November 7th, 2016

Join the Kitschmas Stocking CAL!

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Join designer, Vickie Howell for a holiday prep Crochet-along!

Join the Kitschmas Stocking CAL Nov 17th - 22nd. Find out more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Starting November 17th you’ll chain on for the Kitschmas Stocking, a granny-striped decoration that can be crocheted in mere hours — that’s right, folks, hours! That means it may actually be attainable for more than one person in your family to get a handmade stocking this year. (Vickie will attempt to make enough for her family of 5. Can she do it? Nobody knows — least of all her!)

We’ll be using Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Super Bulky in any 2 colors. Use the code VHCal1 at checkout to get the Kitschmas Stocking Pattern for the discounted price of just $2.99 when you purchase 3 balls of Valley Superwash Super Bulky!

You’ll need 3 balls of Valley Superwash Super Bulky (2 balls of the main color and 1 ball of the contrast color), and a U.S. M (9.0mm) crochet hook.

Head on Over to Vickie’s Facebook Page and join the CAL event! Just post a comment letting her know, “I’m in!”

Feel free to post photos on the events page for others to see. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions and share tips. Vickie will be there to lead the conversation, answer questions, and fawn over your mad crochet skills!

November 5th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 465: Kathy talks with Kirsten Kapur and Gale Zucker

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This week Kathy talks with Kirsten Kapur and Gale Zucker about their new book “Drop-Dead Easy Knits“.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #465 - Kathy talks with Kirsten Kapur and Gale Zucker. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Learn how the authors met, how the book came together and hear about some of their favorite projects! And don’t forget to check out their adorable book trailer!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

The Fiber Festival of New England is happening this weekend!

WEBS will be at Vogue Knitting Live in Minneapolis this weekend!

Upcoming Events:

Local Artist, Author, & Designer Meet & Greet is happening on Saturday, November 12 from 1:30pm–3:30pm, register now!

Northampton Bag Day is coming! In-Store Only! Saturday, November 19th (12pm-5:30pm)

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to shop WEBS on a Sunday. We’ll be open from noon to 5 pm, from November 20 through December 18!

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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November 1st, 2016

New designs in Valley Yarns Northampton

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Both of these designs were knit in Valley Yarns Northampton. This is one of our core yarn lines and it’s available in over 40 colors.  With a wide variety of heathers and solids with an incredible depth of color, there’s no end to the possible color combinations you can add to your wardrobe.

Get your copy of the Cabello Cowl PDF and Valley Yarns Northampton at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS blog at blog.yarn.com

First up is the cozy, textured Cabello Cowl by Lori Wagner. Lori learned to knit back in 7th grade as part of 4-H, but didn’t pick her needles up again until years later.  A Designing Cowl class with Laura Nelkin sparked her interest in creating her own knit designs and started self-publishing in 2014. For the Cabello Cowl, Lori was daydreaming of hiking trips with friends…the twists and turn of the trails, the hills and all the rocks along the way. Lori says, “I loved working with this yarn! The Northampton was squishy and had fabulous stitch definition…exactly what I envisioned for my design. I then started to look at the other Valley Yarn available and could not believe how many lines were available!”

Just one skein of Northampton is all you need for the Cabello Cowl, making it a project that cost under $12.00! Get your needles ready and get some holiday gift knitting started!

Get your copy of the Valentina Cardigan PDF and Valley Yarns Northampton at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS blog at blog.yarn.com

For a larger project, one that will expand your wardrobe for the winter, try the Valentina Cardigan designed by Andrea Sanchez.

This long-sleeved open front cardigan is knit in one piece with the sleeves set in. A reversible textured stitch is worked throughout the body and the sleeves are worked in stockinette stitch.  A simple garter ribbing adorns the Hems, cuffs, and collar. Even the largest size, which needs only 7 skeins of Northampton, is a project that tops out at $50! I’m thinking I need a Valentina Cardigan in Charcoal and maybe another in Apple Green.

What projects have you planned in Northampton?

October 29th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 464: Kathy talks with Susan Gibbs

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This week Kathy talks with Susan Gibbs, owner of Juniper Moon Farm.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #464 - Kathy talks with Susan Gibbs. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Last year Suan raised money for Heifer International by selling adorable sheep and alpaca wooden cutouts. Those shapes are back as part of her Holiday Housewares Fundraiser! This year there are more animal shapes and even some in black or white acrylic. Additionally there are cookie stamps and rolling pins for adorable, fiber themed holiday treats, shop now!

Steve’s Yarn (and Gift!) Picks of the week:

Reminder:

A week from today we’ll be celebrating 10 years on the air! We’ll be broadcasting Live on Facebook as we record the show on Wednesday 11/2/16, be sure to tune in! We’ll be answering some of your questions in that episode, so let us know what you’d like to know! Just comment here and Steve and Kathy may answer YOUR question.

The Fiber Festival of New England is happening next weekend, Nov 5+6.

WEBS will be at Vogue Knitting Live in Minneapolis Nov 4, 5 + 6.

WEBS retail store has extended it’s hours until 6:00PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. Thursdays the store will remain open until 8pm, and Saturdays until 5:30.

If you haven’t yet seen our new Website – check it out!

Upcoming Events:

Local Artist, Author, & Designer Meet & Greet is happening on Saturday, November 12 from 1:30pm–3:30pm, register now!

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, 2016

Noro For Grownups

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One of the first sweaters I made, for my then-7-year-old son, was in Noro Kureyon. He loved the colors but it was a tad scratchy, and after he grew out of it, I couldn’t find any child that would love that sweater like he did. Noro has always been the gold standard for eye-catching, long color repeats and brightly-hued blues, pinks, reds, and greens. At least, I thought that’s what I loved about Noro yarns.

Read more about Noro Tennen on the WEBS blog at blog.yarn.com

What did I spot in one of my hoarding window-shopping expeditions into the store? Why, Noro Tennen, a gorgeous blend of wool, silk, and alpaca in colors evocative of nature in late November. The color names bring to mind images of stone, smoke, wood, and salmon, and the yarn brings those images onto your needles. Each worsted-weight skein is a very generous 275 yards, making the possibility of a hat, cowl, ear-warmer, or fingerless mitts out of one of those skeins very real. But I think this slightly fuzzy, rustic yarn demands a sweater, and our Shay Cap Sleeve Pullover would be perfect to show off the muted colors and unique texture of this special yarn. Perfect to throw on over a slim long-sleeve shirt or under a heavier jacket, Tennen will be a savvy investment for moments of quiet, contemplative stitching.

October 26th, 2016

Spinning my Wheels

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My passion for fiber and color runs deep and I love to knit, weave and crochet, but I resisted the siren song of spinning because I was afraid. And then, two years ago I accidentally volunteered to be captain of the WEBS Spinzilla team and my worst fears were realized – I loved spinning! Down the rabbit hole I went and another fiber obsession has been added to my bag of tricks. I was afraid that spinning would distract me from weaving – and it has – but it has also given me another way to create and deepened my understanding of fiber and yarn and how they work and interact – useful information for my other creative outlets.

Of course, learning to spin opened me to a whole new world of color, texture and fiber and the overwhelming desire to have it all at my fingertips! I kept finding more things I wanted WEBS to carry and started organizing spinning events to learn more about the craft. More fiber, more spinners, life is good, right? The success of Spinzilla and the feedback from spinners at our events has brought a resurgence in spinning at WEBS. Steve and Kathy want to further strengthen our spinning area and decided to create a position to oversee that. I am honored that they asked me and excited to add spinning to my role at WEBS as Weaving and Spinning Manager.

Spinning fibers from Louet, Spunky Eclectic and more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

We still have a few fiber specials from Spinzilla to take advantage of. The fiber packs we put together with Louet are a great way to learn about how to spin different breeds. Each pack has just enough of each breed  to develop your skill in spinning and enough variety to keep boredom at bay. There’s also some great colorful braids from Spunky Eclectic in the Autumn Welcome colorway she designed for us with 2 fiber options – easy to love and spin BFL or a luscious Polwarth/Mohair/Silk blend. To round out the sweet deals, we have what my friend Liz calls a box of crayons – the Lamb’s Tail Medleys from Frabjous Fibers. Also in 2 bases – superwash BFL or Merino/Bamboo/Nylon – these are a random assortment of colors with unlimited possibilities.

I am looking forward to expanding the fibers, tools and classes for spinners. Please feel free to contact me with suggestions; I want to hear what you’d like to see here!

October 22nd, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 463: Kathy talks with Dora Ohrenstein

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This week Kathy talks with Dora Ohrenstein about her new book “Top-Down Crochet Sweaters“.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #463 - Kathy talks with Dora Ohrenstein. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Learn about the two types of top down sweaters in the book, the styling and sizes, and all of the extra help packed into these pages!

One of the designs, Erde,  is in our Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk. Check out the CAL in her Ravelry group!

Steve’s Yarn (and Gift!) Picks of the week:

Reminder:

2 weeks from today we’ll be celebrating 10 years on the air! We’ll be broadcasting Live on Facebook as we record the show on Wednesday 11/2/16, be sure to tune in! We’ll be answering some of your questions in that episode. Let us know what you’d like to know! Just comment here and Steve and Kathy may answer YOUR question.

The Fiber Festival of New England is happening Nov 5+6.

WEBS will be at Vogue Knitting Live in Minneapolis Nov 4, 5 + 6.

WEBS retail store has extended it’s hours until 6:00PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. Thursdays the store will remain open until 8pm, and Saturdays until 5:30.

If you haven’t yet seen our new Website – check it out!

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 18th, 2016

WEBS Holiday 2016 Catalog is online!

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It’s time to make those holiday gift making plans, if you haven’t already!

WEBS Holiday 2016 Catalog is online now! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

In our Holiday 2016 Catalog you will find knitting and crochet patterns, new and favorite yarns, spinning wheels and fiber, rigid heddle looms, and fantastic gift ideas for everyone in your life.

WEBS Holiday 2016 Catalog is online now! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Paper catalogs will begin arriving in mailboxes in the near future but feel free to browse the catalog now! If you’re not yet on the mailing list sign-up here!

October 15th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 462: Kathy talks with Kristen Lambert and Carina Donoso

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This week Kathy talks with Kristen Lambert and Carina Donoso from The Third Piece.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #462 - Kathy talks with Kristen Lambert and Carina Donoso. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

The company, based in Boston,  started in 2012 with ready-to-wear first and adding their yarn, Funky Chunky later on. Their clothing is available online, in specialty boutiques, and at Bergdorf Goodman. Check out their Stitch n Bitch event on Oct 19th!

Steve’s Yarn (and Gift!) Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Our Holiday 2016 catalog will be online Monday!

The Fiber Festival of New England is happening Nov 5+6.

WEBS will be at Vogue Knitting Live in Minneapolis Nov 4, 5 + 6.

WEBS retail store has extended it’s hours until 6:00PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. Thursdays the store will remain open until 8pm, and Saturdays until 5:30.

If you haven’t yet seen our new Website – check it out!

Upcoming Events:

We’ll be celebrating 10 years of Ready, Set, Knit! next month!

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 13th, 2016

Valley Yarns Lida Pullover

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We’ve been lucky enough to add 6 incredible yarns to our family of Valley Yarns so far this year. Our Southampton is a lighter than air combination of mulberry silk and kid mohair and our Pocumtuck is a 100% cashmere at a versatile DK weight. When working her magic and dreaming up designs for our Fall ’16 catalog our Design Manager, Kirsten Hipsky wondered what would happen if she combined the two, and the Lida Pullover was born!

Valley Yarns Lida Pullover, a gorgeous sweater combining two luxury yarns at incredible prices! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Knit in the Putty color of Pocumtuck and the Natural color of Southampton this pullover features a large, triple cable panel with a v-neck and set-in sleeves for a luxurious knit that will have you dreaming of Fall sweater weather even in summer!

Originally swatched in greens, Spring Grass and Spring Moss, this pullover would be casually stylish in blues and softly elegant in deep greys. What colors of these yarns would you pair for your own Lida?