Happy Family Day Weekend!

(not pictured: big mug of hot coffee)

(not pictured: big mug of hot coffee)

Working away on a pair of soon-to-be-felted mittens (the Vermont Mitten!) here in the shop today with some treats from Naked Chocolate (they’re just around the corner!) and trying to think warm thoughts for the weekend ahead! Because it is Family Day on Monday, we will be closed both Sunday (February 14th) and Monday (February 15th), as is our long weekend custom around here!


If you do want to brave the cold, we’re open from 11 to 4 tomorrow (Saturday) and we have some lovely new Gobstoppers in stock – a little Valentine’s gift to yourself perhaps? ;)

Have a great long weekend everyone!


New In Store + Anniversary Sale details!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at Needles in the Hay – we’re still catching our breath after the busy holiday season, but there’s still so much winter left! Which means lots of things still to knit! New in the shop this week:


Malabrigo Rios! A beautiful superwash merino worsted weight!


And new colourways in Malabrigo Arroyo, too! The sport-weight sister to Rios!


And we’ve just started carrying Cascade 220 Heathers! Many people have asked me about this popular yarn over the years, so I’m very excited to be carrying it now. It’s terrific for sweaters as well as accessories like hats, scarves, and mittens!


And for something a little fun (or funny), faux fur pom poms are now in stock!!

We are now T-minus one week to our annual anniversary sale – can you believe it’s been six years?! We will open an hour earlier next Saturday, February 6th, and will be offering a range of discounts on almost everything in the shop. Plus, there will be candy (there’s always candy). Come say hi! We’ll open at 10 a.m.! :)

Tidings of Comfort and Joy!

… and knitting! and chocolate! and cookies!


(“Christmas Trees” by yellowcosmo and “Peabey the Polar Bear” by Snowden Becker)

Our holiday hours are as follows:

Open today (Wednesday) from 11 ’til 6

Open tomorrow (Christmas Eve) from 11 ’til 3

CLOSED Christmas Day to New Year’s Day

Open Saturday, January 2nd, from 11 ’til 4, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed


And just in case you’re setting knitting goals for the new year, our Winter 2016 Class Schedule is now available on our website, including two just-added classes taught by Glenna C., here: needlesinthehay.ca/classes

Finally, I’d like to thank all of you, my customers, for supporting the shop this year. So many of you have tackled new challenges in knitting, crocheting, spinning, and felting, and the results have been beautiful, heartwarming, thoughtful, experimental, and gratifying. I hope you all have a wonderful, magical holiday season, and I can’t wait to see what kinds of needle arts and handcraft projects you choose to explore in the new year. :)


New in store – Friday December 11th!

Here’s a quick look at some of our newly arrived items, just in time for weekend project dreaming (and maybe some last-minute Christmas wishlist requests?) :)


New colourways in Malabrigo Mecha, a bulky-weight 100% superwash merino yarn!


New colourways in the Diamond Luxury Collection Baby Alpaca Sport, a super squeezable 100% baby alpaca chunky-weight yarn!


Locally-dyed 100% superwash merino sock-weight trios by Ambrosia Yarns! These colour-coordinated mega-skeins are perfect for patterns that call for three complimentary skeins of sock yarn, like Color Affection or Drachenfels.


New yarn in stock by Fleece Artist – Cottage Sock! 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon for durability in beautiful variegated and semi-solid colourways.


We also have new accessories and notions in stock, including new buttons and shawl pins by Kawartha Wilds Art Pottery…


… and cute new project bags like this “K-N-I-T” design!


This Sunday is our final meetup for the Scrollwork KAL, but since some participants have already finished their hats or cowls, I thought we’d open it up to other people who are working away on Christmas gifts, especially knit-in-secret ones. Think of it as a knitting study hall! This Sunday, December 13th, from 1-3 p.m.!

Last-minute pre-holiday KAL plans + great new yarns!

Hello Scrollwork!

© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

Ethan and I have been talking about running a knit-along (aka KAL) for this pattern for ages and I know that the Christmas holidays are around the corner and everyone’s getting extra busy but we just decided to go for it anyway. Need a new hat and/or cowl for the burgeoning cold season? Need an emergency gift item that’s gender-neutral and a speedy knit? Or maybe you’d just like to learn how to cable or read charts and would like someone to be there to tell you you’re doing it right? Scrollwork is the answer! Both Ethan and I have knit this pattern in the past for other people and I’ve wanted one of my own for a while now. You can choose to knit the hat or the cowl or both, and either Ethan or I will be here on the meetup days to give guidance, fix errors, provide encouragement, et cetera.

Meetup dates are:

Sunday, November 29th, 1-3 p.m. with Ethan

Sunday, December 6th, 1-3 p.m. with me (Bridget)

Sunday, December 13th, 1-3 p.m. with at least me and maybe Ethan too if I bug him enough ;)

If you want to participate but can’t make it to all/any of the meetups, feel free to check in with our Ravelry forum thread for the Scrollwork KAL!

(And participation in KALs is free in the shop if the yarn you’re using was purchased here!)

Now, on to new yarns in stock!


A rainbow of Indigodragonfly Chameleon Sock, a luxurious hand-dyed merino/cashmere/silk blend!


Indigodragonfly MCN Worsted (top row) and SuperBaa DK (bottom row)!


Louet Gems *WORSTED* weight, a 100% superwash merino that is both machine washable *and* dryable!


And at long last, Fleece Artist Thrum Mitten Kits!!

One month ’til Christmas! Go go go! Happy knitting! :)

Tuesday LYS Update

Here’s a quick look at what’s new at your lovely little local yarn shop (aka your LYS!)…


New colourways and re-stocked favourites in Cascade Ecological Wool and Eco+!


A restock of colours and neutrals in the workhorse yarn, Briggs & Little Heritage!


Malabrigo restocks in “Sock”, “Rios”, and “Rasta”!


New Gobstoppers – already disappearing fast!!


Fiddlehead Mitten packs in our original colour scheme *and* a new blue-gray colour scheme!


Locally-made yarn bowls and yarn gourds!


And brand new issues of Interweave Knits and Crochet Accessories!

Primetime knitting season is upon us, and I can’t wait to see all of the amazing things you’re going to make this winter! :)


Fun with Woolen Spun!

More and more people in the yarn world are talking about woolen spun yarns – 100% wool spun from lightly carded fibres, creating light and lofty yarns that are airy and springy, soft but still woolly. Local dyer, Ambrosia Yarns, recently delivered some of their hand-dyed woolen spun yarn to our shop in two weights:


This is a light fingering-weight, 350 yards in 50 gram skeins, shown here with a skinny-version Thayer scarf sample which used only one skein.

Birstwith Hat by loveaslug

photo © loveaslug

Emily, aka loveaslug on Ravelry, picked up three skeins the other day and has started this *gorgeous* Birstwith hat – I can’t wait to see how this turns out, so I’ll be keeping an eye on this project page on Ravelry!


And now we have this beautiful worsted-weight woolen spun as well! At 350 yards to 114 grams, soft and warm hats and mitts are easily made with one skein; a sweater uses as few as four.


This stunning sample of Cordova was knit up in only five skeins – it’s in the shop now, come a take a look this weekend!

Sweater (knitting) Weather is here!

… and we have so much yarn in stock right now for all of your new fall projects!


From Berroco, we have new colourways in Peruvia Quick!


As well as Vintage!


And Vintage Chunky!


Berroco Ultra Alpaca!


And Berroco Remix!


As well as two fantastic new books, Berroco Vintage Men and Berroco Portfolio Vol. 1!


We also have new colourways in Noro Kureyon and Silk Garden!


Brand new Diamond Luxury Highlander, a sport weight wool perfect for stranded colourwork projects!


And Diamond Luxury Fine Superwash Merino Lace, a soft but woolly texture perfect for lace-weight sweaters and cowls.


And a whole bunch of new colourways in Malabrigo Nube, a beautiful handdyed merino roving!

We’re open this Saturday from 11 to 4 and Sunday from 12 to 4, so pop in and squeeze some colour this weekend!

Class Schedule Updates!

A few things have been switched around and new dates of some of our most popular classes have been added to our Fall 2015 schedule!


First, we still have space in this Sunday’s Intro to Needlefelting class! It runs from 2-4 and you can make adorable things like, for example, this little pumpkin I made yesterday! Needlefelting is a super fast and easy to learn *dry* felting technique that uses wool roving and a little barbed needle to make 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional designs! Sunday’s class will be taught by Raechelle of Blackbird Studio.

We’ve also added additional sessions of our popular Intro to Socks and Intro to Mittens classes in November because our September sessions were so popular!

Intro to Socks – Thursday, November 5th, 7-9:30 p.m.

Intro to Mittens – Thursday, November 12th, 7-9 p.m.

Due to unforseen circumstances, we have rescheduled Glenna’s two classes from Saturday, October 24th, to Saturday, November 21st! They are “Steeks Don’t Scare Me” in the morning and “Codebreaking the Yarn Shop” in the afternoon.

More information about all of our classes can be found on our website here: needlesinthehay.ca/classes.html

New week, new season, new things in stock!

It’s officially fall now and we’re experiencing a particularly autumnal grey day today – perfect weather for dreaming about new projects while working on the ones we’ve already started, right?


We just received a bunch of new buttons and shawl pins from Kawartha Wilds Art Pottery – perhaps the perfect finishing touch for a warm woolly scarf or shawl?


We also just received a full set of the brand new Rainbow Roll from Noro – these are large wheels of pencil roving in Noro’s signature slow-change colourways. I’m so excited to see what you spinners and felters will do with these!


And if you’re looking for inspiration in hard-copy form, look no further: brand new issues of Knitting Traditions, Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts, and Interweave Crochet are now in stock!

Also, because it is now fall, we’ve officially switched to our fall hours, which means we’re OPEN on Sundays! We’ll be announcing some knit-alongs that will have meetups here on Sundays in the near future, but for now, the shop is open for business every Sunday from 12 – 4!


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