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We’re now stocking Love of Knitting magazine, a publication for knitters of all skill levels featuring patterns, tips and techniques. Love of Knitting Fall 2016 is in stock and ready to ship!  Twenty projects including sweaters for men and women, accessories, socks, pillows and sweet designs for kids.  We are especially excited to see a pattern featuring our exclusive signature Botanica Yarn. The Quick Finish Jacket is an open cardigan with slight waist shaping and a rolled collar. Simple, stylish and the perfect fall layer.  Generous size range of 34(38, 42, 46, 50, 54)” at the bust requires 5(5, 6, 7, 7, 8) hanks of Botanica. The piece is worked from the bottom up to the underarm, sleeves are knit separately from the cuff then joined at the yoke. The rolled collar is knit as you work the body. Order your copy of Love of Knitting and get started on your Quick Finish Jacket!  Look for our ad with a special offer!

 

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SheepView360 – happiness returns to the web

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Oh Faroe Islands – remote home to amazing knitting and fiber arts culture… and adorable sheep… could you get any more awesome? When we saw this in CityLab post on the islands efforts to get Google Street View to cover their land, we were interested. Then we hopped over to SheepView360, where you can watch videos taken by sheep who are doing Google’s work in the mean time, and our faith in the goodness of the internet was restored. Be sure to click-and-drag in 360-degrees while the videos are playing!

Yarn bombing, mind bending

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We see a lot of news posts on Yarn Bombing these days. This post, featuring Julia Riordan, based in Stockholm, caught our eye with some particularly creative street art. High-concept 3D, yes please! Gets us thinking…

10-year old empathy for the win!

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We are also amazed by the steady generosity of the fiber arts community; it’s difficult to choose sometimes among the wonderful efforts world wide we’d like to share. This HuffPo post on Garett Lowery, and the video by the local news station, are just so powerful. Garett knit 50 hats for children battling cancer. His words are moving, and his hope for helping others is hopefull for us all!

Kyrgyz Felting

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Finally, Kyrgyzstan. Specifically, we came across a post on Selvedge about the efforts of Aidai Asangulova to support both traditional and modern felting arts in Kyrgystan. We also found an earlier, wonderful interview and story here: It’s a wonderfully complete tale of melding tradition and progress in the fiber arts, while holding on to what’s important about fiber arts and community. Round out this far-flung felting tale with a visit to Aidai’s own website for her socially responsible business… And then dream about a visit yourself!

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Congratulations to two lucky Halcyon Yarn customers!

Hazel-Ruth T. from Olathe, KS is the winner of the June drawing for a $10 Halcyon Yarn gift certificate coupon.

Our 2nd quarter drawing for a $25 Halcyon Yarn gift certificate coupon goes to Monica W. from Lincoln, CA.

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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Celebrate the first weekend of summer with Free Standard Shipping* on orders over $65.00 now through Monday, June 27th.  Use code Summ2016 to take advantage of free shipping on qualifying orders.  Take in the sun and we’ll take care of the shipping!  Make sure to use code SUMM2016.

*Free Standard Shipping applies to orders equaling $65.00 or more before tax and/or shipping. Offer excludes International and expedited shipping, bulk orders and wholesale orders.  Valid in the Continental US only, offer expires Monday, June 27th 11:59PM EST.

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Our Casco Bay Tote - Casco Bay Worsted is the perfect summer project!  Take it to the beach or the market, it’s just the right size for fun in the sun.  Knit with two colors of  Casco Bay Cotton Worsted * 630 yds/lb. Yarn you can choose your own color combination or select from some of our favorite pairings.  The tote is knit flat starting at the base, then stitches are picked up and knit in the round in a textured slip stitch pattern for the main body.  The straps are knit separately and attached.  Finishing instructions include adding elastic to the top band to prevent stretching and placing a piece of covered cardboard or plastic in the base to hold it’s shape, if desired. The pattern is available for free with the purchase of the yarn, and also available to download – simply add the version you’d like to your cart before checkout.

 

Pick a pair of colors for your Casco Bay Tote!  Project requires 3 mini cones of the main color and 2 mini cones of the contrast color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional projects featuring Casco Bay Cotton:    

 

 

Weavers love Casco Bay Cotton yarn too! Downloads available: Rustic Mats, Runner and Napkins - Casco Bay Cottons - Pattern download, Log Cabin Baby Blanket Woven - Casco Bay Cottons - Pattern download, or printed versions of these patterns:

 

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Ply - The Magazine for Handspinners - Bulky Summer 2016 Issue 13 is here! It might be the vibrant cover with its sun drenched yellows, sunset shades of oranges, pinks and corals that catches your attention but its the content that will keep you stimulated for hours. We’d expect nothing less from our favorite spinning magazine.

This issue is all about bulky. Every spinner knows it well, that thick, larger than life yarn we all create in the beginning of our spinning career but then becomes an enigma as our spinning skills increase. This issue of Ply will have you spinning big, bold, beautiful yarns but this time around it will be by design and created with purpose. Learn to draft for thicker woolen and worsted yarn. Ply several singles to build the bulky you want. Terrific tips and tricks for building grit and increasing diameter. Learn to keep your bulky even and consistent or create thick and thin. Are there better breeds for bulky yarn? Why yes and Beth Smith tells you which. Deb Robson tackles the issue of fiber length while Michelle Boyd talks about wheel set up and tension. It’s fascinating to learn how yarn diameter affects color. These are just some of the articles, there’s even more. So make sure Ply is top on your list of summer reads and then get spinning!

Don’t forget we stock back issues of Ply.

 

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Yes “Yarn” the movie is touring, and we can’t wait to see it!

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We came across a wonderful lengthy review on Slate of the currently touring movie Yarn. Before we slip a stitch in excitement: here is the trailer courtesy of SXSW.

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The movie looks to focus on four people who work with yarn around the world (Canada, Cuba, Iceland, Japan, Spain, Sweden and USA) who use yarn in unique ways for artistic expression. While we may not personally be crocheting full sized playgrounds, knitting camo jumpsuits, giving yarn-supported-acrobatic performances, or yarn-bombing in areas of governmentally restricted speech… we’re pretty excited to watch others do so! Closest to us is Boston, check for a screening near you.

[Update!] Yarn (the movie) is playing in Waterville, Maine next Wednesday at Railroad Square Cinema at 7:15 pm.  [thank you to L Rockwell, “Queen Bee” at Queen Bee Knits, Belgrade, for the update]

While supplies last we’re offering up to 40% off select titles (currently almost 80 to choose from see the whole list here). It’s the perfect time to add to your library and refresh the books on your coffee table. When it comes to books in the fiber world, they’re a whole lot more than a collection of patterns. Many are equal parts inspiration and education. We’ve highlighted a few titles but be sure to browse our complete selection of sale books here and take advantage of these fantastic savings.

Quantities are limited. These books are sold on a first come first serve basis and cannot be back ordered. All sales are final. No further discounts apply.

 

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