Posts Tagged ‘video’

National Crochet Month Special Techniques – Invisible Single Crochet

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
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This week our focus is invisible single crochet decreases. This is a great way to decrease when you’re working in the round making stuffed animals or amigurumi.

Most single crochet decreases leave you with a gap in the fabric on either side of the decreased stitch which can be really unsightly when that fabric is stuffed. This decrease keeps the same density of stitches to your fabric and is nearly invisible.

This is a great stitch to use on our Valley Yarns Spring animals, the bunnylamb and Robin! Try it out and let us know what you think.

Ready, Set, Knit! 307: Kathy talks with Kim Cole

Saturday, April 13th, 2013
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 Kathy talks with Kim Cole, creater of the Gleener, a fabric care wand that will help eliminate surface pills and fuzz from your hand knits and almost any other fabric.

After using most other de-pilling products on the market to try and save a favorite sweater, Kim was frustrated by their lack of effectiveness and began the process of developing a product that would work. It took over 7 years to bring the product to market but now the Gleener is available to help you care for all kinds of fabrics from natural fibers to synthetics.

Here Kendra shows you how easy the Gleener is to use on your handknits.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

New Yarns

39th Anniversary Sale Highlights
New Closeouts

This weekend, today and tomorrow, you can join us at  Stitches Southat the Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA. We may have overpacked, come visit our booths and see what we have for you!

Upcoming Events: 

The full line-up of Summer classes will be online on Friday, April 19th and printed booklets will arrive shortly thereafter but we have some exciting classes with amazing guests teachers already up and ready for you to join!

Stephen West is making his first appearance at WEBS with 2 classes, Top-down Shawl Basics and Top-down Shawl Design Workshop, as well as an event open to the public on June 13th.

Jason Collingwood is making his only area appearance at WEBS, June 15-17 with his class on Plain Weave. Sign up now, there are only a few seats left!

Gale Zucker will be returning to us to teach the intricacies of taking the best photographs of your finished knits and so much more.

Amy Herzog will be joining us on June 6 to celebrate the release of her new book Knit to Flatter, register now to be part of this fun-filled evening.

Ann Budd will also be teaching at WEBS this summer with her Sweater Basics and Finishing class in July.

Don’t forget about the Tent Sale on May 18th and 19th!

And the Third Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening June 27-30th.

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New Spring Yarns from Berroco

Thursday, February 7th, 2013
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We’re very excited about the new Spring Yarns from Berroco.  All the yarns are washable with a great range in weights from DK to Bulky and as always Berroco has fantastic pattern support for their new yarns.

Weekend DK – available in over 20 colors, is wonderful for striping, summer sweaters and accessories as well as children’s garments. Berroco 328 – Weekend Stripes features 12 designs using Weekend DK, Weekend and Weekend Chunky.

Karma –  with it’s unique mesh, tape construction makes for an amazingly light weight bulky yarn. Berroco 330- Karma includes 6 projects with almost instant gratification appeal.

Maya – a beautiful cotton and alpaca blend, is a much lighter weight yarn than you would expect because of it’s chainette construction. Berroco 331 – Maya includes 6 designs that are perfect mid-season pieces.

Fuji – a great blend of silk, cotton, and rayon, makes for a solid but light weight fabric that has beautiful stitch definition and would be wonderful for cables. The fibers take in the dye differently for great, subtle color depth. Berroco 327 features 6 designs using Fuji.

Floret – is another great cotton, acrylic blend in multi color strands with a great sheen that works up into a subtle, almost tonal fabric. Berroco 332 – Floret is a collection of 5 designs featuring Floret’s beautiful drape and color.

Berroco 329 – features 6 delicate, Victorian inspired designs in Lago, Seduce and Captiva Metallic.

Berroco Norah Gaughan Vol. 12 is a collection of 14 designs, tops and accessories in simple shapes with refined elaborate detailing that play with geometry, texture, and drape, featuring the full line of Spring yarns.

I’m looking forward to making the Hami tank in Fuji from Berroco 327 Fuji, the cedar colorway is calling my name!

What new yarn from Berroco are you looking forward to using?

Holiday Gift Ideas for Knitters & Crocheters

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
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Trying to figure out what to get the knitter or crocheter in your life? Not sure what to put on your list? Check out our video for a few great ideas.


Gifts for the Knitter:

Jade Sapphire BrigadoonValley Yarns Pattern #485 – Chrysanthemum HatKnitter’s Pride Dreamz 16″ Fixed Circular Needles OR Knitter’s Pride Dreamz 6″ Double Pointed NeedlesDella-Q Project Bags

Gifts for the Crocheter:

WEBS Handmade Holidays Pinterest Contest

Monday, November 12th, 2012
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We’re all working on our holiday craft projects here at WEBS and even created a video to show how we’re handling our handmade holidays.

Pinterest is a great place to find ideas for holiday projects and keep track of them. We’re always pinning interesting ideas, and we want to share the fun with you. Check out our WEBS Handmade Holidays Pinterest Contest and create your own board with all the items you find in our Handmade Holidays video and share the link to your board in the comments below.

One lucky winner will receive a $50 WEBS Gift Card! Deadline for entries is 8:00 am EST on Monday, November 26th.

Check out the video now and start pinning!

Tuesday’s Crochet Tip – Counting Long Foundation Chains

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
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Thanks to Kirsten Hipsky for this week’s crochet tip. This is a great tip if counting a large number of stitches in your foundation chain is daunting.

I didn’t figure this one out until a year or two ago, but it made starting my projects so much easier.

If you’re crocheting and have to chain a large number of stitches, just chain until it looks long enough, then chain a bunch extra. Then, when you’re done with your first row, you can just undo any extra chains.

Similarly, if you’re knitting and have to cast on a large number of stitches, you could either use stitch markers to keep track of every 20 or 50, or you could use a simple e-wrap or crocheted chain cast on, make a large number of them, then drop and unravel any excess when you’re done with your first row.

The Buzz at WEBS – May 4, 2012

Friday, May 4th, 2012
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The Buzz at WEBS

This week the staff at WEBS has a lot to Buzz about! Our Anniversary Sale is in full swing with our new May sale yarns, and we have a fantastic new video to share!

Valley Yarns Goshen – I’m not a big fan of cotton yarns, but our Goshen is a blend of cotton, modal and silk and it’s a dream to work with. It’s happy being knitted and it crochets beautifully! On sale this month only for $2.79! Be sure to check out the great designs we have too! > Kathy E.

This week I’m buzzing about a video I shot with the Kangaroo Dyer, Gail Callahan. Gail hand dyes Valley Yarns FranklinCharlemontNorthfield, and 2/14 Alpaca Silk in her basement, which she’s converted into a working studio. Hearing her story and seeing her workspace left me feeling inspired to rethink color and design with my own work in multimedia. This is a video I am sure to revisit when I’m needing a little inspiration. > Lindsey P.

Berroco Ultra Alpaca is a wonderful workhorse yarn. The alpaca content gives it some extra warmth as well as some drape, while the wool content gives it body and memory. With a gauge of 5 stitches to the inch you can use it for worsted weight patterns, as well as some DK weight patterns. I have some Ultra Alpaca stashed for a crocheted sweater that I’ve had my eye on for awhile, and now that it’s on sale I may just have to buy some more to make a knit sweater too. > Liz A.

Freia Sport comes in four lovely colors. My favorite color is denim. I especially like the monocromatic graduation in this colorway. This yarn would be perfect for a shawl or scarf or perhaps a cute handbag. It could make an interesting felting project too. Check out projects made with this on Ravelry. > Heidi R.

Hand Spun: New Spins on Traditional Techniques – A great new book from Pluckyfluff  (a.k.a. Lexi Boeger) with fantastic photos and fleece-to-finished yarn instructions for a plethora of art yarns, as well as some great projects to knit up with your stash of handspun goodies. With an eye for inspiration, this book is a smorgasboard of techniques, easy to follow instructions and interviews with some of the hottest fiber professionals around. A great addition to the adventuresome spinner’s library. > Ashley F.

I love the video on our Kangaroo Dyer, Gail. I like to add images and video to my Pinterest boards and browse through them when I need to get my creative juices flowing. What do you use when you need a little inspiration?


Tuesday’s Crochet Tip – How to Join Granny Squares as You Go

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
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This week’s tip comes from Sara Delaney and is an excellent way to join granny squares. You’ve got to try it out.

Granny squares can be a great, quick project to use up lots of scraps but the additional work of joining them all together can be a bit daunting. By simply replacing some of the chain stitches along the sides and corners of the squares you are joining together you won’t have to bother with a crocheted or a sewn seam. If you crochet them together as you go then there isn’t any seaming at all!

Watch our new video as Sara walks you through the steps of joining granny squares as you go.

The Buzz at WEBS – April 6, 2012

Friday, April 6th, 2012
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The Buzz at WEBS

This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about old favorites, new discoveries and an exciting opportunity!

Yet another Baby Jack sweater… I wanted a very utilitarian sweater for my grandson Jack this time. One that would be easy care, wash and wear. The pattern is a hooded pullover from Cascade 220 60 Quick Baby Knits. I am using Berroco Vintage in color #5188 Juniper and Berroco Vintage Colors in color #5222 Oasis. The solid color of Vintage is creating a very subtle stripe breaking up the variegation of the Oasis Colors. I see Jack wearing this on cool summer nights and into the Fall. > Theresa B.

This week I am buzzing about our “This is Retail Video”. All of the videos I put together at WEBS are a learning experience, but this one was extra special. I had so much fun talking with the ladies who come for drop-in help every week about their experiences in the store. I couldn’t believe that some had been coming to the store to knit and crochet for over 10 years! It was so sweet to hear their stories and learn of the friendships being made right here in our store. The video has made it to the top 20 in the National Retail Federation’s “This is Retail” contest. If you want to vote for our video, you can use this link;
I know the link redirects you to a different URL, but please use it anyway. As the match-ups change, the redirected URL will too. This one is good no matter what happens. >  Lindsey P.

There are so many things that I love about Nancy’s Knit Knacks Knit-Kards. I carry a small zippered pouch of essential knitting tools that I always have on hand. The Knit-Kards fit perfectly in the pouch and are packed with so much useful information. The cards I use most often are Increases, Decreases, Yardage Table (great for figuring out how much yarn I need for a project), and Knitting Needle Inventory. I also have the Needle and Hook Gauge attached to the set of cards. This is the only needle gauge that has lasted over the years and includes sizing from 000 (1.5mm) to 35 (19mm). This would be an excellent gift for any beginning knitter. > Dena C.

I know that summer is just around the corner, but I can’t help adding to the list of mitten patterns I want to knit!  The latest pair that caught my eye are the Fenway Mittens from The Charles Collection eBook. The cables are stunning and I like the simple detail on the palm of the mitten. > Tina M.

Myself and many of my colleagues at the store were smitten by the Swans Island Yarns when they first arrived in the store. Now, with the arrival of their new Dyer’s Choice Limited Edition yarns in both fingering and worsted, I think I can safely say that we are all in love. These yarns are soft, squishy, and they come in gorgeous colorways. Plus, Swans Island has fantastic pattern support! > Liz A.

I’m excited about the Namaste Messenger Bag. It has tons of space, pockets, and a padded laptop compartment. It has a magnetic closure so you don’t have to worry about your yarn getting caught in velcro. The bag even has a zipper around the outside (like your luggage) so you can expand the inside compartment. The best part about this bag is that it’s in our Anniversary Sale! It’s normally $69.00, but it’s on sale for $39.99, which is a fantastic price for such a useful, sturdy bag. > Mary K.

Our Anniversary Sale continues on until the end of May! New yarns will go on sale at the beginning of May, so be sure to check back.

Top 20 Finalist in the “This Is Retail” Video Contest!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
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Hi Everyone

Well, the exciting news just seems to keep on coming our way as of late! We are excited to share the latest with all of you!

Steve & I submitted a 2 minute video to the National Retail Federation’s contest titled “This Is Retail“. We’ve been notified that we are a top 20 finalist which is very exciting! Over the next three weeks there will be a series of voting opportunities that can result in us advancing to the next round. When its all said and done the top three voted videos will attend the NRF’s national conference in Washington, DC in May. The top retailer will win $25,000, 2nd place is $15,000 and 3rd is $10,000. Needless to say, we’d love to be in the top 3 but first we have to get past this first round of voting.

Here’s how the voting works:

  • Starting April 3rd at 12:01am through 11:59pm on April 8th, we will be paired against one other video. We won’t know who it is until voting begins at 12:01am on 4/3. We will go head to head in the voting and the top vote-getter will move onto the top 10.
  • Round 2 (4/9–4/15) is structured the same way – each of the top 10 videos will be paired against one other video and the top vote-getter in each pairing will move on to the next round (top 5).
  • Round 3 (4/17–4/22) is down to the top 5. There are no match ups at this level – just general voting and the top three will go to DC.
  • Each individual can vote up to 10 times per day and voters must be over the age of 13.
  • All of the details and the other 19 finalists can be found on the National Retail Federation’s website.
  • Voting happens at
  • You can log in with a Google, Yahoo or Facebook account to vote.
We’ll be posting about this on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
We don’t want to drive everyone nuts with reminders to vote but will do some nudging along the way.
Please pass this along, please vote for us each day (10x) and help us make it to the next round.Thanks in advance for all of your help & consideration!