Welcome to the Hillsborough Yarn Shop.

We specialize in high-quality natural fiber yarns for people who love to hand knit and crochet. We’re set up a little like a shoe department in a department store; there’s a skein or two of every available color and kind of yarn on the shelf, and more in the back if you need it for a bigger project. Please come visit us in downtown historic Hillsborough, North Carolina, to have a cup of tea, knit, relax, and shop!



Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5:30pm,
Saturday 10am – 5pm,
Sunday 1pm – 5pm.

We are closed on Mondays.

We will be closed on the following dates in 2016:

  • Sunday, Sept 4 – Labor Day
  • Sunday, Oct 2 –  Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown
  • Thursday, Nov 24 – Thanksgiving
  • Sunday, Dec 25 – Christmas


Where to park? The parking garage next to Weaver Street Market is now open to the public, free of charge!

Please note – effective April 20, 2015, the on-street parking limits of 3 hours will begin to be enforced.

Latest Posts

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    Hello, Fibre Company Arranmore.

    August 28, 2016: We’re excited to announce the newest yarn from the Fibre Company, Arranmore! Arranmore is a bulky weight tweed, composed of 80% merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% silk. It knits up quickly at a gauge of 3.5 – 4.25 stitches per inch, using US 8-10 needles. Though it’s thick and warm, it’s not heavy; with 175 ... [more]

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    Pom Pom Quarterly: Fall 2016.

    August 26, 2016: The Fall 2016 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly is here! This issue is devoted to natural dyes, featuring garments knit in naturally dyed yarn along with articles and tutorials on natural dyeing. The knitting patterns in this issue are the tantalizing stuff of autumn: cozy sweaters, mittens, hats, shawls, and other cold-weather garments we can’t ... [more]

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    Back in stock: Malabrigo.

    August 23, 2016: Two enormous boxes of Malabrigo yarn arrived at the shop last week, big enough to fill the table in the classroom. I cut open those behemoths and sorted the yarn by type, stacking colorful bags of Rios, Arroyo, Sock, and Mechita. Before tucking them away in storage, I pulled one skein of each new color ... [more]

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    Back in stock: Shibui Staccato.

    August 21, 2016: Our stash of Shibui Staccato had dwindled to a dangerously low number of skeins when – thank goodness! – our order arrived last week. Staccato is a lustrous blend of 70% superwash merino and 30% silk in a fingering weight. Like Cima, it has a nice high twist, giving it the look of a string ... [more]

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    Back in stock: UKI Supreme weaving yarns.

    August 19, 2016: It’s been about a year and a half since we placed our first order with UKI Supreme Corporation, a North Carolina company well known for its cotton weaving yarns. We’ve met more and more weavers in that time, and so, our selection of colors and weights of yarn has grown. We carry Supreme’s mercerized cotton yarn ... [more]

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    Anne’s gifts-in-progress.

    August 16, 2016: “What are you working on?” is knitters’ small talk, a question Anne and I encounter and ask many times a day here at the shop. Today, we’ll pose the question to Anne herself, taking a rare peek in her personal knitting bag. Just how much does a large Binkwaffle dumpling bag hold? If you pack ... [more]

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    Nine years and counting.

    August 14, 2016: Once again, we’ve won “Best Yarn Shop” in the News of Orange County’s Reader’s Choice Awards. We’re so proud to have nine years’ worth of “Best Yarn Shop” awards hanging in our window! Thanks so much to all who voted, and to everyone who supports the shop!