I love Portland. What a totally crafty town. Love that. One of the awesome crafty stops we made a trip to while we were there for Sock Summit was a wonderland called Yarnia.
Yarnia is a make-your-own yarn store. But not by spinning. Here's what it says on their site:
"What makes Yarnia different from other yarn stores? It's the only place where you can design your very own custom blend of yarn -- you choose the fiber, color, thickness, and amount, and can have your custom cone of yarn wound for you right on the spot."
It's totally cooool. I have been wanting a red and white yarn for the past year (yes, yes, wedding obsession) and I finally got some by making my own:
You can see the individual strands of the six different yarns that I chose right here:
And here is a crap-tastic video that I shot of my yarn being made:
(It particularly sucks because you cannot see the machine working. By the time we were there, I was exhausted from Sock Summit and could not stand up to get closer.)
I cannot remember what my yarn is made of... angora, wool, acrylic, boucle, silk. I guess I should have written it down. But I do know this about it: It's cool!