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Thursday Musings

Thursday, August 27th, 2009
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We’re wrapping up our last week here at the beach.  I can’t believe the kids go back to school in just a couple of weeks.  It’s funny – as they get older I am in less of a rush to see them go back to the structure and demands of school.  We’ve had a great summer – we’ve done a ton of great things and have really enjoyed some great time together as a family.

For those of you who read this blog on a regular basis or listen to our podcast, Ready, Set, Knit! you know I am somewhat of a weather buff.  I love weather, I love storms – all of it.  This past weekend while we were staying with friends in Chatham, Hurricane Bill made a run up the coast.  I was nearly giddy with excitement.  Please don’t think I am secretly wishing for destruction or harm to anyone because I am not.  I may love the weather, but I am also very respectful of what it can do.  The last thing the outer Cape beaches need is a storm to cause more erosion.  At the same time, it was very exciting for me to see the power of Mother Nature. 

Fortunately, Bill fizzled and although there was some great wave action and unfortunately some erosion, it was otherwise a non-event.  On Saturday night, a bunch of us piled in our car to go out to Lighthouse Beach, which is right at the “elbow” of the Cape when you look at it on a map. It’s usually where the Weather Channel and CNN broadcast from.   We couldn’t see much on the beach, but the sound was awesome.  What I did get to see was this:

That is the flag that signifies a severe storm or Full Gale Warning.  I have never seen one before and I was pretty excited. 

Two of these flags together signify a hurricane is coming. . .in case you were curious.  My friends are now convinced more than ever that I am weird.  But they can’t wrap their heads around this yarn thing either so I don’t pay much attention :)

I’ve stayed on top of work items while we’ve been away but I have to admit to being behind on my blog reading.  I did some catching up this afternoon and in perusing Kim Werker’s blog, found out she’s raising money for the Pancreatic Cancer Walk in Albany, NY in September.  I consider Kim a friend and she is someone I have an enormous amount of respect for. I”ve also met her husband and parents who are also lovely, lovely people.  I tend to keep my philanthropic endeavors to myself and I’m not one to ask for money (unless you are buying yarn from me).   In this instance, all I am asking is for you to pop over to her blog, read her story and if you are moved to make a donation, great!  I just think there may be a few of your out there like me that have been crazy busy and would feel awful if the opportunity to support Kim’s efforts past you by. 

I’ll be blogging in more detail about this, but a quick reminder that just like my vacation, our End of Summer Sale is also coming to a close.  Last day to get some great yarns at incredible savings is this coming Monday, 8/31.   Whether you knit, crochet or weave, there are bargains to be had so don’t miss out!

Our fall classes are open and listed on-line and several are already full!  WOW!  If you haven’t had a chance to check things out, be sure to do so.  We also have lots of special events happening this season.  Those you can easily see by clicking on the link over to the right-side of this page “Upcoming Events”.  From book signings, to personal appearances to trunk shows and tradeshows, this fall is packed with great fun!

I’ll wrap up today with a couple of pictures from our trip out to Provincetown, which is way out at the tip of Cape Cod.  One of Jonathan’s favorite things to do is climb the Pilgrim Monument:

It was completed in 1910 and signifies the Pilgrim’s first landing in 1620.  They spent several weeks exploring the tip of Cape Cod before going onto to Plymouth.  While here, the Mayflower Compact was written.  Pretty cool stuff.  The boy in the blue shirt is Jonathan.

Here’s a view from the top (252 ft tall).

It’s been a great summer and I think we’re all sad to see it come to an end.


Free Dyeing Demo Tomorrow!

Friday, July 31st, 2009
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If you are interested in dyeing be sure to stop by WEBS tomorrow for a FREE Dyeing Demo with author and owner of Foxfire Fibers Barb Parry.  She will be outside under the tent at 11am for the demo and will be signing copies of her new (and first, but certainly not last) book Teach Yourself Visually Hand-Dyeing.

Tomorrow is suppose to be a beautiful day here in the PIoneer Valley.  Plus it’s August 1st.  Do you know what that means?  It means it’s the first day of the August Sale!  So come on out to WEBS, take in Barb’s FREE Dyeine Demo and shop all of the amazing deals Steve has put together for the sale!



Video from Tent Sale

Thursday, May 21st, 2009
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Just a quick post – we did a short video of our live broadcast of Ready, Set, Knit! and thought you’d enjoy seeing a clip!

Don’t forget – the Anniversary Sale ends on Monday (Memorial Day)!


We Have Alpacas!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
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Thanks to everyone who joined us this weekend for our 7th Annual Tent Sale and Fleece Market.  What a grand time we had!

Saturday was just a perfect day – partly sunny, warm, but not too warm.  As the Fleece Market vendors were arriving and setting up, Steve and I did our weekly radio show live!  Once we got on the air, it when smoothly, but our poor producer Jaz and AE Julia were a bit frazzled up until the very last second with a malfunctioning tent (which we didn’t need anyways) and one plug that wasn’t plugged.

The thrill (and fear) of a live broadcast is you never no what’s going to happen.  I mean, who could’ve predicted we’d see these beautiful alpacas literally hopping out of the back of a Suburban?

Before going on air, Jonathan informed me we had baby alpacas and asked me to walk over to visit them with him.  They were adorable:

Seriously adorable:

They made the sweetest baby alpaca sounds.  I just loved them:

Once the show was over, the parking lot was filling and the shoppers were completely disregarding our 10 am official start.  We love that about our customers – no fear!

That’s the last of the pictures I took for the day.  I didn’t move from my register at the tent except to run and inhale on piece of pizza.  I think it was around 1pm and I seriously could not navigate my way across the store to the kitchen.  It was that crazy.

Thanks to everyone for their patience in line and waiting for help and especially to our incredible staff.  They were absolutely amazing and we are truly grateful.

Our Anniversary Sale continues through next Monday, 5/25 (Memorial Day).  You won’t see savings and deals like the ones we’re offering for another year!

I know many, many posts were made on Ravelry, but if you were at the sale, I’d love to know how the day was for you!  If you blogged about it, be sure to share your link!

I also have some video of our live broadcast that I will be posting later – just need to see how good of a videographer the fabulous Miss Julia is!


Tent Sale & Fleece Market Weekend!

Friday, May 15th, 2009
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That’s right folks!  It’s the third weekend in May and it can only mean one thing - it’s time for our 7th Annual Tent Sale and Fleece Market! 


This is one of the craziest sales of the year and it’s what we call an “all hands on deck” weekend.  Tomorrow – everyone is required to work (unless they are graduating from college, getting married, etc.) 

Oh – don’t worry, there will be yarn under the tent in the morning – it’s all being staged and prepped:

Saturday is super special because (a) we broadcast our weekly radio show live from the tent and (b) the Fleece Market will be in full swing – more on that in a minute.

I know you are all dying to know about yarns – what’s on sale, what’s under the tent.  Let me give you a few highlights.  Sorry, no linkage because the tent sale prices are only available at the tent!

Kureyon Discontinued Colors – $47.50/bag of 10.  Folks – that works out to $4.75 per skein and it normally retails for $8.95!  Steve has obviously lost his mind.

Adrienne Vittadini – $27.50/bag of 10 (you can do the math) – normally $8.95.

Dive Zenith (great worsted wt superwash yarn) – $25.00/bag

Rowan Bamboo Tape – $35.00/bag

Fiesta Kokopelli – $7.49/skein – that’s crazy!

Oh – here’s something super special.  Steve bought a HUGE lot of closeouts from Universal.  All 100% wool, all 100 GRAM BALLS – $30.00/bag.

We have an amazing selection of accessories and bags at an ADDITIONAL 25% off (now’s the time to be thinking about gifts for teachers, holiday gifts, birthdays, etc).

We have a great selection of larger size Colonial Rosewood needles at $9.99 – savings of 75%!!

Now, this last tidbit is what really makes me think Steve has gone off the deep end.  He’s GIVING AWAY YARN.  That’s right folks – we’ll have free yarn.  It is not junk, it’s not leftovers, it’s not a big tangled mess you need to deal with.  It’s some really decent yarn from a yarn company YOU KNOW AND LOVE.  Please – don’t let your eyes be bigger than your belly as my mom used to say.  Share the free yarn love.

Okay – onto the Fleece Market.  Fleece Market only runs on Saturday.  This is one of our favorite aspects of this weekend.  We invite local shepherds to bring their fleeces, handspun and hand-dyed yarns and it’s like our own mini-festival.  We are so privileged to be here in Western Mass among an incredibly rich fiber community.  We love being able to give these folks yet another opportunity to share their passion.  We’ve been told there  will be Llamas and we are also confident about Alpacas (I’m really hoping they bring them this year).  Buddy the herding dog will be with us again – we love Buddy.

You can check out a complete list of the vendors here.  Also, Barb Parry of Foxfire Fiber will be vending again this year an in addition to her beautiful yarns, she will also be selling and signing copies of her new book Teach Yourself Visually Hand-Dyeing.

Finally – don’t forget WEBS – America’s Bead Store!  They are participating in the festivities and will have their own tent full of great bargains and specials throughout the store!  Our Store Manager Barbara is just back from a show and we have tons of new pearls!

Now – a few tips:

We will have someone directing traffic and we have access to a large amount of parking.  Do not get discouraged.

We will have SIX registers running – 4 in the store and 2 in the tent.  Our strongest ringers are on register (including Steve & I) and every register has a dedicated bagger.  Trust me – no matter how long the lines, we will move them along.

Pictures are welcome.

Bring your coffe and be sure to eat breakfast.  I suggest bringing a snack too :)  If nothing else, we’ll appreciate it :)

Play nicely and if you have questions we have PLENTY of staff on to help.  Everyone has an assigned area/job.  Even if you think the nice young man in the warehouse can’t answer your question -ask.  Even if he can’t, he’ll get you to the right person.

Spinning Wheels, equipment and fiber are on sale at 20% off throughout the weekend.  In stock items only, no special orders.

Saturday and Sunday 10-5:30.  Come early either day and we’re unlikely to turn you away – show up at 5:15 on Saturday, well, as much as we love you, we’ll be dead on our feet.  We’re going to do our best to bring the lights down at 5:30.  Sunday – we tend to wrap up between 4 and 5pm. 

Smith parents of graduating seniors – if we think you are going to miss graduation, we will send you on your merry way and hold your purchase.  Trust me – we know who you are – you’re the best dressed customers we have all weekend :)  Congratulations to you and your graduate!

Speaking of graduates – a special CONGRATULATIONS to our own Elisabeth who works in the store! Yay Elisabeth!  She’s graduating and coming on board full-time!

Steve will be running one of the registers in the store, I’ll be on a register in the tent so be sure to stop by and say hi!

Okay folks – here we go!  Tent Sale & Fleece Market 2009 is almost here!!


Berroco Goodies

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
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I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day this past weekend.  Whether you created new memories or enjoyed ones already made, I hope everyone was able to spend the day as they wanted.

For me, I got my first breakfast in bed.  I picked the kids up on Friday afternoon and out came Jonathan with a potted plant and note. 

Jackson had nothing.  Not a big deal to me, but to him – BIG DEAL.  He sad “I guess we’re just too busy in 4th grade to make gifts anymore”.  He didn’t say it in a superior way, honestly, he was sad.  I think it was one of those “hmm, getting bigger might not be as cool as I thought it would be” moments.    I told him not to worry, etc.

I woke Sunday morning to rustling downstairs – unusual rustling.  I knew it was Jackson rustling and I thought maybe he was hungry and rolled over.  It then became apparent he was up to something.  About 15 minutes later he appeared with an English Muffin, grapes and OJ.  It was a lovely 6:30am breakfast.  I later asked him about getting the English Muffin out of the toaster (ours can be persnickety).  He told me he unplugged the toaster before using a knife to get it out.  I was relieved and asked how he knew to do that and said “Oh, I saw a safety video on tv once”.  Thank you safety video.

After a few errands Sunday morning, I spent a glorious afternoon cleaning out my closet and bureau.  It was 3 1/2 hours of heaven.  Three bags for donation and one bag of trash later and I was one organized and uncluttered Mom.  Perfect. Day.

Okay, so now that you’ve all skimmed as fast as you can about my day, I’m sure you are wanting to know about the Berroco Goodies I refer to in the title of this post.  For those of you who listen to the podcast each week, you are already in the know!  See, it pays to listen to our little podcast each week – you never know what nuggets we might share and in all honesty, I could never blog about all of the yarn Steve talks about each week and all the special deals.  Just sayin’. 

We are thrilled to offer you a handful of discontinued colors in a few of Berroco’s very beautiful yarns at tremendous savings.  I”m not going to go through all of the specs of each yarn, just give you a bit of a tasting with a picture and link – the rest my friends, is up to you.

First up is Ultra Alpaca.  Yes, that would be THE Ultra Alpaca.  Five faboo colors:


Original price is $8.75 and our closeout price on these five colors is $5.19.  Not bad colors either, may I point out.

Next, Berroco Cuzco.  I love Cuzco.   It’s a beautiful chunky weight yarn,  50% superfine alpaca/50% wool and knits at 3.75 sts = 1″ on a 10. 

There are only 3 colors (please use the site for better color accuracy – I did these shots pretty quickly).  Cuzco normally retails for $9.00 but these three colors are only $4.99. 

We also have five Pure Merino colors that have been discontinued.  Pure merino is Berroco’s Extra Fine Merino Superwash yarn – superwash meaning it’s machine washable.

Pure Merino knits at a worsted/heavy worsted weight of 4.5 sts = 1″ on #9 needles and normally costs $8.00/ball.  These five discontinued colors are only $4.99.

Last, but far from least is Peruvia Quick.  Just introduced last fall, Peruvia Quick is a chunky yarn that knits at 3 sts = 1″ on a #11 needle. 

Only two colors available, so let’s show them some love.  Peruvia Quick normally costs $8.00/hank but again we’re able to offer these discontinued colors at $4.99. 

I haven’t had too many guesses on our “m”agical “m” closeout.  Malabrigo is out, Mission Falls is out?  Any takers?  You all know how I operate – first one in gets a prize :)

You also want to stay tuned to the WEBS Blog this week – Tent Sale preview is coming! 


Anniversary P.2

Thursday, April 30th, 2009
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NOTE:  Remember – to qualify for the faboo prizes in our latest contest you must comment here on my blog AND on Mimie’s at should be left on my post of 4/28 titled “New Contest”.  Entries will be accepted until 5/1/09 at 11:59pm.  Thanks!

As I mentioned earlier this week, I am baffled as to where the month of April went.  Not that it was a bad month, just a hectic one.  With today being the last, it’s also the last day for the April Anniversary yarns.  As of midnight-ish tonight, the April yarns will go back to regular price.  If there are any you have been wanting, time is of the essence!

But do not despair!  May not only brings flowers, but new sale yarns!  Yarns such as Berroco Comfort (the entire family) – chunky, worsted, dk, sock), Plymouth Happy Feet and Royal Llama Silk, Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, Tahki Torino, Kureyon Sock, Classic Elite Provence, Valley Yarns Goshen and Deerfield.  That is literally less than half the list!  How about some Fiesta Boomerang or Ballet?   Oh, I almost forgot Euroflax Sport!

Be sure to check out the website tomorrow for all of the May yarns.

Also, don’t forget, our Tent Sale & Fleece Market are May 16 & 17!  In addition to the Anniversary specials, there will be additional Tent Sale specials.  This is one of those times when Steve definitely loses control so you need to make sure you plan some time that weekend to make a visit to the store.



P.S.  For those of you inquiring about the knit chicken pattern – it’s Blue Sky Alpacas Knit Chickens.  Send pictures if you make one!

WEBS 35th Anniversary

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
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Yes, it’s true.  We are celebrating 35 years in business!  You know, we’re not ones to brag or toot our own horns, but I’ve got to say – I am pretty darn proud of us.  I certainly don’t just mean the Elkinses “us” either.  I am proud of everything we’ve accomplished as a family, but we’ve been so fortunate to have great staff along the way, terrific support from our vendors and then of course, a dash of luck.  Oh and I should also add a little hutzpah too – I’m sure Art would agree.

Steve and I have been very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to take what Barbara started back in 1974 as a means to feed her own yarn habit, what she and Art grew together through the 80′s and 90′s into not only a great retail destination but a strong mail order company and continue to build on the tremendous foundation they established. 

It’s funny to think back on our own personal hesitations.  Art & Barbara had actually approached us a couple of times in the late 90′s.  We were always very gracious, but I can remember getting off the phone with them and Steve and I just giggling at the thought of living in Western Mass and running a yarn store.  We lived in a cool Boston suburb, we had cool jobs. . . . I think we might have even thought that we were cool. Yeah – we were young and obviously a bit delusional.   Funny how two kids a job change and relocation can change your perspective.

Steve and I were talking last night and he asked what we’d do to celebrate WEBS 50th anniversary.  I said “I hope Jackson does something great”.  His response “Our 24 year old will not be in charge”.  Won’t it be fun to see how that plays out?

For me personally, I think what I am most proud of is that Steve and I have been able to do this together and still have a great family life.  There are certainly days when I think we’d both fire each other if we could.  There are definitely days when I know our staff would send us packing if they could!  Somehow, we make it all work and I truly cannot imagine being anywhere else.

As always, we celebrate our anniversary with a killer sale.  This year is no different.  We’ve got amazing deals on knitting yarns including Cascade 220, Eco Wool, Classic Elite Fresco, Berroco Peruvia, Fiesta La Bohemme and Baby Boom, just to name a few.  If you are a weaver, there are great savings on 8/2 Tencel, Linen, 5/2 Valley Cotton and more!

Starting next week, we’ll also be offering a weekly special on one of our own Valley Yarns.  Plus, who knows what else we might just throw in for fun?

Last, but far from least, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all of you, are wonderful customers for taking this ride with us.  Some of you have been here from the beginning, others may have just discovered us.  Either way, we’re grateful you choose to shop with us.  Enjoy the celebration!


Kitchenering a Chicken

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
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Hi everyone!  We’re getting close to wrapping up our chicken KAL and I wanted to get the Kitchener video posted.  Here it is (finally).

In the video, Pixie demonstrates the kitchener stitch, which is used to close-up the back of the chicken in our current KAL on Ready, Set, Knit!  The kitchener stitch grafts the two sides together and actually creates another knitted row which is then a “seamless” seam if you will.  Before the video, I’ve included a couple of picture of my chicken in process.  You’ll notice I used a binder clip to help hold the two sides together while I was grafting.  This was necessary because the chicken is fully stuffed at this point.


In this next picture you can clearly see on the right hand side where I’ve already grafted the two sides together:


Here is Lily – all trussed up!

In the video, rather than demonstrate on one of our chickens, we opted to use two bulky weight swatches with a contrasting color so that you could easily see what is happening:



As always, I love your feedback and know Pixie and I are continuing to work on our video skills :)


P.S.  Our 25th Anniversary Sale kicks off tomorrow!  If you haven’t received our flyer in the mail (which you should have) it’s posted in full in the WEBS Group on Ravelry (just scroll down a bit).

Ready, Set, Knit! #122 – Interview with Eunny Jang & Kim Werker!

Sunday, March 29th, 2009
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This week I had the chance to talk with Eunny Jang Editor of Interweave Knits.  She was in Cleveland recording the third season of Knitting Daily TV.  We had the chance to talk about the spring issue of Interweave Knits, her Blooming Cotton Scarf (kits available on our site) and a sneak peek of the summer issue.  We also had the chance to catch up with former Interweave Crochet Editor Kim Werker

Steve had some new yarns to talk about as usual and even slipped in some info on our upcoming 35th Anniversary Sale.

Finally, Pixie and I are winding down the Chicken KAL.  We’ll finish that up next week!

Listen to this week’s episode or download from iTunes!