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Last Call! April Anniversary Sale Yarns

Friday, April 26th, 2013
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Have you had the chance to pick up the yarns you wanted in our April Anniversary Sale? If you haven’t, there are only a few days left!

Plymouth Encore, Cascade 220, and Cascade 220 Superwash will still be on sale in May, but everything else will go back to regular price.

If you’re looking for an easy-care yarn, Berroco Vintage is a great one to stock up on. It is super soft and it washes and wears very well, plus it comes in some fantastic colors.

Classic Elite Magnolia is a beautiful blend of wool and silk that has a lovely heathered look thanks to the blending of the two fiber contents. You’ll also find great pattern support from Classic Elite in their pattern books and in free patterns on their website. This yarn would be great to make gifts out of.

Looking for a little bit of sparkle and color? S. Charles Ritratto is an excellent option. This yarn has several great PDF patterns available to purchase as well as a couple of free patterns. There’s even a free pattern for a scarf on a rigid heddle loom that uses Ritratto and a few other S. Charles yarns.

What was your favorite April sale yarn?

If you’d like a sneak peek of what’s on sale in May, Steve mentions a few in this week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit! that goes up tomorrow morning. To see everything, you’ll have to wait until May 1st when it’s posted on our website.

Product vs. Process Knitting: What to do with finished projects if you’re a process knitter

Sunday, April 14th, 2013
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Lise works in our store and warehouse. She has shared this piece with us about how she is a process knitter who knits for the love of the project and what she does with the finished items. She also has some great easy-care selections from the Anniversary Sale. 

A few years back, I was introduced to the idea that there are differences in the types of knitters there are. Dori, who was one of the most knowledgeable knitters I have ever been blessed to take classes from, asked me the question. What did I think I was in regards to the types? Stephanie Pearl-McPhee actually has a test you can take in her book Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot’s Guide to the Land of Knitting.

It did not take me long to answer…PROCESS…of course! Every time I see a new pattern, my first thought is construction. Did the designer attach that border or was it knitted on? How did they work those cables in the decrease section? Is this shawl complicated to knit, or does it just look complicated? Most of knitting is done as a gift and not something I keep.

Then there is the whole mystery shawl craze! Being a puzzle maker, I absolutely love getting involved in mystery knit-a-longs; shawls especially. Crochet is just the same. It goes faster so it is usually my go-to for a quick shawl when needed.

Of course there are also all the beautiful patterns that are designed by our own designer Kirsten Hipsky, and more recently our beautiful crochet selections designed by our crochet expert, Sara Delaney. I am always amazed at the quality and beauty of the pieces that they design season after season.

Being a Babci (grandmother in Polish) I have had to succumb to washable wools and acrylics. It is amazing what you will do for your grandkids! So, my stash does include some acrylics…large bags of some acrylics. Working at WEBS will put you in contact will some of the most amazing yarns at unbelievable prices and yes…. the stash grows and grows.

This year’s anniversary sale has been extremely tempting with yarns like Plymouth Encore, Berroco Vintage, Cascade 220 Superwash, Cascade Heritage Paints, K1C2 DungarEASE, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, Plymouth JelliBeanz, Plymouth Merino Superwash, Regia Hand Dyed Effect, Rowan All Seasons Cotton, Valley Yarns Longmeadow, and Valley Yarns Valley Superwash DK! These prices make giving to others an affordable option for many.

Maybe you can afford to purchase the yarn but do not knit or crochet. I am sure you can find someone who cannot afford the supplies and would gladly knit it for you.

In an effort to not have a stash that I only collect and don’t dig into, I have set two goals for 2013: First, to knit only from my stash and not purchase new yarns for myself. NOTE: this does not mean that I will not purchase yarns for others as gifts. :) Second, I have started at Prayer Shawl Ministry at our church. Our congregation consists of many that are aged 70-98 and with that comes many hospital visits, sicknesses, and of course, deaths. I have brought all my stash of anything that would make a shawl to the church and placed it in a cabinet. It was so freeing to get it there and have women help making shawls.

So, back to the process vs. product knitting. If you are like me and have made all these shawls, yet find yourself only wearing a few, find a prayer shawl ministry near you and donate them.

I cannot tell you what a blessing it is to see someone received one of these works of art and how thankful they are.

I mentioned the ministry while teaching my crochet class and one of my students, Corki, brought in a large bag filled with shawls. You have no idea how thankful I was to immediately be able to start giving them out.

So if you find that you are now collecting a stash of finished objects and not wearing them, know that you can contact me at babcipsm@gmail.com and I will put them to good use.

 

Ready, Set, Knit! 307: Kathy talks with Kim Cole

Saturday, April 13th, 2013
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 Kathy talks with Kim Cole, creater of the Gleener, a fabric care wand that will help eliminate surface pills and fuzz from your hand knits and almost any other fabric.

After using most other de-pilling products on the market to try and save a favorite sweater, Kim was frustrated by their lack of effectiveness and began the process of developing a product that would work. It took over 7 years to bring the product to market but now the Gleener is available to help you care for all kinds of fabrics from natural fibers to synthetics.

Here Kendra shows you how easy the Gleener is to use on your handknits.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

New Yarns

39th Anniversary Sale Highlights
New Closeouts

This weekend, today and tomorrow, you can join us at  Stitches Southat the Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA. We may have overpacked, come visit our booths and see what we have for you!

Upcoming Events: 

The full line-up of Summer classes will be online on Friday, April 19th and printed booklets will arrive shortly thereafter but we have some exciting classes with amazing guests teachers already up and ready for you to join!

Stephen West is making his first appearance at WEBS with 2 classes, Top-down Shawl Basics and Top-down Shawl Design Workshop, as well as an event open to the public on June 13th.

Jason Collingwood is making his only area appearance at WEBS, June 15-17 with his class on Plain Weave. Sign up now, there are only a few seats left!

Gale Zucker will be returning to us to teach the intricacies of taking the best photographs of your finished knits and so much more.

Amy Herzog will be joining us on June 6 to celebrate the release of her new book Knit to Flatter, register now to be part of this fun-filled evening.

Ann Budd will also be teaching at WEBS this summer with her Sweater Basics and Finishing class in July.

Don’t forget about the Tent Sale on May 18th and 19th!

And the Third Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening June 27-30th.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 306: Kathy talks with Donna Druchunas

Saturday, April 6th, 2013
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Guest:
 Kathy talks with Donna about her path into the knitting world, she began as a computer tech writer and at the prompting of a friend began to transfer to writing about something she loved – knitting! She now writes books and teaches as well as tech editing for independent designers and translating German knitting books into English. She has a new book in the works on knitting in Lithuania with history, culture and telling that culture’s story through knitting; similar to her book Arctic Lace.

  

Donna has also worked to develop 2 different apps for iPad and iPhone. First there was the Knit Companion app and her newest is Travel the World of Knitting with embedded stitch video tutorial and a collection of new patterns.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

39th Anniversary Sale Highlights

New Closeouts
Upcoming Events: 

Join us at  Stitches South! this week in the Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre April 11-14th in Atlanta, GA.

Don’t forget about the Tent Sale on May 18th and 19th!

The Third Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening June 27-30th.

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Our Anniversary Sale Kicks Off

Monday, April 1st, 2013
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Today marks the first day of our 39th Annivesary Sale! Many of our customers count down the days until this incredible sale begins. It’s the only sale where we have regularly priced yarns on sale, and this year, we’ve got some incredible savings.

Each year, we have a few yarns that are on sale during both the months of April and May. This year, during those two months, you’ll save on Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Superwash, and Plymouth Encore. In April we have a selection of yarns on sale, and then, once May 1st hits, we have another group of yarns on sale, so if you see something you like, make sure you grab it at the sale price now.

This year, for the first time, we’ve added Knitter’s Pride sets to the sale. This month, we have the Knitter’s Pride Nova Deluxe Set (only $55.99. regularly $69.99), Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Special Set (only $50.99, regularly $62.99), and Knitter’s Pride Dreamz 6” DPN Set (only $31.99, regularly $39.99). I’m personally excited about the Dreamz Special Set. I’ve been knitting a lot of hats recently and I think having these 16” interchangeables on hand will be helpful. You’ll have to wait until May to see what we have in store from Knitter’s Pride for next month!

What else do we have on sale this month? You’ll want to head over to the sale page on our site to see everything!

What are you most excited to see on sale this month?

 

Ready, Set, Knit! 305: Kathy talks with Sally Melville

Saturday, March 30th, 2013
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Guest: Kathy talks with Sally Melville about her new book, Knitting Pattern Essentials: Adapting and Drafting Knitting Patterns for Great Knitwear.

This book is about adapting patterns to make sure that you’ll get something you love but it also helps you to draft patterns to create garments you’ll really wear. Beginner knitters can use the book to check measurements and patterns for basic fit. Intermediate knitters can see if sleeves were drafted to fit well and Advanced knitters can liberate themselves from patterns entirely.

Chapter 8: Fabrics, Finishes and Fixes is particularly useful, and Sally’s favorite chapter! This chapter helps you to clarify and fulfill the sometimes cryptic instructions in patterns. In this book you won’t find instructions for how to do things like long-tail cast-on but you will find instruction on when to use that cast-on.

Steve’s Yarn Picks 

Our 39th Anniversary Sale starts this Monday, April 1! You’ll find Plymouth Encore (cream is currently on back order from Plymouth, we expect to have it back in stock mid-month), Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Superwash on sale both months. Some of the highlights in the April portion of the sale include Cashmerino Aran, Valley Yarns Longmeadow, Lopi, Classic Elite Magnolia, Araucania Huasco.

The Rivers’ Family Music Meltdown and Book Bash! is happening today, here in Northampton. Check it out if you’re in the area!

Thanks to everyone that came out during the storm to see June Hemmons Hiatt.

Upcoming Events: 

Join us at  Stitches South! in the Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre April 11-14th in Atlanta, GA.

Don’t forget about the Tent Sale on May 18th and 19th!

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The Buzz at WEBS – May 4, 2012

Friday, May 4th, 2012
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The Buzz at WEBS

This week the staff at WEBS has a lot to Buzz about! Our Anniversary Sale is in full swing with our new May sale yarns, and we have a fantastic new video to share!

Valley Yarns Goshen - I’m not a big fan of cotton yarns, but our Goshen is a blend of cotton, modal and silk and it’s a dream to work with. It’s happy being knitted and it crochets beautifully! On sale this month only for $2.79! Be sure to check out the great designs we have too! > Kathy E.

This week I’m buzzing about a video I shot with the Kangaroo Dyer, Gail Callahan. Gail hand dyes Valley Yarns FranklinCharlemontNorthfield, and 2/14 Alpaca Silk in her basement, which she’s converted into a working studio. Hearing her story and seeing her workspace left me feeling inspired to rethink color and design with my own work in multimedia. This is a video I am sure to revisit when I’m needing a little inspiration. > Lindsey P.

Berroco Ultra Alpaca is a wonderful workhorse yarn. The alpaca content gives it some extra warmth as well as some drape, while the wool content gives it body and memory. With a gauge of 5 stitches to the inch you can use it for worsted weight patterns, as well as some DK weight patterns. I have some Ultra Alpaca stashed for a crocheted sweater that I’ve had my eye on for awhile, and now that it’s on sale I may just have to buy some more to make a knit sweater too. > Liz A.

Freia Sport comes in four lovely colors. My favorite color is denim. I especially like the monocromatic graduation in this colorway. This yarn would be perfect for a shawl or scarf or perhaps a cute handbag. It could make an interesting felting project too. Check out projects made with this on Ravelry. > Heidi R.

Hand Spun: New Spins on Traditional Techniques - A great new book from Pluckyfluff  (a.k.a. Lexi Boeger) with fantastic photos and fleece-to-finished yarn instructions for a plethora of art yarns, as well as some great projects to knit up with your stash of handspun goodies. With an eye for inspiration, this book is a smorgasboard of techniques, easy to follow instructions and interviews with some of the hottest fiber professionals around. A great addition to the adventuresome spinner’s library. > Ashley F.

I love the video on our Kangaroo Dyer, Gail. I like to add images and video to my Pinterest boards and browse through them when I need to get my creative juices flowing. What do you use when you need a little inspiration?

 

Valley Yarns on Ravelry #18 – Longmeadow

Friday, April 27th, 2012
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There are just 4 days left of the April portion of our Anniversary Sale. One of the yarns on sale through Monday is Valley Yarns Longmeadow, an incredibly soft cotton and microfiber blend in a DK weight. Longmeadow normally $3.49, is on sale for $2.49. That’s quite a deal. Check out some of these customer projects found on Ravelry. Apparently the Lettuce color has been popular, a nice spring green.

Titania by Elizabeth Klett

knit by fiddletwist

(pattern available for free on A Mingled Yarn)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lace Cardigan by Simona Merchant-Dest

knit by mris

(pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dream Stripes by Cailliau Berangere

knit by Manduuuh

(pattern available for free on Ravelry)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Coaster Set by ChickenBetty

crocheted by ChickenBetty

(pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gavrosh Pants by Elena Nodel

knit by Tessa-Jane

(pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audrey In Unst by Gudrun Johnston

knit by wonderliza

(pattern available for purchase from Twist Collective)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courthouse Step Log Cabin Blanket

knit by SmokingHotNeedles

(pattern available from the book Mason-Dixon Knitting)

 

 

 

 

 

What’s on your needles or hook this spring?

The Buzz at WEBS – April 20, 2012

Friday, April 20th, 2012
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The Buzz at WEBS

This week the staff at WEBS is buzzing about everything from our anniversary sale to crocheted monsters! It’s a bit of a mix this week, but the patterns being talked about are great finds.

I found the little monsters in Crochet Bakemono to be just SO adorable. The patterns are simply written with easy to follow charted instructions and whimsical illustrations that are sure to appeal to new and seasoned crocheters. And there is no better time to dive into the world of crochet monsters with Cascade 220 at an incredible sale price during our 38th Anniversary sale! Grab 3 or 4 colors and you have enough yardage to make 1/2 a dozen monsters or more. > Sara D.

I just discovered the Woobie Pattern Collection this week and was excited to see that these cute, snuggly blankets are knit in Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Sport on sale through April for $4.89/hank. I’d love to make the Woobie Puppy in Strawberry CreamCharcoal, and Black for my niece. > Dena C.

I just had Amy knit a store sample using Debbie Bliss Bella. I chose a pattern out of the latest Debbie Bliss magazine for spring/summer 2012Striped Yoke Top is the name of this pattern. The yarn has incredible stitch definition. Your garment will come out fantastic with one constantly looking at it saying “did I really make that?” The fiber combination of cotton, silk and a tad bit of cashmere gives your knitted piece a nice light touch! > Karen M.

I was excited to see the new Lorna’s Laces Sportmate come into the store this week. It contains Outlast fiber which is supposed to help moderate temperature. As someone who is warm most of the time, I like this idea, especially combined with the gauge of the yarn. I think it will make a nice lightweight cardigan that I can wear indoors. The colors are rich and have a bit of a sheen. > Leslie Ann B.

It may not be new, but I’ve just started knitting with Valley Yarns Charlemont and I love it. It’s new to me! It comes in solid colors, kettle dye, and even hand dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer. I’m making the Aestlight Shawl (along with my entire office), and using Teal Blue from the Charlemont Kettle Dye. It’s subtle, so there isn’t any problem with pooling. Our education manager, Tina, is making her third Aestlight Shawl out of the solid Charlemont which is coming out really nicely too. The yarn is soft and warm but keeps the shawl light too. > Grace H.

Ready, Set, Knit #260: Kathy talks with Bruce Weinstein

Saturday, April 7th, 2012
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We were named a Top 20 finialist in the This Is Retail Contest. We submitted a two-minute video. Please go check it out and vote for us! http://www.RetailMeansJobs.com/thisisretail/SteveElkins Voting for the first round ends Sunday, April 8th. You’re allowed to vote 10 times per day per email address. Thank you for taking the time to vote!

Guest: Bruce Weinstein, author of Knits Men Want chats with Kathy. Bruce stresses that if there’s a failure with the sweater, it’s not you! It could be the choices you make for the sweater, but he’s certain it’s a fantastic garment. He says there are things you need to know, like Rule #7: Not all men are worthy of cashmere. Interestingly, Bruce’s other books are cookbooks, and he believes that a knitting book should be no different than a cookbook – patterns (recipes) should be tested and clear. Bruce also points out that many men have multiples of things (like 12 navy sweaters) because that’s what he likes.

Bruce will be at WEBS Thursday, April 26th at 6:00pm-7:30pm. He’ll also be bringing a treat from one of his cookbooks, so you’ll want to come visit with him if you’re close!

He also has a new cookbook coming out soon and a new knitting book headed for shops in December.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Anniversary Sale Weaving Yarns

These will only be on sale the month of April. Check out all of the weaving yarns in our sale.

Make sure you also check out the mill ends we’ve received recently

Our Next Big Adventure: We recently purchased a new building 6 miles down the road in Easthampton. This location will only be shipping and customer service. The store will not move and this new space will not be open to the public. The back warehouse will still be shoppable, it’s just the behind the scenes portion that’s moving.

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