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Snow Family KAL! – Week 2

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
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It’s time to stuff our snowpeople and give them some individuality!

In the pattern Amy recommends that you stuff thebottom portion of snow person’s body with a balloon filled with rice or plastic pellets to give your snow person some weight and balance. This way it will stand up on it’s own! Because I’m making a fairly small snowperson in Huntington, I was able to use just the finger from a latex glove filled with rice to accomplish this. Once you’ve finished stuffing you’ll close up the bottom and then shape the neck.

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For the face you’ll stitch the nose in place and then embroider the eyes and any other details, like buttons, in place. Have fun giving your snow people personality. Next week we’ll make the accessories!

#SnowFamilyKAL Week 2 - join in at yarn.com

If you missed the start of the KAL you can go back to Week 1 here and join in the fun.

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Deep Woods Poncho

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
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The Deep Woods Poncho is a fantastic layering piece for chilly autumn evenings and cold winter days. Toss it on over your shoulders for that extra bit of warmth or wear it tucked up around your neck under your coat for super insulation.

The Deep Woods Poncho from Valley Yarns, crocheted in Valley Yarns BFL Worsted - available at yarn.com

Crocheted in Valley Yarns BFL Worsted this top-down, high-necked poncho combines three simple stitches to create a beautifully textured and fluid fabric that hugs the shoulders without being restrictive. The secret to avoiding the pooling that can happen when crocheting with hand dyed yarns is to alternate skeins. Since this project calls for 3 skeins of the BFL Worsted you’ll work with all your skeins right from the beginning, changing yarn at the beginning of each row instead of using skein #1 from beginning to end and then using skein #2  and then skein #3.

Snow Family KAL! – Week 1

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
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We’ve had so much fun with our Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear KAL that we thought we’d keep going with the adorable Snow Family and Evergreens that graced the cover of our Holiday 2014 Catalog!

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The pattern calls for 4 Valley Yarns: Huntington, Valley Superwash DK, Valley Superwash and Northampton. The great thing about this pattern is that you can make the members of the Snow Family with almost any yarn! Just knit with the recommended needles at the recommended gauge.

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This week you’ll want to get the body, or bodies, of your snow people knit. I’m making mine in Huntington and it’s only taking me about 2 hours per snow person, they work up pretty quick! Next week we’ll stuff and shape the snow people and add their adorable faces.

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Rail Trail Mitts

Friday, October 31st, 2014
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The Rail Trail Mitts aren’t just convertible – they’re convertibly convertible! The pattern includes directions for fingerless mitts, full mittens, or convertible mitts that turn into mittens with a flip of its top. The fun colorwork pattern pulls double duty, providing both visual interest and extra warmth and durability.

The Rail Trail Mitts, knit in Valley Yarns BFL Fingering hand dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer - Available exclusively at yarn.com

The rich colors of BFL Fingering will be a hit with outdoorsy folks who need to keep their hands warm. (HINT: Anyone who bikes to work in cold weather)

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Russian Sage Shawl

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
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In the Russian Sage Shawl budding branch shapes swirl around in a breath-taking lace crescent. Little branch and leaf shapes create an overall elaborate effect without conflicting with the bright colors of variegated Valley Yarns Leyden, our newest yarn.

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The designer, Kirsten Hipsky, says, “The process for designing this shawl was a lot of fun: I took one of my favorite crescent shawl shapes (as seen in the Foxfire Shawl and the Iced Branch Shawl), started it, and improvised a little lace within the shapes as it grew. Once I was satisfied with the basic lace motifs, I repeated them for the rest of the shawl. Like a kaleidoscope or making a snowflake – there’s so much beauty to be found in symmetry and repetition. And I think the results are just stunning!”

It’s KAL Time – Join us in knitting the Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
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It’s time for another WEBS KAL (Knit Along)! This month we’re working on the Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear. All the proceeds from the sale of this pattern go directly to Safe Passage,  and you can learn more about that organization and our commitment to it here. Each Thursday this month we’ll be here talking about knitting the different parts of the bear, the assembly, his adorable face and his super cute accessories!

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To join us you’ll need 4 skeins of Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky (2 skeins of Natural, one of Red and one of Black), US size 8 (5.00mm) double-pointed needles, polyfil stuffing, stitch markers, a tapestry needle, scissors, and a copy of the pattern.  Get your materials assembled and meet us back here next Thursday!

Follow along each week:

Week 2 – making the body of the bear.

 

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Banded Yoke Pullover

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
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The Banded Yoke Pullover  is a set-in sleeve, boat-neck sweater that features a band of simple color-work across the front and at the sleeve cuffs. Worked in easy, and fast half-double crochet, this hip length pullover features slit side seams and split cuffs for a preppy but casual look.

Banded Yoke Pullover crocheted in Valley Yarns Northampton - available exclusively at yarn.com

Crocheted in Valley Yarns Northampton, available in forty colors, on a neutral background of natural, the six colors in the yoke band and sleeve cuffs mean you can experiment with all kinds of combinations and use up those scraps of yarn you love too much to give or throw away.

Flares and Graces by Fiona Ellis

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
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Fiona Ellis is the latest designer to offer one of her beautiful designs in celebration of our 40th Anniversary.  The Flares and Graces sweater features clever chevron cable patterning, designed to highlight the wearers face and hands. Both the slightly flared sleeves and gentle waist shaping gives a slightly fitted silhouette to the body. Set-in sleeves complete the elegant look.

Flares and Graces designed by Fiona Ellis, knit in Valley Yarns Colrain - available exclusively at yarn.com

Knit in Valley Yarns Colrain, in the new Ocean Heather colorway, the cables really stand out due to the shine from the tencel fiber in the yarn. The remaining merino content gives the yarn a great springiness that helps the sweater feel cozy and soft, even imparting a fine halo effect. This pullover is sure to become a wardrobe go-to sweater that can be dressed up, paired with feminine skirts, or down, with your favorite jeans.

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – the Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear

Friday, September 19th, 2014
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Every year WEBS participates in the annual Hot Chocolate Run to benefit Safe Passage. This year we’re even more committed to doing good in our community and having fun doing it! Not only is The Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear adorable and cuddly soft, being knit in Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky, but all proceeds from the sale of the pattern will go to Safe Passage. We’ll be keeping track of the Polar Bear’s progress as if the sales of his pattern were donations made to a team member participating in the Hot Chocolate Run.

The Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear knit in Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky - available exclusively at yarn.com

You can help support the our team by purchasing a copy of the pattern or by making a direct donation to the team or any individual team member. We’re also accepting finished bears knit from this pattern to be given as comfort gifts to the children helped by Safe Passage. We’ll be hosting a Knit-a-long of the Polar Bear in October, feel free to get your pattern, Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky and the rest of your supplies now! Once your bear is complete you can send it to us at:

WEBS – America’s Yarn Store

Attn: HCR Polar Bear

6 Industrial Parkway

Easthampton, MA 01027

Hidden Treasures for Weavers

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
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You know how you can walk by the same thing time after time without really noticing it? Or you get so focused on looking for the new that the regular scenery just fades? I love those moments when I rediscover something wonderful that’s been there all along. Here are some of the hidden treasures I fell in love with again as a weaver:

great weaving drafts and technical informationWeaver’s Craft magazines are a gold mine of information and drafts. Jean Scorgie, a former editor of Handwoven magazine, publishes these little gems and we carry nearly 20 different issues. Each issue features a topic (laces, overshoot, baby blankets, etc.) with information, illustrations, ideas and projects. I recommend these all the time to newer weavers because she really explains the concepts and then provides easy drafts to put the techniques into practice. I am steadily building my collection of these as part of my weaving reference library.

Two of my favorite issues illustrate just how much is packed into a small space. April/May 2000 focuses on twills and includes a discussion of twills, plus sections on floating selvedges, smiling selvedges and how to fix them, gamps, and threading heddles. And it has drafts for 5 different dish towels! The Spring 2001 edition is all about weaving overshot and has articles about drawdowns, tromp as writ, designing name drafts and more, plus drafts for placemats, table runners and a drawstring bag. And all of these can be woven on a 4-shaft loom!

gorgeous weaving projectsAnother overlooked booklet on the magazine rack is Kismet, published by Hill Country Weavers. This is gorgeous, glossy eye candy for weavers loaded with inspiration for thinking (and weaving) outside the box. The projects are woven on rigid heddle looms with knitting yarns and incorporate knit and crochet details. I find the designs to be refreshing and creative and more about new ways of envisioning woven wearables than the specific type of loom used to weave the cloth. Fifteen designs are presented in full detail, ranging from scarves and shawls to blankets, skirts, and fingerless mitts. There is also a wealth of technical information including hemstitching, fringes, seaming, picking up for knit or crochet, reading a draft and a step by step pictorial guide to direct warping a rigid heddle loom.

And, speaking of hidden treasures, did you know we have our own series of weaving drafts designed specifically for the Valley Yarns line of yarns? This year we are showcasing designs created especially for our 40th anniversary in addition to dozens more that have been drafted by WEBS founder Barbara Elkins and other talented weavers over the years. Visitors to the store have the good fortune of not only being able to see them, but also to touch and investigate the drape and details of the pattern Online shoppers can find drafts on our website in a few ways. If you are looking for something to weave with a specific yarn, you will find a tab on that yarn page called “Related Patterns”. Click on it and you will be shown all the drafts/patterns we have created for that yarn. You can also find drafts on the drop down menu for Weaving and Spinning on the home page. You can narrow your search by number of shafts or just ogle the many possibilities while suffering from loom envy.

beautiful colorful woven twill towelsAvailable drafts span the full spectrum of projects, from wearables, like scarves and shawls, to blankets, bags, table runners, placemats and the ever-popular dishtowels. And, yes, dish towels are the number one drafts we sell, with the hands down favorite being Carol Birtwistle’s 40th Anniversary Ribbon Towels. There’s something for everyone from rigid heddle weavers – Draft #55 Charlemont Lace Scarf – to 4-, 8- and 16-shaft designs.

Have you discovered any hidden treasures in your wanderings? Let us know!