SunflowerCompass's Profile

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Mon Nov 03 08:58:41 +0000 2008
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About SunflowerCompass

A few of my favorite things... geocaching, poodles, ukuleles and yarn- and not necessarily in that order!

SunflowerCompass's Crawls

Title Date
Portland Small Crawl 11/22/2009

SunflowerCompass's Favorite Locations

Location Average Rating
Portland, OR
The Naked Sheep Knit Shop
Portland, OR
Yarn Garden
Portland, OR
Soft Horizons Fibre
Eugene, OR
Woodland Woolworks
Yamhill, OR
Knot Another Hat
Hood River, OR
Knitting Bee
Portland, OR
Dublin Bay Knitting Company
Portland, OR
All About Yarn
Tigard, OR
Knit 1 Bead 2
Jerome, AZ
Tempe Yarn and Fiber
Tempe, AZ
Filati Fine Yarn
Rocklin, CA
Babetta's Yarn and Gifts
Fair Oaks, CA
Eureka, CA
Happy Knits
Portland, OR
Loopy Knitters and Wine Bar
King City, OR
Textiles a Mano
Eugene, OR
Cottage Grove Yarn Shop
Cottage Grove, OR

SunflowerCompass's Comments

about Twisted on Sun Feb 22 08:03:42 +0000 2009

Upon walking in, this shop was lively and obviously the place to be! Beemergirl and I were on a tour of Portland knit shops and found this one to have a great selection of wool and a wide selection of sock yarns and patterns. We liked the knitted samples with signage that advertised classes for that item. There are several seating areas with comfy chairs. (Although the staff was friendly and helpful, the three of them stayed behind the front counter rather than circulating around with the customers.)

about The Naked Sheep Knit Shop on Fri Mar 06 10:20:58 +0000 2009

Found this charming shop on a recent Portland area 'yarn crawl' with Beemergirl. Loved the attention to detail! Everything from selection and customer service to store display/graphics and a great classroom in the back, appealed to my every knitting sensibility!

about Yarn Garden on Sun Feb 22 08:19:48 +0000 2009

This is a must-stop simply because of the size and selection! Beemergirl and I have seen quite a few of the Portland shops and this one was over the top! It takes a bit to get oriented and to look past the clutter, so plan to spend some time and you will be rewarded with great yarn! (By the way, the coffee shop was open when we were there!)

about Knit/Purl on Sun Feb 22 07:13:01 +0000 2009

Nice shop, good location, great place for socks and excellent ambient lighting. We weren't clued in to the sale area downstairs however- didn't find out about that until we were back home looking at previous comments. It would have been nice to have been told about the downstairs by an employee, or even a sign!

about Soft Horizons Fibre on Mon Nov 03 09:08:46 +0000 2008

This is my LYS! Great selection of supplies and luscious yarns! Classes are frequent and taught by talented instructors. A definite must-stop if you are in Eugene!

about Knot Another Hat on Mon Nov 03 09:27:24 +0000 2008

Stumbled onto this gem while on a weekend get-away with a friend and boy, were we impressed! Wide selection, comfortable and friendly, beautifully displayed and a great view make this shop one of the best!

about Knitting Bee on Sun Feb 22 08:45:19 +0000 2009

Definitely worth the drive from downtown Portland! Beemergirl and I expanded our knitting tour to include this shop and we were treated to a wonderfully organized store and an engaging staff! The owner chatted with us about the history of how she opened the store (just 5 years ago!) and we have to hand it to her, she has done a marvelous job!

about Dublin Bay Knitting Company on Sun Feb 22 07:45:03 +0000 2009

Went with Beemergirl on our tour of Portland knit shops. We were impressed! It is located in a real up-and-coming part of town. The variety of wool offered is fabulous and very well organized! We especially liked all the knitted sample garments demonstrating the patterns and feel of the yarn. They have unique sweater kits we've never seen in other shops and for those of you with dogs, this shop is located across the street from an off- leash dog park so both you and your pooch can have a great time!

about Gossamer on Sun Feb 22 08:28:56 +0000 2009

This is more of a craft store than a knitting shop. There is not much for knitters at all, although it seems to be a happening place for felting and beeswax.

about Woodland Woolworks on Mon Jun 01 05:48:34 +0000 2009

Took a day trip from Eugene with my knitting buddies to this yarn mecca! As they say, "Don't judge a wine by its label", and so with this shop! Step inside the door and find a fantastic selection of yarn, needles, books and spinning supplies. The staff is fabulous and really knows their stuff! Mail order is their specialty, so make sure to pick up a catalog so you can get more when you get home!

about YARN on Wed Jul 15 06:28:35 +0000 2009

Passing through town and only had time to stop at one yarn shop- I found this one first. Yes, it is tiny but it's offerings are obviously carefully selected! The more I looked, the more I saw, and I was impressed with the diversity! I purchased some interesting yarn made from bamboo and then enjoyed the resale shop that shares the space. A unique little place that I look forward to visiting again sometime!

about Dublin Bay Knitting Company on Tue Nov 24 06:29:27 +0000 2009

A return visit nine months later (I live 2 hours away) reminds me how much I like this place! The beauty, selection and organization keep me coming back!

about Happy Knits on Tue Nov 24 06:51:33 +0000 2009

A day trip up from Eugene meant we didn't have time for everything, but when I saw that there was a new Portland shop, I had to put it on the itinerary. (See 'Portland Small Crawl'). What a wonderful place! I can't say enough good things about it! I found several books and lots of yarn that I hadn't seen before. The place was buzzing with activity and the sales staff was warm and very helpful. And oh my, a real wood burning stove to knit by - is that heaven or what? Also a 'loyalty' program that gives you a discount after you've purchased a certain amount is a nice touch. Can't wait until I can go back!

about Knit 1 Bead 2 on Sun Dec 06 15:33:15 +0000 2009

What a delightful surprise in this cute little town! Visiting from Oregon, my guides weren't into yarn, so I couldn't stay as long as I would have liked. My advice to you is to send your friends off to other things and then you can stay for hours! I was entirely caught up in the lush, rich colors and the fabulous knitted samples! Erica was lovely and encouraging! This shop is definitely a must if your travels bring you anywhere near - a new favorite for me!

about Tempe Yarn and Fiber on Thu Dec 10 05:50:21 +0000 2009

I had the chance to seek out a few yarn shops while visiting from out of state and Tempe Yarn and Fiber was a joy to find! What impressed me was the well displayed merchandise, the gorgeous collection of locally made glass buttons and the creativity of the classes they offer. The staff was friendly and helpful. I wish I lived nearby to regularly experience all that this shop has to offer!

about YARN FIFTH AVENUE on Thu Dec 10 06:12:17 +0000 2009

I was glad I put this shop on my list to check out while I was in town because as of 12/23/09 the owner is closing the retail portion of the business. She will continue her online and wholesale business, so do check out where you can continue to find her gorgeous hand dyed yarns!

about Filati Fine Yarn on Sun Nov 28 16:22:36 +0000 2010

I was visiting friends and family in the area and of course had to break free for a few hours to visit yarn shops. What an amazing and well organized selection! Lots of knitted samples to feel how the yarns knit, and as mentioned above, a huge sale section! That was fun! I found the staff to be friendly and helpful and the shop a nice buzz of activity on a Saturday afternoon. Definitely worth the stop!

about Babetta's Yarn and Gifts on Sun Nov 28 16:46:26 +0000 2010

Visiting friends and family in the general vicinity and had to go a bit out of my way to shop Babetta's, but I'm sure glad I did! An incredible selection of yarns with goodies like shawl pins and knitting related gifty stuff. I enjoyed a cup of hot tea while I browsed and was thrilled to find many types of yarn I don't see back home. Plan to spend some time as the rather unkempt nature of this shop demands that you really focus on what you're seeing, but it certainly didn't detract from the experience for me. I will definitely visit again - Babetta was charming and considers the shop to be her stash of yarn, so I thanked her for sharing it with us!

about Loopy Knitters and Wine Bar on Mon Mar 07 08:03:45 +0000 2011

A relatively new shop that I found due to the Portland Yarn Crawl. Proprietor Sue is charming and provides a thoughtful selection despite the small space. I was intrigued by the inexpensive bamboo needles and purchased some after knitting a couple rows on a 'tester' scarf that was available. Smart marketing! I love the wine idea and will return when I'm back in the area to knit and sip.

about All About Yarn on Mon Mar 07 08:23:57 +0000 2011

No problem with service for me! I visited during the Portland Yarn Crawl and the staff was 'Johnny on the spot'! I appreciated all the knitted samples - I find that really helps me pick patterns and yarn. They had great store-wide specials for the Crawl as well as a generous ongoing sale section. Yes, the location is funky, but well worth the effort to find for their variety and selection!

about Textiles a Mano on Mon Mar 26 04:07:57 +0000 2012

Visiting Textiles A Mano is a true pleasure! It's located in a 'light industrial' area but well worth taking the time to discover! Once you step through the doors you will be greeted with warm smiles and a wide variety of yarn dyed right there in the shop! Curator Laura is incredibly knowledgeable about all her fibers and gladly assists in finding the perfect yarn for your project. Also available are notions, an impressive selection of vintage and hand made buttons, roving, books and patterns. A favorite feature of mine is the cheerful offer to wind my skeins while I finish shopping. A definite favorite LYS for me!

about Cottage Grove Yarn Shop on Mon Mar 17 05:33:10 +0000 2014

There is a nice selection of MadelineTosh, some really gorgeous angora rabbit yarn and tried-and-true basics. I saw more colors of Bamboo Bloom than I even knew existed - really fun yarn! Lots of Knitter's Pride needles and a small amount of notions. This is a good addition for the fibre lovers of Cottage Grove and I'm sure it will grow as business allows... stop in and get acquainted!