Laine Magazine, No. 12.

The newest issue of Laine Magazine is here!

Laine Magazine is a publication out of Finland, a knitting and lifestyle magazine with a love of natural fibers as its focus, and a reputation for beautiful designs and tantalizing photography.

Issue 12 features patterns from an amazing group of designers, the likes of Olga Buraya-Kefelian, Kristin Drysdale, Tamy Gore, Jeanette Sloan, and more.

I spotted a few familiar yarns among these designs, the kind of rustic wool that Anne and I have such a soft spot for – here’s the toothy Isager Jensen in a dramatic cable and drop stitch yoke by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, followed by Kristin Drysdale’s colorwork pullover in Tukuwool Fingering.

We love super soft fibers, too, of course – how about Shibui Haven, a merino/cashmere blend? Dee Hardwicke has put it to use in a colorwork cowl and mitt set, below.

Laine No. 12 is $30 each – come by the shop or order online for local pickup or shipping! We also have Laine No. 8, No. 10, and No. 11 in stock, and Laine’s most recent books, Fair Isle Weekend, Strands of Joy, 52 Weeks of Shawls, and 52 Weeks of Socks – now in paperback. See you at the shop!

Hello again, Isager Highland Wool.

A recent special order brought in a couple of new shades of Isager Highland Wool, reminding us of just how much we love this yarn.

Isager Highland:

  • light fingering weight
  • solid and heathered colors
  • 100% Highland wool
  • 301 yards/50 g
  • $10 each

Some years ago, I made Carol Feller’s “Carpino” holding Highland Wool together with Shibui Silk Cloud, which brought a lustrous, fuzzy luxury to the fabric. It left me wanting to work with Highland Wool again, in a context where its rustic simplicity could shine.

With that in mind, here are a few two-color patterns that make beautiful use of Highland Wool, and some color combinations to get you started!

  • “Pinwheel Mitts,” by Ella Austin – fingerless mitts in stranded colorwork
  • “Sento,” by Olga Buraya-Kefelian – triangular shawl in two-color brioche
  • “Alula,” by Clare Lakewood – triangular shawl in stripes/slip stitch pattern

If any of these patterns or colorways capture your imagination, order online for local pickup or shipping! We’re also happy to answer questions, to be your eyes and hands as you create other color combinations – we know it’s tricky to select colors without being able to come into the shop yourself, and they can look so different in photos than they do in person. Thanks for working with us during our temporary closure!

Shibui Sample of the Month: “Sakasama Jacket.”

October 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 til the end of the month.

October’s sample is the “Sakasama Jacket,” by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, a versatile garment that can be worn upside-down or right-side up. It’s knit with two strands of yarn held together throughout – the tweedy Shibui Pebble and fuzzy Silk Cloud.

This particular sample combines a blue-gray and a dark blue, for a unique marled fabric whose color shifts depending on the light – it’s tricky to photograph, and far more beautiful in person.

Come by the shop to before October 26th to see this “Sakasama Jacket” and get Shibui Pebble and Silk Cloud at 10% off to make one of your own!


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

Pom Pom Quarterly: Autumn 2017.

The Autumn 2017 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly is here!

This issue is guest-edited by designer and writer Juju Vail, and the themes and motifs throughout reflect her interest in a fully handmade wardrobe. In many cases, the knit garments are modeled with sewn garments Vail herself created.

Anna Maltz contributes an essay on slow fashion, a thought-provoking, political piece that critiques the class-signifying language around capsule wardrobes.

Paging through this cozy-looking issue, I spotted a few familiar yarns: Shibui Pebble and Silk Cloud in Nancy Marchant’s “Abusson” scarf, and Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Olga Buraya-Kefelian’s “Soumak” mitts.

Each issue of Pom Pom wraps up with a recipe of some kind, and this hot toddy perfectly suits the season. Here in North Carolina, it’s not quite hot toddy weather yet, but we keep telling ourselves: cool weather is coming!

Look for Pom Pom Quarterly here at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop, with the latest books and magazines for anyone who likes to play with yarn. See you at the shop!

New books from Brooklyn Tweed.

We are so excited to announce that we now carry books from Brooklyn Tweed! We have their first two books in stock: Capsule, by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, and Woolens, by Jared Flood.


I’ve been following Brooklyn Tweed since it was but a blog, admiring many of the patterns Jared Flood and his design team have put out over the years, and knitting as many as my overflowing to-knit list allows.



Brooklyn Tweed designs have always been something I found online, and thus I’ve experienced them primarily as digital photos and pdfs. It is quite different to see these patterns nicely printed and bound, and as a lover of paper and books as well as yarn and knitwear, I am smitten with these, and particularly with Woolens.



Woolens is a collection of accessories designed and photographed by Jared Flood, covering a range of techniques including brioche, colorwork, cables, and other texture patterns.



Most designs are unisex, and many are shown in alternate colorways or sizes to give a sense of the options for different looks. Though those options and modifications are always present and possible when we make things ourselves, it really helps to see a few of them before we embark on our own version of a pattern – think of how much time we spend on Ravelry, scrolling through projects.



Our friend and teacher Marsha fell in love with Woolens, too, and is teaching the “Byway” scarf/wrap here at the shop, beginning in January. Look for it on our “Classes” page, where you can read a full description and sign up to attend, if you like.

Though we don’t carry Brooklyn Tweed yarns, we have lots of great substitutes in a range of gauges to suit these designs. As ever, clever yarn substitution depends on considerations of gauge and beyond; fiber content and characteristics along with personal preferences and expectations all color the decision of what yarn goes with which project. We are always happy to talk these choices through with you when you’re shopping for yarn here, so don’t hesitate to ask!

Look for Brooklyn Tweed books on our teacart by the ball-winder, among the latest knitting publications. See you there!