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Congratulations to Berna L. from Orlando, FL, our August 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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Love linen fabric, but hesitant to warp up your loom? Let Handwoven’s latest ebook, Best of Handwoven Weaving with Linen - eBook Printed Copy , demystify weaving with linen. It begins with articles like Weaving with Linen without Tears and Linen and Lace, Perfect Partners. They’re the perfect primer to embarking on one of the dozen projects (both 4 and 8 shafts) featured in the booklet. Choose from placemats, runners, curtains and towels.


Halcyon’s own Signature  Newport 16/2 Linen Yarn  is the perfect choice for many of the projects. As you work through the projects you find the different designer’s tips and tricks for weaving with linen to be invaluable. With this booklet as your guide you’ll be on your way to weaving success. Once you discover the joys of linen, you’ll be hooked!


Just a reminder, Halcyon Yarn is your exclusive source for “printed” versions of  all the popular Handwoven eBooks. They are printed in full color on acid-free coated stock, saddle-stitched and ready for immediate browsing and convenient posting next to your loom. Booklets focus on a specific yarn, weaving technique or type of project, providing several patterns from previously published Handwoven magazines, each with detailed instructions and illustrations.


Ahh, we love PLY – The Magazine for Handspinners. Yes, it is called a magazine but we view it as a treasured book – to be added to your spinning library. If  you read our first post on the silk issue of PLY or even our second on the twist issue, you know just how much. The depth to which they cover the specific theme of each issue is simply amazing. I couldn’t ever fathom putting an issue of PLY out for recycling. What a sacrilege that would be. Bottom line, we recommend purchasing every issue you can and making sure each issue has a permanent home in your bookshelf.

So it will come as no surprise, ever since our introduction to PLY we’ve been lamenting the fact we can’t stock the first 3 issues because they sold out so quickly. Well, time to let out a little shout of joy (or maybe a big one depending upon your level of excitement).  Ply - The Magazine for Handspinners - First Issue Summer 2013` has been reprinted. It’s all about “firsts”: first time fleece buyers guide, a quest for the first spinners in history, the first spinning wheel, spinning competitions for first place yarn, the ideal breed for the first spin, the first clip of a young goat, and so on… Packed with info, you’ll love the blend of education and entertainment. So order your copy ASAP before it’s sold out again and be on the look out for reprints of The Color Issue – Autumn 2013 and The Woolen Issue – Winter 2014. We’ll let you know as soon as they’re available.



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Roxton, a great pullover pattern in the latest issue of Twist Collective (a wonderful on-line knitting magazine) is made with Botanica Yarn , one of Halcyon’s own Signature Yarns. It’s the creation of knitwear designer Laura Chau (who took the photos above too!). We love the fun mix of dropped and twisted stitches Laura uses to create a unique lace panel she features in both the front and back of the sweater. To balance these striking panels the sleeves are knit with an extra long ribbed cuff and smooth stockinette in the upper arm. Both body and sleeves are knit in the round from the bottom up and joined at the armholes for a seamless sweater. You’ll love this innovative design, not to mention the fact that Botanica is available in 46 different colors. Which color will you choose?


A high quality printed version of Twist Collective Roxton Pullover in Botanica can be purchased directly through Halcyon Yarn. Those of you who prefer a digital version please visit Twist Collective. Happy knitting!




Repair those one of a kind handknit socks in style with handcrafted hardwood darning eggs. Mark Irving has been at it again; this time around he’s created a gorgeous handcrafted Darning Egg and  Darning Egg with Handle .


Spinners will remember Mark as the Maine woodworking talent behind the beautiful handcrafted Shotzee Medium Weight Cherry Wood Drop Spindle and  Amelia Light Weight Drop Spindle

Woods will vary. Length of darning eggs measure 3″ to 3.5″ and those with handles measure 4.5″ to 6″.



Sometimes you need a little new awesome to brighten your day: Malabrigo Silky Merino awesome to the rescue!  Two new colors are in and in stock. Check out Queguey and Cloudy Sky.

It’s hard to keep Malabrigo’s hand-dyed, uniquely beautiful colors in stock. They’re given such attention to detail; they are mostly made in small batches, and sell out quickly.

Grab ‘em while you can!

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Congratulations to Jean P of Brooklyn, NY and Eileen B. from Salt Lake City, UT. Jean is our quarterly winner of a $25 Halcyon Yarn gift certificate coupon, while Eileen is the winner of our July monthly 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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Come one, come all to FiberME 2014 Craft Fair this coming Wednesday, August 6th, from 1-6 pm. For the second year in a row Halcyon Yarn will  be showcasing the talents of Maine’s own premiere fiber artists. Although designed to enhance the FiberME 2014 experience, the craft show is FREE and open to the public and held right here at the shop.  In addition to the fiber artists, Maine authors Robin Hansen and Susie Stephenson will be joining us, signing copies of their knitting and rug hooking books. Better yet, Linda Cortright,  publisher of the amazing Wild Fibers Magazine (often referred to as the “National Geographic for the Fiber World”), will be on hand ready to discuss the many fascinating places her fiber adventures have taken her. So whether you’re 20 miles away or 120 miles away plan a visit to Halcyon Yarn on August 6th and see just what Maine craftspeople have to offer.  You’ll be amazed and inspired.

Joining us for the FiberME 2014 Craft Fair will be…

Elaine O’Donal – tatting (www.tattedwebs.com)

Janice Jones/Janice Jones Ltd – weaving (www.janicejones.com)

Sybil Shiland – weaving

Susie Stephenson – rug hooking (www.mainemats.com)

Linda Cortright – wild fibers (www.wildfibersmagazine.com)

Joelle Weber/Mermaid Bindery – handmade books, journals (www.mermaidbindery.com )

Nantz Comyn – mixed media

Susan Perrine – mixed media, twig sculpture (www.susanperrine.com)

Linda Whiting/Pine Star Studio – hand dyed yarn, tapestry, fiber tools (www.pinestarstudio.com)

Bev Lamoureux/Shipyard Point Glassworks – glass ring markers, needle threaders, orfice hooks, buttons (www.spglassworks.com)

Heather Kerner/Spiralworks – felted and leather bags (www.spiralworksfelt.com)

Suzanne Gunston/O’Lavender! – recycled antique linens made into lavender sachets

Emi Ito – weaving (www.emiito.com)

Liz Stoyko/Designs in Wools – hooked pillows (www.designsinwools.com)

Beth Ackers/Ackers Acres Angora Farm – angora fiber, angora yarn, knitted goods (www.bunnyblend.com)

Stephanie Crossman/Gram J’s – knotless netting bags, shawls and fine framed pieces (www.mainenetbags.com)

Cara Romano – felted jewelry (www.cararomano.com)

Janet Nannen/Harpswell Silks – hand painted silk scarves (www.hand-dyed-silk-scarves.com)

Susan Garry/Felt Experience – nuno felted clothing (www.feltexperience.jimdo.com)

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