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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 484: Kathy Talks with Vickie Howell

Friday, April 14th, 2017
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This week on Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy talks with Vickie Howell! Vickie does it all – she’s an author, designer, and television personality, and she’s been hard at work on her newest venture, a Kickstarter campaign for The Knit Show with Vickie Howell. The Knit Show with Vickie Howell will be the first studio-quality, community-funded, and internationally available knitting and crochet show! The best part? It’ll be completely bingeable – all episodes will be released at once, so there’s no waiting! You’ll be able to learn knit and crochet tips and tricks, hear chats with industry experts, and receive downloadable content – plus so much more. If you miss Vickie’s show Knitty Gritty as much as we do, you won’t want to miss The Knit Show with Vickie Howell.

To contribute to Vickie’s kickstarter fund, click here!

 Check out Vickie’s website here!

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

For a full list of our amazing April Anniversary Sale offers, click here!

Classes are live! Click here to take a look at our offerings!

Reminder:

WEBS 15th annual Tent Sale will take place May 20th and 21st! On Saturday, May 20th, we will have our Fleece Market. Start your day off under the tent and in the store, and finish up your shopping trip buying locally grown fleeces and other goods from our fantastic vendors!

Shop our 43rd Anniversary Sale, going on now through May 31st! If you see something you like, grab it now –  there will be new deals on May 1st!

Upcoming Events

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

WEBS will be at Stitches United in Hartford, Connecticut from April 27th-30th. We’ll be at booths 407, 409, 411, 506, 508, 510. For a map of the marketplace floor, click here! Already planning on going to Stitches United? WEBS has a coupon for 50% off market admission!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set Knit! 480: Kathy Talks with Stacey Trock

Saturday, March 18th, 2017
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This week, Kathy talks with author, crochet teacher, and designer Stacey Trock. Kathy and Stacey will discuss Stacey’s background in crochet design, her new gig at Louet, and of course, Stitches United, where WEBS is a sponsor this year. Listen to learn all about Stitches United, which is happening from April 27th through the 30th in nearby Hartford, Connecticut. Stop by the WEBS booth to say hi!

For more information about Stitches United, including links to sign up for classes, click here.

To learn more about Stacey and look at her awesome patterns, check out her website here!

Sign up for Stacey’s classes at Stitches United here!

 

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Frabjous Fibers Colorshift Top

Wonderland Yarns Queen of Hearts 5 Skein Pack

Louisa Harding Marmo

Louisa Harding Mazzo

Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter Fair Isle Effect Chunky

Fibranatura Flax Lace

Cascade Nevado – Closeout

Shop our Spring catalog online!

Reminder:

New Class from Vickie Howell called Intro to Knitting, take advantage of the pre-order discount!

Classes are live! Sign up today.

Upcoming Events

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! The kickoff event is Saturday, March 25th in the store form 1-4. Click here for more information and to register!

Visit WEBS at the DFW Fiber Fest from April 7-9!

WEBS will be at Stitches United in Hartford, Connecticut from April 27th-30th. We’ll be at booths 407, 409, 411, 506, 508, 510. For a map of the marketplace floor, click here! Already planning on going to Stitches United? WEBS has a coupon for 50% off market admission!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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New yarns from Kristin Omdahl!

Thursday, March 24th, 2016
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Kristin Omdahl is one of our favorite crochet designers and we’ve recently started carrying her two yarns, Be So Fine and Be So Sporty.  Both yarns are 100% bamboo, in bright, saturated colors inspired by tropical flowers and the sea. There’s great pattern support for these yarns including the FREE Beachy One eBook which contains six fantastic patterns including the Sunny Isles Soft Yellow Crochet Shawl.

Kristin Omdahl Be So Fine Yarn - learm more about this yarn and the fantastic pattern support on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

One of our store staffers, Mary, recently crocheted a sample of this shawl in the Lilac Memories colorway of Be So Fine and at  a whopping 650 yards per skein you only need one! This is one of the most beautiful shawl samples we’ve ever, if you’re near our retail store in Northampton MA stop by and check it out!

Spring yarns from Berroco

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
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The folks at Berroco must have been dreaming about a Mediterranean vacation when they created their yarns for Spring 2016, and what a great choice because that’s what they’ve got me dreaming about knitting and crocheting for!

Berroco Elba available now at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Elba is a cotton tape yarn that feels t-shirt soft against the skin. Machine washable in saturated tonal colors it may be my new favorite summer sweater yarn! The Abree cardigan looks like the perfect extra layer, and while I ;ike the mossy green they used for the sample I might go for a softer grey, or their rich orange!

Berroco Corsica available now at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Two words perfectly describe Berroco Corsica, comfortable luxury!  Cotton and cashmere are blended in a 90/10 mix which means easy, machine washable garments and accessories that are just a little bit decadent. I’m not sure which of the soft, heathered shades I want to use to crochet the Tucker cardigan, maybe I’ll just make two or three!

Berroco Mykonos available now at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Berroco Mykonos is a silky blend of linen, nylon and cotton with a shine you won’t believe! If you remember Berroco Seduce, and miss it like I do, you’ll love this one. Summer tops and accessories that will feel cool against your skin, in vibrant summer shades, are the perfect anecdote to the winter doldrums. Sometimes you want a little shawl for style rather than warmth and the Xenia shawl fits the bill, it’s like knitted jewelry!

Now I just have to decide what I’ll cast on for first! And be sure to check out the pattern support for each of these yarns by clicking on the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of the yarns page, there’s lots more fantastic garments and accessories.

Take the 2016 TNNA Fiber Arts Survey today!

Monday, January 25th, 2016
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Take the 2016 TNNA Fiber Arts Survey,  Jan. 25 - Feb. 13, 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

CALLING ALL FIBER ARTISTS! The fiber arts community needs your feedback. With just 10 minutes of your time you can take  the TNNA Fiber Arts 2016 Survey,  a major study of U.S. knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, cross-stitchers, weavers, and spinners. This survey is anonymous – you will not receive marketing spam.

By taking this survey you will…

–  Help fiber arts organizations and businesses serve you better

–  Tell retailers and brands what you want

–  Explore your fiber arts life

–  Get the chance to win one of five $100 fiber arts store gift cards

The results of this survey will appear in the fifth edition of the TNNA State of Specialty NeedleArts Study. The survey results will be available to non-profit fiber arts advocacy groups and TNNA members in mid-2016. TNNA is an association of hundreds of independent and family-owned fiber arts brands and retailers.

TNNA Fiber Artist 2016 Sweepstakes Rules. You have from Jan. 25th – Feb. 13th to complete the survey. Please give your feedback and thoughts as a fiber artist by taking the TNNA Fiber Arts 2016 Survey today!

The Downton Abbey Collection

Monday, January 11th, 2016
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Whether you’ve been following the saga of the Crawley family since the sinking of the RMS Titanic, or you’ve just binge watched seasons 1-5 to get ready for the last episodes, if you consider yourself a Downton fan you’ll want to get your hands on some of the new yarns in the Downton Abbey Collection.

Downton Abbey Collection yarns available at yarn.com

Lady Mary is a soft, chain-plied blend of acrylic and metallic thread for a touch of sparkle in a versatile DK weight yarn that’s perfect for elegant accessories.

Downton Abbey Collection yarns available at yarn.com

Lady Sybil is a sport weight blend of acrylic, mohair and polyamide with a gentle halo,  in softly heathered colors that will turn into gorgeous sweaters, hats and accessories.

You’ll also want to check out Branson and Matthew as well as a great collection of FREE patterns that celebrate your favorite characters.

Are you ready to spin? It’s Tour de Fleece time!

Monday, June 29th, 2015
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Team WEBS Tour de Fleece spinning challenge, read more on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Attention Spinners! Team WEBS Tour de Fleece 2015 registration is now open! If you’ve never heard of the Tour de Fleece, it’s a Ravelry spin-along that shadows the Tour de France bike race during the month of July. This is not a competition! It’s a chance to come together with other spinners, set personal challenges for yourself but, most importantly, have fun.  If you don’t have a consistent spinning habit, the Tour is a great incentive to spin on a regular basis for a month.  You’re welcome to use wheels and/or spindles and there will be prizes at the end of the Tour.  If you’d like to join us, please pop over to the All Things WEBS group on Ravelry and let us know you’re participating by this Friday, July 3.

Here are some guidelines, not rules,  for those of you just joining in this year – and a refresher for returning spinners:

  • Try to spin every day that the Tour is riding, July 4-26. There are days of rest, July 13th and 21st, so feel free to take those days off.
  • There are challenge days, when the riders are climbing. Give yourself a challenge on those days by spinning a new fiber or try a new spinning style, but save your biggest challenges for the second climbing stage, like when they tackle Alpe d’Huez on July 25th  – seriously LOOK at the climb up that mountain! See the full route here.
    • Climbing stages 10 -12 from July 14, to 16
    • Climbing stages 17-20 from July 22, to 25
  • Celebrate as you go with the colors you wear.
    • Wear Green: green is for sprinters, if you’ve been spinning FAST this color is for you!
    • Wear Polka-dots: dots are for climbing so break them out whenever you’re taking on a challenge!
    • Wear White: white is for rookies so this is the color for you if this is your first Tour!
    • Wear Yellow: the leaders wear the Maillot jauneor Yellow Jersey, following each stage of the race, so wear it whenever you feel particularly successful. And be sure to wear it on July 26th to announce your victory in completing the Tour!

The Tour runs Saturday July 4th through Sunday July 26th, this year. And don’t worry about how much you have to do to participate! There is no minimum, or maximum amount of fiber you need to spin through. You don’t have to spin every day and you don’t even have to measure what you DO spin. The whole idea is just to get you spinning and to have fun with it! However we will be announcing some prizes on July 1st and there will be specific minimums or types of fibers and yarns you’ll need to spin to win. Keep an eye on the Ravelry group for specifics!

I’ll be spinning from my stash which includes Hello Yarn club fiber, some Spunky Eclectic fiber, some great stuff from Into the Whirled, and maybe something from Abstract Fibers or Frabjous Fibers! What will you be spinning and what will you challenge yourself with?

I-91 SHOP HOP IS AROUND THE CORNER!

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
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If you haven’t participated in the Shop Hop in the past years joining in is super easy, all you need is $5 to purchase your passport and a sense of adventure! The I-91 Shop Hop runs Thursday, June 25th through Sunday, June 28th and you can purchase a passport at one of the 12 shops participating this year, and you still have time to purchase your 2015 passport! We are looking forward to welcoming more than 300 Shop-Hoppers to our store over the weekend.

The Annual I-91 Shop Hop is just around the corner. Get your passport now! Read more at blog.yarn.com

Why participate in the Shop Hop? At each store you visit your name will be entered in the daily prize drawing. Each of the daily prizes contains a variety of wonderful yarns, patterns, needles and accessories. Once you’ve visited all 12 shops and have your passport stamped just turn it in at the last shop on your trip and you will be entered into a grand prize drawing! On Sunday, there are two drawings: the daily basket and a chance to win a wooden swift and ball winder.  As an added bonus, each shop will have a special knit kit for sale just for Shop Hop! So be sure to hit all the shops during the long weekend and keep your fingers crossed for the daily prize and grand prize on Sunday. Hope to see you then!

The Annual I-91 Shop Hop is just around the corner. Get your passport now! Read more at blog.yarn.com

Participating Shops:
Green Mountain Spinnery- Putney, VT
Handknits- Brattleboro, VT
Sheep & Shawl-South Deerfield, MA
Northampton Wools, Northampton, MA
WEBS America’s Yarn Store-Northampton, MA
Marji’s Yarncrafts-Granby, CT
Creative Fibers-Windsor, CT
Village Wool-Glastonbury, CT
Country Yarns-Wallingford, CT
The Yarn Barn,LLC-Woodbridge, CT
Knit New Haven-New Haven, CT
The Yarn Basket-Branford, CT

I Love a Good Mystery

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
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I don’t know about you, but my summer knitting seems to consist mostly of MKALs (Mystery Knit-a-longs). There’s something about the surprise that is more appealing to me during the warmer months than any other time of year. I like having a pattern handed to me in chunks. It also sometimes helps me to finish sections, since I know the next one is coming.

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

There are several MKALs starting up (or that have recently started) that I’m already signed up for, or thinking of signing up for. Kirsten Kapur’s Through the Loops Mystery Shawl 2015. I have quite the stash of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light that I’m planning on going through and choosing two colors to make this shawl. It’s one of my favorite yarns for shawls, so I’m excited to get going on this one.

The Fibre Co. Meadow

Next up is the Hydrangea MKAL 2015 by the fine folks from Kelbourne Woolens in The Fibre Co. Meadow. I did their MKAL last summer that featured Meadow and I loved it. They include great tips on the different techniques, so it’s awesome if you’re trying to pick up new skills and really learn something. I’m still trying to decide on a color though. After the winter we had, I still don’t want any dull or netural colors, but the Queen Anne’s Lace is calling to me!

The Shetland Trader MKAL is also appealing to me. I like that it’s more of a focus on texture than on lace. Gudrun Johnson designed one of our 40th Anniversary patterns, Valley Yarns 40th Anniversary 14 Tirrick Shawl, and this one is still on my to-knit list. I just love the pattern and I have no doubt that Gudrun’s MKAL would be a fun one. Maybe in three colors of Valley Yarns Charlemont?

So, what do you think about MKALs? Are they something you’re interested in? Obviously from my three picks, I’m a shawl knitter, but there are lots of other MKALs out there. What is your ideal MKAL project?

Craft and Social Media

Friday, April 10th, 2015
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Finding WEBS on the web - social media links and online community on the WEBS Blog - read more at blog.yarn.com

I’ve realized lately that every time I check my social media sites, the first thing I do is see what WEBS is doing there. There is a rich treasure trove of websites that are devoted to putting people in touch with other people, and you can find someone, for instance, who is a left-handed crocheter who only does stuffed animals in the blink of an eye. Knitting is a pretty social craft, as is crochet; less so, unfortunately, are weaving and spinning. Weavers and spinners, I know you are lovely and sociable, but there aren’t many sightings of folks dragging an 8-harness loom to the local Starbucks for Craft Night. In that way, sometimes it’s easier for knitters and crocheters who don’t know each other to get to know each other. I thought I’d walk you through our social media sites so that you can check out what we post, and who talks to whom through our newsfeed. In this post, I’ll spotlight Ravelry and Facebook, and in some subsequent posts, I’ll walk you through some of our other social media platforms.

Finding WEBS on the web - social media links and online community on the WEBS Blog - read more at blog.yarn.com

No mention of fiber social media is complete without Ravelry. This is the first place I look each day. I check our “All Things WEBS” group to see how the knitters and crocheters doing our Mystery Knit-A-Long and Mystery Crochet-A-Long are doing, what new yarns or needles have been added to our Anniversary Sale, or any information about store events that I might have missed. You can also search for Valley Yarns patterns, or see if anyone is knitting the same design you are, and if they made any modifications to the pattern. You can see how many folks are using Valley Yarns for different projects. And, best of all (to me), you can search for a group that might be tailored to your own particular interest. Once again, left-handed crocheters, I just searched and found not one, but TWO groups devoted to left-handed crocheters, both with large memberships. It’s a wonderful time-suck, and in my position as Education Manager, I’ve tracked down guest teachers, connected with students who’ve requested interesting class ideas, found some great designs to have our instructors use as teaching ideas, and lots more.

Finding WEBS on the web - social media links and online community on the WEBS Blog - read more at blog.yarn.com

Facebook is a great place to find information but it’s also a fun place to find interesting blog posts from other designers and yarn companies, see some deals before they make it onto the website, and hear from our customers around the world. Dena, who manages our social media presence on all sites, manages to find the most beautiful images our in-house photo and video team has produced to complement each post. I love to read the comments folks post about what we share on Facebook; I’ve learned about locally-sourced, allergy-free yarn as well as some variations on Tunisian Simple Crochet stitch from various customers who chime in with their knowledge from time to time.

What groups do you like on Ravelry? Do you follow any designers or yarn companies on Facebook? Let us know!