November 3rd, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 507: Kathy Talks with Hannah Thiessen

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This week, Kathy is talking with Hannah Thiessen, a first-time author who has written a beautiful new book: Slow Knitting: A Journey From Sheep to Skein to Stitch.  If you’re interested in the slow fashion movement, or want to slow down and take a more meditative look at knitting – this is the book for you! Maybe you’re a production knitter who would like to slow down, or a process knitter who often feels pressured to hurry through a project (guilty!).  Hannah has thoughtfully pieced together gorgeous patterns and ideas to make your knitting experience more conscientious, enjoyable and guilt-free.

To learn more about Hannah, check out her website!



Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week:

Reminder

The New England Fiber Festival is happening today and tomorrow at The Big E in West Springfield, Mass!

We’ve teamed up with Northampton Brewery for Knit and Crochet Nites every Tuesday from 5:30 until 8! Come grab a beer or a refreshing drink, a snack, and spend some time with like minded crafters! We’ll have prizes and goodies, so don’t miss out!

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The 2017 Holiday Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for this holiday season!

Upcoming Events

Vickie Howell will be at WEBS on Saturday, November 11th! She’ll be teaching a class and we’ll be having a screening of The Knit Show with Vickie Howell! The event is free, but we’re asking you to please sign up so that we will have enough chairs and yummy snacks!

Northampton Bag Day is on Saturday, November 18th this year! We’ll have plenty of savings in store – and you don’t even have to have a bag!

Sunday, November 19th is the first of our Sunday openings for the holiday season – but remember: WEBS will be CLOSED on Christmas Eve, Sunday December 24th – so please plan your trips to Northampton accordingly.

Double check our Holiday ’17 catalog to find out what our shipping cutoff dates are and to make sure your items arrive in time for the holidays!

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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October 28th, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit Show 506! Kathy talks with Isabel from Lander Grinspoon Academy about their scarf project

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Isabel, a 5th grader, joins us from Lander Grinspoon Academy. She’s spearheading a local initiative to knit scarves and hats for the homeless. Isabel had the idea when on a trip to NYC where she ended up knitting with a group in Bryant Park who were knitting scarves and leaving them tied to benches for the homeless. On her way home, she knew she needed to do something similar in our area. There are three students in the knitting group working on it, and several others working on the project at home. On November 15th, they’ll be bringing them to a local park and leave them for those who need them.

If you’d like to help, simple scarves are preferred, in a superwash wool yarn. You can send your scarves to:
WEBS
Lander Grinspoon Academy Scarf/Hat Project
6 Industrial Parkway
Easthampton, MA 01027

She’s been knitting since she was in 1st grade. Her grandmother taught her how to knit after sewing wasn’t quite working. Her first project was a scarf and she LOVES knitting them!

If you’re local, join the students on November 15th at 4:30pm in Pulaski Park, Northampton, MA to share.

Steve’s Yarn Picks:
NEW!
Valley Yarns Mount Holyoke
Mrs. Crosby Reciprocate Shawl Kit

NEW CLOSEOUTS!
Ella Rae Lace Merino DK
Louisa Harding Pittura
Debbie Bliss Roma
Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran
Mirasol Pima Splash

NOTES:

Thanks for joining us at Rhinebeck!

FREE SHIPPING on orders $75 or more ends 10/30/17.

Vickie Howell will be here November, 11th! Sign up for her class and check out The Knit Show.

We’ll be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Don’t miss our Black Friday deals in November!

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October 14th, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 505: Kathy Talks With Vickie Howell

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This week, on Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy is talking with our dear friend, Vickie Howell! Last week, Vickie’s latest (and highly anticipated) project premiered: The Knit Show with Vickie Howell! The Knit Show is an episodic – i.e. totally bingeable – knitting and crochet series available in its entirety for free on YouTube. Each episode has a theme, like brioche or color,  and includes tips, techniques, and interviews with leaders in our industry – including WEBS’ own Kathy Elkins! Listen to hear more about The Knit Show with Vickie Howell, and don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on a single episode! Check out the website to see each pattern featured in the show, and don’t forget to tag #myknithive and @theknitshow when you’re out and about knitting and crocheting with friends!



Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week:

Reminder

We’ve teamed up with Northampton Brewery for Knit and Crochet Nites every Tuesday from 5:30 until 8, starting this week, Tuesday 10/17! Come grab a beer or a refreshing drink, a snack, and spend some time with like minded crafters! We’ll have prizes and goodies, so don’t miss out!

Click here to receive emails from Twist Collective so you don’t miss out on any news!

The 2017 Fall Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for fall!

Fall classes are LIVE!! Have you been itching to take the plunge and learn how to knit or crochet? How about fine-tuning your weaving and spinning skills? Click HERE to take a peek of our full list of class offerings – but be quick! They are known to fill up fast!

Upcoming Events

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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October 7th, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 504: Kathy Talks With Kate Gilbert

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This week, on Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy is talking with our very own Kate Gilbert of Twist Collective! Twist Collective relaunched this week with an absolutely beautiful fall issue. This is also Twist’s 9th anniversary issue. Twist Collective started in 2008 as a way for designers to publish patterns and earn a fair wage for their work, and as an online magazine, it’s easily accessible to knitters everywhere! Visit Twist Collective’s website over here, and check out the new patterns for fall!



Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week:

Reminder

On Sunday, October 8th, WEBS will be hosting our annual Knit and Crochet for the Cure event, where we will knit and crochet chemo hats. This is a fantastic way to gather with other crafters in support of a good cause. The event is FREE and taking place in our Northampton, MA store, but we do ask that you please sign up here so we can get a head count for snacks! There will be a supply of yarn available on a first come, first serve basis.

Click here to receive emails from Twist Collective so you don’t miss out on any news!

The 2017 Fall Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for fall!

Fall classes are LIVE!! Have you been itching to take the plunge and learn how to knit or crochet? How about fine-tuning your weaving and spinning skills? Click HERE to take a peek of our full list of class offerings – but be quick! They are known to fill up fast!

Upcoming Events

It’s finally here!! Check out The Knit Show with Vickie Howell!! Subscribe to the YouTube channel so you don’t miss out!

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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September 30th, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 503: Kathy Talks With Clara Parkes

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On this week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy is talking to author, designer, and longtime friend of WEBS, Clara Parkes! Clara just published her 6th book: A Stash of One’s Own, a collection of essays by knitters and yarn lovers including Franklin Habit and Amy Herzog about their relationship with their stash . . . or lack thereof! It’s truly a wonderful read for crafters and non-crafters alike! To pick up a copy, check you LYS, local book store, or click this link!



Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week:

Reminder

The latest issue of Twist Collective will be going live next week. Click here to receive emails from Twist Collective so you don’t miss out on any news!

The 2017 Fall Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for fall! 

Fall classes are LIVE!! Have you been itching to take the plunge and learn how to knit or crochet? How about fine-tuning your weaving and spinning skills? Click HERE to take a peek of our full list of class offerings – but be quick! They are known to fill up fast!

Upcoming Events

On Sunday, October 8th, WEBS will be hosting our annual Knit and Crochet for the Cure event, where we will knit and crochet chemo hats. This is a fantastic way to gather with other crafters in support of a good cause. The event is FREE and taking place in our Northampton, MA store, but we do ask that you please sign up here so we can get a head count for snacks! There will be a supply of yarn available on a first come, first serve basis.

The Knit Show with Vickie Howell premiers on Thursday, October 5th. Subscribe to the YouTube channel so you don’t miss out!

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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September 23rd, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 502: Kathy Talks With Jody Richards

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Kathy is talking with our friend Jody Richards of Knotions Magazine this week! Knotions is a fantastic web magazine that offers free patterns and resources for knitters and crocheters so we can all craft smarter! Knotions has generously offered Ready, Set, Knit! listeners a download code for 20% off of their Hatstar ebook! The book is over 50 pages long, and is sure to up your hat game!


Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week:

The 2017 Fall Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for fall! 

Reminder

Fall classes are LIVE!! Have you been itching to take the plunge and learn how to knit or crochet? How about fine-tuning your weaving and spinning skills? Click HERE to take a peek of our full list of class offerings – but be quick! They are known to fill up fast!

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Upcoming Events

Check back next week! 🙂

 

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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September 16th, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 501: Kathy Talks with Steve

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On this week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit! Kathy and Steve are in the studio talking about some of the events that we’re looking forward to this fall – and there are a lot of them! The WEBS Fall Retreat is going on as we speak, but the Spinning Summit is happening starting on September 29th and there are still some spots left. If you’re thinking about heading to Rhinebeck, we’re hosting our annual Rhinebeck bus trip. Spots are filling up quickly – sign up soon! Check out our Events page if you would like to know more about what is happening around WEBS!


Yarn Picks of the Week:

The 2017 Fall Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for fall! 

Reminder

Fall classes are LIVE!! Have you been itching to take the plunge and learn how to knit or crochet? How about fine-tuning your weaving and spinning skills? Click HERE to take a peek of our full list of class offerings – but be quick! They are known to fill up fast!

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Upcoming Events

You can sign up for the 11th annual WEBS Rhinebeck Roadtrip RIGHT NOW!! Have you started knitting your sweater yet? Click here for more details and to purchase your ticket…seats always fill up super fast, and you wouldn’t want to miss out!

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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September 9th, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 500: Kathy Talks With Jakob Lang

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This week, we’re celebrating our 500th episode! The first episode of Ready, Set, Knit! premiered on November 4th, 2006, and since then, it’s been almost 11 years of fantastic interviews and inspiration. This week, Kathy is talking with Jakob Lang of Lang Yarns, who are also celebrating a milestone – their 150th year in business! Listen to learn more about the Lang family and how their business got started! To top off our celebration, we’re giving away TWO Lang Bjork Cowl kits on Facebook and Instagram. To enter, visit the WEBS Facebook and Instagram pages (both @websyarn) and comment what you would most like to learn about, or who you’d like to hear interviewed. Feel free to enter both, but only one vote will count!

Check out the gorgeous offerings we have from Lang this fall!

…and not to worry! Steve will be back with his yarn picks next week!

The 2017 Fall Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for fall! 

Reminder

Fall classes are LIVE!! Have you been itching to take the plunge and learn how to knit or crochet? How about fine-tuning your weaving and spinning skills? Click HERE to take a peek of our full list of class offerings – but be quick! They are known to fill up fast!

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Upcoming Events

You can sign up for the 11th annual WEBS Rhinebeck Roadtrip RIGHT NOW!! Have you started knitting your sweater yet? Click here for more details and to purchase your ticket…seats always fill up super fast, and you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

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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September 4th, 2017

Swatching Series: How To Knit A Swatch

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In our How To Swatch Series, we’re going over why it’s important to swatch your knitting, how to make the perfect gauge swatch, and advanced techniques for swatching.

Now that you understand why a trustworthy gauge swatch is crucial to knitting, we can dive right into learning how to make the perfect knit swatch. You’ll need a few things to get started:

  • The exact yarn you will use for your project (or you might have a few different yarns you want to swatch with to see which fabric you prefer for a pattern)
  • Your knitting needles, usually 2-3 depending on how well you know the yarn and your own knitting gauge
  • Eucalan Knitting Crochet Wool Wash or other wool wash of your choosing

In this post, I’m going to go over how to make a swatch using the stockinette stitch (knitting on the right side of your swatch and purling on the wrong side). A stockinette swatch is standard in most patterns, however, sometimes you will need to make a swatch in a stitch pattern. I’ll go over how to make a swatch in pattern and count your stitches in the final installment of this series.

Knitting Swatch Size Matters

One of the most common mistakes we see in knitters’ swatches is that they’re not big enough. There are a lot of reasons people have for not creating a large enough gauge swatch: a fear of wasting yarn, boredom, impatience, and incorrect or outdated information about swatching.

A gauge swatch should be at least 8” wide by 8” tall because you want to be able to measure several inches of your swatch at once in several different places to confirm that your gauge is accurate across the entire swatch.

How To Swatch Stockinette Knitting

If your swatch is too small, you won’t be able to find your “knitting groove”. Your groove is your most natural, relaxed knitting. Usually you don’t actually get into your knitting groove for a few rows, so if your swatch is too small, it won’t necessarily be an accurate reflection of your knitting which, in turn, leads to an unreliable gauge swatch.

Not only will a nice big swatch give you a more reliable gauge, but it will also give you a better idea of the fabric you’ll be making while you knit. This is especially important if you’re choosing to knit with a yarn that’s different from the yarn recommended by your pattern or if you’re designing your own piece. An 8” swatch will give you a much better idea of the feel and drape of a fabric than a 4” swatch.

The Edges Of Your Swatch

Knitting in stockinette makes your edges curl—like the edges on the swatch in the image above. For a nice, flat swatch that will be easy to accurately measure, you should knit about an inch of garter stitch (knit on both right and wrong sides) to all four edges of the swatch. Because this edge will help your swatch lay flat, you won’t have to worry that you’re stretching out your stitches while you measure which could result in an inaccurate gauge.

How To Swatch Knitting Garter Stitch Border Swatch

 

To Wash Or Not To Wash

You should treat your swatch the way you plan to treat your final piece. Are you going to wet block your piece and eventually wash it in some way? The same should be true of your swatch. Many fibers will change as a result of washing and blocking. A piece that measures 8” when initially knit could end up being 8.5-9” after washing and blocking. That’s a big difference if you’re making a sweater that you’d like to fit snuggly!

It’s a good idea to get in the habit of taking your gauge both before and after blocking so you can know what the size of your finished and washed garment will be.

Counting Your Knitting Stitch Gauge & Row Gauge

There are actually two kinds of gauge you should be comfortable with as you get in the habit of making gauge swatches: Stitch gauge and row gauge.

Stitch gauge is the number of horizontal stitches in each inch of your knitting. To count your stitch gauge, count each “v” of knitting as one stitch in a straight line to the left and right of your knitting.

Knitting Gauge Swatch Stitch Gauge Example IllustrationRow gauge is the number of vertical stitches in each inch of your knitting.

Row gauge is used less commonly than stitch gauge, but if your pattern references it, you should be sure to check how your row gauge compares to the written pattern gauge. Row gauge is particularly important in knitting stitch patterns and cable patterns that require certain sections of the stitch pattern to be located in specific places of your final garment.

Counting stitches for your row gauge is the same as counting your stitch gauge except this time you’ll count vertically instead of horizontally. Count each “v” of knitting as one stitch in a straight line up and down.

How to count row gauge example swatchDo I Go Up Or Down In Needle Size

This is always a little tricky to think about. You’ve knit your gauge swatch and your gauge is 6 stitches to the inch on US 7 needles. However, you’re pattern is calling for a gauge of 7 stitches per inch on US 7s. As you know, you’ll need to make another swatch with a different needle size, but how do you know whether to adjust up or down?

If you need to add more stitches to your gauge, as is the case in this example (you need to be knitting one more stitch per inch), you should adjust your needle size down. A smaller needle will create smaller stitches, so you would be more likely to knit the correct gauge on a US 5 or 6.

If you need less stitches to reach the correct gauge, you should adjust your needle size up. A larger needle creates larger stitches which means there are less stitches in every inch of your knitting. So if you were knitting at 6 stitches per inch on US 7 needles but your pattern called for 5 stitches per inch, you should try swatching on a US 8 or 9 to reach the appropriate gauge.

Congratulations, you’re now a swatching champion! Stay tuned for our final installment of the How To Swatch Series to learn some specialty swatching skills like swatching in the round and swatching in pattern!

 

September 2nd, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 499: Kathy Talks With Stacy Charles

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This week, on Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy is talking with one of our favorite RSK guests, Stacy Charles in-studio! Listen to hear more about the latest additions to his Tahki Yarns, and Stacy Charles Fine Yarns S Line collection for fall! Listen to hear more about Tahki Arctic, Nevada, and Vermont, as well as the Oh Natural collection for 2017! Don’t forget to take a look at the stunning new yarns added to the Stacy Charles Fine Yarns S Line collection, Luccica and Imperial.

The 2017 Fall Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for fall! 

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder

WEBS is donating 5% of sales to the American Red Cross in support of those affected by Hurricane Harvey from now until Monday, June 4th. For more information, please visit yarn.com.

This is the last week of the WEBS Summer Sale! Click here to check out more of our fantastic offerings!

Fall classes are LIVE!! Have you been itching to take the plunge and learn how to knit or crochet? How about fine-tuning your weaving and spinning skills? Click HERE to take a peek of our full list of class offerings – but be quick! They are known to fill up fast!

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Upcoming Events

You can sign up for the 11th annual WEBS Rhinebeck Roadtrip RIGHT NOW!! Have you started knitting your sweater yet? Click here for more details and to purchase your ticket…seats always fill up super fast, and you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

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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