Hello, Semilla.

Earlier in the month, we welcomed BC Garn to the fold here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. We now stock two yarns from this Danish company; Loch Lomond got a proper introduction on the blog, and now it’s time to meet Semilla.

Semilla is a 100% organic wool. This means it’s been certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), so we can be confident that it’s produced safely and responsibly, from the fiber to the dye.

Each 50 gram ball has 175 yards, and the suggested gauge is 5.5 stitches per inch on a US 6, which is why it’s found a home in our DK weight section here at the shop. It’s very round and smooth for a 2ply yarn, in part because of its tight twist. These qualities give Semilla nice stitch definition for texture patterns, cables, and lace.

One ball of Semilla would make a nice pair of mitts, like Churchmouse’s evergreen “Welted Fingerless Gloves.” While we’re thinking Churchmouse, consider also their “Easy Folded Poncho” and “Welted Cowl & Infinity Loop,” either of which is a good fit for Semilla.

Though it’s hand-wash only, this soft organic wool is a nice choice for baby things, too – think tincanknits’ “Dog Star,” “Peanut,” and “Clayoquot Toque.”

Look to our “DK weight” Pinterest board for more pattern ideas, and come by the shop to see Semilla for yourself!

Knit Wit, Issue 7.

The latest issue of Knit Wit is here! Knit Wit is a magazine for anyone interested in textiles and fiber arts. Pick it up to read about artists and makers, hear their stories, and see lush photos of their work and how they do it. Knit Wit is published biannually, with a “Cold” and a … [more]

Cocoknits Maker’s Keep.

This week, an eagerly-anticipated shipment arrived from cocoknits – a box full of Maker’s Keeps! Cocoknits has reimagined their signature Knitter’s Keep as the Maker’s Keep: a silicone slap bracelet with a magnetic face, designed to keep your tools close at hand as you knit. It used to come at a higher price, with a … [more]

Pom Pom Quarterly: Winter 2017.

The Winter 2017 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly is here! Patterns in this issue are inspired by geometric and geologic forms, which these designers have interpreted using a variety of techniques. The beautiful cover sweater is made with Isager Highland, and the graphic hat below is made with Brooklyn Tweed Arbor. Pom Pom columnist Anna … [more]

Kelbourne Woolens Pop Collection Trunk Show!

We’re pleased to present our latest Trunk Show: Kelbourne Woolens’ Pop Collection, featuring Fibre Company Arranmore Light! Kelbourne Woolens is our US distributor of Fibre Company yarns, and as such, they often develop pattern collections for those yarns. The Pop Collection is what they dreamed up this season for Arranmore Light, inspired by fashion, music, and youth … [more]

Hello, West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply.

I’m happy to announce that a new sock yarn has found a home here at the shop! Meet Signature 4ply, from West Yorkshire Spinners. West Yorkshire Spinners is a yarn company in the UK, and like Baa Ram Ewe, their focus is on producing high quality yarns from British wool, and revitalizing the textile industry in … [more]

Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 5: Sequences.

The fifth installment of the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide series is here! 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 theme here is sequences, drawing on the inspired work of designer Cecelia Campochiaro. Like the Field Guides before it, this … [more]

Rib Magazine No. 3: Alchemy.

We’re happy to report that the latest issue of Rib Magazine is here! Rib is a magazine for men who knit and those who knit for them, one filled with patterns and articles of interest to male knitters, who so rarely see themselves reflected in craft magazines. One of the recurring columns is “Why I knit,” … [more]

Show and tell: lace.

Our Thanksgiving break continues, and the shop will be closed until we reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 28th. Til then, I have more show-and-tell to share! The theme of this bunch is lace. Betty knit this “Stone Point” poncho during Amy’s class here at the shop, her first-ever lace project! The yarn is Fibre Company Luma, … [more]

Show and tell: texture.

While the shop is closed for a Thanksgiving break, let’s enjoy another batch of show-and-tell! Here are some highly-textured knits made with yarns from our shop. Corey knit the cowl above with Fibre Company Knightsbridge, a luxurious blend of camel, alpaca, and silk. The pattern is “Alastair,” a textured loop scarf that we were pleased to … [more]


We’re delighted to have Kate Davies’ newest book on our shelves! Happit is a small collection of shawls and cowls, paired with a couple of essays by Davies, whose writing about knitting and history is as impressive as her design work. Several of these designs call for yarns we stock here at the shop. “Fantoosh,” … [more]