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Back in stock: Wool Trees.

Back in December, holiday gift-shoppers wiped out our supply of Wool Trees. I’m happy to report that we now have them back on our shelves, in both maple and walnut. These handsome, hand-crafted yarn-ball controllers are exactly the kind of small luxury that one might deny oneself, which makes them perfect gifts. Remember Wool Trees … [more]


Knitter’s Pride blocking wires.

Blocking is a frequently recurring subject of conversation around the shop. What is blocking, and why do we do it? And perhaps more importantly: how do we do it? Many knitters are unsure about this last step, afraid they’ll somehow do it wrong and ruin their shawls or sweaters. Let us assure you: blocking is … [more]


New from Lantern Moon.

Every so often, we place an order with Lantern Moon, a company that supports artisans in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bali, Indonesia. Their handcrafted tools and accessories are as aesthetically pleasing as they are functional, perfectly suited to knitters and crocheters, who seem to love their tools along with their craft. This order brought rice baskets, silk … [more]


Holiday gifts.

The holiday shopping season is upon us! Those of you shopping for special gifts for knitters and crocheters may find yourself at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop, seeking goodies for the fiber-lovers you love. Yarn is always welcome, of course, but it can be hard to choose yarn for someone else, especially if you’re not sure … [more]


Wool Tree Mill.

Knowing that there was new roving coming from Malabrigo, we thought that new drop spindles were in order, as well. We went to market in June looking for a source for beautiful wooden drop spindles and found it in Wool Tree Mill. Wool Tree Mill is a family-run business out of California, and all of … [more]


Buttons.

Last year, we ended the summer with a reorganization of the shop. We kicked off the Fall season by sorting every skein of yarn by suggested gauge, giving ourselves just four days to go from semi-order to total chaos to a tidy, intuitively organized shop. It was hard work, but we made it, and our … [more]


Hook and needle cases from Della Q.

Back in June, we travelled to TNNA, saw many of our favorite yarn companies, and placed a bunch of orders for the shop. The new Fall things are starting to come in, and its no surprise that it’s mostly yarn. Here and there, however, we receive boxes of other knitting- and crochet-related goodies, including organizational … [more]


The Lilly Brush.

Many of us who love working with squishy, soft yarns have had to face the fact that those yarns often pill. Fine, short fibers feel soft to the touch, and it’s those fibers that are the first to be pulled out of the yarn with abrasion, creating little puffs that stand out from the fabric … [more]


From Lantern Moon.

Recently, we replenished our supply of yarn-out boxes and other goodies from Lantern Moon, a company that supports artisans in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bali, Indonesia. Their handcrafted tools and accessories are as aesthetically pleasing as they are functional, perfectly suited to knitters and crocheters, who seem to love their tools along with their craft. These … [more]


Shaune Bazner shawl pins.

We recently replenished our supply of Shaune Bazner shawl pins. These lightweight wooden shawl pins are perfect closures for wraps, scarves, and cardigans. They are so-named because they secure shawls, which can sometimes be unwieldy garments, anchoring loose fabric into place around your shoulders or neck so you don’t have to keep adjusting it. Because … [more]