I went yarn crawling with Sharon and Cathy from Lantern Moon on Friday. It was day one of the Portland Yarn Crawl, and we were game for hitting as many stores as we could do in one day. We knew we wouldn’t hit all 20!
We started at Close Knit, because it’s close! The shop was hopping, with lots of inspirational model knits, well displayed, and lots of happy yarn crawlers. Sharon was eyeing this pretty skein of yarn with Cathy.
And owner Sally was working away behind the counter.
We met Susan, from Texas, who was visiting her friend Linda here. She fell in love with our Sapa messenger bag; I think it went home with her! These bags are made in Sapa, a town in a mountainous area in the northern part of Vietnam. The handwork on these bags is representative of the textiles unique to this region. The Sapa bags are part of Lantern Moon’s Heritage Textiles Program. Lantern Moon’s efforts to establish business relationships there enables these skills to continue to be passed from generation to generation.
Our next stop was at the Naked Sheep Knit Shop. We found Brad knitting with some very large Lantern Moon needles!
Brad is a local artist, and the designer of the Portland Yarn Crawl logo. His wife Cheri owns Naked Sheep. Brad is also in charge of the yarnbombing outside the shop. (Check out their cool car, too!)
We saw some of the Lantern Moon sheep here.
After lunch, we made our way to Happy Knits. Sarah has a very lovely space, full of beautiful yarn. I fell in love with her cabled shawl. It’s Caireen from Knitty, and this version is made in MadelineTosh Pashmina.
I thought it was so lovely, I bought the purple Pashmina that Sarah is holding…there may be a Caireen in my future.
I met Annie, who blogs for Yarn Garden. She’s owner Jo’s daughter, and very charming.
Sharon bought yarn for a very cool vest with Tahki yarn. She’s completely smitten with cables, and now she’ll be making more.
By this time, we knew we wouldn’t be making it out to the westside shops that were in our original game plan. We headed south, but afternoon traffic was troublesome, so we abandoned our amended plan and headed straight to Pico Accuardi Dyeworks. We didn’t want to miss their chocolate truffle and wine reception!
Stevanie and Deb were fabulous hosts. This is the first time I’ve seen their new space. Very cute!
Lorajean (Knitted Wit) shares space with Pico Accuardi, and she was there, too. She has a very cool new project, Community Supported Yarn/Fiber. It’s a lot like a CSA farm relationship, where you support a farmer and receive produce, except it’s yarn and fiber. What’s not to like?
Teri and Lorajean got some winding done…
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 what we managed to pack into one Friday. I went yarn crawling on my own on Saturday. If you want more yarn crawl report, come see me on PDXKnitterati.com. Looking forward to doing more next year…
Did you crawl?