September 5th, 2014

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Essential Accessories eBook

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Our Fall 2014 Catalog is online and will begin arriving in mailboxes in about a week (if you don’t get our catalog but would like to you can sign up here). One of our favorite things in this issue is the Valley Yarns Essential Accessories eBook. With 5 patterns in some of our favorite Valley Yarns like Stockbridge, Northampton, Huntington, Franklin and Amherst, this is a pattern collection you’ll keep coming back to for all your seasonal accessory needs.

Valley Yarns Essential Accessories eBook available exclusively at yarn.com

And if you’re really in need of just one great hat or the perfect fingerless mitts, all five pattern are also available individually! The Essential Accessories eBook, containing all 5 patterns is just $11.99 but the Basic Hat from Measurements, Basic Heel Flap Sock, the Simple Shawl, Essential Fingerless Gloves, and the Knit and Purl Cowl are all available  for just $3.99 individually. Which one will you make first?

September 4th, 2014

Weaving with knitting yarn?!

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Surely you jest!

As a weaver I sometimes get stuck walking the same path through the store and web pages, looking at the coned yarns because that’s what weavers use, right? But wait, there’s a lot of fun textures and colors over in the knitting yarns that would be great for weaving! And there’s even some yarns I’m used to seeing on cones that are packaged in skeins (knitter’s camouflage?). Here are a few of my  favorite crossover yarns:

luscious heathery colors and softnessJaggerspun Heathers is a wonderful 2/8 wool that arrived recently and I am delighted to see it in 100g skeins. The great benefit of this is that you can buy an array of colors and not be limited by having to commit to one pound or half pound cones and end up with leftovers (not that I object to building stash, mind you). I love to weave blankets and the 2/8 weight is perfect for something warm and cozy. The range of colors includes both natural and richly heathered shades. This is truly a weaver’s staple.

Woven scarves are great as gifts and a perfect canvas  for playing with new textures and fibers. Some basics in my scarf stash are Valley Yarns Leyden, a variegated fingering weight and Valley Yarns Charlemont, a lusciously soft merino-silk blend in solids, kettle dyed and hand dyed colors. Both these yarns have beautiful drape and sheen. And with a sett of 12 -16 epi, these are quick to weave!

Sweet Georgia CashSilkLaceI have a soft spot  for hand-dyed yarns and often take a circuitous route through the lace section of the store, drawn by the luminous colors and luxurious fibers. The lace weight yarns generally have great yardage in each skein, and a single skein can be used as weft to create a special, one-of-a-kind piece. Sweet Georgia makes some stunning yarns, including both CashSilk Lace (pictured here) and Merino Silk Lace. I’d like to take a nap in a cozy nest of these yarns, but will have to settle for a handwoven scarf draped around my neck.

Prism Delicato Layers woven scarfAnother hidden gem is Prism Yarns Delicato Layers. This is a tonally dyed tencel, equivalent to a 6/2 weight, and the colors are spectacular. I wove this scarf using Delicato in Deep Sea for my warp and Valley Yarns 5/2 Bamboo in Hummingbird for my weft. The Delicato adds such depth and movement to the scarf and it has the drape and softness of silk.

I would be remiss if I let myself (and you) get totally distracted by the siren song of luxury yarns. There are many yarns with fun textures and color patterns that are great to weave with. One afternoon this summer we had a scavenger hunt, looking for unusual and offbeat yarns in the store and then wove them into the sampler below. We used Juniper Moon Farm Zooey as the warp, sett at 10 epi (you could also use Valley Yarns 3/2 Cotton) and then wove sections of (from left to right)  Tahki Tandem, Trendsetter Cin Cin, and Lang Ella. These would make lively and unique placemats and table runners. One thing to keep in mind is that if the yarn is self-striping, with long sections of each color, it may pool or look blocky as weft and work better as warp where the color runs stretch out.

rigid heddle weaving knitting yarns

 

So play around with knitting yarns and have fun weaving!

Just don’t call me Shirley.

August 30th, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! Flashback

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There’s no new show this week as Kathy and Steve are enjoying the holiday weekend with friends and family, and hope that you all have a wonderful holiday weekend as well!

If you’re needing an RSK fix check out this show from September 17, 2011.

Remember:

WEBS will be closed tomorrow, Sunday Aug. 31st, and Monday Sept. 1st.

Our End of Summer Sale ends TOMORROW at 11:59pm EDT, get your orders in!

Upcoming Events:

Fibre Company Yarn tasting – Sept. 4th 6-7pm

Classic Elite Fall 2014 Event – Sept. 18th 6-7:30pm – The event is free but registration is required.

8th Annual Bus Trip to Rhinebeck – Saturday Oct 18th. the busses are filing up, get your ticket now!

We have an amazing line-up of guest teachers this year!
Amy Herzog in SeptemberSusan B Anderson will be here Columbus Day WeekendDora Ohrensten is doing a weekend of crochet classes in November!

And be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

August 28th, 2014

Just For Fun

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Usually, I am a “color inside the lines” kind of person. I don’t use glitzy yarn, or fluffy yarn, or even much bulky yarn. But recently, Tahki Poppy made itself known to me and I was absolutely captivated by just how different it is from anything I’ve ever used before. For one thing, it’s enormous. The skein barely fits in my hand. But the best part about this yarn is:

Moveable Flowers.

moveable flowers and soft squishy yarn

Yes. Not only are there adorable flowers with a little bead stamen in the center of each flower, but you can position them along the yarn in any configuration that works for you. Make a line of flowers along the cuff of a mitt, or arrange them in a circle around the crown when you make the FREE hat pattern that you’ll find inside the label of the skein. It’s a cozy blend of wool, mohair, and acrylic, and at $11.95 a skein for 43 yards, you’ll get at least a hat or a pair of cuffs to keep you warm (and smiling) all through cold-weather season. What’s a chance you recently took with a yarn or pattern?

Try something new once in a while. It’ll spice things up!

August 28th, 2014

Spinzilla 2014

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Spinzilla 2014 is here! Spinzilla is a global event in which teams and individuals compete in a friendly challenge to see who can spin the most yarn during Spinning and Weaving Week, October 6-12 2014. It is organized by TNNA (The National NeedleArts Association) for the dual purpose of raising money for their Needle Arts Mentoring Program, and to promote handspinning.

Spinzilla spinning wheelWEBS is hosting a team this year and we’re looking forward to seeing what our spinners create. It’s going to be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to not only create connections in our local spinning community, but to encourage our team members to build their skills and enjoy the camaraderie and creativity of spinning together. Spinning expertise is not required, just the desire to spin yarn, have fun and enjoy the team spirit of the event.

The focus for Team WEBS is to motivate and inspire each other to become better spinners–and who says that won’t be fun? Do you need a nudge to push through your fear of spinning fine yarns? Want to try your hand at a new fiber? We are planning some meet-ups and a free workshop before the event, and some spin-ins during the week. Of course we will have goodies and team prizes! We’d love to have you join our team. It’s even possible to be a ‘virtual’ team member if you don’t live nearby.

Sign-ups for the team are open until September 22, or until our team is filled (max of 25 spinners). Go to spinzilla.org to sign up, and look for Team WEBS.Spinzilla drop spindle

We will keep in touch with our team through email and through our thread on the Spinzilla Ravelry group. Watch for information about scheduled meet ups and more. And please, introduce yourself to the team. Team Captain Leslie Ann Bestor, Weaving Manager at WEBS, can be reached at labestor@yarn.com.

 

August 27th, 2014

WEBS is forty tapestry by Micala Sidore

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Our newest 40th Anniversary draft is a fun freebie! The WEBS is forty draft from Micala Sidore is a great primer for branching out with your own tapestry explorations and with 40 colors of Valley Yarns Northampton to choose from you’ll have almost endless color combinations to choose from.

WEBS is Forty tapestry draft - FREE DRAFT - available exclusively at yarn.com

Micala says, “Using words as design elements in your tapestry gives you freedom to express yourself in many ways. The look of the tapestry, the words chosen, the “font” created, and the colors can all lend meaning to your work. To celebrate WEBS’ 40th anniversary, I chose to weave the word “forty”, but tapestry can be any word or number or symbol that is meaningful to you.

You also need to consider positive and negative space as you create your design. Remember that you will be weaving a background as you weave your word or number, and you have to think about how the background can enhance or overwhelm your main image. Everything happens in relationship to everything else, so don’t forget to give equal thought to all the elements of your design. I suggest you begin by working with three colors: a ground color, a color for the letters, and a third highlight or accent color. I have used red in the “o” of forty as a surprise accent. Consider the dots of “i”s, the interiors of letters like o, b, d, etc. as opportunities for accent.”

August 26th, 2014

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Laurentide Pullover

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The Laurentide Pullover has a great v-neck, chevron shape that can be emphasized by random stripes of color. The Valley Yarns Berkshire is soft and cozy making this sweater feel like a warm hug on those chilly autumn days.

Laurentide promo

A clever combination of single and double crochet stripes keeps your interest in this bottom up sweater that is worked in the round. And with over 40 colors of Berkshire to choose from there’s a perfect combination of colors for every crocheter!

August 25th, 2014

WEBS #howweknit Instagram Contest – Winners!

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WOW – Over 350 Entries! #howweknit has certainly been and exciting way to see how WE all knit, the differences and similarities have been striking. How many of you found someone else that knits like you? I know I did! Thanks to you all for joining us and Congratulations to our two winners:

theiders who posted: Lake Tahoe WEBS contest #howweknit

We’d LOVE to join you on the shores of Lake Tahoe! Have fun knitting your Centuria Tam.
#howweknit Instagram contest prize pack, a full kit for the Centuria Tam designed by Franklin Habit - available exclusively at yarn.com

and knitcrazykate who posted: This is how I knit @websyarn It looks excruciatingly slow and you can here my kids playing in the background. #howweknit

We’re bet your kids will make all kinds of noise when they find out you won!
We hope you enjoy knitting your Nikiya Cowl.
#howweknit Instagram contest prize pack, a full kit for the Nikiya Cowl, designed by Tanis Gray - available exclusively at yarn.com/a>

August 24th, 2014

Our End of Summer Sale Ends in Just One Week!

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Have you checked out some of the amazing yarns and deals in our Annual End of Summer Sale? There’s a pretty incredible selection of needles and accessories as well!

This is the perfect time to build up your stash for all the winter and holiday knitting to come.

Over 60 yarns to choose from in the End of Summer Sale at yarn.com Now through 8.31.2014

Try the FREE Mega Cape pattern from Ella Rae in their Mega yarn which is just $8.99 during the sale. The Twig Shawl from Sweet Georgia Yarns would look beautiful in one of the bright colors of our 2/26 coned wool with the benefit of only having 2 ends to weave in. And the FREE Techno Hat takes advantage of the bulky and lofty nature of Blue Sky Alpacas Techno, you just can’t beat a hand knit hat like that for less than $10!

Browse the sale yarns and don’t forget to check out the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of the page for even more great pattern suggestion for each yarn.

August 23rd, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! 369: Kathy talks with Sara Delaney

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Kathy talks with Sara Delaney, WEBS Marketing Coordinator, about her first book How to Crochet.

How to Crochet, a Storey Basics Book by Sara Delaney - available at yarn.com

They talk about why this is a great resource book to keep in your project bag and the perfect book to get someone started with crochet. Kathy and Sara also talk about why knitters should have this book and their favorite crochet hooks.

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Remember:

WEBS will be closed Sunday August 31st and Monday Sept. 1st.

Our End of Summer Sale ends next Sunday, August 31st. get your orders in!

Upcoming Events:

Sara Delaney and Leslie Ann Bestor Book LaunchThis coming Thursday! August 28th 5:30-7pm – They will talk about the new Storey Basics line of books for fiber artists and their own writing and crafting process, and they’ll sign your books, too. The event is free but please register!

Fibre Company Yarn tasting – Sept. 4th 6-7pm

Classic Elite Fall 2014 Event – Sept. 18th 6-7:30pm – The event is free but registration is required.

8th Annual Bus Trip to Rhinebeck – Saturday Oct 18th. the busses are filing up, get your ticket now!

We have an amazing line-up of guest teachers this year!
Amy Herzog in SeptemberSusan B Anderson will be here Columbus Day WeekendDora Ohrensten is doing a weekend of crochet classes in November!

And be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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