Fulfilling a Moral Obligation

Julie and I go to the same Bible Study, and we consider it our moral obligation to check out the new yarn stores around the Portland area so that we can maintain our status as yarn pushers enablers and report back to the rest of the girls. I had read about Yarnia on Monica’s blog, and was so intrigued that on Monday I told Julie I wanted us to go there as scouts.

So we drove makai [toward the ocean] from Gresham, and soon arrived at the shop. Oh my goodness! It was just a bit overwhelming at first because we’d never seen anything like it before. There were cones of yarn everywhere, all arranged by fiber content. These are the wools.

And the cottons:

The idea is to grab some singles that you like, and combine them to make one yarn to knit with.

These are some finished yarns so that we could see all the possiblities of combining yarns.

And this is the machine that does it all.

These are the bouclé’s:

Fabulous cones of yarn were everywhere in the small shop. I was having a hard time choosing.

Really hard.

Did I say I was getting dizzy from looking and trying to decide?

I decided to get cognitive. I checked out the chart on the wall for estimating cost, weight, and yardage.

And looked at the cozy corner where you could knit or check out knitting magazines.

Then I decided to help Julie find some neat yarns to combine. She found a fabulous pre-made cone as well as a gold-green one. Then we found a fantastic gold one she could combine it with. So Lindsey, the owner of the shop, put a new blank cone on the machine and threaded Julie’s yarns through the da kines (da kine really is a great word!).

And away it went! See that da kine ontop of Julie’s yarn cone? It shuttles back and forth as the two combined yarns are combined onto the new cone.

Try look Julie’s cool yarn!

See the two singles coming up from the floor to the machine?

And here is the finished cone. The photo really doesn’t do it justice.

Finally I pick six different yarns (the maximum number), with some help from Lindsey, trying to duplicate a pre-mixed cone that was short on yardage. There are two of them down on the floor. The shiny one is extremely fine, but adds a lot of sparkle.

The yarns near the floor are the rest of my yarns that will be combined onto one cone:

Making yarn! This is absolutely fascinating to me!

The finished product. See those two ones behind it? I’m gonna combine them next!

I had so much fun with the first one, that I decided to combine another bouclé with another shiny yarn.

Photos still don’t do it justice:

Okay, so this is what I learned. It’s better not to be Type A about this. Have fun! Let your creative kid out to play. Put yarns together that you didn’t think would work. Play! Grab a cone here, a cone there without trying to be too logical about it. Give yourself permission to put colors together and see what happens. Just have fun! Sure, if you want something for a specific project and must have certain colors, then grab those colors. But part of the wonder of Yarnia is the unexpected result.

Julie and I celebrated our moral obligation by having lunch at Koji Osikawa’s next to Fubonn. It was a great ending to a wonderful journey.

Broke da mout’ dis stuff!! Good friends, good yarn, good grindz. Doesn’t get any betta den dat!

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9 Responses to Fulfilling a Moral Obligation

  1. Kg says:

    OMG that is the COOOLEST thing…. Makes me wish I could knit or crochet or something! wow… I can imagine the neatest blends of Red yarns for a scarf or warm throw blankey…. WOW… I SO JEALOUS …TOATALLY NEAT!

    I can see it being addicting too… cause going to da hobby Lobby an looking at yarn will never be da same cause the colors wont be just right…

  2. jenny says:

    Those yarn colors that you mixed are beautiful with just the right amount of shimmer! Your photos brightened my day. (Or what’s left of it, since it’s evening.)

  3. Julie says:

    it was a most amazing adventure!
    anden was good cuz we were reconoitering for our peeps : )
    we have great show and tells.

    it was almost magical, alla different threads into one nani yarn

  4. rowena says:

    Wow that is just the coolest da kine yarn stuff that I have ever seen. I’d like to get into the hobby of knitting/crochet but fear that my ants-in-the-pants mentality would get in the way. Probably the same reason why I’ve put off buying a sewing machine although I’d love to sew clothes for my dog. 😉

    The food pic, of course, was just the icing on the cake. You guys so lucky!!!!!!!!

  5. blueyecicle says:

    Well blow my socks off, isn’t that the neatest thing EVER!! TFS!

  6. Kikue Mugen says:

    Oh my Mokihana, looks like you had yourself a wonderful adventure. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m wondering now how your special project will turn out making with your yarn. Amazing.

  7. Amanda says:

    Oh wow that is cool, I am so going to learn howe to knit so i can knit or crochet on the long road trip

  8. AFK says:

    It’s appropriate with the name Mokihana that you like purple! 😉

    I love the Koji Osakaya in Seattle – and now I’m craving it! They do a salmon and ikura domburi that is brok’ da mout’!

  9. Wow, that is SO FREAKIN’ COOL!
    Sort of like Mongolian Barbeque but with fiber!

    I really hope someone in my neck of the woods comes up with this idea too. Portland is a bit for for a road trip :=}

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