March 8th, 2016

Longmeadow in Vogue Early Spring 2016

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With each release of Vogue Knitting we look forward to seeing what wonderful new garments designers have imagined with our Valley Yarns and Early Spring 2016 does not disappoint!

High Low Tunic knit in Valley Yarns Longmeadow in Vogue Knitting Early Spring 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Julie Turjoman has designed the close fitting, High Low Tunic, with a split back and gorgeous slipped stitch texture. Once the body pieces have been knit and seamed the bodice is picked up and worked in the round. While we are sold out of the Winter Lake colorway we have quite a few fun and summer color in Longmeadow. Go classic and beachy with Natural, or add a splash of color with Periwinkle or Coral.

New designs from Vogue Knitting Early Spring 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And don’t miss out on all the other incredible designs in this issue!

#4 Graphic Top by Yoko Hatta in Cascade Yarns Anchor Bay, #5 Striped Romper by Courtney Cedarholm in Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Dyed, #13 Open Waves Top by Jacqueline van Dillen in Rowan Creative Linen, #16 Cable & Lace Duster by Yoko Hatta in Plymouth Yarn Linen Concerto, #17 Deep V-Neck Duster by Deborah Newton in Classic Elite Yarns Soft Linen, #18 Lacy Cardi by Sarah Hatton in Rowan Pure Linen, #19 Deep Rib Tank by Annabelle Speer in Cascade Yarns Fixation Solid, #24 Eyelet Top by Yoko Hatta in Fibre Company Meadow.

March 5th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 436: Kathy talks with Kristin Omdahl

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This week Kathy talks with Kristin Omdahl about her yarns and her newest book Continuous Crochet.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #436 - Kathy talks with Kristin Omdahl. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com
Both of Kristin’s yarns Be So Fine and Be So Sporty are available in 17 rich hand dyed colorways. Check out the Sunny Isle Shawl in progress, being crochet by store staffer Mary.

New Be So Fine yarn from Kristin Omdahl, available at yarn.com. Listen to the latest episode of Ready, Set, Knit! to learn more.

This pattern is free as part of the Kristin Omdahl Yarns Beachy One eBook, and if you purchase just one skein of her yarn now you’ll get a Free Project bag. This promotion is available both online and in store, but limited quantities so take advantage now!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Next Weekend is our Spring Training Spinning Event! Sunday March 13th noon – 5, please pre register. And don’t forget to take advantage of our limited Special Fiber Packs for the event!

You can still get on the waitlist for our first ever WEBS Retreat in September.

Upcoming Events:

WEBS will be at DFW Fiber Fest April 1-3!

Our 42nd Anniversary Sale begins April 1st.

The 14th Annual Tent Sale happens May 14th and 15th, and don’t forget the 12th Annual Fleece Market on May 14th.

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

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March 2nd, 2016

Special Fiber Packs for Spring Training!

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We are going all in with the sports metaphors this year. We already have the Tour de Fleece in July; we needed a spring equivalent and what better event to represent skill building than Spring Training? In my last post I talked about the event we are having on March 13 – be sure to check it out and sign up if you are in the area.

Spring training is about more than the event, however. We created some great fiber pack specials to add excitement and zip to your spinning life. We started with an assortment of fibers and blends from Louet to keep things interesting and encourage spinners to try new fibers. Then we asked our friends at Frabjous Fibers to dye an exclusive colorway just for Spring Training and we added that to the pack. And because we love bonuses, we added a (not so) little bag as the icing on the cake.

Spring Training Fiber Packs at WEBS. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The Rookie Pack features easy-to-spin fibers that are perfect for newer spinners, with enough variety to keep you from getting bored. There’s a half-pound of Blue Faced Leicester and another half-pound of Falkland, and for some fun color play there are 4 different 4-ounce bags of dyed Corriedale. The Frabjous Fiber Take Me Out to the Ballpark colorway is dyed in BFL and will amaze you with a gradient of luscious hues from the ballpark – green grass, blue skies and a touch of brown (that’s either the pitcher’s mound or the color of your uniform after sliding in to home plate).

The All Star Pack brings some different players to the field with half-pound bags of Masham, Light Grey Romney, and Medium Grey Romney. We added some color with a half-pound bag of dyed Merino/Silk and then sprinkled in a 2 ounce bag of Camel/Silk for a touch of luxury. This pack also contains 4 ounces of the exclusive Take Me Out to the Ballpark colorway, this time in a BFL/Silk base.

Remember the surprise I hinted about? As a special bonus, when you buy either of the fiber packs, you will get a free gift – a cotton tote bag for carrying your fiber and yarn. This bag is sturdy and roomy enough for some serious stash, with great shoulder straps to make it easy to carry and WEBS’ Spring Training logo on the outside pocket.

I’m pretty excited to dive into these packs (um, yeah, I may be buying both packs) and feel what it’s like to spin some fibers I haven’t tried yet. I’m not sure if I’ll start with the Romney (maybe a marled 2-ply with the two shades of grey?) or the Take Me Out to the Ballpark (maybe a Navajo ply?). Which of these would be your first choice?

February 29th, 2016

New Yarns from Debbie Bliss!

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NEW! Baby Cashmerino Tonals from Debbie Bliss. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Baby Cashmerino has long been one of my go-to yarns when I want to enjoy my knitting as much as the finished baby garments. This Spring Debbie Bliss has introduced Baby Cashmerino Tonals and I’m thrilled by the possibilities of combining these colors with some of my favorite solids.  Never one to disappoint, Debbie Bliss has released a full pattern collection of tiny sweaters perfect for the little one in your life, and this yarn!

NEW! Cotton Denim DK from Debbie Bliss. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

If you’re looking to knit for yourself this spring try the new Cotton Denim DK. Not only is it a machine washable, 100% cotton, but it’s available in almost a dozen soft, summer shades. I have my eye on the several of the patterns from the accompanying collection.

And for a little fun in your wardrobe try the two new yarns from Conway + Bliss!

NEW! Cleo from Conway + Bliss. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

A soft chainette tube, Cleo feels like t-shirt material! This will make terrific warm-weather garments and accessories in bright, solid colors. Lolli is another chainette-type yarn in bright, solid hues, but with surprise bursts of color throughout! This one will knit up into fun hats, scarves, cowls or other accessories, and there’s great pattern support for both.

NEW! Lolli from Conway + Bliss. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

You can read more about these yarns and see lots of pattern ideas in our new Spring 2016 Catalog.

February 27th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 435: Kathy talks with Courtney and Kate from Kelbourne Woolens

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This week Kathy talks with Courtney and Kate about how they met and how Kelbourne Woolens got started.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #435 - Kathy talks with Courtney and Kate. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

After working together at  small yarn shop in Philadelphia in 2006 they launched Kelbourne Woolens in 2008, and started distributing the Fibre Company yarns. Check out their newest yarns, Cumbria and Cumbria Fingering.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Are you a winner? If you entered to win our Valentine’s Gift Basket, or a copy of Carol Sulcoski’s book, be sure to check your inbox. We’re still waiting to hear back from some of our winners!

You can still get on the waitlist for our first ever WEBS Retreat in September.

Upcoming Events:

WEBS will be at DFW Fiber Fest April 1-3!

Our 42nd Anniversary Sale begins April 1st.

The 14th Annual Tent Sale happens May 14th and 15th, and don’t forget the 12th Annual Fleece Market on May 14th.

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

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February 26th, 2016

Another Fine Donegal I’ve Gotten Myself Into

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vintage leaf sweater

Photo copyright Debbie Bliss

I have been loving Debbie Bliss’s Fine Donegal from afar these days, but I grabbed a skein to check out a particularly pleasing color this afternoon (it has an antiseptic number instead of a name, but if I were the Head Namer at Debbie Bliss, I would probably call it Pine Forest with New-Growth Leaves), and I fell in love with it all over again.  It’s a scrumptious blend of wool and cashmere in a sport-weight gauge of 6.5 stitches to an inch on US size 3’s, which is my sweet spot. My love was confirmed when I went wandering around on Ravelry to see what folks are making with this delicious stuff, and found The Vintage Leaf Sweater, designed by Debbie herself and found in the pattern book that supports this yarn (also called Fine Donegal). All the pictures in this book must have been taken on a really hot day because the model looks really mad. No matter; the garments drew me in and especially Ms. Vintage Leaf. Body-conscious, close-fitting at the neck, and with a hypnotic twisted-stitch lace pattern that looks like –you guessed it — leaves. It has an afterthought collar, and elbow-length sleeves that add even more class.

It’s snowing here today, and even though we had the coldest weekend ever, I’m hopeful that looking at some sweet tweedy yarn will bring a little spring to mind. Happy knitting!

February 25th, 2016

Valley Yarns Tulip Pullover

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The NEW Tulip Pullover from Valley Yarns is a classic pullover with some fun texture and color.

The New Tulip Pullover from Valley Yarns. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Worked seamlessly from the top down, with a crew-neck and set-in sleeves, the bold, rich colors of spring flowers and a band of subtle ribbing brings an unexpected twist to this simple sweater shape. Knit in Valley Yarns Stockbridge you’ll have almost 2 dozen colors to choose from, and with that variety why not think about changing up the colors? You could swap out just one color and use Soft Grape instead of the Deep Red.

The New Tulip Pullover from Valley Yarns, simple color options. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Love a gradient? Try Natural, Camel and Chocolate, or Natural, Light Gray and Gray, or Deep Teal,  Blue Mist and Lake. Or try for a pop of color and knit the top and bottom in Light Gray with the center section in Kiwi or Gold. What colors will you cast on with?

The New Tulip Pullover from Valley Yarns, simple color options. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

February 23rd, 2016

Spring yarns from Berroco

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The folks at Berroco must have been dreaming about a Mediterranean vacation when they created their yarns for Spring 2016, and what a great choice because that’s what they’ve got me dreaming about knitting and crocheting for!

Berroco Elba available now at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Elba is a cotton tape yarn that feels t-shirt soft against the skin. Machine washable in saturated tonal colors it may be my new favorite summer sweater yarn! The Abree cardigan looks like the perfect extra layer, and while I ;ike the mossy green they used for the sample I might go for a softer grey, or their rich orange!

Berroco Corsica available now at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Two words perfectly describe Berroco Corsica, comfortable luxury!  Cotton and cashmere are blended in a 90/10 mix which means easy, machine washable garments and accessories that are just a little bit decadent. I’m not sure which of the soft, heathered shades I want to use to crochet the Tucker cardigan, maybe I’ll just make two or three!

Berroco Mykonos available now at yarn.com Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Berroco Mykonos is a silky blend of linen, nylon and cotton with a shine you won’t believe! If you remember Berroco Seduce, and miss it like I do, you’ll love this one. Summer tops and accessories that will feel cool against your skin, in vibrant summer shades, are the perfect anecdote to the winter doldrums. Sometimes you want a little shawl for style rather than warmth and the Xenia shawl fits the bill, it’s like knitted jewelry!

Now I just have to decide what I’ll cast on for first! And be sure to check out the pattern support for each of these yarns by clicking on the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of the yarns page, there’s lots more fantastic garments and accessories.

February 20th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 434: Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski

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This week Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski, author of the new book: Knitting Ephemera. Unlike Carol’s’ past books, full of knitting patterns and technical help, this is a collection of stories, anecdotes and knowledge of and from the knitting world.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #434 - Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Share your own knitting ephemera and be entered to win a copy of Carol’s book! Leave a comment on this post with your own unique knitting trivia by 11;59pm EST on Tuesday Feb. 23rd. Please be sure to include a valid e-mail address in your comment so we can contact you if you win, and check next week’s post to see all the winners!

Kathy’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Team WEBS is at STITCHES WEST this weekend, join us at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

You can still get on the waitlist for our first ever WEBS Retreat in September.

Upcoming Events:

WEBS will be at DFW Fiber Fest April 1-3!

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

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February 19th, 2016

New Yarn and new color for Spring from Classic Elite

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The newest yarn from Classic Elite, Calista, has amazing texture due to it’s construction, it’s actually a crocheted chain! This DK weight yarn is 100% mercerized cotton which gives it a lovely sheen, and is lightweight enough for beautiful summer garments. Think sweaters, tanks and wraps.

Classic Elite Yarns Calista. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.comClassic Elite Firefly has been with us for a few years but they’ve added some new colors for 2016. A wonderful blend of Viscose and linen, with a slightly nubby texture, Firefly works up into a fabric with a beautiful, glowing sheen and the drape is incredible too. There are plenty of sophisticated summer garments in the Wooded Glen Collection, perfect for showcasing this yarn’s unique features.

There’s no better time to dream about, and plan for, those warm summer days. What warm weather knits do you have on your needles?