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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!

New colors in Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply/Sport.

We’ve stocked Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply/Sport for a while now in a limited number of colors. As interest grew in this a shimmering blend of merino and silk, we decided it was time to expand our selection. We got in a nice bunch of brights and jewel tones to complement our neutrals and pastels, and were … [more]


Hello, Malabrigo Dos Tierras.

We’re excited to announce that Malabrigo’s newest yarn has arrived: meet Dos Tierras! Though those vibrant hand-dyed colors look like classic Malabrigo, Dos Tierras is something new and distinct: a DK weight yarn with Peruvian baby alpaca blended into their well-loved Uruguayan merino wool. Each 100 gram skein has 210 yards, enough for a pair of mitts, … [more]


Show and tell: Brooklyn Tweed, part 2.

Earlier in the week, I shared a few of the many Brooklyn Tweed works-in-progress that began life as yarns on our shelves. I can’t wait to see them all grown up and completed, just like this next group of garments. Nancy knit this “Pei” cowl by Michele Wang with just one skein of Brooklyn Tweed Loft, … [more]


Show and tell: Brooklyn Tweed, part 1.

When we first announced that we’d become a Brooklyn Tweed stockist, we were quickly joined in our enthusiasm by a great many knitters eager to get their hands on Brooklyn Tweed yarns. After all, these are yarns with big reputations, yarns that lots of us had seen only online. No surprise, then, that I have two … [more]


Back in stock: Berroco Modern Cotton.

Berroco Modern Cotton is a staple around here, an economical, machine-washable blend of cotton and rayon in that versatile gauge, worsted weight. It was time for a restock and restock we did, filling our Modern Cotton bins and brightening up our selection. Modern Cotton is perfect for warm-weather knit and crochet projects, or year-round for … [more]


Vogue Knitting.

The latest issue of Vogue Knitting is here! Let’s take a peek. Themes of this issue include cables, marled yarn, and Canada. Holding two strands of yarn together as you knit opens up color-blending possibilities that really change the look of the yarn at hand. Case in point: the marled hoodie above is knit with … [more]


Show and tell: all kinds.

  It’s time for more show and tell! Here are some finished pieces that began their lives as HYS yarns. Not long ago, April came in wearing her “Guriddo Stole,” a lace and garter stitch wrap that she knit in the delightful Shibui Staccato, a fingering weight blend of superwash merino and silk. This wasn’t … [more]


Back in stock: Binkwaffle bags.

Once again, we’ve replenished our dwindling supply of Binkwaffle bags, those colorful, reversible, dumpling-shaped bags that have become everyone’s favorite. We got a fresh new batch of small and large Binkwaffles. A large Binkwaffle bag is roomy enough to accommodate a big wrap, baby blanket, or sweater in progress. The small size, on the other hand, … [more]


Hello, Fibre Company Luma.

Meet Luma, the newest yarn from the Fibre Company! Luma is a smooth DK weight blend of 50% merino wool, 25% organic cotton, 15% linen, and 10% silk. This balanced combination of elastic animal fiber and cool plant fiber is ideal for year-round wear, especially in our warm North Carolina climate. The design team at … [more]


Shibui Sample of the Month: Stanza.

February 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 “Stanza,” by Shellie Anderson, a stylishly simple cowl knit with 2 skeins of Shibui Drift. Drift is a worsted weight blend … [more]