June 8th, 2014

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Valley Flowers

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Our Valley Yarns 2014 Summer catalog is online now and we’re super excited about all the new designs and special patterns. One of our favorites is the Valley Flowers e-Book full of over a dozen different flower shapes to knit and crochet.

Valley Flowers e-Book - available exclusively at yarn.com

We featured the individual blooms on the divider pages separating the different weights of yarns throughout the catalog and thought these would make a great pattern collection!

Valley Flowers e-Book - available exclusively at yarn.com

They look wonderful grouped together as a centerpiece or as a wallhanging by simply pinning then to the wall or corkboard.

Valley Flowers e-Book - available exclusively at yarn.com

They’re also beautiful individually as accessories for your hair or pinned to your favorite sweater. Which blooms will you make and how will you use them?

If you’re waiting for your catalog in the mail they should start to arrive by mid-June. If you don’t yet get our catalog and would like to you can join the mailing list here! (48 contiguous US states only, if you are in AK, HI or are an international customer you can request a copy of our catalog with your next order, just leave a note in the Special Instructions text box.)

June 7th, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! Flashback!

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Kathy and Steve are on break this week but you can enjoy a classic episode of Ready, Set, Knit!

Way back during the first weekend of June in 2007 the WEBS staff was all excited about the new Valley Yarns Catalog, the newest Valley Yarn – Northampton, and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee coming to town.

Listen to the podcast here and read more about the full event with Stephanie here.

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Reminder:

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

Upcoming Events:

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

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

June 6th, 2014

Steve’s Deal of the Day – Valley Yarns Berkshire: Project Ideas

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Steve’s Deal of the Day for this weekend is Valley Yarns Berkshire - $4.09/ball (reg $5.99), one of our original Valley Yarns and still one of our favorites! With an 85%Wool/15% Alpaca fiber blend presented in a single ply in over 40 colors this is one perfect stash yarn. Berkshire works up beautifully in colorwork and texture stitches and is a dream to felt.

Berkshire Blossoms DotD Berkshire

 

Our new Berkshire Blossoms pattern – a FREE downloadable PDF – is a great way to use lots of color for seasonal accents to your home or office.

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The Monarda Pullover by Annie Foley is a great use of Berkshire in a simple colorwork yoke. Ravelry user spinbikerun chose to lengthen the sleeves for her version.

Fairy Snowcap Dotd Berkshire

Romi’s Fairy Snowcap is one of our favorites from her e-Book – The Great Oddments Knitdown. With just one skein you can whip up this gorgeous winter hat! Which color would you choose?!

Be sure to check out additional patterns for Berkshire by simply clicking on the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of the yarn page!

And don’t forget! Valley Yarns Berkshire is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, June 8, 2014. Use Promo Code FBBERKSH94 at checkout to get the special price, $4.09/ball (reg $5.99). 

June 6th, 2014

Linen Gets a New Look

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…and by a “new look,” I don’t mean that it looks different. It means that I am looking at linen in a new light. I usually don’t like knitting with plant-fiber yarns; they seem too slippery, too inflexible, and in the case of linen, too hard and crunchy-feeling to make pleasing garments. However, recently I saw a sweater one of our WEBS Expert Knitter Certification Capstone candidates knit in Classic Elite’s Soft Linen (35% wool, 35% linen, 30% baby alpaca), and it really changed my mind. Rather than being a wrinkled, stiff armor-like Bright summery soft linen and wool create perfect lightweight garments.tunic, this sweater was soft and drapey, but with enough body to show off the shaping and stitch definition. The lace pattern around the sleeves and body was open and light, with enough personality to show the eyelets to great advantage.

Doodlebug, a light and practical summer sweater.
Classic Elite’s pattern support
for their yarns is legendary, and I found the perfect sweater to show off this lightweight yarn: Doodlebug, a sleeveless shell with a delicate chevron/eyelet pattern and a wide ribbed hem to put on top of skirts or summery capris.

 

What yarn changed your mind this year?

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.

Check out Fiona’s website for even more designs!

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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