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Perfect Christmas Socks Begin at Yarnia
Submitted by Pam on Fri, 09/17/2010 - 21:16
Anyway, I still think I should get to tell MY side of the story! Right?
Yarnia is the most magical yarn shop I have ever visited. Whether you knit, crochet or weave, the minute you walk through the door, you know you have entered yarn heaven.
It took every single ounce of discipline I could muster to keep from buying one of those cones of green on the far right for my next pair of socks. But I was there on a mission - to enjoy watching my daughter pick out the yarn for her Christmas socks.
Yup! I am knitting her socks for Christmas! And once they are done, I have a perfect excuse to return in January and score that green yarn.!
Of course that cone of purple on the left is trying hard to get my attention too!
Clear up to the ceiling!
Did you know you don't have to live in Portland to create your very own custom yarn? Check out this page on the Yarnia site! Following a few simple instructions, you can select the colors of yarns you want to blend, fiber content, weight and quantity. Lindsey (brilliant owner of Yarnia) will make it up and ship it to you.
Or you can order one of her already blended yarns from her on-line shop.
Right now she is pretty much shipping within the USA and Canada. But she is looking into the possibility of making world wide ordering and shipping available so don't hesitate to inquire.
While waiting for Diane to arrive, I watched as a lovely young lady carefully selected four yarns she thought would work together for a sweater she is planning to crochet.
Lindsay has created a cozy little corner complete with comfy chairs and a vase full of knitting needles and crochet hooks so visitors can try out their selection and see how it works up.
Her selection turned out exactly as planned.
Once Diane arrived we went through the same process!
And a little test swatch. This worked for Diane, but once Lindsay realized I was knitting socks, she suggested using only two yarns to give the fingerling weight we were seeking. And since we didn't know any better and had selected all bamboo for it's soft feel, Lindsay suggested replacing one of the yarns with a 100% wool yarn so the final yarn would have more "give".
She really knows her stuff! And she is always willing to help.
And she teaches! Check out the class schedule!
And now the magic begins! Right here in this little corner of Yarnia!
Ha! I actually did catch some of the yarn in motion!
This is the coolest bit of machinery! Lindsay had it specially made for her just for blending yarns.
Lindsay with Diane's Christmas Sock yarn! Sorry this is a bit soft, but she just doesn't hold still! It seems me taking pictures of her inspires giggles. And then Diane joins in and my photos are doomed!
See! Happened in this one too! Neither one of them would hold still!
Lindsey is winding the gorgeous, and I mean gorgeous, yarn that Diane will be using next in her granny square project. Notice the yarns feeding into the machine from the little hooks just under the window. Brilliant use of space.
In addition to the blending machine and the shelves and shelves of breath taking yarn, there were several other things about Yarnia that caught my eye.
Like this owl yoke sweater on display!
And this thoughtful chart Lindsey put together for fiber care.
And this card filing system designed so that a sample of the yarn combination you selected can be saved and later matched if you need more.
However, it is unlikely that will happen! Needing more that is!
Lindsey has math skills! Her fingers fly as she plugs in equations, and weights, and fiber content. As if by magic, she can figure out just how much extra special blended yarn you will need.
Now - here is a cool idea for a most excellent Christmas gift for anyone on your list who knits, crochets or weaves.
Order a cone of custom blended yarn - about 400 yards is perfect for a pair of socks. Once it is wound, it looks for all the world like a Christmas tree! Crochet or make a little star for the top and voila - a gift - and a holiday decoration!
And now, I am leaving you with a picture I snapped from way across the room (in dim light) of my sweet daughter and my grand child, Pushkin, who wouldn't even let me pet him on Thursday.
Oh - just one more!
Can you believe it? Diane is trying to talk me into giving her socks to her before Christmas!