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Thank You

Friday, April 4th, 2014
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With the first quarter of 2014 is coming to a close we wanted to take a moment to thank some of the people that have made it such a success.

To Amy Herzog, Melissa LaBarre and Doris Chan,
Thank you for your creative vision, and for turning our yarns into works of wearable art.

To Madelinetosh,
Thank you for sharing your gorgeous colors with us.

(If you haven’t yet gotten any, there are just a few skeins left of our 40th Anniversary Valley Superwash DK hand dyed by Madelinetosh. When they’re gone, they’re gone!)

To Della Q,
Thank you for the perfect project bag.

(There are just a few of these limited edition bags left. Get one while you can!)

To Barbara Elkins, Judie Yamamoto, and Carol Birtwistle,
Thank you for creating amazing textiles with our yarns.

To Norah Gaughan and the Berroco team,
Thank you for breathing new life into some classic Berroco designs, just for us.

To Stamell Stringed Instruments,
Thank you for letting us come home one more time, and for being a beautiful location for photography.

(The house that Stamell’s occupies is the former home of WEBS)

And thanks to You, our customers,
You have made the start of our 40th Anniversary year just amazing. Thanks for being here with us.

We’ve got so much more to share with you! Our second round of celebrations launch next Monday, April 7th. More yarn, more designs, and more specialty products!

The Thornes Pullover from Amy Herzog

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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Your response to our first two guest designer patterns has been wonderful. It’s time to highlight the third pattern from our first round of specialty yarns and designers. Amy Herzog designed the Thornes Pullover to be a classic silhouette with special details.

 

About the design Amy says, “The Thornes Pullover from Valley Yarns is a classic, comfortable turtleneck pullover that adds understated elegance to any outfit. The reverse stockinette stitch fabric lends a soft, approachable look to the sweater and makes the color changes in this slightly variegated colorway more subtle. The ribbed trim and twisted stitch detailing give a bit of flair to an otherwise basic staple. I was thrilled to be given such lovely materials for my design for WEBS’ 40th Anniversary celebration. Thornes is worked in their Valley Yarns Superwash DK, in a special color dyed by Madelinetosh called “Magnolia Leaf”. To me, this is the perfect blend of autumn colors. It’s slightly darker than shown in these pictures, like looking at the pattern of fall foliage across a hillside. Incredible.”

And while the gorgeous Magnolia Leaf colorway of the 40th Anniversary Valley Superwash DK hand-dyed by Madelinetosh has sold out this sweater works up beautifully in the solid colors of our Valley Superwash DK, like the Forest colorway.

 

The Windchill Cardigan from Melissa LaBarre

Friday, February 7th, 2014
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We’ve been so thrilled with your response to our first specialty yarn and dedicated patterns. We thought it was time to share another pattern highlight with you. Melissa LaBarre designed the Windchill Cardigan for us and it’s just stunning!

About her relationship with WEBS:

I’m so happy to be one of the designers for Webs’ 40th anniversary. Webs has been a big part of my life for more than a decade.
I discovered Webs when I started knitting again, just over 10 years ago. What a place to discover when you’re a new knitter. I think I started by buying 2 of everything and making a bunch of fancy scarves.
Years later, knitting had become a big part of my life. I started designing and picked up a part-time job at Webs. During my 2 years there, I co-wrote 2 knitting books, New England Knits and Weekend Hats.
Now I’m a work-at-home designer and mother of a toddler girl, with another baby girl on the way. My designs had shifted from adult garments to accessories and baby designs in the last year, so it was fun to design my first adult sweater in a year for Webs’ anniversary.
You can check out more of Melissa’s patterns on our site, on her Ravelry page or follow her on Facebook!

Let the Games Begin!

Friday, January 31st, 2014
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I’m almost finished with the sweater I’m knitting, and not a moment too soon: I’ve entered into the madness that is the Ravellenic Games. Ravelry, the social-media site for all things fiber, holds it’s own version of the Olympics, complete with teams, medals, training, reportage, and a ceremony for awards. It’s the Ravellenic Games, and I’m a proud member of Team Knitting Dead — we who are devoted to the television show “The Walking Dead.” The idea is that you cast on your project at the exact beginning of the Opening Ceremony, and you have until the last minute of the Closing Ceremony to complete your work.

STEPPINPDFHUDSON.zoom.1 Because I’m a big bet-hedger, I’m making a cowl. The Hudson Cowl by Steppingstone Fiber Creations really appeals to me. It’s simple but not boring, and I think I’ll be able to make at least one before the torch is extinguished in Sochi and makes it’s way to wherever the heck the next Winter Games are being held.

What to make it in, you ask? Why, some absolutely jewel-like 40th Anniversary MadelineTosh, our own Valley Superwash DK hand dyed by the geniuses at MadelineTosh. I think Baltic will make the texture of this 40THSUPERD.BALTIC.zoom.1neckwarmer stand out and coincidentally matches a lot of my winter sweaters. I think I’ll bring home the gold before the zombie apocalypse strikes!

The Cousteau Shawl from Doris Chan

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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As WEBS enters it’s 40th year we’ve been lucky enough to enlist some amazing designers to help us celebrate. We’ll be highlighting each designer throughout the year, first up we have Doris Chan who has crafted the gorgeous Cousteau Shawl for us.

About her relationship with WEBS:

I have been a WEBS customer for over a decade. Before I was a crochet designer, before I knew much about yarn at all, it was at a WEBS vendor booth at a knitting event where I was first introduced to the joys of buying great yarn by the bag. I must have browsed that display for an hour before taking the plunge and grabbing up 10 hanks of a lusciously luxe DK weight chrome yellow silk I and haven’t looked back since.

Much later I began receiving WEBS print catalogs. The first one I saw was in 2010. I was impressed at how Kathy Elkins openly and enthusiastically welcomed crocheters to her store by including crochet in her editorial comments, in WEBS design offerings, and on the pages of the catalog and website. I wrote and told her so, and was completely charmed by her reply. It didn’t take much coaxing on her part to start me thinking about designing with the WEBS house brand Valley Yarns. I felt confident that my work would be in good hands. In 2011, much to my delight, my Valley Cowl debuted in the WEBS line-up, along with full pattern support and tutorials.

In June 2011 I finally met Kathy at a TNNA industry event. I remember laughing. A lot. Our professional connection and personal friendship continues to grow out of mutual admiration. It didn’t take much coaxing on my part to get Kathy to support the Crochet Guild of America; WEBS is now a major sponsor of the CGOA Design Competition. It is an honor to be invited to participate in the WEBS 40th Anniversary and a pleasure to present this design, the Coutsteau Shawl, in a special hand-dyed edition of Valley Superwash DK. Congratulations to Kathy and to WEBS!

About her design for our 40th Anniversary Doris offers these tips:

Stitch Pattern Notes

Although the stitch pattern and trim have designated RS and WS rows, the faces of the fabric are so similar that the shawl is viewable and wearable from either side.

Advanced Tips for Working With Custom Dyed Colors

These special hand-dyes can vary from hank to hank. To avoid the stripes or blocks that may appear if you completely work each new hank in turn, you may wish to work a couple of rows, then switch hanks. For fewer cut ends, I prefer to work with three feeds at the same time; one feed is wrapped and carried up as you go at each end, every row. Because of the increasing stitch pattern at the end of every row, the best place to change yarn feeds is not in the very last stitch, but a couple of stitches before the end. This interior wrap and carry, if done neatly and fairly relaxed, is nearly invisible and should not hamper the stretchiness of the edge shells.

It’s our 40th Anniversary!

Monday, January 20th, 2014
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Windchill PromoWe’re so excited to officially launch our 40th Anniversary celebrations and to share with you our first round of spectacular specialty products.

WEBS has teamed up with Madelinetosh to bring you our own Valley Yarns Superwash DK dyed in 19 of your favorite Madelinetosh colors and an exclusive Ruby colorway for our 40th year. This yarn is only available at WEBS and in limited quantities so get it while you can!

We’ve also partnered with 3 amazing designers who have worked their magic with this yarn.

Doris Chan designed the Cousteau Shawl that shows off the drape and movement of the Superwash DK beautifully and just seems to shimmer in the Cousteau colorway.

Melissa LaBarre’s  Windchill Cardigan, designed using the Baroque Violet colorway, is an easy, open front cardigan with great hem and neckline details.

And Amy Herzog worked with the Magnolia Leaf colorway to design a classic wardrobe staple with a few simple, yet  modern twists in the Thornes Pullover.

And this is just the start. We’ll have new and exclusive designs from some of your favorite designers throughout the year in some of our favorite Valley Yarns and each quarter we’ll bring you a new and exclusive hand dyed yarn.

As if all this amazing yarn and patterns weren’t enough, you can tote your new project around in a brand new, exclusive to WEBS, della Q bag! There will be a new bag from della Q each quarter.

We’ll also be unveiling new weaving drafts from long-time friends of WEBS, and some of our favorite weaving instructors throughout the year. Additionally, as part of our year-long celebration, we’re sponsoring a Weaving Contest with 4 different categories and 3 prizes per category! Full details and contest rules are available on our website.

We’ve got so much more for you this year. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Instagram, and on Ravelry for all the latest.

Thank you for 40 years and thank you for making us America’s Yarn Store!

Even More Employee Wishlists

Monday, December 16th, 2013
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We’ve asked one last bunch employees what’s on their personal wishlists. After all, if it’s on the wishlist of a WEBS employee you know it’s a good choice for the fiber enthusiast in your life!

Hi, I’m Kirsten and I’m a designer! Kirsten is our Valley Yarns Design Manager.

My holiday wishlist includes:

1. 1/20nm Wool Cashmere Mill End – I’ve spent most of my life working in yarn stores, so believe me when I say this stuff is special! It’s an amazing value and a great thickness for weaving, lace knitting or crocheting, or for plying into a thicker yarn. Closeouts like this don’t come around much anymore.

2. Run Run Run Italian Shopper – The more sturdy tote bags in my life, the better. Since this one can fold up and go in my purse, I’ll never be without a shopping bag.

3. Lavishea Lotion Bars – So important for keeping my hands in good condition in the winter. Make mine lavender, please!

4. Debra’s Garden Needle Gauge Pendant – I have a number of inexpensive needle sizing tools, but they’re never to be found when I need them. I bet this awesome pendant would solve that problem.

5. Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Crochet Hook Set – It feels like I’m discovering a new use for crochet hooks every day: threading garment tags, fixing knit stitches, weaving in ends, actual crocheting. Time to ditch the hodgepodge of hooks in my toolkit and grab a great, color-coded set.

 

Hi, I’m Bonnie and I’m a knitter and spinner. Bonnie is our Assistant Store Manager.

My holiday wishlist includes:

1.Knitters Pride Symfonie Rose Interchangeable Needle Set- I’m in love with the needles.  They are light weight and have a great point for working with lace weight.  I also love the nice case they come in so they are easy to store and keep organized.

2. Highlighter Tape is a must-have for any project.  It helps me keep my place on projects, whether it be with charts or just keeping my place on a pattern.  This has been a life saver for me because I tend to have many projects going and I know right where I left off, because I have it marked with the tape.

3. Madelinetosh Merino Light - This would be a great gift for me because I have many scarves/shawls in my Ravelry Queue.  This yarn is one of my top choices for yarns in this weight.

4.Camel Down- One of my favorite fibers to spin up.  Feels like cashmere but half the price.

5. Artyarns Ensemble 4- wonderful high end yarn that is a blend of silk and cashmere.  I would NEVER turn this yarn away!  Hint Hint!

 

Hi, I’m Stephanie and I’m a knitter and spinner. Stephanie is one of our Store Co-Managers.

My holiday wishlist includes:

1. Schoppe Zauberball Starke 6 – This is sport weight sock yarn,  which is not all that easy to find, and it comes in a gorgeous array of colors. Since I’m a frequent sock knitter, I’m partial to color #2082 if you want to buy me a present.

2. The Field Guide to Fleece by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius - I love reference books and this would be a welcome addition to my bookshelves.  100 sheep breeds and their fibers are featured in this small volume, in addition to clear photos and suggestions for best uses of each fiber.  A must for fleece shopping at wool festivals.

3.  The Reisenthal small Allrounder - Like many folks, I can’t have too many bags and these are well-made, reasonably priced and come in a variety of bold prints.  It can be used as a project bag and a purse with lots of roomy pockets for doodads and necessities.

4. Bobbins for my Schacht Matchless and my Lendrum DT. Since I don’t get around to plying my spun singles very often, this way I can have as many unfinished spinning projects as I do knitting projects.

5. New fiber from Sweet Georgia - 100%  superwash Blue Faced Leicester, caught my eye as soon as it arrived. Rich saturated colors ensure a spun yarn with lots of character and interest.

 

Hi, I’m Dena and I’m a knitter who wants to be a better crocheter. Dena is our E-Commerce Marketing Manager.

My holiday wishlist includes:

1. 6 oz of Jaggerspun Zephyr in Turquoise – So I can knit the Shetland Trader Laar cardigan.

2. Clover Soft Stitch Ring Markers – My stitch markers are always disappearing. I think my sofa is eating them.

3. Knitter’s Pride Karbonz Interchangeable Circular Starter Set – I love my Knitter’s Pride interchangeable needles. And this Karbonz Starter Set would be a nice addition to my collection.

4. Unexpected Afghans by Robyn Chachula – I love so many of the blankets from this book and think it would be a fun way to expand my crochet skills.

5. Be Sweet Skinny Wool – Surprise me with 3 colors so I can make a stripy shawl. But it can include the Sea Green color, I would be extra happy.

Ready, Set, Knit! 322: Kathy talks with Steve

Saturday, August 10th, 2013
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Guest: Kathy talks with Steve from Stitches Midwest.  Steve and the team traveled out to Schaumburg Illinois earlier in the week to set up our booths, between aisles 500 and 600. The sales floor is open to registered students on Thursday evening and opened to the public starting Friday morning through Sunday afternoon.

We have an exclusive debut of the new Madeline Tosh yarn ASAP, a limited supply of Perfectly Plush Single Ply from Dream in Color, and we’re also the only vendor at Stitches Midwest with kits for Chelsea’s Shawl to benefit Chelsea’s Light.

 Steve’s Yarn Picks

Be sure to check out the My Mountain Hat contest on the Schachenmayr website or on their Facebook page.

Reminder:

A copy of Big Foot Knits will be e-mailed to the following, randomly chosen, winners from the contest last week:

#1 – Sally who said, “I can knit a generic sock. Knitting a sock that fits is a different story. Thanks for writing this book.”

and

#2 – Naiaha who said, “This book would be great for me! I sometimes knit socks for myself (women’s size 5.5) but I more often knit socks for DH (men’s size 10.5.) When sock patterns provide only one size, it just doesn’t cut it!”

Thanks to everyone that commented, you had some great reasons for wanting (or needing!) this book:

- hubby has huge feet
- Because I collect GOOD sock books
- My son-in-law … wears a size 16-17 shoe… no patterns go this large.
- my feet are two different sizes so I’d like to learn how to make socks that fit both my feet!.
- Because I have so much sock yarn sitting around that I bought from WEBS!
- I love knitting awesome socks for my fabulously large feet.

- I … have, ahem, curvy foot proportions!

Upcoming Events:

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

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WEBS Staff Spotlight – Andrea

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
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Andrea works in the WEBS shipping department and absolutely loves knitting with Madelinetosh yarns. Today, we’re highlighting Andrea and her talent for turning these hand dyed yarns into stunning projects.

Tangled Yoke Cardigan by Eunny Jang knit in Tosh Sport in Bloomsbury

What’s your favorite Madelinetosh base to work with?
I’d have to say it’s a tie between Merino Light and Vintage. First of all, I love the way both take the dye.  The Merino Light knits up into a drapey, light fabric that doesn’t pill easily, despite being a single-ply. Vintage is an awesome workhorse yarn – it softens up nicely after blocking and keeps its amazing color, will not pill and can stand up to more abuse!

What colorway do you like to work with the most?
Now this is pretty impossible to answer, but I’ll try. As all Madelinetosh fans know, the colors are indescribably beautiful. Always complex, the color can be deep and saturated – or subtle and soft. I have some favorites, but picking one (or five) is just not possible: Tart, Fathom, and Forestry are usually at the top of my list, but I could keep going…

Top left: Norie knit in Pashmina in Tart
Top right:  The Amanda Hat knit in Tosh Vintage in Mansfield Garden Party

Bottom left: Column of Leaves knit in Tosh Vintage in Forestry
Bottom right: Susie Rogers’ Reading Mitts knit in Tosh DK in Night Bloom 

You must have a favorite project. What is your favorite thing to make out of Madelinestosh?
Mostly sweaters, but I have made hats, scarves, stoles and cowls I love just as much out of Madelinetosh.

What is it about Madelinetosh yarns that you connect with? What separates it from other yarns?
Again, I’d say the complexity and saturation of the colors. Of course there are many beautiful yarns out there, but the Madelinetosh colors have their own distinctive character. The process that Amy uses is magical! I think she calls it some kind of “glazing” process. It creates multi-layered, subtle color variations that are fascinating and can be found on every centimeter. The bases are very high quality and lovely - they are the perfect canvas for the colors. I love the yarn itself, but for me the colors are what I fell in love with.
Before I worked at WEBS, I was (of course) a customer. My love for Madelinetosh started a few years ago with one skein of Tosh Sock in the Cedar colorway, which I noticed in the store from across the room – seriously.

Left: Citron knit in Tosh Prairie in Bloomsbury
Right: Francis Revisited knit in Tosh Merino DK in Mourning Dove

Andrea has been knitting for six years and hasn’t yet tried out any other fiber crafts, but weaving is next on the list!

What’s your favorite thing to make out of Madelinetosh yarns?

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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