May 27th, 2011

The Buzz at WEBS – May 27, 2011

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This week the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

1. Herdy Peep Bag – This canvas bag is great! Its sturdy and has a perfect drawstring. The best part is that its deep enough to fit a sweater in progress. > Debby C.

2. Classic Elite Firefly yarn caught my eye when it came in a while ago, and I’ve been swatching it a bit, in the gorgeous Brittania color, trying to decide what I want to do with it. Yesterday I walked past a store sample of the Honeysuckle cardigan, and I stopped in my tracks.  The back of this cardigan is so lovely that I want to cast on immediately! > Tina M.

3. The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook – Jam packed with detailed information about not only the wide world of wool, but many other fiber-producing animals as well. Organized incredibly well, this book details the history and development of specific sheep breeds, where they come from and the regions of the world where specific fibers are produced. With references for knitters and weavers as well as handspinners, this book will help you select the ideal fiber for your projects and inspire experimentation. > Ashley F.

4. Herdy Salt & Pepper Shakers – I fell in love with these last January at TNNA. They are beyond adorable and will brighten anyone’s dinner table. > Kathy E.

5. Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn by Carol J. Sulcoski – Carol is an experienced hand dyer who does a great job informing readers about how hand dyed yarns behave! She also gives solutions to change how the color performs. > Gail C.

6. Shalimar Yarns Breathless – As a Madelinetosh addict, I’m always looking for the next best thing from up-and-coming hand dyers to supplement my Tosh stash. Breathless fits the bill, taking my breath away with its beautiful tonal colors and delicious squooshy feel. I’m already matching it up to lacy shawlette patterns in my queue–if I can stop cuddling it long enough to purchase it! > Emma W.

This yarn leaves me breathless! Colors are muted and semi-solid. The base feels unbelievably soft. The girls in customer service and I thought if you breathed it in really deeply it smells faintly of sheep and hay in the most innocent and comforting way…which may be TMI. With a blend of superwash merino, cashmere and silk the hand is very reminiscent of Madelinetosh Pashmina, which is a big plus in my book. > Cara S.

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