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Hello, Malabrigo Caprino.

This week, we welcome a brand new yarn from Malabrigo – meet Caprino!

Caprino is a DK weight blend of 80% merino wool and 20% cashmere, and just as you’d expect from those fibers, it’s soft as can be. Each 50 gram skein has 159 yards, enough for a pair of mitts or small hat; 2 skeins makes a larger hat or cowl.

Like many Malabrigo yarns, Caprino comes in a familiar selection of semi-solid, variegated, and speckled colorways.

We think of them as old friends, these colorways – it’s always nice to see the purplish gray of “Plomo,” or the deep navy of “Paris Night,” but equally nice to meet newer shades, like the spotty “Galaxy.” All three of those wound up in my latest project, Andrea Mowry’s “Nightshift” shawl.

I’m having such fun with this simple slip stitch pattern, watching the colors come together, the background shade seeming to shift as the contrast colors change.

I’ve seen lots of knitters make “Nightshift” and “The Shift” cowl, sometimes more than once, and now I totally understand the appeal of the project. We’re pleased to have print copies of these patterns in stock now!

Come by the shop to see and touch Caprino for yourself! You’ll find it in our DK weight section.

On our needles: Brooklyn Tweed Ranch.

One of the perks of working at the shop is knitting with exciting new yarns, sometimes even before they are available on our shelves. For the past couple of weeks behind the scenes, Anne and I have both been working with Ranch 02, the latest small batch, ranch-specific yarn from Brooklyn Tweed. Take a look … [more]


Koigu Collector’s Club: Sheep.

The Koigu Collector’s Club continues! Each month, we’ll receive a batch of KPPPM in a limited edition color dyed especially for a select group of local yarn stores that carry Koigu. The inspiration for this batch is Sheep, the beloved animal whose fleece makes some of our favorite yarn. Dyed on KPPPM, Koigu’s signature fingering … [more]


Making No. 8: Forest.

Happy to announce that the latest issue of Making is in! Forests and their colors, textures, and inhabitants are the theme of this issue, which features projects for making of all kinds – quilting, embroidery, sewing, weaving, felting, and, yes, knitting! I spotted plenty of familiar names in the knitting department – designers like Carol … [more]


Meadow.

Happy to report that Marie Wallin’s newest book is here! Let’s peek inside Meadow. Meadow is Wallin’s second collection of designs made with Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, a classic fingering weight Shetland wool. It’s one of our very favorite yarns, and it seems to be growing in popularity, as our reorders increase in frequency. Wallin is … [more]


Anniversary party and sale!

As you may remember from years past, or may have seen in our most recent email newsletter, October marks the 13 year anniversary of the Hillsborough Yarn Shop! The shop has grown and changed since Anne first opened in 2006, but always with the goal of bringing the best natural fiber yarns, tools, publications, and … [more]


Akerworks Swatch Gauge and Knitting Tool Kit.

The Akerworks Swatch Gauge is among our favorite notions, and we’re delighted to have a new batch of them on our shelves! The Swatch Gauge is a tool for measuring gauge, a heavy plastic one with cut-outs for counting how many stitches or rows make four inches, horizontally and vertically. We first read about it … [more]


Hello, Brooklyn Tweed Ranch 02.

We are delighted to announce that Brooklyn Tweed’s newest yarn has arrived! Meet Ranch 02, the second in Brooklyn Tweed’s series of ranch-specific, small-batch yarns. Ranch 02 is a worsted weight, woolen-spun, limited edition, ranch-specific Rambouillet yarn, which means every fiber in these skeins was sourced from a single flock of sheep living on Forbes … [more]


Shibui Sample of the Month: “Sakasama Jacket.”

October is here, and with it, a new Shibui Sample of the Month! We offer a 10% discount on Shibui yarn purchased for our featured sample til the end of the month. October’s sample is the “Sakasama Jacket,” by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, a versatile garment that can be worn upside-down or right-side up. It’s knit with two … [more]


Koigu Collector’s Club: Jeans.

The Koigu Collector’s Club continues! Each month, we’ll receive a batch of KPPPM in a limited edition color dyed especially for a select group of local yarn stores that carry Koigu. The inspiration for this batch is Jeans, and the yarn is fittingly streaked with shades of denim blue and ivory. Dyed on KPPPM, Koigu’s … [more]


Back in stock: Harmony Farm Candles.

As the weather starts to cool down and the leaves change color, we are now finally feeling that fall is underway. It’s a time for stitching, to be sure, and evenings with yarn in our hands are often accompanied by flickering candles in scents that evoke the season. Our friend Erin is the maker behind Harmony … [more]