Spinzilla 2014 is here! Spinzilla is a global event in which teams and individuals compete in a friendly challenge to see who can spin the most yarn during Spinning and Weaving Week, October 6-12 2014. It is organized by TNNA (The National NeedleArts Association) for the dual purpose of raising money for their Needle Arts Mentoring Program, and to promote handspinning.
WEBS is hosting a team this year and we’re looking forward to seeing what our spinners create. It’s going to be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to not only create connections in our local spinning community, but to encourage our team members to build their skills and enjoy the camaraderie and creativity of spinning together. Spinning expertise is not required, just the desire to spin yarn, have fun and enjoy the team spirit of the event.
The focus for Team WEBS is to motivate and inspire each other to become better spinners–and who says that won’t be fun? Do you need a nudge to push through your fear of spinning fine yarns? Want to try your hand at a new fiber? We are planning some meet-ups and a free workshop before the event, and some spin-ins during the week. Of course we will have goodies and team prizes! We’d love to have you join our team. It’s even possible to be a ‘virtual’ team member if you don’t live nearby.
Sign-ups for the team are open until September 22, or until our team is filled (max of 25 spinners). Go to spinzilla.org to sign up, and look for Team WEBS.
We will keep in touch with our team through email and through our thread on the Spinzilla Ravelry group. Watch for information about scheduled meet ups and more. And please, introduce yourself to the team. Team Captain Leslie Ann Bestor, Weaving Manager at WEBS, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our newest 40th Anniversary draft is a fun freebie! The WEBS is forty draft from Micala Sidore is a great primer for branching out with your own tapestry explorations and with 40 colors of Valley Yarns Northampton to choose from you’ll have almost endless color combinations to choose from.
Micala says, “Using words as design elements in your tapestry gives you freedom to express yourself in many ways. The look of the tapestry, the words chosen, the “font” created, and the colors can all lend meaning to your work. To celebrate WEBS’ 40th anniversary, I chose to weave the word “forty”, but tapestry can be any word or number or symbol that is meaningful to you.
You also need to consider positive and negative space as you create your design. Remember that you will be weaving a background as you weave your word or number, and you have to think about how the background can enhance or overwhelm your main image. Everything happens in relationship to everything else, so don’t forget to give equal thought to all the elements of your design. I suggest you begin by working with three colors: a ground color, a color for the letters, and a third highlight or accent color. I have used red in the “o” of forty as a surprise accent. Consider the dots of “i”s, the interiors of letters like o, b, d, etc. as opportunities for accent.”
The Laurentide Pullover has a great v-neck, chevron shape that can be emphasized by random stripes of color. The Valley Yarns Berkshire is soft and cozy making this sweater feel like a warm hug on those chilly autumn days.
A clever combination of single and double crochet stripes keeps your interest in this bottom up sweater that is worked in the round. And with over 40 colors of Berkshire to choose from there’s a perfect combination of colors for every crocheter!
WOW – Over 350 Entries! #howweknit has certainly been and exciting way to see how WE all knit, the differences and similarities have been striking. How many of you found someone else that knits like you? I know I did! Thanks to you all for joining us and Congratulations to our two winners:
theiders who posted: Lake Tahoe WEBS contest #howweknit
We’d LOVE to join you on the shores of Lake Tahoe! Have fun knitting your Centuria Tam.
and knitcrazykate who posted: This is how I knit @websyarn It looks excruciatingly slow and you can here my kids playing in the background. #howweknit
We’re bet your kids will make all kinds of noise when they find out you won!
We hope you enjoy knitting your Nikiya Cowl. /a>
This is the perfect time to build up your stash for all the winter and holiday knitting to come.
Try the FREE Mega Cape pattern from Ella Rae in their Mega yarn which is just $8.99 during the sale. The Twig Shawl from Sweet Georgia Yarns would look beautiful in one of the bright colors of our 2/26 coned wool with the benefit of only having 2 ends to weave in. And the FREE Techno Hat takes advantage of the bulky and lofty nature of Blue Sky Alpacas Techno, you just can’t beat a hand knit hat like that for less than $10!
Browse the sale yarns and don’t forget to check out the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of the page for even more great pattern suggestion for each yarn.
They talk about why this is a great resource book to keep in your project bag and the perfect book to get someone started with crochet. Kathy and Sara also talk about why knitters should have this book and their favorite crochet hooks.
Sara Delaney and Leslie Ann Bestor Book Launch – This coming Thursday! August 28th 5:30-7pm – They will talk about the new Storey Basics line of books for fiber artists and their own writing and crafting process, and they’ll sign your books, too. The event is free but please register!
The Gathering In Cowl is a buttoned wrap in a stitch pattern reminiscent of a gathering basket, edged in sturdy ribbing. Perfect for around your neck or pulled down around your shoulders when the days turn crisp. The alpaca and wool blend in Stockbridge is available in a kaleidoscope of 24 gorgeous colors and is so soft to the touch.
There has been a certain chill in the air in the evenings this past week in New England that is starting to make us think of the Autumn days to come. It’s the perfect time to start picking up little projects that will keep you warm in the coming seasons.
The Swirl Hat combines a surprisingly simple, naturally spiraling stitch pattern with the rich colors of BFL Fingering Hand Dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer to create a warm, earth-toned hat that’s great for a man or woman. Hold two strands of yarn together throughout. Note – to hold 2 strands together from one skein, we recommend winding the skein into a center-pull ball and pulling from both the inside and the outside of the ball.
Over the course of the next week we’re asking you to show us how you knit! Post an image or short video of yourself knitting to Instagram. You’ll be entered to win some great prizes, and it’s easy to participate!
Take a picture or short video of yourself knitting, be sure to include the hashtag #howweknit and don’t forget to tag @websyarn Upload that file to Instagram between 12:00am(midnight) on August 17 and 11:59pm EDT on August 24th to be entered.
Throughout the week we’ll show you more of how we knit and and other special peeks behind the scenes at WEBS, so be sure to follow @websyarn on Instagram, but for now you can enjoy a look at how we knit.
On August 25th, we’ll post the two winners here on our blog. Each winner will receive a limited edition Della Q bag stuffed with a full project kit for either the Nikiya Cowl or the Centuria Tam.
If you’re not yet on Instagram but want to join in simply download the app (it’s FREE!) to your smartphone, a few easy steps later and you’ll have your account all set-up!
Please Note: If your Instagram account is set as Private we won’t be able to find your post when we’re ready to pull the winner.
Kathy talks with Leslie Ann, WEBS weaving Manager, about her new book How to Knit, from Storey publishing.
This is Leslie Ann’s second book, her first being Cast On, Bind Off. This book is an introduction to knitting and takes the reader from zero to a comfortable working knowledge of how to knit as well as the basic stitches, terms and tools. This is the book you grab when you have that grandchild/nephew/sister/friend who wants to learn to knit!
Sara Delaney and Leslie Ann Bestor Book Launch – August 28th 5:30-7pm – They will talk about the new Storey Basics line of books for fiber artists and their own writing and crafting process, and they’ll sign your books, too. The event is free but please register!