Loch Lomond is one of the newest yarns here at the shop, a colorful tweed from BC Garn in Denmark. Loch Lomond is a 2-ply wool, a loosely-plied yarn with tweedy flecks whose label suggests needles between US 6 and 8 for a gauge of 4.5 stitches per inch. With 170 yards per 50 gram … [more]
This week brought us a big box of Malabrigo Mechita in nine brand new speckled colorways!
Mechita is a single ply superwash merino in a fingering weight, with a generous 420 yards on each 100 gram skein.
Suitable for sweaters, shawls, scarves, cowls, mitts, baby things and lightweight hats, Mechita has great potential.
In fact, it’s become a bit of a staple in our Fingering weight department, one we reorder again and again.
Look for Mechita in the fingering weight section here at the shop, and peruse our “Fingering weight” board on Pinterest for pattern ideas. We hope you find inspiration there, as well as among these colorful skeins of yarn!
Cocoknits is the brainchild of Julie Weisenberger, a knitwear designer and purveyor of high quality tools for knitters. She’s carefully developed notions that are as nice to use as they are to look at. Last week brought two brand new products from cocoknits: a metal cable needle designed to pair with the Maker’s Keep, and T-pins … [more]
Today we welcomed another beautiful new issue of Laine Magazine. Laine Magazine is a relatively new publication out of Finland, a knitting and lifestyle magazine with a love of natural fibers and handicraft as its focus. This issue is only the fourth, but already, it’s developed quite a following, such that we had a waitlist full … [more]
We’re excited to announce that Anna Maltz’s new book has arrived! Let’s take a peek at Marlisle. Marlisle is a new knitting technique developed by Anna Maltz, a combination of marled knitting, where two different colors of yarn are held together, and fair isle, a more traditional form of colorwork, sometimes called stranded knitting. Maltz, … [more]
Kate and Courtney of Kelbourne Woolens have been busy this winter. Along with celebrating 10 years of their company and launching a new yarn of their own, they’ve taken on an entirely new brand of yarn as US distributors. We trust their taste and their commitment to quality natural fibers, and were impressed with these … [more]
In the last blog post, I shared some of the newest books here at the shop. Here’s one more, so lovely that I could have photographed every page, so popular that our first shipment sold out before it ever made it to the blog. Hitomi Shida’s Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible is an exquisite stitch dictionary … [more]
Here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop, we unpack boxes of books and magazines almost as often as boxes of yarn. New patterns and writing on knitting and crocheting are part of what keeps us inspired, and gives us new ideas. Here are a some of the books that have found a home on our shelves … [more]
Along with new yarn came new patterns from Isager. This spring collection features Bomulin and Japansk Bomuld, a light fingering weight cotton/linen blend and a lace weight cotton tape, respectively. Sometimes they are used individually, sometimes together. All of these patterns come from Danish designers Marianne Isager, Annette Danielson, and Mette Winge. Look for these … [more]
Meet Japansk Bomuld, our second new arrival from Isager! Japansk Bomuld is a lustrous lace weight cotton tape, with 344 yards per 50 gram ball. Marsha kindly knit a swatch for us in a range of needle sizes, showing how it behaves in stockinette stitch – look for it in the basket with the yarn. … [more]
February has just begun, but new Spring yarns are already beginning to arrive here at the shop. Two have come from Isager, in Denmark – let’s begin with Bomulin. Bomulin is a light fingering weight blend of 65% cotton and 35% linen, with 231 yards per 50 gram ball. Plant fibers like these have little … [more]