February 9th, 2016

It’s Not Too Late For Valentine’s Day Knitting!

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It’s down to the wire now–Valentine’s day is right around the corner and you’d love to give your boy- or girlfriend a handmade gift. But you procrastinated, and then you didn’t know what to knit, and then the Super Bowl happened…and now you have only a day or two to make a gift to warm a loved one’s heart. What to do? Fingerless Mitts to the rescue.

A quick trip around our website offers myriad possibilities, and not one of these patterns will take you more than a day or two. (Secret: you don’t have to block them if you completely run out of steam!)  My personal favorite is by one of my go-to pattern designers, ChickenBetty. Her Birthstone Pattern by Chicken Betty.  Photo by Lindsey TophamBirthstone mitts have a beautiful 2-stitch cable motif that goes down the back of each mitt. And the garnet colorway that you see in the pattern would be a lovely offbeat choice for a Valentine.

Spud and Chloe’s Venus Mitts are made in a lovely worsted weight yarn that will keep hands and wrists toasty and stylish. Plus, “Venus.” It screams Valentine. They take only one skein of Spud and Chloe SPUDCHLPDFOTRVENUSMI.zoom.1Sweater, a superwash yarn, and would be nice for either a man or a woman, depending on what color you choose.

Finally, the Swan’s Island Cafe Mitts are the simplest ever in a lovely 2-stripe sequence. Best of all, there are 3 different lengths you can make–so if you’re trying to git’er done on a lunch hour, make the shortest one! How SWANSISPDFCAFEMITTS.zoom.1about white and red stripes? Or, if you’re going manly, gray and blue look very nice together.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Make it a crafty one!

February 6th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 432: Kathy talks with Heidi Hennessy

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This week Kathy talks with Heidi Hennessy of Pepperberry Knits which has become Lux Adorna. Heidi started as a knitter but really loved cashmere yarns. She would recycle thrift stores sweaters and would re-spin the yarn into heavier weights before she got into having the yarns manufactured for sale.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #432 - Kathy talks with heidi Hennessy. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Their kits have been super popular, with mini skeins or multi colors sets with a free pattern included. Look for more kits under the Lux Adorna brand soon!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

TOMORROW, February 7th from 12-4pm,  join us for our 10th Annual Pre-Game Escape!

Be sure to take our survey to be entered to win a fantastic gift basket from WEBS!

Upcoming Events:

Team WEBS will be at STITCHES WEST February 18-21. Join us at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

WEBS Fall Retreat Sept. 16-18. Remember registration opens on Monday, February 8th.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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February 5th, 2016

WEBS Spring 2016 Catalog is online!

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While it’s been a fairly mild winter , compared with 2015, but I’m still ready to start thinking about camping, beach days and cool summer evenings. So the timing of the WEBS 2016 Spring Catalog couldn’t be more perfect!

WEBS Spring 2016 Catalog, online now. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

There are so many great, new yarns and patterns in our Spring catalog that I’m going to need a few days to decide on what to cast on for first. The Odele pullover in Berroco Mykonos,  the Tobay top in Tahki Yarns Malibu, or the Diamond Lace Sweater in Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim DK? And that’s just scratching the surface!

If you’re on our mailing list a copy should land in your mailbox in the next week or two, and if you’re not, sign up here!

February 3rd, 2016

Sharing your love of crafting

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I’ve spent the last decade or so teaching lots of strangers to knit and crochet. And while I’ve also done a bit of that with my family, teaching my daughters to crochet when they were little, I’ve never crafted with my Mom. When I was growing up she wasn’t the crafty one on the family, I had a plethora of grandmothers of different generations for that! Now that life has slowed down a bit for her she’s itching to spend some time making and crafting. We’ve talked about what we can do together, and work on while we’re apart, and she’s intrigued by the possibilities of weaving.

Choosing yarns for a first weaving project. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

I happen to have two rigid heddle looms, a 20″ Flip and a 10″ Cricket. So we’ve planned to spend a weekend day together this winter so I can show her how to warp the Cricket, as I warp my Flip, and we can both start weaving a scarf. I want to make sure that this simple starter project keeps her interest so I want to use a yarn with lots of great color play for an interesting finished fabric. I’m loving the new Scheepjes Invicta Color and the Louisa Harding Pittura, both of which will create interesting fabric in plainweave.

Once she’s gotten through that first project I’ll let her borrow my copy of the Weaver’s Idea Book, and then I might get her a copy of Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom just so I can borrow it from her!

Who will you share your love of crafting with this year?

February 2nd, 2016

WEBS loves our customers!

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We’d like to express our gratitude and appreciation for you this Valentine’s Day and offer you a chance to win a fantastic gift basket!

Take the WEBS mini-survey to be entered to win this project basket, now through 11:59pm EST Feb. 14, 2016. Read more, and find the link to the survey, on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Take a few minutes to fill out our mini-survey and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a full kit for the Noro Heart Blanket, everything you need to complete the project plus a little more! This kit includes the pattern, 3 colors of Noro Kureyon, needles, a custom Yankee Candle, chocolates and a sturdy project basket.

The survey will be open through February 14th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST, each person can enter once. Just 4 quick questions and this kit could be yours!

January 30th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 431: Kathy talks with Mira Cole

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This week Kathy talks with Mira Cole of Baah Yarns. She came back to knitting after living and teaching overseas, and when she had a difficult time finding hand-dyed yarns she decided to dye her own!

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #431 - Kathy talks with Mira Cole. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Baah Yarns La Jolla, Shasta and Aspen are available at WEBS.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Sunday, February 7th from 12-4pm,  join us for our 10th Annual Pre-Game Escape!

Upcoming Events:

Team WEBS will be at STITCHES WEST February 18-21. Join us at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

WEBS Fall Retreat Sept. 16-18. Remember registration opens February 8th.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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January 29th, 2016

“Let’s Put On A Show!”

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Every once in a while, in a meeting, the word “retreat” would come up and everyone around the table would nod and say, “yes, we’ve got to do that one of these days.” Knitters, that day is here! Last week we announced our first-ever WEBS Knitting Retreat (#WEBSRetreat) and we have been overwhelmed by the response. It seems that you really, really like us.

WEBS Fall Knitting Retreat Sept. 16-18, 2016. Registration open Feb. 8th. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Registration opens Monday, February 8. We did that for a reason–to give you all time to put your lifesavers in place: your babysitters, your spouse, your pet caregivers. We wanted you to come up with a really great excuse to give your boss for why you’re not coming in to work on Friday. It takes some time to digest all the information, and make a decision about whether or not you’re going to spend money to treat yourself for an entire weekend of fiber frolics. We wanted you all to be absolutely positive when you click the “Register” link that fateful Monday.

I can tell you that it will be a ton of fun. We have all kinds of great stuff planned, including late-night knitting gatherings, theme meals, lots of shopping time with Steve and Kathy, personalized swag from your favorite yarn companies, and the hottest teachers around. It’ll be action-packed, I guarantee.

You know what? I’ve never been to a knitting retreat. I’m DYING to go to this one. Are you coming?

January 26th, 2016

Fit Fiber Crafters: Good for Your Brain

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As the new year begins, many like to focus on shaping up and getting healthier. Each Tuesday in January, our Fit Fiber Crafters series will give you tips on getting your personal yarn world a little healthier, from the health of your stash to the health of your body while crafting, keeping your finished project looking healthy, and exercising your brain when your craft.

Good for Your Brain Learn a New Technique

We’ve all seen the news stories touting what we’ve all known for a long time – knitting (and other fiber crafts) are good for your brain. Not only does it help cognitive function, these activities can help with depression. We like to think that any learning can’t be bad, so why not take some time this year to help your brain’s health and stretch your knowledge a little.

We challenge everyone to learn one new fiber-related skill this year. If you’re not sure where to start, you can take a look at our class offerings. Another option is checking out that pattern or weaving draft you’ve been eyeing but have always thought, “Oh, that’s too hard.” It’s not. You can do it. Use 2016 as your chance to learn how to do it.

Many of us often try new things and stop immediately because it’s too hard. Stretch yourself this year. Take the time to truly learn something new. Show your friends what you did. Maybe you’ll encourage them to try it too.

What are you going to challenge yourself with this year?

January 25th, 2016

Take the 2016 TNNA Fiber Arts Survey today!

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Take the 2016 TNNA Fiber Arts Survey,  Jan. 25 - Feb. 13, 2016. Read more on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

CALLING ALL FIBER ARTISTS! The fiber arts community needs your feedback. With just 10 minutes of your time you can take  the TNNA Fiber Arts 2016 Survey,  a major study of U.S. knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, cross-stitchers, weavers, and spinners. This survey is anonymous – you will not receive marketing spam.

By taking this survey you will…

–  Help fiber arts organizations and businesses serve you better

–  Tell retailers and brands what you want

–  Explore your fiber arts life

–  Get the chance to win one of five $100 fiber arts store gift cards

The results of this survey will appear in the fifth edition of the TNNA State of Specialty NeedleArts Study. The survey results will be available to non-profit fiber arts advocacy groups and TNNA members in mid-2016. TNNA is an association of hundreds of independent and family-owned fiber arts brands and retailers.

TNNA Fiber Artist 2016 Sweepstakes Rules. You have from Jan. 25th – Feb. 13th to complete the survey. Please give your feedback and thoughts as a fiber artist by taking the TNNA Fiber Arts 2016 Survey today!

January 23rd, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 430: Kathy talks with Courtney Kelley

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This week Kathy talks with Courtney Kelley, of Kelbourne Woolens, about her new role with TNNA.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #430 - Kathy talks with Courtney Kelley. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

 

Learn about what TNNA does for the fiber arts industry and for you as a consumer, and be sure to take the 2016 TNNA Survey today!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! The first ever WEBS Knitting Retreat will happen this Fall on the UMass Amherst Campus,  Sept. 16-18 2016. Registration will open February 8th. Look for classes with Cirilia Rose, Bristol Ivy, Amy Hendricks, Kate Atherley and Anne Hanson! We’ll have more information for you in the coming weeks.

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

Sunday, February 7th from 12-4pm,  join us for our 10th Annual Pre-Game Escape!

Check out the feature on WEBS at Cut Out + Keep, in their Shop Showcase.

Upcoming Events:

Team WEBS will be at STITCHES WEST February 18-21. Join us at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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