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Ready, Set, Knit! 297: Kathy’s Spring Pattern Picks

Saturday, January 26th, 2013
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Guest: Kathy talks about some exciting new pattern books for Spring.

Westknits 4: Made for Movement by Stephen West. Once again Stephen is featuring his signature architectural shaping and stitch detail to create 10 gorgeous designs.


Kathy really likes the Barndom Shawl, featured on the cover, the Itaca shawl as well as the Shrowl – which is a free pattern

Classic Elite Yarns has paired up with Stephanie, the owner of Unwind in L.A., to create 2 collections with 5 patterns each. Both collections are modern and fresh, and still very recognizable as Classic Elite designs.

Handmade Los Angeles I : a collection of more wintry garments

Kathy loves the shawl knit on the bias in 3 colors of Chalet, and the beautiful scoop neck sweater that would be a perfect wardrobe staple.

Handmade Los Angeles II : designs with more of a summer vibe

Kathy’s favorite is the Poncho knit in Silky Alpaca Lace in cream with the multicolor fringe.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Reminder: Pre-Game Sunday Escape, Feb 3rd from noon-4:00PM

Upcoming Events: Three weeks from today, on Feb 16th, we will air Show #300!

To celebrate we will be giving away three $300 gift cards. You must be on the e-mail list to participate, join here. We will be e-mailing a short survey and filling it out will enter you in the contest. The winners will be announced on the 300th episode.

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The Buzz at WEBS – July 29, 2011

Friday, July 29th, 2011
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This week the staff is buzzing about…

1. Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmermann – A powerful book packed with tips and tools for independent knitters. It’s got everything from winding a skein of yarn to designing seamless sweaters. If a knitter were to have just one book, it should probably be this one. > Kirsten H.

2. Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2011 – I’ve never done a mystery knitalong before. But I’ve been itching to knit a shawl lately, particularly a westknits pattern. So I’m super excited to join this KAL on August 1st. Now the hard decision…what yarn? Suggested yarns like Fibre Company Road to China Light, Fibre Company Canopy Fingering, Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, Madelinetosh Pashmina, or Tosh Merino Light would all be wonderful to work with. But I do have plenty of Charlemont from the crochet scarf leftover that would make a shawl with great drape. Hmm, decisions, decisions. > Dena C.

3. Valley Cowl crochet pattern by Doris Chan – I love this cowl designed by Doris Chan. The sample is done in Valley Yarns Deerfield, but there are directions for any gauge yarn, so you can use your favorite Valley Yarns yarn. I’m thinking of making one for myself in Charlemont. It’s also our next crochet-a-long on Ready, Set, Knit, so you can crochet along with Kirsten. > Mary K.-H.

4. Blue Sky Alpacas Five Inch Double Points – I love the feel of these in my hands. They have such a smooth finish that it makes the needles glide easily through the stitches. The tin they come in makes for great storage for these little lovelies! > Karen M.

5. Both of my girls spent a week at our Fiber Camp this year and my youngest daughter fell in love with weaving. While I’m not quite ready to buy her a Baby Wolf, I do want to encourage her weaving. So, as an early present for her birthday she got a Schacht Cricket Loom this past Tuesday. She’s already woven 26 inches and has been flipping pages in my copy of the Weaver’s Idea Book to find her next project! > Sara D.