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Sunday, February 10th, 2008
10:58 pm
[bethanysloan]
New Store!!
YARNIA! A DIY yarn store. Yum. The thing I am really liking about this is the implication that pricing is going to be something better than your average LYS designer yarn price. I can live with that!

Hopefully, for those that do not live in this area, they will be doing some web business.
Friday, October 12th, 2007
7:44 am
[bldrnrpdx]
What's going on with Portland knit and crochet these days? Anyone going to see Kim Werker at Yarn Garden? Any good Shop-Hops coming up? Got a knit/crochet social you want to share?

Current Mood: curious
Friday, March 23rd, 2007
1:20 pm
[bethanysloan]
Best yarn for blocking?
Cross-posted in punk_knitters

Doing some of the TKGA online knitters projects. I need a "...smooth, light colored, worsted weight yarn..." that blocks consistently well.

I'm looking back on some of my work and like the blocking in some of the cotton yarns best. What has worked best for you?

Go crazy,

B
Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
7:56 pm
[bethanysloan]
Yarn Diet, some FOs and book buying
Cross-posted in noyarnforayear, punk_knitters, pdx_knitters.

On book buying (for those NOT from the Portland, OR area); Before you go buy a new book, check out Powell's. You can look at the prices for, and request specific copies of books they have on-hand. One of the only non-chain bookstores left in the country that rivals Barnes and Nobles and Borders. Yes, they are local here to Portland.
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So I'm on the self-imposed yarn diet, and am reading the group noyarnforayear. I have successfully avoided buying yarn, except what was needed for the bulky baby sweaters and hats behind my cut below. I made a deal with my husband that special projects were outside the diet. He had some folks on his fire team having babies, so there you go. Now he wants the wolf sweater from Donimiknitrix, so I might have to go and get the yarn for that. Gee, DARN.

I actually had an extraordinary amount of trouble walking out of Knit n Purl without more than what I needed. I admit I didn't really HAVE to have the book, Blankets, Hats, and Booties, and I consider that somewhat of a slip, but I actually went back to the sale cabinet 3 times before I walked away telling myself, OUT LOUD, "Just walk away. You don't need that. You don't need it. I did it though. It was hard. At least the staff got a good laugh out of it.

I have made a few things. MORE on the way.
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Friday, July 14th, 2006
11:01 am
[angleburn1]
The Yarn Harlot comes to Portland
September 6th - Portland, OR - Time to be announced at Powell's Books, 1005 West Burnside.

http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/
Sunday, June 4th, 2006
8:36 pm
[bldrnrpdx]
Swift Thinking
I have been coveting swifts and ball winders lately. As I get away from buying Red Heart crappy acrylic and buying nicer yarns (yes, acrylic among them, but still - nicer acrylic), I'm finding the yarn is sold less in center-pull skeins or balls and more in twisted hanks, which is a pain in the tucas to work from. I can get by without a ball winder, as I can wind the yarn on my fingers just fine (though I ought to learn how to make a center-pull by hand). But a swift is just plain indispensable. Until recently, I'd only seen the umbrella-style swifts in stores. I really don't have anywhere to keep one set up, and if it's not up and ready to go, I'll never get around to getting it out. But a week or so ago, I saw a different style, the second one down here. It's four arms, each arm has a series of holes, and there's pegs for each arm - you adjust for the loop of yarn by moving the pegs closer in or further out. The whole contraption rotates on a base. I had the opportunity to try it out while winding the yak yarn.

It occurred to me that it's basically a lazy susan with adjustable pegs. Well, heck. The swift was beautifully crafted wood. But not a terribly complicated deisgn. So today I bought a lazy susan. Took it home and placed four canned food cans on it. Adjusted for circumference of hank/loop of yarn I needed to wind. Worked fabulously! The yarn started slipping upwards at one point, threatening to come up off the cans. If this becomes a problem, I can put a small cookie sheet on top, and put another can on top of that to weight it down.

18" lazy susan, $7.50 (after family/employee discount at Storables - was orignally $13)
4 cans of food, approximately 79 cents each (already on hand)

handmade wooden swift bought at yarn shop ~ $54.95 (and up to $150, depending on the model)

solving the problem with low-tech ingenuity: savings of $44 and up.

Why yes, I'm rather pleased with myself. :)

I do think that, if I simply cannot resist an automatic winder, I will treat myself to an actual ball winder and not use a mixer, no matter how tempting it sounds.
Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
7:15 pm
[bldrnrpdx]
Westside Area Crochet & Knit
The next Westside Area Crochet & Knit social will be Saturday, May 20. We are a crochet & knit social for folks in the southwest part of town: Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard, Forest Grove...

Saturday, May 20 1:30-3:30 pm at The Happy Monkey Coffee Company (12590 SW Broadway, Beaverton).

The Happy Monkey is within walking distance of the Beaverton Transit Center/MAX station. Bus 76/78 stops across the street.
The Happy Monkey has sandwiches, soup, and salad in addition to a plethora of beverages (including some of the best hot chocolate in town!).

Questions, comments, RSVP: bldrnrpdx (at) aol
Thursday, April 13th, 2006
5:21 pm
[piccadillycirc]
Does anyone know where in the Portland area I can take a yarn-spinning work shop? I'd really like to buy myself a little spindle and learn how but I don't want to drop the money on it until I know I'll be able to learn :-P I can't trust myself to teach myself how on my own.
Sunday, March 19th, 2006
5:40 pm
[bldrnrpdx]
Looking Buttons in PDX
I'm looking for a couple of buttons, and I am having a terrible time of it. I'm trying to find a carrot and/or a bunny button for the carrot bag I made a while back, a chile pepper button for the pepper bag, a pickle or cucumber sort of button to match a bag, and some buttons for future bags - corn, banana, eggplant, and maybe an ice cream cone. I was disappointed to find no bunny or carrot buttons at Michael's or Mill End given the Easter craft sales.

Where would you suggest looking for buttons in the Portland area? I can find all kinds of fancy decorative ones at Mill End, Yarn Garden, Farmhouse Knits, and Michael's, but I am really surprised I haven't been able to find much in the way of vegetables.
9:56 am
[bldrnrpdx]
Westside Area Crochet & Knit
I will be hosting a Crochet & Knit social for folks on the westside (Beaverton, Hillsboro, whatever) on Saturday, April 15, 1:30-3:30. We'll meet at The Happy Monkey Coffee Company, 12590 SW Broadway, Beaverton. It's right on bus line 76/78, and is a walkable less-than-half-mile from the Beaverton Transit Center.

Please let me know if you plan to attend. If we have lots of people show up, we may regroup and find somewhere with more space,in which case, I'll leave the information with the Happy Monkey people.

You can respond here or write me off-list at Bldrnrpdx at aol. com

The next Westside Area Crochet & Knit social will be Saturday, May 20.

Current Mood: ditzy
Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
11:30 am
[angleburn1]
Portland! 2006 Spring Shop Hop is here!
http://tkgshophop.blogspot.com/ has information and a link to register and also some photos of some of the yarns in the yarn samples!

It's coming up pretty fast! I'm going again and not just because I'm helping out on it! It was so much fun last year I can't wait for this year.

Sign up! Tell your friends! Also if you have any questions ask away and I'll answer what I can (and what I can't I'm sure I can find out fast)

x- posted
Saturday, February 18th, 2006
5:32 pm
[bldrnrpdx]
WACK, the First
The Westside Area Crochet & Knit social (WACK) went splendidly! Everyone who showed up had a good time. :) We're talking about when to do it again. I'm thinking no more than monthly. Do ya want monthly or once-every-two-months-ly? I'm also thinking of keeping it on Saturday afternoons when the busses are still good. The place we went, The Happy Monkey coffee and sandwich shop in old Beaverton, is nice. I'll likely keep it there for the moment.
The soonest I'd do it again is March 11th, and the next time after that would likely be some time in April. Feedback is good.

Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
7:02 pm
[bldrnrpdx]
Westside Area Crochet & Knit
I will be hosting a Crochet & Knit social for folks on the westside (Beaverton, Hillsboro, whatever) on Saturday, Feb 18, 1:30-3:30. We'll meet at The Happy Monkey Coffee Company, 12590 SW Broadway, Beaverton. It's right on bus line 76/78, and is a walkable less-than-half-mile from the Beaverton Transit Center.

Please let me know if you plan to attend. If we have lots of people show up, we may regroup and find somewhere with more space (in which case, I'll leave the information with the Happy Monkey people).

You can respond here or write me off-list at Bldrnrpdx at aol. com

Current Mood: bouncy
Sunday, January 29th, 2006
11:23 am
[bldrnrpdx]
Westside Crochet & Knit
Westside folks - I'm putting together a crochet & knit social in Beaverton. I need two pieces of information from anyone interested:

1) Would you prefer to meet at a coffeeshop/casual restaurant or a community center room?

2) Given the period of late Feb to mid March, and that the social would be mid-day/early afternoon, would you prefer Saturday or Sunday?

Current Mood: energetic
Friday, January 6th, 2006
1:59 pm
[angleburn1]
Men who Knit!
Men's Beginner Hat

Jesse Sternberg

Learn to make a simple ribbed hat, a great beginner project or for anyone not comfortable with circular needles. Men, get out your needles or come in and get some! Women are most welcome too.

Feb. 27 to Mar. 13, 2006
Mondays, 6-8 pm
$60 (3 class sessions)
Jesse's full-chest knitter's tattoo--featured in Portland Monthly recently--says it all. Born to knit, indeed.

http://www.knit-purl.com/classes

Jesse is seriously awesome so if you are a dude and want to learn to knit, or knit better take this class!

Male knitters are hot to btw...
x-posted
Monday, January 2nd, 2006
4:46 pm
[bldrnrpdx]
Intro
Hey there - I'm new to the community. I'm looking for crochet groups and crochet-friendly knit groups in downtown PDX and out towards Beaverton. No Beaverton groups? Wanna help me start one? I've been eyeing the meeting rooms at the Beaverton City library, and thinking monthly or bi-monthly. I saw the announcement for the Portland SnB Knit/Crochet meet-up for mid-January at Lint, but I'll be out of town that weekend.
Friday, December 30th, 2005
10:52 am
[angleburn1]
My favorite Knit nights
Mondays 6-9pm
NE SnB (this is the one I started)
Costello's Travel Cafe
2222 NE Broadway

Wednesday's 6-10?
Close Knit
NE 21st and Alberta (not 100% sure of the address but super easy to find)

Thursday's 6-9
Knit Purl
SW 11th and Alder


this is a good resource as well. the list is great and the calendar has all the different knit nights/event's on it.
Tuesday, November 29th, 2005
12:21 pm
[good_egg]
hullo all, I'm 18 and new to the community. I've been knitting for about 8 years and I find myself spending most of my time knitting alone. I'd love to have some company, so, my question is:

When/where do y'all meet up to knit together?

Last time I searched for a knitting group it ended up being a 21-over group that met in bars.

thanks in advance!
Friday, November 25th, 2005
11:07 pm
[bethanysloan]
Portland: Great sale at Knit n Purl tomorrow
Word is, 40% off of a ton of much of the stock. Check it out! I'm pretty sure they would do mail orders. It might be worth the shipping at that price!

x-posted in Punk Knitters.
Monday, November 21st, 2005
11:58 am
[bethanysloan]
Wednesday night, Starbuck's/Pioneer Courthouse Square
A couple of us have been doing it for a while, but want to get a group thing started. We meet at Starbucks, Pioneer Courthouse Square downtown right now. We are open to other locations, but get so much exposure right there, from all kinds of folks.

COME ON DOWN! 6:00 p.m.ish

Also, please post any other meetings you know of that are going on around town (Portland, Beaverton, wherever!)

I need to know more!
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