June 3rd, 2014

Extra Savings on Cascade Closeouts

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This week (6/3/14-6/9/14), we’re offering our Cascade Yarns closeouts at an extra 15% off! All you have to do is enter code CASCCLOS at checkout and the additional discount will be taken.

Don’t miss your chance to save even more on incredible yarn! There are some spectacular yarns in our Cascade Yarns closeout section. Cascade Heritage 150 Paints, Cascade 128 Solid, and Cascade Greenland top the list, and there isn’t a bad yarn in the bunch.

Cascade Heritage 150 Paints at yarn.com

Cascade Heritage 150 Paints is an excellent yarn for not only socks, but accessories like shawls, hats, and more. Originally $26.00, the closeout price of $12.99 is great, but it’s an even better deal when you take 15% off bringing the price down to $11.04. If you’re a crocheter, check out the pattern on Cascade’s website for the Arched Cuff Mitts. If you’re a knitter, the Checkerboard Mesh Scarf is a lovely accessory.

Cascade 128 Solids at yarn.com

If a bulky weight yarn is more your speed, the lofty Cascade 128 Solids might interest you. It works up at 3 to 3.5 stitches per inch making for speedy projects. There are several free hat patterns on Cascade’s website, from the simple Garter Rib Hat (and Legwarmers) to the more involved Chunky Fair Isle Pom Pom Hat.

Cascade Greenland at yarn.com

Looking for a nice, machine washable wool? Cascade Greenland is a lovely option. The density of the plies in this yarn means that your stitches will pop. With the additional 15% savings, Cascade Greenland is just $5.95 per ball, and it was originally $13.00. The 3D Cowl or the Playtime Hoodie would be fun projects for this yarn.

Check out all of our Cascade closeouts and start saving with code CASCCLOS today!

May 31st, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! 359: Kathy talks with Fiona Ellis

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This week Kathy talks with first time guest Fiona Ellis. Fiona studied fashion design with a concentration in knitwear and specialized in hand knits – no programming knitting machines for her! She used to design Ready-to-Wear for mass production but made the switch to hand knit patterns when her first patterns appeared in Vogue Knitting in the late 90′s. Fiona Ellis designs featuring Valley Yarns Fiona specializes in colorwork and cables and her patterns include charts as well as written instructions. You can see the majority of her designs on Ravelry. Two of her latest feature Valley Yarns, Sugarbeach from Twist collective knit in Valley Yarns Longmeadow and Blue Helix from Knitter’s Magazine knit in Valley Yarns Colrain.

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Anniversary Sale through May 31st – This is your LAST DAY to order!

Upcoming Events:

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

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

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

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May 30th, 2014

Steve’s Deal of the Day – Ella Rae Classic Superwash Chunky: Project Ideas

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Steve’s Deal of the Day for this weekend is Ella Rae Classic Superwash Chunky - $4.79/ball (reg $10.50), a great stash yarn available in over 45 colors! This yarn can work up into some really fast and satisfying projects.

Cinder by Jared Flood

The cinder scarf by Jared Flood, part of Classic Elite Quick Knits, is a soft and cozy scarf with flowing oversized cables. Here Ravelry user schknitzle has knit the scarf in color #23-Aqua Heather a color quite similar to a very familiar jewelers’ gift boxes!

owls by Kate Davies

For a more substantial but still fairly speedy project try Kate Davies’ ever popular owls sweater, shown here knit by Ravelry user millicurie in color #16-Grey Rose Heather.

This yarn knits at a similar gauge to our Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky and Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky so be sure to check out the patterns for those yarns as well by simply clicking on the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of the yarn page.

And don’t forget! Ella Rae Classic Superwash Chunky is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, June 1, 2014. Use Promo Code FBCLSUPCH2 at checkout to get the special price, $4.79/ball (reg $10.50). 

May 29th, 2014

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Hen Plaid Wrap

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We thought we’d start a new, regular feature post to show off some of the Valley Yarns Patterns that we love. First up is my personal favorite from our e-Book Soft Landing, the Hen Plaid Wrap.

Hen Plaid Wrap knit in Valley Yarns Goshen - available exclusively at yarn.com

This cozy shawl takes advantage of the next-to-the-skin softness of Valley Yarns Goshen and combines a neutral and jewel tone palette for versatile wearability. The construction of this simple plaid couldn’t be easier! Knit in mostly stockinette with an occasional stacked purl, horizontal stripes are added as you knit and the vertical stripes are added afterwards with surface crochet in the purl ditches. And don’t worry about having ends to weave in from the color changes, those become part of the fringe.

Check out our video tutorial for this technique!

May 28th, 2014

Foxhead Dish Towels from Scott Norris

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This month we present our 5th Anniversary Draft, The Foxhead Dish Towels from Scott Norris woven on 4-shafts in Valley Yarns 20/2 and 40/2  linen. Scott loves weaving with our fine linens and has put together a gorgeous draft that shows off this fiber’s beauty and versatility.

Foxhead DishTowels in Valley Yarns 20/2 and 40/2 Linen - available exclusively at yarn.com

 

About the draft Scott says, “Towels woven with fine linen are a pure pleasure. The combination of Valley Yarns 40/2 linen (warp and tabby weft) and 20/2 for the pattern weft is perfect for this delicate overshot pattern. Linen may have a reputation as hard to work with, but if you follow the instructions for these towels you will find that with a little care you will come to love the process and the product!”

Foxhead Dish Towels designed by Scott Norris in Valley Yarns 20/2 and 40/2 linen - available exclusively at yarn.com

He is a long time friend of WEBS and one of our most popular teachers. Scott will be here this summer teaching Beginning Weaving – One Week Intensive and in August, the once-monthly Weaving for the Advanced Beginner.

May 24th, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! 358: Kathy talks with Kristi Johnson

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This week Kathy talks with Kristi Johnson from Shalimar Yarns.

Shalimar Yarns Breathless - available at yarn.com

Kristi tells Kathy about learning to knit at a young age, opening a yarn shop and beginning her hand-dyeing journey. They also discuss The Shalimar yarns that WEBS carries and the full line available on the Shalimar website as well as the origin of the company name.

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Anniversary Sale through May 31st – This is your last week to order!:

Upcoming Events:

Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Festival  is THIS weekend! May 24th and 25th.

WEBS is closed Sunday, May 25th (Head over to the MA Sheep and Wool Festival!) and Monday, May 26th. Enjoy your Memorial Day!

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

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

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

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May 23rd, 2014

Steve’s Deal of the Day – Dana: Project Ideas

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Steve’s Deal of the Day for this weekend is Valley Yarns Dana, a limited edition, worsted weight superwash wool available in 8 rich colors. This yarn is very similar to our permanent Valley Superwash and can be used interchangeably in the patterns.

Valley Yarns Dana - available eclusively at yarn.com - While supplies last!

Because it is a superwash, Dana is perfect for classic go-to sweaters and households goods. Try the Rosewood Henly, the Laurel Top-down Hoodie, or the Thaw Cabled Blanket. It’s also great for baby items that call for a worsted weight yarn!

For even more ideas, click over to Valley Superwash page on our website and then choose the “Related Patterns” tab. And don’t forget! Valley Yarns Dana is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, May 25, 2014. Use Promo Code FBVYDANA at checkout to get the special price, $2.39/ball (reg $3.59). 

May 23rd, 2014

Color Me Amazed

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A lot of knitters like to use hand-dyed yarns like Madelinetosh, Lorna’s Laces, or Prism. A fair number of those knitters are disappointed when they experience color pooling, or when they don’t like the way one color in the skein works with another one. artful color, mindful knitsMaybe they’ve done a broken rib stitch and noticed that what they had hoped would be specks of dark blue against a rose background turned into big blotches of purple. There are lots of ways to learn how to work with hand-dyed yarns and I’ve found the absolute best resource of all to not only learn to work with those variegated yarns but to actually plan for how those colors show up in your garment. Laura Militzer Bryant, the founder of Prism Yarns, has written a new book entitled Artful Color, Mindful Knits: A Definitive Guide to Working with Hand-Dyed Yarns, and it goes beyond any other book I know to show fiber artists how to craft with color.

As an art-school graduate, Laura became fascinated with hand-dyed yarns when she first saw them at a trade show in the early 1980′s, and learned how to dye yarns as a result. She founded her own hand-dyed yarn company, photo by Amy StephensPrism, and out of the necessity of having to showcase those yarns, she became a knitwear designer. Both of those talents are shown to amazing advantage in Artful Color, Mindful Knits. She can show you how to stack your colors, how to splash your colors, even how to create an argyle pattern with your skein, all by using her Magic Number system that uses the length of a color repeat, the amount of yarn used for a single stitch, and the total number of stitches. Period. When I learned how to anticipate and even plan when a color shows up in your knitting to form a pattern, I wanted to award Laura a Nobel Prize. The designs that accompany the various color schemes are gorgeous. Jackets, hats, scarves, vests, and sweaters, all in vivid colors and patterns that show a master’s touch are readily accessible to any knitter or crocheter.

Artful Color, Mindful Knits includes a thorough color tutorial in the front of the book, which is eye-opening. Laura shows readers in simple language how colors interact with each other and how we perceive them. This helps us plan how to use color and what colors work best in hundreds of different patterns and yarns.  The book also has a wonderful technique section in the back of the book, showing how to do various cast-ons, increases and decreases, and bind-offs, as well as crochet techniques. It’s really a treasure trove of information, one that will be used again and again.ArtfulColor-7

Hey, local blog-readers: Laura will be coming to WEBS on June 7 to sign copies of her new book from 3:30–4:30pm. Come by to see the Prism Yarns trunk show or sign up for her Introduction to Color class. You will be amazed at what you can do!

May 20th, 2014

The Sermilik Shawl from Kristin Omdahl

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At the beginning of April we introduced you to our 3 new designs with Valley Yarns Huntington Hand Dyed by Lorna’s Laces. Our featured crochet design, the Sermilik Shawl, is from the wonderfully talented Kristin Omdahl.

We were thrilled when Kristen said she would design a shawl for us! Inspired by the blue icebergs of the Sermilik Fjord in Greenland, Kristin has designed a  simple triangle shawl made of stacked double crochet shells with a delicate and lacy bottom edge that that gives this shawl a real wow-factor. Though the stitches are densely packed the open nature of the fabric means that the shawl has beautiful drape and movement while really showing off the beauty of the hand dyed yarn colors.

The Sermilik Shawl designed by Kristin Omdahl and crocheted in Valley Yarns Huntington Hand Dyed by Lorna's Laces - available exclusively at yarn.com

Kristen learned how to knit when she was young but didn’t really get going until she was in her twenties. She has been designing and teaching, both knit and crochet for over 10 years and can’t imagine doing anything else, when she’s not kayaking or hiking that is!

May 17th, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! 357: Kathy and Steve LIVE from the Tent Sale!

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This week Kathy and Steve broadcast live from our 12th Annual Tent Sale! WEBS Tent Sale May 17-18, 2014 Fleece Market Vendors :

And don’t forget the Food Trucks!:

Steve fills us in on all of the great stuff that we have at the Tent Sale. We have 20% of spinning wheels, fiber, and accessories this weekend in the store only.

Steve’s Yarn Picks – only at the Tent Sale!

32 tables full of yarn under the tent!

Three of our vendors needed to clear out “broken bags” from their warehouse, which means we have your favorite yarns at fantastic prices for you while supplies last.

We have cones from Cascade – 2 lb. cones for $20 of various yarns

VERY limited supply of Classic Elite cashmere yarns and cashmere/silk blend yarns.

There’s also special pricing on closeouts that never made it to the website.

Find sample garments and one-off yarns for sale.

Noro Takeuma – $49.99/bag, plus additional Noro yarns under the tent!

These prices are only at our Tent Sale!

Kathy & Steve Elkins recording Ready, Set, Knit live at the WEBS Tent Sale

Steve’s Picks for Everyone

NEW YARNS

 NEW CLOSEOUTS

SALE YARNS

Our Anniversary Sale continues until May 31st.

Upcoming Events: Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Festival May 24th and 25th

WEBS is closed Sunday, May 25th (Head over to the MA Sheep and Wool Festival!) and Monday, May 26th. Enjoy your Memorial Day!

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

Laura Militzer Bryant, Prism Yarns Truck Show and Book Signing June 6th and 7th.

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

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