Posts Tagged ‘yarn’

Blocked!

Friday, July 19th, 2013
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I know there are many of you out there who block their FO’s on the living room carpet, an unused couch, your guest bed’s mattress, or (I don’t want to know) not at all. I also know that many of you come through the fire with garments that are curly, ravelly, mis-sized or misshapen, or crooked. Your lace is delicate and airy when blocked, scrunchy and meh-looking when unblocked. Your sweaters are rolling at the edges, with one sleeve longer than the other and too tight in the hips until you loosen up the fibers with a cool bath and some Eucalan.

I used to do all of that, too. My garments looked so much better once I invested in a blocking board, which has changed my knitting. Really. It has clearly marked measuring squares for perfect symmetry for sleeves or waist shaping. It is big, so you could potentially block a scarf or medium-ish-sized shawl on it. It is padded, so pins really dig in and don’t move or pop out. It has a felt backing, so it won’t slide around on whatever surface you use. The most genius part: It folds in half and has a convenient handle so you can tote it to the craft room, the den, the deck, or to your drop-in class at Webs to show off your fibery skills.

This could be your sweater!

We carry these boards in two sizes, the small, which measures 18″ x 24″ and is more portable, and the larger size, measuring 33″ x 51″. I really recommend the larger one, since you’ll be able to use it for so many different projects, and you won’t regret the investment. For most garments, a dunk in some cool water to which a capful of wool wash has been added is the way to start. Don’t swirl it around, and for heaven’s sake, don’t squish it dry–if it’s anything but cotton or superwash wool, it will felt. I drain my wet garments in a colander for an hour and then roll them in a towel to just damp. Then, pin away–these T-pins are the best I’ve found. Let it dry, and voila! Art has been made.

WEBS Retail Store is getting a fresh new look!

Sunday, July 14th, 2013
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Starting on Monday, July 15th we’ll be doing a bit of remodeling in our Northampton Store. We’ll be open during all the work but thought we’d let you know what to expect as we work through these changes.
Early in the week we’ll be relocating and shifting some of the yarns as we make room for a new register area at the front of the store. By Wednesday we’ll be removing our old register desks and settling into our new space.

Later in the week we’ll be setting up some new fixtures and moving all the yarns into their new homes.

We’ll be quite busy with lots of extra people in the store to help with all the moving and shifting of yarns and fixtures and our amazing Store staff will be there the whole time to make sure your experience is still friendly, helpful and knowledgeable; exactly what you expect when you come to WEBS.

 

Ready, Set, Knit! 318: Kathy talks with Andra Asars

Saturday, July 13th, 2013
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 Kathy talks with Andra about the new Berroco yarns and pattern books for Fall.

They also discuss Norah Gaughan Vol. 13 which is an entirely top-down collection.

Andra’s favorite design from this collection and current WIP – Hume, and Kathys’ favorite sweater – Gibson

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Reminder: 

The New England Weavers Seminar (NEWS) is happening this weekend on the Smith College campus.

Upcoming Events:

Stitches Midwest is happening August 8-11 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL.

Registration has opened for our 7th Annual Bus Trip to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck!

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Valley Yarns Berkshire featured in Stitching in the Stacks

Thursday, July 11th, 2013
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One of the newest collections available from Cooperative Press is Stitching in the Stacks – Librarian Inspired Knits. In that collection you’ll find the lovely Book Woman Jacket, by Sarah Barbour, which is worked in our Valley Yarns Berkshire in the Tan Heather colorway.

It features a cabled, double-breasted front closure and shawl collar as well as moss stitch hem details and pockets to keep you cozy. With over 40 colors of Berkshire to choose from this may just be the perfect jacket for all book women!

What color of Berkshire would you use?

Valley Yarns Southwick featured in Interweave Crochet Summer 2013

Monday, July 1st, 2013
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Interweave Crochet just release their Summer 2013 issue. The Palm Tunic, designed by Cristina Mershon, is crocheted using our Valley Yarns Southwick.

Constructed from triangle motifs that come together in a great starburst on the bodice, and wide ribbed band at the hem, it’s perfect to slip on over a bathing suit or pair with a cami and flirty, summer skirt.

Have you checked our the Summer 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet yet?

Ready, Set, Knit! 317: Kathy talks with Veronica Van

Saturday, June 29th, 2013
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 Kathy talks with Veronica from Dream in Color about how their line of yarns got started; from the small yarn shop that she and her partner Nancy used to own to the company it is today.

Veronica talks about how they choose their base yarns and colors as well as her favorite yarn, Dream in Color Everlasting Sock and Kathy’s favorite, Dream in Color Starry.

They also discuss the line of Herdy products that they distribute. Did you know that the adorable sheep image is based on the Herdwick breed of Sheep that is so plentiful in the Lake District of England where these products originate?

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Reminder:

The 3rd Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening this weekend – make sure you have your passport!

We are closed next Thursday, July 4th so our Staff can spend the holiday with friends and family.

We will be open Regular hours, 10:00am to 5:30pm on Friday, July 5th and Saturday, July 6th for your shopping convenience.

No show next week.

Upcoming Events: 

The New England Weavers Seminar (NEWS) is happening July 11-14, on the Smith College campus.

Sweater Basics and Finishing class with Ann Budd, July 13-14.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 316: Kathy talks with Thea Coleman

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
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 Kathy talks with Thea from BabyCocktails about her journey from the Advertising business to knitting design. Thea confesses to having trouble sticking to patterns, and that her design process is not as linear as other designers, as well as her yarn choices for patterns and design inspiration.

Thea’s Sambuca sweater was knit with our own Valley Yarns Stockbridge.  See more of Thea’s designs on our website.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Upcoming Events: 

Next Week is the 3rd Annual I-91 Shop Hop – get your passport now!

The New England Weavers Seminar (NEWS) is happening July 11-14, on the Smith College campus.

Sweater Basics and Finishing class with Ann Budd, July 13-14.

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Improved search options on our website

Monday, June 17th, 2013
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Some of you may have noticed that we’ve recently added a few categories to help refine your search on our website.  Lots of you have asked for a simpler way to find New, Closeout, and Sale items.

Once you’ve begun a search, by entering a yarn name or key word into the search box at the top of the page,  you’ll notice the new options in the left-hand column.

You can now narrow your search specifically to these 3 categories bringing you right to the yarns you’re looking for. We’re always looking for ways to improve your experience with our website. What has been your favorite addition?

 

Ready, Set, Knit! 315: Kathy talks with Margaret Atkinson

Saturday, June 15th, 2013
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 Kathy talks with Margaret from Green Mountain Spinnery about the upcoming, 3rd annual I-91 Shop-Hop.

The Spinnery specializes in yarns sourced from fibers grown in the US with some yarns, like Mountain Mohair, in continuous production for over 25 years. They are primarily a yarn manufacturer but they do have a small retail shop open to the public and they will be offering factory tours as well as daily prizes and raffles during the Shop-Hop. Get your passport now!

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Upcoming Events: 

The New England Weavers Seminar (NEWS) is happening July 11-14, on the Smith College campus.

Sweater Basics and Finishing class with Ann Budd, July 13-14.

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Celebrate Crochet! Luxury

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
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It’s National Crochet Month and we’re excited to share some of our favorite crochet techniques and trends happening in 2013. This week we’re focusing on crocheting with luxury fibers.

Being able to work with luxury fibers is something every crocheter looks forward to. Thankfully you don’t have to win the lottery to indulge in a little high-end crochet. One skein and a simple project can keep the cost down but allow you to add a little something to your wardrobe to makes you feel extra special. And when everyone ask you about it you get to say it’s silk or cashmere or even mink!

Start with a nice small project like this simple Crochet Necklace by Creativeyarn but go luxury by using Artyarns Beaded Pearl and Sequins yarn.

  

Try something a little larger like the Julie Cuff from Robyn Chachula‘s wonderful book Blueprint Crochet but work it in a skein of Mimi by Lotus Yarns which is 100% Mink!

 

If you’re ready for a slightly bigger project why not go for Julia Vaconsin‘s gorgeous Phoenix Mitts and work them up in the luminous Ensemble Light from Artyarns, an amazing blend of silk and cashmere!

  

When you’re ready for a bigger project with lots of impact visually, but not on your wallet, try a scarf or wrap like our Crocus Lace Stole. A single skein of the Silk Cashmere from Jade Sapphire would feel amazing around your shoulders and neck, and since this is an easy 1 row pattern you can just keep working till you run out of yarn.

Have you worked with any luxury fibers? What’s been your favorite?