Issue #1: Yarn!

The first issue of By Hand explores the rich and innovative culture of fine yarns here in Portland.  We were privileged to interview some amazing yarn designers, including Kristin Ford of Woolfolk.  The yarns of Woolfolk are some of the softest you’ve ever felt, and the Pacific Northwest-inspired color palette creates some of the most perfect blues, greys, camels, and neutrals that you can imagine. 

We also interviewed independent yarn dyers Bumblebirch and Canon Hand Dyes, who have created one-of-a-kind colorways and who share their stories about how they began dyeing yarn and the paths this passion have led them down.  

Portland is also home to Shibui Knits, a world-class yarn and pattern company founded and located right here in the Rose City.  Shibui Knits has created yarns from some of the world’s most gorgeous fibers – wool, alpaca, silk, and linen, to name a few – and given knitters the opportunity to express their own creativity by knitting the yarns together double-stranded to create a new, unique fabric. 

Finally, we sat down with Brooklyn Tweed, Portland’s newest yarn all-star, to talk with Jared Flood and Luigi Boccia about BT’s relocation to Portland and its continuing ethos of American-sourced yarns and top-notch published patterns designed especially for BT’s Shelter, Loft, Plains, and Quarry yarns.

I am so excited to share the stories of these unique companies, the passions of the people who founded them, and the gorgeous photos that make you feel as if you can actually touch the yarn!