Weavers, have you heard the news? The Rag Rug Handbook - 2nd Edition is back in print!  This classic text is a must have for anyone interested in weaving rag rugs. From clear, concise, comprehensive information on getting started to 21 two and four shaft weaving patterns, it has all you need. Topics include rag preparation, supplies, warping information, weaving and finishing hints, design, as well as a section on the history of looms. Who knows how long it will be available this time around. It’s a must have for every weaver’s library so order your copy today.

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Congratulations are in order!

Marsha S. from Nevada City, CA is the winner of the July drawing for 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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When composer Chris Kincaid saw his wife’s overshot weaving pattern – he was struck by the similarities to music notation, and found the patterns alluring. His wife is an accomplished weaver, and on the board of a weaving and fiber arts non-profit in Kentucky. She was able to get Chris up to speed on weaving “notation”. What he’d seen was an overshot pattern, and that is what he used to inspire a wonderful creative endeavor: Overshot String Quartet and Electronics, which you can hear here. The upshot, overshot, or however you call it, is that weavers now have their own symphony – it’s a little complicated sounding at first, but once the rythm evolves, it’s a wonderful symphonic work (kinda like weaving, no?).

by: Sierra Roberts

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I’m on a mission.  I am determined to prove that even the dowdiest, cheesiest looking stitch patterns can be made to look good.  Ok ok, don’t yell at me- some of them already do look good!  For example, we’ve seen a huge chevron comeback in the last few years, and I’ll admit I’m still on that bandwagon.  I’ll also allow that it’s all subjective.  I understand that not everyone else loves velvet paintings.  I don’t understand why not, but there it is.

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When I was asked to design something suitable for an advanced beginner to make, the only specification beyond skill level was, “one of the Jo Sharp yarns”.  Oh, the possibilities.  I agonized.  I sweat.  I bit my tongue.  I put down the jalapeño chips and started picking out some yarn.  For this project, I was drawn to Jo Sharp Rare Comfort Kid Mohair Yarn.  It’s really light and airy, but still super warm.  There are some great colors available, both solid and variegated.  For a nice contrast, I picked up a hank of our Gemstone Silk Noil Yarn.  I absolutely ADORE the rustic quality of this silk, let me tell you.  It’s really lovely.

So!  With two completely different yarns and textures, I set out to create something that would really highlight each of them.  The Royal Quilt stitch was the perfect way to do that.  With the right yarns, this old stitch went from frumpy to fabulous!  Now, each of these beautiful fine yarns are allowed to shine in their own right.  I hope you enjoy knitting it as much as I did!

….Oh, and don’t forget the pattern is free when you buy the yarn for this project :)

 

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Designs feature waves, whales, sailboats and fish – oh my!  All three patterns require worsted weight yarn and have sizes from 2 – 12 years.  You can click through to the patterns for specific yarn sizing and yardage requirements, but for easy wear and care we recommend these great yarns: Plymouth Encore Worsted Yarn, Casco Bay Cotton Worsted * 630 yds/lb. Yarn, Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton Yarn, Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash Yarn

 

 

Next up, Child's Sailboat and Whale Pullover Sweaters - Yankee Knitter is a classic! Recreate the styles shown with the colors below or get creative with other color combinations!

 

Finally, Ship Shape Kid's Crew - Seguin Collection - Botanica or Casco Bay Worsted (also downloadable) is one of our most popular sweaters for kids.  The pattern has 4 charted motifs (fish, lobster boat, anchor, sail boat).  Perfect in two of our signature yarns   Botanica Yarn color 3000 (300) and Casco Bay Cotton Worsted * 630 yds/lb. color 1020 (8001Scour)

 

 

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The newest and oh so noteworthy addition to our Halcyon Yarn bookshelves is Weekend Wraps. Guided by the seasoned design duo of Cecily Glowick MacDonald and Melissa Labarre, this collection from some of the knitwear industry’s top designers includes 18 stylish, quick knit patterns for cowls, shawls, shrugs and ponchos. Each is worked with worsted weight or heavier yarn so they’ll be on and off the needles in no time. “Fast and Fabulous” is the catchphrase and we’d have to agree. When there’s a chill in the air these are the garments you’ll reach for time and time again. So plan a long weekend get away, grab your copy of Weekend Wraps, some yarn and needles, choose a comfy spot, relax and get knitting.

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The Ashford SampleIt, 10" Rigid Heddle Loom w/built in second heddle option has now permanently replaced the 8″ SampleIt model. You’ll love the extra 2″, plus the built in second heddle block means the loom can grow with you. Extra reeds for the 8″ model will be available while supplies last. So we encourage you to get those additional reed sizes while you still can to make your small but mighty little loom as versatile as possible.

Check out SampleIt gear here!

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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.

 
 
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