Archive for the ‘Valley Yarns’ Category

Valley Yarns challenges at Design Wars

Friday, March 18th, 2016
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Have you seen some of the fantastic patterns coming out of the Design Wars challenges?

Valley Yarns Hunting challenge at Design Wars. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Each challenge features two designers using the same yarn, readers get to vote on their favorites and enter to win prizes. And don’t miss each designer’s review of the yarn. This week’s challenge featured our own Valley Yarns Huntington and we’re so thrilled with the resulting designs! We’re loving the bold graphic design of the Heart Sweater from Accessorise and wish we had a pair of the cozy Mint Chocolate Chip Socks from ACCROchet.

Valley Yarns Hunting challenge at Design Wars. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Be sure to check out the Valley Yarns Superwash Challenge from February and sign up for the Design Wars newsletter to find out when the next Valley Yarns challenge will happen!

Longmeadow in Vogue Early Spring 2016

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
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With each release of Vogue Knitting we look forward to seeing what wonderful new garments designers have imagined with our Valley Yarns and Early Spring 2016 does not disappoint!

High Low Tunic knit in Valley Yarns Longmeadow in Vogue Knitting Early Spring 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Julie Turjoman has designed the close fitting, High Low Tunic, with a split back and gorgeous slipped stitch texture. Once the body pieces have been knit and seamed the bodice is picked up and worked in the round. While we are sold out of the Winter Lake colorway we have quite a few fun and summer color in Longmeadow. Go classic and beachy with Natural, or add a splash of color with Periwinkle or Coral.

New designs from Vogue Knitting Early Spring 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And don’t miss out on all the other incredible designs in this issue!

#4 Graphic Top by Yoko Hatta in Cascade Yarns Anchor Bay, #5 Striped Romper by Courtney Cedarholm in Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Dyed, #13 Open Waves Top by Jacqueline van Dillen in Rowan Creative Linen, #16 Cable & Lace Duster by Yoko Hatta in Plymouth Yarn Linen Concerto, #17 Deep V-Neck Duster by Deborah Newton in Classic Elite Yarns Soft Linen, #18 Lacy Cardi by Sarah Hatton in Rowan Pure Linen, #19 Deep Rib Tank by Annabelle Speer in Cascade Yarns Fixation Solid, #24 Eyelet Top by Yoko Hatta in Fibre Company Meadow.

Valley Yarns Tulip Pullover

Thursday, February 25th, 2016
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The NEW Tulip Pullover from Valley Yarns is a classic pullover with some fun texture and color.

The New Tulip Pullover from Valley Yarns. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Worked seamlessly from the top down, with a crew-neck and set-in sleeves, the bold, rich colors of spring flowers and a band of subtle ribbing brings an unexpected twist to this simple sweater shape. Knit in Valley Yarns Stockbridge you’ll have almost 2 dozen colors to choose from, and with that variety why not think about changing up the colors? You could swap out just one color and use Soft Grape instead of the Deep Red.

The New Tulip Pullover from Valley Yarns, simple color options. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Love a gradient? Try Natural, Camel and Chocolate, or Natural, Light Gray and Gray, or Deep Teal,  Blue Mist and Lake. Or try for a pop of color and knit the top and bottom in Light Gray with the center section in Kiwi or Gold. What colors will you cast on with?

The New Tulip Pullover from Valley Yarns, simple color options. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

New Valley Yarns patterns for Haydenville

Monday, February 15th, 2016
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If you haven’t tried out our newest Valley Yarn, Haydenville yet then we have the perfect projects for you.

The Leaves and Lines Afghan from Valley Yarns, knit in Haydenville. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The Leaves and Lines Afghan is deceptively simple! Squares are knit on the bias, from corner to corner, and then pieced together to form a whole new pattern. it’s a perfect travel project since you’re only making one square at a time and you can make 3 different sizes depending on how many squares you knit.

The Grayson Baby Set from Valley Yarns, knit in Haydenville. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

If you’re expecting, or know someone who is then you’ll want to gran a few skeins and get started on the Grayson Baby Set. Shown here in a classic color scheme, you could easily change up those colors for the modern baby. The chevron band adds visual interest as you knit each piece and helps to tie the whole set together.

NEW! Valley Yarns Haydenville. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Haydenville is a machine washable and dryable wool/acrylic blend for all your easy-care knits, and it’s availabli in 25 of our most popular solid colors.

Valley Yarns Amherst – perfect Winter knitting

Monday, January 18th, 2016
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As seasonal cold weather finally settles over New England I’m feeling the urge to knit something warm and cozy but I’m not sure if I want a blanket, poncho, sweater or a pile of accessories! As I was thinking about what yarn I’d like to use I remembered our Valley Yarns Amherst, 100% Merino yarn with 2 dozen colors to choose from.

Valley Yarns Amherst available at yarn.com

Knowing that it’s 100% wool means that I won’t have to worry about a larger project sagging out of shape after time. Being Merino it will be nice and soft, and with lots of color choices I can fill in gaps in my wardrobe, or coordinate with my home decor. I don’t find wool to be too scratchy so I’m comfortable wearing it against my skin, I don’t own any pets, and I don’t mind hand-washing projects so this one seems like a great fit.

Valley Yarns pattern 663 - The Oatmeal Afghan, knit in Valley Yarns Amherst. Available now at yarn.com

After going through all the great patterns that are available for Amherst (and you can too by clicking the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of this page), I decided that what I really wanted was a new blanket for my favorite chair at home, and the Oatmeal Blanket is perfect. While it may look like a big complicated counterpane pattern it’s actually much easier! The whole blanket is simple triangles that are whip-stitched together. Super portable until the very end. Now I just have to decide on color.

What’s your favorite project in Valley Yarns Amherst?

Last Minute Gifts to make

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
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There’s still time to work up a few last minute hand knit and crocheted gifts!

Last minute gifts to make on the WEBS Blog. Read more at blog.yarn.com

The Bookstack Cowl,  from our Knit & Purl eBook, features addictive spiraling rib stitch pattern that is almost mesmerizing when paired with the subtle, tonal color shifts of the Valley Superwash DK in colors hand dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer. You’ll be surprised how quickly this one pops off your needles and you’ll be longing to cast on again!

Last minute gifts to make on the WEBS Blog. Read more at blog.yarn.com

With a cozy blend of 50%Superfine Alpaca/50%Wool, Valley Yarns Stockbridge is the perfect fit for the Essential Fingerless Gloves, part of our Essential Accessories eBook where you’ll also find great basic patterns for socks, a hat, cowl and basic shawl.

Last minute gifts to make on the WEBS Blog. Read more at blog.yarn.com

Valley Yarns Colrain has a shine and drape that can’t be beat from it’s mix of 50%Tencel/50%Wool and it’s shown off to great effect in the linked rings of the Infinity Cowl from WEBS Spring 2015 Emerging Designer eBook.

Last minute gifts to make on the WEBS Blog. Read more at blog.yarn.com

And the perfect quick gift with a pop of color? The Last Minute Hat. Not only does this work up quickly in two strands of Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky,  but there are over 40 colors to choose from! And be sure to check out the other quick, bulky knit projects in our Last Minute eBook.

We’re looking for new Valley Yarns designs, from you!

Monday, December 14th, 2015
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Hello Designers! We are looking for original, never before published, designs for Spring 2016 to showcase four of our favorite Valley Yarns.

Submit your ideas in the April/May Valley Yarns design submission call. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com Submissions due December 27th, 2015.

For April, we’ll be showcasing two great machine-washable Valley Yarns: Longmeadow, and the brand-new Haydenville!

Think you don’t like knitting with cotton? Let Longmeadow show you cotton in a whole new light. Microfiber blended with cotton gives this yarn some wool-like forgiveness while being soft enough for even the pickiest recipient. A true DK weight, recommended at 5.5 sts per inch, and available in a sunny, colorful palette, Longmeadow is fantastic for baby items and multi-season garments and accessories.

Looking for great softness in a worsted weight, machine-washable and dryable wool? Look no further than our brand new Valley Yarns Haydenville. Mostly merino and blended with microfiber, these 100g/220 yard skeins are perfect for blankets of all sizes and for all recipients who need to machine wash and dry. Large projects, baby sets, stuffed animals, hoodies and other often-washed articles are great for this yarn.

Deadline: Submissions will be due Sunday December 27, 2015 by 11:59pm EST
Designers will be notified if their submission has been accepted, with yarn shipping out, by January 8th. Samples are due in-house by Friday March 4th.

Submit your ideas in the April/May Valley Yarns design submission call. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com Submissions due December 27th, 2015.

For May we’re highlighting two great warm-weather yarns: Valley Yarns Goshen and Southwick!

Featuring Peruvian cotton, modal, and silk, Valley Yarns Goshen is a luxurious treat with loads of shine. Our heaviest cotton blend, we recommend knitting Goshen at 4.5 sts to the inch for structured women’s garments or dazzling accessories that make use of its weight and drape.

Soft and drapey Valley Yarns Southwick, slightly lighter at 5 sts to the inch, is a perfect choice for flowing, airy garments, accessories and blankets. The combination of cotton and bamboo is smooth and cool on the skin, while the warm and sunny colors can’t help but make you smile.

Deadline: Submissions will be due Sunday December 27, 2015 by 11:59pm EST
Designers will be notified if their submission has been accepted, with yarn shipping out, by January 8th. Samples are due in-house by Friday April 1st.

Submit your ideas in the April/May Valley Yarns design submission call. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com Submissions due December 27th, 2015.

All accepted submissions will receive yarn support, assigned by our in-house team. Valley Yarns will pay for the finished sample of the pattern on a sliding scale ($50–$200 depending on size and complexity). Payment will be made within 2 weeks of on-time receipt of finished sample. Valley Yarns and the designer will benefit from a 50/50 revenue share of all patterns sales during the exclusivity period, with quarterly payments made to the designer during the exclusivity period, preferably via Paypal.

If your proposal is accepted, Valley Yarns requires a six month period of exclusivity after which rights will be shared and the designer may republish. Valley Yarns will retain their version of the pattern until such a time as they decide to discontinue the pattern or the featured yarn. The Valley Yarns version of the design will be sold only through yarn.com, and may be used in social media and print media advertising, and may be featured in one or more of our catalogs. After the six month period of exclusivity has ended the designer will have full control of the Ravelry page and may use our photography as long as Valley Yarns is credited for the images.

All proposals should be submitted in a one-page PDF format and include:
• your contact information, including your full name, email, mailing address, website and/or Ravelry designer page, and phone number. A short bio is encouraged if we haven’t worked with you before (tell us why you’re great!).
• sketches of your proposed design
• photographs of a generous-sized swatch, it’s not necessary to use a Valley Yarns yarn in your swatch but try to use a yarn with a similar fiber content and stitch gauge
• schematic measurements
• the Valley Yarns yarn you wish to work with
• a short description of the design, including construction, shaping, ease and fit, special techniques and stitch designs
Special reminder, please put everything you want us to see/read into the actual submission PDF, not into the body of your email. Also make sure that all parts of your submission are part of a single pdf.

Please email PDF submissions to:
ValleyYarnsDesigns (at) yarn (dot) com with the subject line: April/May Submissions

If you have questions please contact us at the same e-mail but use the subject line: April/May Questions

You can see past Valley Yarns designs here, and on Ravelry.

FAQ
• Decisions are made and designers with accepted submissions will be contacted approximately one week after the submission deadline. Submissions that are not accepted will be contacted 2-3 weeks after the deadline.
• If your proposal is accepted, Valley Yarns requires a 6 month period of exclusivity, after which shared rights begin.
• You will need to grade/size your patterns, and format with our style guide (will be provided once a pattern is accepted) but they will be tech edited by our excellent team.
• We are primarily looking for knit designs but will never turn away a stellar crochet submission
• You may submit more than one design. Each submission must be in an individual PDF, multiple PDFs may be sent with your submission e-mail
• If you have any questions about sizing and schematic please see the Craft Yarn Council’s Guidelines.

Brief Description:
Valley Yarns is the in-house brand of yarn at WEBS – America’s Yarn Store and at yarn.com, with each yarn named after one of the towns in our beautiful Pioneer Valley. These carefully selected, affordable yarns are perfect for knitters and crocheters.

Designer in Residence – the Lace Motif Afghan

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
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The sixth, and final, design from Doris Chan as WEBS Designer in Residence is the Lace Motif Afghan. A lovely square-shaped throw worked in supremely soft Valley Yarns Valley Superwash DK, in three colors. Handily sized for a decorative throw or shawl, this little beauty is constructed with two related lace motifs, a square and an octagon. For a larger afghan, simply add more motifs!

Doris Chan, WEBS Designer in Residence December design, the Lace Motif Afghan. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Doris says, “I particularly enjoy crocheting afghans when the weather turns cold. And if they’re lightweight, pretty, and not too large or cumbersome, I enjoy wearing them as well. ”

The Lace Motif Afghan is made of two motifs arranged in alternating placements in rows and columns. Motifs are connected to each other while crocheting, joining as you go. For some measure of portability crochet the centers of all motifs first, weave in those agonizing ends in advance, then do the last rounds with assembly when you can spread out.

Doris Chan, WEBS Designer in Residence December design, the Lace Motif Afghan. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

A simple, small scallop trim adds balance, stability and a pretty finish to the afghan edges. With over 2 dozen colors available in the Valley Superwash DK you can work up a Lace Motif Afghan to match any decor. Stay with Doris’ suggested 3 colors or go monochromatic! Who will you make this afghan for?

Doris Chan, WEBS Designer in Residence December design, the Lace Motif Afghan. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Design Inspiration with Fiona Ellis – The power of color

Monday, November 30th, 2015
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Color, especially when it’s related to clothing, is fascinating to me. It is a powerful thing, triggering emotional responses in all of us. Each color creates a mood or feeling, can demonstrate the personally behind the wearer and evoke memories. I have been researching color for a while for a series of articles I have written for Twist Collective.  So when I came to choose the shade for my final Designer in Residence pattern I knew I should pick something that said WOW! So it had to be Red.

Fiona Ellis - color inspiration for her 6th and final WEBS Designer in Residence pattern. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Red evokes emotions ranging from passion and power to rage and romance. Viewing red increases blood pressure, pulse and heart rates, and even stimulates appetite. These physical reactions may be why we associate red with activity. But red is also considered seductive…think of lipstick & blush colors. Being the shortest wavelength on the spectrum, red is the first color the eye sees, making it attention- grabbing— the reason that it is used for warning signs. Our learned emotional responses to red are equally varied. Red can signify a mark of honor (think red carpet), we “see red” when we’re angry, are “in the red” when business is bad, and are “caught red handed” (originally a reference to blood on the hands) when guilty.  “Red herrings” divert our attention and we “paint the town red” when we let loose after a long workweek (the origins of that particular phrase are a source of debate).

Fiona Ellis designs with Valley Yarns. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

pictured left to right: Red Letter Day, Athasca, Sugarbeach and Paula all in Valley Yarns available in spectacular reds!

In naming this design I thought about how red is also linked to special occasions…my year as WEBS Designer in Residence has had, of course, many special days. Red letter days are so called because important festivals, holidays, and saints’ days were inked in red on medieval church calendars. So while I have your attention may I ask you to join me over on my website. I post a piece on the 9th of each month where I chat about design ideas and inspirations along with photos of what is fascinating me, I call it On-line, On-nine.

Thanks for following my wonderful year at WEBS!

– Fiona

Holiday Catalog Spotlight: Gifts to Make – Smaller Projects

Monday, November 23rd, 2015
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I’ve been paging through our Holiday catalog and there are so many great ideas for gifts this year! And with Thanksgiving happening in a few days I’m looking forward to a long weekend of gift making. The most requested items on my list this year are mittens and stuffed animals.

Quick gift knits, piles of mittens on the WEBS Blog, read more at blog.yarn.com

Thankfully there are quite a few great Valley Yarns mitten patterns to choose from. The Sprig Scarf and Mittens set in Berkshire Bulky features a basic mitten pattern with easy, fun embellishments. The Color Pop Mittens, in Berkshire, are a great neutral accessory that feature a bright pop of color! The Last Minute Mittens, also in Berkshire Bulky work up quick and easy for last minute gifts. The Sixth Button Mittens, in Huntington, are a bit more adventurous with Latvian braids and Fair Isle but the purchase price of each pattern sold goes to our favorite community organization, Safe Passage. And I love the Got You Covered Mittens in Northampton, they’re a great way to try out fair isle in an easy worsted weight yarn.

Quick gift knits, stuffed animals on the WEBS Blog. Read more at blog.yarn.com

What about the kids? We have 3 great patterns for the younger folks in your life. The Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear and Hot Chocolate Run Penguin are a welcome and squishy addition to any child’s favorite pile of stuffies. These patterns also benefit Safe Passage so you’re doing TWO good things when you make these projects. We also have our new Holiday Bears that were featured on the cover of the catalog.  I have a couple babies in my life that these would be perfect for, I’m going to tuck a jingle bell in the ends of their hands and feet so they’ll double as rattles! And all 3 of these patterns are easy to customize by changing the color of the bears themselves, and all of the accessories.

What are the smaller projects on your gifts-to-make list this year?