August 14th, 2014

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – The Cordoba Shawl

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This simple but stunning, granny-inspired Cordoba Shawl is a perfect lacy crochet project. Worked in Valley Yarns Franklin from the center back with simple changes in stitch height for interest and a delicate border, this will become your go-to shawl for special occasions and quiet evenings on the back porch.

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Tonal yarns are great for shawl projects like this as the play of color changes over the open work sections and the more densely packed sections of granny stitches to create a dappled color effect. This shawl can easily be worked in any yarn weight, just be sure to switch to a hook size appropriate for your yarn choice.

August 13th, 2014

Planning a Trip to WEBS? Where to Stay

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One of the great things about living in Hampshire County is all of the amazing colleges we have. Of course, this also means that come fall, the hotels in the surrounding area fill up between students moving in and family weekends. When you add in the visitors we have to check out our amazing foliage, hotel room book quickly. If you’re planning to visit WEBS and are including an overnight stay,  it’s a good idea to plan ahead.

Visithampshirecounty.com Hotel SearchVisithampshirecounty.com is a great resource if you’re travelling to our neck of the woods, and they’ve just added a great function to their site to help you find a hotel room. They have added the JackRabbit Book Direct Lodging Search Engine. Enter the dates you’d like to stay and you will receive a list of places to stay with vacancy and price so you can compare. Super simple!

While you’re on the site, you can check out places to eat, shop, and things to see while you’re visiting us. Hampshire County has a lot to offer. Even I, a lifelong resident of Hampshire County, find it useful when looking for something new to do.

Are you planning a trip to WEBS sometime soon?

August 11th, 2014

The Jazerant Set from Emma Welford

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As we sink into the dog days of summer it’s time to think about little projects that you can work on that won’t fill your lap with yarn. The Jazerant Set by Emma Welford is the perfect end of summer project. Knit in the gorgeous Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo these two small pieces have lots of great details to keep your knitting interesting without being daunting. Non-symmetrical ribbing frames gorgeous winding cables which hide winking little beads! What’s not to love?!

The Jazerant set designed by Emma Welford, knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

Emma has worked at WEBS for several years and we’re so happy to see her designing career really starting to take off, with designs published by Valley Yarns as well as Universal Yarns, Holla Knits, Knitscene, special issues of Interweave, and her own self published patterns. For working with the beads in this pattern, which are optional, she offers two working solutions, “Beads are placed as you work on purl stitches. Place a bead on a stitch by threading the bead on to a steel crochet hook, then use the hook to draw the stitch through the bead. Alternately, slip the stitch on to a thin, flexible piece of wire, bend the ends of the wire together so it forms a long needle. Thread the bead on to the needle and slip it down on to the stitch. Purl the beaded stitch.”

The Jazerant set designed by Emma Welford, knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

Which color of the Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo would you choose? (I’m leaning towards the Primavera!)

 

August 9th, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! 367: Kathy talks with Amy Greeman

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Kathy talks with Amy Greeman, WEBS Education Manager, about all the great classes and events scheduled at WEBS this Fall.

 

Susan B. Anderson will be teaching 4 classes at WEBS this fall including her Sock Yarn Bunny Class. Register today >> http://ow.ly/A6vrgDon't miss Dora Ohrenstein classes at WEBS this fall including her Master Class in Crochet Fabric. Register today >> http://ow.ly/A6vKG
Amy Herzog will be teaching at WEBS this fall. Learn from the master of flattering fit. Register today >> http://ow.ly/A6w0JJoin fiber artist Mihoko Wakabayashi in a celebration of the random beauty of the Asian art form of Saori Weaving. Register today >> http://ow.ly/A6wyg

We have an amazing line-up of guest teachers this year!
Amy Herzog in SeptemberSusan B Anderson will be here Columbus Day WeekendDora Ohrensten is doing a weekend of crochet classes in November.

Lots of crochet classes this fall, new and core knitting classes as well as classes in weaving, spinning, dyeing and felting.

And be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

This week Steve and the WEBS team are at Stitches Midwest in Schaumburg Ill -  10-6 today and10-4 tomorrow stop by our booths in the 500 Aisle to shop and say hello!

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

Sara Delaney and Leslie Ann Bestor Book Launch – August 28th 5:30-7pm – They will talk about the new Storey Basics line of books for fiber artists and their own writing and crafting process, and they’ll sign your books, too. The event is free but please register!

Fibre Company Yarn tasting – Sept. 4th 6-7pm

Classic Elite Fall 2014 Event – Sept. 18th 6-7:30pm – The event is free but registration is required.

Stop by and check out current the Classic Elite Yarns Trunk Show.

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August 8th, 2014

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Colorfall Cardigan

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This week we’re featuring one of our favorite designs from the  2014 Valley Catalog, the Colorfall Cardigan. Knit in three colors of our luscious Valley Yarns Charlemont, this cardigan has a sleek yet cozy look that pairs well with jeans and a t-shirt or with that little black dress. And while Charlemont may be a fingering weight yarn, when knit on a larger needle the result is a lightweight fabric with lots of great movement and drape.

The Colorfall Cardigan designed by Kirsten Hipsky and knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont - available exclusively at yarn.com

From the designer, “The recommended gauge for Charlemont (7-8 sts per inch), is for a solid stockinette stitch fabric, neither sheer nor extremely dense. The Colorfall Cardigan deliberately uses a much looser gauge in order to keep the fabric light and flowing and it is in fact slightly sheer under the right lighting conditions. As with any pattern, you must use whatever needle size is needed to get the gauge described in the pattern in order to achieve the same size and fit.”

The Colorfall Cardigan designed by Kirsten Hipsky and knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont - available exclusively at yarn.com

Great blocks of color break up the easy stockinette fabric and with 18 colors of Charlemont to choose from, as well as coordinating Kettle dyed and hand dyed colors, the possible color combinations are almost endless!

 

August 5th, 2014

Valley Yarns in Fall 2014 Twist Collective

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The Fall issue of Twist Collective is out and once again it is full or gorgeous knitwear designs! We are in love with the new cardigan from Quenna Lee, Caledonia, knit in our Valley Yarns Northfield.

Caledonia from Twist Collective knit in Valley Yarns Northfield - Valley Yarns Northfield available at yarn.com

 

photography: Linus Ouellet

The body of this cardigan is worked in one piece from the lower edge to the armholes, then divided for front and back. The sleeves are worked in the round from stitches picked up around the armholes. The sweater features a shaped waist and a square neckline. The ribbed cable and eyelet patterns are presented both in charts and in row-by-row instructions.

August 2nd, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! 366: Kathy talks with Betsy Perry

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Kathy talks with Betsy Perry about how Classic Elite Yarns changed up their new yarn and Pattern release schedule. Instead of seeing a whole collection of new yarns and dozens of patterns each season, they have spread everything out, releasing a new yarn with supporting patterns each month.

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The new yarn from Classic Elite in June was Villa which is interchangeable with Vail and has great pattern support. The newest yarn, from July, is the Mohawk Wool in a beautiful undyed color palate, which also has great pattern support, like the Kimball Shawl pictured above.

Classic Elite Yarns are also featured in Vogue Knitting, Early Fall 2014 in the Scoop Neck Pullover as well as two sock patterns with the Striped Socks and the Hound’s Tooth Socks. And don’t miss Maleficent’s Cloak from Enchanted Knits.

 

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

Aug. 7-10 - Stitches Midwest in Schaumburg Ill

Sara Delaney and Leslie Ann Bestor Book Launch – August 28th 5:30-7pm – They will talk about the new Storey Basics line of books for fiber artists and their own writing and crafting process, and they’ll sign your books, too. The event is free but please register!

Fibre Company Yarn tasting – Sept. 4th 6-7pm

Classic Elite Fall 2014 Event – Sept. 18th 6-7:30pm – The event is free but registration is required.

Stop by and check out current the Classic Elite Yarns Trunk Show.

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August 1st, 2014

Every Place I Look, Delights Abound

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It seems like every time I leave my desk to walk through the store, a new,  delicious yarn announces itself to me, and because I’m an enabler with a giant stash, I want to share this love with you, dear reader. I hope that you’ll love these yarns as well, and knit the things I want to knit but never have time for. In this post, I will share not one but two new Fall yarns, designed to make your heart beat a little faster.

Swan’s Island is a real place in Maine, although Swan’s Island Yarns isn’t located there anymore. The rockbound coast of Maine...The fact that it is in Maine it integral to the spirit of these yarns, however, and that’s what counts. I’ve adored both the fingering and worsted weight Swan’s Island yarns, and now there’s a new one to love: Swan’s Island DK. The most beautiful, rich colorways, and also — SUPERWASH. How A colorful fall cornucopiagreat is that? The gauge is a very useful 5 1/4 sts to 1″ on a US size 6 needle (or size you’ll need to get that gauge–I’m a notoriously loose knitter and often have to go down a size or two). But what I like even more is the ethos of the owner’s of Swan’s Island Yarns to hand-make all their products with local and organic materials and to keep as much of their business based in the US as possible. You’ll love making a baby sweater for a cherished child or a comfy fall cardi for yourself in any of the rich hues of this yarn.

Classic Elite natural woolMy other favorite yarn (this week) is Classic Elite’s Mohawk Wool. Made in a beautifully halo’d 60% merino, 30% Romney wool, 10% nylon, this undyed natural fiber is just begging to be knit into a luxuriously cabled Aran sweater, or lovingly crafted into a throw or blanket for snuggling under when November rain turns into December snow. Classic Elite’s pattern support is legendary and you’ll find plenty to make out of this workhorse yarn, also in a DK/Sport weight. I love this textured hat, which would be a fairly quick project with a lot of bang for your knitting buck.Texture...and buttons!

Enjoy!

July 31st, 2014

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Bilateral Cardigan

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From looking at it, you’d never guess that this cropped Bilateral Cardigan is made from just two hexagons, but follow along and see how it works!

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Alternate two different skeins of Valley Yarns BFL Worsted Hand Dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer for subtle, blended colors, or make each hexagon with different skeins for a two-toned effect. We even have a handy tutorial video to show you how this sweater comes together!

July 30th, 2014

Santa Fe Summer towels by Chris Hammel

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We’re smack-dab in the middle of Summer here at WEBS and thought that would be the perfect time to bring you The Santa Fe Summer dish towels from Chris Hammel as the 7th in our year-long series of special guest designer weaving drafts.

Sante Fe Summer Towels draft designed by Chris Hammel - available exclusively at yarn.com

Chris says, “Valley Yarns 8/2 unmercerized cotton is perfect for thirsty, washable, kitchen towels, and what could be better than a bright, cheery towel in lively colors that evoke a Santa Fe summer. This 4-shaft draft is easy to thread and weave and will result in an ample kitchen towel. If you would like to increase the length of your warp, you could try different treadling variations for each subsequent towel and create a set for yourself or gifts for family and friends.”

Sante Fe Summer Towels draft designed by Chris Hammel - available exclusively at yarn.com

Using sewing thread to weave 1″ of plain weave as the the under-hem for each end of the towel gives your hems a much less visible profile. Bonus: If you use a sewing thread like Gutermann you can pop the thread right onto your shuttle without needing to wind a separate bobbin!