December 21st, 2015

It’s the 2015 Year End Blowout Sale!

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Our annual Year End Blowout starts online tomorrow but you can browse the sale yarns now! We’ve got over 70 yarns in the sale this year at up to 50% savings! Here are just some of our favorites.

Fibre Company Road to China Worsted in the WEBS Year End Blowout Sale Dec 22 - Jan 4. visit yarn.com for more details

Road to China worsted may be the most luxurious closeout yarn we’ve ever had! With it’s blend of 65% Baby Alpaca/10% Cashmere/10% Camel/15% Silk it is one of the softest, squishiest yarns around. We have a limited number of colors and skeins available in their old 50g put up. Get your hands on this one while you can!

Berroco Espresso discontinued colors in the WEBS Year End Blowout Sale Dec 22 - Jan 4. visit yarn.com for more details

Berroco Espresso is just what you’ve been searching for to make the perfect spring and summer accessories, a bulky cotton! The i-cord tape construction of this yarn means you get a large knitting gauge without the weight and bulk of a plied yarn. bright summer colors are perfect for lifting the winter doldrums and dreaming of warmer days.

Classic Elite Yarns Toboggan in the WEBS Year End Blowout Sale Dec 22 - Jan 4. visit yarn.com for more details

Classic Elite Yarns Toboggan is the perfect yarn for quick winter accessories, hats, mittens and cowls, as well as comfy sweaters. The wool/alpaca blend will keep you warm and cozy.

There are also quite a few coned yarns for weavers and some spinning fiber! Plan out your shopping now with our sale preview and start filling your carts tomorrow! And if you’re local to the store be sure to stop in and start shopping the sale on Saturday December 26th. We have all kinds of deals and yarns that will only be available in the store! The sale runs through January 4th.

December 19th, 2015

Ready, Set, Knit! 426: Kathy talks with Amy Greeman

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This week Kathy talks Amy Greeman, WEBS Education Manager, about the new Winter Spring 2016 classes. All classes are up on the website and open for registration.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #426 - Kathy talks with Kate Amy Greeman. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Weaving classes – highlights
Paula Veleta – Advanced Beginner Rigid Heddle, Barbara Elkins – 4-shaft double weave!! She doesn’t teach often, take advantage!, Lisa Hill – Deflected Double Weave

Knitting classes – highlights
Assistance Store Manager Beth Decker – Custom Fit Workshop, Barry Klein – Short Rows, The Moving Waves Shawl, Slip Stitch (as well as a trunk show and lots of Trendsetter yarns that are not normally available at WEBS!), Cynthia Shepherd – Intro to Brioche Knitting as well as Intermediate Brioche

Spinning classes – highlights
Amy King from Spunky Eclectic – Texture and Color, and Spinning Sock yarn

Remember, Drop-in is no on hiatus until after the 1st of the year but will start up again on January 5th and don’t forget that Crochet drop-ins happen one thursday evening per per month starting again in January.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week : 

Reminder:

WEBS will be closed Dec. 25th and Jan. 1st. Dec 24th and 31st we will be closing at 4pm.
Tomorrow is our last open Sunday!

Upcoming Events:

Year End Blowout Sale! Starts Online Dec 22, In-store Dec 26, and runs through Jan 4th.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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December 18th, 2015

Selfish Knitting

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I’ve celebrated “my” holiday, and now I’m sitting back and watching other people celebrate holidays. I guess we’re all counting down days til the New Year, and I’m very sure you’re getting tired of “10 Best” lists.

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

I’m going to buck the trend and write a shortie about a thing I’m knitting just for me. It’s been a while since I’ve picked up the needles for 1) a sweater, and 2) a sweater for me, but last week I cast on some Classic Elite Telluride in a heathery grayish-blue for the Lone Star vest. I’ve been stalking that garment for months, trying it on every once in a while and forcing other staff members to admire it on me. I finished up some gift knitting for the last of my knitting list and I decided It Was Time.

I’ve knit a few inches of the front and I was gritting my teeth a bit at the linen content in this yarn (normally I just hate plant fibers), but the alpaca/donegal mix totally makes it worth your time. The linen gives it juuuuust enough structure to counteract the drapey tendencies of the alpaca.

I want to point out to all readers that I made a gauge swatch, changed needle sizes a few times to get it exactly right, and then, my friends…I washed it and blocked it, and THEN measured my finished gauge. Just to be sure. Completely sure.

I’ll keep you updated on the progress of this sweater; maybe a resolution for all of us could be to make a “selfish” project every once in a while to keep our mojo intact. Happy holidays to everyone!

December 16th, 2015

Last Minute Gifts to make

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There’s still time to work up a few last minute hand knit and crocheted gifts!

Last minute gifts to make on the WEBS Blog. Read more at blog.yarn.com

The Bookstack Cowl,  from our Knit & Purl eBook, features addictive spiraling rib stitch pattern that is almost mesmerizing when paired with the subtle, tonal color shifts of the Valley Superwash DK in colors hand dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer. You’ll be surprised how quickly this one pops off your needles and you’ll be longing to cast on again!

Last minute gifts to make on the WEBS Blog. Read more at blog.yarn.com

With a cozy blend of 50%Superfine Alpaca/50%Wool, Valley Yarns Stockbridge is the perfect fit for the Essential Fingerless Gloves, part of our Essential Accessories eBook where you’ll also find great basic patterns for socks, a hat, cowl and basic shawl.

Last minute gifts to make on the WEBS Blog. Read more at blog.yarn.com

Valley Yarns Colrain has a shine and drape that can’t be beat from it’s mix of 50%Tencel/50%Wool and it’s shown off to great effect in the linked rings of the Infinity Cowl from WEBS Spring 2015 Emerging Designer eBook.

Last minute gifts to make on the WEBS Blog. Read more at blog.yarn.com

And the perfect quick gift with a pop of color? The Last Minute Hat. Not only does this work up quickly in two strands of Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky,  but there are over 40 colors to choose from! And be sure to check out the other quick, bulky knit projects in our Last Minute eBook.

December 15th, 2015

2016 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

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With the Christmas holiday fast approaching we just wanted to remind everyone of our holiday shipping dates. If you need your packages before the holiday get your orders in before these days roll around!

Holiday 2015 Shipping Deadlines at yarn.com

 

And you’ve still got plenty of time for some quick holiday gifts, check out our Last Minute eBook for great chunky knit ideas!

December 14th, 2015

We’re looking for new Valley Yarns designs, from you!

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Hello Designers! We are looking for original, never before published, designs for Spring 2016 to showcase four of our favorite Valley Yarns.

Submit your ideas in the April/May Valley Yarns design submission call. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com Submissions due December 27th, 2015.

For April, we’ll be showcasing two great machine-washable Valley Yarns: Longmeadow, and the brand-new Haydenville!

Think you don’t like knitting with cotton? Let Longmeadow show you cotton in a whole new light. Microfiber blended with cotton gives this yarn some wool-like forgiveness while being soft enough for even the pickiest recipient. A true DK weight, recommended at 5.5 sts per inch, and available in a sunny, colorful palette, Longmeadow is fantastic for baby items and multi-season garments and accessories.

Looking for great softness in a worsted weight, machine-washable and dryable wool? Look no further than our brand new Valley Yarns Haydenville. Mostly merino and blended with microfiber, these 100g/220 yard skeins are perfect for blankets of all sizes and for all recipients who need to machine wash and dry. Large projects, baby sets, stuffed animals, hoodies and other often-washed articles are great for this yarn.

Deadline: Submissions will be due Sunday December 27, 2015 by 11:59pm EST
Designers will be notified if their submission has been accepted, with yarn shipping out, by January 8th. Samples are due in-house by Friday March 4th.

Submit your ideas in the April/May Valley Yarns design submission call. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com Submissions due December 27th, 2015.

For May we’re highlighting two great warm-weather yarns: Valley Yarns Goshen and Southwick!

Featuring Peruvian cotton, modal, and silk, Valley Yarns Goshen is a luxurious treat with loads of shine. Our heaviest cotton blend, we recommend knitting Goshen at 4.5 sts to the inch for structured women’s garments or dazzling accessories that make use of its weight and drape.

Soft and drapey Valley Yarns Southwick, slightly lighter at 5 sts to the inch, is a perfect choice for flowing, airy garments, accessories and blankets. The combination of cotton and bamboo is smooth and cool on the skin, while the warm and sunny colors can’t help but make you smile.

Deadline: Submissions will be due Sunday December 27, 2015 by 11:59pm EST
Designers will be notified if their submission has been accepted, with yarn shipping out, by January 8th. Samples are due in-house by Friday April 1st.

Submit your ideas in the April/May Valley Yarns design submission call. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com Submissions due December 27th, 2015.

All accepted submissions will receive yarn support, assigned by our in-house team. Valley Yarns will pay for the finished sample of the pattern on a sliding scale ($50–$200 depending on size and complexity). Payment will be made within 2 weeks of on-time receipt of finished sample. Valley Yarns and the designer will benefit from a 50/50 revenue share of all patterns sales during the exclusivity period, with quarterly payments made to the designer during the exclusivity period, preferably via Paypal.

If your proposal is accepted, Valley Yarns requires a six month period of exclusivity after which rights will be shared and the designer may republish. Valley Yarns will retain their version of the pattern until such a time as they decide to discontinue the pattern or the featured yarn. The Valley Yarns version of the design will be sold only through yarn.com, and may be used in social media and print media advertising, and may be featured in one or more of our catalogs. After the six month period of exclusivity has ended the designer will have full control of the Ravelry page and may use our photography as long as Valley Yarns is credited for the images.

All proposals should be submitted in a one-page PDF format and include:
• your contact information, including your full name, email, mailing address, website and/or Ravelry designer page, and phone number. A short bio is encouraged if we haven’t worked with you before (tell us why you’re great!).
• sketches of your proposed design
• photographs of a generous-sized swatch, it’s not necessary to use a Valley Yarns yarn in your swatch but try to use a yarn with a similar fiber content and stitch gauge
• schematic measurements
• the Valley Yarns yarn you wish to work with
• a short description of the design, including construction, shaping, ease and fit, special techniques and stitch designs
Special reminder, please put everything you want us to see/read into the actual submission PDF, not into the body of your email. Also make sure that all parts of your submission are part of a single pdf.

Please email PDF submissions to:
ValleyYarnsDesigns (at) yarn (dot) com with the subject line: April/May Submissions

If you have questions please contact us at the same e-mail but use the subject line: April/May Questions

You can see past Valley Yarns designs here, and on Ravelry.

FAQ
• Decisions are made and designers with accepted submissions will be contacted approximately one week after the submission deadline. Submissions that are not accepted will be contacted 2-3 weeks after the deadline.
• If your proposal is accepted, Valley Yarns requires a 6 month period of exclusivity, after which shared rights begin.
• You will need to grade/size your patterns, and format with our style guide (will be provided once a pattern is accepted) but they will be tech edited by our excellent team.
• We are primarily looking for knit designs but will never turn away a stellar crochet submission
• You may submit more than one design. Each submission must be in an individual PDF, multiple PDFs may be sent with your submission e-mail
• If you have any questions about sizing and schematic please see the Craft Yarn Council’s Guidelines.

Brief Description:
Valley Yarns is the in-house brand of yarn at WEBS – America’s Yarn Store and at yarn.com, with each yarn named after one of the towns in our beautiful Pioneer Valley. These carefully selected, affordable yarns are perfect for knitters and crocheters.

December 12th, 2015

Ready, Set, Knit! 425: Kathy talks with Kate Bachus

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This week Kathy talks with Kate Bachus, founder and owner of A Hundred Ravens. Kate worked as a game designer and knit on the side. When she began dyeing yarn for fun everyone wanted a skein!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #425 - Kathy talks with Kate Bachus. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Check out the exclusive Iachos gradient kits in colors only available  at WEBS.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week : 

Reminder:

Our annual Year End Blowout Sale will begin online Tuesday December 22 and in store Saturday December 26.

Our Winter/Spring classes are now online – go register!

Holiday Shipping Deadlines!

– West Coast: Dec. 16th

– Midwest/South: Dec 18th

– East Coast: Dec 21st.

Upcoming Events:

WEBS retail store is open Sundays 12-5, now through December 20th. only 2 more Sundays!

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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December 10th, 2015

Ready to knit a sweater that fits?

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I am so excited to be teaching a Custom Fit Workshop here at WEBS this winter! One of the first projects I did when I started working here a year ago was a Custom Fit sweater. I had always wanted a basic v-neck pullover that fit perfectly and thought that this would be a great way for me to knit one. I had my measurements taken, created my swatch, and logged in to the Custom Fit program to generate my v-neck sweater pattern.

I was struck by two things as I worked my way through the sweater. The first was that the shaping was written in a way I had not encountered before, which I loved, and the second was that, apparently, I like my sweaters a bit longer than I thought I did. It was an extremely valuable learning experience.

One of my favorite things about teaching in my life before WEBS was working closely with students and offering them a very hands-on learning experience, working through various techniques together in smaller groups. In this workshop, students will review Amy Herzog’s basic principles about sizing and fit, and then work through each piece of the Custom Fit sweater to help achieve a garment that truly IS custom made for each individual knitter.

Take a Custom Fit Workshop at WEBS. Learn more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Patterns will be generated using The Custom Fit Program’s basic styles so students will be able to choose their preferred sweater type, as well as neckline and sleeve options. Each sweater pattern will be as unique as its knitter, and students will have the opportunity to learn from each other in a dynamic and interactive setting. In addition, I will review the finishing techniques that will put the polish on every perfect sweater.

I can’t wait to get started working on a new Custom Fit project with a class of like-minded students. Registration is open now, so go ahead and sign up! This sweater could change the way you feel about knitted garments.

December 9th, 2015

Growing the Loom Herd

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We have some new looms in the house and I’m very excited to introduce them. Dave and Pam van Stralen of Louet North America set up a great demo of their looms and spinning wheels in the store during National Spinning and Weaving Week in October. It was great to give them a test drive and we were so impressed we decided to add two looms and a spinning wheel to our inventory.

The David loom is an 8-shaft floor loom, available in two widths – 27.5″ or 35″. This is a well-constructed loom with some really unique features. It is a sinking shed jack loom, which means that pressing a treadle causes the selected shafts to lower. The advantage of this is that the bottom threads are taut, making it less likely for the shuttle to slip underneath and cause floats on the reverse side of the cloth. The spring system that lowers the threads produces a wide shed, as with a countermarch loom, but with a tie up arrangement that is quick and easy. The David has a built in raddle and a newly designed beater that slides on side rails.

New louet looms and spinning wheels at WEBS. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Then there’s Jane, the Louet table loom that will soon be following me home to join my stable of looms. The Jane also comes with 8 shafts and in two widths – 15.75″ and 27.5″. One of the things I love about this loom is the fantastically easy way it folds down into the base to make a compact unit for transport. I have designated this to be my travel loom for workshops because the portability is amazing – the smaller model even has a built-in carrying handle. Jane also has a built-in raddle and a great hanging beater that has side supports to keep the shed at maximum depth while throwing the shuttle. There is a separate stand to go with the Jane and for those of us who have short arms and hate to weave standing up, it is the perfect height for maximum comfort.

For spinners, we brought in the Victoria, Louet’s travel wheel. This is another example of ingenuity and practical design combining to great effect. Victoria is a double-treadle wheel with scotch tension that a joy to spin with. It folds easily, weighs about as much as my Chihuahua (8 lbs) and has a handy carry strap on top, making it ideal for traveling. (My friend Victoria got this wheel and reports her namesake wheel is a worthy addition to her spinning fleet).

The new looms are set up our weaving room and ready to try, so stop by and weave a bit to see for yourself.

December 5th, 2015

Ready, Set, Knit! 424: Kathy talks with Betsy Perry

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This week Kathy talks with Betsy Perry of Classic Elite Yarns. They talk about charity knitting and the newest yarns and pattern collections from Classic Elite.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #424 - Kathy talks with Besty Perry. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Check out Camelot and it’s pattern book, Warm Woolies, as well as Funky Chunky and the great pattern support for this yarn. And sign up for the Classic Elite Web Letter for great weekly patterns and ideas!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week : 

Reminder:

WEBS employees are once again walking and running in the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage tomorrow, December 6th. We’re all working to raise money for our favorite community organization and you can help! You can make a donation to any employee, or to the whole team, here.  Donations are accepted through December 31st.

Holiday Shipping Deadlines!

– West Coast: Dec. 16th

– Midwest/South: Dec 18th

– East Coast: Dec 21st.

Upcoming Events:

WEBS retail store is open Sundays 12-5, now through December 20th.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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