January 27th, 2017

Cashmere, Of Course

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Continuing my love affair with yarn that is not sport or fingering weight, I have been anxiously waiting to get our new Valley Yarn Wachusett on my needles. If you haven’t caressed this yarn yet, you are missing a very comforting experience. A very luxurious blend of merino wool and cashmere (the magic word!) makes knitting with Wachusett a treat. Getting a gauge of 19 stitches to 4 inches in stockinette makes a sweater fly off the needles, and a very generous 163 yards in a ball will let you settle in for hours of fun. A very slight halo and a range of clear brights and smoky neutrals give you lots of choices if you like colorwork or color blocks; of course, any of those colors could stand on their own as well.

Amy's loving Valley Yarns Wachusett, read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The Backstage Boss hat from Advenure Du Jour Designs would be a great test knit for Wachusett–with two colors that can either complement or contrast, you’d get a real feel for what this yarn can do. I’m a fan!

January 21st, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit! 473: Kathy talks with Maura Pfeifer

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This week Kathy talks with Maura Pfeifer, founder of K200tog.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #473 - Kathy talks with Maura Pfeifer. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Maura is working to bring people together, and sees this as an opportunity to get outside of our daily bubbles and find out what we have in common.

The K200tog Event happening on Saturday, Feb. 11th from 1-5pm at the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, MA. You can register here.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

The 2nd annual WEBS Retreat is happening Sept 14th – 17th, with registration opening Wed Feb 8th at noon (space in the retreat and hotel only)
There are 125 spots. You will need a credit card as registration is online only, no phone calls, no Paypal.
Several days after registration is complete attendees will have the opportunity to register for classes with Anne Hansen, Susan B.  Anderson, Josh Bennett, Olga Jazzy, and Franklin Habit

There will be a private shopping event for retreat attendees on Saturday night at the store as well as lots of late night knitting, swag bags, gifts and giveaways!

Be sure to check out the  Ravelry group – “WEBS Knitting Retreat” or email us at retreat@yarn.com

Thanks to our early sponsors, Classic Elite Yarns, Berroco, and Tahki Stacy Charles!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Winter Classes are live! Sign up today.

Upcoming Events

Our Big Game Day Escape is happening February 5th from 12-4, register now!

STITCHES West is coming February 23-26, 2017!

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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January 20th, 2017

New Designs in Valley Yarns Colrain!

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Three talented designers have all worked with our Valley Yarns Colrain to bring your all new designs for January!

The Sabine Pullover from Ashwini Jambhekar, who also designed the Ascending Leaves Pullover, has faux princess seams created with a small slip-stitch cable to a truly flattering fit.

New designs in Valley Yarns Colrain, read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comMelissa Metzbower, who also designed the Honeycomb Child’s Cardigan, designed the clever January Morning Cowl. Squishy, cozy braided strips join together at the back neck with a low-profile button.

New designs in Valley Yarns Colrain, read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comFatimah Hinds, designer of the Blue Quartz Cowl, has created a subtle graphic statement with the Limestone Inclusion Shawl, which features a simple stripe of natural to transition from the main body to the lacy, mesh edge.

New designs in Valley Yarns Colrain, read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comHave you worked with Valley Yarns Colrain before? What has been your favorite project?

January 16th, 2017

First Watch Pea Coat – Winner!

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Our thanks to everyone that commented and said such lovely things about Marie’s newest design. And we love all your color choices!

First Watch Giveaway Winner on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Our winner is Commenter # 242, Anne,  who said, “I think I would use the gold…bold and bright for these endless cloudy winter days. I have followed WEBS forever, catalogue and then on FB and online. I even had the pleasure of visiting the store a few years ago. Yay, WEBS!!” Anne will be getting a sweater’s worth of Berkshire in her chosen color and a copy of the First Watch pattern!

There are already so many great projects popping up on Ravelry, we can’t wait to see all of your versions of this sweater in all these amazing color choices! Our thanks go out to Marie for designing such a lovely sweater in Valley Yarns.

January 13th, 2017

Big, Bigger, Biggest

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I realized that my last two substantive projects (sweaters, that is) were both knit in teeny, tiny yarn. Usually I’m a fan of a gauge that is smallish, but it just takes too darn long. And my hands ache by the time I’m seaming.

I went back to an old fave, Rowan Big Wool. About 10 years ago, I knit a sweater in this yarn and I remembered that feeling of being able to finish not one, but two sleeves in an evening. It’s BIG. In a good way. Less than 2 stitches to 1 inch on size 17-19 needles. It’s like knitting with two broomsticks! But for a small project like a hat, a cowl, a scarf, even a vest, you’ll get that superhero feeling of making a garment in no time at all. Big Wool is 100% merino wool, tightly plied, so it’s not fuzzy. A generous 100-gram ball gives the knitter plenty of bang for not a lot of bucks. Even more enticing, when you buy 5 skeins of Big Wool, we’ll give you the Rowan Archive Collection Big Wool book FREE! Lots of great patterns that use this lovely stuff to its best advantage are in this treasure trove.

Rowan Big Wool and Amy's plans for a quick knit on the WEBS Blog, read more at blog.yarn.com

Because I love the feeling of being wrapped up in a blanket, I might make the Pioneer Cape, a really smart shoulder covering that will stay in place, unlike a shawl or a scarf. The color palette is muted but expansive, giving you just the range you’d like for a conspicuous yarn like this. Now go, knit like the wind!

January 11th, 2017

Valley Superwash stuns in Vogue Knitting!

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The Winter 2016/17 issue of Vogue Knitting is on newsstands now and we’re thrilled with the Stacked herringbone Sweater from Sandi Prosser!

Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Knit in two high contrast colors of our very own Valley Yarns Valley Superwash, this oversized, batwing-style sweater creates a bold, herringbone pattern for a pullover that would look equally at home with jeans and boots, or  a black mini and stilettos.

I can’t wait to see it in other color combinations! Which colors would you choose?

January 9th, 2017

First Watch Pea Coat – new design and a giveaway!

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Marie Greene, from Olive Knits has just released a new design knit in our Valley Yarns Berkshire. Her First Watch Pea Coat is a lovely modern take on the classic pea coat, with subtle, crisp details that make this sweater a classic piece that you will wear for years. We asked Marie to share the story of this design.

First Watch Pea Coat from Olive Knits, read about the design journey of this knit, and enter to win the yarn and pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Design Insights:

For me, knitwear design usually always begins with a structure or a place – a bridge, a coastline, an outdoor marketplace. I am always open to inspiration in unexpected places, and more often than not it’s the littlest things that kick off an idea.

My philosophy is simple: I want my designs to be timeless and wearable, but equally important – I want them to be portable. I’m a knitter on the go, and I design with this in mind. I knit during meetings, at the beach, when I travel, when I’m visiting friends – I am never without a project. Some projects travel well and some don’t, but I find that the more portable a project is, the easier it is to finish. (And the sooner I finish, the sooner I can wear it, right?)

First Watch was inspired by my home near the Oregon Coast – a place where the ocean breezes can cut right through several layers (even when you think you’ve bundled up enough).  I’ve always loved the minimal style of a pea coat; it’s a perfect example of form and function, and this one – knit with Valley Yarns Berkshire at a relatively dense gauge makes for a toasty fabric that holds its own on a cold day. The yarn blocks beautifully and provides clear stitch definition for ribbing and details. The result is a sturdy, totally wearable piece that you’ll find yourself reaching for again and again throughout the cold season. Best of all, it’s a quick, seamless knit with the button band worked right along as you go.

Designed for sizes 32-52 with a little ease for layering, First Watch is a versatile piece that you’ll love so much you’ll wear it every time the temperature drops.

First Watch Pea Coat from Olive Knits, read about the design journey of this knit, and enter to win the yarn and pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

 

I have to agree with Marie, I love it, and  I just have to decide what color of Berkshire I’m going to use. For more info on Marie or her Olive Knits designs please follow her on Ravelry or Instagram.

THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT PARTICIPATED! This Giveaway is now closed.

Now for the Giveaway! Tell us what color of Berkshire you’d like to use and where you heard/saw about this giveaway in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a copy of the pattern and a full sweater quantity of Berkshire to knit your own First Watch! The giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada, and closes at 11:59pm EST Sunday, January 15th.

Please use a valid email address when creating your comment account, anonymous comments prevent us from contacting you if you are the winner. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator,  the comment with that number will be the winner.  If the winner has not responded to requests after 1 week a new winner will be chosen using the same method.

(No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Only comments on this blog post count as an entry. Entries must include a preferred color of Valley Yarns Berkshire and the platform where the entrant learned about the giveaway. The winner will be announced here on the WEBS Blog on Monday, January 16th.)

January 7th, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit! 472: Kathy talks with Alasdair Post Quinn

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This week Kathy talks with Alasdair Post-Quinn about his newest book, Double or Nothing.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #472 - Kathy talks with Alasdair Post-Quinn. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Alasdair explains why knitters shouldn’t be intimidated by double knitting, it’s no more difficult to do than 1×1 ribbing! If you’re still nervous you have the chance to come take a class with him at WEBS in April! Intro to Double Knitting section 1 or section 2, Knitting Off the Grid or Multi-Color Double Knitting.

And don’t forget to enter for your  chance to win a VIP trip to STITCHES United in Hartford in the Fall. Enter here through January 10th.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Winter Classes are live! Sign up today.

Upcoming Events

Red Cross Blood Drive at the store this Thursday, January 12th!

STITCHES West is coming February 23-26, 2017!

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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January 6th, 2017

Anouk Cowl, a new design in 2/10 Merino Tencel

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The beginning of the new year is a great time to start a new project, maybe something just for yourself! The Anouk Cowl, designed by the incredible Dora Ohrenstein, is a unique combination of stitches and technique that results in a easy accessory with gorgeous texture.

The Anouk Cowl designed by Dora Ohrenstein for Valley Yarns in 2/10 Merino Tencel. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Crocheted with our 2/10 Merino Tencel, this cowl has incredible drape and a shine that peeks out from behind the soft merino haze.  Get your hooks out and crochet this beauty for yourself now!

January 5th, 2017

STITCHES United – you could win!

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Our friends at STITCHES are running an amazing contest for the STITCHES United show. You and a friend could win a total VIP experience! Click here or below to enter The Ultimate STITCHES United 2017 VIP Giveaway.
STITCHES United VIP Experience Giveaway
What will the winner receive?

And if that weren’t enough… the winner will get to select a friend or family member to receive the same package! You have until January 10, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (central time)to enter. On January 11, 2017 the winner will be announced.

And the hidden bonus? Everyone who enters will receive a coupon for 50% off admission to the STITCHES United 2017 Market, you Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter!