October 21st, 2011

The Buzz at WEBS – October 21, 2011

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This week the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

1. Knit Local by Tanis Gray – There’s a lot to love about this book – gorgeous photography, over 30 patterns, and all of the yarns used in the book are grown, spun, and dyed in the U.S. It is broken into Northeast, South, Midwest, and West and includes 28 profiles of U.S. yarn companies. There’s also a handy list of fiber-y events and festivals across the country, so you’re sure to find one nearby. Not only will you find great pictures of the garments (fantastic mittens, hats, sweaters, and more), you’ll also spot pictures of farms and, of course, adorable sheep, including one that’s sporting a handknit cowl! > Mary K.-H.

2. Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe Colours by Kaffe Fassett – If you love Kidsilk Haze you may enjoy playing with the color repeats in the new Kaffe Fassett colorways. I’d love to see what this yarn would look like knit up into a Modern Quilt Wrap (free download) with its modular squares. Or what kind of effect would you get combining this yarn and solid Kidsilk Haze colors knit in the Earth Stripe Wrap (now available in Rowan’s Greatest Knits book). Or you could try a simple project like the Cocoknits Everyday Wrap (free pattern) which would use just one ball! > Dena C.

3. Coastal Knits by Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig – I’ve been a big fan of Never Not Knitting and Knitbot patterns. So I was very excited for the release of their new book which includes 10 designs inspired by the California and Maine coasts. Now that it has arrived, I’m even more thrilled. I can’t wait for their trunk show and book signing in December, to meet both of the designers and to see their wonderful designs up close. > Dena C.

4. The Anna Cowl – This cowl is knit with Swans Island Worsted yarn. The Swans Island pattern is well written and easy to follow. The cowl is so soft! > Marion H.

5. Jojoland Rhythm Closeout – We just got in some new colors of Jojoland Rhythm on closeout and they’re great! I made the Autumn Shawl with this yarn and while the entrelac pattern was tricky, the yarn was so much fun to work with. Each square revealed a new color and gave the whole shawl a beautiful look. I’m sad to see this one on closeout but I’ll definitely be picking some up at this price. It’s sturdy, washes well, and you can’t beat those colors! > Grace H.

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