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Anniversary Sale!

As you may remember from years past, or may have seen in our most recent email newsletter, October marks the 14 year anniversary of the Hillsborough Yarn Shop!

This year has been an unusual one, to say the least – the pandemic has dramatically changed the way we do business. Safety has to come first, though it also comes between all you fiber-lovers and the usual HYS shopping experience, where seeing and touching yarn in person is expected. The way we do business may have changed this year, but our goal has remained the same since Anne first opened in 2006: to bring the best natural fiber yarns, tools, and publications to stitchers in the Triangle. By that measure, in my opinion, Anne has succeeded tremendously, and I am so proud to be on her team, spending my days in this special shop.

Our closure to walk-ins won’t stop our annual Anniversary Sale! From October 20 – 24, everything in stock will be 15% off, with the exception of the already discounted yarns in our Sale Trunk. This is the time to treat yourself to some exciting new yarns, splurge on an inspiring book, and save on that special project you’ve been wanting to start this fall.

Looking for inspiration? Here are some of the most popular projects here at the shop, shown in blog posts with yarns and color combinations aplenty:

A reminder: all sales are final on discounted items; there will be no exchanges or returns. Thanks!

Folk Socks.

Here is an older book, made new this year with revisions and updated content. First published in 1994, Nancy Bush’s Folk Socks is back in print and back on our shelves. With its long historical preamble, various heel- and toe-shaping techniques, and colorwork patterns, Folk Socks is right up my alley. In thumbing through this … [more]


Textured Stitches.

We just got a new collection of patterns from Interweave, a classy book by Connie Chang Chinchio called Textured Stitches: Knitted Sweaters and Accessories with Smart Details. Upon glancing through the book, I was impressed by the stylish, tailored shapes, and the carefully chosen stitch patterns that adorn them. Take a look inside: Find it … [more]


Works in progress.

Because of the nature of a yarn shop, Anne and I probably spend more time talking with people about their projects in the future tense than we do checking up on older projects, both finished and unfinished. There is much more to chat about if one has not begun one’s project: what fiber to choose, … [more]


Knitter’s Pride interchangeable circular needles.

Interchangeable circular needle sets are no doubt topping many a knitter’s wish list this season. Their appeal can be traced not only to their convenience and compactness, but also to a kind of cuteness: pairs of needle points are lined up in a little case, with a pocket for cords of different lengths. The Knitter’s … [more]


Hello, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK.

Debbie Bliss yarns have become something of a staple at the shop over the years. Her Cashmerino yarns are soft, machine washable, and come in a wide range of colors and weights, from sport to super-bulky. Patterns for Debbie Bliss yarns are plentiful and reliable. Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK may not be the latest, most … [more]


Hello, String Theory.

I know I said we were elated at the arrival of Jitterbug last week–and really, we were! But that was before yesterday’s shipment from String Theory, a new yarn company for us. Yesterday, excitement erupted at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop as Anne pulled skein after skein of beautiful hand-dyed yarn out of the box, passing … [more]


Goknit project bags.

We replenished our supply of Goknit project bags this week at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. These colorful, lightweight drawstring bags have been favorites for both practical and aesthetic purposes. They look so appealing all together, in fact, that we put them right up on the wall. We have two sizes available, the better to accommodate … [more]


Jitterbug. Again.

You would not believe the gasps of delight that accompanied this week’s much anticipated shipment of Colinette Jitterbug. (I know I say things like that a lot–it seems that weekly, we receive boxes of gasp-inducing yarns–but I’m just reporting the facts, here. We’re an excitable bunch.) Unlike most yarns, the Jitterbug comes to us in bunches of … [more]


Magazine week.

The magazine-makers of the world have been working overtime, it seems. Last week brought two new issues, Creative Knitting and Interweave Knits. I’d barely flipped through them when three more new magazines arrived. Rest assured, if you come by the shop this week, you’re likely to find at least one compelling new project among these … [more]


Swans Island. Again.

Every time we get a box from Swans Island, Anne and I exchange an open-mouthed look of delight. It’s so exciting to open those boxes, to see the new colors and welcome back those that we’d already sold out of.  And those are just the reorders. Our joy is doubled when we pull aside a … [more]