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The Buzz at WEBS – June 15, 2012

Friday, June 15th, 2012
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The Buzz at WEBS

Even if we aren’t all knitters, we’re still connected to yarn somehow in our lives. This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about gifts we’ve received, projects we’d like to knit, and a very exciting new book.

My co-workers gave me this beautiful afghan that they knit in Berroco Vintage as a wedding gift for me and my husband, who also works at WEBS.  I love it so so much.  It’s incredibly soft, machine washable and they couldn’t have picked better colors!  They also did a great job keeping their plans a secret at work.  I never suspected a thing! > Lindsey T.

My mom made this hat out of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Charcoal for me. I really like how soft is is and it’s warm without suffocating my head! I can wash it and dry it too without it shrinking. < Jeff G.

Madelinetosh Merino Light in Fathom – My wife recently knit me a hat with this yarn and I love it. The colors are great and it feels really nice on my head. It’s warm and stylish! > Ken T.

Valley Yarns 448 Fiddlehead Set and Southwick Yarn – I packed this into an order the other day and was really into how Emma used the fiddlehead motif in the design of the mitts and beret. I like that she chose Southwick because it is soft and lightweight for the Spring. > Angela Z.

One of our store managers, Leslie Ann Bestor, wrote Cast On Bind Off, a book all about the many ways to cast on and bind off for projects. I love how it’s spiral bound so it lays flat on the couch while I’m following along. I thought I was done buying knitting reference books, but this one I just had to have. Nothing else in my collection is so comprehensive. > Grace H.

Free Pattern Thursday: Rayures in Berroco Ultra Alpaca

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
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This week, our free pattern is in one of our new May Anniversary Sale yarns – Berroco Ultra Alpaca. Reyures is a striped, shorter sleeve, cowl-neck pullover with tons of color combination options.

Berroco Ultra Alpaca is a great blend of wool and alpaca. It is available in many, wonderful heathered colors.

The stripes on the back of this sweater are narrow, while the stripes on the front are wider.

Have you had a chance to check our the new yarns that are on sale this month? Ultra Alpaca is one of the many yarns that are in the sale that are a great option to have in your stash. It is a classic worsted weight, so even if you don’t have a project planned right away, you’re sure to find something you’re interested in. Ultra Alpaca is also great for accessories, like cozy mittens!

Click here for a link to the free pattern.

What color combination would you choose for this pattern?

 

Free Pattern Thursday: Kabak in Berroco Versa

Thursday, March 15th, 2012
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We have had some crazy weather here in the Northeast lately. It has felt more like late spring/early summer than the end of winter! This weekend, they’re predicting temps around 70 degrees. I know some places have experienced record snowfall this winter, and after all the snow we had last year, I feel for you.

All of the warm weather has me thinking of lighter weight projects and about exploring all of the spring yarns that have arrived over the last couple months.

This week’s free pattern is from Berroco. Kabak is a sleeveless knit shirt with a dropped stitch detail down the front. It is knit in Berroco Versa.

Berroco Versa is machine washable cotton/acrylic blend that’s full of color. It is a twin ribbon yarn that has fantastic drape and is wonderfully soft.

Click here for a link to the free pattern.

What project is next on your to do list?

Ready, Set, Knit #250: Kathy talks with Della Quimby of della Q

Saturday, January 14th, 2012
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Guest: Della Quimby of della Q. If you’re at VKLive this weekend, make sure you stop by and visit with Della. She’s in booth 2402.  Check out the Della Q Cotton Edict Bags as well as all of her needle cases.

Della Q wants to develop the ultimate knitting bag! They want you to tell them what you want in a knitting bag. Visit their Facebook page, like them, and let them know what you’re looking for!

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Free Pattern Thursday: Berroco Macchiato Gloves

Thursday, December 8th, 2011
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Hi Everyone!

This week’s free pattern is a great last minute gift! The Macchiato gloves from Berroco are knit in Berroco Voyage and trimmed with Berroco Nanuk.

Berroco Voyage is a beautiful, soft alpaca blend, so it’s nice and toasty. It comes in a great selection of heathered colorways that will brighten to cold months to come. Berroco Nanuk gives a great faux shearling look to the gloves and has a fun, fuzzy texture. Knit on size US 10.5 (6.5mm) needles, this project will go quick. You need just one of each yarn, so the gloves will cost you just under $20 – a great deal for an impressive last minute gift!

Click here for a link to the free pattern.

If you’re crafting for the holidays how is it going? I know I’m a bit behind schedule, but hoping to catch up and get a big push in this weekend!

Enjoy!
Mary

Ready, Set, Knit #227: Kathy Talks to Andra, our Berroco Rep

Saturday, July 16th, 2011
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Guest: Andra, our Berroco rep chats with Kathy about the new fall yarns and patterns.

Andra also chats about what’s she’s seen in area yarn shops she has traveled to. Lots of small projects for vacationers and a building into afghans and sweaters.

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Free Pattern Thursday – Vexillo Blanket from Berroco

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

As you’ve read on the blog, we’ve got a lot of babies happening around here, so we’re all on the lookout for projects. The Vexillo pattern from our friends at Berroco is a great blanket that is worked in Berroco Sox.

The strips are knit separately and then assembled, so this could be a great take along summer project! And, since it is just garter stitch, it’s great for nearly any skill level, and perfect for those days you just want to be doing something with your hands and not thinking too much. Berroco Sox has some great colors available (the one in the picture isn’t available, but there are 21 others to choose from!).

I love that this is knit with sock yarn! It gives you lots of options and creates a great weight of blanket – not too heavy! Check out the link to the pattern here.

Happy Knitting!
Mary

Free Pattern Thursday: Delicata Crocheted Cardigan from Berroco

Thursday, March 24th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

Today’s free pattern is crocheted from Berroco – Delicata. I love the way they describe it on their site: “Delicata, a soft, lacy cover-up, and pull your summer sundresses out of storage a little ahead of schedule.”

We’ve had more snow recently and we’re all ready to drag out the spring and summer clothes. I keep looking at my favorite skirts and all the cute dresses that are starting to pop up places and dreaming of warmer days.

The great thing about this cardigan is that it’s versatile. It could easily be worn with a long sleeve shirt underneath, or a cute dress as suggested.

Delicata is crocheted with Berroco Vintage DK, which is a great, machine washable blend of acrylic, wool, and nylon. It comes in many great solid and heathered colors. I have used the worsted weight version, and look forward to using this DK weight version soon.

Happy Crocheting,

Mary

 

Free Pattern Thursday – Flickering Ruffle Scarf

Thursday, February 10th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

As you’ve ready, Berroco’s new Flicker yarn is  a big hit here at WEBS and our free pattern this week features the yarn. The Flickering Ruffle Scarf was designed by our Berroco rep Andra Asars.

The generous ruffle is a great way to show off Flicker and the hints of sparkle in it. This yarn is also super soft and lofty, so the ruffle is great for cuddling into when the wind picks up.

It can be worn several ways too, so you have lots of options to keep yourself toasty.

Happy Knitting,

Mary

WIP – Flicker Scarf

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
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Hi Everyone

Back at the beginning of January, I was having a mad love affair with Berroco’s new yarn Flicker.  Flicker is a blend of 87% Baby Alpaca/8% Acrylic/5% Other Fiber (the sparkle).  I was nervous about going to  TNNA and how my yarn ADD might take over and make me forget all about Flicker.  I was tempted, as you’ll see in the coming days – REALLY TEMPTED.  Yet I have stayed true to my Flicker, which pleases me to no end.

Flicker is super soft and because of the acrylic content and its construction, its lofty, light and has a wee bit of stretch or “memory” to it.  I knew I wanted to knit a simple scarf that would be squishy and cozy and warm.  I initially thought of a rib pattern but then took to my stitch pattern books for further inspiration.  I couldn’t shake the ribbing out of my head and finally decided to go with my gut.  I cast on for a 4×4 rib – big and chunky-ish – I knew it would fit my criteria for this project, even if it’s not the most inventive or challenging pattern.  I was so right!  Yay me!  Here’s my progress to date:

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I’ve got about 25″ knit and I’m nearly through my second ball.   The first ball got me 15″ so I’m figuring 4 for this project.  The yarn calls for a #9 needles but because (a) I’m a tight knitter and (b) I wanted as much squish and loft as I could get without having a sleazy fabric, I am up on a #10.5.  I have not question I could have gone to a #11.  Look at my loft and squish:

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I’m using my WEBS Interchangeable Needles and they are a dream with this yarn.  No snagging or anything and the stitches are sliding seamless over the joins.  This yarn is a dream to work with.  For the record, my width is about 6.5″ unblocked and relaxed.

I’m not as far along as I would like to be – story of my knitting & crocheting life isn’t it?  But I am staying true to the scarf until I get to the 45″ mark or 3 hanks knit.  Then as a reward I will allow myself to add another project into the mix.

Had I been smart, I would have opted to make something a bit less time consuming.  The lovely Andra designed the Grey  Quartz Cowl using only 2 skeins of Flicker.

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(Photo courtesy of www.andra-asars.com)

She’s a faster knitter than I to boot.  Oh well, I am going to love my scarf and it’s all mine.  Of course, given the freezing cold, snowy weather we’re having, I am guaranteed an early spring if I get this project finished by March 1st :)

Next update at the 45″ mark!

Enjoy!

Kathy