Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winter 2013 Class Schedule is Up!

Our Winter 2013 class schedule is up and available for browsing on our website here. We're featuring a  bunch of great new project classes (Wispy Wristees or Inspira Cowl, anyone?) as well as classics like Socks 101, Finishing Made Easy, and Correcting Mistakes.

Pick up some new skills, finish a cool new project, meet some new friends! These classes fill up fast -  call the store at 215-242-1271 to reserve your spot.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Holiday Hours At The Web!

Happy holidays from all of us here at The Tangled Web!

We'll be open Sunday, 12/23, from 12-5pm, closed Monday 12/24, closed Tuesday, 12/25, and will re-open on Wednesday 12/26 from 10am - 6pm (time to use all those gift cards you received!).

We'll be open Sunday, 12/30, from 12-5pm, closed Monday 12/31, closed Tuesday, 1/1, and back open again on Wednesday, 1/2, from 10am - 6pm.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Garter Stitch Glove Class Coming up Sunday

Have you ever wanted to knit a pair of gloves but were scared off by the thoughts of double-pointed needles and those little finger tubes? Fear no more! Take our Garter Stitch Glove class - they're knit flat, all in garter stitch. They're beautiful and they fit great!

Call the store at 215-242-1271 to sign up. We're meeting this Sunday, December 23 from 9am - 12pm. Cost is $30.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Support Philabundance By Making A Mitten for our Mitten Garland!

We love the Smitten Mitten Garland! This year, we're gathering mittens knit by our customers to add to our garland. For each mitten you make and donate to our garland, we will donate $1 to Philabundance and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a lovely holiday prize. We're accepting mitten donations through December 30.

The designer of the Smitten Mitten Garland, Emily Ivey, has graciously allowed us to publish it here, so you can get going on your wee mitten! The mitten is knit with worsted weight yarn, so it goes really quickly and can use up all those smidges of yarn you have leftover from other projects. (Hint - the thumb is knit flat and sewn up, so there's no kooky fiddling with double-points on 10 sts!)

Smitten Mitten Pattern

Materials #5 double points or 29” circular (for Magic Loop
Worsted weight yarn Gauge 5 sts /1” yields mittens that are approximately 4.5” from fingertip to cuff.

Note: M1- lift the strand between the stitches from front to back with the LH needle and knit through the back loop

Cast on 3 stitches leaving a 6" tail, work I-cord (see below for explanation) on these three stitches for 3" (about 18 rows). With a knitted cast-on, cast on 21 more stitches for a total of 24. Arrange stitches evenly on three double pointed needles and join to work in the round. (8-8-8) or (14-14 for Magic Loop) Rounds begin and end opposite the thumb.

Rounds 1-8: *K1, P1 repeat from * to end of round (8 rounds of ribbing) Switch to stockinette and begin the body of the mitten
Round 9: K3, M1, K6, M1, K6, M1, K6, M1, K3 (28 sts)
Round 10: Knit
Round 11: K12, M1, K4, M1, K12 (30 sts)
Rounds 12-15: Knit (4 rounds)
Round 16: K12, M1, K6, M1, K12 (32 sts)
Rounds 17-19: Knit (3 rounds)
Round 20: K12, M1, K8, M1, K12 (34 sts)
Rounds 21-22 Knit (2 rounds)
Round 23: K12 and move them onto needle 1, K10, move the remaining 2 stitches on needle 2 onto needle 3 for safe keeping (12-10-12)

Work back and forth on the 10 stitches on needle 2 to make the thumb.
Row 1 (WS): Purl
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Purl 2 together 5 times
Break yarn, leaving a 6" tail. Draw the tail through the live stitches of the thumb, pull up and secure. The tail will be used to sew up the side of the thumb when finishing.

Continue Round 23 by attaching the yarn at the beginning of needle three and knitting all of the stitches on it. Rearrange stitches evenly on three needles and mark start of round if needed. (8-8-8) (14-14 for ML)
Round 24-30: Knit (7 rounds)
Round 31: SSK twice, K6, K2TOG, SSK, K6, K2TOG twice (18 sts)
 Round 32: Knit
Round 33: *Knit 2 together; repeat from * to end of round (9 sts)

Break yarn, draw tail through the remaining stitches, pull up and secure. Hide tail inside. Using the tail on the thumb, sew up the side of the thumb. Fold the end of the I-cord to the mitten cuff and sew in place with the cast-on tail to form a loop for hanging. Weave in (or hide) all yarn ends.

1. Cast on 3 sts
2. Knit one row
3. DO NOT TURN THE WORK. Slip your work to the other end of your double-pointed needle or circular needle. Your working yarn will be coming from the left end of your work.
4. Pull the working yarn firmly along the back of your work and knit the next row.
5. Repeat 3. and 4. until you have I-cord of the desired length

Friday, August 24, 2012

Class Samples! Sparkly Cable Bracelet

Every six months or so, I have the distinct pleasure of coming up with the next round of classes. Sometimes I pick projects that I've worked on recently; sometimes it's a popular project on Ravelry that people have asked for; and sometimes I pick the class because a beautiful yarn comes into the store that I fall in love with.

That was the case with the Sparkly Cable Bracelet class, which will be on Saturday, September 16 from 9am-12pm.  Full disclosure: I am a complete SUCKER for sparkly. Whenever a sparkly yarn comes in to the store, I swoon. That was the case with Katia Gatsby, which first came in last year.

I wanted to make a project out of Gatsby and I also wanted a kickoff for our Jewelry Box Series, which is running all through the fall. I looked at Ravelry (the best source for inspiration!) and found a pattern which was perfect.

Here's the Sparkly Cable Bracelet:
I'm more sparkly in person!

One big cable knit in a soft sparkling yarn. Easy and great looking. We have Gatsby in tons of colors and beautiful neutrals as well. One ball makes multiple bracelets - perfect for teens, teacher gifts, or a nice gift for yourself!

Call the store at 215-242-1271 to sign up. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tech Savvy Knitter Wanted at The Tangled Web

We are looking for a creative, high energy, fun person with strong leadership and customer service skills.  The primary objective of the position is to provide ongoing technical support for the Shop’s website and social media, as well as, sales and customer service. This is a part time position with the possibility of becoming full time in the future. 

Please do not contact the shop directly. Email a copy of your resume with contact information to:

Position requirements:
Must be a proficient knitter.
Knowledge of crochet and needlepoint is a plus.
Prior Sales experience a plus.
Ability and willingness to teach private lessons.
Self starting, motivated, outgoing personality.
Computer/social media experience is a must.
Must be willing to work nights, weekends and holidays.

Job Description: Tech
  • Review and update the Tangled Web website for content:
    • Ensure that the Shop’s product listings of yarns, needles, patterns, etc. are up-to-date, complete and accurate
    • Update the News from the Blog weekly 
    • Ensure that the Shop’s contact information & hours are current
    • Upload information on upcoming classes and special events
    • Make recommendations for improvements to the website, with the goal of increasing sales
  • Maintain all links to the current social media
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • You-Tube
    • Shop’s Blog
    • Ravelry
    • Google Pages and Yelp
  • Keep abreast of changes in the industry, and make recommendations to the Shop’s Owner & Manager for revisions to the website & social media
  • Monitor the website statistics and make recommendations for utilizing this information to increase Shop traffic & sales, both in-store and on-line
  • Assist Shop Owner and Manager with technical issues around the website, e-mail and other applications

Job Description: Sales
  • Staff the front desk of the Shop, including:
    • Update customer database
    • Ring up sales on the cash register
    • Answer customer questions and provide assistance
    • Answer the phone
    • Schedule customers for classes
    • Offer suggestions for additional supplies
    • Complete Frequent Buyers Cards
  • Provide sales support by assisting customers with selections of yarn, needles, etc.
  • Assist customers with quick knitting problems on their projects
  • Provide back-up support for other employees, including:
    • Serve as back-up teacher for private lessons
    • Help set-up front window & internal displays
    • Assist with pricing items & stocking shelves

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Olympic Fever

We are very excited about the upcoming summer games in London. So excited, in fact, that we have decided to host our very own Knitting Olympics right here at The Tangled Web. Here's the skinny.

The Basics:
Start the project on Friday, July 27.
Complete the project on or before Friday, August 10.

The Project:
Gold Medal: A project of our choosing that will be announced in our July e-letter. Winners of the Gold Medal Race will receive a voucher worth 30% off a future purchase.

Silver Medal: A project of our choosing that will be announced in our July e-letter. Winners of the Silver Medal Race will receive a voucher worth 20% off a future purchase.

Bronze Medal: You choose the project. Winners of the Bronze Medal Race and will receive a voucher worth 10% off a future purchase.

You must register at the shop with empty needles on or after Friday, July 27. We will be open until 7 p.m. on the 27th for those who want to get started. Don't worry, Opening Ceremonies don't begin until 7:30 p.m.

You must return with your finished piece on or before Friday, August 10 to receive your prize. We will be open until 8 p.m. on the 10th so that you can show off your finished pieces and claim your prize.

Would you like to help us choose a project for the Gold and Silver Medal races? Email me at with your suggestions and if we choose your idea you'll receive an extra 5% off savings voucher.

This is so exciting!!