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Ready, Set Knit #280: Kathy talks with Norah Gaughan

Saturday, September 15th, 2012
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Guest: Kathy and Norah talk about the new book from the Berroco design team: Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Babies and Toddlers. With 50 designs there’s something for every skill set and design aesthetic.

The Snowflake Blanket, on page 25, one of Kathy’s favorite patterns from this book.

This is the perfect follow-up companion to their first collection: Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Upcoming Events:
Classes with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee! – Knitting for Speed and Efficiency and Knitting with Mawata
Valley Yarns Trunk Show, in store only! – September 20th
9th Annual Knit & Crochet for the Cure – in store only!
6th Annual Rhinebeck Roadtrip – October 20th.

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Ready, Set, Knit, #275: Kathy & Steve discuss the August Sale

Saturday, August 4th, 2012
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Guest: Kathy and Steve Talk about Stitches Midwest , look for us starting at booth 513. They also discuss the August Sale.

Highlights from the Sale include Reynolds Rise and Shine, Artful Yarns Serenade,  Cascade Yarns Soft Spun, Cascade Cloud 9, S. Charles Collezione Panne, S. Charles Collezione Tinka, 4/8 Wool Millend, 2/8 Wool Millend, Ironstone Brushed Mohair, Valley Yarns 60/2 Silk, Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk, and Valley Yarns  Rayon Chenille. Be sure to check the website for additional sale yarns that are not listed on the mailer.

The new 2012 Weaving Sourcebook has been mailed, you can request a catalog online.

New Fall classes will post in the next few weeks.

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Steve and Kathy had a small guest in the studio that agreed with all of Steve’s yarn picks!
Upcoming Events

No Podcast next week but we’ll be back with a new show on 8/18/12!

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The Buzz at WEBS – June 15, 2012

Friday, June 15th, 2012
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The Buzz at WEBS

Even if we aren’t all knitters, we’re still connected to yarn somehow in our lives. This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about gifts we’ve received, projects we’d like to knit, and a very exciting new book.

My co-workers gave me this beautiful afghan that they knit in Berroco Vintage as a wedding gift for me and my husband, who also works at WEBS.  I love it so so much.  It’s incredibly soft, machine washable and they couldn’t have picked better colors!  They also did a great job keeping their plans a secret at work.  I never suspected a thing! > Lindsey T.

My mom made this hat out of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Charcoal for me. I really like how soft is is and it’s warm without suffocating my head! I can wash it and dry it too without it shrinking. < Jeff G.

Madelinetosh Merino Light in Fathom – My wife recently knit me a hat with this yarn and I love it. The colors are great and it feels really nice on my head. It’s warm and stylish! > Ken T.

Valley Yarns 448 Fiddlehead Set and Southwick Yarn – I packed this into an order the other day and was really into how Emma used the fiddlehead motif in the design of the mitts and beret. I like that she chose Southwick because it is soft and lightweight for the Spring. > Angela Z.

One of our store managers, Leslie Ann Bestor, wrote Cast On Bind Off, a book all about the many ways to cast on and bind off for projects. I love how it’s spiral bound so it lays flat on the couch while I’m following along. I thought I was done buying knitting reference books, but this one I just had to have. Nothing else in my collection is so comprehensive. > Grace H.

The Buzz at WEBS – January 6, 2012

Friday, January 6th, 2012
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Check out what the staff at WEBS is buzzing about this week.

Our Valley Yarns Longmeadow is one of my favorite yarns. It’s a wonderful cotton/acrylic blend that behaves nicely when knitting or crocheting with it. We’ve added two lovely new colors — Winter Lake & Persimmon. There are also lots of pattern choices for this yarn as well! > Kathy E.

The Manos del Uruguay Molly Vest is a wonderful project. My daughter knitted it while she was home visiting for a week. She used the Wool Clasica and the finished garment was great. She wore it home. I have recommended it to many customers and have received only positive reviews. It is high up on my list of knitted projects. If only I can get the time! > Marion H.

I’ve fallen in love with the new natural yarn closeouts we’ve received. Plymouth Yarn Earth Homestead is buttery soft with a lofty twist. I’m toying with the idea of making a cabled jacket out of this. Something that I can run my hands over frequently. Fibra Natura Shepherd’s Own is begging to be made into a blanket, something I can throw across my lap while I’m working with it. Both worsted yarns come in a beautiful range of natural hues, with lovely stitch definition and generous yardage. > Cara S.

Just before Christmas, I found my copy of Tot Toppers Plaid Hatter by Kate Oates and decided to make my kids and grandkids each one. Thankfully I had already stocked up on Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage Limited Edition Short Skeins and they worked out beautifully. Hopefully all the hats will be done by Sunday when we get together to exchange gifts. > Lise G.

I’m so excited that we have Gail Callahan’s new The Kangaroo Dyer’s Colorgrid in stock! The Colorgrid is a variation on the color wheel that really demystifies color for me. It’s a great tool for seeing what colors work together and how to add in other colors for pizzazz. I’m giving them to all my sisters, even the ones who don’t do fiber arts — the flower arranger and scrapbooker will use it as well! > Leslie Ann B.

I’m having fun playing with the Harrisville Designs Potholder Loom. Yes, making potholders with the included cotton loops is easy, nostalgic fun. But I’ve also been using the loom to make small soumac tapestry pictures. > Kirsten H.

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The Buzz at WEBS – December 2, 2011

Friday, December 2nd, 2011
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Here’s a few items the WEBS staff is buzzing about this week.

1. Valley Yarns Spotted Christmas Stocking – It’s a really fast, cute knit that’s a great way to welcome a new family member into your Christmas traditions. The main body is in a simple slip-stitch pattern which is easy to customize for different people. This pattern is available for free on our website. And we have stocking kits set up available in two color combinations. > Kirsten H.

2. Autumn Vines Beret in Madelinetosh Tosh Sport (color well water): This yarn was a joy to work with, which is no surprise. This colorway is so often backordered that I jumped at the chance to work it up. The Never Not Knitting pattern (available as a downloadable PDF) was easy to follow and a gratifying knit. Definitely a great gift knit. > Cara S.

3. Knitted Wild Animals by Sarah Keen – After I knitted the monkey from this book, I knew I would do more. I’ve made the zebra, panda, elephant and penguin. I am knitting my way through this great book. The giraffe is the latest. He is Eli and named for my favorite quarterback. All the animals live in Chicago with my family. What shall I make next? > Marion H.

4. Rollie StitchKeepers – Your project never comes off the DPNs with these stitch keepers. Reaching into my knitting bag and pulling out a project is not frightening anymore. > Gail C.

5. Standard Design Timberrr! Animal Prints – I love this new sheep print. Made by a local artist, this cutie would be perfect in a craft room or in the bedroom of a little future fiber-enthusiast! I like the look of the wood grain, and the little sticks as legs is an adorable detail. > Tina M.

The Buzz at WEBS – November 4, 2011

Friday, November 4th, 2011
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This week the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

1. Ever since I took Mary Jane Mucklestone’s “Colorful Knitting” class in the spring, I’ve been looking forward to her book. 200 Fair Isle Motifs is a great reference for Fair Isle patterns, and is filled with colorful, well-photographed swatches. Each motif offers four chart options, including a color variation, and a chart showing a suggested way of repeating the pattern.  With so much of the planning done for me by this book, I can’t wait to start plugging these motifs into projects! > Tina M.

2. I am saddened, though selfishly excited by the price, to see Rowan Calmer on our closeout shelves. This yarn has long been a favorite of mine, ever since I knit a log cabin baby blanket with it. A wonderously soft cotton, it has a bit of acrylic in it that adds a great spring. I feel a bit like Mr. Whipple, squeezing the bags of this great yarn. Many people have commented on what a great yarn it is for chemo caps. And judging by the number of bags of Calmer I see on WEBS’ staff desks right now, I think I’m not the only one who will miss it! > Leslie Ann B.

3. This time of year, a lot of future knitters come into the store hoping to find a way to make their family heartfelt gifts for the holidays, or a customer comes in looking for a good gift to help teach a friend or family how to knit. I always point them to the book I used to learn knitting, Debbie Stoller’s Stitch ‘n Bitch, and a couple of balls of Valley Yarns Northampton or Amherst for practice. The book has cute but clear illustrations and some simple accessory patterns, and is, in my opinion, the easiest to follow of any of our learn to knit books. > Elisabeth P.

4. I knit these fingerless mittens out of Louisa Harding Grace Silk & Wool last spring and barely had a chance to use them. Now that it’s cold again they’ve entered my accessory rotation as a regular feature (I have a bit of an accessory addiction!) I fell in love with this deep coral-y peach color the day it arrived as a closeout. I love the way stockinette fabric looks in this single-ply yarn, while the silk content makes them surprisingly warm. > Emma W.

5. We recently added Madelinetosh PDF knitting patterns to our website and I completely fell in love with the Brick Road Cowl. It comes in a short and long version and is knit in the popular Tosh Merino Light. But now the dilemma of color choice. Which two of the 30 colors we carry do I want? > Dena C.

The Buzz at WEBS – October 7, 2011

Friday, October 7th, 2011
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This week the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

1. Contemporary Irish Knits by Carol Feller – Finally, a traditional knitting book with whimsy, history and garment fitting considerations. Chapter openings give you a peak into the local knitting industry followed with a fresh combo of traditional and modern garments. Filled with versatile knits for the whole family in glorious tweeds (and a couple ones bookmarked for yourself too). > Cara S.

2. Madelinetosh Tosh DK has now made my list of favorite yarns.  I was looking for a yarn with deep, varied shades of purple for a friend’s birthday gift and this yarn, in the color Clematis, jumped right off the shelf at me. The yarn is soft, easy to knit and has a lovely bit of spring to it.  It also blocked beautifully.  (The pattern I used is Springtime Bandit, but I didn’t knit the edging.) > Tina M.

3. I am truly excited about the Exploring Tunisian class! I’m mulling over new color combinations for the work I will do with the class and I can’t wait to see their Ah-ha! moments with this technique. > Sara D.

4. I just finished a last minute gift for my great aunt out of Valley Yarns Northfield Hand Dyed in Denim. I absolutely love hand dyed yarns and how each skein is unique. This particular one had more purple and dark blue tones than the other skeins and I love the way the colors flowed. Northfield is a great yarn to work with and the shawl worked up quickly, but was still soft and warm. I used the basic triangle shawl pattern by Kirsten Hipsky and made my own crocheted edging. > Grace H.

5. Knitting America by Susan M. Strawn – Melanie Falick’s foreword to this book drew me in and I am loving the historical aspect of knitting it presents. I sometimes forget what a historical section of the country we live in and loved reading about the collections from Historic Deerfield. Not only are there wonderful stories like the rallying of wives and mothers to help knit socks  for the bloodied feet of the men under George Washington but there is poetry, prose and some wonderful old patterns. I must admit, I have been knitting long enough that some of the old patterns are in my stash! In the disposable product age we live in today, it is refreshing to read about making things that were necessary to every day life and used to threadbare stages. > Lise G.

The Buzz at WEBS – August 26, 2011

Friday, August 26th, 2011
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This week the staff is buzzing about…

1. Everything is cuter when it’s tiny. And with Anna Hrachovec’s new Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi book, there is a ton of cute to go around. I’m particularly excited about the smallest knitted baked potato I’ve ever seen. > Dena C.

2. My hands were itchy for a project while working at Sock Summit and I found myself gravitating towards the squishy and silky Shalimar Breathless. I thought that the Jade color would be perfect for my sister’s birthday coming up soon. I looked around the booth and saw Kirsten’s simple and beautiful shawl Valley Yarns B6 Basic Triangle Shawl pattern. It was really nice to have a smooth and simple knit to show off the subtle variations of color in this yarn. So much fun! > Cara S.

3. S.Charles Collezione Panne – It’s nice to have a chenille option for customers that is great for knitting and crocheting as opposed to the many chenille cones in the warehouse that are better suited for weaving. > Heidi R.

4. I knitted Highland Fling for the store. I loved the yarn (Classic Elite Vista) and found the pattern well written. The pattern book has other nice patterns too. > Marion H.

5. As soon as I saw the sample skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky, I knew I had to bargain with Karen so that I could be the one to knit a store project out of it! Ysolda’s Ripley is an easy and satisfying knit and only uses one skein of this new addition to the Tosh family. Like all Tosh yarns, the colors are gorgeously saturated and the heavier weight flies off the needles. > Emma W.

The Buzz at WEBS – August, 19, 2011

Friday, August 19th, 2011
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This week the staff is buzzing about…

1. Recently I was at Sock Summit. As crazy as it sounds, surrounded by an entire marketplace of gorgeous sock yarn, one skein kept calling out to me – and it was in our booth!  Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, in the colorway Kale, was too pretty to pass up that weekend, so I cast on for a hat to help keep my hands busy while we waited for dinner and on the trip home. Knit on size US 5 needles, I am so happy with the drape of the fabric and the crisp stitch definition in the cables.  I’m glad this yarn finally caught my eye. > Tina M.

2. A lot of the older issues of Interweave Crochet Magazine are now out-of-print. But The Best of Interweave Crochet includes some of my favorite patterns such as Northern Dream Pullover, Babette, and Luna Sweater. What a great collection! > Dena C.

3. Swans Island Worsted – This gorgeous certified organic merino yarn features all natural dyes. It is an exquisite merino that is worth considering for your next special project. > Kathy E. (Note: Patterns for this yarn coming soon.)

4. The Fibre Company’s completely awesome new yarn, Acadia, felt like knitting with a fluffier, bouncier version of my former favorite yarn of theirs, Terra! I love the rustic texture, gorgeously saturated color, and the sheen from the silk; the complexity of the yarn worked really well with the pattern, Kate Gagnon Osborn’s Avery Cowl, which is a free Ravelry download. I was so sad to give this up, I think I’ll probably be buying enough of this for a sweater sometime in the near future! > Elisabeth P.

5. I have been scoping out my next weaving project for several months. And every time I walk by the weaving samples the Blue & White Striped Dishtowels catch my eye! I just love the feel of the Valley Yarns 8/2 Cotton Linen and the absorbancy it has is incredible. It has been a while since I have woven some towels for myself, I think it is high time for a fresh new set! > Karen M.


Austin Hoodie

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
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Hi Everyone

This time of year the store is changing almost on a daily basis.  The arrival of new yarns means things get moved around and reposition, sample garments are coming in from our suppliers and the staff is delirious from the new patterns to knit and crochet both for themselves as well as for the store.  It can be a little frustrating at times because I can go to look for a yarn or sample garment that was one place yesterday and not there today.  That is truly how fast things can change.

I was in the store gathering some yarn yesterday when I stopped dead in my tracks.  This sample may have been in the store for a bit but it was new to me.  I *heart* it:

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It’s the Austin Hoodie from Connie Chang Chinchio.  Our model was knit using 3 skeins of  Tosh Merino Light.  The sample is a size 32 and is shown in the color Jade.

Look at the lovely stitch detail on the front:

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The woven slip stitched band is created using the yarn doubled – very nice detail.

Here’s the back:

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The main body is worked in a larger than called for gauge which results in a lighter weight fabric.  It’s knit in one piece up to the armholes and features set in sleeves.  What’s even better is that the pattern offers six sizes from 32″-51 1/2″ bust circumference.

Hmm.  Maybe this should be on our short list for a KAL on Ready, Set, Knit?  What do you all think?

Kathy