Guest: Stephannie Tallent, author of the upcoming California Revival Knits. Her first book is set to be released soon with Cooperative Press. It in inspired by the colors and architecture of southern California. Think beautiful, bright, Spanish-influenced tiles and wrought iron. There are projects in the book for everyone! Several of the projects would be great for your first colorwork project.
Stephannie also shares a bit of her background and how she got into knitting.
Ruffle yarns were everywhere! Lots of different variations on the ruffle yarn theme, including new ideas. If you prefer classic yarns, don’t worry, those aren’t going anywhere. Lots of cotton/linen designs for spring.
Facebook Party – Friday, February 10th 3:30pm-4:30pm EST. We’ll be answering questions and chatting about what you’re working on.
This week the staff at WEBS is buzzing about two great yarns and a new knitting needle set.
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve last knit with Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. But when the six new colors passed by my desk this week, I was reminded all over again how much I love knitting with this yarn.
I’ve used Baby Cashmerino twice: once to make the Knitting at Knoon Sweet Pea sacque and once for my final project sweater for the WEBS Expert Knitting Certification Program. Each time I was delighted by how enjoyable it was to knit with. The springyness of the yarn made my stitches look so even. I have another baby gift that I need to make soon. It may be time to have fun with this yarn again. > Dena C.
I have been working with Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Socks and it is scrumptious! The stitch definition is absolutely beautiful. I was considering making these as a gift, but have come to realize that I cannot wait to get these on my feet! The fiber blend of 80% merino and 20% nylon creates a lovely springy sock that I know will hug my feet and keep my toes cozy and snug. > Karen M.
Knitter’s Pride Cubics Interchangeable Circular Deluxe Set – I’ve been anxiously awaiting this set ever since we got our first shipment of Knitter’s Pride needles. I was a huge Cubics skeptic at first, and thought the shape wouldn’t feel right and would throw off my knitting. The square needles are so much more comfortable in my hands than round needles. I think I get a better grip on them. I’ve heard some knitters see a change in their gauge with these but I haven’t had a problem. Knitting up a quick gauge swatch when you first knit with them is a good idea. The joins of this interchangeable set are just right. They hold the tips in firm without snagging the yarn. This set is high on my wish list! > Grace H.
Once you have your favorite needle set, you can show off the beauty of the Knitter’s Pride needles with their gorgeous fabric needle cases. There’s enough room in each case for needles, notions and more! Check out the video below to see all their great features.
My absolute favorite accessories are the Knitter’s Pride Chart Keepers. They come in two styles; fold up and photo frame. Each comes in two sizes. I travel a lot to visit family, especially this time of year, so I love how portable my fold up chart keeper is. The heavy duty magnets keep my chart in place so when I fold it up and throw it in my knitting bag, I can pick up right where I left off in my knitting just with a quick glance at my chart. It can hang over the edge of your sofa when you’re home, sit on the seat during a car ride, and fits neatly into the back seat pockets on planes and trains.
Knitter’s Pride Needle Size ID tags are small, but definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. We’ve all been there; we put a project down to work on something else, and realize we need to use the tips from the first project on our new project. Then we knit one or two more projects before we pick up that forgotten one out of our work in progress basket only to realize we don’t remember what size tips we were using! (I always tell myself I’m going to remember what needle size I was using when I take those tips off, but I never do.)
You can use these needle size ID tags to slip onto the cable of this work in progress to remind you what size tips size you were using. This way, when you go to pick up your project again, you can start again right away, frustration free. One of our assistant store managers, Cara, even suggested using them to mark your gauge swatches so you can keep track of the needle sizes you’re testing out. They’re really handy little tools.
The Knitter’s Pride Shawl Pins and Shawl Sticks are beautiful and make great gifts, especially as stocking stuffers. They’re made of the same durable Symphonie Wood as the knitting needles and absolutely stunning in person.
Knitter’s Pride doesn’t stop there with accessories; sock blockers, stitch holders, cable needles and a needle gauge round out the group! You won’t have any trouble making your holiday list this year with these great accessories. It can be tough to buy a needle set for someone if you’re not sure of what they’re looking for, but any knitter could use these great accessories to add to their crafting tool kit.
The circular knitting needle set comes with enough sizes and cord lengths to accommodate many of your knitting projects. Needle tip sizes include US 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5 and 11. And you’ll find one 24″ cable, two 32”, and one 40″, perfect for magic loop knitting. Though these tips and cables are interchangeable with the all the other Knitter’s Pride interchangeable tips and cables, you’ll notice these cables have a special deep brown color, and both the tips and cables have copper tinted brass connectors which look lovely against the dark rose colored wood.
Also included in this set are 8 end caps, 4 cable keys, and a zippered storage pouch to hold all of these pieces. But the extra special item in this set is the Symfonie Rose Shawl Pin adorned with a Swarovski Crystal.
The Symfonie Rose Crochet Hook Set includes US sizes E, G, 7, H, I, J, K, and L hooks. Similar to the shawl pin, you’ll find a Swarovski Crystal on the end of each of the crochet hooks in this set. The smooth, polished surface of the densified laminated Symfonie Rose wood allows the hook to effortlessly glide with any yarn.
Check out our video with Cara to see a little more about each of these sets.
Either of these sets would make a great gift for a knitter or crocheter you may shopping for in the upcoming holiday season. Or one of these could be a special treat for yourself as you’re working your way through making all of those holiday gifts this year.
Basix are the knitters answer to the big yarn question. Few needles on the market are as user friendly for bulky yarns as these extremely lightweight birch needles. Basix begin at US size 11 going all the way up to a whopping 50, a fine match to the bulkiest of adversaries!
Basix are constructed from birch wood with a smooth finish. The natural color of these needles lends a nice contrast to any yarn and feature the Knitter’s Pride nickel plated join and flexible cord.
The Basix fixed circulars come in a range of lengths (24″, 32″, 40″ and 47″) in US sizes 11-50. I was genuinely surprised with how easy these needles were to maneuver, even in the largest size. Despite the large needle tip these needles maintain an even finish and smooth join, I consider this the mark of a well manufactured needle.
Basix double pointed needles are offered in 8” length, in US sizes 11-36. The adequate point and smooth finish are aided by its cloudlike weight to make heavy knitting an easy adventure.
Watch me knit with the Basix in this video!
Basix are ideal for the regular chunky yarns all the way to novelty bulkys as big as you can find. Be easy on your hands and give these needles a try for your next blanket, garment or accessory. You won’t be sorry!
1. Artyarns Shawl for All Seasons Kits – Luxury yarn, sparkle and killer packaging? That’s what you’ll get with the Artyarns Shawl for All Seasons Kit. Featuring five mini skeins of Rhapsody Light and Beaded Silk Light, this shawl kit is available in three stunning color combinations. The best part after the yarn, sparkle and packaging? The price – $68.00 for a gorgeous, luxurious shawl kit. Love it! > Kathy E.
2. Weekend Hats – The latest book by Melissa LaBarre and Cecily Glowick MacDonald Weekend Hats was on the top of my list for purchasing! Not only is it a wonderful collection of hats by a start studded cast of designers, there are many hats I would wear personally. I nabbed a book the minute it came in and purchased some Manos Silk Blend Semi Solid to start my first hat which will be the Greenery Beret. The book has some very helpful Tips and Techniques throughout, which is a very nice touch. > Karen M.
3. Knitter’s Pride Cubics Interchangeable Circular Needle Tips – I recently got a Dreamz Deluxe Set and noticed all the extra space and roomy pockets in the case. So I’ve been supplementing the set with Cubix interchangeable tips as I need them. It’s really handy to have 2 pairs of frequently used sizes. I love using the Cubix, and I love the easy color-coded sizes of the Dreamz, so it’s the best of both worlds! > Kirsten H.
4. WEBS Gift Cards – Every year it seems like the holidays sneak up on us and leave us scrambling to get all of our shopping done in time. WEBS Gift Cards make a great holiday gift for any knitter, crocheter, weaver, or spinner. As we get closer to the holiday rush, we know that we’ll be making out a ton of these gift cards for our customers to help make the holiday season even better for someone special. Why not get a jump on the holidays and order yours today or start nudging your friends and family towards a great gift idea? > Mike W.
5. Plymouth Yarn Tweed Closeout – Rustic and simple, with fun little bits of tweedy color, I’ve always liked the look of this yarn, but haven’t gotten around to using it. I just spotted it in the warehouse on closeout, so I think I’ll grab a few to play with. I’m thinking a warm, simple Fair Isle hat to wear in the snow! > Tina M.
Our Knitters Pride Trendz Interchangeable Circular Deluxe Set has been hard to get a hold of, and for a good reason. This extremely affordable set is a gateway drug for the new knitter into the experience of owning a quality set of needles. The set comes with 8 pairs of 4.5” tips in US sizes 4-11, along with 4 cables in 24”, 32”, 40” and 47” lengths.
The Trendz feature an opaque color coded, lightweight acrylic needle with slightly more grab than the other materials. It features the same smooth join and supple cord you would expect from the Knitters Pride line. The colors help differentiate sizes and contrast nicely with yarn. I can see these strong needles holding up to some serious work hours.
For young knitters this is a great material to practice on, as opposed to a slicker needle, with an ample point that won’t snag yarn or be too dull for inexperienced hands. This would also be ideal for the young knitter because of the whimsical packaging; cheerfully colored needles in a bright zippered storage case to keep all your parts from getting lost.
For the price point there’s nothing standing between you and your own set of interchangeable needles. Still not sure these are the needles for you? Try the Comby Interchangeable Sampler Set to try out various materials and make your own choice! The Comby set lets you play with one each of the Nova, Dreamz and Trendz needles. Although I don’t know if the choice will be easy, all of these needles are unique and lovely to work with!
Check out this video we made featuring the Trendz needles!
I’ve been excited about the new Knitter’s Pride Cubics line of square needles since I first got to touch them. The densified laminated birch wood used in their construction is super strong, warp-resistant and has a beautiful natural finish. Warm to the touch, they offer a wrist-friendly ergonomic square shaped shaft, which tapers to a rounded, smooth tip. The special square shape provides a natural flat plane surface that helps your needle tip slide easily under your chosen yarn, reducing the tension in your fingers, hands and wrists while you knit, which aids you in creating a more uniform stitch. The needles sit tightly against each other when held together, and they won’t roll around on the table when you put them down. They are sized in the same way as regular needles, measured diagonally, and they fit into standard needle gauges.
I love sock knitting, and cast on for a sock cuff immediately with a set of the 6 inch US 1 size double pointed needles. The square shape keeps me from wrestling with the yarn, even when I knit tightly, and the yarn moves across the needle surface smoothly, with no snags and a clean, smooth transition between the square shaft and the rounded tip. Since I do tend to poke my fingertips with my needles while I knit, I found the tips to be just right; pointy enough to effortlessly slide under thin, fine yarn, and rounded enough to keep my fingertips happy. The wood holds firm under the normal pressures of knitting, with a gentle flexible give. Even in the thinnest sizes, the needles feel strong and capable of withstanding my enthusiasm. The double pointed needles also come in 8 inch lengths for those who love working with a longer needle.
If you prefer a straight single pointed needle, they come in 10 inch lengths and range in size from US 4 to 11. The fixed circular needles come with a range of sizes from US 2.5 to 11, with cables in 24″, 32″ and 40″ lengths.
Want to see these needles in action? Here’s a video with our assistant store manager Cara.
If you’ve been wondering about square knitting needles, now is the time to go for it and give the Cubics a try. The line has a needle to match anyone’s preference, from DPNs to fixed circulars and even interchangeable tips, and they’re an affordable ergonomic treat for yourself, or for a knitter you love to pamper.
The Knitter’s Pride Dreamz line of colorful wooden knitting needles and crochet hooks has been quite the hit in the past few weeks. But I’d like to show a little love for the line of Knitter’s Pride Nova knitting needles.
Nova needles are made from hollow brass pipes and plated with high quality nickel. This slick surface is probably what I love most about the needles; I can knit fast! My stitches slide across the needle effortlessly with next to no resistance. Their tips are pointy but not painfully so, with a gradual taper. They work great for most yarns I work with including laceweight yarn for intricate projects. When I work with particularly splitty yarn, I would grab blunter needles though.
The Knitter’s Pride Nova needles are also light weight and quickly warm up in my hands, providing comfortable knitting for hours. I love the rhythm of the click, click, click that the metal needles make as I knit along. It’s a soothing sound. Though it’s a little loud for those times where you find you may need to be knitting silently such as at a kids music assembly at school.
Durable & Affordable
You’ll find the durability of metal guarantees minimal wear of your needles and provides maximum life. And a streamlined manufacturing process makes Nova needles highly affordable, the finest and most affordable brass needle on the market.
One thing I appreciate in a line of knitting needles are choices, and the Nova line has many, many choices. When knitting a hat on circular needles, I want to be able to switch to double pointed needles for the top in same needle line. Needles in the Nova range are available from 2.0mm (US 0) – 15.0mm (US 19), a size for just about any project. Each needle has the size printed right on the metal making it easy to grab the pair that you need without fumbling with your needle gauge.
Check out our Knitter’s Pride Nova video where Cara gives a nice overview of this line of needles and you can hear what the needles sound like and see how flexible the cables are (great for magic loop!)
Try some of the Nova needles today. You’ll love their superior quality, yet affordable prices. Whether you’re a DPN fan or committed to magic loop knitting, or only like knitting with straight needles or love the compactness of circular needles, there’s a Nova needle just right for your next project.