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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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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.
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.
Upcoming Events:
Thursday Dec 20th, Event with Bruce Weinstein and his new book, Boyfriend Sweaters.

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Knitcircus Spring Issue Plus a Giveaway

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

The spring issue of the online magazine Knitcircus went up recently, and it’s definitely worth more than a once-over!

In this issue, you’ll find gorgeous shawls, beautiful garments for adults and kids, and great accessories. There are also a couple crochet patterns – a lovely shawl and a baby blanket and hat set. Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll find.

I’m particularly drawn to the socks that are pictured above. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been knitting socks, pretty much exclusively to try and catch up on a sock club I’m part of, and I think these would be great to have in my sock pattern collection. They look simple enough to knit up fast, but with enough interest so I actually want to knit them.

Gerberada is a pretty shawlette that is knit in Valley Yarns Franklin. I love the touch of lace on the edge with the addition of a few beads for a hint of sparkle!

The issue is also packed with interesting, informative articles you can read for free, including one on Aran design and another on armholes. There is also a recipe for hazlenut macarons that is quite tempting. To download all of the patterns, it is $7.99, or you can get a 5 issue subscription for $23.50.

We’re giving away two spring issues and one subscription. To win, head on over to Knitcircus and take a look. Come back here and leave a comment with which pattern you want to cast on for right away. Winners will be selected randomly and announced Friday. Please leave your comment by Thursday, February 10th at 11:59pm EST.

Happy Browsing,


Ready, Set, Knit Episode 190 – Interview with Anne Merrow

Monday, September 13th, 2010
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Hi Everyone!

The latest podcast is up and features a great chat I had with Anne Merrow.  Anne is the Editor of Interweave Press’ new eMag titled Sockupied.


It’s an innovative new on-line magazine that combines terrific editorial content with the latest that technology has to offer.  Beautiful design, easy navigation and embedded videos that support well written articles.

Check out the interview here.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Sockupied, you can do that over at Interweave Press.

If you opt to download Sockupied, I’d love for you to share your thoughts!



P.S.  Can you believe we are at episode #190 of Ready, Set, Knit??  We’re going to hit #200 around Thanksgiving.  I think that calls for a BIG celebration!

KnitScene Winter/Spring 2010

Monday, February 1st, 2010
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Hi Everyone

The latest issue of Knitscene magazine is out. 

I am pretty tickled with the projects in this issue.  Of the 27 projects that are featured in this issue – we carry the yarn for just about half of them (13 actually). 

A few of my faves you ask?  Well, sure, I can give you my personal highlights. 

First up is this bee-u-tiful cowl from the “Berroco Design Team” (hey Norah, hey Cirilia – great cowl!):

The Ninebark Cowl is knit in Berroco Lustra.  I opted to add the second photo as I think it’s truly the one that really shows how spectacular the colorwork in the cowl is:

Next – Helleborus Yoke.  I have not read what the significance behind the name is and I’m hopeful it’s included in the magazine. 

I love the stitch detail in this piece, I love the sleeve length and I love Tahki’s Tweedy Alpaca.  This is a winner all the way around.

Now I have to be honest.  I do not love the styling of this next garment, but then again, it’s not styled to appeal to my particular demographic.  This is an important point because this is the type of garment many knitters would look at,  judge it on the picture and move on.  I can wear this garment and would wear it – heck, I buy ready-to-wear like this but I would never wear it like this.  There’s not a right or wrong in this – just remember to really look at garments you see in magazines and pattern books and try to see the garment for what it is – you may pass over a few gems otherwise.

The Panbe Dress is adorable, fun and casual.  Knit in Classic Elite Sprout it makes a great spring/summer garment.  I envision it in jeans, maybe even capris, though being only 5’2″ I have to be careful not to chop my lines up too much.  The one thing I can guarantee – I will not be sporting these boots anytime soon.

Lastly, is my self-indulgence –  Boulevard Zip.  Let me just put it out there – it’s knit in our own Valley Yarns Springfield.


That is just a few of the many knittable, wearable garments in this issue of Knitscene.  I hope you find something(s) you like as well!


Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
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We have just received in the latest “special” issue from Interweave Knits.

This year’s Holiday Gifts issue is HUGE!  It has nearly 60 patterns – twice as many as most issues.  There are lots of great gift ideas, as you would expect.  Many are quick knits others are more involved.   There are several that spoke to me that I’d like to highlight below:

First is the Ripple Cardigan designed by Coralie Meslin and knit in Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

This is a gorgeous cardigan that has a simple style but very interesting construction.  It is knit in multi-directional pieces.  The pattern has 6 sizes and depending on your size, you’ll need 4-7 skeins of Kidsilk Haze.

Next is the Little Majolica by Kristin Nicholas.  Without even showing a picture of this pullover, you know it’s going to be a colorwork masterpiece.

Told you so!  This stranded piece utilizes two colors.  As if that weren’t enough, Kristin introduces a two additional colors by utilizing the duplicate stitch.  Duplicate stitch is one of those underrated embellishing techniques.  I think this garment gives the duplicate stitch instant credibility.  Little Majolica is knit using Kristin’s signature yarn Julia – named after her beautiful daughter.

I’m also lovin’ Slip-Stitch Layers by Simona Merchant-Dest.  Knit in Mission Falls 136 Merino  Superwash, this simple but stylish pullover is absolutely a sweater I would wear.

Unlike stranded work, slip stitch only uses one color per row and the knitter “carries” or “slips” stitches from row to row.  In addition to creating a beautiful result, the fabric is also warm.  Perfect for folks like me who freeze all winter!  Slip-Stitch Layers is generously offered in 7 sizes and requires 7-11 skeins of MC and 4-6 skeins of CC.  Just remember our yarn discounts apply!

The “story” in this issue that really spoke to me was “One, Two, Three” – beautiful projects that utilize 3 or fewer skeins.  Here are the ones that I particularly like.

The Quicksilver Bag by Norah Gaughan.

Really, do I need to say more than that?  Probably not, but I will!  Adorable and functional with a simple construction.  The picture shows the bag as a casual accessory.  With the sheen and texture of Bonsai, I can imagine it sophisticated and dressy as well – change the handles and such and Poof!  A completely different bag.  It would also be beautiful knit in Bonsai Colors.  A great and easy gift too that is affordable!

As I’ve said previously, I freeze all winter.  When temps dip below 70 degrees I’m not happy.  Also well documented is my affection for cashmere.  Let me show you one of the ways I get through our long, cold New England Winters:

Cashmere.Fingerless.Mitts.  The delicate and feminine Wine and Roses Mitts were designed by Jolene Treace and were knit in Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 2-ply.   That would be One Skein of Cashmere.  I know, times are tight and even one skein of this lovely yarn is a bit pricey at $41.00.   Maybe this is your splurge, maybe it’s the project you find a nice substitution from your stash for.  I love the design and I think we all deserve a bit of luxury if possible.

Next up is a lovely project that features one of our Valley Yarns!  Building Block Scarves by Sarah Hoadley are knit in our Sugarloaf.

Sugarloaf is 52% Merino and 48% Acrylic Microfiber.  It’s super soft, knits at 4 sts/inch and has a nice drape.  I’m tickled with the results!  The construction is pretty neat too.  If utilizes a long cast-on to form the perimeter and then knit in the round to the center and features mitred corners.  Also, if you scroll back up to the cover image, guess what you’ll see!  One of the scarves!  I knew the scarves would be in this issue but I was simply tickled to see one of them on the cover!  Woohoo!  Congratulations Sarah and thank you Interweave!

Last but not least are the Kumara Red Socks.  How could I not favorite a sock pattern?  I think it has unofficially been the year of the sock.

The Kumara Red Socks are a quick knit and will wrap your feet in warmth and luxury.   Kumara is a merino/camel blend from Classic Elite which is super soft and lofty.   These socks only require 2 skeins and what a great gift they will make!  I’m just not sure I’d be giving them away.

I have just highlighted 7 of the 57 projects in this issue.  There are just over 60 days until Christmas (fewer if you are knitting for Hanukkah) and these are all possibilities in that time frame for most of you (some are beyond my reach at this point, but I’m slow and steady so don’t go by me).

I hope these ideas have inspired you!  What do you like in this issue?  Are one of my faves one of yours too?


Ready, Set, Knit #150

Monday, October 26th, 2009
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This week on Ready, Set, Knit  Steve highlights the following yarns, magazines & patterns:


Ecologico from Schachenmayr
Sierra Color from Regia
Silenzio from Schachenmayr


Knitters Magazine Fall 2009
Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2009


Thermal from reknit in Valley Yarns Huntington
(NOTE:  The pattern must be downloaded from


Kiyo from Knitting Matters knit in Valley Yarns Deerfield
(NOTE:  We are the exclusive on-line resource for Knitting Matters Patterns)

I get to catch up with one of my favorite guests, Lexie Barnes.  Her new collection is just hitting stores and features 3 new fabrics and several new styles.  My life is pretty hectic but I often feel like a slug compared to what Lexie is juggling!  Besides her bag line, she has just opened Twist Pop-Up  Store in Thornes Marketplace in downtown Northampton.  The store will feature several of the artisans that show at Twist Fair in addition to other indie crafsters.

The next Twist Fair is coming up as well in just a couple of weeks.  It will be held on November 13 & 14 at the Northampton Center for the Arts.  The show is a blast and features some of the best indie craftsters.

If that weren’t enough, she’s also working on her next book, due out in Spring 2011! 

Pixie & I finish up the 3-Button Jacket KAL!

You can listen to Ready, Set, Knit! via our website or you can download the podcast on iTunes.



A Blissful Day

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
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A big huge thanks to everyone who came out to our Debbie Bliss event and also to our staff who continues to rock the free world with their awesome-ness.  I know, “awesome-ness” is not a word but it is in my vocabulary and sometimes you just need a created word to express yourself.  At least I do.

The day was not as full-of-Bliss as we had hoped.  Debbie and Trisha from Soho Publishing encountered more than their fair share of traffic jams, accidents, irreverent police and the like that slowed their journey to WEBS.  Nobody likes to be late and I think we all have our 15 minute window of tolerance.  Yes, that was truly tested.  For those who couldn’t stay my deepest apologies and I know Debbie and Trisha join me in just feeling awful.  For those of you who had the opportunity to stick it out – what a great time we had!

Debbie truly gave a dynamic talk encompassing all aspects of her design process and experiences.

We tried on garments:

That red coat is a new design from Debbie’s Fall ’09 Collection.  It’s knit in a new yarn – Luxury Tweed Chunky and I am so in love with it.

Debbie fielded questions:

And signed copies of her latest book Design It, Knit It:

Don’t forget that books are now part of our discount program!

A grand time was had by all.  I’ve received several lovely emails today from customers – some who stayed until Debbie arrived and others who had to leave.  I cannot tell you how appreciative I am of our very understanding customers.

Next up is our Lexie Barnes Classic Collection Launch Event tomorrow night (Thurs 6/25) from 6:00-7:30pm.  Lexie lives locally so I am confident we want experience any delays in her arrival 🙂  Plus, we are the exclusive retailer for these bags for the next few weeks so if you want to be seen with one of the coolest bags of the season, you better make your way to the event or get shopping on-line!


Special Announcements

Sunday, June 21st, 2009
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Hi Everyone

Just a quick post today, but one that is jam-packed with important info, so please read on!

  • This Tuesday, June 23rd, we are thrilled to welcome Debbie Bliss back to WEBS!  I realize this is short notice, but these are the kind of things that happen at TNNA.    Debbie will be at the store between 12-2pm on Tuesday previewing the fall issue of the Debbie Bliss Magazine.  She will be bringing with her many of the garments from the issue for you all to see, try on, etc.  We’ll be serving a light lunch.  Come on down to the store and enjoy an improptu but spectacular event.  As always, the event is free, we only ask that you register so we have a headcount for food and seating.   We’ll have plenty of copies of Debbie’s latest book, Design It, Knit It on hand as well for you to purchase and have signed by Debbie.  Our gratitude to the folks at Soho Publishing and KFI for making this event happen.


  • Thursday evening, 6/25 we will be welcoming Lexie Barnes to WEBS!  Lexie has just launched her Classic Collection which is exclusively available at WEBS for the next few weeks.  Lexie will be at the store from 6-7:30pm to launch the collection.  We are very excited to have the opportunity to debut this stunning collection of bags from one of our most fave designers.  The shop is open until 8pm and we’ll have plenty of bags on hand for you to purchase.


  • Wedged between these two rock star events, WEBS will have the distinct pleasure of recognizing some of our very own rock stars.  We’ll be holding our first “graduation” from our Expert Knitter Program.  The five ladies have completed an extensive educational program as well as a final  Capstone project.  Let me tell you, their designs are absolutely breathtaking.  I’ll be blogging more about this later this week, so stay tuned!  Congratulations to our graduates!  We are so excited to celebrate your amazing accomplishment with you on Wednesday!


  • Finally – and this is an important one folks – WEBS RETAIL STORE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY JUNE 29TH!  That’s right!  We are closing on a regular business day.  We will be replacing all of the carpeting in the store next weekend and we know we’ll need Monday to put everything back together.  Please be sure to pass this on via your own blog, Twitter, Facebook – whatever means you have.  You will still be able to shop on-line or call into Customer Service.  It’s just the retail store itself will not be open.  If you are interested in helping us put everything back together on Monday, please email Steve.


  • Oh – and just in case anyone is wondering – we will also be closed on Saturday, July 4th.


P.S.  We’ll be announcing the Berroco contest winner tomorrow!

P.P.S.  Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads with an extra special wish for Jackson & Jonathan’s amazing Dad 🙂

Knitters Magazine Summer 2009

Thursday, June 11th, 2009
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The newest issue of Knitters Magazine is out and it’s a great edition! 


I sometimes find Knitters a hit or miss for me personally.  As I flipped through the summer issue there were a number of projects that jumped out at me.

First is Kathy Zimmerman’s designed Point Set Match is a beautifully feminine cardigan.


I love the stitch pattern and the point detail along the collar, cuff and hemline.  Knit in Nashua Handknits Creative focus Silk the cardi is offered in five sizes up to a 2X and requires anywhere from 14 to 20 balls.  Not a small project by any means, but fabulous just the same.

Next up is Vanilla Leaves is knit in Rowan’s Lenpur Linen.  a cotton/rayon blend that was introduced in Spring 2009, the yarn is the perfect choice for the it’s great stitch definition and cool feel.  It also provides the right amount of drape for this stylish tunic – knit using a different blend or 100% cotton, the look and fit would not be the same.


I love the leaf motif that forms the bands around the bottom of the garment hem and sleeves.  Also designed by Kathy Zimmerman, Vanilla Leaves is offered in 6 sizes and requires 10 to 17 balls (though if you are knitting the largest size I’d buy one extra as the yardage is too close for comfort in my opinion).

Now, to my absolute fave – Sine-cosine.  This is one of those designs that I would buy in every color if I saw it in a store. 


Designed by Ginger Smith, this breezy, sophisticated tee has more to it than you might think at first glance.  According to the magazine, this garter stitch top is brilliant in that “Diagonal knitting merges traingles into miters that then grow into a lovely play of texture and color”.  Berroco Latitude is the yarn of choice for this project.  A stunning yarn that was introduced in Spring 2009, Latitude has a slight tonal color variation and just a hint of texture.  Sine-cosine is designed in 4 sizes and requires 7 to 11 balls.

Last, but not least is the darling Party in Pink.  I don’t have any little girls to knit for, but if I did, this one would definitely be on my list.


Designed by the Knitters Design Team, this adorable jacket utilizes simple slip-stitch stripes to achieve the smock-like top.  I love the colors they used.  Party in Pink is knit in Palma from Tahki/Stacy Charles which is their 100% Organic Cotton.  Offered in children’s sizes 2(4, 6) you will need between 7 and 10 skeins.  

There’s plenty more packed into the summer issue – these are just a few highlights.  I hope one of these projects makes it onto your summer knitting list and I’d love to see pictures when you’re done.  I’d also love to know which patterns you like best from this issue – let me know in the comments!


Ready, Set, Knit! #122 – Interview with Eunny Jang & Kim Werker!

Sunday, March 29th, 2009
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This week I had the chance to talk with Eunny Jang Editor of Interweave Knits.  She was in Cleveland recording the third season of Knitting Daily TV.  We had the chance to talk about the spring issue of Interweave Knits, her Blooming Cotton Scarf (kits available on our site) and a sneak peek of the summer issue.  We also had the chance to catch up with former Interweave Crochet Editor Kim Werker

Steve had some new yarns to talk about as usual and even slipped in some info on our upcoming 35th Anniversary Sale.

Finally, Pixie and I are winding down the Chicken KAL.  We’ll finish that up next week!

Listen to this week’s episode or download from iTunes!