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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.

Yarnia

4183 SE Division Street

Portland, OR 97202

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern is head of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site: sternlab.org


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