May 15th, 2015

Resources for the Visual Learners

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Greetings from the Weaving Room! My education as a fiber artisan has included a mix of classes and books. I love books (my mother was a librarian, after all) and I’m one of those odd birds who actually reads owners manuals. I can work my way through the descriptions and instructions at my own pace, stopping to try things out and taking inspiration from the gorgeous photos.

However, I know from my experience in classes that watching someone else’s hands demonstrate techniques increases my learning exponentially. Unfortunately, I don’t get to flit from conference to workshop gorging on the educational smorgasbord. And sometimes I just need a refresher or a close up of one specific piece of the process. So it’s off to the interwebs to find what I need.

I don’t even have to go far, because WEBS has its own YouTube channel with great videos of weaving techniques (knitters, crocheters, spinners, etc, can find video tutorials for their technique as well). Feeling hesitant about warping back to front? Watch Barbara Elkins, WEBS founder, walk you through it step by step.

Want to learn to step up your skills and learn to hemstitch your pieces on the loom? Check out this great hands on demo with yours truly.

Videos are a great way to see exactly what the hands are doing, with the added benefit of being able to pause, rewind and go through it again as you work on your own loom. We are adding to our resource library of weaving videos all the time. Coming soon – how to wind a warp with Barbara Elkins, a tutorial that not only shows the basics, but talks about how to place the cross according the the dimensions of your loom, how to wind with two threads at a time, and many other useful tips.

Technique videos are like having a personal coach to help you succeed and I encourage you to use them to up your game. As we continue to build our library, what would you like to see demonstrated?

May 14th, 2015

WEBS Mystery Blanket KAL and CAL- Square Four

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Are you ready for our last square?

Do you have 27 finished squares from FebruaryMarch, and April? No need to stress if you don’t! Take this project at your own pace and pull all the pieces together on a timeline that works for you.

Crocheters: Crocodile Stitch is the name of the game for this square! With a square that is worked on the bias from one corner to the next, we’ll work half the square in crocodile stitch and finish off with alternating double and single crochet.

Crocodile Stitch

The pattern can be downloaded here (FREE). Did you know there’s a playlist for the full Crochet-A-Long and all the techniques on Youtube? (Keep in mind that our techniques videos are NOT the pattern! These videos are here to help you understand the techniques featured in our patterns, please refer to your pattern for specifics.)

KnittersThis square is all about texture! We’re creating an undulating chevron with knits and purls, broken by embossed sections created with simple increases and decreases. There are no new stitches in this square (yay!), but here a few tutorial to remind you of the less common techniques.

Make 1 Purl stitches

And Make 1 Knit stitches.

Purling multiple stitches together

Don’t forget, we have a playlist for the Knit-A-Long blanket on Youtube to make it all easier (Please note that our techniques videos are NOT the patterns! These videos are here to help you understand the featured techniques, but you’ll need to refer to your pattern for specifics.), and all the squares can be found here.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and tell us about your progress! You can do that here, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Ravelry, or post pictures of your progress on Instagram and tag them with #WEBSMKAL or #WEBSMCAL

Next month we’ll put it all together!

May 13th, 2015

What to Wear This Summer

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If you’ve been to the store within the last month, you’ve seen many new warm weather store samples. For those of you who haven’t visited lately, I want to share some of these spring and summer knits with you. Store employees are modelling their favorite garments of the season.

Spring and Summer knits at WEBS, read more on the WEBS Blog -  blog.yarn.com

Here’s Alyssa modeling the Irokata Tee knit in Plymouth Linaza. This yarn is new this season and contains alpaca, linen and tencel, creating a sultry fabric that drapes with ease. This tunic features thoughtful details and Alyssa likes the shaping that flatters all body types.

Spring and Summer knits at WEBS - Irokata Tee in Plymouth Linaza, read more on the WEBS Blog -  blog.yarn.com

Our Education Manager Amy (formerly a store employee) is rocking the ever-popular Featherweight Cardigan. Our version is knit with Fibre Co. Meadow, a pleasing blend of merino, baby llama, silk and linen which we carry in 15 colorways. The combination of these fibers make the perfect cover up in overly air conditioned restaurants and theaters.

Spring and Summer knits at WEBS - Featherweight Cardigan in Fibre Co. Meadow, read more on the WEBS Blog -  blog.yarn.com

Meg is wearing a sleeveless top  in Sesia Kreo. This 100% cotton yarn is requires a close up look. It’s chainette-constructed, meaning there are lots of tiny strands worked into a tube, which gives Kreo a weightlessness that most cottons can’t boast about. And the strands are subtly dyed which provides the yarn with a warm depth of tone. Meg says Sesia is next-to-the skin soft and easy to wear with a pair of jeans. She also loves the range of colors available.

Spring and Summer knits at WEBS -Women's Shell in Sesia Kreo, read more on the WEBS Blog -  blog.yarn.com

One of our Assistant Managers, Bonnie, has fallen for Tahki’s Philadelphia Duster in their popular yarn Ripple. The thick and thin texture of this 100% cotton yarn gives the garment a light, airy texture, making a perfect coverup for cool evenings. Bonnie loves the mid-thigh length and the short sleeves.

Spring and Summer knits at WEBS -The Philadelphia Duster in Tahki Yarns Ripple, read more on the WEBS Blog -  blog.yarn.com

This next top has become the the most-admired sample in the store.  Worn by our second Assistant Manager Beth, Shibui’s Slope is flattering, stylish and timeless all at the same time. Shown in Shibui Twig, this cool and comfortable shell is perfect over a t-shirt, tank or camisole. Beth says she’d wear it with jeans and flats or dress it up with a skirt and heels. Either way, this beauty is sure to become a warm weather go-to garment.

Spring and Summer knits at WEBS -Slope in Shibui Twig, read more on the WEBS Blog -  blog.yarn.com

Michele sports another Shibui favorite. Shibui Square is knit with a combination of Shibui yarns — Linen and Cima worked together. The side panel is an unexpected detail in this gorgeous piece. Michele loves the drape and lightness the fabric and says wearing this with jeans make the perfect pairing.

Spring and Summer knits at WEBS -Square in Shibui Linen and Cima, read more on the WEBS Blog -  blog.yarn.com

So, what will you choose to enliven your summer wardrobe? I’ve got my eye on the Sesia Kreo sleeveless top and the Irokata Tee. And maybe Shibui Slope. Possibly Shibui Square. I’m not sure. But I do know that there’s not enough time in the day to knit all the things I like!

If you’re traveling anywhere up or down the East Coast, WEBS is on your way! Please come see us soon to check out what’s new.

Knit away!

May 12th, 2015

Tent Sale in just 4 days!

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We’ve been getting ready for weeks but like an ant’s nest that’s been kicked, all that activity has been below the surface until now! The Tent is going up and we’ll start filling it for you early on Saturday morning. Get here early for some of the best deals and to check out all the local vendors and shepherds at our Annual Fleece Market! And don’t forget that all of the great deals on the May Anniversary Sale Yarns will still be in effect as well as 20% off all in-stock spinning wheels and spinning supplies during Tent Sale. Will this be the year you FINALLY get to WEBS’ Tent Sale? or will this be your 14th visit? How many times have you made it?

The Annual Tent Sale at WEBS - America's Yarn Store, May 16th and 17th 2015. Will you be there? more info at yarn.com

May 10th, 2015

WEBS Mystery Blanket KAL and CAL- Just 4 days till the release of our last Square!

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Later this week we’ll reveal the final squares for our Mystery Knit-a-Long and Crochet-a-Long! We’ve had a great time sharing new techniques and stitches with you and it’s time to cruise to the finish line. No extra needles or tools are needles for this one!

WEBS Mystery Knit-a-Long and Crochet-a-Long Square #4 revealed on May 14th, 2015. Have you joined in yet? read more at blog.yarn.com

And don’t worry if you haven’t started yet, both projects are open for you to join in at ANY TIME! Check out the first Square here, the second Square here, the third Square here and be sure to pop into our Ravelry group and join the discussion.

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?