Posts Tagged ‘Stitches West’

Ready, Set, Knit! 346: Kathy talks with Alasdair Post-Quinn

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Alasdair about the failed origami class that led to his life in knitting, how he discovered double knitting, teaching classes and his new e-book Parallax.

Alasdair will be at WEBS on April 12th and 13th teaching Intro to Double Knitting, Double Knitting Off the Grid and  Two Pattern Double Knitting. There are still spots open so sign up today!

Reminder:

Be sure to stop into the store and see all the new Spring garment models! And don’t miss the Classic Elite Yarns Trunk shows.

Steve and the crew are at Stitches West this weekend in the 400 aisle, if you’re in the Santa Clara, CA area check out the show Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-4

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Upcoming Events:

Why we do what we do! Workshop with Sally Melville on March 29th

Our 40th Annual Anniversary Sale is coming up, April 1 – May 31!

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Ready, Set, Knit! 345: Kathy talks with Deborah Tomasello

Saturday, February 15th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Deborah Tomasello, author of Wrapped in Color: Stranded Knitting in the 21st Century. Deborah talks about growing up, learning to knit and rediscovering knitting in her adult life.

She also talks about bringing her book to the market and how stranded knitting can seem daunting but it is almost as simple as stockinette.

Reminder:

Spring 2014 Catalog is online now! If you’re on the mailing list it should be arriving in your mailboxes this week. If you’re not on the mailing list you can request a catalog here.  This one is jam-packed with over 20 new yarns for Spring, a great editorial piece on the founding of WEBS and our first ever eBook: Soft Landing.

 

WEBS will be open regular hours, 10:00am – 5:30pm, on Presidents’ Day, Monday February 17th.

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Upcoming Events:

Stitches West, next week! February 20-23 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 344: Kathy talks with Kelly from namaste

Saturday, February 8th, 2014
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This week Kathy talks with Kelly, co-owner of namaste bags and accessories,  about the origins and growth of their small, family owned business. From their start at the sewing machine in her home 8 years ago to some of the great new products they are now offering, from the new Harlow bag to Kathy’s favorite Monroe bag.

Spring 2014 Catalog is online now! If you’re on the mailing list it should arrive in your mailbox in the next week or so if you’re not you can request a catalog here.

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

Upcoming Events:

Stitches West, February 20-23 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 328: Kathy talks with Leslie Ann Bestor

Saturday, September 28th, 2013
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This week Kathy talks with WEBS Store Manager Leslie Ann Bestor about the upcoming National Spinning and Weaving Week.

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National Spinning and Weaving Week

Kathy and Leslie Ann discuss the free demonstrations running from 11am – 1pm each day and  all the great mini workshops you can participate in over the course of the week:

Monday: Creating Texture on a Rigid Heddle Loom or Plying Mini Workshop, 2-4pm

Tuesday: Clasped Weft Mini Workshop 2-4pm

Wednesday is the Big Meet-up day from 10-3:30pm! Come on in and spin or weave and bring show and tell projects. We’ll have snacks and lots of fun!

Thursday: Fun with the Zoom Loom, 2-4pm

Friday: Fiber Preparation for Spinning Unique Yarns, 2-4pm

There will also be special deals and sales on select weaving/spinning tools and supplies – in store only. Remember the mini workshops are only $5.00 and you must pre-register.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Note:

The Cover Sweater from our Fall 2013 Catalog has been hugely popular and has cleared out ALL stock of the yarn available in the US! WOW! Noro has actually put this one yarn color at the top of their production list because of your demand! and new shipments of Obi color #05 should be in stock by mid-November. If you don’t mind the wait, feel free to place an order for this color that will remain on back order until it is restocked, or check out some of the other color selections in the Obi yarn.

Reminder:

Ready, Set, Knit! Listeners get ready for a challenge!   The KnottyGirls Knitcast issued a challenge and started the Ravelry Podcaster Throwdown. They claimed that their listeners will turn in more hats for Halos of Hope by the end of Stitches West 2014 than any other podcast out there. You all know that Kathy has a competitive streak a mile wide and can’t resist a challenge! Steve has even stepped in and said that he will ship all the collected hats to Stitches West! Here’s what you need to do:

Make as many knit and/or crochet hats as you can (check here for preferred fibers and free patterns) and get them to us by February 1, 2014. Make sure each hat and package is labeled with “Team RSK!” Please mail all packages to:

WEBS
Attn: TEAM RSK!
6 Industrial Pkwy.
Easthampton, MA 01027

If you’re posting about your progress on Facebook or Twitter please use #PodcastThrowdown. And please join the Podcasters Throwdown Group on Ravelry and show your support in the Team RSK thread!

Upcoming Events:

Our 10th Annual Knit & Crochet for the Cure event is happening in store October 6 from 1-4pm. Please register!

WEBS is open regular hours on Columbus day weekend, closed on Sunday and open on Monday, while you’re here you should check out the Paradise City Arts Festival Oct 12-14 at the 3-County Fairgrounds.

Registration is open for our 7th Annual Bus Trip to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck on October 19th! Are you on the bus?

Stitches East is coming up! November 8-10 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT. There are still lots of open seats in classes and the Market is not to be missed!

 

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Ready, Set, Knit! 327: Kathy talks with Benjamin Levisay

Saturday, September 21st, 2013
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This week Kathy talks with Benjamin Levisay, President of XRX Books and Knitters magazine and host the Fiber Hooligan Podcast.

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Benjamin talks about his podcast and wonderful guests as well as his work with Halos of Hope.

Podcaster Throwdown Ravelry Group

Ready, Set, Knit! Listeners get ready for a challenge!   The KnottyGirls Knitcast issued a challenge and started the Ravelry Podcaster Throwdown. They claimed that their listeners will turn in more hats for Halos of Hope by the end of Stitches West 2014 than any other podcast out there. You all know that Kathy has a competitive streak a mile wide and can’t resist a challenge! Steve has even stepped in and said that he will ship all the collected hats to Stitches West! Here’s what you need to do:

Make as many knit and/or crochet hats as you can (check here for preferred fibers and free patterns) and get them to us by February 1, 2014. Make sure each hat and package is labeled with “Team RSK!” Please mail all packages to:

WEBS
Attn: TEAM RSK!
6 Industrial Pkwy.
Easthampton, MA 01027

If you’re posting about your progress on Facebook or Twitter please use #PodcastThrowdown.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

WEBS Fall 2013 Catalog is arriving in mailboxes – you can sign up for a catalog if you’d like to receive a copy

Upcoming Events:

Our Fall class schedule is live on the website and classes begin this week!

Our 10th Annual Knit & Crochet for the Cure event is happening in store October 6 from 1-4pm. Please register!

National Spinning and Weaving Week is happening October 7-12 with lots of in-store demonstrations and workshops, be sure to register!

Registration is open for our 7th Annual Bus Trip to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck on October 19th! Are you on the bus?

Stitches East is coming up! November 8-10 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT. There are still lots of open seats in classes and the Market is not to be missed!

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Ready, Set, Knit! 301: Kathy talks with Steve from Stitches West

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
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Guest: Kathy and Steve talk about what it takes to set up at Stitches West, in the Santa Clara Convention Center, and all the great products we’ve brought this year.

Steve and Jeff arrived earlier in the week to pick up everything for our booths, which was packed up and shipped to California 2 weeks ago, and to set up the layout and fixtures. On Thursday the rest of our crew was on hand to fill the booths with product before the Student Preview on Thursday night. The sales floor is open 10-6 Sat, 10-4 Sunday.

WEBS is at the front of Aisles 600 and 700 in booths 603-611 and 704-712 and those booths are PACKED with Madeline Tosh DK, Tosh Merino Light, Malabrigo, Kureyon and Silk Garden, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran and Baby Cashmerino in discontinued colors, Knitters Pride Needles – including Karbonz, all the new Berroco spring yarns and Andra! as well as Valley Yarns favorites and two of our newest yarns Northampton Sport and Enfield. We also have all the new patterns from the Spring Catalog and the catalogs!

Congratulations to our 300th Episode Giveaway Winners!

Leslie J. from Ohio
Melinda K. from Kentucky
Judy S. from California
Kristin K. from Lake Oswego Oregon
Emily P. from Massachusetts
Jennilee M. from Manitoba, Canada
Barbara P. from Indiana
Patricia B. from Washington, DC

Steve’s Yarn Picks 

Upcoming Events: 

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

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Stitches West Preview

Monday, February 18th, 2013
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Are you headed to Stitches West this weekend? If you are, make sure you print out this coupon for half off admission! It does not apply to online ticket purchases, and you must have the coupon with you.

Come visit us in booths 604-612, 703-711! And we’ll have lots of yarn packed into that 10 booth space. We’re bringing favorites from Malabrigo, Madelinetosh, and Berroco. We’ll also have closeouts like Noro Kureyon Discontinued Colors, Noro Silk Garden Discontinued Colors and more!

If you’ve had a chance to view our spring catalog, you saw the new Valley Yarns garments. We’ll have many with us at Stitches, so stop by the booth and see them in person. We’ll also have 514 Burning Branch Shawl knit in Valley Yarns BFL Fingering which will be our next KAL starting here on the blog on Thursday.

Looking for needles and crochet hooks? We’ll have Knitter’s Pride and Addis, so you’ll find one to suit your preference.

We hope to see you in Santa Clara!

Ready, Set, Knit #256: Kathy talks with Guido Stein about Fiber Camp Boston 2012

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
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Guest: Kathy talks with Guido Stein about how the Common Cod Fiber Guild got started and its current speaker series. Just around the corner is Fiber Camp Boston 2012 in Cambridge, MA, a PodCamp like community un-conference for fiber craft enthusiasts including knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, dyers, and anyone curious about fiber crafts. Fibercamp is based on the fact that everyone has something to share and teach. Connect with the community by sharing your passion. Registration now for this March 9-11 event. The first 10 Ready, Set, Knit listeners who sign up can use the code WEBS to get $10 off of non-guild registration.

There have been some recent additions to interchangeable needle lines. Check out the new Addi Click Lace Long Tips with the handy life line feature. Knitter’s Pride now has the Special Interchangeable Circular Needle Tips available in the Dreamz, Nova, and Cubics lines. These tips are shorter and when paired with the shortest Knitter’s Pride cable can make a 16″ interchangeable needle. The Knitter’s Pride Comby Interchangeable Sampler Set now includes Cubics tips instead of Trendz tips.

Steve does a recap of Stitches West. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth. It was a great show.

Details are now on our website about Brenda Dayne’s visit to WEBS May 8-9.

Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and Ravelry. There’s great conversations happening on these social networks. We’d love to have you join in!

Pinterest is the latest and hottest addition to the social landscape. Think of it like a virtual pin board. You can pin photos and videos on themed boards, a great place to collect things that inspire. WEBS has just started a Pinterest page so we haven’t pinned much yet. Let’s us know what kinds of things you would like to see us pin.

Are you on Pinterest? How do you like to use it?

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Wrap Up Wednesday

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
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Hi Everyone

It’s been a crazy few days with Steve being at Stitches West, Olympic Knitting, hockey, “the foot” and life.  I definitely lost control here on the blog.  I have a variety of odds and ends I’ve been wanting to share with you so in order to get myself back on schedule I”m going to lump several things into this post.

1.  Thanks to everyone who came out for our Superbowl Event.  I wasn’t able to attend but Karen our Store Manager and her team did a FABOO job!  She sent me these pics a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been behind in posting them.

It was a great afternoon of fiber fun, food and prizes!

2.  Our Launch Party for Gail Callahan’s new book “Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece” was an absolute blast on Sunday 2/21.  We had a great crowd, those Gail holds near and dear were present and I had a great time dyeing my first skein of yarn!

Gail has provided me with the supplies I need to finish dyeing my skein.  We went through the complete process but it was a little rushed and a little stressful following Gail’s instructions in front of a crowd of people!  My skein currently has many “white” or “bare” areas which some folks love.  Me?  Not so much.  I want my skein solid, so I need to do a little more work on it.  The spots are visible in the last picture above.

3.  Well?  How did you all do on your Olympic Knitting?  Inquiring minds want to  know so PLEASE leave a comment!  Me?  Well – I certainly didn’t win a medal but made a respectable showing.  The two hats that were on my list were finished and given that they are belated Christmas gifts I am thrilled I got them done.  Here’s the first one finished, which I had previously posted:

And here’s the second:

Same pattern, this time using Misti Alpaca Chunky and our basic Hat from Measurements pattern.  It only took one skein which was great – especially since I didn’t swatch and therefore didn’t get gauge and therefore was freaking out it would be too small. . . . In the end it all worked out.  I even had J2 model it to reassure myself the size would be okay for the recipient:

I also got past the halfway point on the never-ending Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted scarf.

The chicken and the crochet scarf?  Well. . . . . .not so much.  I knew the crochet scarf was a stretch so I’m actually okay with the fact it didn’t come to fruition.  The chicken bums me out.  I don’t know why I have such a mental/knitters block on this project.  I did get side tracked with some super secret swatching and I did lose some time obsessing over the gauge issue with the 2nd hat but in the end they are simply excuses.  The chicken parts and pieces and the crochet scarf will be coming on vacation with me so there is still hope.

4.  Last week’s free pattern – Buckland knit in either Rowan Cotton Jeans or Natural Silk Aran.

It’s a great cardi and both yarns are currently on closeout at WEBS so it’s now a very affordable project as well!

5.  Our thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth at Stitches West.  Although I stayed home this year, I know the entire crew was thrilled to see so many familiar faces and make so many new friends.  I’ve been hearing snippets of the antics of Sunday night but as Della of Della Q reminded me today “What happens at West, stays at West” so I guess that’s all I’ve got.

6. The main reaon I stayed home and more important than my annoying foot injury was the fact that it was the last week of winter term at our boys’ school and that always means special activities, performances, etc.  For J1, it meant the end of his term in drama and that means a play:

It’s not a classic, it was a quirky ensemble piece that they performed beautifully.  Having watched this crew in plays since kindergarten it’s amazing to see them as 5th graders and how far they’ve come.  It’s also really cool to see how comfortable they are on stage and with each other.  Job well done.

The end of winter term in 3rd grade means only one thing – the Biography Fair.  Two years ago, J1 wrote his report and presented himself as Tom Brady.  Although I had hoped J2 would step up and channel some amazing historical individual, the sports gene runs long and deep in this family so I wasn’t surprised when he decided to study a famous hockey player.  What was surprising was his choice:

Yes, just days before the USA played Canada for gold, J2 profiled and channeled Marty Brodeur.  Now remember, J1 is the goalie, not J2.  If you want my professional “mom” opinion on all of this, I think that J2 just wanted and excuse to wear all the gear:

I was pleasantly surprised when he opted to wear our goalie pads from street hockey vs. J1′s ice hockey pads.

The street hockey pads are MUCH lighter and easier to transport.  On my own and with an injured hoof, I was grateful for the lightened load.

7.  While we’re talking hockey. . . . . I would be remiss if I didn’t share my thoughts on the USA/Canada gold medal game.  First and foremost – what a great game!  My heartfelt congratulations to the Canadian team and fans.  Job well done.  Ryan Miller, the USA goalie rocked the games and reminded our young goalie that things don’t always work out.  Even the best of the best let in goals.  It was a good, although painful lesson all around.  To John Quick – 3rd goalie on the US team and former goalie at UMass right here in Amherst – congratulations.  We were all thrilled when our hometown hero made the team and although he only had limited playing time (another good lesson quite honestly) it was exciting to know he was a part of  the Olympics.

So now we turn to 2018.  Why not 2014 you ask?  Well, those games will be fun to watch, but as J1 and J2 see it, 2018 is the first year they will be eligible to participate.  It’s unlikely but there’s nothing wrong with dreaming and trying.  I’m certainly not about to discourage them :)

I”m sure there are a few other loose ends I’m forgetting, but I’ve covered a lot of ground.  Please leave a comment and let me know how your Olympic knitting turned out!

Kathy

Ready, Set, Knit #165

Monday, February 22nd, 2010
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Hi Everyone

This week on Ready, Set, Knit we opted not to have a guest.   Pixie has missed a couple of weeks due to illness, so this week and allow Pixie a chance to catch up on our Fearless Finishing discussion.

Steve & I discussed some new yarns and happenings at the shop as well.

New Yarns

Pashmina from MadelineTosh
Silky Wool from Elsebeth Lavold (6 new colors)
Manahattan from Prism

Cotton Multicolor from Blue Sky Alpacas

Just a reminder, Steve & many members of our team will be at Stitches West later this week.  Be sure to stop by and visit us, we’ll be in Booths 701-709 & 800-808.  I won’t be making the trip out this year.  End of term activities for the kids at school, plus I don’t think my foot is quite up for all the Stitches West can be!

You can listen to Ready, Set, Knit! via our website or you can download the podcast on iTunes.

Enjoy!

Kathy