Posts Tagged ‘knitting books’

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.

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39th Anniversary Sale Highlights

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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

Ready, Set, Knit! 292: Kathy talks with Vicki Howell

Saturday, December 15th, 2012
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Kathy and Vicki talk about her new book Step It Up Knits, a great collection of patterns to help you to build and hone your knitting skills.

They discuss Vicki’s wish to offer useful and beautiful patterns in a range of yarn options that are accessible to every knitter.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Reminder:

Shipping Deadlines for pre-holiday delivery are fast approaching! West Coast orders will need expedited shipping for guaranteed deliver before Christmas starting today.

WEBS is open Sundays through 12/23, from 12 to 5PM EST, for your holiday shopping convenience.

Upcoming Events:
Thursday Dec 20th, Event with Bruce Weinstein and his new book, Boyfriend Sweaters.
WEBS Annual Year End Blowout Sale, December 26th – 31st.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 291: Kathy talks with Bruce Weinstein

Saturday, December 8th, 2012
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Guest: 
Kathy and Bruce talk about his newest book Boyfriend Sweaters, and the fashion trend of woman wearing men’s style sweaters.

They also discuss shaping and sizing as well as yarn choice for creating the right fabric for your sweater.

Bruce will be in our store on Thursday Dec 20th signing copies of  his new book, Boyfriend Sweaters and he’s promised to bring cookies! Sign up for the event today.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

A big THANK YOU to everyone who donated to Team WEBS for the Annual Hot Chocolate Run to benefit Safe Passage last weekend. Between our team’s fundraising efforts and Kathy and Steve’s matching gift we were able to donate $8,600.00. Thanks to Mary and Pete for pulling everything together for the team and to every one of our staff that participated!

Reminder: WEBS is open Sundays through 12/23, from 12 to 5PM EST, for your holiday shopping convenience.

Upcoming Events: Year End Blowout Sale, December 26th – 31st.

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Ready, Set, Knit! #289: Kathy talks with Shannon Okey

Saturday, November 17th, 2012
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Kathy and Shannon talk about her experience publishing her own books, the history of Cooperative Press and it’s aim to better promote and compensate the authors and designers it publishes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Cooperative Press’s newest publication Needles and Artifice, the Quadrille Overbust Corset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 Dishcloth Diva and Boys’ Knits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                       Fresh Designs Hats and KnitEdge Magazine

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Thanks to everyone who placed an order or shopped in our store last week to help out with the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Based on sales, we have just made a donation of $15,050 to the American Red Cross to do our share for the folks who need it most.
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REMEMBER: Northampton Bag Day – November 17th – TODAY!,  In Store and In Stock only!
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No show next week. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
WEBS will be closing early on Wednesday 11/21 and closed all day, Thursday 11/22 for the holiday.
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We will be opening Sundays beginning next weekend on 11/25  through 12/23, from 12:00 to 5:00PM EST, for your holiday shopping convenience.
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Upcoming Events:
Thursday Dec 20th, Event with Bruce Weinstein and his new book, Boyfriend Sweaters.

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Ready, Set, Knit! #287: Kathy talks with Anna Dalvi

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
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Kathy and Anna discuss how she got into knitting, designing and writing her own patterns as well as her new e-book, Ancient Egypt in Lace and Color.

Printed copies can be purchased through Cooperative Press.

Anna researched ancient Egyptian art and decided to work with the 6 main colors. She designed two shawls for each color in this collection and let the designs develop from the associated meanings of each.

          Kathy’s favorite design,  Nefer                               Anna’s favorite,  Ra and Apep

Anna also discusses her yarn choices, how designs develop after the materials are chosen and how she works to support many independent dyers and smaller yarn companies.

Check out Anna’s first pattern collection:  Shaping Shawls

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Upcoming Events:
Franklin Habit will be here for classes and an event this week!
Event and book signing with Carol Sulcoski this week, as well!

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Ready, Set, Knit! #284: Kathy talks with Audrey Knight

Saturday, October 13th, 2012
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Guest: Kathy and Audrey discuss her new eBook, Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. The book is full of user friendly patterns and wonderful “Make it Yours” sections that encourage knitters to explore simple ways to add great detail, color and textural interest to their scarves.

Kathy is particularly fond of the first chapter where Audrey demonstrates the same scarf pattern made in 6 different yarns in varying weights.

Printed copies of Audrey’s book can be purchased through Cooperative Press.

Audrey will be teaching at Interweave Knitting Lab and at Stitches West.

Thanks to all the customers that came out for our 9th Annual Knit & Crochet for the Cure last Sunday! Our customers spent time knitting and crocheting wonderful fingerless gloves to be donated to Cancer Connection.

All 3 of our buses to the New York State Sheep and Wool Fair in Rhinebeck next weekend are full! Please contact Customer Service if you would like to be put on the waiting list. Sometimes we have last minute cancellations.

Steve’s at Stitches
Steve and the WEBS Crew have been setting up for Stitches East that is happening this weekend, they’ve brought 16 pallets of yarn and fixtures – about 120 boxes of yarn! You can find them in booths 701-707, 800-808, 810 and 812. Come see us Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-4.

We’ve got tons on Madelinetosh,  Blue Moon in garment quantities, Berroco yarns and the new Karbonz Needles from Knitter’s Pride.

WEBS Holiday Gift Guide 2012 Catalogs will begin arriving in mailboxes in a few weeks.

Upcoming Events:
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee will be here teaching, NEXT WEEK! October 17 and 18. Classes are full but you can be added to the waitlist by contacting Customer Service.
Franklin Habit will be here for classes and an event in early November. The event is now full!
Event and book signing with Carol Sulcoski on November 10th.

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