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Best In Class

Friday, July 15th, 2016
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Every June, I am honored to celebrate another class of graduates from the WEBS Expert Knitter Certification Program. We just had our graduation and 9 new designers have been launched into the knitting universe! Our very swanky ceremony was held at a very nice hotel/conference center nearby for the first time ever–because we’ve outgrown our former celebration venue otherwise known as “the back classroom.” Want to see some eye candy?

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Our graduates this year are, from left to right, Lorraine McGough, Sara Gibbons, Liz Frosch-Dratfield, Andy Tarr, Alexis Price, Lindsey Lindequist, Susan Baron, Donna Smith, and missing from the photo is graduate Cindy Romaniak. Each created a masterpiece of design and construction using the skills learned in the 16 required classes that make up the WEKP, as we call it.

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

This year’s sweaters ran the gamut of texture and construction. Susan Baron made an absolutely perfect coat in Madelinetosh Chunky; the detail was incredible. From the complicated math she used to figure out how to end a cable at the shoulder seam, to the ingenious use of a sport-weight yarn as a facing for the heavier front panel of the jacket, Susan made a garment that any professional designer would be proud to call their own. And, she got the stamp of approval from the designer herself when Amy Hendrix, the co-owner of Madelinetosh, saw Susan’s Capstone at her appearance at WEBS and loved it.

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Alexis Price made a lovely cabled pullover, keeping it traditional in her yarn and color choice, but making it her own with shaping and textural details. You can see the pride she takes in her Aran sweater (as well she should!).

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Cindy Romaniak’s complex paneled design contains a number of elements completely unique to her design sensibility. Her use of several different stitch patterns, unique Empire shaping, directional knitting, and eye-catching colorwork made this garment stand out.

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Sara Gibbons created an exquisite saddle-shoulder lace-and-cable sweater with 3/4 sleeves and knit it in a heathery green that beautifully complements her coloring. Sara was the most independent of our designers, needing only to consult her mentor Kirsten Hipsky for a few final questions about her finishing. Sara’s design was inspired by a sweater of her mother’s and she really nailed the essence of that earlier sweater.

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Lindsey Lindequist achieved the impossible – she finished her Capstone sweater while caring for a 2-year-old and a newborn. My hat is off to her! Her 2-color cable and sweet “Tree of Live” design on her front pockets (pockets! yes!) add standout elements to a reverse-stockinette background. Congrats, Lindsey!

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Lorraine McGough’s “Butterfly Sweater” (as she and I both called it) reflects her sunny personality as well as her perseverance. She knit the front as one piece and then steeked it (in order to preserve the unity of her butterfly eyelet stitch pattern), and knit intarsia butterflies around the shoulders and hem. Her sunny yellow color choice and bright bursts of color were exactly what she planned.

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Donna Smith made a designer’s dream sweater: she used stitch patterning to shape the back design of her cabled rib cardigan. The placement of her buttons emphasized the vintage look of her swing design and the blue color she chose added the perfect final touch.

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Andy Tarr had a tough year but still managed to pull off one of the most beautiful sweaters we’ve seen–and the complexity involved in her yarn and design made her dedication to her project even tougher. Andy hand-dyed Valley Yarns Huntington in shades of lavender and purple to achieve a gradient pattern, and she knitted a contrasting lace overlay as the front panel of her cardigan. It can be worn either buttoned on both sides as a fitted cardi, or open, as a draped open piece. Either way she wears it, the craftsmanship is evident in every detail.

The 2016 WEBS Expert Knitters Graduates at their Capstone Ceremony. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Liz Frosch-Dratfield had a rough year as well–and almost decided to wait to finish her sweater. However, with some persuasion, she decided to forge ahead (since I knew she’d been planning her Capstone design for over a year!) and her finished design is absolutely exquisite. Knit in Valley Yarns Northfield in purple and heathery green, she used a leaf motif throughout. The ties in front, the hemline, and the sleeves showed off hand-crafted leaves, and the lace patterning echoed the leaves, climbing like vines up the front and back panels of her cardigan. The final result is a flattering and eye-catching work of art.

I’m so proud of this year’s grads. Huge thank yous go to our Capstone mentors: Stephanie Gibbs, Cyndi Shepard, Erin Holman, Ping Wood, Kirsten Hipsky, and Sara Delaney. A thank you as well to Kris Potasky of KP&Co Designs, who hand-made lovely, lovely matching bracelets as our gift to the graduates. And a final thanks to Kathy and Steve Elkins, who started the WEBS Expert Knitter Certification Program in 2008. It’s grown to almost 100 folks at present, and 34 have graduated since 2009. I hope you find inspiration in these designs.

Summer School!

Friday, July 1st, 2016
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Long hot summer days are sometimes the best time to take a break from the everyday and learn something new. Besides time with like minded fiber folk, it means a few hours in a cool, air conditioned space! We have an extensive offering of classes this summer from truly basic, beginner courses all the way up to expert level skill building. Whether you knit or spin, crochet or weave, all of the above or none at all yet, we have the right class for you!

All new summer classes at WEBS! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Try your hand at short rows, beginning rigid heddle weaving. Delve into Yarn 101, or better crochet pattern reading. Learn to fix your knitting mistakes, and spin on a wheel. Indulge in squishy brioche knitting or start filling that drawer with handknit socks!

Which classes will you take this summer? Hurry and register now, seats are filling fast!

Get Schooled

Friday, May 6th, 2016
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All of the WEBS Summer Classes have opened up for registration, and I love looking to see what gets the fastest sign-ups because it’s different every semester. Last semester, folks couldn’t get enough weaving. Floor looms, table looms, rigid heddle looms, you name it. Weaving is still pretty popular, especially rigid heddle weaving, but I’m happy to see that lots of people are signing up for our beginning crochet classes. I personally don’t think crochet gets enough love, so the more hooks the better! Some advanced knitting techniques are also climbing up the charts, including colorwork and lace.

Knit top-down sweaters that fit, and learn other skills in knitting classes at WEBS this summer. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

This inspired me to take a look at some gaps in my own knitting education. I really don’t like lace knitting so much–I get all screwed up when each row has a different stitch count, which can happen in a lace pattern. At this point, with at least one child still around to bother me  ask my advice and sage counsel, I need something that can be abandoned at a moment’s notice and picked up again without having to think deeply about where I ended. I can really get behind the idea of a top-down sweater, as taught in our Top-Down Raglan Sweater From Measurements, mainly because I am short and many conventionally knit sweaters are too big, as in too long and too droopy, in the shoulders for me. A top-down sweater can be tried on throughout the process to make it custom-fit to my shape.

What do you guys think about a top-down summer pullover? The Valley Yarns Park Pullover has my favorite elbow-length sleeves and a dependable stitch pattern for the day after the night I had to help edit a term paper. Knit in Valley Yarns Goshen, a smooth cotton/modal/silk blend on US size 7 needles, this will knit up in a flash and I’ll have the sweater you’ll all be jealous of; one that fits my shoulders AND my waist AND the sleeves aren’t hanging off my fingertips.

What will you challenge yourself to learn this summer?

#learntoknit

Monday, March 14th, 2016
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Have you always wanted to learn how to knit, but were intimidated by classes or didn’t think you had the time? Did you learn to knit oh-so-long ago and want a refresher?

Two-night Learn to Knit workshops at WEBS, sign up today! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

We have the perfect option for you! Learn To Knit is a 2-session workshop that walks you through the knit stitch and the purl stitch; depending on your learning curve, you might get some instruction in casting on and binding off, or learning knit/purl combinations. Patient, understanding instructors will give you just what you need (including needles and yarn!) to accomplish this craft-building skill. You’ll be off and stitching in no time!

Our first session starts tonight, but you can sign up for April:Wednesdays, 4/13, 4/27 6-8pm, or May: Tuesdays, 5/5, 5/19 6-8pm, now.

Fit Fiber Crafters: Good for Your Brain

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
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As the new year begins, many like to focus on shaping up and getting healthier. Each Tuesday in January, our Fit Fiber Crafters series will give you tips on getting your personal yarn world a little healthier, from the health of your stash to the health of your body while crafting, keeping your finished project looking healthy, and exercising your brain when your craft.

Good for Your Brain Learn a New Technique

We’ve all seen the news stories touting what we’ve all known for a long time – knitting (and other fiber crafts) are good for your brain. Not only does it help cognitive function, these activities can help with depression. We like to think that any learning can’t be bad, so why not take some time this year to help your brain’s health and stretch your knowledge a little.

We challenge everyone to learn one new fiber-related skill this year. If you’re not sure where to start, you can take a look at our class offerings. Another option is checking out that pattern or weaving draft you’ve been eyeing but have always thought, “Oh, that’s too hard.” It’s not. You can do it. Use 2016 as your chance to learn how to do it.

Many of us often try new things and stop immediately because it’s too hard. Stretch yourself this year. Take the time to truly learn something new. Show your friends what you did. Maybe you’ll encourage them to try it too.

What are you going to challenge yourself with this year?

Ready, Set, Knit! 426: Kathy talks with Amy Greeman

Saturday, December 19th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks Amy Greeman, WEBS Education Manager, about the new Winter Spring 2016 classes. All classes are up on the website and open for registration.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #426 - Kathy talks with Kate Amy Greeman. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Weaving classes – highlights
Paula Veleta – Advanced Beginner Rigid Heddle, Barbara Elkins – 4-shaft double weave!! She doesn’t teach often, take advantage!, Lisa Hill – Deflected Double Weave

Knitting classes – highlights
Assistance Store Manager Beth Decker – Custom Fit Workshop, Barry Klein – Short Rows, The Moving Waves Shawl, Slip Stitch (as well as a trunk show and lots of Trendsetter yarns that are not normally available at WEBS!), Cynthia Shepherd – Intro to Brioche Knitting as well as Intermediate Brioche

Spinning classes – highlights
Amy King from Spunky Eclectic – Texture and Color, and Spinning Sock yarn

Remember, Drop-in is no on hiatus until after the 1st of the year but will start up again on January 5th and don’t forget that Crochet drop-ins happen one thursday evening per per month starting again in January.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week : 

Reminder:

WEBS will be closed Dec. 25th and Jan. 1st. Dec 24th and 31st we will be closing at 4pm.
Tomorrow is our last open Sunday!

Upcoming Events:

Year End Blowout Sale! Starts Online Dec 22, In-store Dec 26, and runs through Jan 4th.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 425: Kathy talks with Kate Bachus

Saturday, December 12th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with Kate Bachus, founder and owner of A Hundred Ravens. Kate worked as a game designer and knit on the side. When she began dyeing yarn for fun everyone wanted a skein!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #425 - Kathy talks with Kate Bachus. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Check out the exclusive Iachos gradient kits in colors only available  at WEBS.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week : 

Reminder:

Our annual Year End Blowout Sale will begin online Tuesday December 22 and in store Saturday December 26.

Our Winter/Spring classes are now online – go register!

Holiday Shipping Deadlines!

– West Coast: Dec. 16th

– Midwest/South: Dec 18th

– East Coast: Dec 21st.

Upcoming Events:

WEBS retail store is open Sundays 12-5, now through December 20th. only 2 more Sundays!

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready to knit a sweater that fits?

Thursday, December 10th, 2015
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I am so excited to be teaching a Custom Fit Workshop here at WEBS this winter! One of the first projects I did when I started working here a year ago was a Custom Fit sweater. I had always wanted a basic v-neck pullover that fit perfectly and thought that this would be a great way for me to knit one. I had my measurements taken, created my swatch, and logged in to the Custom Fit program to generate my v-neck sweater pattern.

I was struck by two things as I worked my way through the sweater. The first was that the shaping was written in a way I had not encountered before, which I loved, and the second was that, apparently, I like my sweaters a bit longer than I thought I did. It was an extremely valuable learning experience.

One of my favorite things about teaching in my life before WEBS was working closely with students and offering them a very hands-on learning experience, working through various techniques together in smaller groups. In this workshop, students will review Amy Herzog’s basic principles about sizing and fit, and then work through each piece of the Custom Fit sweater to help achieve a garment that truly IS custom made for each individual knitter.

Take a Custom Fit Workshop at WEBS. Learn more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Patterns will be generated using The Custom Fit Program’s basic styles so students will be able to choose their preferred sweater type, as well as neckline and sleeve options. Each sweater pattern will be as unique as its knitter, and students will have the opportunity to learn from each other in a dynamic and interactive setting. In addition, I will review the finishing techniques that will put the polish on every perfect sweater.

I can’t wait to get started working on a new Custom Fit project with a class of like-minded students. Registration is open now, so go ahead and sign up! This sweater could change the way you feel about knitted garments.

Ready, Set, Knit! 415: Kathy talks with Kate Atherley

Saturday, September 19th, 2015
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This week Kathy talks with Kate Atherley about her classes at WEBS next week, there are only a few seats left in her Custom Fit Sock Class and her Options for Working in the Round class! Sign up now if you’re interested!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #415 - Kathy talks with Kate Atherley. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com
You can find Kate on her website (check out her teaching schedule to find a class or workshop near you!), on Twitter and Ravelry – and check out the latest KAL in her Ravelry Group!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week : 

Reminder:

Fall classes are open. Register now, they’re filling fast!

Upcoming Events:

Our annual Knit and Crochet for the Cure is happening Sunday, October 4th.

National Spinning and Weaving Week is coming, Oct 5-10!

Louet owners Dave and Pam Van Stralen will be at WEBS Oct 9+10, try out all their beautiful products!

Sign ups are open for our annual bus trip to Rhinebeck – get your seat now they’re almost gone!

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Crochet Aspirations

Friday, September 11th, 2015
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I got a sneak peak at the Fall catalog before it got mailed out to our eager customers, and it struck me how beautiful the featured crochet garments and projects are. I used to skip right over the crochet projects in catalogs and magazines, because I had a nightmarish recollection of a certain red, white, and blue granny-square vest I was forced to wear my entire 5th-grade school year because some distant cousin had found the ugliest yarn available and dusted off her rusty crochet skills to torture it into a garment for me.

Stylish and contemporary crochet garments for Fall. What are you crocheting? Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Crochet is far different now; the projects I see are sophisticated and fashion-forward. I know how to crochet but I think I need to brush up on my skills before I follow a pattern (hey, there’s a class for that!). Once I feel more confident, the first thing I want to make is Sara Delaney’s Alexandrium Cardigan. I’ve worn it all over the store whenever I needed something to cover my shoulders from our sometimes-aggressive air conditioning. It’s lovely and appropriate for any season.

Our catalog features some aspirational projects for me: the Crossroads Pullover is ingenious, two squares that start from a center point and increase outward. It’s lacy and could be worn over a tank top or under a jacket. Crochet superstar Doris Chan has created an openwork jacket in Goshen, a smooth, delicious cotton blend Valley Yarn. I love the dolman shape and the sturdy collar that wraps down to the hem. My favorite project of all just might be the Valley Yarns Mystery Crochet-A-Long Blanket that we ran as a class last winter. In several different colorways, each square has its own personality and the blanket can be customized to fit any bed or sofa you make it for.

What are you crocheting this fall? Show us your FOs!