July 18th, 2014

Steve’s Deal of the Day – Valley Yarns Northampton

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Steve’s Deal of the Day July 18-20 is is Valley Yarns Northampton$4.19/skein (reg $5.99).  This is a great workhorse yarn perfect for almost any project that calls for worsted weight yarn, from sweaters, blankets and felted items to socks and accessories.

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The Ossel dress from Twist Collective is a beautiful cabled dress that looks equally stunning in the original grey or Ravelry user njstacie‘s color choice Ocean Heather.

 

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Nikol Lohr’s Sweetheart Socks also take advantage of Northampton’s ability to really shine in cable work. The original sicks were knit in the Light Green Heather colorway but Ravelry user withmyneedles changed hers up a bit by using two colors. With 40 colors to choose from this FREE sock pattern can turn into quite a few pairs of socks to love!

Don’t forget! Valley Yarns Northampton is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, July 20, 2014.  Use Promo Code FBNORTHAM23 at checkout to get the special price$4.19/skein (reg $5.99)

July 18th, 2014

Weaving Contest Winners!

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The winners were officially announced at Convergence last evening and we’re so thrilled to finally share the results of our Weaving Contest with you! Congratulations to all our winners!

WEBS 40th Anniversary Weaving Contest, winners in the Accessories category.

WEBS 40th Anniversary Weaving Contest, winners in the Byways category.

 

WEBS 40th Anniversary Weaving Contest, winners in the Clothing category.

 

WEBS 40th Anniversary Weaving Contest, winners in the Decorative category.

July 18th, 2014

Camp That Doesn’t Involve Mosquitoes, Tents, or a Lake…

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I did not go to summer camp when I was a kid. I lived on a farm and worked every summer. When I moved to New York and went to college, I was amazed at the fact that parents let their kids go away every summer to swim, kayak, make friendship bracelets, and most of all, not have to coax 100 chickens into a pen twice a day, every day.

Here at WEBS, we have summer camp, and it’s the best kind of summer camp: Fiber Camp. Run by teacher extraordinaire Lindsey Lindequist, these kiddos start every day with a knitting project, and move on to wet felting, fiber dyeing, drop spindle, and (it wouldn’t be camp without them) friendship bracelets. We had a lot of kids who signed up this summer and we’re in Week Two of Fiber Camp. Some of these ladies are very serious about their fiber love!Our first week of Fiber Camp!

You could certainly do your own fiber camp, and you don’t even have to invite anyone if you don’t want to. Try some wet felting–all you’ll need is some roving, a dish or pie plate, some dish soap, and water. Combine some colors that you find pleasing, drop them in the water in your dish, add dish soap to make the fibers adhere and mesh with each other and just mash away until you see a roving, water, and dish soap creates felt...design emerge that you like.

You could do some fabric dyeing or yarn dyeing, as well. Just use food coloring and some vinegar, soak your skein or fabric, microwave it for a few minutes, and then hang it up to dry. Instant color!Annabelle Wood creates dyed silk fabric

What camp do you think you’ll want to do this summer? Reading a good book camp? Knitting or crocheting a summer tee camp? Or maybe you could try my favorite camp, naptime camp. Enjoy!

July 16th, 2014

Extra Savings on Closeouts from Universal Yarn

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This week, 7/15/14-7/21/14, save an additional 15% on closeouts from Universal Yarn when you use code UNIVERCLOS at checkout.

Universal Yarn Closeouts at yarn.com

You don’t want to miss your chance to save on the amazing closeouts from Universal Yarn. Many of the yarns don’t have a hefty stock, so if you see something you can’t live without, make sure you grab it now. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab some gorgeous yarn at amazing savings.

Use code UNIVERCLOS at checkout to save an additional 15% off of the already low closeout price of Universal Yarn.

July 14th, 2014

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Basic Men’s Pullover

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A great, basic, worsted weight set-in sleeve pullover sized for men, the Basic Men’s Pullover from Valley Yarns can serve as a canvas for your favorite stitch patterns or worked as written for those who like their sweaters plain.

Basic Men's Pullover from Valley Yarns - available at yarn.com

Valley Superwash has a full 25 colors to choose from so you can find the one that’s right for the man, or men, in your life.

July 12th, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! 364: Steve talks with his parents, Art and Barbara Elkins

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This week Steve talks with his parents, Art and Barbara, about WEBS’ transition from our Kellogg Ave. location in Amherst to our current location at 75 Service Center Rd. Northampton.

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In the early 90′s mail order was busy, their little parking lot was always full, and the shop was packed full of customers and yarns. They were bursting at the seams and there were warehouses full of yarn all over the valley.

They talk about trying to find a larger location in Amherst and ultimately deciding to look in Northampton where they found our current building, which had been occupied by the Telephone company and housed their offices and their garage.

And Art tells Steve how yarn.com came to be.

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Upcoming Events:

Convergence is next week in Providence RI, and hasn’t been in New England in over 20 years!

Northampton Sidewalk Sale, July 24th – 27th – stop in the store for great deals and specials. – In store only.

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.

Aug. 7-10 - Stitches Midwest in Schaumburg Ill

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

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July 11th, 2014

Steve’s Deal of the Day – Valley Yarns 2/10 Merino Tencel (Colrain Lace)

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This weekend we’re featuring one of our favorite coned yarns! Steve’s Deal of the Day July 11-13 is Valley Yarns 2/10 Merino Tencel (Colrain Lace) $17.99/cone (reg $24.99). You’ll end up with fewer ends to weave in on your projects because of the large amount on yardage on these cones.

Mixed Tide promo

The Mixed Tide Stole is from one of our 40th Anniversary designers, Janice Kang and Ravelry user bogiebogie made a beautiful version in the Grey Olive colorway.

Deep Breath Promo

The Deep Breath Sweater is an older Valley Yarns pattern but sill one of our favorites for it’s comfort and simplicity. Ravelry user whitecatstudio chose to make hers in the rich chocolate colorway.

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And if you’re a crocheter the Colrain Lace is perfect for the Crocus Lace Stole, shown in the hummingbird color of our 5/2 Bamboo and in the natural 2/10 Merino Tencel by Ravelry user Appliejuice.

Don’t forget! Valley Yarns 2/10 Merino Tencel (Colrain Lace) is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, July 13, 2014.  Use Promo Code FB210MERT8 at checkout to get the special price, $17.99/cone (reg $24.99)

July 10th, 2014

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – The Lake House Shrug

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Stretchy, lacy ribbing, silky-soft worsted weight Valley Yarns Goshen and a simple, “seamed scarf” structure make the Lake House Shrug a cinch to knit and a pleasure to wear.  The shape is a simple rectangle – like a wide, short scarf – with seams sewn up a little ways on each end to form sleeves. It’s perfect for layering over sleeveless tops or T-shirts when you want a little more warmth on your arms and shoulders.

The Lake House Shrug from Valley Yarns - available at yarn.com

You’ll only need 4-5 skeins of Goshen for the whole project, that’s less than 500 yds! And with over 2 dozen colors to choose from you can knit one for each day of the week and more. Which color is perfect for you?

July 9th, 2014

Finally, Valley Superwash Bulky!

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I’d been hearing some murmurings about a new kid in town around the office, but when I saw our newest Bright and vibrant, Superwash Bulky is a superhero!Valley Superwash star, I saw the rumors were true. Valley Superwash Bulky is a delightful soft, squishy yarn at a big enough gauge that projects will knit up in record time. On US size 10 or 10.5 needles, it gets 3.5 stitches to the inch, and that means a cowl in a weekend, a sweater in a few weeks, and a soft, washable baby blanket finished by the end of your summer vacation at the beach.fast and adorable superwash bulky cremini baby sweater The springy feel of this yarn makes it eminently touchable, and the sweaters you make will be warm and light without the bulk of an alpaca or mohair fiber. Give it a try for that colorblock hat you’ve been wanting to make for your favorite sports team, or a quick sweater for your son or daughter that can be washed and worn for years. This adorable Cremini Baby Sweater is a Valley Pattern that we introduced in our latest catalog, and you can probably make it in a weekend. Happy knitting!

July 8th, 2014

Extra Savings on Closeouts from Tahki, S. Charles, and Filatura di Crosa

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Are you ready for this week’s extra savings on closeouts? 7/8/14-7/14/14, you can save an extra 15% on closeouts from Tahki, Filatura di Crosa, and S. Charles. Just enter code TSCCLOS at checkout. There are so many great options in this week’s selection, it might be hard to choose. Of course, the extra 15% off makes it easier to not have to pick!

S Charles Natalia at yarn.com

Looking for something a little more classic? S. Charles Natalia is a beautiful blend of merino, angora, and a touch of nylon. The chainette construction means it will be light, and the fiber content means that it will be warm! Available in naturals and jewel tones, this yarn is perfect for garments as well as accessories.

Tahki Jackson at yarn.com

If you want something bulky with a bit of interest, Tahki Jackson may be just what you need. Jackson has lengths of textured coils wrapped up in a haze of long wool strands. This chunky yarn will work up in no time and the unique color treatment will add interest to your finished fabric. It has a subtle thick-thin texture and the black and bright color combinations are striking.

Filatura di Crosa Tiffany at yarn.com

Want a little more glitz? Filatura di Crosa Tiffany is the perfect glitzy yarn for the summer months. This yarn has just enough sparkle to catch the light without being scratchy or overpowering. It’s a cotton blend, which makes it perfect for those who can’t use wool, or want a non-wool blend for when it’s warm.

Don’t forget to add code TSCCLOS at checkout for the additional 15% savings on closeouts from Tahki, S. Charles, and Filatura di Crosa.