February 25th, 2009

Headin’ Off To San Francisco. . . .

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For The Labor Day Weekend Show.  Okay – sorry – carried away.  We’re not quite going to San Fran and it’s nowhere near Labor Day but as we work our way through the final punishing weeks of winter here, I can’t help but channel some Jimmy Buffet.  Thanks for indulging me 🙂

Truthfully, we are heading close to San Francisco and we do have a weekend show – Stitches WEST in Santa Clara! I have to admit as I prep to leave tomorrow, I am still a bit in denial that it’s actually here.  I think I’m a bit out of sorts because I should already be there, but “Mommy Duties” trump everything else and as our kids wind down to their version of spring vacation, it’s a jam packed week of performances and such.  I’ll share today’s event at the end – I know you all just want the yarn!

Let’s start from the beginning, which is planning:


Then it’s pick, pack and ship – one gigantic order:


Hmm – what is in those boxes?  I am not being entirely untruthful when I ask the question.  I’m involved in most of the planning, but honestly, Steve & I debate so many of the closeouts back and forth I’m never quite clear what has made the list vs. what hasn’t until we get set-up!  What I do know is this:

Berroco Spring ’09 – the best of the best – the yarns, the garments, NGV4. . . .there’s nothing else to say.  The amazing Miss Andra will be manning her section of the booth.

Noro – how could we leave the lovelies of Noro at home??  Just not possible.  Silk Garden, Kureyon, Silk Garden Chunky (breathe Noro-lovers, breathe)

Valley Yarns – there in full force, including all of the faboo designs from the Spring ’09 catalog AND some early completions for the next catalog!  That’s right – the incredible Kirsten knocked out a couple of new things just for WEST including a crocheted scarf out of Rainbow that you will just love!  C’mon non-crocheters, give it a chance! 

The cream, sprinkles and cherry on the top of the best dessert ever:

Lorna’s Laces – Shephard Worsted & Sock, Helen’s Lace (we don’t even carry it in the shop!) and brand new to market the spectacular Pearl.  Oh.Yeah.

Madeline Tosh – Oh so yummy – worsted weight (just added in the store and on-line) and sock.  (The worsted just came in and has not made it’s way to the site.  Click on the link and refresh tomorrow – it should show up )


Malabrigo including the elusive Sock.  We spent so much time picking colors with Tobias at TNNA based on his availability (not what we normally carry) and what showed up was – well – a ton of yarn in some colorways we carry, some we picked and some who obviously just wanted to come along for the ride.  Show them some love, okay?

Kauni – Many, many colors.

Plus, plus, plus. . . . . .I’m sure there will be some surprises.  That’s what is so great about these shows. 

We are so excited to see all of you – that’s the most fun!  What was interesting as we prepped for this show was the worry/wonder if people would come due to the economy – would you pick classes over marketplace, shopping over classes?  If you are coming or not, I’d love to hear why.  Not trying to pry, just trying to get a gauge (no pun intended) on things.

I will do my best to post from the show.  For the best updates, you all need to be following me on Twitter.  I know, I know, one more thing to check, but I *heart* Twitter and I can zip off an update in 5 seconds.  For those of you on Facebook, my Twitter feeds post there so you can avoid Twitter and find me on Facebook with the same info. 

For those of you not attending the show – have a great next few days and join in the fun via the above options,  here on the blog & our Ready, Set, Knit! Podcast!

Last, but far from least, here is Jonathan’s “Family Story” he presented today – the dedication says it all:


 Daniel is my nephew/Jonathan’s cousin who is all grown-up and pursuing a PhD.  He’s away at school and Jonathan doesn’t get to see him much – this tells us how much those times together mean.  The three page story about Daniel and what Jonathan thinks of him is awesome.


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21 Responses to “Headin’ Off To San Francisco. . . .”

  1. Alyssa Says:

    Kauni, Malabrigo, Lorna’s Laces – all some of my faves! Yay! I didn’t even know WEBS had a blog, so I’m excited to read. And as for not really knowing what’s in the box until you open it? How fun!

  2. melissaknits Says:

    Have fun in the sun. See if you can send some back, maybe. Just a little.

  3. Marci Says:

    I’m already looking forward to what my family calls my “pilgrimage” to WEBS when we visit family in Stockbridge at the end of the summer! Your customer service is outstanding, and the salespeople are always so friendly and helpful – to the adult and child knitters in the family. Thank you for running such a great store.

  4. DonnaB Says:

    The Family Story dedication brought tears to my eyes. Have fun in CA!

  5. Kristy Childress Says:

    absolutely love your store. you have the best selection.

  6. Donna P Says:

    I also didn’t know you had a blog. I love WEBS! I’m currently waiting for an order now. You have a wonderful selection and your service is outstanding.


  7. Amy Greeman Says:

    Edie Eckman will be there, wandering like a lonely nomad. Give her some love.

  8. Leah Says:

    I am so excited you are getting madelintosh worsted weight in. I don’t know how to express the excitement I”m feeling.. Have fun in CA. And thanks for the awesome giveaway over on Knit Purl Gurl’s site. I don’t usually check out the webs yarn blog (usually only the yarn.. too much.. too much checking out of yarn.. hum hum). I in fact didn’t know this was here… learn something new every day. ANyways. Take care! -L

  9. GinkgoKnits Says:

    I’ll be at West one day this weekend — every time I go, I only hit the market because I have limited time to be there (got to drive down from SF and back). If I took a class, I would only be able to fit in a couple hours in the marketplace since I can only afford to go for one day. There is so much to see at the marketplace and it affects my purchases for the rest of the year — so valuable to be able to see so many different yarns in person. I’d love to take some of the classes but with limited time and money, I choose to go see the yarns — also, I’ve heard some unfortunate things about how Stitches treats the teachers and so that makes me hesitate a bit more.

    Pack a sweater — sadly, it looks like rain this weekend. NorCal is just not as warm as many people imagine.

  10. Penny Says:

    I would love to go to a show but alas, the funds don’t allow it. I thought do like surprises and would love to be able to open those pallets and pallets of boxes and help set everything up. What fun.

  11. yvonnep Amsterdam Says:

    I hope you have a great show with lots of encounters with people who love your yarn and love your shop.

  12. Sarah Says:

    Hi Kathy! I didn’t know Webs had a blog, but I’ve just subscribed. Thanks a bunch for offering the Knit Purl Girl giveaway.

  13. ajking Says:

    found your site through knit purl gurl, how fun! Thanks for doing such an awesome giveaway with her! I hope I get an extra entree!

  14. Cher Says:

    Wow. have fun!

  15. JEnnifer Says:

    Have fun and fun picking the winner of the contest.
    Bring back the sun if you can to the east coast … its cold here!

  16. Charlene Says:

    Wow, haven’t been here in a while. It looks great. Kudos to you new web person!
    Thanks to KnitPurlGurl for the tip.

  17. Tammy Says:

    I really enjoy your blog and the podcast. Thanks for taking the time to keep up with both of them!

  18. Logan Says:

    I was just directed to your online shop and from the looks of it I’ll definitely have to add it to my book marks and start depleting your inventories! (If only I had more money…)

  19. Maureen Says:

    I guess I’ll just have to wait until you come to Stitches Midwest. I would love to go to another Stitches but alas finances do not allow.

  20. madonnaearth Says:

    Holy kemoly that’s a lot of yarn! I bet y’all see yarn in your sleep!

    That is awesome!

  21. Medela metro bag Says:

    That’s the main thing, that’s what keeps me sitting at home all the time, but I do go out on such occasions!


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