Pom Pom Quarterly: Winter 2018.

The Winter 2018 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly has arrived here at the shop!

Pom Pom is a beautifully designed magazine, carefully put together by writers and editors who clearly love printed matter as much as they love knitwear. This issue is guest edited by none other than Norah Gaughan, who was also featured in the most recent Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide. Fans of Norah Gaughan have a lot to be excited about this season!

“The knits in this issue are imagined for the modern heroine,” write the Pom Pom editors, and the designs do evoke strength and drama. They are also highly embellished, whether with whimsical tassels, graphic colorwork, bold cables, bobbles, or gathers.

Many of the designer names in this issue are familiar, the likes of Joji Locatelli, Caitlin Hunter, Andrea Rangel, and Veronik Avery, whose contribution is knit with one of our favorite yarns, Brooklyn Tweed Arbor.

Anna Maltz’s column is always a thought provoking, interesting read, focusing this time on notions of tradition and historicity in knitting. She rightly points out that “Tradition is not inherently good,” and asks instead that we celebrate the ever-evolving nature of our craft, and the talented people that continue to contribute to it with new designs, techniques, and technology.

Come by the shop to get a closer look at this striking issue of Pom Pom!

Pom Pom Quarterly: Autumn 2018.

The Autumn 2018 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly is here, and going fast!

We have a limited number of copies and have already been informed that this new issue is sold out, so we can’t get any more – Pom Pom has a big success on their hands with this one!

Pom Pom is a beautifully designed magazine, carefully put together by writers and editors who clearly love printed matter as much as they love knitwear. The moon is this issue’s theme, and the garments within interpret that theme in exciting variety.

Look for Pom Pom on the teacart here at the shop, which is brimming with new books and magazines. See you there!

Pom Pom Quarterly: Summer 2018.

The Summer 2018 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly is here!

The theme of this issue is stripes, and the garments within show how many possibilities lie in this simplest of patterns.

Paula Pereira’s “Herrera” top is knit with Shibui Reed, a fingering weight linen perfectly-suited to roomy, lightweight summer garments.

Pom Pom columnist and designer Anna Maltz has a piece on the history of stripes; look for her book, Marlisle, here at the shop for more stripes, chevrons, and other colorwork patterns!

Look for Pom Pom on the teacart here at the shop, which is brimming with new books and magazines. This issue is already selling quickly, so if you’re anxious to get your hands on it, consider calling ahead and having us put your name on a copy.

See you at the shop!

Pom Pom Quarterly: Spring 2018.

The Spring 2018 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly is here!

The theme of this issue is postage stamps, and more broadly, the global connections they represent. Each of the designs featured were inspired by a stamp, and where possible, the yarn used for that garment shares a country of origin with the stamp that inspired it.

Pom Pom is always a good read, with articles and essays elaborating on the theme at hand – in this case, columnist and designer Anna Maltz muses on the connection between stamps and style, and Pom Pom co-founder Meghan Fernandes writes about how snail mail links long-distance knitting friends.

It wouldn’t be Pom Pom without a delicious-looking recipe, and I must say, I find these tiny savory hand pies particularly charming.

Look for this issue of Pom Pom on the teacart here at the shop, which is brimming with new books and magazines. See you there!

Knitting Outside the Box.

Bristol Ivy’s Knitting Outside the Box was published in October, but it sold out before I ever had a chance to properly feature it here on the blog. Again and again, over the past few months, we reordered and it quickly disappeared. With a fresh stack of them here on our teacart, the time has come – let’s take a peek at this beautiful, inspiring book!

Bristol Ivy is an independent knitwear designer whose work you likely recognize – she’s designed for Brooklyn Tweed and the Fibre Company, among others, and her patterns have appeared in publications like Pom Pom Quarterly, Making, and Amirisu.

Ivy also has quite a catalog of self-published patterns available on Ravelry, and the variety of techniques and styles among them is also on display in her first book, Knitting Outside the Box, published by Pom Pom Press.

Knitting Outside the Box is a book of patterns, yes, but also an insight into Ivy’s design process and an invitation to knitters to create their own unique pieces. It’s full of creative exercises and also features a stitch dictionary, all with the intention of sparking new ideas.

Each pattern in Knitting Outside the Box is named for a female artist, scientist, or poet, bringing another layer of interest and meaning to each piece.

Look for Knitting Outside the Box here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop!

Pom Pom Quarterly: Winter 2017.

The Winter 2017 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly is here!

Patterns in this issue are inspired by geometric and geologic forms, which these designers have interpreted using a variety of techniques.

The beautiful cover sweater is made with Isager Highland, and the graphic hat below is made with Brooklyn Tweed Arbor.

Pom Pom columnist Anna Maltz shares her thoughts on the endless variety that makes up the world of knitting – so many ways to do each and every technique, so many differing approaches and attitudes towards every aspect of the craft, and none of them wrong.

“It’s easy to default into thinking other people know better,” she writes. “If you find yourself heading that way, stop and acknowledge that what you know has value. … The important thing is to feel satisfied.” This sentiment resonates with me, and it’s one I try to summon as I answer common yarn shop questions like, “Which needle is better?” or “Do I have to rip this out?” or “What’s the best way to cast on?”

Pom Pom is always as full of good reading as it is eye candy – another essay shares strategies for color selection, and their recipe this issue is a tantalizingly colorful winter salad.

Look for this issue of Pom Pom on the teacart here at the shop, which is brimming with new books and magazines. See you there!

Pom Pom Quarterly: Autumn 2017.

The Autumn 2017 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly is here!

This issue is guest-edited by designer and writer Juju Vail, and the themes and motifs throughout reflect her interest in a fully handmade wardrobe. In many cases, the knit garments are modeled with sewn garments Vail herself created.

Anna Maltz contributes an essay on slow fashion, a thought-provoking, political piece that critiques the class-signifying language around capsule wardrobes.

Paging through this cozy-looking issue, I spotted a few familiar yarns: Shibui Pebble and Silk Cloud in Nancy Marchant’s “Abusson” scarf, and Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Olga Buraya-Kefelian’s “Soumak” mitts.

Each issue of Pom Pom wraps up with a recipe of some kind, and this hot toddy perfectly suits the season. Here in North Carolina, it’s not quite hot toddy weather yet, but we keep telling ourselves: cool weather is coming!

Look for Pom Pom Quarterly here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop, with the latest books and magazines for anyone who likes to play with yarn. See you at the shop!

Pom Pom Quarterly: Summer 2017.

The Summer 2017 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly is here again! Our first batch of these beauties sold out the day they arrived, so we are happy to have another bundle on the teacart here at the shop.

This is their 5th anniversary issue, a real milestone for a relatively young print publication. To celebrate, they’ve put together a big special issue with two different covers to choose from, full of celebratory designs with party-themed names.

Above is Linda Dubec’s festive “Bash” hat, knit with Fibre Company Cumbria Fingering, a soft and sturdy blend of merino, masham, and mohair. Below is Julia Farwell-Clay’s “Ceilidh,” an oversized, pocketed pullover knit with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter.

Rachel Coopey contributes the “Festoon” socks below, a delightfully textured pair knit with none other than CoopKnits Socks Yeah!, Coopey’s signature sock yarn.

Look for Pom Pom Quarterly on the teacart here at the shop, where the latest books and magazines mingle. See you there!

Pom Pom Quarterly: Spring 2017.

The Spring 2017 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly is here!

Every issue of Pom Pom is beautifully produced by people that clearly understand the appeal of the magazine as physical object. The paper is soft, sturdy, and matte, the photographs beautifully-taken, the patterns compelling.

Pom Pom Quarterly is for knitters, crocheters, embroiderers, sewists, and cooks, too – all manner of makers are represented in its pages.

There’s always some compelling prose to read, too. This issue features an article by Anna Maltz, who reflects on the radical political potential of handknitting and other creative endeavors, a subject that the Pussyhat Project thrust into national attention earlier this year.

Anna Maltz contributes a design to this issue, too, a bold and bright colorwork cap that looks like an awful lot of fun to plan and to knit.

Look for Pom Pom Quarterly on the teacart here at the shop, where the latest books and magazines mingle. See you there!

Pom Pom Quarterly: Winter 2016.

The Winter 2016 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly is here!

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The theme of this issue is “reflections,” one that has been interpreted in a variety of ways by the magazine’s contributors. The shawl on the cover features a graphic stripe knit in Shibui Silk Cloud, one half sunny and bright, the other half dark. An article by designer Anna Maltz finds her reflecting on fit and body image in ready-to-wear clothing and handmade clothing – a thoughtful, interesting read.

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Every issue of Pom Pom is beautifully produced by people that clearly understand the appeal of the magazine as physical object. The paper is soft, sturdy, and matte, the photographs beautifully-taken, the patterns compelling.

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And, a cherry on top, each issue features a recipe. This issue, it’s a tempting pair of cocktails.

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Look for Pom Pom Quarterly on the teacart here at the shop, and come quickly, for it has a tendency to sell out. Cheers!