September 14th, 2016

Monster Miles to Go Before I Sleep

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Yes, folks, we have circled the wheel of seasons and it’s time to get geared up for Spinzilla! It is a large event (worldwide!), but I do realize that some may not have the slightest inkling of what I’m talking about, so let me explain: Spinzilla is a friendly competition sponsored by the Spinning and Weaving Group of TNNA (The National Needle Arts Association) that takes place during the first week of October. The challenge is to see who can spin the most yarn in one week, either in the team category or as an individual (“Rogue”) spinner. The underlying purpose, beyond showing the world just how amazing spinners are, is to deepen our spinning skills by pushing ourselves to spin, spin, spin – practice makes us better, right? And the fringe benefit of the event is that all the registration fees go support the NeedleArts Mentoring Program.

Find out how to join Team WEBS for the 2016 Spinzilla events. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

 

WEBS has sponsored a team for the last 2 years and we are looking forward to another week of fun and fiber-full gatherings. Our team is already full but we know there are many more who’d like to join the fun as well as those who want to play but don’t want the pressure of competition (um, yeah, it can get a little intense on the team – last year we spun 126,000 yards!). So we invite you to go Rogue! Sign up as a Rogue spinner on the Spinzilla site and join us at our spin ins at the store. It’s a great way to meet local spinners, get inspired and pick up some tips, and share the laughter and camaraderie of other fiber-loving folk.

September 9th, 2016

Our Fall 2016 Catalog is here!

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Our Fall 2016 Catalog is now available for you to view online and will be arriving in mailboxes over the next few weeks! We have almost 2 dozen new yarns for you to discover from companies like Blue Sky Fibers, Berroco and Artyarns and over 40 new patterns, including 9 new designs from Valley Yarns!

WEBS Fall 2016 catalogs are mailing out now! Learn how you can get a copy on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Whether you peruse online today or wait for your copy to arrive, you’re sure to find plenty of yarns and projects to fill your mailbox!

WEBS Fall 2016 catalogs are mailing out now! Learn how you can get a copy on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

If you’re not yet on the mailing list sign-up here!

 

 

September 3rd, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 457: Kathy talks with Betsy Perry

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This week Kathy talks with Betsy Perry, owner of Classic Elite Yarns.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #457 - Kathy talks with Betsy Perry. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Check out all the new yarns for Fall and the fantastic pattern collections that accompany them.

Adelaide, featured in the 1607 Adelaide Book. Look for the Bundeena Cardigan and the Licola WrapArietta, featured in the 1608 Arietta Book. Look for the Hopewell Cardigan, and enjoy the FREE Arietta Cabled HatWildwood, featured in the 1609 Wildwood & Mountaintop Book. look for the Bigelow Cardi and the Colvin PulloverPalace, featured in the 1610 Fall Book. Look for the Hyppolyta cowl. And be sure to check out  1605 A time to Crochet, crochet collection!

Valley Yarns has a Brand New yarn coming this Fall! We have partnered with Vickie Howell and you can see her announcement in her latest Ask Me Monday Facebook Live broadcast from this past week! Check out Valley Superwash Super Bulky today!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

WEBS IS closed on Monday, Labor Day, September 5th.

Beginning Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, the retail store will be extending it’s hours until 6:00PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. Thursday the store will remain open until 8pm, and Saturdays until 5:30.

Upcoming Events:

It’s not too early to book your seat on the bus to Rhinebeck!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

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

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August 31st, 2016

Welcome to the Weaving Room!

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We recently revamped the weaving room at our store and it’s amazing how small shifts can completely open things up. If you are in the neighborhood, or just passing through, we invite you to drop in and see the changes. And if you live further afield, here’s a virtual tour of our dynamic showroom.

The new arrangement not only feels more spacious and inviting, the layout allows us to showcase the different styles of looms and weaving. All of the tapestry looms are now together, so you can compare the Schacht, Mirrix and Hokett looms and decide which fit your needs the best. You’ll find beaters, bobbins and other tapestry tools there as well.

Read all about the new weaving room on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The small looms also have a home together on the table in the center of the room. Inkles and Inklettes are great for weaving bands that can be used for belts, straps and more. And if you are looking for a loom to start your young ones on, we have the ever-popular Potholder looms in addition to Lap Looms and School Looms.

Read all about the new weaving room on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

At the other end of the spectrum we have the Toika looms anchoring the front corner of the room. These great looms from Finland are available in both a traditional countermarch configuration or the computer-assist model with up to 32 shafts. We have drastically reduced the price on our floor model to make room for the new upgraded ES model. The floor model is a 40″ 16-shaft computer-assist Eeva and it comes with Weavepoint 7.2 software, a loom bench, 100 heddles per shaft and a cog wheel warp advance system. The discount is now 20%, which will save you over $2,000 and there’s only one, so don’t hesitate!

We hope to see you soon in our new-and-improved space.

August 26th, 2016

Summer Pick-Me-Up

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It’s the last weekend before the “official” start of autumn; here in Massachusetts, that means kids are starting to go back to school, colleges are welcoming freshmen for their orientation, and we’re starting to see the store fill up with parents of boarding school-ers and college students who see WEBS as the destination they come here for AFTER they drop off the kids.

Planning your last summer project with Amy on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Since it’s still pretty hot, I thought about knitting a “Last Gasp Of Summer” project, and with a minimum of searching I found the perfect top: Baby Cocktail “White Sangria” sleeveless top, designed by Thea Colman. It’s a gorgeous confection of eyelet patterning and a flattering shape–a super-feminine A-line with a fitted bust and the option to tailor the “skirt” for your figure. It won’t take long to make, since the details, while beautiful, are fairly simple, and although Thea used Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton, I think I might gravitate toward one of our Rowan closeouts like Pure Wool Worsted Superwash in a discontinued color. Grasshopper is a minty light green, almost a neutral; but Vintage (a mauve-y purple) would carry your top into the warmer days of September over jeans or some white capris (if you want to break some fashion rules!). Check it out, and let us know in the comments what your end-of-summer project is.

August 23rd, 2016

New Designs for Valley Yarns Northfield!

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With the last days of summer fast approaching and school starting again it’s time to begin thinking about knits for the cooler weather. Our two newest designs feature Valley Yarns Northfield, my favorite yarn! Not only does the blend of Merino, Baby Alpaca and Silk create an incredibly soft and bouncy yarn with a gorgeous sheen, but it’s also incredibly affordable!

The Irena Pullover from Valley Yarns. Learn more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Fiona’s latest design for Valley Yarns is the Irena Pullover with stunningly simple cable and eyelet  details at the neck, hem and on the sleeves.

The First Frost Hat from Valley Yarns. Learn more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And Carol’s whimsical First Frost Hat may just be the perfect first lace project!

With a full range of rich colors of Northfield to choose from your biggest decision may not be which project to cast on for first, but which color to use!

August 20th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 456: Amy talks with Lisa Shroyer

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This week WEBS Education Manager Amy Greeman is in the studio with Interweave Content Strategist, Lisa Shroyer.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #456 - Amy talks with Lisa Shroyer. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Interweave Knits recently celebrated their 20th Anniversary, with an incredible collection of patterns! Amy and Lisa talk about how it all came together and how Interweave has influenced the industry over the years.

Fall Classes are live on the website! Register now online, in-store or by calling our Customer Service department.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Upcoming Events:

Today is the last day of WEBS Tax-Free weekend! Visit our retail store, buy anything taxable and we’ll refund the tax in your purchase!

It’s not too early to book your seat on the bus to Rhinebeck!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

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

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August 18th, 2016

Just 2 months till Rhinebeck!

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Are you headed to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY for the annual New York State Sheep and Wool Festival? You could save yourself the hassle of driving and give yourself extra knitting time by riding the bus with WEBS!

Ride the bus to Rhinebeck! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Your ticket on the bus includes a light breakfast, your ticket to the Festival, and a chance to win fabulous prizes along the way. Register now as seating is limited!

August 16th, 2016

Bulky Bliss in our Annual Summer Sale!

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August means Summer Sale time here at WEBS and this year we have some fantastic deals on great bulky yarns, and more, for your upcoming Holiday projects.

Great Yarns in the WEBS Annual Summer Sale July 28 - Aug 31, 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Modern technology makes Techno a feather-weight, bulky yarn! Baby alpaca is blown into a mesh tube of silk for really fast knitting with literally no splitting. You’ll knit up a pair of the Jive Mitts in no time! Worked in the round in an easy mock-cable pattern with just one hank of Techno, these little fingerless mitts will be great for cool mornings.

Great Yarns in the WEBS Annual Summer Sale July 28 - Aug 31, 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Schachenmayr Boston Mix is an acrylic & wool blend yarn in a super-fast-knitting bulky weight. Bold, bright colors mix with more subtle tones to create a fun, self-striping yarn that’s machine washable. One skein will make one hat! The My Mountain Design Contest Winners eBook comes with 12 fun and funky knit and crochet patterns.

Great Yarns in the WEBS Annual Summer Sale July 28 - Aug 31, 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Adriafil Scozia is a soft (very soft!) blend of wool, viscose & polyamide – in a bulky weight that knits up fast! With a time-honored tweedy look, and a range of classic colors this is the perfect yarn for cozy pullovers & cardigans, hats, accessories and blankets. The Corrib Beret by Laura Chau is a quick and easy slouchy hat, an accessory you need in lots of colours! This chunky beret is just slouchy enough without too much bulk.

Great Yarns in the WEBS Annual Summer Sale July 28 - Aug 31, 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Classic Elite Avalanche is a very light and lofty yarn in a blend of alpaca, wool & nylon. The long gradual color shifts mean that your projects will be done in no time when you just want to get to the next color shift before stopping. Roseau, a beautiful scarf that features reversible, ribbed cables and zig-zag edges.

With over 60 featured yarns in the sale this year there’s something for every project you can dream of!

August 13th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 455: Amy talks with Shannon Dunbabin

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This week Amy talks with Shannon Dunbabin, Creative Director of Cascade Yarns.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #455 - Amy talks with Shannon Dunbabin. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Learn all about the history of Cascade Yarns and about some of their newest Fall yarns: MelillaSpuntaneousMondo, and 220 Superwash Merino.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Upcoming Events:

Special in-store WEBS promotion – today is the last day. Spend $50 in store and receive a $5 Gift Card! Spend$100 and get a$10 Gift Card, spend $200 and get a $30Gift Card!

Next weekend is tax free weekend at WEBS Retail Store! Buy anything taxable we’ll refund the tax in your purchase!

It’s not too early to book your seat on the bus to Rhinebeck!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

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

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