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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!

To Poncho or Not To Poncho…

Friday, January 15th, 2016
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I’ve been thinking a lot about ponchos lately. I used to think ponchos were for the lazy knitter, they had no shape, they made a body look boxy and shapeless. Remember that big poncho crazy a few years ago, caused by, of all things, Martha Stewart in a poncho emerging from jail? Everyone was poncho-crazy and I thought that was awful.

Poncho patterns from Blue Sky Alpacas. Read more on the WEBS Blog at

Fast-forward to now, and I am looking with a more kindly eye upon the poncho. I’ve seen more than one pattern for very cute ponchos that look like they are wearable by grownups of a certain age. These Blue Sky Alpacas garments were a huge hit when we had their trunk show in the store this fall. The Two Harbors Poncho is knit in scrumptious Extra (used by me for a very fun cowl a few months back) and the big ribbing swatches will draw the fabric in enough to give it shape and drape that are flattering. The Bianca Wrap is simplicity personified. ONE seam. Light, warm, and comfy. Blue Sky Suri Merino is feather-light with a very nice halo that makes this garment more functional than a shawl or a scarf.

My favorite aspect of ponchos is that they are like a sweater without the sleeves–they go over your head and they stay put. I don’t like open cardigans, nor do I like futzing around with shawl pins or winding scarves so they don’t flop open at the first gust of wind. As my office-mate correctly identified it, “they’re like wearing a blanket.” And who doesn’t want that, when it’s icy outside?

What do you think about this new poncho trend? Which one will you make?

No Resolution

Thursday, December 31st, 2015
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I have NEVER been a resolution-setter, and I know if I did make myself a list, I’d cheat before the Ides of March. I have, however, been giving myself a stern talking-to about my lack of organization when it comes to knowing what I have in my stash. In the last month, I’ve brought home three different patterns, knowing I had yarn in my stash to make them. However, once I crawled on all fours through the closet where I keep my stash yarn (piled into plastic bins, no system whatsoever), I realized that I didn’t have enough of one yarn, didn’t have the needles I needed for another…it was anarchy.

Getting organized in 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at

If I was going to run down the organization rabbit-hole, I think I’d need to go through every single needle and set I have. I’d need to record it somewhere (there’s an app for that!) so I always have it with me. I’d need to really sort out the yarn I have, by weight, and if I was super-insane, by fiber. I’d need to go through every single pattern I have lying around in various formats and find a place to keep them free from coffee-spillage and my own absent-mindedness.

If I were to be an organized knitter in 2016, WEBS has a few items that I think would help. This Grellow and Gray Sirka Counter would enable me to finally get rid of about 10 different, useless, row counters and stitch markers. It keeps track of up to 3 separate counts and doesn’t move unless you advance it. GENIUS.

I could know what needles I have by knowing where they are–and this Knitter’s Pride case holds a multitude of different sizes, even crochet hooks and tools. And they’re gorgeous.

Chic.a clear zipper-front pouches are just the thing for all my tools. Cable needles, blocking pins, stitch holders, probably even my double-pointed needles. I can just peek inside and wave to all my goodies.

And time. Time is what we all need more of. In 2016, I definitely plan to take more time to do the things I love to do.

For help in getting yourself organized be sure to check out our “31 Days to Get Organized” series of blog posts!

Selfish Knitting

Friday, December 18th, 2015
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I’ve celebrated “my” holiday, and now I’m sitting back and watching other people celebrate holidays. I guess we’re all counting down days til the New Year, and I’m very sure you’re getting tired of “10 Best” lists.

Selfish Knitting on the WEBS Blog.

I’m going to buck the trend and write a shortie about a thing I’m knitting just for me. It’s been a while since I’ve picked up the needles for 1) a sweater, and 2) a sweater for me, but last week I cast on some Classic Elite Telluride in a heathery grayish-blue for the Lone Star vest. I’ve been stalking that garment for months, trying it on every once in a while and forcing other staff members to admire it on me. I finished up some gift knitting for the last of my knitting list and I decided It Was Time.

I’ve knit a few inches of the front and I was gritting my teeth a bit at the linen content in this yarn (normally I just hate plant fibers), but the alpaca/donegal mix totally makes it worth your time. The linen gives it juuuuust enough structure to counteract the drapey tendencies of the alpaca.

I want to point out to all readers that I made a gauge swatch, changed needle sizes a few times to get it exactly right, and then, my friends…I washed it and blocked it, and THEN measured my finished gauge. Just to be sure. Completely sure.

I’ll keep you updated on the progress of this sweater; maybe a resolution for all of us could be to make a “selfish” project every once in a while to keep our mojo intact. Happy holidays to everyone!

Knitting for Pleasure

Friday, December 4th, 2015
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If you read the title and think that I’m talking about knitting for the pleasure of knitting, you’re wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I do love to knit and I do it  instead of as therapy sometimes. What I love more is knitting something FOR someone and giving it to them. Hand-knitted gifts often trump more elaborate “store-bought” gifts by virtue of the hand-knitting. You actually created something for someone.

I was reminded of this when I gave my son a simple hat and scarf I knit out of Valley Yarns Sunderland. He doesn’t care one bit about the fiber content (as long as it’s not itchy) or how luxurious or locally sourced or hand-dyed that yarn is. He needed a hat and I had enough yarn left for a scarf.

Knitting joy, gifts and more on the WEBS Blog at

The pleasure for me was that as soon as he saw that hat he put it right on his head and it didn’t leave that head anytime he was outside. He even wore it inside (our house is a bit chilly). That’s why you knit gifts and give them away — because it feels good.

Valley Yarns Sunderland is my current obsession. Check out this soft, heathery ball of lovely and knit a gift for a friend. It’ll make you feel SO much better!

Holiday Catalog Spotlight: Gifts to Give

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
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In these last few days and weeks before your holiday celebrations you may have to begin paring down your list of gifts to make. If you have fiber enthusiasts on your list we have some wonderful products from our Holiday Gift Guide that might be just the perfect thing.

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For the knitter in your life we have the gorgeous new Royale interchangeable needle set from Knitter’s Pride, and they can try out the new needles with a Messenger Hat kit from Wonderland Yarns. If you include a cocoknits Knitter’s Keep set, with a magnetic wristband, stitch markers, tapestry needles and more, they’ll be all set for a year of great knits!

Whether your gift recipient is a knitter weaver or crocheter they’ll love the Gleener. It’s the ultimate fuzz and pill remover for your sweaters and home goods with 4 different surfaces to tame those fly-away fibers.

Gifts for Fiber Enthusiasts - read more on the WEBS Blog at

Yarn bowls are always great for smaller projects. whether knitting a hat, crocheting a shawl or weaving on a Zoom Loom, the adorable animals yarn bowls from Pawley Studios are the perfect addition to your project. And no matter who is on your gift list this year a WEBS Gift Card is always a hit!

Be sure to check out Holiday Gift Guide for even more ideas.

More Yarn Love

Friday, November 20th, 2015
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I always have a sharp out eye when the store staff is stocking new yarns and I make a point of walking right past our display cubes where the cool yarn kids hang out so I can see who my best friend of the week will be. This week I have two best friends–both in my desired sporty gauge.
Yarn and Soul Superfine 400 (in my mind I put the emphasis on “fine” so that when I say it to myself it comes out “SuperFINE!!”) comes in 25 gorgeous heather shades, and I honed right in on some dark green (called Seaweed) that would coordinate perfectly with most of my (black and white) wardrobe. 100% superfine alpaca and it has a little halo that just melts into a lovely drape. I’d make this adorable Side-Button Vest to go over a cream turtleneck for maximum contrast.

Two yarns from Spincycle Yarns now available at, read more on the WEBS Blog at

My other new amour is a yarn I talked about on our “Ready, Set, Knit!” podcast a few weeks ago; Spincycle Yarns’ Dyed In The Wool. It’s a sport/heavy fingering weight yarn, and superwash to boot, so you might make some kick-butt heavy boot socks but I’d rather make something that every can see–because the hand-dyeing process takes place before the yarn is spun so it has a unique patterned effect. If you’re making a large project, you might need to compare a few unwound skeins for the closest match, but if you’re using a hand-dyed yarn like this, I think it’s best to let the yarn tell you what to do. You can’t be the boss of a hand-dyed yarn! Spincycle is owned and run by two women who produce small batches of exquisite yarn in the Pacific Northwest. 17 different colorways are at your disposal, including my favorite name, Venus In Furs (check out the Velvet Underground song for a little kick in your workday, my friends) which is a melange of pinks and purples against a background of cream, brown, and burgundy. I’d make these really cute Kira K gloves to match my (black) winter coat and really make them pop.

What patterns do you like to use hand-dyed yarn to make? And what special care do you take to match up colorways? Let us know in the comments, below!

What We’re Wearing for Fall and a Surprise

Friday, November 13th, 2015
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Although ponchos are the go-to garments for this season, we haven’t forgotten the tried-and-true favorites–shawls, cowls, and sweaters. At the moment, we have a broad array of styles and shapes for you to try on next time you’re in the store.

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Our first featured project is an asymmetrical shoulder wrap, worked on the bias with a distinctive texture, appropriately named Pleat Up. Our version is worked in Madelinetosh Merino Silk, in one of our favorite colors, Tart. It’s modeled by Marthe. The pleats create a fabric with lots of character, the yarn simply glows with the 50% silk content, and the colorway makes this a go-to piece for the coming holiday season.

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One of our customers, Mary A., was visiting the store a few weeks ago wearing one of the prettiest wraps I’ve seen in a long time. I had to stop her to get the details.  Turns out the pattern is called Greystone from Twist Collective and is available on Ravelry. Mary chose to knit her version in Valley Yarns Charlemont. The lace and cable details really pop and Charlemont’s  silk content contributes to the beautiful drape. Mary was gracious enough to let us take a few photos for this post–thanks again!

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Months and months ago, Bonnie suggested that we have this sample knit up. I couldn’t find just the right yarn to show off the the texture and unusual shape until we started carrying Mirasol Sisa. This wool/alpaca blend comes in eleven heathered tones, giving it the depth to transform even the most basic stitch pattern. This cowl is worked in strips of 2×2 ribbing and moss stitch and braided together as you proceed to create an intriguing, attractive piece. Bonnie’s modeling the cowl doubled, but wearing it as a single loop shows off the texture and braiding technique in a different way.

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Suzanne is sporting one of our most popular fall garments, Cirrus designed by Nancy O’Connell for Shibui Knits.  This not-quite-a-sweater, not-quite-a-poncho is knit with two Shibui yarns held together throughout–Pebble and Silk Cloud. If you’re familiar with Silk Cloud, you know that it does indeed feel like a cloud (and a warm one at that) while providing a subtle halo effect. The best part? The Shibui pattern is free with the yarn purchase!

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Who doesn’t need a grey cardigan? Our comfy version is knit in Yarn and Soul’s Superfine 400 in the Pewter colorway. Alyssa is wearing the perfect layering piece for colder days and chillier nights. The rolled edges keep it casual and stylish. This pattern is free with the yarn purchase as well.

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And finally, Meg is wearing our newest cardigan sample, Stranger Cardigan, knit in one of our favorite new yarns for fall, Swan’s Island All American Worsted Collection. We decided that a store sample was needed immediately! The yarns shows off all types of stitch work beautifully and comes in a wide palette of inspiring colors. Please come see us and try on our newest samples–you won’t be disappointed!

And now we have a gift for you! The store is offering you the chance to win one of our weekly prizes.  From now until December 14, simply visit the store and fill out a ticket to be eligible to win. You don’t have to buy anything to participate in the give-away–it’s one simple way to say thank you for supporting WEBS.

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As always, please introduce your self when you’re here–we love to get to know our customers and we especially love greeting first-timers.

Hope to see you soon.

Sharing Celebrations

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
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One of my early weaving goals was to clothe my house in handwovens. And just as we have fancy clothes for special occasions, I like to dress up my house for the holidays with festive and unique table runners and place settings. It’s so easy and such a great way to play with color or weave structures. Generally I go with twills in colors that match the occasion and use warp stripes to draw the eye along the length of the table. It’s fun to throw in some some sparkle to reflect candlelight; a yarn like Gold Rush looks great mixed into the lighter colored stripes and you can vary the glitz by how many ends you use.

Holiday Runners, Valley Yarns Draft #90, draft available at Read more on the WEBS Blog at

Just in time for this holiday season, our new Holiday Runners draft presents two variations to weave beautiful table runners to decorate your home – one for Hanukkah and one for Christmas. They are both easy 4-shaft twill patterns and will add a special touch to your home. They are also quick to weave which leads right into one of my other favorite parts of holidays – sharing. I really enjoy weaving for family and friends because I feel connected as I think of them while weaving, and I know they will think of me when they use the finished piece. It’s a way to be present with each other even when we are not in the same place. With that in mind, Barbara wrote the draft with a 5-yard warp so you can make one for your home and one to gift to someone special. There’s even enough yardage to weave a special small mat. We envision it as a place to leave Santa some milk and cookies, but I’m sure you can think of other possibilities – a small gift bag or pillow, perhaps?

Holiday Catalog Spotlight: Gifts to Make – Larger Projects

Monday, November 9th, 2015
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Our holiday catalog is hitting mailboxes now, and the holidays are quickly approaching. We’re just two and half weeks away from Thanksgiving here in the US, and I find that once Thanksgiving comes and goes, it’s full steam ahead with no stops to the rest of the holidays. Luckily, there’s still some time to get some bigger projects done, if you’re looking to give something bigger, or if you want to knit something for yourself before the holidays come. Here are a couple of ideas:

Valley Yarns 605 Colorfall Cardigan at

You may remember seeing Valley Yarns 605 Colorfall Cardigan knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont. For the holiday catalog, we knit it in 2/10 Merino Tencel, in a natural/gray combination, and it’s stunning. It’s a perfect layer that can easily be dressed up or dressed down.

Valley Yarns 676 Two-Tone Blanket and Valley Yarns 663 Oatmeal Afghan at

In the holiday catalog, you’ll also find two spectacular blankets. Valley Yarns 663 Oatmeal Afghan and Valley Yarns 676 Two-Tone Blanket are great gift ideas. The Oatmeal Afghan is knit in Valley Yarns Amherst, which is one of my favorite Valley Yarns because it is so soft. I would love to have this blanket on my couch for the cold nights that are surely coming. The Two-Tone Blanket is knit in Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Bulky, so it’s a quick knit that’s machine washable. It’s also a multidirectional knit that gives it an interesting, modular look. I love that you can be creative and select your own color combinations. I can see one in just brights using some of the newer colors of Valley Superwash Bulky.

Prism Eccentric Chevrons Shawl and Rowan Triangle Shawl at

Want to give a shawl to someone? Prism’s Eccentric Chevron Wrap is available in a kit so you don’t have to worry about selecting the colors. The graphic interest comes from unbalanced, or eccentric chevrons: one leg is much longer than the other, which skews the fabric off-center. Even better, the kit is discountable, so you automatically get our discount. If the person you’re creating a gift for is into a little sparkle, you might want to check out the Triangle Shawl from the Rowan Swarovski Evening Collection. This shawl is knit with Rowan Kidsilk Haze, then there’s a crocheted border with Swarovski crystals.

Are you planning any larger projects for holiday knitting?