Shop Hours

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Just a quick pre-long weekend note about our hours – they’re changing for the summer! This weekend we are closed tomorrow (Friday) for Good Friday and Sunday for Easter, and thereafter our hours will be as follows:

Tuesday 11-6

Wednesday 11-6

Thursday 11-6

Friday 11-4:30

Saturday 11-4:30

Closed Sundays *and* Mondays

We will still hold our knitting social (Purlez-Vous!) every Tuesday evening from 7-9, and the store is “open” as a store during that time, so hopefully you can still find a convenient time to pop in for your summer project needs!

I hope you have a great Easter weekend!

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Introducing… madelinetosh

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This morning I received my first-ever order from madelinetosh, a Texas-based yarn company which has been on my yarn-to-stock wishlist since I opened up shop four years ago.

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close-up of the “Cove” colourway in tosh DK

madelinetosh (deliberately in lower-case) specializes in tonal and multi-tonal hand-dyed yarns, and offers an impressive palette of colourways in several weights and yarn bases. I chose to get my feet wet with two weights (sock/fingering and double-knitting) in three bases (“tosh sock”, “tosh merino light”, and “tosh dk”), and chose eight colourways for each:

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tosh DK, clockwise from top-left: “Filigree”, “Tern”, “Cove”, “Byzantine”, “Candlewick”, “Calligraphy”, “Stovepipe”, and “Grasshopper”.

"honey cowl" photo © madelinetosh

photo © madelinetosh

tosh DK is a popular choice for cowls like the “Honey Cowl” shown above in “Grasshopper” (a free pattern from madelinetosh), as well as small accessories like hats and mittens. (While we don’t have sweater-quantities of it in this order, we’ll be taking sweater-quantity requests for our next madtosh order!)

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tosh merino light, clockwise from top-left: “Baltic”, “Antler”, “Mare”, “Winter Wheat”, “Antique Lace”, “Well Water”, “Thunderstorm”, and “Oxblood”.

"Vasa" photo © Paper Tiger

photo © Paper Tiger

Due to its generous yardage (420 yards per skein!), tosh merino light is a popular choice for light-weight pullovers and cardigans (like Dianna Walla’s “Vasa” shown above – Dianna is running a KAL for “Vasa” right now through her blog, Paper Tiger, found here), as well as shawls and scarves worked with sock or fingering-weight yarn.

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tosh sock, clockwise from top-left: “Ink”, “Silver Fox”, “Cousteau”, “Flashdance”, “Chamomile”, “Robin’s Egg”, “Citrus”, and “Edison Bulb”.

"hay cardigan" photo © madelinetosh

photo © madelinetosh

tosh sock, a 100% superwash merino sock-weight yarn, is also a popular choice for sweaters (such as Veera Valimaki’s “Hay Cardigan” shown above) as well as for hats, scarves, gloves, and of course, socks. As you might already know, Veera Valimaki is one of my favourite designers, and many of her designs, including the “Little Things” hat, the “Stripe Study” shawl, and the infamous “Color Affection”, could be made with either the tosh sock or the tosh merino light.

Drop in soon to see these colours in person before they’re all gone! :)

 

Stocking up for Spring!

After a fantastic turnout at the Peterborough Fibre Arts Festival last Saturday (thanks for coming out!), we’ve been taking stock of what’s left and restocking some summer-weight favourites along the way!

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Indigodragonfly MCN Worsted!

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Indigodragonfly Merino Sock!

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Fleece Artist Trail Sock! (Merino-Nylon blend)

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Handmaiden Casbah Sock! (Merino-Cashmere-Nylon blend!)

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Fleece Artist Saldanha Lace in the foreground, Indigodragonfly Merino Single lace in the background!

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Malabrigo Sock!

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Malabrigo Silk-Paca Lace!

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And Mirasol Nuna (merino-silk-bamboo blend) to round out the bunch! So many lovely colours for such a sunny day! Enjoy!

 

4th Annual Fibre Arts Festival – Preview!

Tomorrow is the 4th Annual Peterborough Fibre Arts Festival, where textile enthusiasts of all stripes show off their skills, set up demonstrations, and sell their finest – and we’re going to be there!

Peterborough Fibre Festival poster

I have a fresh just-arrived box of Fleece Artist and Handmaiden yarns that I’ll be bringing with me:

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As well as a few extra-special cake-dyed skeins of sock yarn, Gobstoppers! Dyed locally!

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Gradient colour!

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We also just got a whole table-full (literally) of Indigodragonfly:

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But we won’t be bringing any of this tomorrow because Indigodragonfly will be there!! You can squeeze all the yarn direct from the source! And to soothe your yarn hangover, come visit these beauties on Sunday (Please note: unlike previous years, we will be closed tomorrow for the duration of the festival).

Hope to see you tomorrow at the Peterborough Public Library from 10 until 3!

 

New things: Weekend Edition!

Just a quick update with some of the new items we received this week!

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Super squishy, soft, and bright Malabrigo Rasta! It feels wonderfully therapeutic just to look at these colours.

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New books! Stephanie Pearl-McPhee aka The Yarn Harlot‘s new book, The Amazing Thing About the Way It Goes; Norah Gaughan’s Book #14, a new summer collection; and Doomsday Knits, collected by Alex Tinsley, 31 inspired patterns for your very own apocalyptic future! ;)

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And more Fiddlehead Mitten kits in the classic jewel-tone colour scheme.

Let’s just ignore that whole weather situation going on outside and instead distract ourselves with yarn! It’s pretty much the last coping strategy I have left. Though, as my coffee shop barista wisely said to me this morning, won’t we all be so grateful when spring finally does arrive? New spring yarns are still due for imminent delivery, maybe real spring will show up with them? Stay tuned!

Back to Winter

Well, after that brief stint of springtime weather, Peterborough is back to looking like this today:

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So it feels pretty appropriate to be unpacking a big pile of Lopi yarn!

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A restock of some favourite colourways of Alafoss Lopi, just in case you want to recreate my Astrid/Hela jacket:

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(We also have more copies of Book #28 in stock too, which is where you’ll find the Astrid pattern!)

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And some new colourways in Lett Lopi,  just in case you have Dianna Walla’s Moon Pulls sweater in your dreams:

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photo © Dianna Walla / Paper Tiger

The weather has proven that it is not going to keep us warm anytime soon; knitters, it’s time to take matters into our own hands!

Spring Ahead!

It’s finally (FINALLY) starting to look and feel a little like spring outside here in Peterborough, and we’ve restocked a couple of summer-weight favourites just in time!

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New and newly restocked colourways in Universal’s Cotton Supreme! This 100% cotton heavy-worsted weight is great for household projects (blankets, towels, cloths) but also works amazingly well in a garment – I knit my Que Sera cardigan out of this yarn during one of last summer’s Knit-Alongs and it came out beautifully (and I can’t wait to wear it again this summer!).

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And newly-restocked colourways in the sport-weight 100% organic and fair trade Eco Baby cotton by Debbie Bliss. These are (clockwise from top-left) “Navy”, “Duck Egg”, “Ecru”, and “Apple” – we have the Eco Baby book in stock, too!

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And new spring issues of Piecework and Interweave Crochet (the top on the cover is crocheted in the Noro Taiyo Sock, which we carry!). One of the shop bunnies looks on approvingly… :)

Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead tonight! We lose an hour, but it’s a sure sign that spring is approaching!

Bray-lympic Success

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Woohoo! Cast-on during the Opening Cermonies, finished the seaming during the men’s hockey gold medal game, and wove in my ends during the Closing Ceremonies. Seventeen days and PRESTO! New sweater!

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Bray by Jared Flood features a lovely symmetrical cables-and-lace pattern on the front AND the back, with full-length reverse-stockinette sleeves which end in a saddle-shoulder, plus a rolled collar and tubular cast-on cuffs and hem (the pattern actually includes written instructions for the tubular cast-on, which made it so much easier to execute rather than having to look up a video every time I needed to cast-on a new piece).

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This was knit in the Briggs and Little Heritage, in “Gold” – because it gets a slightly larger/looser gauge than the yarn that the pattern calls for, I knit the smallest size to get an approximate fit of the next size up, and in only five skeins! I think it worked out quite nicely (if I do say so myself!).

And just because it’s Friday, here’s some of the new yarns we’ve stocked this week!

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Some beautiful spring-y colourways in the Cascade Ultra Pima, a 100% cotton in DK weight!

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And this Malabrigo Sock in “Lettuce” on the right is the perfect springtime green (plus some very pretty “Archangel” on the left)!

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Brand new colourways in Trekking XXL sock yarn!

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And a restock of some new and classic colourways in the Zauberballs and Crazy Zauberballs!

Happy Weekend, Everyone!

Olympics Knitting!

Last Friday, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games began, and some of us knitters decided to get together and watch some sports and cast-on our projects!

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I got my yarn and pattern ready (Bray by Jared Flood)

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And met up with local knitters at Champs Sports Bar!

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We cast-on our projects, ate some sports snacks, and watched the Opening Ceremonies on the big screen!

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And drank tea! (you can put a knitter in a sports bar, but you can’t make her drink beer) ;)

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Here is the humble beginning of my left sleeve.

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And here it is as of Wednesday! Left sleeve done, right sleeve started. I’m hoping to finish the right sleeve today and cast on for the back tonight or tomorrow! Still a lot of sweater to knit, but there’s still a little over a week left and this is a long weekend! (Please note: because it is Family Day weekend, we will be closed both Sunday and Monday.)

New items in the shop this week:

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New issues of Interweave Knits and Knitscene!

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New ceramic buttons from Kawartha Wilds!

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As well as new ceramic shawl pins!

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And new colour-combos for the Fiddlehead Mitten yarn packs! Purples and greens on white with light gray liner on the left; greens-blues-gray on white with dark gray liner on the right!

I hope you all have a lovely Valentine’s Day and a great long weekend! Stay cozy!

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Upcoming Class Update + Yarn Restock

Shop news roundup!

- This Saturday (February 8th) is our next Beginner Rug Hooking session with Margot from 2-4 p.m., $25 without materials (if you have your own) or $50 with all materials included (and it sounds like she’s working on a couple new kits!)

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- Next Thursday, February 13th, and Thursday, February 27th, we’re running our classic Beginner Refresher/Intro to Knitting in the Round class. Whether you’ve been working on flat pieces in knit and purl for a while and are looking to expand your skills, or have been away from knitting and need a refresher on some of the basics, this class covers all bases to get you back in the knitting game with the skills needed to tackle more challenging projects. Plus, by the end, you get a hat! That YOU knit! It’s 7-9 both nights, $40 not including materials.

- The last two Wednesdays of February are reserved for our Crochet II class, featuring more advanced techniques for crocheting garments and accessories in the round. Choose one of four potential patterns, all free on Ravelry, and Monica will guide you through the process of reading, understanding, and executing the pattern instructions – check out our website – needlesinthehay.ca/classes.html - for the pattern list and for the calender of all of our classes!

Also, new yarns!

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Restock of new colourways in Berroco Ultra Alpaca! (also Ultra Alpaca Light and Ultra Alpaca Fine!)

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More colourways in Berroco Vintage DK! (also Vintage and Vintage Chunky!)

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New colourways in Berroco Remix, perfect for spring and summer projects!

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New colourways in Noro Kureyon (left) and Noro Silk Garden (right)!

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New Malabrigo “Nube” hand-dyed merino roving!

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And finally, a restock of our super-popular yarn packs for Adrian Bizilia’s  Fiddlehead Mittens!

Also, tomorrow is the beginning of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and while I’m not a *huge* sports fan, I do love any opportunity to justify watching a lot of television and doing a LOT of knitting. To celebrate the start of the games and hopefully catch some highlights from the Opening Ceremonies, local knitters are invited to meet up at Champs Sports Bar at 203 Simcoe Street tomorrow evening at 6:30! Bring your knitting! And if you want to cast-on a new project to challenge yourself in the spirit of the Olympics, check out the Ravellenic Games on Ravelry!


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