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Field, Forest, and Vine Blanket Fringing Tutorial

Thursday, October 25th, 2012
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The Field, Forest, and Vine Blanket out of Valley Yarns Cold Spring combines some of our favorite elements in a blanket pattern: it’s soft, it’s pretty, it’s easy, it doesn’t have ANY ends to sew in, and it has a fun, foolproof method for making fringe at the end.

We’ve used it once before in the Self Fringing Scarf and think it would also make a great technique for any stash-busting scarf, shawl or blanket project where you don’t want to have to save yarn for the fringe.

Here’s how it works:

1. Once you’re done knitting, you’ll leave the first and last 10 stitches (give or take, depending on how long you want the fringe) live while binding off all the rest. To do this, knit the first 10 stitches, then bind off all the following stitches until 10 stitches remain on the left needle.

2. Cut the working yarn and fasten it off, then take the remaining stitches off the needles.

3. Unravel the live stitches all the way down through the cast on edge. Whee!

 

4. Cut any loops so that each row has one fringe strand – see how those unsewn ends from the color changes are just the same as all the other fringe strands? They’re just a little bit longer.

5. Tie fringe in groups of 4 to 6 strands (or however many you like, really) with an overhand knot, snugging the knot up to the edge of the knitting.

6. Trim the fringe so all the strands are about the same length. You may want to fold a big project like a blanket a few times so you can cut multiple layers of fringe at once and get them all the same length.

7. Enjoy your fringed and finished blanket! Contemplate what you can do with that pile of fringe scraps – pillow stuffing? Cat toy? Colorful compost? Hm…

 

Holiday Gift Ideas: Blankets

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
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I think many of us have grand plans for holiday projects every year but often can’t decide what to make for each person on our list. As the weeks tick by, we’ll be featuring a few project ideas based on the amount of time left to create.

This week, we have some super cozy blankets. There’s nothing better than wrapping up in a blanket after a long day, and why not wrap someone you love in a cuddly blanket.

Two of our favorite knit blankets are the new Valley Yarns 498 Field, Forest, and Vine Blanket and Valley Yarns 430 Bas-Relief Blanket.

 

Valley Yarns 430 Bas-Relief Blanket is knit in Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky which makes for a super squishy blanket perfect for wrapping up in. With over 40 colors to choose from in this blend of wool and alpaca, you’re sure to fine one perfect for someone on your list.

Valley Yarns 498 Field, Forest, and Vine Blanket is a self-fringing garter stitch blanket in stripes of Valley Yarns Cold Spring. You’ll want to stay tuned to the blog for an upcoming photo tutorial on this self-fringing warmer. Valley Yarns Cold Spring is a cozy blend wool, baby alpaca, and fine acrylic.

We have two favorite crochet blankets too! Valley Yarns 328 Amethyst Brook Crocheted Afghan and Valley Yarns 494 Berry Bramble Blanket.

 

Crocheted in Valley Yarns Northfield and Valley Yarns Northfield Hand Dyed, the Amethyst Brook Crocheted Afghan is made up of crocheted hexagons that are joined together at the end, so it’s a great take-along project. You can experiment with color with this one. It would look just as great in all neutral colors.

Valley Yarns 494 Berry Bramble Blanket works up fast in Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky. The two, easy-to-memorize pattern rows are made more interesting when worked in three different colors. Your ends become part of the fringe on this one, so there’s no need to weave in ends.

Are you planning on knitting or crocheting any blankets for the holidays?

An Event with Carol Sulcoski and a Giveaway!

Monday, October 15th, 2012
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We have been loving Carol Sulcoski’s new book Sock Yarn Studio: Hats, Garments, and Other Projects Designed for Sock Yarn so when she agreed to hold a book signing event at WEBS on Saturday, November 10th, we were thrilled!

Carol is a talented designer, author and hand-dyer with a particular interest in light weight yarns. This book is filled with gorgeous projects to inspire knitters everywhere to use their colorful stashes of sock yarn for projects other than socks! There is also a handy section packed with information about how sock yarn works, how to best use self-patterning yarns and how to avoid pooling.

The beautifully photographed projects are the real stars of the show in this book. This Gumdrop Raglan pullover makes great use of both solid and striping sock yarns:

And, of course a staff favorite is the Fortunate Cowl by our very own Melissa Morgan-Oakes! Knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont Hand Dyed (in the colorway named for Melissa’s dog, Yoshi) this cowl is sure to help keep the chill away as the New England winter approaches.
In honor of Carol’s visit to WEBS, we are giving away one copy of Sock Yarn Studio!  To enter, just leave a comment on this post with the name of your favorite sock yarn. You have until Friday, October 19th at 9:00AM EDT. One winner will be chosen at random.

 

And don’t forget to register for the free Sock Yarn Studio event!  Carol will have lots of samples of the projects from the book, so you can see them up close, and she might even share a few tips on working with your favorite fingering weight yarns.

Valley Yarns Trunk Show Event

Monday, September 10th, 2012
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We are excited to kick off our Fall 2012 events season with a celebration of all that is new for Valley Yarns on September 20th at 6pm!

Join us as we hear from some of the people who knit the garment samples you see in the catalog,

as well as from some of the designers of this year’s line!

Kirsten - Valley Yarns Designer

We’ll have all of the fall garments to try on (and maybe even a little sneak peek at the garments from the upcoming holiday catalog.)

Valley Yarns Designs

We’ll also be debuting our newest yarns, with a chance to try them out for yourself!

Join us for an informal evening of fun, snacks and yarn while finding out more about what goes into putting together a line of fun things to knit, crochet and wear.  The event is free, but we do ask that you register here.
Catalog Prep

 

Valley Yarns Photo Shoot

 

Valley Yarns on Ravelry – Deerfield

Sunday, September 9th, 2012
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This week I’m highlighting some beautiful projects on Ravelry knit in Valley Yarns Deerfield. This baby alpaca and silk yarn in a DK weight works great for patterns with textural details such as lace and cables. It’s available in an elegant color palette of 17 colors plus natural. If you don’t see a color you love, Valley Yarns Deerfield is also available in 250-gram hanks, perfect for hand dyeing. Check out how nerdyknitting dyed Deerfield for her shawl below.

Follow the links to read more about each project knit in Deerfield.

Rose Red by Ysolda Teague knit by knancyknits and misformonkey
Pattern available to download from our website.

 

Aran Wrap Cardigan by Angela Hahn knit by IrinaMS
Pattern available to download from Vogue Knitting.

 

Harper by Katie Rose Pryal knit by winemeup
Pattern available as a free Ravelry download.

 

Begonia Sweater by Trudi Brown knit by teenyfireball
Pattern available as a free Ravelry download.

 

Textured Shawl Recipe by Orlane knit by nerdyknitting
Pattern available as a free Ravelry download.

 

Madrigal by Kristen Rengren knit by TheKnittyGritty
Pattern available for purchase from Twist Collective.

Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 467 French Vine Pullover

Monday, September 3rd, 2012
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In our final Valley Yarns Show and Tell from the collection in the Valley Yarns catalog, we have 467 French Vine Pullover. The simple shape of the bottom-up Valley Yarns French Vine Pullover lets you focus on the old French lace pattern on the bodice. The ribbed sleeves and saddle shoulders are both comfortable and charming.

It is knit in Valley Yarns Valley Superwash, so it’s easy to care for and it is incredibly soft.

We tried on the 36″ size.

A lot of us found the fit of the lace on the body very flattering and it made the body of the sweater fit well. Some of us would have preferred not having the ribbing on the sleeves, feeling it added a bit of bulk. We all agreed that Valley Superwash is an incredibly soft yarn.

You can check out the pattern here.

We’ll have another round of Valley Yarns Show and Tells with our next catalog. We hope they’ve been helpful for you. I also want to thank our awesome staff for sharing their measurements!

Valley Yarns in Twist Collective

Thursday, August 30th, 2012
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Have you had a chance to check out the latest issue of Twist Collective? We’re big fans of Twist Collective at WEBS.

The Fall 2012 issue is packed with fantastic patterns, but we’re pretty partial to Andover and Horatio and Oren. Both patterns feature our very own Valley Yarns.

 

Andover by Jean Chung is knit in super soft Valley Yarns Amherst. It is worked in one piece from the bottom up. The shawl collar, patch pockets, and elbow patches add a great detail to this comfortable cardigan that’s perfect for the cooler weather.

 

Horatio and Oren by Barbara Gregory are already on the must-knit list of many of the WEBS staff! With two sizes, this pattern makes a perfect option for gift knitting, and who can resist the adorable owls. The childrens size is knit in Valley Yarns Huntington and womens is knit in Valley Yarns Northfield. I’ve already picked out a color combination for a gift for someone on my to-knit-for list.

What’s your favorite project from the new Twist Collective?

 

 

Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 472 MoCA Cardigan

Monday, August 27th, 2012
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We have two more weeks of Valley Yarns Show and Tell posts for the Valley Yarns catalog, and this week we’re looking at 473 MoCA Cardigan. Easy garter stitch knit from cuff to cuff works brilliantly with a modern dolman sleeve shape and an unshaped, naturally draping neckline. Soft and cozy Valley Yarns Amherst will make this design one of your favorites.

We tried on the 36″ size.

We were a bit split on the design of this cardigan, but all agreed that Valley Yarns Amherst is a super soft, super cozy yarn. Many of us found the dolman sleeves to be too big and bulky for us, but the word “cozy” did come up quite a few times.

You can check out the pattern here.

Valley Yarns on Ravelry – Colrain

Friday, August 24th, 2012
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It’s time for another Valley Yarns on Ravelry blog post. This time I’m focusing on some great sweaters knit in Valley Yarns Colrain, a luminous 50/50 merino Tencel blend yarn which has some gorgeous saturated colors including my new favorite, Ocean Blue.

Valley Yarns Colrain has been around awhile and has stood the test of time. Customers love the shimmery and soft sheen that the Tencel contributes. It’s a dream to knit with and has a lovely drape. A recent customer review says it all.

“I knitted a shawlette in perwinkle colrain. Love this yarn! Almost no splitting, very soft, beautiful color and drape. I find no negatives with it at all. It’s so soft and very nice to knit with, I have ordered more! And ya can’t beat the price!” Adamina from Centennial, CO

Check out these sweaters knit in Colrain from some talented folks on Ravelry.

Swing Swing designed by Janine Le Cras; Available for free at knotions.

Sorelle Lace-Edged Pullover designed by Angela Hahn, knit by BarbieKnits; Pattern available for purchase on Knititude.

Heron Cardigan designed by Dorothy Jane, knit by bhargavip08; Available to purchase on Ravelry.

Ingenue designed by Wendy Bernard, knit by sarah1; Available from the book Custom Knits.

Opulent Raglan designed by Wendy Bernard, knit by kellygirl; Available from the book The Best of Knitscene.

Middlefield Pullover designed by Melissa LaBarre, knit by jerdlngr; Available from the book New England Knits.

So, what have you knit with Colrain? Or have you not had a chance to try it yet?

Valley Yarns Patterns for Men

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
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We’ve recently gotten requests from our readers to include more men’s patterns in our Valley Yarns line. It reminded me of all the unisex designs we’ve done in the past, but only shown on a female model. Time to fix that! Luckily, we have a number of awesome male coworkers who aren’t too camera shy and who fit into the model garments. We hope they’ll give you some great ideas for using Valley Yarns for guys.



Ken is shown here in the B-1 Basic Pullover (left) knit in navy Valley Yarns Amherst in size 40” and in the 386 Mystic Pullover (right) knit in Valley Yarns Cold Spring color 07 Fireflies in size 36”. The shawl collar on the Mystic Pullover looks great on guys and the ribbing at the sides of the body help the garment stretch at the chest and taper down at the waist. The Basic Pullover is worn here with a few inches of ease, making a comfy, roomy sweater with the fit of a favorite sweatshirt.

Jamie (left) is wearing the 421 Pearl Street Cabled Pullover knit in natural Valley Yarns Amherst in size 36”. The ribbed structure of these cables make this sweater comfortable even when worn with zero or negative ease for a slim fit. The unusual, wide saddle shoulders look neat and squared off. For a more traditional aran sweater fit, try making a size that’ll give 2-4” of ease.

Theo (right) is rocking out in the B-2 Basic Cardigan knit in Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky color 31 Dark Teal in size 40”. It actually looks like a lot of sweaters he already wears. When we remarked that the button band is on the right side, making it a women’s sweater, he said “that’s okay – I ride a women’s bike, I can wear a women’s sweater. Times are changing.” We couldn’t agree more. But if you prefer, you can easily put the button band on the other side.

Kirsten