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by: Kate Comaskey

Look who’s coming to Halcyon Yarn…it’s Ann Budd!


Friday, July 29th, 2016 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, General News, local news | No Comments »

ANN BUDD IS COMING TO HALCYON YARN!

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Ann Budd, the wonderful freelance knitting editor, teacher, designer, and author of more than a dozen books, will be at Halcyon Yarn August 28, 2016 and August 29, 2016. We are excited to offer two full days of workshops with Ann, which will include four different classes. CLASS SIZES WILL BE LIMITED SO BE SURE TO REGISTER NOW. This will be an exciting and fun weekend with the one and only Ann so don’t wait too long to register.

The available classes are:

Sunday, August 28 

9:30-12:30
INTRODUCTION TO SWEATER DESIGN

Knitwear designers use gauge and body measurements to create the perfect fit in a sweater, hat, or other knitted piece. Learn the magical formulas that will allow you design your own garments or adjust existing ones with ease! No more puzzling over how to increase or decrease evenly in a single row or gradually over many rows—you’ll have the answers in moments. You’ll also learn tips and trick that simplify the knitting and finishing process.

Skills: Advanced-beginner knitting skills.

Materials: Please bring note taking materials.

2:00-5:00
FIXING MISTAKES

In this class, we’ll examine how the basic stitches look in a piece of knitting, and practice fixing common mistakes, including ripping out, picking up dropped stitches (even edge stitches!), reversing the direction of a cable turn, and correcting a snag that breaks the yarn.

Skills: Advanced-beginner knitting skills; must know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, and turn a cable.

Materials: One partial ball of your choice of yarn (tightly twisted worsted-weight wool or wool blend recommended); knitting needles in a size appropriate for your yarn; cable needle, crochet hook.

Homework: (required)

CO 18 sts.
Row 1 and 3: (RS) K4, p2, k6, p2, k4.
Rows 2 and 4: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Row 5: (RS) K4, p2, slide 3 sts onto a cable needle and hold in front of work, k3, k3
from cable needle, p2, k4.
Rows 6 and 8: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Rows 7 and 9: (RS) K4, p2, k6, p2, k4.
Row 10: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Rep Rows 1–10 once more (20 rows total). Place sts on a holder.

MONDAY, AUGUST 29

9:30-12:30
SOCKS AT ANY GAUGE

Want to make socks that fit perfectly, no matter what yarn or needles or stitch pattern you use? This workshop will teach you how to measure your foot, knit a swatch, and devise a standard top-down pattern for any size foot and any gauge of knitting.

Skills: Advanced-beginner knitting skills and experience knitting socks from the top down.

Materials: Yarn will be provided in various weights. Please bring preferred needle gauge. Additional needles will be available if needed. (Don’t forget to bring your ideas for stitch patterns!)

2:00-5:00
SHADOW KNITTING

Variously called “Japanese fine knitting” and “optical knitting, “shadow knitting” is the term introduced by Vivian Høxbro to describe a technique in which purl ridges define a pattern on a two-color striped stockinette-stitch background. The right-side ridges cast a “shadow” pattern that comes and goes depending on the angle at which it is observed. When viewed straight on, the fabric resembles simple two-row stripes. When viewed at an angle, the garter ridges predominate and a different pattern is visible. Learn this ingenious technique by knitting a swatch with a heart motif.

Skills: Advanced-beginner knitting skills; must be familiar with reading charts.

Materials: Yarn included. Please bring US size 6, 7, or 8 needles.

THERE WILL BE A 1.5 HOUR LUNCH BREAK EACH DAY BETWEEN CLASSES.

*Extra yarn is included for each class, other than Fixing Mistakes, but we encourage you to bring your own needles. Needles are available for purchase in-store at Halcyon with the class discount*

The more you knit the more you save!

A single class is $65.00 so feel free to mix and match with what interests you the most or join us for all four! Save when you register for more than one:

  • 2 classes for $120 when you use code ABCLASS2 at checkout
  • 3 classes for $165 when you use code ABCLASS3 at checkout
  • take all 4 classes for $200 – save $60! when you use code ABCLASS4 at checkout

Make a weekend out of it by enjoying not only the exciting classes at Halcyon Yarn, but by experiencing Maine in the Summer time! We’re two blocks from downtown Bath and just a short drive from various State beaches. Check out what the City of Ships has to offer at https://visitbath.com. You will also receive 10% off of any Halcyon purchase in-store or online for the month following your class. What a wonderful way to wrap up your summer with a new project and some newly honed skills.

Because Ann is a special instructor our rules on class sign up will be different. To register in the class we must have full payment at the time of registration. If for some reason you cannot take the class after signing up, a refund will be made only if we can fill your space. We have made a commitment to the instructors and are liable for costs.

by: Kate Comaskey

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…


Thursday, July 28th, 2016 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, local news | No Comments »

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No…not that one…it’s our Annual Open House! Join us October 8th for the Open House you know and love and for the kick off to our 45th Anniversary Celebration. It’ll be here before you know so mark those calendars and tell your friends. There will be plenty more details to follow as we get closer to the event. We can’t wait to see you and say thanks for another exciting year here at Halcyon Yarn!

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by: Kate Comaskey

Bath Fiber Arts Day is Coming!


Thursday, July 28th, 2016 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, General News, local news | No Comments »

Fiber Day 2014 Poster

Come celebrate Fiber Arts and Summer at the Bath Fiber Arts Day on Saturday, August 20th from 9-2 at the Bath Freight Shed. Midcoast artists and artisans working in fiber will be there to help celebrate the diversity of fiber and textiles arts available in the area. There will be demonstrations for weaving, spinning, rug hooking, as well as other techniques. It’s a free even so come admire, enjoy, and learn about the work produced by your talented neighbors.

The Bath Freight Shed is located at 27 Commercial St. in Bath, behind the Customs House on the waterfront. The Bath Farmer’s Market will also be happening in town that day so it will be the perfect opportunity to appreciate both events!

 

by: Kate Comaskey

Look Who’s Coming to Halcyon… Ann Budd!


Thursday, July 14th, 2016 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, General News, Knitting | No Comments »

ANN BUDD IS COMING TO HALCYON YARN!

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Ann Budd, the wonderful freelance knitting editor, teacher, designer, and author of more than a dozen books, will be at Halcyon Yarn August 28, 2016 and August 29, 2016. We are excited to offer two full days of workshops with Ann, which will include four different classes. CLASS SIZES WILL BE LIMITED SO BE SURE TO REGISTER NOW. This will be an exciting and fun weekend with the one and only Ann so don’t wait too long to register.

 

The available classes are:

Sunday, August 28

9:30-12:30
INTRODUCTION TO SWEATER DESIGN

Knitwear designers use gauge and body measurements to create the perfect fit in a sweater, hat, or other knitted piece. Learn the magical formulas that will allow you design your own garments or adjust existing ones with ease! No more puzzling over how to increase or decrease evenly in a single row or gradually over many rows—you’ll have the answers in moments. You’ll also learn tips and trick that simplify the knitting and finishing process.

Skills: Advanced-beginner knitting skills.

Materials: Please bring note taking materials.

 

2:00-5:00
FIXING MISTAKES

In this class, we’ll examine how the basic stitches look in a piece of knitting, and practice fixing common mistakes, including ripping out, picking up dropped stitches (even edge stitches!), reversing the direction of a cable turn, and correcting a snag that breaks the yarn.

Skills: Advanced-beginner knitting skills; must know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, and turn a cable.

Materials: One partial ball of your choice of yarn (tightly twisted worsted-weight wool or wool blend recommended); knitting needles in a size appropriate for your yarn; cable needle, crochet hook.

 

Homework: (required)

CO 18 sts.
Row 1 and 3: (RS) K4, p2, k6, p2, k4.
Rows 2 and 4: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Row 5: (RS) K4, p2, slide 3 sts onto a cable needle and hold in front of work, k3, k3
from cable needle, p2, k4.
Rows 6 and 8: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Rows 7 and 9: (RS) K4, p2, k6, p2, k4.
Row 10: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Rep Rows 1–10 once more (20 rows total). Place sts on a holder.

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 29

9:30-12:30
SOCKS AT ANY GAUGE

Want to make socks that fit perfectly, no matter what yarn or needles or stitch pattern you use? This workshop will teach you how to measure your foot, knit a swatch, and devise a standard top-down pattern for any size foot and any gauge of knitting.

Skills: Advanced-beginner knitting skills and experience knitting socks from the top down.

Materials: Included (but bring your ideas for stitch patterns!)

 

2:00-5:00
SHADOW KNITTING

Variously called “Japanese fine knitting” and “optical knitting, “shadow knitting” is the term introduced by Vivian Høxbro to describe a technique in which purl ridges define a pattern on a two-color striped stockinette-stitch background. The right-side ridges cast a “shadow” pattern that comes and goes depending on the angle at which it is observed. When viewed straight on, the fabric resembles simple two-row stripes. When viewed at an angle, the garter ridges predominate and a different pattern is visible. Learn this ingenious technique by knitting a swatch with a heart motif.

Skills: Advanced-beginner knitting skills; must be familiar with reading charts.

Materials: Included

 

THERE WILL BE A 1.5 HOUR LUNCH BREAK EACH DAY BETWEEN CLASSES.

 

*Extra yarn is included for each class, other than Fixing Mistakes, but we encourage you to bring your own needles. Needles are available for purchase in-store at Halcyon with the class discount*

 

The more you knit the more you save!

 

A single class is $65.00 so feel free to mix and match with what interests you the most or join us for all four! Save when you register for more than one:

  • 2 classes for $120 when you use code ABCLASS2 at checkout
  • 3 classes for $165 when you use code ABCLASS3 at checkout
  • take all 4 classes for $200 – save $60! when you use code ABCLASS4 at checkout

Make a weekend out of it by enjoying not only the exciting classes at Halcyon Yarn, but by experiencing Maine in the Summer time! We’re two blocks from downtown Bath and just a short drive from various State beaches. Check out what the City of Ships has to offer at https://visitbath.com. You will also receive 10% off of any Halcyon purchase in-store or online for the month following your class. What a wonderful way to wrap up your summer with a new project and some newly honed skills.

Because Ann is a special instructor our rules on class sign up will be different. To register in the class we must have full payment at the time of registration. If for some reason you cannot take the class after signing up, a refund will be made only if we can fill your space. We have made a commitment to the instructors and are liable for costs.

Portrait of Amos
by: Amos

In-store sale and Bath Mayfair sale: Saturday, May 7th


Thursday, May 5th, 2016 Posted in Events, On Sale | No Comments »

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Mayfair Celebration in Bath this Saturday!
Bath’s Annual Mayfair Celebration is this Saturday and we’re joining in with a great sale! The downtown will be bustling with activities, including live music, face painting, a huge city-wide yard sale, and of course great deals in many of Bath’s downtown stores. Enjoy the celebration of spring and stop in to Halcyon Yarn for savings of 10% – 40% off select items, in store only. You’ll find great deals on some favorite summer yarns and books, plus great ideas for fun summer projects. Save big and stock up now!
More Mayfair Bath details and schedule here: https://visitbath.com/events/mayfair/
Portrait of Amos
by: Amos

Learn to Weave, Knit and Spin this Spring


Thursday, May 5th, 2016 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »

Spring is the time for new things to grow – why not a new fiber art skill! In May and June we’ve got some great basic classes coming up.
Socks are the perfect summer knitting project. Even better, skip the double points and learn to make them on two circular needles! They’re quick and easy to bring with you as you head outside in warmer weather. With so many fun yarns to play with, you’ll want to make a new pair every weekend. Deb’s two session class meets Saturday June 4th and 18th. Deb will show you how to cast on and get your socks started on June 4th, then give you a little time to practice and work some length on your socks before meeting back up on June 18th to complete the heel and gusset, or troubleshoot any tricky spots. You’ll be cruising on two circular needles before picnic season is underway!
If you already have a little spinning experience, now is the time to hone your plying skills with Linda Clutterbuck in her Why Ply? class on June 11th. Linda is a terrific teacher and she’ll cover 2-ply, 3-ply, Navajo ply, and cabling. She’ll guide you through the fundamentals of creating a balanced skein, and explore when to over-ply or under-ply depending on what yarns you want to create. You’ll leave ready to take your handspun yarns to the next level!
More and more people are discovering (or rediscovering) how much fun it is to weave! If you love yarn (and who doesn’t?) you’ll be thrilled by what you can create on a loom. It’s easier than you think and our step by step classes offer plenty of personalized attention and hands on practice so you’ll leave ready to keep weaving on your own!
Intro to Rigid Heddle meets Saturday June 25th and Sunday June 26th. All materials are provided and you can bring your own rigid heddle loom or rent one when you register. Sherry will teach you how to elect yarns, warp your loom and get started weaving, as well as how to finish your piece. You’ll leave ready to try more projects on your own. You can make beautiful scarves, towels, and yardage for small projects like a bag or pillow cover all on a loom small enough to carry under your arm.
Weaving on a Floor Loom opens up a world of fiber arts possibilities! You’ll learn all the fundamentals of weaving on a loom with four or more harnesses. Instructor Sybil Shiland will cover planning your project, reading a pattern draft, selecting the right yarns, warping your loom, and lots of tips for successful weaving. Plus you’ll learn finishing techniques and troubleshoot common challenges. Our “round robin” style weaving class moves students through several different techniques on an array of looms and materials so everyone gets a chance to see what they like and try out a wide range of styles. A great class for anyone who has ever bee intrigued by weaving, or by the beautiful textiles you’ll learn to create.
Feel free to email with questions, and register early, as weaving classes often fill up fast!
Portrait of Amos
by: Amos

Local weaver’s work on display in Rockland, Maine


Thursday, May 5th, 2016 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »

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Hector Jaeger’s handmade contemporary rugs will be on display in Rockland this May. Asymmetrick Arts and Black Hole Gallery are co-hosting a Spring Exhibition featuring works by Maine artists. Jaeger is a midcoast based rug weaver and one of the original founders of Halcyon Yarn. His hand-dyed and woven wool rugs are skillfully crafted and completely unique. Jaeger’s rugs feature striking interplays of color and his work blurs the line between functional craft and fine art.
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The Spring Exhibition opens this Friday May 6th and runs through May 27th, located at 403 and 405 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, a collaboration of Black Hole Gallery and Asymmetrick Arts
Portrait of Amos
by: Amos

Handwoven silk and wool bears you won’t believe


Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education | No Comments »

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We had a delightful visit in our store the other day from Lynn Foster. Lynn has made some of the most amazing polar bears we’ve seen. These bears are special on many levels…

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First, Lynn designed the weaving pattern for the fabric for these bears herself – a fun but time consuming endeavor. Next, she selected some amazing yarns for weaving: 4/8 JaggerSpun Wool-Silk, and our very own 2/5 Gemstone Silk. Working with these fibers in natural colors she created a fabric that is subtle yet stunning as the patterns emerge.

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Finally Lynn stitched a mother and polar pup from her yardage, and wrapped up a project that came together over the course of two years.  As if simply having these wonderful bears wasn’t enough reward, Lynn has been recognized for her creations by the New England Weavers Seminar for best 3D creation, 2015.

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We thank Lynn for sharing these wonderful creations with us, and are so looking forward to seeing what she makes next!

 

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