March 8th, 2013

The Buzz at WEBS – March 8, 2013

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The Buzz at WEBS

This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about… hats!

(Left) I needed a project for the flight to and from Stitches West, and of course I waited until the night before I was leaving to decide what to do. I figured a hat would be a good project, so I spent a while searching Ravelry until I came across Porom by Jared Flood. I love this style of hat and I had one skein of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (well, I have many, but one that was itching to be made into something ASAP) in my stash, so I cast on and was ready to fly. It’s a great pattern that is easy to memorize, so I didn’t have to have the pattern in front of me the whole time. It is my new favorite hat! I may even make another in a different color of Silky Wool…perhaps a pink next time. > Mary K.

(Right) I’m taking Knitting II right now, and one of our class projects is making a hat from measurements. For my projects, I often gravitate towards tans, browns and grays, but with this hat I wanted to spice it up a bit. There are some nice, bright colors in Cascade 220 Superwash, and I chose Hyacinth and Lime Sherbert to go with a main color of Silver Grey. But how to spice it up even more than Lime Sherbert? A Lime Sherbert pom-pom! Never having made a pom-pom before, I bought the large size of the new Clover Pom-Pom maker. After a few minutes of reading the directions and playing around with it, I was pumping out pom-poms.  It took just a few minutes to make a nice, full pom-pom. I’ve already started on my next hat so I have an excuse to make more pom-poms!  > Jamie S.

(Left) Madelinetosh is easily my favorite brand of yarn. Every time this comes into the room I join all of my coworkers in oohing and awe-ing over it! My rule to stop myself from over-indulging is that I have to wait for what I call a “unicorn skein”. These are skeins that are just a bit different from all the others, just a little bit more special. I also have a rule that I cannot buy yarn unless I have a pattern for it. This means my raverly account has a mile-long list of patterns in case I find yarn to go with it! Every once in a while, it all comes together: I find a magical skein like this particular Tosh Sport in Amber Trinket and the Free Cecily Hat pattern I’m dying to do, and it culminates in a gorgeous, beautiful, soft, warm hat that I know I’ll wear for years to come! Patience has its virtues! > Kerry T.

(Right) When my friend and coworker Ashley F. made these amazing hand spun yarns for me I wanted to do something simple that would really let the beauty of the yarn shine through. I decided on the Simple Beret pattern from Knitbot, a basic hat with instructions for 4 different weights, and had really great results. The hats are gorgeous and they fit great! > Greta S.

I absolutely love this Conductive Thread! It’s used to add to gloves or mittens so you can use your smart phone through your gloves. No more taking your gloves on and off to use your phone! This makes gifts even better when you can tell the recipient their new hand made gift has this fun feature. > Grace H.

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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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