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Gift Ideas: Blankets

Monday, October 28th, 2013
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Great Blankets to Knit and Crochet from Valley YarnsBlankets are a wonderful option for gifting. They do take a while to complete, but once they’re done and gifted, you know that the person you’ve given them to will be so thrilled to wrap up in something you created for them.

We’ve recently released several Valley Yarns blanket patterns that are perfect for gift giving, as well as many older favorites. We have options in both knit and crochet for everyone from babies to adults.

Valley Yarns 566 Mitchella Blanket is knit in Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky. It is comprised of great lace counterpane squares with a crochet border. It looks great in a bright color, like on of the ones in Berkshire Bulky, but would also look stunning in a neutral. It is written for three sizes, so you can pick the one that best suits the recipient, or your time constraints.

If you like the Mitchella Blanket, but you’re looking to knit something for a baby, check out Valley Yarns 567 Maria Baby Blanket. It is knit in Valley Yarns Valley Superwash DK. This blanket is also written for three sizes, so if you’re looking for one that would be great to keep in the car for car seat cuddles, this would be a great option.

Great Baby Blankets to Knit and Crochet from Valley Yarns

If you’re a crocheter and want to make a baby blanket, take a look at Valley Yarns 561 Varve Baby Blanket. It is worked in three colors of Valley Yarns Valley Superwash. We have two color options shown on our website, but you can use your imagination and get creative with color combinations. One of the best things about making your own projects is that you get to choose the colors.

Another great option for gifting is Valley Yarns 512 Timber Blanket. It is designed in Valley Yarns Berkshire and has a lovely minimalist design. Four large garter stitch mitered squares are surrounded by a log cabin border. This is a perfect blanket for the back of the couch. I’d love to wrap on this on a snowy day!

Want to crochet a blanket that the recipient can cozy up in on a cold day? Valley Yarns 494 Berry Bramble Blanket is a super easy to memorize two pattern row repeat. Worked in three colors of Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky, you can spice up a neutral living room, or work it in your favorite single color. What else is there to love about this blanket? The fringe means you don’t have to weave in ends!

Will you be knitting or crocheting blankets for anyone on your list? 

The Buzz at WEBS – November 23, 2012

Friday, November 23rd, 2012
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The Buzz at WEBS

This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about gifts! We’re busy getting our gifts ready for the holidays; only a few weeks left!

After working with Amy on the video for Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky, I was inspired to try out the yarn myself! So far, it’s made some pretty nice gifts for the holidays. This felted bowl looks perfect with an airplant inside, and the felt works really well to catch any excess water that may drip off of it after a good soak. I didn’t use a pattern for the bowl, I just knit a small hat and threw it in the washing machine to felt! I’m about halfway through the Valley Yarns 283 Spotted Christmas Stocking using 3 skeins of Berkshire Bulky (Forest, Dark Teal and Plum). Two of these will make great gifts for my cousin and her husband who were just married and are in the market for some special handmade stockings. This yarn is incredibly easy to work with, works up fast and felts beautifully – perfect for those last minute gifts! > Lindsey T.

( Left) I made the hedgehog wool pet as a gift for my girlfriend. The instructions were easy to follow and the pictures demonstrated every step. After I made the body, I used the finished picture as a guide for the nose, ears and coat pattern. I’d recommend wool pets for anyone looking for a fun and creative gift! > Kyle C.

(Right) I’m making several pairs of socks as gifts this year, and I’m in love with the Karbonz needles. They have the nice, sharp points I love from the Novas, but the carbon fiber has a little grip to it. The joins between the different materials are smooth, and I know I don’t have to worry about my yarn snagging. Definitely a plus when working with thinner yarns! > Jackie V.

I don’t do a ton of holiday knitting, but every year my Grandma Gen is at the top of my list to receive a handmade gift. This year I wanted to go with something beautiful but fast. The Kid Cozy Throw was exactly what I needed; a combination Berroco Boboli and Berroco Cirrus yarns knit on a large needle to make quick work. Plus, I think I like it so much that I’ll have to make one for myself! > Greta S.
When my girls were much younger I made them each Ganomy Hats and a pair of Mitered Mittens from Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitter’s Almanac using Noro Silk Garden. They have outgrown them now but my youngest daughter asked for a new set this year. I let her dig through my stash for yarn and she chose the new Noro Kirara, color #11. She’s thrilled with how it’s turning out and can’t wait to start wearing it. > Sara D.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Knitters & Crocheters

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
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Trying to figure out what to get the knitter or crocheter in your life? Not sure what to put on your list? Check out our video for a few great ideas.

 

Gifts for the Knitter:

Jade Sapphire BrigadoonValley Yarns Pattern #485 – Chrysanthemum HatKnitter’s Pride Dreamz 16″ Fixed Circular Needles OR Knitter’s Pride Dreamz 6″ Double Pointed NeedlesDella-Q Project Bags

Gifts for the Crocheter:

Holiday Project Ideas: Shawls

Thursday, November 15th, 2012
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The holidays are fast approaching but there’s still plenty of time for shawls. Here are a few of our favorite projects that offer an extra bit of warmth and style with enough pattern interest to keep you happily knitting or crocheting to the end.

For a quick project with big impact you can’t go wrong with Valley Yarns 506 Crocus Lace Stole crocheted in our dazzling Valley Yarns 5/2 Bamboo.  With an easy to memorize one-row repeat, and a larger than expected hook size, this stole will fly off your hook.

The Valley Yarns 496 Greenway Shawl has a beautiful, modern and graphic style with cleverly worked increase panels.  The merino and tencel fiber content of the Valley Yarns Colrain Lace gives the final garment surprising warmth and an unexpected bit of sheen.

For a fairly simple knit with a flash of interest I really like the Valley Yarns 385 Iced Branch Shawl knit in Valley Yarns Longmeadow.  The simple yet elegant lace panel in the center back surrounded by stockinette stitch and eyelet increases means this project will be finished in plenty of time to cast on for more.

Finally, Valley Yarns 456 Sumac Berry Shawl shown in Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk Hand Dyed, also available in solid colors. The center, mesh panel of this shawl crochets faster than you’d think and the bobble lace edge gives a fun and flirty swing to the whole piece.

What knit/crochet gifts are you starting this week?

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

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

Quick and easy Knits
HATS
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.

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

FEET
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

FOR THE HOME

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

NEEDLES
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

BAGS
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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Holiday Project Ideas: Sweaters

Thursday, November 8th, 2012
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Have someone on your list that you want to make a sweater for? We have a few suggestions in our Valley Yarns patterns that may be worth a look.

For the crocheters, we’re loving Valley Yarns B-7 Basic Crocheted Cardigan. It is shown her in Valley Yarns Stockbridge, but the beauty of this pattern is that the included directions can be used with a DK, worsted, or bulky weight yarn making this simple pattern a fantastic value.

Valley Yarns 500 Pacifica Cardigan is knit in one of our newer yarns, Valley Yarns Buckland. Worked from the bottom-up, this raglan cardigan really shows off the way that Buckland drapes. I love the pop of goldenrod on this cardigan and the buttons complement it well.

If you’re looking for a great pattern for the guy in your life, you may want to check out some of our other Valley Yarns Basics patterns (B-1 Basic Pullover is shown here). They can be knit in various gauges. Make sure you also check out our blog post: Valley  Yarns Patterns for Men for some additional ideas.

Do you have any sweater plans for the holidays?

The Buzz at WEBS – November 25, 2011

Friday, November 25th, 2011
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This week we have a video edition of The Holiday Buzz at WEBS. Watch our video to find out what’s on our wish lists this year and for some of our favorite gift ideas.