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Just 2 months till Rhinebeck!

Thursday, August 18th, 2016
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Are you headed to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY for the annual New York State Sheep and Wool Festival? You could save yourself the hassle of driving and give yourself extra knitting time by riding the bus with WEBS!

Ride the bus to Rhinebeck! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Your ticket on the bus includes a light breakfast, your ticket to the Festival, and a chance to win fabulous prizes along the way. Register now as seating is limited!

Lifelong Learning and New Opportunities

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
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You have probably heard me proclaim the joys of learning new things in weaving, so it will not surprise to hear that I am quite excited about Convergence 2016, the conference put on by the Handweavers Guild of America. Convergence is held in alternate years and moves locations to create access for as many regions as possible. This year it will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from July 30 – August 6 and I’m happy to report that we will have a booth (several, actually).

WEBS will be at Convergence 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I must admit, I’m kind of a conference junkie. They make me feel like I’m at an all-you-can-eat buffet created by master chefs – such an array of delicious choices and even if I can’t try them all, I can talk to others who taste the ones I haven’t. The scheduling is also very flexible, allowing one to dip a toe in with an afternoon workshop or go for total immersion with a multi-day class. One of the great advantages of a national conference is the chance to take a class with a teacher you might not get to experience otherwise. I have a friend who has taught weaving for several decades and she always signs up for Convergence classes because she wants to keep learning, both weaving techniques and teaching styles. I take this advice to heart and try to fit in at least one class amidst the busyness of our booth.

We’ll also have our booth loaded up with yarn, tools, books and more. Will we see you there?

Knitted Knockers at STITCHES West

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
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Our friends at STITCHES West have teamed up with Knitted Knockers for a fundraiser with a pretty great incentive. They’ll be donating a STITCHES Prize package (worth $1945 – $2309) that will be won by someone who donates $10 to Knitted Knockers, you can find all the details here.
Knitter Knockers at STITCHES West 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com
They’re also hosting a STITCHES West knocker drive with a goal of 1000 knit and/or crocheted knockers. You can knit or crochet knockers then send them, or bring them, to the Knitted Knocker booth (stuffed or un-stuffed). You can bring your knit or crochet knocker to the show and drop them off at the Knitted Knockers booth. Of you can mail them to XRX, Inc. by February 1, 2016 at the address below. Please include a note with your knit or crochet knocker(s) with your name and address.
   XRX, Inc.
Knitted Knockers
2704 West 3rd Street
PO Box 965
Sioux Falls SD 57101
If you have the yarn you want to work with, that’s great, but please remember that knockers need to be made of soft, washable, non-wool and of either sport, or DK weight. Our Valley Yarns Longmeadow is a great option! If you’re looking for patterns or technique videos to get you started, you can find those on the Knitted Knockers ‘Make a Knocker’ page.

Stitches West Preview

Monday, February 18th, 2013
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Are you headed to Stitches West this weekend? If you are, make sure you print out this coupon for half off admission! It does not apply to online ticket purchases, and you must have the coupon with you.

Come visit us in booths 604-612, 703-711! And we’ll have lots of yarn packed into that 10 booth space. We’re bringing favorites from Malabrigo, Madelinetosh, and Berroco. We’ll also have closeouts like Noro Kureyon Discontinued Colors, Noro Silk Garden Discontinued Colors and more!

If you’ve had a chance to view our spring catalog, you saw the new Valley Yarns garments. We’ll have many with us at Stitches, so stop by the booth and see them in person. We’ll also have 514 Burning Branch Shawl knit in Valley Yarns BFL Fingering which will be our next KAL starting here on the blog on Thursday.

Looking for needles and crochet hooks? We’ll have Knitter’s Pride and Addis, so you’ll find one to suit your preference.

We hope to see you in Santa Clara!

Pilgrimage to Portland

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
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Hi Everyone

I am writing this post as I jet across the country to Portland, OR for Sock Summit 2011. I can’t believe two years has passed since the first Sock Summit.

I will be tweeting and such from the show all week and will give you all a full report when I am back next week.

For those of you also making the pilgrimage, here’s some info:

*We can be found in booths 502-508. This is a smaller set-up than we did last time and much smaller than our Stitches set-up but we will be packed with awesome sock yarns, needles, accessories and more! We’ll even have some exclusive items

*We’re planning on lots of fun for everyone. When you visit our booth you’ll have the opportunity to play Sock Summit Plinko and win a cool prize, you can show off your hand knit socks and join our “Who Are You Wearing” wall of fame and you can possibly win a cool prize pack by tweeting about us during the show!

*Be sure to stop by. I’ll be joined at the show by Kirsten our Valley Yarns Designer, Cara our Assistant Store Manager and Tina our Education Manager

See you in Portland!

Kathy

Typos courtesy of my iPad

Sparkle Goes To TNNA

Friday, January 14th, 2011
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Hi Everyone

As many of you know Steve & I were in Long Beach over last weekend to attend TNNA – the Spring/Summer buying show for the yarn world.  It was tough coming right out of New Year’s and getting on a plane almost immediately.  I had to leave on the Wednesday after New Year’s as I serve on the Retail Council and had meetings and such ahead of the show.  Although being away from home has gotten more difficult as the boys have gotten older, the early arrival allowed me a couple of extra evenings to catch up with some of my dear friends like Betsy of Classic Elite Yarns & Beth of Lorna’s Laces.  The opportunity to grab dinner with folks like them and catch up on things is truly priceless.

Steve & had a great show, saw lots of wonderful yarns, caught up with even more friends and met lots of new ones.  The show is always a whirlwind and somehow we never have enough time to do everything!  We did find lots of new goodies that will be arriving in the coming weeks.  Sparkle (introduced here)  came along for the adventure and let me tell you, that little penguin made the most of his time in Long Beach.

He thoroughly enjoyed the view from our room – looking out over the Convention Center:

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He loved the way the lights changed color at the hotel bar.  He was particularly fond of the blue:

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He met Beth from Lorna’s Laces while checking out the hotel bar and felt a strong allegiance to her display on the New Products Table at the Convention Center:

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Sparkle enjoyed the Fashion Show.  Here is Joel from Lantern Moon opening the show with a lovely wool-clad wee one.

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Some of the lovely new designs featured in the show:

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After the Fashion Show we headed to a local restaurant to grab dinner with the crew from Berroco.  We were early and were able to enjoy a little down time and music:

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Saturday morning the show kicked-off and it was time to get down to business:

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First stop was Fiesta Yarns and our friends Jeannie & Brad:

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We stopped by the Dream in Color booth to check out yarn and the latest items in the Herdy Collection.  Yes, those are sheep salt & pepper shakers (we bought them) and there is also a sheepy bank not shown (bought that too!):

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Of all the booths at the show, I’d have to say that Lantern Moon won for most beautiful, most creative, most – whatever – it was gorgeous.   Sparkle loved it too.  The vase you see here (and there were several in their booth) are filled with rice that was dyed by the talented Gina of Alchemy Yarns.

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Sparkle was busy sucking up to talking to Beth at Lorna’s again and I was loving this yummy new design:

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Beth makes string pretty:

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Amy at Madeline Tosh is no slouch either.  Her booth was INSANE.  The small twist skeins you see behind Sparkle represent new colors – there were 10 or 12 of them.  All magical.

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Sparkle also has very discerning taste.  Here he is wrapped in a 1 skein scarf made from Artyarns new 3-ply cashmere glitter.  Needless to say it was not pretty getting him to leave Iris & her lovely yarns:

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But like most of us, Sparkle is fickle and soon forgot the cashmere and was cuddling up to Be Sweet’s Bambino Taffy.  Lovely colors and Nadine is just so nice, Sparkle was smitten :)

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When we got back to the hotel after the show, we ran into our friends from Plymouth – Jen & Terry who were very happy to meet Sparkle.

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I think in Sparkle’s excitement from being at the show all day, he might have gotten a bit carried away Saturday night:

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Sunday we visited with our friends from Abstract Fibers.  I love their stuff.  We currently carry some of their fiber but wanted to add more.  Sparkle gave his vote of approval:

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We ended up adding to yarns from Abstract as well.  Although all of their colors are beautiful, “Pheasant”, shown below across several different fiber bases, really spoke to me.  I don’t think this picture does it justice but even so, it’s not a color that I would normally get excited about “Pheasant” really spoke to me.

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On Sunday evening, it was apparent that Sparkle had “arrived”.  He had the privilege to meet Debbie Bliss:

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We made it to Monday and the last day of the show.  We visited the Universal booth and Sparkle not only found his kind (more sparkle-y yarn) but this particular piece is woven, not knit.  Smart little penguin:

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Finally it was time to come home.  We endured a red-eye out of LAX which was not nearly as bad as the three of us were anticipating.  We were all very happy to see the East Coast.

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As you can see, we have lots of great new products on the way.  We had a blast and as hard as it is to be away, it’s always productive.  But it’s also always good to come home.  Keep an eye out on the website, here on the blog and in email blasts for the arrival of the products highlighted above and more!  Not on our email list?  You can sign up here.

I hope you enjoyed our recap.  What are your thoughts on Sparkle’s adventure?

Kathy

Introducing Sparkle

Monday, January 10th, 2011
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Hi Everyone

Steve & I have just wrapped up our annual trip to the Spring TNNA Show which was held in Long Beach, CA this year.  We are actually flying home in just a few hours.  I don’t normally choose to fly on a red-eye but J1 has a hockey game tomorrow night and even a crack-o-dawn flight back home was cutting it too close.  Turns out we were smart to book the red-eye as we have a classic Nor’easter barreling up the east coast for tomorrow night and into Wednesday.

I’m planning to give you a full update on the show but I want to first introduce you to someone.  Our holiday catalog featured the adorable penguins & polar bears.

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When we first started talking about creating penguins, I really wanted at least one that incorporated beads for a little glitz.  Our designer Kirsten made several attempts but none turned out like the vision I had in my head.  In fact, one attempt had a frightening resemblance to Anthony Hopkins’ Dr. Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs!

So color me surpised when I popped into my office over the holidays to find a this sitting onmy desk from Kirsten:

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This is Sparkle – the sparkly version of our original penguin.  I love him.  I never even had a chance to ask Kirsten what yarn she used.  Sparkle hit the road with Steve & I this weekend and really made the rounds at the show.  Tomorrow I’ll show you what the three of us have been up to!

Kathy

Bus Trip to Rhinebeck

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
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Hi Everyone

Fall is definitely in the air!  With Labor Day behind us and the first  day of school checked off the list, the amazing summer weather we had has disappeared and has been replaced with reasonably warm days and cool, crisp nights.  The official start of fall is only a week away!  Crazy, but also invigorating – even for this lizard.

Fall is a tremendously busy time at WEBS.  New classes are now starting and are posted on-line.  We have a great line-up of special events too!  One of our favorite events of the year is our annual bus trip to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY!  This year we have two buses reserved and we’re looking forward to a great time.

The buses will depart the WEBS parking lot on Saturday morning, October 16th at 7am sharp!  Bring your own coffee or morning beverage of choice and we’ll provide the baked goods.  The trip to Rhinebeck is always fun with trivia contests, giveaways and anticipation of the day to come.  Once in Rhinebeck everyone is welcome to enjoy the festival at their own pace.  Everyone should be back to the buses by 4pm for an on-time departure back to WEBS.   The bus trip is really the way to – skip the stress of driving, parking, etc and just sit back and enjoy the foliage (hopefully), some great camaraderie and especially your purchases on the trip back.

Cost of the trip is $45.00.  We are well into the second bus already so if you don’t want to miss the opportunity, it’s time to register!

If you are planning to make a weekend of it, two other items of note.  We are the official sponsor of three of the teachers who will be running workshops over the course of the weekend.  Our own Gail Callahan, aka The Kangaroo Dyer will be teaching on Saturday, the lovely Edie Eckman is teaching on Sunday and  the faboo Melissa Morgan-Oakes will also be teaching on Saturday.

On Saturday night, the annual Ravelry party will be in full swing and we are happy to be a sponsor of this not-miss event!  More details to follow!

Enjoy!

Kathy

Ready, Set, Knit Episode 172 – Interview with Ben Levisay

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
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Hi Everyone

On this week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit, Steve highlighted three yarns from our Anniversary Sale, along with a few new closeouts, 2 new books and some new della Q products.

Anniversary Sale Yarns

Baby Alpaca Grande from Plymouth $13.99 on sale for $9.99/hank
Centolavaggi from Filatura di Crosa $19.95 on sale for $13.99/hank
220 Superwash from Cascade $9.80 on sale for $6.99

New Closeout Yarns

Silk Garden from Noro (discontinued colors)
Iro from Noro (discontinued colors)
Bonbori from Noro

New Books & Accessories

New England Knits by Melissa LaBarre & Cecily Glowik MacDonald
Two At a Time Socks from the Toe Up by Melissa Morgan Oakes
Dual Interchangeable and Circular Needle Case from della Q
Large Cotton Project Bags from della Q
Regular Cotton Project Bags from della Q

We had the chance to catch up with XRX President, Ben Levisay.  We talked about the upcoming Stitches show in Atlanta which is happening April 22-25.  Steve and several members of the WEBS team will be there so be sure to check out the show and stop by and say “hi”.  Complete show information can be found here.

Lastly, Pixie & I finish the KAL.  We also had a VERY big announcement this week.  We are sad to share that Pixie is leaving the WEBS family for a move to her cottage in France.  Next week will be her last show so be sure to tune in!

Enjoy!

Kathy

Book Review – Comfort Knitting & Crochet Afghans

Friday, April 9th, 2010
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It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed a book here on the blog, but when our lovely friends at Berroco unleash a new publication it’s time to stop and take notice.

Comfort Knitting & Crochet Afghans – More Than 50 Beautiful, Affordable Desings Featuring Berroco’s Comfort Yarn by Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter & The Berroco Design Team has just been released.   As the title says, it is packed with more than 50 afghan patterns knit and crocheted using Berroco’s very price-conscious Comfort yarn.

For 150 or so pages, I was treated to project after project that simply tickled me.  I love that the book is a blend of knit and crochet AND that they are pretty equally represented (27 knit afghans and 24 crocheted afghans to be exact).  Crochet projects are often thrown in as a token gesture or after thought but the team creating this book, lead by Norah and Margery, did the crocheters proud.

With so many patterns to choose from, it was hard to select favorites.  In fact, it seemed my favorites kept changing each time I took another look.  I finally narrowed my picks down to 5:

Although Garter Stripes is “the ultimate in easy knitting” I make no apologies for loving it.  

It’s simplicity speaks to my own personal aesthetic of minimalism.  Since Berroco  Comfort features over 95 colors, the possibilities for customizing this blanket are endless.  There are three panels that are joined at the end to create an afghan 66″w x 60″ long.

Although the color selection doesn’t speak to me despite its ties to the history of this particular design, Crazy offers a very interesting construction using only single crochet and decreases at the beginning and end of rows.  

Inspired by crazy quilts of the 1880’s, the afghan is a series of 6 squares constructed by creating 4 individual triangles and joining upon completion.   Having said that, upon further inspection I now realize that the shapes that constitute the squares aren’t all exactly triangles but since my high school geometry is failing me at the moment, just cut me some slack.  (NOTE:  My very mathematically inclined Berroco rep, the lovely Andra, just returned my call and she was able to solve the mystery – of course, they are simply quadrangles.  I remembered trapezoids and parallelograms but not the simple quadrangle – thank you Andra).

Staying with crochet for the moment, we must take a look at Pinwheel:

Comprised of 140 squares, each is “composed of open-grid filet crochet, which is then embellished with a pinwheel of crocheted chain stitch”  There was no way I could have explained that any better so why try?  Once all of the squares are completed they are simply chain stitched together using a contrasting color.

Not overly difficult, but certainly time consuming, Pinwheel is a good travelling project.  Small and compact you don’t need to lug a lot around with you and you can alternate between creating a bunch of squares and then doing the embellishment and then back to squares to keep things interesting.

Nordic Holidayis bold and modern and it just intrigues me.  It was pointed out to me by my math consultant that it has vague resemblance to a lovely handwoven rug by Jason Collingwood that we have on display at the store.

Again – no intricate knitting is involved here but some smart design techniques result in a graphical wonder.  Love the red stair steps!  Directions are included for both a large blanket and smaller throw.

Herringbone is an afghan I would by in a store if I saw it.  It’s modern and classic all at the same time  – I can easily imagine it in the Calvin Klein bedding section of Bloomies.

I love this blanket.  It speaks to me and I want it.  What more is there to say?  It’s a great project for those of you who have been intimidated to try cables – the herringbone pattern is created using cables and twisted stitches.  The afghan is finished with a lovely 2-row crochet edging.

Now a few words about Comfort yarn.  Comfort comes in four weights – sock, dk, worsted and chunky.  It’s 50% super fine acrylic/50% super fine nylon.  Don’t go making faces or saying impolite things about Comfort.  It is a fine yarn – a might fine yarn at that.   This is not your typical acrylic yarn.  It’s soft and sophisticated and not at all icky.  The worsted and chunky retail for $5.75 per ball with 210 and 150 yards respectively.  DK is only $3.25 per ball with 178 yards while sockis $7.50 for 440 yards.  Comfort is machine washable and I would even hazard to say machine dryable – just be gentle!

I think overall the book is fabulous.   It is soft cover, lovely paper that are a joy to turn, gorgeous photography.  The page numbers are microscopic – I’m all for the “design elements” of a piece but it bugs me when it’s they are not functional.  The instructions from what I’ve gathered assume a certain level of basic knitting and crochet skill meaning not every last thing is spelled out.  I don’t find this problematic but it’s important to point out.  At $19.95 it’s a book you should seriously take a look or two at.

If you will be attending Stitches South in two weeks, you are in for a great treat in the WEBS booth!  The lovely Andra has been working overtime (as have her knitters/crocheters) to create large squares representing 16 of the designs in the book.  They will be on display at the show and I can probably arrange to have them in the store after that.

Finally, on Monday, we will have a VERY special Q&A post with Norah Gaughan herself.  I asked her a series of questions about the book and it’s creation.  I’m thrilled to have Norah share her thoughts with all of us!  Stay tuned for Monday!

Enjoy,

Kathy