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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?

 

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?

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.

 

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:

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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The Buzz at WEBS – December 9, 2011

Friday, December 9th, 2011
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This week the WEBS staff is buzzing about quick holiday knitted gifts, limited edition yarn and more.

1. With just a couple of weeks left for holiday knitting I was looking for a quick project. I had some Cascade Yarns Eco Cloud in my stash and I thought it would work up into a nice cowl. After a Ravelry search I found the Infinitude Scarf to be just the right project. Wow! I was amazed how quickly I finished this project, just two nights. I made the large size (skipping the last repeat) and used 2 skeins. I fell in love with Eco Cloud, so soft and squishy. I can’t wait to use this yarn again. I have a new favorite yarn. > Dena C.

2. Blocking Boards – Most knitters are givers, and don’t usually spend a lot of money on themselves. We use mattresses, carpets, and anything else soft and flat to block our projects on to stand in for a blocking board. But a blocking board is so much easier to use. It folds up neatly to be tucked away when not in use, and it has a grid on it so you can easily block to the right measurements. This would definitely be a treat for the knitter or crocheter in your life! > Grace H.

3. The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center 2012 Calendar – I love the new weaving calendar produced by the Harftford Artisans Weaving Center. Each month features a beautiful close-up photo of weaving which I find wonderfully inspiring. But wait, there’s more! The calendar also lists the dates of the various fiber festivals on the East coast making it easy to plan for fiber adventures! > Leslie Ann B.

4. I am making these Monstah Pants for my 8 month old Grandson, Jack.  What a wonderful, fun pattern to knit.  This pattern is by the Wandering Lady and is a free download on Ravelry.  One of the best things for me was picking wild and crazy colors for these pants.  The pants are knit in Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash and Valley Yarns Valley Superwash for ease of care. > Theresa B.

5. My niece turned 10 yesterday and no matter what I did, I could not come up with the perfect present! An eleveth-hour search on Ravelry brought me to the Shroom Hat from the Winter 2009 issue of Knitty. It’s a great slouchy hat knit in Spud & Chloë Outer. The yarn is super soft and warm and (the best part!) the hat took only two hours to knit! I even tried it on myself and it was super comfortable. I think I might need to whip one up for myself. It calls for two hanks of Outer, and I think I may be able to squeak out another hat with my leftovers if I buy one more hank. If you’re looking for a great, really last minute gift, this is a great choice. > Mary K.-H.

6. CISA Yarn – We have partnered with a local shepherd and our own Kangaroo Dyer to create a very special, but limited edition yarn.  It is 85% wool and 15% nylon.  All sales of this yarn will benefit CISA, which is a non-profit group dedicated to sustaining agriculture right here in Western MA. > Kathy E.

7. O-Wool Legacy DK – I recently used O-Wool Classic for some non-WEBS-related knitting, and fell in love with it. Then, I came in to the store to work a couple of days ago and saw that we had a closeout of O-Wool Legacy DK in some gorgeous muted colors! The hand is similar to the Classic, but it is just a bit lighter weight – for those of you out there planning your early spring knitting, this would make a great light sweater knit at a slightly loose gauge. I know that’s what I’m going to do with it, and I can’t wait until I’m able to pick some up! > Elisabeth P.

The Buzz at WEBS – December 2, 2011

Friday, December 2nd, 2011
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Here’s a few items the WEBS staff is buzzing about this week.

1. Valley Yarns Spotted Christmas Stocking – It’s a really fast, cute knit that’s a great way to welcome a new family member into your Christmas traditions. The main body is in a simple slip-stitch pattern which is easy to customize for different people. This pattern is available for free on our website. And we have stocking kits set up available in two color combinations. > Kirsten H.

2. Autumn Vines Beret in Madelinetosh Tosh Sport (color well water): This yarn was a joy to work with, which is no surprise. This colorway is so often backordered that I jumped at the chance to work it up. The Never Not Knitting pattern (available as a downloadable PDF) was easy to follow and a gratifying knit. Definitely a great gift knit. > Cara S.

3. Knitted Wild Animals by Sarah Keen – After I knitted the monkey from this book, I knew I would do more. I’ve made the zebra, panda, elephant and penguin. I am knitting my way through this great book. The giraffe is the latest. He is Eli and named for my favorite quarterback. All the animals live in Chicago with my family. What shall I make next? > Marion H.

4. Rollie StitchKeepers – Your project never comes off the DPNs with these stitch keepers. Reaching into my knitting bag and pulling out a project is not frightening anymore. > Gail C.

5. Standard Design Timberrr! Animal Prints – I love this new sheep print. Made by a local artist, this cutie would be perfect in a craft room or in the bedroom of a little future fiber-enthusiast! I like the look of the wood grain, and the little sticks as legs is an adorable detail. > Tina M.