Show and tell: colorwork and more.

It’s time for more show and tell! Here are some finished pieces that began their lives as HYS yarns. 


Emily has gone crazy for stranded colorwork, and brought in two amazing projects to show us this past week. Above is her “Tracery” vest, from last year’s Unofficial Harry Potter Knits, knit in Plymouth Happy Feet.


The stained-glass look of this garment is achieved by using colorful variegated yarn against solid black, a neat effect.

sweetheart bag



Emily’s next colorwork project was the “Sweetheart Bag,” a pattern from the Fall 2012 issue of Jane Austen Knits. The yarn is one of our favorites, Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, a fingering weight shetland wool that is perfectly suited to stranded colorwork like this.






Anne has also been busy with a colorwork project; here is a tam she recently knit for her mother from Mary Rowe’s book, Knitting Tams: Charted Fair Isle Designs.



Worked in three shades of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, this tam came together quickly, thanks to the addictive quality of stranded color patterns. It was off Anne’s needles and on Phyllis’s head in no time.

phyllis's tam

Judy came in wearing her “Ship to Shore” shawl, knit with one skein of Shibui Linen.


Knit into a loose openwork pattern, Linen is cool to the touch and drapes elegantly, making a lightweight summer accessory that is sure to get a lot of wear.


Margie wore a new shawl in this week, too–here she is in her “Nymphalidea,” a free shawl pattern that’s been catching many a knitter’s eye this summer.


“Nymphalidea” sets a self-striping yarn against a solid in an asymmetric shawl. Margie chose Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball as her self-striping yarn and Fibre Company Meadow as her solid, a surprising choice that works perfectly.



Thanks to the knitters, crocheters, and other fiber artists who start their projects at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop, and who share their work with us! We’re lucky to be surrounded by inspiring stitches every day. 


  1. Rebecca on said:

    Margie is a knitting machine!That shawl was only half done when I was there a week ago. And I love the stained glass look of that vest.

  2. Carol France on said:

    Love the bag I am knitting the tracery vest now but knitting it longer before shaping for armholes. It is stunning, everybody in my initting circle love it and anotyer member is also knitting the tracery vest, I think we will be try the bag next.

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