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It spring cleaning here at Halcyon Yarn. We’re straightening up the shelves and clearing out *discontinued yarns.  Today we’re offering terrific savings on our “orphan yarns”. You’ll find a little bit of this and a little bit of that. These are specific colors within a yarn line being discontinued. That means we’re still carrying the yarn, but the individual colors being highlighted will no longer be available. Quantities are limited so take advantage of these savings while they’re still around! Because we often have anywhere from 2 to 20 skeins, don’t hesitate to give us a call, 1-800-341-0282, if you need a certain quantity for a specific project.

 

*Sale prices valid on in stock items only. We cannot offer back orders on discontinued yarns.

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When it comes to lighting for your fiber arts, the  SALE! Stella LED Flex Arm Lamp - 10 Watts is the light to have and now is the time to get one. Regularly $220, purchase it now for only *$169.95. That’s a savings of $50. 

We fell in love with the Stella Lamp the moment we were introduced and actually use the lamps here in the shop. Its tri-spectrum technology is simply amazing. With the touch of a button you can switch the setting from pure white to warm natural or cool white colors, making it the ideal lighting tool for for any situation.

  • Use the pure white setting for arts and crafts and working with color – wide spectrum light provides vivid and accurate colors!
  • Change to the warm natural for calming activities like reading and all general purpose uses – this is a cozy and relaxing quality of light.
  • When night time comes or anytime your eyes are tired switch to the cool white setting – this cool light is easy on your eyes yet energizing.

There’s even more to love. Flex arm technology lets you direct light exactly where you want it. Stella’s easy touch interface allows you to turn on/off, dim up or down and change light spectrum all with a quick light touch. LED technology means 50,000 plus hour lamp life. So in other words, if you were to use Stella for 12 hours a day, 365 days a year, you would still have 70% of the light you started with after 11 years. Now that’s one impressive light!

*Sale price is valid on in stock items only.

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Brown cotton – new world native, acadian marvel

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The brown cotton fiber, a native to the americas, sounds delightful. Here, a bit of history on the fiber and the blankets that early acadians made, as it relates to a just-premiering documentary.


Weaving exhibits at Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

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Children of the oasis – Tapestry works by children from Cairo

The hand towel project


The Gnome Project


An inspirational story of felting a gnome a day, while moving with you family across country (to Maine!) and other adventures. Read this for encouragement to make fiber arts a daily activity, and for adorable gnomes! A gnome a day also has an adorable blog.


What size are those needles?

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David Cole, an artist with wide-ranging interests that have had fiber-arts themes, is having a retrospective in Providence, RI. Somehow we’d missed his back-hoe “knitting machine” performance art piece in 2005; he knit an american flag. The video is worth a gander – pretty impressive… but what size are those needles?

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It’s your last chance to weave a Frosted Elegance Scarf. Weave it while you can. Elements*, the featured yarn in the warp, is being discontinued. We’ve always been fascinated with the construction of Elements. Lofty wool is enclosed in a shimmering nylon mesh creating a strong and gorgeous two-toned yarn with a gentle halo. So pick up 2 balls at its new low price of $8.50 per ball (reg $11.25), pair it with a skein of Victorian Boucle Yarn, add Frosted Elegance Scarf - Pattern download (available as print or download, both are FREE with yarn purchase) and you have all the ingredients you need to weave up a super easy, sumptuous scarf, all at a fantastic price. Makes a great gift. Just think, you could get a jump start on your holiday weaving.

 

This scarf can be woven on any 2 shaft loom, but it is very well suited for the rigid heddle. Direct warping is so fast and with just 8 picks per inch this scarf is off the loom in no time. A perfect weekend project. 

Remember you’ll need 2 skeins of Elements and 1 skein of Victorian Boucle. Colors shown above are the following combination:

[Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] & Victorian Boucle Yarn color 123 (422)

 

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[Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] & Victorian Boucle Yarn color 308 (508)

 

[Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock]
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[Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] & Victorian Boucle Yarn color 300 (300)

 

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[Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock]

 

 

*Quantities are limited. To be assured availability we recommend calling 1-800-341-0282 to place your order. Sale prices are limited to existing stock. Back orders are not possible.

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If you have a fiber loving mother, nothing says happy Mother’s Day like a Halcyon Yarn Gift Certificate*. Imagine… abundant inspiration and indulgence just for her.  What a treat to pick out just the right yarn, fiber, book or piece of equipment. Now isn’t that what it’s all about.

*Requests for electronic Gift Certificates must be made by 3 pm EST, May 8, 2015, to be sent before Mother’s Day.  The electronic Gift Certificate will be sent in the form of a pdf to either your computer or the recipient’s, so please include e-mail addresses.

 

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It’s time for spring cleaning here at Halcyon Yarn. This time of year we find out which yarns the manufacturers are discontinuing, what colors they’re getting rid of or changing and we decide which yarns didn’t sell well last year. What does this mean for you? Great yarns at great prices. Any yarn that won’t be with us this fall we put on sale.

The first of many is Noro Silk Garden Solo*. All existing stock is now $7.35, reg. $12.25. Remember, quantities are limited. Order quickly for best selection.

*Quantities are limited. To be assured availability we recommend calling 1-800-341-0282 to place your order. Sale prices are limited to existing stock. Back orders are not possible.

 

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A knitting group 34,000 strong?

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Quebec, Canada, is a provence blessed with strong arts presence. One example? Cercles des Fermières, a 100 year old women’s organization who’s members focus on fiber arts. This spring and summer, as part of their anniversary celebrations, they’re collaborating with locations across the provence to adorn trees with members handywork. Montreal has some great installations – see above. There’s even a map on their website (in french) of locations!


Grand Rapids celebrating Peruvian women, weaving empowerment

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If you’re local to, or passing through, Grand Rapids, Michigan, this looks to be a fascinating exhibit. Beautiful weaving, and, a beautiful model of empowerment. Examines how a weaving collective has enabled women fiber artists to sell their works to a broader audience – and critically to maintain control of the financial rewards.


May the force [of the felting needle] be with you!

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cNet has an interesting story up about how Jack Wang and twin brother Holman Wang created “Star Wars Epic Yarns” picture books. Using mostly painstakingly detailed needle felted figures, the scenes delight Star Wars and fiber arts fans alike! …Give it up for wool: “Luke, I’m your fiber”.


 

Knitting group rock: Bock,bock,begowwwwk

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Well, it was the chicken vest that got our attention. Still, this seems like one fun knitting group. Then we had to google chicken vest patterns, and it turns out it is serious business and can really help a hen out!

 

One of the great things about working at Halcyon Yarn (there are many) is being able to see the latest books and magazines in the fiber world. Always an inspiration. Here’s what’s new…

Books

 

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Don’t forget Halcyon Yarn always offers 15% off books when you purchase 5 or more at one time.

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