Posts Tagged ‘Stitches South’

Ready, Set, Knit! 307: Kathy talks with Kim Cole

Saturday, April 13th, 2013
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 Kathy talks with Kim Cole, creater of the Gleener, a fabric care wand that will help eliminate surface pills and fuzz from your hand knits and almost any other fabric.

After using most other de-pilling products on the market to try and save a favorite sweater, Kim was frustrated by their lack of effectiveness and began the process of developing a product that would work. It took over 7 years to bring the product to market but now the Gleener is available to help you care for all kinds of fabrics from natural fibers to synthetics.

Here Kendra shows you how easy the Gleener is to use on your handknits.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

New Yarns

39th Anniversary Sale Highlights
New Closeouts

This weekend, today and tomorrow, you can join us at  Stitches Southat the Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA. We may have overpacked, come visit our booths and see what we have for you!

Upcoming Events: 

The full line-up of Summer classes will be online on Friday, April 19th and printed booklets will arrive shortly thereafter but we have some exciting classes with amazing guests teachers already up and ready for you to join!

Stephen West is making his first appearance at WEBS with 2 classes, Top-down Shawl Basics and Top-down Shawl Design Workshop, as well as an event open to the public on June 13th.

Jason Collingwood is making his only area appearance at WEBS, June 15-17 with his class on Plain Weave. Sign up now, there are only a few seats left!

Gale Zucker will be returning to us to teach the intricacies of taking the best photographs of your finished knits and so much more.

Amy Herzog will be joining us on June 6 to celebrate the release of her new book Knit to Flatter, register now to be part of this fun-filled evening.

Ann Budd will also be teaching at WEBS this summer with her Sweater Basics and Finishing class in July.

Don’t forget about the Tent Sale on May 18th and 19th!

And the Third Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening June 27-30th.

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Stitches South Coupon

Monday, April 8th, 2013
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Are you heading to Stitches South this weekend at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel &
Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA?

If you are, print out this coupon and present it when you purchase your ticket to save! (Only valid in-person. Will not work online.)

Make sure you stop by to see us while you’re there. We’ll be in booths 211,213,215,310,312,and 314. We’ll have some great yarns from Madelinetosh, Valley Yarns, great savings on closeouts, and more. You don’t want to miss it! See you there!

Ready, Set, Knit! 306: Kathy talks with Donna Druchunas

Saturday, April 6th, 2013
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 Kathy talks with Donna about her path into the knitting world, she began as a computer tech writer and at the prompting of a friend began to transfer to writing about something she loved – knitting! She now writes books and teaches as well as tech editing for independent designers and translating German knitting books into English. She has a new book in the works on knitting in Lithuania with history, culture and telling that culture’s story through knitting; similar to her book Arctic Lace.


Donna has also worked to develop 2 different apps for iPad and iPhone. First there was the Knit Companion app and her newest is Travel the World of Knitting with embedded stitch video tutorial and a collection of new patterns.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

39th Anniversary Sale Highlights

New Closeouts
Upcoming Events: 

Join us at  Stitches South! this week in the Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre April 11-14th in Atlanta, GA.

Don’t forget about the Tent Sale on May 18th and 19th!

The Third Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening June 27-30th.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 302: Kathy talks with Kara Gott Warner

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
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Guest: Kathy talk with Kara Gott Warner, Executive Editor of Creative Knitting magazine.

Creative Knitting started as Knitters World and transitioned to Creative Knitting in 2010
focusing on newer knitters and helping them take their basic skills to the next level.

This issue has a wonderful article demystifying lace and some great knit jewelry pieces. The Jada Necklace by Andi Javori is a great piece to start using beads and jewelry is also a wonderful time to indulge in a single skein of luxury yarn.

The next issue is a special  Summer issue, Easy Everyday Openwork and Lace, hitting news stands in April, there are skill building articles, and a pile of seasonal patterns.

Our thanks to everyone that came to see us at Stitches West – thanks also to our great team!

We’re happy to announce that WEBS is going to to Stitches South! We’ll be there with 6 booths at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre April 11-14th in Atlanta, GA.

And don’t forget to follow us on your favorite Social Media outlet where you’ll have first looks at closeouts, events and more! Facebook, Twitter, All Things WEBS Group on Ravelry, Google+ and Pinterest.

Steve’s Yarn Picks 

Upcoming Events: 

Norah Gaughan and the Berroco Design Team will be at WEBS this Thursday, March 7th from 6-8pm

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Ready, Set, Knit Episode 172 – Interview with Ben Levisay

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
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Hi Everyone

On this week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit, Steve highlighted three yarns from our Anniversary Sale, along with a few new closeouts, 2 new books and some new della Q products.

Anniversary Sale Yarns

Baby Alpaca Grande from Plymouth $13.99 on sale for $9.99/hank
Centolavaggi from Filatura di Crosa $19.95 on sale for $13.99/hank
220 Superwash from Cascade $9.80 on sale for $6.99

New Closeout Yarns

Silk Garden from Noro (discontinued colors)
Iro from Noro (discontinued colors)
Bonbori from Noro

New Books & Accessories

New England Knits by Melissa LaBarre & Cecily Glowik MacDonald
Two At a Time Socks from the Toe Up by Melissa Morgan Oakes
Dual Interchangeable and Circular Needle Case from della Q
Large Cotton Project Bags from della Q
Regular Cotton Project Bags from della Q

We had the chance to catch up with XRX President, Ben Levisay.  We talked about the upcoming Stitches show in Atlanta which is happening April 22-25.  Steve and several members of the WEBS team will be there so be sure to check out the show and stop by and say “hi”.  Complete show information can be found here.

Lastly, Pixie & I finish the KAL.  We also had a VERY big announcement this week.  We are sad to share that Pixie is leaving the WEBS family for a move to her cottage in France.  Next week will be her last show so be sure to tune in!



Book Review – Comfort Knitting & Crochet Afghans

Friday, April 9th, 2010
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It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed a book here on the blog, but when our lovely friends at Berroco unleash a new publication it’s time to stop and take notice.

Comfort Knitting & Crochet Afghans – More Than 50 Beautiful, Affordable Desings Featuring Berroco’s Comfort Yarn by Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter & The Berroco Design Team has just been released.   As the title says, it is packed with more than 50 afghan patterns knit and crocheted using Berroco’s very price-conscious Comfort yarn.

For 150 or so pages, I was treated to project after project that simply tickled me.  I love that the book is a blend of knit and crochet AND that they are pretty equally represented (27 knit afghans and 24 crocheted afghans to be exact).  Crochet projects are often thrown in as a token gesture or after thought but the team creating this book, lead by Norah and Margery, did the crocheters proud.

With so many patterns to choose from, it was hard to select favorites.  In fact, it seemed my favorites kept changing each time I took another look.  I finally narrowed my picks down to 5:

Although Garter Stripes is “the ultimate in easy knitting” I make no apologies for loving it.  

It’s simplicity speaks to my own personal aesthetic of minimalism.  Since Berroco  Comfort features over 95 colors, the possibilities for customizing this blanket are endless.  There are three panels that are joined at the end to create an afghan 66″w x 60″ long.

Although the color selection doesn’t speak to me despite its ties to the history of this particular design, Crazy offers a very interesting construction using only single crochet and decreases at the beginning and end of rows.  

Inspired by crazy quilts of the 1880’s, the afghan is a series of 6 squares constructed by creating 4 individual triangles and joining upon completion.   Having said that, upon further inspection I now realize that the shapes that constitute the squares aren’t all exactly triangles but since my high school geometry is failing me at the moment, just cut me some slack.  (NOTE:  My very mathematically inclined Berroco rep, the lovely Andra, just returned my call and she was able to solve the mystery – of course, they are simply quadrangles.  I remembered trapezoids and parallelograms but not the simple quadrangle – thank you Andra).

Staying with crochet for the moment, we must take a look at Pinwheel:

Comprised of 140 squares, each is “composed of open-grid filet crochet, which is then embellished with a pinwheel of crocheted chain stitch”  There was no way I could have explained that any better so why try?  Once all of the squares are completed they are simply chain stitched together using a contrasting color.

Not overly difficult, but certainly time consuming, Pinwheel is a good travelling project.  Small and compact you don’t need to lug a lot around with you and you can alternate between creating a bunch of squares and then doing the embellishment and then back to squares to keep things interesting.

Nordic Holidayis bold and modern and it just intrigues me.  It was pointed out to me by my math consultant that it has vague resemblance to a lovely handwoven rug by Jason Collingwood that we have on display at the store.

Again – no intricate knitting is involved here but some smart design techniques result in a graphical wonder.  Love the red stair steps!  Directions are included for both a large blanket and smaller throw.

Herringbone is an afghan I would by in a store if I saw it.  It’s modern and classic all at the same time  – I can easily imagine it in the Calvin Klein bedding section of Bloomies.

I love this blanket.  It speaks to me and I want it.  What more is there to say?  It’s a great project for those of you who have been intimidated to try cables – the herringbone pattern is created using cables and twisted stitches.  The afghan is finished with a lovely 2-row crochet edging.

Now a few words about Comfort yarn.  Comfort comes in four weights – sock, dk, worsted and chunky.  It’s 50% super fine acrylic/50% super fine nylon.  Don’t go making faces or saying impolite things about Comfort.  It is a fine yarn – a might fine yarn at that.   This is not your typical acrylic yarn.  It’s soft and sophisticated and not at all icky.  The worsted and chunky retail for $5.75 per ball with 210 and 150 yards respectively.  DK is only $3.25 per ball with 178 yards while sockis $7.50 for 440 yards.  Comfort is machine washable and I would even hazard to say machine dryable – just be gentle!

I think overall the book is fabulous.   It is soft cover, lovely paper that are a joy to turn, gorgeous photography.  The page numbers are microscopic – I’m all for the “design elements” of a piece but it bugs me when it’s they are not functional.  The instructions from what I’ve gathered assume a certain level of basic knitting and crochet skill meaning not every last thing is spelled out.  I don’t find this problematic but it’s important to point out.  At $19.95 it’s a book you should seriously take a look or two at.

If you will be attending Stitches South in two weeks, you are in for a great treat in the WEBS booth!  The lovely Andra has been working overtime (as have her knitters/crocheters) to create large squares representing 16 of the designs in the book.  They will be on display at the show and I can probably arrange to have them in the store after that.

Finally, on Monday, we will have a VERY special Q&A post with Norah Gaughan herself.  I asked her a series of questions about the book and it’s creation.  I’m thrilled to have Norah share her thoughts with all of us!  Stay tuned for Monday!



Bits and Pieces

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
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I have a list of a gazillion items I need/want to blog about.  Some of them are worthy of their own post and that will happen this week.  There are a few items that I’m opting to combine together in this post for efficiency and brevity.  Allow me to jump right in:

1.  Thanks to EVERYONE who particpated in the shared blog contest with  Mimie and I will be randomly selecting our winner and we’ll make the announcement on our respective blogs tomorrow.  I’ll get the yarn portion of the prize sent out and Mimie will get her portion sent out.  Please remember to continue to visit both our blogs when you can and continue to comment.  If you’re in the market for yarn or some wonderful spa products, I know we would both appreciate you visiting our sites to shop!

2.  This week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit!, Show #127 is available on our website and on iTunes.  This week Steve reviews the May Sale Yarns, some new closeouts and Pixie and I kick of the next KAL.  We are knitting the Shay Cap Sleeve Pullover – one of our own Valley Yarns designs.  We hope you’ll be knitting along!  (Full Disclosure – I am not knitting this project).

3.  I was catching up on some blogs earlier today and stumbled onto a very funny post from Being Beata.  She was at Stitches South and is a listener of our podcast (thanks!).  Here’s the part of her post that just cracked me up:

“I’ve been listening to the Webs podcast for a while, although I haven’t really kept up lately.  It was totally weird to see one of the owners, Steve Elkins, there.  He’s just normal guy running a booth at a yarn show.  But weird because I heard his voice in person.”

I will be using the “just a normal guy running a booth at a yarn show” description for sometime to come.  I’m sorry I wasn’t there to say “hi” Being Beata!  Thanks for shopping in our booth and sharing it with your readers!

4.  This weekend was Twist 2.0  here in Northampton.  Twist is the labor of love of Lexie Barnes and her lovely husband Corey.  The event features amazing handmade items.  WEBS was one of the sponsor and we were there doing a variety of demos on Friday night & Saturday.  Steve & I didn’t get to spend as much time at Twist as we would have liked.  The schedule was a bit over the top for us this weekend.  I did get to hang out for a bit late yesterday afternoon and snapped a couple of shots:

Deb & Elizabeth chatting with our Asst Store Manger Tina (a Twist exhibitor) and a couple of our customers.


Elizabeth was working on a project – one of those lace projects that is just a jumbled pile.  She was asked what she was working on and although I missed the pattern name, she put on her jumbled pile and look what it turned into:


She’s using size 3 needles and our 10/2 Bamboo.  She didn’t want me to take a picture as it’s still in progress, ends hanging out, etc., but it was just too stunning to NOT take a picture.  I was speechless and therefore can’t tell you anything about it other than what I’ve already shared.  Hopefully Elizabeth will post in the comments and if not, I’ll get the low down on the project this week.  All I can say is WOW!

5.  Last but not least, this weekend was Maryland Sheep & Wool.  Steve & I have never been.  That schedule thing I mentioned above seems to be the culprit.  Our friend Guido of It’s a Purl Man blog & podcast  pulled together a fabulous afterparty on Saturday and we were thrilled to be a sponsor.  He did this in less than a week, which for anyone who has ever planned anything involving 150 people, sponsors, door prizes, etc., you understand it’s no small feat.  By all accounts the evening was a great success!  Thanks for letting us be a part of the fun Guido!

I think that covers things for today.  In addition to revealing the winner of the contest, I will be making another big announcement.  Be sure to stay tuned for that!


Bessie And Her Flock

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
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NOTE:  Remember – to qualify for the faboo prizes in our latest contest you must comment here on my blog AND on Mimie’s at should be left on my post of 4/28 titled “New Contest”.  Thanks!

April has been a crazy month.  I’ve been less than a stellar blogger and for those of you who take the time to read, my apologies.  Steve & I were gone for a few days on trip that was actually his 40th b’day gift from last year.  It was a planned trip – very special.  Although I share an awful lot of our lives – both professional and personal here on the blog and the podcast, this is one of those things I’m not going to say much more about.  We had an incredible time, we truly disconnected as much as we ever have.  I know I can say in all honesty, I cannot remember the last time I was as relaxed as I was on this trip. 

We came back with only a week before Steve headed to Stitches South.  I did not attend South – the first Stitches I’ve missed in nearly 4 years.  Being a Mom took priority and I stayed behind to run a big fundraising event at the boys’ school.  The boys both ended up being sick so that through a bit of a curve ball into the week’s plans.  All turned out well – Steve had a great time at Stitches South.  Thanks to everyone who came by the booth to say hi and to shop.  The event was a big success and the boys are healthy.

A shot of the tent at the event:

Here’s Jonathan the next day at the kids’ fair – kinda says it all:

I would be remiss before going any further in this post to not wish Steve a very Happy Anniversary.  Today is our 14th wedding anniversary, the last 7 of which we’ve spent running WEBS together.  Jonathan asked me this morning if I was going to wear my “married” dress to work today.  I figured it might be a bit much – with the sparkles and all :).  Thanks for 14 fabulous years honey!  I love you!

One of the casualties of the past month has been Bessie (Sorry Pixie).  If you don’t know who Bessie is it means you’re not listening to our podcast, Ready, Set, Knit.  You can listen via our website or iTunes – just go subscribe and then you won’t be out of the loop.  With weeks of anticipation, I presented to all of you, Pixie’s chicken, the lovely diva chicken of the coop, Bessie:


Isn’t she awesome!  Look at her detail – the beading, the embroidery, the buttons on her tail feathers!


I just love Bessie’s attitude – she rocks!


 Bessie is not only one cool chick (hee hee), she’s quite popular.  She has had visitors.  Here – Bessie meets the lovely MIss Loretta:


Then, handsome Henry showed up one Saturday to call on Bessie:


But I think her first visitor will ultimately win Bessie’s heart.  He travelled all the way from Canada via his owner Lucy Neatby:


 I think they’re both smitten.

Here’s the happy extended family together:

As for my Lily, well, she’s still a work in progress.  Despite my pledge at the beginning of the year, my completion rate continues to be embarrassing.  My darn chicken has travelled more miles in the past two months than most of you will travel all year – still unfinished.  Not good. 

Even worse – this is making me all twitchy:


Not good at all.

But it all does come full circle – at least in terms of chickens.  Here is Steve’s favorite photo from Stitches South:

The beak opens and closes, eyes move.  Priceless