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Whimsical Woolbuddies reflect the imaginative world of former 3-D computer animator, Jackie Huang and what a creative, magical world it is. These adorable needle felted characters include animals from the jungle, the farm, the sea and the safari. Back in May we were fortunate enough to meet  Jackie and his animal entourage. We knew immediately we wanted to carry these little critters at Halcyon Yarn.

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The hardest decision was choosing which ones. We finally decided upon the  Dragon Needle Felting Kit - Woolbuddy,  the Moose Needle Felting Kit - Woolbuddy, the Octopus Needle Felting Kit - Woolbuddy, the Owl Needle Felting Kit - Woolbuddy, the Puppy Dog Needle Felting Kit - Woolbuddy, the Zebra Needle Felting Kit - Woolbuddy. If you find yourself taken with the wonderful world of Woolbuddies and want to make more, pick up a copy of Jackie’s book Woolbuddies - 20 Irresistibly Simple Needle Felting Projects which includes 20 irresistibly simple needle felting projects.

 

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Each kit contains enough wool roving to create the animal and includes step-by-step instructions and felting needles. You will also need a work surface that allows the needle to pass through the wool such as Woolbuddy Felting Mat, Clover Felting Needle Mat or 9" X 8" Needle Felting Pad.

 

Need fiber to keep making more Woolbuddies on your own? Harrisville Dyed and Carded Wool Fiber, Romney Felting Fiber and Ashford NZ Wool Fiber to Spin and Felt are great fiber choices.

 

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Some people care about bags, others don’t. Walker mesh totes are here to unify all in favor of caring: they’re so happy and useful, it’ll elicit enthusiasm from all who try it… Finally – the ultimate project and accessory bags!  We’re now offering two terrific sizes of Walker mesh totes.  These bags are hand crafted in the USA out of durable, colorful mesh and sized to accommodate single skein projects or larger multi-skein sweaters, blankets and more. Even Amos (who took these photos of Beth field testing the Walker bags) who has never cared one tot for a tote, was eying them with envy!

 

The Walker Knitting Bag measures a generous 19″ x 12″ x 7″ with three interior pockets and three exterior pockets.  Canvas straps, top band and bottom keep it rugged while the bright mesh colors keep it fun.

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Beth’s bag is filled with yarn, needle case, pattern book, accessories and more! Top toggle closure keeps it all secure and easy to open.

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The Walker Zip Case measures 9″ x 12″ with a full sized zippered compartment and a smaller 7″ x 12″ zippered pocket in the same high quality mesh and two tone colors.  The perfect partner to the large Knitting Bag! Shown here holding a pattern sheet, sock yarn and accessories.  Also perfect for mitten or scarf projects, baby items, patterns and small books.

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Pick up a Walker bag (or two) today and carry your projects in style!

Bags can be hand washed in warm water with a mild detergent.

 

 

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We’ve added 23 NEW colors to Plymouth Encore Worsted Yarn!  This means more options for any worsted weight project!   Machine washable and dryable makes it ideal for babies, kids and big kids (think college students!).  Easy care also means it’s perfect for blankets, throw and afghans, too.  Don’t forget about sweaters for the whole family, and soon enough it will be hat, scarf and mitten season!  And remember, skein price is reduced to $5.75 when you buy 8 or more – stock up and save!

 

Need some inspiration?  Here are a few favorite patterns!

 

 

 

 

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While I work most of the summer, my wife, Monica, is a teacher (and has summers off, jealous!). She has had some wonderful adventures with our 5yr and 8yr old kids. A highlight was their trip to the Lowell National Historical Park, outside of Boston, in Lowell Massachusetts. Would you guess that visiting historic mills could captivate young kids and adults alike? Guess no longer – it can!

A day at the mills may include a trolly ride, and a canal ride on a barge. Also plan on seeing a room full of antique looms actually working (“they’re really loud daddy!”), and trying your hand at weaving. Perhaps most importantly, the portrayal of history is so accessible! Monica has been viewing New England towns with a new perspective, and our kids have been referring to “mill girls” in all kinds of contexts, relating their experience back to fashion choices, work and play situations, and a surprising number of other things that they see around us daily. It really made an impression on them!

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Another cool outcome? After trying their hand at weaving on the park’s looms, each of our kids has placed a loom on their gift list!

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The looms in Lowell for hands-on-try-out were similar to the Schacht 15" Table Loom 4-Shaft or Leclerc Dorothy 15 3/4" Table Loom 4-shaft, which are fully-functional 4-shaft table looms, and very cool. The sky is the limit with these looms and any 2-shaft pattern or 4-shaft pattern or weaving kit that calls for 4 or fewer shafts (including rigid heddle) should work wonderfully (so long as it’s not too wide and you have the correct reed :-). As wonderful as these looms are, we don’t usually recommend them to children, unless they have an equally-or-more-interested-adult attached. Warping them and selecting a pattern can require some stick-to-it-iveness, and they are pricier than similarly sized rigid heddle looms.

 

Can you still get kids weaving? Oh my yes. My daughter came in to work the other day, and I turned around to find that she had taken over on our demo-model Harrisville 7.5" Easy Weaver which is priced very reasonably and comes pre-warped! We also love the Ashford SampleIt, 8" Rigid Heddle Loom for simple, affordable, capable, portable, rigid-heddle-weaving-fun. The nice thing about these smaller looms is that they can be used not only on a table, but also in you lap in the car or at the beach or wherever your adventures take you.

 

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To find a National Park in a down town, to find that it captivated kids and adults, and to find that it has so powerfully changed our perceptions of New England, has been a wonderful discovery. If you are close to, or passing through Lowell, MA, plan on taking some time to take it in! Now if I could just figure out how to have the whole summer off…

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Congratulations to Sheri G. from Wickliffe, OH our July 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).

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Introducing K1C2 Kettle Tweed and K1C2 Brae Tweed from K1C2!

 

We’re offering both yarns at an introductory price of 10% off through August 14th*! Try Brae Tweed for only $8.10 per 50 gram skein, and Kettle Tweed for $20 per 100 gram skein.  These beautiful tweeds are a blend of merino wool, baby llama, bamboo and donegal.  One blend in two fabulous yarns – try them both!

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Kettle Tweed yarn is a 2-ply fingering weight, hand dyed in rich tones with accents of donegal fleck.  Amazing drape and softness make this the ultimate shawl or scarf yarn.  One skein is all it takes for the Painted Desert Lace Shawl Pattern, free with yarn purchase (make sure to add it to your cart!) shown below on Gretchen.   Manor Born Scarf is another great one skein project.

 

 

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Brae Tweed

Brae Tweed yarn is a softspun single ply with a bit of sheen and a whole lot of comfy. I combined three colors to liven up our Rippling Ringlet Infinity Cowl, or you could use three skeins of a single color. Shown below on Halcyon.

 

 

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Swirl Rib Cardigan is a stunner in Brae Tweed!  This open cardigan has swirl rib detail on the fronts and  slight A-line shaping – the perfect fall layer.  Take advantage of this introductory price and get cozy!

*Pricing expires at midnight EST 8/14, no additional discounts apply.

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The new issue of Knitsimple includes great fall patterns for the whole family!   Knitsimple Fall 2015 will have you anticipating the crisp cool air with over 30 seasonal knits. First thing that caught our eye? Your little pumpkin will be cute as can be at the bus stop in the Pumpkin Pocket Hoodie in Cascade 220 Superwash Wool Yarn.  Knit from the top down in alternating stripes – sweet! Child sizes 2-10. 

 

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Teen Spirit pillows are the the perfect comfort item to send with your scholar to college, or show your support for your favorite team at home.  Works up quick in Cascade 128 Superwash – go team!  Add jersey numbers or a monogram from craft felt. Need help selecting colors? Don’t forget to try out our team and school color picker (for pro leagues, and NCAA teams)! Fun way to find yarn…

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The classic mens cap gets an modern update using two colors and a folded brim in the Cabled Hat pattern.  Knit in K1C2 Brae Tweed, pick a color combo for him today (one skein each)! One size.

Our favorite color combos thus far:

 

 

 

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She’ll look sharp at work or play in the Cable and Rib Pullover in Worsted Merino Superwash Yarn by Plymouth.  The all over pattern creates a stretchy fabric with a flattering fit in women’s sizes sm/med, l/xl and 1x/2x.  Cables from the top down – yes please!

 

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We’ve been enamored of Swan’s Island for quite some time now. We visit them each year on our (currently running) FiberME tour, and appreciate the care they put into everything they do. Their fibers and colors are so enticingly rich. So it was nice to see a write-up of Swan’s Island in the New York Times Style Magazine blog. Did you know that they are one of only four fully certified organic yarn producers in the US? And that they use all natural dyes? Wonderful stuff! If you’re feeling so inspired, take a gander at our current Swan’s Island delgihts: Swans Island Organic Merino Ecowash SportSwans Island Fingering Organic Merino Wool YarnSwans Island Worsted Organic Merino Wool Yarn

 

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We also love the classes taught by Jackie (aka Dyemama) here at Halcyon Yarn, who dyes for Swan’s Island…

 

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