May 8th, 2015

Jo Sharp Is Back!

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The first time I worked at WEBS (this is the third time I’ve worked at WEBS, just for the sake of context), I got to work with Jo Sharp to arrange a visit to the store. She did a talk about her designs and explained how those beautiful yarns got to be so beautiful.

And then, her yarns weren’t here.

Jo Sharp yarns and pattern PDFs available at yarn.com

And now, they’re back! And we’ve got them. It really was like meeting up with an old friend as I perused the neat balls in their side-by-side glass cubes in the place of honor in the store. Hello, Silkroad Aran Tweed–remember the fun we had when we made that hat and scarf for my kid? Why, howdy, DK Cotton.  Don’t take it personally, but I’m still passing you by. I love your squishy softness, but cotton is not my thing.  And…RRRROWWWRRR, Alpaca Kid Lustre. You are inspiring me in a major way. There is much I want to knit you up in.

Luckily, Jo and her team have sent tons of patterns for these classics. The Keyhole Vest in Alpaca Kid Lustre is going right onto my needles. The Tweed Cardigan is next. When I send my oldest off to the coldest college in the universe, I’d like him to have The Bistro Sweater packed into his suitcase to remind him that you can, too, knit love.

What would inspire you to revisit a much-loved yarn?

May 7th, 2015

Longmeadow featured in Twist Collective

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The Windley pullover from the Spring/Summer 2015 edition of Twist Collective is knit in our very own Valley Yarns Longmeadow in the bright, and sunny, melon colorway.

Windley from Twist Collective Spring/Summer 2015 issue knit in Valley Yarns Longmeadow - read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

This perfect for summer pullover is worked in one piece from the top down with easy rolled hems, and a darling lace inset. With almost 20 colors of Longmeadow‘s cool cotton/mircofiber blend to choose from there’s sure to be a Windley in your future!

May 5th, 2015

Designer in Residence – Made to Border from Fiona Ellis

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With the warmer weather finally starting to settle in we couldn’t be happier to present the latest design from Fiona Ellis, Made to Border! This cute little cap sleeve cardigan is perfect for throwing on over a tank top or light summer dress. The main feature of this design is the border patterning which morphs into gradually diminishing cables. The top is completed with simple edging and a knitted tie closure.

Fiona Ellis WEBS 2015 Knitwear Designer in Residence. Her third design, the Made to Borger cardigan, in Valley Yarns Northfield - learn more at blog.yarn.com

 

Made to Border will soon become your go to layering cardigan! The silk content of the Valley Yarns Northfield gives your stitches shine which enhances your stitch definition, a total plus with cable work, while the baby alpaca give it the softest halo, and the merino ties it all together into a springy yarn that is a joy to knit.

Fiona Ellis WEBS 2015 Knitwear Designer in Residence - learn more at blog.yarn.com

Which of Fiona’s designs is your favorite so far? Which sweater are you working on?

May 2nd, 2015

Ready, Set, Knit! 400: Kathy talks with Angelia Robinson

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This week Kathy talks with first time guest, Angelia Robinson, our featured Spring 2015 WEBS Emerging Designer!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode 400 - Kathy talks with designer Angelia Robinson - listen now at blog.yarn.com

Kathy and Angelia talk about learning to knit and crochet, juggling their favorite yarn art while raising kids, and Angelia’s process for designing her Emerging Designer eBook collection.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week – May Anniversary Sale deals!:

Reminder:

Mark your calendars, WEBS Tent Sale is happening May 16th and 17th, and don’t miss the 11th Annual Fleece Market on May 16th!

Upcoming Events:

Classic Elite Yarns Trunk shows are ongoing and there’s always something new to see! Stop by the store to see what’s on display.

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

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May 1st, 2015

May Anniversary Sale Yarns – available now!

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We’ve reached the midpoint of our Annual Anniversary Sale and that means there’s a whole new pile of amazing yarns, as well as needles and hooks, for you to save on! From luxury fibers and workhorse classics to gorgeous hand dyed yarns and more.

Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy, part of the WEBS Anniversary Sale, now through May 31st at yarn.com

Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy is a great warm weather yarn with wonderfully saturated colors. You’ll make tanks and lightweight sweaters and accessories that will last for years and years, and only get softer with time!

Berroco Vintage, part of the WEBS Anniversary Sale, now through May 31st at yarn.com

Berroco Vintage is another great stash builder yarn! Perfect for any project that calls for worsted weight yarn, with almost 70 available colors, and washable to boot. You’ll be making projects for everyone on your list with this one!

Plymouth Yarns Gina, part of the WEBS Anniversary Sale, now through May 31st at yarn.com

Plymouth Yarn Gina‘s long sections of blended colors knit or crochet into amazing self striping patterns. Even the simplest patterns will seem so much more complicated when all the colors are revealed and the yarn does all the work for you!

Check out the full list of sale yarns here, which yarns will you choose?

April 30th, 2015

What we’re working on…and a little something extra

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In the store, customers sometimes ask us if we knit.  Rest assured, every member of WEBS store staff knits well and has other craft-y pursuits as well–from crochet, weaving and spinning to tatting and embroidery. And our love of yarn extends well into our non-work hours. Today, I’d like to show off some of our WIPs so you can see what we like to work on in our free time.

WEBS Store Staff Projects Spring 2015 - read more on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

First up is a gorgeous linen stitch scarf that Carreen’s been knitting.  The yarn, Misti Hand Paint Sock, comes in a wide array of vibrant colors: Carreen chose #57 polar sunset, #56 edible bright, and #58 corked for her version.  She opted to treat the fringe the way weavers do by using a fringe twister, rather than simply leaving the ends loose.  The best part is there’s no real pattern for this scarf–once you find 2-3 colors that inspire you, cast on the number of stitches that will give you the length you want and cast on.  Knit until the scarf is as wide as you’d like and bind off. That’s it!

Mary is currently enrolled in our popular Top Down Sweater from Measurements class and here is her beautiful cardigan knit in the ever-popular Valley Goshen.  Mary wanted a summer sweater in a vibrant color and this project fits the bill.  Although she’s an experienced knitter, she learned a few more tricks in this class–advanced shaping techniques for a flattering fit and designing that fancy, cabled raglan shaping–a design detail that brings an added layer of sophistication to a classic shape.

Marthe is almost finished with a baby blanket she plans to give to a friend.  She decided on Valley pattern #567, the Maria Baby Blanket, and chose Berroco’s Modern Cotton in a gender-neutral color, #1652 Matunuk.  Marthe knit the 8″ x 8″ blocks and sewed them together by working through the back loops of the bound-off stitches which gives the blanket a professional finish. Two more squares to finish and Marthe will be ready to gift a lucky baby with this heirloom.

And finally, Ashley is working on a new shawl which promises to be a beauty.  She’s using a slightly larger needle size to open up the fabric.  Ashley says, “I love how the designer [Steven West] uses geometry and the contrasts of color in such striking ways in his designs.” She can’t wait to see the finished result and we can’t either!

Pretty impressive, eh? We’re are fortunate to have such a talented, smart group of folks here in the store.  Please take advantage of our knowledge and skill when you’re looking for your next project.  We’re here to help!

Jo Sharp yarns available in the US at yarn.com - read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And now the little something extra…If you haven’t already heard, Jo Sharp yarns and patterns are available after too long of an absence on the American yarn scene.  The best news is that WEBS is the only store in the US that you can buy these sumptuous yarns and classic but stylish patterns. If you’re a long-time knitter, you know what a big deal this is.  If you’re a new-ish knitter, take the time to explore the world of Jo Sharp. You’ll be as excited as we are to have these yarns at WEBS.

Thanks for reading and knit on…

April 29th, 2015

A quick little something for spring

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After a long winter it seems like spring is taking forever to arrive. I’m ready to shed the heavy coats and scarves and I’m starved for any pops of color or hints of cheer. It’s the perfect time for a quick project, something fun and colorful. Something like………..collapse scarves! We have a trio of these, all using the same draft, #32 Collapse Weave Scarf,  but each with different color combinations. They are a light addition to the wardrobe and a delightful weaving adventure.

Draft #32 - Collapse Weave Scarf - available at yarn.com

Collapse weave creates a fabric with nooks and crannies and provides endless room for experimentation.  The pleating forms due to the weave structure and the combination of a weft that is much thinner than the warp. You can make it subtle or bold, spice it up with some glitz or play with stripes. It’s springy and sproingy and looks different from every angle.

We used 8/2 Tencel for the warp and 60/2 silk for the weft. The combination, in addition to making the great texture, is soft and slinky with lovely drape. We just changed to a smaller size cone for our 60/2 silk, which means you can get more bang (colors) for your weaving dollars. This draft is also a great way to dip your toe in the ‘weaving  fine threads pool’ by using the silk as weft. You’ll love how it feels and, I hope, encouraged to use it for warp down the road.

So have some fun weaving a little spring something to lighten your step and brighten your day. And don’t forget to share pictures – we love show and tell!

April 28th, 2015

Last days of the April Anniversary Sale yarns!

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Have you taken advantage of the incredible savings on the April Sale yarns yet? You still have a few days to load up on over 50 incredible yarns!

Classic Elite Mohawk Wool - part of the April sale yarns at WEBS Anniversary Sale - available at yarn.com

Classic Elite Mohawk Wool is a great stash building yarn. Perfect for cozy sweaters, scrumptious socks and heirloom shawls, this yarn will hold up well to lost of wear and still hold your stitches beautifully.

Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande - part of the April sale yarns at WEBS Anniversary Sale - available at yarn.com

Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande is unbelievably soft with more squish than you can possibly describe. Comforting accessories and luscious sweaters await the knitter with this on their needles.

Rowan Pure Wool Worsted - part of the April sale yarns at WEBS Anniversary Sale - available at yarn.com

Rowan Pure Wool Worsted is everything you’ve ever wanted in a workhorse yarn. Perfect for sweaters and blankets to gift to the loved ones that won’t be hand washing their hand knits. With an incredible palette of colors you’ll be knitting or crocheting for everyone on your list with this yarn.

Don’t miss you chance to save on these yarns and more, the sale ends at 11:59pm EST April 30th. But don’t worry, there’s a whole new batch of sale yarns set to premiere on May 1st!

April 25th, 2015

Ready, Set, Knit! 399: Kathy talks with Heather Ordover

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This week Kathy talks with returning guest Heather Ordover, author and podcaster, about her CraftLit podcast and her latest book, Defarge Knits Shakespeare.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode 399 - Kathy talks with Heather Ordover of the CraftLit podcast - listen now at blog.yarn.com

Heather and Kathy talk about the Mme Defarge series of books and the process of pulling together the projects for the newest book (check out all the designs on Ravelry).  Some of the projects are for advanced knitters but there are great patterns for the newest beginners as well!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

400th Episode Giveaway!

Be sure to comment on this post and tell us how long you’ve been listening to Ready, Set, Knit!, and don’t forget to include the hashtag that Kathy mentions in the show! Comments will close at 11:59pm EDT on Tuesday April 28th, and a random commenter will be chosen to win a $100 WEBS Gift Card. Be sure to listen to the show next week when we’ll reveal the last winner!

(Please note: Each winner will has one week to claim their prize before a new winner is chosen. Remember to leave us a way to contact you when commenting!)

Reminder:

We’re in the last week of the April Anniversary Sale – grab these yarns while you have the chance!

Mark your calendars, WEBS Tent Sale is happening May 16th and 17th, and don’t miss the 11th Annual Fleece Market on May 16th!

Upcoming Events:

Classic Elite Yarns Trunk shows are ongoing and there’s always something new to see! Stop by the store to see what’s on display.

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

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April 24th, 2015

Craft and Social Media, Part II

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Crafting and social media go hand-in-hand. In my last post, I explored the tip of the social media iceberg with Ravelry and Facebook, the two most-watched avenues. Today, let’s wander through a few others that are tailor-made for looking at yarn and it’s by-products.

Follow WEBS Yarn Store on Pinterest - read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Pinterest is my favorite thing of all time. Absolutely the best way to lose an hour or two, so I have to ration my time on it carefully. WEBS’ Pinterest page is filled to the brim with all kinds of boards…crochet, UFO’s, knitting inspiration, tips and techniques, just to name a few. And because our E-Commerce Manager, Dena, is in charge of the content, and I know that she loves movies as much as I do, I noticed a “Yarnspotting in the Movies” board, where you can find some fun shots of movie stars knitting. If you follow a board’s link, you can often go down another rabbit hole of fiber fun, like playing fiber-hopscotch.

Follow @websyarn on Twitter - read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Twitter is a little less visual, but more up-to-the-minute, and the WEBS Twitter feed is filled with quick tweets from designers, our store staff, fiber bloggers, and even some news sources that have nothing to do with yarn! We always put Steve’s Deal of the Day on Twitter and we usually announce some surprise sales and giveaways there as well. It’s worth a look every day to see if you’re missing any bargains, or just a fun shout-out from The Yarn Harlot.

Follow @websyarn on Instagram - read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Instagram is a newcomer, and a fast-growing source of luxurious fiber porn. We post lots of store pictures, so you can see the goings-on of our store staff, and our customers. Take a peek at our warehouse in real time–you’ll see yarn going in and yarn coming out! We’ll often post some “slice-of-life” photos as well, like Assistant Store Manager Bonnie’s dog Fiona, a fixture in our store for a few months while she healed from a broken leg. Check out Fiona shopping! We’ll always post some fun stuff from our store events and trunk shows so it feels like you’re a local customer, even if you live in another time zone.

Have any of you dipped a toe into these sites? What are your favorite follow-ees? Let us know!