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Valley Yarns Charlemont

Monday, June 20th, 2016
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We’ve been in love with Valley Yarns Charlemont since the first sample skeins came in! With a blend of superwash merino, mulberry silk, and polyamide, this yarn has an incredible depth of color, a silky sheen and drape that you won’t believe! A wonderful choice for both knit and crochet projects,  as well as weaving, with 439yds per skein, you’ll keep coming back to Charlemont.

Get to know Valley Yarns Charlemont! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I’m fairly partial to our Amethyst Brook Afghan, having designed it!, but Dena’s version in Charlemont is one of my most favorite finished projects from this pattern. Combining some of our solids with hand dyed colors of Charlemont, and using all cool tones, makes these interlocked hexagons look like the ripples from raindrops on a pond. What a fantastic combination of pattern and yarn!

Get to know Valley Yarns Charlemont! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Whether you prefer knit or crochet, accessories or sweaters, we have a full ines of patterns just for Charlemont!

left – right: the Colorfall Cardigan, the Katya Pullover, the Veranda Tam, the Sequoyah Shawl, and the Chapel Falls Shawl

Dena tells us why she loves Charlemont! Have you knit or crocheted with it? Tell us all about your favorite project.

Sequoyah Shawl

Thursday, June 16th, 2016
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Valley Yarns Charlemont is a fantastic yarn for transitional garments, like the Sequoyah Shawl by Mary Joy Gumayagay.

The Sequoia Shawl from Valley Yarns at yarn.com. More at blog.yarn.com

 

This generous half circle shawl is worked from the neck down and features bands of stockinette and modified Roman Stripe textured stitches divided by raised garter ridges. Easy increases help to keep the circular shape resulting in a shawl that rests beautifully on the shoulders.

We asked Mary Joy to tell us a bit about herself and her work.

When did you learn to knit?
I learned to knit in 2003, when an injury forced me to stop climbing for a few months. To pass the time I decided to try something crafty.

What prompted you to start designing?
I fell into designing accidentally, when I had a ball of worsted yarn and an urge to make something unique. Pre-Ravelry, it was a challenge to find patterns for a specific weight, or yardage, or project. So I looked through one of Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Patterns books, found something I liked, and made a leaf lace worsted weight scarf. A fellow knitblogger named Liesel asked me for the directions, and I ended up self-publishing my very first pattern, Liesel.

Give us a glimpse into your design process, where/how do you find inspiration?
I am inspired by experiences, which translate into color and texture, then by necessity, which translate into structure. If a stitch pattern and color are lovely together, I think of what sort of object the combination would be most appropriate as. Lately my inspiration has been the specific physical features––color, texture, shape—of the rock climbing areas I’ve visited, and I am translating that into a series of hat patterns. The Destination Series currently has three: Antalya, St. Leger, and Siurana.

Tell us one of your favorite knit/fiber stories.
I don’t have specific stories… But I’ve met a few climbers who are also knitters; that’s a specific sub-group.

Tell us about the Valley Yarn you worked with?
I worked with Valley Yarns Charlemont, a lovely yarn with enough silk to create a subtle sheen and drape. I particularly adore the jewel tones, but there are enough neutrals to satisfy every knitter.

The Sequoia Shawl from Valley Yarns at yarn.com. More at blog.yarn.comCharlemont has fantastic drape and shine from the silk, strength and durability from the Polyamide, and the merino keeps it soft and warm. Wrap up this Fall in a beautiful shawl, after spending a bit of your Summer knitting with a yarn that you’ll truly enjoy! Have you worked with Charlemont in the past?

Olivenhain Fingerless Mitts

Monday, June 13th, 2016
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Summer is a fantastic time to knit small projects with stunning stitch work. The new Olivenhain Fingerless Mitts, in Valley Yarns Huntington by Irina Anikeeva are just that! A gorgeous combination of yarn, color and a spectacular, leafy cable and lace panel.

The Olivenhain Fingerless Mitts from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the designer, and where you can get your copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

These mitts are knit from the bottom up, with stockinette stitch at the palm for a bit of break on your hands and brain as you knit. The flowing leaf and lace cables twine their way up the backs of these mitts to your fingertips, and seamlessly blend with the ribbing bands at top and bottom. Whether you knit these to stay cozy and warm at the office, for a peek of stunning pattern work and color peeking out of your coat this Autumn, or as a gift for someone who will treasure your work, you’ll enjoy the whole process of knitting the Olivenhain Fingerless Mitts.

We asked Irina to tell us a bit about herself and her work.

When did you learn to knit? 

I was probably 6 or 7 at that time. I grew up in Russia with my Mom who knit and sewed for a living. Knowing my Mom didn’t have much time to make anything else, I asked her to teach me.

What prompted you to start designing?

Well, it was quite natural for me. As many other Russian crafters, driven by necessity, I have never used patterns as a rule, more like an inspiration. When I had a knitted garment in mind, I have immediately started to sketch, looking for stitch patterns, yarn, etc. and I was never thinking about it as a designing process per se. But when I have discovered Ravelry (awfully late, just 3 years ago!), I was so impressed with the work of independent designers so I have decided to come and see if my work would be interesting for knitters and I was pleasantly surprised by their reaction.

Give us a glimpse into your design process, where/how do you find inspiration?

Oh, everything around me is an inspiration! Nature, architecture, literature, movies. Once you tune your mind to be open this way, you are just fascinated to see how the ideas are triggered by everyday world that surrounds us.

 Tell us one of your favorite knit/fiber stories.

Once I challenged myself to knit a whole sweater on size 1 mm needles. I just desperately wanted one. It took some time and effort but I did like it so much!

 Tell us about the Valley Yarn you worked with?

The Olivenhain Fingerless Mitts I have designed are made with beautiful Valley Yarns Huntington. It is a fingering-weight yarn, softest and nicest to work with merino/nylon blend, which makes it great yarn not only for socks, but for mittens, shawls, even lightweight summer tops. It has an incredible color range and it’s machine washable which makes it a excellent yarn for baby projects, too.

The Olivenhain Fingerless Mitts from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the designer, and where you can get your copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Irina is right, Huntington is a great choice for baby and easy care knit and crochet projects! With it’s superwash and nylon blend it is not only completely washable, but durable as well, for handknits that will last for years. With an array of 24 rich, solid colors to choose from this yarn is the ideal choice for finer gauge knits, both for textured stitch details and colorwork.  This is a wonderful chance to try this yarn! With just 2 skeins and the pattern you’ve got a project that costs less than $15.00!

Valley Yarns Huntington

Friday, June 10th, 2016
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Valley Yarns Huntington is an amazing yarn for socks, and it can be worked up into shawls, hats, and even sweaters. Not only does it knit beautifully but it crochets like a dream! A durable and soft combination of Superwash Merino wool and Nylon mans that you can work up beautiful projects that will last for years to come.

Get to know Valley Yarns Huntington! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The Crocus Lace Stole has long been one of my favorite projects. Originally crocheted in our slinky and soft 5/2 Bamboo, it makes a fantastic summertime accessory. But I got to thinking that it might be nice to have a more transitional piece for Spring and Fall, warm enough to ward off the chill of an errant breeze, but not so much that you start to overheat. Then I thought about stripes, and colorblocking and I wanted to redo this pattern with something that wasn’t too heavy but that had great colors choices. Huntington was the perfect choice, great stitch definition, easy to work with, lots of colors, durable and warm.

Get to know Valley Yarns Huntington! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

One of the best things about this pattern is that it’s just one row! Once you’ve done it a few times through it’s easily memorized. For the Huntington version I used 2 colors, Arctic and Seagull, and alternated color every 2 rows. I carried each color up the side of the work as I went rather than cutting the yarns and having a pile of ends to weave in afterwards! I knew that 2 skeins wouldn’t be quite enough for the whole piece, but I didn’t want to break into a 3rd skein and then I remembered that I had also thought about color blocking, so I decided to do the last third in just the seagull colorway and then edge the whole thing in that same color.  I worked 40 inches in the stripes, 20 inches in the solid grey and then did 2 rounds of single crochet around the edge. Remember how I said that I just carried the color up the edge when I made the stripes? I crocheted over those little floats of yarn as I added the edge! I pinned it all out and gave it a good steam block to set the stitch pattern, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Total project cost for 3 skeins and the pattern was only $19.33, and I had it done in less than a week.

Get to know Valley Yarns Huntington! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

There’s fantastic pattern support for this yarn, both in knit and crochet, and lots of choices if you love knitting socks!

top l-r: Got You Covered Socks, Sunny Day Socks, Five College Socks, French Vine Socks.

bottom l-r: Simple Shawl, Hyannis Cardigan, Alexandrium CardiganSermilik Shawl

Give Huntington a try with your favorite sock pattern, or be a bit adventurous and remake a favorite accessory with a new twist! Tell us all about it in the comments

Valley Yarns 2016 Summer Catalog is here!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
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You can browse our new summer catalog now!

Valley Yarns Summer 2016 Catalog - available to view online now! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

3 new Valley Yarns, 22 new patterns, and almost a dozen editorials and write-ups for yarns, products we love, and a designer we’re beyond happy to feature! Get a jump on your Summer knitting now! Physical copies will be landing in mailboxes mid-month. If you’re not on it already, sign up for our mailing list and you’ll receive our Fall catalog in September. If you’re local you can pick up a copy in the store! Which new yarns and patterns are you excited about?

The Oblique Hat

Monday, June 6th, 2016
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We’ve had a few, brief previews of Summer weather here in New England, and it’s got us all thinking about smaller portable knitting projects, because let’s face it, there’s no way we’re going to stop knitting just because the thermometer is topping out in the 90’s!

The Oblique Hat from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the design, and where you can get your copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Evie Scott has designed the fantastic Oblique Hat for Valley Yarns in our super versatile Huntington yarn. Not only is this a stylish, and truly unisex hat, but it’s available in 4 sizes, with instructions for knitting the beanie style shown, or adding some depth for a slouchy version. The super stretchy band of ribbing seamlessly flows into an architecturally inspired spiral. A simple two-stitch cable twists upwards in columns to the crown, a great time to practice cables without a cable needle!

The Oblique Hat from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the design, and where you can get your copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

With a veritable rainbow of over 2 dozen solid colors to choose from Valley Yarns Huntington is a perfect choice for hats for the whole family. Extremely soft and machine washable this yarn has beautiful stitch definition and longevity. Who will you knit an Oblique Hat for, and in what color?

Be sure to check out all the new patterns from Valley Yarns here, (psst, the patterns for our new catalog are up already!). Tell us which one is your favorite and what kinds of designs you’d like to see  in the comments.

Valley Yarns: Spring Pattern Wrap Up

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
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Wow, what a run of exciting new patterns. Between our Spring 2016 catalog that came out in March, new patterns for Haydenville and Longmeadow in April and all new designs for Goshen and Southwick in May we’ve introduced 13 brand new patterns to you in the last 3 months! On the off chance that you have missed any of these beauties we thought we’d pull together a little recap.

New Designs for Spring 2016 from Valley Yarns - details on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Our Spring Catalog featured the Tulip Pullover in Stockbridge, the Sieberi Shawl in Longmeadow, the Leaves and Lines Afghan and the Grayson Baby Set in Haydenville, The Tink Cardigan in Sunderland, the Marguerite Scarf in Leyden and the Anemone Mitts in Goshen. A bright cheerful collection of knits for Spring from our own Valley Yarns Design Manager, Kirsten Hipsky!

New Designs for Spring 2016 from Valley Yarns - details on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Then we partnered with some wonderful Indie Designers for a spate of all new pattern in April and May. Three gorgeous tops in Longmeadow, Ascending Leaves, the Easy Day Tee, and the Rose Sorbet Tank, the New Hope Pullover and All Dressed Up Stole in Goshen, the Vertical Pullover in Southwick and the Honza Baby Blanket in Haydenville. We asked these designers to let the yarn inspire them and boy did it!

Fresh New Designs from Valley Yarns in June - details on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And don’t worry! We have even more exciting new designs ready to reveal in June! Here’s a sneak-peek at some of the featured yarns and Indie Designs you’ll see, but we’ll also release our Summer Valley Yarns Catalog with over 20 additional new patterns. Get your needles ready, you’ve got a lot of knitting in your future!

And if you love Longmeadow or Stockbridge stock up now! Sadly, both of these yarns have been discontinued and once our current stock is sold through, it’s gone forever.

Valley Yarns Southwick

Friday, May 27th, 2016
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Southwick is another longtime favorite in the Valley Yarns line. And with almost 10 years of pattern support you have over 25 dedicated patterns to choose from! (just click on the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of the yarn page on our website to see them all)

Get to know Valley Yarns Southwick! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Bamboo and Pima Cotton combine in this slinky, worsted weight yarn for finished projects that have incredible shine and drape. A versatile color palette gives you great options for gradients and colorwork, or solid projects with textured stitches that will really pop. The yarn has a fantastic lustre and the colors are richer with more depth because of it.

Get to know Valley Yarns Southwick! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I’ve always liked the wide striping ripples of the Paradise Pond Cowl, I’m also a big fan of our Northampton so it was a winning combo all around.  I work in an office, in a building that houses our retail store, education department and classrooms, and marketing departments, and there are very few times a year when it’s actually a steady comfortable temperature. I love winter and adore being able to bundle up, but I don’t necessarily want to be wearing wool just to ward of the chill of the AC in the summer. I dug through our pattern archives and decided that this cowl worked in Southwick would be perfect, and I was right! I used 3 balls of #26 Classic Navy for the main body, 1 ball of #22 Teal for the stripes, and 1 ball of #21, Blue Mist for the edging. I didn’t have quite enough of the Blue mist left for the edging and I liked the look of the 3 colors used for the original. I also moved up to a slightly bigger hook. I used an H, the pattern called for a G, but I wanted to make sure the stitches could move around and the resulting fabric wouldn’t be too stiff. It worked beautifully and I’m super happy with the finished cowl. The whole project, 5 balls, cost me only $26.95!

Get to know Valley Yarns Southwick! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

With over 8 years of great pattern support you have a full range of project choices from knit or crochet! Pictured above is a selection of my favorites.

top l-r: Pincushion Moss Shawl, Blue Mist Cardigan, Nakota Cardigan, Fiddle Head Set

bottom l-r: In the Loop, Beveled Silver Wrap, O’Quinn Cowl, Vertical Pullover

And don’t miss Greta’s review of Southwick from our Youtube Channel You can find reviews of many of our Valley Yarns, great technique tutorials, product reviews and extra special tidbits! What will you knit with Southwick? One of our original patterns or one originally intended for another yarn? Tell us all about it in the comments!

Introducing Valley Yarns Bromley

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
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Everytime I turn around we have a brand new Valley Yarns pattern or a new Yarn and I think it can’t get any better than this. And then it does! This past week Bromley arrived and I can’t stop dreaming about ways to use it.

Valley Yarns Bromley on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Let me tell you about this yarn. Two gently spun singles are loosely plied around one another for a yarn that works beautifully at a DK weight when knit a bit on the loose side and as a sport weight if knit a little tightly. This stuff is so soft! The cashmere is, cashmere, with all the inherent soft-as-a-cloud-ness that you would expect. The super kid mohair brings 2 important qualities to the yarn, a fiber that takes the dye differently than the cashmere base for a more deeply heathered look and an underlying shine to the finished yarn. There’s a faint shimmer to this yarn, an almost opaline quality.

Valley Yarns Bromley on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Once I swatched this beauty I knew that I wanted to wear it next to my skin, a lot! I wear fingerless mitts at work almost every day to keep my hands warm while I’m at my desk and I remembered the Orchid Mitts pattern for our now discontinued Northampton Sport. This yarn and pattern were made for each other! I’m working with the #09 Natural and the #18 Willow and I am enjoying every stitch. I can’t wait to finish these so I can wear them while I make more pairs! I only need 2 balls of Bromley to complete the pair and at just $13.99 a ball, that means I have a gorgeous pair of mitts for only $27.98!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, everybody deserves a little cashmere in their life! Which Valley Yarns are you working with? Tell us in the comments.

Vertical Pullover

Monday, May 23rd, 2016
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With the warm days of Spring rolling in it’s tempting to think only of tank tops and cute summer shorts but those chilly May nights will remind you right quick that it’s not quite time to be without an extra layer or two.

The Vertical Pullover from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the design, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The new Vertical Pullover from Valley Yarns is that perfect layer! A roomy sweater with 3/4 length sleeves, and it’s namesake vertical bands of stockinette and textured stitch patterns, that’s worked from the bottom up and seamed for structure. Being a little longer than usual, hip length, makes this pullover a comfortable and casual, mid-season layering piece.

The Vertical Pullover from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn, the design, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Knit in Valley Yarns Southwick, a 52% Pima Cotton/48% Bamboo blend, this pullover will last through a lifetime of wear and the surprising shine from the bamboo means that your stitches won’t lose definition over time! With 20 colors, from bright and cheerful to muted neutrals, there’s a color of Southwick for everyone.

Be sure to check out all the new patterns from Valley Yarns here. Tell us which one is your favorite and what kinds of designs you’d like to see  in the comments.