close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Friday, June 12, 2020


Close Knit has been closed for almost three months, and we sure appreciate how you have supported us during this time. THANK YOU! We miss your lovely masked faces.

We are finally opening to the public Monday, June 15th from 11-5. We plan to be open 11-5 Monday through Saturday, 12-4 on Sundays.

To keep us ALL safe and enjoy our time together, we ask that the following guidelines be followed:
~ If you have any signs or symptoms of illness, please refrain from coming into the store.
~ Masks are required of everyone in the store. Please bring yours.
~ Upon entering the store, hand sanitizer will be provided and required. This one is super hard, but we ask that you limit your touching in the store.
~ To maintain social distancing, we will be limiting the store to two customers at a time.  We ask that shopping be efficient and respectful to customers waiting their turn.
~ We are unable to conduct classes, host open knit night, or handle knitting to correct mistakes. We are looking forward to the day we can have all that in the store again!!
~ We will not have a public bathroom available at this time.
~ We are happy to help you shop on the phone and arrange curbside pick-up if you are ill or vulnerable. Don't forget, we have a new website for you to shop at home!
~ We are happy to wind yarn but will ask that you wait outside if time allows or arrange for a wound yarn pick-up at a later time.

We sure look forward to seeing you all again!  If you have any questions please call the shop at 503-288-4568.
The Close Knit Crew

Monday, May 25, 2020

Close Knit is Online!

Hello everyone!

So sorry to be absent for the last several weeks! I (Leah) have been a little swamped with my other job as a science teacher, and the blog has languished a bit as I tried to keep up there.

The Close Knit staff has been busy at work, taking your phone and email orders, popping packages in the mail, and facilitating safe curb-side pick-ups. We have been posting on our Instagram page with lots of ideas and new stuff and inspiration, and we have all certainly been knitting!

Our shop website looks a little different these days, as we join the world of online shopping! It is a slow process, but new yarns and kits are appearing regularly on the front page. We hope these will inspire you and give you an idea of what we have to offer in the shop, even if it's not time for all of you to join us there in the physical space yet.

Right now, we have someone in the shop from 11-1 every day to facilitate ordering and get packages ready, and you can email Sally at with questions about yarn or ordering. We are monitoring and considering all of the factors as we move ahead, and we will certianly keep you posted about what our next steps will be.

We thank you all so much for your continued support of our little shop and our fiber community in Portland. It means the world to us that you continue to turn to us for your yarny needs!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Living in this Orange Sweater

So, I don't know about you all, but I am pretty much living in the same limited range of clothing right now. My daughter is calling my daytime sweatpants my "pandemic day pants," and I have been mostly been cycling through different versions of PJs with layers depending on how chilly it is. But this sweater has been with me since that surprising snow storm that graced us that first weird weekend before we knew what was coming.
This orange Felix Pullover is like a cozy hug on our chilly mornings, and it's light as a feather. I love the color that our sweet Melissa helped me choose. It's nice and cheerful, but still heathered and interesting. My dear friend made one in the loveliest of deep bottle greens, which she is also pairing with sweatpants.
The pattern is an easy knit by a fabulous designer, and my size large only used 8 balls of Lopi, which we have in lots of great shades. Just give Sally a call at the shop between 11 and 1 during the week or email her anytime to find out what we have in stock.

The design was so popular, the designer released a cardigan version, which I am pretty sure I need to make next. I'll definitely need to choose a color that goes with my pandemic day pants.

Call 503.288.4568 between 11 and 1 Monday-Friday!
Email anytime!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020


Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page.

Sally is thinking about making this cardigan in this yarn.

It's the Ginny cardigan from Andrea Mowry in Harrisville Designs nightshades, a gorgeous black Cormo base with a colored wool for a really cool and subtle tweedy effect.You will love this yarn, I promise. And we have all of the shades! Give us a call if you are thinking this yarn (and maybe this sweater) are for you.

I brought some of this home awhile back with a few possible plans, but now that I see that shawl collar, I think I might be sold on Ginny, too!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Still Yarning! Let's Make Blankets!

Friends! We will be available all week from 11AM - 1PM to take calls in the shop and pack up orders. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and shown us love. We cannot thank you enough!

We can mail yarn to you or deliver it on your doorstep (if you are close) or arrange a curb-side delivery. How about some ideas?

All of this Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica has us dreaming of blankets. Maybe this Library Blanket from Purl Soho?
Pic borrowed from Purl Soho.
So much freedom to make it just the way you like it. If you run out of one color, just sub in another and it will still be perfect.

Speaking of blankets, we have so much Noro for you to blanket your little heart out.

Our Noromania Blanket is amazing, especially with this beautiful neutral as one of the shades. You can't really go wrong here.

Emily designed a log cabin Noro blanket, too. Check out her Cabin Fever Blanket in Noro Kureopatora

Thank you for all of your orders! Email us at or call us at 503.288.4568 between 11AM and 1PM Monday through Friday this week. We can't wait to see you all in the shop again soon, but we are so grateful for all of your support!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

More Hours!

We are adding days for you all to get in touch and talk to us about yarn!

Someone will be in the shop today (Saturday!) from 11AM-1PM to help you choose yarn and colors and get orders packed up for you. We are also going to be available Monday-Friday next week from 11AM-1PM. That's every day next week!

Thank you so much for your patience as we navigate this whole crazy process. We know that it's not perfect every time, but we so appreciate your love and support. It is keeping us going! We are hoping these added hours will help make the process easier for all of us.

Give us a call at 503.288.4568, email Sally at, or DM us on Instagram. We can ship packages or coordinate a curb-side pick up for you. We love you all!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Way To Go Wednesday

Hi friends! It's Wednesday, so one of our amazing staff will be in the shop from 11AM-1PM to answer calls and pack up some orders for shipping or curb-side pick up.
Pic borrowed from Purl Soho site.
I am feeling inspired by the Purl Soho Colorful Half + Half Washcloths that popped up on their website. We have plenty of lovely cottons and linens in the shop that would be perfect for this project. Seems like a nice thing to be working on when you need a little something soothing.

Maybe Cascade Hampton, a nice pima cotton/linen blend. Perhaps Cascade Noble, a mercerized cotton in lots of vivid colors. For a more rustic and slubby linen look, Zooey from Juniper Moon Farms might be really cool. I know we have a lot of nice shades of these yarns in the shop, and this project is a great way to use up every little bit of each color with the stripes and blocks.
Sally is thinking bigger projects on our IG page. Want to tackle an Isager sweater? Well we have plenty of Isager yarn and several books in stock. Call us or email Sally, and we can get a whole kit set up for you.


We cannot begin to tell you how thankful we are for your continued support during this unprecedented time. Our little shop is bursting with love for all of you!