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Tent Sale This Weekend at WEBS!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
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Have you had a chance to make it to our Tent Sale? If you haven’t, you do not want to miss out this year! It is taking place Saturday and Sunday, May 17th and 18th at our store in Northampton, MA. In addition to our great Anniversary Sale yarns, we’ll have amazing deals under the tent that you can only get at the store this weekend.

WEBS Tent Sale May 17-18, 2014

All weekend, all of our in-stock spinning wheels, tools, and fiber are 20% off. This is the perfect weekend to pick up that spinning wheel you’ve been dreaming about. It’s not often that we have sales on spinning wheels, so take advantage of it while you can.

Shop under the tent at WEBS Tent Sale

On Saturday, we have a real treat. Our Annual Fleece Market takes place in our parking lot. Each year, local vendors set up and you can shop all of their great products. In addition, this year, we will have food vendors. We’re pretty excited about this, and for you it means not giving up your coveted parking spot to snag some snacks, or lunch. (You can see the list of fleece and food vendors on our website.)

WEBS Fleece Market

Since our parking lot can get a little crazy on Saturday, you’ll want to look out for helpful employees in bright yellow vests. They can help direct you to where you need to go. It’s a pretty crowded day, and it’s also a fun day loaded with fellow fiber fans, so chat with your neighbors in line, and remember to be kind and courteous to each other. We’re here to celebrate, not just another Tent Sale, but our 40th Anniversary!

Fun at WEBS Tent Sale

Our Tent Sale and Fleece Market (Saturday only) takes place rain or shine, so we’re keeping our fingers (and everything else, including our stitches!) crossed. We hope to see you here!

 

Ready, Set, Knit! 353: Kathy talks with Brooke Nico

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Brooke about her new book, Lovely Knitted Lace. The book contains 16 projects, with 4 basic shapes and is great for beginners who may be fearful of lace to more advanced knitters.

Lovely Knitted Lace by Brooke Nico - available at yarn.com

Brooke talks about becoming a knitwear designer and running the Kirkwood Knittery, in St. Louis MO, as well as teaching at industry events like Stitches.

Steve’s Yarn Picks :

Reminder:

Tent Sale May 17th and 18th, Fleece Market on the 17th with food trucks and cupcakes!

Update:

Thanks to everyone who made it out to Boston or who sent in their donations to the Boston Strong Hat Project event! Laura sent us the following update:

As the marathon comes closer, I wanted to say Thank you again for your support of the Boston Strong Hat Project.
At the Knit in at the Old South Church on Boylston Street in Boston this past Saturday, we had an amazing day.

Four Marathon survivors also came and stayed for the whole knit in, telling people how much the hats have meant to them.
One woman drove to Boston from Albany, New York to drop off a Boston Strong Scarf based on the Boston Strong Pattern.

The Old South Church has received over 5,000 scarves to distribute to the athletes.
Their project has gone viral and they are receiving scarves from far and wide.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Flashback

Saturday, March 8th, 2014
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Kathy and Steve are taking a late winter break so there’s no show this week but you can enjoy Kathy’s interview with author and designer Sally Melville from March2013.

 

And don’t forget that Sally will be here at WEBS at the end of this month! There are still open seats in her First Choices, Basic Shapes class and in her Knit to Flatter and Fit class. If you can’t make it to one of her classes you can still join us for her Why we do what we do! Workshop on March 29th. Registration is free but sign ups are required, a short reception will follow her talk.

Upcoming Events:

Our 40th Annual Anniversary Sale is coming up, April 1 – May 31!

12th Annual Tent Sale is happening May 17th and 18th with our Fleece Market on Saturday the 17th!

Ready, Set, Knit #312: Live at the Tent Sale 2013

Saturday, May 18th, 2013
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Steve is live at the Tent Sale!

Steve fills us in on all of the great stuff that we have at the Tent Sale. We have 20% of spinning wheels, fiber, and accessories this weekend in the store only.

Sara tells us about the vendors we have here at the Fleece Market. If you couldn’t make it this year, there’s always next year!

Tina hops in on our live show to share information about upcoming classes and events. Make sure you visit the Classes and Events page on website.

Ann Budd will be here teaching Sweater Basics and Finishing Basics July 13th and 14th. You’ll also want to check out the Knitter’s Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements.

Amy Herzog, author of the new book, Knit to Flatter, will be here for a book signing June 6th. Please register here.

Stephen West will be teaching two classes (sign up for the waiting list) and he’ll be doing a free event June 13th. Register here, so we know how many people are coming.

Jason Collingwood is coming to do an Introduction to Rug Weaving class June 15th-17th.

Fiber Camp is happening again for kids ages 8-12. They’ll take place the 3rd and 4th weeks of July.

Check out the selection of Rigid Heddle classes where we go beyond the basics. Rigid Heddle is a great way to use up your yarn stash in a beautiful, useful way.

Broomstick Lace Crochet

Math for Knitters – you don’t need to be intimidated!

NEWS – New England Weavers Seminar in July at Smith College. Beginning weaving is offered as a class at NEWS.

Steve’s Yarn Picks – only at the Tent Sale!

Steve’s Picks for Everyone

Best of luck to Karen, our Store Manager who is moving on to open her own store in Freeport, ME.

Our Anniversary Sale continues until May 31st.

 

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Annual Tent Sale and Fleece Market

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
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We’re in for a crazy weekend here at WEBS! Our annual Tent Sale is this Saturday and Sunday, May 18th and 19th, and our Fleece Market takes place Saturday in the parking lot. If you’re within driving distance, you don’t wan to miss it (and if you’re not, make travel plans for next year)!

The craziness is totally worth it. We set up a huge tent in our parking lot and Steve fills it with yarn at incredible prices. Plus, there are special discounts on yarn, accessories, and patterns in the store in addition to the Anniversary Sale yarns. Need another reason? All in-stock spinning wheels, fiber, and accessories are 20% off in the store all weekend!

Need yet another reason? On Saturday, we hold our Fleece Market in the parking lot. Local vendors come sell fiber, yarn, and more. Great fiber-y goodies from Sojourner Design, Kama Suutra Fiber Arts, and many other great vendors will tempt you. What’s this “more”? Well, we have Stitched by JessaLu and her amazing project bags (I always need new project bags!), Kristin Nicholas will be here with lamb, and that barely scratches the surface. Check out the list of vendors here.

So, will you be coming this weekend? Have you been before? What’s your favorite part?

Ready, Set, Knit #265: Live from Tent Sale!

Saturday, May 19th, 2012
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Steve is live from Tent Sale without Kathy! This is a fun show, so enjoy listening.

Guest: Kristin Nicholas, author and owner of Leyden Glen Farm. Kristin was visiting our Fleece Market selling her delicious lamb. Steve and Kristin chat about her farm, her classes at the farm, and how she started.

Steve also previews some of the yarns under the tent. If you’re close and didn’t get a chance to make it on Saturday, there’s still Sunday! Come on down May 20th 10:00pm-4:00pm.

You still have one more day to get 20% off of spinning wheels too (at the store only), so if you’ve been thinking about getting one, come visit!

Karen, our Store Manager, and Pete, our Operations Manager chat with Steve about the prep done for Tent Sale. It’s a great inside peek to how they decide what goes in the sale as well as Karen and Pete’s jobs.

Check out the fun photos from Saturday on our Facebook page here!

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Tent Sale and Fleece Market This Weekend!

Friday, May 18th, 2012
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This weekend at our store, we have the event everyone looks forward to – our Tent Sale and Fleece Market! It’s a great time with great deals, and one of the rare times we’re open on a Sunday. Come see us Saturday, May 19th 10:00am-5:30pm, or Sunday, May 20th 10:00am-4:00pm (or both days!)

Check out our tents going up for this weekend!

If you’ve never been to our Tent Sale, it’s a pretty spectacular event – both in huge yarn savings and in the amount of fun. We set up a huge tent in front of the store and Steve packs it with incredible yarn savings – amazing prices on full bags of yarn. So, you can get a whole sweater of yarn at a price below even what you find in our closeout section!

As you know, we’re moving our shipping and Customer Service departments just a few miles down the road to Easthampton soon, and we’re not going to want to move all of this yarn, so I have a feeling there are going to be some pretty impressive savings.

There will also be discounted books, patterns, and accessories that are definitely worth a peek!

They’re predicting spectacular weather for this weekend, so if you’re within driving distance, hop in the car and take a trip to enjoy some outdoor (and indoor) yarn shopping!

Not only will you save on yarns in the tent, we also have all of our May Anniversary Sale yarns, so you can shop them in person. Need to stock up on some stash staples? Now’s the perfect time!

There will be registers set up in the tent and in the store, but you don’t have to pay for your purchases separately. Browse the tent, head into the store for Anniversary yarns, and pay in the store, or the other way around. Or, you can pick the shortest line! There will be lots of staff members around to assist you too.

Another helpful tip: If you have reusable shopping bags, they’re super handy for carrying your purchases around. We do have our regular shopping baskets, but they have a tendency to get scooped up, so if you bring your own tote, you can get right to the browsing!

Are you a spinner? Are you looking to get a wheel, some equipment, or some fiber? All of our in-stock spinning wheels, supplies, and fiber will be 20% off for this weekend only (and only in the store).

As if all of this weren’t enough, on Saturday we have our annual Fleece Market! We have 18 vendors coming with fiber, yarn, bags, and more.  This year, joining us we have:

From Fiber to Fashion
Jean Willmann
Red Barn Alpacas
Barberic Farm
Sojourner Design
Foxfire Fiber & Designs
Leyden Glen Lamb (Kristin Nicholas)
Galloping Jester LLC
Brook’s Bend
Tassawassa Ridge Fiber Farm
Artemisia Ink Studio Arts
Rag Hill Farm
Moonshine Design at Keldaby
Whispering Winds Alpaca Farm
Stitched by Jessalu
The Celadon Studio
Kama Suutra Fiber Arts
Winterberry Farm

They’ll be located around our parking lot, so make sure you stop by and check out their amazing products.

We hope that you can join us for this fun, fiber-filled weekend!

It’s Been 22 Days

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
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Yes, that’s right, 22 days since I blogged.  Where those 22 days went is a mystery.  The store has been busy, we did have the Tent Sale, we celebrated my b’day, we had the photoshoot for the next catalog, the boys’ spring sports schedules (baseball and lacrosse) are in full swing which means most nights there’s at least a game or a practice – sometimes both and neither are in the same town but usually at the same time.

I’ve had plenty of things to share with all of you and I often think, “oh, I need to share that on the blog” and I’ve been filing interesting tidbits in my blog folder as well.  I guess the best thing to do is to just get going again.  I won’t give you the complete update of everything all in one post.  I’ll give you a few select highlights and fit the rest in the coming days.

1.  One cool piece of news that is actually pretty current is that we FINALLY launched our new podcast blog.  You can check it out at http://readysetknit.yarn.com/ .  I’m pretty tickled about this.  I despised our old page.  When we relaunched the website it was one of the last pieces to be finished.  For anyone who has ever built a house or undergone a major renovation you can relate – the podcast page was our landscaping.  It’s common in a house build that by the time it’s all done and the landscaping is all that is left, folks tend to run out of steam or money or both.  We were out of steam and needed to launch the site and although we weren’t out of money, we had spent enough.  You always say “oh, we’ll get back to that project and finish it up” and the WOOOSH – a bunch of time passes and what was once a not so big project turns into a huge one – like migrating 170+ podcast episodes and show notes, etc.   It’s got a few kinks we need to deal with.  The Disqus comment software needs to be added and there are a few other things but all in all, it’s done and I’m really pleased with it.  Be sure to check it out!

2.  Our home computer has been dying a slow, painful death.  I can honestly say that it contributed to my lack-o-blogging.  It was sooooo sloooow and froze often and was just a big royal pain to deal with.  I hit the wall with it while Steve was at Stitches South.  I emailed IT and said “I don’t care what you get me, it just needs to be fast, smokin’ fast, lightening fast – fast, fast, fast”.  I have no idea of the technical specs, nor do I care.  It’s fast.  REALLY fast.  I am happy.

3.  My new super fast computer does not have any ports in the front for my camera cards (but it’s fast and I bet when those get added my pictures will load really fast).  I finally found my thumb drive thing that works with my card so I can now upload pictures again.  Which means I can talk about the Tent Sale!

4.  Tent Sale was awesome.  The weather was picture perfect!  We kicked off Saturday with our traditional live broadcast of Ready, Set, Knit!  It’s the only “live” show we do all year and when I say live, I mean it.  Our show originates as a radio broadcast on WHMP so from 9:00am-9:30am on the Saturday morning of Tent Sale we are 100% broadcasting live.  It’s always a great show.  Be sure to check it out at http://readysetknit.yarn.com/ – it’s show #176.

Saturday of Tent Sale also features our annual Fleece Market.  I think we had a total of 14 or 15 vendors this year.  We sorely missed our dear friend Barb from Foxfire Fibers.  She was dealing with a serious health issue with one of her beloved dogs and a joint infection in one of her lambs.  The good news is Mishka and Mistral are both doing better which is a huge relief.

We had great crowds all weekend and at times on Saturday we were walking a very fine line between control and chaos.  Thanks to everyone who came out to shop!  A big thanks to our amazing staff who were simply awesome!

Don’t let this shot fool you.  We have a 10 x 2o and a 10 x10 tent side by side set-up.

Thanks for your patience in my absence!  Did you make it to the Tent Sale?  Let me know in the comments what your experience was like!

Kathy

We Have Alpacas!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
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Thanks to everyone who joined us this weekend for our 7th Annual Tent Sale and Fleece Market.  What a grand time we had!

Saturday was just a perfect day – partly sunny, warm, but not too warm.  As the Fleece Market vendors were arriving and setting up, Steve and I did our weekly radio show live!  Once we got on the air, it when smoothly, but our poor producer Jaz and AE Julia were a bit frazzled up until the very last second with a malfunctioning tent (which we didn’t need anyways) and one plug that wasn’t plugged.

The thrill (and fear) of a live broadcast is you never no what’s going to happen.  I mean, who could’ve predicted we’d see these beautiful alpacas literally hopping out of the back of a Suburban?

Before going on air, Jonathan informed me we had baby alpacas and asked me to walk over to visit them with him.  They were adorable:

Seriously adorable:

They made the sweetest baby alpaca sounds.  I just loved them:

Once the show was over, the parking lot was filling and the shoppers were completely disregarding our 10 am official start.  We love that about our customers – no fear!

That’s the last of the pictures I took for the day.  I didn’t move from my register at the tent except to run and inhale on piece of pizza.  I think it was around 1pm and I seriously could not navigate my way across the store to the kitchen.  It was that crazy.

Thanks to everyone for their patience in line and waiting for help and especially to our incredible staff.  They were absolutely amazing and we are truly grateful.

Our Anniversary Sale continues through next Monday, 5/25 (Memorial Day).  You won’t see savings and deals like the ones we’re offering for another year!

I know many, many posts were made on Ravelry, but if you were at the sale, I’d love to know how the day was for you!  If you blogged about it, be sure to share your link!

I also have some video of our live broadcast that I will be posting later – just need to see how good of a videographer the fabulous Miss Julia is!

Kathy

Tent Sale & Fleece Market Weekend!

Friday, May 15th, 2009
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That’s right folks!  It’s the third weekend in May and it can only mean one thing - it’s time for our 7th Annual Tent Sale and Fleece Market! 

 

This is one of the craziest sales of the year and it’s what we call an “all hands on deck” weekend.  Tomorrow – everyone is required to work (unless they are graduating from college, getting married, etc.) 

Oh – don’t worry, there will be yarn under the tent in the morning – it’s all being staged and prepped:

Saturday is super special because (a) we broadcast our weekly radio show live from the tent and (b) the Fleece Market will be in full swing – more on that in a minute.

I know you are all dying to know about yarns – what’s on sale, what’s under the tent.  Let me give you a few highlights.  Sorry, no linkage because the tent sale prices are only available at the tent!

Kureyon Discontinued Colors – $47.50/bag of 10.  Folks – that works out to $4.75 per skein and it normally retails for $8.95!  Steve has obviously lost his mind.

Adrienne Vittadini – $27.50/bag of 10 (you can do the math) – normally $8.95.

Dive Zenith (great worsted wt superwash yarn) – $25.00/bag

Rowan Bamboo Tape – $35.00/bag

Fiesta Kokopelli – $7.49/skein – that’s crazy!

Oh – here’s something super special.  Steve bought a HUGE lot of closeouts from Universal.  All 100% wool, all 100 GRAM BALLS – $30.00/bag.

We have an amazing selection of accessories and bags at an ADDITIONAL 25% off (now’s the time to be thinking about gifts for teachers, holiday gifts, birthdays, etc).

We have a great selection of larger size Colonial Rosewood needles at $9.99 – savings of 75%!!

Now, this last tidbit is what really makes me think Steve has gone off the deep end.  He’s GIVING AWAY YARN.  That’s right folks – we’ll have free yarn.  It is not junk, it’s not leftovers, it’s not a big tangled mess you need to deal with.  It’s some really decent yarn from a yarn company YOU KNOW AND LOVE.  Please – don’t let your eyes be bigger than your belly as my mom used to say.  Share the free yarn love.

Okay – onto the Fleece Market.  Fleece Market only runs on Saturday.  This is one of our favorite aspects of this weekend.  We invite local shepherds to bring their fleeces, handspun and hand-dyed yarns and it’s like our own mini-festival.  We are so privileged to be here in Western Mass among an incredibly rich fiber community.  We love being able to give these folks yet another opportunity to share their passion.  We’ve been told there  will be Llamas and we are also confident about Alpacas (I’m really hoping they bring them this year).  Buddy the herding dog will be with us again – we love Buddy.

You can check out a complete list of the vendors here.  Also, Barb Parry of Foxfire Fiber will be vending again this year an in addition to her beautiful yarns, she will also be selling and signing copies of her new book Teach Yourself Visually Hand-Dyeing.

Finally – don’t forget WEBS – America’s Bead Store!  They are participating in the festivities and will have their own tent full of great bargains and specials throughout the store!  Our Store Manager Barbara is just back from a show and we have tons of new pearls!

Now – a few tips:

We will have someone directing traffic and we have access to a large amount of parking.  Do not get discouraged.

We will have SIX registers running – 4 in the store and 2 in the tent.  Our strongest ringers are on register (including Steve & I) and every register has a dedicated bagger.  Trust me – no matter how long the lines, we will move them along.

Pictures are welcome.

Bring your coffe and be sure to eat breakfast.  I suggest bringing a snack too :)  If nothing else, we’ll appreciate it :)

Play nicely and if you have questions we have PLENTY of staff on to help.  Everyone has an assigned area/job.  Even if you think the nice young man in the warehouse can’t answer your question -ask.  Even if he can’t, he’ll get you to the right person.

Spinning Wheels, equipment and fiber are on sale at 20% off throughout the weekend.  In stock items only, no special orders.

Saturday and Sunday 10-5:30.  Come early either day and we’re unlikely to turn you away – show up at 5:15 on Saturday, well, as much as we love you, we’ll be dead on our feet.  We’re going to do our best to bring the lights down at 5:30.  Sunday – we tend to wrap up between 4 and 5pm. 

Smith parents of graduating seniors – if we think you are going to miss graduation, we will send you on your merry way and hold your purchase.  Trust me – we know who you are – you’re the best dressed customers we have all weekend :)  Congratulations to you and your graduate!

Speaking of graduates – a special CONGRATULATIONS to our own Elisabeth who works in the store! Yay Elisabeth!  She’s graduating and coming on board full-time!

Steve will be running one of the registers in the store, I’ll be on a register in the tent so be sure to stop by and say hi!

Okay folks – here we go!  Tent Sale & Fleece Market 2009 is almost here!!

Kathy