Meet the Vendor: Yarnia + Giveaway
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Lindsey Ross, and I own Yarnia — the only yarn store where you can design your very own custom yarn blend, and buy it by the pound. You choose the fiber, color, thickness, and amount, and we’ll wind up your custom cone of yarn for you right on the spot — perfect for knitting, crocheting, or weaving! Not only that, but the yarn here is sold not by the skein, nor the hank, but by the pound. Don’t know how much yarn you’ll need for a project? Or maybe you know how many skeins or yards you tend to use for a given project, but don’t know how to translate that to ounces? We’ve got lots of tools to help. Bring in your patterns, your inspirations, and ideas and we’ll help you come up with the right yarn for your project.
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
This past June, we moved our shop to a brand new location on Belmont Street — bigger, better, and waaaaay more room for fun house blends, and ingredients that customers can use to design their own yarn. We are loving the new space and feel so lucky to have joined the Belmont neighborhood!
What is your favorite new product for 2014?
We just started making these fantastic new lotion bars for knitters, to help soothe dry and chapped hands from the cold, and from the dryness that can come after hours of working with wool (which many of us are doing around this time of the season).
They’re made from all organic ingredients, and small-batch crafted locally here in Portland, Oregon, and we’ll be bringing a bunch to UCU!
Is this a full-time business for you?
Yes indeed! I have two wonderful employees who help out by running the shop for me 5 days a week (and they’re the ones who you can thank for dreaming up most of the “house blends” we have on hand for you to choose from), so most of my days are spent working on the behind-the-scenes stuff. We’ve been open 7 days a week since this spring and it now feels like a well-oiled machine!
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
The fact that, by designing your own yarn the way we do it in our shop, they can control every element of their yarn: color, fiber content, weight, amount…there are so many times when you can find that perfect color, but it’s the wrong weight for your project, or vice-versa. At Yarnia, you can dictate all of those elements and come up with exactly what you’re looking for, whether you have a project in mind or just want to go home with some beautiful yarn to inspire you!
Knitted Fingerless Glove Kit
To enter this drawing, share your favorite place to go in Portland in the comments field below (by December 3rd). Be sure to include your first name and email address so we can let our winners know where to pick up prizes at the UCU Winter Show.