Make your own Yarn at Yarnia

Craft & Design




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

10 thoughts on “Make your own Yarn at Yarnia

  1. Anonymous says:

    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?

  2. Ursula says:

    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.)

  3. Hollis says:

    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!

  4. Sorcha says:

    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.

  5. Kali says:

    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

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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