Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sometimes you just wanna go

where everybody know your name.  There's a new LYS (Local Yarn Store) in town!  ToolMan and I ventured downtown last Thursday for the first ever knit night.

Welcome to Urban Fiber Arts!  That's Cindy Abernethy, the proprietor, behind the counter.  It's been a long-time dream of hers to have her own shop, and she finally got it.  That's Sharon Spence on the left; otherwise known as StitchJones, indie dyer rockstar!

Cindy set up a cozy sitting area right in the front of the shop for knit night.  It was First Thursday in the Pearl, where her shop is, so there was a lot of foot traffic on the sidewalks.  Lots of people looked through the windows to see what was going on and quite a few came in, lured by the pretty yarns and beautiful items on display.

Urban Fiber Arts specializes in fibers from the Pacific Northwest, so there are lots of locally dyed fibers and yarns, many of which can't be found in other Portland shops.


The shop is very light and bright; Cindy even put daylight bulbs in the fixtures so the colors really "pop"; plus the light makes it very easy to match or coordinate colors.

The fixtures are very sleek chrome and white fabric; and they're movable so she can reconfigure the shop to accommodate classes and large gatherings.  Good thing, too, since this is the location for Portland Spinnerati meetings!

Cindy's still getting in shipments, so not all the bins are full yet, but she's got some gems in there already.  Just look at the colors on the Zauerballs!  I told her she should put a bowl full of the autumn colored one in the window, with chenille stems and felt leaves; they reminded me of fall gourds and pumpkins.

She's got lots of display space in the counter, too; but she's filling it pretty quickly with locally made stitch markers, beautiful beaded row counter bracelets, and soon she'll have some of ToolMan's handmade shawl pins, too!

Which brings me to my last item for this week: a shameless plug for the Art Fire Studio: ToolMan has some new pins in there. There are more to come, as soon as I can get good pictures and time to load them. Meanwhile, here's a lovely one in Pink Ivory that he made for Gail; she bought some beautiful woods for him in exchange for a pin in each one. I added a button over there on the sidebar, in case you want to visit later.

Next week, I should have some pretty beach pictures for you; ToolMan and I will be at Gleneden from Thursday to Sunday.  I have a law conference to attend, but he'll have the cameras.  And I'll try to get some actual knitting to show you!


  1. I really like the idea of daylight bulbs. So many yarn shops I've visited are under-lit, and florescent to boot, and it's really hard to see colors.
    Have a good time at the beach!

  2. Wonderful LYS review. You make me eager to visit. Thanks!

  3. I've been stalking all the news about Cindy's shop and I'm going to make it a point to get down there. Great review and pictures. But I have to ask, what is the blue sweater you are wearing? It's beautiful! From what I can see.


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