We’ve been getting ready for weeks but like an ant’s nest that’s been kicked, all that activity has been below the surface until now! The Tent is going up and we’ll start filling it for you early on Saturday morning. Get here early for some of the best deals and to check out all the local vendors and shepherds at our Annual Fleece Market! And don’t forget that all of the great deals on the May Anniversary Sale Yarns will still be in effect as well as 20% off all in-stock spinning wheels and spinning supplies during Tent Sale. Will this be the year you FINALLY get to WEBS’ Tent Sale? or will this be your 14th visit? How many times have you made it?
Later this week we’ll reveal the final squares for our Mystery Knit-a-Long and Crochet-a-Long! We’ve had a great time sharing new techniques and stitches with you and it’s time to cruise to the finish line. No extra needles or tools are needles for this one!
And don’t worry if you haven’t started yet, both projects are open for you to join in at ANY TIME! Check out the first Square here, the second Square here, the third Square here and be sure to pop into our Ravelry group and join the discussion.
The first time I worked at WEBS (this is the third time I’ve worked at WEBS, just for the sake of context), I got to work with Jo Sharp to arrange a visit to the store. She did a talk about her designs and explained how those beautiful yarns got to be so beautiful.
And then, her yarns weren’t here.
And now, they’re back! And we’ve got them. It really was like meeting up with an old friend as I perused the neat balls in their side-by-side glass cubes in the place of honor in the store. Hello, Silkroad Aran Tweed–remember the fun we had when we made that hat and scarf for my kid? Why, howdy, DK Cotton. Don’t take it personally, but I’m still passing you by. I love your squishy softness, but cotton is not my thing. And…RRRROWWWRRR, Alpaca Kid Lustre. You are inspiring me in a major way. There is much I want to knit you up in.
Luckily, Jo and her team have sent tons of patterns for these classics. The Keyhole Vest in Alpaca Kid Lustre is going right onto my needles. The Tweed Cardigan is next. When I send my oldest off to the coldest college in the universe, I’d like him to have The Bistro Sweater packed into his suitcase to remind him that you can, too, knit love.
What would inspire you to revisit a much-loved yarn?
This perfect for summer pullover is worked in one piece from the top down with easy rolled hems, and a darling lace inset. With almost 20 colors of Longmeadow‘s cool cotton/mircofiber blend to choose from there’s sure to be a Windley in your future!
With the warmer weather finally starting to settle in we couldn’t be happier to present the latest design from Fiona Ellis, Made to Border! This cute little cap sleeve cardigan is perfect for throwing on over a tank top or light summer dress. The main feature of this design is the border patterning which morphs into gradually diminishing cables. The top is completed with simple edging and a knitted tie closure.
Made to Border will soon become your go to layering cardigan! The silk content of the Valley Yarns Northfield gives your stitches shine which enhances your stitch definition, a total plus with cable work, while the baby alpaca give it the softest halo, and the merino ties it all together into a springy yarn that is a joy to knit.
Which of Fiona’s designs is your favorite so far? Which sweater are you working on?
Kathy and Angelia talk about learning to knit and crochet, juggling their favorite yarn art while raising kids, and Angelia’s process for designing her Emerging Designer eBook collection.
Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week – May Anniversary Sale deals!:
- Colonial Blonde Wood Circulars
- Karbonz Deluxe Interchangeable Set
- Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk
- Louet Euroflax Sport
- Prism Linen Layers – limited quantities!
- Noro Shiro
- Noro Taiyo Sport
- Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy
- Plymouth Gina
- S. Charles Rittrato
- Filatura di Crosa Tempo
- Valley Yarns Noho
- Valley Yarns Space Dyed Noho
Classic Elite Yarns Trunk shows are ongoing and there’s always something new to see! Stop by the store to see what’s on display.
Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.
We’ve reached the midpoint of our Annual Anniversary Sale and that means there’s a whole new pile of amazing yarns, as well as needles and hooks, for you to save on! From luxury fibers and workhorse classics to gorgeous hand dyed yarns and more.
Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy is a great warm weather yarn with wonderfully saturated colors. You’ll make tanks and lightweight sweaters and accessories that will last for years and years, and only get softer with time!
Berroco Vintage is another great stash builder yarn! Perfect for any project that calls for worsted weight yarn, with almost 70 available colors, and washable to boot. You’ll be making projects for everyone on your list with this one!
Plymouth Yarn Gina‘s long sections of blended colors knit or crochet into amazing self striping patterns. Even the simplest patterns will seem so much more complicated when all the colors are revealed and the yarn does all the work for you!
Check out the full list of sale yarns here, which yarns will you choose?
In the store, customers sometimes ask us if we knit. Rest assured, every member of WEBS store staff knits well and has other craft-y pursuits as well–from crochet, weaving and spinning to tatting and embroidery. And our love of yarn extends well into our non-work hours. Today, I’d like to show off some of our WIPs so you can see what we like to work on in our free time.
First up is a gorgeous linen stitch scarf that Carreen’s been knitting. The yarn, Misti Hand Paint Sock, comes in a wide array of vibrant colors: Carreen chose #57 polar sunset, #56 edible bright, and #58 corked for her version. She opted to treat the fringe the way weavers do by using a fringe twister, rather than simply leaving the ends loose. The best part is there’s no real pattern for this scarf–once you find 2-3 colors that inspire you, cast on the number of stitches that will give you the length you want and cast on. Knit until the scarf is as wide as you’d like and bind off. That’s it!
Mary is currently enrolled in our popular Top Down Sweater from Measurements class and here is her beautiful cardigan knit in the ever-popular Valley Goshen. Mary wanted a summer sweater in a vibrant color and this project fits the bill. Although she’s an experienced knitter, she learned a few more tricks in this class–advanced shaping techniques for a flattering fit and designing that fancy, cabled raglan shaping–a design detail that brings an added layer of sophistication to a classic shape.
Marthe is almost finished with a baby blanket she plans to give to a friend. She decided on Valley pattern #567, the Maria Baby Blanket, and chose Berroco’s Modern Cotton in a gender-neutral color, #1652 Matunuk. Marthe knit the 8″ x 8″ blocks and sewed them together by working through the back loops of the bound-off stitches which gives the blanket a professional finish. Two more squares to finish and Marthe will be ready to gift a lucky baby with this heirloom.
And finally, Ashley is working on a new shawl which promises to be a beauty. She’s using a slightly larger needle size to open up the fabric. Ashley says, “I love how the designer [Steven West] uses geometry and the contrasts of color in such striking ways in his designs.” She can’t wait to see the finished result and we can’t either!
Pretty impressive, eh? We’re are fortunate to have such a talented, smart group of folks here in the store. Please take advantage of our knowledge and skill when you’re looking for your next project. We’re here to help!
And now the little something extra…If you haven’t already heard, Jo Sharp yarns and patterns are available after too long of an absence on the American yarn scene. The best news is that WEBS is the only store in the US that you can buy these sumptuous yarns and classic but stylish patterns. If you’re a long-time knitter, you know what a big deal this is. If you’re a new-ish knitter, take the time to explore the world of Jo Sharp. You’ll be as excited as we are to have these yarns at WEBS.
Thanks for reading and knit on…
After a long winter it seems like spring is taking forever to arrive. I’m ready to shed the heavy coats and scarves and I’m starved for any pops of color or hints of cheer. It’s the perfect time for a quick project, something fun and colorful. Something like………..collapse scarves! We have a trio of these, all using the same draft, #32 Collapse Weave Scarf, but each with different color combinations. They are a light addition to the wardrobe and a delightful weaving adventure.
Collapse weave creates a fabric with nooks and crannies and provides endless room for experimentation. The pleating forms due to the weave structure and the combination of a weft that is much thinner than the warp. You can make it subtle or bold, spice it up with some glitz or play with stripes. It’s springy and sproingy and looks different from every angle.
We used 8/2 Tencel for the warp and 60/2 silk for the weft. The combination, in addition to making the great texture, is soft and slinky with lovely drape. We just changed to a smaller size cone for our 60/2 silk, which means you can get more bang (colors) for your weaving dollars. This draft is also a great way to dip your toe in the ‘weaving fine threads pool’ by using the silk as weft. You’ll love how it feels and, I hope, encouraged to use it for warp down the road.
So have some fun weaving a little spring something to lighten your step and brighten your day. And don’t forget to share pictures – we love show and tell!
Have you taken advantage of the incredible savings on the April Sale yarns yet? You still have a few days to load up on over 50 incredible yarns!
Classic Elite Mohawk Wool is a great stash building yarn. Perfect for cozy sweaters, scrumptious socks and heirloom shawls, this yarn will hold up well to lost of wear and still hold your stitches beautifully.
Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande is unbelievably soft with more squish than you can possibly describe. Comforting accessories and luscious sweaters await the knitter with this on their needles.
Rowan Pure Wool Worsted is everything you’ve ever wanted in a workhorse yarn. Perfect for sweaters and blankets to gift to the loved ones that won’t be hand washing their hand knits. With an incredible palette of colors you’ll be knitting or crocheting for everyone on your list with this yarn.
Don’t miss you chance to save on these yarns and more, the sale ends at 11:59pm EST April 30th. But don’t worry, there’s a whole new batch of sale yarns set to premiere on May 1st!