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Ready, Set, Knit! 345: Kathy talks with Deborah Tomasello

Saturday, February 15th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Deborah Tomasello, author of Wrapped in Color: Stranded Knitting in the 21st Century. Deborah talks about growing up, learning to knit and rediscovering knitting in her adult life.

She also talks about bringing her book to the market and how stranded knitting can seem daunting but it is almost as simple as stockinette.

Reminder:

Spring 2014 Catalog is online now! If you’re on the mailing list it should be arriving in your mailboxes this week. If you’re not on the mailing list you can request a catalog here.  This one is jam-packed with over 20 new yarns for Spring, a great editorial piece on the founding of WEBS and our first ever eBook: Soft Landing.

 

WEBS will be open regular hours, 10:00am – 5:30pm, on Presidents’ Day, Monday February 17th.

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Upcoming Events:

Stitches West, next week! February 20-23 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

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Adult Snow Day

Friday, February 14th, 2014
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This snow sculpture entitled "Knitting Family Poems" was created for the 2007 Ottawa Winterlude National Snow Sculpture Competition by the Alberta team of Brian McArthur, Dawn Detarando and Will Truchon (it received the People’s Choice Award).

This snow sculpture entitled “Knitting Family Poems” was created for the 2007 Ottawa Winterlude National Snow Sculpture Competition by the Alberta team of Brian McArthur, Dawn Detarando and Will Truchon (it received the People’s Choice Award).

We had a Snow Day last week, when WEBS closed for the biggest snowstorm we’ve had since last year’s blizzard. It felt like an unexpected school vacation day, and since I’d gotten all my work obligations taken care of the day before, I gave myself permission to enjoy the day like a teenager. One of my most hedonistic pleasures is reading knitting reference books, so I had a wonderful few hours spent thumbing through my old classics as well as some recent contenders for BKF (Best Knitting Friend). I thought I’d share a few and see what some of your go-to answer books are.

A book that has saved my life again and again is the timeless The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt. June came here about a year ago on a very snowy day, and the delight on the faces of those who were here and happened to meet her was infectious. She has a trick for every knitting conundrum you might find yourself in and her information is delivered with a dry wit that makes her sound like your favorite fifth-grade teacher.

A volume small enough to keep in my knitting bag is Margaret Radcliffe’s The Knitting Answer Book, which I turn to again and again. Even though the answers are short, they give you the most information in the fewest words, and the clever illustrations speak volumes. It’s a small book that is completely portable.

No collection should be complete without Barbara Walker and Elizabeth Zimmermann. Barbara Walker’s 4-book series of knitting pattern and charted stitch designs is used by literally every knitwear designer at some point in their career, and they are priceless for brevity and a sense of history. Elizabeth Zimmermann’s The Knitter’s Almanac and The Opinionated Knitter are the cornerstone of any knitter’s bookshelf.

Some recent favorites worth a look are Clara Parkes’ books The Knitter’s Book of Yarn and The Knitter’s Book of Wool, for the care and beautiful language she uses to describe fiber. Stitch ‘N Bitch by Debbie Stoller, the founder of Bust Magazine, almost single-handedly brought knitting to a new high over 10 years ago. And no knitter can really call themselves a knitter unless they have some Harlot on their nightstand.

What are your favorite fiber reads? Let us know in the comments what you like to page through on a snow day.

PS. This snow sculpture entitled “Knitting Family Poems” was created for the 2007 Ottawa Winterlude National Snow Sculpture Competition by the Alberta team of Brian McArthur, Dawn Detarando and Will Truchon (it received the People’s Choice Award).

Bang! Zoom! Pow!

Monday, January 6th, 2014
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CULLIGAN.zoom.1I consider myself a fairly straightforward knitter–I make hats, mittens, cowls, and the occasional sweater. I’m not knitting up dog sweaters (well, just once), toys, or iPad covers. Not, that is, until now. We featured the book Knits of Tomorrow on the blog a few weeks ago, and it caught my eye–mainly because my husband is an avid collector of space toys, especially rayguns, from the 1930′s onward. I thought he’d like a knitted object that isn’t a sweater or a hat (because, sadly, none of my family will wear the things I knit. They itch, apparently.) I found this great placemat/coaster set that features a raygun and burst of cosmic kablooey that I thought would be a quick, funraygun knit. The yarn the book calls for is Rowan Denim, but I’m going to switch it up with Rowan Handknit Cotton, which has lots of fun, unexpected colors and feels great on the needles.  Normally, I don’t love knitting with cotton, but the four plies twist in such a way that it doesn’t feel as stiff and unyielding as cotton sometimes can. Although the colors shown in the photo from the book are sort of dark and menacing, I am taking the design in a more light, fun way and I’ll probably use this bright, space-age green to pop out of a dark background.

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I think that working on a totally different kind of project will clear my head as I hunker down to knit the 2 sweaters that are up next in my queue.

 

On the bookshelf this week: Cozy Knits

Friday, December 27th, 2013
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Cozy Knits from Tanis Grey has 50 projects to keep you knitting all winter long. Whether you need a quick birthday gift, a new hat to match the coat you got over the holidays or you are determined to get a head start on your gift knitting for NEXT year, you’ll likely find what you’re looking for here.

With projects that range from hats and mittens to simple sweaters and adorable pieces for baby, you’ll find yourself knitting up colorful and interesting projects in no time.

Leave a comment below and tell us about your favorite quick and cozy knit project and you could win a copy! All comments must be posted by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Please make sure to leave us a way to contact you if you win! The winner will be drawn randomly and posted here.

Edited, Monday January 6, 2014:

And our Winner is –  Debra who said, “Of the four projects on the cover, I can see making all four (and there’s 46 more to explore!). Hats and mitts are always needed and fun to work up quickly.”

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

On the bookshelf this week: Knits of Tomorrow

Friday, December 13th, 2013
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Sue Culligan has put together a delightful collection of retro inspired, futuristic designs in Knits of Tomorrow.

From home decor to wearable accessories you’ll find great last minute gifts for early NASA fans, that robot-obsessed little boy in your life and the canine companion of your favorite Time Lord.

Leave a comment below and tell us which retro themed knit is your favorite and you could win a copy! All comments must be posted by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, Dec. 17. 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 18, 2013:

And our Winner is –  Rachel who said, “That K-9 dog sweater is awesome.

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

Ready, Set, Knit! 336: Kathy talks with Amy Herzog

Saturday, December 7th, 2013
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This week Kathy talks with Amy Herzog, the author of Knit to Flatter, and the creator of the Custom Fit program.

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Amy became a sweater knitter because she wanted to knit clothes she could wear and with the Custom Fit program she tries to empower other knitters to do the same for themselves. When you knit a sweater that really fits and makes you feel good you end up with Happy Sweater Face!

From the site:

CustomFit makes custom patterns for hand-knit sweaters. It takes your choices, your body, and your hand-knit fabric and produces a pattern perfectly suited to you.

CustomFit makes a sweater that is the correct size. From hem to neck, and everything in between.

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Upcoming Events:

Team WEBS is running and walking in the Annual Hot Chocolate run to benefit Safe Passage on TOMORROW!  Please make a donation to any member of our team through December 31st and remember: Steve and Kathy will match all funds raised!

WEBS will be open on Sundays, from 12-5,  through December 22nd.

Reminder:

Ready, Set, Knit! listeners are you up for a challenge?!   The KnottyGirls Knitcast issued a challenge and started the Ravelry Podcaster Throwdown. They claimed that their listeners will turn in more hats for Halos of Hope by the end of Stitches West 2014 than any other podcast out there. You all know that Kathy has a competitive streak a mile wide and can’t resist a challenge! Steve has even stepped in and said that he will ship all the collected hats to Stitches West! Here’s what you need to do:

Make as many knit and/or crochet hats as you can (check here for preferred fibers and free patterns) and get them to us by February 1, 2014. Make sure each hat and package is labeled with “Team RSK!” Please mail all packages to:

WEBS
Attn: TEAM RSK!
6 Industrial Pkwy.
Easthampton, MA 01027

If you’re posting about your progress on Facebook or Twitter please use #PodcastThrowdown. And please join the Podcasters Throwdown Group on Ravelry and show your support in the Team RSK thread! If you’ve sent in hats let us know who you are.

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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.

On the bookshelf this week: Knits at Home

Friday, November 15th, 2013
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As the colder days of Fall begin to settle in across New England we start wanting cozy throws and squishy pillows to cuddle up with.

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Ruth Cross’s Knits at Home: Rustic Designs for the Modern Nest guides you through a range of stitch patterns and techniques that can be adapted to different shapes and sizes, adding personality and interest to any room with beautifully designed and handcrafted knitted pieces. You’ll enjoy exploring different hand knit patterns – from throws to fitted covers, elegant wall hangings to floor rugs – that have a beautiful, organic feel.

Ruth not only offers elegant and appealing home decor projects; she also gives you the techniques to design organic and freeform home items of your own. Taking an experimental approach. Dive into a must-have for handknitting and interior design enthusiasts. Makes a perfect gift, too!

Leave a comment below and tell us which home decor accessory you’ve been wanting to knit and you could win a copy! All comments must be posted by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, Nov. 19. 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 November 20, 2013:

And our Winner is –  Michelle who said, “A throw. As a keepsake for my daughter. With cables.

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

Ready, Set, Knit! 332: Kathy talks with Barbara Parry

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
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This week Kathy talks with Barbara Parry about her new book Adventures in Yarn Farming.

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Kathy and Barbara talk about her humble beginning with 2 sheep in her small suburban backyard to owning and managing a large flock at Springdelle farm as well as goats, cows, and a llama. The book contains patterns written and knits using yarns produced from her flock as well as a chapter on her kitchen garden and recipes.

The book follows the ebb and flow of the seasons in New England and the challenges and rewards that each bring to the farm.

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Join us at WEBS the evening of November 14th from 6:30 -8pm to meet Barbara Parry and buy your own signed copy of her new bookBarbara will do a short presentation about her farm and life with sheep including beautiful pictures of her flock and farm. She will also be bringing sample knitted garments from the book. Light refreshments will be served! The even is free but please register so we know how many to expect.

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Upcoming Events:

Stitches East is next weekend! November 8-10 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT.  There are still lots of open seats in classes and the Market is not to be missed!

Reminder:

Ready, Set, Knit! listeners are you up for a challenge?!   The KnottyGirls Knitcast issued a challenge and started the Ravelry Podcaster Throwdown. They claimed that their listeners will turn in more hats for Halos of Hope by the end of Stitches West 2014 than any other podcast out there. You all know that Kathy has a competitive streak a mile wide and can’t resist a challenge! Steve has even stepped in and said that he will ship all the collected hats to Stitches West! Here’s what you need to do:

Make as many knit and/or crochet hats as you can (check here for preferred fibers and free patterns) and get them to us by February 1, 2014. Make sure each hat and package is labeled with “Team RSK!” Please mail all packages to:

WEBS
Attn: TEAM RSK!
6 Industrial Pkwy.
Easthampton, MA 01027

If you’re posting about your progress on Facebook or Twitter please use #PodcastThrowdown. And please join the Podcasters Throwdown Group on Ravelry and show your support in the Team RSK thread! If you’ve sent in hats let us know who you are.

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On the bookshelf this week: Vintage Design Workshop

Friday, November 1st, 2013
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NaKniSweMo – National Knit a Sweater Month is in full swing and it’s not too late to get started.

Geraldine Warner has put together a wonderful book that allows you to adapt vintage patterns into the perfect fit for modern-day style!

Vintage Design Workshop is divided into two sections, the first half teaches you how to update any vintage pattern to accommodate modern sizes and gives advice on choosing substitutes for yarns that are out of production. The second section demonstrates how to adapt modern patterns to create a vintage silhouette, teaching how to mix and match sleeves, necklines, or collars to the pattern of your choice to achieve a vintage look.

Leave a comment below and tell us if you’ve held onto a vintage pattern that you’d like to update and you could win a copy! All comments must be posted by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, Nov. 5. 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 November 6, 2013:

And our Winner is –  Michelle who said, “I’ve updated an already “updated” pattern from the 30′s with good results, but I’d love to have even more ideas. This book looks great.”

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