Yarn Update – Crazy Holiday Edition

Holiday season = yarn season. Just so much yarn…


First up: some of my favourite yarns from Berroco are all stocked-up with new colourways and some of the classics as well. Ultra Alpaca colourways above; Ultra Alpaca Chunky is below!



Also from Berroco, Vintage Chunky (above), Vintage (below), and Vintage DK (below below!)…




We also received a last-minute shipment from our friends at Indigodragonfly, with some lovely MerGoat Worsted (above) and MerGoat Sock (below)…


And a beautiful rainbow of colourways in Indigodragonfly’s Merino-Silk 4-ply Sock…


(If anyone is still asking you what you want for Christmas, well… now you know what to tell them!)



Freshly restocked Crazy Zauberballs – yarn therapy for the craziest time of year perhaps?


And fresh (and local!) Gobstoppers in DK, Fingering, and Lace weights!


A surprise shipment of Malabrigo Rasta brightened up our weekend, there’s still some left (though probably not for much longer!)


And an armload of wonderful, local, and totally one-of-a-kind **handspun** skeins from Fullin’ Woolens!

Whether you have a knitter on your gifting list, are a knitter on someone else’s list, or just need a holiday season sanity-saving project, we’ve got you covered at Needles in the Hay. ;)

Happy Friday

All sorts of new things are here just in time for the weekend…


A bunch of new Malabrigo!


… including Rios…


… and Sock!


New colourways in Hikoo’s Kenzie, one of my all-time favourite tweeds!


New Noro Taiyo Sock in stock!


And a handful of new Gobstoppers to round out the bunch!


Plus, more new and newly-restocked books and magazines than you can shake a stick at. Pop in this weekend for a browse!

Upcoming Classes for Sweater Dreamers

If you’ve seen me in the shop in the last couple of weeks, I was likely wearing this at the time:


This is Exeter, a pattern by Michelle Wang, and it’s my new wear-every-day sweater. It was knit with 9 skeins of Briggs and Little Heritage in “Sheep’s Grey”, and feels like being hugged by a sheep.


Exeter is published by Brooklyn Tweed, one of my favourite knitwear design companies. They have released so many sweater patterns in the last few years which now have firmly cemented spots on my “must knit” list, I’m starting to wonder if that list now exceeds my life expectancy. However, so very many of their sweater patterns are knit in pieces and seamed, which can be a little intimidating to some knitters (especially those of you who are firmly committed to the ease and speed of top-down or bottom-up seamless designs). Well, fear not, gentle knitters! We still have space in our upcoming Sweater Finishing Techniques class:

Sweater Finishing Techniques
Saturday November 8, 2 – 4pm
Learn all the tips on final sweater finishing steps like sewing seams, working button-holes,
picking up stitches, and more! This class will get you ready to finish your large projects with confidence.Materials: 3 or 4 worsted-weight 3-inch-square swatches in stockinette stitch, plus additional yarn and gauge needles, plus darning needle for seaming practice. $30 for one session Instructor: Glenna C. of Knitting to Stay Sane



For those of you who might have your eye on a Scandinavian-style sweater (like the Hela/Astrid sweater-coccoon I knit last year), or if you’re one of the many knitters who are waiting with bated breath for Kate Davies’ YOKES book to come out, you can better prepare yourself with this Saturday’s steeking workshop as well!

Steeks Don’t Scare Me!
Saturday November 8, 11am – 1pm
A chance to try this intimdating technique – intentionally cutting your knitting open! – in a safe and secure environment, with expert instruction and low-pressure conditions. You will prepare swatches ahead of time that you will steek in class. Different stabilizing and finishing methods will be explored. Materials : colourwork swatches – homework is provided when you sign-up , darning needle, sharp sewing scissors, 3.5-4.0mm crochet hook.
$30 for one session Instructor: Glenna C. of Knitting to Stay Sane

I’m posting these now because these classes *do* require you to have a couple swatches knit up in advance (like, an evening’s worth of knitting), so give me a call at the shop (705.740.0667) or send me an email (info@needlesinthehay.ca) if you’d like to sign up!

Thursday Shop Updates – Fleece Artist! Zauberballs! Magnum!

One of the nicest things about fall? So much new yarn to squeeze! Here’s what’s new this week:


Fleece Artist Trail Sock, merino-nylon sock-weight, in awesome colours!


Fleece Artist Slubby Mix, a Merino/BFL blend with a thick-and-thin texture!


Fleece Artist Thrum Mitten kits! Just in time for cold weather (and Christmas is just two months away!).


Schoppel Zauberballs and Crazy Zauberballs in some great new colourways and some classic favourites!


Cascade Magnum is back, our biggest super-bulky wool, in neutrals and wintery tones.


And if you’re looking for inspiration, look no further – new issues of Jane Austen Knits, KnitPurl, and Knitscene have all arrived, just in time for your weekend! Happy knitting!

Friday Yarn Update!

The weather’s taken a turn for the worse – time to grab the needles and get cozy!


A rainbow of Briggs and Little Heritage! Plus, sweater/blanket quantities on the bottom shelf!


Speaking of sweaters and blankets, a whole bunch of Cascade Eco+ and Ecological Wool just arrived!


And new gradient/stripe sock duos from local dyer Rosebriar Fibre! Two 50g cakes of sock yarn dyed with the exact same colour sequence!

Stay warm and dry this weekend, knitter friends! (crocheter friends too!)

End-of-the-Week Updates!


A little restock of Indigodragonfly arrived last weekend – Merino Sock in the background and the MerGoatSock (merino/cashmere/nylon) in the fore!


And a little late to last week’s Berroco party but nonetheless exciting, the new Berroco Ultra Alpaca CHUNKY has arrived! I’ve been dreaming of having the lovely softness and stability of the worsted Ultra Alpaca in a fast-knitting chunky weight and that magical day has finally arrived!


We have a sample of the Duchamp assymetrical/reversible scarf knit in the Ultra Alpaca Chunky as well as copies of the Ultra Alpaca Chunky booklet in stock!


We also have some awesome classes coming up: Glenna is teaching Intro to Stranded Colourwork (perfect for those of you who might be wanting to join in on our Colourwork Mittens Knit-Along this year!) and her popular Knit Your Best Sweater! class on Saturday, October 4th…


… and Margot is teaching her Beginner Rug Hooking class on Thursday, October 9th! Send me an email at info@needlesinthehay.ca if you’d like to sign up!

Yarn Bonanza!

‘Tis the season of yarn arrivals!


Malabrigo Mecha! Lovely handdyed yarn in a superwash chunky weight!


Diamond Luxury Alpaca in Chunky weight too!


New colourways in Noro Kureyon and Silk Garden!


A re-stock of Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca! (as well as Ultra Alpaca Light and Ultra Alpaca Fine)


Berroco Vintage! (as well as Vintage Chunky and Vintage DK)


Berroco Folio! (plus more colourways in Berroco Modern Cotton and Berroco Remix!)


New and newly restocked Berroco booklets, including Norah Gaughan Vol. 15!


And a new issue of Piecework and the super-popular 2014 edition of Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts! Huzzah!

Happy Weekend everyone!

Back in the Yarn Shop

… and feelin’ fine! I had a great week of summer vacationing and now it’s suddenly September and it’s time to get cracking on some hardcore pre-winter knitting! While it’s sunny and warm outside today here in Peterborough, I know that high season of wearing all of my favourite handknits is just around the corner…

Without further ado…


The shop hours have changed again for the the fall, some elements have carried over from the summer (opening at 11), but we’re open ’til 6 on Fridays again and open 12-4 on Sundays (by far the best day for finding parking downtown!). And of course, still open late on Tuesdays for our weekly knitting social, “Purlez-Vous?”.

And while we eagerly await the arrival of our fall stock, there’s a couple new things that have arrived in the couple days since we re-opened…


Beautiful hand-crafted glass buttons by Carson Merriefield, a Peterborough ex-pat currently based in Batchawana Bay, Ontario. These would make a lovely addition to the brim of a hat or cuff of a mitten or glove, or maybe a closure for a classy little neckwarmer, don’t you think?


We’ve also been positively invaded by GOBSTOPPERS!


“Glad Rags” Parts 1 & 2, BFL DK-weight in 100g cakes, $30 each.


“Bee’s Knees” Parts 1 & 2, BFL DK-weight in 100g cakes, $30 each.


“Kibosh”, “Ant’s Pants”, and “Kippy” – Merino DK-weight in 100g cakes, $30 each.


“Eel’s Ankle”, “Dark & Stormy Night” (whoops! just sold!), and “Caper” – Merino fingering-weight in 100g cakes, $30 each.

I hope you are all surviving the back-to-school adjustment and the shocking realization that summer is somehow over(ish?). When in doubt, just keep knitting. ;)

And suddenly we find ourselves here…

… at the end of summer?! Where did the time go?! As is our custom here at Needles in the Hay, we will be CLOSED next week (from Sunday, August 24th, to Monday, September 1st) for our annual summer vacation, but there’s still a couple days left before I leave for a week just in case you need a knitting fix!


New magazines in stock! Early Fall issue of Piecework, plus the special Knitting Traditions issue (always a popular one!), and a new special issue from Interweave – Enchanted Knits!


And the first of our fall restock orders have started to trickle in! Here are some great new colourways in Galway Worsted and Highland Heathers, a great all-purpose worsted weight wool yarn.


Knitter’s Pride Karbonz sock needle set, Dreamz wooden interchangeable needle set and chunky needle expansion set, and Lace Blocking Wire sets are all back in stock!

And the first preliminary version of our FALL CLASS SCHEDULE is now up on our website. I’m still trying to hammer out some of the details with our guest teachers, so I’ll be adding to this in the coming weeks!


So, if I don’t see you in the next couple of days, I’ll see you in September! :)



Shop Updates Thursday!

Hello yarn fans, just a few shop updates for you on this lovely Thursday afternoon…


New Gobstoppers arrived yesterday – some Merino, Merino-Silk, and one Merino-Cashmere-Nylon! Come check them out!


Beautiful hand-dyed Malabrigo merino roving in new colourways now in stock, just in case you need something to get you through the end of the Tour De Fleece this week!


The super-popular leather double-pointed needle holders are back, now in new colours!


And if these recent chilly mornings have you thinking about the upcoming cool season (and all of its knitwear potential), pop in and grab the first of the fall magazines, Knitscene Fall 2014!

A couple community notes: the shop will be closing a half hour early tonight (Thursday) because I’m volunteering for this year’s Dusk Dances Peterborough:


There are nightly performances tonight through Sunday, starting at 7 in Rotary Park, and they are entirely PWYC. This was one of my favourite annual events when I lived in Toronto back in the day, and I’m so pleased that it’s back in Peterborough this year. If you’re around this weekend, you should check it out!

Also, this coming Monday is the next installment of the local Repair Cafe, taking place at the Silver Bean Cafe. There’s a couple local knitters and crafters involved in organizing this event, which provides a space for knowledgeable folk to gather in one place and help community members fix whatever broken things they have lying around! More info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/689488624472875/

Have a great weekend everyone!


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  • @emiiilyt good luck with the break-taking, and also the getting-back-to-it then :) 2 days ago
  • @emiiilyt ah, yeah, I'm pretty susceptible to that too. Time for new shoes maybe? That's usually how I know mine are wearing out :/ 2 days ago
  • @emiiilyt aw, that sucks! Hope it's not too serious. Ain't no shame in taking a walk break! plus, you still have some time to make up for it 2 days ago

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