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Ready, Set, Knit! 327: Kathy talks with Benjamin Levisay

Saturday, September 21st, 2013
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This week Kathy talks with Benjamin Levisay, President of XRX Books and Knitters magazine and host the Fiber Hooligan Podcast.

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Benjamin talks about his podcast and wonderful guests as well as his work with Halos of Hope.

Podcaster Throwdown Ravelry Group

Ready, Set, Knit! Listeners get ready for a challenge!   The KnottyGirls Knitcast issued a challenge and started the Ravelry Podcaster Throwdown. They claimed that their listeners will turn in more hats for Halos of Hope by the end of Stitches West 2014 than any other podcast out there. You all know that Kathy has a competitive streak a mile wide and can’t resist a challenge! Steve has even stepped in and said that he will ship all the collected hats to Stitches West! Here’s what you need to do:

Make as many knit and/or crochet hats as you can (check here for preferred fibers and free patterns) and get them to us by February 1, 2014. Make sure each hat and package is labeled with “Team RSK!” Please mail all packages to:

WEBS
Attn: TEAM RSK!
6 Industrial Pkwy.
Easthampton, MA 01027

If you’re posting about your progress on Facebook or Twitter please use #PodcastThrowdown.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

WEBS Fall 2013 Catalog is arriving in mailboxes – you can sign up for a catalog if you’d like to receive a copy

Upcoming Events:

Our Fall class schedule is live on the website and classes begin this week!

Our 10th Annual Knit & Crochet for the Cure event is happening in store October 6 from 1-4pm. Please register!

National Spinning and Weaving Week is happening October 7-12 with lots of in-store demonstrations and workshops, be sure to register!

Registration is open for our 7th Annual Bus Trip to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck on October 19th! Are you on the bus?

Stitches East is coming up! November 8-10 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT. There are still lots of open seats in classes and the Market is not to be missed!

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Ready, Set, Knit! Flashback

Saturday, September 14th, 2013
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This week Kathy and Steve are taking a bit of a break but you can still enjoy your weekly dose of guest and yarn!

Last year, on show #280, Kathy talked with Norah Gaughan about Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Babies and Toddlers, a great collection of children’s blankets from the Berroco Design team. Steve also had some pretty great yarn picks including one of our favorites: Madeline Tosh Pashmina Worsted.

Need more? Try our shows from this week in 2011, 2010 and 2009!

Ready, Set, Knit! will be back next week with an all new episode., Kathy will be speaking with Ben Levisay of XRX and the Fiber Hooligan podcast.
Upcoming Events:

Our Fall class schedule is live on the website and should be arriving in mailboxes soon, classes begin in mid-September.

Check out the Nimblestix Mountain Retreat October 4-6, on Graves Mountain in Syria, VA , there are weekend packages and day-tripper options as well.

Registration is open for our 7th Annual Bus Trip to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck on October 19th! Are you on the bus?

Ready, Set, Knit! 326: Kathy talks with Rita Petteys

Saturday, September 7th, 2013
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This week Kathy talks with Rita Petteys, owner of Yarn Hollow and chair of the Spinzilla event.

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Working with TNNA members, Rita has put together a great event to celebrate Spinning and Weaving Week, October 7th through the 13th.

The goal of the Spinzilla event is to spin as much yardage as possible during that week. You can join one of the teams on the website or you can be a rogue spinner and work on your own. There are trophies and prizes to be had and all proceeds benefit TNNA’s mentoring program, NAMP. Sign-up to join a team by Sept. 23rd. And check out the stops on the Spinzilla blog tour for more information.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Reminder:
No show next week but we’ll be back on September 21 with Ben Levisay of XRX and the Fiber Hooligan podcast.
Upcoming Events:

Our Fall class schedule is live on the website and should be arriving in mailboxes soon, classes begin in mid-September.

Check out the Nimblestix Mountain Retreat October 4-6, on Graves Mountain in Syria, VA , there are weekend packages and day-tripper options as well.

Registration is open for our 7th Annual Bus Trip to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck on October 19th! Are you on the bus?

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Ready, Set, Knit! 325: Kathy talks with Linda Pratt

Saturday, August 31st, 2013
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This week Kathy talks with Linda Pratt of Westminster Fibers about Schachenmayr Yarns and the exciting My Mountain yarn and hat pattern promotion.

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Kathy and Linda talk about the bright crochet and knit hat trend that began last Spring in Germany and is taking off here for the Fall. Lots of colorful and fun, FREE hat patterns are available from Schachenmayr. They’ve also been running a design contest through their Facebook page which ends this week.

The six core yarns are all available from WEBS in the full color range from each: Boston, and Boston Style, Lova, Bravo Big, Bravo Big Color, Lumio. As well as 4 exclusive WEBS free patterns.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Upcoming Events:

Our Fall class schedule is live on the website and should be arriving in mailboxes soon, classes begin in mid-September.

It’s Labor day weekend! WEBS will be open normal hours today, 10:00am – 5:30pm but closed, tomorrow, Sunday Sept. 1 and Monday Sept 2. for the holiday.

Registration has opened for our 7th Annual Bus Trip to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck on October 19th!

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Ready, Set, Knit! 324: Kathy talks with Lisa Shroyer

Saturday, August 24th, 2013
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This week Kathy talks with Lisa Shroyer, the new editor at Interweave Knits, about the Fall 2013 issue and the upcoming Holiday Gifts issue which will be available in September.

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Lisa began work on the Fall issue with the photography but she has been spearheading the Holiday Gifts issues for the last few years. Lisa will be bringing more of a focus on technique and feature articles that will really make Interweave Knits a part of your long-term reference library for knitting.

This issue is full of lots a great colorwork and textural knits including the Prisma Dolmon and the Filtered Pullover, both worked side-to-side and featuring dropped stitches.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Our End of Summer Sale runs through August 31st – This is your last week to save on some amazing yarns!

Upcoming Events:

Our Fall class schedule is live on the website and should be arriving in mailboxes soon, classes begin in mid-September.

Labor day weekend is next week! WEBS will be open normal hours on Saturday, 10:00am – 5:30pm but closed on Sunday Sept. 1 and Monday Sept 2. for the holiday.

Registration has opened for our 7th Annual Bus Trip to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck on October 19th!

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Ready, Set, Knit! 323: Kathy talks with Sarah Barbour

Saturday, August 17th, 2013
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Guest: Kathy talks with Sarah about one of the new titles from Cooperative Press, Stitching in the Stacks: Librarian Inspired Knits.  Sarah was in school taking course in library sciences when she picked up knitting. She has been designing since 2005 and putting this book together has been great fun for her. The book contains 29 patterns that range from cardigans to shawls, accessories and even skirts.

Sarah designed the Book Woman Jacket, knit in our very own Valley Yarns Berkshire,  after discovering the story of the Book Women; the original book mobiles! Sent out during the 1930′s into rural Appalachia, these women rode horses, or mules, up to 20 miles per day to bring books and literacy into the mountain communities.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

August Sale Yarn Highlights – our End of Summer Sale runs through August 31st

Upcoming Events:

Our Fall class schedule will be live on the website on Monday and arriving in mailboxes soon after, classes begin in mid-September.

Labor day weekend is just 2 weeks away! WEBS will be open normal hours on Saturday, 10:00am – 5:30pm but closed on Sunday Sept. 1 and Monday Sept 2. for the holiday.

Registration has opened for our 7th Annual Bus Trip to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck on October 19th!

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Ready, Set, Knit! 322: Kathy talks with Steve

Saturday, August 10th, 2013
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Guest: Kathy talks with Steve from Stitches Midwest.  Steve and the team traveled out to Schaumburg Illinois earlier in the week to set up our booths, between aisles 500 and 600. The sales floor is open to registered students on Thursday evening and opened to the public starting Friday morning through Sunday afternoon.

We have an exclusive debut of the new Madeline Tosh yarn ASAP, a limited supply of Perfectly Plush Single Ply from Dream in Color, and we’re also the only vendor at Stitches Midwest with kits for Chelsea’s Shawl to benefit Chelsea’s Light.

 Steve’s Yarn Picks

Be sure to check out the My Mountain Hat contest on the Schachenmayr website or on their Facebook page.

Reminder:

A copy of Big Foot Knits will be e-mailed to the following, randomly chosen, winners from the contest last week:

#1 – Sally who said, “I can knit a generic sock. Knitting a sock that fits is a different story. Thanks for writing this book.”

and

#2 – Naiaha who said, “This book would be great for me! I sometimes knit socks for myself (women’s size 5.5) but I more often knit socks for DH (men’s size 10.5.) When sock patterns provide only one size, it just doesn’t cut it!”

Thanks to everyone that commented, you had some great reasons for wanting (or needing!) this book:

- hubby has huge feet
- Because I collect GOOD sock books
- My son-in-law … wears a size 16-17 shoe… no patterns go this large.
- my feet are two different sizes so I’d like to learn how to make socks that fit both my feet!.
- Because I have so much sock yarn sitting around that I bought from WEBS!
- I love knitting awesome socks for my fabulously large feet.

- I … have, ahem, curvy foot proportions!

Upcoming Events:

Registration has opened for our 7th Annual Bus Trip to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck!

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Ready, Set, Knit! 321: Kathy talks with Andi Smith

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
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Guest: Kathy talks with first-time guest Andi Smith, designer and author of  Big Foot Knits. Originally from Yorkshire England, Andi has been knitting and crocheting for as long as she can remember. 10 years ago she met Shannon Oakey of Cooperative Press and on a drive back from Rhinebeck they talked about socks,how they didn’t fit, what Andi had been doing to alter sock patterns so they would fit and the book idea was born.

The first section of the book is all about helping you to make socks that really fit you. There is some math involved with figuring out your specific measurements and your gauge but then you are ready to make all kinds of socks that fit you well!

Copies of the book are available through Cooperative Press and Ravelry. Comment on this post and tell us why you need Big Foot Knits to win your own copy! Comments must be posted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, August 5, 2013. 2 Winners will be chosen and will be announced on the show next week. Please make sure to include your e-mail address in the comments so we can contact you if you’re one of our winners!

Steve’s Yarn Picks

August Sale Yarn Highlights – our End of Summer Sale runs through August 31st

Upcoming Events:

Stitches Midwest is happening NEXT weekend! August 8-11 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL.

We will have yarn and hat samples from Schachenmayr yarn’s new My Mountain collection at our booth. We will also be partnering with Dream in Color yarns to offer a shawl kit to benefit Chelsea’s Light. Check out the recent podcast from Ben Levisay, The Fiber Hooligan for more details.

Registration has opened for our 7th Annual Bus Trip to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck!

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Ready, Set, Knit! 320: Kathy talks with Betsy Perry

Saturday, July 27th, 2013
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Guest: Kathy talks with Betsy about the new line of Fall yarn from Classic Elite as well as all the wonderful pattern support they offer.

They discus 3 brand new yarns and their accompanying pattern booklets; Ava and booklet #9227 – Ava, Wynter and booklet #9230 – Wynter (Wynter is a dyed version of Blackthorn though the dyeing process changed the hand of the yarn they are interchangeable in patterns),  and Horizon with booklet #9228 – Horizon.

Betsy and her team were also in Northampton earlier this week with the Fall 2013 trunk show, our employees and customers had a great time! Go to the trunk show if it’s in your area, it makes a difference to try on the samples and see the sweaters on different body types.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Sidewalk Sale is happening in Northampton this weekend! Stop in to the store today and see what we have happening today, the store is open till 5:30.

Upcoming Events:

Stitches Midwest is happening August 8-11 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL.

Registration has opened for our 7th Annual Bus Trip to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck!

And don’t forget to check out our new streamlined cashwrap area the next time you stop into the store! The major remodel work is done and we’ll be finishing the new check out counter with some new graphic work and a few more fixtures.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 319: Kathy talks with Trisha Malcolm

Saturday, July 20th, 2013
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Guest: Kathy talks with Trisha Malcolm, Editor of Vogue Knitting. Their newest issue, Early Fall 2013, is available now though they began work on this issue back in January!

Trisha talks about keeping up with developing trends from runway shows and building design stories for their issues. She also talks with Kathy about the design submission process, the submission form is here,  and where designs could be used;  Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, Noro Magazine or other Vogue publications.

They also discuss the Vogue Knitting Live Events that have become so popular in Seattle, New York and coming up in Chicago in early November.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Upcoming Events:

Classic Elite Fall 2013 Event, Wednesday evening July 24th from 6:00-7:30pm.

Stitches Midwest is happening August 8-11 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL.

Registration has opened for our 7th Annual Bus Trip to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck!

And don’t forget to check out our new streamlined cashwrap area the next time you stop into the store! The major remodel work is done and we’ll be finishing the new check out counter with some new graphic work and a few more fixtures.

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