close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Friday, April 21, 2017

Knit Socks Two-at-a-time!

Our May sock class is all about two-at-a-time! If you've ever wanted to learn this fun technique, now is the time. You'll impress everyone around you with your knitting skills, and you will avoid the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome, which invariable leaves you with one cold foot. It always seems like the socks go faster with this technique, too, but maybe my knitting is playing tricks on me.

It's preferred that you have some experience with sock knitting before you learn two-at-once, but if you simply must learn about socks in May, Emily will teach you one-at-a-time. As usual, all sock knitting styles and patterns are welcome. You can use Emily's pattern or bring your own, as most patterns are easily adapted to this method.

Give us a call or pop in the shop to sign up!

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Classic Elite Firefly has been a favorite of mine since we first started to carry it years ago. It's such a lovely, rustic linen yarn, and it's really a joy to knit with. Linen can be a little hard on the hands, but Firefly is definitely not. In fact, Emily solved the only unpleasant aspect of this yarn by winding it into these little skeins! The yarn arrives in balls which fall apart and get all tangled. These are so much better!

The subtle sheen of this yarn is really something to behold, and the little bits of coarse linen add character to the finished knitted fabric. I used three balls for my Firefly Bias Scarf years ago, and now we have the beautiful Lampyridae Scarf, a freebie in the shop with the purchase of the yarn.
Here's a little special throwback to two of my favorite Firefly projects: Laura's Axil and Sienna's Smilla's Dress.

Pop in and have a look at our sweet skeins of Firefly. I hope you love this yarn as much as we do!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Eye Candy

Check out this cute basket of Edition 3. So many fun projects with this yarn on Ravelry. Love this cute hat, this gorgeous Baktus, and lots of cute socks.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Simply Stripes Kit

We don't do a lot of kits in the shop, but this one was too lovely to pass up. This is the Simply Stripes Cowl using a cool yarn called SimpliCria from Skacel. This yarn is a gorgeous and soft chained alpaca. It is really luxurious and has such a nice halo.
The kit contains six balls of yarn and the pattern for the multi-colored striped cowl. We only have a few kits in the shop, so pop in soon and take a look!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


We have a brand new cotton yarn in the shop. This is Pendenza, a lovely mercerized cotton from Plymouth Yarn. This pretty stuff knits up into such a soft and silky fabric. 
There are subtle, earthy shades and bright, tropical shades.

The colors are really rich, with a watercolor sort of look when they are all knit up. Adrienne used our Bias Scarf pattern to create this beautiful sample. The bias-knit scarf is just the perfect way to show off the cool color changes of Pendenza.

This pattern has been around since the earliest days of the blog, and it's still a great design! If you're looking for a fun little project for a quick summer scarf, pop in and check out the Pendenza!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Eye Candy

This hat is made from Unicorn Farts. Knitted Wit Victory Sock Unicorn Farts, to be exact. I'm using a cool pattern from a past issue of Knitting Traditions. The hat is basically a tube with closed up ends. I'll fold the hat in on itself to create a cozy double-layered cap. Pretty cool. And it's a nice way to use up a whole skein of cool sock yarn without knitting actual socks.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Soft Donegal

The Soft Donegal is back! I know it looks like it's going to be rustic and scratchy (which apparently not everyone loves), but it is so buttery. The colors are rich and each of these lovely skeins is over 200 yards of Aran weight yarn. This yarn is ideal for cables and color work, but it's also perfect in plain and simple stockinette.
We used it to knit up our Heathcliff Hat. I love the ribbing and the structure of this hat. The brim can be folded over for more of a skullcap look, too. This pattern is available for sale on Ravelry as part of our first Close Knit Collection from the fall, A Warm Welcome. More on these collections soon!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Eye Candy

Shibui Knits Twig is ready for spring! This beautiful sport weigh is made with linen, recycled silk, and a touch of wool. If you caught the Shibui trunk show at the yarn crawl, you saw and felt how beautifully this yarn knits up. Perfect for spring and summer. 
You can scroll down on the link above to see the Shibui patterns that use Twig, including the lovely Aalto and Slope, two of my favorites.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

knit.wear 2017

The spring and summer knit.wear is so good. This magazine continues to impress us with timeless sweater designs made modern. These are my four favorites: Amherst Pullover, Marblehead Poncho, Chatham Pullover, and Hyannis Port Pullover.
But there are so many more!
Thank you knit.wear for continuing to bring us such gorgeous and inspiring designs!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

PCC Yarn

We have a little bit of this super special PCC Yarn in the shop, and it's making me so happy. These skeins of wooly goodness come from the Vet Tech program at Portland Community College. Students in the program learn to care for a variety of animals, from cats to cows. 
The wool from the sheep used to be thrown away, but now it is processed into this rustic sheepy fingering weight wool. I doubt we will get too much more of this, so pop in soon if you're interested. It doesn't get much more local than this!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Eye Candy

Take a look at the Big Rad Bulky from Spun Right Round. It's a super cool, almost felted sort of yarn. Come see what we have left! You'll love it.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pigeonroof Mitts

We are still enjoying the spoils of the yarn crawl. Our visiting artists have left us so many beautiful things! The mini-skein sets from Pigeonroof Studios have been joined by a rainbow of samples of the Gradient Mitts.
These gorgeous little gloves are just the thing for this chilly then warm in-between weather we are having. They are perfect with my raincoat! And with so many colors to choose from, they can be perfect with yours, too.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Eye Candy

Sally always chooses the coolest samples. Her Paper Bag Hat in Spun Right Round Sport Sock is perfection. I did not understand how the hat was going to work based on what she has done so far, but I looked at the Ravelry page and was totally excited to make my own. Go take a look for yourselves. The pattern is free, the yarn is awesome, and the knitting is easy. Added bonus: you can use up one whole skein of this gorgeous hand dyed yarn. Get thee to the yarn shop!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


We stocked up on project bags for the crawl, and we still have so many cute ones in the shop. Any knitter or crocheter will tell you, one can never have too many project bags. Several sizes, fabrics, prints, and graphics for you! Pop in and treat yourself.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Endless Eye Candy

How about this Endless Wrap from the Blue Sky Fibers trunk show? It's knit with nine skeins of Woolstok, making it the coziest thing ever. Sally has it wrapped around several times here, and she is very toasty warm. Winter is not over, friends!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Big Lakes

Check out these big beautiful skeins from Lakes Yarn and Fibers!
One of the perks of having dyers visit with trunk shows and samples is that they often leave fabulous things for us to pass on to you! Each one of these limited edition skeins is 620 whopping yards of worsted weight wool for $44. Just two of these will make a pretty good-sized sweater.
I'm pretty much in love with all of these colors. It's going to be hard to choose my favorite. Which one do you love best?

Monday, March 6, 2017


Rose City Yarn Crawl 2017 is in the books. I hope you all had a great time visiting all of the shops and meeting fellow fiber nerds. 
Did you find some special treasures at Close Knit? I want to see what you all are most excited about! If you are an Instagrammer, tag your photos with #closeknitpdx so we can all gush over the beautiful yarns together. If you prefer Facebook, share some pictures with us on our page. Thank you for coming out to support the local yarn shops!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Pigeonroof Studios

Look at the beautiful gradient sets from Pigeonroof Studios
We are thrilled to have Krista in the shop for the last day of the Rose City Yarn Crawl. These cheerful packs are the perfect thing to infuse this grey spring day with some color! Unless you just want more grey and blue, in which case we have you covered, too.
Krista's free pattern for the Gradient Mitts is just the thing! You could also do a really great beanie or shawl or baby sweater or border on an adult many ideas. We love to showcase these independent dyers and designers. Stop by and see all the pretties for yourself!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Yarn Crawling

I hope you had a chance to see Sarah and her beautiful Bumblebirch yarns in the shop today. Her colorful samples show off the amazing colors and really give you a chance to appreciate how nicely her hand-dyed yarns knit up.
We've had great crowds for the past two days! And it's always so much fun to have trunk shows and guests in the shop. Join us Saturday for Ami of Lakes Yarn & Fiber and Sunday for Krista of Pigeon Roof Studios. Have fun yarn crawling!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Close Knit Yarn Crawl Patterns

As part of the yarn crawl, we have two brand new shop patterns for you!
The sweet and romantic Silver Tip Fingerless Gloves are crocheted in Berroco Indigo, a beautiful cotton yarn made from recycled fibers. It will remind you of your favorite jeans.
The Coffee Beanie is a fun colorwork hat knit up in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers. This fun pattern works up so fast in this beautiful worsted weight yarn. 

These patterns will be available during the crawl for free with any purchase. After the yarn crawl, the patterns from all of the shops will be complied into an eBook available for sale on Ravelry. In addition, the yarns for each of these lovely designs will be 10% off during the crawl. We hope you love them as much as we do!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Rose City Yarn Crawl Starts Tomorrow!

Prepare to crawl, fiber enthusiasts! The RCYC has been a Portland institution for years now, and for good reason. Discover new yarns, meet dyers and designers, experience trunk shows from your favorite lines, and enter to win some epic prizes. Take a look at the prizes here. There is so much good stuff in these baskets!

Our little shop will be chock full of awesome yarn and people, even more so than usual. The full schedule is here, but I'll give you a little run down.

We will be showcasing trunk shows from Blue Sky Fibers and Shibui Knits during the entire event, beginning Thursday morning. If you have been excited to see these yarns knit up or try on a few of the garments from their recent pattern releases, then pop in for a chance to get your hands on these. Thursday and Friday are generally the quieter days when you'll have a better opportunity to see these in person.

On Thursday, we are thrilled to host Candice of Farmer's Daughter Fibers from Montana. Her yarns are so beautiful, my friends. They remind me a bit of Tosh in their subtlety and color range. You will love it, I promise. We are carrying her yarns full-time now, but she is going to bring all kinds of goodies from her dye studio that we might not see again. Thursday only!
On Friday, we will see Sarah of Bumblebirch Yarn. Her yarns have become a staple in the shop, and we love hosting her during the crawl. Her Dandelion colorway remains one of my most favorite. The colors are rich and the yarns are so soft!

We will also host designer Lisa Carney-Fenton on Friday. We will have a chance to meet her and check some of her recently-published designs.

Saturday brings Ami of Lakes Yarn and Fiber. I have a slight obsession with this gorgeous stuff, as I have recently admitted. I can't wait to see even more of her beautiful yarns!

We will wrap up on Sunday with Krista of Pigeon Roof Studios. She has recently relocated to Portland, and we feel so fortunate to have her this weekend. She will be showing off her beautiful yarns, including her gradient and ombre sets.
The whole things starts Thursday morning at 10. Join us this weekend for all the fun!