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Ready, Set, Knit #239: Kathy & Steve discuss Stitches East; Kathy & Kirsten unveil the new Valley Yarns pattern collection

Saturday, October 15th, 2011
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Steve’s Yarn Picks

WEBS at Stitches East

701-707, 800-806, Blue Moon Fiber Arts is right across the aisle from us.

We’ll also have Manos del Uruguay, Fibre Co., Malabrigo, and Knitter’s Pride Needles, plus much more! Blocking boards, swifts, ball winders, and Berroco’s new fall yarns.

Guest: Kirsten chats about our Valley Yarns designs in the holiday catalog!

428 Bordeaux Pullover in 2/10 Merino Tencel

437 Loire Cardigan in Northampton Bulky

435 Gears Wrap crocheted in Deerfield by Laura Nelkin

431 Selata Shawl in Charlemont by Laura Nelkin

432 Gnomey Earflap Hat in Cold Spring

438 Snow Day Hat and Mittens in Sheffield

440 Wheatleigh Hat and Mittens crocheted in Stockbridge

433 Provence Coat knit in Cold Spring

434 Aquitaine Coat crocheted in Cold Spring

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Stitches East 2009

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
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It’s finally here!  This weekend at the Connecticut Convention Center, Stitches 2009 will be in full swing.  We’re excited because this is the first time a Stitches will be this close to home for us.  Although it’s also a little strange.  Usually when we go to these shows, we’re immersed 100% in only the show.   This time the rest of our life will not be on hold or on the backburner while we’re “away”.  Working at th show will be fully integrated with hockey, cooking meals, getting the laundry done, etc. 

We hope to see many of you this weekend.   You’ll find us in booths 301-309 & 400-408.  Ten booths PACKED with yarn.  The highlight of which is the debut of Blue Moon Fiber Arts at WEBS

The show runs today and Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday from 10-4.  The Connecticut Convention Center is a brand new facility and with free wi fi – my new favorite place for a show! 

There will be lots of great activities throughout the weekend – demos in the hall, classes being offered, book signings, etc.  If nothing else, you’ll come away inspired and maybe with a slightly larger stash!

Be sure to stop by the WEBS Booth and say hi!


Good Times, Good Memories

Sunday, August 31st, 2008
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Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! After a very wet, “Florida meets Kansas” kind of summer here in the northeast, we are being rewarded with an absolute gem of a weekend (well, at least today and tomorrow).

I’ve got a few photos from Midwest that I want to share, in addition to the videos I’ve already posted.

First, I think all of you are aware of my penchant for warm weather. The morning I left for Midwest, this was the temperature here (top = outdoor, bottom=indoor):

Yes, it can get very cold here in New England, but that is pushing things for mid-August. A reminder of things to come from Mother Nature I suppose. Makes it even more important to me to savor days like today.

We dined at the Weber Grill in Schaumburg with one of our suppliers and his lovely family. Unfortunately, the mini-van didn’t have quite enough room for everyone. Steve lost the draw:

I was completely taken by this lovely scarf. I wrote down her name and have no idea where that little slip of paper is. It will turn up, but in the meantime, isn’t this adorable?

She called it her diamond square scarf, as the crocheted squares are attached at the corner, thus looking like diamonds. She used SWTC Tofutsies in an array of colors. Here’s a closeup.

I just love it.

This next shot also tickles me. Far from the only sighting of a WEBS purchase over the weekend, but this was on Thursday evening after the market preview in the lounge at the hotel.

What doesn’t come through as clearly as I would have liked is that the bar is lit and the WEBS bag was glowing.

Lastly, here we all are in our exhausted glory. Show over, everything packed up and we were tired and hungry, but happy:

Thanks to Pete, Andra, Kirsten and KT for a SUPER effort. You guys rocked.

Before I put Midwest completely to bed, there’s something else I want to share. Over the course of any show, there are what I will categorize as “moments”. In the scope of the show, they are the memory makers for us. Working these tradeshows is hard, grueling work. This show, I made a point to try to keep track of some of the funnier “Quotes from Schaumburg” to share with all of you. Now remember, they might not seem as funny and entertaining to all of you, as they did to us at the time. Here goes:

“If I don’t see fencing, I’m going to kill someone”

“You haven’t seen Glenn Garry, Glenn Ross and I still married you?”

“There’s a Grim Reaper in all of us” – Wanda, IA

“It feels like someone is breathing on me”

“He probably just smells cats” – owner of Daniel the Golden Lab

“My Noro people are here, should I smoke the credit card?” – anonymous

“What, are you chicken?”

“ was here.”

With that, need I say more? See you all in Baltimore for East!


Mastering Technology

Friday, August 29th, 2008
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I think I simply wore Blogger out last night in trying to upload these videos. Sorry to have left you with the middle of the Oreo missing, but here we go.

All set and ready for the knitters!

Here is a quick tour of the Berroco section of our booth. In particular, check out the Babettes (Andra’s and Pixie’s) and the beautiful Assemblage Sweater. I “heart” Assemblage. There are three lovely versions for you to see!

I have some regular camera shots from the show that still need to be posted, so stay tuned for those.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Remember, our retail store will be CLOSED Sunday (as always) and Monday in observance of the holiday! You can always order anytime at!


And We’re Off

Friday, August 22nd, 2008
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Just a quick little post from here in Chicago. Our flight, set-up and opening night all went flawlessly. We could have opened at noon yesterday. If I do say so myself, we rocked the free world.
The Market Preview, which was last night, is for registered students only. They were quite an enthusiastic bunch and we had a blast seeing many familiar faces but meeting some new ones too. We had lots of nice comments about Ready, Set, Knit. It always freaks me out a bit to realize that people do actually listen. A few people commented how weird it was to be hearing our voices and seeing us in person.
After the market closed, we stayed here at the hotel for some appetizers. Stitches is a marathon and we’ve learned to pace ourselves.

I have to comment on the hotel. It is only two years old and it is lovely. Seriously lovely. The architecture, the decor, the details, the staff. . . .we’re pretty pro-Marriott people and have stayed in many, across all the brands they have. This Renaisssance is among the best. I may never leave (I realize that could cause a multitude of issues, so just let me bask in my fantasy for a bit longer, okay?). Look at this – this is a feature in the bathroom of our standard room:

Love this place.

Chicago Bound

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
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Stitches Midwest is nearly upon us! This year’s show is in a brand new location in Schaumburg, IL. Our home for a few days will be the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center. It’s a brand new facility and we’ll be the only show happening. Registered students can shop the market on Thursday evening from 5-8pm. The market is open to the general public Friday and Saturday from 10-6pm and Sunday 10-4pm. We will be in booths 513-618. Our crew this year includes Pete our Ops Mgr (in other words, he makes sure your orders get picked, packed & shipped), KT our Asst. Store Manager, Kirsten our Design Coordinator, Andra our most faboo Berroco rep and of course Steve & I. Be sure to stop by, say hi, do a little shopping, check out our Valley Yarns and garments (including all the new ones for fall!), Berroco’s fall line and garments (Andra will have both of her Assemblages on display, plus lots more). We’ll have some Kauni in the booth (get it while it lasts) and lots of great deals.
In other news, last week we received the new Nectar pattern book from Rowan. It’s stunning.

We also have Kim Hargreaves Heartfelt and this great garment is on display in the store.

Knit in Kid Classic – isn’t it lovely?

And I love the necklace (courtesy of WEBS Beads):

When we received in Artyarns Silk Pearl and Beaded Pearl & Sequins, I was in love. But we all know I am the slowest knitter around, so when Leslie Ann commented that she was wanting to give it a whirl on the Rigid Heddle Loom, I knew we could accomplish two things at once:

Isn’t it gorgeous. I know, the photo doesn’t do it justice. I am bringing home a Schacht Flip Loom after Midwest and I am making one of these in every colorway. This beauty took one hank of Silk Pearl for warp and one skein of Bead Pearl and Sequins for weft.
LA – I cannot thank you enough!
In other news, several of us had the chance to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Mary. Here’s the lovely bride and groom.

We had a great time and are looking forward to the wedding this fall.
Oh and look at this creation – a wedding cake made from towels!

People are so clever! It was very cool.

J1 & J2’s epic summer continued last week with our 3rd Red Sox game of the season.

This one was extra special because (a) I won tickets and I NEVER win anything and (b) the raffle I entered help to contribute to medical expenses for a very sick child in our town.

The seats were incredible:

We even had a waitress and menus!

Fenway franks never tasted so good!

I hope to see lots of you in Chicago!


P.S. Don’t forget – I am now on Facebook and have created a WEBS Page. It still needs some work, but it’s coming along. If you are on Facebook, look me up as a friend and certainly join the WEBS page!

Thoughts from Cape Cod

Thursday, August 7th, 2008
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We are wrapping up our week here at the Cape and it has been a great vacation. The trip has not been the reason I haven’t blogged. The blog was locked down by Blogger late last week. Their software identified a bunch of blogs as potential “spammers”. It was fixed within a day or so, but I didn’t realize this. It was posted here on “Blogger Buzz”, but I was waiting for an email response to my request for a “review” of my blog. Oh well, we are on vacation after all so it’s not as if I would have been posting everyday.

Unfortunately, I am now late to the party with a few important happenings and such.
1. Last Friday, the much anticipated Twist Collective went live. Twist Collective is a new on-line magazine that was developed by Kate Gilbert and a trio of very talented friends. The premise was to bring together talented designers and writers and provide them with not only a platform for their work, but also provide them with more flexibility with usage of their work. I interviewed Kate on Ready, Set, Knit, last week and we had a great conversation about her new venture. Overall, I love Twist Collective. I think the format is fresh, the designs are terrific and the content is well done. Twist Collective will be published quarterly and will have smaller updates in between. If you haven’t already checked it out, you should take a few minutes to do so.
2. On Monday, another new on-line knitting magazine went live –, published by Jody Pirello. Jody’s take is all about knitting smarter. She has made the patterns printer friendly, charts that are clickable and easy to enlarge. She offers technique tutorials along with interesting articles. I especially liked the Fall ’08 color trends story. Jody will be our guest on this week’s podcast, so be sure to check that out on Saturday, 8/9!
3. WEBS’ August Sale is in full swing! Amazing savings on yarns for knitters and weavers!
4. Stitches Midwest is only two weeks away! The show will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL. This is a new location for the show and we are pretty excited about it! Not that we didn’t like Rosemont, but in Schaumburg, the convention center only hosts one event at a time plus the facility is pretty new, so it should be a lovely knitting extravaganza! We will be there in booths 513-618 with all of our Valley Yarns, Berroco, including all of the new fall yarns, pattern books and many, many, many of the actual model garments for you to see! Plus, we’ll have some other fabulous yarns along with some great closeout deals. If you are planning to come to the show be sure to stop by!
5. I forgot to mention that WEBS Beads is participating in our August Sale as well! They will be having weekly specials throughout August. If you live in the area or plan to be during August, be sure to stop by and see what they’ve got on special! This week we’re offering 15% off all findings and stringing materials. Savings in-store only!
6. Our Fall Class Schedule is posted on-line! We have an incredible selection of classes for knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, dyers and more! We’ve got some great guest teachers coming as well. Clara Parkes, Kristen Nicholas, Susanna Hansson and Galina Khmeleva will all be at WEBS this fall! What is sure to be “the” event of the season happens on September 17th, when Norah Gaughan returns to WEBS! This is a rare chance to spend time with Norah, discuss the new fall yarns and designs with her, learn how they came to be and try on all of the amazing garments! Be sure to check out all of the classes and events and get yourself signed up!
7. I am working hard on the Staghorn Cable Tunic, which is our current KAL on Ready, Set, Knit!. I am a slow knitter, but I am loving this pattern and the entire design in general. It really is not difficult at all, which is why it’s a perfect summer project. Yes, it’s working with wool, but it’s really not that bad to work with, even in the heat. It’s going to be a great layering piece all fall and winter long. Speaking of Valley Yarns patterns, all of our new fall patterns that will be featured in the next catalog, are already up on-line!
Well, I think that covers everything! Back to vacation!


Happy You

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
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We’re back from Stitches Midwest – what a great show we had! It was so much fun seeing old friends and putting faces to names with our on-line customers. Thanks for all of the lovely comments about our podcast and blog. Even though I see the stats each week for both, it doesn’t seem “real” until I’m out and about somewhere like a tradeshow and you all start commenting! I guess you are really reading and listening! Thanks to everyone who shopped with us and endured the rather lengthy line on Friday and Saturday. Steve and I were ringing as fast as we could, unfortunately, our new wireless credit card machine was not nearly as fast as we were. We very much appreciate all of the kind words about our staff. They truly are awesome! Thanks to Andra, Karen, Jenna and Petey – you guys rock!

As crazy as Stitches was, we were very much overshadowed by this:

And sightings like this:

Wizard World drew 70,000 people! Those lines are at 8:00 in the morning and the show didn’t even open until 10! Really, the pictures don’t even do the scene justice.

For anyone who has ever worked a tradeshow, it is not easy work. In fact, it is exhausting. One rule we have when we travel to tradeshows is that we always eat well. Friday night is always protein night (read – “manly” steakhouse). We enjoyed a faboo meal at Gibson’s in Rosemont. The wonderful Kristo took great care of us and even plated our over-the-top dessert right at the table.

What was truly fun about this restaurant is how they celebrate birthdays. A group of waiters will gather around the table of the celebrant, do a quick little chant and then yell, “Happy You!”. It’s a bit startling at first because (a) you’re in a rather classy joint and suddenly people are yelling and (b) since most of the waiters are men, their voices combined are quite booming and (c) you are not quite sure what they actually said, at least from a distance.

Of course, I did manage a wee bit of shopping. First stop – can you guess? Of course, it was Brooks Farm. I was so happy to see them, especially after the disappointment at TKGA. I scored a skein of Macero and Duet for myself, plus two skeins of their lambswool/alpaca blend:

I also purchased a skein of this:

300 delicious yards of Polwarth Wool and Cultivated Silk from Rovings. This yarn is yumm-ee.

I also scored a pair of needles from a new vendor called Signature Needle Arts. They have a line of needles, all straights for now, that come in your choice of three different lengths, three different points and three different tops. Mine will be here in a couple of weeks and I’ll blog more about them then. One key thing to note, they are made in the U.S.A.

Happy, happy me.

One other Stitches note, if you happen to live in the Charlottesville, VA area and are familiar (or not) with the Needle Lady, be sure to stop in and doing some shopping. She was extremely kind and helped us out of a difficult situation on Sunday morning. I know nothing about her shop, but her act of kindness will not soon be forgotten and if she’s this nice to the competition, I can only imagine how great she must be with her customers.

There are lots of new yarns and such to catch up on at the store. I’ll try to get some pictures taken tomorrow. Be sure to keep an eye on the website for new additions in yarns and books. Also, the fall class schedule has been posted – register early! Oh and best I not forget to mention the Summer Sale. Steve would NOT be happy with me 🙂


All Rosey

Friday, August 10th, 2007
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So I’ve been outed. We ARE in Rosemont, IL at Stitches Midwest. Now, it’s not like I was super secretive, but that water tower was just too tempting.

For those of coming to the show this weekend, you may also be interested in this:

We really have no idea what this show is about, but it makes things interesting. Here’s our home for the weekend:

Set-up went better than any other set-up. In fact, we were all done yesterday by noon and we all got a little down time. This NEVER happens. As indulgent as the free time sounds, we were all pretty anxious to get the ball rollling. We had a great night – the shoppers came and shopped. We saw old friends and made lots of new ones. It always amazes me how many people travel from great distances to attend these shows. My favorite of the night were the “Knit Happens” ladies, who live just outside of Buffalo. The are a group of friends who are on a knitting roadtrip for the weekend. How awesome is that?!

The best news of the show (in my opinion) is that our friends from Brooks Farm are here! Woohoo for me! I’ve already cruised their booth and trust me, much shopping will be done.

Time to go sell the yarn.


Guess Where I Am?

Thursday, August 9th, 2007
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Hey, I am all caught up on posts. Sorry about that everyone. Hopefully I’ll be able to share more with you from this week’s venue 🙂