My husband and I love visiting Portland, Oregon. The main reason we do is to visit his close friend who lives there, but our secondary reason is serenity. Portland has a vastly different feel than in New York City. We enjoy going to the parks, exploring small shops, and of course eating the local cuisine. While on vacation in Portland this year, we decided to visit 5 indie yarn shops so I could feature them on this site. I have to give props to my husband – he was such a good sport and he took all the photographs. For me, visiting 5 yarn stores in one week was a dream come true!
Below are the 5 shops we visited along with pictures my husband took. I asked for permission from each shop to feature them here.
The shops are not listed in any particular order. They are each fantastic and wonderful.
I’m somewhat glad I don’t live in Portland – I’m pretty sure I would be broke from the constant yarn shopping!
7028 SE 52nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97206
Starlight Knitting Society is such a cozy store – I honestly wanted to stay there all day! We were greeted by a friendly worker named Carmen. She’s easy to recognize: her blue glasses match her blue hair! This store had a lot of unique and cutesy items I haven’t seen anywhere else. They have ouija board themed knitting needle measurers and had these adorable measuring tapes covered in a crocheted animal face. My favorite part about this store was the cozy crafting area near a fireplace.
Click here to see their upcoming events, classes, and to shop online
Also, check out this mesmerizing video of their automatic yarn winder! I cannot wait to use this yarn!
2310 NE Broadway Street, Portland, OR 97232
Twisted is a fun yarn store full of goodies. They offer a large variety of yarns, as well as tools and accessories. Personally, I loved their humorous t-shirts and mugs about crafting. If I didn’t already have a dangerously large mug collection, I would have taken one home! Fortunately for those of us who don’t live in Portland, they have an online shop. Click here to check it out.
3524 SW Troy Street, Portland, OR 97219
Northwest Wools is Portland’s oldest yarn shop, and is very cozy! They carry indie yarns, commercial brand yarns, and yarns for dying. I have to admit, my absolute favorite part of the store is the yarn organization. The yarns are organized by color and it looks so gorgeous! In addition to their large variety of yarn, they also sell knit kits, as well as accessories and tools. They also offer classes for knitting, crocheting, looming, weaving, and spinning. Click here to find out more.
4. Knitting Bee
10934 SW Barnes Road, Portland, OR 97225
Knitting Bee is a fun store with a wide variety of yarns and supplies. There was a knitting class happening in the back of the store when we visited – I wanted to join too! The teachers and workers were all so patient with the students! One thing that really stuck out most about this store is that they incorporate charity work in their crafts. Every summer they knit and crochet teddy bear sweaters for Camp Erin, which is a camp for children grieving the death of a loved one. They also make and collect purple baby hats for local hospitals to raise awareness of the Period of Purple Crying in newborns. As of the time I’m writing this, Knitting Bee is offering a great shipping discount if you want to shop online.
11767 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, Beaverton, OR 97007
(Okay, this one technically isn’t in Portland, but it’s nearby and worth the visit!)
For Yarn’s Sake is a large space filled with yarns, pattern books, and crafting tools. An employee (Lisa) greeted us right away and was very friendly. When she heard about this blog post, she was eager to support the other small businesses and suggested I visit 2 of the other stores on this list. It felt like I was in a small town where everyone supports each other and there was a real feel for camaraderie. I was intrigued about a certain type of yarn I found on their website Lisa taught me more about the dyer and collection. This is definitely the store where I learned the most. As a bonus, I bought a beautiful skein of yarn here and I cannot wait to use it! To check them out, click here.