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Featuring Hillsborough Yarn Shop

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Q: How did Hillsborough Yarn Shop come about and how long have you been in business?

A: When my youngest daughter entered her senior year of college, I was finally able to follow my passion and open a yarn shop. I held onto my “day job” as a biomedical engineer while I looked for the right space. Loving the town of Hillsborough, and knowing there was not yet a yarn shop there, I searched for that perfect space in its historic downtown and landed right on Churton Street. In October of 2006, I left my position as director and took a half-time position, allowing me to open the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. Since then, we’ve grown slowly but surely, added a new classroom, inventory space, acquired plenty of new yarn and friends, and hired a full-time employee. We celebrated our sixth year in business this past October, and look forward to celebrating many more!

Q: What makes Hillsborough Yarn Shop unique?

A: We’re a natural fibers shop, and we make every effort to support small yarn companies whose products and practices we admire. This means sustainably, thoughtfully produced yarns made of plant or animal fibers, often made in the U.S. It’s meaningful for me to know the artists who dye the yarn, and where they source their fiber. We’ve also grown more and more interested this past year in single breed wools, moving beyond the well known buttery-soft Merino wool to Bluefaced Leicester, Rambouillet, Polwarth, and Wensleydale wools. It’s been fun swatching these yarns and seeing the different qualities these different wools possess: some springy and elastic, some beautifully draping, some matte, and some lustrous. Beyond yarn, we are also proud to offer a wide range of interesting technique- and project-based classes for knitters and crocheters, and our emphasis on teaching and learning is as important as the fiber and tools we sell. We love seeing our clients succeed in their projects, so we’re happy to help make sense of pattern instructions and connect people with the techniques and resources they need for whatever they’re making.

Q: What does Hillsborough Yarn Shop enjoy most about participating in the Triangle Yarn Crawl?

A: We love getting to see new faces and meet the many knitters and crocheters that live in and around the Triangle, and we love that they have this chance to see all the different yarns that local shops carry. No one shop can have it all, but we’re all lucky to be in such a fiber-friendly part of the world, with so many choices available to us!

Q: Is there anything else Hillsborough Yarn Shop would like to share with TYC readers?

A: We’re always happy to make special orders with our existing distributors, so don’t hesitate to ask if there’s a particular color you’d like or a large quantity you need for a big project. Also, keep up with us on our blog, where we highlight the newest yarns, books, project ideas, and classes.

Location
114 South Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278
(919) 732-2128

Shop Hours
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5:30pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 1pm – 5pm

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Great Autumn Event

What a great Autumn 2012 Event we had!

Thanks to all of the yarn crawlers who made their way across the Triangle to visit our wonderful local yarn shops.

We enjoyed meeting everyone who attended the Crawl Kickoff at Warm ‘n Fuzzy bright and early Saturday morning. We had quite the spread with tasty breakfast treats donated by Blue Moon Bakery & Cafe  (the pumpkin bread was delicious!), mimosas from Lynda with Chambers Arts and more baked goods provided by crawl organizers. Attendees were greeted with a Triangle Yarn Crawl project bag and an extra raffle ticket if they were wearing pink in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Thanks to our wonderful yarn shops who put together great promotions, inspiring demonstrations, and raffle prizes full of goodies, which attracted over 65 crawl participants. Congratulations to all of our LYS Raffle Prize winners!

Admit Ewe Knit – Denise Johnson
Cozy – Becky Lenhart
DownTown Knits – TBA
Great Yarns – Ciara Healy
Hillsborough Yarn Shop – Melinda Quinn
The Twisted Knitter – Denise Johnson
Warm ‘n Fuzzy – Ai Li Lee
Yarn Tree Studio – Rachel Graham
Yarns Etc… – Celine Wiand

We were amazed to discover that twenty-six crawl participants completed the challenging journey of visiting all nine participating yarn shops in the hopes of winning the Special Drawing. Congratulations to Kelly Fillbrandt who won! The prize valued at $200+ included a very stylish black and white Thirty-One bag and catalog donated by Nicole C. Inside we have handspun yarn and a knitted scarf pattern from Henceforth Yarns, a zipper case for accessories from Carolina FiberFest, Cubics ergonomic needles by Knitter’s Pride, a colorful lamb print by Ken McNeill, and a beautiful silk needle case and more needles from Lantern Moon.

A huge thanks to our Sponsors, Rebecca Hart with Warm ‘n Fuzzy for hosting the Crawl Kickoff and TYC Organizers Michelle, Jessica, Gail & Martha who made this event possible. We couldn’t have pulled it off without their support. THANK YOU!

We hope you’ll join us for the upcoming Spring 2013 Event taking place March 23-24, 2013. More details to come so please stay tuned.