November 23rd, 2012

The Buzz at WEBS – November 23, 2012

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The Buzz at WEBS

This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about gifts! We’re busy getting our gifts ready for the holidays; only a few weeks left!

After working with Amy on the video for Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky, I was inspired to try out the yarn myself! So far, it’s made some pretty nice gifts for the holidays. This felted bowl looks perfect with an airplant inside, and the felt works really well to catch any excess water that may drip off of it after a good soak. I didn’t use a pattern for the bowl, I just knit a small hat and threw it in the washing machine to felt! I’m about halfway through the Valley Yarns 283 Spotted Christmas Stocking using 3 skeins of Berkshire Bulky (Forest, Dark Teal and Plum). Two of these will make great gifts for my cousin and her husband who were just married and are in the market for some special handmade stockings. This yarn is incredibly easy to work with, works up fast and felts beautifully – perfect for those last minute gifts! > Lindsey T.

( Left) I made the hedgehog wool pet as a gift for my girlfriend. The instructions were easy to follow and the pictures demonstrated every step. After I made the body, I used the finished picture as a guide for the nose, ears and coat pattern. I’d recommend wool pets for anyone looking for a fun and creative gift! > Kyle C.

(Right) I’m making several pairs of socks as gifts this year, and I’m in love with the Karbonz needles. They have the nice, sharp points I love from the Novas, but the carbon fiber has a little grip to it. The joins between the different materials are smooth, and I know I don’t have to worry about my yarn snagging. Definitely a plus when working with thinner yarns! > Jackie V.

I don’t do a ton of holiday knitting, but every year my Grandma Gen is at the top of my list to receive a handmade gift. This year I wanted to go with something beautiful but fast. The Kid Cozy Throw was exactly what I needed; a combination Berroco Boboli and Berroco Cirrus yarns knit on a large needle to make quick work. Plus, I think I like it so much that I’ll have to make one for myself! > Greta S.
When my girls were much younger I made them each Ganomy Hats and a pair of Mitered Mittens from Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitter’s Almanac using Noro Silk Garden. They have outgrown them now but my youngest daughter asked for a new set this year. I let her dig through my stash for yarn and she chose the new Noro Kirara, color #11. She’s thrilled with how it’s turning out and can’t wait to start wearing it. > Sara D.

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