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Video from Tent Sale

Thursday, May 21st, 2009
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Just a quick post – we did a short video of our live broadcast of Ready, Set, Knit! and thought you’d enjoy seeing a clip!

Don’t forget – the Anniversary Sale ends on Monday (Memorial Day)!


We Have Alpacas!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
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Thanks to everyone who joined us this weekend for our 7th Annual Tent Sale and Fleece Market.  What a grand time we had!

Saturday was just a perfect day – partly sunny, warm, but not too warm.  As the Fleece Market vendors were arriving and setting up, Steve and I did our weekly radio show live!  Once we got on the air, it when smoothly, but our poor producer Jaz and AE Julia were a bit frazzled up until the very last second with a malfunctioning tent (which we didn’t need anyways) and one plug that wasn’t plugged.

The thrill (and fear) of a live broadcast is you never no what’s going to happen.  I mean, who could’ve predicted we’d see these beautiful alpacas literally hopping out of the back of a Suburban?

Before going on air, Jonathan informed me we had baby alpacas and asked me to walk over to visit them with him.  They were adorable:

Seriously adorable:

They made the sweetest baby alpaca sounds.  I just loved them:

Once the show was over, the parking lot was filling and the shoppers were completely disregarding our 10 am official start.  We love that about our customers – no fear!

That’s the last of the pictures I took for the day.  I didn’t move from my register at the tent except to run and inhale on piece of pizza.  I think it was around 1pm and I seriously could not navigate my way across the store to the kitchen.  It was that crazy.

Thanks to everyone for their patience in line and waiting for help and especially to our incredible staff.  They were absolutely amazing and we are truly grateful.

Our Anniversary Sale continues through next Monday, 5/25 (Memorial Day).  You won’t see savings and deals like the ones we’re offering for another year!

I know many, many posts were made on Ravelry, but if you were at the sale, I’d love to know how the day was for you!  If you blogged about it, be sure to share your link!

I also have some video of our live broadcast that I will be posting later – just need to see how good of a videographer the fabulous Miss Julia is!


Tent Sale & Fleece Market Weekend!

Friday, May 15th, 2009
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That’s right folks!  It’s the third weekend in May and it can only mean one thing – it’s time for our 7th Annual Tent Sale and Fleece Market! 


This is one of the craziest sales of the year and it’s what we call an “all hands on deck” weekend.  Tomorrow – everyone is required to work (unless they are graduating from college, getting married, etc.) 

Oh – don’t worry, there will be yarn under the tent in the morning – it’s all being staged and prepped:

Saturday is super special because (a) we broadcast our weekly radio show live from the tent and (b) the Fleece Market will be in full swing – more on that in a minute.

I know you are all dying to know about yarns – what’s on sale, what’s under the tent.  Let me give you a few highlights.  Sorry, no linkage because the tent sale prices are only available at the tent!

Kureyon Discontinued Colors – $47.50/bag of 10.  Folks – that works out to $4.75 per skein and it normally retails for $8.95!  Steve has obviously lost his mind.

Adrienne Vittadini – $27.50/bag of 10 (you can do the math) – normally $8.95.

Dive Zenith (great worsted wt superwash yarn) – $25.00/bag

Rowan Bamboo Tape – $35.00/bag

Fiesta Kokopelli – $7.49/skein – that’s crazy!

Oh – here’s something super special.  Steve bought a HUGE lot of closeouts from Universal.  All 100% wool, all 100 GRAM BALLS – $30.00/bag.

We have an amazing selection of accessories and bags at an ADDITIONAL 25% off (now’s the time to be thinking about gifts for teachers, holiday gifts, birthdays, etc).

We have a great selection of larger size Colonial Rosewood needles at $9.99 – savings of 75%!!

Now, this last tidbit is what really makes me think Steve has gone off the deep end.  He’s GIVING AWAY YARN.  That’s right folks – we’ll have free yarn.  It is not junk, it’s not leftovers, it’s not a big tangled mess you need to deal with.  It’s some really decent yarn from a yarn company YOU KNOW AND LOVE.  Please – don’t let your eyes be bigger than your belly as my mom used to say.  Share the free yarn love.

Okay – onto the Fleece Market.  Fleece Market only runs on Saturday.  This is one of our favorite aspects of this weekend.  We invite local shepherds to bring their fleeces, handspun and hand-dyed yarns and it’s like our own mini-festival.  We are so privileged to be here in Western Mass among an incredibly rich fiber community.  We love being able to give these folks yet another opportunity to share their passion.  We’ve been told there  will be Llamas and we are also confident about Alpacas (I’m really hoping they bring them this year).  Buddy the herding dog will be with us again – we love Buddy.

You can check out a complete list of the vendors here.  Also, Barb Parry of Foxfire Fiber will be vending again this year an in addition to her beautiful yarns, she will also be selling and signing copies of her new book Teach Yourself Visually Hand-Dyeing.

Finally – don’t forget WEBS – America’s Bead Store!  They are participating in the festivities and will have their own tent full of great bargains and specials throughout the store!  Our Store Manager Barbara is just back from a show and we have tons of new pearls!

Now – a few tips:

We will have someone directing traffic and we have access to a large amount of parking.  Do not get discouraged.

We will have SIX registers running – 4 in the store and 2 in the tent.  Our strongest ringers are on register (including Steve & I) and every register has a dedicated bagger.  Trust me – no matter how long the lines, we will move them along.

Pictures are welcome.

Bring your coffe and be sure to eat breakfast.  I suggest bringing a snack too 🙂  If nothing else, we’ll appreciate it 🙂

Play nicely and if you have questions we have PLENTY of staff on to help.  Everyone has an assigned area/job.  Even if you think the nice young man in the warehouse can’t answer your question -ask.  Even if he can’t, he’ll get you to the right person.

Spinning Wheels, equipment and fiber are on sale at 20% off throughout the weekend.  In stock items only, no special orders.

Saturday and Sunday 10-5:30.  Come early either day and we’re unlikely to turn you away – show up at 5:15 on Saturday, well, as much as we love you, we’ll be dead on our feet.  We’re going to do our best to bring the lights down at 5:30.  Sunday – we tend to wrap up between 4 and 5pm. 

Smith parents of graduating seniors – if we think you are going to miss graduation, we will send you on your merry way and hold your purchase.  Trust me – we know who you are – you’re the best dressed customers we have all weekend 🙂  Congratulations to you and your graduate!

Speaking of graduates – a special CONGRATULATIONS to our own Elisabeth who works in the store! Yay Elisabeth!  She’s graduating and coming on board full-time!

Steve will be running one of the registers in the store, I’ll be on a register in the tent so be sure to stop by and say hi!

Okay folks – here we go!  Tent Sale & Fleece Market 2009 is almost here!!


Berroco Goodies

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
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I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day this past weekend.  Whether you created new memories or enjoyed ones already made, I hope everyone was able to spend the day as they wanted.

For me, I got my first breakfast in bed.  I picked the kids up on Friday afternoon and out came Jonathan with a potted plant and note. 

Jackson had nothing.  Not a big deal to me, but to him – BIG DEAL.  He sad “I guess we’re just too busy in 4th grade to make gifts anymore”.  He didn’t say it in a superior way, honestly, he was sad.  I think it was one of those “hmm, getting bigger might not be as cool as I thought it would be” moments.    I told him not to worry, etc.

I woke Sunday morning to rustling downstairs – unusual rustling.  I knew it was Jackson rustling and I thought maybe he was hungry and rolled over.  It then became apparent he was up to something.  About 15 minutes later he appeared with an English Muffin, grapes and OJ.  It was a lovely 6:30am breakfast.  I later asked him about getting the English Muffin out of the toaster (ours can be persnickety).  He told me he unplugged the toaster before using a knife to get it out.  I was relieved and asked how he knew to do that and said “Oh, I saw a safety video on tv once”.  Thank you safety video.

After a few errands Sunday morning, I spent a glorious afternoon cleaning out my closet and bureau.  It was 3 1/2 hours of heaven.  Three bags for donation and one bag of trash later and I was one organized and uncluttered Mom.  Perfect. Day.

Okay, so now that you’ve all skimmed as fast as you can about my day, I’m sure you are wanting to know about the Berroco Goodies I refer to in the title of this post.  For those of you who listen to the podcast each week, you are already in the know!  See, it pays to listen to our little podcast each week – you never know what nuggets we might share and in all honesty, I could never blog about all of the yarn Steve talks about each week and all the special deals.  Just sayin’. 

We are thrilled to offer you a handful of discontinued colors in a few of Berroco’s very beautiful yarns at tremendous savings.  I”m not going to go through all of the specs of each yarn, just give you a bit of a tasting with a picture and link – the rest my friends, is up to you.

First up is Ultra Alpaca.  Yes, that would be THE Ultra Alpaca.  Five faboo colors:


Original price is $8.75 and our closeout price on these five colors is $5.19.  Not bad colors either, may I point out.

Next, Berroco Cuzco.  I love Cuzco.   It’s a beautiful chunky weight yarn,  50% superfine alpaca/50% wool and knits at 3.75 sts = 1″ on a 10. 

There are only 3 colors (please use the site for better color accuracy – I did these shots pretty quickly).  Cuzco normally retails for $9.00 but these three colors are only $4.99. 

We also have five Pure Merino colors that have been discontinued.  Pure merino is Berroco’s Extra Fine Merino Superwash yarn – superwash meaning it’s machine washable.

Pure Merino knits at a worsted/heavy worsted weight of 4.5 sts = 1″ on #9 needles and normally costs $8.00/ball.  These five discontinued colors are only $4.99.

Last, but far from least is Peruvia Quick.  Just introduced last fall, Peruvia Quick is a chunky yarn that knits at 3 sts = 1″ on a #11 needle. 

Only two colors available, so let’s show them some love.  Peruvia Quick normally costs $8.00/hank but again we’re able to offer these discontinued colors at $4.99. 

I haven’t had too many guesses on our “m”agical “m” closeout.  Malabrigo is out, Mission Falls is out?  Any takers?  You all know how I operate – first one in gets a prize 🙂

You also want to stay tuned to the WEBS Blog this week – Tent Sale preview is coming! 


Anniversary P.2

Thursday, April 30th, 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”.  Entries will be accepted until 5/1/09 at 11:59pm.  Thanks!

As I mentioned earlier this week, I am baffled as to where the month of April went.  Not that it was a bad month, just a hectic one.  With today being the last, it’s also the last day for the April Anniversary yarns.  As of midnight-ish tonight, the April yarns will go back to regular price.  If there are any you have been wanting, time is of the essence!

But do not despair!  May not only brings flowers, but new sale yarns!  Yarns such as Berroco Comfort (the entire family) – chunky, worsted, dk, sock), Plymouth Happy Feet and Royal Llama Silk, Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, Tahki Torino, Kureyon Sock, Classic Elite Provence, Valley Yarns Goshen and Deerfield.  That is literally less than half the list!  How about some Fiesta Boomerang or Ballet?   Oh, I almost forgot Euroflax Sport!

Be sure to check out the website tomorrow for all of the May yarns.

Also, don’t forget, our Tent Sale & Fleece Market are May 16 & 17!  In addition to the Anniversary specials, there will be additional Tent Sale specials.  This is one of those times when Steve definitely loses control so you need to make sure you plan some time that weekend to make a visit to the store.



P.S.  For those of you inquiring about the knit chicken pattern – it’s Blue Sky Alpacas Knit Chickens.  Send pictures if you make one!

Wrap It Up and Put A Bow On It

Sunday, May 18th, 2008
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And let’s call it a Tent Sale! What a weekend! I mean, how else would someone like me celebrate a birthday? At Tent Sale! I’ve only got a few minutes to post – I’m in Florida for a conference. Never a dull moment.

We kicked off Saturday with a live broadcast of Ready, Set, Knit! So much fun, especially since we had the pleasure of Cat Bordhi joining us on air.

Then the staff decided it would be a good idea to sing Happy Birthday to me while we were on the air. I did score an adorable and delicious cake:

Then the shoppers came.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the event. Thanks to all of our local shepherds who came on Saturday for the Fleece Market. Finally, a great big thank you to our amazing staff. Once again, you all did an outstanding job!
The Anniversary Sale contines for another week o so, be sure to get your orders in before it’s over!


Tent Sale & Fleece Market Tomorrow!

Friday, May 16th, 2008
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Yes – it’s that time again! That crazy wonderful, let’s clear out as much yarn as possible time of year! The WEBS Annual Tent Sale! Our two day extravaganza kicks off tomorrow at 10am and runs until 5:30pm. We’ll be back open on Sunday at 10am for Tent Part Deux! Steve has put together some incredible deals and steals under the tent, we’ll have garments for sale, many books marked down 30% PLUS all of the anniversary sale yarns are still on sale!

Tomorrow has some extra fun excitement built in. First, we’ll be recording our weekly radio show/podcast, Ready, Set, Knit! LIVE from the tent!! This will be the second time we’ve done a live show. If you live in the area or are on your way to the sale, tune into WHMP 1400 or 1240 at 9am! We’ll also be interviewing a SUPER special guest! We’ve got a knitting rock star in the house this weekend!

We have our entire WEBS team working tomorrow – we’ll have SEVEN registers running (5 in the store and 2 in the tent). In the store, the three regular registers will be running, plus three more in front of the windows. There will be ONE FEEDER LINE FOR ALL FIVE REGISTERS. Every register will have one person ringing and one person bagging. We should be able to keep up pretty well. We have staff on the store floor, in the tent and in the warehouse. We have a team of folks dedicated to just restocking the tent and the store.

In addition to the sale itself, Saturday always features our Annual Fleece Market! We have 12 local farmers/shepherds coming this year and they will be selling their fleeces, yarns, etc. I think we may even have a couple of alpacas in the house! I love alpacas, so this would particularly thrill me 🙂

WEBS Beads will also be participating at their location down the street. They have their own tent with special deals. Plus, we have a ton of new inventory! Alison and I attended a show last Saturday and brought back so many new items – more pearls, more semi-precious, more faceted semi-precious strands, wood, bone and porcelain. We also just added gorgeous lampwork beads from World Peas. We have beads and larger focal beads PLUS some goddesses! Be sure to stop into the bead store if you come by this weekend! They will be open both days as well.

We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!


Oh My

Monday, April 14th, 2008
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I knew it had been awhile since I had blogged. What I didn’t realize was that it had been THAT long. Ugh. I’m not quite sure what happened other than life and other work-related stuff. It’s been kind of nutty between travel (work & family), projects, beads. I’ve taken lots of pictures, it’s not that the blog hasn’t been on my mind. I just haven’t been able to fit blogging into the weekly routine lately.
So, with that said, the only thing to do is catch up and go forward!
Last I left you we had just returned from Stitches West, which was awesome. So great to see so many of you out there.
Once we got back, we only had a little bit of time before we headed out on our March vacation with the kids. Florida as usual, but this year, we had a surprise for them:

They were going to Disney. First.Time. We didn’t tell them until we were getting ready to head to the airport. They were stunned (we couldn’t ask for much more of a reaction, given that it was 4:30 am). It was an awesome trip.

Steve and I really made every effort to disconnect for awhile. It’s impossible to do so completely, but I think we did a better than average job on this trip. Which was great while we were away, but made things a bit harder when we got back.
First full weekend back was “Move the Bead Store” weekend. It went very well and we love the new space.
If you haven’t been by to visit, please stop in when you can. We’re offering a bunch of introductory classes and will be building upon that. We will be selling on-line, but not yet. You can check us out at
We also kicked off our 34th Annual Anniversary Sale. I’m sure you’ve heard about it by now, but if not, be sure to click through and check out the amazing selection of yarns for knitters, weavers and crocheters.
Our event calendar is packed. This Friday night we have Louisa Harding at the store from 5-8pm. This event is FREE and will feature an informal talk by Louisa about her designs, yarn and everything that goes into creating her line each season. We’ll have light hors d’ouevres and beverages as usual.
Next up on April 27th is the Yarn Harlot herself. More details will follow, but we’re planning to open the store at 10am. She’ll be in around 11ish to start signing books. Then it’s over to the Calvin for the event at 2pm. Be sure to register here. We need a headcount! Then it’s back to the store for more additional book signings. We’ll be open until the last knitter leaves.
Then on May 17/18, it’s Tent Sale Weekend! Saturday also features our annual Fleece Market. It’s a fun and crazy time and something you don’t want to miss. More details to follow on that as well.
Hopefully I’m back on track now. Thanks for your patience!

More Tent Sale Mania!

Sunday, May 20th, 2007
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Well, as I write this post, Tent Sale 2007 is just winding down to a close. WOW! What a weekend! It was truly incredible. Yesterday the weather was chilly and a bit ominous. Steve was worried there wouldn’t be a good turnout. I reassured them you would come. And did you ever! Yesterday was the biggest tent sale Saturday ever! Nobody cared it was chilly, nobody cared it was damp. The day actually improved as it went on, although the temp didn’t move very far.

We started out the day with our first ever, live broadcast of Ready, Set, Knit! We normally record during the week and the show airs on Saturday morning here locally and then it’s up to podcast-land. I thought it would be fun to go live and give everyone a real feel for the event. I know the radio folks were way more stressed than Steve and I were. It wasn’t even that we would slip and use some terrible language or say something completely politically/socially incorrect. I think they were most worried that we wouldn’t have the timing right. In recording the show, they can always do some “editing” if we are grossly off on the time, which we’ve never really been. But with live radio, you’ve got to hit the mark. And we did! It was so much fun! I think my years as a gymnast & figure skater, back in the day paid off. I may not have been good enough for larger-than-life glory, but both sports instilled a strong sense of timing. You had to end when the music ended in skating and floor exercise. Balance beam and bars had time restraints as well. Here’s a snapshot of the set-up:

Our thanks to Julia, Scooter and Jimmy who all got up really early on a crummy Saturday morning to pull this off for us!
And the tent as we kicked-off:

I heard at one point that it was easier to get from one side of the store to our office area on the other side of the building, by going outside.

We were also holding our annual Fleece Market. We had 9 or 10 vendors this year. One brought a bottle fed lamb that was sold during the day. We love this part of this event – it’s so awesome to give our local shepherd’s another venue to showcase their beautiful fleeces, rovings and yarns.

I think a discovery of mine during the late morning hours, really summed up the day for me, the staff and anyone around who knows me:

These are my feet. I left the house sans socks – I pretty much refuse to wear closed-toe footwear after May 1st. I don’t care what the fashionistas say, this is my rule and I’m stickin’ with it. I realized before the radio broadcast that a day like yesterday was not one to challenge with naked toes, so I grabbed these samples that were destined for the sale bin. I not only left the house with mismatched sandals, I put the socks on without realizing I had mismatched sandals. It wasn’t until I was in conversation with a couple of people about my sock/sandal combo later in the morning, that I realized what I had done. Now, I am usually a pretty pulled-together gal, at least on the outside. Everyone thought this was most fitting on a day like yesterday.

Quote of the day – in the tent, shortly after opening:
Woman on cell phone: “hello? oh hi! Guess where I am? The WEBS Tent Sale! I don’t see you here, so I guess you’re not coming? Well, that’s just too bad for you. I’ve got to go and shop” Bye!”
We saw lots of old friends and made many new ones as well. Congratulations to the woman from Ohio who travelled to come to the sale. I believe you came the farthest. If someone reading knows this not to be true, knows someone who came further than Ohio for the sale, please let me know!
I also wanted to something I saw along the way to a meeting last week in the far reaching corner of Western Massachussetts:

Yes, these two signs represent the same stretch of road. This coupled with my mismatched footwear really sums up the last couple of weeks.

Tent Sale Mania

Friday, May 18th, 2007
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Tomorrow is our 4th Annual Tent Sale and Fleece Market. It shoulf be an awesome day, despite the weather! We are all so excited! We have incredible yarns, awesome savings, great special purchases just for this weekend, not to mentioned incredible buys on yarns in the store that HAVE TO GO to make room for Fall ’07.

Plus, we’ve got model garments that have to go, overstock books, magazines. . . .

AND that’s not all!!!

We have 12 Fleece Market vendors with their incredible fleeces, yarns and more. These are items that are local to our area, what more could you want?

Steve and I will be doing our first LIVE edition of Ready, Set, Knit! starting at 9am. Usually we record in advance and it is simply run by the push of a button. Tomorrow, all bets are off! We are flying with no safety net! I think the radio station folks are WAY more worried and stressed than we are.

We hope to see you all tomorrow and Sunday. It’s always a great event. We are open both days from 10am until 5:30pm. Feel free to come by early tomorrow to watch the show and maybe even end up on air with us! No fear, heck if we can do it, any of you can too!