Posts Tagged ‘yarn’

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?

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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.

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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?

Ready, Set, Knit! 304: Kathy talks with Kirsten Hipsky

Saturday, March 16th, 2013
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Guest: Kathy talks with Valley Yarns Design Manager, Kirsten Hipsky about the new Valley Yarns patterns featured in our Spring 2013 Catalog.

Best sellers at Stitches West were:

 

Blue Mist Cardigan in Southwick

looks more complicated than it

is and it’s a great standard wardrobe

piece.

 

 

 

Burning Branch Shawl in BFL Fingering

Has an easy repeat, looks much more

complicated than it is and works with a

range of yardages.

 

 

Hidden Hills Pullover in Northampton Sport has a great neckline with classic, simple colorwork and the Pelagic Shawl, using 6 color of Northampton Sport, is a wonderful update to our Jambalaya Shawl.

There’s also lots of crochet love in this catalog with the Molly Socks, The Michel Vest in Longmeadow and the  Meyer T-shirt in Goshen.

If you haven’t gotten a catalog yet, you can request one on the website, here.

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Upcoming Events: 

June Hemmons Hiatt, author of The Principles of Knitting, will join our Tuesday morning Drop-in THIS WEEK on March 19th for a book signing and chat. Don’t miss out, register now!

Our 39th Anniversary Sale Starts April 1! and don’t forget about the Tent Sale in May!

Join us at  Stitches South! in the Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre April 11-14th in Atlanta, GA.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 303: Kathy talks with Rhonda Fargnoli

Saturday, March 9th, 2013
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Guest: Kathy talks with Rhonda Fargnoli of Coastal Colors Yarns about launching a new yarn company.

Rhonda and her partner Charlie have been teaching art for over 35 years and have applied their love of color to their new line of yarns. They use botanical extracts and many of the plants from their own yard to dye the yarn.

BFL, Superwash Merino, Flax for the Spring, are all yarn bases that they use but they keep their selection small and they buy their yarn locally. Coastal Colors yarns are currently available in 8 stores and online soon at Colorful Stitches in Lenox, MA.

Rhonda also works at RISD – The Rhode Island School of Design in their Continuing Education department as an adviser the Hand Knitting Design program.

Thanks to the Berroco Team for a wonderful Event this past Thursday night. Norah and the gang, as well as our customers, braved some typical New England late-Winter weather to be here with us.

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Upcoming Events: 

We’re happy to announce that WEBS is going to to Stitches South! We’ll be there with 6 booths at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre April 11-14th in Atlanta, GA.

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Dream in Color Spring Giveaway, the Winners!

Friday, March 8th, 2013
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Thanks to everyone who commented, Over 1,200 responses! You had some great ideas for this beautiful yarn.

The following people have won a copy of the Trinity Scarf pattern and one skein of the Perfectly Posh Sport yarn pictured above:

1 - Suzanne, who said, Very Lovely Yarn and Pattern. I would love to make that for my daughters teacher, it would suite her to a T.

2 - Gayle H., who said, Beautiful yarn, would make a lovely cowl or lacy shawlette

3 – Maryellen C., who said, I would make as many ornaments and crafts as I could get out of the skein to sell at our Christmas fundraiser to raise money for Rays of Hope and Cancer Connection

4 – Stephanie O., who said, The scarf is beautiful.

5 - Christine L., who said, Interesting, but simple enough to work on while watching TV or at knitting group…Amanda Keep’s Voyage Scarf. I made one last Christmas and the recipient loved it. Definitely looks harder than it is!

6 - Barb L., who said, Spring colors, misty mountains, Perfectly Posh is perfectly beautiful! I can think of many things to try!

7 - Melissa H., who said, I’d like to make a headband!

8 - Sabrina who said, This yarn is SO pretty! Not sure what I would chose to do with it, but a simple garter stitch cowl sometimes the perfect project for a variegated yarn.

9 - Kitty C., who said, I’d like to make a cover for my e-reader with a snazzy yarn like this! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

10 - Sue K., who said, Love the colors! Great yarn.

Congratulations to our winners!

Dream in Color Spring Giveaway!

Friday, March 1st, 2013
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It is time once again to have another giveaway with one of Dream in Color’s lovely hand dyed yarns along with a stylish scarf pattern. This month’s yarn is called Perfectly Posh Sport, and the colors are reminiscent of early spring flowers; think crocus, pansy and violet!

The fiber is 70% wool/10% cashmere/10% silk/10% mohair, and has shades of deep, earthy greens, rich purples and pale pinks, with hints of the blue-grey of Spring skies peeking through. With 320 yds per skein you have plenty of yardage for Kay Dahlquist’s Trinity Scarf.

I love finding the perfect little project to use up one skein of gorgeous yarn. This scarf has the most clever little feature, a built in French loop to keep your scarf perfectly in place. As an added bonus your gauge swatch IS the the first section of your edging!

Do you have a perfect one-skein project or a favorite scarf pattern? Do you already have ideas for what you’d do with a skein of Perfectly Posh Sport if you won?

Leave a comment below by 3/07/13, 11:59 pm EST to be entered into the March drawing for one skein of Dream in Color Perfectly Posh Sport along with the Trinity Scarf pattern. There will be 10 lucky winners! Be sure to check the blog on Friday March 8th to see if your name was picked.

Best of Luck!