New summer scents from Harmony Farm Candles.

Each season brings a new selection of tempting scents from Harmony Farm Candles, and three just arrived at the shop to ease us into summer.

Harmony Farm Candles is run by our friend Erin in nearby Mebane, North Carolina. She hand-pours her candles in small batches using 100% US-sourced soy wax, with no added dyes. Their scents are fresh and bright, but not overwhelming – “delightfully fragranced,” as she puts it.

Tomato Garden is a unique scent, smelling exactly of tomato plants warm from the sun. It’s fresh and green and perfectly conjures the season. Shown here with a couple of tomato-red skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Peerie.

Honeysuckle is another one that smells just like its namesake, a sweet floral scent. Pictured here with a trio of colors in Kelbourne Woolens Andorra.

Passionfruit Guava is a new one for us, sweet-tart and fruity. It brought to mind this juicy shade of Fibre Company Arranmore Light.

Harmony Farm Candles are a perfect companion to an evening of knitting, and these 8 oz travel tins make them handy for summer trips. As gifts, they are always warmly-received; keep them in mind for holiday and host gifts, birthdays, and the odd just-thinking-of-you occasion. Look for Harmony Farm Candles in our gifts section!

New bags from Peeka Purl Designs.

We love sourcing products locally when we can, so we’re excited to announce a brand new kind of project bag made just down the road from our shop, in Chapel Hill, NC, by our own Marsha Krzyzewski!

Marsha has been teaching here at our shop for years, offering classes in beginning knitting, the basics of cables, lace, short rows, finishing, fixing mistakes, project-based classes on socks, sweaters, mittens, shawls, and scarves and so much more. With all of those knitting skills in her toolbox, she’s also made room for sewing, and these little totes bridge those two crafts: a sewn bag designed for yarn and knitting projects, under the name Peeka Purl Designs.

Shaped like a cube with an open top, these bags have a strap for easy carrying, and are lined with white fabric to make it easy to see what’s tucked inside.

They’re flexible enough to tuck into a larger bag but sturdy enough to stand up on their own, just the right size for a small project or a few balls of yarn.

Come by the shop to pick up a Peeka Purl bag for yourself or a friend!

Back in stock: Harmony Farm Candles.

As the weather finally starts to cool down and the leaves change color, we are now truly feeling that fall is underway. It’s a time for stitching, to be sure, and evenings with yarn in our hands are often accompanied by flickering candles in scents that evoke the season. Our friend Erin is the maker behind Harmony Farm Candles in nearby Mebane, NC, and we’ve just had a visit with her this week, which means – more candles!

Lately, I’ve been burning her Rosemary scent at home in the evenings, sometimes simultaneously with Fall Foliage. The combination is woodsy and green, a cozy scent that doesn’t overwhelm my small space; lighting candles is a small indulgence I relish, a nice accompaniment to a spot of knitting.

Mulled Cider and Fall Foliage have been big sellers this season – this is our third batch, in fact! Hurry in if you’re a fan of these scents, as this is the last we’ll get in until next year. We also have a big stack of Wintergreen on our shelves, a perfect pine scent that many of you have been clamoring for since last winter.

We also added a new scent this week, the bright and sweet Grapefruit.

As gifts, these candles are always warmly-received; keep them in mind for holiday and host gifts, birthdays, and the odd just-thinking-of-you occasion. Look for Harmony Farm Candles in our gifts section!

New fall scents from Harmony Farm Candles.

Each season brings a new selection of tempting scents from Harmony Farm Candles, and three just arrived at the shop to ease us into fall.

Harmony Farm Candles is run by our friend Erin in nearby Mebane, North Carolina. She hand-pours her candles in small batches using 100% US-sourced soy wax, with no added dyes. Their scents are fresh and bright, but not overwhelming – “delightfully fragranced,” as she puts it.

Smelling of spices and apple, Mulled Cider is a sweet, warm scent.

Fall Foliage is a unique woodsy scent, which Erin describes as having “citrus accents, touches of balsam, patchouli and oakmoss.” It’s the one I’m burning at home these days, and for me, it perfectly conjures my favorite season.

While Rosemary is one of Erin’s year-round scents, it’s a new one for us and seems to suit the season. Made with essential oil, it smells precisely like the herb it’s named for. Anne took one whiff and exclaimed, “Focaccia!”

Whenever Erin comes by with a delivery, Anne and I pick up some new candles for ourselves. We find Harmony Farm Candles a perfect companion to an evening of knitting, and we hope you do, too! As gifts, they are always warmly-received; keep them in mind for holiday and host gifts, birthdays, and the odd just-thinking-of-you occasion. Look for Harmony Farm Candles in our gifts section!

New buttons from Late Bloomer Pottery.

Frumet of Late Bloomer Pottery came for a visit this week, and brought along a fresh supply of buttons.

Frumet is a local potter who makes beautiful functional pieces here in the Triangle. We keep a supply of her yarn bowls in our Gifts section here at the shop, along with a little basket of ceramic buttons.

Late Bloomer buttons are a little different each time, varying in color, texture, and shape. Some are one of a kind, while others come in sets of two, three, or four.

Come by the shop to see what’s new from Late Bloomer Pottery, and check out our other locally-sourced goods while you’re here!

Mother’s Day gift ideas.

Mother’s Day fast approaches, a good time to remind you of our Gift section here at the shop. We’ve sought out makers in our local community as well as our wider community of suppliers and assembled a collection of items that make excellent gifts for knitters and non-knitters alike.

Harmony Farm Candles are always a welcome gift, hand-poured by Erin in nearby Mebane. We’re lucky enough to have a custom scent, Lavender Eucalyptus, on our shelves, along with a rotating selection of other Harmony Farm Candles, changing with the seasons and our moods.

We just got a new batch of ceramic yarn bowls, handmade in Durham by Frumet of Late Bloomer Pottery.

We also stock hand-painted silk scarves by Gina Wilde, the artist and creative mind behind Alchemy Yarns. Gina has been working with a fair trade collective in Cambodia to produce these silk scarves, and to develop work there centered in indigenous textiles. You can read more about what Gina described to us as her “heart project” on the Alchemy website. Gina herself paints the scarves, just as she paints Alchemy yarns, and the result is vibrant, elegant, and unusual.

We also have gift certificates available in any denomination, of course, and we so appreciate you thinking of us as a gift source. Thank you for supporting small businesses like ours, and shopping local for mothers and others! See you at the shop.

New from Harmony Farm Candles.

We are delighted to announce the newest addition to our gifts section here at the shop: a brand new scent from Harmony Farm Candles, custom made for the Hillsborough Yarn Shop!

Harmony Farm Candles is run by our friend Erin in nearby Mebane, North Carolina. She hand-pours her candles in small batches using 100% US-sourced soy wax and essential oils, with no added dyes. Their scents are fresh and bright, but not overwhelming – “delightfully fragranced,” as she puts it. We asked her to concoct a custom scent for our shop, one that evokes woolens but would be pleasing year-round, and after a thoroughly enjoyable period of testing, she delivered to us the scent you see here: Lavender Eucalyptus.

It’s everything we hoped it would be, herbaceous and calming, smelling exactly of its namesake. Come by the shop and give it a sniff!

We offer a rotating selection of other Harmony Farm Candles, as well, changing with the seasons and our moods. Here’s a snapshot of our current selection: Spring Meadow smells of fresh cut grass, a favorite of Anne’s; Wintergreen evokes fir trees; Sweet Orange is a clementine doppelganger; and Rose smells of roses, just so.

We find Erin’s candles a perfect companion to an evening of knitting, and we hope you do, too! As gifts, they are always warmly-received; keep them in mind for Mother’s and Father’s days, birthdays, and the odd just-thinking-of-you occasion. Look for Harmony Farm Candles in our gifts section!

Hello, Harmony Farm Candles.

One of the new products in our Gifts section is a small sampling of candles from Harmony Farm Candles, a one-woman operation out of nearby Mebane, North Carolina.

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That one woman happens to be a friend of mine, the charming and conscientious Erin Hils. Her candles are hand-poured in small batches using 100% US-sourced soy wax and essential oils, with no added dyes. Their scents are fresh and bright, but not overwhelming – “delightfully fragranced,” as she puts it.

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Anne and I chose three scents to bring into the shop, not an easy task with so many tempting fragrances on the menu. You’ll find Green Tea, Wintergreen, and French Lavender on the shelf here at the shop, in 8 oz travel tins as well as gift sets of three 4 oz travel tins.

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I find Erin’s candles a perfect companion to an evening of knitting, so I’ve wound up with one or two in each of my habitual knitting spots in my home.

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I have an 8 oz French Lavender tin in my living room, where most of my knitting tools live, and a 4 oz Wintergreen tin in my bedroom, where I often hunker down for a few rows of knitting before bed.

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Look for Harmony Farm Candles in the Gifts section here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop, and give them a sniff. Pick some up for holiday gift-giving and give one to yourself while you’re at it!

Gifts.

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and we’re always honored and appreciated to be considered a gift source. Some knitters make it plain, and send their loved ones directly to our website to order a HYS Gift Certificate. Others have mentioned our shop enough times that their family and friends know to look here for something special, but aren’t sure exactly what to get. Then there are those shopping for non-knitters, those who might appreciate something handcrafted. We are delighted to offer something for all of those gift-seekers, and others yet undescribed! Welcome to our new Gifts section.

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We’ve sought out makers in our local community as well as our wider community of suppliers and assembled a collection of items we’re excited to share with you.

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Here, you’ll find yarn bowls from Late Bloomer Pottery, shawl pins and closures from Jul Designs, sheep soaps from our Churton Street neighbor the Qi Garden, zipper clutches from Binkwaffle, and more that we’ve only just received. Come by this weekend to see it all!

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Thank you for shopping local this holiday season and supporting small businesses like ours! See you at the shop.

Sheep soap.

Visitors to our shop often notice a certain recurring theme in our décor.

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Yes, we love sheep, for they’re the charming creatures who provide our most beloved fiber: wool.

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I can’t tell you how many times we’re asked if our sheep are for sale, and though we hate to disappoint, we can’t part with them; most were gifts given to us by fellow knitters, so they represent Anne’s personal collection.

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We welcomed some new sheep to the shop this week, however, and these can go home with you, if you like. These sheep soaps were handmade by our Churton Street neighbor, Lucia Apollo Shaw, who owns a gift and garden shop called the Qi Garden.

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They’re made of shea butter and scented with essential oils. Half of our flock smell of sweet grass, and the other, of white tea. You’ll find them nestled together in a big basket near the checkout desk, tucked away in their organza sachets.

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Come by to pick up a sheep soap or two, and be sure to stop by Lucia’s shop next time you’re visiting us in Hillsborough!