Close Knit

January 05, 2007

Close Knit

2140 NE Alberta (at 22nd)
(503) 288-4568
get there via trimet
find a bike route

Close KnitExcellent small high-end yarn shop.

Close Knit is a phenomena. It's a gorgeous little store, stuffed full of gorgeous yarns. And I do mean stuffed: Yarn is everywhere, in baskets on the couch, baskets on the floor, yarn on the kitchen table. And even in the cubbies, different yarns are enticingly, beautifully thrown together. Knit things are everywhere as well, if you're looking for inspiration, or what a yarn might look like knit up.

And yet, things are easy enough to find. Lamb's Pride and Cascade 220 are right by the door; Manos del Uruguay, by the emergency exit; sock yarns, in the top of the china cabinet, or in one of the baskets along the floor; Noro has its own bookcase, right by the sales desk.

They seem to be finding all sorts of lesser known yarns. Last night, they had the most deliciously handpainted Uruguan wool from a brand I had never heard of. It took a lot of resilience to only buy what I had come in for, some Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb, a 50/50 wool silk blend.

And every time I go in, it's full of people. I mean, full. Claustrophobes, beware. Luckily, the sales people know their stuff and are tremendously helpful.

Portland area yarn stores

Posted at January 05, 2007 * add entry to


my favorite yarn shop!!

Posted by: emma at July 29, 2006 11:48 PM

So much gorgeous yarn for such a tiny store! They have a great selection of hand painted yarns and the staff always seems so friendly. And a huge plus: Bolt, one of the coolest fabric stores ever, is right next door :-)

Posted by: Kathy at August 13, 2007 12:05 AM

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