Yarn Garden

1413 SE Hawthorne Blvd
(503) 239-7950
get there via trimet
find a bike route

entrance to Yarn GardenYarn Garden is most likely the biggest yarn shop in Portland, and the one that is most likely to be open when you decide you need a new project during the Simpsons. They have a room of patterns and books and magazines, and some comfortable seating in the coffee shop. They stock lots, if not all, of Noro and Brown Sheep (including a healthy selection of Lamb's Pride worsted and bulky, and Burley Spun), needles by Lantern Moon, Addi, Daisy, Clover, and Bryspun, lots of knitting bags, baskets and purses, and tons of sock yarn including the self-patterners, wildfoote, and koigu. And if you just look at the pretty displays, you'll think that everything here is really expensive. If you're looking for acrylic or baby yarn or cheapies, ask.

And there in lies the problem. Yarn Garden can be claustrophobic in the best of circumstances, and the staff seem overextended and somewhat clueless. It's fine if you know what you need, can figure out how to find it on your own, and if you don't mind a crowded store. But, if you're claustrophobic, or need handholding, this is not the place for you.

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February 6, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (4)


nic said:

dark and dated, but the best service in town that i've had so far.

Lisa said:

I wonder when the review was written. The staff at the Yarn Garden seem very knowledgeable and eager to help. They'll even sit with you and help you correct a mistake if you bring in your project. I love their service.

Susan Tipton said:

Frustrated that they had lovely yarn for sox, reinforcement yarn for toe and heel but didn't carry elastic for doing ribbing- directed me to Michaels. I too find staff overextended. I waited about 10 minutes midday on a Monday for my elastic question.

Bridget said:

It's too bad this post was made so long ago and not updated. I've been going to yarn stores in Portland, Oregon for three years now and Yarngarden is definitely my favorite. The staff are friendly and helpful. They won't be snide to you or look you over to see how much money they can get from you. They don't mind if you touch the fibers and actually encourage it - well it is a yarn store. Some local places don't like you to do that but not Yarngarden.
They have as recently as October 2009 started a once-a-month pub night and have given away 'homework' including free yarn to complete it with and a chance to win prizes. I can't say the other stores have done anything like this.
Yarngarden's prices are appropriate and they will be happy to send you to another place if you are looking for something they don't carry in stock and aren't interested in ordering it through them. They do have a free punch card that when your product purchase totals reach $250.00 gets you free $25.00 and they keep a list of items you have bought if you decide to become a listed customer within their database. Great from me as I was able to buy my aunt her favorite yarn from their database on her as a surprise.
Their teachers are kind, patient and creative and I've attended four classes in three years. All classes are small - about 6 students so you do get the teacher attention you need.
My only complaint about Yarngarden is that like most stores in Portland they close too early - Sunday at 5PM, but it's still my favorite store. Try it and see if you agree.

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