We’ve posted about Yarnia before, but this Portland gem deserves another mention. While visiting crafty family in Portland, I was instructed that I simply had to visit Yarnia during my stay. Proprietress Lindsey Ross offers a unique take on yarn shopping, and the possibilities are mind-boggling. Enter and find shelves of single-filament yarn in a dizzying array of colors and fibers, and you’re instructed to select your favorites to construct a single yarn. Examples are provided for ideas about building up a certain weight and feel by combining cotton with wool or bamboo or rayon of silvery metallics. Lindsey then winds your selections together onto one cone and you walk out with a yarn that is totally your own. Pictured above is my creation with two parts wool, one part cashmere, and two parts cotton.


4183 SE Division Street

Portland, OR 97202

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Anonymous

    What a great idea! But the yarn on the cone looks like it isn’t plied at all – did you want it that way? Can you ply it at Yarnia?

  • Ursula

    Yeah, wouldn’t it be better plied? If they don’t, one might as well just buy the spools. (No disrespect to Yarnia; I just find non-plied yarns to be so hard to work with.)

  • Hollis

    Yarnia yarns are very easy to work with. I have used Yarnia yarn in both knit and crochet projects and it’s no more difficult to use than commercial yarn. It’s a great way to mix colors without ever having to worry about pooling!

  • Sorcha

    I love this place, and you can spend many pleasant hours working out just the right combination for your yarn. The owner is helpful and patient. The only problem you might have is that there may be a wait to get your yarn made, but that just gives you more time to shop.

  • Kali

    Are there any sites that you recommend where my class and I view how to make your own yarn? Specifically we are interested in the process of using your long hair dog’s hair to create knitting yarn.
    Thank you