Posts Tagged ‘Valley Yarns’

Valley Yarns challenges at Design Wars

Friday, March 18th, 2016
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Have you seen some of the fantastic patterns coming out of the Design Wars challenges?

Valley Yarns Hunting challenge at Design Wars. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Each challenge features two designers using the same yarn, readers get to vote on their favorites and enter to win prizes. And don’t miss each designer’s review of the yarn. This week’s challenge featured our own Valley Yarns Huntington and we’re so thrilled with the resulting designs! We’re loving the bold graphic design of the Heart Sweater from Accessorise and wish we had a pair of the cozy Mint Chocolate Chip Socks from ACCROchet.

Valley Yarns Hunting challenge at Design Wars. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Be sure to check out the Valley Yarns Superwash Challenge from February and sign up for the Design Wars newsletter to find out when the next Valley Yarns challenge will happen!

Raising The Bar

Friday, March 11th, 2016
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In February, I worked at the WEBS booth at Stitches West, in California. So many folks wandered into our booth to see what goodies we had, and I had a blast helping them find great yarns (not hard) and walking them through patterns for projects they wanted to make. I kept hearing the same thing, which was usually a variation of “I’m not a very good knitter, I can’t make that pattern because it’s too hard, are you sure I can handle that yarn/pattern/needle size/stitch pattern?”

The first thing I ever knit was a sweater, and it remains the ugliest sweater ever, but because I started with something sort of difficult, I think I have a bit more confidence about some things in the knitting world than I might if I had just stuck with scarves or hats. I would never say I’m a fantastic knitter, but I can get a project done without much whining and I love stitch textures like cables and knit/purl combos.

The Mill River Cardigan knit in Valley Yarns Sunderland. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

In that vein, I am encouraging all knitters who have ever wanted to knit a sweater to choose our Valley Yarns pattern 668, the Mill River Cardigan. First of all, it’s knit in Sunderland, which is the softest, coziest, DK-weight baby alpaca I’ve ever felt. The lace panels on either side of the front button bands won’t weigh the sweater down, but will let air and light filter through the panels to create movement and loft. I personally think it’s a triumph of sweater design by our own Kirsten Hipsky.

It’s a classically shaped cardigan, knit in pieces and seamed at the shoulders, sides, and sleeves; you’ll pick up stitches for the two bands on each front piece and you can choose to put in buttons and buttonholes, or leave it open. Either way, you’ll get a sweater’s worth of fiber and finishing education. If you get stuck on anything, check out our website for technique videos – we’ve got a lot of help for you! Or go to your LYS, which, hopefully, is WEBS. Either way, once you finish this charming garment, you’ll be filled with a new confidence and ready for more!

What knitting challenge will you take on this year?

Longmeadow in Vogue Early Spring 2016

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
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With each release of Vogue Knitting we look forward to seeing what wonderful new garments designers have imagined with our Valley Yarns and Early Spring 2016 does not disappoint!

High Low Tunic knit in Valley Yarns Longmeadow in Vogue Knitting Early Spring 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Julie Turjoman has designed the close fitting, High Low Tunic, with a split back and gorgeous slipped stitch texture. Once the body pieces have been knit and seamed the bodice is picked up and worked in the round. While we are sold out of the Winter Lake colorway we have quite a few fun and summer color in Longmeadow. Go classic and beachy with Natural, or add a splash of color with Periwinkle or Coral.

New designs from Vogue Knitting Early Spring 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

And don’t miss out on all the other incredible designs in this issue!

#4 Graphic Top by Yoko Hatta in Cascade Yarns Anchor Bay, #5 Striped Romper by Courtney Cedarholm in Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Dyed, #13 Open Waves Top by Jacqueline van Dillen in Rowan Creative Linen, #16 Cable & Lace Duster by Yoko Hatta in Plymouth Yarn Linen Concerto, #17 Deep V-Neck Duster by Deborah Newton in Classic Elite Yarns Soft Linen, #18 Lacy Cardi by Sarah Hatton in Rowan Pure Linen, #19 Deep Rib Tank by Annabelle Speer in Cascade Yarns Fixation Solid, #24 Eyelet Top by Yoko Hatta in Fibre Company Meadow.

Valley Yarns Tulip Pullover

Thursday, February 25th, 2016
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The NEW Tulip Pullover from Valley Yarns is a classic pullover with some fun texture and color.

The New Tulip Pullover from Valley Yarns. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Worked seamlessly from the top down, with a crew-neck and set-in sleeves, the bold, rich colors of spring flowers and a band of subtle ribbing brings an unexpected twist to this simple sweater shape. Knit in Valley Yarns Stockbridge you’ll have almost 2 dozen colors to choose from, and with that variety why not think about changing up the colors? You could swap out just one color and use Soft Grape instead of the Deep Red.

The New Tulip Pullover from Valley Yarns, simple color options. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Love a gradient? Try Natural, Camel and Chocolate, or Natural, Light Gray and Gray, or Deep Teal,  Blue Mist and Lake. Or try for a pop of color and knit the top and bottom in Light Gray with the center section in Kiwi or Gold. What colors will you cast on with?

The New Tulip Pullover from Valley Yarns, simple color options. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

New Valley Yarns patterns for Haydenville

Monday, February 15th, 2016
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If you haven’t tried out our newest Valley Yarn, Haydenville yet then we have the perfect projects for you.

The Leaves and Lines Afghan from Valley Yarns, knit in Haydenville. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The Leaves and Lines Afghan is deceptively simple! Squares are knit on the bias, from corner to corner, and then pieced together to form a whole new pattern. it’s a perfect travel project since you’re only making one square at a time and you can make 3 different sizes depending on how many squares you knit.

The Grayson Baby Set from Valley Yarns, knit in Haydenville. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

If you’re expecting, or know someone who is then you’ll want to gran a few skeins and get started on the Grayson Baby Set. Shown here in a classic color scheme, you could easily change up those colors for the modern baby. The chevron band adds visual interest as you knit each piece and helps to tie the whole set together.

NEW! Valley Yarns Haydenville. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Haydenville is a machine washable and dryable wool/acrylic blend for all your easy-care knits, and it’s availabli in 25 of our most popular solid colors.

The Bleak Midwinter

Thursday, February 11th, 2016
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We’re in the thick of winter now; for a while it seemed that we were going to have a “no-snow” season, but as I look out my window now, there’s about two inches on the ground and it’s falling steadily. This weather makes me glad that I have a comforting project to sit with. I’ve just begun #677 Bookstack Cowlthe Bookstack Cowl, a Valley Yarns pattern knit in Superwash DK. It’s so squishy! I just love the hypnotic bookstack rib stitch. The image shows it knit in the “Cloudy Day” colorway, but I switched it up, to a bright red, to go with my black winter parka. The size is perfect for wearing doubled, and the spiraling bookstack rib pattern is reversible.

This doesn’t have to be a winter-only accessory; I could wear this in the spring with a long-sleeved tee in case a light jacket isn’t warm enough. It’s beautiful as well as functional, and isn’t that what the best knits should be?Bookstack rib

Valley Yarns Amherst – perfect Winter knitting

Monday, January 18th, 2016
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As seasonal cold weather finally settles over New England I’m feeling the urge to knit something warm and cozy but I’m not sure if I want a blanket, poncho, sweater or a pile of accessories! As I was thinking about what yarn I’d like to use I remembered our Valley Yarns Amherst, 100% Merino yarn with 2 dozen colors to choose from.

Valley Yarns Amherst available at yarn.com

Knowing that it’s 100% wool means that I won’t have to worry about a larger project sagging out of shape after time. Being Merino it will be nice and soft, and with lots of color choices I can fill in gaps in my wardrobe, or coordinate with my home decor. I don’t find wool to be too scratchy so I’m comfortable wearing it against my skin, I don’t own any pets, and I don’t mind hand-washing projects so this one seems like a great fit.

Valley Yarns pattern 663 - The Oatmeal Afghan, knit in Valley Yarns Amherst. Available now at yarn.com

After going through all the great patterns that are available for Amherst (and you can too by clicking the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of this page), I decided that what I really wanted was a new blanket for my favorite chair at home, and the Oatmeal Blanket is perfect. While it may look like a big complicated counterpane pattern it’s actually much easier! The whole blanket is simple triangles that are whip-stitched together. Super portable until the very end. Now I just have to decide on color.

What’s your favorite project in Valley Yarns Amherst?

We’re looking for new Valley Yarns designs, from you!

Monday, December 14th, 2015
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Hello Designers! We are looking for original, never before published, designs for Spring 2016 to showcase four of our favorite Valley Yarns.

Submit your ideas in the April/May Valley Yarns design submission call. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com Submissions due December 27th, 2015.

For April, we’ll be showcasing two great machine-washable Valley Yarns: Longmeadow, and the brand-new Haydenville!

Think you don’t like knitting with cotton? Let Longmeadow show you cotton in a whole new light. Microfiber blended with cotton gives this yarn some wool-like forgiveness while being soft enough for even the pickiest recipient. A true DK weight, recommended at 5.5 sts per inch, and available in a sunny, colorful palette, Longmeadow is fantastic for baby items and multi-season garments and accessories.

Looking for great softness in a worsted weight, machine-washable and dryable wool? Look no further than our brand new Valley Yarns Haydenville. Mostly merino and blended with microfiber, these 100g/220 yard skeins are perfect for blankets of all sizes and for all recipients who need to machine wash and dry. Large projects, baby sets, stuffed animals, hoodies and other often-washed articles are great for this yarn.

Deadline: Submissions will be due Sunday December 27, 2015 by 11:59pm EST
Designers will be notified if their submission has been accepted, with yarn shipping out, by January 8th. Samples are due in-house by Friday March 4th.

Submit your ideas in the April/May Valley Yarns design submission call. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com Submissions due December 27th, 2015.

For May we’re highlighting two great warm-weather yarns: Valley Yarns Goshen and Southwick!

Featuring Peruvian cotton, modal, and silk, Valley Yarns Goshen is a luxurious treat with loads of shine. Our heaviest cotton blend, we recommend knitting Goshen at 4.5 sts to the inch for structured women’s garments or dazzling accessories that make use of its weight and drape.

Soft and drapey Valley Yarns Southwick, slightly lighter at 5 sts to the inch, is a perfect choice for flowing, airy garments, accessories and blankets. The combination of cotton and bamboo is smooth and cool on the skin, while the warm and sunny colors can’t help but make you smile.

Deadline: Submissions will be due Sunday December 27, 2015 by 11:59pm EST
Designers will be notified if their submission has been accepted, with yarn shipping out, by January 8th. Samples are due in-house by Friday April 1st.

Submit your ideas in the April/May Valley Yarns design submission call. read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com Submissions due December 27th, 2015.

All accepted submissions will receive yarn support, assigned by our in-house team. Valley Yarns will pay for the finished sample of the pattern on a sliding scale ($50–$200 depending on size and complexity). Payment will be made within 2 weeks of on-time receipt of finished sample. Valley Yarns and the designer will benefit from a 50/50 revenue share of all patterns sales during the exclusivity period, with quarterly payments made to the designer during the exclusivity period, preferably via Paypal.

If your proposal is accepted, Valley Yarns requires a six month period of exclusivity after which rights will be shared and the designer may republish. Valley Yarns will retain their version of the pattern until such a time as they decide to discontinue the pattern or the featured yarn. The Valley Yarns version of the design will be sold only through yarn.com, and may be used in social media and print media advertising, and may be featured in one or more of our catalogs. After the six month period of exclusivity has ended the designer will have full control of the Ravelry page and may use our photography as long as Valley Yarns is credited for the images.

All proposals should be submitted in a one-page PDF format and include:
• your contact information, including your full name, email, mailing address, website and/or Ravelry designer page, and phone number. A short bio is encouraged if we haven’t worked with you before (tell us why you’re great!).
• sketches of your proposed design
• photographs of a generous-sized swatch, it’s not necessary to use a Valley Yarns yarn in your swatch but try to use a yarn with a similar fiber content and stitch gauge
• schematic measurements
• the Valley Yarns yarn you wish to work with
• a short description of the design, including construction, shaping, ease and fit, special techniques and stitch designs
Special reminder, please put everything you want us to see/read into the actual submission PDF, not into the body of your email. Also make sure that all parts of your submission are part of a single pdf.

Please email PDF submissions to:
ValleyYarnsDesigns (at) yarn (dot) com with the subject line: April/May Submissions

If you have questions please contact us at the same e-mail but use the subject line: April/May Questions

You can see past Valley Yarns designs here, and on Ravelry.

FAQ
• Decisions are made and designers with accepted submissions will be contacted approximately one week after the submission deadline. Submissions that are not accepted will be contacted 2-3 weeks after the deadline.
• If your proposal is accepted, Valley Yarns requires a 6 month period of exclusivity, after which shared rights begin.
• You will need to grade/size your patterns, and format with our style guide (will be provided once a pattern is accepted) but they will be tech edited by our excellent team.
• We are primarily looking for knit designs but will never turn away a stellar crochet submission
• You may submit more than one design. Each submission must be in an individual PDF, multiple PDFs may be sent with your submission e-mail
• If you have any questions about sizing and schematic please see the Craft Yarn Council’s Guidelines.

Brief Description:
Valley Yarns is the in-house brand of yarn at WEBS – America’s Yarn Store and at yarn.com, with each yarn named after one of the towns in our beautiful Pioneer Valley. These carefully selected, affordable yarns are perfect for knitters and crocheters.

Knitting for Pleasure

Friday, December 4th, 2015
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If you read the title and think that I’m talking about knitting for the pleasure of knitting, you’re wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I do love to knit and I do it  instead of as therapy sometimes. What I love more is knitting something FOR someone and giving it to them. Hand-knitted gifts often trump more elaborate “store-bought” gifts by virtue of the hand-knitting. You actually created something for someone.

I was reminded of this when I gave my son a simple hat and scarf I knit out of Valley Yarns Sunderland. He doesn’t care one bit about the fiber content (as long as it’s not itchy) or how luxurious or locally sourced or hand-dyed that yarn is. He needed a hat and I had enough yarn left for a scarf.

Knitting joy, gifts and more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

The pleasure for me was that as soon as he saw that hat he put it right on his head and it didn’t leave that head anytime he was outside. He even wore it inside (our house is a bit chilly). That’s why you knit gifts and give them away — because it feels good.

Valley Yarns Sunderland is my current obsession. Check out this soft, heathery ball of lovely and knit a gift for a friend. It’ll make you feel SO much better!

Designer in Residence – the Lace Motif Afghan

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
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The sixth, and final, design from Doris Chan as WEBS Designer in Residence is the Lace Motif Afghan. A lovely square-shaped throw worked in supremely soft Valley Yarns Valley Superwash DK, in three colors. Handily sized for a decorative throw or shawl, this little beauty is constructed with two related lace motifs, a square and an octagon. For a larger afghan, simply add more motifs!

Doris Chan, WEBS Designer in Residence December design, the Lace Motif Afghan. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Doris says, “I particularly enjoy crocheting afghans when the weather turns cold. And if they’re lightweight, pretty, and not too large or cumbersome, I enjoy wearing them as well. ”

The Lace Motif Afghan is made of two motifs arranged in alternating placements in rows and columns. Motifs are connected to each other while crocheting, joining as you go. For some measure of portability crochet the centers of all motifs first, weave in those agonizing ends in advance, then do the last rounds with assembly when you can spread out.

Doris Chan, WEBS Designer in Residence December design, the Lace Motif Afghan. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

A simple, small scallop trim adds balance, stability and a pretty finish to the afghan edges. With over 2 dozen colors available in the Valley Superwash DK you can work up a Lace Motif Afghan to match any decor. Stay with Doris’ suggested 3 colors or go monochromatic! Who will you make this afghan for?

Doris Chan, WEBS Designer in Residence December design, the Lace Motif Afghan. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com