September 14th, 2012

The Buzz at WEBS – September 14, 2012

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The Buzz at WEBS

This week, the staff at WEBS is excited about Heidi’s Catkin shawl! We have two buzzes for it this week, along with other stunning projects and yarn.

The pattern I knit is called Catkin by Carina Spencer, and it’s available on Ravelry. The pattern may seem intimidating, but it is just very thorough. Madeline Tosh Merino Light and Madeline Tosh Sock are recommended. If you use Tosh Merino Light, you only need one skein of each  color. I used Tosh Sock in Ginger and Byzantine for this catkin, which required one skein of Color A and two skeins of Color B.  This project is so much fun! > Heidi R.

Heidi passed by me in the store last week wearing this beautiful shawl she knit to wear to her friend’s wedding and I immediately stopped her to see if I could take her picture. It’s the Catkin Shawl by Carina Spencer. I love the colors, the way the stripes swirl about her shoulders, and that awesome pattern on the bottom. She used two colors of Madelinetosh SockGinger and Byzantine. > Lindsey T.

I knit this store sample out of Jade Sapphire’s new yarn, Brigadoon – washable cashmere? Yes, that’s what I asked. I washed it in the machine on gentle cycle with Eucalan. Dried flat. It washed well and is so soft. We all can’t stop holding it. The pattern is the Getting  Purly with it Brigadoon Neckwarmer. > Marion W.

When Juniper Moon Farm’s Marlowe yarn crossed my desk, I was immediately hooked by the variegated colors, which are so sheeny, they seem to glow. Marlowe is 50% Merino, 50% silk, so this single ply beauty is really a luxury item–it’s perfect for special accessories. Stephanie swatched Marlowe and she reports that it knits easily and isn’t at all splitty. She used a Barbara Walker Indian Cross Stitch pattern (from Volume 1, p. 112) to show how a bigger, stockinette-based pattern makes the most of Marlowe’s busy variegation. The swatch is fantastic – Marlowe knits up into a substantial fabric with nice drape. I can’t wait to make one of Marie Grace Smith’s cowls from the Marlowe pattern book, maybe the honeycomb patterned Terra Cowl. It’ll keep me cozy and stylish all winter! > Kendra C. and Stephanie G.

I recently knit the Cloudy Day beret from Never Not Knitting. It was a great pattern that ended up being a fairly quick knit. I knit it in Lorna’s Laces Sportmate. This is one of Lorna’s Laces yarns that contain Outlast – a fiber designed to help regulate body temperature. I thought that this would be a great option for a hat and I’m excited to wear it more often once the weather starts to really cool off. > Mary K.



I took an end of the summer trip to the beach last weekend and I wanted a quick and easy project to knit. The Chrysanthemum Hat knit in Valley Yarns Buckland seemed just right. I decided to add striping with the golden rod and charcoal colors, and I really liked the outcome. Buckland is one of the newest valley yarns we have in the store. It’s super easy to knit with and leaves you with a garment that’s really special. This pattern is free and looks great on both men and women. Check out the video below for a closer look at Buckland! > Lindsey T.

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