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!
They look wonderful grouped together as a centerpiece or as a wallhanging by simply pinning then to the wall or corkboard.
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?
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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.
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.
…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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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!”
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.