December 30th, 2014

What an amazing 40th Year we’ve had! Thank you!

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We couldn’t have asked for a more amazing year of celebrations, and we’ve finished the year with some of our favorite products and projects!

Valley Yarns Charlemont hand dyed by Dream in Color for WEBS 40th Anniversary - available exclusively at yarn.com while supplies last

Thank you to Dream in Color! When our Valley Yarns Charlemont in their hand dyed shades arrived we were stunned by how luminous the colors were and you must have been too because there are almost none left!

WEBS 40th Anniversary exclusive patterns and products - available at yarn.com

Our thanks to Edie Eckman for the College Park Shawl, and Gudrun Johnston for the Tirrick Shawl, two perfect seasonal layers! And the adorable Clivia hat and mitt set, one of the few unisex patterns we carry!

WEBS 40th Anniversary exclusive patterns and products - available at yarn.com while supplies last

We were honored to have Sally Melville design the Long Collared Vest, and we couldn’t get enough of the project bags from Della Q or the exclusive, custom print bags from Stitched by Jessalu! Thank you!

Three exclusive Rowan designs  - available exclusively at yarn.com

Just when we thought there couldn’t be more to be thankful for our friends at Rowan surprised us with three wonderful designs in Fine Art, the Verdant Lace Shawl, the Cable and Lace Stole/Scarf and the Lace Panel Cowl.

WEBS 40th Anniversary weaving drafts from guest designers - available exclusively at yarn.com

And we couldn’t be more thankful for three beautiful weaving drafts to end a year of celebrating a company founded by a weaver and started with the intent of creating weavers. The Bouquet of Hearts Baby Blanket by our own Leslie Ann Bestor, the Celebration Overshot Runner woven by Ute Bargmann and the Optical Twill Rug designed by Jason Collingwood.

You can see all the wonderful projects and products we’ve had throughout the year here, here and more here.

As an added treat we have a short film about the history of our company for you to enjoy! Thanks for being a part of our first 40 years!

December 27th, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! 384: Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski

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This week it’s time for Kathy and Carol‘s Year in Review!

Ready, Set, Knit! ep. 384 Kathy and Carol's annual Year in Review. Listen now at blog.yarn.com

They discuss new yarns, consumer yarn shows and fiber festivals, online classes, the closing of some local yarn shops, new yarn businesses, what folks are knitting and more.

Ready, Set, Knit will return on January 10th with guest – Kate Atherley!

Steve’s Yarn Picks from our Year End Blowout Sale :

Reminder:

Drop-ins will return the first full week of January.

Winter/Spring 2015 Classes are on the website now, register before they fill up!

WEBS will be open on New Year’s Eve until 4pm and will be closed New Year’s Day. Check all our holiday hours here.

Upcoming Events:

The Year End Blowout Sale is currently running through Jan. 3rd.

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

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December 24th, 2014

New Year – New Weaving

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Greetings from the Weaving Room! As 2014 winds down and we wrap up our 40th Anniversary celebrations, I am looking forward to the new year and the new beginnings that it will bring. I am not much of one for making resolutions, but I do believe in setting goals. I am easily distracted so having goals helps me to stay focused and to move forward. And, of course, there is such a great sense of accomplishment when I achieve them – another chance to celebrate!

Tablet Weaving Made Easy DVD with John Mullarkey - available at yarn.comIn the next year I am looking to stretch myself as a weaver – try new weave structures, looms, fibers. One thing that has been grabbing my interest lately is card weaving, also called tablet weaving. I am fascinated and mystified by how it works. I love the beautiful bands you can weave, and can see many ways to incorporate them into projects. We have a great DVD from John Mullarkey – Tablet Weaving Made Easy – that’s filled with instruction and inspiration. Schacht recently started making cards for tablet weaving that look perfect for beginners – the edges are color coded to help you keep track of which way to turn them. If I really get into it I may even try the six-hole cards from Unicorn.

 

One of the things I love about working at WEBS is the easy access to a great line up of classes and instructors. For those who live in our ‘neighborhood’ (which seems to include most of the Northeast, judging from the folks who have taken classes with me), our weaving classes offer the ideal setting to learn new techniques with hands on instruction. I am excited to take the Rug Weaving class with Jason Collingwood. His designs are beautiful and I look forward to learning from such an acclaimed teacher.

Valley Yarns #37 Finnish Pattern #1 Draft PDF - available for download at yarn.comAnother perk of WEBS is the daily inspiration of my colleagues and our customers. Several years ago a few of us decided to do a weaving challenge and we all chose the same draft and then individually picked our yarns. I took the word ‘challenge’ very seriously and decided to use 60/2 silk (and even chose colors that I never use). It was both terrifying and exhilarating and though I loved the end result, I have stayed away  from fine threads since then. Until now. In the spirit of new (or re-newed?) beginnings, I am going to weave with 60/2 silk again. We have a 4-shaft variation on that snowflake twill I made before and I am going to weave some new scarves.

Many years ago, on the “Cast On” podcast by Brenda Dayne, I heard the phrase “Begin as you mean to go on” and I think of it every time the new year cycles around. I am beginning my weaving year with a warp on the loom and new things to learn. How about you – what will you begin with your weaving in 2015?

 

December 23rd, 2014

Year End Blowout Sale – In-Store

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Our Year End Blowout Sale is in full swing online but if you’re local to our Retail Store, or travelling through for the holidays, be sure to stop in and take advantage of some pretty incredible In-Store only deals from December 26th through January 3rd.

Steve pulls out all the stops for this annual event! Please remember: WEBS opens at at 10am on December 26th and is closed on New Year’s Day, so be sure to check our store hours before heading over.  Don’t miss your chance to stock up on great stash-building work horse yarns, sample garments, books, bags and one of a kind hand dyed yarns that you won’t find online!

December 22nd, 2014

I’m Looking Ahead

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This year, I didn’t throw myself into the knitted-gift frenzy that has made the last few years a little dicey in terms of holiday engagement. (That means I was the Grinchiest Grinch ever as I glared at every recipient of the scarves, hats, mittens, and cowls that I was knitting for them. Poor planning is my defense.) I’m taking the long view this time around. I’m looking ahead to 2015, because I’m thinking about what I might want to do differently in the coming year.

I don’t make resolutions. Too much commitment. I make vague goals and if (when) I don’t end up fulfilling them, well…lesson learned. Move on.

Most thorough technique book ever!Next year, I’m really going to concentrate on the details. I’m going to move past my go-to Long Tail Cast-On and Knitted Bind-Off. I’m going to experiment with cast-ons and bind-offs that are complementary to my project and look beautiful.

I’m going to learn how to do Kitchener Stitch. I’ve done so much to avoid this necessary fact of knitting life, and it now seems ridiculous. How hard can it be? (stop laughing). I’m also going to learn to read charts. I can protest all I want but I love stitch patterns and cables and those babies are charted. Once again, how hard can it be? (see above.)color chart

Lastly, I’m going to stop making the thought of perfection ruin a perfectly good knitted piece. Only I know that I bumbled a knit stitch into a purl. Nobody will ever see the mismatched decrease except me. I want my knitting to be fun and comforting, not a showpiece. That’s why I started knitting in the first place.

I might add, in a self-serving way, that some of these things can be learned in a class. And that leads me the now open-for-business winter/spring class registration! Check out our offerings and see what you might like to tackle in 2015.

December 20th, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! 383: Kathy talks with Yonca Ozbelli

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This week Kathy talks with Yonca Ozbelli, co-owner of Universal Yarns.

Ready, Set, Knit! ep. 383 - Kathy talks with Yonca Ozbelli, co-owner of Universal Yarns. Listen now at blog.yarn.com

Yonca talks about founding the company with her husband Hal, relocating to the US and the different yarn lines they carry. They also discuss how they choose and produce yarns.

Steve’s Yarn Picks from our Year End Blowout Sale :

Reminder:

Drop-ins are on hold for the rest of the holiday season and will pick up again the first full week of January.

Winter/Spring 2015 Classes are on the website now, register before they fill up!

WEBS will be open on both Christmas and New Year’s eves until 4pm and will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Check all our holiday hours here.

Upcoming Events:

The Year End Blowout Sale is currently running online and begins in store on December 26th, both run through Jan. 3rd.

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

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December 18th, 2014

WEBS Gift Cards

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This week finds us in the midst of Hanukkah and just a week from Christmas. It may be too late for us to get an order shipped out to you in time for gift giving but WEBS Gift Cards and eGift Cards could save the day!

WEBS Gift Cards and eGift Cards available at yarn.com

Gift Cards can be purchased and used both online and in our retail store. If you are purchasing through yarn.com Gift Cards are typically mailed by the next business day, and there is no shipping charge if you choose Standard Shipping. If you’re local to the store be sure to check our store hours and you can stop in to pick up as many as you need!

eGift Cards can be purchased online and immediately shared with the recipients.

Please note – WEBS eGift Cards can ONLY be used online and cannot be used in our retail store or over the phone.

December 16th, 2014

The Long Collared Vest by Sally Melville

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As we approach the end of 2014 we still have a few exciting 40th Anniversary projects to share with you and one of our favorites is the Long Collared Vest by Sally Melville. We were so thrilled when Sally expressed an interest in being part of this year’s celebrations! Working with the Burgundy color of our Berkshire Bulky she has designed a cozy knee length vest that we all wanted to curl up in when it arrived in the office.

Long Collared Vest pinterest promo

The large shawl collar hugs you around the shoulders and neck while the textured bodice stitch helps to give the vest structure and visual interest. And just for fun there’s a decorative button band on each side of the ribbing that makes a great place to showcase your favorite decorative buttons. The Long Collared Vest is a great winter knit and the perfect layering piece. With over 3 dozen colors of Berkshire Bulky to choose from which will you cast on with?

December 15th, 2014

What to buy with your WEBS Gift Card – Project Bags

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Every knitter, and crocheter, I know has multiple projects going at any one time and project bags are the perfect way to help corral the clutter that can result. Whether you’re looking for the perfect little last minute gift for a friend or contemplating your after-holiday gift card purchases here are a few of our favorite bags.

Project Bags available in all sizes and styles at yarn.com - Namaste Harlow Bag, the Attenti Caddy in peacock, and the Hadaki Multitasker Pouch

For your smaller projects the Hadaki Multitasker Pouch and the Blue Sky Alpacas Pretty Cheep project bags can handle anything from socks to large lace shawls, scarves and hats. For your larger sweaters and baby blankets the Atenti Caddy and our exclusive 40th Anniversary Della Q Large Eden Drawstring Bags have a surprising amount of room for yarn supplies and your growing project. The Lantern Moon Repurposed Plastic Tote would be perfect for large afghan projects and is one of the sturdiest bags we carry. And if you’re just looking for something stylish that can double as the perfect purse we highly recommend the Harlow Bag from Namaste. Not only does it have plenty of room inside for your wallet, keys, tablet(or laptop!), and gloves but you fit a couple small projects in there as well! How do you transport your projects?

 

December 13th, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! 382: Kathy talks with Steve

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This week Kathy talks with Steve about their years running WEBS since purchasing the company from Steve’s parents.

Ready, Set, Knit! ep. 382 - Kathy and Steve wrap up our 40th Anniversary celebrations

Kathy and Steve discuss upgrading the website, our registers and point of sale programs, as well as developing the Valley Yarns line. They also talk about the multiple building upgrades and our expansion in 2012.

Many thanks to our Team, their friends and families, and for everyone who donated to our team menebers for the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage. We raised over $19,000.00! We continue to welcome donations through December 31st. Thank You!

Holiday Shipping Deadlines are as follows:

West Coast – December 15th by 3pm

Midwest and South – December 18th by 3pm

East Coast – December 19th by 3pm

Steve’s Yarn Picks and Gift Ideas :

Reminder:

Winter/Spring 2015 Classes are on the website now, register before they fill up!

WEBS retail store will be open only ONE MORE SUNDAY! Tomorrow, December 14th from 12noon till 5pm!

WEBS will be open on both Christmas and New Year’s eves until 4pm and will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Upcoming Events:

The Year End Blowout Sale begins in store on December 26th and Runs through Jan. 3rd.

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

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