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31 Days to Get Organized: Tool Kit Essentials

Friday, January 25th, 2013
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The best part of being organized is having everything you need in one place. When you have a well stocked knitting or crochet tool kit, you’re prepared for any curve ball your pattern may throw at you. Luckily, my co-workers here at WEBS are a lot more organized and prepared than I am! They’ve shared with us their tool kit essentials.

Dena keeps two tool kits. One larger, main tool kit with all the essentials, and a mini kit with the bare necessities when she wants to travel light. On the right, Dena’s mini tool kit includes: Clover Locking Stitch Markers, small ring markers, a tape measure, a crochet hook, two sizes of Clover Bent Tip Tapestry Needles, small scissors, and dental floss. She uses the dental floss as waste yarn and lifelines for lace knitting. So clever!

On the left (her main kit), Dena has her full set Addi crochet hooks, scissors, Clover Soft Stitch Ring Stitch Markers, locking stitch markers, Clover U Cable Stitch Holder, a tape measure, highlighter tape, tapestry needles, Nancy’s Knit Knacks Needle & Hook Gauge and Knit Kards. Highlighter tape is perfect for keeping track of your place in a pattern. You place the tape over the row you’re on so you can easily see your place. Then, you just peel off the tape and move it to your next row!

Greta’s tool kit is in the center. She keeps everything tucked away in her Spud & Chloë case. The case has since been discontinued, but the Namaste Lola Case is a similar size. Her essentials include a crochet hookstitch markers, a yarn needle for weaving in ends, a needle gauge, a cable needle, and pin cushion for sewing needles.

1: Kristin’s tool kit is an adorable vintage chocolate tin. She keeps a row counter, a tape measure, locking stitch markers, darning needles and a yarn cutter pendant. They snip your yarn neatly and don’t have any pointy tips that can poke you.

2 and 3: Sara is so organized, she has two tool kits. She puts my organizational skills to shame! Her tool kit has a small magnet in the lid that all her needles stick to (out of the way so she don’t get stabbed!) She has a tiny pair of scissors, a tape measure, stitch markers and a few random buttons in the top compartment. In the bottom she keep extra darning needles, her business cards and a larger cable stitch holder.

4 and 8: Tina is another organizational pro. She carries most of the regular essentials in her knitting kit: crochet hooks for picking up dropped stitches, a row counter, sticky notes, scissors, a gauge ruler, a tape measure and she prefers straight wooden cable needles. She likes to keep her kit in a clear bag. Our tools are small! So, when trying to find something like a tapestry needle, she likes to be able to visually locate it before diving into the bag. Another thing she finds important is having at least one stitch marker that is a completely different color than the others. If she’s working on a project in the round, with lots of markers, she needs the one that denotes the beginning of the round to stand out from all of the others. That way she doesn’t confuse the beginning of the round with a decrease, for example. (See, I told you she was an organizational pro!)

5: Mary sticks to the bare necessities. She keeps stitch markers and a yarn needle with her.

6: Stephanie likes to be prepared, and keeps practically all her notions with her at all times! She has locking stitch markers, stitch holders, two kinds of tape measures, a pencil, sewing needles, yarn needles, row counters, scissors, a crochet hook, a needle gauge a sewing needle threader and pins. Stephanie and Tina are the only ones here with a pencil in their kit, and it seems like an essential that’s commonly overlooked!

7: Greta keeps her kit in her Lantern Moon cases. We don’t have these specific ones anymore, but these Lantern Moon cases are a similar size. She keeps yarn needles, a tape measure, a stitch holder, a cable needle, locking stitch markers, soft stitch markers and a crochet hook. My favorite part of her tool kit is the Lantern moon cable needle set. It’s beautiful!

What’s in your tool kit? Do you like to be prepared for anything, or just stick to the basics?

The Buzz at WEBS – September 9, 2011

Friday, September 9th, 2011
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This week the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

1. Malabrigo Twist – The drop in temperatures has got me thinking about the two perennially unfinished sweaters I have in my stash shelf, especially the one in Malabrigo Twist. The yarn is so luxurious: perfectly soft, bouncy, and beautifully dyed, and I love the halo it gets as it wears. There is no real reason that I haven’t finished this sweater, but I think this is its year – I can’t wait to be able to take advantage of this yarn’s unparalleled coziness on the upcoming crisp fall days! > Elisabeth P.

2. 55 Christmas Balls to Knit – I know it’s a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but I am so excited for this book! The first book of knitting patterns by Norwegian knitwear designers Arne & Carlos is a beautiful (and funny) collection of traditional Nordic style patterns. I also like the idea of doing ornaments because they will make quick, fun, simple projects! My goal is to make a different ornament for my whole family by the big day. > Greta S. (Also don’t miss these fun commercials of Arne & Carlos.)

3. Erin Lane Bags Needle Cases – I love color and print, especially together, so I had to snag an Erin Lane needle case for myself as soon as they arrived! The Double Duty needle case has two rows to hold interchangeable needle tips, with additional pockets for cords and notions. I managed to squeeze my fixed circulars into the extra pockets so my entire circular collection is now in one handy case. The ladies at Erin Lane rotate through fabrics–which means if you see one you like, get it before it’s gone! > Emma W. (Note: Due to the rotation of fabrics, we are only available to offer these in our store. Stop by and check them out.)

4. Mountain Street Arts Care Labels – These are a must have finishing touch for any project. When you give a hand made gift, you want it to last. These labels take the pressure off the recipient to remember how they’re supposed to clean it! That beautiful striped wool hat won’t have to be accidentally felted this winter if it has a “Hand Wash” label sewn on. They’re great to remind yourself how to care for your own finished projects too. > Grace H.

5. I am so excited about our first ever Valley Yarns Trunk Show!  Join us on Thursday, September 15th from 6-8pm for an evening with our Valley Yarns Designer Kirsten Hipsky. Kirsten will highlight our Fall 2011 Collection and share her design process & inspiration. Garments will be on hand to try and as always, light refreshments will be served! > Kathy  E.

Show 167: Interview with Della Quimby

Saturday, March 6th, 2010
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Thank you to everyone who visited us at Stitches West!

Yarn

Guest: Della Quimby of Della Q bags joins us to chat about her fantastic products and how Della Q came to be.

Della Q blog giveaway – Starting 3/8 there will be a Case of the Month Giveaway on Kathy’s blog at blog.yarn.com. You will need to leave a comment on the post about the giveaway, then go over to Della Q’s blog – dellaq.com/blog and leave a comment on Della’s blog. At the end of the month, the winner will be picked at random.

KAL with Pixie: Fearless Finishing continues

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Show 150: Interview with Lexie Barnes

Saturday, October 24th, 2009
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Yarn

Guest: Lexie Barnes – creator of Lexie Barnes bags and Twist Fair.
Check out Lexie’s new designs on our site here.

KAL with Pixie: We finish the Chesapeake Three-Button Jacket

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Show 115: Interview with Lesley Duckworth

Saturday, January 31st, 2009
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New Closeout Yarns

New Colors of Existing Yarns -

Blue Sky Alpacas, Classic Elite, Debbie Bliss, Bristol Yarn Gallery, Rowan

New Rowan Yarns are in Stock!

New Yarns

Guest: Lesley Duckworth, creator of Daisy Muir bags.
Lesley shares with us where she gets her design inspiration.
We love these new bags, so be sure to check them out! There’s the Tait Tote, Project Bags, and Needle Cases.
5% of the profits from these bags go to Doctors Without Borders

Knitalong with Pixie: Part 3, continued

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Show 75: Interview with Lexie Barnes

Saturday, April 12th, 2008
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Kathy & Steve interview Lexi Barnes. Kathy & Pixie discuss Babette crochet along.

Part 1 – Crochet Tutorial
Part 2 – Beginning the Blanket
Part 3 – Avoiding the Mistake
Part 4 – Finishing the Blanket

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Show 50: Interview with Sharon Woodcock

Saturday, October 20th, 2007
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Kathy & Steve discuss new closeouts and interview Sharon Woodcock of Lantern Moon; Kathy & Pixie continue the Knitalong; knitting the Collar and seaming the sleeves.

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Show 44: Interview with Lisa Day

Saturday, September 8th, 2007
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Interview with Lisa Day from Offhand Designs and project requirements for the next Knitalong.

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Show 1: Interview with Lexie Barnes

Saturday, November 4th, 2006
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Introduction and an interview with Lexie Barnes.  Hat from measurements knitalong.

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