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We’re pleased to bring you a wonderful new yarn: Sakkie Cape Town Collection from the Cape Town Collection by Plymouth Yarn!  So excited that we’re offering it to you at an introductory price of $23.35 (normally $25.95) through July!*

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Kid mohair, superwash merino and nylon unite in this stunningly soft and luxurious fingering weight yarn.  The kid mohair creates a gentle halo and provides natural warmth in winter and cooling properties in summer.  Nylon gives Sakkie strength and the superwash merino ensures ultimate softness and washability. Shown knit in Fingerless Gloves and Mitts, Fingering Weight  and Classic Socks  – Sakkie is a dream for hands and feet!

 

But why stop there?  Try Sakkie in shawls and sweaters, too!   

 

*No additional discounts apply, price valid until midnight July 31st, EST.

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With its unique fiber combination of 35% Hemp/Flax, 35% Cotton and 30% Rayon, Block Island Blend is a stand out among Halcyon’s Signature Yarns. We’ve been excited about this yarn all along – even more so as we’ve brought production closer to home. If you’re not familiar with this yarn you’re missing out. This stylish 3-ply yarn has one ply of a gentle slub cotton for textural interest, one ply of rayon for subtle sheen and one ply of a hemp/linen blend for added body and strength. You’ll love the wonderful textural dimension it adds to both woven and knitted pieces. Each fiber takes the dye slightly differently creating rich tonal colors and with 29 colors there’s lots to love. Make sure you check out Halcyon’s video highlighting Block Island Blend to see this distinct yarn.

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We love it that customers are looking for more locally produced yarns. We’re fortunate that producing yarn to our stringent standards has become possible in Maine.  Block Island Blend is spun by our good friends at JaggerBrothers, just up the road in Springvale. The spun yarn heads back down to the coast to new and wonderful Saco River Dyehouse to be dyed. Finished yarns are stocked in our one-and-only retail location in Bath, waiting for your visit or order!

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Long known for its elegance and sophistication in woven wraps and table linens such as the Woven Cowl Wrap - Block Island Blend and the Seguin Sunset Table Set weaving pattern, Block Island is now being discovered and loved by knitters. The new Knitter's Magazine Issue 119 Summer 2015 features Block Island Blend color 211 (8211) in Therese Chynoweth’s Mint Cascade, a gorgeous cardigan with set in sleeves with each side framed by lacey cascading leaves. Of course we’ve always known it’s a fantastic yarn for knitting. We’ve experimented knitting it at multiple gauges with both a single strand as well as doubled. There’s something to love about each swatch. One of our all time favorite sweater patterns is the Very Versatile Neck Down Hoodie / hooded pullover by Knitting Pure and Simple in which we used 2 stands of Block Island knit at 4 stitches per inch. How about lace? Just 3 mini cones is all it takes for the Heirloom Lace Scarf in Signature Block Island Blend. Give Block Island Blend a try and let us know what you think.

 

 

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Great gifts? It goes without saying that if you’re looking for a “slam-dunk home-run” gift to for any sports fan, or aspiring college student (we now have an NCAA school yarn color matching section) – knitting something up in team or school colors is goanna be a “hat trick” (even if it’s not a hat).

Knitting is a great way to pass game time, weather you’re into watching the game or not. Knitting can also be a great way to show support for your favorite team or school -by making a hat, scarf, blanket, ball, or other work in team colors!

And guess what – picking colors with our COLOR PICKER is FUN – so many yarns and so many colors! The COLOR PICKER is an awesome tool which identifies closest color matches from the thousands of yarns we carry in the colors of your team or school. You’ve got to try it. Here’s a how-to-intro video to get oriented:

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Free patterns to the rescue?

Once you have your yarns picked out – time for a pattern. We’ve done some scouring of the world wide web, and here are some of our favorites that can be knit up in team colors. Free patterns? Yup, that is what we found! We’ve also included some of our favorite tried-and-true (but possibly not free) patterns.

This Soccer ball, and this one too, are pretty awesome – quick and easy, works for rabid soccer fans as well as for kids, dogs and kitties. For those wanting a larger variation – here is one that die-hard fans will love! Pick American or English soccer team colors for these projects.

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Here is a great knit scarf pattern for team colors – simple, cozy, great for anyone [you know] heading off to college in  the fall! The School Spirit Striped Scarf (below, right) is a quick and easy pattern that’d work with any team or school colors!

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The last lace scarf and color block scarf from SportsFanKnitting add a little in complexity but are a wonderful way to support any team with style!

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How about a knit football pattern? Fun to “throw at the TV in case of a bad call” according to one pattern designer. Pattern works with two colors “out of the box”. Two patterns to choose: pattern one (left) or pattern two!

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Oh- football season approacheth: unbeknownst to you, you need a baby football hat (a crochet version available too) very cute. Not necessarily a great match for team colors, but too cute to pass up. The adult football hat with charts for the whole alphabet is pretty fun too (pdf here) and more agreeable to creative coloring.

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We also have a great Fiber Trends school colors hat pattern, the Plymouth slouch hat, and our very own Halcyon Blake designed Checkerboard Hat that are all tried and true favorites!

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Hockey fans rejoice! Truth be told though, this hat really could be adapted to any sports team!!! Here are a couple great knit hat patterns for team colors adapted to lettering. There are not many teams “pre made” but the patttern can easily be adapted with the lettering charts that Emily Matisz has also made available. Find your team’s colors in yarn here.

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These socks are knit up in team colors with a logo top and bottom – the pattern requires a bit of “do-it-yourself” spirit, but any sock knitter has that, right? Very fun. Baseball fans – the photo on the right is a more detailed pattern that has many major league baseball teams charted, some with, and some without pinstripes; go Sox! (or any other team you like – find yarn colors here)

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A stylish throw needed for your sports-watching couch? In your teams colors out of delectable yarn? Yes, you can do that with this free pattern and how-to, and our team colors in yarn color picker!

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Gadgets & gizmos, bits & pieces, kits & baskets – all on SALE!  There’s lots to choose from, but not many to go around so order soon! Call in your order at 1-800-341-0282, no back orders or return on sale items.

Stock up during our Summer Sale Event!

 

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Reduced price on select colors of Plymouth Encore!  We’re making room for new colors and passing the savings on to you! The colors listed below on are sale for $4.95 each, regular price $6.50. Take advantage of this sale while supplies last, no back orders or returns on sale items. We recommend calling in your order at 1-800-341-0282

 

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We’re eagerly anticipating our sold out FiberME tour and meeting all the wonderful participants (a highlight each year)! We had a cancelation that has opened up one place on the tour. If you were interested but saw that it’s sold out, now is a great chance to join us.

Easiest way to sign up is to give us a call: 800-341-0282. Take a look at the series of posts we put up this spring highlighting various stops along our way to get a sense of where we’re headed or our FiberME page for an overview or to sign up online!

New Brown Sheep colors

We have a wall of color in the shop right when you walk in – and a good portion of it is due to Brown Sheep. Great colors, great yarn, great value. Introducing the latest Lamb’s Pride colors:

 

 

Some Brown Sheep colors are now on sale:

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The final bell rang – now what?  These are tried & true, kid tested fiber crafts to keep summer boredom at bay!

Tie Dye Kit  Make it a party!  Each kit can dye up to 15 cotton t-shirts (shirts NOT included).  Kit includes yellow, magenta & blue pre-measured dye. Other Procion dyes available separately – so many fun colors!

Harrisville Backstrap Loom with Accessories Clamp it to a surface and your kid is good to go!  Make straps, belts, bracelets, bookmarks etc.

Harrisville PRO Potholder Loom  features larger size and endless color possibilities (school colors?)  Bonus: Check out the Harrisville Pattern Wizard – a fun way to try out colors before making; also includes 24 pattern designs and color suggestions!

Make sure to use the PRO size loops for a generous 8″ potholder, Harrisville Potholder Loops - Pro Size color 315 (555MultiColor)

Harrisville 15" Easy Weaver Loom and Harrisville 7.5" Easy Weaver. Warped and ready to weave, available in two sizes. Includes all materials and detailed instructions. Give someone the gift of weaving in a very kid-friendly kit!

 

 

 

 

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