Hello, Fibre Company Tundra.

Meet the newest yarn here at the shop, and the star of our current trunk show: Fibre Company Tundra.


Tundra is not a new yarn for the Fibre Company, but it’s one we haven’t had in stock before. This smooth and lustrous yarn is composed of 60% alpaca, 30% merino, and 10% silk. Most of the colors are bright and saturated, though we made sure to bring in a few cool neutrals, too.


Tundra is a bulky weight yarn, ideal for luxurious winter accessories, so keep it in mind as quick-to-make gifts begin to top your to-do list.

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Kelbourne Woolens’ Tundra Collection is full of patterns that fit the bill, and if you hurry in, you can see them on display here at the shop and get Tundra at 10% off during the trunk show. See you there!


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

Tundra Collection Trunk Show!

A new Trunk Show has arrived to inspire and delight Hillsborough Yarn Shoppers! Come by soon to see the Tundra Collection and Tundra: Elements.


The Tundra Collection features hats, cowls, and other winter accessories knit in the soft, luxurious, and brand-new-to-the-shop Fibre Company Tundra. (More on that soon!)


None of these garments require more than 3 skeins of Tundra to make, so they’re quick, satisfying projects.


Tundra: Elements is a booklet of sweater patterns all derived from one simple design, a cozy raglan.


Add stripes or pockets, choose a hood, v-neck, henley, or turtleneck, and the look changes entirely, though the basic shape is the same.


We’re offering a 10% discount on Fibre Company Tundra during the Trunk Show, so hurry in to get this brand new yarn at a great price!


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

New colors from the Fibre Company.

Unpacking shipments is an exciting part of my work at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. Even if it’s not a new product I’m aching to take home myself, it’s always fun to see what’s in the box, and admire and sort colorful bags of yarn. That said, when the box holds something I do plan to take home, the unpacking is that much more exciting. It was with that extra excitement that I cracked open a big box of yarn from the Fibre Company last week.


This box was packed with new shades in Fibre Company Acadia and Cumbria Fingering, the latter of which was the object of my desire, and the makings of my next sweater.


Cumbria Fingering is a tightly-plied blend of 60% merino wool, 30% masham wool, and 10% mohair. For a yarn so sturdy, it’s awfully soft, and though the mohair makes it slightly fuzzy, it still has fantastic stitch definition.


We’ve seen that nice definition in two new shop samples, mittens from the Kelbourne Woolens Year of Mittens Knit-Along. Marsha knit the “August Mitten” (above) and Amy knit the “September Mitten” (below), which is the subject of an upcoming class. Read more about it and sign up on our Classes page!


The new shades of Acadia are particularly vibrant this season, a saturated little rainbow of six that fits beautifully into our existing selection.


Acadia’s silk slubs give it color and texture interest, so it doesn’t take fancy stitching to make this yarn shine; any one of these shades would make a lovely “Easy Folded Poncho” or pair of “Welted Fingerless Gloves,” simple knits that let the yarn take center stage. Look at Kelbourne Woolens’ Acadia Collection for more ideas.


I’m unpacking an awful lot of boxes these days, as fall is fast approaching and new yarns are arriving daily. Come by the shop to see what’s new from the Fibre Company and all our other favorites!


The Arranmore Collection.

With the arrival of Fibre Company’s exciting new yarn, Arranmore, comes a predictably lovely pattern collection from the design team at Kelbourne Woolens.


Inspired by traditional Irish knitwear, the Arranmore Collection features six sweaters, two hats, and a scarf.The_Rosses_4_medium2

Tweed yarns like Arranmore liven up simple stockinette, to be sure, but they do equally well in texture and cable patterns, and bring nuance to stranded colorwork.


Anne’s knitting “Carrowkeel” as a sample for the shop, using Arranmore in “Meara,” a deep blue with flecks of cobalt and red.


This cozy turtleneck is designed to be worn with positive ease, and looks like perfect North Carolina winter outerwear to me.


Meanwhile, I’ve been working on a “Finn Valley” sample, using Arranmore’s “St. Claire,” a natural white with flecks of beige and pale blue that really lets the cables shine. I’m sorry to report that this color is currently on backorder; let us know if it tops your list so we can alert you when it arrives!


Look for the Arranmore Collection along with Arranmore yarn here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop!


Hello, Fibre Company Arranmore.

We’re excited to announce the newest yarn from the Fibre Company, Arranmore!


Arranmore is a bulky weight tweed, composed of 80% merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% silk. It knits up quickly at a gauge of 3.5 – 4.25 stitches per inch, using US 8-10 needles. Though it’s thick and warm, it’s not heavy; with 175 yards on each 100 gram skein, it’s quite lofty for a bulky yarn.


Arranmore is spun in a mill that traces its roots to the tweed industry of 19th century County Donegal in Ireland. Like any classic tweed, Arranmore is dotted with flecks of fiber in contrasting colors, and like any Fibre Company yarn, its colorways and fiber content have been thoughtfully fashioned. Read more about the fascinating process behind Arranmore on the Kelbourne Woolens blog!

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Anne picked up two sweaters-worth of Arranmore on our TNNA trip so we could have shop samples ready before our order even came in. Though we’ve been knitting as fast as we can, and Arranmore truly seems to knit itself some days, our sweaters are still on the needles.


Keep your eye on the blog for more on the glorious pattern collection that accompanies Arranmore’s release!

Interweave Knits.

The 20th Anniversary issue of Interweave Knits is here!


This Fall 2016 issue is packed with cozy sweaters, and many of them are knit in yarns we carry here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. The colorwork sweater below was knit in one of my personal favorites, Swans Island All American Sport.


Not only is the “Comanche Hill Cardigan” knit in a familiar yarn, it was also designed by a familiar knitter, Kathryn Folkerth. Though she now lives in Tanzania, Kathryn is a HYS regular when she’s in town, and we’re so excited to see her work in Interweave!


Flipping through this issue, I saw more of my personal favorites: Fibre Company Cumbria Worsted in the “Rawah Pullover” above, Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone DK in the “Calder Pullover” below, Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift in the fair isle “Fall River Vest” … yes, this issue is dedicated to wooly, toothy sweater yarns!



Mary Jane Mucklestone’s article on steeking is a good introduction to the subject of cutting your knitted fabric, a technique often used in colorwork cardigans and vests.


Look for Interweave Knits on the teacart here at the shop, tucked in with the latest books and magazines. See you there!

Vogue Knitting and Knitscene.

Two new magazines came last week, full of light summer reading, interesting patterns to knit, ideas, and tutorials.



The Early Fall 2016 issue of Vogue Knitting features profiles of designers Faina Goberstein, Felipe Cavalheiro, and Xandy Peters, known for “Fox Paws” and other patterns with stacked increases and decreases. I always find it interesting to read about knitwear designers, how they came to do what they do and how, indeed, they do it.


I also spotted a lovely colorwork hat knit in none other than Fibre Company Knightsbridge.


I noticed Fibre Company yarn in the Fall 2016 issue of Knitscene, too; the “Caelum Cowl” calls for Cumbria Worsted.

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Other highlights of this issue include a cast-on tutorial and a collection of black and white garments, including this artfully simple shawl knit in Shibui Staccato.



Look for Vogue Knitting, Knitscene, and many other publications on the teacart here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. Come by to browse for inspiration or plan your next project!

Acadia Collection Trunk Show!

I’m happy to announce that a new Trunk Show has arrived at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop! Come by soon to see the Fibre Company Acadia Collection.

DSCN5960This collection is named for the yarn it features: Acadia, a dk weight blend of merino, alpaca, and slubs of silk. The silk takes the dye differently than the other fibers, giving most colorways a rustic, tweedy appearance, which belies its luxuriously soft hand.


The Acadia Collection is designed to show off this special yarn, and so it features classic, simple garments that walk the line between casual and elegant. DSCN5642


So often we knit from instructions and sets of measurements and guesses about how a sweater will look or feel after we spend time creating it; a trunk show is a unique opportunity to experience a handknit garment before you put the work and money into making it, to be sure it’s what you want before you begin. Come by the shop before July 10th to see the Acadia Collection for yourself, to admire and try on these garments for size!


Show and tell: summer shawls, part one.

We always love to see what you’re making with HYS yarns, and I love to take photos of your beautiful finished pieces to share here on the blog. As I was sifting through my large (and growing!) stash of recent show-and-tell photos, I noticed one brand of yarn popping up over and over again: Fibre Company. Here are four exquisite shawls knit in Fibre Company yarns.


Loretta recently finished two Fibre Company shawls. Above is her “Twinleaf,” designed by Grace Anna Farrow, and knit in Meadow. This two-color garter stitch shawl is elegant in its simplicity, decorated with thin stripes and shaped with short-rows.


Above is Loretta’s “Quaking Aspen” shawl, a free pattern designed by Courtney Kelley, and knit in Acadia. It looks especially good, by my estimation, in a high-contrast color combination like this one, where the lace edging shines in a lighter shade.


Pam’s “Piper’s Journey” shawlette, pictured below, was also knit in Fibre Company Acadia. This yarn strikes me as a good choice for patterns like these with lots of garter stitch or stockinette, for the silk slubs and tweedy texture show nicely in simple stitches.


Here’s Sidney’s “Sundry,” knit in Fibre Company Cumbria Fingering, a yarn she loved working with.


It’s nice to see this pattern in a lower-contrast color combination than my own; the effect is much more subdued, the two colors blending softly in the slip-stitch section.


Thanks to these knitters for sharing their beautiful work, and to the Fibre Company for creating such special yarns! Look for more show-and-tell on the blog in the coming weeks, I have so many lovely things to share.

Fibre Company Trunk Show!




We’re so excited to announce that we’ve just received a Trunk Show featuring Fibre Company Road to China Lace.

The Effortless Collection and Pathways Collection will be on display here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop until June 11th, 2016, and we have all the yarns and patterns to make these garments your own!








The Effortless Collection focuses on garter stitch, sometimes working two strands of Road to China Lace at the same time for a thicker fabric, or marled color combination.

The knitting is simple, but the results are quite elegant.






Designer Laura Nelkin created the Pathways Collection, a group of two shawls, a cowl, and a shrug. These are delicate, elegant garments, showing how well-suited this yarn is to lace patterning. Prospect+6

This trunk show is here for one week only, so plan a trip to the shop this week to admire, try on for size, and plan your next project with Fibre Company Road to China Lace!