We’re finding plenty of quiet ways to enjoy the new year (despite the challenges), I hope you are too! With the new year has come a renewed sense of creativity, and I hope it brings you some time for making projects that you’ve been looking forward to. Now that we’ve given our holiday gifts it’s a perfect opportunity to make a little time for ourselves. We’re here to help you start something new and beautiful, find a treat to spend your Gift Certificate on, or pick up a little inspiration from the bookshelf…
As always, please call or email if we can assist you with planning a project or selecting just the right materials – we’re here to help!
Looking for a simple grab-and-go project for summer? With ample yardage and made-for-the-yarn patterns these easy to work from “cakes” (and ombre color packs) from Spanish yarn maker Katia are just right for a pop of easy color!
Order now for best selection – supplies of these beautiful yarns are limited, once it’s gone it’s gone! (All sales are final.)
Beautifully striped wool mitts in fingerless or full coverage versions!
The Corrugated Mitts knit up easily in your favorite sturdy DK weight wool. These mitts are a great introduction to working with two colors. We knit ours in Classic DK Wool, and kits are available in four of our favorite color combinations.
Back in stock! Designed by Michael Patterson and Halcyon Blake, our Color Gamp Kits are a wonderful way for weavers to explore color interactions. Available in 3/2 Pearl Cotton Yarn or 10/2 Pearl Cotton Yarn, each kit contains the yarn and instructions to create your own vibrant projects.
Weaving offers a truly special kind of color magic in which the relationship between hues can be controlled and manipulated to create an amazing array of effects. Explore how adjusting hues and values within a piece can transform a few basic shades to create fantastic iridescent or gradient effects. Trick the eye by mastering how combining one color with another will create the impression of a different color entirely, as happens in the Popular Science article below describing the Munker-White illusion.
So cool – this is just what happens when you mix colors in your weaving! Try experimenting with similar tones in different hues and you’ll find you can produce the illusion of more colors than you’re actually using by taking advantage of the “Munker-White” illusion. (And now I know it’s called that!) Let us know here if you make or find some good woven examples of this, won’t you?
Gamp projects are a terrific way for weavers to become skilled at creating an enormous spectrum from just a few basics. Discover the many ways of blending color in our easy to follow kits in two weights, for either four or eight harnesses – a great value. Have a stash of colorful yarns already? Pick up the pattern and use it as a basis for experimenting. Have fun and let us know if we can help!
Our revised 3/2 Color Gamp Kit includes yarn and instructions to weave a sampler gamp utilizing 12 colors, plus white, grey, and black.
Project makes a baby blanket and wall hanging, or a set of six placemats plus a runner. The pattern includes directions for both the 36 x 48″ blanket and the set of 6 placemats and a runner as well as 15 full mini-cones of our beautiful 3/2 Pearl Cotton and 150 yds of 20/2 Pearl Cotton in black for hems.
Projects require a 4-shaft loom with a weaving width of 40″ and a reed capable of 12 EPI.
A study for color and weave in 8 shafts or 4 shafts.
Halcyon’s 10/2 Gamp Kit comes with 15 – 10/2 Pearl Cotton mini cones plus 20/2 Pearl Cotton for hems, and the pattern. Directions include five different color study exercises including one utilizing yarns from your own stash for weft, and how to create a clever and colorful shuttle holder for your studio.
The 4-shaft study is done in plain weave. The 8-shaft is in either plain or a twill combination. Approximately 20.5″ wide finished.
Kit includes 15 cones of 10/2 Pearl Cotton and 150 yards of 20/2. Requires 4 or 8 shaft loom 22.5″ or wider and an 8 or 12 dent reed for 24 EPI.
Thank you for being a part of the wonderfully creative and caring Halcyon Yarn fiber community! This fall you have inspired us by donating numerous batches of handmade goods for us to distribute at local shelters. You’ve also inspired us with your creativity as you learn, make, and give beautiful one-of-a-kind items. We hope you’re enjoying the start of the season and are looking forward to making and giving something handmade for the holidays this year. As always, we are incredibly thankful to have such wonderful customers, and we’re always glad to help with your creative pursuits. Thank you for trusting us with your time, your creativity, and your continued business. We wish you all the best this Thanksgiving!
Halcyon Yarn’s retail shop is closed for Thanksgivingthis Thursday and Friday so that we can all enjoy time with our friends and families.
We hope you have a peaceful holiday and enjoy the opportunity to give thanks for all that brings love and beauty to your life.You can always shop online 24/7 at halcyonyarn.com and we look forward to seeing you shopping local in Downtown Bath (or in your closest downtown) on Small Business Saturday!
Knitting Kits by Blue Sky
We love the luxurious and all-natural yarns of Blue Sky Fibers. But how to choose…? Scoop up these simple to make kits and you’ll have a great gift on its own, or something that stitches up quickly so you can you give (or wear!) a great assortment of stylish handmade accessories this winter. The patterns are very approachable and the designs are timeless, plus they come in gift-worthy little packages and resuable bags.
Please note some of these kits are exclusively online right now, but will be available in the Maine retail store soon!
Flight of Stitches
The new Flight of Stitch Markers by Cocoknits is flying right off the shelf! At only $24 these whimsical stitch marker collections are the perfect gift for any knitter or crocheter. As adorable as they are practical! Each delicious style includes 24 markers – 4 each of 6 colors.
Knitty Gritty Project Bags are thoughtfully handcrafted in the USA by Magner. Made with the adventurous knitter (or weaver) in mind, they will last a lifetime. The sturdy waxed canvas has a unique feel and look that will age and patina similar to leather. The wax provides a bit of weather resistance as well.
*Free shipping code Thanks19 automatically applies to online orders from now until Monday, December 2nd, midnight (EST). Free shipping offer applies only for standard ground shipping to the contiguous 48 United States and excludes drop shipped, special order, and special handling items.