October 2nd, 2014

It’s KAL Time – Join us in knitting the Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear

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It’s time for another WEBS KAL (Knit Along)! This month we’re working on the Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear. All the proceeds from the sale of this pattern go directly to Safe Passage,  and you can learn more about that organization and our commitment to it here. Each Thursday this month we’ll be here talking about knitting the different parts of the bear, the assembly, his adorable face and his super cute accessories!

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To join us you’ll need 4 skeins of Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky (2 skeins of Natural, one of Red and one of Black), US size 8 (5.00mm) double-pointed needles, polyfil stuffing, stitch markers, a tapestry needle, scissors, and a copy of the pattern.  Get your materials assembled and meet us back here next Thursday!

Follow along each week:

Week 2 – making the body of the bear.

 

October 1st, 2014

Spinning and Weaving Week

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We have transitioned from the warmth and busyness of summer to the fall routines of school and harvest. I am enjoying the crisp mornings and the orange and red palette spreading through the trees. And, of course, I am looking forward to October, the month of fiber revelry! So many events and opportunities to connect with fiber and fiber fanatics!

HGA WS wk imageAt WEBS, we kick off the month with a weeklong celebration. International Spinning and Weaving Week is October 6 – 12 and in our little corner of the world that means an abundance of ways to experience fiber and textiles from fleece to finished handwovens.

Central to the week are daily demonstrations and workshops covering a wide range of techniques. Demonstrations are free and open to all who come in to the store. They take place from 11 am – 1 pm and will feature spinners using wheels and spindles to create yarn from fleece and roving. Weavers will also be showcasing their skills on a wide variety of looms. It’s a great opportunity to watch the process up close and talk with the artisans about how they create. It’s not just children who are fascinated by the rhythm (although they are welcome to check it out as well)!weaving demo1

 

Mini-workshops will also be offered daily from 2 – 4 pm. These workshops offer a taste of a new technique, a chance to learn a different way to do things or maybe expose yourself to something new. The mini workshops cost $5 each and you can register online, over the phone or in the store.

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Mini Workshop Schedule:

Monday, October 6

Plying Workshop with Ashley Flagg

 Using a Warping Mill to Wind Warps with Scott Norris

Tuesday, October 7:

Temple Temptations – Create Beautiful Selvages with Chris Hammel

Wednesday, October 8

Creating Texture on the Rigid Heddle Loom with Marthe Young

Fiber Blending for Spinning Unique Yarns with Pamela Darrow

Thursday, October 9

Log Cabin Weaving with Paula Veleta

Friday, October 10

Variable Dent Reed with Paula Veleta

Two special demonstrations during the week will highlight the huge range of possible styles of weaving. On Tuesday from 12 – 1 pm, Weaving Manager Leslie Ann Bestor will demonstrate weaving on a computer-assisted loom. And on Friday we will showcase Saori weaving with Mihoko Wakabayashi from 11 am – 1 pm.

And a WEBS celebration would not be complete without some great deals and discounts! Weavers can look forward to 15% off reeds, warping mills, and Schacht Flip rigid heddle looms; 20% off all weaving DVDs and new additions to the Great Cone Sale. spinningFor spinners we will have 20% off all fiber, Howard hand cards, and spinning DVDs; 15% off spinning wheels and 30% off 8 ounce bags of Louet Dyed Corriedale Top.

Join us to celebrate, learn and be inspired!

September 30th, 2014

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Banded Yoke Pullover

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The Banded Yoke Pullover  is a set-in sleeve, boat-neck sweater that features a band of simple color-work across the front and at the sleeve cuffs. Worked in easy, and fast half-double crochet, this hip length pullover features slit side seams and split cuffs for a preppy but casual look.

Banded Yoke Pullover crocheted in Valley Yarns Northampton - available exclusively at yarn.com

Crocheted in Valley Yarns Northampton, available in forty colors, on a neutral background of natural, the six colors in the yoke band and sleeve cuffs mean you can experiment with all kinds of combinations and use up those scraps of yarn you love too much to give or throw away.

September 27th, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! 373: Kathy talks with Margaret Radcliffe

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Kathy talks with returning guests Margaret Radcliffe about her brand new book, The Knowledgeable Knitter. Margaret talks about the process of writing the book and deciding what subjects to cover as well as the knitters who helped make it happen.

The Knowledgeable Knitter by Margaret Radcliffe - available at yarn.com

The Knowledgeable Knitter is not a pattern book but a comprehensive reference book that helps you to deal with issues you hadn’t even planned on having, it’s a Why-to more than a How-to book.  Check out Margaret’s teaching and signing schedule here.

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

It’s time for our 11th annual Knit & Crochet for the Cure! Join us on Oct 5th from 1-4pm. Please remember to register.

Spinning and Weaving Week is coming up Oct 6- 11, Lots of workshops and demonstrations to enjoy!

8th Annual Bus Trip to Rhinebeck – Saturday Oct 18th. the buses are almost full, get your ticket now!

We have an amazing line-up of guest teachers this year!
Susan B Anderson will be here Columbus Day WeekendDora Ohrensten is doing a weekend of crochet classes in November! And be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

Don’t forget that we’re collecting Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bears for Safe Passage, you can read all the details here.

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September 26th, 2014

Foolish Love

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We are all so excited about the first in-store appearance by Linda Niemayer, founder of Blue Sky Alpacas! But I have a secret, and it’s this: I’m more excited about their newest yarn, Extra. I am thrilled to have Linda here, along with her Destination Collection garments, which I can’t wait to see, and the swatching bar, and all the yummy stuff that comes along with a store event. But…I fondled a swatch of Extra today in my favorite pea-greeny color (Marsh, if you’re interested) and I can’t stop thinking about all the patterns I could use this yarn to knit and knit and knit.soft and richly colored Extra

Extra is a luscious blend of baby alpaca and fine merino wool, and comes in big 200+ yard hanks that knit at a worsted gauge of 4-5 stitches to the inch on size 7-9 needles. You could make a cabled cowl with a hank and a bit, or a scarf and a matching hat with 2 skeins. Extra’s construction is nicely twisty without being fuzzy or loose; you’d be able to see every stitch and cables or textures would stand out beautifully.

Cane Bay Wrap featuring ExtraI think the first pattern I’d knit, just to have something on the needles, would be the lovely Cane Bay Wrap, which would knit up in a flash and serve as a great present for the upcoming winter holidays.

Has you had a foolish love for a fantasy yarn? What was it?

September 25th, 2014

Flares and Graces by Fiona Ellis

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Fiona Ellis is the latest designer to offer one of her beautiful designs in celebration of our 40th Anniversary.  The Flares and Graces sweater features clever chevron cable patterning, designed to highlight the wearers face and hands. Both the slightly flared sleeves and gentle waist shaping gives a slightly fitted silhouette to the body. Set-in sleeves complete the elegant look.

Flares and Graces designed by Fiona Ellis, knit in Valley Yarns Colrain - available exclusively at yarn.com

Knit in Valley Yarns Colrain, in the new Ocean Heather colorway, the cables really stand out due to the shine from the tencel fiber in the yarn. The remaining merino content gives the yarn a great springiness that helps the sweater feel cozy and soft, even imparting a fine halo effect. This pullover is sure to become a wardrobe go-to sweater that can be dressed up, paired with feminine skirts, or down, with your favorite jeans.

September 24th, 2014

Heirloom Diamonds: twill towels draft by Sharon Alderman

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The newest weaving draft celebrating our 40th Anniversary is the Heirloom Diamonds twill towels by Sharon Alderman woven in Valley Yarns 40/2 Linen on 16 shafts.

Heirloom Diamonds: twill towels draft by Sharon Alderman woven in Valley Yarns 40/2 Linen on 16-shafts - available exclusively at yarn.com

Valley Yarns 40/2 linen is perfect for fine linen towels as it is capable of rapidly absorbing liquids and allowing that moisture to evaporate just as quickly. Linen cloth can absorb as much as 20% of its dry weight in liquid before even feeling damp! This 16-shaft draft will produce two heirloom quality towels for you to keep or give as cherished gifts.

Heirloom Diamonds: twill towels draft by Sharon Alderman woven in Valley Yarns 40/2 Linen on 16-shafts - available exclusively at yarn.com

You’ll notice that there is a border not just at the selveges or at each end, but all the way around, framing each towel. The threading creates this border. The towels are woven so that the same borders happen along each selvege and at both ends. The treadling for the first end border is shown on the draft, the border at the other end is woven by treadling in the opposite direction.

 

September 23rd, 2014

Chemo Caps for charity – Drop them off!

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TNNA Chemo Cap Patterns featured in the October 2014  issue of Woman's Day Magazine - visit www.tnna.org for more information

WEBS is proud to work with The National NeedleArts Association in promoting their national campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer. Knit or crochet a chemo cap and you can mail it in or drop it off at our retail store at 75 Service Center Rd, Northampton MA. Choose your own pattern or use the patterns that TNNA had designed just for this promotion – and they’re FREE!

You can download your free knit or crochet cap patterns here.

TNNA-chemo-cap-crochet-250We’re happy to be a drop-off point for caps knit and crocheted which will be sent on to those in need, or you can mail your caps directly to TNNA at:

The National NeedleArts Association
Attn: Chemo Caps
1100-H Brandywine Blvd
Zanesville OH 43701-7303

The October issue of Woman’s Day magazine has been on sale since September 9, and the promotion will run through January 1, 2015.

And don’t forget, our 11th annual Knit and Crochet for the Cure is happening on Sunday, October 5th from 1-4pm! The event is always popular and fun as dozens of crafters sit in groups of chairs spread throughout the store, chatting and stitching, creating beautiful, soft and cozy gifts for those living with cancer. Our partner in this event is Cancer Connection and they will distribute the finished projects to the community they serve at their haven at 41 Locust St in Northampton. The event is Free but we do ask that you register in advance.

September 20th, 2014

Ready, Set, Knit! 372: Kathy talks with Sarah Smith

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Kathy talks with Sarah Smith, Director of Development at Safe Passage about the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage and the prevention work their organization does in Northampton and Hampshire County. Safe Passage was founded in 1977 to provide comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence. Their core mission is to make people feel safe while offering counseling and advocacy programs.

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TEAM WEBS will once again be walking and running in the Hot Chocolate Run. You can donate to Team WEBS, or choose an individual person on the team to make a donation to.  You can join us for #HotChocolateHolidays and get going on your holiday crafting while supporting Safe Passage, check the Class Page on our website starting October 1st for those classes and more details. You can also purchase a copy of the Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear pattern, all proceeds from the pattern go straight to Safe Passage, and you can even knit the bear and send it into us at:

WEBS –

Attn: HCR Polar Bear

6 Industrial Parkway

Easthampton, MA 01027

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Upcoming Events:

Join Linda Niemeyer of Blue Sky Alpacas for her first ever in-store event! Next week, Sept 27th 1-3pm. The even t is free but please register.

It’s time for our 11th annual Knit & Crochet for the Cure! Join us on Oct 5th from 1-4pm. Please remember to register.

Spinning and Weaving Week is coming up Oct 6- 11, Lots of workshops and demonstrations to enjoy!

8th Annual Bus Trip to Rhinebeck – Saturday Oct 18th. the busses are filing up, get your ticket now!

We have an amazing line-up of guest teachers this year!
Amy Herzog in SeptemberSusan B Anderson will be here Columbus Day WeekendDora Ohrensten is doing a weekend of crochet classes in November!

And be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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September 19th, 2014

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – the Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear

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Every year WEBS participates in the annual Hot Chocolate Run to benefit Safe Passage. This year we’re even more committed to doing good in our community and having fun doing it! Not only is The Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear adorable and cuddly soft, being knit in Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky, but all proceeds from the sale of the pattern will go to Safe Passage. We’ll be keeping track of the Polar Bear’s progress as if the sales of his pattern were donations made to a team member participating in the Hot Chocolate Run.

The Hot Chocolate Run Polar Bear knit in Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky - available exclusively at yarn.com

You can help support the our team by purchasing a copy of the pattern or by making a direct donation to the team or any individual team member. We’re also accepting finished bears knit from this pattern to be given as comfort gifts to the children helped by Safe Passage. We’ll be hosting a Knit-a-long of the Polar Bear in October, feel free to get your pattern, Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky and the rest of your supplies now! Once your bear is complete you can send it to us at:

WEBS – America’s Yarn Store

Attn: HCR Polar Bear

6 Industrial Parkway

Easthampton, MA 01027