Amirisu, Issue 17.

The latest issue of Amirisu is here!

Amirisu is a bilingual knitting magazine from Japan, each issue filled with patterns, articles, and interviews. Amirisu provides a glimpse into the textile and knitting culture of Japan, though fiber artists and knitwear designers from around the world are featured.

I spotted a review of Brooklyn Tweed Peerie in this issue, along with sweaters knit in Brooklyn Tweed Loft and Shelter – these are some of our favorite yarns, and worth a look if you haven’t had them on your needles yet.

Along with knitting patterns, Amirisu also boasts articles, recipes, and tutorials on a variety of crafts.

Look for Amirisu on the teacart here at the shop, which is stacked high with all manner of new books and magazines!

Laine Magazine, No. 6.

Last week, we welcomed another beautiful new issue of Laine Magazine.

Laine Magazine is a publication out of Finland, a knitting and lifestyle magazine with a love of natural fibers and handicraft as its focus. It’s only a couple of years old, but it already has quite a following, and a reputation for beautiful designs and tantalizing photography.

Inside this issue of Laine, you’ll find a mix of knitting patterns, articles, recipes, profiles on fiber artists, and a travel guide to Reykjavik.

There are lots of familiar names sprinkled throughout this issue, like Andrea Mowry, Tukuwool, Shannon Cook, Brooklyn Tweed, Nancy Marchant, and Fibre Company, but we love getting to know new designers and yarn companies through Laine, too.

Come by the shop to page through Laine and our other books and magazines. We hope you find inspiration here!

New colors in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and Loft.

Brooklyn Tweed recently released three new shades in Shelter and Loft, and we’re delighted to have them here at the shop!

Iceberg is a pale, chilly blue; there’s truly nothing like it in the Shelter and Loft palette! It plays well with the existing blues, while also expanding the options for color combinations. In the photo below, Iceberg is on the left, with Faded Quilt in the middle and Flannel on the right.

Shelter and Loft are rich in neutral colors, but Pumice rounds out the spectrum, a new medium gray.

Below, Pumice is shown between Snowbound and Sweatshirt, for a gray gradient.

Yellowstone is the third new shade, a rusty blend of umber and dark gold.

In the photo above, it sits between Sap and Fauna, making a mossy, autumnal trio.

Look for Shelter in our worsted weight section and Loft in the fingering weight section here at our shop!

Brooklyn Tweed Trunk Show: Winter 18.

We’re excited to have a new Trunk Show decorating our walls. Come by the shop before October 14 to see the Brooklyn Tweed Winter 18 collection!

The Brooklyn Tweed design team is prolific, and creates new pattern collections several times a year. Each one is met with excitement here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop; Anne and I often scroll through the lookbook together on launch day, pointing out sweaters we’d love to make.

We’ve been especially looking forward to seeing Norah Gaughan’s “Geiger” cardigan, shown on the right in Kettle black. It caught Amy’s eye as soon as the collection was published in January, and she’s cooking up a class on this intricate cabled cardigan for Spring 2019. Let us know if you’re interested in such a class, and we’ll be sure to notify you when more details are available!

For me, Gudrun Johnston’s “Kirigami” and Julie Hoover’s “Nolan” are the stars of this show, patterns I’ve been looking forward to seeing. Both of these, like “Geiger,” are knit with Brooklyn Tweed Arbor, an ideal yarn for showing off texture patterns. Anne and I both took a shine to Jared Flood’s “Freja,” a quick short-sleeved knit in Quarry. Which are your favorites?

Seeing these garments close up and in person is one of the great joys of a Trunk Show. Another joy is trying them on for size, making sure you like the fit and feel before you invest in a big project. We like to add one more joy: a 10% discount on purchases of the featured BT yarns during the trunk show!

Come by the shop to see this breathtaking collection for yourself, and plan your next project in Brooklyn Tweed yarns at 10% off! See you there.

A reminder: all sales are final on discounted yarn. There can be no returns or exchanges. Thanks! 

Show and tell: colorful shawls.

Time for another round of show and tell! We always love seeing what you make with our yarns, and lately I’ve had the pleasure of seeing and photographing more finished projects than I can share in one blog post. For today, let’s look at some colorful shawls that started life as yarn on our shelves.

Above is Donita’s “Wisdom Wrap,” knit with Alchemy Silken Straw and Sanctuary. She brought it in to show us before felting, which will transform this partly-wool shawl from a colorblock rectangle to a softer, more organic shape – we can’t wait to see it after she takes the leap!

Gwen loves working with Ewe Ewe yarns. She’s worked with Baa Baa Bulky and Wooly Worsted before, and has come back to the latter to make the “Whenever Wrap” above. With so many exciting yarns to choose from, this return to the same yarn for multiple projects is quite the endorsement!

Nancy recently knit this “Butterfly / Papillon” shawl with Brooklyn Tweed’s newest yarn, Peerie, and is preparing to teach a class on the subject here at the shop.

Many of the “Butterfly / Papillon” projects on Ravelry have been made with self-striping or hand-dyed yarns, so it’s particularly striking to see Nancy’s solid color version. I’m looking forward to seeing the shawls that come out of her class!

Nancy’s next project is another colorful shawl, Felicity Ford’s “Efflorescent,” from her latest book, Knitsonik Stranded Colourwork PlaybookThe swatches below were knit with Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, and show two of the three colorways for “Efflorescent,” more class prep. Read more about Nancy’s upcoming class on our Classes page – there are still a few spaces if you’d like to attend!

Many thanks to the talented knitters who shared the projects above, and to everyone who starts their projects with a trip to the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. We love seeing what you make!

Back in stock: Crazy Zauberball.

Last week brought a colorful box of yarn our way – hello again, Crazy Zauberball!

Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball is a fingering weight yarn that slowly changes from one color to the next several yards at a time, so that whatever you’re knitting or crocheting with it comes out striped. The 2-ply construction of this yarn gives the finished fabric a marled look.

Over the years, we’ve seen Crazy Zauberball put to good use in all kinds of projects, from socks to shawls to cowls. Christy Kamm’s “ZickZack Scarf” (Winnie’s version is pictured above) has been an especially popular pattern around here, a simple chevron stripe made beautiful by the yarn and color selection. Our Fingering weight section here at the shop is full of possibilities for this pattern; here are a few ideas to start with.

We’ve had several knitters pair the self-striping Crazy Zauberball with a solid color for a dramatic effect. Consider the clear solid shades of Brooklyn Tweed Peerie or the gentle heathers of CoopKnits Socks Yeah! 

A semi-solid hand-dyed yarn works well here, too; here’s one possible combination in Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply.

I haven’t seen a speckled “ZickZack” yet, but I’d love to see how it looks! Try Malabrigo Mechita if you’re similarly intrigued.

Come by the shop to pick up some Crazy Zauberball for your next project!

New colors in Brooklyn Tweed Arbor.

Brooklyn Tweed recently released four new shades in Arbor, and we’re happy to have them here at the shop!

Brooklyn Tweed Arbor is a 3-ply DK weight yarn composed of 100% Targhee wool. Like Brooklyn Tweed Vale and Peerie, it’s worsted-spun, and skein-dyed in solid colors at the organically-certified Saco River Dyehouse in Maine.

Worsted-spun yarns are more durable and dense than their woolen-spun counterparts, and have sharper stitch definition for crisp cables, lace, and texture patterns. Targhee wool spun in this manner has an abundance of one of my favorite yarn characteristics: elasticity. Garments knit with Arbor should wear well and look sharp for years to come.

I love seeing how these four shades fit seamlessly into the existing Arbor palette, and I’m looking forward to seeing them combined in multicolor projects, like Andrea Mowry’s “Tincture” or Shannon Cook’s “Atmen.” If you’re seeking a small one-color project, consider Emily Greene’s “Shear,” a textured hat designed specifically to showcase these new shades.

Come to our shop to plan your next project, and look for Brooklyn Tweed Arbor in our DK weight section!

Interweave Knits.

The latest issue of Interweave Knits arrived today, a reminder that Fall is getting closer!

The theme of this Fall 2018 issue is cables, and I spotted a couple of intricate cabled garments made with yarns we carry here at the shop.

The luxurious wrap above is shown in Shibui Drift, a worsted spun, worsted weight blend of merino and cashmere that’s smooth and round, for sharp stitch definition. The sweater below is a good example of what a woolen spun, worsted weight yarn looks like in a cable pattern, as it’s made with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. Just as lovely, but somewhat more rustic, with a slightly softened stitch definition.

Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift showed up in this issue, too, in this oversized cardigan whose colorwork pattern suggests plaid.

Look for Interweave Knits on our teacart here at the shop!

Knitscene.

The Fall 2018 issue of Knitscene arrived this week!

As the days get hotter, I start to fantasize about cooler days, though they’re months away. Magazines like this, full of woolen sweaters, can be a nice retreat from the heat of summer if it doesn’t happen to be your favorite season.

I spotted some of our favorite yarns in this issue; along with the cover sweater in Swans Island All American Worsted, there’s also a cabled cardigan in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and a pullover in Fibre Company Cumbria Worsted.

Look for Knitscene on the teacart, where the latest books and magazines are stacked high, ready to inspire your next projects. See you at the shop!

Brooklyn Tweed Peerie Trunk Show!

We are delighted to announce that a new trunk show from Brooklyn Tweed is here to spend a couple of weeks at our shop. Come by before July 8 to see garments and accessories from the Peerie Collection!

This little group is knit all in Peerie, Brooklyn Tweed’s newest addition, a fingering weight merino yarn that’s worsted spun for sharp stitch definition.

Three of these are designs from the BT archives, originally designed for Loft, and they show Peerie’s strengths in cables, texture, and lace.

Jared Flood’s new design for Peerie is the “Lucerne” hat, a colorwork playground for this, their most colorful line of yarn.

The “Lucerne” pattern is free with any Peerie purchase until June 30th, and we’re offering a 10% discount on Peerie during the Trunk Show, too – hurry in to take advantage and see these lovely garments for yourself!

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