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The Buzz at WEBS – December 7, 2012

Friday, December 7th, 2012
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The Buzz at WEBS

This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about fantastic holiday gift ideas!

I have been making these sheep for years, mostly for friends and fundraising events.  Each one seems to have its own distinct personality. I’m particularly fond of the one I like to call “little black dress”. The sheep are made with sewn felt, stuffed with wool roving and have needle felted coats. They are fun to dress up with knitted accessories. The stacking trees are crocheted and then felted.  The yarn is an Araucania closeout from a couple of years ago but they would be great in any heavy worsted weight yarn, particularly one with a little bit of a halo after felting like Valley Yarns Berkshire.  I keep them up all year round. > Amy S.

(Left) During this season of love and giving, there is always someone that I have forgotten…it’s a Babci thing! I usually have a bag in my car with a crochet hook and some VY Greenfield, VY Goshen, Linen, carpet warp..and work on them while travelling. These bath puffs/kitchen scrubbies make a great last minute gift. I pair each one with a home made bar of Goat soap from a local family that sells their soaps so reasonable for all the scents they make and I am covered one more time.
(Right) A few year ago, Louisa Harding came to the store. I had a wonderful conversation with her about her relationship with her husband and how well they work together. In late September I was reading an article about her where she shared about her husbands recent bout with cancer. Her thankful heart wanted to reach out to others and she started designing patterns to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research. The pattern for the blue hat is Sardi by Louisa Harding and was made with Pashmina worsted and the multi-pink hat pattern is Parju by Louisa Harding and was knit in Artyarns supemerino.
To read more about  The Himalayan Project and her patterns you can go to: http://www.louisaharding.co.uk/macmillan/
Being more of a process knitter versus product knitter, I decided that this would be a great way to support Louisa and have a wonderful resource for some beautiful hat patterns.  Having just lost a dear friend after 14 years of dealing with cancer, this will be a very special Christmas gifting time for those of us who will miss her dearly.
Just a note: I have completed those hats and back to my all time favorite collection of hats “Weekend Hats” > Lise G.

I absolutely love the Madelinetosh Vintage.  It’s super soft, the colors are great, and it’s machine washable, which is great for bigger projects like sweaters and blankets. I made my mom a sweater from it in Fathom, and she loves how it’s lightweight and warm all at the same time. I adapted the pattern Melia by Ysolda Teague. > Jackie V.

Susan Bates yarn bobs – I’m using the smaller ones with some fingering weight yarn, and it fits quite a bit of yarn. The large ones can fit a lot of a thicker yarn too. It’s so much easier than working from the ball of yarn and having to change colors every few rows. I don’t have to worry about my different colors tangling and getting in the way when I’m not working with them while doing colorwork. They hold the yarn so it doesn’t unwind, but it’s very easy to unwind a length when you need to. > Kristin L.

 

Fun Ideas for Valley Yarns Knit Stars

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
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Our Valley Yarns Knit Stars has been a popular free pattern download. We love them here at the store too! So, now that you’ve knit all of these stars, what do you do with them? We have gathered a few great ideas!

Decoration

 

(left) There are so many options for hanging your stars – wire for ornament hooks, stretchy, glittery cord for a simple loop, and of course, ribbon. Hang them on your tree, garland, in your windows – anywhere!

(right) Use your stars as decoration on gift packaging to add a little whimsy to your gifts. If you attach a hanger, the recipient can use the package decoration as decoration in their home.

Gifts 

 

J, one of our store associates, is using the stars as sachets and cat toys. He has two easy methods for stuffing them. Tea diffusers are a great option. Another easy way is to lay out a 1″ x 1″ square of polyfil, place you “ingredients” inside, roll it up to surround them, and stuff your star.

Some stuffing suggestions: catnip, lavender, and a moth repellent that includes cedar chips, cinnamon, clove, and lavender (and smells amazing).

Accessorize

 

Headband (left)
Simply stitch your star to a headband and you have a fun accessory. It doesn’t take much time at all – just a couple of minutes and you’re ready to go!

Barrettes (right)
If headbands aren’t your thing, the stars also attach well to barrettes. I prefer the snap/contour style of barrettes. All you have to do is a quick whipstitch around the barrettes and through the star. The snap barrettes make it easy to add to your hair. Simply slide in and press the star to secure.

Have you knit any stars yet? What would you do with them?

 

Schacht Ladybug and Sidekick spinning wheels.

Monday, December 3rd, 2012
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With their characteristic solid construction and unique design that is both functional and charming,  Schacht Spinning wheels make great gifts.

The Ladybug Spinning Wheel is friendly to entry-level spinners, easy to treadle and easy to take with you. Carrying handles built into the legs and light weight make the Ladybug easy to pick up and transport.

Included with each Schacht Ladybug Spinning Wheel are:
a poly drive band
threading hook
three bobbins
medium and fast whorls
double drive band

The Sidekick Spinning Wheel is designed to fold easily, to 21 1/2″ H x 8 1/4″ W x 15″ D, yet be a solid spinner with long, comfortable treadles. Integrated storage of bobbins, flyer, and whorls makes for easy transport.

Included with each Schacht Sidekick Spinning wheel are:
a poly drive band
threading hook
3 bobbins
2 whorls
an adjustable carrying strap

Holiday Gift Ideas for Weavers

Friday, November 30th, 2012
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If you’re still wondering what to get the weaver in your life Leslie Ann has some great ideas for you.

Gifts for the Weaver:

The Weavers CompanionThe Weavers’s Idea BookCustomer Woven InteriorsInterlaced 90The Schacht Cricket loom,  the Schacht Inkle LoomSchacht Cherry Boat ShuttlesValley Yarns 5/2 Bamboo, and Jade Sapphire Cashmere yarns

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.