June 30th, 2014

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – The Hazel Shawl

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The Hazel Shawl is a stunning, crescent shaped shawl in a delicate, knotted lace pattern that is just perfect for summer.

The Hazel Shawl from Valley Yarns knit in 2/14 Alpaca Silk available at yarn.com

About the design Kirsten says, “The shaping is built right into the stitch pattern, eliminating any unsightly jogs between the increases and the lace motifs. The built-in rate of increase creates a more eccentric crescent-shape than traditional triangle shawls that fits better over the shoulders. The patterning is done on both sides with a garter stitch base, which means no purling and no long, boring plain rows! There’s plenty of yarn left over in the skein to make it larger if you like. A simple, knitted-on lace edging rounds out the piece.”

The 2/14 Alpaca Silk is available in 10 hand dyed colors and 25 solid colors. Which will you choose?

June 28th, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! 362: Kathy talks with Andra Asars

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This week Kathy talks with Andra about the new Fall yarns and designs from Berroco.

Norah Gaughan Vol. 15 from Berroco – available at yarn.com

Try Mojo, if you’re a Brio fan this is a tamer version of the yarn you love. Ultra Alpaca Chunky and Inca Tweed are great new chunky yarns. And there are 2 new sport weight yarns as well, Cosma and Andean Mist. Be sure to check out all the new patterns for the season and don’t miss Norah Gaughan Vol.15!.

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Reminder: The 4th Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening THIS WEEKEND! - Get your Passport and stop by today until 6pm and tomorrow from 12pm–5pm

Upcoming Events:

Join us for the Shibui Mix Yarn Party on July 29th from 6-7:30 pm - There is a $10 fee for this event, and space is limited so be sure to register today!

July 30th from 10am – 3pm we’re hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the store. Please sign up in advance, there is limited space available, but walk-ins will also be welcomed!Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS today to schedule an appointment.

Stop by and check out current the Classic Elite Yarns Trunk Show.

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June 27th, 2014

Steve’s Deal of the Day – Circulo Tecido Trico

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Steve’s Deal of the Day for this weekend is Circulo Tecido Tricot - $9.99/hank (reg $19.95). One of our most popular ribbon-like ruffle yarns, Tecido Tricot from Circulo is available in over 30 different fabric prints.

Circulo Tecido Tricot available at yarn.com

While ruffle scarves are still quite popular and a great way to whip up a quick gift (check out our video tutorials!) there are other ways to use this unique yarn.

Circulo Tecido Tricot available at yarn.com

The Cascading Ruffle Clutch by Christina Behnke is a great way to use this type or ruffle yarn which is just what Ravelry user dcknitwhit did.

Circulo Tecido Tricot available at yarn.com

Ravelry user 1skeinwonderwoman whipped up The Party Dress, a great little pattern to celebrate the little one in your life, and it’s a FREE pattern!

Don’t forget! Circulo Tecido Tricot is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, June 29, 2014.  Use Promo Code FBTECTRIC at checkout to get the special price, $9.99/hank (reg $19.95)

June 26th, 2014

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Cranwell Hat

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Our new Cranwell Hat uses our Charlemont Kettle Dye and is crocheted using 2 strands which gives the yarn a dappled appearance.  A round of post stitches at the edge of the crown and reverse single crochet at the brim give it that perfect finishing touch, and with the yarn held doubled throughout it works up very quickly.

Cranwell

This is a great hat for the beach, a round of golf, or a summer picnic, and it’s the perfect summer project for under $20. The PDF is just $3.99 and one skein of Charlemont Kettle Dye, at $15.99, is enough for the whole hat.

Which shade of Charlemont Kettle Dye will you use?

June 25th, 2014

Dots & Dashes Chenille Scarf designed by Dena Gartenstein Moses

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The 6th of our 40th Anniversary weaving drafts, the Dots & Dashes Chenille Scarf woven in 4 or 6-shafts in our Valley Yarns Rayon Chenille, was designed by Dena Gartenstein Moses.

Dots & Dashes Chenille Scarf in Valley Yarns Rayon Chenille - available exclusively at yarn.com

Valley Yarns Rayon Chenille can be really fun to work with, once you get the hang of it. This scarf remind me of a bowl filled with brightly colored candy. On the loom, it will appear somewhat flat, but the ribbon will pop out and the scarf will get luxuriously soft when washed properly.

Dots & Dashes Chenille Scarf in Valley Yarns Rayon Chenille - available exclusively at yarn.com

A note about working with chenille: Chenille wants to move, stretch and worm, which can make it tricky to work with, but also forgiving. I like using front to back warping and just accepting the gnarls as part of the process, working them out using my sense of humor and as much patience as I can muster. If the warp snarls when beaming, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve done anything wrong. Over time, working it out will get easier. I strongly advise against using a comb to work through your warp. This scarf is easiest woven on six shafts. It can be adjusted to four shafts, although your shed may not be as lovely as usual.

June 24th, 2014

Extra Savings on Ella Rae Closeouts

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This week, 6/24/14-6/30/14, you can save an extra 15% on closeouts from Ella Rae when you enter code ELLACLOS at checkout.

Ella Rae Calluna at yarn.com

Ella Rae Calluna is a machine washable blend of wool and acrylic. The colors are absolutely stunning and have a lovely heathered look. It is perfect for blankets, garments, and more! The worsted weight means you have tons of options for patterns.

Ella Rae Classic Sport at yarn.com

Ella Rae Classic Sport is a classic wool yarn that would be a great choice for colorwork projects. Have you been thinking about trying steeking? The great savings on this yarn makes it affordable to experiment with. It would also be fantastic for mittens.

Ella Rae Mega at yarn.com

 

Ella Rae Mega is a super bulky, 100% wool single ply yarn. It is soft and great for quick accessories. There are over 30 colors available, including several heathers.

Don’t miss out on an extra 15% off Ella Rae closeouts. You can see them all here. Use code ELLACLOS at checkout.

June 23rd, 2014

Sweater Cum Laude

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On Wednesday, June 18, 7 students received their WEBS Expert Knitter Certificates, signifying that they completed not only the 18 required classes for the program, but had climbed the highest mountain of all: designing and knitting their Capstone sweater. The evening was a celebration not only of their knitting talent and perseverance, but of their creativity and passion for design and fiber. I’d like to let the pictures do the talking, because the garments are absolutely exquisite and should be seen by as many eyes as possible.

Ocean-y color and delicate laceKristie Nathanson was actually a 2013 graduate, but life got in the way, like it does, and she completed her sweater after last year’s Capstone Ceremony. We wanted to recognize her and showcase her lacy confection, knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont.Linda invented her own cable stitch for this lacy cabled sweater!

Linda Mason did an intricately textured Empire-waist cardigan, and not only had at least three different cable patterns, but invented a stitch never before seen–by putting lace INSIDE a cable. Amazing! She used Valley Yarns Northampton, in a classic Aran natural.

 

Pat's bright-blue cablesPat Wheeler did a vivid blue cabled cardigan with eye-catching silver buttons in Cascade 220. Pat had the biggest binder of swatches ever seen, and she used a technique not often employed outside of the classroom–the double-pick-up around her neckband. It creates an invisible edge and is finishing at it’s finest.

Barbara Meunier also used cables and showcased her moss-green knitted sweater in Louet Gems Sport yarn with wooden buttons to create a natural-looking garment that was both simple and intricate. Barbara was the calmest by far of all our Capstone contenders, and it shows in her knitting.Ping, Barbara's mentor, describes her design.

Laurie Scutt-Drohan started her Capstone process more than a year ahead of her actual knitting! When I first gathered the contenders in October of 2013, she already had a big binder of swatches in various yarns she was contemplating for her final project. She eventually decided to use Valley Yarns Charlemont in a deep teal, which complents her fair skin and dark hair beautifully. Laurie is the perfect example of someone knitting their stress away, as several events conspired to make her Capstone year a Laurie looks great in her teal-blue fingering weight cardi.stressful one. But I think you’ll agree that she used her gift to great advantage in this beautifully-fitting sweater.

Liz Crouch was the only other Capstone graduate to use lace. Her original idea was to make a twin set in a plant fiber, but when push came to shove, she felt a fiber blend was the right choice, and ended up using Classic Elite’s Soft Linen, a linen/wool blend, in a flattering lavander shade. It suits her, as you can see, and her lace panels are perfectly balanced and her garment fits her to a T.Lavander lace and beautiful shaping

Jeanne Crosby had a deceptively simple sweater until you saw it up close…and noticed the crocheted panel and neckpiece of skulls in deep black Valley Yarns Northfield. Northfield is soft and drapy and the combination of the smooth fabric and the bold skull pattern really made her sweater outstanding. It completely suits her personality and she loves it!Look closely for those crocheted skulls.

We had another student who was halfway through with her sweater and in the process of finishing up her final classes when another life event took her attention:  Sarah Johnston had baby Nina Belle in March, and as she told me, she couldn’t put Nina Belle down to pick up her needles once that beautiful little girl made her arrival! So I’m sure that at some point in the next year or so, Sarah will send me a mysterious package that will turn out to be her Capstone sweater and we’ll celebrate her at that time.

Sarah Johnston's personal Capstone: Baby Nina Belle!

I hope this inspires you blog-readers to create some magic of your own! All these knitters started with Knitting II; and you can see how dedicated they are to their fiber art! Maybe we’ll institute a Graduate Program here at WEBS. What would that include? Let me know your thoughts!

June 21st, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! 361: Kathy talks with Wendy Bernard

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This week Kathy talks with Wendy Bernard, author of the new book Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary. Wendy talks about her journey from Marketing to knit design.

Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary, the new book from Wendy Bernard - available at yarn.com

This book is packed full of over 100 stitch patterns that Wendy presents in four different ways: top down, bottom up, back and forth, and in the round, as well as 11 patterns into which you can easily insert your own choice of stitch patterns.

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Reminder: Our yearly Capstone ceremony happened earlier this week with 6 new graduates from our WEBS Expert Knitter Program. You can learn more about the program here.

Upcoming Events:

The 4th Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening NEXT WEEKEND! – June 26th-29th, get your Passport Today!

Stop by and check out current the Classic Elite Yarns Trunk Show.

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June 20th, 2014

Steve’s Deal of the Day – Plymouth Yarns Grandiosa Hand Dyed

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Steve’s Deal of the Day for this weekend is Plymouth Yarns Grandiosa hand-dyed - $8.19/hank (reg $17.99). This super bulky yarn knits up at just 2 stitches per inch for super quick and cozy projects.

Plymouth Yarns Grandiosa hand-dyed available at yarn.com

With just 2 skeins you could whip up your own Herringbone Neckwarmer, which is a FREE pattern, like Ravelry user paigecm has done.

Plymouth Yarns Grandiosa hand-dyed available at yarn.com

Or with only 3 skeins you could do what Ravelry user knittingnurse has done and whip up an Ovate shawl for yourself.

Don’t forget! Plymouth Yarns Grandiosa hand-dyed is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, June 22, 2014.  Use Promo Code FBGRANDIOS3 at checkout to get the special price, $8.19/hank (reg $17.99). 

June 20th, 2014

An Hors’ d’Ouvre Before the Main Course

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I will be doing a ginormous, photo-filled blog post in a few days about our WEBS Expert Knitter Certification Program Capstone Ceremony (and you will be so inspired that you will sign up and start taking some classes!) but since the Ceremony isn’t happening for a few hours, I’d like to share one of our new Fall yarns with you, a little ahead of schedule.A heathery pile of softnessJaggerspun Heather is a new yarn, and a cousin to our store staple, Jaggerspun Zephyr. While Zephyr is a laceweight blend of merino and silk, Heather is a sturdier fingering weight, and is 100% wool. It’s absolutely beautiful, in lots of vibrant heathered shades and with almost 500 yards for $11.00, it practically begs you to buy it. It would make a light but warm shawl for any season , but I will also plan to use it for hats, mittens, fingerless gloves, or any weaving project. Once washed, it becomes even softer and loftier.

I would use any shade of this lovely fiber to make Knitting School Dropout’s September Circle Cowl. It’s a seamless loop scarf that combines a fingering weight yarn and larger needles for a perfect fall accessory. Wear it doubled around your neck for extra warmth. As written, this pattern uses approximately 420 yards, so one skein will do it!Imagine this in Amethyst...

What are you thinking about making this summer for Fall?