Vogue Knitting.

The Winter 2016/2017 issue of Vogue Knitting is here!

This issue focuses on surface design and embellishment, from colorful cables to reversible brioche to graphic fair-isle and intarsia.

I’m always curious to see what technique or idea Meg Swansen writes about in her column for Vogue; this time it’s all about neck treatments for sweaters, and particularly about how to design and knit them in the round.

This issue also features an insightful interview with knitwear designer Julie Weisenberger, also known as cocoknits, the maker of our favorite, most in-demand notions.

Look for Vogue Knitting on the teacart here at the shop, where the latest books and magazines are gathered to inspire. Come in for a browse!

New from Cocoknits.

I’m happy to announce that we now have the very latest notions from Cocoknits in stock! Our first shipment of these new items sold out too quickly for an appearance on the blog, but with a fresh batch on our shelves, it’s time to give them a proper introduction.

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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.

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These lightweight foam Stitch Stoppers serve multiple purposes. Use them to protect your stitches when you stow your works-in-progress, when you’re trying on a top-down sweater, or to transform any double point or circular needle into a stitch holder. Anne bought a pack last week and attests that they work well and don’t fall off.

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Claw Clips are a new tool for holding pieces together before or during seaming, helping to stabilize without piercing your yarn.

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When we first found Cocoknits at last year’s TNNA, it was the tiniest round markers we coveted most. They were only available in silver, in the assorted markers set, and Anne and I each bought a pack the moment they arrived. They have remained my favorite markers, so I was delighted to learn that Cocoknits had devised a set of small colorful ring markers, which, yes, are now part of my personal collection. Come by the shop to pick up some of your own, for easier stitch-marker-movement on your small needles!

New notions and old favorites from Cocoknits.

Cocoknits notions have been a hit here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. We’ve sold out and reordered the Knitter’s Keep and all manner of stitch markers again and again since they first arrived in November. I’m happy to report that once again, we’ve restocked our favorite Cocoknits products, so come by if you’ve been anxious to upgrade your collection of useful and beautiful knitting gadgets.

IMG_1344We have a couple of new Cocoknits products along with the old favorites, and chief among them is this row counter. It’s designed to work with the Knitter’s Keep, a silicone slap bracelet with a magnetic face, keeping your tools close at hand as you knit.

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The Knitter’s Keep kit comes with nickel-plated accessories that attach to the magnet, including stitch markers, cable needles, and darning needles. One of our knitting friends calls it the “KnitBit.”

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Also new-to-the-shop is the revamped Knitter’s Block, a set of square blocking tiles that fit together like puzzle pieces. This set now comes with more tiles and T-pins than before, which is handy for blocking bigger projects, and a new “‘Check’ your Gauge” cloth, woven with 1″ squares for easy measuring as you block.

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Some or all of these gadgets will surely come in handy somewhere along your stitching journey, and their pretty presentation makes them gift-worthy, as well. Look for Cocoknits notions by the front window here at the shop!

Back in stock: Cocoknits notions.

Happy to report that our shelves are once again full of notions from Cocoknits!

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It seems many of you were as smitten with these thoughtful gadgets as we were; the little green table I decorated with Cocoknits goodies back in November was quickly cleared.

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The Knitter’s Keep was the first to sell out, a silicone slap bracelet with a magnetic face, designed to keep your tools close at hand as you knit. It comes with nickel-plated accessories that attach to the magnet, including cable needles, darning needles, and stitch markers. The stitch markers are also sold separately, both locking and round, both silver and assorted colors. They’ve quickly become my favorite markers, and the Cocoknits stitch fixer and yarn snip have found a happy home in my notions case, too, which keeps me company as I work on these socks using CoopKnits Socks Yeah!.

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We also stock the Cocoknits Sweater Care Kit and Knitter’s Block, among many other useful notions from a variety of vendors. A few that recently arrived include Sirka counters, having sold out after a holiday shopping spree, and Bryspun Sock Blockers, in stock at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop for the first time.

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Come by the shop to upgrade your tools and plan your next project!

Hello, Cocoknits notions.

Back in May at TNNA, we ran into Clara Parkes at the Cocoknits booth and fell in love with what we found there. Cocoknits is the brainchild of Julie Weisenberger, a knitwear designer and purveyor of high quality tools for knitters. We’re thrilled to be offering her line of notions, blocking equipment, and her signature Knitter’s Keep.

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The Knitter’s Keep is a silicone slap bracelet with a magnetic face, designed to keep your tools close at hand as you knit. It comes with nickel-plated accessories that attach to the magnet, including stitch markers, cable needles, and darning needles.

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It wasn’t just the Knitter’s Keep that we loved when we saw it at market, but those notions in their perfect simplicity. We ordered yarn snips, stitch fixers, and all manner of stitch markers: the serious silver and the colorful ones, the simple ring markers and the locking ones.

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We also have Cocoknits Sweater Care Kits on our shelves now, which you might have read about recently on Clara Parkes’ blog, Knitters Review. It’s no wonder we saw her in the Cocoknits booth! Just like us, she admired both the practicality and the “charm factor” in the Sweater Care Kit. It includes mesh laundry bags, super-absorbent towels, a mesh pop-up dryer, and a bottle of Eucalan, all packed into a nice jute tote.

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Last, but not least, we now also carry Cocoknits Knitter’s Block, a set of square blocking tiles that fit together like puzzle pieces. The Knitter’s Block also comes packed in its own reusable bag, along with t-pins and a cotton pressing cloth.

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Some or all of these gadgets will surely come in handy somewhere along your stitching journey, and their pretty presentation makes them gift-worthy, as well.

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Come by the shop to see our whole Cocoknits collection, and upgrade your tools when you do!