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Valley Yarns Southwick featured in Interweave Crochet Summer 2013

Monday, July 1st, 2013
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Interweave Crochet just release their Summer 2013 issue. The Palm Tunic, designed by Cristina Mershon, is crocheted using our Valley Yarns Southwick.

Constructed from triangle motifs that come together in a great starburst on the bodice, and wide ribbed band at the hem, it’s perfect to slip on over a bathing suit or pair with a cami and flirty, summer skirt.

Have you checked our the Summer 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet yet?

Valley Yarns Northfield featured in Knitscene Accessories 2013

Thursday, June 6th, 2013
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The brand new Knitscene Accessories 2013 issue has recently hit news stands. Among the 33 great patterns you will find the Zed Scarf designed by Barbara Kreuter and knit in Valley Yarns Northfield, in Chestnut and Boy Blue.

This yarn is my favorite Valley yarn! The silk and baby alpaca give it shine and wonderful drape while the merino makes sure that it has bounce and feels cozy, and it’s available in over 20 colors.

The Zed scarf is part of a modular knits chapter but this issue also contains great info on Latvian braids, knitweaving and crocheted edges.

Have you picked up your copy of Knitscene Accessories 2013 yet?

KAL Week 2: Valley Yarns 514 Burning Branch Shawl

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
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This week, we move on to knitting the leaves of the Burning Branch Shawl. I love the leaf pattern of this shawl and the way it develops. It has me thinking spring, and I’m definitely ready to see leaves on the trees again.

In the first row of each leaf section you’ll be placing your ‘B’ markers. this is why it is important to have two different colors of markers.

Tip: If you don’t have different color markers, you can use scraps of yarn. I often just grab a short length of yarn from a nearby scrap ball and tie it and use it as a marker. Then I don’t have to worry if it falls off and rolls under a chair since it is just scrap.

For each repeat you’ll work until there are two stitches before your ‘B’ markers. These will be your k1 and ssk.

After working the first leaf you’ll repeat it two more times.

The wrong side purl rows are starting to get long! Purling is not my favorite thing to do, but I’ve been catching up on old TV shows on Netflix as I knit this.

How is your shawl coming?

Interweave Knits Spring 2013 featuring Valley Yarns Charlemont

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
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As you flip through the pages of the Spring 2013 issue of Interweave Knits, you’ll find many gorgeous garments and accessories to add to your knitting queue. Included in this is a stunning shawl knit in our own Valley Yarns Charlemont.

This triangular shawl is worked from the top down, so your stitches increase as you go. It is a gorgeous blend of cables and lace that really stand out in the superwash merino/mulberry silk/polyamide blend of Charlemont.

Have you checked out Interweave Knits Spring 2013 yet?

Knitscene Spring 2013 Featuring Valley Yarns Longmeadow

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
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We recently received the Spring 2013 issue of Knitscene from Interweave. It is a fantastic issue!

One project that stood out to all of us was the Salacia Cardigan designed by Josie Mercier. It is knit in or Valley Yarns Longmeadow, which is a fantastic, soft blend of cotton and acrylic microfiber.

It is worked from the bottom up in pieces. The biasing lace changes direction at the waist and pairs with the drawstring tie to create an hourglass effect.

The rest of the issue is loaded with fantastic projects that are classic and interesting. You won’t just find sweater projects – there are great hats and accessories too. I don’t often find magazines where I would knit most of the projects, but this is one of them, so it is an incredible deal. There is also a great article by Kim Werker on Maker Faire. This issue will be coming home with me.

A Heartfelt Valentine

Monday, February 4th, 2013
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Knitting and Crochet are a huge part of our lives here at WEBS and this year we wanted to bring them together for a quick Valentine’s Day project that is accessible to everyone from the most advanced to newest beginners. Valley Yarns Pattern #526 Heartfelt Coasters.

With just 3 skeins of our Valley Yarns Northampton Sport you can make 6 coasters with enough yardage left over for quite a bit of embellishment.  Here you can see Kirsten’s mug on her basic coaster and mine on my fancy one. Kirsten knit hers and I crocheted mine, then we swapped hearts, so each of our coasters contains knit and crochet! All it takes is two simple squares, knit or crocheted, that have been felted. Cut out a heart shape from the center and swap the hearts, then sew them back into place in their new home.

For the sewing you’ll need an embroidery needle with an eye big enough to accommodate the yarn and a tip sharp enough to pierce your felted square, as well as the third color of Northampton Sport. Here I have a square in natural and a heart in burgundy, so I’m using the merlot heather to sew everything together.  And don’t worry if your heart doesn’t fit exactly into the cut out space, your stitches should pull everything together nicely. If you’re feeling fancy you can do a blanket stitch around the edge and then add a decorative crochet border.

Swap hearts with a friend or get your knitting group/circle to swap hearts.

Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky Featured in KnitSimple Winter 2012

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012
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We recently got the Winter 2012 issue of KnitSimple in at the store. It is full of great patterns for sweater, accessories, and other projects that will keep you toasty all season long. Check out the preview on their site here.

We’re very excited about the Bubble Vest because it is designed in our Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky. This vest is full of texture and the wool/alpaca blend of Berkshire Bulky will keep you warm. It takes 7-12 balls depending on the size you are knitting.

Knit Simple Winter 2012, photo by Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com

 Are you looking forward to starting a really cozy project in the next few weeks?

Holiday Project: Quick Projects

Monday, December 10th, 2012
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I realized this weekend that there aren’t many crafting days left to get all the gifts finished that I want to make. Are you in the same boat? We’ve got a few Valley Yarns patterns that are great for last-minute knitting and crocheting.

If you’re thinking about crocheting something that will give the wearer a great pop of color, 508 Kassar Cowl is a perfect option. This soft and stunning cowl is crocheted in lace hexagons and triangles that glow in contrasting hand-dyed colors of Valley Yarns BFL Fingering Hand Dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer. The yarn is just stunning on its own, and it looks fantastic crocheted.

Want to keep your gift recipient’s hands toasty? 483 Wavy Gravy Mittens knit in Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky are super quick and will fly off your needles. Adorned with an easy geometric pattern, these colorwork mittens feature a thumb gusset for comfort.

Think you’re too late to knit that special stocking for someone? Knit in Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky, 283 Spotted Christmas Stocking is a speedy project that you’ll have cast-on and bound-off in no time. This holiday stocking is perfect for hanging by the fireplace or used to hold a gift.  Use the festive colors shown, choose your favorites, or coordinate with your holiday décor. It is a free download on our site! Check out our Buzz post that includes this project.

Know someone who could use a new hat? The free pattern 483 Chrysanthemum Hat is a quick one that is great for men or women. It’s a super simple, bright and stretchy beanie knit in the round from the brim up with a ribbed welt stitch pattern. Knit in Valley Yarns Buckland, this hat is warm, cozy, and a bit luxurious.

How is your list shaping up? Do you have a pile of completed projects wrapped and ready to go?

 

Valley Yarns in Interweave Crochet Accessories!

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
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We’re very happy to share the 2012 Accessories issue of Interweave Crochet. One of our Valley Yarns was used in the cover design!

You can see all of the projects from this issue at Crochetme.com

Karen Ratto-Whooley designed a two-color, self-fringeing scarf worked in back loop single crochet using our Valley Yarns Deerfield. The Elvis 1973 Scarf has the appearance of traditional Fair Isle knitting.

If you’re still looking for some great last minute gifts to make this issue is packed with wonderful cowls, scarves, hats and more.

Are you working on any of the projects from this issue?

Holiday Project Ideas: Pretty quick projects

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
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There’s still plenty of time knit or crochet a few fantastic items for those special people in your life.

Valley Yarns Pattern #503 Hearts of Oak Stocking knit in Valley Yarns Northampton would not only make a great gift for a new baby or a newly married couple but 5% of the proceeds from the pattern sales benefit the Stitch Red campaign.

 

The traditional Fair Isle motifs and colors of the  Valley Yarns Pattern #504 Holly and Ivy Tam knit in Valley Yarns Northampton Sport really evoke the winter holidays.

 

The skillfully curved armholes and neckline of Valley Yarns Pattern #507 Linda’s Vest crocheted in Valley Yarns Northampton Sport, as well as the ribbed trim give this simple granny stitch vest an edge of style and sophistication.

 

With a classic knitted on edge and textured eyelet stitch pattern throughout Valley Yarns Pattern #487 Dappled Shawlette knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont Hand Dyed is the perfect showpiece for gorgeous hand-dyed yarns.

 

We love that Valley Yarns Pattern #363 Pincushion Moss Shawl crocheted in Valley Yarns Southwick is an easy, lacy shawl that grows from the neck down letting you crochet to the size you desire.

 

Valley Yarns Pattern #286 Shale Pleated Scarf  has a great architectural stitch pattern that makes it perfect for men or women and when knit in Valley Yarns Berkshire it’s like being wrapped in a hug each time they wear it.

What projects are you excited to be working on this week?