On our needles.

What’s in Anne’s Plystre Project Pouch, besides a Baby Baggu?

A grandson-sized “Atlas (For Kids),” knit with Brooklyn Tweed Loft!

I love the color combination she chose – Flannel for the main color, Snowbound and Old World for the contrast colors.

Many of you know that Anne never limits herself to one project at a time. So what else is on her needles right now? Let’s take a look!

Anne’s “Calla” tank is growing, stripe by stripe. You can see how Anne keeps unruly plant fiber yarns in check, by hand-winding them into tight balls and storing them in ziplock bags as she knits.

Designed by Shellie Anderson for Shibui Koan, this is shaping up to be a lovely, lightweight summer garment.

Anne is almost done with another Shellie Anderson design, “Cather,” an elegant pullover in Shibui Echo. As she set in the first sleeve the other afternoon, she remarked on cocoknits Claw Clips – “I don’t know how I ever seamed without them!”

Another work in progress from Anne’s collection is this “Rainy Day Hat,” designed by Melanie Berg for her Balayage yarn. It’s a super-soft fingering weight blend of merino and alpaca, a treat for the hands.

I confess, I’m not quite as prolific as Anne, and my projects are coming along more slowly! Above is my “Kirigami,” designed by Gudrun Johnston and knit with Brooklyn Tweed Arbor. I’ve been savoring this project for some months now, enjoying the simplicity of stockinette and the elasticity of Arbor, one of my very favorite yarns.

I’m about halfway through Churchmouse’s “Vineyard Cowl,” knit with one skein of Baa Ram Ewe Winterburn DK. It’s an easily-memorized stitch pattern, and a soothing knit in this wonderfully wooly yarn, shown here on another of my works-in-progress – a quilt I’ve been slowly stitching.

There’s a lot we miss about being “open” in the usual sense, but one of the main things is seeing what everyone is working on! What’s on your needles? Share in the comments, or post photos on Instagram, tagged #hillsboroughyarnshop – we can’t wait to hear from you!

Back in stock: Plystre Project Pouches!

We’re delighted to announce that we have a few Plystre Project Pouches back in stock!

Plystre is a small company based in Oslo, Norway, that focuses on creating effortless, functional bags for knitters. Our first batch of their Project Pouches sold out quickly, just before we had to close our doors in mid-March due to COVID-19. A second batch was harder to come by, with closings and shipping delays all along the supply chain, but we’re so happy to have a few here on our shelves, and to be able to support small companies like Plystre and its US distributor.

They’re made from sturdy 100% cotton canvas, lined with the same, and close up securely with a zipper. The wrist strap is made of leather, sure to age beautifully and soften with use. Inside is where all the excitement is – a variety of pockets line the interior of the Project Pouch, perfect for storing notions, needles, your phone, and other essentials along with the project at hand. One of the larger pockets has eyelets you can thread your yarn through to prevent tangling.

The bags are $65, and ship for $8 via USPS Priority Mail – fill out our online order form if you’d like one!

Hello, Plystre Project Pouch.

Some months ago, Anne and I spotted a particularly appealing knitting bag on Instagram, where so many projects, yarns, and tools capture our imagination daily. I made a mental note. Soon after, a knitter came in carrying one of these bags, extolling its virtues and asking if we’d ever checked them out. The mental note became a post-it note, the kind that dot our desk at the shop, reminding us what needs to be done each day. The brand is Plystre, and we’re tickled to report that the Project Pouch is now on our shelves!

Plystre is a small company based in Oslo, Norway, that focuses on creating effortless, functional bags for knitters.

They make a variety of styles and sizes, but the Project Pouch caught our eye because it so well complements the other bags we carry. Though we have small zipper pouches for notions, Baby Baggu reusable totes for projects, and Baggu Canvas Zip Totes for carrying it all, we were missing a zippered project bag outfitted with pockets – the Plystre Project Pouch fills that gap, and beautifully.

They’re made from sturdy 100% cotton canvas, lined with the same, and close up securely with a zipper. The wrist strap is made of leather, sure to age beautifully and soften with use. Inside is where all the excitement is – a variety of pockets line the interior of the Project Pouch, perfect for storing notions, needles, your phone, and other essentials along with the project at hand. One of the larger pockets has eyelets you can thread your yarn through to prevent tangling.

Though it looks compact, it’s big enough to accommodate a sweater – here’s mine with the body and sleeves of my “Kirigami”-in-progress, tucked in with some of my favorite notions.

Look for Plystre Project Pouches here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop, along with other thoughtfully selected bags, notions, and materials!