She has put together a modern, boxy cardigan in a simple but sophisticated broken rib pattern that is sure to become one of your go-to wardrobe staples. Designed with just the right amount of positive ease and fantastic front pockets this sweater looks great dressed up or styled more casually. You can never go wrong with a pocket!
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A great, basic, worsted weight set-in sleeve pullover sized for men, the Basic Men’s Pullover from Valley Yarns can serve as a canvas for your favorite stitch patterns or worked as written for those who like their sweaters plain.
Valley Superwash has a full 25 colors to choose from so you can find the one that’s right for the man, or men, in your life.
This week Steve talks with his parents, Art and Barbara, about WEBS’ transition from our Kellogg Ave. location in Amherst to our current location at 75 Service Center Rd. Northampton.
In the early 90′s mail order was busy, their little parking lot was always full, and the shop was packed full of customers and yarns. They were bursting at the seams and there were warehouses full of yarn all over the valley.
They talk about trying to find a larger location in Amherst and ultimately deciding to look in Northampton where they found our current building, which had been occupied by the Telephone company and housed their offices and their garage.
And Art tells Steve how yarn.com came to be.
Steve’s Yarn Picks :
- Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo! – Limited Quantities so get them while you can!
- 3rd Quarter Valley Yarns Designs using the Northfield dyed by Malabrigo
- Classic Elite Mohawk Wool
- Plymouth Gina Chunky
- Adriafil Stella Jacq
- Tahki Zona
- Tahki Mesa
Convergence is next week in Providence RI, and hasn’t been in New England in over 20 years!
Northampton Sidewalk Sale, July 24th – 27th – stop in the store for great deals and specials. – In store only.
Join us for the Shibui Mix Yarn Party on July 29th from 6-7:30 pm - There is a $10 fee for this event, and space is limited so be sure to register today!
July 30th from 10am – 3pm we’re hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the store. Please sign up in advance, there is limited space available, but walk-ins will also be welcomed!Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS today to schedule an appointment.
Aug. 7-10 - Stitches Midwest in Schaumburg Ill
Stop by and check out current the Classic Elite Yarns Trunk Show.
This weekend we’re featuring one of our favorite coned yarns! Steve’s Deal of the Day July 11-13 is Valley Yarns 2/10 Merino Tencel (Colrain Lace) $17.99/cone (reg $24.99). You’ll end up with fewer ends to weave in on your projects because of the large amount on yardage on these cones.
Don’t forget! Valley Yarns 2/10 Merino Tencel (Colrain Lace) is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, July 13, 2014. Use Promo Code FB210MERT8 at checkout to get the special price, $17.99/cone (reg $24.99).
Stretchy, lacy ribbing, silky-soft worsted weight Valley Yarns Goshen and a simple, “seamed scarf” structure make the Lake House Shrug a cinch to knit and a pleasure to wear. The shape is a simple rectangle – like a wide, short scarf – with seams sewn up a little ways on each end to form sleeves. It’s perfect for layering over sleeveless tops or T-shirts when you want a little more warmth on your arms and shoulders.
You’ll only need 4-5 skeins of Goshen for the whole project, that’s less than 500 yds! And with over 2 dozen colors to choose from you can knit one for each day of the week and more. Which color is perfect for you?
Our Third Quarter of Specialty Anniversary products are available today! We’ve been eagerly anticipating telling you about our Valley Yarns Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo!
There are 20 incredible colorways including an exclusive Ruby colorway for our Anniversary.
And we’re so excited about the designs for this quarter!
There will be three more weaving drafts from long-time friends of WEBS, as well as additional products and patterns. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Instagram, or on Ravelry for all the latest.
Here in Massachusetts, summer has really hit us. Today is forecast to be at least 90 degrees with high humidity and that’s just the kind of weather I really hate. It’s the kind of weather that makes me not even want to knit, especially the project I have on my needles right now, which is an alpaca cardigan for my mother. God bless you, mom, but I can’t look at it.
This weather makes me wonder if weaving is the way to go. A lot of the woven fabric I like the best is in cotton or linen, which are two fibers I really don’t like to knit. However, woven, they look complex, rich, and most of all, light and cool. Take for example, Scott Norris’ linen towels, which are works of art that will provide years of service in your kitchen or bathroom — if you can bear to use them for something so pedestrian as drying your hands or your dishes.
In a few weeks, Convergence comes to Providence, RI. This national conference is only held every other year, and usually not as close to “home” as Rhode Island is to us. There are going to be some amazing handwovens there, and it really inspires me to finally get serious about learning to weave.
What is your hot-weather solution to the fiber doldrums? Do you like to knit with plant fibers, or do you take a break? Let’s chat in the comments!
The Hazel Shawl is a stunning, crescent shaped shawl in a delicate, knotted lace pattern that is just perfect for summer.
About the design Kirsten says, “The shaping is built right into the stitch pattern, eliminating any unsightly jogs between the increases and the lace motifs. The built-in rate of increase creates a more eccentric crescent-shape than traditional triangle shawls that fits better over the shoulders. The patterning is done on both sides with a garter stitch base, which means no purling and no long, boring plain rows! There’s plenty of yarn left over in the skein to make it larger if you like. A simple, knitted-on lace edging rounds out the piece.”
This week’s featured pattern graces the cover of our 2014 Valley Catalog, the Falling Leaves Shawl. This has been one of our most popular patterns of the last few years. Originally knit in the soft Stone Blue color of Valley Yarns Stockbridge it has gotten a stylish update in the Fall Festival colorway of Valley Yarns Charlemont hand dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer.
The simple, biasing lace stitch works together with the vibrant hand-dyed colors to resemble a canopy of changing autumn leaves. Check out all the gorgeous completed Falling Leaves Shawls over on Ravelry.
As we approach the end of the 2nd Quarter of our 40th Anniversary celebrations we wanted to focus on the third design done in the Valley Yarns Huntington Hand Dyed by Lorna’s Laces, The Centuria Tam designed by Franklin Habit.
About the design, Franklin says, “When WEBS asked me to celebrate their anniversary with a pattern, I decided (as I often do) to look to knitting history for inspiration. What is an anniversary, after all, if not a time to think over the past?
In 1874, exactly a century before WEBS opened its doors, the legendary American magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book tempted subscribers with an octagonal counterpane that mixed texture and lace to very striking effect.
I wasn’t in the mood for a counterpane, but I did think something of the kind would look well as the top of a perky little tam. Here it is– perfect for keeping off the autumn chill or for flinging into the air in a celebratory fashion.”
With the Huntington held doubled throughout this project the yarn creates a dappled appearance and is squooshy and soft while still holding great stitch definition. And just as Franklin suggested, it IS great for flinging into the air in a celebratory fashion!