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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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Crawl Inspiration

When I organized my first yarn crawl I decided to make an entire day out of the event. And what better way than to start off with a healthy breakfast to share with my fellow newbie crawlers. I designed a menu around breakfast items I enjoy the most like yogurt with fresh fruit and granola, lemon poppyseed muffins, pineapple coffee cake and more deliciousness.

Why not put together a special menu for your fellow crawlers and start your crawl weekend off right? Or join us for the Crawl Kickoff and put together a brunch menu for Sunday.

Carpool Sign

Nowadays even more people are concerned about their impact on the Earth. We each do our own part by recycling, taking the bus, riding our bikes and carpooling to work and community events. Why not save money and have tons of fun by carpooling with friends during the next yarn crawl?

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Determine if you’ll split the cost. Sharing the driving among fellow crawlers eliminates the need for money to change hands especially if you rotate drivers for each yarn crawl. If not, decide how much each rider will pay. Be sure to consider gas and parking costs.

Agree on a driving schedule and departure time. Exchange cell phone numbers prior to the crawl. Be courteous by giving your carpool a call if you’re going to be late.

Decide where to meet and make sure it is convenient for everyone in your carpool.  If you can’t meet at someone’s home, try finding a central location to park.

Get permission to park if you decide to leave cars at a grocery store, shopping center, church or other public places. You could also use one of the many Park-and-Ride lots throughout the Triangle that carpoolers can use for free!

Quite a few Triangle Yarn Crawl enthusiasts visit all participating local yarn shops to experience what each shop has to offer including promotions, demonstrations, yarn selection, inspiring classes and more. Are you not quite up for an all-weekend trek across the Triangle and back – why not slow down for a bit? Bring your knitting or crochet along and take some time to rest your tired feet. Many of the Triangle yarn shops have comfy seating available for those individuals who want to take some time to enjoy the excitement while meeting new friends.

No matter how you decide to spend your yarn crawl weekend, be safe and have fun!

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Crawl Kickoff

Let’s kickoff the 3rd Triangle Yarn Crawl right by welcoming Warm ‘n Fuzzy, the newest local yarn shop in the Triangle-area, to the mix on Saturday, October 13th from 9-10am.

Mingle with fellow crawlers. Share your crawl wish list. Fuel your crawl weekend with baked goods, coffee and more. And we’ll have surprises for those who attend.

Rebecca and her staff will be available to show crawlers around the shop, answer questions and help with purchases.

Wear pink to the Crawl Kickoff to celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and receive one additional raffle ticket to enter into the LYS raffle prize drawing of your choice.

We’ll have the Special Drawing raffle prize on display so get your sneak peak in and  see if you’re up for the challenge. Just remember to have your Crawl Passport stamped at all nine participating yarn shops and turn it in at the last shop you visit to be automatically entered into the drawing.

We’d like to thank Lynda with Chambers Arts for providing mimosas AND Blue Moon Bakery & Cafe for providing yummy breakfast treats. Check them out this weekend and say thanks!

We hope to see you there!