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Temari Balls class with Angie Olson is THIS WEEKEND Saturday, November 15, 10 am – 4 pm.  Learn to makethese colorful and decorative balls for gifts or to decorate your own home.  They are beautiful hung from the tree, in a glass bowl, or scattered among seasonal greens of the dining table.  All sorts of color combinations are possible.  This is always a favorite class.PSSSSST  –  don’t tell anyone but the holidays are fast approaching – also known as the gift giving season!  We know time is precious this time of year so here at Halcyon Yarn we’re offering a fantastic selection of classes that will do double duty in this busy time of year. In each of these classes you’ll have fun and relax(so needed this time of year) and at the end you’ll walk away with a finished product, or nearly finished product, that you can give as a gift plus the skills to make more. Temari3
Noodling with Nuno with Marianne Dubois is THIS WEEKEND Saturday November 15, 9:30am-3:30pm. Learn to make felted silk and wool scarves with the technique of Nuno felting. Merino wool top and lightweight silk gauze will be combined to produce one-of-a-kind felted scarves. You’ll be amazed at how Nuno felting enables you to create felt with flexibility and drape. Students will go home with a completed scarf and ideas for many more projects. NWN
Hooked Flower Brooches with Susie Stephenson is Saturday, November 29, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.  These flower brooches can embellish your outfit or hat, decorate a package, attach to the limb of the tree or brighten a bowl of greens for a beautiful centerpiece that will last the whole season. APR
Make It and Take It – Felted Dryer Balls is scheduled on Tuesday evening, December 2, 6-8 pm.  Felted dryer balls may not seem exciting but they are very useful particularly as they reduce your drying time.  They are also colorful and easy to make: a wonderful, thoughtful and useful gift for friends, neighbors, teachers or you knitting group.  Kendra will show you the ins and out of making the dryer balls in this 2 hour class and you will be off and running making holiday gifts. MFB
Intro to Lucet Braiding with Eileen Antell on Saturday, December 6, 10 am – 12 noon.  This class will show you how to make simple lucet braids.  These make fun, colorful friendship bracelets or they can be used as garlands and for wrapping packages.  Can you think of other ways to use them?  The class fee includes yarns, notes and a cherry lucet for you to take home. Get ready to braid! LUC
Stuffed Mittens / Two Pairs / Two Ways with Ruth Slagle on Sunday, December 7, 12 noon – 3 pm.  Ruth will lead you through the process of making these wonderfully warm ‘stuffed mittens’.  These mittens have been a favorite of Halcyon Yarn customers for years – kids and adults alike.  Choose your materials before class and take advantage of the 10% class discount.  Get two pairs of mittens started in class and be well on your way to two wonderful and warm gifts. MIT
Festive Felted Soaps with Kendra Rafford in Tuesday evening, December 9, 6 – 8 pm.  Felted Soaps are another colorful and practical gift you can make for several friends and family.  Match their color scheme, use the colors of the season, use different colors together.  These will brighten any soap dish and make kudos for your thoughtfulness.  Bring 1/2 dozen cakes of soap, some old nylon stockings and a couple of old towels and you”ll be ready to go.  Plenty of fiber will be provided. FFS

Although not project oriented classes, you might also enjoy Spinning Revisited on Saturday, November 22, 10am-4pm or Advanced Beginner Knitting on Thursday, December 4, 10am-3pm.
For more information about these classes and to see our complete offerings visit our classes on the web.  Sign-up on line or call 207-442-7909 or 1-800-341-0282 to register.

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Leaves are falling and so is the temperature!  We’ve already seen snow and there’s definitely more to come.  Doesn’t it feel good to slip on a warm pair of mittens or a nice knit hat on a chilly day?  Let’s not forget the little hands and heads that may not have such cozy items this season.

Join Halcyon Yarn’s effort to knit and collect hats and mittens to be distributed to local schools and facilities this winter.  We are already collecting items right here in our shop and you can add to it by dropping off your knits during our store hours.  Can’t make it in – we’ll gladly accept items through the mail as well.  See our hours and address below.

Make sure to come by the shop on Saturday December 13th, we’ll have free patterns and refreshments if you’d like to stay and knit for this great cause. Bring your stash yarn and needles and whip up a little something warm!  Event hours are 10am – 2pm.

Chilly kids come in all sizes from toddlers to teens, let’s work together together to keep them warm!

Want to start knitting right away?

Download our FREE Cozy Kiddos Hat pattern.

Drop off items at Halcyon Yarn, 12 School St Bath ME 04530 during open hours:

  • Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm
  • Sat 9am – 4pm
  • Sun 12pm – 3:30pm

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Congratulations to Mary R. from Willimantic CT, our November 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).

 

We all know the importance of properly finishing your handknits and the difference good tools can make in this often painstaking process. With this thought in mind we welcome  Knit Blockers by Knitter's Pride Lace Blocking Mats by Knitter's Pride  and Lace Blocking Wire Kit by Knitter's Pride to our line of knitting accessories here at Halcyon Yarn.

Knit Blockers, an innovative new tool for knitters, makes blocking a breeze. Each package comes with two sizes of tough plastic blockers with built-in rust resistent stainless-steel pins. Package of 20 includes 8 pieces having 4 pins and 12 pieces having 8 pins. Each blocker can be easily inserted into and removed from blocking mats, speeding up the blocking process and creating more even tension. Larger pieces can be blocked by attaching string to the anchor holes in each blocker which can then be stretched and pinned to maintain tension. For more information you can visit Knitter’s Pride website and download a pdf on how to use Knit Blockers.

Lace Blocking Mats are fun, useful and priced right! The vivid colors will make you feel like a kid again. Each pack contains 9 colorful 11.8″ square blocking mats that fit together like a puzzle allowing you to customize the size and shape you need – all for only $24.99. Prefer a more conventional look? We recommend the popular Knitter's Block Kit . The kit includes 9 – 12″ square blocking tiles, 30 t-pins, a 32″ X 36″ pressing cloth, and a reusable bag to store your blocking tiles.

   

The Lace Blocking Wire Kit is a set of 15 rust resistant stainless steel wires and 20 t-pins all conveniently packaged in a ridged plastic tube for easy storage. Simply slip the wire through the edges of your lace project and place t-pins along the inside of the wires to hold them in place while the lace dries.

 

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With cold winter weather just ahead, now is the time to start knitting a pair of toasty warm Stuffed Mittens. Your hands will thank you. Imagine your hands being surrounded by billowy poufs of fiber (ahh, just heavenly). Small pieces of roving, unspun sheep’s wool, are knit into the mitten fabric along with the working yarn to create a fleecy lining. Over time the fleece felts into a super insulating layer. Traditional fleece stuffed mittens of Newfoundland and Labrador were knit with natural colors, but with today’s multitude of color choices in both yarn and fiber, the sky is the limited with regard to design.

 

So get ready to knit up a pair of the best mittens ever. You can customize your mitts by choosing your favorite bulky weight yarn (125 yds, 140 yds) like Lamb's Pride Bulky Yarn , Noro Obi , Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky Yarn , Malabrigo Mecha or Cascade 128 Superwash and pairing it with 2 oz of fiber like Hand-Dyed Blue Face Leicester Wool Fiber Merino Top Wool Fiber Fine White Merino Wool Top , Multi-Colored Merino Wool Top , Merino Silk Top Fiber . It’s all in the touch so we prefer using super soft fiber. Don’t forget to order the Snuggly Stuffed Mitten Knitting Pattern . (FREE with yarn and fiber purchase)

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Or make it easy by choosing one of our popular *Stuffed Mittens Kits.   Snuggly Stuffed Mitten Kit, green Snuggly Stuffed Mitten Kit, black Snuggly Stuffed Mitten Kit, navy Snuggly Stuffed Mitten Kit, purple ,  [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] ,  Snuggly Stuffed Mitten Kit, chocolate / brown .

Make these mittens to give as a gift or if you have a knitter on your gift list, the kit makes a great gift. You’ll love them either way.

Love mitten folklore? Check out Robin Hansen’s Ultimate Mittens: 28 Classic Patterns to Keep You Warm .

   

*Kit contains enough yarn for a women’s pair of mittens. Includes Brown Sheep bulky yarn, hand dyed fleece roving and mitten pattern. You will also need size 9 double point needles.

 

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It’s not like you need a reason to feel good about working with natural fibers. But when one comes along, it is reassuring. This bit of pioneering research, begun in Maine, is fascinating and will be important to follow up on. It looks like the very long persistence of synthetic fibers is causing an unseen wave of pollution in the marine environment. Yay for biodegradable fibers!

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A nice piece of radio journalism on the importance of woven Saris.

 

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The packaging we get can be so annoying. And what a waste when such strong materials are thrown away. Well here’s something cool in the Solomon Islands: recycling packaging / strapping by weaving bags!

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Viral alert: this rockin’ knit wig has been a sensation of late. What an empowering way to be positive while dealing with chemo!

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Um, ok, I feel bad enough about not exercising enough, and not knitting enough… now I have to feel bad about not knitting and exercising at the same time? Haha awesome!

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Our new Botanica Twisted Stitch Slouch Hat (free with yarn purchase) met with rave reviews when first debuted in the shop. Now it your turn to join the knitting frenzy. We’ve added a little twist (figuratively and literally) to the ever popular slouch hat. Our version is a fun and easy, quick to knit hat with the classic comfortable relaxed look and feel. We’ve just knit the main body using a twisted stitch for a bit of visual interest. The perfect hat for all occasions. We like to describe it as casual with bit of flair.

   

Customers love the hat and they love the yarn, Halcyon’s Signature   Botanica Yarn . Requiring just one skein, it’s the perfect project for knitters who want immediate gratification and makes an ideal gift. We’ve had people coming back to pick out 2, 3 and even 4 different colors to knit the hat for Christmas gifts. Which color will you pick?

   

One size fits youth through adult.

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The new Leclerc Clip Temple will revolutionize the weaving world. Imagine purchasing just one temple that can adapt to any width. One Clip Temple can replace all your other temples. If you’ve ever considered purchasing a temple but not yet made a commitment, now is the time and a Clip Temple is the one to purchase.

   

Imagine the money you’ll save by purchasing just one Clip Temple at $82.00. As a comparison let’s look at the Finnish Metal Temples. Great temples, but you’d need to purchase 4 individual temples to cover widths from 12″-59″ at a cost of $327. That’s a difference of $245! 

We love the simplicity of the Clip Temple. The system easily attaches to any loom with the addition of 4 eye hooks. Tension is adjusted by adding and subtracting a series of 3 different weights. Clips attach to the sides of the fabric with an easy pull back locking mechanism. There are no metal teeth to leave holes in your fabric. Great for all fabrics, especially delicate linens.

Want to see the Clip Temple in action? Check out the video on Leclerc’s homepage.

Comes with: 2 clips with loop cords, 2 clips for heavier cloth, 4 eyescrews, 2 long weights (10″ long, 1.5 lb.), 2 medium weights (6″ .85 lb. 2 short weights (3″ .40 lb). Requires screwing eye hooks into loom.

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