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Handy, indeed.

As I mentioned in my recent post on By Hand Lookbook No. 8, we recently restocked Ann Budd’s essential yardage estimator, the Knitter’s Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements. If you’ve ever walked into the shop, fallen in love with a skein of yarn and asked us, “Is this enough for a scarf?” then you’ve probably seen Anne … [more]


Cocoknits Accessory Roll.

Meet the cocoknits Accessory Roll! This cleverly designed notions case has four compartments for storing whatever little things need storing. Made of durable, washable paper, the cocoknits Accessory Roll should soften with age, and develop something of a leather-like texture. It’s compact when rolled, spacious and accessible when unrolled, and sturdy enough to throw into … [more]


Back in stock: Cocoknits Maker’s Keep.

A big box from cocoknits arrived this week, bearing all manner of markers, cable needles, stitch stoppers, blocking kits, and other knitterly necessities. Today, I’ll shine a light on one of our favorites, the Maker’s Keep. The cocoknits Maker’s Keep is a silicone slap bracelet with a magnetic face, designed to keep your tools close at … [more]


New from cocoknits.

Cocoknits is the brainchild of Julie Weisenberger, a knitwear designer and purveyor of high quality tools for knitters. She’s carefully developed notions that are as nice to use as they are to look at. Last week brought two brand new products from cocoknits: a metal cable needle designed to pair with the Maker’s Keep, and T-pins … [more]


Akerworks Yarn Caddy.

Meet our newest gadget: the Akerworks Yarn Caddy, a go-anywhere tool for holding your working yarn! This yarn-holding spindle comes from Akerworks in Knoxville, TN, the good people who brought us the clever and popular Swatch Gauge. The Yarn Caddy is lightweight and portable, featuring a suction cup base and a gadget on the top … [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]


New from Cocoknits.

Cocoknits is the brainchild of Julie Weisenberger, a knitwear designer and purveyor of high quality tools for knitters. She’s carefully developed notions that are as nice to use as they are to look at. Her foam Stitch Stoppers are the best point protectors we’ve seen, and since they first appeared last year, they quickly replaced any … [more]


Akerworks Swatch Gauge.

We’re delighted to announce the arrival of an exciting new knitting gadget: the Akerworks Swatch Gauge is now in stock here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop! The Swatch Gauge is a new tool for measuring gauge, a heavy plastic one with cut-outs for counting how many stitches or rows make four inches, horizontally and vertically. … [more]


New buttons from Late Bloomer Pottery.

Frumet of Late Bloomer Pottery came for a visit this week, and brought along a fresh supply of buttons. Frumet is a local potter who makes beautiful functional pieces here in the Triangle. We keep a supply of her yarn bowls in our Gifts section here at the shop, along with a little basket of ceramic buttons. … [more]


Scissors.

We are serious about keeping all kinds of needles, hooks, tools, and other notions in stock here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. We like providing options for different kinds of stitch markers, cable needles, row counters and the like, because we know from experience that having the right tool for the task at hand can … [more]