Revisiting Room 606.

As I created colorways for Isager Spinni and Highland Wool over the past couple of weeks, I found myself paging through an older book by Helga Isager, Amimono: Room 606. It’s a stylish collection of garments and accessories inspired by Danish modernist design and architecture of the 1960s, and makes use of a variety of Isager yarns.

Amimono: Room 606, by Helga Isager – $29

The “Vivi” pullover caught my eye in particular because it happened to pair the two Isager yarns I’d been playing with, Spinni and Highland Wool.

Isager Spinni: lace weight, single ply, 100% Danish wool, 328 yards/50 g; $12.50 each

Isager Highland Wool: light fingering weight, 2ply, 100% Peruvian Highland wool, 301 yards/50 g; $10 each

The two yarns have a slight difference in thickness and in texture, bringing interest to the overall slip stitch pattern.

Both Marianne and Helga Isager have a fondness for combining their yarns two or three strands at a time – this creates interesting color combinations and unique fiber blends. The Isagers share this with the folks at Shibui, so I’ve brought them together in the colorways that follow, for the “Malene” hat.

Shibui Silk Cloud: lace weight, 60% mohair, 40% silk, 330 yards/25 g; $26.50 each

Get in touch to order a copy of Room 606 for yourself – use our online order form!

Spinni + Dawn.

Here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop, we’ve long been admirers and stockists of Isager yarns, out of Denmark.

Isager Spinni:

  • lace weight
  • single ply
  • solid and heathered colors
  • 100% Danish wool
  • 328 yards/50 g
  • $12.50 each

Spinni is one of the longest standing yarns made by Isager, a rustic single-ply lace weight wool. Initially developed by Ase Lund Jensen, who handed the company down to Marianne Isager in the 1970’s, the Spinni color palette is informed and inspired by natural, plant-based dyes. Some are dyed on a white base, and others are dyed on a gray base, for a heathered look.

Grace Anna Farrow designed a beautiful series of shawls for Isager Spinni back in 2009, a collection called The Fine Line. They’re striking and modern, full of bold stripes, chevrons, and elegant color combinations. Spinni is a rustic wool with lots of structure, so it holds up to the loose gauge of these patterns, making a lightweight, somewhat translucent fabric.

“Dawn” is a favorite among Farrow’s designs, and calls for four skeins of Spinni; here are some color ideas!

Order online if one of these colorways intrigues you, or if you’d like to see a special combination just for you! We’re happy to help you plan your next project, and can ship your order or hold it here at the shop for local pickup. Thanks for supporting our small business!

Sale Spotlight: Brooklyn Tweed Vale.

Everything in our shop is 15% off during July, our Annual Inventory Sale! All month, I’ll be shining a spotlight on the yarns we have in stock – today, let’s look at Brooklyn Tweed Vale!

Brooklyn Tweed Vale:

  • lace weight
  • 2 ply, worsted-spun
  • 100% Rambouillet wool
  • 450 yards/50 grams
  • $15 each

Like all Brooklyn Tweed yarns, Vale is entirely sourced, spun, and dyed in the US, reflecting the company’s steadfast allegiance to domestic textiles. The fiber is worsted-spun for a smooth yarn with sharp stitch definition, then skein-dyed at the Saco River Dyehouse in Maine. Vale is also spectacularly bouncy in the skein and in the hand, full of elasticity – one of my favorite yarn qualities.

What to make with Vale? Here are a few ideas:

Order online for local pickup or shipping via USPS Priority Mail!

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

Tweed Silk Cloud + Verve!

For as long as we’ve stocked Shibui yarns here at the shop, we’ve been admirers of Shellie Anderson’s designs. She was an in-house designer Shibui for some years and still loves to work with their yarns, creating garments that look simple, but feature thoughtful details to “challenge and delight the knitter,” in her words.

© Shellie Anderson

“Verve” is one such design, a lightweight colorblock top knit with Shibui Tweed Silk Cloud. The loose-fitting tee is knit all in stockinette stitch, showing off this luxurious lace weight yarn in five or six colors.

  • Sizes: A (B, C, D, E)
  • Finished dimensions: 46 (52, 58, 64, 68)″ bust circumference

I put together three colorways for “Verve,” the first of which is based on Anderson’s own sample version. Each colorway is shown in two variations – one with five colors, for sizes A-C, and one with six colors, for sizes D-E. I named them with the word “verve” itself in mind, conjuring the enthusiasm and boldness it suggests.

 

Each 25 gram skein of Tweed Silk Cloud has 191 yards, and is composed of 65% silk and 35% mohair. Skeins are $23 each, or $25 for special Julie Hoover colors.

Head to Ravelry to download Shellie Anderson’s “Verve,” and use our online order form to request five or six skeins of Tweed Silk Cloud to knit one of your own!

Sale of the Week: Shibui Vine and Silk Cloud!

We’ve decided to keep our doors closed through the month of June, though we’re still virtually open for online orders. As we have done throughout April and May, we’ll have a special sale each week – 15% off a featured yarn, our Sale of the Week!

We have two yarns on sale this week – Shibui Vine and Silk Cloud are 15% off from June 15 – 20!

Vine is a unique combination of 41% paper, 31% cotton, and 28% silk. The texture is notable, too – a flat yarn wrapped in lustrous, overlapping threads.

Silk Cloud is a lace weight blend of 60% mohair and 40% silk, a fuzzy and luminous yarn.

 

They’re very different, Vine and Silk Cloud, but together they make an incredible fabric: Vine is cool to the touch and brings elegant drape, and Silk Cloud brings unmatched softness.

“Torrent” is a textured triangular shawlette knit on the bias, holding Vine and Silk Cloud together. The pattern is available for free when you buy Vine and Silk Cloud here at our shop.

The “Torrent” below was made by Maxine, one of the biggest Shibui fans we know!

 

Hold matching colors of Vine and Silk Cloud together for seamless blending.

Or combine two different colors for high or low contrast marls!

You’ll need 2 skeins of Vine and 1 skein of Silk Cloud to knit a “Torrent” of your own.

  • Vine: usually $20 each; $17 at 15% off
  • Silk Cloud: usually $26.50 each; $22.50 at 15% off
  • Special Julie Hoover shades of Silk Cloud: usually $28.50 each; $24.25 at 15% off

Head to our online order form if you’d like to place an order – it’ll be on sale through June 20. Thanks for all your support!

 

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

Hello, Amano Mayu Lace.

Meet the very newest yarn here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop: Amano Mayu Lace!

Amano Mayu Lace is a luxurious lace weight yarn, as soft and smooth as its fiber content suggests – royal alpaca, cashmere, and silk. These fibers provide drape alongside buttery softness, making Mayu Lace perfect for delicate lace scarves and shawls.

This yarn is dip-dyed for a tonal, semisolid effect, a slight variegation but not enough to distract from stitch patterns.

 

What to knit with Mayu Lace? So far Amano has two patterns for this new yarn: one skein makes an “Irene Bandana” (pictured at left), two makes a “Julieta Shawl.”

It would also work beautifully in Melanie Berg’s “Whiteout” shawl, Kate Davies’ “Hap for Harriet,” Ambah O’Brien’s “Alinda Wrap,” and Evelyn A. Clark’s popular “Swallowtail Shawl.”

Each 50 gram skein of Amano Mayu Lace has 437 yards, and costs $28. Use our online order form to place requests or ask for suggestions – we’re happy to help you plan your next project!

 

Shibui Sample of the Month: Scroll.

February is here, and with it, a new Shibui Sample of the Month! We offer a 10% discount on the Shibui yarn used in our featured sample til the end of the month.

This month, Shibui sent us Scott Rohr’s “Scroll,” a lightweight scarf knit with Shibui Pebble and Silk Cloud held together intermittently for a transparent effect.

Short rows create a curved chevron running down the center of the scarf, which is worked lengthwise.

The pattern is free when you purchase Shibui yarns from us to make it. We’ll have “Scroll” on display through February 26th – visit us before then to get Shibui Pebble and Silk Cloud at 10% off to make one of your own!

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

Shibui Sample of the Month: Virga.

January is here, and with it, a new Shibui Sample of the Month! We offer a 10% discount on the Shibui yarn used in our featured sample til the end of the month.

 

 

January’s sample is “Virga,” by Jennifer Miller Comstock, an airy cardigan with voluminous sleeves and luxurious drape.

It’s knit with two strands of yarn held together throughout, the lustrous Shibui Lunar and fuzzy Tweed Silk Cloud. The combination is exquisite – come by soon to touch it for yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

We’ll have “Virga” on display through January 26th – visit us before then to get Shibui Lunar and Tweed Silk Cloud at 10% off to make one of your own!

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

Hello, Tweed Silk Cloud.

Back in November, a new yarn from Shibui arrived without nearly the fanfare it deserved. Today I’m here to shine a light on it – meet Tweed Silk Cloud!

Tweed Silk Cloud is a luxurious lace weight yarn with the same fiber content as Shibui’s beloved Silk Cloud – mohair and silk – but the ratio is flipped for more silk than mohair. The result is an even more lustrous yarn, with extra drape and tweedy flecks.

Each 25 gram skein has 191 yards, and is composed of 65% silk and 35% mohair. Most patterns I’ve seen for Tweed Silk Cloud combine it with another yarn for a heavier fabric and larger gauge, but not all – here are four ideas for using it solo:

Beautiful things can happen when it’s paired with another yarn – here are a few ideas:

Look for Tweed Silk Cloud in our lace weight section here at the shop, and check out our full range of Shibui yarns while you’re here!

Shibui Sample of the Month: “Sakasama Jacket.”

October is here, and with it, a new Shibui Sample of the Month! We offer a 10% discount on Shibui yarn purchased for our featured sample til the end of the month.

October’s sample is the “Sakasama Jacket,” by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, a versatile garment that can be worn upside-down or right-side up. It’s knit with two strands of yarn held together throughout – the tweedy Shibui Pebble and fuzzy Silk Cloud.

This particular sample combines a blue-gray and a dark blue, for a unique marled fabric whose color shifts depending on the light – it’s tricky to photograph, and far more beautiful in person.

Come by the shop to before October 26th to see this “Sakasama Jacket” and get Shibui Pebble and Silk Cloud at 10% off to make one of your own!

 

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