yarn from Berroco are you looking forward to using?

Knitscene Spring 2013 Featuring Valley Yarns Longmeadow

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
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We recently received the Spring 2013 issue of Knitscene from Interweave. It is a fantastic issue!

One project that stood out to all of us was the Salacia Cardigan designed by Josie Mercier. It is knit in or Valley Yarns Longmeadow, which is a fantastic, soft blend of cotton and acrylic microfiber.

It is worked from the bottom up in pieces. The biasing lace changes direction at the waist and pairs with the drawstring tie to create an hourglass effect.

The rest of the issue is loaded with fantastic projects that are classic and interesting. You won’t just find sweater projects – there are great hats and accessories too. I don’t often find magazines where I would knit most of the projects, but this is one of them, so it is an incredible deal. There is also a great article by Kim Werker on Maker Faire. This issue will be coming home with me.

The Buzz at WEBS – January 4, 2013

Friday, January 4th, 2013
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about some belated gifts for the holidays and a stunning bag knit in Cascade 220 Sport and lined with fabric!

I’ve used Cascade 220 Sport before, but now I’m even more in love with it after making my Scallop of the Sea clutch for the Holla Knits Holiday KAL. It’s light and lofty with a wonderful texture that makes knitting time just fly by! The hardest part was picking four colors for the pattern–I chose 9451 Lake Chelan Heather8013 Walnut Heather7802 Cerise and 9408 Cordovan, but I saw countless other perfect combinations. The yarn is also just sticky enough to keep your floats in check on the most complicated of stranded colorwork patterns! > Emma W.

(Left) The book 200 Fair Isle Motifs is an amazing resource for Fair Isle knitting. I’m planning an epic project, and the color photographs are wonderful. It includes charts for each motif, an easy reference for the number of stitches and rows each motif uses, and alternate all over pattern charts based on each motif. There’s also a bit of information on how to do fair isle knitting, steaking, and the history. I’m really excited to get the time to plot out the patterns I want to use. There’s an index showing all the patterns, referencing their page number so you can browse through all the beautiful colors. I’m super glad I got this one! > Kristin L.

(Right) Being a little behind in my knitting projects (I am not even talking Christmas!!) I have finally completed the afghan designed for my nephew who was married in July. The pattern is a free Ravelry download called “Nancy’s Favourite Afghan” by Nancy Duff. I did adjust the number of squares and added my stockinette border after instead of while knitting the entire piece. I just find that it adds more stability to the piece. I used one of my all time favorite yarns, Cascade Eco+ Wool, #8010 and just love the feel and stitch definition it produces. Now let’s see if I can get it delivered before their anniversary. > Lise G.

(Left) I knit the multidirectional cowl for my sister-in-law this Christmas.  She loves earthy tones and Debbie Bliss Glen seemed the perfect choice. The pattern worked up quick and the way the stripes changed direction.  I also learned a great new technique to join the stitched edge to the live stitches! > Lindsey T.
(Right) Every year my husband and I pick our new favorite children’s book for our niece and nephews. This year we were thrilled by Jon Klassen’s This is Not My Hat. It just so happens that there is a wonderful Fiber Trends felted hat pattern that makes the perfect bowler shaped hat – just like what the little fish is wearing! When knit with Malabrigo Worsted in the Mariposa colorway not only are we able to give the perfect book but an adorable hat to match. Last year we gifted I Want My Hat Back and I used the Meathead pattern knit in Plymouth Yarn De Aire in the Bethlehem colorway. > Sara D.

The Buzz at WEBS – December 21, 2012

Friday, December 21st, 2012
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This week the staff at WEBS is buzzing about their last minute Holiday gifts!

(Left) A couple of years ago, I decided that for our holiday photo, I was going to knit my four children elf hats. I used Brown Sheep Bulky because time was running out . I had pictured happy elves but the best picture was all of them with their arms crossed and grumpy. It is one of my favorite holiday cards and they still pull out the hats every year and wear them to school. The pattern is lossly based on the cover of More Last Minute Hats. > Amy S.

(Right) One of the best things about working at Webs is being able to make and wear festive knits around people who appreciate them. I made the candy cane striped boot toppers last year and could hardly wait to wear them again this holiday season! I also wore them to a holiday party where they were first “knitnapped” by a two year old who would not give them back until I promised to knit her some and then by the host of the party who wore them as arm warmers. These might be my “go to” gifts next year.  They are knit out of Berroco Vintage DK in red and white. I used some left over green from my stash to crochet the jingle bells on after I was done knitting. > Amy S.

My daughter in law saw this pattern on Pinterest and asked me to make it for my granddaughter. It’s called the Burton Bear Cowl and it is  super fast and easy to knit in a super bulky weight yarn. I used Rowan Big Wool and Berkshire Bulky. The pattern comes in sizes from baby to adult and is easily modified. My grandson wanted one when he saw it but he wants his in the UVM colors of green and yellow (he’s 5 mind you). > Linda B.

I knit this basic cable bag using Valley Yarns Berkshire in color #44 Tan Heather. For the asymmetrical cable, I knit Berkshire with FDC Gioiello in color #61 Foliage. I took my project to the new Beehive Sewing Studio on Pleasant Street in Northampton. The owner Tess Poe helped me create a beautiful lining for my purse, complete with two zippered pockets and a third pocket with a button closure. We ironed interfacing onto the lining to give the purse additional structure. > Heidi R.

My three year old granddaughter Beatrice is taking ballet. For Chanukah I knit this mouse with Northampton Sport. The pattern is Mousie by Ysolda. Like all of her patterns, it was well written and easy to follow. I put on the little tutu because I am also giving her the book Angelia Ballerina with it. > Marion H.

I made the High Plains Drifter shawl as a wedding present for my sister. I used Anzula Squishy in Denim and it’s amazingly soft. I loved working with the yarn and the project just flew off the needles. It’s so soft, and the garter stitch makes it nice and warm. > Grace H.

 

The Buzz at WEBS – December 7, 2012

Friday, December 7th, 2012
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about fantastic holiday gift ideas!

I have been making these sheep for years, mostly for friends and fundraising events.  Each one seems to have its own distinct personality. I’m particularly fond of the one I like to call “little black dress”. The sheep are made with sewn felt, stuffed with wool roving and have needle felted coats. They are fun to dress up with knitted accessories. The stacking trees are crocheted and then felted.  The yarn is an Araucania closeout from a couple of years ago but they would be great in any heavy worsted weight yarn, particularly one with a little bit of a halo after felting like Valley Yarns Berkshire.  I keep them up all year round. > Amy S.

(Left) During this season of love and giving, there is always someone that I have forgotten…it’s a Babci thing! I usually have a bag in my car with a crochet hook and some VY Greenfield, VY Goshen, Linen, carpet warp..and work on them while travelling. These bath puffs/kitchen scrubbies make a great last minute gift. I pair each one with a home made bar of Goat soap from a local family that sells their soaps so reasonable for all the scents they make and I am covered one more time.
(Right) A few year ago, Louisa Harding came to the store. I had a wonderful conversation with her about her relationship with her husband and how well they work together. In late September I was reading an article about her where she shared about her husbands recent bout with cancer. Her thankful heart wanted to reach out to others and she started designing patterns to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research. The pattern for the blue hat is Sardi by Louisa Harding and was made with Pashmina worsted and the multi-pink hat pattern is Parju by Louisa Harding and was knit in Artyarns supemerino.
To read more about  The Himalayan Project and her patterns you can go to: http://www.louisaharding.co.uk/macmillan/
Being more of a process knitter versus product knitter, I decided that this would be a great way to support Louisa and have a wonderful resource for some beautiful hat patterns.  Having just lost a dear friend after 14 years of dealing with cancer, this will be a very special Christmas gifting time for those of us who will miss her dearly.
Just a note: I have completed those hats and back to my all time favorite collection of hats “Weekend Hats” > Lise G.

I absolutely love the Madelinetosh Vintage.  It’s super soft, the colors are great, and it’s machine washable, which is great for bigger projects like sweaters and blankets. I made my mom a sweater from it in Fathom, and she loves how it’s lightweight and warm all at the same time. I adapted the pattern Melia by Ysolda Teague. > Jackie V.

Susan Bates yarn bobs – I’m using the smaller ones with some fingering weight yarn, and it fits quite a bit of yarn. The large ones can fit a lot of a thicker yarn too. It’s so much easier than working from the ball of yarn and having to change colors every few rows. I don’t have to worry about my different colors tangling and getting in the way when I’m not working with them while doing colorwork. They hold the yarn so it doesn’t unwind, but it’s very easy to unwind a length when you need to. > Kristin L.