Annual Inventory Sale!

As many of you know, July is our annual inventory sale month.

From July 1st to the 31st, everything in the shop is discounted by 15%, with the exception of classes and yarns that have already been discounted. If you’ve had your eye on a special skein, or have been planning a big project or two, now is the time to take the leap!

Pick up a few limited edition skeins from the Koigu Collector’s Club, treat yourself to a new book or the latest issues of Pom Pom, Amirisu, and Laine, stock up on your favorite yarns, grab a locally made soy candle while you’re at it.

Whatever it is you’ve been wanting, come by the shop during the month of July to get 15% off your purchase! We’ll be closed on 4th for the holiday, but otherwise open at our regular business hours. See you there!

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

Koigu Collector’s Club: Birch.

The Koigu Collector’s Club continues! Each month, we’ll receive 21 skeins of KPPPM in a limited edition color dyed especially for a select group of local yarn stores that carry Koigu.

Birch is the limited edition colorway this month, a pale celery shade streaked with greens. Dyed on KPPPM, Koigu’s signature fingering weight superwash merino wool, Birch would make a lovely shawl, baby sweater, hat, or pair of socks.

As I’ve written here before, KPPPM plays well with others, and this particular colorway brought to mind some of the solid shades in Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering, another superwash merino we carry here at the shop.

Where high contrast combinations are desired, consider these charcoal and forest green shades. Even this light aqua stands out against Birch, where neon yellow and white make a quieter contribution.

What to make with these color combinations in mind? Caitlin Hunter’s “Marettimo,” “Navelli,” “Sipila,” and “Zweig” are all modern colorwork sweaters, calling for hand-dyed fingering weight yarns – Koigu is a natural fit, and we have several others that would work well with it. Check out the patterns on Ravelry, and come by the shop to take a look at the yarn!

See you at the shop!

Show and tell: cables.

As I hinted in my last show-and-tell post, this group of projects all have one technique in common: cables. Let’s see some of the cabled projects folks are making with yarn from our shop!

Tom knit Irina Anikeeva’s “Cayley Pullover” with Fibre Co. Cumbria Worsted, a smooth blend of merino, masham, and mohair. He carefully measured his gauge and adjusted the sleeve length for a perfect fit – well done, Tom!

Leanne knit Joji Locatelli’s “Sammal” cardigan during a class here at our shop.

Though the pattern called for a lofty fingering weight wool knit somewhat loosely, she was able to substitute Cascade Ultra Pima, a DK weight cotton, and the resulting garment is exactly what she had in mind. Bravo to Leanne for this excellent yarn substitution, and for finding the perfect buttons!

Here is Joanne’s “Swilly,” a cabled scarf designed by Meghan Kelly. She knit it with Fibre Company Arranmore, and reports that it was a quick and fun knit in this soft bulky weight yarn.

Inspired by a recent trunk show, Margaretta recently knit Gudrun Johnston’s “Cetus” hat with Brooklyn Tweed Arbor, a DK weight wool known for its stellar stitch definition. These intriguing stitch patterns show up especially well in a light to medium shade, not too dark to see all the action.

Many thanks to Tom, Leanne, Joanne, and Margaretta for sharing their work with us, and thanks to everyone who starts their projects with a trip to the Hillsborough Yarn Shop! We look forward to seeing all that you create!

Show and tell: lace.

Time for another round of show and tell! I love to take photos of finished projects when folks bring them into the shop to share with us, and to share them here on our blog. I always seem to have a backlog of photos, thanks to the many productive makers who frequent our shop. Here’s a batch of show and tell with one technique in common: lace.

Ruth came in the other day with this lace shawl to share, “Heartland Lace Shawl,” by Evelyn A. Clark. She knit it with Navia Uno, and reports that the yarn is as sturdy as it is soft, becoming especially so after blocking.

Stella is fond of purplish grays, and selected some Kelbourne Woolens’ Mojave in this color family to knit a shawl. She chose “Tales From the Isle of Purbeck,” by Annie Rowden, which looks especially lovely in a gradient.

Astrid is an avid lace knitter and designer, and often visits us with a recently-completed shawl in hand. This one is “Wild Swan,” by Anne-Lise Maigaard & Nim Teasdale, and Astrid knit it with Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere.

Joanne knit this “Lexington” scarf with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, a yarn she’s come back to again and again. Lightweight and lofty on account of its woolen-spun structure, Shelter shines in lace patterns like this.

Margaretta knit this “Calla” shawl, a pattern that caught her eye in a recent issue of Laine Magazine. It features a striking combination of texture, lace, and cables – a hint at the theme our next show-and-tell post.

Taking stitch definition, softness, and color into account, she chose Kelbourne Woolens Scout for the project, and the result is ideal on all fronts.

Thanks to Ruth, Stella, Astrid, Joanne, and Margaretta for sharing their work with us! We can’t wait to see what comes off your needles next.

Interested in learning more about lace knitting? Check out a few upcoming classes on the subject – Marsha’s Lace Basics is a one-time technique class for folks new to lace knitting. For a bigger project, consider Amy’s Hitofude Cardigan class and Marsha’s Marigold Cardigan class. We’re excited to see the beautiful sweaters that will be coming out of our classroom this fall!

Hello, Twilight.

Meet the newest color from Shibui!

Twilight is a soft lavender gray, looking more lavender in some yarns and more gray in others. Different fibers take the dye differently – it’s always interesting to see these slight variations within the same color.

Twilight is available in Lunar, Pebble, Silk Cloud, Cima, Staccato, Reed, Fern, Twig, Rain, and their newest yarn, Vine. Unlike their most recent color, Riviera, Twilight is not a limited edition shade, but a welcome addition to their long term color palette.

Arranging and rearranging our Shibui displays here at the shop, I found that Twilight pairs well with Ash and Dusk, a silvery gray and a deep purplish navy, respectively.

For lower contrast, I also like it with Graphite, a medium gray, or Shore, a saturated sky blue. For a pop of color, you might try pairing it with Shibui’s bright purple, Imperial.

Come by the shop to see all the Shibui yarns and patterns we carry. There are so many beautiful ways to use these yarns – hope you find inspiration here!

Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 11: Wanderlust.

The eleventh installment of the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide series is here! Let’s take a peek inside.

Ann Shayne and Kaye Gardiner’s series of Field Guides are pocket-sized booklets focused on a particular theme or knitting technique. The theme of this eleventh Field Guide is Wanderlust, interpreted by designer Wendy Bernard as a choose-your-own-adventure approach to sock knitting.

This little book is all about hitting the road with the ultimate travel project: a pair of socks. Bernard includes instructions for socks from the cuff down or from the toe up, along with a variety of stitch patterns to play with.

We have a lot of tempting sock yarns here at the shop, the likes of CoopKnits Socks Yeah!, Malabrigo Sock, Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply, Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering, and of course those tempting limited edition colorways from Dream in Color and Koigu.

Maybe your stash is already bursting with sock yarns you’ve picked up as souvenirs over the years – this book is just the thing to get those yarns on your needles.

Come by the shop to pick up a copy and a skein of sock yarn for your next road trip!

Out With the Old – Discontinued Shibui Sale!

While we’re always disappointed when well-loved yarns are discontinued, the bright side is that it means exciting new yarns are coming. We recently learned that Shibui is discontinuing production of Birch and Maai, and though we’re sad to see them go, we’re pleased to announce a sale to see them off!

We’re starting summer with an Out With the Old Sale – from this Friday, June 21st, through Sunday, June 30th, Shibui Birch and Maai will be 40% off, the deepest discount we’ve ever offered on any Shibui yarns!

Discontinued Shibui colorways will also be marked down – 40% off select shades of nearly every Shibui yarn we carry. After June 30th, these Shibui yarns will no longer be on our shelves, so come early for best selection!

Come by the shop from Friday, June 21st, through Sunday, June 30th to get these lovely yarns at a great price. Hope to see you there!

A reminder: all sales are final on discounted yarn. There can be no returns or exchanges, nor special orders – the discount applies only to what we currently have in stock. Thanks! 

Laine Magazine, No. 8.

A beautiful new issue of Laine Magazine just arrived – let’s look inside issue No. 8.

Laine Magazine is a publication out of Finland, a knitting and lifestyle magazine with a love of natural fibers as its focus, and a reputation for beautiful designs and tantalizing photography.

Inside this issue of Laine, you’ll find lovely things to knit, designed by Justyna Lorkowska, Denise Bayron, and others, and tasty-looking things to cook, too.

This cable and lace wrap by Jenny Sauselin shows Brooklyn Tweed Loft at its best, that particular intersection between cozy and light.

Perhaps the biggest draw of this issue, however, is all the good reading – interviews with botanical dyer Ocean Rose and vintage inspired designer Susan Crawford, accompanied by photographs by Kate O’Sullivan, and a thoughtful column on representation and inclusivity by Jeanette Sloane.

Like Pom Pom, the creators of Laine are responding to conversations around racism and other biases in the knitting industry by making mindful attempts to include a wider variety of voices and faces in their publication. We are heartened to see this!

Come by the shop to page through Laine and our other books and magazines – there are so many new publications to see this month. We hope you find inspiration here!

New colors in CoopKnits Socks Yeah! DK.

This week brought five new colors in CoopKnits Socks Yeah! DK.

Socks Yeah! DK is a thicker version of CoopKnits Socks Yeah!, from designer Rachel Coopey. Both yarns are smooth, tightly plied blends of superwash merino and nylon, which make them perfect for sock-making, as the name suggests.

But soft, easy-care DK weight yarns have plenty of applications beyond socks. Consider Socks Yeah! DK for everyday accessories, like Churchmouse’s classic “Welted Fingerless Gloves” and “Welted Cowl & Infinity Loop,” or Sarah Young’s “Rikke Hat.” Baby and children’s things come to mind, as well, little sweaters like Dani Sunshine’s “Pixie Dust,” tincanknits’ “Peanut” and “Dog Star,” which I had on my mind as I put these combinations together.

Look for CoopKnits Socks Yeah! DK in our DK weight section here at the shop!

Pom Pom Quarterly: Summer 2019.

The Summer 2019 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly has arrived here at the shop!

Tessellation and repeated motifs are the theme of this issue, which features a cover sweater knit with Shibui Pebble.

Pom Pom is a beautifully designed magazine, thoughtfully put together by writers and editors who clearly love printed matter as much as they love knitwear. This issue is a bit thicker than issues past, making room for increased font sizes and a more inclusive range of sizes in their patterns – conscientious responses to feedback from readers.

Also listening to readers and to ongoing conversations in the wider knitting community, they’ve included an interview with Emi Ito about cultural appropriation, which is also reproduced in full on their website.

This rich and multifaceted issue also features designs by Amy Christoffers, Sari Norlund, Soraya García, and others, a block-printing tutorial, and a delicious-looking fudge recipe.

Come by the shop to get a closer look at this issue of Pom Pom, and pick up a copy to inspire your stitching!