Posts Tagged ‘Berroco’

Ready, Set, Knit! 347: Kathy talks with Andra Asars

Saturday, March 1st, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Andra about the line of new Spring yarns from Berroco.

Folio and it’s accompanying pattern book, Linus, Modern Cotton and it’s pattern bookMaya‘s new heathered colors and pattern book, and the great patterns in Norah Gaughan Vol. 14. And be sure to check out the BEST of Berroco for WEBS e-book!

Reminder:

Be sure to stop into the store and see all the new Spring garment models! And don’t miss the Classic Elite Yarns Trunk shows.

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Upcoming Events:

Why we do what we do! Workshop with Sally Melville on March 29th

Our 40th Annual Anniversary Sale is coming up, April 1 – May 31!

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Best of Berroco from WEBS is here!

Friday, February 21st, 2014
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This is one of the little surprises we’ve had tucked up our sleeve since the beginning of the year and we’re excited to reveal it. To help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary our friends at Berroco pulled together a collection that is exclusive to Webs until June!  Best of Berroco from WEBS features 4 classic patterns that have been reworked  in new colors and yarns.

Chantal

The first pattern is Chantal.  Originally published in Norah Gaughan Vol. 1 in 2007, and knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca and Ultra Alpaca Light it has been reworked in a bright aqua color perfect for Spring.

The Deran hat which made it’s debut in  Berroco booklet #303 is the second pattern, and though originally knit in Berroco Remix in a creamy natural color it has been updated in the new and vibrant Poppy colorway.

The third pattern, a classic cabled aran sweater, Paddy has been reworked in Blackstone Tweed. It was originally knit in Comfort and appeared in Berroco booklet #269.

And my favorite, Rhodocrosite, which graces the cover. Knit with their new yarn Folio, this pattern originally appeared in Norah Gaughan Vol. 7 knit in Ultra Alpaca Fine.

Which pattern will you cast-on first?

How To Get Through The Awful Part of Winter

Friday, January 17th, 2014
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I am a professed winter-lover. I love the clean, white snow and the sharply etched night skies that come with cold weather, and I especially love layering on sweaters and blankets. However what I don’t love is what my area of the Northeast is enduring now: dirty, old snow with a treacherous icy topcoat, cloudy, raw days that spit an unappetizing mix of sleet and freezing rain, and a few days of absolute bone-chilling don’t-go-outside-or-your-face-will-freeze temperatures below zero.

These are the times that I rely on a pop of color, an unexpected fiber combination, or a fun, easy pattern that will help me endure until I can look at the 7-day weather forecast and not see one day that has a temperature in the single digits, or an unbroken line of clouds and ice. While walking through the store a day or so ago I stumbled upon one of Berroco’s new spring yarns, Folio.     FOLIOBERRO.4515.zoom.1First of all, bless Berroco for shipping their spring yarns in January. But also, thank you, Berroco, for showcasing my favorite fiber of all, alpaca, in such bright, rich colors! And thanks even more for combining it with just the right amount of rayon, so it won’t grow, pill, or lose its drape. I fell in love at first sight, and immediately hit on a pattern that shows my two color choices (Spruce–a bright olive green, and Criehaven–a honeyed dark yellow) to best advantage.

KitaKita, in the booklet Berroco 344 Folio which accompanies this yarn, is a long, drapy cardigan with a forgiving silhouette and a cozy ease.

What will help you through the worst part of winter? What gives you hope for spring?

Ready, Set, Knit! 318: Kathy talks with Andra Asars

Saturday, July 13th, 2013
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Guest:
 Kathy talks with Andra about the new Berroco yarns and pattern books for Fall.

They also discuss Norah Gaughan Vol. 13 which is an entirely top-down collection.

Andra’s favorite design from this collection and current WIP – Hume, and Kathys’ favorite sweater – Gibson

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Reminder: 

The New England Weavers Seminar (NEWS) is happening this weekend on the Smith College campus.

Upcoming Events:

Stitches Midwest is happening August 8-11 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL.

Registration has opened for our 7th Annual Bus Trip to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck!

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Ready, Set, Knit! 316: Kathy talks with Thea Coleman

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
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Guest:
 Kathy talks with Thea from BabyCocktails about her journey from the Advertising business to knitting design. Thea confesses to having trouble sticking to patterns, and that her design process is not as linear as other designers, as well as her yarn choices for patterns and design inspiration.

Thea’s Sambuca sweater was knit with our own Valley Yarns Stockbridge.  See more of Thea’s designs on our website.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Upcoming Events: 

Next Week is the 3rd Annual I-91 Shop Hop – get your passport now!

The New England Weavers Seminar (NEWS) is happening July 11-14, on the Smith College campus.

Sweater Basics and Finishing class with Ann Budd, July 13-14.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 310: Kathy talks with Heather Ordover

Saturday, May 4th, 2013
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Guest:
 Kathy talks with Heather Ordover about her new book: What (Else) would Madame Defarge Knit?, the sequel to What Would Madame Defarge Knit?

Heather runs the Craftlit podcast and site, and while reading A Tale of Two Cities, she was inspired to wonder what Madame Defarge WOULD knit? As the book idea began to take shape she wanted to make sure the designers not only got paid, but were able to actually recoup the costs of their time spent creating those designs, and to have the book printed in the US, so she worked with Cooperative Press to make it happen.

Iseult’s Dress from What (Else) Would Madame Defarge Knit?, knit in Harrisville Deigns Highland.

The books are divided into thematic sections related to classic literature and each pattern is accompanied by a wonderful essay. WWMDfK- the Shakespeare edition and a Mme Defarge goes Medieval edition are in the works.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Superwash, and Plymouth Encore remain on sale through May 31st!

39th Anniversary Sale:  May sale highlights
New Yarns
New Closeouts

Upcoming Events: 

Maryland Sheep and Wool this weeked! May 4th and 5th and next weekend, May 11th and 12th, is the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Fair.

The annual Tent Sale is happening on May 18th and 19th, and don’t forget about the Fleece Market on the 18th!

WEBS Fiber Camp for Kids is back this summer, check out both sessions.

The full line-up of Summer classes is now open for registration. Check out some of our guest teachers: Ann Budd, Stephen West, Gail Zucker and Jason Collingwood!

Amy Herzog will be here June 6th to celebrate the release of her new book, Knit to Flatter.

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

The New England Weavers Seminar (NEWS) is happening July 11-14, on the Smith College campus.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 303: Kathy talks with Rhonda Fargnoli

Saturday, March 9th, 2013
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Guest: Kathy talks with Rhonda Fargnoli of Coastal Colors Yarns about launching a new yarn company.

Rhonda and her partner Charlie have been teaching art for over 35 years and have applied their love of color to their new line of yarns. They use botanical extracts and many of the plants from their own yard to dye the yarn.

BFL, Superwash Merino, Flax for the Spring, are all yarn bases that they use but they keep their selection small and they buy their yarn locally. Coastal Colors yarns are currently available in 8 stores and online soon at Colorful Stitches in Lenox, MA.

Rhonda also works at RISD – The Rhode Island School of Design in their Continuing Education department as an adviser the Hand Knitting Design program.

Thanks to the Berroco Team for a wonderful Event this past Thursday night. Norah and the gang, as well as our customers, braved some typical New England late-Winter weather to be here with us.

Steve’s Yarn Picks 

Upcoming Events: 

We’re happy to announce that WEBS is going to to Stitches South! We’ll be there with 6 booths at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre April 11-14th in Atlanta, GA.

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New Spring Yarns from Berroco

Thursday, February 7th, 2013
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We’re very excited about the new Spring Yarns from Berroco.  All the yarns are washable with a great range in weights from DK to Bulky and as always Berroco has fantastic pattern support for their new yarns.

Weekend DK – available in over 20 colors, is wonderful for striping, summer sweaters and accessories as well as children’s garments. Berroco 328 – Weekend Stripes features 12 designs using Weekend DK, Weekend and Weekend Chunky.

Karma –  with it’s unique mesh, tape construction makes for an amazingly light weight bulky yarn. Berroco 330- Karma includes 6 projects with almost instant gratification appeal.

Maya – a beautiful cotton and alpaca blend, is a much lighter weight yarn than you would expect because of it’s chainette construction. Berroco 331 – Maya includes 6 designs that are perfect mid-season pieces.

Fuji – a great blend of silk, cotton, and rayon, makes for a solid but light weight fabric that has beautiful stitch definition and would be wonderful for cables. The fibers take in the dye differently for great, subtle color depth. Berroco 327 features 6 designs using Fuji.

Floret – is another great cotton, acrylic blend in multi color strands with a great sheen that works up into a subtle, almost tonal fabric. Berroco 332 – Floret is a collection of 5 designs featuring Floret’s beautiful drape and color.

Berroco 329 – features 6 delicate, Victorian inspired designs in Lago, Seduce and Captiva Metallic.

Berroco Norah Gaughan Vol. 12 is a collection of 14 designs, tops and accessories in simple shapes with refined elaborate detailing that play with geometry, texture, and drape, featuring the full line of Spring yarns.

I’m looking forward to making the Hami tank in Fuji from Berroco 327 Fuji, the cedar colorway is calling my name!

What new yarn from Berroco are you looking forward to using?

Ready, Set, Knit! 295: Kathy talks with Andra Asars

Saturday, January 12th, 2013
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Guest:
 Kathy and our Berroco Rep., Andra Asars, discuss the New Spring yarns from Berroco.

Fuji –  worsted silk/cotton blend, almost a tweed or marled effect due to the fibers taking the dye differently

Maya(Andra’s current yarn crush!) – a chainette construction pima cotton/baby alpaca blend  soft and machine washable with beautiful drape

Karma – bulky cotton in a fish net construction, like the ruffle yarns, but meant to be knit as a classic yarn.

Two additions to existing yarn lines: Captiva Metallic and Weekend DK. All the new, spring yarns are machine washable

 The cover sweater, Niche, from Norah Gaughan Collection Vol. 12 is knit in Maya.

There are 56 new designs for Spring!
Pattern Booklets: 332 – Floret331 – Maya330 – Karma329 – Lago, Seduce & Captiva Metallic328 – Weekend Stripes327 –  Fuji

Additional patterns are published throughout the season and can be found in Knitbits.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Reminder: Our Class schedule for the Winter Spring semester, Jan – Apr,  is live.

Upcoming Events:

Classic Elite Yarns Shawls, Wraps and Scarves book launch on January 24th, register now.

Pre-Game Sunday Escape, Feb 3rd from noon-4:00PM

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Ready, Set, Knit! #284: Kathy talks with Audrey Knight

Saturday, October 13th, 2012
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Guest: Kathy and Audrey discuss her new eBook, Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. The book is full of user friendly patterns and wonderful “Make it Yours” sections that encourage knitters to explore simple ways to add great detail, color and textural interest to their scarves.

Kathy is particularly fond of the first chapter where Audrey demonstrates the same scarf pattern made in 6 different yarns in varying weights.

Printed copies of Audrey’s book can be purchased through Cooperative Press.

Audrey will be teaching at Interweave Knitting Lab and at Stitches West.

Thanks to all the customers that came out for our 9th Annual Knit & Crochet for the Cure last Sunday! Our customers spent time knitting and crocheting wonderful fingerless gloves to be donated to Cancer Connection.

All 3 of our buses to the New York State Sheep and Wool Fair in Rhinebeck next weekend are full! Please contact Customer Service if you would like to be put on the waiting list. Sometimes we have last minute cancellations.

Steve’s at Stitches
Steve and the WEBS Crew have been setting up for Stitches East that is happening this weekend, they’ve brought 16 pallets of yarn and fixtures – about 120 boxes of yarn! You can find them in booths 701-707, 800-808, 810 and 812. Come see us Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-4.

We’ve got tons on Madelinetosh,  Blue Moon in garment quantities, Berroco yarns and the new Karbonz Needles from Knitter’s Pride.

WEBS Holiday Gift Guide 2012 Catalogs will begin arriving in mailboxes in a few weeks.

Upcoming Events:
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee will be here teaching, NEXT WEEK! October 17 and 18. Classes are full but you can be added to the waitlist by contacting Customer Service.
Franklin Habit will be here for classes and an event in early November. The event is now full!
Event and book signing with Carol Sulcoski on November 10th.

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