Inside you’ll find lots of new Fall yarns from Rowan, Shibui and the Fibre Company. New patterns from Debbie Bliss, Jo Sharp and Stacy Charles Fine Yarns, and all the needles and hooks you’ll need to get going on your holiday knitting. So check your mailbox (sign up to receive the catalog here), or browse online, and see what’s hiding in those 64 pages that will inspire you this Fall!
Posts Tagged ‘Malabrigo’
Another amazing quarter of our Anniversary year is almost complete and we have so many special people to thank!
Thank you for bringing our yarn to life with your detailed and classically wearable designs.
Thanks you for taking one of our already favorite Valley Yarns and imbuing it with your incredible colors. There are still some skeins left, get them while you can!
Thank you for stunning designs that bring three more Valley Yarns into our celebrations.
To Classic Elite Yarns
Thank you for a beautiful collection of revamped classics and a lovely new design just for us!
Next Tuesday, October 7th, our last round of Anniversary products will be revealed, don’t miss out!
The Cirro Tee by Linda Permann is a simple yet gorgeous crocheted tee designed in Valley Yarns Northfield Hand Dyed by Malabrigo. Everyone is looking for that perfect t-shirt pattern and this may just fit the bill! An easy to memorize two row pattern creates a textured and flexible fabric that results in a lightweight and very wearable crochet garment. The simple cap sleeves and understated waist shaping make this a flattering shapes for almost everyone.
Linda is a designer and author that has lived all over the US. Her work has been featured in many of today’s top knitting and crochet publications. “Crocheting is my passion, but I love to sew, knit and quilt too. I wear many hats: I’m a crochet and craft designer, writer, editor and a crochet/knitting teacher. I work full time at Craftsy.com, and I also teach. I love creating modern patterns using quality yarns, showing crochet in its best lightl!”
As we sink into the dog days of summer it’s time to think about little projects that you can work on that won’t fill your lap with yarn. The Jazerant Set by Emma Welford is the perfect end of summer project. Knit in the gorgeous Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo these two small pieces have lots of great details to keep your knitting interesting without being daunting. Non-symmetrical ribbing frames gorgeous winding cables which hide winking little beads! What’s not to love?!
Emma has worked at WEBS for several years and we’re so happy to see her designing career really starting to take off, with designs published by Valley Yarns as well as Universal Yarns, Holla Knits, Knitscene, special issues of Interweave, and her own self published patterns. For working with the beads in this pattern, which are optional, she offers two working solutions, “Beads are placed as you work on purl stitches. Place a bead on a stitch by threading the bead on to a steel crochet hook, then use the hook to draw the stitch through the bead. Alternately, slip the stitch on to a thin, flexible piece of wire, bend the ends of the wire together so it forms a long needle. Thread the bead on to the needle and slip it down on to the stitch. Purl the beaded stitch.”
Which color of the Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo would you choose? (I’m leaning towards the Primavera!)
This week Steve talks with his parents, Art and Barbara, about WEBS’ transition from our Kellogg Ave. location in Amherst to our current location at 75 Service Center Rd. Northampton.
In the early 90’s mail order was busy, their little parking lot was always full, and the shop was packed full of customers and yarns. They were bursting at the seams and there were warehouses full of yarn all over the valley.
They talk about trying to find a larger location in Amherst and ultimately deciding to look in Northampton where they found our current building, which had been occupied by the Telephone company and housed their offices and their garage.
And Art tells Steve how yarn.com came to be.
Steve’s Yarn Picks :
- Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo! – Limited Quantities so get them while you can!
- 3rd Quarter Valley Yarns Designs using the Northfield dyed by Malabrigo
- Classic Elite Mohawk Wool
- Plymouth Gina Chunky
- Adriafil Stella Jacq
- Tahki Zona
- Tahki Mesa
Convergence is next week in Providence RI, and hasn’t been in New England in over 20 years!
Northampton Sidewalk Sale, July 24th – 27th – stop in the store for great deals and specials. – In store only.
Join us for the Shibui Mix Yarn Party on July 29th from 6-7:30 pm – There is a $10 fee for this event, and space is limited so be sure to register today!
July 30th from 10am – 3pm we’re hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the store. Please sign up in advance, there is limited space available, but walk-ins will also be welcomed!Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS today to schedule an appointment.
Aug. 7-10 – Stitches Midwest in Schaumburg Ill
Stop by and check out current the Classic Elite Yarns Trunk Show.
Our Third Quarter of Specialty Anniversary products are available today! We’ve been eagerly anticipating telling you about our Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo!
There are 20 incredible colorways including an exclusive Ruby colorway for our Anniversary.
And we’re so excited about the designs for this quarter!
There will be three more weaving drafts from long-time friends of WEBS, as well as additional products and patterns. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Instagram, or on Ravelry for all the latest.
Last week one of our local customers, Peggy, brought in a blanket she’s been working on for a friend. She says, “It is a very old pattern that my friend’s mother made for her many years ago. She has been searching for several years to find it.” The pattern was found, an old magazine clipping, and Peggy got to work.
Peggy chose to work with Malabrigo Rastita, a soft and cozy merino wool, and 41 skeins later she ended with a gorgeous, Full-sized bedspread. “It is indeed a labor of love and I can’t wait to take to Maryland to its new owner and see her face when she sees it.”
Thanks for bringing in this lovely blanket Peggy! And for those of you curious about the pattern, it was originally published in 1946 in the Complete Book of Crochet, but the pattern is available online as well.
Have you taken on any large scale projects this year?
Inspired by the classic color blocking of Mondrian, Rohn has designed 7 different pieces, from accessories to garments, with strong stitch details and striking colors.
Which piece do you think you’d make first?
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.
New Fall classes will post in the next few weeks.
Steve’s Yarn Picks:
- Kollage Toasty
- Plymouth Passion Fur
- Katia Greta
- Katia Grace
- Cascade Pastaza – Sale
- Noro Iro – Sale
- Filatura Di Crosa Felix Sale
- Rowan 52
- Noro Knitting Magazine – Fall 2012
No Podcast next week but we’ll be back with a new show on 8/18/12!
This week the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…
1. Malabrigo Twist – The drop in temperatures has got me thinking about the two perennially unfinished sweaters I have in my stash shelf, especially the one in Malabrigo Twist. The yarn is so luxurious: perfectly soft, bouncy, and beautifully dyed, and I love the halo it gets as it wears. There is no real reason that I haven’t finished this sweater, but I think this is its year – I can’t wait to be able to take advantage of this yarn’s unparalleled coziness on the upcoming crisp fall days! > Elisabeth P.
2. 55 Christmas Balls to Knit – I know it’s a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but I am so excited for this book! The first book of knitting patterns by Norwegian knitwear designers Arne & Carlos is a beautiful (and funny) collection of traditional Nordic style patterns. I also like the idea of doing ornaments because they will make quick, fun, simple projects! My goal is to make a different ornament for my whole family by the big day. > Greta S. (Also don’t miss these fun commercials of Arne & Carlos.)
3. Erin Lane Bags Needle Cases – I love color and print, especially together, so I had to snag an Erin Lane needle case for myself as soon as they arrived! The Double Duty needle case has two rows to hold interchangeable needle tips, with additional pockets for cords and notions. I managed to squeeze my fixed circulars into the extra pockets so my entire circular collection is now in one handy case. The ladies at Erin Lane rotate through fabrics–which means if you see one you like, get it before it’s gone! > Emma W. (Note: Due to the rotation of fabrics, we are only available to offer these in our store. Stop by and check them out.)
4. Mountain Street Arts Care Labels – These are a must have finishing touch for any project. When you give a hand made gift, you want it to last. These labels take the pressure off the recipient to remember how they’re supposed to clean it! That beautiful striped wool hat won’t have to be accidentally felted this winter if it has a “Hand Wash” label sewn on. They’re great to remind yourself how to care for your own finished projects too. > Grace H.
5. I am so excited about our first ever Valley Yarns Trunk Show! Join us on Thursday, September 15th from 6-8pm for an evening with our Valley Yarns Designer Kirsten Hipsky. Kirsten will highlight our Fall 2011 Collection and share her design process & inspiration. Garments will be on hand to try and as always, light refreshments will be served! > Kathy E.