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Show and tell: socks.

We love seeing projects made with yarns from our shop, and we truly feel honored that so many of you bring your finished pieces in for show and tell. When I’m able, I like to take pictures of these completed projects to share here on the blog. I’m always collecting them, and sometimes they seem to sort themselves into themed posts – all one kind of wool or technique, one yarn in particular, or even a shared color palette. Today’s theme is socks, a favorite project of ours, and the knitters featured here have made some amazing pairs.

Glen knit the vibrant pair above with MJ Opulent Fingering, a hand-dyed blend of merino, cashmere, and nylon. The pattern is “Dublin Bay Socks,” a free download from Ravelry, and it looks excellent in this semi-solid colorway, showing off the lace detail down the leg.

Lois’s socks have a lot in common with Glen’s: the pattern, “Socks on a Plane,” is available for free, they have a little pattern running down the leg and foot on a stockinette background – in this case, a cable, and they were made with hand-dyed yarn, the beloved Malabrigo Sock. I often warn knitters that cables and other patterns don’t show well in highly variegated yarn, but this is exactly the kind of exception that proves the rule. I love the way the wild colorway shines in simple stockinette, and the cable doesn’t disappear into it. Rather, it pops out a bit, brings welcome textural interest to an already interesting color. Well done, Lois!

Above are Karin’s “Sidney” socks, from Rachel Coopey’s CoopKnits Socks Vol. 2, made with Malabrigo Sock. These are the latest in a long series of increasingly intricate handknit socks that Karin has crafted for herself and her family. Like many of us, she likes to challenge herself a bit with each new project, trying a new stitch pattern or technique, and a sock is a good-sized project for that kind of experimentation. It’s a good way to learn a lot in a relatively short time, and Karin is living proof!

Margaretta is another generous, challenge-seeking sock knitter, and this “Harlequin” pair from New Directions in Sock Knitting pretty much blew my mind when I saw them in progress – organizing the bobbins alone looked like quite a task. She rose to the occasion, though, mastering intarsia-in-the-round along the way, and surprised me again when she came back for more yarn to knit a second pair.

This pair, like the first, is made with Malabrigo Sock, which you can tell is a popular sock yarn here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. Margaretta insists that her technique improved measurably from the first pair to the second, and while I believe her, I honestly think both pairs look equally flawless. Still and all, she gave the second pair as a gift to a friend, knit yet a third pair and gave them to another friend, and kept the “learner” pair for herself.

 

Thanks to the knitters who shared their work on this post, and to the many more who begin their projects with trips to our shop! We appreciate your support, and love seeing what you make. If you’re not a sock-knitter but would like to become one, check out Amy’s upcoming class on the subject, an introduction to basic socks that may send you on a sock-making spree. Look out for more show-and-tell on the blog in the near future!

Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 3: Wild Yarns.

The second installment of the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide series is here, and going fast! Let’s take a peek inside. Ann Shayne and Kaye Gardiner’s series of Field Guides are pocket-sized booklets focused on a particular theme or knitting technique. The first two featured musings on stripes and fair-isle knitting, respectively, but this third is all about … [more]


Inspired by Islay.

Kate Davies’ newest book is now on our shelves. Let’s take a peek inside Inspired by Islay. Kate Davies is a knitwear designer and writer who I very much admire, for her traditional-looking, smartly-crafted patterns as well as her academic approach to textiles. Her books are always good reads as well as good knits, putting … [more]


Luma Collection Trunk Show!

Delighted to report that our Fibre Company Trunk Show arrived a little early – come by the shop to see the Luma Collection! The Luma Collection is comprised of four lightweight garments knit with the Fibre Company’s newest yarn, Luma. Luma is a smooth DK weight blend of 50% merino wool, 25% organic cotton, 15% … [more]


Hello, Berroco Ultra Wool.

Last week brought a new yarn to our shop. Meet Berroco Ultra Wool! Berroco Ultra Wool is a worsted weight superwash wool, one of the few that suggests “tumble dry low” rather than “lay flat to dry.” That makes it a truly easy-care yarn, perfect for baby and children’s garments, blankets, and everday accessories. Each … [more]


The Artisan.

Helga Isager’s newest book has arrived! Let’s take a peek inside The Artisan. Helga Isager is a Danish knitwear designer who runs the Isager yarn company along with her accomplished mother, Marianne Isager. Both Isagers design with Isager yarn in mind, of course, often blending two or three yarns together for heavier gauges or interesting … [more]


Baa Ram Ewe Trunk Show!

We were delighted to receive a trunk show from Baa Ram Ewe today, featuring four garments knit in their newest yarn, Dovestone Natural Aran. For a small show, it packs in a lot of variety, with one sweater each for man, woman, and child, along with a lacy fringed cowl. Find these patterns and more … [more]


Knitscene.

The Summer 2017 issue of Knitscene has arrived! This issue features lively warm-weather garments and accessories: tanks and tees, shawls and cowls, even a pair of knit shorts. This striped “Crossover Tank” is shown in Cascade Ultra Pima, a machine-washable dk weight cotton. “Joni’s Lacy Cowl” calls for one of our favorite spring and summer yarns, … [more]


By Hand.

A new publication has found a home here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop – we’re proud to stock By Hand. By Hand is a series of lookbooks, a magazine of sorts, where each issue focuses on a place or region. The subject matter is the makers of that community, the designers, hand-dyers, yarn and fabric … [more]


Hello, Shibui Lunar.

Shibui’s newest yarn is here! Meet Lunar. Lunar is a shiny lace weight blend of 60% extrafine merino wool and 40% Mulberry silk. Each 50 gram skein boasts 401 yards, enough for a good-sized scarf or cowl; just two or three skeins is plenty for a shawl. Shibui yarns are designed for mixing together, two … [more]


Tokyo Shawl.

A new knit sample appeared on our wall the other day, an eye-catching shawl that Rosi has been working on for quite some time: Marianne Isager’s “Tokyo Shawl.” “Tokyo Shawl” is a geometric striped shawl knit with Isager Spinni and Alpaca 1 yarns. The Spinni colors change from stripe to stripe, but the Alpaca 1 … [more]