March 23rd, 2012

The Buzz at WEBS – March 23, 2012

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The Buzz at WEBS

This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about so many different things! Weaving, spinning, knitting and yarns all make an appearance.

We’re excited about this addition to our weaving inventory. Dovetail Tapestry Beaters are elegant, beautifully finished tools to aid detail work in many aspects of your weaving. Think weaver controlled techniques as well as tapestry weaving. The contoured shape and silky feel make them a pleasure to hold. The tines are smoothly finished so they will not snag your warp or weft and the finely pointed handles allow for delicate placement in the weft. They are made in four sizes: 2”, 1 ½”, 1” and ¾”. Size refers to width at the tines. See our website for prices and ordering information. > Barbara E.

The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn by Brenda Gibson offers a complete picture of the craft of spinning.  This book has everything from historical perspective and the basics of fiber preparation and handling, to the techniques for spindle and wheel spinning, and “recipes” to create many different kinds of yarns, all in one place. An excellent introductory book for someone just starting out in the exciting world of spinning and full of information even an experienced spinner can appreciate. > Ashley F.

I have to admit it–I don’t own any Noro! So why not start with Noro Shiraito? This luxurious yarn pairs Noro’s gorgeous colors with incredible softness. Since it’s perfect for next to the skin wear, a shawl or cowl would allow me to cuddle up to it while showcasing the shifting color changes. > Emma W.

A customer came to the shop wearing the pattern Courting Sophia which she’d knit in Valley Yarns Huntington. I fell in love with the variety of straightforward lace stitches and figured this was an oppportunity to use Madelinetosh  Tosh Lace in my new favorite color, Curiosity. This project, with its generous amount of stockinette stitch, works up quickly and I couldn’t be happier with my yarn choice. > Stephanie G.

I tend to knit with yarns that are in the fingering to DK range, but this winter when my sister showed me a super bulky circular scarf and asked for a similar one, I was happy to oblige.  I unexpectedly fell in love with the scarf I made her, (partially due to how quickly it grew!) and decided to make one for myself. It gave me a chance to try out Berroco Vintage Chunky, held doubled.  This yarn is so squishy, is easy to work with, and blocks beautifully. > Tina M.

With winter behind us and the warm weather here to stay, I’d love to know what’s on your hooks, needles and looms.  Do you stick to cotton and lace in the summer months or prepare for winter with warm woolies all year round?

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Grace

Customer Service Liaison at WEBS - America's Yarn Store
I started working at WEBS in September 2010. I learned how to knit 5 years ago and have been crocheting since childhood. When I'm not knitting, I love to be outside with my Black Lab, Ellie.
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