July 28th, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 536: Kathy Talks With Benjamin Levisay

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This week, Kathy is chatting with Benjamin Levisay of XRX all about Stitches Midwest, which is happening next week in Illinois! Visit the WEBS booth and say hi to our amazing team! We’ll be in booths 501, 503, 505, 507, 600, 602, 604, 606 – and don’t worry, they’re all together 🙂 .

And don’t forget to click this link! If you’re going to be in the Chicago area, this coupon will get you 50% off your Stitches admission price!

To check out class offerings and to see the market floor plan, click here!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week: 

Our Valley Yarns 2018 catalog is LIVE! Click here to view 

Upcoming Events

Northampton Sidewalk Sale is going on this weekend! Stop by the store today and Sunday to grab some great deals – and don’t forget to take a walk downtown to visit other local businesses!

Looking for something to do this summer? Check out the full list of WEBS class offerings over here!

Registration for the WEBS retreat is full and we are soooo excited! To join the waitlist, click here!

Reminders

Do you have a crafting resolution for 2018? We sure do! Tag your posts #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

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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July 21st, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 535: Kathy Talks With Trisha Malcolm

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This week, we’re lucky to have Trisha Malcolm, editor of Vogue Knitting magazine, on the show! Listen to hear Kathy talk with Trisha all about the Early Fall 2018 edition of Vogue Knitting, featuring some amazing new designs!

To grab a copy, click here!

 

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week: 

Our Valley Yarns 2018 catalog is LIVE! Click here to view 

Upcoming Events

Northampton Sidewalk Sale is going on next weekend! Stop by the store Thursday through Sunday to grab some great deals – and don’t forget to take a walk downtown to visit other local businesses!

Looking for something to do this summer? Check out the full list of WEBS class offerings over here!

Registration for the WEBS retreat is full and we are soooo excited! To join the waitlist, click here!

Reminders

Do you have a crafting resolution for 2018? We sure do! Tag your posts #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

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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July 7th, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 534: Kathy Talks With Kate Gilbert

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This week, Kathy is talking with Kate Gilbert all about the July issue of Twist Collective! Kate and the crew have put together a gorgeous collection of garments and accessories to keep you knitting through the rest of the summer, and to warm you up once fall hits! To read the issue, click here!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week: 

Our Valley Yarns 2018 catalog is LIVE! Click here to view 

Upcoming Events

Looking for something to do this summer? Check out the full list of WEBS class offerings over here!

Registration for the WEBS retreat is full and we are soooo excited! To join the waitlist, click here!

Reminders

Do you have a crafting resolution for 2018? We sure do! Tag your posts #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

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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June 30th, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 533: Kathy Talks With Julie Turjoman

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This week, Kathy is chatting with WEBS design manager, Julie Turjoman! Julie has been hard at work creating a gorgeous new collection of pieces designed for Valley Yarns! And new this year, she’ll be debuting the Little Black Knits collection, with anything-but-basic pieces that will fit anyone’s wardrobe! Be sure to check out all of the new designs this year!

 

 

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week: 

Our Valley Yarns 2018 catalog is LIVE! Click here to view 

Upcoming Events

Looking for something to do this summer? Check out the full list of WEBS class offerings over here!

Registration for the WEBS retreat is full and we are soooo excited! To join the waitlist, click here!

Reminders

We’ll be closed on Wednesday, July 4th, but we’re always open online at yarn.com!

Do you have a crafting resolution for 2018? We sure do! Tag your posts #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

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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June 26th, 2018

Class of 2018 Capstone Graduation

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My favorite night of the year! We celebrated our newest graduates from the WEBS Expert Knitter Certification Program on a beautiful late-spring evening along with family, friends, former grads, and the members of the WEKP. With a toast to the group and their mentors, the evening kicked off with a welcome by Kathy.

Donna Dyer crafted a beautiful cabled cardigan with a seed stitch collar (perfectly designed!) in Valley Yarns Northampton. With former Design Manager Kirsten Hipsky as her mentor, I was fairly sure there would be no problem at all, and I was right. Donna looked amazing in her just-right sweater.

Jodey Benson is the most precise, technical knitter I’ve met, so I knew her design proposal for a long open cardigan with a lace border would be perfect. What I didn’t expect was that it would be gasp-inducingly beautiful. She not only grafted her lace border at the neck, she also created a unique belled sleeve in the same lace pattern and grafted THAT onto her set-in sleeves (after blocking them on styrofoam trees she bought at the Christmas Tree Store, of course).

Whitney Linnenbringer was brave enough to do a gradient colorway on her pullover tunic, and found that the biggest challenge was managing the color changes. I have to agree that you sure don’t want a line cutting your chest in half of two different colors, so it took plenty of math and charting to make those changes work not only on the front and back but down the sleeves as well. I think you’ll see that the effort produced a stunning garment, ably abetted by mentor Cyndi Shepard.

Jan Dumond Neiman chose to do a long jacket-like cardigan, with crocheted embellishment in a contrasting color at the stitch patterned collar. She also included the most important function in any garment–pockets! She inserted on-seam pockets and knit a lining in that same contrasting color as the collar trim; the crab-stitch outline makes them easy to snuggle hands into on a cold walk outside.

Deb Ullman was least confident about her seaming and finishing skills going into the Capstone process, so she did what I am all in favor of: she spent the months before she started her knitting by researching, swatching, and practicing every kind of seaming technique she knew she’d use on her Capstone sweater. Her beautiful pullover with an eyelet stitch pattern at the hem and sleeve cuffs shows off a deceptively complex construction and her finishing saved the day. Mentor Erin Holman gave her plenty of support, as she is a master of finishing herself.

Shannon Carey is an accountant, which should tell you that she is precise, slightly obsessive, and focused. Nowhere did that show more than in the fine details of her beautiful yoked pullover. She charted the sleeve caps, she charted the neckline, she charted the repeats to be sure she could seam in the lace pattern of the body of the sweater. She swatched every single detail of her sweater, and in the process made 2 fronts and 3 sleeves. That’s dedication! Her sweater is the most technically perfect and one of the most beautiful in all of the graduations I’ve been a part of. And she looks amazingly happy!

And the most creative and detail-rich sweater of the evening, without a doubt, was conceived and knitted by Ryan Subucz. Her proposal, submitted in December of 2017, showed a sweater with two intarsia panels representing the stained glass windows from the magical animated “Beauty and the Beast.” I was pretty worried about her ability to pull that off, even given her amazing talent with colorwork. Mentor Elizabeth Decker talked her down and the resulting sweater featured the entire back of her sweater covered in the most painstaking detailed colorwork, delineated by single crochet and duplicate stitch to look exactly like a stained glass window. It was offset by a perfectly plain solid-color front and sleeve construction. This sweater drew gasps of admiration and we are so proud of Ryan for persevering through that LOONG process.

What a gorgeous night–in so many ways. I hope you’ll come to the store and see these beautiful works of fiber art on display in the store for the next week or so. Remember that they’re all original designs, so no patterns will be available. Be inspired!

June 23rd, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 532: Kathy Talks With Andra Asars

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This week, on Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy is talking with Andra Asars of Berroco! We absolutely love when Andra comes to visit, and she always has gorgeous new offerings from Berroco to tell us about. Click the links below to check out what are sure to become your new favorite Berroco yarns!

Berroco Mercado

Berroco Skye

Berroco Pixel

Berroco Ultra Wool DK

Berroco Aero

Berroco Brielle 

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Eco 

Sad news for the yarn industry, Classic Elite Yarns is closing its doors. We were very sad to hear the news and wish everyone involved the best. Mango Moon will also be closing.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week: 

Our Valley Yarns 2018 catalog is LIVE! Click here to view 

Upcoming Events

The I-91 Shop Hop continues through the weekend and ends TOMORROW, June 24th! Don’t miss this fun shopping event.

Looking for something to do this summer? Check out the full list of WEBS class offerings over here!

Registration for the WEBS retreat is full and we are soooo excited! To join the waitlist, click here!

Reminders

We’ll be closed on Wednesday, July 4th, but we’re always open online at yarn.com!

Do you have a crafting resolution for 2018? We sure do! Tag your posts #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

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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June 16th, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 531: Kathy Talks With Ruth Manna

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Today, Kathy talks with Ruth Manna, a teacher at WEBS who will be teaching a Kids Knitting Camp our store. You can check out Section 1 here and Section 2 here. She and Kathy discuss the differences between teaching adults and children.

Sad news for the yarn industry, Classic Elite Yarns is closing its doors. We were very sad to hear the news and wish everyone involved the best. Mango Moon will also be closing.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week: 

Our Valley Yarns 2018 catalog is LIVE! Click here to view 

Upcoming Events

The I-91 Shop Hop is coming soon! Don’t miss this fun shopping event.

Looking for something to do this summer? Check out the full list of WEBS class offerings over here!

Registration for the WEBS retreat is full and we are soooo excited! To join the waitlist, click here!

Reminders

Do you have a crafting resolution for 2018? We sure do! Tag your posts #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

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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June 9th, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 530: Kathy Talks With Kate Solomon

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This week, Kathy is chatting with Kate Solomon from Green Mountain Spinnery all about the I-91 Shop Hop, which begins on Thursday, June 21st and runs through the weekend! Shop Hop is a fantastic event where 11 local yarn stores along the 91 corridor of New England get together for a weekend-long yarn crawl! Each store will have exclusive patterns and you’ll have the chance to win prizes! If you visit all 11 stores in one weekend, you’ll be entered into the grand prize drawing for an enormous basket put together by all of the participating stores!

Participating Stores:

Green Mountain Spinnery (Putney, VT)
Handknits (Brattleboro, VT)
Sheep & Shawl (Deerfield, MA)
Northampton Wools (Northampton, MA)
WEBS (Northampton, MA)
Marji’s Yarncrafts (Granby, CT)
Village Wool (Glastonbury, CT)
Country Yarns (Wallingford, CT)
Knit New Haven (New Haven, CT)
The Yarn Barn LLC (Woodbridge, CT)
The Yarn Basket (Branford, CT)

 

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week: 

Our Valley Yarns 2018 catalog is LIVE! Click here to view 

Upcoming Events

Looking for something to do this summer? Check out the full list of WEBS class offerings over here!

Registration for the WEBS retreat is full and we are soooo excited! To join the waitlist, click here!

Reminders

Do you have a crafting resolution for 2018? We sure do! Tag your posts #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

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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May 26th, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 529: Kathy Talks With Kristin Nicholas

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This week, Kathy is talking with one of our favorite WEBS friends – Kristin Nicholas! Kristin has just published a stunning new book, Crafting a Patterned Home. In this new book, you’ll get a ton of inspiration for combining pattern, texture, and color when decorating your home – or putting together a craft project. Best of all, the photos for the book were shot at Kristin’s house in Leyden, MA – a short distance from WEBS. She even hosts crafting retreats at her home!

Kristin will be at WEBS on Saturday, June 2nd from 2-4. Sign up here for this free event!

 

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week: 

Our Spring 2018 catalog is LIVE! Click here to view 

Upcoming Events

Looking for something to do this summer? Check out the full list of WEBS class offerings over here!

Registration for the WEBS retreat is full and we are soooo excited! To join the waitlist, click here!

Reminders

Do you have a crafting resolution for 2018? We sure do! Tag your posts #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

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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May 19th, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 528: LIVE FROM TENT SALE

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This week, Kathy and Steve are live from our 16th annual Tent Sale! Listen to hear more about Fleece Market – one of our favorite parts of Tent Sale, and to hear more about what we have under the tent and in the store! You won’t want to miss this!

 

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week: 

Tent Sale deals!

Our Spring 2018 catalog is LIVE! Click here to view 

Upcoming Events

Registration for the WEBS retreat is full and we are soooo excited! To join the waitlist, click here!

Reminders

Do you have a crafting resolution for 2018? We sure do! Tag your posts #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

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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