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The Buzz at WEBS – April 20, 2012

Friday, April 20th, 2012
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The Buzz at WEBS

This week the staff at WEBS is buzzing about everything from our anniversary sale to crocheted monsters! It’s a bit of a mix this week, but the patterns being talked about are great finds.

I found the little monsters in Crochet Bakemono to be just SO adorable. The patterns are simply written with easy to follow charted instructions and whimsical illustrations that are sure to appeal to new and seasoned crocheters. And there is no better time to dive into the world of crochet monsters with Cascade 220 at an incredible sale price during our 38th Anniversary sale! Grab 3 or 4 colors and you have enough yardage to make 1/2 a dozen monsters or more. > Sara D.

I just discovered the Woobie Pattern Collection this week and was excited to see that these cute, snuggly blankets are knit in Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Sport on sale through April for $4.89/hank. I’d love to make the Woobie Puppy in Strawberry CreamCharcoal, and Black for my niece. > Dena C.

I just had Amy knit a store sample using Debbie Bliss Bella. I chose a pattern out of the latest Debbie Bliss magazine for spring/summer 2012Striped Yoke Top is the name of this pattern. The yarn has incredible stitch definition. Your garment will come out fantastic with one constantly looking at it saying “did I really make that?” The fiber combination of cotton, silk and a tad bit of cashmere gives your knitted piece a nice light touch! > Karen M.

I was excited to see the new Lorna’s Laces Sportmate come into the store this week. It contains Outlast fiber which is supposed to help moderate temperature. As someone who is warm most of the time, I like this idea, especially combined with the gauge of the yarn. I think it will make a nice lightweight cardigan that I can wear indoors. The colors are rich and have a bit of a sheen. > Leslie Ann B.

It may not be new, but I’ve just started knitting with Valley Yarns Charlemont and I love it. It’s new to me! It comes in solid colors, kettle dye, and even hand dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer. I’m making the Aestlight Shawl (along with my entire office), and using Teal Blue from the Charlemont Kettle Dye. It’s subtle, so there isn’t any problem with pooling. Our education manager, Tina, is making her third Aestlight Shawl out of the solid Charlemont which is coming out really nicely too. The yarn is soft and warm but keeps the shawl light too. > Grace H.

Ready, Set, Knit #260: Kathy talks with Bruce Weinstein

Saturday, April 7th, 2012
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We were named a Top 20 finialist in the This Is Retail Contest. We submitted a two-minute video. Please go check it out and vote for us! http://www.RetailMeansJobs.com/thisisretail/SteveElkins Voting for the first round ends Sunday, April 8th. You’re allowed to vote 10 times per day per email address. Thank you for taking the time to vote!

Guest: Bruce Weinstein, author of Knits Men Want chats with Kathy. Bruce stresses that if there’s a failure with the sweater, it’s not you! It could be the choices you make for the sweater, but he’s certain it’s a fantastic garment. He says there are things you need to know, like Rule #7: Not all men are worthy of cashmere. Interestingly, Bruce’s other books are cookbooks, and he believes that a knitting book should be no different than a cookbook – patterns (recipes) should be tested and clear. Bruce also points out that many men have multiples of things (like 12 navy sweaters) because that’s what he likes.

Bruce will be at WEBS Thursday, April 26th at 6:00pm-7:30pm. He’ll also be bringing a treat from one of his cookbooks, so you’ll want to come visit with him if you’re close!

He also has a new cookbook coming out soon and a new knitting book headed for shops in December.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Anniversary Sale Weaving Yarns

These will only be on sale the month of April. Check out all of the weaving yarns in our sale.

Make sure you also check out the mill ends we’ve received recently

Our Next Big Adventure: We recently purchased a new building 6 miles down the road in Easthampton. This location will only be shipping and customer service. The store will not move and this new space will not be open to the public. The back warehouse will still be shoppable, it’s just the behind the scenes portion that’s moving.

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Ready, Set, Knit #259: Kathy talks with sales rep Andra Asars

Saturday, March 31st, 2012
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Our 38th anniversary is happening and so is Kathy and Steve’s 10 year anniversary at WEBS.

Guest: Andra Asars, our Berroco sales rep reminisces with Kathy and Steve about when they started 10 years ago and Andra and Kathy chat about yarns and Pinterest!

Andra and Kathy are still a little unsure of Pinterest. Did you know that WEBS is on Pinterest? Check out our boards! What do you think of Pinterest?

Steve’s Anniversary Sale Yarn Picks (The sale starts Sunday, April 1st!)

If you’re local, make sure you don’t miss out on a class with Laura Nelkin! Butin Necklace and Advanced Lace with Beads

Brenda Dayne is coming May 8th and 9th. If you’re interested in a class, or the event, make sure you sign up! Space is limited.

Tent Sale is May 19th and 20th.

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The Buzz at WEBS – December 23, 2011

Friday, December 23rd, 2011
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This week the WEBS staff is buzzing about some of the great yearns in our Year End Sale.

Valley Yarns 10/2 Bamboo – It’s so soft and shiny and the colors are so luminous. 4200 yards on one cone makes this an amazing deal for the lace knitter and crocheter. > Kirsten H.

Classic Elite Yarns Verde Collection Allegoro – I knit up a super comfy and cool top in Allegoro a few summers ago. The crisp hand of this cotton/linen blend yarn is perfect for lightly structured summer knits, and it drapes gorgeously. Plus, Classic Elite has good free pattern support, so you’ll be sure to find something nice to knit with it! > Elisabeth P.

I knit a cropped cardigan from Fitted Knits by Stephanie Japel several years ago in Cascade Pima Tencel. It was nice to work with and the finished cardigan was super soft and a great layer for spring and summer. I was able to wash it on the gentle cycle in my front-loading washing machine and lay it flat to dry, but you’ll of course want to test your swatch before you put your whole garment in the wash and give it a spin!! I love that there are so many colors available and the sale price makes it super affordable. > Mary K.-H.

 

Six skeins of Valley Yarns Greenfield is going to make a great gift for my grandmother who loves to crochet. I plan to include Valley Yarns pattern #366 Crocheted Pot Holders and Trivet which calls for two skeins of three colors. I chose Laguna Blue,  Shale Green, and Spring Green. I can’t wait to see how they turn out! > Lindsey P.

Queensland Collection Joey’s Baby Silk – I was lucky enough to snag the store’s sample garment knit in this yarn and with the lovely selection of colors still available, this is my pick for the Year End Sale. It’s super soft, with a subtle shine and a great fiber blend, good for adult garments as well as projects for children. > Ashley F.

I wove a scarf for a friend using two colors of Di’ve Zenith in his favorite team’s colors.  The scarf is warm and cozy, but doesn’t feel heavy because the yarn is so springy.  A perfect combo. > Tina M.

Our Year End Sale continues online through January 1, 2012. And if you’re in the area, our Year End Sale in the store starts December 26th. You’ll find even more items marked down.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Ready, Set, Knit #247: Kathy & Steve discuss the Year End Sale

Saturday, December 17th, 2011
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Steve’s Yarn Picks

Last Drop-In is 12/20 and will start again for the evening Drop-In on 1/5.

Kristin Nicholas will be in our parking lot offering frozen lamb from her farm, Leyden Glen Farm on Thursday, 12/22 from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Year End Sale begins online 12/22 and runs through 1/1. In store the sale is 12/26-12/31.

Sneak Peek

In Store – You’ll find all the yarns that are online, plus small lots of special deals like Nashua Daylily, grab bags similar to what you saw at the Tent Sale, and more!

OnlineClassic Elite Allegoro Overstock (sale $4.29), Classic Elite Moorland (sale $4.39), Di.Ve’ Autunno (sale $3.19), Di.Ve’ Zenith (sale $3.29), Filatura di Crosa Aiko (sale $9.99), Mission Falls 1824 Cotton (sale $2.99), Nashua Creative Focus Linen (sale $4.29), Valley Yarns Greenfield, (sale $1.99), Cascade Nikki (sale $5.99), Jo Sharp Silk Road Ultra (sale $3.79), Plymouth Indiecita Alpaca Boucle (sale $2.99). For weavers we have Valley Yarns 1450 Rayon Chenille Discontinued Colors ($13.99/lb), Ironstone Mohairs on sale, Valley Yarns 10/2 Bamboo (sale $15.99/lb)

Upcoming Hours

  • 12/24 – open until 4:30pm
  • 12/25 – closed
  • 12/26-12/30 – 10:00am-5:30pm
  • 12/31 – 10:00 am-4:30pm
  • 1/1 – closed

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Show #219: Live from the Tent Sale!

Saturday, May 14th, 2011
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We’re live from our Tent Sale this week!

This year, we have deals on bagged yarns, but also some great Grab Bags from Berroco, Tahki, and Plymouth. These are only available during the Tent Sale at the store, so if you can make it down, you’ll want to check out these great yarns!

Spinning supplies and Blue Moon Fiber Arts are 20% off this weekend only! (In-store only!)

Keep in mind that if you’re here, there will be lines. They will move, but there will be waits.

Josephine KAL with Kirsten

Modifications

With the Josephine Cardigan, you can easily modify the sleeve length. It is possible to make the body longer as well, you’ll have to make the center back cable longer.

To adjust the body width, knit a few more rows on the width of the body after you pick up.

If you’re not sure what size to make, take a sweater from home you love, and compare the measurements of that one to the schematic of your project.

Send us a picture of your finished project! customerservice@yarn.com

Fleece Market – The first Fleece Market was at 109 Main Street in Amherst in the parking lot in the back.

New Spinning Fiber!!

  • Frabjous Fiber Hand Dyed Silky Cashmerino (coming soon to the website!)

If you’re within driving distance, please come visit us Sunday, May 15th 10:00am-4:30pm.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

We’re now carrying Manos!

 

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Show #217: Interview with Susan B. Anderson, Josephine Cardigan KAL, May Anniversary Yarns

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
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Guest: Susan B. Anderson, author of Spud & Chloë at the Farm and curator of the Spud & Chloë blog, Spud Speaks. If you haven’t checked out Spud & Chloë, take a look at it on our site.

KAL with Kirsten – Josephine Cardigan

Alright, so we’ve got our Northampton Bulky, we’ve swatched and we’ve found the needle size we need in order to get 3 sts to the inch in St st.

Now it’s time to cast on that center back cable panel. Long tail cast on is recommended here because it gives a nice sturdy edge that’s easy to work with. Since you’re at the back neck here, the ribbing will eventually be picked up from the bottom of this cast on edge, which long-tail cast on can handle well if it’s made somewhat loosely. If you love provisional cast-on methods, you can do it here, but keep in mind that you’ll be working some cables as early as Row 2, so you might want to use a method that will give you a row or two of waste knitting to work with, otherwise the cables can distort the cast on edge and make it hard to see which stitches come first.

To work the cable, you’ll have to do a little bit of page flipping at first. The cable panel itself is only 24 sts wide, but you’re casting on 26. That’s because you have a one stitch at the left and right edges worked in garter stitch, which are the edges you’ll be picking up the left and right backs from later. But the other cables at the shoulders don’t need those selvedge edges, which is why they’re not in the chart. So, I show you how Rows 1 and 2 are worked to establish that it’s garter stitch, and you can take it from there, repeating Rows 1-24 of the cable chart, or the written cable directions, your pick, tacking on a little “k1″ at the beg and end of each row.

Just a note about the cable abbreviations: I had to do a bit of translation between the chart’s legend and the abbreviations used in the written pattern. The reason is because my charting software has kind of long, clunky names for cables (probably because it has to have a unique name for so many of them) and they don’t fit very well into written directions and they can be a little hard to read. But since we’re only working with a couple different cables here in this pattern, we can give them more readable, general abbreviations in the written directions. So at the top of page 2, I list what abbreviation means what.

So, we’ll be repeating these 24 rows a total of 3 times, using some of the cable techniques we talked about earlier. And if you’re new to cable charts, not sure if you get them yet, I recommend working from the written version, then comparing each row you’ve worked to the chart, to get a better sense of how it works.

Next show we’ll be talking about picking up the stitches for the sides of the cardigan, casting on in the middle of a project, and just how those sleeves come to be. So get cabling and happy knitting!

May Anniversary Sale Yarns

Weaving Sale Yarns

History of WEBS

In 1983, Art and Barbara opened a second location on Sumner Ave. in Springfield, MA. They closed that store and bought a house in Amherst on Kellogg Ave. and renovated it then moved the store there.

Next week, the story continues with where they went once opened on Kellogg Ave.

If you come into the store during the month of May, you can donate $1 to Cooley Cares for Kids, or $5 and receive an adorable stuffed bear. (Only available in the store.)

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Show 214: Anniversary Sale Highlights, Cables with Kirsten Hipsky, Steve’s Yarn Picks

Saturday, April 9th, 2011
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Anniversary Sale

For Weavers

  • Rayon Chenille
  • 5/2 Valley Cotton

Upcoming Events

Granby Library in Granby, MA is hosting a Knitathon to raise money for their new library that need building.  Call Jean at 413-467-3320 at the Granby Library.

I-91 Shop Hop June 24-26, 2011. 12 shops are participating and for every store you visit, you receive a stamp in you passport and can enter to win prizes.

WEBS Beads will re-open as Northampton Beadery 4/15.

Tip and Tricks with Kirsten: Cables

- Addressing something we didn’t mention in the last podcast that we should have: what does holding the stitches to the front or back do? You’re literally crossing two sections of knitting, one over the other, like crossing two strands in a braid.

- Charts are a great way of visualizing what’s being crossed over what. Often, charts use symbols for cable crossings that look like the resulting cable. If you have trouble reading cable charts, I recommend not trying to memorize what symbol means what set of steps, but looking at the chart and at your knitting and crossing your stitches so they look like the picture.

- It’s possible to work a cable without a cable needle! Definitely faster, but it involves dropping the stitches off your needles briefly and picking them back up again, so I’d say it’s best with cables involving 4 or fewer stitches. Essentially, instead of taking stitches off the needle and holding them for later while you knit another group, you’re just rearranging the order of the stitches on your left needle and knitting them in the new, crossed order.

-Stay away from mohairs and cotton/silks – the slippery yarns when cabling without a cable needle.

- Let’s try a basic cable where you’re crossing 2 knit stitches from right to left over 1 purl “background” stitch. This might normally be written “slip 2 sts to cable needle and hold to front, p1, k2 from cable needle”.

- slip all 3 sts to your right-hand needle

- skipping the first stitch (the purl stitch), insert tip of your left needle down into 2 knit sts on the RS of the work

- slip all the sts off the right hand needle, that little purl stitch has sprung free from the needles!

- retrieve that runaway purl stitch with your right hand needle, going behind the two knit stitches

- slip the purl stitch back on to your left needle

- now all 3 sts are back on your left needle, in a new, crossed order: purl, knit knit, with the 2 knit sts crossed in front of the purl st

- p1, k2

Steve’s Yarn Picks

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No Show This Week – Anniversary Sales Has Begun!

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there is no podcast this week, but we didn’t want to go by the first weekend of our Anniversary Sale without sharing some yarn with you!

This year marks our 37th anniversary and once again we’re celebrating with a two-month sale! We have a couple of yarns that will be on sale during both April and May, but the rest of what you see is only available at the sale price this month. Come May 1st, we’ll have a whole new batch of yarns up for sale on the site, so if you see something you like, make sure you grab it this month. You’ll find yarns for knitting, crochet, and weaving in our sale.

So what’s in the sale? Take a look at all the yarns here on our site, and I’ll highlight a few for you on the blog (and it was very hard to choose!).

Cascade 220 (on sale April and May)

Cascade 220 is a favorite, and it’s not hard to see why! WEBS has over 100 colors of this worsted weight 100% wool. It comes in 100 gram hanks with 220 yards, so it’s a great deal at the regular price, but at $4.95 it’s incredible!

Mirasol Miski

Mirasol Miski is an incredibly soft, warm 100% baby llama yarn. The colors are beautiful and slightly heathered. This yarn is warm, but also light, so it’s great for accessories and garments. The rich colors also look beautiful together, so multicolored projects are stunning in Miski.

Classic Elite Classic Silk

Classic Elite Classic Silk is a lovely blend of cotton, silk, and nylon. The different fibers combine to create an almost tweedy appearance. I have quite a bit of this yarn in my stash! Classic Elite also has great yarn support with their free web-letter and in their pattern books.

Noro Silk Garden Sock

How can we have a sale and not include Noro? Silk Garden Sock takes the popular Silk Garden and lightens it up into a yarn that’s perfect for lace or socks. Noro’s fantastic colorways never disappoint. I’m currently using Silk Garden Sock to crochet a Babette (a very long term project!).

For weavers, you’ll find great staples like 5/2 Valley Cotton, and beautiful yarns like our 60/2 Silk and Rayon Chenille.

Make sure you check out our drafts too! We have a free draft for Stash Reduction Placemats that use 5/2 Valley Cotton. I really like these placemats because you hold several colors together to weave with, and I’m always looking for ways to bring punches of color into my kitchen.

I wish I had the space to feature every yarn in the sale because there are so many fantastic yarns. Check them all out on our site!

Happy Shopping!
Mary

37th Anniversary Sale!

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there is no podcast this week, but we didn’t want to go by the first weekend of our Anniversary Sale without sharing some yarn with you!

This year marks our 37th anniversary and once again we’re celebrating with a two-month sale! We have a couple of yarns that will be on sale during both April and May, but the rest of what you see is only available at the sale price this month. Come May 1st, we’ll have a whole new batch of yarns up for sale on the site, so if you see something you like, make sure you grab it this month. You’ll find yarns for knitting, crochet, and weaving in our sale.

So what’s in the sale? Take a look at all the yarns here on our site, and I’ll highlight a few for you on the blog (and it was very hard to choose!).

Cascade 220 (on sale April and May)

Cascade 220 is a favorite, and it’s not hard to see why! WEBS has over 100 colors of this worsted weight 100% wool. It comes in 100 gram hanks with 220 yards, so it’s a great deal at the regular price, but at $4.95 it’s incredible!

Mirasol Miski

Mirasol Miski is an incredibly soft, warm 100% baby llama yarn. The colors are beautiful and slightly heathered. This yarn is warm, but also light, so it’s great for accessories and garments. The rich colors also look beautiful together, so multicolored projects are stunning in Miski.

Classic Elite Classic Silk

Classic Elite Classic Silk is a lovely blend of cotton, silk, and nylon. The different fibers combine to create an almost tweedy appearance. I have quite a bit of this yarn in my stash! Classic Elite also has great yarn support with their free web-letter and in their pattern books.

Noro Silk Garden Sock

How can we have a sale and not include Noro? Silk Garden Sock takes the popular Silk Garden and lightens it up into a yarn that’s perfect for lace or socks. Noro’s fantastic colorways never disappoint. I’m currently using Silk Garden Sock to crochet a Babette (a very long term project!).

For weavers, you’ll find great staples like 5/2 Valley Cotton, and beautiful yarns like our 60/2 Silk and Rayon Chenille.

Make sure you check out our drafts too! We have a free draft for Stash Reduction Placemats that use 5/2 Valley Cotton. I really like these placemats because you hold several colors together to weave with, and I’m always looking for ways to bring punches of color into my kitchen.

I wish I had the space to feature every yarn in the sale because there are so many fantastic yarns. Check them all out on our site!

Happy Shopping!
Mary