Posts Tagged ‘Valley Yarns Northampton’

We Can’t Say Thank You Enough!

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
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Another amazing quarter of our Anniversary year is almost complete and we have so many special people to thank!

Exclusive designs for WEBS 40th Anniversary in Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available at yarn.com

To Linda Permann, Emma Welford, and Carol Sulcoski

Thank you for bringing our yarn to life with your detailed and classically wearable designs.

Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo - available exclusively at yarn.com

To Malabrigo,

Thanks you for taking one of our already favorite Valley Yarns and imbuing it with your incredible colors. There are still some skeins left, get them while you can!

Exclusive designs for WEBS 40th Anniversary in Valley Yarns  - available at yarn.com

To Debbi StoneDebbie Bliss, and Fiona Ellis

Thank you for stunning designs that bring three more Valley Yarns into our celebrations.

Exclusive weaving drafts for WEBS 40th Anniversary in Valley Yarns  - available at yarn.com

To Sharon Alderman, Micala Sidore, and Chris Hammel 
Thank you for creating timeless woven textiles perfect for adorning our homes and expressing our love of the craft.

Exclusive designs from Classic Elite Yarns for WEBS 40th Anniversary  - available at yarn.com

To Classic Elite Yarns
Thank you for a beautiful collection of revamped classics and a lovely new design just for us!

WEBS 40th Anniversary 4th Quarter Specialty product sneak peek!

Next Tuesday, October 7th, our last round of Anniversary products will be revealed, don’t miss out!

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Banded Yoke Pullover

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
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The Banded Yoke Pullover  is a set-in sleeve, boat-neck sweater that features a band of simple color-work across the front and at the sleeve cuffs. Worked in easy, and fast half-double crochet, this hip length pullover features slit side seams and split cuffs for a preppy but casual look.

Banded Yoke Pullover crocheted in Valley Yarns Northampton - available exclusively at yarn.com

Crocheted in Valley Yarns Northampton, available in forty colors, on a neutral background of natural, the six colors in the yoke band and sleeve cuffs mean you can experiment with all kinds of combinations and use up those scraps of yarn you love too much to give or throw away.

WEBS is forty tapestry by Micala Sidore

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
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Our newest 40th Anniversary draft is a fun freebie! The WEBS is forty draft from Micala Sidore is a great primer for branching out with your own tapestry explorations and with 40 colors of Valley Yarns Northampton to choose from you’ll have almost endless color combinations to choose from.

WEBS is Forty tapestry draft - FREE DRAFT - available exclusively at yarn.com

Micala says, “Using words as design elements in your tapestry gives you freedom to express yourself in many ways. The look of the tapestry, the words chosen, the “font” created, and the colors can all lend meaning to your work. To celebrate WEBS’ 40th anniversary, I chose to weave the word “forty”, but tapestry can be any word or number or symbol that is meaningful to you.

You also need to consider positive and negative space as you create your design. Remember that you will be weaving a background as you weave your word or number, and you have to think about how the background can enhance or overwhelm your main image. Everything happens in relationship to everything else, so don’t forget to give equal thought to all the elements of your design. I suggest you begin by working with three colors: a ground color, a color for the letters, and a third highlight or accent color. I have used red in the “o” of forty as a surprise accent. Consider the dots of “i”s, the interiors of letters like o, b, d, etc. as opportunities for accent.”

Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 462 Hearts of Oak Cardigan

Monday, August 13th, 2012
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We’re showing off the latest addition to our Stitch Red collection with 462 Hearts of Oak Cardigan. This set-in sleeve cardigan has a wide shawl collar that can be overlapped and pinned closed, or folded over to show off the lovely wrong side of the Hearts of Oak pattern stitch.

We tried on the 36″ size.

We really liked this comfortable cardigan. The collar was a big hit, though a couple of us would shorten the sleeves. This sweater looks great open, or closed with a shawl pin. We also love that a percentage of the profits from this pattern, Valley Yarns Northampton in red, and 452 Hearts of Oak Hat are donated to Stitch Red.

You can check out the pattern here.

Valley Yarns on Ravelry #10 – Northampton Love

Friday, January 20th, 2012
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It’s been awhile since my last Valley Yarns on Ravelry post. What can I say? The holidays have a way of making my schedule extra busy. One thing is for sure, you were all quite busy too, finishing up projects over the past couple of months. It looks like  Valley Yarns Northampton was a popular choice for many of your projects. Here’s a few that stood out for me that I’d like to share with you.


Winter Berries
by Marjorie D. (pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)


Levenwick by Gudrun Johnston, knit by pinsandstring (pattern available for purchase on Ravelry)


Carnaby skirt by Nikol Lohr, knit by HCQ (pattern available for free on Knitty.com)


Urban Necessity Gloves by Colleen Michele Meagher, knit by radioknitter (pattern available for free on Ravelry)


Creature Comforts Cardi by Madelinetosh, knit by yondercrawdad (PDF pattern available for purchase at yarn.com)


Harrison
by Larisa Medina Brener, knit by ABell (pattern available for free at Knitty.com)


Aspinwall Pullover by Susan Dittrich, knit by disyarnmama (pattern available from Interweave Knits magazine, Winter 2009 or from Interweavestore.com as a PDF download)

Have you used Valley Yarns Northampton yet? Share your favorite patterns you’ve used in the comments.

Happy Knitting
-Dena

The Buzz at WEBS – November 11, 2011

Friday, November 11th, 2011
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At WEBS, we’ve ramped up our knitting and crochet and are now in prime gift making mode. Here’s a peek at a few of the projects we’ve been busy with or buzzing about making this holiday season.

Great for Any Guy
There’s something extra special about giving someone a hand knit sweater. Sweaters take more time to make than a scarf, mittens or a hat, and they get worn pretty often. Making a sweater for a man can be a tricky task. It can be tough to figure out just what they would actually wear. I got around trying to figure out what he would like by just asking him! I gave my recipient three patterns to chose from, and then let him pick the color for the yarn.

I ended up with a pretty simple project, Knitting Pure and Simple Neckdown Pullover for Men in Valley Yarns Northampton in Dark Grey. It might not be the most exciting project to knit, but I like having a simple project on hand to knit at the movies and for some relaxation. It’ll be completely worth it when he unwraps it and I see it get plenty of wear. > Grace H.

Cashmere for Someone Special

I needed a special gift but one that was quick and easy. I found it in Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere yarn Rain Drops Beaded Socks (free pattern on Ravelry!). I chose color 505 Dark Current and matching beads. With the softness of cashmere, the strength of merino wool and nylon, and colors that blend beautifully these socks are beautiful, luxurious and durable. I planned on making only 1 pair, but I love the easy pattern and yarn so much I can’t wait to begin another pair! > Linda B.

A Whimsical Knitted Hat

The Gnomey Earflap Hat makes a great holiday project. Since it only takes 2 balls of Valley Yarns Cold Spring, it’s an affordable way to pamper yourself or a loved one this season. If you’ve never done stranded colorwork before, don’t fear! This hat features a large and easy motif that flies off your needles, and the earflaps are perfect for cold weather. Warm ears, warm heart–isn’t that how the saying goes? > Emma W.

Feminine Lace Shawlette

Shibui Draper is a sweet little shawlette that knits up quickly with just two skeins of the lovely Shibui Staccato. I really enjoyed knitting our store sample. > Greta S.

Simple and Fun to Knit

I love the twist and the silk slubs of The Fibre Copany Acadia and the slighter than dk-gauge this yarn has to offer. The color choices and combinations are intriguing. Knitting the Katahdin Hat was a treat: not only is it a free download pattern, but it offers an interesting technique for striping in the round, one that I had never used. The stripe sequences were seamless, and no “jog” in the stripe when you change colors.  The slight slouch to the design is so current and looks adorable. This hat was simple, but fun to make – you will want to make more than one, guaranteed! > N. P.

Wrapped in Love

Anzula Cloud is lofty and squishy in a lovely semi-solid variegation. The Aecor shawl is worked from the center top down with a knitted on border. The drop-in ladies were ooh-ing and aah-ing over this, so I know it’s not just me! > Cara S.

A Touch of Silk and Angora

Simple stranded knitting and fuzzy, luxurious Valley Yarns Sheffield make this Snow Day Hat and Mittens set a really special winter time treat. Since color work is so visually impressive, I think these would make a great gift for knitters and non-knitters alike. > Kirsten H.

Cute as Can Be

Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitters Almanac is always a go to pattern book for me when the holidays roll around. The Ganomy Hat and Mitered Mittens make such a great set and have been gifted to almost ever child in my family. Noro Silk Garden does magical things when worked up in those two patterns. > Sara D.

Free Pattern Thursday: Knit and Crocheted Spiders in Valley Yarns Northampton

Thursday, October 13th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve been doing our little Valley Yarns critters for a year and we’ve reached the end. In honor of Halloween we have 443 Crocheted Spider and 442 Knit Spider.

These guys are worked in Valley Yarns Northampton. Attach a string to the top and hang your spiders to add a spooky touch to your Halloween. You can stitch a scary face on your spider, or make a friendly spider with a happy grin!

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!
Mary

Free Pattern Thursday: Chickens in Valley Yarns Northampton

Thursday, September 8th, 2011
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Hi Everyone!

This week’s free patterns are absolutely adorable and we’ve all been clucking about them! We’re big fans of chickens here at WEBS and Sara and Kirsten created Valley Yarns #426 Crocheted Chicken and Valley Yarns #427 Knit Chicken.

Worked in Valley Yarns Northampton, you can personalize them by selecting your favorite chicken colors, or get crazy and make a bright green chicken! Have fun with it, because that’s the most important part of creating – have fun and do what makes you happy.

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!
Mary