Dream in Color Pop Up! Club: January.

Dream in Color’s Pop Up! Club is back! Every month, we’re getting a special new colorway from Dream in Color, a Tuscon-based producer of small batch hand-dyed yarns. January’s new limited edition colorway is here while supplies last!

Smooshy with Cashmere is the featured yarn this month, dyed in a limited edition speckled and variegated colorway. This yarn is deliciously soft and squishy, perfect for next-to-skin wear, and makes an amazing pair of socks or a special scarf, shawl, or cowl. Look for pattern ideas on our “Fingering weight” board over on Pinterest.

You’ll find this limited edition colorway in the fingering weight section here at our shop, and hurry in if you want to snag one – these special Dream in Color shades don’t last long!

Knit How.

Pom Pom’s newest book is aimed at new knitters – let’s take a peek inside Knit How!

It’s exciting to see a fresh learn-to-knit book, one that’s as enticing and beautifully designed as books and magazines for more experienced knitters.

Knit How begins with the fundamentals of knitting: casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. The instructions are friendly and the photos and illustrations are clear, and helpful tips are sprinkled throughout.

From there, the book guides knitters through 10 patterns, each of which introduces a new technique, like increasing and decreasing, working in the round, cables, and lace.

Look for Knit How here at the shop!

Cocoknits Accessory Roll.

Meet the cocoknits Accessory Roll!

This cleverly designed notions case has four compartments for storing whatever little things need storing.

Made of durable, washable paper, the cocoknits Accessory Roll should soften with age, and develop something of a leather-like texture.

It’s compact when rolled, spacious and accessible when unrolled, and sturdy enough to throw into your knitting bag.

Look for the Accessory Roll among other cocoknits tools here at our shop!

Back in stock, show and tell: Malabrigo.

Over 60 pounds of Malabrigo yarn arrived this week!

This sizable order filled and brightened our cubbies of Rasta, Rios, Mecha, Caracol, and Mechita.

Malabrigo is a beloved Uruguayan yarn company known for vibrant hand-dyed color and soft, squishy merino wool.

These pleasing qualities make their yarns some of the most popular in our shop, so we’re always seeing incredible projects made out of Malabrigo yarn. Here are a few of the latest.

Amy knit this “Rondelay” shawl with Mechita, a single-ply superwash merino wool in fingering weight.

She used one of the coveted speckled colorways, which we can hardly keep in stock – happy to have a nice selection of speckled shades in this recent order!

Margie used one of those speckled skeins of Mechita to make the “Mesh Leaf Cowl” she’s modeling here.

Malabrigo yarns also play well with others, as Linda’s “Mindfulness” shawl demonstrates. She crocheted this beauty using a semi-solid shade in Malabrigo Sock and a highly-variegated skein from Dream in Color’s Pop-Up Skein Club.

Thanks to Amy, Margie, Linda, and countless others who start their projects here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop – we love to see what you’re working on!

Come by the shop to see our full selection of Malabrigo yarn and get your fill of these soft and colorful skeins!

Shibui Sample of the Month: Aalto.

A new Shibui Sample of the Month arrived in tandem with our current Shibui Trunk Show! We offer a 10% discount on Shibui yarn purchased for our featured sample until the end of the month.

January’s Sample of the Month is Shellie Anderson’s “Aalto,” a graceful poncho with thoughtful shoulder shaping for a flattering fit. Though it was originally designed for the summery Twig, this sample was knit with Shibui Pebble and Silk Cloud, a luxurious and lightweight combination.

Come by the shop to try on “Aalto” and see the Shibui FW 2018 Trunk Show – we hope you find inspiration here!

 

Just a reminder–all sales are final on discounted items; there can be no exchanges or returns. Thanks!

Knitscene and Vogue Knitting.

Two new magazines arrived last week, as if to say, “It’s time to knit ourselves some yellow sweaters!”

This issue of Knitscene features a tutorial on correcting lace mistakes and a bundle of brightly colored garments, like this chevron striped top in Malabrigo Mechita.

Vogue Knitting is focused, meanwhile, on cable knitting, and Meg Swansen’s column is all about caring for woolens.

Look for these and other new books and magazines on the teacart here at our shop. See you there!

Shibui FW 2018 Trunk Show!

The Shibui FW18 Trunk Show arrived early, much to our delight!

This collection features many of our favorite Shibui yarns, including Birch, Cima, Drift, Lunar, Maai, Pebble, Silk Cloud, and their newest yarn, Echo – all of which will be 10% off during the trunk show. The patterns are pleasingly named for influential female writers – “Angelou,” “Sontag,” “Plath,” and so on.

This two-tone cowl, “Didion,” is created by simply knitting two rectangles and grafting them to create interlocking loops, like the links of a chain. The pattern is free when you purchase the yarn from our shop.

As ever, many of these garments use two or more yarns held together to create unique fabric, and they share that elegant, simple-with-a-twist aesthetic that Shibui is known for.

All of the patterns are available as Ravelry In-Store Pattern Sales, where we print a copy for you and a digital copy is also saved in your email or Ravelry pattern library. Visit us before January 22nd to plan your next project in Shibui yarns!

A reminder: all sales are final on discounted yarn, so there can be no returns or exchanges. Thanks! 

Hello, Navia Uno.

Meet Navia Uno, one of the newest yarns here at our shop.

Navia is a family-run yarn company from the Faroe Islands, specializing in traditional Faroese wool. Their yarns are now distributed in the US by our friends at Kelbourne Woolens, who traveled to the Faroe Islands earlier in the year and wrote a bit about it on their blog. They also published an interview with Óli Kristian á Torkilsheyggi, the owner of Navia, which gives more insight into the history of Faroese knitting and Navia yarns in particular.

Uno is one of the finest Navia yarns, a lofty lace weight blend of Faroese, Shetland, and Australian lambswool. Its 2ply structure gives the yarn a somewhat rustic appearance, a bit of texture that lends character to knitted fabric without detracting from lace or texture patterns.

What to knit with Navia Uno? This yarn would be right for many patterns calling for lace weight yarn, and we’ve collected a bundle on our “Lace weight” Pinterest board. I searched Ravelry for patterns that call for Navia Uno and projects that use this yarn, and found a few leads:

Searching more broadly for Faroese shawls brought more possibilities to light. Faroese shawls are known for their distinctive shoulder shaping, which helps keep the shawl in place.

Look for Navia Uno in the lace weight section here at our shop!

Hello, Ultra Wool Fine.

Brand new from Berroco, meet the newest member of the Ultra Wool family – hello, Ultra Wool Fine!

Like Ultra Wool and Ultra Wool DK before it, Ultra Wool Fine is a 100% superwash wool that’s soft, sturdy, and economical. Ultra Wool Fine is a fingering weight, perfect for fine-gauge garments and accessories for adults and children alike.

The latest Berroco booklet puts Ultra Wool Fine to work in a variety of lace patterns, including intricate socks, delicate shawls, and flattering sweaters.

Look for Ultra Wool Fine in the fingering weight section here at our shop!

New year’s eve.

2018 was a big year for us here at the shop, full of exciting new yarnsbookstools, projects, and classes. We won the title of “Best Yarn Store” in the Triangle for the third year in a row, celebrated our twelfth year in business, and worked every day toward our goal of bringing the best quality yarns and information to the wonderful community of knitters, crocheters, and weavers that we feel lucky to serve.

On this last day of 2018, I spent the morning mending a hole in one of my most-worn sweaters. The pattern is “Cockatoo Brae,” from Kate Davies’ Yokes, a book I still want to knit in its entirety, four years after its initial publication. I knit this sweater with the super-sturdy Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, but three years of very frequent use can wear down even the strongest fibers, so I couldn’t blame the yarn when a hole popped up in the armpit.

It took only a few minutes of duplicate stitch and creative weaving in of ends to make my cardigan wearable again, a pleasing and empowering result indeed. Here’s to the promise of a new year and new projects, and here’s to mending and using what we already are so lucky to have. Happy new year!

 

A reminder: the shop will be closed Tuesday, January 1, 2019, but we open again at our regular business hours on Wednesday. See you then!