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Come one, come all to FiberME 2014 Craft Fair this coming Wednesday, August 6th, from 1-6 pm. For the second year in a row Halcyon Yarn will  be showcasing the talents of Maine’s own premiere fiber artists. Although designed to enhance the FiberME 2014 experience, the craft show is FREE and open to the public and held right here at the shop.  In addition to the fiber artists, Maine authors Robin Hansen and Susie Stephenson will be joining us, signing copies of their knitting and rug hooking books. Better yet, Linda Cortright,  publisher of the amazing Wild Fibers Magazine (often referred to as the “National Geographic for the Fiber World”), will be on hand ready to discuss the many fascinating places her fiber adventures have taken her. So whether you’re 20 miles away or 120 miles away plan a visit to Halcyon Yarn on August 6th and see just what Maine craftspeople have to offer.  You’ll be amazed and inspired.

Joining us for the FiberME 2014 Craft Fair will be…

Elaine O’Donal – tatting (www.tattedwebs.com)

Janice Jones/Janice Jones Ltd – weaving (www.janicejones.com)

Sybil Shiland – weaving

Susie Stephenson – rug hooking (www.mainemats.com)

Linda Cortright – wild fibers (www.wildfibersmagazine.com)

Joelle Weber/Mermaid Bindery – handmade books, journals (www.mermaidbindery.com )

Nantz Comyn – mixed media

Susan Perrine – mixed media, twig sculpture (www.susanperrine.com)

Linda Whiting/Pine Star Studio – hand dyed yarn, tapestry, fiber tools (www.pinestarstudio.com)

Bev Lamoureux/Shipyard Point Glassworks – glass ring markers, needle threaders, orfice hooks, buttons (www.spglassworks.com)

Heather Kerner/Spiralworks – felted and leather bags (www.spiralworksfelt.com)

Suzanne Gunston/O’Lavender! – recycled antique linens made into lavender sachets

Emi Ito – weaving (www.emiito.com)

Liz Stoyko/Designs in Wools – hooked pillows (www.designsinwools.com)

Beth Ackers/Ackers Acres Angora Farm – angora fiber, angora yarn, knitted goods (www.bunnyblend.com)

Stephanie Crossman/Gram J’s – knotless netting bags, shawls and fine framed pieces (www.mainenetbags.com)

Cara Romano – felted jewelry (www.cararomano.com)

Janet Nannen/Harpswell Silks – hand painted silk scarves (www.hand-dyed-silk-scarves.com)

Susan Garry/Felt Experience - nuno felted clothing (www.feltexperience.jimdo.com)


The next issue is already here!  Ply - The Magazine for Handspinners - Twist Summer 2014 Issue 5 continues the WOW factor. If you read our previous post on Ply -The Magazine for Handspinners, you know we think it’s the latest and greatest thing since sliced bread. Each issue focuses on a specific theme and covers the topic in such depth you’ll be blown away. I’ve just begun my perusal of the latest issue which is all about twist and can’t believe all that I’ve learned. Only 84 more pages to go… Can’t wait!


If you didn’t pick up the previous issue of Ply - The Magazine for Handspinners , all about silk, you’ll definitely want to get both issues.



Just in…   Juniper Moon Moonshine yarn. With a luscious blend of alpaca, wool and silk, this luxury singles has irresistible appeal. We love its silky softness and the beauty of its subtle heather colors enhanced by a hint of sheen. Simply scrumptious!


For project ideas, check out these new patterns calling for Moonshine Minty Short-Sleeved Cropped Cardi , Specs - V-Neck Mini Sweater Bailey Boatneck Pullover Heathers Pullover Sammy and Rex - Scarf and Cowl  or pick up a copy of Moonshine - 14 Winsome Patterns , a collection of designs created exclusively for Moonshine. You can also use your favorite worsted weight patterns.



Everyone loves Lamb’s Pride Worsted Yarn and Lamb’s Pride Bulky Yarn . They’re go to yarns for everything from hats and mitts to sweaters and afghans and of course they felt like a dream. While supplies last we’re offering terrific savings on all tonal shades within these lines. *Regularly $9.25, now $6.50. Each skein in these shades will range on the lighter and darker side of the actual color. Quantities are limited so take advantage of these savings while they’re still around! Because we often have anywhere from 2 to 20 skeins, don’t hesitate to give us a call, 1-800-341-0282, if you need a certain quantity for a specific project. Here’s what’s available…

Lamb’s Pride Worsted:


Lamb’s Pride Bulky:

*Back orders are not available on sale yarns. No other discounts apply.


Just the other day, Chris from Connecticut contacted us here at Halcyon Yarn and asked for help identifying a piece of equipment and now we’re asking for your help. Picked up at an estate sale, it was obvious this little gizmo gadget was used in weaving, but for what exactly?

So here’s Halcyon’s thought, it’s a device designed to distribute yarn on a shuttle bobbin evenly and automatically, but how does the thread get drawn onto the bobbin? Amos thinks it’s part of a larger device that weaves (rope?) by transporting the shuttle/bobbins along the curved tracks…

What do think? Has anyone seen this before? Leave a comment and share your thoughts. Let us know in the comments, or head on over to our Facebook page and leave a note. Who knew life at a yarn shop could be so mysterious!

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From the moment Malabrigo Mecha arrived at the shop we were captivated - gorgeous, deep, rich colors coupled with heavenly soft, squishy goodness in a pure merino superwash bulky wool. It wasn’t long before Barbara and Beth got to brainstorming. Although perfectly suited for hats, cowls, scarves and  sweaters, they wanted more. They wanted to be totally enveloped in this luscious yarn.


It was at that moment the Family Favorite Throw (free with yarn purchase) was born. The easy basket rib pattern provides beautiful textural interest for the body, while a delicate feather and fan design and garter stitch sides frame the throw.


It’s the perfect throw for the whole family! Two sizes fit all. The small size is just right for babies and little ones. The large size is great for college students or curling up in your favorite spot. Everyone will love the soft and cozy warmth of this throw.

Artisan made American hardwood wool trees from Wool Tree Mill are the perfect combination of beauty and function. Even the most unruly balls of yarn are tamed with wool trees. No more balls of yarn getting tangled or traveling across the floor. Tension problems vanish. Weavers, if you wind your warp off a wool tree, twist build up in the yarn is all but eliminated. 

To use, simply slip the ball of yarn or cone on the shaft which is attached to a small circular freely turning platform, thread the yarn through the yarn guide and you’re ready to roll (or should we say turn). 

We carry 3 models, all made of walnut. The Walnut Wool Tree Plus with Guide Arm is called the “plus” because it includes a handy yarn guide that moves to accommodate the particular yarn in use. The guide also swings down completely out of the way.


The  Walnut Wool Tree Tray with Guide Arm  model includes the handy yarn guide and a divided tray for markers, short needles and other accessories.


Last but not least we have the  Walnut Double Wool Tree with Guide Arm . With 2 turning reels, this model is good for multi-color work and 2 stranded warps.




Halcyon’s Signature Block Island Blend is featured in the latest Kniters Magazine (summer 2014). With its unique breathable blend of gentle slub cotton, linen/hemp and rayon, Block Island Blend is a favorite among knitters and weavers alike. “Shirttails” is a super cute cami top. Two different colored strands of yarn are worked as one to create an enticing marled fabric with subtle texture. The lace edge shirttail hem and bodice, slight A-line silhouette and I-cord straps make this the perfect summer top.

The pattern, featuring Block Island Blend  colors Block Island Blend color 126 (8226Bleach) and Block Island Blend color 124 (8028)  calls for 400-600 yds of each color for a 32″-48″ top and US size 6 needles.

If you like the marled look of Block Island Blend used doubled you’ll definitely want to take a look at one of our most popular patterns, Very Versatile Neck Down Hoodie / hooded pullover by Knitting Pure and Simple . It’s been knit up in all kinds of different color combinations. Pairing the colors to find the perfect duo is down right addictive. Oh, Block Island Blend – WE LOVE IT!


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