Archive for the ‘Valley Yarns’ Category

3 Ways to Style: WEBS Learn to Knit Kit

Monday, July 31st, 2017
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One of the best things about being able to knit your own clothes is pairing your handmade items with things you already own!

Here at WEBS, people often tell us that they would love to learn to knit but they don’t live close enough to take a class, or they have a friend who wants to learn, but they don’t know where to start. We can help you with that!

We’ve created a Learn To Knit Kit complete with helpful easy to follow directions and a YouTube playlist so you can see each technique in action. Each kit include everything you’ll need to create your first scarf from start to finish!

When you’ve finished your first knitted garment, you might wonder what you’re going to wear it with? Take a quick look at our Learn to Knit scarf in Lime, made using Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky, a super-soft washable merino wool with an irresistible color selection.

For a casual autumn look, try wearing your scarf wrapped twice, with leggings and a flannel shirt! The faux leather jacket and chunky faux suede booties add a slight edge, while the textured scarf in a bright green brings warmth back into the outfit.

One of my favorite ways to wear a scarf is folded in half, with the ends pulled through the loop. Pairing your new scarf with a jean jacket and cords makes for an easy to wear outfit for running weekend errands!

Last minute brunch date? Not to worry! Your scarf is the perfect pop of color against a camel-colored coat, printed and cropped navy pants, and finished off with leopard print wedge sandals. Lookin’ cute!

 

Your WEBS Learn to Knit Kit includes:

  •  two balls of Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky
  • one pair of size US #10 needles made of smooth and easy-to-use birchwood
  • one handy tapestry needle – you’ll need it to weave in those pesky little ends!
  •  one booklet with easy-to-understand pictorials that detail how to knit your first pattern, as well as four extra stitch patterns for when you’re ready to move on!
  • YouTube videos so you can see each knitting technique in action!
  •  one super cute muslin bag to keep your project contained (first 25 customers only!)

Order our kit today and you’ll know how to knit before summer is over! You’ll want to hurry, though, because those adorable bags are only available with the first 25 kits. And, if green isn’t your thing, and you’re psyched to knit your new scarf in a neutral, we have two more color options available to fit your personal style! To order yours, click here!

We’re here to help you start knitting, but once you start, you won’t be able to stop 🙂

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 494: Kathy Talks With Leslie Ann Bestor

Saturday, July 15th, 2017
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It’s all about spinning and weaving on Ready, Set, Knit! today!! This week, Kathy is talking with our spinning and weaving manager, Leslie Ann Bestor, all about the New England Weaving and Spinning Seminar, which is happening THIS WEEKEND right here in Northampton! NEWS is taking place at Smith College, right up the road (5 minutes!) from our Northampton, Mass store. NEWS only happens every other year and it’s FREE, so you won’t want to miss this! Kathy and LA are also going to be talking about the Tour de Fleece, which is also going on right now. Join our Ravelry group for a lively discussion about the Tour de Fleece!

 

For more information about the New England Weaver’s Seminar, click here!

 

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Valley Yarns Style Guide: 3 Ways To Style the Harkin Pullover

Friday, July 7th, 2017
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Do you ever see something that you really want to knit, but aren’t sure how you would fit that style into your current wardrobe?

Me too. All the time.

We all want to get as much use out of our handknits as possible. Making your own clothing is time consuming and can get very expensive.

When I’m looking at a potential new project, I ask myself these four questions:

1. What fiber will I knit this in and realistically wear?

This is really a two-part question. What is the original garment made out of? Was it designed for a cotton and silk blend, so it will have lots of drape and movement? If so, would  I be willing to invest the time and money into that particular yarn or something similar? Will it look as good in a superwash Merino? Will I have to take special care when laundering the garment? If you’re looking to make an aran sweater with a turtleneck, choosing a cotton is probably not the best idea – even if it has the same stitch gauge. The same goes for a summery linen top. The fabric won’t act the same if knit in a bouncy superwash Merino as it would in a linen fiber.

2. What color do I want to knit it in vs. what color will actually work with what I have?

This can be a really tough one, especially if you’re like me, and tend to be interested in knitting only with a few different shades. So, if the sample garment is knit in a bright yellow, can I envision it in a different color? Would the stitch pattern disappear if I used my favorite hue? Would I wear that trendy neon green speckled color next season? How many tops do I have that will go under that sweater and will I have to buy more to coordinate? Sometimes you just can’t tell until you’ve actually knit it. My advice would be to buy a skein of that color and swatch it. Hold it up against your skin in natural and unnatural light. Drape it over clothes you already own. If you can still envision yourself wearing that color, then by all means, use it!

3. I like the shape of this garment – but will I like it on me? 

Another tough question. If you’re petite, maybe you’re not comfortable wearing something long and oversized without  changing the length a bit (or quite a bit). If you’re busty with wide shoulders, you may need to choose a pattern that can accommodate your frame. A taller body may need to edit where the waist shaping is on a sweater as well as the length. The list goes on and on. All of our bodies are sized differently and a lot of patterns are only written for a handful of sizes (although most designers are getting much better about expanding their sizing options). For me, if I have to change more than three things about a pattern to feel comfortable in it, I’m out. Pull out some of your favorites and decide what you think looks best on you, and try choosing a pattern that has similar qualities.

4. How many outfits can I make out of things I already own? Will I have to buy something to go with this?  

If your wardrobe is more jeans-and-a-tee, maybe you won’t get as much wear out of that gorgeous cable-knit skirt as you would a top-down raglan. If you live in Hawaii, you might not have the same need for a closet full of Lopi sweaters as someone in Alaska might.

Ok, so maybe that was more than four questions, but I think you get the gist of it. Of course, we support making what you want, when you want, but we also want you to get as much wear as you can out of your handknits, and to make something you’ll cherish!

Today, we’re taking the Harkin Pullover, by Kirsten Hipsky, knit in Valley Yarns Hatfield, and styling it three different ways. Harkin is an oversized pullover, knit in a lace weight alpaca on size 8 needles. It’s roomy and comes in several sizes. It’s very lightweight, but adds a touch of warmth to almost any outfit, which is perfect for all seasons, and definitely easy to mix and match with what you probably already own!

For our Valley Yarns 2017 catalog, we styled the Harkin Pullover with medium-wash skinny jeans, brown riding boots, and a chunky necklace. It’s a simple outfit that definitely has an autumnal feel. Since we’re still a couple of months away from Fall here in the Pioneer Valley, I styled Harkin three ways that could work in the summer, using items pulled from my own wardrobe.

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The first outfit is a summery recreation of the original look. When late summer mornings start to get cool, I often throw a lightweight sweater over a tank. I used medium-wash jeggings with a black cami to pair underneath. Instead of tall boots, I chose these colorful, faux-leather flat sandals that were a steal at Target. To top it off, I grabbed a small cross-body bag.

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For a casual office, the unstructured and oversized Harkin Pullover would look great over the same black camisole, and with a flouncy patterned skirt. Cute, shiny, and comfy, these flat sandals add texture and shine.

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For the final outfit, I wanted to dress Harkin up a bit. I chose an ultra-short, strappy sundress, with chunky wedge platforms. The colors of the floral print compliment the sweater’s deep red color, and because the knitted fabric is sheer, a bit of that print will peek through! It’s the perfect cover-up for a summer date night!

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How do you style your handknits? We want you to show us! Tag us @websyarn on Instagram, or share them in our Ravelry group!

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 491: Kathy Talks With Janice Kang

Saturday, June 17th, 2017
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This week, Kathy is talking with Janice Kang, knitwear designer and longtime friend of WEBS. For our 40th Anniversary, Janice designed the Mixed Tide Shawl, which knits up beautifully in 2/10 Merino Tencel (Colrain Lace). She entered a version in the California State Fair in 2014, and it placed! Summer is here, and it’s fair season! Janice is an award-winning knitter, so listen to hear more about entering your knitwear in fair exhibits! You won’t want to miss this.

Janice’s award-winning Lady’s Circular Cape in Shell Pattern, knit in Valley 2/10 Merino Tencel.

Janice’s Must Have Cardigan, knit in Valley Northampton.

Janice is also a weaver. Her Pseudo Crackle bag in Valley 5/2 Cotton placed 2nd!

Check out Janice’s blog to read more about the California State Fair results here.

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

Don’t forget to pick up your passport for the I-91 Shop Hop, which is taking place from Thursday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 25th- NEXT WEEK!!! 11 shops are participating this year, with raffles and prizes galore! If you make it to all 11 stores and fill your passport, you could win a huuuuuge gift basket!

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

WEBS will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Introducing Valley Yarns Conway!

Monday, March 13th, 2017
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Have you met Conway? It’s the perfect yarn for spring and summer! Made with 60% Pima Cotton and 40% Acrylic, Conway works up at a DK weight, with 5.5 stitches per inch on a US size 5 needle. Conway is also machine washable, making it an excellent choice for baby and kids garments. With a soft hand, excellent stitch definition, and gorgeous color palette ranging from neutrals to brights, Conway has all of your warmer weather needs covered!

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For a light summer layer over a tank, knit the Safira Cardigan. The eyelet detail on the sleeves combined with Conway’s soft cotton makes for the perfect cover-up in a drafty office.

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The Maple Baby Cardigan is a great choice for in-between months. Cables and textured stitches really pop in Conway! The Maple Baby Cardigan is also available as a kit,  which includes the pattern and enough yarn to make any of the sizes!

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Those of us who will miss Valley Longmeadow can be rest assured that all patterns originally designed for Longmeadow can be made using Conway! Add the Rose Sorbet Tank to your spring wardrobe rotation, or crochet the Playing Blocks Afghan just in time for a summer baby’s arrival.

New Designs in Valley Yarns Colrain!

Friday, January 20th, 2017
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Three talented designers have all worked with our Valley Yarns Colrain to bring your all new designs for January!

The Sabine Pullover from Ashwini Jambhekar, who also designed the Ascending Leaves Pullover, has faux princess seams created with a small slip-stitch cable to a truly flattering fit.

New designs in Valley Yarns Colrain, read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comMelissa Metzbower, who also designed the Honeycomb Child’s Cardigan, designed the clever January Morning Cowl. Squishy, cozy braided strips join together at the back neck with a low-profile button.

New designs in Valley Yarns Colrain, read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comFatimah Hinds, designer of the Blue Quartz Cowl, has created a subtle graphic statement with the Limestone Inclusion Shawl, which features a simple stripe of natural to transition from the main body to the lacy, mesh edge.

New designs in Valley Yarns Colrain, read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comHave you worked with Valley Yarns Colrain before? What has been your favorite project?

First Watch Pea Coat – Winner!

Monday, January 16th, 2017
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Our thanks to everyone that commented and said such lovely things about Marie’s newest design. And we love all your color choices!

First Watch Giveaway Winner on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Our winner is Commenter # 242, Anne,  who said, “I think I would use the gold…bold and bright for these endless cloudy winter days. I have followed WEBS forever, catalogue and then on FB and online. I even had the pleasure of visiting the store a few years ago. Yay, WEBS!!” Anne will be getting a sweater’s worth of Berkshire in her chosen color and a copy of the First Watch pattern!

There are already so many great projects popping up on Ravelry, we can’t wait to see all of your versions of this sweater in all these amazing color choices! Our thanks go out to Marie for designing such a lovely sweater in Valley Yarns.

Valley Superwash stuns in Vogue Knitting!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
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The Winter 2016/17 issue of Vogue Knitting is on newsstands now and we’re thrilled with the Stacked herringbone Sweater from Sandi Prosser!

Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Knit in two high contrast colors of our very own Valley Yarns Valley Superwash, this oversized, batwing-style sweater creates a bold, herringbone pattern for a pullover that would look equally at home with jeans and boots, or  a black mini and stilettos.

I can’t wait to see it in other color combinations! Which colors would you choose?

Anouk Cowl, a new design in 2/10 Merino Tencel

Friday, January 6th, 2017
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The beginning of the new year is a great time to start a new project, maybe something just for yourself! The Anouk Cowl, designed by the incredible Dora Ohrenstein, is a unique combination of stitches and technique that results in a easy accessory with gorgeous texture.

The Anouk Cowl designed by Dora Ohrenstein for Valley Yarns in 2/10 Merino Tencel. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Crocheted with our 2/10 Merino Tencel, this cowl has incredible drape and a shine that peeks out from behind the soft merino haze.  Get your hooks out and crochet this beauty for yourself now!

Lovely sweaters in Valley Yarns Northfield.

Friday, December 23rd, 2016
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My personal favorite, Valley Yarns Northfield, is featured in two, beautiful new sweater patterns this month!

Cranston, designed by Fiona Ellis for Twist Collective Winter 2016 features Celtic Knotwork inspired cables in a rich, classic red with timeless styling and shaping. A true wardrobe staple!

Cranston knit in Valley Yarns Northfield. More on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And from knit.wear Wool Studio 2016: A Winter Pattern Collection, Linda Marveng has designed the Brewster Cardigan to be a stylish, but comfy cardigan with beautiful cable details and a fun construction with optional pockets.

Brewster knit in Valley Yarns Northfield. More on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The blend of merino, baby alpaca, and silk in this yarn shows off texture and cable stitches beautifully while staying squishy and soft. When it’s’ sweater season and there are beautiful patterns like these to choose from there really is no reason not to stock up on Valley Yarns Northfield and cast on!