10.17.2009

Shop hopping


Today my mother, aunt, cousin and I went knit shop hopping in Portland. My aunt is a avid knitter who lives in Ohio, so yarn selection there is sparse. We found some fun shops, but the best one was the first we came upon, a brand new shop on Hawthorne ever so cutely named Happy Knits. The name alone is a sign of what's inside.

It's as if Etsy opened up a knitting shop and cozy hangout. There were shelves and shelves of beautiful yarn in one room, and in another a huge wooden table with old mis-matched chairs around it, a vintage couch in front of a fireplace, and a book shelf packed with books that made my mother want to learn how to knit. There was even a cute kiddie room for you knitting mamas. The staff was super nice too, so if you ever are in Portland make sure and stop by, if I lived near the shop I'd be there all the time! My aunt also turned me on to Ravelry a great site for knitters and crocheters. Here's my profile if you are a member and want to raid my favorite patterns (all 30s and 40s, and most of them free!).

As asked by most of you in the last post, of course I'll show the tap pants, I'll need to iron them though, so who knows when that will be :)

1940s coat-Somewhere on Haight Ashbury

1940s hat-No idea, I've had it a while

Cherrie brooch-The Urban Eccentric

Knitting bag-Monticello Antiques

8 comments:

Madeleine Miranda said...

Looks like a lovely shop!

xxx

catherine_sr. said...

This place totally looks like my idea of heaven. And I love your knitting bag!

caramelizedvintage said...

What a fantastic little shop! I've always wanted to go visit a knitting shop, even though I don't knit. I would love to feel all the yarns and watch people relax in their groove. And I'm very much wanting to visit Portland from your recent comments about it!

You look great by the way. I adore the hat and brooch combo. If I saw you on the street, I would gasp at your style.

Anita www.champagnebohemian.com said...

I love your coat (and the brooch and the hat...). Lovely outfit! I often pop by to see what you're wearing - you have great style.

I'm on ravelry too (AnitaF) - it's a really useful site, good for browsing possible patterns. Have you come across the book 'A Stitch in Time' by Jane Waller & Susan Crawford? It's got wonderful vintage knitting patterns updated to use today's yarns. I've marked at least half of patterns to knit soon!

Ms. B said...

Ooh that looks like such a fun shop! I love your coat and your brooch!!!

Catherine Blair Pfander said...

I've been dying to learn how to knit, and I've heard of a few adorable knitting stores in the city. This is further inspiration!

xx cbp

http://howtoaskartists.blogspot.com

calivintage said...

wow, that is a beautiful yarn shop. it makes me want to go out and knit something. and i love your cherry brooch. just lovely!

casey said...

Oh my--it looks like knitting heaven! I think I would just faint if I went to a knitting store like that. ;) hehe!

I love your outfit, btw!

- Casey
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