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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!

Triangle Yarn Crawl.

The Triangle Yarn Crawl is a self-guided tour of local yarn shops, where yarn-lovers get together and hop from one shop to the next, shopping, entering raffles, and seeing the full breadth of available fibers. They happen just once a year, and the time has come again: the Spring 2017 crawl is coming up this weekend on April 22nd … [more]


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]