Posts Tagged ‘40th Anniversary’

The Centuria Tam from Franklin Habit

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
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As we approach the end of the 2nd Quarter of our 40th Anniversary celebrations we wanted to focus on the third design done in the Valley Yarns Huntington Hand Dyed by Lorna’s Laces, The Centuria Tam designed by Franklin Habit.

The Centuria Tam designed by Franklin Habit, knit in Valley Yarns Huntington hand-dyed by Lorna's Laces - available exclusively at yarn.com

About the design, Franklin says, “When WEBS asked me to celebrate their anniversary with a pattern, I decided (as I often do) to look to knitting history for inspiration. What is an anniversary, after all, if not a time to think over the past?
In 1874, exactly a century before WEBS opened its doors, the legendary American magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book tempted subscribers with an octagonal counterpane that mixed texture and lace to very striking effect.
I wasn’t in the mood for a counterpane, but I did think something of the kind would look well as the top of a perky little tam. Here it is– perfect for keeping off the autumn chill or for flinging into the air in a celebratory fashion.”

The Centuria Tam designed by Franklin Habit, knit in Valley Yarns Huntington hand-dyed by Lorna's Laces - available exclusively at yarn.com

With the Huntington held doubled throughout this project the yarn creates a dappled appearance and is squooshy and soft while still holding great stitch definition. And just as Franklin suggested, it IS great  for flinging into the air in a celebratory fashion!

The Centuria Tam designed by Franklin Habit, knit in Valley Yarns Huntington hand-dyed by Lorna's Laces - available exclusively at yarn.com

 

Foxhead Dish Towels from Scott Norris

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
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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.

The Sermilik Shawl from Kristin Omdahl

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
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At the beginning of April we introduced you to our 3 new designs with Valley Yarns Huntington Hand Dyed by Lorna’s Laces. Our featured crochet design, the Sermilik Shawl, is from the wonderfully talented Kristin Omdahl.

We were thrilled when Kristen said she would design a shawl for us! Inspired by the blue icebergs of the Sermilik Fjord in Greenland, Kristin has designed a  simple triangle shawl made of stacked double crochet shells with a delicate and lacy bottom edge that that gives this shawl a real wow-factor. Though the stitches are densely packed the open nature of the fabric means that the shawl has beautiful drape and movement while really showing off the beauty of the hand dyed yarn colors.

The Sermilik Shawl designed by Kristin Omdahl and crocheted in Valley Yarns Huntington Hand Dyed by Lorna's Laces - available exclusively at yarn.com

Kristen learned how to knit when she was young but didn’t really get going until she was in her twenties. She has been designing and teaching, both knit and crochet for over 10 years and can’t imagine doing anything else, when she’s not kayaking or hiking that is!

The Intemporelle Pullover from Marcy Vandale

Monday, May 12th, 2014
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Another friend of WEBS, Marcy Vandale, has taken our 2/14 Alpaca Silk and transformed it into a wardrobe staple with timeless style and class, the Intemporelle Pullover.

Intemporelle Pullover designed by Marcy Vandale in Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk - available exclusively at yarn.com

This long, flowing pullover knit in one piece from the bottom up features an accompanying cowl. The body, as well as the cowl, is knit with the yarn held double while the sleeves use a single strand, making a piece that transcends the seasons. The neckline is adorned with a decorative crab stitch border and the cowl adds just enough extra warmth for those cool mornings or evenings.

Intemporelle Pullover designed by Marcy Vandale with Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk - available exclusively at yarn.com

About her design and history with WEBS:

I  live only an hours drive from WEBS, just far enough not to be a problem (winkwink). A customer of WEBS for the past decade, I was fortunate enough to develop a friendship with Kathy on a more personal level, bonding as moms sharing similar experiences. Our kids are roughly the same ages and equally as active. Social networkers can find us trading updates from rinks and courts, fields and courses.

When Kathy asked me to design for the 40th Celebration, I was thrilled. I have dabbled in designing over the last few years while raising my 4 kids. My designs reflect my “always on the go” lifestyle in both style and knitting ease and somewhat selfishly, what I need for my wardrobe. I get dressed for the day early in the morning when the kids get ready for school. This time of year, temperatures are unpredictable but I am on the go all day and into the evening. I designed a classic sweater that could be layered as needed and will get you from volunteering at school to the grocery store and to an evening meeting after driving the practice carpools. The fabric is lightweight and comfortable and the accessory cowl allows the sweater to be a timeless wardrobe staple over several seasons. I designed this sweater to also be knit on the fly, waiting for appointments and at fields and during games. I love wearing what other moms have seen me knitting during the season.

I learned to knit in my dorm my freshman year in college, not exactly the “show and tell” my parents hoped for after that first semester. I knit occasionally over the following years but became a Knitter with a capital K over the last decade as I took classes, grew a stash, began teaching knitting and eventually designing. My designs are purposefully simple but functional to fit the lifestyles of active women and knitters.

Lattice Weave Scarf from Virginia West

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
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This month puts us one third of the way through our 40th Anniversary year, it is flying past! To celebrate the end of this fourth month we have the next Anniversary weaving Draft, the lovely Lattice Weave Scarf from Virginia West. With a combination Of Valley Yarns 8/2 Tencel and 5/2 Bamboo your possible color combinations are almost limitless!

About the draft Virginia says, “The draft for Lattice Weave depends on the relationship of two yarns: one for the cells and a larger contrasting size for the outlines. I had previously used a similar draft to produce medallions, with curvilinear outlines in a heavier silk. This time I designed a geometric lattice weave of paired “cobblestones” in a mosaic of scattered color cells. The secret is to use a neutral weft to allow the rainbow colors to emerge with no reduction in chroma. The versatility of the draft is that  you can restrain color to two values, if you wish. Or you can use leftovers for the “cells” provided there is a contrast for the lattice. I have tried all these versions in a variety of yarns with success.

Pair a colorful warp with a neutral weft for lots of color interest.

About her history with WEBS she says, “In the late 70’s I received consistent repeat orders for my book WEAVERS WEARABLES ( and later for DESIGNER DIAGONALS) from a weaving shop in Amherst under the label Valley Fibers. I had a hunch this was a growing business. When I met Barbara and Art Elkins at Convergence my hunch was confirmed and I was bowled over by their yarn collection, now trading as WEBS. Barbara invited me to teach a workshop, the first of many, in Northampton, and these were mutually successful events for us. Still later, when I took over the revised edition of FINISHING TOUCHES from Interweave Press, the orders came as before, likewise with A CUT ABOVE.” If you’re a weaver be sure to check out our weaving contest, there’s still time to enter!

The Nikiya Cowl from Tanis Gray

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
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Earlier this month we introduced our latest 40th Anniversary yarn, Valley Yarns Huntington hand dyed by Lorna’s Laces. Just as we did for the first quarter of 2014, we have partnered with some truly talented designers to bring you some fantastic patterns for this yarn. First up is Tanis Gray‘s Nikiya Cowl.

About her relationship with WEBS, “Growing up in southeastern Massachusetts, I had heard of Webs, but we rarely drove out that way across the state. Webs seemed like some far off Mecca where yarn was as plentiful as snowflakes were in winter. When I started working at Vogue Knitting in New York City after graduating from RISD, I had the opportunity to finally go to Webs in person. It was everything I had dreamed about and I still remember that feeling of amazement, surprise and sheer joy when I walked through the doors in the back to the warehouse. Talk about a kid in a candy store! After my 4-year tenure as the Yarn Editor ended when we moved to Washington DC, my relationship with Kathy Elkins and her husband grew stronger as I became a guest on their podcast, making multiple “appearances” with each of my book releases. When knitters learn I am from Boston, the next question out of their mouth is usually “Have you been to Webs?” I am honored to be part of the anniversary collection for this wonderful store, which has turned so many knitters into the best knitters they can be.”

With just one skein you’ll knit a seamless, swirling, delicate lace cowl. What color will you choose?

Our 40th Anniversary Celebrations Continue!

Monday, April 7th, 2014
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It’s time for the second round of specialty products to celebrate our Anniversary! We’re so excited to share our Valley Yarns Huntington hand dyed by Lorna’s Laces.

We’ve chosen 9 of Lorna’s Laces’ richest colors and they’ve dyed a special Ruby Slippers colorway for our Anniversary.

Three more designers have joined us to bring you stunning designs made with our specialty yarn.

Tanis Gray has designed The Nikiya Cowl, a swirling and delicate lace cowl, the ideal accessory for Spring.

Kristin Omdahl drew on her Viking heritage to bring us the Sermilik Shawl.

Franklin Habit has worked his magic again and found an historical counterpane pattern to translate into the modern Centuria Tam.

Della-Q has another limited edition bag for us with a print that is the perfect burst of color for Spring.

We’ll also have three more weaving drafts from long-time friends of WEBS, and don’t miss out on your chance to enter the Weaving ContestFull details and contest rules are available on our website.

And we’ve still got so much more for you this year. Be sure to check out our 40th Anniversary Sale, going on now, and if you’re in the area join us for our Annual Tent Sale and Fleece Market in May. Follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle +Instagram, or on Ravelry for all the latest.

Ready, Set, Knit! 351: Kathy talks with Art and Barbara Elkins

Saturday, April 5th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Art & Barbara about the second decade of WEBS’ history.

WEBS former homes copy

They talk about buying their first building, moving their inventory, starting the mail order portion of the business, and the genesis of Valley Yarns.

Steve’s Yarn Picks – the Anniversary Sale!

Upcoming Events:

The Boston Marathon runs on April 21st and you can help the Boston Marathon Scarf Project. They are working towards  providing a scarf for each participant in the marathon this year. Check out the Ravelry group for more details on how to help!

Boston Strong Hat pattern from designer Lisa McFetridge is a colorwork hat design featuring the words “Boston Strong” and the Boston Skyline. Lisa has included additional charts so you have options to really make this hat your own. All proceeds from the sale of this cap pattern will go to OneFundBoston to help the victims.

Join the KNIT-IN with Lisa McFetridge, designer of the Boston Strong Hat, Rebecca Lane of “Blankies for Boston” & the Old South Knitters/Crocheters Saturday April 5, 2014 2-4 pm at the Old South Church in Boston – the church at the Finish Line 645 Boylston Street, Boston – at the Copley T

Have you knit a Boston Strong Hat or a Blanket to donate to a survivor? Do you have a scarf to drop off for the Boston Marathon Scarf Project? You are cordially invited to bring your handcrafted treasures to Old South Church …stay and knit, meet and exchange stories with fellow crafters. If you haven’t begun a hat, scarf or blanket (or two or three), there is still time. A special Boston Strong Hat in progress will be there. Anyone dropping off a hat, scarf or blanket is invited to add a stitch or two to the hat and place their signature on the roll. Truly a group project, this hat will find a special home in the future.

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Thank You

Friday, April 4th, 2014
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With the first quarter of 2014 is coming to a close we wanted to take a moment to thank some of the people that have made it such a success.

To Amy Herzog, Melissa LaBarre and Doris Chan,
Thank you for your creative vision, and for turning our yarns into works of wearable art.

To Madelinetosh,
Thank you for sharing your gorgeous colors with us.

(If you haven’t yet gotten any, there are just a few skeins left of our 40th Anniversary Valley Superwash DK hand dyed by Madelinetosh. When they’re gone, they’re gone!)

To Della Q,
Thank you for the perfect project bag.

(There are just a few of these limited edition bags left. Get one while you can!)

To Barbara Elkins, Judie Yamamoto, and Carol Birtwistle,
Thank you for creating amazing textiles with our yarns.

To Norah Gaughan and the Berroco team,
Thank you for breathing new life into some classic Berroco designs, just for us.

To Stamell Stringed Instruments,
Thank you for letting us come home one more time, and for being a beautiful location for photography.

(The house that Stamell’s occupies is the former home of WEBS)

And thanks to You, our customers,
You have made the start of our 40th Anniversary year just amazing. Thanks for being here with us.

We’ve got so much more to share with you! Our second round of celebrations launch next Monday, April 7th. More yarn, more designs, and more specialty products!

Ribbon Twill Towel from Carol Birtwistle

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
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Today we’re excited to reveal the third of our twelve Guest Weaver Drafts, the Ribbon Twill Towel. Carol was a WEBS employee when we were still located on Kellogg Ave in Amherst and has been a favorite weaving teacher for years.

Carol offers the following advice for the newer weaver. “Pay close attention to the color arrangement of the warp and take your time winding the warp. After beaming the warp, count the total number of heddles needed on each shaft (you don’t want to have to add heddles in the middle of threading your warp). The threading draft shows you will be threading either a straight draw, a point twill or M & W. Watch the direction of the straight draw – it changes. Before you begin threading the heddles, it’s a good idea to study the threading draft and count off, from the cross, the number of warp ends you feel comfortable threading at one time. Then count the number of heddles needed on each shaft and begin threading the warp. If you find an extra warp end, it can be eliminated by just throwing it off the back beam. On the other hand, if you need to add a warp end, measure the designated color 2 ½ yards long, thread it through its proper heddle and weight it off the back beam. If, after threading the small group of warp ends you have heddles left over or not enough heddles, you have probably made an error in counting the number of warp ends, counting the number of heddles or made a threading error. You should correct these errors before continuing. After completing the threading, carefully sley the warp through the reed, tie the warp onto the cloth beam, check for threading errors, sleying errors and crossed warp ends. Then adjust your tension and you are ready to weave your towel. Enjoy!”

About her history with WEBS she says, “In 1984 we moved from California to Amherst. That spring my daughter and I flew east to find housing and look into schools. Driving around Amherst (and yes we did get lost and couldn’t find any street signs) we passed a big yellow house on Main Street with a WEBS sign out front. Having done a little research I knew there was a yarn store in Amherst and we had found it! Coming to an abrupt halt we found a parking spot and found our way into WEBS. It was an exciting moment talking to Barbara and I knew that I was going to be perfectly happy moving to Amherst. By the time we returned in the late summer WEBS had moved to the large grey house on Kellogg Ave. I renewed my acquaintance with Barbara and she asked me to teach a section of the Beginning Weaving Class. Thus my association with WEBS began. I also worked for a time at the store on Kellogg Ave. before it made the big move to Northampton. Through out all these years I have been teaching various weaving classes and enjoying every minute. My thanks to Barbara and WEBS for the opportunity.”

If you’re a weaver be sure to check out our weaving contest, there’s still time to enter!