Posts Tagged ‘Malabrigo’

We Swatch for Spring

Thursday, March 17th, 2016
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You’ve been reading about some of our new Spring yarns in previous blog posts and our staff has been busily swatching them to find out what they’re like. We make a determined effort to provide you with knitted and crocheted examples of all of our yarns, either through samples or swatches. Often a yarn knits or crochets much differently than you’d imagine from its appearance in the skein. And all of our swatches are washed (which can change the yarn’s appearance even more) to provide an idea of how your garment or accessory will hold up according to its care instructions.

New Spring Yarns at WEBS. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

This season, we present an array of weights and fibers! You’re bound to find a summer yarn that pleases you, even if you’re partial to animal fibers. The prize for most unusual fiber combination goes to Rowan’s Softyak DK, a blend of cotton, yak and nylon. Mary M. loved the chainette construction, and said the yarn has “excellent stitch definition,”  making it “perfect for lace, cables or any other texture work. The yak transforms this summery yarn into a three season favorite.” Mary is thinking of using Softyak DK for one of the season’s popular t-shirts, tank tops or lightweight cardis.

New Spring Yarns at WEBS. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Ashley F. chose to swatch Plymouth’s Cashmere de Cotone and she describes it as “soft cotton and dreamy cashmere coming together in a cable-plied construction that offers durability and amazing stitch definition.”  Ashley declares that the yarn “was pure pleasure, and after blocking, the sample draped beautifully.”  She would suggest using Cashmere de Cotone for a “year-round top or a sumptuous wrap, ideal for the changing seasons.”

New Spring Yarns at WEBS. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Marthe Y. experimented with two very different yarns. Pima Splash from Mirasol is a “terrific choice for summer garments such t-shirts, tanks and beach cover-ups.” A colorful, worsted weight cotton, the chainette construction creates a lighter, more flexible fabric than other cottons in its weight class.  Marthe’s swatch is 4.5 stitches to the inch on a US 8 needles and she  suggests working the yarn on a slighter bigger needle for loose, springy fabric.

New Spring Yarns at WEBS. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Marthe’s second swatch was knit in Euro Baby Maypole DK, a machine washable, 100% polyester yarn with a “self-striping effect, suitable for babies and children, due to its hypo-allergenic quality.” At 262 yards per skein, it wouldn’t take many balls to knit or crochet a baby blanket or child’s garment.

New Spring Yarns at WEBS. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Beth D. opted for Juniper Moon Farm’s spring offering, Cumulus. She states, “Cumulus  is everything its name implies – soft and fluffy like a puffy, white cloud on a summer day! This 100% cotton yarn is perfect for a cool, lightweight tank or tee, and because it is a heavy worsted weight, it’ll knit up in no time.”  The vibrant color palette provides lots of options for the perfect warm weather project.

New Spring Yarns at WEBS. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Although not a spring yarn, Malabrigo Rueca is a handspun dream.  Beth says that “Rueca is a delight to knit with. In spite of the variations in yardage and gauge from skein to skein, its softness and stitch definition make this yarn a treat to use for a special gift or a little pick-me-up. And…it is dyed in some of Malabrigo’s most luscious colorways.   Rueca is only available in the store so you must come visit to experience it!

As always, I invite you to spend a little time with us in Northampton this season.  In addition to new seasonal yarns, we have an ever-changing variety of accessories, tools, buttons, patterns and sample garments to tempt you.  Let WEBS be your LYS, wherever you call home. Thank you for your continued support of, and loyalty to, our store.  We wouldn’t be here without you!

WEBS Fall 2015 Catalog is here!

Monday, September 14th, 2015
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Our Fall 2015 Catalog might be my favorite this year. We’ve featured Malabrigo Mecha on the cover in the gorgeous Springbanks Blanket from Malabrigo Book 8.

WEBS Fall 2015 Catalog, browse online now! Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

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!

We Can’t Say Thank You Enough!

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
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Another amazing quarter of our Anniversary year is almost complete and we have so many special people to thank!

Exclusive designs for WEBS 40th Anniversary in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available at yarn.com

To Linda Permann, Emma Welford, and Carol Sulcoski

Thank you for bringing our yarn to life with your detailed and classically wearable designs.

Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

To Malabrigo,

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!

Exclusive designs for WEBS 40th Anniversary in Valley Yarns  - available at yarn.com

To Debbi StoneDebbie Bliss, and Fiona Ellis

Thank you for stunning designs that bring three more Valley Yarns into our celebrations.

Exclusive weaving drafts for WEBS 40th Anniversary in Valley Yarns  - available at yarn.com

To Sharon Alderman, Micala Sidore, and Chris Hammel 
Thank you for creating timeless woven textiles perfect for adorning our homes and expressing our love of the craft.

Exclusive designs from Classic Elite Yarns for WEBS 40th Anniversary  - available at yarn.com

To Classic Elite Yarns
Thank you for a beautiful collection of revamped classics and a lovely new design just for us!

WEBS 40th Anniversary 4th Quarter Specialty product sneak peek!

Next Tuesday, October 7th, our last round of Anniversary products will be revealed, don’t miss out!

The Cirro Tee from Linda Permann

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
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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.

The Cirro Tee designed by Linda Permann and crocheted in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

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!”

The Cirro Tee designed by Linda Permann and crocheted in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

We love what Linda creates, too! Crochet your own Cirro Tee in our gorgeous Valley Yarns Northfield Hand Dyed by Malabrigo or try one of our solid colors of Northfield.

The Jazerant Set from Emma Welford

Monday, August 11th, 2014
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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?!

The Jazerant set designed by Emma Welford, knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

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.”

The Jazerant set designed by Emma Welford, knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

Which color of the Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo would you choose? (I’m leaning towards the Primavera!)

 

Ready, Set, Knit! 364: Steve talks with his parents, Art and Barbara Elkins

Saturday, July 12th, 2014
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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.

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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 :

Upcoming Events:

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.

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40th Anniversary Celebrations Round 3!

Monday, July 7th, 2014
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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!

Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo, limited quantites! - available exclusively at yarn.com

There are 20 incredible colorways including an exclusive Ruby colorway for our Anniversary.

And we’re so excited about the designs for this quarter!

The Jazerant Set designed by Emma Welford for WEBS 40th Anniversary knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

Our very own Emma Welford, who has modeled all of our Anniversary Garments this year, has designed the fantastic cabled and beaded Jazerant Set.

The Maplewood Cardigan designed by Carol Sulcoski for WEBS 40th Anniversary knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

Carol Sulcoski designed the Maplewood Cardigan for us, an easy and comfortable layering piece with beautiful lace detailing at the hem.

The Cirro Tee designed by Linda Permann for WEBS 40th Anniversary knit in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

And Linda Permann may have designed the perfect crochet t-shirt with the Cirro Tee, a flexible and lightweight garment with an easy 2 row pattern repeat!

Della-Q Summer Floral Project Bag - available exclusively at yarn.com

Della-Q has done it again with a bright summery print for her latest WEBS exclusive project bag.

There will be three more weaving drafts from long-time friends of WEBS, as well as additional products and patterns. Follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle +Instagram, or on Ravelry for all the latest.

Customer Spotlight – Malabrigo Blanket

Monday, April 21st, 2014
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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.

Customer Blanket

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?

Hooked on Malabrigo! Blog Tour

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
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Rohn Strong has put together a great collection of crochet designs featuring some of our favorite Malabrigo yarns in his new book, Hooked on Malabrigo!.

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.

The deceptively simple color work of the Linda crescent scarf really shows off the shine and drape of the Silky Merino.

Malabrigo Arroyo looks light and airy in the Kristin tank, a perfect summer layering piece.

The Robyn cowl features giant crochet cables that really showcase the colors of Rasta.

Not only is this collection full of great additions to your wardrobe but it’s available in 2 size ranges; the Petite Collection: Small to XL, or the Plus Size Collection: 2X to 5X!

Which piece do you think you’d make first?

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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