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Back in January we touted the arrival of Swans Island Organic Merino Ecowash Sport. Our first installment had us fawning over a pastel palette of gorgeous, buttery, soft yarn.  Now, the second installment of deep, rich colors has hit our walls. Just gorgeous… Suffice to say there’s a color for everyone now.


In our initial post we highlighted Swans Island patterns designed specifically for the Organic Merino Ecowash Sport. You might also consider…



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Fitzgerald Cardigan - FlyWHEEL PatternFlywheel Yarn by Harrisville Designs color 945 (YFS945Farwell)

Shortly after we finished hanging the last skein of Harrisville’s new Flywheel Yarn by Harrisville Designs, a bundle of new patterns arrived. It wasn’t long before chatter ensued amongst the staff here at Halcyon Yarn as to which pattern each of us was going to make and more importantly which of the gorgeous heathered colors did we each favor. There’s nothing like new yarns and new patterns to raise the excitement level at a yarn shop. I, myself, am partial to the Fitzgerald Cardigan – FlyWHEEL Pattern and the color farwell, Flywheel Yarn by Harrisville Designs color 945 (YFS945Farwell). How about you?

Designed exclusively for flyWHEEL, this collection of stylish patterns has a little something for everyone. Choose from two super cute cardigans, a hat, a cowl, a scarf/shawl, mitts and a child’s vest!

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We’ve just added the Lacis Yarn Ball Winder - In-Line. It’s a great addition to our extensive selection of fiber arts equipment. The unique in-line design with moving guide and large spindle base allows you to effortlessly wind your yarn into a coreless center pull ball without any chance of your yarn tangling or getting caught in moving parts. Will wind up to a 1/4 lb ball. Easily clamps onto a table.


Pair the In-line Ball Winder with a swift for optimal yarn management. Consider the Economy Yarn Winding Combo - Swift and Ball Winder Set. When purchased as a set you’ll save over $9. It’s a great value.


Some of our favorite wooden swifts:  Wooden Umbrella Swift, Horizontal Swift/Skein Winder,   Maine Made Cherry Swift by Tom Siske.


Other favorites:  Leclerc Swift and Skeiner Winder, Plastic and Metal Swift.

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Whether young or old, every gal can use a little sparkle now and then. With that thought in mind Barbara designed A Bit of Sparkle Evening Bag using Gatsby from Katia. This quick to knit bag will glam up an evening look in no time.  Just the right size to carry your essentials for a night out, or take it anywhere for hands-free ease and a little pizzazz. A great gift…or treat yourself to some sparkle! It takes just 2 balls and the pattern is FREE when you order the yarn.


So remember, Gatsby hits the spot when you need a little glitz in your knitting, crocheting and weaving. This smooth blend of viscose, polyamide and metallic polyester works up into a glittering fabric with a bit of stretch and a whole lot of fun.  Surprisingly soft and elegant in six rich colors you have to see to believe!

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Natural Dyeing for BeginnersIndigo Dyeing for Fiber Artists

Who said there’s nothing to do in the winter in Maine? Halcyon Yarn’s classroom has been humming with activity.  Let’s see… in January nationally known rug puncher extraordinaire, Meg Little, lead a 3 day all inspiring, show stopping class! The ever popular, Denice Sharp, has been continually educating spinners and knitters with stellar instruction. The wildly popular Locker Hooking class with Susan Watson was bursting at the seams with folks on the wait list hoping to attend. So join the crowd, get out and come take a class at Halcyon Yarn. You’ll be glad you did!

Learn to tat using the shuttle method with international award winning tatter Elaine O’Donal of Tatted Webs. Beginning Tatting is scheduled Friday and Saturday, February 20 & 21. In this class you will learn everything you need to know to get started tatting from the basic tatting stitch to reading a pattern to how to finish your work. Tatting is a fun, different craft and is easy to carry around with you.

Spinning Revisited with Denice Sharp on Saturday, February 21st filled so quickly we added another session on Thursday March 5th from 10am-4pm. This is a great class to help you get started spinning again without fear. Denice will cover the workings of your wheel, treadle control and fiber properties. It’s everything you need to get back into spinning. Sign up quickly. We only have 2 spots left in this second session.

Join Jackie Ottino Graf on Friday, March 27th for Natural Dyeing for Beginners. The class will cover dye history, fiber preparation, mordant selection, and the making of dyes from natural materials looking at both ‘humble’ dyes made from garden plants, weeds, and foraged materials as well as ‘exotic’ dyes such as minerals, insects and other sources not locally available. Jackie will also cover how to use commercially available pre-made dye extracts. A great start for working with natural dyes.

Jackie Ottino Graf will be back on Saturday March 28th to teach Indigo Dyeing for Fiber Artists. Dyeing with Indigo has a long history, dating back to at least 2500 BC. There are many methods and techniques for using indigo. The method commonly used by production indigo dyers involves making a stock solution from powdered indigo. Learn how to make a concentrated stock and use it to add beautiful layers of blues to your fibers! We will cover proper procedure for working with indigo, making stocks, how to “read” a vat and adjust it for proper dyeing conditions.

There are many other classes too! All are listed on the Halcyon Yarn web site class listings page, so check them out. Preregistration is necessary to reserve a place in class. Hurry – you don’t want to miss out.

Please don’t hesitate to call for more information (1-800-341-0282 or 207-442-7909). New classes are added all the time so check back often.

Don’t see just the class you want to take? No problem. Halcyon Yarn offers private lessons too. Give us a call  (1-800-341-0282 or 207-442-7909) and let us set up a class just for you.


Be part of  New England Textile Arts (NETA) Spa, Knit and Spin 2015 … a fun fiber event happening in Freeport, Maine at the Hilton Garden Inn and Harraseeket Inn, February 26 thru March 1, 2015. Imagine spending a weekend or even a day or an afternoon being surrounded by like minded individuals who inspire and reaffirm your love of fiber arts. This informal event is a group of passionate fiber folks from all over New England and beyond (members and non-members) who gather together one weekend in the winter to enjoy each others company, spa treatments, shopping, great food & drink and general all around fiber delights. No fees, no agendas, no workshops – just fibery relaxation and good fun with a few extra attractions thrown in for good measure. Ahh, this could be just the break you need this winter.

For all Spa, Knit & Spin 2015 attendees who visit Halcyon Yarn (we’re just a 20 minute drive up the coast) Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 26th – 28th, we’re offering a 15% discount on purchases over $50 (in-store only, excludes floor looms, special orders, classes, and bulk 3 pricing). To take advantage of these great savings all you have to do is ask for the NETA discount. It’s that easy!

Halcyon Yarn will be open Thursday and Friday, February 26 & 27, 2015, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Closed Sunday.


Remember the hat your school-days sweet-heart made for you? Or that you made for your sweetheart? Fast forward, and perhaps you cherish the “selfies” on Facebook from your kids or grand kids, wearing something you’ve made? Fiber arts are about many things, and one of them is most certainly love. We’re thinking, on this valentine’s, of all the wonderful things that yarn, fiber, and fiber arts have brought into our lives… And of all the wonderful people we love to share with, and those that share with and inspire us! Happy Valentine’s Day from all of the staff here at Halcyon Yarn.


If you’re use to a traditional vertical swift, you’re going to love the Lacis  Horizontal Swift/Skein Winder. It’s a workhorse that does double duty. It easily expands to hold skeins of yarn for winding into balls, onto cones or bobbins, as well as directly onto ski and stick shuttles. The preferred horizontal position automatically positions the yarn at the center of the skein when using a ball winder. If you need to wind your yarn into a skein for dyeing or washing, the horizontal swift/skeiner is your tool of choice too. It also allows you to create a skein directly from your spinning wheel. Simply make a loop of cord the desired circumference of your skein, place it over the swift/skeiner, expand and tighten, attach your yarn and start cranking the handle.  It’s a breeze.


See the set-up and operation of the Horizontal Swift/Skeiner in action by viewing the Lacis’ you tube video.

Collapses into a small unit for storage. Adjustable up to a 60″ hank.

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