Hello, Ultra Wool Chunky.

Brand new from Berroco, meet the newest member of the Ultra Wool family – hello, Ultra Wool Chunky!

Like Ultra Wool, Ultra Wool DK, and Ultra Wool Fine, Ultra Wool Chunky is a 100% superwash wool that’s soft, sturdy, and economical.

Ultra Wool Chunky is a bulky weight, perfect for cozy garments and accessories for adults and children alike. Each 100 gram skein has 145 yards – enough for a hat or a pair of mittens.

I’ve used two skeins to make a slightly shortened version of “Casa Sonia,” a free scarf pattern from Berroco. It’s mostly garter stitch, with a bit of ribbing at either end, and a simple knit/purl triangle motif.

Ultra Wool Chunky would be great for knitting Jacqueline Cieslak’s “Ursa” sweater, or Kate Davie’s “Carbeth” – you’ll find more pattern ideas for bulky weight yarn on our Pinterest board, too.

Look for Ultra Wool Chunky in the bulky weight section here at our shop!

Koigu Collector’s Club: Utopia.

The Koigu Collector’s Club continues! Each month, we’ll receive 21 skeins of KPPPM in a limited edition color dyed especially for a select group of local yarn stores that carry Koigu.

KPPPM is a fingering weight superwash merino, hand-dyed in vibrant colors by mother/daughter team Maie and Taiu Landra on their farm outside of Toronto, Canada.

This superwash merino yarn is speckled and streaked with shades of peach and plum, a sweet combination that Koigu calls Utopia.

Look for this limited edition colorway of Koigu KPPPM in our fingering weight section here at the shop!

West Yorkshire Spinners holiday colorways!

Each year, British yarn company West Yorkshire Spinners creates a special holiday colorway in their Signature 4ply sock yarn. This year they made three – Robin was the first to arrive, and now Holly Berry and Fairy Lights!

Signature 4ply is West Yorkshire Spinners’ self-patterning sock yarn, composed of machine-washable bluefaced leicester wool and nylon, for strength. These colorful skeins are dyed in such a way that the yarn creates a color pattern when you knit it in a small width or circumference, such as a scarf, pair of socks or mitts. No matter what stitch pattern you use, colorwork comes out as you knit, entertaining you as you knit even the simplest of projects.

Along with these two new colors came complementary solid colors, drawing some of the more prominent shades out of these festive colorways.

How to use the self-patterning skeins along with the solid ones? Trim your patterned socks with stripes, solid cuffs, heels, and toes. WYS is offering just such a pattern for free with each purchase of Robin, Holly Berry, or Fairy Lights – ask us for a copy when you pick up a skein!

Look for WYS Signature 4ply here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop!

Back in stock, show and tell: Shetland.

The appetite for Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift and colorwork knitting in general seems to be growing, if our frequent Jamieson’s orders are any indication. We recently unpacked yet another big box of Shetland Spindrift, a classic fingering weight 2-ply shetland wool, which has brought our selection up to 160+ colors at the moment!

It’s fitting, then that Marie Wallin’s Shetland is back in stock! This exquisite book is full of intricate fair isle designs in a kaleidoscopic array of colors, all knit with the quintessential Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift. We still have a couple of copies of her newest book, Meadow, as well.

What else to make with Shetland Spindrift? Two knitters we know have recently completed colorwork hats with it, an excellent use of one of our favorite yarns.

Above is Sue’s “Roadside Beanie,” knit during a recent class here at the shop. Below is Joanne’s “Alba.” Both of these knitters have become somewhat smitten with Shetland Spindrift, developing collections of the stuff for colorwork swatching and projects, and they’re not alone – give it a try and see if you don’t feel the same way!

Look for Shetland on the teacart here at the shop, amidst piles of new books and magazines, full of inspiration for new projects, and you’ll find Shetland Spindrift in our fingering weight section. See you there!

Shibui Sample of the Month: Sandoval Hat.

November is here, and with it, a new Shibui Sample of the Month! We offer a 10% discount on Shibui yarn purchased for our featured sample until the end of the month.

Our current Shibui Sample of the Month was knit by one of our very own teachers – Marsha made this “Sandoval Hat” as a sample for a recent class on the subject. It takes 2 skeins of Shibui Drift, a luscious blend of merino and cashmere.

Below is a bit of show and tell – one of Marsha’s students, Jill, completed her “Sandoval Hat” and immediately cast on for another.

Drift is a treat to work with, and we’re offering it at 10% off all month long. Look for Drift in our worsted weight section here at the shop!

We’ll be closed for a Thanksgiving break from Wednesday, November 27 – Monday, December 2, reopening at our regular business hours on Tuesday, December 3, so if you’re anxious to get Drift at a discount, plan your visit accordingly. We hope to see you soon!

 

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

Dream in Color Pop Up! Club: November.

Dream in Color’s Pop Up! Club is back! Every month, we’re getting a special new colorway from Dream in Color, a Tuscon-based producer of small batch hand-dyed yarns. November’s new limited edition colorway is here while supplies last!

The colorway this month is a variegated mix of emerald, teal, and other shades of green. It’s dyed on Smooshy with Cashmere, a super soft fingering weight yarn that’s great for shawls, cowls, or special socks.

“Reyna,” “Close to You,” and “Rosewater” are all lace shawls that can be knit with one skein of Smooshy with Cashmere – look for more pattern ideas on our “Fingering weight” Pinterest board, and look for this special colorway in our fingering weight section here at the shop!

See you there!

New colors in Shibui Twig.

Shibui recently expanded their color palette for Twig, a unique yarn that has become a staple of our sport weight section.

Twig is a slightly textured, sometimes tweedy blend of 46% linen, 42% recycled silk, and 12% wool. Each 50 gram skein has 190 yards, and it knits up at a sport or dk weight gauge into an open, draping fabric.

Twig has a crisp feel and a plant fiber’s tendency to stretch rather than cling, qualities that make it ideal for warm weather garments and accessories like Shibui’s “Slope” and “Tier,” or Churchmouse’s “Simple Tee.” If you like a little more elasticity, consider holding Twig together with Cima, Lunar, or Pebble, as in Shibui’s “Apex” and “Crete,” or Julie Hoover’s “Wintour.”

Look for Shibui Twig in the sport weight section here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop – we hope you find inspiration here!

Hello, Malabrigo Rite.

We recently celebrated our 13th year in business here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop, a milestone we could not have reached without your support. In Jewish communities, 13 years marks a coming of age, a bar or bat mitzvah. For our own bat mitzvah year, we did something extra special, something so exciting, we’ve had a hard time keeping it under wraps!

We asked our friends at Malabrigo to create a special colorway for our 13th anniversary, and here it is, after months of planning: meet Rite.

Since March, we’ve emailed back and forth with Antonio at Malabrigo, dreaming up color combinations and anxiously awaiting his photos of trial skeins and swatches. The final colorway is a variegated mix of grey and blue, two of Anne’s favorite colors, and mine, too. It’s flecked with dashes of teal, Antonio’s brilliant contribution, and one that makes our colorway unique.

We have Rite in both Rios and Sock, our best-loved Malabrigo yarns. Both are super soft, superwash merino, plied for durability and stitch definition. It was positively flying off the shelves over our Anniversary weekend, but we still have plenty in stock! You’ll find Rios in the worsted weight section and Sock in the fingering weight section, and plenty of project ideas on our Pinterest boards. Naturally, we’ve been knitting with Rite ourselves – more on that soon!

See you at the shop!

Koigu Collector’s Club: Sheep.

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 Sheep, the beloved animal whose fleece makes some of our favorite yarn. 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.

As yarn-lovers, we have a particular fondness for sheep, and our friends and clients have kindly remembered that proclivity, bringing us decorative sheep from time to time. Peek into our front window or look around the shop, and you’ll find sheep made of wool, paper, beaded wire, ceramic, and wood. We find them to be fitting decor, though we often have to say, “Sorry, they’re not for sale!”

Look for this special colorway in the fingering weight section here at our shop, along with various other Koigu Collector’s club skeins. See you there!

Hello, Brooklyn Tweed Ranch 02.

We are delighted to announce that Brooklyn Tweed’s newest yarn has arrived!

Meet Ranch 02, the second in Brooklyn Tweed’s series of ranch-specific, small-batch yarns.

Ranch 02 is a worsted weight, woolen-spun, limited edition, ranch-specific Rambouillet yarn, which means every fiber in these skeins was sourced from a single flock of sheep living on Forbes Ranch in Kaycee, Wyoming.

Brooklyn Tweed has always sought to highlight single breed wools and support US ranchers with sustainable environmental practices. This project allows them to shine a spotlight on the people and practices behind their yarns, one ranch at a time. You can learn more about Forbes Ranch from a lovely video produced by BT – it gives a good sense of the people who made this yarn possible.

After the wool was sourced at Forbes Ranch in Wyoming, scoured at Bollman Industries in Texas, and spun at Crescent Woolen Mill in Wisconsin, it traveled to Pennsylvania to be dyed at Caledonian Dye Works. The 10-color palette is inspired by the landscape of northern Wyoming, and the sheep that roam the land.

What to knit with Ranch 02? Anything that calls for Shelter, Ranch 01, or worsted weight yarn of any kind. Here are a few ideas from the BT archive, all available to purchase from Ravelry and many available in print here at the shop:

Looking beyond Brooklyn Tweed designs, here are a few other patterns that would be great for Ranch 02:

Jared Flood has also designed two new patterns especially for Ranch 02, a textured yoke pullover and a cabled hat. As a special treat, you can get a coupon for a free download of Flood’s “Tillage Hat” with any purchase of Ranch 02 here at our shop!

Look for Ranch 02 in the worsted weight section here at our shop while supplies last, and check out our full selection of Brooklyn Tweed yarns and patterns while you’re here. See you at the shop!