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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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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

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 www.greenkri.com  > 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.

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.