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Ella Rae Lace Merino Yarn

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 Posted in Current Issue, General News, New Items, New Yarn | No Comments »

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Fear not skinny yarns!  Convinced lace weight or fingering yarns are just for socks or fussy shawls – think again!  Introducing Ella Rae Lace Merino yarn – 460 yards of luscious 100% extra fine merino, and superwash to boot!  Our shelves are stocked with 12 beautiful multi-colored options and 8 rich, tonal varieties.  This yarn lends itself beautifully to an array of patterns from sweaters to accessories to kids pieces, too.  These are some of our favorites:

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

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 Posted in Current Issue, 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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Ply Magazine Issue 8, Spring 2015 is Here

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 Posted in Current Issue, General News, New Items | No Comments »

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The spring issue of Ply, leicester, Issue 8, just arrived and yet again it’s another simply amazing issue. So pour yourself a cup of coffee, find a comfy chair and get ready to lose yourself in the Leicester issue. The focus is on the 3 main Leicester wools: Bluefaced, Border, and Longwool.  You’ll find history, breed comparisons, spinning techniques, a look under the microscope, finishing tactics, and some fabulous projects. 

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Another Excuse to Knit

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 Posted in Current Issue, Fiber Arts Education, General News, Knitting | No Comments »

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Those of us who love to knit have never needed an excuse to personally indulge.  Now, the need to justify our habit to others is another story. So, if you ever find yourself in need of a little backup, Happiness is a Needle and Thread Away:  New Data on Mental Health Benefits of Knitting by Sid Lipsey could be just the ticket. Go forth fellow knitters, knit and be happy.

New Printed eBook on Waffle Weave

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 Posted in Current Issue, General News, New Items | No Comments »

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There’s a new Handwoven eBook in town and as always Halcyon Yarn is your exclusive source for the printed version. This time around it’s all about waffle weave, perhaps one of the most lively and fun weave structures. It’s especially prized for producing highly textured surfaces with depth. Once removed from the loom and washed, the fabric is often reminiscent of a Belgian waffle, hence the name waffle weave.

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Fiber Arts News

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 Posted in Current Issue, General News | No Comments »

Picking up weaving when you’re ready

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We were tickled by this story of a “late bloomer”. Turns out there is no best time to learn to weave, other than when you’re ready! Inspirational, and got us itching to warp up a rigid heddle project!


Don’t forget to recycle

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Weaving shopping bags out of… shopping bags!? Has anyone else tried this? Definitely caught our interest and what a cool way to recycle. Are there any options for recycled warp material?


 Weaving art and photography, literally

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Weaving photography and, er, weaving. Wonderful looking work and show in Brooklyn. Has anyone been? The colors look so enticing.


 What can’t you build out of legos?

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Lego automated loom, take that off the list of can’ts? Yup, even if the finished product is more whimsy that function, this project has a huge cool factor! The video is worth a click through.


Open-source auto knit?

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They’re calling it a “clothing printer”. It looks like they’re having a lot of fun designing and testing it… Not sure that, strictly speaking, it’s our style of knitting. Still, it is an interesting project for sure!


 

A touching story

What a cool thing is this Chicago knitting club for teens… The rules are awesome! We’d abide by ‘em.


We’re movin’ to Norway

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Norway is generating a buzz with it’s “slow TV” phenomenon. One program that caught our eye is “12 hours of non-stop knitting“. Here is a version with english dubbing, and it’s quite watchable! Yarn bombing a Harley, and world record sheep-to-sweater attempts included…  World record attempt begins at end of episode 2… GO Norway!

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.

 

Time to Learn Something New

Monday, March 9th, 2015 Posted in Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »

Ahh, March is national craft month, the perfect reason to take a class and learn something new.  Here in Maine it’s almost mud season  – too yucky to garden or play outside  – so play inside with Halcyon Yarn.  The bottom line is it’s a great time to learn something new and inspiring and Halcyon Yarn is the best place for learning all things fibery.
Indigo Dyeing for Fiber Artists
Indigo Dyeing for Fiber Artists with dye maven Jackie Ottino Graf on Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm is an opportunity to learn from the creative color force behind the artisanal dyeing at Swans Island Company.
Spend the day being inspired by the intriguing world of indigo. You’ll learn the basics from start to finish of indigo dyeing using powdered indigo and stock solutions.  This method is the commonly used method of production indigo dyers and avoids the unpleasant aspects of indigo dyeing.  Learn to make a concentrated solution,”read your vat”, layer your indigo colors to make different shades of beautiful blues, and over dye other colors to make even more colors and shades.  (If you are registered for the Natural Dyeing class the day before you might want to over dye some of these colors).
We can assure you creativity will abound. Bring 1 pound of clean yarn, unspun fibers, fabric or a combination of all to ‘play’ in the vat.  It’s a perfect opportunity to cull your fiber stash and transform “old” into “new again”. Create plenty of samples for reference and plenty to try in new fiber projects.  Learn all about indigo dyeing without the hassle of doing it all by yourself.
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There’s nothing quite like the fun of felting. Join Marianne Dubois on Saturday April 4th from 10am-2pm for Fabulous Felted Jewelry. Learn to make brilliant jewelry from merino wool. This fast paced class takes you from beads and baubles to bracelets, necklaces and beyond. The versatility of felt is as unlimited as your imagination when it comes to wearable art. From sophisticated to silly, you’ll adore your new adornments! Suitable for ages 11 and up, beginners and beyond.
Call to register, 207-442-7909 or 1-800-341-0282 or go to the website www.halcyonyarn.com/classes.
Halcyon Yarn is the your source for fiber classes of all kinds. Be sure to check out our website www.halcyonyarn.com for the latest spring offerings.

 

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