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Designer in Residence – the Superwash Hat and Scarf from Doris Chan

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
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Just in time for for crisp Autumn days, the Superwash Hat and Scarf set from Doris Chan is the perfect extra layer to keep you comfortable at your favorite sporting events, the local corn maze, or apple picking adventure. And if you’re just getting started on holiday crocheting this set would make a great gift for the men, women or children in your life.

Doris Chan, WEBS Designer in Residence October design, the Superwash Hat and Scarf set. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

With a simple twist on the classic single crochet stitch, and an easy to achieve biased fabric, WEBS Crochet Designer in Residence Doris Chan has created a hat and scarf set with the flexibility you expect from a knit ribbing and the cushy softness of a full-bodied superwash fabric.

Doris Chan, WEBS Designer in Residence October design, the Superwash Hat and Scarf set. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Valley Yarns Valley Superwash is available in over 2 dozen colors so not only can you choose just the right shade for gift sets for everyone in your family but you can even try this set in bold stripes or a soft ombre transition. Who will you be making this set for?

Valley Yarns Flash Sale is Here!

Monday, October 5th, 2015
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Are you a fan of Valley Yarns? Have you been meaning to try it for a while but just haven’t gotten around to it? Now’s the perfect chance during our Valley Yarns Flash Sale. You have through October 6, 2015 at 11:59pm EDT to save 30% on Valley Yarns!

Valley Yarns Flash Sale at WEBS

Valley Yarns is our own brand that we source from all over the world. We look for beautiful yarns that will last, and strive to have them at affordable prices. You may want to take this chance to check out our two newest yarns, Valley Yarns Hatfield and Valley Yarns Sunderland. Both of these 100% alpaca yarns are super warm.

Maybe merino is more your style? Take a look at Amherst. It’s one of my favorite Valley Yarns yarns because it is so soft. Prefer something without wool? Valley Yarns Southwick, Valley Yarns Longmeadow, and Valley Yarns Goshen are all wonderful cotton blends. I have a hard time knitting with cotton, but I must say, Goshen is one of my favorite yarns, and I’ve done several projects with it.

If you’re hoping for something machine washable, we have three weights of Valley Superwash, Worsted, DK, and Bulky, that are sure to fit whatever project you are looking to make. I’m actually thinking about some quick accessories in Valley Superwash Bulky, since the weather turned a bit chilly over the last few days, and we have some great bright colors that we’ve recently added to the line.

This is just a small sampling. No matter what Valley Yarns yarn you choose, you’ll love working with it. If you need inspiration, we also have a wonderful collection of Valley Yarns patterns designed exclusively for the yarn.

Don’t forget, until October 6, 2015 at 11:59pm EDT, you can save 30% on your purchase of Valley Yarns.

Design Inspiration with Fiona Ellis – a study of lines

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
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For the blog post this month I’m not going to be exactly “changing tack” but hoping to show you another way that I look at the lines formed by cables. If you have read my blog posts in previous months then you already know about my photo collection. This month I want to show you some photos that I have taken which I think show how a simple line or lines can become really interesting.

Design inspiration for Fiona Ellis, WEBS 2015 Designer in Residence. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Firstly here is a definition of how line is seen as a design principle- taken from an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Museum that I saw earlier this year.

Design inspiration for Fiona Ellis, WEBS 2015 Designer in Residence. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

When I spot an example of interesting lines I try to move around the subject and take several photos from different angles trying to get shots that play with the way that the lines interact with each other. Here are just a few of them. Do you notice that the carpet pattern (bottom right) combines some of the same combinations of lines as the railway tracks? (by the way it was a dis-used track- I don’t want you to think I was risking my safety to get the shot). The photo in the top left corner is about parallel lines, I love how the spacing between each changes throughout the image.

Design inspiration for Fiona Ellis, WEBS 2015 Designer in Residence - Changing Tack pullover. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Spending some time out in Vancouver by the ocean I started looking at the patterns “drawn” by vessels moving across the water. Now I must admit these observations didn’t become much more than a kernel of an idea. So rather than coming up with my own cable pattern, or re-inventing the wheel, I went back to one of my all time favourite already established cables. This is the smaller one used in Changing Tack. I love how this one zigs back & forth with each cord moving at a slightly different speed to allow them to cross over each other. It reminds me of watching a yacht tack into the wind. Not moving in a straight direct line from A to B, but zig-zaging, all the while aiming towards a specific point. This is where this sweater got its name.

If you have been following my work you will know that I love asymmetry. I know that it doesn’t appeal to everybody and that in some people it can cause him or her to shudder – I’ve seen it happen. But I couldn’t let my year as Designer in Residence go by without including an asymmetric design. So I decided that it needed to be an exercise in subtle asymmetry, one that might even tempt those lovers of symmetry.

Design inspiration for Fiona Ellis, WEBS 2015 Designer in Residence - Changing Tack pullover. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Changing Tack has the patterning arranged so that an even number of small cables is divided, but not in half (symmetrically), rather three placed on once side of the larger cable and just one on the other side. Then I played with the larger cable, changing another tired and true pattern, changing it so that it is no longer symmetrical about the horizontal axis, the upper section does not mirror what happens in the previous rows. I hope that these playful tweaks give just the air of asymmetry without being wildly so. By the way if even this challenges your love of pure symmetry you can always work the pattern by placing two small cables either side of the larger one and mirroring the lower (or upper) section of the larger cable.

I can’t wait to show you what I’m working on for the November pattern release!

The Shawl’s the Thing for Fall

Thursday, September 10th, 2015
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We knitters and crocheters are very fortunate–we have an endless number of accessory options to keep ourselves stylish throughout the year. Over the past few of years, it seems that shawls have become the go-to accessory for knitters world-wide. You’ve probably got one or two or five favorites that see frequent use throughout the year. Clearly the definition of shawl has evolved from frilly triangles knit with traditional lace weight yarns to quite modern silhouettes rendered in interesting shapes, stitch patterns and yarn choices.

Our sample knitters have been working furiously to create more beautiful garments for you to try during your next visit the store. All of these shawls work as casual wear or dressed-up accessories. Here are a few members of staff modeling several of their favorites for fall.

Shawls of all shapes and styles for Fall 2015. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

First up is Aventine by Carol Feller, worked in Baa Ram Ewe’s Dovestone DK. Beth fell in love with the yarn color, the drapey fabric, and the generous size of this crescent-shaped shawl. This project is also a great opportunity to shop for buttons, too!

Mayla by Rowan, the most elegant shawl of the bunch, is knit in the ever-popular Rowan Kidsilk Haze. This triangular shawl worked in classic lace stitches is lightweight but deceptively warm. The front detail keeps the traditional features fresh and eye-catching.

Shawls of all shapes and styles for Fall 2015. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

We wanted to use of one of our new gradient packs with an ingenious pattern: Joker and Thief by Melanie Berg knit in Wonderland Yarn’s Mad Hatter in #21, Too Much Pepper and Koigu KPM #1100 was an obvious choice. Emma’s modeling our interpretation of the pattern. The red makes an already compelling pattern pop and the stitch detail (I think it’s called Indian Cross stitch from Barbara Walker’s first Treasury) provides a striking contrast to the garter fabric.

Alyssa’s showing off the Treble Clef Shawl in Zen Serenity DK. This shawl is special to WEBS because Zen Yarn Garden hand dyed over 15 colors just for us. This wrap is worked in the colorways Mystic Ocean, Lakeside, and Truffle. Here’s your chance to create a one-of-a kind accessory in a WEBS-exclusive yarn in 90% superwash merino and 10% cashmere.  You need to see the colors in person to truly appreciate their beauty and depth.

I fell in love with this shawl, Holey Square, over a year ago. I’ve always been drawn to simple shapes and the pattern name grabbed my attention too.   I waited and waited for just the right yarn in the perfect color. My patience paid off. WEBS recently introduced three pure alpaca yarns and the laceweight version, Valley Yarns Hatfield, was the obvious choice for this pattern. The fabric is next-to the-skin soft; it’s hard to choice which of the 25 colors to use. Or you could knit an even more luxurious version in our limited edition Greylock, our 100% cashmere!

Come visit soon and see these beauties for yourself!

How to Wear It – The Converging Cables Cardigan

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
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Every one needs that perfect go-to sweater for Fall, the one that fits beautifully and goes with almost everything in your wardrobe. The Converging Cables Cardigan fits the bill! Knit in Valley Yarns Stockbridge a 50/50 bland of superfine Alpaca and wool with almost two dozen colors to choose from, you won’t have a problem finding the perfect color for you.

This pattern integrates top-down, seamless design with set-in sleeves, ribbed saddle shoulders, and traditional Aran cables that grow closer together over the length of the body. Ribbed panels on the front and back help give it the perfect fit.

How to Wear It - The Converging Cables Cardigan. Show us how YOU wear your Valley Yarns knits, more info on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com #VYwearit

We’d love to see your finished garments! Anytime you’ve made a Valley Yarns pattern be sure to tag it with #VYwearit We may feature you here on the blog, highlight you on our Facebook page, or repost you on Instagram!

I Love Greylock

Friday, August 14th, 2015
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Mount Greylock is located in the far northwestern corner of Massachusetts, abutting New York state. I used to work in that area, and even though a 75-minute commute was horrible, it always cheered me up to see the mountain all four seasons of the year. I hiked the trails on weekends in the fall, when it seemed like I could stand just about any terrible commute for the expanse of nature I was treated to.

Of course, eventually, I had to leave that job because nobody can do a commute like that forever. And now that I’m back at WEBS (third time, see “Hotel California”) I get to see all the new Valley Yarns as they come out onto the sales floor. I have a particular fondness for Valley Yarns Greylock, which is as close to perfect (for me) as a yarn can be.

Valley Yarns Greylock - 100% Cashmere available for a limited time at yarn.com

Greylock is only in the store for a limited time, so snap it up now. There are 27 beautifully heathered colors of this 100% cashmere yarn, wound into generous 300-yard balls. The colors are soft and blendable, and I can’t imagine a single thing that wouldn’t knit up into a gorgeous project. The fingering gauge of 7 sts/inch on a US size 2 needle is perfect for shawls, cowls, scarves, and hats. I will personally be knitting my college-bound son a hat and mitten set in his school colors as he journeys far away. Why not try crocheting the Valley Yarns Pickwick Cowl out of Greylock? It would be the most luxurious garment, perfect as a gift for a special friend or family member…or just keep it for yourself.

What will you knit or crochet with Greylock?

End of Summer Sale – great weaving yarns!

Thursday, August 13th, 2015
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There are some great yarns on sale for weavers in our End of Summer Sale, too!

Coned yarns for weavers in the WEBS End of Summer Sale, until Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com Loro Piana Cashmere, Yorkshire Wool, Alpaca blends and Valley Yarns favorites. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The 30s Yorkshire wool comes in almost 50 colors, with a wonderful array of neutrals and  jewel tones, that would weave up into gorgeous scarves and yardage for sewn garments. It’s also a wonderful yarn for knitting lace! Your favorite Shetland pattern would look amazing knit up in this yarn.

Another coned yarn in gorgeous neutrals is our 2/24 Alpaca Wool from Loro Piana. A high alpaca content makes this yarn super soft and will lend your woven pieces amazing drape. We also have a 2/16 Cashmere in a soft, natural fawn color. Not only can weave, knit or crochet with this one but It takes dye beautifully. Grab a cone and dye your own cashmere yarn!

Valley Yarns Charlemont in the WEBS End of Summer Sale, until Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com An incredible sock yarn that works beautifully in woven fabrics. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And don’t forget Valley Yarns Charlemont! Not just for knitting and crochet, we love weaving with this yarn and even have 2 drafts for you! The Meta Weave Scarf (pictured in detail above) and the Charlemont Lace Scarf.

Be sure to check out all the yarns in this years’ sale! Are you planning to weave with any knitting yarns? Or to knit with any weaving yarns?

How to Wear It – The Gallica Shell

Friday, August 7th, 2015
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If you’re looking for a light garment to work on in the summer months that you can wear all year long then the Gallica Shell might be the pattern for you. Knit in our Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk at a relaxed gauge with a delicate lacy insert at the neckline. You can dress this one up or take it casual with ease.

How to Wear It - The Gallica Shell. Show us how YOU wear your Valley Yarns knits, more info on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com #VYwearit

Velvety petals of a rose lace motif adorn the neckline of the Gallica Shell. This sheer, fitted, sleeveless top is worked from the top down – the lacy front yoke first, then the back – the remainder of the lower body is worked in the round and it’s easy to alter to the desired length! Choose from almost 30 colors of the 2/14 Alpaca Silk to suit your wardrobe.

How to Wear It - The Gallica Shell. Show us how YOU wear your Valley Yarns knits, more info on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com #VYwearit

We’d love to see your finished garments! Anytime you’ve made a Valley Yarns pattern be sure to tag it with #VYwearit We may feature you here on the blog, highlight you on our Facebook page, or repost you on Instagram!

Designer in Residence – the Crocheted Goshen Jacket from Doris Chan

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
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August is a great time to start work on larger projects that you can create with smaller pieces. Doris‘ latest design as our WEBS Designer in Residence, the Crocheted Goshen Jacket, is just such a project.

Doris Chan, WEBS Designer in Residence August design, the Crocheted Goshen Jacket. Read more on the WEBS blog at blog.yarn.com

Inspired by the shape of the fortune cookie, this comfortable cardigan is constructed with lace motifs, and solid ribbed cuffs and bands to bring it all together. A few ingenious folds, join as you go seams, and a simple v-shaped wrap becomes the perfect seasonal layer.

Doris Chan, WEBS Designer in Residence, August design - the Crocheted Goshen Jacket. Read more on the WEBS blog at blog.yarn.com

Over 2 dozen shades of Goshen means that you’ll have no trouble choosing the perfect color to coordinate with your wardrobe. The cotton/modal/silk fiber blend means a slinky and soft feel against your skin, and a yarn that will stay cool in the warmer months but add a little extra warmth when it gets chilly. Will you make your jacket all in one color or experiment with a combination?

Introducing Valley Yarns Sunderland

Monday, August 3rd, 2015
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Our Valley Yarns line is growing by leaps and bounds this year and Sunderland may be our favorite new kid on the block! A 100%, super soft baby alpaca yarn, at a versatile DK weight, in over a dozen softly heathered colors. What’s not to love?

Valley Yarns Sunderland now available at WEBS and yarn.com

Our first pattern for Sunderland is the Atrium Hat. Our Valley Yarns Design Manager, Kirsten Hipsky, has combined lace and garter stitch into a pattern that has a great architectural feel while taking advantage of the drape and luxury of the fiber.

Valley Yarns Sunderland now available at WEBS and yarn.com

Between the rich colors, the barest halo, and the buttery softness of the fiber you’ll spend almost as much time looking for reasons to use Sunderland as you do knitting or crocheting with it! What do you think your first project in Sunderland will be?