I was out today visiting local crafty places for DIY Alert profiles, and had the awesome geeky pleasure of experiencing Yarnia. This is a new local yarn store in which you – deep breath, now – design your own yarn!
Now, I’m going to write a detailed blog post on the other website about this place in a couple weeks, and I’ll point you there when I do. But there was no way I could wait that long to tell you how cool this is!
You first select from cones and cones of single-strand yarns. You can choose some cotton, some wool, some silk, mohair, bamboo, etc. And you can blend several strands of the same color, or strands of different colors, to create just the yarn you like.
Then, Lindsey Ross, who owns Yarnia and is super nice and helpful, threads all those strands onto this amazing machine, and spins you up a cone of yarn right there on the spot. Here’s my yarn in progress:
And here it is all finished:
. . . A nice blend of wool and wool/rayon strands, for a messenger bag that I’ll then adorn with Dorset buttons. I only hope I can be worthy of this yarn.
Yarnia sells yarn by the pound, by the way. It’s unbelievably reasonably priced that way – I was shocked at how little this cone cost.
If you’re local, go there immediately. And if you’re visiting Portland this summer, do stop by.
I have to go fondle my new yarn now.