October 7th, 2011

The Buzz at WEBS – October 7, 2011

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This week the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

1. Contemporary Irish Knits by Carol Feller – Finally, a traditional knitting book with whimsy, history and garment fitting considerations. Chapter openings give you a peak into the local knitting industry followed with a fresh combo of traditional and modern garments. Filled with versatile knits for the whole family in glorious tweeds (and a couple ones bookmarked for yourself too). > Cara S.

2. Madelinetosh Tosh DK has now made my list of favorite yarns.  I was looking for a yarn with deep, varied shades of purple for a friend’s birthday gift and this yarn, in the color Clematis, jumped right off the shelf at me. The yarn is soft, easy to knit and has a lovely bit of spring to it.  It also blocked beautifully.  (The pattern I used is Springtime Bandit, but I didn’t knit the edging.) > Tina M.

3. I am truly excited about the Exploring Tunisian class! I’m mulling over new color combinations for the work I will do with the class and I can’t wait to see their Ah-ha! moments with this technique. > Sara D.

4. I just finished a last minute gift for my great aunt out of Valley Yarns Northfield Hand Dyed in Denim. I absolutely love hand dyed yarns and how each skein is unique. This particular one had more purple and dark blue tones than the other skeins and I love the way the colors flowed. Northfield is a great yarn to work with and the shawl worked up quickly, but was still soft and warm. I used the basic triangle shawl pattern by Kirsten Hipsky and made my own crocheted edging. > Grace H.

5. Knitting America by Susan M. Strawn – Melanie Falick’s foreword to this book drew me in and I am loving the historical aspect of knitting it presents. I sometimes forget what a historical section of the country we live in and loved reading about the collections from Historic Deerfield. Not only are there wonderful stories like the rallying of wives and mothers to help knit socks  for the bloodied feet of the men under George Washington but there is poetry, prose and some wonderful old patterns. I must admit, I have been knitting long enough that some of the old patterns are in my stash! In the disposable product age we live in today, it is refreshing to read about making things that were necessary to every day life and used to threadbare stages. > Lise G.

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