Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

On the bookshelf this week: Scarf Style 2

Friday, November 29th, 2013
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With the Thanksgiving holiday not yet 24 hours behind us some of you have kicked into overdrive to get your holiday gift knitting finished. Ann Budd’s new book, Scarf Style 2, is a great resource for smaller, fast and yet beautiful knit gifts.

 

Whether you’re a fan of cables, fair isle or brioche, cowls, shawls or scarves this book has something for everyone!

Leave a comment below and tell us which scarf is your style and you could win a copy! All comments must be posted by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Please make sure to leave us a way to contact you if you win! The winner will be drawn randomly and posted here the following day.

Edited, Wednesday December 4, 2013:

And our Winner is –  Diane who said, “This book is on my wish list!

Congratulations Diane! Keep an eye on your inbox, we’ll be contacting you soon.

Employee Wishlists

Monday, November 25th, 2013
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Every year we put together a few posts and  videos to help our customers find those extra and special little gifts for the fiber enthusiast in their life.  This year we thought we’d ask our employees what’s on their personal wishlists. After all, if it’s on the wishlist of a WEBS employee you know it’s a good choice!

Hi, I’m Katie and I’m a Knitter and Dyer. Katie is a Sales Associate in our retail store but has also worked in our Warehouse.
My holiday wishlist includes:
1. Namaste Oh Snap! Pouches -These bags are great because they won’t snag your yarn and you can see the project inside! This is a great product for and knitter or crocheter who has multiple projects going at the same time.

2. Jade Sapphire Brigadoon and Getting Purly with it Cowl pattern – I love this cowl pattern and the yarn; who doesn’t want washable cashmere?

3. Wild Color by Jenny Dean – A friend loaned me this book when I told her that I was interested in natural dyeing. It is filled with useful information for both the new and experienced dyer.

4. BFL Fingering, natural hanks – In the dye experiments I have done, this has been my favorite yarn with which to dye. It takes the color beautifully and is such a lovely wool to wear as well.

5. Lantern Moon embroidery scissors – I need some small, sharp scissors for my tool kit and these would make a great stocking stuffer! Plus, Lantern Moon uses sustainable practices in all areas of their business, so
you can feel good about supporting them!

Hi, I’m Greta and I’m a knitter and crocheter. Greta is one of our Website Coordinators but she has also worked in our retail store.
My holiday wishlist includes:
1. Sweet Georgia CashSilk Lace – because…Silk! Cashmere!

2. The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt – I don’t have it yet and not owning it makes me feel like an irresponsible knitter.

3. The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman – My goal for 2014 is to FINISH some of my many, many works in progress.

4. A skein of Freia Lace in the Dusk colorway – I’m totally obsesses with Amy Stephen’s Rooshed pattern and I’m excited to see what it would look like in this beautiful ombre lace yarn.

5. Knitter’s Pride Bamboo Crochet Hook Set – I only just took up crochet this year, but I’m very excited about it! I would like a crochet hook set so I don’t have to worry whether I have a particular hook size or not!

 

 

Hi, I’m Ashley and I’m a dangerous fiber nerd. Ashley is a Sales Associate in our retail store and our resident spinning expert.
My holiday wishlist includes:
1.Abstract Fibers 40/40/20 – Raw Merino/Superwash Merino/Silk, hand dyed blended fibers

2. Ashland Bay Organic Polwarth wool fiber – Super soft, springy wool that takes dye beautifully and spins up smoothly. Processed ecologically

3. Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere – Having a love affair with this super soft yarn, which wants to become new garments for me to snuggle with, in hand dyed colors that pop!

4. Be Sweet Bamboo – Gorgeous hand dyed colors in cable-plied 100% bamboo, which I recently made my first pullover with, and the drape and softness of this yarn makes me want to knit another one right away.

5.  Zealana Willow DK – Following the thread of cashmere addiction running through my wishlist, this blend of 70% New Zealand Merino and a whopping 30% Cashmere content makes visions of cozy soft hats and snug wintertime socks dance in my head…

Hi, I’m J, aka Young Man, and I’m a knitter and weaver. J is a Sales Associate in our retail store.
My holiday wishlist includes:
1. Eucalan, lavender scent – To give with gifts, samples and full size bottles, please.

2. Fix-a-Stitch lace – My current method is Okay but this is perfect.

3. Knitter’s Pride Karbonz 6” DPN set – Love these DPNs; one word: smooth.

4. Schacht baby Wolf 26” – four now, four later – It’s a wishlist and this is definitely what I wish for.

5. Buffalo Wool Co. Sexy in the Royalty colorway – Bison down and silk, thank you very much.

Your yarn.com Wish List, it’s as easy as 1,2,3.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
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If you have an account at yarn.com then the Wish List is a great place to save items you’re not quite sure you’re ready to buy, but you don’t want to loose track of. It’s also an easy way to put together a list of can’t-lose gifts for your family and friends.

Step 1: Add items to your Wish List

Wish List Step 1

Step 2: View and edit your Wish List

Wish List Step 2

Step 3: Share your Wish List with friends and family

Wish List Step 3

Great ideas for our Valley Lace Jar Covers

Monday, November 18th, 2013
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The Free Knit Lace and Crochet Lace Jar Covers from our Holiday Gift Guide have been quite popular.

Whether you knit or crochet, these projects work up quick and are made with just a little bit of yarn so they’re perfect for using up some of your stash.

Decoration

These jars, set in clusters, can really pull together a seasonal display on a dining room table or mantelpiece, and they can easily be filled with seasonal greens or berries for a pop of color.

Gifts

They also make for great gift presentation! Whether you’re giving a decorative candle, a delicious cookie-in-a-jar mix or a few sets of colorful double pointed needles, these jar covers make the most beautiful gift wrapping.

Have you knit or crocheted and jar covers yet? How will you use them?

Some Holiday Thoughts

Friday, November 8th, 2013
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Tis the season, as they say. My family celebrates Hanukkah, which comes way too early this year (November 28, to be exact). I’m postponing it until Decemberish, when I can get my wits about me. While I have time, I’m casting a curious eye through the store to store up some holiday gift ideas for some knitters or lovers of knitwear on my list. I like to make small projects like fingerless mitts, hats, or cowls, since they’re fast. I also like to use some unusual yarns that I wouldn’t ordinarily use for my personal knitting, to keep it festive.

Any gift I give this year will be accompanied by these stunningly beautiful gift cards featuring photographs by the very talented Debbie Cook, who runs the Flayvors of Cook Farms store, and works at our retail store (lucky us!). The photos are spare and charming at the same time, and perfect with some elegant silvery or dark wrapping paper.

Buffalo Wool Company has a yarn called Sexy, and how can you not give someone a lacy shawl made with Sexy yarn that’s half Bison down and half silk? Very festive.

The colors are deep and lush, and even though it’s a laceweight yarn, I could probably whip out an open-work pattern for a shoulder-covering shawl in no time, from this often-used book.

I’d also use a Blue Sky Alpacas yarn I’ve been mulling over for a long time, Metalico. It’s another 50/50 yarn, this time alpaca and silk. It’s got a sheen that is tempered by the fuzziness of the alpaca, and I think it would make a great cowl or hat to go with a Little Black Dress.

And since the holidays are glittery and fun, I’d think about using a one-off sparkler like Artyarns Silk Mohair Glitter. Lots of fun colors and a shot of silver or gold thread will give you tons of ideas for lacy scarves or ornamental cuffs to wear with a holiday dress to a caroling party.

 

Valley Yarns Featured in Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts

Monday, September 30th, 2013
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The 2013 issue of Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts is out and we couldn’t be happier. Our own Valley Yarns are featured in two projects!

First up are the Sailor’s Mittens designed by Michele Moskaluk, and knit in Valley Yarns Huntington. Worked from the cuffs up with increases to form the thumb gussets, these women’s mittens boast lively three color patterns on the palms and backs of the hands.

Second is the Southern Cross Afghan designed by Ann McDonald Kelly and knit in Valley Yarns Valley Superwash. This afghan is made of mitered triangles made into squares. The squares are then sewn together with borders, making an interesting and cozy blanket.

Which projects are you excited to make as gifts this year?

 

 

A Heartfelt Valentine

Monday, February 4th, 2013
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Knitting and Crochet are a huge part of our lives here at WEBS and this year we wanted to bring them together for a quick Valentine’s Day project that is accessible to everyone from the most advanced to newest beginners. Valley Yarns Pattern #526 Heartfelt Coasters.

With just 3 skeins of our Valley Yarns Northampton Sport you can make 6 coasters with enough yardage left over for quite a bit of embellishment.  Here you can see Kirsten’s mug on her basic coaster and mine on my fancy one. Kirsten knit hers and I crocheted mine, then we swapped hearts, so each of our coasters contains knit and crochet! All it takes is two simple squares, knit or crocheted, that have been felted. Cut out a heart shape from the center and swap the hearts, then sew them back into place in their new home.

For the sewing you’ll need an embroidery needle with an eye big enough to accommodate the yarn and a tip sharp enough to pierce your felted square, as well as the third color of Northampton Sport. Here I have a square in natural and a heart in burgundy, so I’m using the merlot heather to sew everything together.  And don’t worry if your heart doesn’t fit exactly into the cut out space, your stitches should pull everything together nicely. If you’re feeling fancy you can do a blanket stitch around the edge and then add a decorative crochet border.

Swap hearts with a friend or get your knitting group/circle to swap hearts.

New Year’s Resolutions

Monday, December 31st, 2012
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We’ve asked our staff members what their fiber related resolutions are for 2013 and we’ve gotten a great range of ideas from more spinning and stash-busting to learning new techniques and planning projects.

What are your Fiber Resolutions for 2013?

My fiber resolution for 2013 is to knit at least one item for myself. – Jamie

I resolve to use up my stash! – Linda

I want to make a multi-colored felted rabbit without using a wool pets kit. – Kyle

I’m determined to learn how to use Photoshop Elements to develop fabulous weaving drafts! – Barbara

I resolve to spend a little time every day doing fiber art, I’d like to make art a daily, restorative habit. – Kirsten

My resolution is to get better at spinning on my wheel this year. – Jackie

I resolve to dust off my spinning wheel and put it back into action. – Tina

 

I now have a basket Full of handspun that I NEED to use up in 2013! – Sara

My resolution is to buy the yarn for, and start (and try to get significant progress on) my epic fingering weight fair isle sweater. – Kristin

Self publish a sweater design! – Emma

I plan to weave a blanket! – Karen

I resolve to finish the hat I started last February! – Kendra

I plan to spin down A LOT of my fiber stash. It’s out of control! – Mary

I resolve to knit from MY stash and use MY patterns. – Lise

This year I’m going to be a slightly selfish knitter and make sure I have a nice hand made hat and cowl.  – Grace

I want to use up many of my coned yarns to make room for new yarns. – Debbie

My only resolution right now is to finish the hexagon blanket. This WILL be the year I do it. I swear! – Dena

I will encourage Tina to have quicker project turn-around times. – Bryan

I plan to spin more, maybe with camel! – Heather

Ready, Set, Knit! 293: Kathy talks with WEBS Assistant Store Manager, Leslie Ann

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
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Guest: 
Kathy and Leslie Ann talk about some great last minute gift ideas. Bulky yarns will work up quickly for a few more handmade gifts.

Greta’s hat in Fibre Company Tundra - or try a simple ribbed hat in Cascade Magnum or a cute earflap hat crocheted in Berroco Souffle

Leslie Ann and Kathy also discuss great little gifts to put together; washcloths in soft cottons with fancy soaps, potholders with cookbooks, or coasters with some special mugs. Don’t forget sheep themed, little, stocking stuffers!

And for the weaver you can’t go wrong with a new shuttle or a beautiful and unique shawl pin.

For more ideas check out our videos: Holiday Gift Ideas for Knitters and Crocheters and Holiday Gift Ideas for Weavers

WEBS Annual Year End Blowout Sale is happening online now through January 1st and  In-Store December 26th – 31st.

Steve’s Year End Blowout Sale Yarn Picks

There will be special In-Store Specials not available online, like a massive $2.00 Bin sale and a large pattern purge, look for discontinued patterns at great prices with the green dots.

Reminder:

WEBS is open tomorrow,  Sunday, 12/23, from 12 to 5PM EST for your holiday shopping convenience.

WEBS will be closing early, at 4:00PM, on 12/24 and will be closed Tuesday, 12/25

Upcoming Events:

Classic Elite Yarns Shawls, Wraps and Scarves book launch on January 24th, register now.

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Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
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If you need your order to arrive before Dec. 25th, the shipping cutoff dates are soon!

Orders placed after the UPS ground/priority mail deadlines might not arrive prior to the holidays without expedited shipping charges.