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Since previewing Madder - Anthology 2 / Simple Pleasures by Carrie Bostick Hoge back in January we have been anxiously waiting for it to arrive.  This book is a stunner cover to cover and we’re so excited to offer it to you!

Madder Anthology II  includes eleven sweater designs for women, two cowls, one shawl and a lovely beret, scarf and fingerless mitt ensemble. The sweaters have an impressive finished size range of 32″ to 51″ – 63″ with modern shapes that are flattering and easy to wear. The patterns use simple stockinette and garter stitches to create pieces with a beautiful balance of ease and sophistication.

We love them all, but allow me to introduce a few of our favorites!


Lucinda is a deep V pullover with two sleeve length options knit in Acadia by The Fibre Company.  Oversized with 9″-10″ of positive ease Lucinda is a breeze to knit and wear! Deb is knitting one now in Acadia by The Fibre Company color 001 (Summersweet), requires 8 – 16 skeins.



Laurel is a sweet short row cowl knit flat in garter stitch then seamed to finish.  I made one in Cascade Eco Duo, Baby Alpaca and Merino Yarn letting the natural shades of merino and baby alpaca highlight the subtle lines of the short rows.  The result is a deliciously soft and irresistible accessory!  The cowl shown is knit in colorway Cascade Eco Duo, Baby Alpaca and Merino Yarn color 007 (880-1707) and requires just two skeins.  Try it in Juniper Moon Moonshine if you prefer more color.




The striped hood and inset pockets of the Madeline cardigan add a fun touch to this wardrobe staple.  Sport weight yarn keeps it light and the perfect layer for a summer’s night stroll.  Swans Island Organic Merino Ecowash Sport is the ideal yarn choice, choose a color combo today!  Main color 8 – 14 skeins, 1 skein of a contrast color.

Don’t forget to pick up Carrie’s first collection Madder - Anthology I / Camilla, Sibella, Imogen, and Beatrice featuring four unique stitch patterns over several pieces.

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Kickoff your summer with savings!  Now through Monday use code MEMD2015 to save $10 off your $60 order*.  Planning summer projects or stocking up for rainy days – now is the time to save! You must enter code MEMD2015 at the time of checkout to take advantage of this limited time offer.  Start shopping (and saving) today!

*Offer expires Monday May 25th at midnight EST, order must exceed $60 before shipping and/or sales tax, not valid on the purchase of gift certificates.


We are huge fans of fun ideas – and it seems that there is a movement of “conceptual knitting” afoot, taking hold noticeably in baseball stadiums. Starting with team colors for a palette, knit a couple rows for home wins in one color, home losses another color, add some variety for away games… and you end up with a very cool record of your season! We had to look up a pattern – and came across Stacey Simpson Duke, who has some wonderful baseball based conceptual knitting projects, including an infinity scarf and socks! Check out her blog which has progress, notes, and patterns, or download the free infinity scarf pattern  or socks pattern directly on Ravelry. The infinity scarf pattern is tremendously flexible, and provides a worksheet and calculations for working with most any yarn, as well as organizing your color scheme.

But what of team colors? Halcyon Yarn’s team color matcher to the rescue:

Team colors in yarn – Chose league:







Any weavers want to take up the call? Have a rigid heddle that you could devote to the cause for a seasson? We’d love to see some ‘conceptual weaving’ too!

Regardless, we’re excited as this looks like a super fun way to keep occupied during games, and there are so many fun yarns to choose! Mix colors – blend two similar matches for wins, same for losses for a richly textured record of your season!

In our playing with color matching using our color matcher the medium weight yarns seemed to provide the best color matches – there are a lot of medium weight yarns from which to choose! Hmmm… Crackerjack socks got us thinkin’!


Huge thanks to the team colors project for team logo and color information! Let us know with your ideas and progress!




We close out our FiberME 2015 tour with a visit to rug hooking artist, Susie Stephenson’s new studio/gallery, Susie Stephenson Fiber Arts.  Susie and her husband bought the abandoned 1846 one room schoolhouse across the street from their farm in 2014 and hosted the ‘official opening’ late that year. Renovating and updating the building was a labor of love requiring countless hours of ‘elbow grease’.  The studio is now an ideal spot for showing off her original hooked rugs, hosting fiber groups and holding workshops. We’re ecstatic to be able to stop by for a visit during our FiberME tour.


As the author of  Designing and Hooking Primitive Rugs, Susie is an authority in this realm of the fiber arts world.  She is a Primitive Folk Artist who derives her designs from commonplace things around her: her kids drawings, farm animals, coastal and marine scenes.  She recycles materials to create her works:  2nd hand wool sweaters, wool clothing, and yarns, many of which family and friends donate or customers ordering custom hooked designs want incorporated into their pieces. She washes, drys, and sometimes overdyes these ‘leftovers’ to create new colors.  Sometimes she dyes these fabrics in her old iron pot over an open fire.  After washing, drying and dyeing she cuts the fabric into strips.  She also uses ‘non-conventional’ materials such as mohair locks and novelty yarns in her work.  Each of her rugs is a creative expression in which she compiles these once cast-offs, now treasured materials, into a work of art. There’s no doubt her bountiful imagination and whimsical style motivates and stimulates creativity in those around her.

Between her many teaching dates, rug hooking cruise dates, caring for all her animals and working on her next book Susie is always on the go. We’re fortunate to be able to carve out a bit of her time during our FiberME tour. Come join us and experience her infectious spirit first hand!

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The newest Noro Knitting Magazine Spring/Summer 2015 Issue 6 is hot off the press. Noro fans won’t want to miss this issue. It’s filled with a colorful collection of patterns to keep you knitting all summer long and then some. You’ll find an emphasis on lace patterning with an ample variety of projects for sweaters, tees, vests, cowls, wraps, hats and blankets.

Take a look at some of the patterns you’ll find inside the pages of Issue 6.


On the left is the Fluted Scarf – 3 skeins of Noro Taiyo, shown in color Noro Taiyo color 028 (28). Nest up is the Sleeveless Top – 2-3 skeins of Noro Taiyo Sock Yarn, shown in color Noro Taiyo Sock Yarn color 003 (TS-03). Finally, the Welted Chevron Cowl – 1 skein Noro Kibou, shown in color Noro Kibou color 008 (KIB-08).


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Congratulations to Annette K. from Chebeague Island, ME, our April winner of a $10 Halcyon Yarn gift certificate coupon.

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to give us feedback. We really appreciate it. Please keep your comments coming.

Remember, you could be a winner too. Each time you place an order you’ll receive a  “WIN” Ticket  or an on-line feedback survey. Respond to either and you’ll automatically be entered in our monthly, quarterly and year end drawing (see the link for complete details).


Be part of FiberME 2015 and join us on our visit to The Maine Top Mill and Cloud Hollow Farm, as well as other tantalizing fiber excursions. We have just 2 spots left on the tour so sign up quickly.

The tour begins on Monday August 3rd with a stop at The Maine Top Mill in Waldoboro and concludes the day with a visit to Cloud Hollow Farm.  As you’ll learn, these two gems in Maine’s fiber world are intimately linked. The Maine Top Mill’s creation is the result of Bob Weintraub’s daughters’ breeding decisions with their first Alpacas in 2007 at their Cloud Hollow farm. They were producing fiber but they found existing Mini Mills could not spin their fine 18 micron alpaca fiber and the mills that did process the woolen spin fine micron fiber demanded a much larger amount than they produced.  Cloud Hollow Farm’s goal with their breeding program was to produce these very fine fibers but the stumbling block was to find where to process their fibers.

To this end The Maine Top Mill was founded. Bob searched for used textile machines they could repurpose to process these fine protein fibers measuring 20 to 13 microns.  The machines arrived in Maine in 2012 with their Textile Engineer and so The Maine Top Mill was established.  Initially The Maine Top Mill began processing Domestic 18.2 Rambouillet Top, local Merino Top and Cloud Hollow Farm’s own Chiri Cloud 80’s Top.  Hand spinners were the customers for these products.

Now The Maine Top Mill also provides the service of processing small lot Top Making from clean qualified fiber and uniform carded or Pindrafter silver and have added new Blended Top and blending services to fiber producers.  We’ll see their new 2015 offering, the Lightspeed Top Blend, in black and grey as well as 18.5 Merino and 18.2 Rambouillet Blends and other blends using silk, bamboo, and superwash Merino blended top.

Maine Top Mill supports the Nunoa Project in Peru and the US and International Veterinarian Students working to improve Alpaca in Peru with the sale of shawls and other knitwear items made by Quechua hand spinners and at least one weaver.

The Maine Top Mill sprung up from a need to have a processing plant for these fine micron fibers now being grown and produced at Cloud Hollow Farm and other farms in Maine and New England and it has been adding services since it opened.

It’s spring cleaning at Halcyon Yarn. We’re sorting through our books and straightening up the shelves. While supplies last were offering 40% off select titles. Take advantage of these great savings and let your personal fiber library flourish.

Quantities are limited. These books are sold on a first come first serve basis and cannot be back ordered. We recommend calling in your order, 1-800-341-0282, to be assured of availability. All sales are final. No further discounts apply.


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