Anniversary party and sale!

As you may remember from years past, or may have seen in our most recent email newsletter, this October marks the 11 year anniversary of the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. The shop has grown and changed since Anne first opened in 2006, but always with the goal of bringing the best natural fiber yarns, tools, publications, and classes to stitchers in the Triangle. By that measure, in my opinion, Anne has succeeded tremendously, and I am so proud to be on her team, spending my days in this special shop.

We’re celebrating with two events this year. First, we’re staying open late for an Anniversary Party on Wednesday, October 18th, the exact date on which Anne opened the shop 11 years ago. Join us from 5:30 – 7:30 pm for festive snacks and drinks, and enter a raffle for a chance to win a gift certificate to the shop. You can get a raffle ticket by wearing something you made with yarn from HYS, or by making a purchase during the party. And yes, we’ll give you two raffle tickets if you do both!

Second, but no less exciting, we always celebrate our anniversary with a sale, and this year is no exception; on Saturday and Sunday, October 21st and 22nd, everything in the shop will be 15% off, with the exception of classes and that which is already discounted. This is the time to treat yourself to some exciting new yarns, splurge on a beautiful book, and save on that big project you’ve been wanting to start this fall.

We hope to see you at the party Wednesday evening, and at the sale Saturday and Sunday! We are so grateful to all of you for your support over the years, for shopping and learning and sharing with us. Come by the shop and let us thank you in person!

A reminder: all sales are final on discounted items; there will be no exchanges or returns. Thanks!

Book Raffle!

One of our big goals at market this year was to find a new book distributor, as the one we’d long relied on went out of business earlier in the year. I’m happy to report that we did find a lovely new source for books, and they were kind enough to send us home from market with something special: five brand new knitting books, each signed by their authors.



To celebrate our new book distributor, we’re having a raffle, and giving away these signed copies as prizes. For each book you purchase during our Annual Inventory Sale this July, you’ll receive a raffle ticket, an entry to win a signed copy of one of the following books:

  • Knitting Ephemera, by Carol J. Sulcoski
  • Knitlandia, by Clara Parkes
  • Cable Left, Cable Right, by Judith Durant
  • Knit Wear Love, by Amy Herzog
  • Wee Garter Stitch, by Vickie Howell


At the end of the month, we’ll draw 5 raffle tickets, one for each book. Come by the shop during July to get anything in stock at 15% off, and get a chance to win a book with each book you buy!


We have lots of new books to choose from, along with a large collection of older ones. Ask us if you’re seeking a recommendation; we love books almost as much as we love yarn, and have favorites in a variety of categories. See you at the shop!


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

Triangle Yarn Crawl.

The Triangle Yarn Crawl is a self-guided tour of local yarn shops, where knitters and crocheters get together and hop from one shop to the next, shopping, entering raffles, and seeing the full breadth of available fibers. They happen twice a year, and the time has come again: the Spring 2013 crawl is this weekend, March 23rd and 24th!


There’s a bag like this at each of the participating shops, a raffle prize filled with goodies. What’s in the Hillsborough Yarn Shop prize?


A skein of gorgeous Sincere Sheep Equity Sport yarn, “Reticulated Mitts” pattern, Crystal Palace 35″ circular needles in US sizes 2 and 4, and a HYS needle and hook gauge. In short: everything you need to cast on for a pair of fingerless mitts using the magic loop technique. Come by the shop anytime during business hours on Saturday or Sunday and enter to win!

Additionally, the TYC organizers have planned something special for this Spring event: a scavenger hunt. Look for a stuffed TYC symbol somewhere in each shop, record the letters attached to it, and unscramble the word to reveal a Ravelry coupon code that lets you download a free pattern from local designers. Read more about the scavenger hunt on the TYC website, and look for this somewhere in the shop when you visit us this weekend!


We’re lucky to live in such a fiber-friendly part of the world, with so many choices available to us, and the Triangle Yarn Crawl is a great time to see all of those choices. Come see us this weekend as you’re crawling along, and receive 10% off your purchase when you show your TYC passport!