On our needles.

What’s in Anne’s Plystre Project Pouch, besides a Baby Baggu?

A grandson-sized “Atlas (For Kids),” knit with Brooklyn Tweed Loft!

I love the color combination she chose – Flannel for the main color, Snowbound and Old World for the contrast colors.

Many of you know that Anne never limits herself to one project at a time. So what else is on her needles right now? Let’s take a look!

Anne’s “Calla” tank is growing, stripe by stripe. You can see how Anne keeps unruly plant fiber yarns in check, by hand-winding them into tight balls and storing them in ziplock bags as she knits.

Designed by Shellie Anderson for Shibui Koan, this is shaping up to be a lovely, lightweight summer garment.

Anne is almost done with another Shellie Anderson design, “Cather,” an elegant pullover in Shibui Echo. As she set in the first sleeve the other afternoon, she remarked on cocoknits Claw Clips – “I don’t know how I ever seamed without them!”

Another work in progress from Anne’s collection is this “Rainy Day Hat,” designed by Melanie Berg for her Balayage yarn. It’s a super-soft fingering weight blend of merino and alpaca, a treat for the hands.

I confess, I’m not quite as prolific as Anne, and my projects are coming along more slowly! Above is my “Kirigami,” designed by Gudrun Johnston and knit with Brooklyn Tweed Arbor. I’ve been savoring this project for some months now, enjoying the simplicity of stockinette and the elasticity of Arbor, one of my very favorite yarns.

I’m about halfway through Churchmouse’s “Vineyard Cowl,” knit with one skein of Baa Ram Ewe Winterburn DK. It’s an easily-memorized stitch pattern, and a soothing knit in this wonderfully wooly yarn, shown here on another of my works-in-progress – a quilt I’ve been slowly stitching.

There’s a lot we miss about being “open” in the usual sense, but one of the main things is seeing what everyone is working on! What’s on your needles? Share in the comments, or post photos on Instagram, tagged #hillsboroughyarnshop – we can’t wait to hear from you!

Hello, Baby Baggu.

We’re delighted to have a new batch of Baggu bags in stock! We recently added Baby Baggu to our selection, and they’ve been flying off the shelves.

Baggu’s signature bag is styled after a plastic grocery bag, a cute and clever design. These lightweight ripstop nylon bags are the perfect size for toting a knitting or crochet project, among other things, and fold down to fit into a tiny square pouch.

Carry it by the handles on its own, tuck it into a larger tote, or use it as I often do this time of year – as reusable wrapping paper!

Brooklyn Tweed Shelter tucked into a coordinating Baby Baggu.

We also have a fresh supply of Canvas Zip Totes, a roomy bag that has become popular around here. It’s big enough to carry a couple of project bags, notebooks, and notions, and lightweight so you can lug all those things around as efficiently as possible.

Come by the shop to browse bags for yourself or for a friend – project bags make excellent gifts for stitchers, after all! See you at the shop.

Koigu Collector’s Club: Jeans.

The Koigu Collector’s Club continues! Each month, we’ll receive a batch of KPPPM in a limited edition color dyed especially for a select group of local yarn stores that carry Koigu.

The inspiration for this batch is Jeans, and the yarn is fittingly streaked with shades of denim blue and ivory. Dyed on KPPPM, Koigu’s signature fingering weight superwash merino wool, this variegated colorway is ideal for making shawls, cowls, baby sweaters, and of course, socks.

Our new Baggu project bags are a perfect match, denim totes styled after plastic grocery bags.

You’ll find this limited edition colorway of Koigu KPPPM in our fingering weight section while supplies last!

Hello, Baggu!

We’re excited to announce that we now carry canvas totes and denim project bags from Baggu!

Baggu is a company that’s all about bags, designed in their San Francisco studio and ethically manufactured in China. They have a long-standing partnership with that manufacturer, and both are deeply committed to ethical and environmentally responsible practices – you can read more about that on their website.

From Baggu’s extensive selection of bags, we’ve selected two that suit knitters’ needs, and pair well with our own HYS Zip Bags. The Canvas Zip Tote is a roomy one, big enough to carry a couple of project bags, notebooks, and notions.

Inside, you’ll find one zipper pocket that snaps in and out of the interior; it was designed as a container to fold the unused bag into, but the knitter in me saw that zipper pocket as a built-in notions bag. It’s big enough for a few containers of stitch markers, after all, along with your scissors, darning needles, needle gauge, and whatever else needs to come with you and your projects.

Baggu’s signature bag is styled after a plastic grocery bag, and this Medium size is just right for a knitting or crochet project. Carry it by the handles on its own, or tuck it into a larger tote.

We have four shades of Medium Baggu, an ivory/buttermilk stripe, a light and dark denim blue, and washed black.

We have Canvas Zip Totes in pecan, citron, and washed black.

Come by the shop to browse bags for yourself or for a friend – project bags make excellent gifts for stitchers, after all! See you at the shop.