Posts Tagged ‘Ravelry’

Valley Yarns on Ravelry #14 – Northfield

Friday, February 17th, 2012
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Valley Yarns Northfield is a customer and staff favorite. Soft enough to wear against the skin, great stitch definition for cable work, and 22 lovely colors to choose from. These nine Northfield projects on Ravelry are excellent examples of why we love Northfield so much.

Erin’s Mittens
and Hat
 by Debbi Stone
(pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

Babette Blanket
 by Kathy Merrick, crocheted by Carajv’s
(pattern available for purchase from Interweave)

Henna Cardigan
by Veridian Design Team, knit by ksporter
(pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

Trailing Vine
designed and knit by ksporter
(pattern not available, but it’s so stunning I just had to include it)

by Kim Hargreaves , knit by helmade
(pattern available in the Nectar pattern book)

by Gudrun Johnston , knit by jerdingr
(pattern available for at

Orkney Pi
by Elizabeth Lovick , knit by motherbee
(pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

by Ysolda Teague , knit by ravelry name
(pattern available from the book Little Red in the City)

Valley Yarns on Ravelry #11 – Charlemont for Sweater Knitting

Friday, February 3rd, 2012
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We’ll be shooting a new video for Valley Yarns Charlemont soon so I’ve checked out Ravelry for projects using one of our favorite yarns. I was having such a hard time picking just a few patterns to highlight. I found myself adding so many to my queue. So I’ll be spreading out this post over this weekend.

Today I’m sharing six great sweater patterns to knit, each with unique details.

Grellow Cardigan by Amy Gunderson
(pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

by Jessamyn Leib
(pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

Dulce de Leche
by Marnie MacLean, knit by BeckyinVT
(pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

by Joji Locatelli, knit by KarynKoke
(pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

by Marjolein Thunnissen, knit by monatraix
(pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud, knit by ohsewcrafty
(pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

Tomorrow I’ll have some great shawl and scarf patterns in Valley Yarns Charlemont to share.

Happy Knitting!

- Dena

Valley Yarns on Ravelry #10 – Northampton Love

Friday, January 20th, 2012
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It’s been awhile since my last Valley Yarns on Ravelry post. What can I say? The holidays have a way of making my schedule extra busy. One thing is for sure, you were all quite busy too, finishing up projects over the past couple of months. It looks like  Valley Yarns Northampton was a popular choice for many of your projects. Here’s a few that stood out for me that I’d like to share with you.

Winter Berries
by Marjorie D. (pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

Levenwick by Gudrun Johnston, knit by pinsandstring (pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)

Carnaby skirt by Nikol Lohr, knit by HCQ (pattern available for free on

Urban Necessity Gloves by Colleen Michele Meagher, knit by radioknitter (pattern available for free on Ravelry)

Creature Comforts Cardi by Madelinetosh, knit by yondercrawdad (PDF pattern available for purchase at

by Larisa Medina Brener, knit by ABell (pattern available for free at

Aspinwall Pullover by Susan Dittrich, knit by disyarnmama (pattern available from Interweave Knits magazine, Winter 2009 or from as a PDF download)

Have you used Valley Yarns Northampton yet? Share your favorite patterns you’ve used in the comments.

Happy Knitting

The Buzz at WEBS – December 9, 2011

Friday, December 9th, 2011
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This week the WEBS staff is buzzing about quick holiday knitted gifts, limited edition yarn and more.

1. With just a couple of weeks left for holiday knitting I was looking for a quick project. I had some Cascade Yarns Eco Cloud in my stash and I thought it would work up into a nice cowl. After a Ravelry search I found the Infinitude Scarf to be just the right project. Wow! I was amazed how quickly I finished this project, just two nights. I made the large size (skipping the last repeat) and used 2 skeins. I fell in love with Eco Cloud, so soft and squishy. I can’t wait to use this yarn again. I have a new favorite yarn. > Dena C.

2. Blocking Boards – Most knitters are givers, and don’t usually spend a lot of money on themselves. We use mattresses, carpets, and anything else soft and flat to block our projects on to stand in for a blocking board. But a blocking board is so much easier to use. It folds up neatly to be tucked away when not in use, and it has a grid on it so you can easily block to the right measurements. This would definitely be a treat for the knitter or crocheter in your life! > Grace H.

3. The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center 2012 Calendar – I love the new weaving calendar produced by the Harftford Artisans Weaving Center. Each month features a beautiful close-up photo of weaving which I find wonderfully inspiring. But wait, there’s more! The calendar also lists the dates of the various fiber festivals on the East coast making it easy to plan for fiber adventures! > Leslie Ann B.

4. I am making these Monstah Pants for my 8 month old Grandson, Jack.  What a wonderful, fun pattern to knit.  This pattern is by the Wandering Lady and is a free download on Ravelry.  One of the best things for me was picking wild and crazy colors for these pants.  The pants are knit in Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash and Valley Yarns Valley Superwash for ease of care. > Theresa B.

5. My niece turned 10 yesterday and no matter what I did, I could not come up with the perfect present! An eleveth-hour search on Ravelry brought me to the Shroom Hat from the Winter 2009 issue of Knitty. It’s a great slouchy hat knit in Spud & Chloë Outer. The yarn is super soft and warm and (the best part!) the hat took only two hours to knit! I even tried it on myself and it was super comfortable. I think I might need to whip one up for myself. It calls for two hanks of Outer, and I think I may be able to squeak out another hat with my leftovers if I buy one more hank. If you’re looking for a great, really last minute gift, this is a great choice. > Mary K.-H.

6. CISA Yarn – We have partnered with a local shepherd and our own Kangaroo Dyer to create a very special, but limited edition yarn.  It is 85% wool and 15% nylon.  All sales of this yarn will benefit CISA, which is a non-profit group dedicated to sustaining agriculture right here in Western MA. > Kathy E.

7. O-Wool Legacy DK – I recently used O-Wool Classic for some non-WEBS-related knitting, and fell in love with it. Then, I came in to the store to work a couple of days ago and saw that we had a closeout of O-Wool Legacy DK in some gorgeous muted colors! The hand is similar to the Classic, but it is just a bit lighter weight – for those of you out there planning your early spring knitting, this would make a great light sweater knit at a slightly loose gauge. I know that’s what I’m going to do with it, and I can’t wait until I’m able to pick some up! > Elisabeth P.

Valley Yarns on Ravelry Issue #9 – Sweaters

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
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In this edition of Valley Yarns on Ravelry, I’m highlighting some sweaters I’ve seen lately that have caught my eye. All of them do a great job of showcasing our Valley Yarns.

1.Valiant knit in Valley Yarns Berkshire available in Kim Hargreaves Heartfelt

2. Anisette Cardi knit in Valley Yarns Amherst available for free from Stitch Nation

3. Bamboo Diamond Shell knit in Valley Yarns Southwick available in Boutique Knits

4. Catch the Wave Tee knit in Valley Yarns Longmeadow available for free from Cascade Yarns

5. Harmonia’s Rings Tunic knit in Valley Yarns Stockbridge available for purchase on Ravelry

6. Acer Cardigan knit in Valley Yarns Northampton available for purchase on Ravelry

7. Vitamin D knit in Valley Yarns 8/2 Cotton Linen available for purchase on Ravelry

Valley Yarns on Ravelry Issue #6

Sunday, August 7th, 2011
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Inspired by Cara’s recent blog post Lace Boot Camp, I looked around and found some incredible lace projects on Ravelry in some of our Valley Yarns.

1. Shawl for Pelion knit by Chilicoco uses just a little more than 1/2 a cone of the Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk to make the Knitty free pattern Cold Mountain.

2. Spanish Moss knit by hlf in Valley Yarns 2/10 Merino Tencel makes a lovely shawl with great drape. The pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry from Designs by Romi.

3. Rosalind Shawl knit by Fyreball in Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk Hand Dyed has a stunning center cable strip that really stands out from the cable pattern. Amazing! The Sivia Harding pattern is also available as a Ravelry download.

4. Wedding Stole for Megan knit by sunfishknitter in Valley Yarns 10/2 Bamboo is a great example of what you can create with a yarn normally intended for weaving, making a delicate lace fabric perfect for an extra special event. Ann Hanson’s Twinings Stole is available as a Ravelry download too.

5. Birthday Marrowstone knit by knittinggolfer with just one skein of Valley Yarns Charlemont Kettle Dyed, shows off the subtle variation you get with a kettle dye yarn. The Marrowstone Shawl is a Marcy Vandale design available for purchase on Ravelry.

6. Graphite Remember Me crocheted by CraftyCSW in Valley Yarns Huntington displays how sock yarn is not just for feet. Great pattern from LilyGo available on Ravelry.

7. Willow crocheted by herbivore100 in Valley Yarns 5/2 Valley Cotton is another good example of what else you can do with our weaving yarns.

8. Down by the Sea knit by donnabriz in Valley Yarns Colrain is a slightly heavy shawl than the others, but equally gorgeous with the oversized scallop edge detail. The Captiva Wrap pattern by Carol Feller is available for download on Ravelry.

Valley Yarns on Ravelry Issue #5

Monday, July 11th, 2011
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Look at some of the great finished projects people have been posting on Ravlery using some of our Valley Yarns.

1. Ocean Heather Lavalette Shawl knit by Oshelle in Valley Yarns Northampton – Great free pattern from Kirsten Kapur found on her blog Through the Loops. Though she does offer the pattern for free, she suggests that you make a voluntary donation to Alzheimer’s and dementia research. Details on her blog.

2. Cotuit Sands Scarf knit by knittinggolfer in Valley Yarns 2/10 Merino Tencel – Designer Marcy Vandale offers the pattern for this light and airy scarf as a Ravelry download for $6.00.

3. Easter Stripey Rugby Sweater knit by shutterhoney in Valley Yarns Southwick – Love Stacy’s stripe color combination in this sweater from Barefoot Knits.

4. Something Blushy knit by fanciepants in Valley Yarns Southwick – Wendy Bernard‘s Something Red pattern has great drape in Southwick. Available for purchase on Wendy’s blog Knit & Tonic.

5. Tiny Tea Leaves Cardi knit by bestitched in Valley Yarns Goshen – How cute is Lily in this fun pattern from Melissa LaBarre.

6. Joseph’s Blankie of Many Colors knit by JessicaP in Valley Yarns Valley Cotton 10/2 – Normally Valley Cotton 10/2 is used by weavers, but here Jessica doubles it in this log cabin blanket from Mason Dixon Knitting.

7. Sally Cardigan knit by cupcake in Valley Yarns Sheffield – So many interesting details in Nikol Lohr’s pattern available for free on the Craftzine blog.

Valley Yarns on Ravelry Issue #1

Monday, January 31st, 2011
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Ravelry has been such a great resource for knitters and crocheters. I find that when I’m searching for information on a pattern or yarn, I’ll go to Ravelry before I Google it. I keep track of my stash, projects, and the patterns I dream about making some day. In addition to being a great resource and a place to organize all-things-yarn, I go to Ravelry for ideas and inspiration. It helps me answer the question, “I have this great yarn…now what?” Look up a yarn on Ravelry, and you’ll find hundreds, even thousands of projects other people have shared. It’s easy to lose track of time while jumping from one project page to the next, as your pattern queue grows and grows.

We’re starting a new feature on the blog this week where we’ll share some of  the great Ravelry projects that catch our eyes which use our Valley Yarns. Some are original designs, free patterns, Ravelry downloads…they come from many sources. But they’ll all be great examples of Ravelry users who have discovered our yarns and created something wonderful.

Here are some of the patterns that grabbed our attention this week.

1. Owls & Tigers & Zebras, Oh My! hats by Katy Wight knit in Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky.

2. ShanthiDragon’s Dark and Stormy by Thea Colman knit in Valley Yarns Northampton.

3. babknits’ Nereid Fingerless Gloves by Denise Sutherland knit in Valley Yarns Goshen.

4. Cecilia1’s Aase’s Shawl by Kristi Holaas knit in Valley Yarns Charlemont.

5. Sweetheart Socks by Nikol Lohr knit in Valley Yarns Northampton.

6. Zagzig sweater by Lori Puthoff knit in Valley Yarns Prescott.

7. Through the Years afghan by Betsy Coyne knit in Valley Yarns Northampton.

8. Zig-Zag Afghan/Throw by Dawn Seymour knit in Valley Yarns Southwick.

Hope this inspires you to pick up your needles or hook this week and create something wonderful too.



Steve’s Deal of the Day

Monday, October 25th, 2010
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Hi Everyone

For those of you who follow us on Facebook and Twitter, you already know that we have launched a great new daily deal – Steve’s Deal of the Day.  This is Steve’s chance to offer to all of you who follow us on Facebook and Twitter a fun deal that lasts 24 hours.  It may be yarn, it may be a tool or book – knitting, weaving, crochet, spinning, felting – all areas are possibilities.

Don’t follow us on Facebook or Twitter?  Well, you should!  Feel overwhelmed by all of these new platforms?  Can’t fathom having one more place to check?  I totally understand.  You can either “check” Twitter without signing up or subscribe to the RSS feed – just go to  Of course we’d prefer if you were a follower or a friend or liked us but I also respect that we can all feel overwhelmed by all of the “places” we need to be on-line.

As a bit of a tease and gift all in one, today’s Deal of the Day is Northampton Bulky, normally $4.99/skein today it’s only $3.69!  Use Code FBNOHOBULK. I know I’m posting late today so here’s a preview of tomorrow’s deal: Itata Solid, Get the code on Facebook or Twitter – it will post just after midnight (EST) on Facebook & Twitter.

If you are a hardcore Ravelry member, be sure to join the All Things WEBS Group.  We’ve got some special things planned there too!



Bus Trip to Rhinebeck

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
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Hi Everyone

Fall is definitely in the air!  With Labor Day behind us and the first  day of school checked off the list, the amazing summer weather we had has disappeared and has been replaced with reasonably warm days and cool, crisp nights.  The official start of fall is only a week away!  Crazy, but also invigorating – even for this lizard.

Fall is a tremendously busy time at WEBS.  New classes are now starting and are posted on-line.  We have a great line-up of special events too!  One of our favorite events of the year is our annual bus trip to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY!  This year we have two buses reserved and we’re looking forward to a great time.

The buses will depart the WEBS parking lot on Saturday morning, October 16th at 7am sharp!  Bring your own coffee or morning beverage of choice and we’ll provide the baked goods.  The trip to Rhinebeck is always fun with trivia contests, giveaways and anticipation of the day to come.  Once in Rhinebeck everyone is welcome to enjoy the festival at their own pace.  Everyone should be back to the buses by 4pm for an on-time departure back to WEBS.   The bus trip is really the way to – skip the stress of driving, parking, etc and just sit back and enjoy the foliage (hopefully), some great camaraderie and especially your purchases on the trip back.

Cost of the trip is $45.00.  We are well into the second bus already so if you don’t want to miss the opportunity, it’s time to register!

If you are planning to make a weekend of it, two other items of note.  We are the official sponsor of three of the teachers who will be running workshops over the course of the weekend.  Our own Gail Callahan, aka The Kangaroo Dyer will be teaching on Saturday, the lovely Edie Eckman is teaching on Sunday and  the faboo Melissa Morgan-Oakes will also be teaching on Saturday.

On Saturday night, the annual Ravelry party will be in full swing and we are happy to be a sponsor of this not-miss event!  More details to follow!