Posts Tagged ‘crochet’

Ready, Set, Knit! #288: Kathy talks with WEBS Assistant Store Manager, Leslie Ann Bestor

Saturday, November 10th, 2012
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Kathy and Leslie Ann talk about a variety of Holiday gift giving ideas.

Quick and easy Knits
Valley Yarns Pattern 445: Little Whiskers Hat

                          Pictured here knit in Valley Yarns Buckland and Berroco Quasar

Quarters Cap by Kristin Nicholas would be great knit in Color by Kristin or Valley Yarns Buckland.

Swans Island Blackberry Mitts would look wonderful knit in Madeline Tosh Vintage or Valley Yarns Northampton.

Fiber Trends Felted Clogs – Adult sizes, Children sizes knit up beautifully in Valley Yarns Northampton or Berkshire and don’t forget the suede slipper bottoms!

Pictured: Amy’s clogs with embelishment and suede slipper bottoms


Valley Yarns Pattern Stars 509 Knit Stars knit in Valley Yarns Northampton Sport can be used to decorate your home in almost countless ways!

Quick and Easy Crochet
Valley Yarns Pattern #392 Math for Kathy crochets quickly and with beautiful drape when you use Valley Yarns Charlemont in Solids, Kettle Dyed or Hand Dyed colors.

Great Gift Items

Knitters Pride Dreamz, Nova and Cubics Interchangeable Needle Sets

Knitters Pride Dreamz Crochet Hook and Tunisian Interchangeable Hook Sets

Addi Turbo, Bamboo, and Lace click sets

Hadaki French Market ToteHerdy BagsNamaste Boardwalk Backpack,  Atenti Betty, as well as lots of great choices from Della-Q and Lantern Moon.

Blocking Boards and Ball Winder/Swift combos

Schacht Cricket Loom

Steve’s Yarn Picks

REMEMBER: Today is the last day to have 5% of your purchase donated to the Red Cross! Thank you for all your support for Hurricane Sandy relief.
Upcoming Events:
Northampton Bag Day – November 17th,  In Store and In Stock only!
Thursday Dec 20th, Event with  Bruce Weinstein and his new book, Boyfriend Sweaters.

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Ready, Set, Knit! #282: Kathy talks with Mary Beth Temple

Saturday, September 29th, 2012
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Guest: Kathy and Mary Beth discuss her new book, Curvy Girl Crochet, the importance of using lighter weight yarns, seaming and tips in the book for modifying patterns.

Mary Beth will be teaching 2 classes on October 27th, No-Stress Motif Joining and Crochet Entrelac as well as a book signing. Be sure to check out Mary Beth’s full line of Hooked for Life PDF patterns!

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Kathy and Steve wish a very happy 10th Anniversary to Knitty!
Upcoming Events:
October 4-7, 2012 Interweave Knitting Lab in Manchester, NH. Kathy will be there on the Inside Knitting panel Friday night. Be sure to register if you want to attend.
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee will be here teaching October 17 and 18. Classes are full but you can be added to the waitlist by contacting Customer Service.
Franklin Habit will be here for classes and an event. The event is now full!
Sunday, October 7 , our 9th annual Knit and Crochet for the Cure.
October 12-14, 2012 Stitches East in Hartford, CT
Saturday, October 20, 2012 is our Annual Bus Trip to Rhinebeck. There are only a few seats left!

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Tuesday’s Crochet Tip – Keeping your Hairpin Strips Tidy

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
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This week’s tip comes from Sara Delaney, one of our fantastic crochet instructors here at WEBS!

Making hairpin lace can be a really relaxing activity until it comes time to take it off the loom. How do you coral all those loops? Tin foil is your friend for this one! Simply pull off a piece of foil that is long enough and wide enough to wrap your loom like a present. Lay the loom down in the center of the foil, remove the top or bottom bar and slide the pegs out of your work leaving all those loops right in the midle of your foil, nice and neat. Fold up the sides, top and bottom and that strip will stay nice and tidy until you are ready to join it with others into a larger piece.

If you’ve never tried hairpin lace before and are curious what it is, check out some of these great patterns for inspiration.

The Buzz at WEBS – August 31, 2012

Friday, August 31st, 2012
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The Buzz at WEBS

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.



Tuesday’s Knitting & Crochet Tip – Wet Splicing

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
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Wet splicing is a great technique that can be used to join two pieces of yarn together. You can use it in place of weaving in ends, or if you come across a knot while in the middle of your row. 100% wool works best, but any animal fiber or any fiber that felts can be wet spliced.

Step 1: Take your two strands, and make sure your ends are frayed. If you’ve used scissors to cut your yarn, unply it with your hands. It’s easier for the wool to grab onto itself when the ends are rough. Overlap both strands about an inch in the palm of your hand.

Step 2: Take some water and wet down the yarn really well. The yarn needs heat and moisture to felt together.

Step 3: Rub your hands together quickly. You want to feel your hands starting to get warm.

Now, this acts as one strand of yarn. You might get a slight bump in the middle, but wool and animal fibers block so well, once you knit it into your project you’ll never even notice where you joined your strands.

Watch wet splicing in action by viewing the video below!


Congratulations Crochet Guild of America 2012 Design Competition Winners!

Friday, August 10th, 2012
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WEBS recently sponsored the accessories category in the Crochet Guild of America‘s Design Competition. The results were amazing! The winners don’t have any patterns written up for their projects yet, but these are beautiful works of art and fantastic inspiration.



Winner of the $100 Third Prize: Romantic Pineapple Shawl Designed by Kathryn White, Apache Junction, AZ

The Romantic Pineapple shawl is made in Lustersheen. The shawl features cluster V stitches with pineapples worked into the piece to give it interest and beauty. Edged with a pineapple border to finish the piece. The shawl measures 68″ wide by 35″ long. This is a luxurious shawl that will make you feel special as it keeps you warm.












Winner of the $200 Second Prize:

Vineyard at Dawn Shawl Desgined by Linda Dean, Placerville, CA

The dew kisses the grapes of the vineyard at dawn, the inspiration for this shawl. Grape and leaf motifs are attached by “meshing” reflecting vines. The shawl is V shaped, allowing a gentle rest on the shoulders and a beautiful drape in the back. This project was completed in Blue Heron Yarn Rayon Metallic.








Winner of the $300 First Prize: Knots of Love Shawl Designed by Kathryn White, Apache Junction, AZ.

This is a light and lovely shawl done in Estillo Tamm yarn in burgundy color. The design features lovers knots surrounding a rose accent. The edging is a clover dangle to finish the piece. This light weight shawl is perfect to dress up anything you wear it with.









Free Pattern Thursday: Braque in Berroco Linsey

Thursday, August 9th, 2012
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This week’s free pattern is a crochet pattern from Berroco. Braque is an updated take on the classic granny square. This charming cardigan is easy to crochet and combines modern sensibilities with a bohemian vibe.

Crocheted in Berroco Linsey, this great blend combines cotton and linen in a great yarn for summer. It also has fantastic color variations that are brought to life with the granny square pattern.

Click here for a link to the free pattern.

What’s your favorite crochet pattern?

The Buzz at WEBS – July 6, 2012

Friday, July 6th, 2012
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The Buzz at WEBS

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 – April 20, 2012

Friday, April 20th, 2012
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The Buzz at WEBS

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.

Tuesday’s Crochet Tip – How to Join Granny Squares as You Go

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
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This week’s tip comes from Sara Delaney and is an excellent way to join granny squares. You’ve got to try it out.

Granny squares can be a great, quick project to use up lots of scraps but the additional work of joining them all together can be a bit daunting. By simply replacing some of the chain stitches along the sides and corners of the squares you are joining together you won’t have to bother with a crocheted or a sewn seam. If you crochet them together as you go then there isn’t any seaming at all!

Watch our new video as Sara walks you through the steps of joining granny squares as you go.