May 18th, 2016

Summer School for Weavers

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Here’s my true (and unashamed) confession – I chose to go to summer school in high school. As an overachiever with a competitive streak I certainly didn’t need it for academic success; I just found fascinating classes that weren’t taught at other times and knew I didn’t want to miss out. I feel the same when I look at our summer schedule for weaving classes here at WEBS – there’s some unique classes and teachers that are not to be missed.

Weaving classes for beginners and advanced techniques this summer. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Jason Collingwood is one of the rock stars of the weaving world, known for his masterful rug weaving and teaching skills. We are lucky to have him at WEBS for a 3-day weekend workshop which will cover 4-end blockweave for rug weaving, starting with simple two-color designs and moving on to designing within the blocks as well as the addition of a third color. He will also talk about techniques such as clasped wefts and summer and winter.

Closer to home, we have our local weaving superstars offering classes in their areas of expertise. Scott Norris is known for the beautiful linen textiles he weaves and sells throughout the Northeast. He says of his favorite fiber: “I weave with linen whenever possible, because it remains resilient and lustrous as it fades and softens over time. When treated respectfully, cloth woven from linen can last nearly forever, providing an element of permanence that I admire.” Scott designed a class that will give weavers experience in handling, weaving and caring for linen yarn using a variety of weave structures. The class meets once a month starting in August, giving participants time to weave samples between class sessions. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn from a master and learn the tricks to tame and befriend linen.

For the rigid heddle weavers there is also an excellent chance to learn from an expert. Paula Veleta has been teaching RH weaving for years and has developed our curriculum for advanced beginner and intermediate weavers. In July she will teach a 2-day workshop on weaving with double heddles. This advanced-beginner class will teach students to weave using finer yarns to make more sophisticated projects. You’ll learn how to thread your loom using two rigid heddles, how to determine a proper sett, and how to created texture and pattern. Another don’t-miss event for deepening your skills.

For those looking to begin to weave, we will have our One-week Intensive for Beginning Weaving, also taught by Scott Norris. The class gets you started with all of the basics of weaving on a multi-shaft loom – warping, weaving, project planning and more. There are also a few spots left in our Introduction to Rigid Heddle Weaving 1-day class, which teaches you the basics of warping and weaving on a rigid heddle loom.

Summer is coming! School yourself in new ways to use your loom and expand your weaving horizons.

May 17th, 2016

Anniversary Spotlight: Color and Texture

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Our Anniversary Sale isn’t just for knitters looking to stock up on stash-building workhorse yarns! Each year we have quite a selection of unique yarns that are perfect for garments and accessories with incredible texture and color, and these yarns are often an excellent addition to the weavers stash.

WEBS Anniversary Sale yarns - yarns with texture and color. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Tempo from Filatura Di Crosa works up into wide stripes of color, but these stripes are no plain-jane solid colors! The yarn is made from 3 plys, one is a two-ply, multicolored print with nubby tweedy bits, wrapped with two different colored thick-thin plys that gradually change color. While that seems like a lot happening in one yarn it results in a muted blending of colors that give your knits a sophisticated yet rustic quality. And, it’s a cotton blend so it’s perfect for warmer weather! Working with 2 colors of Tempo, and creating wedges with short rows, the Boticelli Top is an interesting but not overly complicated pullover to knit. Interchangeable front and back are seamed at the sides and shoulders for a reversible top that is eye catching and comfortable.

WEBS Anniversary Sale yarns - yarns with texture and color. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Another great cotton yarn for summer is Schachenmayr Tahiti. This fingering weight yarn has beautiful color shifts in variegated shades and it’s totally machine washable! Just 4 balls of this yarn knit into the gorgeous Sundowner Shawl. The pattern is FREE and you can choose from two sizes. This yarn would also make a beautiful warp yarn for a shawl or scarf with a gradient effect!

WEBS Anniversary Sale yarns - yarns with texture and color. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

With subtle, tonal colors and a shifting series of fibers, the chainette or woven tape-like construction of Classic Elite Yarns Sanibel lends textural interest to even the simplest stockinette pieces. The Lady Londonderry capelet is a lovely layering piece for when it’s not quite warm enough to wear your favorite summer dresses but you just can’t wait! Worked from the bottom up in a classic feather and fan stitch, this little piece features a wide rib neckline and a button closure for a fun retro look.

WEBS Anniversary Sale yarns - yarns with texture and color. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Also from Classic Elite is Santorini, the same base yarn as Sanibel but in a cheerful array of variegated colors. Put the two together for fun accessories with tons of colorful drama. Nonamesset scarf does just that with modular knit triangles that are joined as you go!

WEBS Anniversary Sale yarns - yarns with texture and color. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And don’t forget that I mentioned the weavers! These yarns create beautiful texture and color in your weaving. Here you can see we’ve used them as weft yarns paired with a simple warp of Juniper Moon Farms Zooey, a gorgeous linen blend.

So how will the colors and textures of these yarns inspire you? Tell us in the comments!

May 16th, 2016

All Dressed Up Wrap

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Not only is our Valley Yarns Goshen part of our May Anniversary Sale but we’ve also got exciting new designs in this yarn for you, and the All Dressed Up Stole is the newest!

The All Dressed Up Stole from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn and design, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Drape this stole loosely over your shoulders and secure with a bright shawl pin over a floral summer dress, or let it hang long and loose with a stylish belt for a more tailored look. This piece is a truly versatile addition to your wardrobe that works as a perfect extra layer in Spring and Fall.

The All Dressed Up Stole from Valley Yarns. Learn more about the yarn and design, and where you can get a copy of the pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog..yarn.com

Knit in Valley Yarns Goshen, the All Dressed Up Stole takes advantage of the silky drape of the yarn for a garment with beautiful fluid movement. With 25 colors to choose from you could go with an understated neutral like the sample, which was knit in #26 Steel, or add a bright splash of color to your summer wardrobe with #12 Lake or #10 Green Apple. Which color is calling your name?

May 14th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 444: LIVE from Tent Sale!

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This week Kathy and Steve are LIVE from our Annual Tent Sale!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #444 - Kathy and Steve LIVE at Tent Sale. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Kathy and Steve talk about all the great deals in the tent this year, the wonderful vendors at our fleece market and what it takes to pull this even together each year. And check out our live Facebook video of the show this year!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

The 14th Annual Tent Sale is happening NOW! Today and tomorrow, and don’t forget the 12th Annual Fleece Market today until 5! Check out the vendor list.

And don’t forget that our show is broadcast LIVE today so the podcast version of our show will be up just a little bit later than usual because of the remote broadcast.

Check out our first Facebook Live Video from our Summer Valley Yarns catalog photoshoot!

Upcoming Events:

The I-91 Shop Hop will take place June 23–26th. Get your passport now and plan your weekend!

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

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May 13th, 2016

Valley Yarns Goshen

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Whether you’ve been a loyal fan of Goshen since it debuted back in 2007, or you’re just discovering it this Spring, there couldn’t be a better time to get this yarn on your needles or hook!

Valley Yarns Goshen! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Goshen is a worsted weight blend of 48% Peruvian Cotton, 46% Modal, and 6% Silk that is milled and dyed for Valley Yarns in Peru. These long smooth fibers are blended together to enhance each other’s durability, strength and shine resulting in a yarn that has incredible stitch definition and longevity. This yarn is super resistant to pilling! The shine from the silk and modal, which is a rayon fiber made from recycled tree-based cellulose, really makes your stitches pop. Whether you’re making cables or an allover textured pattern with your stitches this yarn will showcase them beautifully.

Valley Yarns Goshen! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

This unique mix of fibers also lends an incredible smoothness to the yarn that not only feels silky to the touch, but actually feels cool against your skin, making it perfect for warm weather projects. My older daughter is a big fan of wearing beanies all year long and she loves my hand knits hats, but she’s not a fan of wool hats in the summer.  So I dug through our collection of Valley Yarns patterns and landed on the Embers hat. Originally knit in Amherst, this hat has a fantastically easy to remember 2 row repeat. You could easily knit this hat in one color for a beanie with great texture, but the magic really happens when you introduce a second color! While this may look like a complicated stitch pattern, or one that involves slipped stitches, you are only knitting with one color in each round and there are NO slipped stitches, just knits and purls! I chose the Green Apple and Seafoam colorways of Goshen for a subtle tonal quality. I used the same size needle called for in the pattern and knit to gauge. in the end I used less than a full skein of each color and used what yarn remained to make the pom pom.

Valley Yarns Goshen! On the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

l-r top: Hen Plaid Wrap, Winter Lake Henley, Goshen Crocheted Jacket, Park Pullover l-r bottom: Twilight Short Sleeve Sweater, New Hope Pullover, Anemone Mitts, Purlless Pullover

We’ve showcased Goshen in some of our most popular Valley Yarns patterns over the years. If you’re looking for everyday knit tops, accessories with a pop of color or cozy wraps, you’ve found the ideal yarn. What will you knit with Goshen? One of our original Goshen patterns or one intended for another yarn? Tell us all about it in the comments! Pick up a few skeins of Goshen today and give it a try. It’s part of our Anniversary Sale through May 31st, meaning you get each skein for only $2.79. That’s right, you could knit the Embers Hat for less than $6.00, or splurge a little and grab a bag, 10 whole skeins, for only $27.90!

May 12th, 2016

It’s almost time for Tent Sale!

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Come to the 14th Annual Tent Sale this Saturday and Sunday! While supplies last, you’ll find deals on full bags of yarns, $2.50 and $5.00 yarn bins, hand-dyed yarn specials, and even more deals that can only be found at the WEBS Tent Sale! You can also take the opportunity to shop the 42nd Anniversary Sale in person in our store, PLUS save 20% on all in-stock spinning tools, fiber, and equipment! Doors open at 10am but you can peruse the tent and shop the Fleece Market a bit earlier, and if you do you might catch Steve and Kathy broadcasting Ready, Set, Knit! Live from the tent!

tentsale and fleece market

If you come shop the Tent Sale on Saturday, May 14th, you can also shop our 12th Annual Fleece Market, which features fleeces, fiber, yarn, and crafts from over a dozen local vendors!

Leyden Glen Lamb (Kristin Nicholas)Stitched by JessaluArtemisia Ink Studio ArtsWhispering Winds Alpaca FarmRag Hill FarmCeladon StudioThe Stonehill FarmWinterberry FarmCrooked Fence FarmKama Suutra Fiber Arts, From Fiber to Fashion, Red Barn Alpacas, and Barberic Farm. And if you forget to bring lunch or get overwhelmed by yarn fumes The Bistro Bus will be here at lunchtime (on Saturday only) to fuel you back up!

May 11th, 2016

Review & Giveaway: The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary

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We love stitch dictionaries here at WEBS and the latest one to arrive is fantastic. Wendy Bernard’s (of Knit and Tonic) newest book, The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary is the follow-up to her popular Up Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary, and features 150 new stitch patterns for knitting in every direction. Not only does it have the stitch patterns and directions, every chapter includes a pattern so you can put the stitch patterns to use! The book is spiral-bound, which makes it incredibly easy to knit from.

The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard

As part of the blog tour, we’re excited to be able to share with you not only a stitch pattern from the book, but also a giveaway of the book and 2 hanks of yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas, who provided the yarn for the book.

First things first, the stitch pattern! The Fern Grotto Lace pattern is a lovely pattern that has directions for knitting flat and in the round, both bottom-up and top-down.

The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary Fern Lace Grotto Bottom-Up

Fern Grotto Lace Bottom-Up Flat
(panel of 21 sts +1 worked on a background of St st; 6-row repeat)
ROW 1 (RS): *K1, yo, k3, ssk, k10, k2tog, k3, yo; repeat from * to last st, k1.
ROW 2: P1, *p1, yo, p3, p2tog, p8, ssp, p3, yo, p2; repeat from * to end.
ROW 3: *K3, yo, k3, ssk, k6, k2tog, k3, yo, k2; repeat from * to last st, k1.
ROW 4: P1, *p3, yo, p3, p2tog, p4, ssp, p3, yo, p4; repeat from * to end.
ROW 5: *K5, yo, k3, ssk, k2, k2tog, k3, yo, k4; repeat from * to last st, k1.
ROW 6: P1, *p5, yo, p3, p2tog, ssp, p3, yo, p6; repeat from * to end.
Repeat Rows 1–6 for Fern Grotto Lace Bottom-Up Flat.

Fern Grotto Lace Bottom-Up in the Round
(panel of 21 sts worked on a background of St st; 6-row repeat)
ROW 1 (RS): *K1, yo, k3, ssk, k10, k2tog, k3, yo; repeat from * to end.
ROW 2: *K2, yo, k3, ssk, k8, k2tog, k3, yo, k1; repeat from * to end.
ROW 3: *K3, yo, k3, ssk, k6, k2tog, k3, yo, k2; repeat from * to end.
ROW 4: *K4, yo, k3, ssk, k4, k2tog, k3, yo, k3; repeat from * to end.
ROW 5: *K5, yo, k3, ssk, k2, k2tog, k3, yo, k4; repeat from * to end.
ROW 6: *K6, yo, k3, ssk, k2tog, k3, yo, k5; repeat from * to end.
Repeat Rows 1–6 for Fern Grotto Lace Bottom-Up in the Round.

The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary Fern Grotto Lace Top-Down

Fern Grotto Lace Top-Down Flat
(panel of 21 sts +2 worked on a background of St st; 6-row repeat)
ROW 1 (RS): K1, *k5, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k5; repeat from * to last st, k1.
ROW 2: P1, *p4, ssp, p3, yo, p3, yo, p3, p2tog, p4; repeat from * to last st, k1.
ROW 3: K1, *k3, k2tog, k3, yo, k5, yo, k3, ssk, k3; repeat from * to last st, k1.
ROW 4: P1, *p2, ssp, p3, yo, p7, yo, p3, p2tog, p2; repeat from * to last st, k1.
ROW 5: K1, *k1, k2tog, k3, yo, k9, yo, k3, ssk, k1; repeat from * to last st, k1.
ROW 6: P1, *ssp, p3, yo, p11, yo, p3, p2tog; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Repeat Rows 1–6 for Fern Grotto Lace Top-Down Flat.

Fern Grotto Lace Top-Down in the Round
(panel of 21 sts worked on a background of St st; 6-row repeat)
ROW 1 (RS): *K5, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k5; repeat from * to end.
ROW 2: *P4, k2t0g, k3, yo, k3, yo, k3, ssk, k4; repeat from * to end.
ROW 3: *K3, k2tog, k3, yo, k5, yo, k3, ssk, k3; repeat from * to end.
ROW 4: *K2, k2tog, k3, yo, k7, yo, k3, ssk, k2; repeat from * to end.
ROW 5: *K1, k2tog, k3, yo, k9, yo, k3, ssk, k1; repeat from * to end.
ROW 6: *K2tog, k3, yo, k11, yo, k3, ssk; repeat from * to end.
Repeat Rows 1–6 for Fern Grotto Lace Top-Down in the Round.

And now the giveaway! Please comment here on the blog by May 18, 2016 with what you love about stitch dictionaries for your chance to win. Make sure you use your email address so we have a way to contact you and get your mailing information.

May 10th, 2016

Valley Yarns on the cover of Vogue Knitting!

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We’re so excited about Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2016. Not only is it packed with over 20 stunning knit patterns from some of our favorite designers, but our own Valley Yarns Charlemont made the cover in a design from Unjung Yun, the Leaf Motif Wrap!

Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2016 - featuring Valley Yarns Charlemont on the cover. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The open spaces that dot this sculptural wrap recall the look of windblown leaves. Knit in Charlemont, a pearlescent wool/ silk blend from Valley Yarns, garter-stitch leaf motifs are worked continuously with cast-on stitches to form a tiered panel. Each subsequent panel reverses the direction of the work, producing the subtly undulating texture. Dropped stitches worked throughout delineate the lacy look. They’ve even put together a quick tutorial on their Youtube channel to guide you through this fantastic technique!

Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2016 - featuring Valley Yarns Charlemont on the cover. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Whether you choose to use Charlemont in natural for a light, ethereal summer wrap or one of the vibrant jeweltones for a richly elegant look, this will be one of those accessories you’ll be happy you spent the time knitting for years to come! The Spring/Summer 2016 issue hits newsstands today so get out there and get your copy!

May 9th, 2016

It’s another FLASH SALE!

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Now through 11:59pm EDT, tomorrow, May 10th, you can take advantage of crazy-good savings on favorite brand name yarns and needles in our Flash Sale!

It's the May FLASH SALE at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Right now you can save an additional 15% off over 100 already reduced closeouts from Noro, Tahki, Schachenmayr, Rowan, Ella Rae, and more! Never get stalled starting a new project again with a Denise Interchangeable needle set, now an additional 20% off. This deal is limited to the inventory we have on hand so don’t wait to snap one of these up for yourself or as a gift!If that wasn’t enough you can now save 35% on 4 of our most popular yarns! Shibui Baby Alpaca DK Rowan Cocoon Louet Gems Fingering , and Louet Gems Sport.

This offer is good both online and in-store, but you have only have a little over 24 hours to seize your chance at incredible savings!

May 8th, 2016

Anniversary Sale Spotlight – Bulky Yarns

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May is a great time to stock up on yarns for future holiday gifts. I know, I know! It’s not even summer yet and I’m raising the spectre of holiday knitting. Some of you will think I’m crazy but I actually like to get lots of quick and easy projects done in the summertime to fill the “bin of potential gifts”. This is a little storage bin where I place finished knit and crochet items that don’t have a particular recipient yet, maybe one of my girls’ teachers, or my husband’s boss, or the secret snowflake exchange at work. I get lots of little things done over the summer and then I always have an extra gift or two come holiday time! This year I am particularly enamoured of bulky and chunky yarns, and there are SO many great ones to choose from in the May portion of our Anniversary Sale!

Anniversary Sale yarns and quick summer gift knits on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Encore Mega, is a super versatile yarn  in 25 colors that is perfect for the person in your life who needs an easy care gift. With a blend of 75% Acrylic and 25% Wool you don’t have to worry about them felting that special gift! The Lodge Pole Cowl is not only a quick, yet interesting pattern, but it’s Free! Double strand your yarn for a super squishy and cozy cowl, keep it all in one color or use 2 colors for a marled look, and the 4 skeins of Encore Mega that you need will only cost $16.76 during the sale!

Anniversary Sale yarns and quick summer gift knits on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

A yarn with fantastic texture and beautiful colors is Bamboo Bloom Handpaints. This blend of bamboo based Rayon, Wool, and Acrylic has a thick and thin texture with large slubs of fluffy wool and sections of tightly spun rayon with incredible shine. Finished knits have amazing texture, like the Corners Scarf, another FREE pattern. At less than $8 per hank for Bamboo Bloom Handpaints during the sale, you could make a whole pile of these one skein scarves and still have plenty of cash left in your holiday budget!

Anniversary Sale yarns and quick summer gift knits on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Another yarn with great texture is Rosa from Tahki Yarns. This 100% Cotton yarn is fantastic for summertime garments and accessories. Right now I’m kind of crushing on the Textures Cardigan by Rosemary Drysdale. My daughter loves a good summer dress and would happily wear them in December, so a little cotton cardi is perfect for letting her fashion sense rule while making me feel better about her staying warm! With Rosa being a bulky yarn this sweater will knit up super quick, and during the sale it costs less than I would have paid for one at her favorite department store.

So what do you have planned for your “bin of potential gifts”? Give some of these great bulky yarns a try and help to fill it up over the summer!