New Things Wednesday!

We’re recovering nicely from Saturday’s busy Fibre Festival at the Peterborough Public Library, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to post some of the new things we have in the shop just in case you missed us on the weekend!


Lovely Casbah Sock yarn from Handmaiden!


Tosca! Hand-dyed thick-and-thin super-bulky yarn from Fleece Artist!


Hand-dyed Merino sock yarn trios by new local indie dyer Ambrosia Yarns! These are perfect for your tri-colour shawl aspirations – use them for patterns like Color Affection, Drachenfels, or Ashburn!


And this year marks the first spring/summer that we’ll be carrying 100% linen yarn! This is Louet’s Euroflax Linen sport-weight yarn in lovely spring colours! Knit it up in a simple lace scarf like Churchmouse Yarns’ Diagonal Lace Scarf & Wrap – a classic wardrobe piece that will last a lifetime!

Peterborough Fibre Arts Festival is Coming Up!

Fibre Arts Festival 2015 Poster


Just one week from today I’ll be setting up shop at the Peterborough Public Library for the 5th Annual Peterborough Fibre Arts Festival! Check out the facebook event page for more information – – and check back here later in the week for a preview of what I’ll be bringing with me!

New Things Friday!

The biggest news of the last week is that we finally received a shipment of Madelinetosh yarn!


We have Tosh Merino Light, from left to right: “Antique Lace”, “Alabaster”, “Fragrant”, “Nutmeg”, “Chamomile”, “Ink”, “Thunderstorm”, “Silver Fox”, and “Thyme”…


And Tosh DK! From left to right, top row: “Tart”, “Mare”, “Cousteau”, “Plaid Blanket”, “Candlewick”, “Ginger”, and “Earl Grey”; bottom row: “El Greco”, “Smokestack”, “Robin’s Egg”, “Grasshopper”, “Magenta”, “Flouro Rose”, and “Cosmic Wonder Dust”… These are already flying off the shelf, so pop in quick if you want to see them (and squeeze them!) in person!


Also new in the shop, the spring issue of Interweave Knits!


This issue features some great transition-season patterns, plus a great photo tutorial for knitted-on edgings (shown above).


We’re stocking a new line of locally-handmade stitch markers by Rumpel’s Notions! Featuring both hard-ring and soft-ring styles in a range of sizes and colours!


And some more handy hardware and tools restocked from Knitter’s Pride – the Symfonie Dreamz Interchangeable Wooden Needle set, small and large magnetic pattern holders, and lace blocking wire kits!


In shop news, we are super excited to be hosting some live music next Saturday, February 21st, as a part of the February Folk Folly, a downtown music crawl featuring local musicians playing intimate, acoustic sets in local businesses!

Also, please note that we will be CLOSED this Sunday, February 15th, for a little Family Day weekend – our next Circular Blanket KAL meetup was mistakenly booked for this day but has been bumped to next Sunday, February 22nd. Have a great Family Day weekend, everyone! Knit fast, stay warm!!


It’s our birthday – let’s party!



I can hardly believe it, but I really have been slingin’ yarn in Peterborough for five whole years now. So come celebrate with me in my usual custom: putting stuff on sale and eating a lot of candy. This Saturday, January 31st, from 11 ’til 4 at 385 Water Street.

(Also part of my usual custom: the shop will be closed this Sunday for a day of recovery and watching important football! We’ll be back to our normal hijinks on Tuesday.)


Pine Bough Cowl

This Sunday we’re starting our first new KAL (short for “knit-along”) of the New Year! (oh yeah, Happy New Year everyone!) We’re endeavouring to knit the lovely Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna Walla together, it looks a little something like this:

photo copyright to Cirilia Rose

photo copyright to Cirilia Rose

And we just got *even more* of Hikoo’s Kenzie yarn, which is what this pattern calls for. It looks a little something like this:


Some of our KAL participants have already chosen their colour combos, like:












or Me?




or You?


or You?


or You?


or You?


or You??

So many options! The KAL runs this Sunday, January 11th, as well as Sunday, January 25th, and Sunday, February 8th, from 2 – 4 p.m. There’s no cost for the KAL’s if you buy the yarn from us, and the pattern is available for free from Ravelry HERE!

Last-minute Shop Updates! (must be late December!)

Info about how things are going to happen here around the holidays, starting with our holiday hours!


Just as in previous years, we will be closed for the week between Christmas and New Year’s, to take a little break, get some knitting done, and count the dreaded inventory. However, next week we will be OPEN on our usual day off (Monday), but we will be CLOSED in the evening on Tuesday (our usually Tuesday night knitting social will resume in the New Year).

This weekend will also be a little unusual in that I, your fearless yarn captain, will be away in wilds of Rice Lake to attend my brother’s wedding, so in my absence my good friend Ethan (seen below, wrapped in his own knitting *while* also knitting) will be at the helm for both Saturday and Sunday.


Be nice to him! He’s terrific. I’ll be back to answer all of your critical knitting questions on Monday!

And finally, at long last, a preliminary schedule of our classes in the New Year has been posted to our website which includes all of our beginner and advanced-beginner classes, but is lacking our intermediate classes which will hopefully be added soon!


Have a terrific weekend, everyone! May your Christmas projects knit up ever so swiftly!!

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 ( 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!


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