June 24th, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 492: Kathy Talks With Tina Whitmore

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This week on Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy is talking with Tina Whitmore, owner of Freia Yarns. Tina started knitting as a child, and has been knitting ever since! She now owns and dyes for Freia Fine Handpaints – and creates the STUNNING hand-pained ombre colorways we all drool after! Listen to learn more about Tina and her company, and what inspired her to start dyeing yarns!

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Don’t forget! This week is the I-91 Shop Hop weekend! Stop by WEBS and grab a free pattern, designed exclusively for Shop Hop by Melissa LaBarre!! Are you going to try and hit all 11 in one day?

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

Don’t forget to pick up your passport for the I-91 Shop Hop, which is taking place THIS WEEKEND!!  11 shops are participating this year, with raffles and prizes galore! If you make it to all 11 stores and fill your passport, you could win a huuuuuge gift basket!

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

WEBS will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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June 17th, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 491: Kathy Talks With Janice Kang

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This week, Kathy is talking with Janice Kang, knitwear designer and longtime friend of WEBS. For our 40th Anniversary, Janice designed the Mixed Tide Shawl, which knits up beautifully in 2/10 Merino Tencel (Colrain Lace). She entered a version in the California State Fair in 2014, and it placed! Summer is here, and it’s fair season! Janice is an award-winning knitter, so listen to hear more about entering your knitwear in fair exhibits! You won’t want to miss this.

Janice’s award-winning Lady’s Circular Cape in Shell Pattern, knit in Valley 2/10 Merino Tencel.

Janice’s Must Have Cardigan, knit in Valley Northampton.

Janice is also a weaver. Her Pseudo Crackle bag in Valley 5/2 Cotton placed 2nd!

Check out Janice’s blog to read more about the California State Fair results here.

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

Don’t forget to pick up your passport for the I-91 Shop Hop, which is taking place from Thursday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 25th- NEXT WEEK!!! 11 shops are participating this year, with raffles and prizes galore! If you make it to all 11 stores and fill your passport, you could win a huuuuuge gift basket!

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

WEBS will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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June 10th, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 490: Amy and Leslie Ann Talk With Kristin Nicholas

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Today we have our beloved guest hosts, education manager Amy Greeman, and spinning and weaving manager Leslie Ann Bestor in the studio. Amy and Leslie Ann are chatting with Kristin Nicholas, author, farmer, designer, knitter, crocheter, and color expert, who lives right here in Western Massachusetts. This summer and fall, Kristin is hosting three weekends of classes. On July 15th and 16th, Kristin will be having a two-day fabric painting class, where students will learn all about fabric and lampshade painting. On July 29th and 30th, Kristin will be teaching fabric painting, decorative embroidery, and ceramic tile design. Finally, in September, there will be classes on color for knitters, embroidery on knitting, and how to turn your swatches into a cohesive afghan project.

You will not want to miss out!

 

To sign up for the retreats, visit Kristin’s website here.

To learn more about Kristin’s life on Leyden Glen Farm,  click here!

 

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

Don’t forget to pick up your passport for the I-91 Shop Hop, which is taking place from Thursday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 25th! 11 shops are participating this year, with raffles and prizes galore! If you make it to all 11 stores and fill your passport, you could win a huuuuuge gift basket!

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

WEBS will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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June 3rd, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 489: Kathy Talks With Leanne Pressly

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This week, Kathy is talking with Leanne Pressly, CEO of Stitchcraft Marketing! Leanne started knitting in college, which led her to a job at Interweave, and now she runs her own marketing firm. Stitchcraft Marketing that services fiber companies, quilting and fabric companies, and other crafting industries. Listen to learn more about what’s hot right now in the knitting industry, and what’s on our radar! Take a peek at the Stitchcraft Marketing portfolio over here, and check out who is using their services.

 

Listen to the Stitchcraft Podcast here!

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

Don’t forget to pick up your passport for the I-91 Shop Hop, which is taking place from Thursday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 25th! 11 shops are participating this year, with raffles and prizes galore! If you make it to all 11 stores and fill your passport, you could win a huuuuuge gift basket!

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

WEBS will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th!

Upcoming Events

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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May 26th, 2017

15th Annual WEBS Tent Sale: A look Inside

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Our busiest weekend of the year has passed! Keep scrolling for an insider’s look at our 15th Annual Tent Sale and Fleece Market!

headerSaturday morning starts off with a quick meeting (and pep talk!) for store staff. Tent Sale is all-hands on deck, so even those who do not work in the retail store are on hand to help out! We want to make sure everyone is on the same page – it helps the lines move faster,  and helps us provide the best service we can to our customers.

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Untitled design (1)One of our favorite parts of Tent Sale is the annual Fleece Market on Saturday. Local farmers and artisans gather in our parking lot to sell fleeces, tools for fiber artists, luxury yarns, handmade goods, and sometimes, animals!

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Untitled design (3)Did you know that WEBS is dog-friendly? Even our four legged visitors are excited to shop!

saledogDid you miss our 15th Annual Tent Sale last weekend? Don’t fret! Our 43rd Anniversary Sale is in its last days, and we have a full list of amazing deals you can shop online! Click here for a list of May Anniversary Sale yarns!

May 24th, 2017

5 Anniversary Sale Yarns You Don’t Want to Miss

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Our 43rd Anniversary Sale is beginning to wind down, but there’s still time for big savings. Stock up on some of our favorites before the sale is over! 

Classic Elite Yarns Chalet is an undyed bamboo and alpaca blend with a chainette construction in a bulky weight. Anything you knit in Chalet will be warm and cuddly, with an unbeatable softness and drape. Try knitting the Color Block Bias Wrap from Classic Elite. The neutral colors and graphic stripes will give your outfits a bold, modern look.

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A WEBS favorite is Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool. We can’t get enough of the nubby texture and stunning colors to select from! We love the Silk and Saltwater pullover from Lyrical Knits, with a flattering shape and simple ribbed texture that would look fantastic in any color – bold or neutral. This sweater is the perfect backdrop for Silky Wool.

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Complete with a fresh, contemporary color palette, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino is an ultra-soft machine-washable blend of Merino Wool, microfiber, and cashmere – there will be no need to worry about knitting something for the new baby! The Cable & Lace Cardigan from Debbie Bliss is an adorable short-sleeved cardigan with a delicate horseshoe eyelet lace motif that’ll be easy to dress up or down.

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For tremendous yardage at an affordable price, Eco + from Cascade Yarns is the way to go. With a generous 478 yards per hank and a sale price of $16.49, Eco + is a no-brainer – many projects will only need a few skeins! Pick a neutral and a few bright colors to make Tin Can Knits’ Pop Blanket*.  

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*Original Pop Blanket is knitted using Eco + as the main color, and Noro Kureyon as the accent. 

Scotland from Tahki Yarns is a 100% Merino wool tweed with a soft, slightly felted appearance. Scotland is a DK weight, and would be a fantastic choice for the easy-to-wear Big Sister cardigan from When I Grow Up. This seamless, open-front sweater combined with the soft color palette of Tahki Scotland, will be a welcome addition to your wardrobe.

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What will your next great project be?

The WEBS 43rd Anniversary Sale ends on May 31st, so stock up while you can! And don’t forget- we offer our WEBS Discount to everyone, every day, in-store and online! 

May 20th, 2017

Ready, Set Knit! Show 488: LIVE From Tent Sale

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This week, we’re LIVE from our 15th annual Tent Sale! Tune in to WHMP at 9am or watch us on Facebook Live! Kathy and Steve will be showing off some of our unbeatable deals, and talking all about our Fleece Market. This year’s Fleece Market, which only happens on the Saturday of Tent Sale, will feature 15 local independent farmers and small businesses. Click here for the full listing of vendors, and stop by from 10-5 to check out their booths!
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The WEBS 15th Annual Tent Sale will be going on from 10 – 5:30 on Saturday, May 20th, and from 10 – 4 on Sunday, May 21st – one of our rare Sunday openings! We hope you’ll join us . . . the deals are unbelievable!

Please note, because this week’s show is LIVE, the episode recording will be available to download a little later. Stay tuned!

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Check out the full list of our May Sale yarns! Click here for huge savings!Reminder:
Shop our 43rd Anniversary Sale, going on now through May 31st! If you see something you like, grab it now – there will be new deals on May 1st!
The I-91 Shop Hop will be taking place from June 22 – 25th! 11 yarn shops along the 91 corridor from Putney, Vermont to New Haven, Connecticut are participating this year! Buy your 2017 Shop Hop Passport here, or pick one up from your participating local yarn store. Each time you get your passport stamped, you’ll be entered in a drawing at that yarn store. There will be amazing door prizes you could win – 44 in total. By visiting all 11 stores, you are entered in the grand prize drawing, which includes gift cards to all of the stores, and a basket full of other goodies. We’re so excited – stop by WEBS to say hi!
Upcoming Events: 
Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!
WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate! Click here for more information and to register!
Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!
Check out all of our upcoming Events here.
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May 16th, 2017

5 Tips for Tent Sale!

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The wait is over – clean out the trunk of your car! This weekend, Saturday, May 20th and Sunday May, 21st WEBS will be hosting our 15th Annual Tent Sale at our Northampton, Mass store!

Whether this is your first trip, or you’re a Tent Sale pro, here are a few insider tips for shopping our biggest in-store sale of the year!

 

1. Come prepared!

If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for, it’s not a bad idea to take a peek at our website and check out our offerings. Our May Sale is in full swing, and you can score some excellent deals under the tent, as well as in the store, and the warehouse. Coming with a few patterns, and having a list is an excellent idea, and will help give you some inspiration. Knowing what PDF patterns you’ll need printed out at checkout will help you as well. Of course, there will be yarns or sales that are just too good to pass up – so, be open to trying something new! WEBS offers a volume discount of 20% off of full priced yarns if you spend $60, and 25% off of full priced yarns if you spend $120. For more information about our discount system, click here!

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Historically, the Saturday of Tent Sale is our busiest day of the entire year! Every person who works for WEBS will be on hand to help, but not everyone will have the same knowledge as our retail store staff, especially in the hustle and bustle of a busy day. If you have specific questions about patterns, we suggest stopping by the store on another day, or taking advantage of our free drop in classes, if you can! We want to provide you with the best service we possibly can!

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2. We can (almost) always order more!

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Because our store is in one location, and our shipping warehouse is in the next town over, what it says we have in stock online, doesn’t always reflect what we actually have on hand, which can be frustrating for customers who are traveling a long way to come to Tent Sale. There’s no need to fear though – we can order you the quantity you need at checkout, and if it’s in stock, we’ll ship it home to you for free! If the item is out of stock, we’ll backorder it for you, and charge your shipping fees when it hits the mail. If you’re shopping online this week, you can also select “in store pick-up” at checkout, and your items will be waiting at the store for you . . . but you’ll have to act fast – we need about 48 hours to fulfill these orders!

 

3. Don’t forget about our Fleece Market on Saturday!

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Everyone’s always excited for the Fleece Market, which takes place from 10 until 5 on Saturday. We’ll have 15 (!!!) local farms who will be set up around the perimeter of our parking lot, selling all kinds of goods, from fleeces and handmade yarn, to lamb meat and jewelry. Bring some extra cash – you never know what you’ll find! Check out a full list of vendors over here, with links to their websites.

4. There will be lines!

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There’s no avoiding it, there will be some waiting. Thankfully, we will have parking attendants on hand who will help you find a place to park easily. To alleviate wait times, we’ll have extra cash registers set up to accommodate everyone as quickly and smoothly as possible. We can’t avoid long lines though, so try to bear with us. So, wear comfortable shoes and bring a friend to chat with (or your knitting!) – you’ll get through that line in no time!

 

5.  Bring a snack, or stop by the bistro bus!

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It’s a given – most people plan to spend a good chunk of time at Tent Sale. We encourage you to bring plenty of water and a snack. The Bistro Bus will also be parked in our lot for most of the day (10 – 3), so there’s no need to leave for lunch. Check out their menu! They have delicious offerings, like Asian Fusion Tacos, and Quesadillas, as well as weekly specials!

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Are you as excited as we are?

WEBS will be open on Saturday from 10 – 5:30, and from 10 -4 on Sunday. Don’t forget to tune into WHMP for Ready, Set, Knit!, which will be airing LIVE at 9. We’ll also be posting a virtual tour of the Fleece Market for those who can’t make it, but still want to get in on the action.

 

We can’t wait to see you!

May 6th, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 487: Kathy Talks With Amy Greeman

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This week, Kathy talks with our spectacular education manager, Amy Greeman! We have plenty of offerings for every level of fiber artist, from beginner to advanced. In our week-long Spinning Camp for Adults, you’ll learn how to spin and ply yarn successfully, and you’ll learn how to use your handspun in a project! In this year’s Beginning Weaving One-Week Intensive with Scott Norris, you will learn everything you need to know to weave a project on your own – all of the information covered in this five-day class covers what is normally learned in our six-week session! We’re also offering Socks With Magic Loop or 2 Circulars, which is a wonderful way to learn how to knit in the round without using double pointed needles. And, of course, we’re offering Knitting I – so if you have a friend who is dying to learn how to knit, our summer course is an excellent opportunity!

For a full list of our summer offerings, click here!

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Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

We have officially switched over to our May Sale yarns! Click here for huge savings!

 

Reminder:

WEBS 15th annual Tent Sale will take place May 20th and 21st! On Saturday, May 20th, we will have our Fleece Market. Start your day off under the tent and in the store, and finish up your shopping trip buying locally grown fleeces and other goods from our fantastic vendors!

Shop our 43rd Anniversary Sale, going on now through May 31st! If you see something you like, grab it now –  there will be new deals on May 1st!

Upcoming Events

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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April 29th, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 486: Kathy Talks With Sarah Scully

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This week, Kathy talks with Sarah Scully, owner of Vermont Natural Sheepskins, who will be hosting a new retreat this fall, Vermont Craft Tours. This week-long event for twelve attendees,  will be held from Sunday, September 24th, starting with a welcome dinner and will end the following Sunday morning, October 1st after a breakfast. You’ll be able to attend workshops, tour studios, and visit farms in a gorgeous rural setting. Instructors include leaders in the industry, like Amy Cristoffers – design manager at Berroco! This intimate retreat is a fantastic way to sample what fiber arts have to offer, including knitting, dyeing, and spinning. You don’t have to be an expert – it’s all at your own pace!

For more information, including pricing and registration, click here.

 

 

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WEBS is at Stitches United in Hartford this weekend! Don’t forget to drop by and say hi!

There are only two days left to score some of our awesome April sale yarns before we switch over to our May sale items! Stock up while you can! For a full list of our amazing April Anniversary Sale offers, click here!

Summer classes are live!

Reminder:

Today,  April 29th, the American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at WEBS’ Northampton Location, 75 Service Center Road, from 10am-3pm. Click here for more information.

WEBS 15th annual Tent Sale will take place May 20th and 21st! On Saturday, May 20th, we will have our Fleece Market. Start your day off under the tent and in the store, and finish up your shopping trip buying locally grown fleeces and other goods from our fantastic vendors!

Shop our 43rd Anniversary Sale, going on now through May 31st! If you see something you like, grab it now –  there will be new deals on May 1st!

Upcoming Events

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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