Events

FiberME tour 2015 – one space available


Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education | No Comments »


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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!

Fiber Craft Fair coming in August to Halcyon Yarn


Thursday, June 11th, 2015 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »


We’re eagerly anticipating our August Fiber Craft Fair. We had many requests for information when we were hanging out at FiberFrollic, so we’re posting this info early… We have a lot of customers visiting from out of state (August is a GREAT time to visit Maine) so wanted to give everyone an opportunity to mark you calendars!

The Fiber Craft Fair is run in conjunction with this year’s (sold out, but we have a waiting-list) FiberME tour, can’t wait to see everyone there!

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Participating fiber artists:

World Wide Knit in Public Day


Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 Posted in Events | No Comments »


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Each year since 2005 World Wide Knit in Public day has grown, and has indeed grown into the largest knitter-organized event in the world. There is a FaceBook page for updates and their website lists hundreds of knit in public events around the world. What a great way to get to knit socially!

While we don’t have a specific event planned, we’d love to see and share how our world-wide community celebrates WWKIP day. As a thank you, if you email us a photo of you and/or your friends knitting in public that we can share forward, we’ll email you back with a code good for free shipping! Offer good through June 18th. Send your photos to mis [at] halcyonyarn.com.

Also, for local folk, don’t forget that Monday nights are Sit ‘n Knit here at Halcyon Yarn! Meet fellow knitters for a fun hang-out Monday nights from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Knitters of all experience level are welcome! It’s an informal, relaxing evening with no reservations needed, and no charge. It’s a year-round way to get to knit socially! Kinda like a weekly knit in public day…

Just 2 Spots Left for Our FiberME 2015 Tour


Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »


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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.

Katharine Cobey’s Studio, FiberME 2015, last chance for early-bird!


Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »


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With only 6 spots left and our special early bird pricing of $750 (regularly $850) due to expire at the end of April, now is the time to sign up for our annual FiberME Tour, running August 2nd-7th, 2015. Don’t be left saying “if only I had signed up earlier”. With that said, here is another highlight that we’re looking forward to for this summer…

As a knitter, writer, teacher, artist and recipient of the Maine Crafts Association Artist Award in 2010, Katharine Cobey, is quite simply a living legend in the fiber world. On Monday, August 3, 2015 Katharine will welcome Halcyon Yarn’s FiberME tour to her studio overlooking a lovely little cove in Cushing. It is a quintessential “Maine” setting surely to be remembered.  Her studio is full of her works and the materials, equipment and inspirational items she uses daily. What a treat to enter her world of creation, if only for a brief time.

Katharine has taught extensively at Haystack Mt School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Split Rock Arts Program, Vogue Live, New England Knitting Lab and the Surface Design Association.  She was chosen for the 2010 Maine Crafts Association Master Craft Artist Award because of her exceptional body of work, her career of service to the Arts, her inspired designs, and her singular voice / style.  I can also attest to fabulous enthusiasm for her craft and to people she teaches in her classes and folks she encounters in her studio.

Katharine is also author of Diagonal Knitting.  “This treasure of a book goes beyond patterns. It is a work of art. It explores diagonal knitting from the core, with beautiful photography and illustrations on each page. With great techniques, rich history, and visuals, this book is sure to become an American classic.” quoted from Living Crafts Magazine, Winter 2010. When you see examples from this book on display in her studio you’ll understand the kudos.

We are very fortunate to have Katharine in Maine and to have her share all this with the FiberME participants. Come join us.

Related items of interest:

FiberMe tour highlight: Chris Leith


Thursday, April 9th, 2015 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, On Sale | No Comments »


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A FiberMe highlight for me is our visit to Chris Leith of Eggemoggin Textile Studio in Sedgwick, Maine.  Chris’ lovely home and studio are perched high on a hill with a distant view of Eggemoggin Bay  and the surrounding blueberry fields.  Chris has a dye / warp painting area set up as well as her two eight shaft looms and a gallery area featuring her woven and shibori dyed scarves and outstanding work of other fiber artists.

This year Chris will demonstrate her method of warp painting so you will be able to see her lovely woven pieces ‘from start to finish’.  When we visit Chris we can get a full appreciation of a well set up and well thought out work area for a fiber artist and how she integrates that work area into her everyday life.

I appreciate Chis’ support and mentoring of other younger fiber artists and her willingness and enthusiasm for fiber arts in Maine.  Her enthusiasm is infectious.

Now is the time to join FiberME 2015 and look forward to visiting Chris and others on Tuesday, August 4th in Sedgwick.  She will be our first stop of the day and she will also join us for lunch so everyone has more opportunity to get to know her.

Don’t forget – the early bird price of $750 for FiberME 2015 is only available until April 30th.  May 1st, the price goes up to $825.00.  Don’t miss your chance to save!

Thank you, Susan for almost two decades of great friendship and service to the Halcyon Yarn community!


Monday, March 23rd, 2015 Posted in Events, General News | No Comments »


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This month Susan Upham retired from her job as Purchasing & General Manager at Halcyon Yarn. Many of you know Susan from the expert help she has given in store, by email, and over the phone since 1996. For those of us that have had the pleasure of working with her she has been a great friend and tireless colleague with a vast knowledge of everything yarn related. She would always track down the answer to questions in any craft or just just the right item for any project. She gladly pitched in to help whenever and however she was needed, from knitting up a sample for the shop, to tracking down a special order, to modeling (beautifully) for the catalog.

To celebrate Susan the staff gathered for a dinner party, catered by El Camino restaurant. It was wonderful to share a meal and come together to say thank you with plenty of good food and cheer! We also gave Susan a felted bag she’d had her eye on at last year’s Fiber Arts Fair, handmade by Heather Kerner.

We’re so happy for Susan as she looks forward to enjoying the free time ahead. She’ll be sailing the Maine coast with her wonderful husband, Jim, and their duck tolling retrievers, Tess and Margaree (avid sailors themselves). She’ll also be gardening and joining her family in cheering for her grandchildren’s basketball games – as well as catching up on her knitting!

We’ll miss her here at the store, but we will continue to enjoy her friendship and we’ll always be thankful for everything she has done to help Halcyon Yarn grow over the years. Luckily, we’ll still get to see Susan and benefit from her expertise since she will continue to be a part of our development team.

Congratulations, Susan – but not good bye!
Warmest wishes from Halcyon and all your friends at Halcyon Yarn

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Save 10% In-Store on Green Yarn on March 14


Thursday, March 12th, 2015 Posted in Events, General News | No Comments »


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Bath’s Blarney Days will soon be upon us. Come celebrate the luck of the Irish at Halcyon Yarn where you’ll save *10% off GREEN yarn and fiber this Saturday, March 14th.

Enjoy festivities throughout the downtown during Bath’s Blarney Days running March 12-17.

*Discount only applies to purchases of green yarn and fiber. In store sales only. Excludes bulk price 3.

 

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