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!

Norah Gaughan.

Norah Gaughan is a knitwear designer with a distinctive style and a taste for unusual shapes, often inspired by those found in nature. We have two sample sweaters hanging in the shop which illustrate this perfectly: Flower Child, which I’ve written about before, is from Volume 4 of Gaughan’s series for Berroco, and Eastlake, which … [more]

Knitted Lace.

Along with the new issue of Interweave Knits, we got a new Interweave book, Knitted Lace: A Collection of Favorite Designs from Interweave. Lace patterns, along with being beautiful to look at, are fascinating to execute. Whether it’s a shawl, scarf, sweater, or a pair of socks, there is no doubt that lace patterns keep … [more]

Interweave Knits.

The Fall issue of Interweave Knits is here, with plenty of cozy-looking sweaters and other cold-weather knits inside, to remind us: it wont always be this hot. Truly. Find it, as usual, on the teacart.

Hello (and welcome back), Malabrigo Sock.

It’s been a long wait, but at last, our shipment of the ever-popular and often asked-after Malabrigo Sock yarn has arrived. We’d gotten down to one lonesome skein of the stuff! As of yesterday morning, that sad last skein was once again surrounded by friends. The Malabrigo Sock yarn is a fingering weight superwash merino … [more]


I’m sure Anne is having a delightful time in Denmark, but I know she’ll be truly jealous of what I got to do today at the shop. Her grandsons came by for a short visit, and with Anne out of town, Rosi and I got a chance to cuddle them with no grandmotherly interruption. (Thanks … [more]

Katia Fabula. Again.

 Katia Fabula, a super bulky, superwash, super-soft merino wool, has been a popular choice for hat-making (not least because our Fabula sample is, ahem, a hat). It’s thickness, softness, and washability all conspire to make this a quick, cozy, easy-care yarn for accessories. A common question from knitters, though, has been, “Are these all the … [more]

Lakedale Shawl class.

I’ve just posted a new fall class on the website, a 3 session class focused on a pattern from Malabrigo Book 3: the texured, ruffled Lakedale Shawl. The pattern calls for Malabrigo sock yarn (which, by the way, is finally scheduled to be back in stock at the shop sometime this week…!), but Katherine, who … [more]

Shawl pins.

I spent a good bit of the afternoon last Thursday putting a new batch of shawl pins on display. Like buttons, shawl pins are a small detail that make a big impact on your finished project. These particular shawl pins from Shaune Bazner are lightweight, to prevent stretching your knit or crochet shawl, and range … [more]

Crochet Traditions.

A new magazine has arrived at the shop, something special for the crocheters among us. Crochet Traditions is the crochet equivalent to the popular PieceWork special issue, Knitting Traditions. Like Knitting Traditions, Crochet Traditions places traditional techniques in a historical context, providing wonderful reading material as well as project ideas. Find it with the other … [more]

Kauni swatches.

Since we first got Kauni in stock, we’re forever reordering it. Its long, slow gradation of colors is eye-catching, indeed, and has caught the attention of many. With our most recent order of Kauni, though, we got a little something extra. People often ask us, “So, what does this yarn do?” They can sense that … [more]