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This past Saturday I got the chance to take a short trip out of town to Portland, Oregon. I love visiting Portland and this time around I got the chance to visit a really unique yarn store called Yarnia. The reason Yarnia is different than other LYS's that you or I might be used to is because at this yarn store you get to pick and custom blend your own yarn. Yes, you heard me correctly! I think it's easier for you to just watch this neat demo video that Yarnia has put together than have me try to explain how it works:
Honestly, how cool is that?! Lindsey, the owner and lady behind Yarnia, was kind enough to let me visit her store, do a picture tour, and she's also our lovely sponsor this week (we'll get to that shortly). Take a look at all the fun pics of my visit first!
The first thing that strikes you when you walk in is all the beautiful array of colors on cones that speckle the room.
Each section is separated by fiber.
You can't help but make a beeline to the cashmere!
In the center of the room, Lindsey has all the wonderful house blends.
These blends are some the most popular "colorways" and yarn combos.
I just love all the little teeny-tiny swatches that show you what the blends look like knitted up.
They look like itty-bitty blankets for li'l dollies or something.
So cute! Not to mention the blends are all really beautiful.
You can check out the house pre-blended colorways here online in the Yarnia web store and you have to check out the brand new Custom Yarn Creator.
A few of the bestsellers:
After you pick out the different yarns that you would like to blend, Lindsey puts the cones on this shelf.
Then all the yarns are strung towards the unique Yarnia machine (that's Lindsey!)...
...and wound up onto one cone. That's a solid lace weight yarn that's being wound up for me!
Hope you enjoyed the picture tour! If you're ever in the Portland area, you have to go visit...
Check out the beautiful yarn I picked up while I was at Yarnia.
I can't wait to cast on with these beauties!
From left to right: custom semi solid fingering weight blend of 2 strands wool and 1 strand alpaca in gray tones, custom solid lace weight blend of 2 strands of wool in olive green, and a fingering weight house blend of bamboo, cotton, and wool named Bandon.
Thank you so much, Lindsey, for being our guest and sponsor! Yarnia has donated a cone of a house blend fingering weight yarn in a color called Gaspe.
The winner will also receive a darling little pin that says, "make cones not war," and two 10% off coupons.
I would like you to do the following if you would like to be entered into this week's giveaway:
1. Read over the rules if you have not done so already.
2. Leave a comment on this blog post by the end of Sunday, 1/23/11. Have you heard about Yarnia or ever visited the shop before? Or, is this your first time hearing about this unique DIY yarn heaven?
I'll randomly pick the winners on Sunday and post the results on Monday along with the new giveaway, so be sure to check back. Good luck everyone.