PDX Yarn Crawl: Friday fun

Going back in time: I started the Portland Yarn Crawl with Sharon and Cathy from Lantern Moon. We had a tentative itinerary for the day, which turned out to be too ambitious. But we had fun trying.


We started the day at Close Knit. It was crowded with lots of knitters and yarn, and beautiful display garments that made me want to knit a lot more. I picked up Interweave’s Knitting Traditions special issue. It’s beautiful, full of history. I’ve seen some of the content before, in issues of Piecework, but overall I think there’s enough there to justify the $14.99 price tag.


Ann gave me my first peek in a raffle basket. Up ’til now, I’ve been posting other people’s pictures of them! Lots of great stuff in there.

Ann close knit

We met Susan from Texas, who fell in love with this Lantern Moon Sapa Messenger bag. I think it went home with her. I love the embroidery on these; it’s very traditional, and Lantern Moon provides a way for this handwork to continue.

Susan TX

After Close Knit, we made our way to the Naked Sheep Knit Shop. We found Brad there, knitting with really big Lantern Moon needles. Brad is owner Cheri’s husband, and he’s the creator of the Portland Yarn Crawl logo.

Brad NSheep

He’s also in charge of the yarn bombing outside the shop. (Check out the cute car, too.)


I really liked his sweater, and was trying to figure out how the garter stitch stripe tucked behind the stockinette. Cheri clued me in: slipped stitches! She made the sweater; isn’t it fun?

Brad sleeve

We took a lunch break at ¿Por Que No? on Hawthorne, and then headed to Happy Knits. And how could you not be happy in here? A lot of beautiful yarn, including a ton of MadelineTosh. Sarah was wearing a sample of the Caireen Shawl from Knitty. Hers is knit in MadelineTosh Pashmina, which is sport weight 75% superwash wool, 15% silk, and 10% cashmere. It was so lovely that I bought a skein (the purple skein called Curiosity that you see her holding) to make this shawl.

sarah happy knits

But I only bought one skein, and when I looked at the Ravelry project page (knit by Lise, menagerie on Ravelry), I found out that she used 1.2 skeins. I’ll have to ponder where to skimp…and while I was poking around on Ravelry and Knitty, I found another shawl by the same designer (Susanna, IC), Annis, which is also very pretty. Not sure there’s enough for that, either, but a girl can dream…

From there we went down the street to Yarn Garden, which always feels like home to me. Way back in the 1960’s and ’70’s, my uncle had a salon in the easternmost storefront of this building. Michele Beauty Salon, named after me, his first niece. Sweet, huh?

I met Annie, the Yarn Garden blogger. She’s owner Jo’s daughter, and completely charming.

Annie YG

We had hoped to get out to the west side, and then south to King City, but by this time it was 4 p.m. and we needed to get to the reception at Pico Accuardi Dyeworks by 5. Time to wrap this day up! This was my first visit to their new space. Stevanie and Deb were fabulous hosts. Deb made an assortment of chocolate truffles. (Do you know she owns a restaurant, too? Check out Gino’s in Sellwood.)


PAD truffles

Lorajean (Knitted Wit) shares space with Pico Accuardi, and she was there, too. She and Teri were having a good time re-skeining yarn.

teri LJ

I met Christina, who was buying my Pacific Shawl pattern. (Thanks for hosting my patterns, Lorajean!)


I also met Donna, of Plover Designs Jewelry. I bought a pair of earrings from her, after seeing how pretty they were on Deb. No picture, they’re a present for someone. I already have one of her shawl pins; I test drove one at TNNA, and it kept my shawl where I wanted it, and was good looking, too.

donna plover

We met up with Phyllis Howe, organizer of the yarn crawl. It was sweet to meet her in person! She and Sharon talked knitting.


And that’s the sum total of my yarn crawling. I made it to 7 out of 20 stores. I’m going to have to try harder next year…but I had fun!

6 responses to “PDX Yarn Crawl: Friday fun

  1. Melinda VerMeer

    You should easily be able to get an Annis out of a skein of Pashmina 🙂
    I’ve made two (one in Mal Lace and one in TML, both 400ish yard skeins) and used just about 1/2 the skein.
    – M

    • Thanks for the info! I think I want to use beads instead of nupps, so that means a trip to Dava, with that lovely skein of Pashmina in hand.

      I was hoping I’d see you on Friday at Happy Knits, but alas, not your day…

  2. I had so much fun meeting you, Sharon and Cathy during the Crawl!
    That’s so cool there was a salon named after you too 🙂

  3. oh to live in a city with so many choices! So envious. what a day! We have only two, ok maybe three stores here and they’re not that great. And not really community places. You’re lucky!

  4. You’re a busy lady! Know what the gloves on the front of the book you bought are really good for (except looking pretty)? Walking the dog and picking up…
    Hope the tsunami didn’t hit y’all today. Dee

  5. Looks like it was a really fun weekend! I’m so envious of you, having so many shops so close by!