Summer Knit-Along: Halligarth!

Many of you have been asking me if we’re doing a knit-along (aka a “KAL”) this summer, and if so, which pattern, and I’m pleased to announce that I’ve finally made a decision! (always the hardest part!)

© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

This is Halligarth! A beautiful, Shetland-style shawl pattern by Gudrun Johnson, released last year in Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People Vol. 7 collection.

This shawl pattern is written for a fingering/sock weight yarn, and gives the option of two sizes, small (51″ wingspan) or large (63″ wingspan). It’s knit from the lower point up to the top flat edge, with the edging picked up and worked at the end. This is a different construction method from all of our previous KAL shawls, and I’m excited to try it!

© luminen on Ravelry.com

© luminen on Ravelry.com

While the original pattern samples were knit in a woolly, tweedy yarn, my favourite projects knit from this pattern on Ravelry are knit in solid or semi-solid smooth yarns, like Ravelry user Luminen’s solid black version above. I rarely knit with black yarn, but the simplicity and geometric elegance of this version might be enough to convince me to give it a shot! Of the yarns we have currently in stock, the Indigodragonfly sock yarns or the Cascade Heritage Silk sock would be excellent choices for this project.

KAL Meetups will be:

Saturday, July 18th

Saturday, July 25th

Saturday, August 8th

Saturday, August 15th

– All meetups happen from 1 – 3 p.m.!

In other shop news, the reason this KAL isn’t starting until July 18th is that I’m taking summer holidays a bit early this year – from Sunday, July 5th, to Monday, July 13th – because an opportunity came up to go to a place I’ve never been before and it was just one of those too-good-to-pass-up kinds of things: I’m going to New York City for a week! The shop will be closed while I’m away, but there’s lots of time before I leave and after I come back to get stocked up for the Halligarth KAL and all of your summer knitting needs. :)

New Indigodragonfly in stock!

Eeeeeeeeeeee! It’s all so pretty!!

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Merino Nylon Sock! 80% superwash merino/20% nylon

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CaribouBaa! 100% superwash merino in a tight-twist 4-ply sock

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Chameleon Sock! 2 plies of 63% superwash merino and 1 ply of 20% cashmere/17% silk for a subtle marled effect (this photo does not even begin to capture how beautiful this yarn is – pop in soon to see it in person!)

Happy weekend and happy knitting!! :)

Bright Berroco Colours…

… for your grey Friday afternoon! Our spring/summer order just arrived – here’s what’s new:

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Modern Cotton!

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Ultra Alpaca Fine!

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Folio!

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Vintage DK!

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Vintage!

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Vintage Chunky!

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Remix!

Happy knitting, and have a great weekend! :)

Happy Friday!

Just a little pre-weekend look at some of the things that are new in the shop this week:

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This year’s issue of the popular Knitscene Accessories special issue has just arrived!

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Lovely locally-made wooden buttons!

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New Gobstoppers in the shop! Five cakes of Merino Fingering on the left, two Merino-Silk Fingering-weight cakes, one Alpaca/Silk/Linen cake behind them, and two BFL/Silk Heavy Lace cakes on the right. These just evaporate from the shop whenever we get them in, so pop in this weekend* before they’re all gone!

*this will be our last weekend of being open on Sundays for the summer – there’s too much nice weather happening to spend it all indoors! We will keep the rest of our hours, Tuesday through Saturday, the same.

More Yarn! More Workshops!

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For all of you who like to build up your sock stockpile over the summer, we just received a restock of some new colourways (and a few classic favourites) in Trekking XXL and Zauberballs!

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And we’ve *just* started carrying Cascade’s Heritage Silk sock yarn, an 85% superwash merino/15% Mulberry Silk blend yarn. The silk adds strength and durability but also softness and sheen, perfect for socks, accessories, and light-weight sweaters!

We also have a few classes coming up: Glenna is going to be here on Saturday, June 6th, teaching her “Codebreaking the Yarn Shop” class (making sense of yarn weights and gauges) in the morning and “Sweater Finishing Techniques” (for anyone who wants to level up their seaming skills) in the afternoon! We also have Margot coming in to teach her Beginner Rug Hooking class on Thursday, June 11th! More details on our website here: http://needlesinthehay.ca/classes.html

Mother’s Day is this Sunday…

… and we have so many great gift ideas!

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Lacis ball winders (and Legacy wooden umbrella swifts, not shown), Ambrosia Yarns lace-weight silk, yarn bowls by local potter Carolyn Cisco, sock blockers, double-pointed needle sets, blocking wires, magnetic pattern holders, and knitting magazines with handsome bearded men on the cover! What more could a knitter-mom ask for? :)

(P.S. We also have gift certificates!)

 

 

Finally feels like Spring!

And we have so many beautiful yarns in stock now for your warm-season knitting dreams!

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New colours in Mirasol Nuna, a sport-weight merino/silk/bamboo blend!

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New colourways in Elspeth Lavold’s Hempathy yarn, a hemp/cotton/rayon blend!

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And a restock of some favourite colourways in Debbie Bliss’ Eco Baby, 100% organic fair-trade cotton yarn!

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New Malabrigo Nube colourways, a beautiful hand-dyed merino roving, for those of you who like to spin in the warm season!

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And just in today, beautiful 100% silk lace-weight from Ambrosia Yarns in 200g skeins! These are each one-of-a-kind skeins and they’re just GLOWING here on the table – come see them in person before they all disappear!

Just when you think Spring is here to stay…

… you wake up to snow! I was going to blog about some of our new summer yarns this week, but I think I’ll embrace this one (hopefully) last opportunity to celebrate cozy, warm things…

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… especially since I now have a new sweater to wear! I feel like this cold snap may be my fault – clearly the universe wanted to provide me the opportunity to wear this little gem before it gets too warm out!

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This is Dalur by Hulda Hákonardóttir, from the book Knitting With Icelandic Wool. I did make some changes to this pattern (which you can read about on my Ravelry page for this sweater here), but I love the cozy warmth and the colours – light ash grey, midnight blue, and  that icy “arctic exposure” aqua.

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Speaking of “arctic exposure”, there’s a terrific article about polar explorers and their knitwear in the new issue of Knitting Traditions (seen here with a couple other just-arrived magazines, a new issue of Knitscene and the spring issue of KnitPurl!)

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Polar exploration is a topic I find totally fascinating – I think I’m going to add a couple books on the topic to my summer reading list (I feel like reading about being stranded in endless winter would be the wrong topic to tackle in the cooler months!). It was recently brought to my attention by my knitter-friend Sam that the CBC program the Nature of Things did an episode on the Franklin Expedition recently, perfect accompaniment for finishing up some last lingering cool-season knitting projects! You can watch it online on CBC’s website here: www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/franklins-lost-ships

 

In Memoriam…

I will be away from the shop for the next couple of days so that I can attend memorial services for my step-father, Glen. While most of my customers have never met him, he’s been a constant source of support and encouragement for me since I opened Needles in the Hay, and the vast majority of you have unknowingly seen his craftsmanship – he built the box-shelves that the yarn lives in…

yarn shop shelving in progress, January 2010

yarn shop shelving in progress, January 2010

So come visit Ethan tomorrow and Saturday – ask him about his sweaters! – and I’ll be back on Sunday to answer all your yarn- and knitting-related queries.

Welcome to Sweaters-as-Jackets Weather!

We seem to be just arriving at that magical season here in Southern Ontario when we can all officially doff our heavy overcoats – the daily burden of our winter existence – and proudly wear just our sweaters as our outermost layer. That’s right! It’s sweaters-as-jackets weather!

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In celebration, I cast-on this beauty earlier this week – “Dalur” from the Knitting With Icelandic Wool book (which we now stock!), and made possible with the huge order of lopi we received last week…

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Alafoss Lopi!

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and the lighter-weight Lett Lopi!

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We’ve also just restocked some favourite colourways of Cascade Ecological Wool and Eco+, also terrific candidates for the jacket-sweater of your dreams! Check out Alexis Winslow’s East Hale Cardigan, Linden Down’s Sophisticate, or Jared Flood’s Smokin’

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And if you’re looking for something summer-y, look no further than Cascade’s Ultra Pima DK-weight cotton. This yarn is designed for garments, not crafts, and would work up beautifully in patterns like the Rose Garden Shawl, the Gemini tee, or the Cinnie short-sleeved cardi!

Our hours for this weekend are as follows:

Friday, April 3rd (Good Friday) – Closed

Saturday, April 4th – Open 11-4

Sunday, April 5th (Easter) – Closed

Monday, April 6th – Closed (as per our usual hours)

We’ll be back to normal on Tuesday! Have a great long weekend everyone!

 


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