June 16th, 2014

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Falling Leaves Shawl

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This week’s featured pattern graces the cover of our 2014 Valley Catalog, the Falling Leaves Shawl. This has been one of our most popular patterns of the last few years. Originally knit in the soft Stone Blue color of Valley Yarns Stockbridge it has gotten a stylish update in the Fall Festival colorway of Valley Yarns Charlemont hand dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer.

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The simple, biasing lace stitch works together with the vibrant hand-dyed colors to resemble a canopy of changing autumn leaves. Check out all the gorgeous completed Falling Leaves Shawls over on Ravelry.

June 14th, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! 360: Kathy talks with Kirsten Hipsky

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This week Kathy talks with our Design Manager, Kirsten Hipsky, about the new Valley Yarns designs in our 2014 Valley Catalog.

Falling Leaves Shawl knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont hand dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer available at yarn.com

Falling Leaves Shawl knit in Valley Yarns Stockbridge available at yarn.com

Kathy and Kirsten talk about our cover design, a reknit of one of our most popular patterns the Falling Leaves Shawl designed by Katy Wight, originally knit in Valley Yarns Stockbrige and now in Valley Yarns Charlemont hand dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer.

Valley Yarns Valley Flowers e-Book available at yarn.com

Our divider pages are full of a collection of blooms that are available in our Valley Flowers e-Book.

Valley Yarns 40th Anniversary Crocheted Blanket e-Book available at yarn.com

Valley Yarns 40th Anniversary Knit Blanket e-Book available at yarn.com

They also discuss The Cordoba Shawl, the Colorfall Cardigan, the Intemporelle Pullover from Marcy Vandale, Mango Smoothie from Thea Coleman(Baby Cocktails), as well as the WEBS 40th Anniversary knit and crochet blankets e-Books created by our staff. And introducing our new yarn – Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky!

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

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

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

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June 13th, 2014

Steve’s Deal of the Day – Maria Diaz Gabriela: Project Ideas

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Steve’s Deal of the Day for this weekend is Maria Diaz Gabriela - $18.99/hank (reg $39.99), an 80%Baby Alpaca/20%Merino Wool blend that knits up at a chunky 3.5 stitches per inch on a US 10.5 needle for quick and cozy projects.

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Ravelry user Ladybird88 used Gabriela to make Jen Geigley’s GAP-tastic Cowl, the Tunbes River color would be perfect!

temporale dorato

Roberta Soleri’s temporale dorato looks so bright and perfect for spring in the Sapote Leaf color, as knit by Ravelry user 4Kfamily.

And don’t forget! Maria Diaz Gabriela is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, June 15, 2014. Use Promo Code FBGABRIELA2 at checkout to get the special price, $18.99/hank (reg $39.99)

June 12th, 2014

The Centuria Tam from Franklin Habit

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As we approach the end of the 2nd Quarter of our 40th Anniversary celebrations we wanted to focus on the third design done in the Valley Yarns Huntington Hand Dyed by Lorna’s Laces, The Centuria Tam designed by Franklin Habit.

The Centuria Tam designed by Franklin Habit, knit in Valley Yarns Huntington hand-dyed by Lorna's Laces - available exclusively at yarn.com

About the design, Franklin says, “When WEBS asked me to celebrate their anniversary with a pattern, I decided (as I often do) to look to knitting history for inspiration. What is an anniversary, after all, if not a time to think over the past?
In 1874, exactly a century before WEBS opened its doors, the legendary American magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book tempted subscribers with an octagonal counterpane that mixed texture and lace to very striking effect.
I wasn’t in the mood for a counterpane, but I did think something of the kind would look well as the top of a perky little tam. Here it is– perfect for keeping off the autumn chill or for flinging into the air in a celebratory fashion.”

The Centuria Tam designed by Franklin Habit, knit in Valley Yarns Huntington hand-dyed by Lorna's Laces - available exclusively at yarn.com

With the Huntington held doubled throughout this project the yarn creates a dappled appearance and is squooshy and soft while still holding great stitch definition. And just as Franklin suggested, it IS great  for flinging into the air in a celebratory fashion!

The Centuria Tam designed by Franklin Habit, knit in Valley Yarns Huntington hand-dyed by Lorna's Laces - available exclusively at yarn.com

 

June 10th, 2014

Extra Savings on Plymouth Closeouts

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This week (6/10/14-6/16/14), we’re having a special that offers extra savings on Plymouth closeouts. Save an extra 15% off of the closeout price when you enter code PLYMCLOS at checkout.

If you haven’t taken a peek at the Plymouth closeout section of our website lately, you’ll want to head over there and see the great yarns that are available.

Plymouth Dreamland at yarn.com

Plymouth Dreamland is a soft blend of nylon and acrylic that is available in a range of pastel shades that would be great for your next baby project. It is machine washable, so you don’t have to worry about throwing the finished project in the washing machine. This worsted weight is only $2.03 per ball when you add in the additional 15% off. It’s an incredible deal!

Plymouth Grandiosa Hand Dyed at yarn.com

Super bulky and soft, Plymouth Grandiosa Hand Dyed is a great option for quick projects that you want to knit or crochet. The blend of merino and alpaca means that this gorgeous yarn will also be incredibly warm. It’s perfect to pick up for your stash for quick gifts. Think cozy cowls and warm hats that will fly off of you needles or hook!

Plymouth Trabajos del Peru at yarn.com

The thick-thin texture of Plymouth Trabajos del Peru adds texture to your finished project while the hand dyed colors add even more interest. This soft extrafine merino wool is a worsted weight, which makes it a great option for nearly anything! Sweaters, cowls, hats, and more.

Plymouth Adore at yarn.com

Plymouth Adore is made up of little loops of super soft fiber on a nylon core. This fluffy yarn is machine washable, which makes it a perfect choice for kids’ garments and blankets. Check out the free pattern for the Kid’s Cowl on Plymouth’s website. You may just want to make one in your size!

Which Plymouth closeout are you most excited to save on? Use code PLYMCLOS at checkout 6/10/14-6/16/14 to save an additional 15% on Plymouth closeouts.

 

June 9th, 2014

Dyeing Yarn with Sharpies!

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If you’ve spent any time on Pinterest you’ve probably seen the posts about dyeing t-shirts with sharpies, our Customer Service Supervisor, Theresa, wondered if it could be done with yarn, and it can!

Dyeing yarn with Sharpies! You'll need yarn, sharpies and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle

You’ll need yarn, your choice in colors of Sharpie markers, and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle – it takes A LOT of the rubbing alcohol, we used almost 12 fl. oz for this project. Place skein of yarn on swift and untie the securing threads, if your yarn is not in a hank you can wind it onto a swift to make the dyeing process easier.

Dyeing Yarn with Sharpies on the WEBS blog

Color your yarn being careful not to damage the strands, and make sure you flip the skein over to color the other side! Then spritz with alcohol, on both sides, until the colors begin to bleed. Set your yarn aside to dry. You may want to take this in stages letting the yarn dry completely between colors.

Dyeing Yarn with Sharpies on the WEBS blog

My final yarn color reminds me of my sister’s favorite fun-fetti cake mix! Give it a try and let us know how you do.

Tiny Tea Leaves Cardigan knit with Valley Yarns Charlemont, dyed with Sharpies

Theresa chose Valley Yarns Charlemont in natural and used her dyed yarn as an accent for a Tiny Tea Leaves cardigan and blanket for her new granddaughter.

 

June 8th, 2014

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Valley Flowers

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Our Valley Yarns 2014 Summer catalog is online now and we’re super excited about all the new designs and special patterns. One of our favorites is the Valley Flowers e-Book full of over a dozen different flower shapes to knit and crochet.

Valley Flowers e-Book - available exclusively at yarn.com

We featured the individual blooms on the divider pages separating the different weights of yarns throughout the catalog and thought these would make a great pattern collection!

Valley Flowers e-Book - available exclusively at yarn.com

They look wonderful grouped together as a centerpiece or as a wallhanging by simply pinning then to the wall or corkboard.

Valley Flowers e-Book - available exclusively at yarn.com

They’re also beautiful individually as accessories for your hair or pinned to your favorite sweater. Which blooms will you make and how will you use them?

If you’re waiting for your catalog in the mail they should start to arrive by mid-June. If you don’t yet get our catalog and would like to you can join the mailing list here! (48 contiguous US states only, if you are in AK, HI or are an international customer you can request a copy of our catalog with your next order, just leave a note in the Special Instructions text box.)

June 7th, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! Flashback!

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Kathy and Steve are on break this week but you can enjoy a classic episode of Ready, Set, Knit!

Way back during the first weekend of June in 2007 the WEBS staff was all excited about the new Valley Yarns Catalog, the newest Valley Yarn – Northampton, and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee coming to town.

Listen to the podcast here and read more about the full event with Stephanie here.

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Reminder:

Laura Militzer Bryant, Prism Yarns Trunk Show and Book Signing THIS WEEKEND! June 6th and 7th.

Upcoming Events:

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

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

June 6th, 2014

Steve’s Deal of the Day – Valley Yarns Berkshire: Project Ideas

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Steve’s Deal of the Day for this weekend is Valley Yarns Berkshire - $4.09/ball (reg $5.99), one of our original Valley Yarns and still one of our favorites! With an 85%Wool/15% Alpaca fiber blend presented in a single ply in over 40 colors this is one perfect stash yarn. Berkshire works up beautifully in colorwork and texture stitches and is a dream to felt.

Berkshire Blossoms DotD Berkshire

 

Our new Berkshire Blossoms pattern – a FREE downloadable PDF – is a great way to use lots of color for seasonal accents to your home or office.

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The Monarda Pullover by Annie Foley is a great use of Berkshire in a simple colorwork yoke. Ravelry user spinbikerun chose to lengthen the sleeves for her version.

Fairy Snowcap Dotd Berkshire

Romi’s Fairy Snowcap is one of our favorites from her e-Book – The Great Oddments Knitdown. With just one skein you can whip up this gorgeous winter hat! Which color would you choose?!

Be sure to check out additional patterns for Berkshire by simply clicking on the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of the yarn page!

And don’t forget! Valley Yarns Berkshire is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, June 8, 2014. Use Promo Code FBBERKSH94 at checkout to get the special price, $4.09/ball (reg $5.99). 

June 6th, 2014

Linen Gets a New Look

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…and by a “new look,” I don’t mean that it looks different. It means that I am looking at linen in a new light. I usually don’t like knitting with plant-fiber yarns; they seem too slippery, too inflexible, and in the case of linen, too hard and crunchy-feeling to make pleasing garments. However, recently I saw a sweater one of our WEBS Expert Knitter Certification Capstone candidates knit in Classic Elite’s Soft Linen (35% wool, 35% linen, 30% baby alpaca), and it really changed my mind. Rather than being a wrinkled, stiff armor-like Bright summery soft linen and wool create perfect lightweight garments.tunic, this sweater was soft and drapey, but with enough body to show off the shaping and stitch definition. The lace pattern around the sleeves and body was open and light, with enough personality to show the eyelets to great advantage.

Doodlebug, a light and practical summer sweater.
Classic Elite’s pattern support
for their yarns is legendary, and I found the perfect sweater to show off this lightweight yarn: Doodlebug, a sleeveless shell with a delicate chevron/eyelet pattern and a wide ribbed hem to put on top of skirts or summery capris.

 

What yarn changed your mind this year?