November 15th, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! 379: Kathy talks with Bobbie Matela

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This week Kathy talks with Bobbie Matela, Design Production Manager at Coats & Clark, about the yarns from Red Heart that you’ll now find at yarn.com.

Ready, Set, Knit! ep. 379, Kathy interviews Bobbie Matela - listen now at blog.yarn.com

Learn a bit about where Red Heart yarns are made , how to best care for your finished projects and check out the free patterns on our site!

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

Be sure to tune in to the Yarn Thing Podcast on Tuesday 11/18 as host Marly interviews Kathy and Steve.

Next Weekend, November 22nd and 23rd – It’s Bag Day in Northampton! Get your shopping lists planned.

WEBS retail store will be open Sundays from 12-5 starting Nov 23rd – December 14th.

WEBS will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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

Don’t forget that we’re collecting Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bears for Safe Passage, you can read all the details here.

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November 14th, 2014

The College Park Shawl by Edie Eckman

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The College Park Shawl from Edie Eckman is a deceptively simple to make, and truly versatile accessory. With just two skeins of our 40th Anniversary Valley Yarns Charlemont hand dyed by Dream in Color you’ll be able to whip up this perfect layering shawl in less than a week!
The College Park Shawl pattern designed by Edie Eckman and crocheted in Valley Yarns 40th Anniversary Charlemont hand dyed by Dream in Color - available exclusively at yarn.com
Edie, like many of you, used to get a catalog in the mail from WEBS, and was a customer long before creating this lovely design for us. Of the College Park Shawl she says, “I love playing with stitch patterns and experimenting with lovely yarns to find the right pattern for the yarn. It took me a while to settle on just the right stitch pattern for the Charlemont, because every one I tried worked so well!”
The College Park Shawl pattern designed by Edie Eckman and crocheted in Valley Yarns 40th Anniversary Charlemont hand dyed by Dream in Color - available exclusively at yarn.com
The simple L shape of this crochet shawl means that there’s no actual shaping worked in your stitches! The College Park Shawl can be worn with both ends draped over your shoulders to the front so it looks like a traditional scarf, or with one end tossed casually over your shoulder. You can also turn the shawl around and wear it bandana style for even more warmth around your neck and shoulders. however you wear it, this is sure to become one of your favorite accessories.
November 13th, 2014

Gifts to Make – When you still have more than a month to go.

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It’s that time of year when the holidays seem to start coming at us fast enough to give you whiplash, but there’s still plenty of time to finish some larger gift projects. Whether you’re looking for a great baby blanket, the perfect pillow for a splash of color, or a cozy wrap to take the chill off those late fall evenings, the Soft Landing eBook has just the right patterns for you. We’ve paired simple, but visually stunning stitches with some of the coziest fibers in our Valley Yarns collection.

The Soft Landing eBook from Valley Yarns, 5 comforting knits for the home  - available at yarn.com

The Hen Plaid Wrap is knit in Goshen with a surprisingly easy crochet embellishment. The Snowdrop Baby Blanket in Longmeadow is knit on the bias for a fast finish. The Viola Plaid Pillow in Goshen is the perfect small project to practice the same crochet embellishment that’s used in the wrap and it’s great project to play with color. The Seed Plaid Throw in Valley Yarns Southwick achieves the look of plaid by combining textured stitches. And the Thaw Cabled Blanket in Valley Superwash is knit holding 2 strands for a cozy squishiness you won’t believe until you feel it.

The Soft Landing eBook from Valley Yarns. Soft goods designed for comfort in Valley Yarns Longmeadow, Goshen, Southwick, and Valley Superwash  - available at yarn.com

All of these patterns are available in the Soft Landing eBook for $11.99 and as individual PDFs for $3.99 each. Which would you knit first?

 

 

 

November 12th, 2014

Holiday Weaving

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Holiday WeavingCelebration Runner weaving draft available at yarn.comI am a great lover of family traditions and one year I decided to start a new one for our family and wove each of my sisters a holiday dish towel/bread cloth. I wanted them to be related, but not identical, so I chose a twill pattern that I could use different treadlings with. I also mixed it up a little by using two different weft colors and varying the proportions, so one had stripes, one a broad band of contrast, etc. The result was a gift that wove us together as a family and yet was unique and special to each person. Sets maximize your warping time by allowing you to make many pieces from one warp. Each piece becomes different through the use of different weft colors, treadlings or tie ups. This strategy works for everything from dish towels and bread cloths, to scarves, table runners and more.

I categorize my holiday weaving in two groups – gifts and decorating my home. My categories overlap sometimes, because I often weave festive pieces for other people’s homes. For the gifting I tend to keep it simple and go with the Set Theory, which can play out in numerable ways. Your handwoven can be the crown jewel in a basket of goodies – a bread cloth with a loaf of home-baked or artisan bread, spa cloths with bath salts, a sewn bag filled with game pieces (chess, anyone?) or a bottle of wine. A set of coasters (aka mug rugs) is a quick gift as well as a great way to sample new techniques.

Color options for weaving drafts on the WEBS blog

And then there’s home dec. I love linens (a term I use generically that does not necessarily involve the use of the linen fiber) that can be special accents for holidays. Table runners, place mats and coasters are great for this. These are pieces where I rely on color to carry the theme, choosing those that are associated with the family/faith traditions of the recipient. The examples below are based on one of our most popular drafts – #64 Modified Star Work Dish Towel.  For a table runner – make it narrower and longer and add some lovely twisted fringes. Place mats – hemmed rectangles, maybe with some stripes along the edges to frame the pattern.

What weaving projects are you planning for the holidays?

November 11th, 2014

Snow Family KAL! – Week 2

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It’s time to stuff our snowpeople and give them some individuality!

In the pattern Amy recommends that you stuff thebottom portion of snow person’s body with a balloon filled with rice or plastic pellets to give your snow person some weight and balance. This way it will stand up on it’s own! Because I’m making a fairly small snowperson in Huntington, I was able to use just the finger from a latex glove filled with rice to accomplish this. Once you’ve finished stuffing you’ll close up the bottom and then shape the neck.

#SnowFamilyKAL Week 2 - join in at yarn.com

For the face you’ll stitch the nose in place and then embroider the eyes and any other details, like buttons, in place. Have fun giving your snow people personality. Next week we’ll make the accessories!

#SnowFamilyKAL Week 2 - join in at yarn.com

If you missed the start of the KAL you can go back to Week 1 here and join in the fun.

November 10th, 2014

Limited Edition Knitter’s Pride MarblZ Designer Set

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Looking for something special to add to your wishlist this season? Check out the limited edition Knitter’s Pride Marblz Interchangeable Circular Needle Designer Set.

Knitter's Pride Marblz Interchangeable Needle Set

This set includes 9 pairs of Marblz interchangeable needles in US sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5 & 11, four cables in lengths of 24”, (2) – 32” & 40”, a needle gauge, and a set of cord connectors. Everything you need comes in a lovely box with and open window that displays these gorgeous needles.

Marblz are beautifully patterned acrylic needles. The tips have a wonderful point and the needles are super smooth without being too slick. They also warm nicely in your hands and are incredibly light..

Personally, I’m a big fan of metal needles and use them almost exclusively, so I was a little skeptical giving these needles a try. I found myself to be pleasantly surprised! They were really quite lovely to knit with. I was already a fan of Knitter’s Pride circular needles, both fixed and interchangeable, since there aren’t many projects I don’t use circulars for, so I knew I would enjoy that part. I have previously tried acrylic needles but didn’t like them because they were too grabby, or squeaked. I didn’t have either of those issues with Marblz.

This set definitely deserves a place on your wishlist. It’s limited edition, so make sure you grab it while you can!

 

November 8th, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! 378: Kathy talks with Julie Turjoman

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This week Kathy talks with returning guest, Julie Turjoman, about her latest book:  A Head For Trouble: What To Knit While Catching Crooks, Chasing Clues, and Solving Murders.

Ready, Set, Knit! ep. 378 - Kathy interviews Julie Turjoman about her new book, A Head for Trouble-What to Knit While Catching Crooks, Chasing Clues, and Solving Murders - available at yarn.com

In this episode they discuss Julie’s inspiration, the plucky lady detectives from roaring 20’s themed mystery novels, as well as the actual fashion of the 1920’s that informed her designs.

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

Nov. 22 – Is Bag Day in Northampton! Get your shopping lists planned.

WEBS retail store will be open Sundays from 12-5 starting Nov 23rd – December 14th.

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

Don’t forget that we’re collecting Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bears for Safe Passage, you can read all the details here.

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November 7th, 2014

Valley Yarns Brimfield Voted Most Congenial!

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As I was passing a co-worker’s desk yesterday, I saw a yarn I hadn’t seen before, being knit in a cute seed-stitchy pattern in the round. Something about the way the yarn seemed to hug the needles and at the same time, jump out in a beautifully defined stitch pattern called to me. I could not resist squishing it for the longest time until I had to be called off like a dog with a bone he just found in the back yard.

jewel tones and rich neutrals in Valley Yarns Brimfield.

Valley Yarns Brimfield might be the bestest thing ever-smooth, cool to the touch because of the combination of merino and silk, and best of all, most congenial in that it could be used for just about anything on just about any kind of needle. Bamboo? Bring it on. Karbonz? Of course. The colors are straightforward no-nonsense neutrals and jewel-tones, so you could make a great scarf and hat set, or, my preference, this lovely sweater by Norah Gaughan called East Lake, found in Volume 3 of her Berroco collection of patterns.

Stitch patterns in a cunningly constructed sweater.

photo copyright Berroco

 

What would you knit in this user-friendly yarn? Let us know in the comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 6th, 2014

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Deep Woods Poncho

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The Deep Woods Poncho is a fantastic layering piece for chilly autumn evenings and cold winter days. Toss it on over your shoulders for that extra bit of warmth or wear it tucked up around your neck under your coat for super insulation.

The Deep Woods Poncho from Valley Yarns, crocheted in Valley Yarns BFL Worsted - available at yarn.com

Crocheted in Valley Yarns BFL Worsted this top-down, high-necked poncho combines three simple stitches to create a beautifully textured and fluid fabric that hugs the shoulders without being restrictive. The secret to avoiding the pooling that can happen when crocheting with hand dyed yarns is to alternate skeins. Since this project calls for 3 skeins of the BFL Worsted you’ll work with all your skeins right from the beginning, changing yarn at the beginning of each row instead of using skein #1 from beginning to end and then using skein #2  and then skein #3.

November 4th, 2014

Snow Family KAL! – Week 1

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We’ve had so much fun with our Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear KAL that we thought we’d keep going with the adorable Snow Family and Evergreens that graced the cover of our Holiday 2014 Catalog!

#SnowFamilyKAL on the WEBS blog - blog.yarn.com

The pattern calls for 4 Valley Yarns: Huntington, Valley Superwash DK, Valley Superwash and Northampton. The great thing about this pattern is that you can make the members of the Snow Family with almost any yarn! Just knit with the recommended needles at the recommended gauge.

#SnowFamilyKAL on the WEBS blog - blog.yarn.com

This week you’ll want to get the body, or bodies, of your snow people knit. I’m making mine in Huntington and it’s only taking me about 2 hours per snow person, they work up pretty quick! Next week we’ll stuff and shape the snow people and add their adorable faces.