1.17.2011

giveaway #51

The lucky winner of the Dipped Infinity Cowl from Sunshine Yarns is:

Nadine

Congratulations! Please contact me at yarnonthehouse@gmail.com to collect your prize.


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!

Welcome to Yarnia!



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.

Isn't it gorgeous?! It's a blend of 69% bamboo, 29% wool, and 2% nylon.



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.

Sincerely,

Ve

229 comments:

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Kari1276 said...

My grandmother is moving to Oregon so when I go visit her, I'm definitely also visiting Yarnia!!!

Anonymous said...

This is so unique; I have never seen a yarn shop like this before!
Charlene (keppygirl on Ravelry)

PeaceLoveMath said...

The yarn is all beautiful, and I love the look of the giveaway blend! I know of Yarnia because my cousin's brother-in-law is dating the owner. I have yet to buy a cone for myself (which I would have to do online since I live on the East Coast), but I plan to get something eventually, especially now that they have the mix-your-own online!

elizabeth said...

Love Yarnia!!!! Looks like a gorgeous blend.

Tracey said...

First time for everything, including learning about this jem Yarnia!
traceymccarthy@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Those yarns are beautiful. Next time I'm in Portland, I'm going to Yarnia!

Marianna said...

I've never heard of Yarnia before, but it sounds/looks amazing! I would love to visit a store like this.

Bretta said...

I've never heard of it before...who knew such a cool place existed?! Awesome!
brettastar1 (at) windstream {net}

PixelatedMushroom said...

I'd never heard of it before - am very sensitive to wool so this bamboo blend looks so amazing! DYI is the awesomest idea ^_^ wish we had one here!

CarolineN said...

First time I here about Yarnia... interesting concept!

jane said...

I just heard of Yarnia! It's wonderful!

Karen said...

Wow, what an interesting concept. It must have been really fun to visit and see/feel all those beautiful yarns.
Great giveaway.

alittleweirdo said...

I live in the suburbs of Portland, and have been to Yarnia several times. I always have fun making up my own yarn blends (and my non-knitting SO even enjoys watching the yarn get wound up!) Lindsey and the other Yarnia staff are super helpful, so I can feel confident I have enough yarn for my project. Definitely worth visiting if you are in town, though I would suggest having a project in mind so you don't get overwhelmed by all the choices!

Anonymous said...

Soooo awesome!!!! I live on the other side of the country but if I visit Portland I will make a beeline straight to Yarnia! I love the name!

Eva said...

Oh my goodness! I want one of these in Orlando. And now I'm going to HAVE to send my friend who lives in Oregon to visit the shop. I'll visit it vicariously through her.

Connie said...

I haven't heard of the store before, but the yarns look amazing!

oakbayknits said...

What an interesting concept - yet another reason for a road trip come Spring!

LindaH. said...

Wow - what a candy store! How did you escape with just a few cones?

Carol said...

This is my first time hearing about Yarnia...How wonderful! Loved seeing the video clip!

liz said...

I am amazed! I've never seen anything like this! I wish I were near Portland just to experience this!

Amy said...

I haven't heard of Yarnia before - but what a great idea!

Retrobaby said...

I haven't heard of Yarnia before - but would really like to visit! Or we could open up a branch here in Norway. ;)

Connie, the daisyhead said...

This is the first time that I have heard of Yarnia. It does sound like a slice of bliss! I am so wishing that Portland weren't so far from Indiana!

Anonymous said...

How neat is that? I have never heard of this type of operation. I would love to visit Yarnia!
LynnIL

Sharripie said...

I found your page from the Yarnia page, which I got to from Stumbleupon. I hadn't heard of either before, but I look forward to checking out the shop if I make it to Sock Summit.

Pavlina said...
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Pavlina said...

Yes I have heard about Yarnia and visited the store too. They also have an on-line store for those of you who don't live close ;)

Jesse said...

Oooooohhh! I have seen this before at a craft show I think, but I didn't partake. Love to try some!

YarnOnTheHouse said...

POSTING FOR THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you everyone for posting! -Ve

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