close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop


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 closeknit.sally@gmail.com 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 closeknit.sally@gmail.com anytime!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

nightshades

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 closeknit.sally@gmail.com 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 closeknit.sally@gmail.com, 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.

503.288.4568
closeknit.sally@gmail.com

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 closeknit.sally@gmail.com, 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

PAUSE and a DEEP BREATH

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

Yakima

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!