March 10th, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 520: Kathy Talks With Kate Gilbert

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This week, Kathy is talking with our very own Kate Gilbert of Twist Collective! Twist Collective just released released their March issue, full of gorgeous sweaters and accessories to help you ring in spring! Each pattern has been kitted, so you can get the yarn and the pattern in one convenient stop, but if you’d rather buy them separately, you’re more than welcome! To check out the full issue, head on over to Twist Collective’s site! What’s your favorite project from the March issue?

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week: 

 

Our Spring 2018 catalog is LIVE! Click here to view 

Upcoming Events

The WEBS Rhinebeck Sweater KAL is back and will be starting up soon! To knit a sweater to wear to Rhinebeck in a supportive atmosphere, consider joining  us! The cost includes 6 meetups (snacks included!) AND your ticket on the WEBS bust to Rhinebeck! We can’t wait!!

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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March 3rd, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 519: Kathy Talks With Mary Scott Huff

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This week, we have two guests! Mary Scott Huff is with us to talk about her new book, The Mitten Handbook. In it, she includes several patterns as well as tips and tricks and suggestions to make the perfect mittens! Mary will be at WEBS at the end of March to teach classes in stranded colorwork! You can choose from 2 Strings = Not Scary, where you’ll learn the basics of holding two strands of yarn at a time, Start to Finish, a great class for planning a project from top to bottom, and Sassy Selbuvottr Mittens, where you’ll learn all about the Norwegian tradition of colorful stranded colorwork mittens. We also have Cynthia Yanok chatting with Kathy about an amazing opportunity to take a European knitting cruise along the Danube! It’s the perfect vacation for knitters and non-knitters alike! For more information, click the link here.


Our Spring 2018 catalog is LIVE! Click here to view 

Upcoming Events

Andra Asars will be at WEBS on Friday, March 9th, and Sunday, March 10th hosting a Berroco spring preview party form 12-4! We’ll have light refreshments, door prizes, and we ask that you please dress in order to try on garments! The event is free, but you’ll need to register!

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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February 28th, 2018

#WEBSFiberFollowThrough: February Wrap-Up

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Wait . . . where did February go?

It’s been a short month, but we’re not short on progress over here!

Liz, our social media coordinator has been hard at work on her Free Your Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry, knit in one-of-a-kind colors of Madelinetosh Dandelion purchased during the WEBS End of Year Sale event! She says:

I’m on my last of four colors and I’m looking forward to working the picot edge in March. I’ve also made some good progress on a cashmere colorwork sweater I’m making for my mom out of Valley Yarns Mount Holyoke. I’ll share some progress pictures of that next month!

Here’s Liz’s shawl at the end of January:

And here it is today! A ton of progress made – and gorgeous!

I haven’t done much personal knitting myself, but I made a pair of mittens for a store display at WEBS, and I’ve been swatching a new design for the Valley Yarns line – but you’ll have to wait to hear more about that, so stay tuned.

In February, I thought a lot about personal organization and how it can make or break my crafting resolutions, even if  I can only manage to do it digitally.

Have you seen Ravelry’s new Project Challenge feature? It’s a way of setting deadlines and goals for your projects, and makes planning your knitting for the year a lot more manageable. Check out some of the projects I’m planning for 2018!

 

If you see a project you want to make, and know when you need to have it done by, you can edit your own personal due date while you’re adding it to your queue. It will be automatically added to your challenge tab!

To access your Project Challenge page, you’ll need to head over to Ravelry. On the right hand corner, next to your Ravatar, click on My Notebook and scroll down to your queue. When you’re in you’re queue, you’ll see the number of project you have, the organize tab, and the deadlines tab.

You’ll be able to check out all of the projets you have lined up for the year and their due date. I’ve been using this space to keep track of when I originally queued the project, and noting the yarn I have in my stash to use.

The Project Challenge adds a little bit of an end goal to your yearly knitting. I’m hoping it makes me feel more accomplished and helps me focus on things I want to wear and make right now, rather than letting them sit in my queue.

Next up, I’ll be tackling my favorites and library, but I’ll tell you all about that later 🙂

February 23rd, 2018

4 New Colors of Valley Yarn Northampton!

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There’s still a little bit of snow on the ground here in Western Massachusetts, but we are already thinking spring! With the coming season, we have four new colors of one of our favorites – Northampton! Northampton is a worsted weight 100% wool yarn that has all of us here at WEBS thinking about colorwork. Keep reading to see some of our picks for your newest colorwork yoke sweater, crochet blanket, or stripy scarf!

Nebula Heather 

Almost a blackened charcoal color with a hint of turquoise running through the plies, Nebula Heather is a gorgeous base if you’re looking for a not-quite-neutral color to use as a backdrop for rich-looking color patterns.

Stonewash Heather

This shade of blue is just basic enough to go with anything, but it’s anything but bland. Pair it with other neutrals, like Medium Gray or Midnight Heather – we bet it would look smashing against a dark pair of jeans!

Lime

A fresh citrus-inspired green just in time for spring! This bright palette is giving us some major purple dinosaur vibes. Bring out your inner 90s kid and knit a colorful yoke sweater with this unexpected quartet of colors. Not feeling the boldness? No worries! Northampton has a huuuuge range of naturals and neutrals for a more toned-down look with a major pop of color.

Capri Blue

This bright blue already has us daydreaming of poolside days and trips to the beach. Since it’s not quite warm enough for that yet in our neck of the woods, why not use these as inspiration for your spring knitting? We’d pair this color with a hot pink and bright yellow, grounding it with a tan base.

What are your favorite color combos? Working on a yoked sweater or crocheting granny squares? Be sure to tag us on Instagram @websyarn and use the hashtag #WEBSFiberFollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

 

February 21st, 2018

Stitches West: A Different Look

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We can’t wait to see you all at Stitches West this year! We are ready to rock and roll, with fantastic employees there to help you shop, and tons of yarn and goodies to peruse in our booth! Unfortunately, our shipment from Massachusetts got stuck on its way to California and won’t make it to the show. However, Team WEBS has been able to regroup and and pull together – we packed a different shipment and sent it off on a plane. All will be well!

It may not be the polished WEBS look that you’re used to, but we did NOT want to miss out on quality time with our west coast customers! So, even though we’re going to have a slightly different stock than we were planning, we definitely want you to drop by, check us out, and say hi to the crew! (And while you’re at Stitches, be sure to check out our friends at A Hundred Ravens, Green Mountain Spinnery, and North Light Fibers.)

In addition to a great assortment of Valley Yarns and patterns, like Peru, and beautiful sample sweaters designed by Amy Herzog, and we’ll have a variety of other yarns we’re itching to share with you. Check out Shades of Merino Cotton from Lana Grossa, and a selection of our favorites from Malabrigo, Wonderland Yarns, and Scheepjes. And because we’re WEBS, we’ll have plennnnty of closeouts to pick from (our favorite!). We’ll also have plenty of Prism Merino Mia Gradient Packs, so if you have any questions or are looking for inspiration, ask for Brigitte, she’s your Prism girl!

If we don’t have enough of what you’re looking for at the show, let us know and we’d be happy to place an order for you! It’ll ship FREE!

And don’t forget – with every WEBS purchase there’s a free shipping coupon for your next visit to yarn.com!

So, as the old adage goes: when life gives you yarn, you knit a sweater . . . or something like that.

We can’t wait to see you in Santa Clara!

February 17th, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 518: Kathy Talks with Betsy Perry

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This week, Kathy is chatting with Betsy Perry of Classic Elite Yarns! Betsy is here to share Classic Elite’s newest offerings for spring, Juna and Gigi! Juna is a scrumptious blend of Merino wool and alpaca, while Gigi is the perfect summer yarn: breathable cotton and silk with a hint of stretch polyester. Click the links below to check out each yarn and the beautiful pattern support that goes with them!

Juna

Book #1801 Juna

Gigi

Book #1802 Gigi


Steve’s Yarn Picks:

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!

WEBs will be at Stitches West in San Jose, California from February 22nd through 25th! Click here to find out which booths we’ll be at!

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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February 3rd, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 517: Kathy Talks With Andra Asars

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This week, Kathy is talking to one of our favorite Ready, Set, Knit! guests, Andra Asars of Berroco! Andra is here with a fantastic collection for Spring 2018, as well as beautiful new designs from the creative minds over at Berroco. One of our favorites is Gelato knit in Medina, a stunning self-striping cotton blend. Gelato uses self-striping yarn to its full advantage, as it’s worked in two different directions. Berroco also has two lighter weight versions of some of our favorites: Millefiori and Ultra Wool! Click the links below to check out each yarn individually!

Berroco Medina

Berroco Millefiori Light

Berroco Mykonos Stonewash

Berroco Regatta 

Berroco Quinoa

Berroco Ultra Wool DK 

Berroco Portfolio vol. 5


 

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Our Spring 2018 catalog is LIVE! Click here to view 

Upcoming Events

WEBS will be holding our 3rd Annual Knitting Retreat here in Western Massachusetts this September. Registration opens at noon on Thursday, February 15th, and class registration for attendees who have already registered for the retreat will open on Monday, February 26th!  Check here for more details in the coming days!

Come and join us for the annual Big Game Day Escape at WEBS tomorrow, Sunday, February 4th from 12-4! Bring your knitting, crocheting, spinning wheel, or even your rigid heddle loom! We’ll have plenty of snacks and prizes, as well as a yarn tasting from Lana Grossa – and it’s totally free! Just sign up here to let us know you’re coming!

WEBs will be at Stitches West in San Jose, California from February 22nd through 25th! Click here to find out which booths we’ll be at!

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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January 27th, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 516: Kathy Talks With Marly Bird

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This week, Kathy is talking with Marly Bird! Marly is a knitting and crochet teacher, YouTuber and hosts her own podcast, YarnThing! Listen to hear more about Marly, her collaboration with Red Heart, and don’t forget to sign up for her classes at Stitches West!

For a list of Marly Bird classes at Stitches West, click here!

 

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Welcome!
We’re excited to welcome Julie Turjoman as our new Design Manager. We’re thrilled to have her on the team and can’t wait to share new designs with you!

Upcoming Events

Come and join us for the annual Big Game Day Escape at WEBS on Sunday, February 4th from 12-4! Bring your knitting, crocheting, spinning wheel, or even your rigid heddle loom! We’ll have plenty of snacks and prizes, as well as a yarn tasting from Lana Grossa – and it’s totally free! Just sign up here to let us know you’re coming!

WEBs will be at Stitches West in San Jose, California from February 22nd through 25th! Click here to find out which booths we’ll be at!

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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January 26th, 2018

#WEBSFiberFollowThrough: January Wrap-Up

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Can you believe that the first month of 2018 is almost over? We sure can’t!

Last month,  we decided to make a few crafting resolutions, and now, one month later, we’re here with a couple of updates!

Liz L., our Social Media Coordinator  is finishing January with a newly finished sweater she started this fall. She says, “this month I finally finished a gray raglan sweater I started making as part of WEBS’s Top Down Raglan Sweater class back in October. I had to rip out the sleeves and body a couple of times to get the fit just right, so it feels extra good that it’s finally done (and I’m wearing it as I write this!). I knit it in Valley Yarns Northampton and I’m looking forward to making more sweaters like this one but swapping out the stitch pattern on the yoke!”

Andrea, our Email Marketing Coordinator has been hard at work knitting Rowan’s Earth Stripe Wrap. It’s a free pattern, and you can pick it up here!

And as for me, I’m slowly picking at a sweater that I began in October during a Design Your Own Aran Sweater class knit in Cascade Ecological Wool. I definitely wanted a traditional sweater, and have been using patterns out of Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook – an invaluable resource if you’re like me and love charted and written patterns. I had put it down for almost a month, but I am totally compelled to finish it! This sweater has been a labor of love, and I can’t wait to wear it!

Are you working along with us? Let’s keep each other accountable and inspired! Use the hashtag #WEBSFiberFollowThrough on Instagram to show us your projects and for a chance to be featured in our feed!

January 20th, 2018

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 515: Kathy Talks With Adventure du Jour Designs

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This week, Kathy is chatting with Debbi Stone and Marcy Vandale of Adventure du Jour Designs! Debbi and Marcy have just released their latest collection of designs: Knits in THE City 3! This year, they designed a special sweater inspired by Hoda Kotb’s daughter, Haley Joy! Listen to hear more about Debbi and Marcy, their design inspirations, and to find out more about Knits in THE City 3!

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Welcome!
We’re excited to welcome Julie Turjoman as our new Design Manager. We’re thrilled to have her on the team and can’t wait to share new designs with you!

Upcoming Events

Come and join us for the annual Big Game Day Escape at WEBS on Sunday, February 4th from 12-4! Bring your knitting, crocheting, spinning wheel, or even your rigid heddle loom! We’ll have plenty of snacks and prizes, as well as a yarn tasting from Lana Grossa – and it’s totally free! Just sign up here to let us know you’re coming!

WEBs will be at Stitches West in San Jose, California from February 22nd through 25th! Click here to find out which booths we’ll be at!

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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