My Grandmother’s Knitting: Launch Party!

I recently posted a review of My Grandmother’s Knitting by Larissa Brown, and Friday night I attended the launch party for this book.


The event was held at Andersen Fiber Works, a new-to-me and fairly new shop in Gresham, Oregon. The space is lovely. Most of the shop is downstairs; I’ll get to that in a moment. In the upstairs loft, there is a great space for spin and knit-ins. On this night, there were all sorts of activities including book signings by designers from My Grandmother’s Knitting:

(Judy Becker, Kristin Spurklund, Leigh Radford, Emily Johnson, Chrissy Gardiner)

and karaoke!

(Stevanie Pico of Pico Accuardi Dyeworks with friends and family)

Downstairs there are lots of yarns and fibers that are from independent artists, including owner Jen Andersen who has been dyeing as Hanks in the Hood for the last five years. Here’s some of her fiber:


I saw lots of yarn and spinning fiber, including lots from Ms. Gusset and Dicentra. Check out this mondo ball of fiber from Dicentra.


And these fabulous felted hats from Attitude Hats.


This is Sarah Lajoie, the artist behind the hats.


Owners Tyler and Jen Andersen were the gracious hosts of the evening. Jen is modeling one of Sarah’s hats, and a coordinating necklace by Jennifer Fulks. The medallion is actually two alabaster bowls, one nested in the other. Gorgeous, as is Jen!


I saw a nice selection of Lantern Moon tools, baskets and bags in the shop, too. I love these, as you know, and see several that I own.


Larissa’s friend and neighbor Rondi prepared and hosted a buffet of treats both sweet and savory.


A fun night all around. Do you have a copy of My Grandmother’s Knitting yet? It’s a winner!

10 responses to “My Grandmother’s Knitting: Launch Party!

  1. whoo hoo! Great article – what a fun time it was!!

  2. What a great looking shop!

  3. That looked like a great evening! I will have to look for the shop!

  4. Looks like a great time and a lovely new shop!

  5. I’ve been meaning to check out Andersen Fiber Works but hadn’t gotten there yet — thanks for the introduction, it looks great!

  6. Michelle thank you so much for the lovely post and pictures of the shop. You’ll have to come back in so we can sit and knit together. Thanks again, it was a pleasure meeting you. Tyler and Jen

  7. What a fun night. I def. want to check the book out!

  8. I was so sorry to miss the party! Thank you for a great vicarious visit through the evening:)

  9. Looks like a lot of fun! Living in Hillsboro I don’t make it to Gresham very often, but Anderson Fiber Works looks like a fun shop with a nice selection of yarn and fiber. Will have to make it out there sometime!