March 22nd, 2013

The Buzz at WEBS – March 22, 2013

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The Buzz at WEBS

Firedance Cardigan: I spotted this on one of the display mannequins in the store and had to stop and try it on.  I already love Northfield, the Valley Yarn it was knit in, and the pattern is a sweet combination of textured and lace fabrics making me really want to cast on for this, even though I already have two sweater projects languishing on needles at home.  It fits really well, and the alpaca/wool/silk blend is super comfy.  Now to decide which color I like best… > Ashley F.

One of my favorite yarns to use this spring is definitely going to be the Valley Yarns Longmeadow.  It’s a cotton and microfiber blend that’s super soft and great for when all this snow finally melts.  The Manta Top-Down Tee is going to be a staple for my spring and summer wardrobe.  It’s top-down so you can try it on as you go, but the set-in sleeves are a nice change from most top-down patterns. Jackie V.

(Left) Our Exploring Tunisian Class started last week and part of the class project is working in 2 colors. This is the 3rd year that I’ve taught the class and the 4th time that I’ve made the scarf and hat along with the class, this year I thought I’d change things up a bit. We usually work with 2 solid colors but I decided to show them how choosing a variegated color that contains their solid color can really change up the look of the project. Here you can see the original set that I made using Valley Yarns Northampton in Light Grey and Cascade 220 in #7804 – Shrimp. And above is my work in progress, again I’m using the Northampton in Light Grey but this time it’s paired with a variegated yarn that contains the same shade of grey. > Sara D.
(Right) I love our Iris Shawl pattern and I’ve wanted to remake it since I first made the sample but I’ve never found another yarn that quite felt right until I spun up a batt of fiber from Spunky Eclectic. It’s a flax and merino blend so it feels super crunchy right off the wheel but once it’s blocked it really softens up without loosing the visual crispness of the flax fiber. The bonus is that it will just get softer with time! > Sara D.
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