Hello, Koel Magazine.

Another new magazine has arrived at the shop to enchant and inform: meet Koel Magazine.

Pronounced “cool,” Koel is exactly that, a stylish quarterly publication out of Singapore.

It’s all about home decor made with yarn crafts, from crochet and knitting to macrame, weaving, latch hooking, and embroidery.

Inside, you’ll find patterns and instructions for the crafts listed above, a few recipes, maker profiles and studio visits with designers, and plenty of photos of beautifully decorated homes.

Look for the latest issue of Koel on the teacart, among the newest magazines and books!

Hello, Dovestone Natural Aran.

I’m delighted to announce the newest yarn here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop: meet Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone Natural Aran.


Dovestone Natural Aran is made of the same good stuff as Dovestone DK: 50% bluefaced leicester, 25% masham, and 25% wensleydale wools, all sourced and spun in the UK. It’s soft but wooly, springy with a bit of drape, and comes in 5 undyed colors, the natural shades of the sheep.


We picked up a sample skein of this lovely stuff from the Baa Ram Ewe booth at TNNA (thanks, Verity!), and had been mulling over what to make with it all summer. Other fall samples were planned and knit, but our precious skein of Dovestone Natural Aran had to wait until inspiration struck. Last week, Anne mused, “What about a pillow for the couch?” and that is exactly what I’m working on now. The pattern is “Snap, Crackle, and Pop,” a trio of knit pillows; “Snap” is what’s on my needles, and I’m enjoying every stitch.


For more pattern ideas, look to The Dovestone Natural Aran Collection, which offers sweaters for adults and children, along with a few accessory patterns. Also check our Worsted and Aran weight boards on Pinterest, as I find this yarn knits up happily at either of those gauges.

See you at the shop!


Another new magazine has landed at the shop! Here’s a look inside the latest issue of Handwoven.


I spotted an article in this issue by Deb Essen, whose DJE Handwovens kits we carry here at the shop. The topic is color value in weaving and design, and how to make sense of it so that you can get the results you want in your woven fabric.



The rest of the issue is full of projects in high contrast color combinations for 8-shaft and 4-shaft looms.



Come by the shop to peruse the latest magazines and books for weavers, knitters, crocheters, and other fiber artists. See you there!


Another new magazine has landed at the shop! Here’s a look inside the latest issue of Handwoven.



The September/October 2015 issue of Handwoven is dedicated to home decor, and features projects for a variety of looms.



Look to this issue for all manner of woven textiles for the home: towels and rugs, throws and pillows, tablecloths and more.

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Come by the shop to peruse the latest magazines and books for weavers, knitters, crocheters, and other fiber artists. See you there!

Citrus coasters.

Those of you who have visited our shop are likely well acquainted with our set-up: one of each color and kind of yarn out on the shelves, more of each in the back if you need it. There are exceptions to that rule, however; if you’ve ever seen a capital letter “L” written on a yarn’s label, you may already know that “L” stands for “last,” as in, that’s the last skein we have in that color.


Our Going to Market Sale has produced a lot of “L”s in Debbie Bliss and Noro yarns; what to do with those small quantities once you’ve gone and fallen in love with the color? One lone skein can become a stripe in a larger project, of course, but sometimes it’s enough for a small project of its own. Here’s one idea.


Last week, after I finished my first crochet project, I was so excited that I started another (much smaller!) crochet project: coasters. There are plenty of free patterns for crocheted coasters on Ravelry, and a more experienced crocheter might not even require a pattern, but I was happy to have some instructions to guide me. I settled on Citrus Coaster, a simple pattern which made use of the few stitches I already knew and taught me a few more, too. I used Debbie Bliss Eco Baby, a sport weight organic cotton with 136 yards on each 50 gram ball.


I made myself a set of four in two evenings, not because I’m so speedy with a hook, but because they’re such small pieces, measuring about 4.5″ across.


Each coaster weighs between 7 and 9 grams, so one skein can easily make a set of four, perhaps even six, though your yardage may vary depending upon your tension. At any rate, I thought it was a novel way to make use of one small skein, and could make a nice little gift, too.


Debbie Bliss Eco Cotton, the aran weight version of Eco Baby, would also make nice coasters or dishcloths, and a quick search on Ravelry for free crochet coaster patterns reveals that there are plenty of choices in aran weight yarns, too. During our Going to Market Sale, all things Debbie Bliss and Noro are 25% off, so come by before June 19th to take advantage of the discount!


Some reminders:

  • All sales are final on discounted yarns; no returns nor exchanges
  • Discount applies only to in-stock yarns; no special orders

Thanks for understanding!