This week the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…
1. Ever since I took Mary Jane Mucklestone’s “Colorful Knitting” class in the spring, I’ve been looking forward to her book. 200 Fair Isle Motifs is a great reference for Fair Isle patterns, and is filled with colorful, well-photographed swatches. Each motif offers four chart options, including a color variation, and a chart showing a suggested way of repeating the pattern. With so much of the planning done for me by this book, I can’t wait to start plugging these motifs into projects! > Tina M.
2. I am saddened, though selfishly excited by the price, to see Rowan Calmer on our closeout shelves. This yarn has long been a favorite of mine, ever since I knit a log cabin baby blanket with it. A wonderously soft cotton, it has a bit of acrylic in it that adds a great spring. I feel a bit like Mr. Whipple, squeezing the bags of this great yarn. Many people have commented on what a great yarn it is for chemo caps. And judging by the number of bags of Calmer I see on WEBS’ staff desks right now, I think I’m not the only one who will miss it! > Leslie Ann B.
3. This time of year, a lot of future knitters come into the store hoping to find a way to make their family heartfelt gifts for the holidays, or a customer comes in looking for a good gift to help teach a friend or family how to knit. I always point them to the book I used to learn knitting, Debbie Stoller’s Stitch ‘n Bitch, and a couple of balls of Valley Yarns Northampton or Amherst for practice. The book has cute but clear illustrations and some simple accessory patterns, and is, in my opinion, the easiest to follow of any of our learn to knit books. > Elisabeth P.
4. I knit these fingerless mittens out of Louisa Harding Grace Silk & Wool last spring and barely had a chance to use them. Now that it’s cold again they’ve entered my accessory rotation as a regular feature (I have a bit of an accessory addiction!) I fell in love with this deep coral-y peach color the day it arrived as a closeout. I love the way stockinette fabric looks in this single-ply yarn, while the silk content makes them surprisingly warm. > Emma W.
5. We recently added Madelinetosh PDF knitting patterns to our website and I completely fell in love with the Brick Road Cowl. It comes in a short and long version and is knit in the popular Tosh Merino Light. But now the dilemma of color choice. Which two of the 30 colors we carry do I want? > Dena C.