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The Buzz at WEBS – August 3, 2012

Friday, August 3rd, 2012
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

I  just made the new Noni Anouk felted bag for the store. I used 3 skeins of Valley Yarns Northampton. The kit comes with the pattern and all of the hardware you need to make the bag. It does not include the yarn, so you get to pick what you want! The hardware is quite nice, and the fact that it comes with all the components including feet, handle that also has a chain, a lovely magnetic closure, Noni Designs decal and a nice sturdy canvas to cut out for the inside of the bottom of the bag make it so you don’t have to hunt down each part for this bag. One stop shopping, that’s what I like! The pattern was easy to follow and fun to make. I will definitely be making one of these adorable bags for myself. > Karen M.

Kerry is knitting the Nemi Lace Cowl in Valley Yarns Charlemont Hand Dyed in color Oak Grove – This is the first project where I’ve had the opportunity to knit with yarn dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer, and I couldn’t be happier. Not only is Charlemont a pleasure to work with, but the colors are just gorgeous! > Kerry T.

I’ve been wanting to make some crochet rag rugs and was a little put off at the thought of spending my time cutting up old sheets into strips when I remembered that we carry Poppana which is essentially the same thing! I swatched on a couple larger hooks, K and N, and I’m really happy with the results. This may turn into some pretty terrific holiday gifts. > Sara D.

I absolutely love the new crochet book, Unexpected Afghans by Robyn Chacula. Her premise of using veteran crochet designers to use their specialty in crochet to design something that they would use as a piece in their homes has worked beautifully! I have begun two for wedding presents and am thrilled to be able to have so many to chose from in one book!! > Lise G.

When the “Gleener: The Ultimate Fuzz Remover” came across my desk, I was pretty skeptical. One pilly old sweater later, I’m a convert. The ergonomic handle is comfortable to hold, which counts for a lot because de-pilling a sweater can take a while. What I really like is the Gleener’s three different blades: one is coarse, for heavier gauges and aggressive de-fuzzing; one is in the middle; and one is really fine, for cashmeres and fine knits. The blades are easy to take on and off.  And after I get rid of the pills, I turn the Gleener around and brush my sweater down with the “velvet lint brush.” The lint brush gets all the little bits left over, and the sweater looks great. I plan to try the Gleener on other fabrics–fleece, boiled wool blazers, whatever needs a little sprucing up. Watch the video below to see the Gleener in action! > Kendra C.


The Buzz at WEBS – July 20, 2012

Friday, July 20th, 2012
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This week the staff at WEBS is buzzing about a beautiful, lightweight shawl that’s perfect for warm weather knitting. Also, a warm and cozy cowl for when winter finally returns! And two fantastic book reviews from our weaving expert Barbara and our spinning expert Ashley.

For my first mystery shawl KAL, I decided to be good and went stash-diving. I unearthed a forgotten skein of Ella Rae Lace Merino and gave it some love by knitting up this airy lace shawl. The Lace Merino blocks out better than I dreamed, soft and drapey with crisp stitch definition. And as luck would have it, the autumnal red tones and lacy leaf motif go together perfectly! > Emma W.

It might be 100 degrees out right now, but we can’t forget that winter will come again eventually. Cowls are my favorite accessory and I wear them outside under a warm coat, as well as around the office on chilly mornings. The Valley Yarns Bell Lace Cowl is the perfect length. I can wear it long as an accessory, or wrapped around twice to be kept extra warm. It’s knit in super soft Northfield so its perfect to be worn up against the sensitive skin on your neck and face. > Grace H.

I like to spin on my Ladybug in the summer while I sit out on the deck in the evenings and I realized the other day that all my bobbins were full so I’ve been plying up a storm! From Left to right: Creatively Dyed Yarn fiber in the colorway Goat, Optim Merino from Ms. Gusset (a gift Kirsten H. brought back from Sock Summit last summer) and a batt of mystery fiber from Kathy Elkins massive destash event back in May. Now I have 7 empty bobbins to fill with singles! > Sara D.

The weavers among us are excited about a new book that just came in. It is Custom Woven Interiors, by Kelly Marshall, a Minnesota weaver and the owner of a production company of the same name. The book is part pictures of the warp rep rugs, throws, blankets, pillows, curtains and table fabrics in her home and part instructions for those projects. The drafts are mostly for 8 shafts, with some 6-shaft and some 10-shaft projects. Because the fabrics use a lot of colors of 5/2 cotton, but not a lot of each color in the warps, this seems like a great study group project. If each participant provides a few colors, the cost can easily be shared and everyone would come out with a great fabric. Sturdy looms required for the sett of 48 epi! > Barbara E.

Entering the complex world of natural dyeing can seem daunting, but Jenny Dean welcomes her readers to the exploratory process with clear and engaging information in Wild Color. All the equipment you’ll need and how to make sure your choice of dyepot doesn’t change your color results, how to mordant different types of fiber and choose the safest one to use for the color results you want, and how to safely work with toxic chemicals and plants without worry for your family or the environment. Color modifiers, Ph charts and a cool recipe for achieving 25 different color results from one dyebath! My favorite feature of this book is the copious information on the dye plants themselves, from flowers and leaves to barks and roots, with how to grow and/or harvest for the best color results, how much plant material is needed and the many different colors that can be drawn from the same plant. Last year’s dye experiments, guided by this wonderful compendium, yielded great results. I’m already harvesting new plants to add to my dyepot and looking forward to exploring all these wild colors. > Ashley F.

The Buzz at WEBS – July 6, 2012

Friday, July 6th, 2012
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about some old yarn favorites, as well as a brand new addition to the Valley Yarns line. Ashley is buzzing about the Know Your Wheel DVD and has written a fantastic review for all the spinners out there!

I am knitting a Catkin (designed by Carina Spencer) for a friend (shhh don’t tell!) in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light colorways Wicked and Manor. This pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry, and although the length of the pattern may seem daunting, it is very well written and easy to follow. Carina Spencer has her own site with video tutorials to aid your Catkin creation. It can be worn as a shawl with the buttons down the front or side and as a cozy scarf. I had so much fun picking colors! The Tosh Merino Light is very soft and great to work with, too. > Heidi R.

Reynolds Soft Linen – This yarn caught my eye in our warehouse! This hot coral/tangerine color is very popular this season, and I thought it would be great for accessories. I grabbed three balls of it, two of which I am making a cute clutch purse with. The linen will help make this a durable bag for years to come! > Deb S.

I had a lot of fun joining westknits Earth & Sky Mystery knitalong last summer and was super excited to see there will be another mystery shawl KAL starting soon. The Rockefeller Mystery Shawl knitalong starts July 13th, so you’ll want to purchase the pattern before then. After browsing through many fingering weight yarns, I finally decided to knit my shawl in Swans Island Fingering in Seasmoke and Tide Pool. > Dena C.

Valley Yarns Buckland – I am absolutely smitten with the newest addition to our Valley Yarns line. Buckland features the same fiber content as our Charlemont but rather than being plied, Buckland has a chain construction which creates a light, lofty fabric. It has 109 yards in a 50-gram skein and knits at 4.5 sts on a #7. My head is spinning with ideas for this yarn! > Kathy E.

I always forget how much I love Valley Yarns Amherst. Right now I’m working on a project for Kirsten for our next catalog out of Amherst and it’s incredible. It’s easy to knit with and super soft. I think it’s time to dig the Amherst out that I have in my stash and make something for myself! > Mary K-H.

Know your Wheel DVD with Alden Amos and Cindy Lair with Linda Ligon – This two-disc set is chock-full of amazing spinning wheel knowledge, from master wheel maker Alden Amos, who talks with Interweave’s Linda Ligon on the first disc, which will delight tinkerers, wheel makers and aficionados of antique double drive wheels as well as new spinners wanting to really dive into the mechanics of this fascinating tool. The second disc features Cindy Lair of Schacht Spindle Co., sharing copious wisdom on the best ways to set up your wheel, its lubrication needs, and how that applies to many different types of commonly produced modern wheels. Both discs feature tips, tricks and hints to help better understand your wheel and alleviate any trouble you might be experiencing while offering new and experienced spinners the maintenance know-how to enjoy a lifetime of worry-free spinning! > Ashley F.

The Buzz at WEBS – June 29, 2012

Friday, June 29th, 2012
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It’s been a very busy start to the summer here at WEBS! We’ve just moved into our new warehouse, and we’re working on getting everything settled. Fall yarns are already starting to arrive, and the staff at WEBS is buzzing about some of the new goodies we’ve received so far. Amy learned a new skill and managed to turn her first project into a fantastic zippered bag! Kathy’s buzz reminds us of why we love our Knitter’s Pride Dreamz needles and Dena shares one of her favorite new books.

I had the privelege of taking LA’s weaving class this winter. Our second project was a twill sampler out of 2/10 Merino Tencel.  I was not happy with mine until I realized I was weaving cloth that could be cut up to make things like zippered bags.  (I can be a little slow sometimes) I made seven bags out of my sampler and have plans for many more! > Amy S.

Frog Tree Ewetopia – As a spinner, I love to examine the new yarns and how they are constructed, and this one caught my interest. One single strand of superwash treated Merino wool is plied with a single of untreated Merino wool, giving a slightly marled quality to the yarn as both plies have absorbed the color a little differently. The superwash treated ply has a subtle shine against the matte quality of the untreated wool. The different treatments will add a unique texture to this yarn after blocking and the finished fabrics it works into will have a lovely squishy softness. A really interesting yarn, and I’m looking forward to seeing some of the amazing projects folks will create with it! > Ashley F.

Imperial Yarn Columbia 2-Ply – I am in love with this yarn! The big 4oz hanks are so squishy and soft, I can imagine knitting a sweater I’d have forever. And I really like the fact that this yarn is from American wool, spun on old-school mule spinners, in a tiny town in Oregon. Imperial Stock Ranch is dedicated to sustainable land stewardship, so this yarn reflects my values. The colors are great, too– most of them are subtly heathered, and deep. I want a sweater in every color! Maybe it’s time to learn fair isle… > Kendra C.

I am so excited that our new 5/2 Bamboo has arrived! This yarn will be great for weaving all sorts of projects. The colors are vibrant and shimmery and the hand is soft and fluid. I think it is going to make wonderfully drapey fabric and can hardly wait to get it on my loom. I have been planning a rigid heddle project – a scarf with some lace details, I think. And speaking of lace, I think this will knit up into some beautiful lacework. The colors choices are incredible. > Leslie Ann B.

Dreamz Needles from Knitter’s Pride – We’ve had these needles for several months but after using them for my latest project I was reminded how great they are. These beautiful wooden needles are smooth and the yarn slides easily along and over the joins. I love the points – not to dull but not too sharp. If you’ve yet to try these needles, consider them for your next project! You can also check out a great video review here. > Kathy E.

I was impressed by how much information was packed into The Handknitter’s Yarn Guide book – all things yarn weights, yarn fibers, and yarn construction. If you enjoy shopping our yarn closeouts or are curious how different fibers such as camel or alpaca will knit up, this book is the perfect guide to helping you make yarn substitution decisions when choosing a yarn for your next project. > Dena C.

The Buzz at WEBS – May 18, 2012

Friday, May 18th, 2012
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This week, The Buzz at WEBS highlights our fabulous store staff! Our store staffers are on the floor with customers all day; working hands on with our products and getting great feed back from our customers too.  Here’s what the store staff is buzzing about this week…

Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage has been a favorite of mine since it came out. I still had a few skeins from my Christmas knitting, so I decided to use it for these sweaters for twins that are due soon. Knitting for newborns is fun but usually the sweater only lasts a few weeks and then is put away, so I put the sweater on a bear that hopefully will be a blessing for years to come. The pattern is Manda Ruth by Jane Richmond. > Lise G.

One of my favorite podcasts is Knitting Pipeline. I needed a simple project to work on while watching my grand kids and traveling in the car and this worked beautifully. The pattern is Piper’s Journey by  Paula Emons-Fuessle. This pattern works beautifully in any gauge but I  had a cone of our wonderful closeout 2/8 wool so I wound it into 4 pies and had a beautiful shawl to wear on the back deck instead of the Beauty and the Beast comforter I usually grab!! > Lise G.

An ode to Swans Island Worsted: When my Mom suggested I make my brother a gift for his graduation, I knew it would have to be made from a very special yarn. I decided to make him the Laredo sweater vest because every English major worth their salt needs a sweater vest! Plus I wouldn’t have to knit sleeves! After much agonizing, I settled on Swans Island Worsted in Indigo and I was so pleased with my choice. The organic merino fiber is so soft and lofty, the hand dyed color deep and right knitting it was an absolute joy. There is one pit fall to knitting with this yarn, many of the colors have an indigo based dye which caused some (unavoidable) dye rub-off on my hands. However, the dye is not toxic and washes off easily. As you can see, the finished product is so beautiful that it was well worth that small inconvenience. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I am already planning to knit The Sullivan Street Cardigan for myself! > Greta S.

Wearwithall: Knits for Your Life – This brand new volume, a collaboration by several knitwear designers, will please adventurous beginners and those with lots of knitting experience. There are a variety of stylish and timeless garments and accessories for home and family: many would make beautiful gifts. The patterns appear to be clearly written, and, many use yarns we carry (Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Cascade 220 and Louet Euroflax among others. This book is a keeper! > Stephanie G.

When I needed to match a top to a jacket, I brought it to WEBS and found Juniper Moon Farm Findley Dappled in color 104. The yarn is wonderful to work with and I love the final product to be worn to my 50th Nursing School reunion. > Marion H.

I have wanted to knit the Wingspan scarf that’s been in the “top 10 patterns” list on Ravelry, and I finally cast on! Plymouth Gina seems to be made for this pattern. The gradual changes of the colors are wonderful! The yarn is really nice to work with too. > Danielle D.

Circular Knitting Workshop by Margaret Radcliffe – There is lots and lots and lots of useful information in this book! Excellent and colorful pictures highlight text and techniques. Lots of patterns (including converting flat to circular) that work for beginners and more experienced knitters. The format is clean and nicely done too! > Nancy B.

The Buzz at WEBS – April 20, 2012

Friday, April 20th, 2012
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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.

The Buzz at WEBS – April 6, 2012

Friday, April 6th, 2012
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about old favorites, new discoveries and an exciting opportunity!

Yet another Baby Jack sweater… I wanted a very utilitarian sweater for my grandson Jack this time. One that would be easy care, wash and wear. The pattern is a hooded pullover from Cascade 220 60 Quick Baby Knits. I am using Berroco Vintage in color #5188 Juniper and Berroco Vintage Colors in color #5222 Oasis. The solid color of Vintage is creating a very subtle stripe breaking up the variegation of the Oasis Colors. I see Jack wearing this on cool summer nights and into the Fall. > Theresa B.

This week I am buzzing about our “This is Retail Video”. All of the videos I put together at WEBS are a learning experience, but this one was extra special. I had so much fun talking with the ladies who come for drop-in help every week about their experiences in the store. I couldn’t believe that some had been coming to the store to knit and crochet for over 10 years! It was so sweet to hear their stories and learn of the friendships being made right here in our store. The video has made it to the top 20 in the National Retail Federation’s “This is Retail” contest. If you want to vote for our video, you can use this link;
I know the link redirects you to a different URL, but please use it anyway. As the match-ups change, the redirected URL will too. This one is good no matter what happens. >  Lindsey P.

There are so many things that I love about Nancy’s Knit Knacks Knit-Kards. I carry a small zippered pouch of essential knitting tools that I always have on hand. The Knit-Kards fit perfectly in the pouch and are packed with so much useful information. The cards I use most often are Increases, Decreases, Yardage Table (great for figuring out how much yarn I need for a project), and Knitting Needle Inventory. I also have the Needle and Hook Gauge attached to the set of cards. This is the only needle gauge that has lasted over the years and includes sizing from 000 (1.5mm) to 35 (19mm). This would be an excellent gift for any beginning knitter. > Dena C.

I know that summer is just around the corner, but I can’t help adding to the list of mitten patterns I want to knit!  The latest pair that caught my eye are the Fenway Mittens from The Charles Collection eBook. The cables are stunning and I like the simple detail on the palm of the mitten. > Tina M.

Myself and many of my colleagues at the store were smitten by the Swans Island Yarns when they first arrived in the store. Now, with the arrival of their new Dyer’s Choice Limited Edition yarns in both fingering and worsted, I think I can safely say that we are all in love. These yarns are soft, squishy, and they come in gorgeous colorways. Plus, Swans Island has fantastic pattern support! > Liz A.

I’m excited about the Namaste Messenger Bag. It has tons of space, pockets, and a padded laptop compartment. It has a magnetic closure so you don’t have to worry about your yarn getting caught in velcro. The bag even has a zipper around the outside (like your luggage) so you can expand the inside compartment. The best part about this bag is that it’s in our Anniversary Sale! It’s normally $69.00, but it’s on sale for $39.99, which is a fantastic price for such a useful, sturdy bag. > Mary K.

Our Anniversary Sale continues on until the end of May! New yarns will go on sale at the beginning of May, so be sure to check back.

The Buzz at WEBS – March 23, 2012

Friday, March 23rd, 2012
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about so many different things! Weaving, spinning, knitting and yarns all make an appearance.

We’re excited about this addition to our weaving inventory. Dovetail Tapestry Beaters are elegant, beautifully finished tools to aid detail work in many aspects of your weaving. Think weaver controlled techniques as well as tapestry weaving. The contoured shape and silky feel make them a pleasure to hold. The tines are smoothly finished so they will not snag your warp or weft and the finely pointed handles allow for delicate placement in the weft. They are made in four sizes: 2”, 1 ½”, 1” and ¾”. Size refers to width at the tines. See our website for prices and ordering information. > Barbara E.

The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn by Brenda Gibson offers a complete picture of the craft of spinning.  This book has everything from historical perspective and the basics of fiber preparation and handling, to the techniques for spindle and wheel spinning, and “recipes” to create many different kinds of yarns, all in one place. An excellent introductory book for someone just starting out in the exciting world of spinning and full of information even an experienced spinner can appreciate. > Ashley F.

I have to admit it–I don’t own any Noro! So why not start with Noro Shiraito? This luxurious yarn pairs Noro’s gorgeous colors with incredible softness. Since it’s perfect for next to the skin wear, a shawl or cowl would allow me to cuddle up to it while showcasing the shifting color changes. > Emma W.

A customer came to the shop wearing the pattern Courting Sophia which she’d knit in Valley Yarns Huntington. I fell in love with the variety of straightforward lace stitches and figured this was an oppportunity to use Madelinetosh  Tosh Lace in my new favorite color, Curiosity. This project, with its generous amount of stockinette stitch, works up quickly and I couldn’t be happier with my yarn choice. > Stephanie G.

I tend to knit with yarns that are in the fingering to DK range, but this winter when my sister showed me a super bulky circular scarf and asked for a similar one, I was happy to oblige.  I unexpectedly fell in love with the scarf I made her, (partially due to how quickly it grew!) and decided to make one for myself. It gave me a chance to try out Berroco Vintage Chunky, held doubled.  This yarn is so squishy, is easy to work with, and blocks beautifully. > Tina M.

With winter behind us and the warm weather here to stay, I’d love to know what’s on your hooks, needles and looms.  Do you stick to cotton and lace in the summer months or prepare for winter with warm woolies all year round?

The Buzz at WEBS – March 9, 2012

Friday, March 9th, 2012
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This week the staff at WEBS is buzzing about some great patterns and fantastic yarns to knit them with.

I’m a big fan of the Debbie Bliss Rialto line of yarns, so soft and machine washable too. So when the new Debblie Bliss Rialto Lace passed by my desk this week I was really excited. I immediately reached for the Charcoal color which has a subtle purple-y hue to it, simply lovely. There’s also a dedicated pattern book for this yarn with many designs I’d love to knit. Topping the list is the Bobble Edged Shrug, super cute over a sleeveless dress. > Dena C.

I don’t normally gravitate to pattern collections (give me a good reference book any day), but Juju’s Loops grabbed my attention from first glance. The book is beautifully styled and contains more than a few projects I want to knit for myself. The patterns are clearly written and well-photographed; the charts and text are large enough to read easily. Best of all, many of the projects use yarn that Webs carries! > Stephanie G.

I am in love with the Cascade Softspun. We have so many amazing colors and this is such a soft and lofty yarn. I’m using 2 colors, #2823 Sphere Heather and #2816 Straw Heather, for a scarf and hat set that I’m making along with my exploring Tunisian class. (Watch for the next class schedule if you’re interested in Tunisian!) Tunisian crochet can be fairly dense and stiff, especially worked in a slip stitch pattern, but there is such life and movement with this yarn. It’s so squishable! >  Sara D.

Valley Yarns Franklin – I’ve been wearing hand knit socks for a few years now, and while almost all of them have gotten holes in the heels and on the feet, my pairs out of Franklin are still going strong. It’s actually pretty amazing! They’ve been through a lot of trade shows, long hikes, dance sessions, even the washer and dryer a few times, and they’re still looking and fitting great. I’m stocking up on more Franklin to replace all my other worn out socks. > Kirsten H.

I have a baby niece and, as a result, I’m obsessed with all things baby. When the new Little Rowan pattern booklet passed by my desk I could not contain my excitement. I think I showed it to at least fifteen people that day. The patterns are sweet and adorable without being over-the-top cutesie. My favorites are Paws, Cherry Pie, and Sweetheart. If you’ve got little ones in your life then you definitely don’t want to miss this. > Liz A.

The Kangaroo Dyer’s Color Grid has been sitting on my desk just begging to be used. I have never been able to tell which colors go well together, and this little tool takes all the guess work out. Now I have the new Valley Yarns Worsted Natural and Fingering Natural on my desk too… I think you can tell where this is going. These natural hanks are perfect to ease into the hand dyeing world. I’m a sucker for lace, and I can’t stop thinking about making the perfect hand dyed lace shawl. > Grace H.

It looks like the staff at WEBS are starting a lot of new projects! Do you always finish what’s on your hooks and needles before starting something new? There are so many beautiful yarns and patterns, they’re hard to resist!

The Buzz at WEBS – February 24, 2012

Friday, February 24th, 2012
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about a lot of  yarn used in multi-colored projects. Be sure to check them out along with the one book no knitter should be without.

Vogue Knitting Winter 2011/2012 – Zigzag Skirt – I used 2 colors of Rowan Colourspun; Jervaulx #274 and Appletree #273; Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Hurricane #632; Rowan Kid Classic in Lavender Ice #841 and Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in Dark Grey, Light Grey, Red and Teal. This pattern was both easy and fun to knit with only a two row pattern repeat. It’s a magic skirt! So many people have tried it on and it looks great on everyone. I’m sold on the knit skirt; planning one for spring already! > Amy

When the 2/8 wool came in I knew immediately that I wanted to weave with it so I grabbed a few cones and made a sample swatch to test out some pinwheel designs. I love this wool! It weaves beautifully (I sett it at 18 e.p.i. for the pinwheels) and blooms nicely when wet finished. The hand is soft and I think it would drape beautifully for a scarf. I, however, will be making a cozy blanket! Get it quick, it’s flying off the shelves! >  Leslie Ann B.

I learned to knit several years ago and quickly discovered The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt. Even though it was out of print, our library had one copy which I frequently checked out. I loved how comprehensive this book was. I started to contemplate buying a used copy for a couple hundred dollars. Finally, a revised edition is now available. Though $45 may seem like a hefty price for just one book, I think it’s a bargain for all of the information packed into it. And at 712 pages, that’s about 6¢ a page. I’m keeping this book by my bedside for evening reading. > Dena C.

This project was started as a “no brainer” Super Bowl project. You know, “I can knit and watch, listen, not look…”. Now the whole project has grabbed my attention, as I cannot wait to see how the colors play-out with the short rows against the regular stripes. It also became a total stash-buster as all of the pieces were just waiting to be drawn together. The pattern is Color Affection by Vera Valimaki  and I used 2/10 Merino Tencel in color Rich Purple, Malabrigo Sock in Indiecita, and 2/14 Alpaca Silk Hand Dyed. > Theresa B.

We recently had a Classic Elite trunk show in the store for the yarn Silky Alpaca Lace. One of the garments that caught my eye was High Tide. It would make a great layering piece – it looked perfectly casual over a tshirt and jeans. The yarn gave it such nice drape and, according to the store manager who witnessed many staff members trying it on, it looked pretty great on everyone. I think it would be interesting knit in a single solid color, as well. > Tina M.

Schulana Lambswool – This yarn was one of the hidden gems we discovered at TNNA. This 100% lambswool is like nothing else we have in the shop (and that’s really saying something). The yarn itself is very soft and knits at 5.5 sts on a #7-8 needle. It’s put up on a 25g ball with 109 yards. The colors are gorgeous and I can see this yarn creating gorgeous hats and scarves as well as an absolutely killer sweater or even a shawl! > Kathy E.

Zigzags, pinwheels and stripes, oh my! Color is definitely on our minds here at WEBS. How do you like to incorporate color into your projects?