close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

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!