• heavenly yarns

As the weather starts to change, and you may be thinking about knitting a sweater, we have two new sweater-worthy yarns that we'd like to mention.

Mochi by Berroco came to the shop in early summer. With its squishy chainette construction and flecks of color, this yarn looks different than anything we have seen before. We haven't knit it ourselves, but a few returning customers have mentioned that they've really enjoyed knitting with it.

We recently received a sample sweater and Mochi pattern books from Berroco, which are now displayed at the shop. Berroco has also created a virtual trunk show for this yarn!

Pima Rino Tweed is a new yarn by Plymouth Yarn. Though Pima Rino came out a few years ago, Donegal was added to the 56% pima cotton and 26% superwash merino wool base, and it created a lovely new tweed yarn. This yarn is perfect for warmer climates, or for fall, spring or indoor wear in cold climates. And because it is so soft and machine washable, it can be worn by babies! Plymouth Yarns has not yet created patterns specifically for this yarn. However, use it with your favorite 5 sts=1 inch pattern, such as many of the Yankee Knitter patterns.

  • heavenly yarns

If you haven't visited the Fiber of Maine website in a while, you're in for a treat -- we have been busy adding yarns to the site, making it easier for you to shop online (or to preview our inventory if you prefer to shop in person). 

New to the online store are longtime customer favorites like Lamb's Pride worsted and bulky, Manos Wool Clasica, String Theory Caper Sock, the full range of the Quince & Co. yarns that we carry, and many more. We've added over two dozen yarn lines in the last week alone! It's hard to believe, but we're still not finished. We have also added a few more needle and hook lines, with more to come! We continue to offer free shipping with a purchase of $50, using the code LOVEMAINE at checkout, or you can choose convenient in-store pickup.

  • heavenly yarns

Last year, we enjoyed making the Isidia Beanie, on display in the shop. It is a free, three-color slip-stitch pattern using sport or dk weight yarn. Using slipped stitches in your knitting is easy -- you just move the stitch from the left-hand needle to the right-hand needle without knitting it. This pattern, and slip-stitch knitting in general, is easy and fun because you are only knitting with one color of yarn at a time. However, as you have three balls of yarn hanging off your project, they often get tangled with each other.

To avoid the tangling -- especially for a first-time slip-stitch knitter -- we created a two-color slip-stitch hat pattern we call the Simple Living Hat. The name of this hat has to do with the simplicity of the slip-stitch pattern and frugality. You don't need to purchase fancy yarn to make this project a success; you can use scraps of yarn for the contrasting color and it will still come out beautiful.

This pattern has three sizes: adult small, medium and large; and stitch counts are given for three weights of yarn: dk, worsted and aran. The most yarn you will need is 90 yards of a main color and 60 yards of a contrasting color. This pattern is available for free with any purchase from our website. To request this pattern, there is a place to add a note in your shopping cart, or you can just come into our shop in Belfast!

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