Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

Holiday Catalog Spotlight: Gifts to Make – Larger Projects

Monday, November 9th, 2015
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Our holiday catalog is hitting mailboxes now, and the holidays are quickly approaching. We’re just two and half weeks away from Thanksgiving here in the US, and I find that once Thanksgiving comes and goes, it’s full steam ahead with no stops to the rest of the holidays. Luckily, there’s still some time to get some bigger projects done, if you’re looking to give something bigger, or if you want to knit something for yourself before the holidays come. Here are a couple of ideas:

Valley Yarns 605 Colorfall Cardigan at

You may remember seeing Valley Yarns 605 Colorfall Cardigan knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont. For the holiday catalog, we knit it in 2/10 Merino Tencel, in a natural/gray combination, and it’s stunning. It’s a perfect layer that can easily be dressed up or dressed down.

Valley Yarns 676 Two-Tone Blanket and Valley Yarns 663 Oatmeal Afghan at

In the holiday catalog, you’ll also find two spectacular blankets. Valley Yarns 663 Oatmeal Afghan and Valley Yarns 676 Two-Tone Blanket are great gift ideas. The Oatmeal Afghan is knit in Valley Yarns Amherst, which is one of my favorite Valley Yarns because it is so soft. I would love to have this blanket on my couch for the cold nights that are surely coming. The Two-Tone Blanket is knit in Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Bulky, so it’s a quick knit that’s machine washable. It’s also a multidirectional knit that gives it an interesting, modular look. I love that you can be creative and select your own color combinations. I can see one in just brights using some of the newer colors of Valley Superwash Bulky.

Prism Eccentric Chevrons Shawl and Rowan Triangle Shawl at

Want to give a shawl to someone? Prism’s Eccentric Chevron Wrap is available in a kit so you don’t have to worry about selecting the colors. The graphic interest comes from unbalanced, or eccentric chevrons: one leg is much longer than the other, which skews the fabric off-center. Even better, the kit is discountable, so you automatically get our discount. If the person you’re creating a gift for is into a little sparkle, you might want to check out the Triangle Shawl from the Rowan Swarovski Evening Collection. This shawl is knit with Rowan Kidsilk Haze, then there’s a crocheted border with Swarovski crystals.

Are you planning any larger projects for holiday knitting?

Holidays in July: Planning Ahead, So You Won’t Stress Later

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
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I know, you probably don’t want to hear it, but we’re just 5 months away from the winter holidays. This year is going to be different! I say that every year, but this year, I actually mean it. I’m going to make a plan for holiday projects and I’m going to stick to it. I really am. (Please stop laughing! :))

If you’re anything like me, organization goes a long way to making things easier, and so does checking stuff off of lists. There’s nothing more satisfying than having a to do list with everything crossed off. So, this month, we’re going to take a look at some planning tips. Every week we’ll have a different post focusing on the things you can do to make planning and completing those projects you want easier.

Holidays in July - Tips for Planning Ahead

I know this makes holiday projects sound like a big undertaking, and there are lots of you who don’t feel the need to make anything for anyone. (And there’s nothing wrong with that, the entire rest of the year, I’m happily selfish with my crafting!) I have found, there’s nothing better than watching the face of someone who truly wants a handmade gift as they open the package and are thrilled with the contents.

What are we going to cover? Well, we’ll talk about putting the right people on the list, the actual planning (for yarn and patterns), and the best ways to keep track of your progress.

What are some of your favorite tips for planning holiday projects?

WEBS Handmade Holidays Pinterest Contest

Monday, November 12th, 2012
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We’re all working on our holiday craft projects here at WEBS and even created a video to show how we’re handling our handmade holidays.

Pinterest is a great place to find ideas for holiday projects and keep track of them. We’re always pinning interesting ideas, and we want to share the fun with you. Check out our WEBS Handmade Holidays Pinterest Contest and create your own board with all the items you find in our Handmade Holidays video and share the link to your board in the comments below.

One lucky winner will receive a $50 WEBS Gift Card! Deadline for entries is 8:00 am EST on Monday, November 26th.

Check out the video now and start pinning!

Holiday Gift Ideas: Blankets

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
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I think many of us have grand plans for holiday projects every year but often can’t decide what to make for each person on our list. As the weeks tick by, we’ll be featuring a few project ideas based on the amount of time left to create.

This week, we have some super cozy blankets. There’s nothing better than wrapping up in a blanket after a long day, and why not wrap someone you love in a cuddly blanket.

Two of our favorite knit blankets are the new Valley Yarns 498 Field, Forest, and Vine Blanket and Valley Yarns 430 Bas-Relief Blanket.


Valley Yarns 430 Bas-Relief Blanket is knit in Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky which makes for a super squishy blanket perfect for wrapping up in. With over 40 colors to choose from in this blend of wool and alpaca, you’re sure to fine one perfect for someone on your list.

Valley Yarns 498 Field, Forest, and Vine Blanket is a self-fringing garter stitch blanket in stripes of Valley Yarns Cold Spring. You’ll want to stay tuned to the blog for an upcoming photo tutorial on this self-fringing warmer. Valley Yarns Cold Spring is a cozy blend wool, baby alpaca, and fine acrylic.

We have two favorite crochet blankets too! Valley Yarns 328 Amethyst Brook Crocheted Afghan and Valley Yarns 494 Berry Bramble Blanket.


Crocheted in Valley Yarns Northfield and Valley Yarns Northfield Hand Dyed, the Amethyst Brook Crocheted Afghan is made up of crocheted hexagons that are joined together at the end, so it’s a great take-along project. You can experiment with color with this one. It would look just as great in all neutral colors.

Valley Yarns 494 Berry Bramble Blanket works up fast in Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky. The two, easy-to-memorize pattern rows are made more interesting when worked in three different colors. Your ends become part of the fringe on this one, so there’s no need to weave in ends.

Are you planning on knitting or crocheting any blankets for the holidays?