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Oh, So Fast, The Holidays Come…

Friday, November 6th, 2015
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I went downtown today to run an errand, and what did I see? Evergreen garland being put up on several storefronts and lightposts. It’s just too soon! Every year, I kick about this and nobody listens.

If we’re going to front-load the holiday season, at least let us have beautiful knits to make our holiday crafting better. I got a fun email from our friend Kristin Nicholas with the news that Yankee Magazine, the bible of New Englanders, is featuring some of her holiday patterns as well as the cutest video of her Pom Pom Garlands. This is a craft that can be done by anyone with the dexterity of a 3-year-old with the Clover Pom Pom makers sold in our store. Her Pom Poms are characteristically Kristin, made with her striking color choices.

Colorful holiday gift ideas from Kristin Nicholas on the WEBS Blog. Read more at

I always try to point folks making Christmas stockings to Kristin’s Creative Christmas Stockings pattern, available in PDF form. The colors are not what you’d call “Christmas-sy” but to me, that makes them way more appealing. The bright contrasts are as joyful as the spirit of the holidays; and aren’t you all getting a wee bit tired of red, green, blue, and white? Yankee magazine is also featuring Kristin’s Heart to Heart Mittens, which we carry in PDF as well. The word “happy” doesn’t begin to cover how these fun mittens make one feel. Not only does the pattern give you two options, one for one heart, one for many hearts, but Kristin’s clear directions even show the knitter how to embroider the accents onto the mittens before the top is closed, making them even easier to knit.

If all holiday designs could be knit in Color By Kristin yarn, I’d be much less Grinchly. What makes your holiday knitting happier?

WEBS Holiday 2015 eCatalog is here!

Monday, October 19th, 2015
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The holiday gift preparation doesn’t really begin for me until my copy of the WEBS Holiday catalog arrives, and this year’s edition is spectacular!

WEBS 2015 Holiday Catalog. Read more on the WEBS Blog at

Not only is there an adorable Holiday Bears duo on the cover, with perfect little sweaters and hats to knit and personalize them with (keep an eye on the blog for an upcoming KAL), but the pages are full of so many new knit and crochet patterns that are inspiring me to get yarn on my hooks and needles. New patterns from Doris Chan and Fiona Ellis from the WEBS Designer in Residence series, the new Got You Covered eBook from Emerging Designer Marcy Vandale, and over a dozen New Valley Yarns patterns. Gorgeous gradient yarns sets from Wonderland Yarns, kits from the CREATE YOUR STYLE collection (a collaboration between Rowan Yarns and Swaraovski!), holiday ornament kits from Laura Nelkin, and the Royal Petites from Blue Sky Alpacas. New yarns from Amano, Classic Elite and more!

WEBS 2015 Holiday Catalog. Read more on the WEBS Blog at

I’ve started a list of what I’d like to make and I’m gathering supplies so I can get started. What will be the first project you cast on for from this year’s Holiday catalog? And don’t worry! If you’re waiting for the paper catalog to arrive in your mailboxes they’re just starting to ship and should be there within the next 2 weeks. If you don’t yet receive our catalogs but would like to you can sign up right here!

WEBS Fall 2015 Catalog is here!

Monday, September 14th, 2015
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Our Fall 2015 Catalog might be my favorite this year. We’ve featured Malabrigo Mecha on the cover in the gorgeous Springbanks Blanket from Malabrigo Book 8.

WEBS Fall 2015 Catalog, browse online now! Read more on the WEBS Blog at

Inside you’ll find lots of new Fall yarns from Rowan, Shibui and the Fibre Company. New patterns from Debbie Bliss,  Jo Sharp and Stacy Charles Fine Yarns, and all the needles and hooks you’ll need to get going on your holiday knitting. So check your mailbox (sign up to receive the catalog here), or browse online, and see what’s hiding in those 64 pages that will inspire you this Fall!

From Folly Cove

Friday, February 13th, 2015
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I’ve been paging through our latest catalog featuring some of our new Spring yarns and designs. It seems like it’s been snowing a lot lately, and as much as I like hiking and snowshoeing, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’ll put on the needles in the warmer months.

From Folly Cove collection by Julia Farwell Clay from Classic Elite Yarns - Available at

I was struck by Classic Elite Yarns’ new pattern collection, “From Folly Cove.” It features designs by Julia Farwell-Clay, who has a design sense that skews right up my alley. What I love about these patterns, and the theme of the collection, is that she takes her inspiration from the works of the Folly Cove Designers, a group of women who hand-printed textiles in Gloucester, MA, from the 1930’s until the late 1960’s, when author and founder Virginia Lee Burton Demetrios (The Little House, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel) died. My husband’s family has been going to Gloucester ever since he was a pre-teen, and he and I take our kids to there every summer. We love the beautiful beaches and towns, and the history of Cape Ann. We always ride our bikes down to the harbor to see the Gloucester Fisherman Memorial and we try to time our summer visits so that we can be in town for the annual Festival of St. Peter.

The designs in “From Folly Cove” take elements from the original textile print blocks created by those innovative women of Cape Ann. The Iarrobino Vest is a vest pattern using a butterfly tesselation motif as inspiration, and the matching cowl (you know my love for cowls) focuses on a single motif turned over and upside-down. The Cape Ann Stole calls to mind the repeating patterns of the sand dunes at Good Harbor Beach, and is a perfect shoulder-warmer for the nights when the breezes over the Atlantic Ocean turn chilly.

I hope you’ll thumb through “From Folly Cove” and when you’re finished picking out the many patterns you’ll be making, take a hop over to the Cape Ann Museum‘s web site to read about the original designers and their groundbreaking work.

Classic Elite Celebrates WEBS 40th Anniversary!

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
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Our 40th Anniversary year has already been full of so many great pattern and yarn collaborations and the newest one is no exception. Betsy Perry and the staff at Classic Elite Yarns have pulled 3 beautiful patterns from their vaults and given them new life in new yarns and colors, and on top of that they’ve designed a gorgeous cardigan just for our anniversary!

Joni from Classic Elite Yarns, knit in MountainTop Vista - pattern available exclusively at


Joni is worked in Vista, a squishy soft blend of super fine alpaca and wool with a subtle halo. This sweater is sure to become one of your 3-season favorites. You can see the original sample pictured on a teenage Uma Thurman, a one-time resident of Amherst MA. where our first store was located!

Roberta from Classic Elite Yarns, knit in MountainTop Chalet and Majestci Tweed - pattern available exclusively at

Roberta is a classic drop shoulder cardigan with beautiful color work on the front panels worked in a combination of Chalet and Majestic Tweed.  The updated color scheme and combination of solid and tweed yarns really make this a stand out wardrobe piece.

Olivia from Classic Elite Yarns, knit in Color by Kristin - pattern available exclusively at


The fun argyle accents on the Olivia pullover can add the perfect pop of color to your fall wardrobe, especially when knit  in the vibrant colors available in Color by Kristin.

Dianna from Classic Elite Yarns, knit in CSoft Linen - pattern available exclusively at


Finally Classic Elite has unveiled a brand new design for us in their lovely Soft Linen yarn. Dianna is a long, cabled, open front cardigan, the perfect layering piece.

Each of these patterns is available individually or together in one eBook. And you can see all of the garments in person at our retail store on Sept. 18th when Betsy Perry and her staff stop by to introduce us to all of the new Fall yarns and full line of designs. The event is free but please register.

Every Place I Look, Delights Abound

Friday, August 1st, 2014
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It seems like every time I leave my desk to walk through the store, a new,  delicious yarn announces itself to me, and because I’m an enabler with a giant stash, I want to share this love with you, dear reader. I hope that you’ll love these yarns as well, and knit the things I want to knit but never have time for. In this post, I will share not one but two new Fall yarns, designed to make your heart beat a little faster.

Swan’s Island is a real place in Maine, although Swan’s Island Yarns isn’t located there anymore. The rockbound coast of Maine...The fact that it is in Maine it integral to the spirit of these yarns, however, and that’s what counts. I’ve adored both the fingering and worsted weight Swan’s Island yarns, and now there’s a new one to love: Swan’s Island DK. The most beautiful, rich colorways, and also — SUPERWASH. How A colorful fall cornucopiagreat is that? The gauge is a very useful 5 1/4 sts to 1″ on a US size 6 needle (or size you’ll need to get that gauge–I’m a notoriously loose knitter and often have to go down a size or two). But what I like even more is the ethos of the owner’s of Swan’s Island Yarns to hand-make all their products with local and organic materials and to keep as much of their business based in the US as possible. You’ll love making a baby sweater for a cherished child or a comfy fall cardi for yourself in any of the rich hues of this yarn.

Classic Elite natural woolMy other favorite yarn (this week) is Classic Elite’s Mohawk Wool. Made in a beautifully halo’d 60% merino, 30% Romney wool, 10% nylon, this undyed natural fiber is just begging to be knit into a luxuriously cabled Aran sweater, or lovingly crafted into a throw or blanket for snuggling under when November rain turns into December snow. Classic Elite’s pattern support is legendary and you’ll find plenty to make out of this workhorse yarn, also in a DK/Sport weight. I love this textured hat, which would be a fairly quick project with a lot of bang for your knitting buck.Texture...and buttons!


Linen Gets a New Look

Friday, June 6th, 2014
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…and by a “new look,” I don’t mean that it looks different. It means that I am looking at linen in a new light. I usually don’t like knitting with plant-fiber yarns; they seem too slippery, too inflexible, and in the case of linen, too hard and crunchy-feeling to make pleasing garments. However, recently I saw a sweater one of our WEBS Expert Knitter Certification Capstone candidates knit in Classic Elite’s Soft Linen (35% wool, 35% linen, 30% baby alpaca), and it really changed my mind. Rather than being a wrinkled, stiff armor-like Bright summery soft linen and wool create perfect lightweight garments.tunic, this sweater was soft and drapey, but with enough body to show off the shaping and stitch definition. The lace pattern around the sleeves and body was open and light, with enough personality to show the eyelets to great advantage.

Doodlebug, a light and practical summer sweater.
Classic Elite’s pattern support
for their yarns is legendary, and I found the perfect sweater to show off this lightweight yarn: Doodlebug, a sleeveless shell with a delicate chevron/eyelet pattern and a wide ribbed hem to put on top of skirts or summery capris.


What yarn changed your mind this year?

Steve’s Deal of the Day – Ella Rae Classic Superwash Chunky: Project Ideas

Friday, May 30th, 2014
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Steve’s Deal of the Day for this weekend is Ella Rae Classic Superwash Chunky – $4.79/ball (reg $10.50), a great stash yarn available in over 45 colors! This yarn can work up into some really fast and satisfying projects.

Cinder by Jared Flood

The cinder scarf by Jared Flood, part of Classic Elite Quick Knits, is a soft and cozy scarf with flowing oversized cables. Here Ravelry user schknitzle has knit the scarf in color #23-Aqua Heather a color quite similar to a very familiar jewelers’ gift boxes!

owls by Kate Davies

For a more substantial but still fairly speedy project try Kate Davies’ ever popular owls sweater, shown here knit by Ravelry user millicurie in color #16-Grey Rose Heather.

This yarn knits at a similar gauge to our Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky and Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky so be sure to check out the patterns for those yarns as well by simply clicking on the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of the yarn page.

And don’t forget! Ella Rae Classic Superwash Chunky is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, June 1, 2014. Use Promo Code FBCLSUPCH2 at checkout to get the special price, $4.79/ball (reg $10.50). 

Ready, Set, Knit! 320: Kathy talks with Betsy Perry

Saturday, July 27th, 2013
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Guest: Kathy talks with Betsy about the new line of Fall yarn from Classic Elite as well as all the wonderful pattern support they offer.

They discus 3 brand new yarns and their accompanying pattern booklets; Ava and booklet #9227 – Ava, Wynter and booklet #9230 – Wynter (Wynter is a dyed version of Blackthorn though the dyeing process changed the hand of the yarn they are interchangeable in patterns),  and Horizon with booklet #9228 – Horizon.

Betsy and her team were also in Northampton earlier this week with the Fall 2013 trunk show, our employees and customers had a great time! Go to the trunk show if it’s in your area, it makes a difference to try on the samples and see the sweaters on different body types.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Sidewalk Sale is happening in Northampton this weekend! Stop in to the store today and see what we have happening today, the store is open till 5:30.

Upcoming Events:

Stitches Midwest is happening August 8-11 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL.

Registration has opened for our 7th Annual Bus Trip to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck!

And don’t forget to check out our new streamlined cashwrap area the next time you stop into the store! The major remodel work is done and we’ll be finishing the new check out counter with some new graphic work and a few more fixtures.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 306: Kathy talks with Donna Druchunas

Saturday, April 6th, 2013
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 Kathy talks with Donna about her path into the knitting world, she began as a computer tech writer and at the prompting of a friend began to transfer to writing about something she loved – knitting! She now writes books and teaches as well as tech editing for independent designers and translating German knitting books into English. She has a new book in the works on knitting in Lithuania with history, culture and telling that culture’s story through knitting; similar to her book Arctic Lace.


Donna has also worked to develop 2 different apps for iPad and iPhone. First there was the Knit Companion app and her newest is Travel the World of Knitting with embedded stitch video tutorial and a collection of new patterns.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

39th Anniversary Sale Highlights

New Closeouts
Upcoming Events: 

Join us at  Stitches South! this week in the Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre April 11-14th in Atlanta, GA.

Don’t forget about the Tent Sale on May 18th and 19th!

The Third Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening June 27-30th.

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