Hello, Semilla.

Earlier in the month, we welcomed BC Garn to the fold here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. We now stock two yarns from this Danish company; Loch Lomond got a proper introduction on the blog, and now it’s time to meet Semilla.

Semilla is a 100% organic wool. This means it’s been certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), so we can be confident that it’s produced safely and responsibly, from the fiber to the dye.

Each 50 gram ball has 175 yards, and the suggested gauge is 5.5 stitches per inch on a US 6, which is why it’s found a home in our DK weight section here at the shop. It’s very round and smooth for a 2ply yarn, in part because of its tight twist. These qualities give Semilla nice stitch definition for texture patterns, cables, and lace.

One ball of Semilla would make a nice pair of mitts, like Churchmouse’s evergreen “Welted Fingerless Gloves.” While we’re thinking Churchmouse, consider also their “Easy Folded Poncho” and “Welted Cowl & Infinity Loop,” either of which is a good fit for Semilla.

Though it’s hand-wash only, this soft organic wool is a nice choice for baby things, too – think tincanknits’ “Dog Star,” “Peanut,” and “Clayoquot Toque.”

Look to our “DK weight” Pinterest board for more pattern ideas, and come by the shop to see Semilla for yourself!

Marie Wallin’s Shetland.

Happy to report that Marie Wallin’s Shetland is back in stock! This exquisite book is full of intricate fair isle designs in a kaleidoscopic array of colors, all knit with the quintessential Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift. Wallin is a British designer known for her rich colorwork designs, inspired by traditional fair isle knitting, but applied to modern, … [more]

Hello, Shibui Fern.

Shibui’s newest yarn is here! Meet Fern. Fern is a sport weight organic cotton, with 232 yards on each 50 gram skein. Unlike Rain, Shibui’s DK weight cotton, Fern is matte rather than lustrous, and brushed for extra softness. Like all Shibui yarns, Fern is designed to be used on its own or mixed with … [more]

Amirisu, Issue 15.

The latest issue of Amirisu is here! Amirisu is a bilingual knitting magazine from Japan, each issue filled with patterns, articles, and interviews. Amirisu provides a glimpse into the textile and knitting culture of Japan, though fiber artists and knitwear designers from around the world are featured. Texture is the theme of this issue, and color … [more]

New from Shibui.

We just got a huge order from Shibui, full of new yarns, patterns and colors! Their newest yarn is Fern, a sport weight organic cotton, which comes in a wearable range of neutrals with a few pops of color. New to us is Reed, a replacement for (and improvement upon) their now-discontinued Linen. Reed is … [more]

Hello, Loch Lomond.

Loch Lomond is one of the newest yarns here at the shop, a colorful tweed from BC Garn in Denmark. Loch Lomond is a 2-ply wool, a loosely-plied yarn with tweedy flecks whose label suggests needles between US 6 and 8 for a gauge of 4.5 stitches per inch. With 170 yards per 50 gram … [more]

New from cocoknits.

Cocoknits is the brainchild of Julie Weisenberger, a knitwear designer and purveyor of high quality tools for knitters. She’s carefully developed notions that are as nice to use as they are to look at. Last week brought two brand new products from cocoknits: a metal cable needle designed to pair with the Maker’s Keep, and T-pins … [more]

Laine Magazine, No. 4.

Today we welcomed another beautiful new issue of Laine Magazine. Laine Magazine is a relatively new publication out of Finland, a knitting and lifestyle magazine with a love of natural fibers and handicraft as its focus. This issue is only the fourth, but already, it’s developed quite a following, such that we had a waitlist full … [more]


We’re excited to announce that Anna Maltz’s new book has arrived! Let’s take a peek at Marlisle. Marlisle is a new knitting technique developed by Anna Maltz, a combination of marled knitting, where two different colors of yarn are held together, and fair isle, a more traditional form of colorwork, sometimes called stranded knitting. Maltz, … [more]

Hello, BC Garn.

Kate and Courtney of Kelbourne Woolens have been busy this winter. Along with celebrating 10 years of their company and launching a new yarn of their own, they’ve taken on an entirely new brand of yarn as US distributors. We trust their taste and their commitment to quality natural fibers, and were impressed with these … [more]