We sell yarn, patterns, and related books to help you
accomplish your knitting, crocheting, and crafting needs! We're
always available to give a helping hand with patterns, how-to's,
and snags along the way.
You’ll find us in a cozy little cottage that’s almost 100 years old
in the town of Washougal, Washington, at the western edge of
the beautiful Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area.
Washougal is a great place for a fiber-based shop as the town
has a history of working with fibers. Pendleton Wools has
operated a weaving facility here since 1912. The iconic
Pendleton wool shirts were first manufactured here.
Yarn is comprised of multiple strands of material twisted
together. Each strand is made of fibers, all shorter than the
strand of yarn that they ultimately form. These short fibers get
spun into longer filaments, and this makes yarn. Longer
continuous strands may only require additional twisting to
make them into yarn. Sometimes it is put through an additional
process called texturing.
The characteristics of spun yarn partly depends on the amount
of twists during spinning. A large number of twists produces
strong yarn, a low number of twists produces softer yarn, while
a very tight twist creates crepe yarn. Yarns are also designated
by their number of components. A single yarn is made from
multiple filament, or staple fibers, twisted together. Ply yarns
are made by twisting two or more single yarns. Cord yarns are
made by twisting together two or more ply yarns.
Yarn is used to make textiles using several processes, including
weaving, knitting, and felting. About fifteen types of fibers are
used to make yarn. These fibers fall into two main categories,
natural, and synthetic. Natural fibers are derived from a plant,
or an animal, and are mainly used for weaving textiles. Cotton
is the most available, and commonly used plant fiber, gathered
from the cotton boil, or seed pod when it is mature. Cotton is
by far the best selling fiber in the United States. Cotton outsells
all synthetic fibers combined.
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