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Kelbourne Woolens Scout Collection Trunk Show!

An exciting new trunk show has come to decorate our walls for a couple of weeks. Hurry in before August 26 to see the Kelbourne Woolens Scout Collection!

The Scout Collection is composed of six garments knit with Kelbourne Woolens Scout, a springy DK weight wool that is well suited to texture, color, lace, and cable patterns.

Most of these patterns were designed by Kate Gagnon Osborn, with one contribution each from Courtney Kelley and Meghan Kelly; the three of them make up the Kelbourne Woolens team. They’ve made their patterns available through Ravelry rather than in print, an effort to diminish the company’s paper usage.

We also have another mini trunk show of sorts – local designer Emily Walton has just published a brand new pattern for Scout, and we’re showing her samples! Below is “Olivia Twisted,” a clever hat with twisted stitches and a bit of texture, perfect for showing off Scout’s heathered shades.

Give Scout and all the other Kelbourne Woolens yarns a try at this Sunday’s Yarn Tasting – we still have some spaces available! It’s an opportunity to sample yarn before you buy it, to brainstorm pattern ideas and color combinations with other knitters, and to spend a pleasant morning at the shop sipping mimosas – sign up to join us!

Just a reminder–all sales are final on discounted items; there can be no exchanges, returns, or special orders. Thanks!

Local Yarn Store Day.

We’re looking forward to the first ever Local Yarn Store Day, this Saturday, April 21st! LYS Day is about celebrating brick-and-mortar yarn shops and appreciating all that they offer. Here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop, we are proud of our selection of high quality yarns, books and tools, our talented teachers, and our customer service. … [more]


Show and tell: colorwork sweaters.

Two blog posts full of colorwork knitting just aren’t enough – here’s a third, with a focus on sweaters. Here Margie models her “Townes” pullover, knit with a clever combination of speckled Malabrigo Mechita and a few solid and heathered shades of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift. Emily’s first adult-sized colorwork sweater is a perfect fit and … [more]


Show and tell: colorwork accessories.

Time for another round of show and tell! Colorful knitting projects are popular around here – I had enough colorwork hats to fill a recent blog post, and now I’m back with other colorwork accessories. Is a stuffed chicken an accessory? Whatever category it belongs in, Amy’s “Fancy Hen” is adorable, and beautifully knit. In … [more]


Show and tell: colorwork hats.

We love to see finished projects that started life as yarn on our shelves, and when I’m able, I love to photograph them and share them here on the blog. It’s been a busy spring so far, full of exciting new yarns, books, and magazines, all of which keep this blogger busy. Meanwhile, jaw-dropping projects keep … [more]


Shibui Sample of the Month: Comfort Zone.

April 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 sample is “Comfort Zone,” by Elizabeth Smith, a striped garter stitch wrap with a ribbed edge. “Comfort Zone” is knit with four shades of … [more]


HYS Colorwork Trunk Show.

One of our special attractions for this year’s Triangle Yarn Crawl is a collection of garments made by knitters in our community – folks who work, teach, and shop here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. The theme is colorwork, interpreted somewhat broadly to include not only fair isle, but also intarsia, double knitting, brioche, log … [more]


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 2018 crawl is coming up this week, from April 5th – 8th!  … [more]


New colors from Shibui.

This spring, Shibui introduced a new yarn, Fern, but they also added three new colors to nearly every line of yarn they make. First is White, a brighter white than Shibui’s existing Ivory. You can see from the photo above that White varies from yarn to yarn, looking bleached and bright in Rain and Lunar, but … [more]


Pom Pom Quarterly: Spring 2018.

The Spring 2018 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly is here! The theme of this issue is postage stamps, and more broadly, the global connections they represent. Each of the designs featured were inspired by a stamp, and where possible, the yarn used for that garment shares a country of origin with the stamp that inspired … [more]


Knitting Outside the Box.

Bristol Ivy’s Knitting Outside the Box was published in October, but it sold out before I ever had a chance to properly feature it here on the blog. Again and again, over the past few months, we reordered and it quickly disappeared. With a fresh stack of them here on our teacart, the time has come … [more]