Posts Tagged ‘Berroco’

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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Ready, Set Knit #280: Kathy talks with Norah Gaughan

Saturday, September 15th, 2012
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Guest: Kathy and Norah talk about the new book from the Berroco design team: Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Babies and Toddlers. With 50 designs there’s something for every skill set and design aesthetic.

The Snowflake Blanket, on page 25, one of Kathy’s favorite patterns from this book.

This is the perfect follow-up companion to their first collection: Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Upcoming Events:
Classes with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee! – Knitting for Speed and Efficiency and Knitting with Mawata
Valley Yarns Trunk Show, in store only! – September 20th
9th Annual Knit & Crochet for the Cure – in store only!
6th Annual Rhinebeck Roadtrip – October 20th.

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Free Pattern Thursday: Braque in Berroco Linsey

Thursday, August 9th, 2012
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This week’s free pattern is a crochet pattern from Berroco. Braque is an updated take on the classic granny square. This charming cardigan is easy to crochet and combines modern sensibilities with a bohemian vibe.

Crocheted in Berroco Linsey, this great blend combines cotton and linen in a great yarn for summer. It also has fantastic color variations that are brought to life with the granny square pattern.

Click here for a link to the free pattern.

What’s your favorite crochet pattern?

Ready, Set, Knit, #275: Kathy & Steve discuss the August Sale

Saturday, August 4th, 2012
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Guest: Kathy and Steve Talk about Stitches Midwest , look for us starting at booth 513. They also discuss the August Sale.

Highlights from the Sale include Reynolds Rise and Shine, Artful Yarns Serenade,  Cascade Yarns Soft Spun, Cascade Cloud 9, S. Charles Collezione Panne, S. Charles Collezione Tinka, 4/8 Wool Millend, 2/8 Wool Millend, Ironstone Brushed Mohair, Valley Yarns 60/2 Silk, Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk, and Valley Yarns  Rayon Chenille. Be sure to check the website for additional sale yarns that are not listed on the mailer.

The new 2012 Weaving Sourcebook has been mailed, you can request a catalog online.

New Fall classes will post in the next few weeks.

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Steve and Kathy had a small guest in the studio that agreed with all of Steve’s yarn picks!
Upcoming Events

No Podcast next week but we’ll be back with a new show on 8/18/12!

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