By Hand Lookbook No. 10: Montana’s Big Sky Country.

The latest volume of By Hand is here!

By Hand is a series of lookbooks where each issue focuses on a city or region. The subject matter is the makers of that community, the designers, hand-dyers, and fiber artists that both shape and draw inspiration from the place they call home.

The focus of this issue is Montana’s Big Sky Country, and the weavers, bakers, yarn makers, boat builders, and jewelers who live and work there.

I spotted a familiar yarn amidst the patterns in this issue – Andrea Hungerford’s “Gallatin Wraparound” is knit with 2 strands of Shibui Lunar and 1 strand of Shibui Twig held together throughout.

Along with maker profiles and knitting patterns, By Hand also features recipes and other crafty projects. So many of us partake in a variety of handiwork, though we may call one or another a favorite; it’s nice to see a diversity of interests on display in this publication.

Look for By Hand here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop!

By Hand Lookbook No. 9: Nova Scotia.

The latest volume of By Hand is here!

By Hand is a series of lookbooks where each issue focuses on a city or region. The subject matter is the makers of that community, the designers, hand-dyers, and fiber artists that both shape and draw inspiration from the place they call home.

The focus of this issue is the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, and the quilters, rug-hookers, yarn shop owners, and jewelers who live and work there.

Along with maker profiles, By Hand also features knitting patterns, recipes, and other crafty projects. So many of us partake in a variety of handiwork, though we may call one or another a favorite; it’s nice to see a diversity of interests on display in this publication.

You’ll find By Hand on the teacart here at the shop. Come by to pick up a copy and indulge in a bit of armchair travel!

By Hand Lookbook No. 8: Colorado’s Front Range.

The latest volume of By Hand is here!

By Hand is a series of lookbooks where each issue focuses on a city or region. The subject matter is the makers of that community, the designers, hand-dyers, yarn companies, and fiber artists that both shape and draw inspiration from the place they call home.

The focus of this issue is Colorado’s Front Range, and the quilters, designers, yarn shop owners, and dyers who live and work there.

Among many names that were new to me, I spotted a couple of familiar ones, like Schacht Spindle Co., who have been designing and producing handweaving and handspinning equipment in Colorado since 1969. They make spinning wheels, yarn winding tools, and all kinds of looms, from the smaller Zoom Looms and Cricket Looms that we carry here at the shop to magnificent table and floor looms.

Designer, author, and editor Ann Budd is profiled, too – we recently restocked her indispensable Knitter’s Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements, a pamphlet that helps us each day to answer the question “How much yarn do I need?”

Along with maker profiles, By Hand also features knitting patterns, recipes, and other crafty projects. So many of us partake in a variety of handiwork, though we may call one or another a favorite; it’s nice to see a diversity of interests on display in this publication.

You’ll find By Hand on the teacart here at the shop. Come by to pick up a copy and indulge in a bit of armchair travel!

By Hand Lookbook No. 7: British Columbia’s South Coast.

The latest volume of By Hand is here!

By Hand is a series of lookbooks, a magazine of sorts, where each issue focuses on a city or region. The subject matter is the makers of that community, the designers, hand-dyers, yarn companies, and fiber artists that both shape and draw inspiration from the place they call home.

The focus of this issue is the south coast of British Columbia, and the weavers, needle-felters, ceramic artists, and natural dyers who live and work there.

Many of these names were new to me as I paged through this issue, but Shannon Cook is a familiar one – her “Bradway” shawl and “Veronika Cardigan” have been popular patterns here at our shop.

Along with maker profiles, By Hand also features knitting patterns, recipes, and other crafty projects. So many of us partake in a variety of handiwork, though we may call one or another a favorite; it’s nice to see a diversity of interests on display in this publication.

You’ll find By Hand on the teacart here at the shop. Come by to pick up a copy and plan your next project!

By Hand Lookbook No. 6: Blue Ridge Mountains.

The latest volume of By Hand is here!

By Hand is a series of lookbooks, a magazine of sorts, where each issue focuses on a city or region. The subject matter is the makers of that community, the designers, hand-dyers, yarn companies, and fiber artists that both shape and draw inspiration from the place they call home.

No. 6 is all about the Blue Ridge Mountains, a region pretty close to our home here in central North Carolina, so many of the locations are likely familiar. This issue will introduce or reacquaint you with a variety of makers who live and work in this undeniably beautiful part of the world: yarn shops and dyers, soapmakers and woodworkers, weavers and other fiber artists.

Black Mountain Yarn Shop is profiled, a special place we know many of you love to visit when you’re in the area.

There are also patterns and instructions for knitting, sewing, craft and cooking projects. So many of us partake in a variety of handiwork, though we may call one or another a favorite; it’s nice to see a diversity of interests on display in this publication.

Whether you’re planning or reminiscing on a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains, By Hand is a beautiful publication you’ll want to page through. It’s ideal if you’re in need of a little armchair traveling, too!

You’ll find By Hand on the teacart here at the shop. Come by to pick up a copy and plan your next project!

By Hand Lookbook No. 5: Michigan’s Great Lakes.

The latest volume of By Hand is here!

By Hand is a series of lookbooks, a magazine of sorts, where each issue focuses on a place or region. The subject matter is the makers of that community, the designers, hand-dyers, yarn companies, and fiber artists that both shape and draw inspiration from the place they call home.

No. 5 is all about the Great Lakes region in Michigan, and will introduce you to a variety of makers who live and work in this beautiful part of the world: designers and dyers, chocolatiers and leatherworkers, weavers and other fiber artists. Andrea Mowry, designer of the popular “Find Your Fade” shawl, is profiled, as is Jill Zielinski of Knitterella.

There are also patterns and instructions for knitting, jewelry making, sewing, and cooking projects. So many of us partake in a variety of handiwork, though we may call one or another a favorite; it’s nice to see a diversity of interests on display in this publication.

Whether you’re planning a trip to the Great Lakes region or are simply in need of a little armchair traveling, By Hand is a beautiful publication you’ll want to page through.

You’ll find By Hand on the teacart here at the shop. Come by to pick up a copy and plan your next project!

By Hand Lookbook No. 4: Puget Sound.

The latest volume of By Hand is here!

By Hand is a series of lookbooks, a magazine of sorts, where each issue focuses on a place or region. The subject matter is the makers of that community, the designers, hand-dyers, yarn companies, and fiber artists that both shape and draw inspiration from the place they call home.

No. 4 is all about the Puget Sound region in Washington state, and is filled with profiles of a variety of makers who live and work in this beautiful part of the world: dyers, yarn shop owners, fiber farmers, quilters, candlemakers, and more.

Besides maker profiles, By Hand is filled with embroidery, knitting, and quilting patterns, travel guides for Bainbridge and Whidbey islands, and a cute cookie recipe.

Whether you’re planning a trip to the Puget Sound region or are simply in need of a little armchair traveling, By Hand is a beautiful publication you’ll want to page through.

You’ll find By Hand on the teacart here at the shop. Come by to pick up a copy and plan your next project!

By Hand Lookbook No. 3: Nashville.

The latest volume of By Hand is here!

By Hand is a series of lookbooks, a magazine of sorts, where each issue focuses on a place or region. The subject matter is the makers of that community, the designers, hand-dyers, yarn and fabric companies, and fiber artists that both shape and draw inspiration from the place they call home.

No. 3 is all about Nashville, Tennessee, and is filled with profiles of a variety of makers that call this Southern city home: dyers, designers, bloggers, fiber farmers, cowboy boot-makes, bookbinders, and more.

Some of these names are new to us, but many are familiar. Ann Shayne of Mason-Dixon Knitting and Karen Templer of Fringe Association share their thoughts on community-building through knitting, concepts that really resonate with us.

You’ll find By Hand on the teacart here at the shop, which is lately overflowing with exciting new publications for knitters and other makers. Come by to page through and plan your next project!

By Hand.

A new publication has found a home here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop – we’re proud to stock By Hand.

By Hand is a series of lookbooks, a magazine of sorts, where each issue focuses on a place or region. The subject matter is the makers of that community, the designers, hand-dyers, yarn and fabric companies, and fiber artists that both shape and draw inspiration from the place they call home.

The first two volumes are now on our shelves, featuring Portland, OR and Portland, ME, respectively. They are filled with lush photos, interviews and articles, projects and patterns, and a recipe or two.

Portland, Oregon, is home to Shibui and Brooklyn Tweed, two yarn companies whose work we admire so much, and whose yarns we are proud to keep on our shelves here at the shop.

Portland, Maine, and the rest of the mid-coast region is home to Swans Island, Clara Parkes, designers Bristol Ivy and Hannah Fettig, and the Saco River Dyehouse, where Brooklyn Tweed Arbor is dyed.

We were so inspired by these maker profiles, and hope you are, too – the people behind the products and projects we love are special, indeed.

Look for By Hand on the teacart here at the shop, where the latest books and magazines live!