Spring Knit-Alongs!

Windrow Cowl by Bristol Ivy!

(photo © Dawn Catanzaro)

(photo © Dawn Catanzaro)

Windrow is a cute little cowl knit up in worsted-weight yarn. It utilizes Brioche Stitch, which produces a super squishy and warm fabric that’s also reversible. It can be knit in a single colour as shown above, or you can try a two-colour version like this one:


Requires 200g of one colour of worsted-weight yarn, or 100g of each of two colours (I used Malabrigo Rios for this one in “Apple Green” and “Cirrus Gray”) and a 4.5mm circular needle. The pattern is available from Ravelry (here) but is also part of the Buy In-store program if you’d prefer to purchase and have it printed in the shop!

Meetups: Sunday, May 15th and Sunday, May 29th – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., free of charge

** if you’re unfamiliar with Brioche Stitch, I’m offering an Intro to Brioche Tutorial on Thursday, May 12th, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.! Details are on the Classes page of our website!**


Interlude by Janina Kallio!

(photo © Janina Kallio)

(photo © Janina Kallio)

Start your patio/porch/dock-knitting season off right! Interlude is an easy, intuitive shawl pattern that begins with a garter tab at the centre-top and knits continuously outward in a crescent shape. It calls for sock/fingering weight yarn (it would look stunning in a Gobstopper!) but can be adapted for other weights, like the one I knit in sport-weight Berroco Mykonos:


This shawl is a perfect project to knit *and* wear this summer! Requires 100g of fingering-weight yarn and a 4mm circular needle. The pattern is available from Ravelry (here!) and is also part of the Buy In-store program if you’d prefer to purchase and have it printed in the shop.

Meetups: Sunday, June 5th and Sunday, June 19th – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., free of charge

If you have any questions about the knit-alongs or the class, check the Classes page on our website, send an email to info@needlesinthehay.ca, or leave a comment below!:)

Needles in the Hay is for sale!


Big change is afoot here at Needles in the Hay – after thinking long and hard about it, I’ve decided to put my business up for sale. Over the last 6+ years, I’ve built up this little shop to the best of my ability, and now I’m hoping to find someone to expand on this idea and improve on the areas where they feel like they could make positive changes.

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I feel like a lot of you, especially those of you who’ve supported the shop since the beginning, will want to ask why I want to sell the shop and there isn’t one single straightforward answer other than this: it’s time for a change. As rewarding as owning a small business can be, it’s also very challenging, and has placed a lot of limits on my life. I’d like to be able to travel more, see more of the world while I’m still (relatively) young. As my parents get older, I want to have the freedom to visit with them more regularly, since neither of them lives here in Peterborough. The direction of my life was very different when I opened the store compared to what it is now, and my goals and priorities have shifted over time as well.

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Before I opened Needles in the Hay, I never thought I would open a yarn shop (because I never envisioned myself living in a place where there wasn’t one already!) but the right opportunities fell into place and I was able to carve out this space for knitters, crocheters, and fibre artists in Peterborough. Hopefully I can find someone to pass along this opportunity to, and make Needles in the Hay better than ever. If you think you or someone you know might be the right person or team, I encourage you to look up the About page on our website for more details.

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In the meantime, it’s still business as usual in this lovely little yarn shop. Stay tuned for Spring/Summer Knit-Along announcements next week, and I’ll keep you all posted on any developments regarding a change in ownership in the coming months. Have a great weekend, everyone! Happy Knitting!

Happy Friday!

Just in time for your weekend, we have beautiful new things in stock!


Gorgeous Handmaiden Casbah Sock yarn!


Fleece Artist “Baby Bootah” Kits, featuring Perl Grey’s patterns for baby leggings, kimono, booties, and hat, and enough Tree Wool for the full set!


New springtime colourways in Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace!


And new colourways in Malabrigo’s superwash merino hand-dyed sock-weight single-ply, Mechita!


We also have the brand new issue of Knit.Wear in stock, as well as the spring issues of all of our regular magazines for all of your weekend reading needs!😉

Have a terrific weekend everyone! Happy knitting!

New Things Wednesday!

I’ve received a bunch of new stuff in the last week! Here’s a look:


Beautiful spring colours in the Louet Gems 100% superwash merino fingering weight!


A restock of the classic Cream and Cloud Grey colourways, as well as the new Charcoal and Teal in the Louet Euroflax 100% linen!


An amazing array of brand new colourways in Malabrigo Rios, a hand-dyed 100% superwash merino worsted weight. Some of these are colourways that have never been available in Rios before (like the electric “Apple Green”), and some are colourways that are brand new and have never appeared before in *any* Malabrigo base. Exciting times!


A restock of an array of Lett Lopi colours, for those of you who have an eye on the Stopover or Moon Pulls sweaters for spring! It’s almost campfire sweater season!


And, just in case you knit a hat this winter that needs a little extra something fun, our popular faux-fur pom poms are back in stock!

It’s a funny time of year for knitting – I’m always torn between knitting warm things that I still might need on chilly spring nights, or cool things that will be ready for the summer heat whenever summer’s ready to rush upon us. My solution seems to be to have one of each on the go! Happy spring knitting everyone!:)

Peterborough Fibre Arts Festival – Tomorrow!

This just in:


Indigodragonfly Chameleon Sock!


And Indigodragonfly CaribouBaa Sock!


Adorable jumping foxes zippered project bags!

These items and more will be at our table at the 6th annual Peterborough Fibre Arts Festival tomorrow!


I’m sharing a table this year with my good friend Marit of Gobstopper Yarn, so she’ll be at the fest and I (Bridget) will be holding down the fort at 385 Water Street! Please note: the fest is in a new location this year, at Fleming College’s Wellness Centre! Find more details here!

Weekend Yarn Update – March 4th!

We have quite the assortment of new and newly restocked items this week!


Beautiful Malabrigo Nube handdyed 100% merino wool roving slivers!


Kawartha Wilds Art Pottery shawl pins in new colours and designs!


At long last, the leather double-pointed needle holders are back!!


As are the popular Fiddlehead Mitten yarn packs, in the classic jewel tones *and* the new blues/greys colour scheme!


We have some new spring colours in the Mirasol Nuna – a lovely merino/silk/bamboo blend!


And the *brand new* Berroco Mykonos, a light dk-weight yarn in a linen/nylon/cotton blend.


We also have the accompanying pattern book which features beautiful, easy-to-wear warm weather patterns. Come in and take a look at these before they’re all gone!


Classes this weekend!

On Saturday, March 5th, we’re hosting two classes by Glenna C.:

photo © Glenna C.

photo © Glenna C.

“Crochet for Knitters: Learn Granny Squares” is running from 11 til 1, and will focus on this iconic crocheted motif: the granny square. Granny square blankets are a terrific way to use up leftover yarn from finished projects – the more colours you have, the better! Glenna is on the home stretch of her own blanket, which you can read about on her blog!

photo © Glenna C.

photo © Glenna C.

In the afternoon, Glenna will be teaching her “Sweater Finishing Techniques” class. If you’ve been thinking of knitting a flat-knit sweater pattern but are intimidated by the idea of seaming all of the pieces together, this is the perfect class for you. As the designer of several beautiful seamed sweaters (such as her Locke St. Cardigan shown above), Glenna is a seaming and sweater finishing master – Saturday’s two hour class is your chance to learn from her expertise!

We still have space available in both classes, so if you want more information, check out our website or send an email to info@needlesinthehay.ca!

Yarn Arrivals: Berroco!

At long last, our big wintertime Berroco restock order has finally arrived!!!

With new and newly-restocked colourways in…


Peruvia Quick!


Vintage Chunky!


Vintage Worsted!


Vintage DK!




Ultra Alpaca!


And Ultra Alpaca Fine!

So much new yarn! And so much of it in sweater quantities – good thing we still have a heap of winter left to go before spring arrives! May all your lingering sweater dreams come true~~~

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.!:)


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