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The Buzz at WEBS – December 21, 2012

Friday, December 21st, 2012
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This week the staff at WEBS is buzzing about their last minute Holiday gifts!

(Left) A couple of years ago, I decided that for our holiday photo, I was going to knit my four children elf hats. I used Brown Sheep Bulky because time was running out . I had pictured happy elves but the best picture was all of them with their arms crossed and grumpy. It is one of my favorite holiday cards and they still pull out the hats every year and wear them to school. The pattern is lossly based on the cover of More Last Minute Hats. > Amy S.

(Right) One of the best things about working at Webs is being able to make and wear festive knits around people who appreciate them. I made the candy cane striped boot toppers last year and could hardly wait to wear them again this holiday season! I also wore them to a holiday party where they were first “knitnapped” by a two year old who would not give them back until I promised to knit her some and then by the host of the party who wore them as arm warmers. These might be my “go to” gifts next year.  They are knit out of Berroco Vintage DK in red and white. I used some left over green from my stash to crochet the jingle bells on after I was done knitting. > Amy S.

My daughter in law saw this pattern on Pinterest and asked me to make it for my granddaughter. It’s called the Burton Bear Cowl and it is  super fast and easy to knit in a super bulky weight yarn. I used Rowan Big Wool and Berkshire Bulky. The pattern comes in sizes from baby to adult and is easily modified. My grandson wanted one when he saw it but he wants his in the UVM colors of green and yellow (he’s 5 mind you). > Linda B.

I knit this basic cable bag using Valley Yarns Berkshire in color #44 Tan Heather. For the asymmetrical cable, I knit Berkshire with FDC Gioiello in color #61 Foliage. I took my project to the new Beehive Sewing Studio on Pleasant Street in Northampton. The owner Tess Poe helped me create a beautiful lining for my purse, complete with two zippered pockets and a third pocket with a button closure. We ironed interfacing onto the lining to give the purse additional structure. > Heidi R.

My three year old granddaughter Beatrice is taking ballet. For Chanukah I knit this mouse with Northampton Sport. The pattern is Mousie by Ysolda. Like all of her patterns, it was well written and easy to follow. I put on the little tutu because I am also giving her the book Angelia Ballerina with it. > Marion H.

I made the High Plains Drifter shawl as a wedding present for my sister. I used Anzula Squishy in Denim and it’s amazingly soft. I loved working with the yarn and the project just flew off the needles. It’s so soft, and the garter stitch makes it nice and warm. > Grace H.


The Buzz at WEBS – December 7, 2012

Friday, December 7th, 2012
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about fantastic holiday gift ideas!

I have been making these sheep for years, mostly for friends and fundraising events.  Each one seems to have its own distinct personality. I’m particularly fond of the one I like to call “little black dress”. The sheep are made with sewn felt, stuffed with wool roving and have needle felted coats. They are fun to dress up with knitted accessories. The stacking trees are crocheted and then felted.  The yarn is an Araucania closeout from a couple of years ago but they would be great in any heavy worsted weight yarn, particularly one with a little bit of a halo after felting like Valley Yarns Berkshire.  I keep them up all year round. > Amy S.

(Left) During this season of love and giving, there is always someone that I have forgotten…it’s a Babci thing! I usually have a bag in my car with a crochet hook and some VY Greenfield, VY Goshen, Linen, carpet warp..and work on them while travelling. These bath puffs/kitchen scrubbies make a great last minute gift. I pair each one with a home made bar of Goat soap from a local family that sells their soaps so reasonable for all the scents they make and I am covered one more time.
(Right) A few year ago, Louisa Harding came to the store. I had a wonderful conversation with her about her relationship with her husband and how well they work together. In late September I was reading an article about her where she shared about her husbands recent bout with cancer. Her thankful heart wanted to reach out to others and she started designing patterns to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research. The pattern for the blue hat is Sardi by Louisa Harding and was made with Pashmina worsted and the multi-pink hat pattern is Parju by Louisa Harding and was knit in Artyarns supemerino.
To read more about  The Himalayan Project and her patterns you can go to:
Being more of a process knitter versus product knitter, I decided that this would be a great way to support Louisa and have a wonderful resource for some beautiful hat patterns.  Having just lost a dear friend after 14 years of dealing with cancer, this will be a very special Christmas gifting time for those of us who will miss her dearly.
Just a note: I have completed those hats and back to my all time favorite collection of hats “Weekend Hats” > Lise G.

I absolutely love the Madelinetosh Vintage.  It’s super soft, the colors are great, and it’s machine washable, which is great for bigger projects like sweaters and blankets. I made my mom a sweater from it in Fathom, and she loves how it’s lightweight and warm all at the same time. I adapted the pattern Melia by Ysolda Teague. > Jackie V.

Susan Bates yarn bobs – I’m using the smaller ones with some fingering weight yarn, and it fits quite a bit of yarn. The large ones can fit a lot of a thicker yarn too. It’s so much easier than working from the ball of yarn and having to change colors every few rows. I don’t have to worry about my different colors tangling and getting in the way when I’m not working with them while doing colorwork. They hold the yarn so it doesn’t unwind, but it’s very easy to unwind a length when you need to. > Kristin L.


The Buzz at WEBS – November 23, 2012

Friday, November 23rd, 2012
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about gifts! We’re busy getting our gifts ready for the holidays; only a few weeks left!

After working with Amy on the video for Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky, I was inspired to try out the yarn myself! So far, it’s made some pretty nice gifts for the holidays. This felted bowl looks perfect with an airplant inside, and the felt works really well to catch any excess water that may drip off of it after a good soak. I didn’t use a pattern for the bowl, I just knit a small hat and threw it in the washing machine to felt! I’m about halfway through the Valley Yarns 283 Spotted Christmas Stocking using 3 skeins of Berkshire Bulky (Forest, Dark Teal and Plum). Two of these will make great gifts for my cousin and her husband who were just married and are in the market for some special handmade stockings. This yarn is incredibly easy to work with, works up fast and felts beautifully – perfect for those last minute gifts! > Lindsey T.

( Left) I made the hedgehog wool pet as a gift for my girlfriend. The instructions were easy to follow and the pictures demonstrated every step. After I made the body, I used the finished picture as a guide for the nose, ears and coat pattern. I’d recommend wool pets for anyone looking for a fun and creative gift! > Kyle C.

(Right) I’m making several pairs of socks as gifts this year, and I’m in love with the Karbonz needles. They have the nice, sharp points I love from the Novas, but the carbon fiber has a little grip to it. The joins between the different materials are smooth, and I know I don’t have to worry about my yarn snagging. Definitely a plus when working with thinner yarns! > Jackie V.

I don’t do a ton of holiday knitting, but every year my Grandma Gen is at the top of my list to receive a handmade gift. This year I wanted to go with something beautiful but fast. The Kid Cozy Throw was exactly what I needed; a combination Berroco Boboli and Berroco Cirrus yarns knit on a large needle to make quick work. Plus, I think I like it so much that I’ll have to make one for myself! > Greta S.
When my girls were much younger I made them each Ganomy Hats and a pair of Mitered Mittens from Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitter’s Almanac using Noro Silk Garden. They have outgrown them now but my youngest daughter asked for a new set this year. I let her dig through my stash for yarn and she chose the new Noro Kirara, color #11. She’s thrilled with how it’s turning out and can’t wait to start wearing it. > Sara D.

The Buzz at WEBS – November 9, 2012

Friday, November 9th, 2012
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

This angler fish was a very special birthday present for a dear friend’s six year old.  He loves deep sea creatures and saw an angler fish that my oldest daughter knit and loved it.  This was really fun to knit and put together.  The pattern is from Amigurumi Knits.  The book is full of all sorts of sea creatures, food and other knit animals.  The yarn I used was Valley Yarns Berkshire, for the fins and “lips”, and Cascade 220 for everything else.  He also needed a card to go with it, so I painted a miniature version of his knit angler fish.  His mother says he loves it! > Amy S.

I saw this scarf as a sample in the store, and had to make one for myself.  It’s feather light, but warm!  The yarn is Superior by Filatura di Crosa, and the pattern is Modera Mesh Scarf which was adapted from a Barbara Walker lace motif. It looks like an intricate spider web.  There’s a P5 repeat in there that I had to do with a pin, since the Superior is so fine that it was difficult to pick it up with regular needles. > Andrea V.

I recently knit the Arctic Circle Cowl from the Tundra Collection from The Fibre Company. For starters, the yarn itself, Tundra, is heavenly. It is soft and luxurious and the color is tonally rich, almost iridescent. I loved the feeling of it in my hands as I knit! The pattern was well-written and easy and because the yarn is bulky, it was a quick knit. The stitch pattern gives it some nice texture and it’s just the right size for a sweet, cozy cowl.  > Leslie Ann B.

(Left) Schacht Flip Trap – A perfect addition to either the Flip Rigid Heddle Loom or floor looms from Schacht. Use the sling to put shuttles and bobbins that you’re not using when you’re weaving. Great gift for the weaver in your life. > Gail C.

(Right) These wrist warmers are for a friend who loves just cuffs to keep her hands warm while she is working. The pattern is the Sokkelo half mitts and cuffs designed by Anna Nilsson. I chose some Madelinetosh Sock in the Tart colorway.  I knit them on our new Karbonz needles, which were a dream to knit with.  Great needles, great yarn!  One Holiday knit down, one hundred to go! > Amy S.

The Buzz at WEBS – October 26, 2012

Friday, October 26th, 2012
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about doggie sweaters, Halloween treats and more!

Little Penny Sweater from Doggie Knits by Corinne Niessner; modeled by Juke the Miniature Pinscher – Let me just say up front that I am not the most experienced knitter here at WEBS but this was a quick knit even for me. Super easy pattern to follow and the ribbing even stretches over Juke’s harness to keep him warm on walks. The pattern called for worsted weight yarn but as Juke has little fur and gets cold easily, I wanted a bulky sweater and this pattern adapted beautifully. Just knit a sample swatch ahead of time! I wanted something machine washable so I went with Berroco Comfort Chunky due to the ease in care. I had a bit of difficulty with the yarn splitting due to so many plies. And knitting in the dark was out of the question since I had to keep an eye on what I was doing. It was also my first time working with yarn that I could not spit splice, so weaving in the ends was a bit of a challenge, but they are all on the inside now and he won’t care. I plan on knitting it again in Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted next time to keep him warm through the New England winter. > Malea R.

(Left) Here at WEBS I work packing orders for shipment. When I saw this pattern come across my desk, I had to have it! I made the bag (with lots of help from one of the lovely ladies at the store) for my son to go trick or treating. It is a simple stockinette stitch that I made in Cascade 220 in Burnt Orange and Black. You can find the pattern here. > Jenny D.
(Right) I have a thing about felted bowls.  Every season I seem to come up with some reason to need a bowl.  It’s really just an excuse to try new things with knitting and felting.  These bowls were inspired by Autumn.  After a plain bowl is felted, it’s like a blank canvas.   On the pumpkin bowl with the lid, I used the “mistake” of pulling the embroidery thread too tight to my advantage.  It puckers the felt and makes it look more natural.  All the bowls were made with a closeout yarn that is long gone but could easily be made with Cascade 220 or Valley yarns Northampton held double. > Amy S.

I made this shawl to wear on my wedding day in mid-October – to keep my shoulders warm, as the ceremony was outdoors on a Berkshire hillside. The pattern is Purity by Sharon Miller and I used two skeins of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Cream.  As written, the pattern has a “frill” on both ends, but I omitted the second one because I wanted a simpler look.  Knitting with Kidsilk Haze requires a bit more attentiveness, as the stitches can blend together – I was off on stitch count a couple of times in the lace section, but the lace section is so forgiving that I can’t tell where the mistakes are. I love this shawl, it’s so light & airy but still very warm! > Andrea V.

(Left) When I decided to knit my sister a blanket, she and I briefly argued about fiber content and yarn weight before we compromised on Spud & Chloe Sweater.  The yarn is so soft and has such great stitch definition that I want to use it for everything.  And it’s machine washable so I know I don’t have to worry about the finished project getting ruined. I didn’t use a pattern; instead I just cast on 180 stitches and knit feather & fan until it was as big as I wanted it! > Jackie V.
(Right) The first time I saw the Fibranatura Cobblestone was when I was putting it on the shelves for Stitches East.  I knew it would be perfect for children and babies.  The colors are great and it’s 100% superwash merino.  I grabbed a skein and quickly knit up the Ear Cozies hat for a friends’ two year old.  I had enough left over to knit a matching one for her baby that’s due in March.  I think I’m going to grab some more for “last-minute, I need a baby present” projects. > Amy S.

The Buzz at WEBS – October 12, 2012

Friday, October 12th, 2012
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

Jeff’s mother, Lise, made him yet another fantastic hat for winter. Windschief by Stephen West was knit out of Jade Sapphire Brigadoon to create this hat. Jeff says it’s so soft, “It feels like my head is surrounded by puppy ears!”

I was looking for a fun and colorful scarf to brighten up my winter. This pattern (Mister Hannah from the CEY Color By Kristin Book 2) was easy to follow and the colors really zing! I used the “Color by Kristin” yarns called for; Raspberry, Spring Green, Geranium, Turquoise Sea and Aubergine. The contrast stitching and tassels really make it work! > Suzette J.

I love seasonal accessories. Luckily, I work at Webs. I have access to the best raw materials and after I’m done, I can wear my crazy knitwear around people who will appreciate it. These arm warmers and boot toppers were inspired by my favorite seasonal candy, Candy Corn. I started to see all sorts of knitted things based on Candy Corn all over the internet. I thought I would make my own. These were made with some yarn off our bargain shelf, but could easily be made with Cascade 220 fingering in Burnt Orange, Goldenrod, and White. They were quick to knit up and have already been stolen by my 13 year old! > Amy S.

The Spring Ribbed Cardi by Hannah Fettig was a lot of fun to knit! While being fairly easy to knit I love the free and easy look of the finished cardigan. I used a discontinued yarn to knit mine, but some great substitutes would be Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, Madelinetosh Sport, or (if you want something really luxurious) Madelinetosh Pashmina. > Greta S.

With a birthday coming faster than I realized and loving the challenge of a new pattern I decided that would take one of my workhorse yarns, Berroco Comfort on a recent trip with my husband. I heard for years about The Wonderful Wallaby pattern yet had not taken the time to research and make it. It was such a wonderful knit and I loved the process so much that not only did I make Luke his for his first birthday but also one for Hannah for her first day of preschool. > Lise G.

When I saw the Leftie pattern on Ravelry I was excited and started thinking about what yarns I would use to make it, but the more I thought about it realized I would never have the time to make it in a sock weight yarn. As I was reorganizing my recent yarn acquisitions in my studio last week I found I had 8 single skeins of Rowan Tweed Aran and I had a Eureka moment! I would knit the Leftie and just use these skeins until I didn’t have enough left to finish the next section, it would go faster and I’d use up a pile of stash yarn. I did one last section after the last leaf in the 778 colorway to help tie the whole thing together when it’s wrapped around my shoulders. It is squishy and warm and I love it. > Sara D.
Leftie Mods: Rowan Aran Tweed
US size 8, 36″ circular needle
solid sections: 772, 770, 780, 774, 781
the leaves (7 each): 778, 776, 779.
One last solid section: 778


The Buzz at WEBS – September 28, 2012

Friday, September 28th, 2012
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about some beautiful finished projects!

When I worked at Stitches Midwest this August, I couldn’t keep my hands off the super soft Malabrigo Finito. In a spontaneous moment, I thought of a simple shawl shape that I could easily knit while working and travelling, and the High Plains Drifter was born! Since quantities of Finito are limited, I made sure the pattern could be knit in any yarn, with any gauge or yardage. I think it would look incredible in the new BFL Hand Dyed. > Kirsten H.

I recently finished Valley Yarns #487 Dappled Shawlette. I loved knitting the pattern. It was just complex enough that it wasn’t completely mindless, but it also wasn’t so complex that I was pulling my hair out. While the Valley Yarns Charlemont Hand Dyed that the pattern is done in is gorgeous, I was drawn to the Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Flashdance as soon as my co-worker Lindsey suggested it. I love deep, bright pinks and purples and since most of my wardrobe is black and gray with a few pinks and purples thrown in, this was a perfect choice. It was already cool enough here for me to wear it and I absolutely love it. > Mary K.

I loved the Loire Cardigan from the moment I laid eyes on it. I started this back in August when I was on vacation and I was able to finish it in about 2 weeks! It was fun and quick to knit and I enjoyed in bottom-up construction. I had never knit a simultaneous set-in sleeve before, but I think it is a really flattering shape and much easier than I thought it would be. Also, my coworker Emma had the brilliant idea to put the lace panel on the sleeves as well and I liked it so much I did it too. > Greta S.

I was getting ready to leave for a week long beach vacation and needed a project. I fell in love with the Color Affection shawl by Veera Välimäki, but I was really itching for a crochet project. I found Stephanie’s Wrap by Julie Blagojevich. Inspired by Verra’s design, Julie adapted the pattern so a similar effect could be achieved with crochet. I used Fiber Company Canopy and it was super soft and great to work with. I was able to work up this project in a little over a week. It’s a cold and rainy day here in Western Mass. today, and this shawl is keeping me nice and cozy. > Grace H.

The Buzz at WEBS – September 14, 2012

Friday, September 14th, 2012
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This week, the staff at WEBS is excited about Heidi’s Catkin shawl! We have two buzzes for it this week, along with other stunning projects and yarn.

The pattern I knit is called Catkin by Carina Spencer, and it’s available on Ravelry. The pattern may seem intimidating, but it is just very thorough. Madeline Tosh Merino Light and Madeline Tosh Sock are recommended. If you use Tosh Merino Light, you only need one skein of each  color. I used Tosh Sock in Ginger and Byzantine for this catkin, which required one skein of Color A and two skeins of Color B.  This project is so much fun! > Heidi R.

Heidi passed by me in the store last week wearing this beautiful shawl she knit to wear to her friend’s wedding and I immediately stopped her to see if I could take her picture. It’s the Catkin Shawl by Carina Spencer. I love the colors, the way the stripes swirl about her shoulders, and that awesome pattern on the bottom. She used two colors of Madelinetosh SockGinger and Byzantine. > Lindsey T.

I knit this store sample out of Jade Sapphire’s new yarn, Brigadoon – washable cashmere? Yes, that’s what I asked. I washed it in the machine on gentle cycle with Eucalan. Dried flat. It washed well and is so soft. We all can’t stop holding it. The pattern is the Getting  Purly with it Brigadoon Neckwarmer. > Marion W.

When Juniper Moon Farm’s Marlowe yarn crossed my desk, I was immediately hooked by the variegated colors, which are so sheeny, they seem to glow. Marlowe is 50% Merino, 50% silk, so this single ply beauty is really a luxury item–it’s perfect for special accessories. Stephanie swatched Marlowe and she reports that it knits easily and isn’t at all splitty. She used a Barbara Walker Indian Cross Stitch pattern (from Volume 1, p. 112) to show how a bigger, stockinette-based pattern makes the most of Marlowe’s busy variegation. The swatch is fantastic – Marlowe knits up into a substantial fabric with nice drape. I can’t wait to make one of Marie Grace Smith’s cowls from the Marlowe pattern book, maybe the honeycomb patterned Terra Cowl. It’ll keep me cozy and stylish all winter! > Kendra C. and Stephanie G.

I recently knit the Cloudy Day beret from Never Not Knitting. It was a great pattern that ended up being a fairly quick knit. I knit it in Lorna’s Laces Sportmate. This is one of Lorna’s Laces yarns that contain Outlast – a fiber designed to help regulate body temperature. I thought that this would be a great option for a hat and I’m excited to wear it more often once the weather starts to really cool off. > Mary K.



I took an end of the summer trip to the beach last weekend and I wanted a quick and easy project to knit. The Chrysanthemum Hat knit in Valley Yarns Buckland seemed just right. I decided to add striping with the golden rod and charcoal colors, and I really liked the outcome. Buckland is one of the newest valley yarns we have in the store. It’s super easy to knit with and leaves you with a garment that’s really special. This pattern is free and looks great on both men and women. Check out the video below for a closer look at Buckland! > Lindsey T.

The Buzz at WEBS – August 31, 2012

Friday, August 31st, 2012
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

A good friend of mine was turning 50 and I really wanted to knit her something special. After narrowing down hundreds of patterns, she decided she wanted a cardigan from Knit, Swirl! in a beautiful charcoal color of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. We decided the Plum Perfect pattern would be the right silhouette for her. It was a bit daunting starting since you cast on 513 stitches around the outside of the swirl. But working a few rows first before joining made it a lot easier to not introduce a twist. Since this sweaters is constructed so differently than any other sweater I’ve made, it was a ton of fun to knit and to see how it magically came together at the end with only one seam. I really want to make one for myself now, maybe the Sheer Beauty which alternates rows of lace yarn and DK yarn creating sheer stripes. > Dena C.


Metalico, the new yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas, was so nice to knit. I was lucky enough to snag a skein to knit a swatch for the store and I loved every minute of it! The yarn is so soft and warm, yet it is surprisingly light. It absolutely begs to be knitted into lace, as evidenced by my swatch. > Greta S.

Classic Elite Yarns Blackthorn was knit up into this fantastic wrap for a store sample, and I have to have it! It’s Widgeon Hill and you can find it in the new Classic Elite pattern book 9182 Blackthorn. It’s wonderfully warm and the sample is very long. You can wrap it several times around your neck for extra warmth and protection from winter wind. It’s also crescent shaped, so it sits really nicely over your shoulders so you can easily wear it as a traditional shawl. > Grace H.

I’m always excited when we publish a new season of classes, but fall tends to feel extra special to me. Maybe because I’m so happy for the air to get cooler and looking forward to yarn weather. This fall we are kicking off the schedule with two of the things I am most excited about – The Valley Yarns Trunk Show event, and an ergonomics class with Physical Therapist and knitter Carson Demers! At the Valley Yarns event you’ll be able to try on our new designs, get a sneak peek at the holiday designs, ask Kirsten Hipsky questions and try out our newest yarns. (It’s free, but we ask you to register.)  Carson Demers is offering two workshop options for learning about avoiding aches and pains while knitting – something I know many of us can use advice on. These both happen in September, so don’t miss out! > Tina M.

I was so excited when I saw a copy of The Beaded Edge 2 arrive at the store I ran right to the registers and bought it! I have Midori’s first book and I’ve dreamt of making beautiful beaded edges for everything but until now I’ve never actually done it. Once I had this book in my hands I grabbed a cone of UKI 20/2 mercerized cotton in dark grey and then headed down to the local bead store to find the perfect little pink beads. I’m so excited about getting the first full scallop done, I may just make this piece into a necklace. > Sara D.



The Buzz at WEBS – August 17, 2012

Friday, August 17th, 2012
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This week, the staff at WEBS has some fantastic buzzes! A stunning Daybreak shawl by Greta, Kerry’s Smooshy with Cashmere projects, everything you need for your own Dr. Who scarf and more!

Daybreak is a wonderful semi-circular shawl pattern from Stephen West. At first I didn’t want to jump on the Stephen West band wagon, but now I’m hooked! Knitting it was a breeze and I had so much fun doing those little stripes. I used two colors of a heavy weight sock yarn I bought at Stitches, but you can use pretty much any fingering weight yarn. Try Valley Yarns Charlemont in Solids, Kettle Dye and Hand Dyes! > Greta S.

I am a huge fan of the vibrancy and variation of Dream in Color yarn, and the moment I touched a skein of Smooshy with Cashmere in the It’s a Sparkler colorway, I just had to have it! It really is SO smooshy that I wish I could make a bed with hanks of it and curl up to sleep! The colors worked up even better than I’d hoped in my shrug, and still looked great in a little knitted cuff I made out of a bit of the extra. I can’t wait for cooler weather so that I can start wearing this! > Kerry T.

I walk through the warehouse several times every day and enjoy seeing the ever-changing landscape of yarn closeouts. Occasionally a yarn in the warehouse makes me smile every time I pass, and recently that yarn has been Manos del Uruguay Rittenhouse Semi Solid.  The colors of this semi-solid yarn are just stunning.  I can’t help but stop at the shelf it is on and think about which colors I would mix together for a fun striped project!  At the moment I’m really loving the colors Thistle and Citric. But there are so many possibilities. > Tina M.

Well, I’m excited about the new Classic Elite yarn line Color by Kristin for a slightly nerdy reason, and I’m not ashamed to admit it! Fans of the classic Sci-Fi TV series Doctor Who remember the Doctor’s iconic scarf, and for knitters seeking to make one of their own, matching those colors properly can be a challenge. As your lines change and companies come and go, that perfect match can be here and then gone again. This lovely yarn, a 3-ply blend of wool, alpaca and mohair, features several colors that perfectly compliment the original scarf, especially the October leaves and the Deep Forest colors as well as Yarrow and Mushroom. The Doctor Who scarf in all its various forms is painstakingly detailed season by season at if you’d like to get started on a scarf yourself. > Ashley F.

I’m very excited about Ann Budd’s newest book, The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters. This new volume is formatted in the same way as her previous volumes, The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. Designs are organized by sleeve type and accommodate a range of yarn weights from fingering to bulky. Following the instructions is straightforward and the results are always rewarding. I’ve successfully used each of these books as templates to jumpstart my own knitting designs. This volume also includes new top-down designs by several knitting luminaries including Jared Flood, Pam Allen and Veronik Avery. If you’re ready to expand your knitting skills, I think this book is a must-have for your knitting library! > Stephanie G.