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The WEBS Experience

You know how sometimes you build a place you’ve never been up in your mind so that when you actually go there it’s kind of a disappointment? That is so not the case with WEBS. Seriously, it was everything I ever hoped and then some.

First of all, compared to any average yarn shop, it’s huge. It’s probably 6 times the size of my local yarn shop and that’s not counting the back room.

Second of all, as my friend Jo-Ann said, if they don’t have it, you probably don’t need it. It seemed like every yarn I’ve ever heard of was there. Socks that Rock, Spud and Chloe, Madeline Tosh, Dream in Color, Tahki Cotton Classic in a rainbow of colors, Noro of every variety, and of course their very own Valley Yarns.

Our plan of attack was to wander through the entire store and back room before putting anything in a basket. And we did. We looked at all the newly arrived yarn and the sock yarn and the worsted weight and lace weight and bulky stuff and spinning tools and roving. We looked at the back room full of bags and bags of yarn in every weight and color imaginable.

And then I made my decisions. This is what came home with me:

Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky, enough for a Vivian for Hannah.

Wisdom Yarns Poems Sock. I know, I know, it’s sock yarn but I couldn’t resist all that gorgeous blue shading.

Spud and Chloe Fine Yarn. Look at that shine – there’s silk in there.

Speaking of silk, Blue Moon Fiber Arts 100% Silk laceweight. I couldn’t pass up the silvery-gray and it’s not available through mail order.

Lots of Tahki Cotton Classic for potholders. And granny squares. That’s assuming I learn how to make them. Ahem.

Finally, a skein of Madeline Tosh Vintage for a Poet Society Tam for Hannah.

I resisted the Malabrigo and the Schoppel Wolle Zauberball, the Rowan and the Dale of Norway.

After all, I had to leave something for next time.

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  1. Nice purchases! I can’t wait to see Vivian worked up. Such a cute design for Hannah! The silvery-gray laceweight is beautiful and the blue sock yarn….sigh. Actually all of it would look nice in my stash ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I miss WEBS! I used to live in VT an would visit periodically. But alas, it is too far from home now.

  3. Looks like you had a GREAT time!! Thanks for sharing because we can
    all use a little inspiration from time to time. I have made a sweater out
    of Madelinetosh DK and it was absolutely heavenly to work with. Look
    forward to seeing your projects – love the Vivian.

  4. It is definitely an experience not to be missed! I can’t wait to go again … next time I’ll be more prepared ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wasn’t that place a blast?

    I tend to get sock yarn when I go there. Usually Socks That Rock because it’s hard to get. I love the sock yarn you got though. I’m thinking it would be good for weaving a scarf. Hmmmm……

    Granny squares are wicked fun. I’m not much of a crochet person but I do enjoy granny squares.

    Glad you had fun!

  6. I have been to Webs once during a book signing and it was crazy! I’d love to go back when it isn’t so busy. There’s so much to see there. That’s a gorgeous color of Madeline Tosh and will be beautiful with the pattern you picked! I made a hat for my dad out of Vintage and it was lovely to work with!

  7. You did good! at my first trip to Webs, i did well too, we were back in the car, and i had to go to the ladies room… well, in the short time it took me to check out, got to the car, and then back into the store… the stash of sock yarn grew, and i just couldn’t resist.

    which project will you cast on first!

  8. Great haul!

    I’ve been Cold Sheeping since November 1st, but the DFW Fiber Fest will be near me in about three weeks, and I have planned to do a little shopping.

  9. You selected some beauties! I’m going to Webs’s author day on Sunday and can’t wait to also poke around the yarn a bit, too!

  10. Lucky Hannah! And lucky you, that she’s slim! (As an aside, I’ve never been crazy about the rump of the Vivien — can you alter it, or is fine with you and Hannah?)

  11. It is very overwhelming on your first trip there. You know – it is a quick easy trip off the highway when you are heading to or from Westfield ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to go on a detour myself!!! Just ordered online – more sock yarn of course!!!

  12. Now that you have been there is always a next time. Don’t forget the Tent Sale in May. It is a whole lot of fun and craziness.

  13. Thank you ! You have so made my latest internet shopping splurge seem a tad less decadent. ;^) Are you still a little giddy with yarn fumes?

  14. Despite your lovely links Carole I don’t see that color of Poems on the site- what is it called – I LOVE IT
    Might be nice for Kay’s new blanket!

  15. Everything is lovely. My personal fav is the Madelinetosh Vintage, and that pink will be so beautiful for Hannah, as will Vivian. I hear from my daughter, Medbh on Ravelry, who knit a Vivian for herself that there are some issues with the pattern especially around the sleeves. I’m Trista23 on Rav by the way, since I don’t have a blog, you all can see who I am there.

  16. Nice haul! It really is an overwhelming experience. The first time I went, I didn’t realize that the back room wasn’t a stock room for staff only. Har har har.

  17. Congratulations on your first trip! Wonderful choices and I admire your restraint.
    It took me 3 tries before I could get past the door to wander out back!
    My last time out I scored an 8oz. cone of pumpkin colored nubby slik. (Gotta love cones for shawl’s)

  18. Great buys! I’ve never noticed the Socks That Rock there, will have to remedy that on the next visit. I remember my first visit, they didn’t have the large main store like they do now. It was very small until you set foot in the warehouse and then it was a wild time wandering around.

    Their May sale is very nice and it is nice end to a day at MA Sheep and Wool.

  19. Geographically speaking I’m right between you and WEBS and I’ve been 3 times in the past 5 years. It is a great store! I remember going the first time and feeling so overwhelmed…

    You made some great stash enhancements! I can’t wait to see how Hannah’s come out!

  20. Yowza!! I think my retirement fund would have been in jeopardy. I just bought 1100 yds of silk lace in a very similar color. Now what to do with it….

  21. you did a great job with your selections…pretty yarn and pattern matchups. (and that hannah is one lucky girl!)

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