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!

Hello, Baby Baggu.

We’re delighted to have a new batch of Baggu bags in stock! We recently added Baby Baggu to our selection, and they’ve been flying off the shelves.

Baggu’s signature bag is styled after a plastic grocery bag, a cute and clever design. These lightweight ripstop nylon bags are the perfect size for toting a knitting or crochet project, among other things, and fold down to fit into a tiny square pouch.

Carry it by the handles on its own, tuck it into a larger tote, or use it as I often do this time of year – as reusable wrapping paper!

Brooklyn Tweed Shelter tucked into a coordinating Baby Baggu.

We also have a fresh supply of Canvas Zip Totes, a roomy bag that has become popular around here. It’s big enough to carry a couple of project bags, notebooks, and notions, and lightweight so you can lug all those things around as efficiently as possible.

Come by the shop to browse bags for yourself or for a friend – project bags make excellent gifts for stitchers, after all! See you at the shop.

Koigu Collector’s Club: Jeans.

The Koigu Collector’s Club continues! Each month, we’ll receive a batch of KPPPM in a limited edition color dyed especially for a select group of local yarn stores that carry Koigu.

The inspiration for this batch is Jeans, and the yarn is fittingly streaked with shades of denim blue and ivory. Dyed on KPPPM, Koigu’s signature fingering weight superwash merino wool, this variegated colorway is ideal for making shawls, cowls, baby sweaters, and of course, socks.

Our new Baggu project bags are a perfect match, denim totes styled after plastic grocery bags.

You’ll find this limited edition colorway of Koigu KPPPM in our fingering weight section while supplies last!

Hello, Baggu!

We’re excited to announce that we now carry canvas totes and denim project bags from Baggu!

Baggu is a company that’s all about bags, designed in their San Francisco studio and ethically manufactured in China. They have a long-standing partnership with that manufacturer, and both are deeply committed to ethical and environmentally responsible practices – you can read more about that on their website.

From Baggu’s extensive selection of bags, we’ve selected two that suit knitters’ needs, and pair well with our own HYS Zip Bags. The Canvas Zip Tote is a roomy one, big enough to carry a couple of project bags, notebooks, and notions.

Inside, you’ll find one zipper pocket that snaps in and out of the interior; it was designed as a container to fold the unused bag into, but the knitter in me saw that zipper pocket as a built-in notions bag. It’s big enough for a few containers of stitch markers, after all, along with your scissors, darning needles, needle gauge, and whatever else needs to come with you and your projects.

Baggu’s signature bag is styled after a plastic grocery bag, and this Medium size is just right for a knitting or crochet project. Carry it by the handles on its own, or tuck it into a larger tote.

We have four shades of Medium Baggu, an ivory/buttermilk stripe, a light and dark denim blue, and washed black.

We have Canvas Zip Totes in pecan, citron, and washed black.

Come by the shop to browse bags for yourself or for a friend – project bags make excellent gifts for stitchers, after all! See you at the shop.

Back in stock: Binkwaffle bags.

We’re so happy to have a fresh supply of Binkwaffle bags on our shelves!

Binkwaffles are colorful, reversible, dumpling-shaped project bags. They’re made primarily from US-made fabrics, a detail we were pleased to learn from their new tags.

Knitters and crocheters love them because they’re both functional and whimsical. Our most recent shipment boasts a variety of prints, some familiar and some brand new, in large and small sizes.

A large Binkwaffle bag is roomy enough to accommodate a big wrap, baby blanket, or sweater in progress. The small size, on the other hand, is a perfect way to tote a hat, sock, cowl, or pair of mitts in progress.

Come by the shop to see them all! Please call ahead if there’s a particular style you’d like to claim; these colorful bags sell fast, especially during the holiday season. See you at the shop!

New prints from Binkwaffle.

We’re so happy to have five new prints from Binkwaffle on our shelves!

Binkwaffles are colorful, reversible, dumpling-shaped project bags. Knitters and crocheters love them because they’re both functional and whimsical. Usually we order a random assortment of whatever fabrics Holly has on hand, but when we heard that she was debuting new prints, we wanted them right away.

Holly’s latest creations are full of colorful creatures. We’ve got blue and white elephants, orange and aqua foxes, and black and white puppies, along with aqua pineapples and pink and orange flowers.

A large Binkwaffle bag is roomy enough to accommodate a big wrap, baby blanket, or sweater in progress. The small size, on the other hand, is a perfect way to tote a hat, sock, cowl, or pair of mitts in progress.

Come by the shop to see them all, and come quickly or call ahead if there’s a particular style you’d like to claim; these colorful bags sell fast!

See you at the shop!

Binkwaffle season.

The past month or so has brought at least three shipments of Binkwaffle bags our way. These reversible, dumpling-shaped project bags are always in demand, but especially during the holidays, when they become part of so many gifts.

These Alpaca print Binkwaffles have been a favorite since they first showed up in July; we do love our fiber animals around here.

Hedgehogs and Bloom are the newest fabrics from Holly at Binkwaffle. The material on these is slightly heavier than Binkwaffle bags we’ve had before, an upgrade for those who like a sturdy, go-anywhere tote for their projects.

Browse our full selection of project bags here at the shop!

Please note that we’ll be closing on Sunday, December 24th and Sunday, December 31st, but are otherwise open at our usual business hours. Happy holidays!

New from Cocoknits.

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.

Her foam Stitch Stoppers are the best point protectors we’ve seen, and since they first appeared last year, they quickly replaced any other kind we used to stock at the shop. No longer are the small and large sizes sold separately; now each pack comes with Stoppers for a range of needle sizes from US 0-15, and you can choose from Colorful or Neutral.

Even more exciting is a brand new product from Cocoknits, a Natural Mesh Bag to hold your yarn as you work.

The Natural Mesh Bag does the job of a yarn bowl, protecting your yarn from rolling about, keeping it safe and sound. Unlike a yarn bowl, however, this bag is lightweight, flexible, and easy to throw into a knitting tote to travel with you. It can sit open or you can snap up the top. Here it is in action, holding my Isager Jensen Yarn as I work on my “Summer Fog” vest, a sample for the shop.

Anne keeps her Shibui Birch in a Natural Mesh Bag as she’s knitting her “Icon” wrap. Just ask her and she’ll be happy to put it in your hands so you can see what it’s like out of its box. Look for them near the Cocoknits Sweater Care Kit in the front room, near the ballwinder – see you there!

New prints from Binkwaffle.

We’re so happy to have three new prints from Binkwaffle on our shelves!

Binkwaffles are colorful, reversible, dumpling-shaped project bags. Knitters and crocheters love them because they’re both functional and whimsical. Usually we order a random assortment of whatever fabrics Holly has on hand, but when we heard that she was debuting new prints, we wanted them right away.

Anne was particularly excited about the alpaca print, and snagged one for herself as we unpacked the box.

This shipment was full of small Binkwaffles, just the right size for carrying a hat, cowl, pair of socks, or shawlette in progress.

Come by the shop to see our full selection of Binkwaffle bags, small and large. Our Annual Inventory Sale is still on, so if you visit us before the end of July, we’ll take 15% off your purchase. Hurry in for best selection!

 

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