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Hello, Isager Jensen Yarn.

A brand new yarn has arrived from Isager in Denmark! Meet Jensen Yarn.

Jensen Yarn is named for Danish knitwear designer Ase Lund Jensen, the subject of Marianne Isager’s latest book. It’s a DK weight wool sourced and spun entirely in Denmark, with about 275 yards on each 100 gram skein.

Jensen Yarn is smooth and round, which will give excellent stitch definition for texture and cable patterns. Wooly and toothsome, Jensen Yarn is not the softest fiber in our shop, but it’s sturdy and full of character, sure to wear well for years to come. I can’t wait to work with it!

Look for pattern ideas on our “DK weight” Pinterest board, and look for Jensen Yarn in the DK weight section here at the shop!

Meet Sandy Barnes of Shibui!

One of the best things about our annual trip to market is meeting with the talented, fascinating folks behind the yarns we love. We’re not attending market this year, so we’re especially delighted to bring that experience to our very own shop with an exciting event: Sandy Barnes of Shibui is coming for a visit … [more]


Mother’s Day gift ideas.

Mother’s Day fast approaches, a good time to remind you of our Gift section here at the shop. We’ve sought out makers in our local community as well as our wider community of suppliers and assembled a collection of items that make excellent gifts for knitters and non-knitters alike. Harmony Farm Candles are always a … [more]


Shibui Sample of the Month: Ship to Shore.

May 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. This month’s featured sample is “Ship to Shore Shawl,” by Katie Rempe, a summery lace shawl knit with one skein of Shibui Linen. Shibui Linen is a light … [more]


Another Baa Ram Ewe Trunk Show!

Our newest Trunk Show has arrived, another gorgeous group of knits from Baa Ram Ewe! Here are four pieces from the Yorkshire Shores collection, knit with Dovestone DK. Dovestone DK is a blend of masham, wensleydale, and bluefaced leicester wools, all sourced and spun in the UK, an effort to revitalize the textile industry of Yorkshire. I … [more]


Show and tell: sweaters.

“What are you thinking about making?” If you’ve visited our shop, you’ve likely been asked this question by myself, Anne, Rosi, or whoever else may be helping out that day. We ask this not just to help connect you with the right yarn, pattern, or tools, but also because we’re genuinely interested. We love hearing your … [more]


Interweave Knits.

This week, we welcomed the newest issue of Interweave Knits to the teacart, where the latest books and magazines are stored. The theme of this Summer 2017 issue is Shakespeare, and the garments and accessories within all take their inspiration from his plays. The beachy cover-up above was knit with one of our very favorite warm-weather … [more]


New from Harmony Farm Candles.

We are delighted to announce the newest addition to our gifts section here at the shop: a brand new scent from Harmony Farm Candles, custom made for the Hillsborough Yarn Shop! Harmony Farm Candles is run by our friend Erin in nearby Mebane, North Carolina. She hand-pours her candles in small batches using 100% US-sourced soy … [more]


Vogue Knitting.

The latest issue of Vogue Knitting is here! Look inside this issue of Vogue for summer knitting patterns and inspiration, and especially for lace garments. This issue also includes features on the revitalization of the UK wool industry and the knitting tradition of Sanquhar, Scotland, a region famous for its intricate colorwork mittens. Meg Swansen shares one Sanquhar-inspired cowl, and … [more]


Crete.

Anne recently completed her “Crete,” a beautiful warm-weather accessory you’ll find hanging on our wall here at the shop. “Crete” is worked with two yarns: Shibui Twig, a sport weight blend of linen, recycled silk, and wool, and the brand new Shibui Lunar, a lace weight blend of merino and silk. This stockinette bias scarf begins … [more]


Little Looms.

A special issue of Handwoven Magazine has arrived! Let’s look inside Little Looms. Little Looms is all about weaving on rigid heddle looms, pin looms, inkle looms, and others. It features patterns and project ideas for all of these little looms, along with articles on choosing yarns and designing woven art. Come by the shop … [more]