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Holiday Project Ideas: Pretty quick projects

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
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There’s still plenty of time knit or crochet a few fantastic items for those special people in your life.

Valley Yarns Pattern #503 Hearts of Oak Stocking knit in Valley Yarns Northampton would not only make a great gift for a new baby or a newly married couple but 5% of the proceeds from the pattern sales benefit the Stitch Red campaign.

 

The traditional Fair Isle motifs and colors of the  Valley Yarns Pattern #504 Holly and Ivy Tam knit in Valley Yarns Northampton Sport really evoke the winter holidays.

 

The skillfully curved armholes and neckline of Valley Yarns Pattern #507 Linda’s Vest crocheted in Valley Yarns Northampton Sport, as well as the ribbed trim give this simple granny stitch vest an edge of style and sophistication.

 

With a classic knitted on edge and textured eyelet stitch pattern throughout Valley Yarns Pattern #487 Dappled Shawlette knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont Hand Dyed is the perfect showpiece for gorgeous hand-dyed yarns.

 

We love that Valley Yarns Pattern #363 Pincushion Moss Shawl crocheted in Valley Yarns Southwick is an easy, lacy shawl that grows from the neck down letting you crochet to the size you desire.

 

Valley Yarns Pattern #286 Shale Pleated Scarf  has a great architectural stitch pattern that makes it perfect for men or women and when knit in Valley Yarns Berkshire it’s like being wrapped in a hug each time they wear it.

What projects are you excited to be working on this week?

Schacht Cricket, the perfect starter loom.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
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Are you thinking about buying a Schacht Cricket loom for yourself or as a gift this year? Let WEBS Assistant Store Manager, Leslie Ann show you how easy it is to assemble.

Available in a 10″ or 15″ width, the Cricket is made of high quality apple ply and hard maple, and it’s left unfinished. Both sizes come with an 8-dent reed (sorry, no substitutions), a threading hook, warping peg, table clamps, two shuttles, and two balls of yarn.

The Weaver’s Idea Book by Jane Patrick is an amazing resource for weaving on a rigid heddle loom and there’s a free weaving draft from S. Charles to try once you’ve got your loom assembled and you’re ready to weave.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Spinners

Monday, November 26th, 2012
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If you have a longtime spinner in your life or someone excited to get just started we have some great gift ideas for you.

 

 

Gifts for the spinner:

Spinning Wool by Anne Field, Abstract Fiber Targhee and  Blue-Faced LeicesterAshland Bay multi-colored merino topGreat Adirondack mulberry silk rovingSchacht dizzy yarn gaugeSchacht Hi-Lo spindles andLavihsea Lotion Bars

Ready, Set, Knit! is taking a break for the holiday weekend.

Saturday, November 24th, 2012
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This week Kathy and Steve are spending time celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Check out Show #288  for a fantastic assortment of gift knitting and crocheting ideas.

We have 2 new, Free patterns, great for last minute gift giving.

And don’t forget that there is still time to enter the Handmade Holidays Pinterest contest!

We will be open on Sundays beginning tomorrow, 11/25  through 12/23, from 12:00 to 5:00PM EST, for your holiday shopping convenience.

Upcoming Events:

NEW! Dying Silk Scarves class with Gail Callahan, December 4th from 1:00 to 5:00PM

Thursday Dec 20th, Event with Bruce Weinstein and his new book, Boyfriend Sweaters.

 

How Do You Wear Your Hat?

Monday, November 19th, 2012
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Here at WEBS, we are big fans of hats. They make great gifts and are perfect super-quick projects for anyone you care about.

There are so many hat styles and different ways to wear them, we thought we would share with you some of our favorite hats and how we wear them. We hope this helps you in deciding on a hat style for you or someone on your list.

How do you like to wear your hat? Do you prefer a tight beanie, a loose and slouchy beret, or somewhere in-between?

Featured Hats
Row 1 (L-R): Norie by Shetland Trader (with mods) in Madelinetosh Pashmina, Valley Yarns 254 Essential Ribbed Hat in Valley Yarns Amherst, Norie by Shetland Trader in Madelinetosh Pashmina

Row 2 (L-R): Brier Toque from Weekend Hats in Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Crazy, Katahdin Hat (FREE) from Fibre Co. in Fibre Co. Acadia, Everdeen from Weekend Hats in Madelinetosh Tosh DK

Row 3 (L-R): Poet Society Tam from Madelinetosh in Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage, Valley Yarns 345 Silver Lining Hat in Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk Hand Dyed, Wanderer Cap from Weekend Hats in Tahki Tara Tweed

Row 4 (L-R): Annex Snood from Weekend Hats in Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere, Ruche Beret from Weekend Hats in Blue Sky Alpacas Melange, Cloudy Day from Never Not Knitting in Lorna’s Laces Sportmate

Row 5 (L-R): Valley Yarns 445 Little Whiskers Hat in Valley Yarns Greenwich, Valley Yarns 432 Gnomey Earflap Hat in Valley Yarns Cold Spring, Ripley from Ysolda Teague in Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky

Cozy Gifts – Two Free Patterns

Friday, November 16th, 2012
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Just in time for some last-minute holiday knitting or crocheting: two free cozy patterns! Fast, inexpensive, useful, thoughtful, and one-size-fits-all, cozies make fantastic gifts for even the fussiest recipients. Who wouldn’t like to keep their hot drinks hot and their cool drinks cool?

 

#510 Fancy Mug Cozy

This elegant, ever-so-slightly-lacy knit mug cozy is great for grabbing a mug of hot cocoa. Since it’s worked sideways, it can be knit to fit any size mug. A simple cast-on button loop keeps it snug and secure around a mug handle. One skein of Valley Yarns Superwash is all it takes, making it a soft, washable, and quite economical gift.

Download the pattern here.

 
#511 Jar, Bottle, or Can Cozy

For years, students and other resourceful thrifters have been reusing jars as travel mugs, thermoses and lunch containers. Celebrate their good recycling habits by crocheting them this very quick and handy cozy.

The base acts as a built-in coaster while the sides insulate. A roomy side strap is perfect for clipping onto a bag or belt loop while the top stability strap holds it in place. Eyelets underneath the side strap help you see inside. But it’s not just for drinking out of jars. It can easily accommodate bottles, cans, or adorn your home-canned gifts. Using only about 50 yards of Valley Yarns Northampton, you can easily get three or four cozies from just one skein!

Download the pattern here.

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 18, 2011

Friday, November 18th, 2011
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

1. These Weaving Journals are blank graph paper pages with a marbled cover in a hardbound format. The marbling and the book binding are done by a local company with one of our reeds! On the inside back cover is a description of how the marbling is done with credit to WEBS for the reed! These would be a great gift. We now also have a Knitting Journal and Blank Journal too. > Barbara E.

2. Great Adirondack Mulberry Silk Roving – This wonderful fiber comes in eight deeply saturated colorways that are a pleasure to spin. The roving drafts beautifully and works into soft, lustrous yarns. Add some to your fiber stash today! > Ashley F.

3. Katia Ondas and Ondas Lux – So last night I took home a ball of Ondas to try out and I’d have to say it is kind of fun! I think that it’s a great yarn for a beginner, like me, who can only knit and purl, and doesn’t care about luxury fibers but wants something that looks fancy. [Don't miss our video tutorial on how to knit with mesh ruffle yarns.] > KA

4. The Knitter’s Book of Socks – With my ever-expanding sock knitting addiction, this book caught my eye as soon as it came into the store. Clara Parkes has done it again with this book, following the nearly indispensable The Knitter’s Book of Yarn. With thoroughness and engaging writing, this book is a compendium of sock knowledge, orienting one to all the techniques, fibers and tricks to making socks that will not only fit perfectly, but last through a lifetime of wear. > Ashley F.

5. I treated myself to a spinning wheel and a loom last year and both interests have converged in my favorite (so far) holiday gift. I spun the Abstract Fibers Targhee in the Bandon colorway into a worsted 2-ply. I warped my Schact Flip Loom with Valley Yarns Stockbridge in the dark grey and the Bandon became my weft. I used a simple pattern that I learned in Leslie Ann’s Weaving with Pick-up sticks workshop last winter. I LOVE how this turned out! > Sara D.