December 31st, 2011

Ready, Set, Knit #248: Kathy takes a look back on 2011 with Carol Sulcoski

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Guest: Carol Sulcoski chats about the year in fiber!

New Fiber Events
Vogue Knitting Live in NYC and LA
Interweave Knitting Lab
Sock Summit Returned

Indie Publishing Trend Continues
Content and designers who may not have a chance to work with the mainstream publishers get the chance to be seen.  Beyond Toes by Judy Becker, Extreme Double Knitting by Alasdair Post-Quinn, Koigu Magazine, Little Red in the City by Ysolda Teague

Downloadable PDF Patterns
One issue that comes up with this is that it cuts the LYS out of the group, or just left to a handful of retailers who have the technology to support it. Copyright infringement also comes up as an issue here, but many, many people love being able to have the files on their computer because it takes up less physical room, and there’s instant gratification that you have the pattern right away.

Trends in Knitting
Sock knitting still strong, but there isn’t quite the frenzy
Over-dyeing, muted tones, and more subtle shades are becoming more popular
Resurgence of fashion yarns, especially ruffle yarns (Rowan Kidsilk Creation)

Lace Knitting
Wendy Knits Lace by Wendy D. Johnson and Loop-D-Loop Lace by Teva Durham are two books that have brought accessible lace to people. Even if it’s not “true” lace, it’s a great accent on a piece.

Crochet
There’s something happening with crochet! We’ve consistently had crochet patterns in our top 12 Valley Yarns. We’re all thrilled that there’s growing excitement around crochet.

Discontinued Yarns We’ll Miss
Rowan Calmer
Nashua Handknits Julia by Kristin Nicholas
JCA/Reynolds has phased out all of their knitting yarns
Mission Falls
Sanguine Gryphon is splitting into two companies

Big Anniversaries
Rowan’s 50th Magazine
Knitter’s Review 10th Anniversary
Potter Craft 5th Anniversary

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Steve and Kathy extend an extra special thanks to our wonderful staff and customers! Have a great 2012 everyone!

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Mary has worked at WEBS since 2005. She has been knitting since 2000 and also knows how to crochet, spin, and use a rigid heddle loom.
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