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4 New Colors of Valley Yarn Northampton!

Friday, February 23rd, 2018
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There’s still a little bit of snow on the ground here in Western Massachusetts, but we are already thinking spring! With the coming season, we have four new colors of one of our favorites – Northampton! Northampton is a worsted weight 100% wool yarn that has all of us here at WEBS thinking about colorwork. Keep reading to see some of our picks for your newest colorwork yoke sweater, crochet blanket, or stripy scarf!

Nebula Heather 

Almost a blackened charcoal color with a hint of turquoise running through the plies, Nebula Heather is a gorgeous base if you’re looking for a not-quite-neutral color to use as a backdrop for rich-looking color patterns.

Stonewash Heather

This shade of blue is just basic enough to go with anything, but it’s anything but bland. Pair it with other neutrals, like Medium Gray or Midnight Heather – we bet it would look smashing against a dark pair of jeans!

Lime

A fresh citrus-inspired green just in time for spring! This bright palette is giving us some major purple dinosaur vibes. Bring out your inner 90s kid and knit a colorful yoke sweater with this unexpected quartet of colors. Not feeling the boldness? No worries! Northampton has a huuuuge range of naturals and neutrals for a more toned-down look with a major pop of color.

Capri Blue

This bright blue already has us daydreaming of poolside days and trips to the beach. Since it’s not quite warm enough for that yet in our neck of the woods, why not use these as inspiration for your spring knitting? We’d pair this color with a hot pink and bright yellow, grounding it with a tan base.

What are your favorite color combos? Working on a yoked sweater or crocheting granny squares? Be sure to tag us on Instagram @websyarn and use the hashtag #WEBSFiberFollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

 

Stitches West: A Different Look

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
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We can’t wait to see you all at Stitches West this year! We are ready to rock and roll, with fantastic employees there to help you shop, and tons of yarn and goodies to peruse in our booth! Unfortunately, our shipment from Massachusetts got stuck on its way to California and won’t make it to the show. However, Team WEBS has been able to regroup and and pull together – we packed a different shipment and sent it off on a plane. All will be well!

It may not be the polished WEBS look that you’re used to, but we did NOT want to miss out on quality time with our west coast customers! So, even though we’re going to have a slightly different stock than we were planning, we definitely want you to drop by, check us out, and say hi to the crew! (And while you’re at Stitches, be sure to check out our friends at A Hundred Ravens, Green Mountain Spinnery, and North Light Fibers.)

In addition to a great assortment of Valley Yarns and patterns, like Peru, and beautiful sample sweaters designed by Amy Herzog, and we’ll have a variety of other yarns we’re itching to share with you. Check out Shades of Merino Cotton from Lana Grossa, and a selection of our favorites from Malabrigo, Wonderland Yarns, and Scheepjes. And because we’re WEBS, we’ll have plennnnty of closeouts to pick from (our favorite!). We’ll also have plenty of Prism Merino Mia Gradient Packs, so if you have any questions or are looking for inspiration, ask for Brigitte, she’s your Prism girl!

If we don’t have enough of what you’re looking for at the show, let us know and we’d be happy to place an order for you! It’ll ship FREE!

And don’t forget – with every WEBS purchase there’s a free shipping coupon for your next visit to yarn.com!

So, as the old adage goes: when life gives you yarn, you knit a sweater . . . or something like that.

We can’t wait to see you in Santa Clara!

5 New Colors of Valley Yarns Peru!

Friday, January 19th, 2018
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New year, new yarn colors!

Peru, one of our absolute favorites in the Valley Yarns line has gotten 5 new additions for 2018! This soft and luxurious chainette constructed blend of baby alpaca, Merino wool, and nylon has quickly become a go-to worsted weight pick for many of us here at WEBS. Whether you knit or crochet, Peru is a warm and squishy option for cold-weather garments and accessories.

Keep reading to learn more about each new colorway and to see our picks for new color combinations!

Fawn
Fawn is a rich neutral tan. It would pair wonderfully with any color of Peru!

Blue Tourmaline
Blue Tourmaline is a truly unique color – it’s a bright teal with a hint of red blended into the fibers, muting it ever so slightly.

Lichen
Lichen is a gorgeous heathered sage green colorway. It’s a fantastic color for spring garments!

Berry Compote
A bright, warm purple with a hint of pink, Berry Compote is perfect for a feminine sweater or top.

Charcoal
The darkest color of Peru, Charcoal is a rich, dark gray. Pick this color as a background for brights or neutrals.

What are your favorite color combos? Were there any that we missed? Let us know!

And if you have any Peru in your stash that you’re dying to use in 2018, why don’t you join us on Instagram? In 2018 we’re doing a WEBs Fiber Follow Through where we craft through our New Year’s resolutions! It’s not too late to play along – tag #WEBSFiberFollowThrough for a chance to be featured in our feed!

5 Twist Collective Patterns To Knit In 2018

Friday, January 12th, 2018
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The Winter 2018 issue of Twist Collective is finally here and full of gorgeous knitting patterns for sweaters, hats, scarves, and mittens! But how do you choose what to knit first? I pulled five of my favorite patterns from the new issue to help give you some inspiration and get started on some new projects in 2018! Do you need some creative accountability? Check out Marykate’s post on the #WEBSFiberFollowThrough and join us on social media for a year of fiber fun!

Beringer Pullover Sweater Kit

Twist Collective Beringer Knit Pullover Sweater Pattern

Designed by Quenna Lee

Who doesn’t love a gorgeous sweater in a fun, tweedy yarn? This sweater immediately stood out to me as a classic when I first flipped through the new Twist issue. I love the simple cables up the front and the pretty details at the cuff and hemline. Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Tweed Superwash also comes in the cutest color palette! It reminds me of the fun speckled yarns that are all the rage right now, but in a more subtle aesthetic.

Thunderbolt Bottom Up Sweater Pattern

Twist Collective Thunderbolt Knit Pullover Sweater Pattern

Designed by Cheryl Burke

I am absolutely smitten with the colorwork on the yoke of the Thunderbolt sweater! This is for all you color lovers out there. It’s another pullover knit from the bottom up with some short row shaping at the back of the neck to give the collar some additional shaping. The fun pattern is achieved with rows of mirrored left and right leaning ribbing, which should also make for some fun knitting after working the stockinette body and sleeves. Knit up in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool this sweater is also guaranteed to be super soft! (And since I’m the model in this picture, I can vouch for that!)

Cabrillo Knit Hat, Mittens, & Cowl Set

Twist Collective Cabrillo Knit Hat Mittens Cowl Pattern

Designed by Juliana Lustenader

The adorable Cabrillo set is so soft and will knit up in a flash in the gorgeously bulky Fibre Co.’s Tundra! The kit comes with the colors pictured in the finished set, but there are several beautiful combinations you can put together with Tundra! If I were going to knit this set, I would choose the three playful colors on the left: Sockeye Salmon, Snowdrift, and Blue Lagoon.

Yojimbo Knit Shawl

Twist Collective Yojimbo Knit Shawl Pattern

Designed by Nancy Vandivert

The Yojimbo shawl may be knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont, but either way it would be one of my favorite pieces in this issue. I love anything with a bold geometric motif and a fun to knit stitch pattern and Yojimbo has both! This gorgeous shawl is achieved with a slipped stitch mosaic color work pattern and finished off with a bold intarsia edge. The kit comes with the colors pictured in the finished garment, but I pulled a few more options so you could get creative and change up the blue to be whatever color would fit your wardrobe best!

Mill Creek Hat & Cowl Knitting Kit

Twist Collective Mill Creek Knit Hat Cowl Pattern

Designed by Sierra Morningstar

How cute is the playful reindeer motif on this set?! I’m definitely going to knit up a few of these for Christmas gifts next year. They’re the perfect mix of playful, cozy, and cool! It’s the perfect style for someone who loves a little bit of cutesy mixed in with their bold patterns!

What are your favorite patterns from the Twist Collective Winter 2018 issue?

Introducing Valley Yarns Mount Holyoke

Thursday, December 14th, 2017
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Valley Yarns Mount Holyoke is one of our newest additions to the Valley Yarns line and its timing is absolutely perfect for winter. There’s nothing like snuggling up on the couch with your favorite warm beverage, a cozy afghan, and your latest, comfiest project. And Mount Holyoke is definitely going to be one of the coziest yarns you knit and crochet with this year.

Valley Yarns Mount Holyoke Cashmere Yarn Knit Crochet Swatches

Mount Holyoke is named for the Mount Holyoke range that’s right in our backyard here in the Connecticut River Valley. It’s a 100% cashmere yarn that comes with 185 fluffy and slightly tweedy yards in colors inspired by the New England sky and landscape. Its worsted weight means you can reach for Mount Holyoke for a variety of projects that may want just a little bit of added luxury. We’re loving this yarn’s lovely drape which is a little softer than your standard wool yarn:

Valley Yarns Mount Holyoke Cashmere Yarn Stockinette Swatch

But don’t worry, it can also handle some texture:

Valley Yarns Mount Holyoke Cashmere Yarn Knitting Swatches Stockinette Cables

Mount Holyoke is also absolutely stunning crocheted. You could make the most sumptuous granny square throw or a slouchy, cozy sweater:

Valley Yarns Mount Holyoke Cashmere Yarn Crochet Swatch

We’re already dreaming up some beautiful patterns for Mount Holyoke, but in the meantime, a few patterns you could use for this yarn are:

The Pincushion Moss Crocheted Shawl

Valley Yarn pincushion moss crochet shawl pattern

This adorable casual shawl will become your date night favorite when you crochet it with Mount Holyoke cashmere yarn. It will be super soft and will have a lighter, flowier drape than Valley Yarns Southwick, which is a cotton bamboo blend.

The Cabello Cowl

Valley Yarns Cabello Cowl Knitting Pattern

You’re going to love the way Mount Holyoke feels next to your skin, so cowls and scarves are the perfect projects for it! Try the Cabello Cowl pattern with Mount Holyoke instead of Valley Yarns Northampton. Again, the finished cowl will be drapier and you may need to add an additional repeat of the stitch pattern for both the width and the height of the cowl, but it will be worth those extra stitches!

The Dassin Cardigan

Valley Yarns Dassin Knit Cardigan Pattern

The Dassin Cardigan will is the perfect project for a cashmere yarn! Its drapey and elegant style will be the perfect complement to Mount Holyoke and regardless of which color you choose, it will be an item you can reach for in your closet time and time again. This cardi will be able to transition seamlessly from your semi-casual office to a night out on the town with your friends!

Check out Valley Yarns Mount Holyoke now and let us know what you’re excited to make with it in the comments!

Introducing Valley Yarns Worthington

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
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Here at WEBS we are always excited to unveil a new Valley Yarn! One of our newest yarns has already become a favorite of ours. Valley Yarns Worthington is a tweedy blend of wool, alpaca, and viscose, in a sophisticated color range – easy to wear and definitely fun to craft with!

Worthington is a DK weight yarn with a plied texture that works up at about 5.5 to 6 stitches per inch on a US 5 or 6 needle. It has a slight halo and a beautiful, rustic-feeling hand. Worthington is lightweight and comes in a wearable color palette. It’s sure to become your new go-to for sweaters, hats, and mittens!

One of our favorite things about Worthington is its incredible stitch definition. It’s gorgeous in stockinette, but when it’s worked up in a cable, like this one from Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook, that’s when it really shines!

You could also try crocheting a cozy lap rug using several colors – the wool and alpaca blend is warm and cozy, and it will look stunning with your home decor!

Our first Worthington project, Duxbury Mitts, shown in Evergreen, have been a huge hit – who doesn’t love the look of these tweedy cabled mitts? They’re warm, yet lightweight, perfect for wearing at work or while driving if you’re looking to keep your hands cozy without the added bulk of full mittens.  We’re envisioning them knit up in Rhododendron or Arctic for a quick and easy holiday gift.

Worthington is lightweight and comfortable next to the skin, and we’re loving the way it looks in the Adilah Pullover. The fitted silhouette is timeless,  while the flattering V-neck adorned with delicate cables will be fun to knit. The hard part will be choosing a color!

Since it’s starting to get colder here in Western Massachusetts, it’s time to think about hats and mittens for winter. Lucky for us, Adventure Du Jour designed the Box Top Hat and Mittens in Worthington! We love coordinating accessory sets, and this one is definitely a winner. Cables knit on a background of reverse stockinette are always entertaining. We’re thinking about making a set in coordinating colors!

Check out the full selection of Valley Yarns Worthington here!

 

 

Ready, Set Knit! Show 509: Kathy Talks With Tricia Malcolm

Saturday, November 18th, 2017
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This week, Kathy is talking to Trisha Malcolm, editor of Vogue Knitting. Vogue just released a gorgeous Holiday 2017 issue, and it has been an absolute treat to read! Some of our favorites include Amy Gunderson’s Blanket, Mari Lynn Patrick’s Curve Cable Pullover, and of course, Cathy Payson’s A-Line Pullover knit in Valley Yarns Peru and Southampton! This issue is an absolute must if you’re looking for to-die-for winter projects. And don’t miss out on the Vogue Knitting Berkshires Knitting Intensive, happening from February 28th through March 3rd 2018 – less than an hour from WEBS in gorgeous Berkshire County, Mass! Click the links for all the details!



Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week:

Reminders: 

Northampton Bag Day is on Saturday, November 18th this year and the savings continue on Sunday, 11/19, which is our first Sunday holiday opening! We’ll have plenty of savings in store – and you don’t even have to have a bag!

We’ve teamed up with Northampton Brewery for Knit and Crochet Nites every Tuesday from 5:30 until 8! Come grab a beer or a refreshing drink, a snack, and spend some time with like minded crafters! We’ll have prizes and goodies, so don’t miss out!

The 2017 Holiday Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for this holiday season!

Upcoming Events

WEBS will be closed on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 23rd!

Sunday, November 19th is the first of our Sunday openings for the holiday season – but remember: WEBS will be CLOSED on Christmas Eve, Sunday December 24th – so please plan your trips to Northampton accordingly.

Double check our Holiday ’17 catalog to find out what our shipping cutoff dates are and to make sure your items arrive in time for the holidays!

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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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.

valley yarns knit sweater harkin 1

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.

valley yarns knit sweater harkin 2Do you wear your knits to work? We do at WEBS!

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.

valley yarns knit sweater harkin 3

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!

valley yarns knit sweater harkin 4

 

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