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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5. Sweetheart Socks by Nikol Lohr knit in Valley Yarns Northampton.
7. Through the Years afghan by Betsy Coyne knit in Valley Yarns Northampton.
Hope this inspires you to pick up your needles or hook this week and create something wonderful too.
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 www.twitter.com/websyarnstore. 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!
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!
I’ve had several requests to post pictures of Pixie’s completed Summer Petals Cardigan which was our last CAL on Ready, Set, Knit. My apologies for being remiss in doing so. Here are the pics I took:
The pattern can be found in the summer issue of Interweave Crochet (it’s the cover sweater). The pattern calls for Rowan Bamboo Soft but Pixie substituted Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy. You’ll notice the picture of Pixie’s finished Cardi looks longer than the one on the cover. That’s because it is. Pixie opted to add a little length so that it would fit the way she wanted it to fit. I know doing a full garment as a CAL on our podcast was a bit challenging for some of you. Thanks for hanging in there with us!
One of our new patterns that we have debuted and you’ll see in our Holiday 2009 catalog which will be arriving in mailboxes over the next couple of weeks is Thetis.
Valley Yarns Pattern #288, Thetis is knit in our Colrain which is a 50% merino/50% tencel blend. It knits at 4 sts = 1″ and each 50 gram ball has 109 yarns. With Colrain priced at an affordable $3.99/ball – this lovely pullover is a great value costing between $35.91 and $51.87 depending on the size you make.
What I love about this particular pullover is it’s interesting construction. Here’s a quick video clip describing exactly how Thetis is made:
I hope you enjoyed the video. We have more coming with many of our latest designs.
It’s been a crazy week at the shop with New York Sheep and Wool last weekend and Stitches East this coming weekend. It has meant a lot of visitors. Yesterday along I had the pleasure to meet DarthKnitter from Twitter & Ravelry, Julie from Twist Collective, and my buddy Diane of Creatively Dyed Yarns among others. I had to leave mid afternoon to pick up the boys from school which meant I missed Team Ravelry:
Posing as Bob is the lovely Ysolda Teague who just did a book signing at the store a couple of weeks ago! Her Bob Head is priceless but best of all? She knit it in Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky! I love my boys but I am so bummed I missed seeing this (and of course them) in person!
Hi everyone! We’re getting close to wrapping up our chicken KAL and I wanted to get the Kitchener video posted. Here it is (finally).
In the video, Pixie demonstrates the kitchener stitch, which is used to close-up the back of the chicken in our current KAL on Ready, Set, Knit! The kitchener stitch grafts the two sides together and actually creates another knitted row which is then a “seamless” seam if you will. Before the video, I’ve included a couple of picture of my chicken in process. You’ll notice I used a binder clip to help hold the two sides together while I was grafting. This was necessary because the chicken is fully stuffed at this point.
In this next picture you can clearly see on the right hand side where I’ve already grafted the two sides together:
Here is Lily – all trussed up!
In the video, rather than demonstrate on one of our chickens, we opted to use two bulky weight swatches with a contrasting color so that you could easily see what is happening:
As always, I love your feedback and know Pixie and I are continuing to work on our video skills
P.S. Our 25th Anniversary Sale kicks off tomorrow! If you haven’t received our flyer in the mail (which you should have) it’s posted in full in the WEBS Group on Ravelry (just scroll down a bit).