August 14th, 2015

I Love Greylock

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Mount Greylock is located in the far northwestern corner of Massachusetts, abutting New York state. I used to work in that area, and even though a 75-minute commute was horrible, it always cheered me up to see the mountain all four seasons of the year. I hiked the trails on weekends in the fall, when it seemed like I could stand just about any terrible commute for the expanse of nature I was treated to.

Of course, eventually, I had to leave that job because nobody can do a commute like that forever. And now that I’m back at WEBS (third time, see “Hotel California”) I get to see all the new Valley Yarns as they come out onto the sales floor. I have a particular fondness for Valley Yarns Greylock, which is as close to perfect (for me) as a yarn can be.

Valley Yarns Greylock - 100% Cashmere available for a limited time at yarn.com

Greylock is only in the store for a limited time, so snap it up now. There are 27 beautifully heathered colors of this 100% cashmere yarn, wound into generous 300-yard balls. The colors are soft and blendable, and I can’t imagine a single thing that wouldn’t knit up into a gorgeous project. The fingering gauge of 7 sts/inch on a US size 2 needle is perfect for shawls, cowls, scarves, and hats. I will personally be knitting my college-bound son a hat and mitten set in his school colors as he journeys far away. Why not try crocheting the Valley Yarns Pickwick Cowl out of Greylock? It would be the most luxurious garment, perfect as a gift for a special friend or family member…or just keep it for yourself.

What will you knit or crochet with Greylock?

August 13th, 2015

End of Summer Sale – great weaving yarns!

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There are some great yarns on sale for weavers in our End of Summer Sale, too!

Coned yarns for weavers in the WEBS End of Summer Sale, until Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com Loro Piana Cashmere, Yorkshire Wool, Alpaca blends and Valley Yarns favorites. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The 30s Yorkshire wool comes in almost 50 colors, with a wonderful array of neutrals and  jewel tones, that would weave up into gorgeous scarves and yardage for sewn garments. It’s also a wonderful yarn for knitting lace! Your favorite Shetland pattern would look amazing knit up in this yarn.

Another coned yarn in gorgeous neutrals is our 2/24 Alpaca Wool from Loro Piana. A high alpaca content makes this yarn super soft and will lend your woven pieces amazing drape. We also have a 2/16 Cashmere in a soft, natural fawn color. Not only can weave, knit or crochet with this one but It takes dye beautifully. Grab a cone and dye your own cashmere yarn!

Valley Yarns Charlemont in the WEBS End of Summer Sale, until Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com An incredible sock yarn that works beautifully in woven fabrics. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And don’t forget Valley Yarns Charlemont! Not just for knitting and crochet, we love weaving with this yarn and even have 2 drafts for you! The Meta Weave Scarf (pictured in detail above) and the Charlemont Lace Scarf.

Be sure to check out all the yarns in this years’ sale! Are you planning to weave with any knitting yarns? Or to knit with any weaving yarns?

August 10th, 2015

End of Summer Sale – Noro and striping yarns

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If you’re a fan of Noro you have to love the idea of a Noro yarn with cashmere! Shiro is a wool/silk blend with 30% cashmere in some of your favorite Noro color combos. With a little more than one skein you can make the adorable Eyelet Beanie, 3 skeins will make 2 hats! At a DK weight this yarn is perfect for all kinds of accessories and garments.

Noro Shiro in the WEBS End of Summer Sale, until Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com Perfect for the Eyelet Beanie. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

We have several other yarns that work up with great colors shifts. Souk from Cascade yarns is a blend of wool and silk with nice, long color repeats, and several FREE patterns! Try the shawl, cowl or sweater or substitute this yarn into your favorite pattern that calls for a worsted weight yarn.

Cascade Souk in the WEBS End of Summer Sale, until Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com Great for hats, shawls, and colorful accessories. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Wisdom Yarns Poems Forte is a super bulky wool yarn with fun color shifts. This would work up into quick and easy accessories, hats, mittens, scarves. I even crocheted a cowl for myself while watching a movie the other night, simple and easy double crochet letting the yarn do all the work! And because it’s 100% wool this yarn would also felt beautifully.

Wisdom Yarns Poems Forte in the WEBS End of Summer Sale, until Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com Crochet a quick cowl while you binge watch your favorite show. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Do you have any projects planned for these yarns?

August 8th, 2015

Ready, Set, Knit! 410: Kathy talks with Debbi Stone

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This week Kathy talks with Debbi Stone WEBS’ featured Emerging Designer, about her Sproutlet collection eBook.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #410 - Kathy talks with Debbi Stone. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.comLearn about Debbi’s design aesthetic and inspiration as well as the growth of her company, Stitches of My Life Designs, her collaborative design label Adventure Du Jour Designs, and learn about the Strung Along knitting retreats she hosts in Port Ludlow each year.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week :

Reminder:

Stitches Midwest is happening THIS weekend, August 6-9. WEBS is there and you can save 50% on admission with a coupon from us.

Sign ups are open for our annual bus trip to Rhinebeck – get your seat now!

Upcoming Events:

Bathroom renovations are happening in our retail store starting August 23rd. Please plan ahead for restroom stops before and after your visit to help alleviate lines for our customers and staff. We will be down to just one bathroom stall through the Labor day weekend – PLEASE plan ahead.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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August 7th, 2015

How to Wear It – The Gallica Shell

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If you’re looking for a light garment to work on in the summer months that you can wear all year long then the Gallica Shell might be the pattern for you. Knit in our Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk at a relaxed gauge with a delicate lacy insert at the neckline. You can dress this one up or take it casual with ease.

How to Wear It - The Gallica Shell. Show us how YOU wear your Valley Yarns knits, more info on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com #VYwearit

Velvety petals of a rose lace motif adorn the neckline of the Gallica Shell. This sheer, fitted, sleeveless top is worked from the top down – the lacy front yoke first, then the back – the remainder of the lower body is worked in the round and it’s easy to alter to the desired length! Choose from almost 30 colors of the 2/14 Alpaca Silk to suit your wardrobe.

How to Wear It - The Gallica Shell. Show us how YOU wear your Valley Yarns knits, more info on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com #VYwearit

We’d love to see your finished garments! Anytime you’ve made a Valley Yarns pattern be sure to tag it with #VYwearit We may feature you here on the blog, highlight you on our Facebook page, or repost you on Instagram!

August 6th, 2015

End of Summer Sale – Lace and Fingering weight Specials

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Have you check out the End of Summer Sale yet? We’ve got over 60 yarns and needles to choose from with a great selection of lightweight yarns to choose from this year.

Cascade Yarns Kid Seta Noir  in the WEBS End of Summer Sale,  July 30 - Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com Perfect for the Welted Cowl from Sweet Georgia Yarns. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Kid Seta Noir from Cascade is a mohair silk blend with a hint of metallic sparkle and it’s perfect for shawls, accessories and even light weight layering sweaters. The Welted Cowl pattern would look amazing in this yarn as well as almost any pattern calling for Kid Silk Haze.  Don’t forget that this yarn works at multiple gauges, from fingering to worsted, because of that amazing mohair halo. With 230 yds per ball you have lots of yardage to play with, and with over a dozen colors to choose from you’re sure to have tons of great project options.

Sublime Extra Fine Merino Lace in the WEBS End of Summer Sale,  July 30 - Aug. 22, 2015 at yarn.com Perfect for the Homin Shawl from the Shetland Trader. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Sublime Extrafine Merino Lace is a workhorse of a lace yarn! Great solid colors and tons of yardage make this one perfect for all your lace knitting plans. Try the Hömin Shawl from the Shetland Trader or the Basic Triangle Shawl from Valley Yarns. Crocheters, Linda Permann’s Lace Slouch hat pattern is calling out for this yarn!

Whether you’re an accomplished lace knitter, or just dreaming of lace in your future, these deals shouldn’t be passed up. Quantities are limited and many of these yarns will never be seen again. Which yarns will you add to your stash?

August 5th, 2015

Hand Held Happiness

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Greetings from the Weaving Room! I don’t know about you, but I love the beautiful grain lines of wood almost as much as fiber. Since I am not a woodworker, this means that I treasure and appreciate hand-crafted wood tools to use in weaving. And that has lead to an excited buzz around here as we unpack the boxes of beautiful looms and shuttles from Jim Hokett of Hokett Would Work. It’s always fun to get new things here, but you know it’s really special when the staff are already laying claim to most of the first order.

The Hand Looms are sweet, small looms perfect for tapestries and weaving small samples to test ideas, colors, hand, etc. The center part is shaped so that you can hold it in one hand while weaving with the other. We have 2 sizes plus it is available in a kit which includes a little beater, tiny stick shuttle, needle stick, skewer and enough carpet warp for a couple project and instructions for warping and weaving.

Hokett hand crafted weaving tools and looms. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And then there are the end-of-warp shuttles – petite and gorgeous (sigh, that wood grain gets me every time!), these shuttles have a very narrow profile, making them ideal for situations when you have a small shed. Instead of a bobbin, the shuttle has a paper quill held in place with a spring-loaded bar (kind of like those pins in watch bands) which is easy to pop in and out yet stays firmly in place while weaving. Although the name specifiies skill in narrow sheds, I also plan to try them with my rigid heddle because their light weight should allow them to sail across a wider warp without nose diving to the floor.

Tapestry weaving in progress on a Hokett hand crafted loom. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And, finally, my nominee for the “Genius why-didn’t-I-think-of-that Idea” are the Floating Sues. They look so innocuous, yet are brilliant in function. Hang them from your floating selvages with the hook on one end. If you need more weight, add it to the hook at the other end. Voila! Couldn’t be simpler. They also work well with broken warp ends and I love that I will no longer search for random stacks of pennies.

I’m now pondering my first foray into tapestry weaving and looking forward to working with such beautiful tools. Do you have special hand made tools that you use for weaving?

August 4th, 2015

Designer in Residence – the Crocheted Goshen Jacket from Doris Chan

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August is a great time to start work on larger projects that you can create with smaller pieces. Doris‘ latest design as our WEBS Designer in Residence, the Crocheted Goshen Jacket, is just such a project.

Doris Chan, WEBS Designer in Residence August design, the Crocheted Goshen Jacket. Read more on the WEBS blog at blog.yarn.com

Inspired by the shape of the fortune cookie, this comfortable cardigan is constructed with lace motifs, and solid ribbed cuffs and bands to bring it all together. A few ingenious folds, join as you go seams, and a simple v-shaped wrap becomes the perfect seasonal layer.

Doris Chan, WEBS Designer in Residence, August design - the Crocheted Goshen Jacket. Read more on the WEBS blog at blog.yarn.com

Over 2 dozen shades of Goshen means that you’ll have no trouble choosing the perfect color to coordinate with your wardrobe. The cotton/modal/silk fiber blend means a slinky and soft feel against your skin, and a yarn that will stay cool in the warmer months but add a little extra warmth when it gets chilly. Will you make your jacket all in one color or experiment with a combination?

August 3rd, 2015

Introducing Valley Yarns Sunderland

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Our Valley Yarns line is growing by leaps and bounds this year and Sunderland may be our favorite new kid on the block! A 100%, super soft baby alpaca yarn, at a versatile DK weight, in over a dozen softly heathered colors. What’s not to love?

Valley Yarns Sunderland now available at WEBS and yarn.com

Our first pattern for Sunderland is the Atrium Hat. Our Valley Yarns Design Manager, Kirsten Hipsky, has combined lace and garter stitch into a pattern that has a great architectural feel while taking advantage of the drape and luxury of the fiber.

Valley Yarns Sunderland now available at WEBS and yarn.com

Between the rich colors, the barest halo, and the buttery softness of the fiber you’ll spend almost as much time looking for reasons to use Sunderland as you do knitting or crocheting with it! What do you think your first project in Sunderland will be?

August 1st, 2015

Ready, Set, Knit! 409: Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski

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This week Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski about her newest book Lace Yarn Studio, a wonderful collection of patterns, from some of the best designers in the business, that celebrates using lace weight yarn for more than just lace knitting.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #409 - Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Be sure to check out Carol’s other books, patterns, her line of yarn and fiber, and her teaching schedule at Black Bunny Fibers.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week :

Reminder:

Stitches Midwest happens next weekend, August 6-9. WEBS will be there and you can save 50% on admission with a coupon from us.

Sign ups are open for our annual bus trip to Rhinebeck – get your seat now!

Upcoming Events:

Bathroom renovations are happening in our retail store starting August 23rd. Please plan ahead for restroom stops before and after your visit to help alleviate lines for our customers and staff.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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