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…


… 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!


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.


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!)


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!


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…


Alafoss Lopi!


and the lighter-weight Lett Lopi!


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’


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!


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 – https://www.facebook.com/events/450692605088521/ – 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. ;)


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