Fiber Arts Education
Are you tired of juggling all those double-pointed needles? Is the magic loop method not quite working its magic on you? Fear not, knitters! Addi FlexiFlips are just the double-pointed/circular needle hybrid you didn’t even know you needed. Read on to watch the video, and don’t miss the free quick hat pattern below! (Plus, shop a great deal on the featured yarns!)
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Open House! See you next year…
Make a great day of it at Halcyon Yarn’s Annual Open House this Saturday. Free and fun fiber arts for the whole family – and great savings however you shop, in-store or online!
Everything is 10% to 30% off all day, and online until midnight!
Enter Code: HYOH2018
For those of you who are new to Open House, here’s how the discount works online:
- Place your order and enter code HYOH2018, you’ll automatically receive 10% off.
- When we process your order we’ll draw for an additional discount and you’ll receive the higher of the two, up to 30% off!
- Orders over $200 (before taxes/shipping/discount) receive a free canvas tote bag!
Join us from 10:00 to 4:00 in the retail store at 12 School St., Bath, Maine. Or shop online until midnight (EST) to enjoy this great event.
* Please note that telephone customer service will not be available Saturday, please leave a message and we’ll return your call Monday.
Enjoy Fiber Art Demonstrations in Weaving, Felting, Spinning, Dyeing, Lucet, & Rug Hooking all day in the 3rd Floor Classroom and throughout the store. Ask questions and try your hand at new crafts.
Indigo Dye-It-Yourself! We’ll have another great community indigo dip happening on Saturday at Open House. Indigo Sessions are from 10:15 to noon & 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the School Street garage/loading dock. Check out the details here: Community DIY Indigo Dip
Artist talk and conversation with rug weaver and Halcyon Yarn co-founder Hector Jaeger. Meet Hector, see examples of his hand-dyed woven rugs, and learn about his process. 1:30 pm, first floor lobby.
Great sales on everything store wide, plus new items, door prizes, and refreshments all day long. Join us in person at the shop in beautiful Bath, Maine… Or visit online for great deals too… See you soon!
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Check out visitbath.com for local area attractions, including dining, lodging and the Downtown Autumnfest, also happening on October 6th! If you’ll be downtown, take advantage of the It Pays to Shop Local special. When you spend $50 at any participating business you can receive a $10 Gift of Bath certificate, good at over 70 stores!
As the locals know, fall in Maine is perfect for day trips and long weekends exploring. Many of our visitors are wrapping up a summer on the road by coming to New England… Now is a great time to make a trip to Halcyon Yarn for sweater weather inspiration or get a head start on holiday gift making. Check out the calendar and plan for a visit!
The weather makes it hard to believe that fall is just around the corner, but the calendar doesn’t lie! Labor Day weekend is upon us and it’s time to start planning for a great fall fiber line up!
Here in Maine we’re into the swing of seeing summer visitors and we’re thrilled to welcome old friends and new! If you’re in New England, or would like to be, here are some great reasons to visit us at Halcyon Yarn, and some fun events to plan for. Read on for summer yarn fun to look forward to…
Photo Tutorial: How to create a horizontal chained dropped stitch braid
Many of us knit, weave, crochet, or otherwise find time with fiber because it’s relaxing. It can be a break from many different stressors and a calming re-set in your day. It’s simply fun! Turns out, we’re not the only ones who have found this. It also turns out that the benefits go beyond personal health – they propagate across communities and beyond!
We first noticed a great article in the Indpendent that highlights recent finds related to knitting in research and by knitting enthusiasts. Then a bunch of papers picked up a literature review by the amazing British group Knit for Peace. The review highlights and collects research that what we’ve been noticing for a while, and thoroughly convinces us that knitting is scientifically proven to be good for your health! How so? To quote the review:
• Lowers blood pressure • Reduces depression and anxiety • Slows the onset of dementia • Is as relaxing as yoga • Distracts from chronic pain • Provides an opportunity for creativity (at a time of reducing capacity) • Increases sense of wellbeing • Reduces loneliness and isolation • Increases sense of usefulness and inclusion in society
It is also, by the way, heart warming to see the work of Knit for Peace! They do many things – like bring together women from traditionally hostile communities in India and Rwanda to knit together, and then distribute the goods created to those in need. They also coordinate distribution of knit goods made by volunteers in the UK and beyond to areas in need such as Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, anyone wondering about weaving? The story of Philippine refugees who weave not only for financial support, but also for the community that comes with it, is a powerful testimony to the healing powers of weaving. Another story about the power of weaving to help displaced peoples comes from Bangladesh, where weaving is proving to be a driving force in rising a village out of debt and into prosperity.
As we pick up our needles, or hook, or begin to weave, or spin, it’s inspiring to reflect upon the traditions that we’re keeping. And it’s nice to know that those traditions are a powerful force for health, for people and communities around the world.
Take a little time for self care and community with your favorite craft, and know that you’re part of a worldwide community of people doing the same.