November 20th, 2014
Whether there’s an experienced spinner in your midst or someone who’s interested in getting started we have everything you’ll need for great gifts this season. Fibers from wool to silk in gorgeous colors from Malabrigo, Sweet Georgia and Frabjous Fibers. Amazing resources like Ply magazine, The Intentional Spinner with accompanying DVD and the Spinner’s Book of Fleece. And all the tools any spinner could need from yarn gauges and niddy noddys to drop spindles and Spinning Wheels.
If you’re local to our retail store in Northampton MA, or you’ve been thinking of taking a trip to visit us, this weekend is the perfect time. It’s Bag Day in Northampton this weekend and we’re offering 20% off any one, regular priced, in-stock item for in-store customers only! If you have been thinking about buying a wheel for that someone special (or yourself!) stop by the store on Saturday 11/22 from 10am – 5:30 pm or on Sunday 11/23 from noon – 5pm and take advantage of the Bag Day special.
Please remember the Bag Day discount applies only to items that we have in stock in either our Northampton store or our warehouse, no special orders.
November 19th, 2014
The Coppice Cardigan, in Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk, may be one of the easiest lace cardigans there is to knit!
Kirsten says, “The Coppice Cardigan was a lot of fun to design. It combines one of my favorite Shetland lace patterns (seen with built-in increases in the recent Hazel Shawl) with one of my favorite cardigan structures – the folded rectangle! Funny how a simple, rectilinear shape can create flowing dolman sleeves and a gently curving neckline and hem. It defies all logic, but it’s a shape that seems to fit everyone no matter how big or small you make it! So don’t worry too much about gauge here, and feel free to block it as big as you like to open up the lace.”
November 18th, 2014
Now your snow person just needs some fun accessories. The pattern includes an elfin hat and perfect little scarf, you can make the hat all in one color or add some bright stripes. I even stopped knitting my hat about half-way, just before the decreases in the pattern, and seamed it shut so I could add TWO adorably small pom-poms. You could also abandon the hat altogether and make some super cozy, and tiny, ear muffs with two simple crocheted circles and a chain between!
And don’t forget the scarves! Again, don’t be afraid to have some fun and add stripes or blocks of color. Customize your snow family to reflect who you are. If you’re thinking of giving a set as a gift why not dress them up in the recipients favorite team colors, or in colors to match their decor. Your possibilities are endless!
Next week we’ll knit up some evergreens to finish the KAL and the set. Show us how your snowpeople are coming along!
November 17th, 2014
With so many amazing patterns to choose from it can sometimes be daunting to narrow it down to the few that you can reasonable get done before the holidays, and enjoy the process. Occasionally the perfect yarn crossed your path and solves all your problems. The Cheshire Cat 5-skein Pack from Wonderland Yarns is a combo of 5 mini skeins in gorgeous ombres or coordinated color stories, and they’re perfect for gift making!
Try the Stellar Beret or Circle Scarf from Linda Permann, Breda’s Cowl from the Fibre Company, or add stunning yoke stripes to the Icelandic Turtleneck from Crochet Me (pair it with Anzula Cloud for the additional yardage you’ll need for a sweater.) What projects will you make with the Cheshire Cat 5-Skein Packs?
November 15th, 2014
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.
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 :
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.
November 13th, 2014
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 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.
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 WeavingI 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.
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
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.
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!
If you missed the start of the KAL you can go back to Week 1 here and join in the fun.
November 10th, 2014
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.
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!