Visited them recently on the PDX Knit Crawl! Twenty stores in two days! I have to say that they have some of the most posh yarns in Portland, with prices to match, but with good reason. The service can be hit or miss. (I've visited them before, so I'm not just judging on a crazy hectic day.)
For my sake though, I give them my award of "Most likely to have yarns to impress!" Their yarns are really great, and they have some very interesting classes and patterns!
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! They were so welcoming! Seriously! They were so knowledgeable about fiber and yarn and were helpful if I had any questions, and even answered a few before they came out of my mouth!
I would give them my award for "Best Fiber in Portland!" They have great selection of fiber to spin and good prices! So many ways to say I love you to this shop! A great first impression, and I know I'll be visiting them again soon.
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! They were a little hard to find parking at with the construction going on, but I'm sure that will be a thing of the past soon.
They had so many fibers that I just wanted to straight up roll around in. An amazing collection of yarns that were unlike most seen in the Portland area, and great service even though we came in just short of closing time. They had what looked like a comfy seating area, and were so welcoming to the drowned rats we must have looked like. I give them my "Most unique yarn selection" award. Seriously, if you want a yarn that few others will be sporting, head on down and enjoy.
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! Twisted has quickly become my LYS, even if other stores in the area are closer. I always find yarn I can't live without and they are so amazingly helpful! The staff is just amazing, even on the craziest of days.
I give them my "Most likely to be your LYS" award, because seriously, I can't even express how great I find them to be. They also have a good selection of spinning fiber, and amazing local and handmade accessories. I think my only complaint is that their super cute brown shirt with a green ball of yarn on it doesn't come in my size, but that's not a complaint is it, but a bit of envy and lust.
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! We were greeted the second we came in, which on a day like that, is amazing! They had a great needle felting demonstration and though they are not a "yarn" store, the fiber they did have was very nice! I liked that they had other crafts, since I'm not JUST a knitter.
I give them my "Most Mommies and Daddies" award. I may be childless at the moment, but I would have a blast taking a child there. The kids surrounding the table were involved and really into their projects and it was great to see them being nurtured. I love the truly geeky needle felted art on the walls, as I too am a fan of Captain Jean Luc Picard!
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! They have such an immense space! I was so impressed by the back room with the fireplace and loved the knitted cable cozy on the television. I would love to take classes there, since you wouldn't be crowded into some small back room.
I give them my "Best Fireplace" award, because seriously, who doesn't want to curl up next to a fire and knit like the blazes!
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! They had a great selection of yarn, I mean, it's almost three yarn stores worth.
On the Knit Crawl they had some great super discount yarns, and had free pattern books. I myself, purchased some of the really cool discount yarns (sorry to those who missed out). The service wasn't the best but I've had far worse. It's confusing that they have two registers but it still took ten minutes to check out (the transaction itself not the wait). I thought it was odd that while happy knits up the street was slammed with people making purchases and in line to make purchases, that they didn't have a wait, but also seemed unhurried.
I give them my "Most likely to be overwhelmed by choices" award. Seriously, three stores worth of yarn, I would take hours to make a decision.
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! I've been to Yarnia before, and made a cone of my very own yarn!
The DIY aspect of this store is really quite fun, and the concept is nifty, but I really didn't like knitting with the fiber. I feel cones are pretty unwieldy and if you get a blend of yarns like I did, they don't necessarily come of the cone in even winds, because they can have a different elasticity. I think if their machine had an ability to add a twist to the yarn, so that your separate fiber choices were plied with each other, I'd like knitting with it more. That being said, the piece I have, and most of those I've seen from other knitters who have taken the plunge have a great drape to them, that you don't see from your standard yarns.
I give them my "Most DIY" award, because seriously, where else can you do something so unique?
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! They are such a fun shop. Even though they were the last store on our list, we had a great time here. I've since visited again, and though I didn't get the "Perfect" yarn for the project I was working on, I got the "Perfect" service!
This shop has yarns that I haven't seen elsewhere, and the best knitting swag around! Their cute logo is so charming, and I love all the fiddly bits.
I give them my "Most likely to Knit a Sweater at" award. The yarns they had really seem to suit larger projects well. I know you can knit a sweater anywhere, but I would chose them, knowing I could get enough for my project and get something that's more down to earth and likely to be worn!
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! For such a petite store, it had so much great yarn. My sister and I were mesmerized by their displays, who else has a card catalog for needles? They were crammed to the gills with people and lush, boutique yarns. I would visit again, on a less hectic day when I really need a good fix.
I give them my "Most Visually Stunning" award, it was like stepping into a magazine with those displays almost overflowing with so many vibrant colors and textures. You just have to see it for yourself.
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! I've been going here for years, in fact my grandmother used to take me here as a kid.
They have not only a great selection of yarns organized by color, but also a really good selection of wool for spinning, in great colors, hand dyed, and undyed. It seems like they are expanding their fiber selection, as I'm seeing some unique new products every time I go in! I love that they have a husband couch, so mine doesn't feel the need to pressure me while I fondle fibers.
I've never taken classes here, but always mean to, I just can't access them as easily as I used to.
I give them my "Old Reliable" award, they are really just a great store and have been for years.
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! Even though I knew where it was in my head i must have spaced the name and when following knitmap's directions, I got lost. Seriously, I didn't realize that was the shop that was being referenced by the address.
I've been in here many times, and the staff is always helpful, but not pressuring. I love their selection of yarns, and it's seems that even with using the hallway as a display area, that they are outgrowing their space.
I give them my "Hardest to Find, but Definitely Worth the Search" award. Though it's in a weird little space, it's really a great store.
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! This was such a cute find. Completely worth the long haul down 99W!
Though the selection of yarns is pretty modest, we were welcomed by the owner and were really thrilled with the service we were given. I wish we had planned more time, because I could have used a glass or two of wine. They had a cute seating area, and I'd love to just sit, knit and sip. My sister did mention that it was the longest walk to the bathroom she's ever had, and in a place that serves drinks, that could mean trouble.
I give them my "Most Likely to Drop Stitches at" award, and would be so excited to do just that!
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! OK, love this store, but seriously, the review above me seems like it may have been written by someone with a VESTED interest in seeing this store succeed, and honestly, I think it will!
I really loved walking in here, owners and staff alike were so helpful, and really wanted to give us the full tour, and we took them up on it! I like that they have such a huge selection of yarn, and even carry local team colors so you can knit up something for the sports fan in your family. They had yarns made from everything and from everywhere. On a day they knew they'd be busy they had two registers open and were fully staffed.
I give them my "Most Likely to be Spouse Friendly" award. Considering that they have a prominently placed television, with a comfy couch for knitting and sitting, I can see those who aren't there for the shopping sitting down and watching a game, something that seems within the realm of possibilities, since they actually mentioned having knitting time during game time!
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! On the longest leg of our trip, with the rain pouring down, they welcomed us with open arms! Even though it was close to closing time they offered us a place to sit, hot tea, coffee and gorgeous yarns, every knitters dream! Oh, and let's not forget their great bargain bin and the luscious free LoLo Bar sample!
Though a pretty long haul, I'd make it again, and I can see myself stopping by on my way out to the coast. They had fun patterns and were super kid friendly. They had DVDs of movies to pop in at their seating area to keep kids entertained, and those of us who really like "kid" movies.
They receive my "Most Kid Friendly" award. I mean who else offers not just toys to distract little ones from running amok, but also such a standard form of entertainment. I can imagine kids getting excited to go to this shop with mom, so they can watch the next chapter in a movie.
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! This was unfortunately my only disappointing store. After getting lost with KnitMap's Directions (they still had them in their old location in Hillsboro), I called the store and received directions that while accurate, where pretty vague and used landmarks that weren't things that a non-local would have any idea where they were. The lady on the phone had said they knew that KnitMap had the wrong address and were in the process of updating, but I was surprised they weren't more on top of it. I know if I was a knit shop owner during a knit crawl, I would have checked and double checked the information. Yes, I know as a consumer I could have triple checked my info, but with twenty stores on the agenda, and knitmap being suggested by the PDX Yarn Crawl site, I made an assumption.
They were pretty unwelcoming, and even made it seem like one needed to make a purchase to even enter the free Knit Crawl raffle. They did have their own raffle, if you made a purchase, but that's beyond the point. The shop is not ADA accessible from the front entrance, in fact the stairs were pretty steep. There were also boxes of yarn in various states of unpacking, and a lady just sitting behind the counter, not really helping customers (we weren't the only people in there at the time)
The selection was pretty limited and the yarns that weren't like, or the exact same, as I've seen at Craft Warehouse were very pricey, and don't get me wrong, I will drop some cash on yarn, but really didn't feel like these would have been worth the asking price. I have no award to give them other than "Most Remote", and while if I lived way out here, I could see enjoying this store, I would not return here given my first impression.
Though I was told the name is an homage to the new owner's mother who passed away, and who had the shop in Hillsboro of the same name (some information the lovely hobby shop next to the old location gave me), does anyone else notice the initials? It made me loathe to try the shop, and I wish I hadn't.
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! This was a great place to stop, even though I had to circle around four times to find parking, I was glad I did.
Not only did they have the an adorable shop dog, and some smooshy old chairs to sit in, they were so friendly! Did I mention that you can rent time on a loom here? Did I mention they carry recycled (from previously knit items) and local yarns and fibers? Did I mention that they make their own super green bags to take away your purchases in? Did I also mention, they have some great prices? Well it's all true. This was just a great fun place to be.
I give this store my "Most Green" award, though it does make me feel guilty about using fossil fuels to get there!
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! This store was on the ball for the crazy crawl!
I really can't say enough about this store! They had a great selection of yarns in many different price ranges. They had some yarns that I would want to break into my piggy bank for, and some that were a steal.
For the yarn crawl, they offered bottles of water and snacks! After making a long drive to see them, it really felt like they "got" the fact they were far out, and wanted to make sure we were taken care of. They also had a great basket full of free books, these weren't new books, or even super modern, but they offered them, and I'm waiting on my yarn fund to go back up to start a project from one.
I give them the "Treats Crawlers like Royalty" award, since I can't deny that I was impressed.
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! Oh My Goodness! Pico Accaurdi is amazing! They have dying facilities and spinning wheels for use, and I plan on making the trip out again to do just that!
They had a bunch of really great colorways, and were even willing to let you choose your own during the yarn crawl. My sister and I both picked up a hank of madder dyed yarn that was such a fantastic deal, and are both waiting to turn it into something amazing. I love the fact that they use some plant dyes to get their beautiful colors.
I could easily have driven past this, but now that I know exactly where it is, they may not be able to keep me away. We were welcomed with such open arms, and even got to chat with a local jeweler who makes gorgeous shawl pins!
I give this shop my "Unexpected Surprise" award, I didn't think I would have been so taken with a store so quickly!
Visited them recently on the 2011 PDX Knit Crawl! My sister and I visited all twenty stores in two days! Though the parking in this part of town is a little dodgy we found a spot and were glad we did. The store truly is full of natural light, and they have some amazing yarns.
The ladies were so friendly, and even talked to us about the projects they were working on. For the knit crawl they gave out a lovely cowl pattern, that's just waiting for me to be finished with some projects so I'll have the time.
I give them my "For the Greatest Good" award, as I've never seen a larger section of yarn for charity knitting, they donate the goods knit to great causes, and them providing donated yarn and a place to sit, just makes it easier to knit for those less fortunate, when you may be having some misfortune yourself.
I went here today, and even though I was in a bit of a rush, was greeted by a friendly woman who was very helpful.
There selection was nice, even if it was modest. The store is pretty new, and it kinda smells like the fixtures may be off-gassing, but that should work itself out with time!
I just visited here today on my own personal yarn crawl, I drove by the shop and had to turn around and guess that it might be in the Wallingford Center, something I could have found out, had I looked at their website, but I was being lazy. I've just added that it's actually in the Wallingford Center, and has off street parking which should be up as soon as KnitMap makes sure it's not spam. It's a charming older building, and though the selection wasn't exactly my speed, or dazzling, I can understand it's appeal. The lady behind the counter was nice, and friendly and answered all my questions on their selection of gorgeous shawl pins!
I visited here today, and even though I had to head out very quickly, I really enjoyed this store. They have a great selection of Cascade products and are just so friendly! I can't imagine who would have given a less than shining review, but again, that was years ago, and sounds like a vendetta, since the same spelling error appears in both posts and the two posts were 11 minutes apart.
I am so coming back here, when I have more time in Seattle.
Today I visited this shop, and you can believe I'll be back, and I'm no where NEAR local. I plan on making the 3+ hour drive to come back here.
What can't I say? They had a ton of great yarn choices, which I fondled for exactly five minutes, when, while being distracted by the lush undyed yarn, and seeing all the coned yarns (which are sold by the ounce) I noticed the FIBER.
Oh my god. The Fiber. I've heard people have been moved to tears by something of beauty, and that's exactly what happened. I had to hide for a moment in the basket weaving section (yes you read that right, a BASKET weaving section!) to regain my composure, which I'm not sure I did very well. I saw fibers there I've only ever seen in pre-spun yarn, SeaCell, and Tencel, and FireStar, and superwash Merino, and Nylon for spinning the list goes on! They had a huge selection of pre-dyed and pre-mixed fiber too! I've honestly never seen so much fiber! They had processed locks, and minimally processed ones as well (read kinda sticky).
With such a fiber selection you'd assume that they have a higher price point, and you'd be wrong! The prices on their fiber, while a large range, were so amazing! I bought six ounces of fiber without even batting an eyelash, and as I already said, I'm going to do it again.
The staff here were friendly, chatty (in the most amazing way), and even understanding of my micro-melt-down in the basket weaving area. They knew just not about the Seattle area but also of the Portland and outlying areas as well. I was able to reminisce of days and shops gone by, with people who had experienced them. Did I also mention that in an area of pay to park meters, they had a pretty large parking area!
Just visited here and was so glad I did! They have an amazing selection of yarn, and even one I've been sad to not find in the twenty six shops I've visited in the past 3 months. Though they were low on the color ways of it, they had it!
I don't think I've ever seen so many colors of Cascade 220! The staff was friendly and they really seem to be glad to be there.
I hope to visit again, and if I ever lived in Seattle, this would be a perfect LYS.
Love the T-Spot, Though they don't have Tea anymore. They do have the best yarns on the Oregon coast, and ALWAYS stop in.
Olga the owner is hilarious and always wants to show me the newest and best yarn, and I always love the personal attention she gives.
I love her selection, and I think my most recent purchase was a wool free sock yarn, perfect for us poor allergen girls.
This shop is great for the area! Seriously! Good selection on GORGEOUS fiber! No Fudge just yet, and the times aren't perfectly correct on knit map (they opened at 12:30 pm on Saturday) It was listed at 11:00 am on the website and oddly enough 12:30 AM on the door (which would have been SO early!). On top of that, the phone number was busy ALL morning, but that happens!
I plan on visiting each time I'm in K-falls!