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The Buzz at WEBS – September 29, 2011

Friday, September 30th, 2011
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This week the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

1. Craft Activism is a gorgeous book with fun projects representing the many different ways crafters are working to positively impact their environments, create community or support a cause!  The book is filled with interesting stories and colorful projects – I especially like the choose-your-own-chart colorwork mittens, and the tin can flowers are adorable. I can’t wait to see some of these projects in person at the Craft Activism event next week! > Tina M.

2. Cascade Yarns 220 Fingering – The notoriously reliable 220 line introduces another versatile basic in a fingering weight. Soft and lightly plied at 7.5 stitches per one inch on a US 2.  We are carrying a lovely range of 57 shades!! Visions of colorwork are dancing in my head! > Cara S.

3. Swans Island Fingering yarn is a magical combination of soft, sturdy, and sproing-y that you don’t see too often. I just knit up a sweater in it on size 6 needles, and the yarn not only held its own at the bigger gauge, but made an incredibly light, soft fabric – in fact, my boyfriend and roommate now make fun of me every time I pick it up because I’ve raved about it so much!

4. Knitter’s Pride Symfonie Rose Crochet Hook Set – I fell hard for this set of hooks when I first saw them. They are simply stunning and are embellished with Swarovski crystals! Sparkly crochet hooks that look and feel great – what more can a girl ask for? > Kathy

5. I am buzzing with excitement about the National Spinning and Weaving Week here at WEBS. We will be having a wide variety of activities including daily demonstrations, mini-workshops and more. Tuesday night will be a spinning open house and the store will be open until 9pm, with demonstrations of all our spinning wheels. Wednesday we will welcome weavers and spinners from near and far for a meetup day with raffles, goodies bags and more. > Leslie Ann B.

National Spinning and Weaving Week

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
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October starts with a bang this year as we celebrate National Spinning and Weaving Week here at WEBS October 3–8. We have a fun week of activities and events planned to highlight these wonderful fiber crafts. It’s a great time to see just how enjoyable it is to weave and spin and to enjoy the beautiful creations that are possible.

First up we will have daily demonstrations in the store. These are free and will give people a chance to see weaving and spinning up close and ask questions. The demos are from 11am–1pm each day and will be at the front of the store. Stop by and watch the fun unfold, as experienced crafters spin fleece into yarn and turn yarn into woven fabric.

We will also feature a variety of mini workshops for $5 each. If you’ve wondered about getting into weaving or spinning or are looking for a refresher, these workshops offer a taste of these techniques. Workshops offered include:

  • Rigid Heddle Weaving for Knitters (Monday 2–4pm): Dip your toe into the weaving pool with this brief introduction to weaving on a rigid heddle loom. Knitters will learn how easy it is to use the yarns in their stash to create beautiful scarves, shawls and more. Leslie Ann will show how the loom works and discuss how to select yarns and finish projects.
  • Loom Dressing (Tuesday 2–4 pm): WEBS founder Barbara Elkins will lead this workshop on getting your loom set up to weave. This is a great chance to learn (or re-learn) a simple, reliable way to warp your loom. Barbara will start with a wound warp and cover all the steps from getting it on the loom to being ready to weave.
  • Drafting for Spinners (Thursday 2–4 pm): In this workshop, Ashley will teach the difference between worsted and woolen style yarns and how to draft for each. Learn how the way the twist enters the fiber can determine the behavior of your finished yarn.

On Tuesday night we will have a Spinning Open House in conjunction with the monthly meeting of the local spinning group. The store will be open late until 9 pm and we will showcase our spinning wheels with hands on demonstrations of the various brands we carry. This is a great chance to try out different wheels and see how they work. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to meet other spinners and connect with local folks who get together each month to spin together (and talk yarny talk!).

Wednesday is our big Spinning & Weaving Meetup Day because we know how much fun it is to hang out with other people who share our passion. We welcome weavers and spinners from near and far to meet each other and enjoy the company of like-minded fiber fiends. We will have goodie bags, raffles, a room to hang out in (with refreshments!) and more. Barbara Elkins will give a demonstration of weaving on a computer loom from 11am–12pm and Gail Callahan, the Kangaroodyer, will demonstrate dyeing roving for spinning from 12–1pm. We encourage people to bring show and tell and look forward to lots of laughter and fun.

It’s a full week, yet it just scratches the surface of what is possible with these crafts. We look forward to meeting friends old and new, to being inspired by each other and to sharing the richness of spinning and weaving. Come join us!

Leslie Ann

The Buzz at WEBS – September 2

Friday, September 2nd, 2011
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This week the staff is buzzing about…

1. Classic Elite Fresco has been sadly overlooked in my opinion. A lightweight yarn with a beautiful color range that has a beautiful halo of angora. This yarn is perfect for colorwork (we used this in Nancy Bush’s Estonian Mittens class) as well as simple projects that showcase the yarn. I made the store sample Capistrano cowl by Fiber Dreams in my favorite color (#45)! Hannah Fettig also uses it in her Knitbot Lightweight Pullover pattern, so soft!! > Cara S.

2. I love flipping through the fall issues of knitting magazines, and it’s even more fun when I see a name I know!  Our very own Elisabeth Parker has a design in the Fall 2011 Knitscene!  I really enjoy working with Elisabeth, and this cozy menswear-inspired cardigan is adorable in pink and brown and very much her style. > Tina M.

3. A trip to the beach always involves knitting…be it a day or a week…knitting is right by my side. Hopefully I am not driving so I am able to get in some quality time with my needles. I realized this summer that Eucalan is also a staple in my packing. I not only use it to block items while I am away but I am counted on to have it in case anyone needs something washed quickly and I always rinse out my bathing suit after being in the ocean or the pool. > Lise G.

4. Classic Elite Tobaggan – This new bulky yarn is a soft plied bulky yarn with a lofty stitch. I knit the Elf Hat as a store sample from the new Toboggan booklet (#9147). With a single skein of this new squishy yarn you can make this cute pixie-ish little hat too! Your next bulky project will be perfect and cozy in these brilliant colors.> Cara C.

5. Louet Baby Camel Top – Super soft, warm and longer staple than the camel down, this luxurious fiber is currently on my medium weight Schacht spindle, and I’m loving the smooth draft and I can’t wait to ply and finish the yarn! > Ashley F.

Fall Classes at WEBS

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
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Registration is now open for all of our fall classes. We have our usual great classes to get you started such as Knitting I and II, Crochet I and II, Beginning Weaving, and Spinning with a Drop Spindle.

We also have some new classes never offered before at WEBS.

Design a Pi Shawl with Annie Foley

Design Your Own Knitted Cowl with Kirsten Hipsky

Exploring Tunisian Crochet with Sara Delaney

These classes may fill up fast, so sign up early if you’re really interested.

September is right around the corner, so check out these classes first up in our fall schedule – Stitches II: Terrific Textures, Mix & Match Socks, Crochet IKnitting I and II, Spinning with a Drop Spindle, Helix Knitting, and Bring Out Your Best in Variegated Yarns.

Stay tuned to the blog to hear more details from Tina about guest teachers coming to WEBS this fall such as Margaret Radcliffe, Laura Nelkin, Shannon Okey, Andi Smith, Courtney Kelley & Kate Gagnon Osborn.

Show 146: Interview with Abby Franquemont

Saturday, September 26th, 2009
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Yarns

Guest: Abby Franquemont of Abby’s Yarns.  October 5th begins National Spinning and Weaving Week, and Abby is a fantastic spinner, with a soon-to-be-released book titled Respect the Spindle: Spin Infinite Yarns with One Amazing Tool. Abby shares her experience with spinning and how she began.
Abby will also be releasing DVDs later this year on spinning! A great addition to your collection.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!
Guest: Tina Newton of Blue Moon Fiber Arts helps us announce that WEBS will be the exclusive retailer of Blue Moon Fiber Arts (including the favorite Socks That Rock) yarn at Stitches East in Hartford! This will be the first time Blue Moon Fiber Arts is at a Stitches East in several years. There will be a new yarn for BMFA called Devine (100% merino!).
There will also be patterns, the Grinchy Sock kit, Funky Sock Monkey Kits, the sportweight Blue Faced Leicester, Silkie Socks That Rock, shawl kits. After Stitches East, if there is yarn left, it will be available in the store. We will also be carrying the yarn ONLY IN THE STORE (not online), so if you’re close to WEBS, you can stop in an purchase it. They will also not be eligible for the discount, or count toward your discountable total.

Don’t forget to visit us at Stitches East in Hartford October 23-25 booths 301-309 & 400-408.

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Show 86: Interview with Barbara Parry

Saturday, June 28th, 2008
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New Yarns

New Shipments of Valley Yarns in!

Valley Yarns catalog should be hitting your mailbox now!

Guest:

Barbara Parry of Foxfire Fibers and Springdelle Farm in Shelburne Falls, MA

http://www.foxfirefiber.com/

Barbara shares with us the process of sheep to yarn and the advantages to spinning your own yarn.

Barbara feels that every spinner should learn on a drop spindle. She feels you really get the drafting technique down when doing it this way. You don’t have to worry about treadling, so you can really concentrate.
Knitalong with Pixie

You don’t have to use standard colors for your chart – Pixie’s will be pink!

CO 55 stitches, purl one row and begin following chart.

Row 1: (RS) Read chart from right to left. With first butterfly knit 27 stitches in Color A.Add second color (B). Place new strand of yarn under the old strand and hold a 6” tail to the left along the left needle. Knit next stitch with working end of yarn as close to the needle tips as you can manage, so you won’t stretch stitches. DON’T LET GO OF TAIL. This will interlock old and new yarn. Put tail of new yarn up and over left needle. Don’t pull it through with the stitch. Keep the tail on the left needle. It’s anchored by knitting one stitch with the tail up and one with it down.

You have completed the 4 stitches in color B. Cut yarn, but not too short. Add new butterfly of color A using same technique. Work tail up, tail down technique for about 1.5”
Row 2: (WS) Read chart from left to right. Using the color A butterfly you just ended with, purl 23 stitches. Drop color A and bring color B up under color A to interlock. Purl 6 stitches with color B. Drop color B over color A and purl remaining stitches.
Row 3: (RS). Repeat row 1, but knit 25 in color A, 8 in color B and 22 in color A.
Next time – notes, tips and Row 4.

Part 1 – What is Intarsia?
Chart – Palm Tree
Part 2
Parts 3, 4, 5
Parts 6, 7

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