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!

Brightside Wool.

We were approached recently by a woman who, as a former sheep owner, had an excess of unspun wool. She showed Anne a few puffs of roving, dyed in a handful of solid hues, and explained that this one was 100% Shetland wool, while that one was a blend of Cotswold and Shetland, with some … [more]

Claudia Hand Painted Yarns.

With August comes the new Fall yarns, and here is one of our most exciting acquisitions of the season: Claudia Hand Painted Yarns, out of Harrisonburg, VA. Anne fell in love with a silk sweater she saw at TNNA in June, and the rest is history, which is to say, the makings of that silk … [more]

Debbie Bliss Magazine.

Another round of fall knitting inspiration has come to the Hillsborough Yarn Shop in magazine form. Hello again, Debbie Bliss Magazine! Read more about the fall issue of Debbie Bliss Magazine on her website and come by the shop for a perusal. I hope everyone’s been safe in this storm. See you at the shop!

Needle felting.

This week, we got some beautiful new needle felting kits from Fiber Trends. The kit comes with everything you need to start needle felting: instructions, needles, a foam mat to work on, and twelve colorful puffs of roving. If you’re interested in needle felting, check out one of the Ravelry groups devoted to the craft: … [more]

Kusha Kusha.

The Kusha Kusha scarf gets a lot of attention at the shop. This is in part because of its unusual, organic-looking shape, almost like a strand of kelp. Another reason to take note of this scarf is its fiber content. Kusha Kusha is knit with two strands of lace weight yarn held together, one of … [more]


For whatever reason, we’ve been flush with Lantern Moon shipments recently. Whether it’s a many-pocketed project bag or a splendidly shiny button, Lantern Moon seems to make all of the goodies that knitters and crocheters go for–save for yarn, of course. Our latest box from Lantern Moon brought the usual batch of Meadow Pouches, allowing … [more]

The Best of Interweave Crochet.

Another great collection of Interweave patterns has found its way to the teacart at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop, this time for crocheters. Crochet sweaters, hats, scarves, dresses, and blankets are found within the covers of this new book, among other projects, using a variety of crochet techniques. Take a look next time you’re in the … [more]

Hello, Paca-Peds H-T.

This past Thursday, we received a box full of Paca-Peds H-T, an alpaca-blend sock yarn with an unusual feature. Each soft and fuzzy hank of this yarn is actually two hanks, the larger of which is variegated, and the smaller of which is a complimentary semi-solid. Why? The answer is hidden in the title of … [more]

Vogue Knitting.

We had just about wiped out our collection of Vogue’s Early Fall issue when we got the Fall issue. Just in time: some more autumnal knitting inspiration. Anne and I are loving those gloves! Look for Vogue and all else that is new on the teacart.


What’s that hanging in our front window, red and shiny near the top? Why, it’s a Namaste Mini Messenger bag, one of the five colors we just got in at the shop. Come inside and see them up close. Namaste bags are made from animal-friendly faux-leather, and lined with a soft microsuede made from recycled … [more]