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Back in stock: the Lilly Brush.

I’m happy to report that Lilly Brushes are back in stock here at the shop!

The Lilly Brush is not a glamorous tool, but a practical one, a brush designed to remove pills from knitted fabric. The bristles on the Lilly Brush pick up stray fibers and pills as you brush it across your garment.

Many of us who love working with squishy, soft yarns have had to face the fact that those yarns often pill. Fine, short fibers feel soft to the touch, and it’s those fibers that are the first to be pulled out of the yarn with abrasion, creating little puffs that stand out from the fabric while clinging to it. Fibers with longer staple lengths will not pill as quickly, and the same goes for tightly plied yarns, but the sad reality is that pilling is a part of life for nearly all knitted garments, especially those that get lots of wear – sweater armpits, for example. If we can’t avoid pills altogether, our best defense against them is removing them once they arise. The Lilly Brush is a great tool for this job!

Lilly Brushes are $12.95 each and come in either red or black – order online for local pickup or USPS Priority Mail shipping, we’re happy to tuck one of these handy tools into your next order!

Knitter’s Graph Paper Journals.

I’m happy to announce that Knitter’s Graph Paper Journals are back in stock here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop! Meet the perfect notebook to slip into your knitting bag. These slim, unassuming notebooks are full of knitter’s graph paper, with squares that, like knitted stitches, are wider than they are tall. This makes them ideal … [more]


New Brooklyn Tweed Kits!

Just in time for last minute gift shopping, we’ve put together brand new kits featuring Brooklyn Tweed Peerie! Each kit includes a “Cloudline” hat pattern and 2 skeins of Peerie, Brooklyn Tweed’s fingering weight merino wool. For this beginner-friendly pattern, two different shades of Peerie are held together throughout, creating a marled fabric. “Cloudline” is … [more]


Hello, Baby Baggu.

We’re delighted to have a new batch of Baggu bags in stock! We recently added Baby Baggu to our selection, and they’ve been flying off the shelves. Baggu’s signature bag is styled after a plastic grocery bag, a cute and clever design. These lightweight ripstop nylon bags are the perfect size for toting a knitting … [more]


Brooklyn Tweed and Shibui Samples of the Month!

December is here, and with it, new featured samples from Brooklyn Tweed and Shibui! Our Brooklyn Tweed Sample of the Month is Jared Flood’s “Umaro,” an impressive lace and cable blanket knit with two strands of BT Quarry held together. Quarry is Brooklyn Tweed’s heaviest yarn, a bulky weight, woolen-spun Targhee-Columbia wool. Each plump 100 … [more]


Koigu Collector’s Club: Utopia.

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. KPPPM is a fingering weight superwash merino, hand-dyed in vibrant colors by mother/daughter team Maie and Taiu Landra on their farm outside of Toronto, … [more]


Winter scents from Harmony Farm Candles.

We’re delighted to have a shelf full of Harmony Farm Candles again! Harmony Farm Candles is run by our friend Erin in nearby Mebane, North Carolina. Erin hand-pours her candles in small batches using 100% US-sourced soy wax, with no added dyes. Their scents are fresh and bright, but not overwhelming – “delightfully fragranced,” as she puts … [more]


Out With the Old – Fibre Co. Arranmore 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 Fibre Company is discontinuing production of their bulky weight Arranmore, and though we’re sad to see it go, we’re pleased to announce a sale to see it off! Announcing our … [more]


West Yorkshire Spinners holiday colorways!

Each year, British yarn company West Yorkshire Spinners creates a special holiday colorway in their Signature 4ply sock yarn. This year they made three – Robin was the first to arrive, and now Holly Berry and Fairy Lights! Signature 4ply is West Yorkshire Spinners’ self-patterning sock yarn, composed of machine-washable bluefaced leicester wool and nylon, … [more]


Knitting Outside the Box: Drape & Fold.

Bristol Ivy’s new book is here! Let’s look inside Knitting Outside the Box: Drape & Fold.  Bristol Ivy is an independent knitwear designer whose work you likely recognize – she’s designed for Brooklyn Tweed and the Fibre Company, among others, and her patterns have appeared in publications like Pom Pom Quarterly, Making, and Amirisu. Ivy also … [more]


HYS Wrist Rulers.

The holidays are coming, and one of last year’s most popular gifts is back in stock, with a twist – check out our new blue Wrist Rulers! Wrist Rulers are leather bracelets engraved with inches and centimeters, handmade in Portland, Oregon. These leather wrist rulers are beautiful and practical, a winning combination in our book. … [more]