close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

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!

Monday, March 23, 2020

Making it Through Monday

Hey y'all! Someone is in the shop from 11AM-1PM today to take phone orders. Call us at 503-288-4568, email Sally at, or DM us on Instagram.

Want to work on a blanket on this chilly, rainy morning? We have lots of Noro on the shelves, and we are eagerly awaiting more. Our Noromania Blanket is the perfect therapy for this uncertain time. Rows and rows of colorful garter stitch, and your colorways never need to match. Just keep knitting, friends!

Sunday, March 22, 2020


This is the message that Sally posted over on our Instagram page on Saturday, 3/21:

I’m so delighted when the Trillium pop up in my garden. The simple sign of Spring outside my door makes it all feel alright...and normal. These days are anything but normal, I’m afraid. 

Close Knit is hitting the PAUSE button at closing time today. We have never ever, not once cancelled a day in the shop due to snow, sleet, or storm in 15 years. This one is different friends. We are pausing to get a grip on what this means to our safety, yours, and beyond.

We were delighted to cautiously see so many of you this week stocking up on projects because we all know that creativity, color and texture are healing for our souls!! However, every day this week seemed to need a course correction in how to safely deal with having a retail business, serve you all, and keep Close Knit chugging along. We do things the old fashioned way at the shop and we only sell face to face or on the phone. 

Sooooo, this week we are going to be in the shop just three days for a couple hours to take calls and messages on anything you might need or want. Our phone is 503-288-4568 and we will be in the shop Monday 3/23, Wednesday 3/25, and Friday 3/27 from 11-1. 

We can package up what you need and deliver to our curb or deliver it via USPS. We will be rethinking our approach in a week after a BIG DEEP BREATH! We hope to post things on Facebook, our blog and here on IG that inspire you, show you yarn in the shop and tell ya we are still here!👋👋👋👋👋👋👋👋 PLEASE TAKE CARE ALL OF YOU!!❤️❤️

Monday, March 16, 2020

Take Care of Yourselves!

Hi y'all! We here at Close Knit sincerely hope that you are hunkered down and feeling safe and healthy in your homes. We are currently still open regular hours, but we are postponing our classes and pausing Open Knit Night for a bit.

Adreinne will be in touch with the monthly blanket class participants about a remote video class that she has been preparing for you. Don't want to miss out on that blanket square!

Since our fiber arts are what keeps some of us functioning, we want to be here for you! Give us a call (503.288.4568) and we can figure out how to safely get your yarn and supplies into your hands with as little contact as possible. We can make sales over the phone and meet you at the curb with your goodies, ship items, or even deliver to your doorstep within a few miles of the shop.
In the meantime, post your project pics on Instagram and use the #washyourhandsandkal tag to join the online knit-a-long. Let's keep our community strong, even though we all need to stay home to keep ourselves and our communities safe. Take care of yourselves, friends, and wash your hands.

Friday, March 13, 2020


This pretty new Yakima from Plymouth is really cool!
It's a single ply fingering weight yarn with some lovely dark halo action happening thanks to the 15% yak content. Several folks on Ravelry are making a Belmina lace cowl/kerchief sort of thing.

I think I would try holding this yarn together with some mohair to pump up the dark halo affect.
I love this combo. It would make a nice Oslo hat too, perhaps? Any excuse to knit another hat.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Vacation Knitting

I don't know about you all, but January and February were some long months for me! I was lucky enough to ring in March at the lovely Oregon coast with a fire pit and a whole ocean close by. 

I was working on my Childhood pullover in Harrisville Shetland, and I am just smitten with these tidy increases along the shoulder. It's a good thing I like this yarn so much, because this is not going to be a speedy knit! Totally worth it, though.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Eye Candy

The crawl was a blast! It was great to meet so many new people and see all of those familiar faces. We are also exhausted.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Yarn Crawl!

We are having fun at the Rose City Yarn Crawl! Can't wait to see you this weekend.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

RCYC This Weekend! Closing Early Wednesday

Hey y'all! The Rose City Yarn Crawl is this weekend! Read all about the events happening at our little shop and all around Portland. We have some really beautiful things to share with you.

We are going to close up at 5PM today (with no Open Knit Night) in order to get the shop ready for all of the yarn and all of the people who will be coming through. Can't wait to see you all!

Monday, March 2, 2020

Eye Candy

Look at this cute hat! More on this yarn soon. Did you all know the Rose City Yarn Crawl is this weekend? So much great stuff will be happening...special guests, prizes, bigger prizes, patterns, amazing yarns. It's so much fiber-filled fun. See you this weekend!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Lang Carina

Oh, lovely Carina. This alpaca blend is so soft and fluffy, and the colors are amazing! 
We have this funny sample rectangle in the shop to show off some of the colors of the yarn. It's another slow fade kind of yarn, and the project gallery on Ravelry really demonstrates what it can do.
Pic borrowed from Rav project page.
Look at this lovely Adama Cowl using two balls of the pink/grey/brown, and this rich purple Buckshot pullover is so vibrant in the purple.
Pic borrowed from Rav project page.
If you love rich colors and fluffy alpaca, you might want to come by and check out this new yarn!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Eye Candy

Gorgeous Isager Tweed for your Monday morning.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Cumulus Rainbow

This pretty stuff jumped right out at me when I walked into the shop. It's a new version of Juniper Moon Farm Cumulus, now with a long color-repeat rainbow effect.

This yarn is so light and fluffy, and it feels so much better in person than you might expect from a cotton/nylon blend. Melissa reports that it feels like knitting with air, and I think it feels like a cloudy marshmallow. 
An art teacher friend of mine is having a summer baby this year, so I'm thinking a rainbow tunic/dress using one of the brighter colorways. I can't wait to see how it knits up!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Isager Books

The table is covered in Isager books right now, including the Amimono books The Bird Collection and The Map Collection.

We also have the newer book, Stitches. Let's have a little look.

We have lots of Isager yarn on the shelves for these pieces. If you like Isager and Amimono designs, get yourself in to peruse these gorgeous books and get started on your new project!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Eye Candy

I love it when sweet treasures show up in the shop. These lovely, loosely-woven handkerchiefs are so unusual. The ones above are the perfect size for wrapping up your hair or a gift. These brightly colored double-sided ones are smaller, but so adorable.

These locally-made project bags are also pretty fabulous. They are double thickness with a nice substantial draw string, so they are going to last. We are expecting more soon for the Rose City Yarn Crawl. Stop in and see the pretty things!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Tokyo Shawl Kits

We have samples and kits for the gorgeous Isager Tokyo Shawl, and oh my goodness are they fabulous. The graphic diagonal stripes of this design really show off the beautiful Isager yarns.
The samples and kits use Spinni Tweed and Alpaca 1. I love that our samples are different shades to really show off the cool options. That dark grey one is wowza. The kits are $150, which seems so reasonable for so much of this stunning yarn. The longer I look at these samples, the more I struggle to resist these!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Puyu Cowl

We are trying a new yarn from a new company. This is Puyu, a silk and alpaca blend from Amano Yarns.
The structure of the yarn makes it lightweight even though it's bulky. It is fluffy and lofty and so very soft. Sally made the January Squish Cowl using just one skein, and it is like the perfect cozy turtleneck...just the thing to tuck under your jacket.
I love the poofy stitch definition of those columns. If you love the look of this, stop in the shop and try it on!