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New from Harmony Farm Candles.

We are delighted to announce the newest addition to our gifts section here at the shop: a brand new scent from Harmony Farm Candles, custom made for the Hillsborough Yarn Shop!

Harmony Farm Candles is run by our friend Erin in nearby Mebane, North Carolina. She hand-pours her candles in small batches using 100% US-sourced soy wax and essential oils, with no added dyes. Their scents are fresh and bright, but not overwhelming – “delightfully fragranced,” as she puts it. We asked her to concoct a custom scent for our shop, one that evokes woolens but would be pleasing year-round, and after a thoroughly enjoyable period of testing, she delivered to us the scent you see here: Lavender Eucalyptus.

It’s everything we hoped it would be, herbaceous and calming, smelling exactly of its namesake. Come by the shop and give it a sniff!

We offer a rotating selection of other Harmony Farm Candles, as well, changing with the seasons and our moods. Here’s a snapshot of our current selection: Spring Meadow smells of fresh cut grass, a favorite of Anne’s; Wintergreen evokes fir trees; Sweet Orange is a clementine doppelganger; and Rose smells of roses, just so.

We find Erin’s candles a perfect companion to an evening of knitting, and we hope you do, too! As gifts, they are always warmly-received; keep them in mind for Mother’s and Father’s days, birthdays, and the odd just-thinking-of-you occasion. Look for Harmony Farm Candles in our gifts section!

Vogue Knitting.

The latest issue of Vogue Knitting is here! Look inside this issue of Vogue for summer knitting patterns and inspiration, and especially for lace garments. This issue also includes features on the revitalization of the UK wool industry and the knitting tradition of Sanquhar, Scotland, a region famous for its intricate colorwork mittens. Meg Swansen shares one Sanquhar-inspired cowl, and … [more]


Crete.

Anne recently completed her “Crete,” a beautiful warm-weather accessory you’ll find hanging on our wall here at the shop. “Crete” is worked with two yarns: Shibui Twig, a sport weight blend of linen, recycled silk, and wool, and the brand new Shibui Lunar, a lace weight blend of merino and silk. This stockinette bias scarf begins … [more]


Little Looms.

A special issue of Handwoven Magazine has arrived! Let’s look inside Little Looms. Little Looms is all about weaving on rigid heddle looms, pin looms, inkle looms, and others. It features patterns and project ideas for all of these little looms, along with articles on choosing yarns and designing woven art. Come by the shop … [more]


Triangle Yarn Crawl.

The Triangle Yarn Crawl is a self-guided tour of local yarn shops, where yarn-lovers get together and hop from one shop to the next, shopping, entering raffles, and seeing the full breadth of available fibers. They happen just once a year, and the time has come again: the Spring 2017 crawl is coming up this weekend on April 22nd … [more]


Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 3: Wild Yarns.

The second installment of the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide series is here, and going fast! 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 first two featured musings on stripes and fair-isle knitting, respectively, but this third is all about … [more]


Inspired by Islay.

Kate Davies’ newest book is now on our shelves. Let’s take a peek inside Inspired by Islay. Kate Davies is a knitwear designer and writer who I very much admire, for her traditional-looking, smartly-crafted patterns as well as her academic approach to textiles. Her books are always good reads as well as good knits, putting … [more]


Luma Collection Trunk Show!

Delighted to report that our Fibre Company Trunk Show arrived a little early – come by the shop to see the Luma Collection! The Luma Collection is comprised of four lightweight garments knit with the Fibre Company’s newest yarn, Luma. Luma is a smooth DK weight blend of 50% merino wool, 25% organic cotton, 15% … [more]


Hello, Berroco Ultra Wool.

Last week brought a new yarn to our shop. Meet Berroco Ultra Wool! Berroco Ultra Wool is a worsted weight superwash wool, one of the few that suggests “tumble dry low” rather than “lay flat to dry.” That makes it a truly easy-care yarn, perfect for baby and children’s garments, blankets, and everday accessories. Each … [more]


The Artisan.

Helga Isager’s newest book has arrived! Let’s take a peek inside The Artisan. Helga Isager is a Danish knitwear designer who runs the Isager yarn company along with her accomplished mother, Marianne Isager. Both Isagers design with Isager yarn in mind, of course, often blending two or three yarns together for heavier gauges or interesting … [more]