Posts Tagged ‘knitting books’

Ready, Set, Knit! 318: Kathy talks with Andra Asars

Saturday, July 13th, 2013
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Guest:
 Kathy talks with Andra about the new Berroco yarns and pattern books for Fall.

They also discuss Norah Gaughan Vol. 13 which is an entirely top-down collection.

Andra’s favorite design from this collection and current WIP – Hume, and Kathys’ favorite sweater – Gibson

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Reminder: 

The New England Weavers Seminar (NEWS) is happening this weekend on the Smith College campus.

Upcoming Events:

Stitches Midwest is happening August 8-11 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL.

Registration has opened for our 7th Annual Bus Trip to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck!

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Valley Yarns Berkshire featured in Stitching in the Stacks

Thursday, July 11th, 2013
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One of the newest collections available from Cooperative Press is Stitching in the Stacks – Librarian Inspired Knits. In that collection you’ll find the lovely Book Woman Jacket, by Sarah Barbour, which is worked in our Valley Yarns Berkshire in the Tan Heather colorway.

It features a cabled, double-breasted front closure and shawl collar as well as moss stitch hem details and pockets to keep you cozy. With over 40 colors of Berkshire to choose from this may just be the perfect jacket for all book women!

What color of Berkshire would you use?

Ready, Set, Knit! 311: Kathy talks with Brandy Fortune

Saturday, May 11th, 2013
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Guest:
 Kathy talks with Brandy about her new book, Just Like Me Knits.

Brandy was living in north, rural Georgia and began to fill some of her time by learning to knit and crochet. She co-founded the online knitting magazine Petite Purls based on her interest in designing for her children.  The new book expands that to include matching designs for that special doll.

Katie Garter Jacket knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Multi Cotton

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Superwash, and Plymouth Encore remain on sale through May 31st!

39th Anniversary Sale:  May sale highlights
New Yarns
New Closeouts
Reminder:
The annual Tent Sale is happening NEXT WEEKEND! on May 18th and 19th, and don’t forget about the Fleece Market on the 18th!

Upcoming Events: 

This weekend, May 11th and 12th, is the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Fair.

Amy Herzog will be here June 6th to celebrate the release of her new book, Knit to Flatter.

The Third Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening June 27-30th.

The New England Weavers Seminar (NEWS) is happening July 11-14, on the Smith College campus.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 310: Kathy talks with Heather Ordover

Saturday, May 4th, 2013
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Guest:
 Kathy talks with Heather Ordover about her new book: What (Else) would Madame Defarge Knit?, the sequel to What Would Madame Defarge Knit?

Heather runs the Craftlit podcast and site, and while reading A Tale of Two Cities, she was inspired to wonder what Madame Defarge WOULD knit? As the book idea began to take shape she wanted to make sure the designers not only got paid, but were able to actually recoup the costs of their time spent creating those designs, and to have the book printed in the US, so she worked with Cooperative Press to make it happen.

Iseult’s Dress from What (Else) Would Madame Defarge Knit?, knit in Harrisville Deigns Highland.

The books are divided into thematic sections related to classic literature and each pattern is accompanied by a wonderful essay. WWMDfK- the Shakespeare edition and a Mme Defarge goes Medieval edition are in the works.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Superwash, and Plymouth Encore remain on sale through May 31st!

39th Anniversary Sale:  May sale highlights
New Yarns
New Closeouts

Upcoming Events: 

Maryland Sheep and Wool this weeked! May 4th and 5th and next weekend, May 11th and 12th, is the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Fair.

The annual Tent Sale is happening on May 18th and 19th, and don’t forget about the Fleece Market on the 18th!

WEBS Fiber Camp for Kids is back this summer, check out both sessions.

The full line-up of Summer classes is now open for registration. Check out some of our guest teachers: Ann Budd, Stephen West, Gail Zucker and Jason Collingwood!

Amy Herzog will be here June 6th to celebrate the release of her new book, Knit to Flatter.

The Third Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening June 27-30th.

The New England Weavers Seminar (NEWS) is happening July 11-14, on the Smith College campus.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 309: Kathy talks with Amy Herzog

Saturday, April 27th, 2013
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Guest:
 Kathy talks with Amy about her new book: Knit to Flatter - The only instructions you’ll ever need to knit sweaters that make you look good and feel great!

Amy talks about how she began with a series of online tutorials that she called Fit to Flatter which became a wonderful class  and is now a fantastic book! Knit to Flatter teaches you how to understand that the shape of your body, and not so much your numerical measurements, has a bigger impact on what garments look best on you and how to choose the right shapes to enhance your best features.

The Stoker pattern from Knit to Flatter, featuring Valley Yarns Stockbridge.

She also reminds us that it’s OK to use a pattern you really like as a starting point, altering it to fit your shape and that yarn choice make a big difference in the final garment.

Please join us on June 6th to meet Amy, celebrate the release of the book and get your own copy signed!

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Superwash, and Plymouth Encore remain on sale through May 31st!

39th Anniversary Sale:  May yarns preview – sale prices will post May 1st.
(note this is not the full list of products on sale in May)
Knitter’s Pride Needle Sets
Reminder:

Today is the last day to stop in the store, or place an order online, and have 5% of your purchase count towards the One Fund Boston.

Upcoming Events: 

The full line-up of Summer classes is now open for registration. Check out some of our guest teachers: Ann Budd, Stephen West, Gail Zucker and Jason Collingwood!

The annual Tent Sale on May 18th and 19th.

The Third Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening June 27-30th.

The New England Weavers Seminar (NEWS) is happening July 11-14, on the Smith College campus.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 306: Kathy talks with Donna Druchunas

Saturday, April 6th, 2013
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 Kathy talks with Donna about her path into the knitting world, she began as a computer tech writer and at the prompting of a friend began to transfer to writing about something she loved – knitting! She now writes books and teaches as well as tech editing for independent designers and translating German knitting books into English. She has a new book in the works on knitting in Lithuania with history, culture and telling that culture’s story through knitting; similar to her book Arctic Lace.

  

Donna has also worked to develop 2 different apps for iPad and iPhone. First there was the Knit Companion app and her newest is Travel the World of Knitting with embedded stitch video tutorial and a collection of new patterns.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

39th Anniversary Sale Highlights

New Closeouts
Upcoming Events: 

Join us at  Stitches South! this week in the Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre April 11-14th in Atlanta, GA.

Don’t forget about the Tent Sale on May 18th and 19th!

The Third Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening June 27-30th.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 305: Kathy talks with Sally Melville

Saturday, March 30th, 2013
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Guest: Kathy talks with Sally Melville about her new book, Knitting Pattern Essentials: Adapting and Drafting Knitting Patterns for Great Knitwear.

This book is about adapting patterns to make sure that you’ll get something you love but it also helps you to draft patterns to create garments you’ll really wear. Beginner knitters can use the book to check measurements and patterns for basic fit. Intermediate knitters can see if sleeves were drafted to fit well and Advanced knitters can liberate themselves from patterns entirely.

Chapter 8: Fabrics, Finishes and Fixes is particularly useful, and Sally’s favorite chapter! This chapter helps you to clarify and fulfill the sometimes cryptic instructions in patterns. In this book you won’t find instructions for how to do things like long-tail cast-on but you will find instruction on when to use that cast-on.

Steve’s Yarn Picks 

Our 39th Anniversary Sale starts this Monday, April 1! You’ll find Plymouth Encore (cream is currently on back order from Plymouth, we expect to have it back in stock mid-month), Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Superwash on sale both months. Some of the highlights in the April portion of the sale include Cashmerino Aran, Valley Yarns Longmeadow, Lopi, Classic Elite Magnolia, Araucania Huasco.

The Rivers’ Family Music Meltdown and Book Bash! is happening today, here in Northampton. Check it out if you’re in the area!

Thanks to everyone that came out during the storm to see June Hemmons Hiatt.

Upcoming Events: 

Join us at  Stitches South! in the Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre April 11-14th in Atlanta, GA.

Don’t forget about the Tent Sale on May 18th and 19th!

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Ready, Set, Knit! 299: Kathy talks with Judith Durant

Saturday, February 9th, 2013
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[Note: Sorry about the delay of this episode. A power outage from Nemo was the cause. Episode 299 is now available in iTunes or listen here on the blog. Enjoy!]

Don’t Forget - next week, on Feb 16th, we will air Show #300! To celebrate we are giving away three $300 gift cards.  The winners will be announced on the show.

Guest: Kathy and Judith talk about the career path that lead to her current book: Knitting Know-How: Techniques, Lessons and Projects for Every Knitter’s Library, co-authored with Dorothy Ratigan.

They also discuss what an amazing resource the book is, almost a master class in one volume. From basic fiber theory, tools and techniques to patterns that not only tell you what to do but why and how different stitches and techniques are used.

And don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a class with Judith and Dorothy! They will be here at WEBS on Saturday, April 6, from 10am-3pm

Steve’s Yarn Picks – Check out our Spring 2013 Catalog online, physical copies will be arriving in mailboxes soon!

Thanks to everyone that came out for our Big Game Event last Sunday. The staff and customers had a wonderful time (almost as much fun as Oreo during the blackout!)

Reminder: Next week is Valentine’s Day, we have a quick, free pattern: Heartfelt Coasters, the perfect little gift for all your knit and crochet friends.

Upcoming Events: 

February 15-18 Debbie Stoller will be at the Rowe Conference Center for a weekend long workshop: Raging Wool

Monday February 18th Debbie Stoller will be at WEBS from 3-5pm! She’ll be teaching a one hour lace workshop and then signing books. The class is free but Registration is required.

Stitches West – February 21-24 in Santa Clara, CA.

Norah Gaughan and the Berroco Design Team will be at WEBS on Thursday, March 7th from 6-8pm

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Ready, Set, Knit! 296: Kathy talks with Betsy Perry of Classic Elite

Saturday, January 19th, 2013
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Guest:
 Kathy and Betsy talk about the new Classic Elite Book: Shawls, Wraps and Scarves. Betsy and several of the designers will be here at WEBS to introduce you to the book and designs on January 24th, be sure to register now!

Betsy and Kathy also discuss the versatility of the items featured in the book, and how adventurous you can be with these simple shapes just by varying your yarn, color and stitch choice.

If you are in New York City you can see Betsy at Vogue Knitting Live today!

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Kathy’s Magazine Picks

Upcoming Events:

Classic Elite Yarns Shawls, Wraps and Scarves book launch on Thursday,January 24th, register now!

Pre-Game Sunday Escape, Feb 3rd from noon-4:00PM

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31 Days to Get Organized: Organizing Your Craft Books, Magazines, & Pattern Books

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
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Wow! We’re just about halfway done with organizing our knitting and crocheting lives. I’ve been impressed with all of the work you’ve been doing so far this month. Great job everyone!

Next up we’re tackling our knitting and crochet patterns. Today we’re going to sort through our books, pattern books, and magazines – all those patterns we might keep on a bookshelf. We’ll cover organizing single patterns tomorrow and digital patterns and eBooks on Saturday.

Gather Your Stash

If your bookcases are overflowing with knitting books, craft magazines, and crochet patterns, today’s task is perfect for you. Start by pulling all of your craft books, pattern books, and magazines off of your shelves. You might have these spread all over the house. Some of them may be hiding in a stack on a table or desk. Collect them all into one place.

Pre-Sort Your Stash

If you have a sizable collection, do some pre-sorting as you’re pulling everything together. Don’t spend too much time with this step. Don’t start flipping through the pages yet. This will slow you down. Just start stacking in broad categories like pattern booklets, magazines, knitting books, crochet books. This will speed up your finer sorting stage later. Also if you need to break up today’s task over a few days, it’ll be easier to sit down one day and just tackled magazines for example.

De-Stash

Now it’s time to make some decisions. What are you going to keep and what are you going to get rid of? This is going to feel a little like when you were de-stashing your yarn – keep, give away, toss. Keep anything you think you will use someday. I have a rule for myself I try to follow. If a book, magazine, or pattern book doesn’t have at least 3 patterns that I will make someday, I get rid of it.

Your tastes change over time too. Maybe you bought some sock books at one point, but realize after knitting some that you actually hate making socks. No reason to keep them. Getting rid of duplicates is a no-brainer too. When you’re done going through your stacks, consider getting rid of your give-away pile the same way you got rid of some of your yarn. Books and patterns are great additions to a yarn swap.

Fine Tune Your Sort

Go through your keepers and start sorting them like you would want to store them. Group your magazines by publisher and sort them by date. Magazines are floppy, so I like to store them in magazine files since they don’t take up much space on a shelf. A magazine binder also works great. I find pattern books kind of floppy too and tend to get lost on a shelf, especially the kind with stapled spines. So I like to keep these in magazine files too.

For books, I sort them by craft, and then sort them further by how to, stitch dictionaries, and pattern collections. Most books fall into one of these three categories. Others may prefer to sort by author name or book title. When I’m looking for a book, usually I’m looking for a type of book such as baby garments. Pick the sorting method that works for you.

Flag Your Favorites

Now comes the time consuming part. If you have trouble finding the patterns in your collection that you’re looking for, you might want to add this extra step. As you’re doing your fine sort, flip through the pages and mark your favorite patterns with a sticky note or tape flag. Sticky notes can be particularly nice since you can jot down the name or type of pattern on the edge of the note and have that portion stick out from the edge of the book. On Sunday, we’ll be covering more tips on how to track your pattern collection so you can find what you want.

Hope you have fun with this task. When I go through my pattern books and magazines, I always rediscover something I forgot about and get inspired all over again.

What is your favorite tip that helps you find the pattern you want from your pattern books and magazines?

- Dena