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Knitting Season is Open

Friday, September 13th, 2013
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My last post, which ran a few weeks ago, had a glaring error, and it is this: I took it for granted that I am famous enough for the entire world to know who I am.  I am indeed the new Education Manager, and my name is Amy Greeman. This is what I look like:

Amy Greeman, Education Manager

Amy Greeman, Education Manager

Ok, on to my pick this week. I lovelovelove Fall and Winter, which makes me an outcast in most groups. Knitters, however also love these seasons, because crisp air and cool temperatures mean lots of knitting. As I wander around the store, a few new yarns caught my eye and I thought I’d share them with you for your Fall knitting pleasure.

Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino is the Queen of the fingering-weight set. We haven’t had this particular yarn in the store for a VERY long time and I am thrilled it’s here now. There are loads of beautiful colors and it’s just begging to be knit into socks or hats, or a gorgeous shawl.

Shibui Pebble reached it’s sporty-weight hand out and grabbed me as I walked by our showcase for it. I’m a sucker for a sport-weight, and this blend of silk/wool/cashmere is balanced just right–not too stiff and not too drapey. I would make any sweater that incorporated a lacy or knit/purl pattern stitch with this.

Clockwise: Infusion Handpaint, Koigu, Eco Highland Duo, and Pebble

Clockwise: Infusion Handpaint, Koigu, Eco Highland Duo, and Pebble

Universal Yarn Infusion Handpaint was a surprise to me. I’m not that thrilled with a lot of variegation, because I like to do very textured knitting, but this wool/acrylic blend feels beautifully soft and the colors are really blended nicely. I could see a nice, thick winter scarf or shrug to keep in a chilly office in this superwash yarn.

Finally, my new favorite yarn, I must confess, isn’t new at all. It’s a luscious Cascade standby I recently discovered, Eco Highland Duo. I’ve knit a cabled cowl in it, and am using it for a much more technical knit now, this Kira K design that will be a gift for my mom.

What is your new Fall discovery? What will you be knitting while you watch football (or the new season of Homeland) on TV?

Tahki Stacey Charles yarns featured in Interweave Knits

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
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Interweave Knits has released it’s Fall 2013 issue and it features two great patterns using yarns from our friends at Tahki Stacey Charles.

First up is the Crinoline Tee designed by Andrea Babb and knit in TSCArtyarns Tranquility. TSCArtyarns is a collaborative effort using yarns from TSC dyed in gorgeous colors by Iris Schreier of Artyarns. We’re loving the subtle, tonal stripes that happen with this yarn and the gentle ruching detail at the shoulders.

Second we have the Mistral Stole designed by Susanna IC and knit in Filatura Di Crosa Nirvana.  The modern yet organic stitch pattern is worked outward from the center for symmetrical edges. And if you haven’t yet tried Nirvana, you are missing out on an incredible, washable, lace-weight merino yarn!

What projects are you looking forward to making from this issue?

Valley Yarns featured in Twist Collective 5th Anniversary Issue

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
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We can’t believe it’s been 5 years since Twist Collective debuted. The Fall 2013 issue is out and we’re thrilled that it features two great patterns using our own Valley Yarns! Valley Yarns have been featured in many issues and we’re always excited to see what other designers are doing with our yarns.

First up is the Doverfell Cardigan, a zippered hoodie pattern available in both adult and child sizes.

We love the simple textured stitches that frame the zipper and continue down onto the inset pockets. The adult version is made in Northfield while the child’s version was knit in Valley Superwash DK.

Second is the Ossel dress knit in Valley Yarns Northampton.

This pattern features some gorgeous cables in combination with moss stitch for a body hugging dress that really shows off your curves, and with the saddle shoulder construction those sleeve cables aren’t interrupted at the shoulder.

What’s your favorite pattern from this collection?

If you haven’t begun following them on Facebook yet you may just want to! Twist Collective is celebrating their 5 year anniversary with all kinds of goodies and give-aways.

Crochet Trends in June

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
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Summer is in full swing and having a lightweight, portable project is ideal in the heat and humidity of the coming weeks. It’s also nice to have a few finished projects that you can use and wear in the warmer months.  Crocheted mesh is a great fabric choice to fill both these needs!

The Michel Vest would look great paired with a bright tee and capris. Made from half double crochet and chain stitches and worked in a single piece to the armholes this one will fly off your hook. The Longmeadow is a fantastic blend of cotton and microfiber that is soft and cool against the skin.

The Tokyo Vest  in Tahki Cotton Classic Lite, a free pattern, is a wonderful layering piece to toss on over a flirty summer dress in the evening. This top is made from 2 simple rectangles and is creatively seemed to create the illusion of a wrap top.

Finally, you’ll need something to carry all your summer finds, be they sea shells, fresh fruits and veggies from the Farmer’s Market, or treasures from a yard sale. Classic Elite has the perfect Market Bag pattern (also Free!) worked up on their Provence yarn.

What’s your favorite lightweight pattern for summer?

 

 

Crochet Trends in May

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
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Local and regional Fiber Fairs can be wonderful places to discover new yarns and Indie Dyers that you won’t find at Big Box stores, or your local yarn stores.

While the knitting world has embraced hand-dyed yarns crocheters seems to be a bit hesitant. I say go for it! Hand dyed yarns are perfect for crochet. Where knitters can sometimes run into issues of color pooling, with the short colors sections of these yarns, the very nature of crochet stitches takes advantage of these color changes.

There are plenty of wonderful patterns out there that would be perfect for a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind skein of  yarn picked up at a fair. Mary Beth Temple’s  Arches Cowl would be perfect as it can be worked till you run out of yarn. Sometimes you get lucky and find a hand-dyed bulky weight yarn; the Berme pattern from Berroco could help you turn that into a quick and perfect sweater.

And don’t forget socks, there are so many hand-dyed choices in sock yarn it can make your head spin, but it’s not just for socks. Linda Permann’s Stellar Beret and our own Iris Shawl can be made with sock weight yarns.

This weekend is the annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair, I’ll be there looking for yarns that inspire me to crochet. For a list of Fairs in your area check the Knitter’s Review calendar of upcoming events.

So choose a few patterns, check the yardage you’ll need, and hit the fairs!

 

Upcoming Events at Kristin Nicholas’ Farm!

Monday, September 10th, 2012
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If you’re a fan of color and Kristin Nicholas, and happen to be within travel-distance of her farm in Leyden, MA, you don’t want to miss your chance to spend a day or weekend with her at the farm. She has three upcoming retreats.

September 15, 2012: One Day Retreat
Colorwork For Advanced Beginners
Lessons include: Knitting on Double Pointed Needles, Knitting with 2 Colors in the Round, Cutting a Steek, Sewing in a Zipper
Find out more about this class here.

September 28/29, 2012: Two Day Knitting Immersion Weekend
Lessons include: Steeking, Fanciful Edgings, Embroidery on Knits, Color, Color, Color
Price includes 2 lunches, one dInner, snacks and beverages, farm tour, hayride and more.
Find our more about this class here.

October 7, 2012: One Day Retreat Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend
Celebration of Color, Flowers, and Embroidery on Knits
Lessons include: Color, Color, Color, Knit or Crochet Sunflowers, Basic Embroidery on Knits
Find out more about this class here.

Make sure you check out these classes. You don’t want to miss your chance to learn from Kristin. She’s a fantastic teacher!

For more information on all of the options for classes at Leyden Glen Farm, click here.

Congratulations Crochet Guild of America 2012 Design Competition Winners!

Friday, August 10th, 2012
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WEBS recently sponsored the accessories category in the Crochet Guild of America‘s Design Competition. The results were amazing! The winners don’t have any patterns written up for their projects yet, but these are beautiful works of art and fantastic inspiration.

 

 

Winner of the $100 Third Prize: Romantic Pineapple Shawl Designed by Kathryn White, Apache Junction, AZ

The Romantic Pineapple shawl is made in Lustersheen. The shawl features cluster V stitches with pineapples worked into the piece to give it interest and beauty. Edged with a pineapple border to finish the piece. The shawl measures 68″ wide by 35″ long. This is a luxurious shawl that will make you feel special as it keeps you warm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner of the $200 Second Prize:

Vineyard at Dawn Shawl Desgined by Linda Dean, Placerville, CA

The dew kisses the grapes of the vineyard at dawn, the inspiration for this shawl. Grape and leaf motifs are attached by “meshing” reflecting vines. The shawl is V shaped, allowing a gentle rest on the shoulders and a beautiful drape in the back. This project was completed in Blue Heron Yarn Rayon Metallic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner of the $300 First Prize: Knots of Love Shawl Designed by Kathryn White, Apache Junction, AZ.

This is a light and lovely shawl done in Estillo Tamm yarn in burgundy color. The design features lovers knots surrounding a rose accent. The edging is a clover dangle to finish the piece. This light weight shawl is perfect to dress up anything you wear it with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing Trendsetter Bodega

Sunday, October 9th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

We just received the latest iteration of ruffle yarns from Trendsetter Yarns, and this one is fun and quite lovely.

Trendestter Bodega is a blend of acrylic, mohair, and polyamide. A thin mohair blend and a chenille yarn are knit into an airy tube. You then work with this tube to create ruffles.

You can work a simple slip stitch along one edge to gather and create a ruffle. It can be knit alone like many of the other popular ruffle yarns, or you can work it with a simple yarn base so the ruffles fall over the base creating a lovely spiral.

The colors blend beautifully in Trendsetter Bodega and the knit tube spreads out into a drapey ruffle once it’s done.

Check out Trendsetter Bodega. You just need one skein to create a fun scarf. It’s great for a quick gift, and as much as I don’t want to admit it, it’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts!

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!
Mary

Yarn Bombing in Western Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
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“Yarn Bombings” seem to be dropping all over WEBS hometown in Western Massachusetts since International Yarn Bombing Day passed on June 11. If you’ve taken a trip to our neck of the woods since then you may have noticed some of the parking meters, railings, and other concrete fixtures in downtown Northampton to be wrapped in beautiful knit fabric.

Our multimedia coordinator, Lindsey Palatino, was fortunate enough to catch wind of some guerilla knitting at a local library and put together this video to share some of the fun!

Find more inspiration on taking your knitting out into the world in books such as Yarn Bombing, Knitting for Peace, Knitting for Good, and Knitting Art.

How have you taken your knitting beyond the practical?

Tahki Stacy Charles Fashion Show

Monday, May 2nd, 2011
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Hi Everyone

Back in January at VK Live in NYC, the folks from Tahki/Stacy Charles held a fashion show featuring many of the garments from their Spring Collection.  Stacy Charles himself MC’d the event which is an extra special treat!

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They have now posted clips from the show on their Youtube Channel.  You can click the following links for the specific brand segment!

Tahki Yarns Fashion Show at VK Live

S. Charles Collezione Fashion Show at VK Live

Filatura Di Crosa Fashion Show at VK Live

There’s nothing better than seeing garments on a model (even if they aren’t necessarily built like you and me) and understanding a bit about the fit and movement.

I will warn you, the first 30 seconds or so of each clip has the same opening edited in and then it flips to the brand segment.  Don’t think you’re seeing a dupe and Stacy is charming enough to watch for 90 seconds, that’s for sure!

You can check out many of the yarns and patterns referenced in the videos at www.yarn.com!

Enjoy!

Kathy