Wednesdays at Wynona’s

The first Wednesdays at Wynona’s was a big success and we learned a lot, had some fun, drank a little wine and nibbled on some goodies. Anne did an amazing job to covering a huge topic in an orderly and thorough way. We learned about washing and blocking, including care instructions in your handknit gifts, and storing your items for the summer.


This week we are getting ready for our second one…this time it is Fun Knitting Facts/History-Trivia Night! Anne will tell us about all kinds of cool knitting facts, educate us a little on the history of hand knitting, and ask some questions to see if we know the answers! Even if you are not a knitter, but love history and trivia, this is a great one to come to. Anne has written articles on the history of knitting for Piecework magazine and knows what she is talking about, but is also a very entertaining speaker.


Please remember to RSVP, either by clicking on the classes tab above and registering for the class, giving us a call at 503-974-9193 (you can even leave a message after hours on the machine), sending an email, or stopping by. It is so helpful if we know how many chairs to set up and make sure we have enough wine and snacks for everyone. The cost is $12/per person and the evening starts at 6:30pm and ends around 8:30pm.

We hope to see you there!



Classes posted through December!

I just finished getting the classes through December posted and organized on the website. We have LOTS going on this fall including some returning favorites as well as some brand spanking new classes! You can sign up for classes by clicking on the “CLASSES” tab above.

We are introducing a few new classes but the biggest are our new series. By popular demand we have packaged both our Learn to Knit and Learn to Crochet classes into a series of three classes. This bundles the Learn to, Next Steps and a project class into a three week series. All supplies are included for both series and the cost is $90 per series. We are really excited about this new set of classes and hope you will be too!

Other new classes we are offering:

Felted Soap class taught by the lovely, talented and oh so entertaining Ruth Beck. She will be bringing her handmade soap and you get to use some locally produced fiber to make a felted cover for it. The cost is $35 for this class and includes all supplies. Oct 12th 6pm-8pm.

Fabric Jewelry taught by the whimsical, creative and sparkly Joanna Rood. She will be showing you how to take scraps of pretty fabric and sparkly things like buttons and rhinestones to make fabric yoyos that can be combined to make hair clips, necklaces, bracelets and more. This is a two week class and the class is $50 which includes a yoyo maker and your choice from our selection of fabrics and decorations(although you are welcome to bring any fabric or sparkly things you have at home that you would like to use!). Sept 28th/Oct 5th 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Make Paper Flowers will by taught by our own Grandma Linda. As summer fades, she will show you how to turn tissue paper, crepe paper and even coffee filters into beautiful paper flowers that you can keep all year long. All supplies are included and the cost for this class is $25. Oct 23rd 4pm-6pm.

The talented, patient and oh so smart Anne Berk is back with some returning favorites like Knit Your First Sweater (Nov 15th & 29th, Dec 6th & 13th, $50) but also with some new classes including Finishing Techniques for Hand Knits. This technique filled class will show you how to take your projects to the next level by finishing them off perfectly. Bring in your sweaters, purses, and other projects that are sitting in your knitting basket, finished but not sewn up yet and wear them home! Nov 19th 4pm-7pm, $35. Adding Zippers to Your Knits is a very popular class that will show you how to easily add a zipper to your hand knit cardigan, purse, skirt or pillowcase. Dec 3rd, 12:30pm-3:30pm, $35. And lastly she will be teaching a great holiday gift class on how to Knit Toys! She will show you how to make some fun cute (or funky!) toys for those on your holiday list. Nov 13th, 4pm-7pm $35.

Crochet Frostflower Shawl is here by popular demand! So many people have asked to make this shawl that is displayed in the shop that we have created this class! You will learn to make this modern hexagon granny square shawl that uses the join as you go technique so there is no sewing when you are done. You should know how to make a granny square before taking this class. Bring your own sock yarn (about 1000-1200 yards) and an F or G hook. Cost for this two week class is $45 and includes the pattern. Oct 29th/Nov. 5th 2pm-4pm.

We also have our Learn to Dye class with Sharon Spence the mad genius behind Stitchjones yarn (Oct 29th, 12pm-3pm), spinning classes with Judy, Wrapapalooza and the return of our 6 in 60 holiday gift making fun!

If you have a suggestion or request for a class, please let us know. We are always looking for new ideas!

Hope to see you soon!


Earth Day!

What a lovely gift Mother Earth has given us today with this sunshine! I have yarn drying outside for the first time this season!

As you may know, we love the earth here at Wynona Studios! All of our yarn, fiber and other products are produced locally (so locally, that they are all delivered by the people that make them, nothing is shipped to us), or are recycled (locally recycled too!) We do this not only to support our local artisans, but also because we feel it is better environmentally.
We love that all of our local fiber can be traced directly back to the animal that produced it, and the farms are willing to give tours to interested people. So you can purchase fiber from Beulah, spin it up, knit a scarf and then go out to Drumcliffe Farms and show off your scarf and tell Beulah thank you.
We also chose energy efficient lighting, purchased almost all of the furniture for the shop second hand if we didn’t already own it, and even provide cloth towels in the restroom. We produce very little waste, and try to use up everything. Even the little scraps of yarn used to tie up a hank of yarn get saved in the big basket by the winder to use for stuffing. We also support other local businesses through our association with Supportland and hope you will too!
One of the things that is so great about featuring local artisans in the shop is that we get to make lots of new friends that feel the same way we do! One of the newest is Sue Clark. Sue started Natural Harvest Farm and is a beautiful handspinner. Her Romney/Angora roving has been much in demand but is back in stock, as well as some gorgeous yarn spun from it. She also has over 1000 yards of the most stunning 
merino silk handspun in a deep, deep blue available for sale. This is a once in a lifetime yarn for a sweater!
We also saw Candace Wilson from One of a Kind buttons who brought in some beautiful brightly colored hand-made ceramic buttons. I love them all and have a hard time picking my favorites, but the on with “happy” stamped on it might be my favorite of my favorites.
And last but not least our friend Terry sold us her Duncan electric drum carder. We have named her Cardette and she is lovely and making a lot of new friends. Come give her a spin! And lastly, in a genious recycling move, Grandma Linda has been creating these fun, funky, and useful knitting bags from men’s shirts and pillowcases found at the Goodwill. She used the sleeve cuffs for pockets for your straight needles and the shirtfront pockets for other notions. So cute!
Finally, please save the date of May 13th for our YARN TASTING! We will be having this event from 6:30pm-9:00pm and it is completely free. We will have a variety of recycled yarns for you to test drive and get a feel for them. We will be offering a discount of 25% off recycled yarns that evening only. We will be providing libations and nibbles, you just have to show up and have fun. Please RSVP for this event so we know how many to expect. The yarn tasting is limited to the number of people we can squish in here, so sign up early to reserve your spot!
Happy Earth Day!
JJ and Linda

Thank you!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone that came by Wynona Studios this weekend on the second annual Portland Yarn Crawl! We loved seeing familiar faces and meeting lots of new people too. We had fun with the people that showed up for their free cashmere, and everyone that stopped in, either for a few minutes to get the cowl number for the scavenger hunt or to spend some time knitting, spinning or hanging out. There was lots of good feedback on our shop and concept with many people saying how comfortable they felt here and how much we stood out from the crowd with our very different yarns. In short, we had a blast and cannot wait until next year!

Friday morning’s cashmere line:

Saturdays cashmere line:

Sunday’s cashmere line:

And our lovely and very excited raffle basket winner, Gunn Pedersen:

We hope to see you all again soon!


Freeeee Cashmeeeeeeere!!!!!

Portland Yarn Crawl March 4th-6th

The second annual Portland Yarn Crawl is coming up this weekend on Friday March 4th, Saturday March 5th, and Sunday March 6th. We are one of 20 participating yarn stores and are so excited! This is a free event and requires no sign up, you just head to any or all of the participating yarn stores and see what they have going on! Each shop has a raffle basket full (overflowingly full) of goodness. You can enter the raffle at each shop, no purchase neccessary. There is also a scavenger hunt, with each shop having a cowl with a number on it. If you collect all the numbers to match the shops, you can send it in to the crawl organizers to win another prize!  Our cowl was designed by the lovely and talented Tammy Burke and will be available for sale during the weekend for $2, with all profits being donated to the Humane Society. You can find the other shops on the crawl and all of the promotions they are having at


Please make sure when you are planning your route that you are taking into account the closure of the Oregon City Arch Bridge. Google maps is still showing it as open. The I-205 bridge is still open and only a mile away, so its easy to work around, but if you have not been here before it could be a little confusing!

We will have extended hours that weekend, open 9am-7pm Friday and Saturday and 9am-6pm on Sunday. This is important to note…as we will be giving away a free skein of cashmere recycled yarn to the first 10 people in the door each day of the crawl! Free cashmere people! Woohoo! There is cream, olive, pumpkin, raspberry, pale pink, coral, lavender, and deep purple cashmere in my basket to choose from. The skeins are all at least 100 yards and some are 300+ yards.  I am expecting a big line, like for a new video game release or Barry Manilow tickets, and will be sorely disappointed if there is not. So bring your camp chair, grab some coffee from Caufield House and form and orderly line. We open at 9am! We will also be having a 25% off sale on all of our recycled yarn!

We will have some special guests in the studio this weekend as well, including Kim Baller and Judy Herndon who are both spinners, and Sharon the lovely dyer from Stitchjones on Sunday. The lovely Wrightberry’s Cupcakes and Custom Cakes has kindly offered a $.25 discount off their regular sized cupcakes to anyone that says they are on the Yarn Crawl, so make sure you stop by and get yours! They are across the street and one block down (past Busch’s Furniture). We are really excited for this weekend and getting the opportunity to show Wynona Studios to all kinds of new people. We hope if you have not been in already that you will take this opportunity to claim some cashmere, enter the raffle, and take a look around. 

Free Cashmere to the first 10 people in the door March 4th, 5th and 6th 2011. Doors open at 9am!


January Classes!

The January classes are up…and so are the February ones! Woohoo! January’s theme is HATS! We have classes in a basic ribbed hat that would be perfect for a newer knitter wanting to learn to work in the round, a Jayne Cobb hat class for all your Firefly/Serenity fans, an Owl hat with a fun cable that looks just like an owl, as well as a crochet fluted hat with a really interesting construction and a granny square hat that is really retro cool among others.  Instead of  a Knit-a-long, this month we are having a Crochet-a-long and making the snowflake hat. Learn to Drop Spindle with Judy is back as well.

February’s theme is Hearts and we will be having some Valentine’s making parties in the week before the 14th. Come join us and make valentines for all the people you love in your life! We will have lots of paper, ribbon, glitter, paper doilies, cutouts, doodads, fancy scissors, rubber stamps and more out for you to play with.

March’s theme was chosen by Emma and Sarah and is Geeky/Nerdy. We will have lots of Star Wars, Firefly, Dr. Who, and more projects that month!

See you soon!


November Classes!

Our November classes are live and ready for you to register. November’s theme is cables! We have Beginning Cables, Cabling without a Needle, How to Read a Cable Chart, and Crochet Cables Classes. Our Knit A Long are the famous Dashing and Fetching from Knitty, both are fingerless gloves with cables! And lastly, our Block of the Month is #8 by Kathy Zimmerman, featuring….you guesses it! Cables! It is soooo pretty I can’t wait to start it!

We also have lots of holiday gift project classes in November! Its time to get started on these projects now. We have a lovely and delicate knitted lavender sachet class, a knit ribbed beanie class, a knit cabled scarf class as well as a crochet cabled scarf, two washcloths, and a knitted christmas stocking.

We are also starting our 6 in 60 for $36 workshops this month. These fun workshops give you the opportunity to complete 6 hand-made gifts in 60 minutes and cost on $36! This is like speed-dating for crafters!

Our November special is buy one class, get another class for free! Just pay for the more expensive class and you can take any other class you like…on us! This is limited to two free classes per person. And members still get a 10% discount on the more expensive class.

See you soon!


New things at Wynona Studios!

We have had such a fun week at Wynona Studios! We have lots of new things in the shop area for you to look at. Judy brought in some of Carl’s gorgeous wooden hand-made drop spindles. These babies are soooooo pretty, and they work so well.  Judy matched each one up with a little fiber and a sample of the type of yarn that could be spun with that spindle. She also brought us a few ounces of her Pygora fiber. There is just a little of this available, so grab it quick if you want it! Then Jan and Jeff brought in some of their fiber from Drumcliffe Farm. I am fascinated by the range of natural colors. There is a creamy color, a brown, a brownish gray, and a gray. They come directly from their sheep and llama. Jeff hand cards it and it is just wonderful. So lovely! Then lastly Sharon from Stitchjones brought in some of her hand-dyed sock yarn and fiber. She loves those same vibrant, neon colors that I do and these are just really fabulous! She brought in sock yarn in three different bases, as well as dyed fiber in some different bases as well.

Stitchjones sock yarn at Wynona Studios in Oregon City

Drumcliffe Fiber at Wynona Studios in Oregon City

Drop Spindles at Wynona Studios in Oregon City.

Stitchjones Fiber at Wynona Studios in Oregon City

If you haven’t been in recently, its time to come check it out!


Change to Two-Handed Stranded Fair Isle Class with Anne Berk

Due to a scheduling conflict we have had to reschedule this class from Friday October 15th from 6:30pm-8:30pm to Wednesday October 27th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. I am sorry for any inconvenience, but hope this date will work as well for anyone interested in the class. We are very excited to be offering this class with Anne and think it will really teach a lot of great colorwork techniques, as well as helping you be more versatile in your regular knitting. If you have any questions or would like to sign up for the class, you can do so online, by giving us a call at (503)974-9193 or stopping by the studio in person.

Remember also, that registering for any class qualifies you for the $10 monthly membership add-on this month! A great deal!


New things at Wynona Studios!

Full shelves at Wynona Studios in historic, downtown Oregon City!

The little shop section of Wynona Studios is starting to look more and more full! We had Deidra from Spinner’s Candy bring in some of her beautiful hand-dyed merino braids and Corriedale X roving. It is so bright and cheerful looking! I just love it!

Then Danielle from Miss Purl brought us some of her stitch marker sets. She does an amazing job of packaging, the colors just all go together so amazingly well. She brought us sets of just stitch markers and then also the sets that are stitch markers plus a little matching box to keep them in. There are even a few that have special handmade beads on them.

The cutest stitch marker sets from Miss Purl at Wynona Studios!

We also have a few new recycled yarns available. My personal favorite is this springy leafy acid green that is 70% merino, 20% silk and 10% cashmere. It was once an Eileen Fischer cardigan and the yarn is wonderfully soft, shiny and has a good twist unlike some recycled yarns. I had a hard time putting it out on the shelves instead of in my knitting bag.

And last but definitely not least, we have the October classes up and ready for you! We are really excited about our classes this month! The theme for October is colorwork and we have many different classes to teach you about different techniques. Anne Berk is returning for two classes, Two-Handed Stranded Knitting on Friday October 15th from 6:30pm-8:30pm and Mosaic Knitting on Saturday October 23rd from 3pm-5pm. Anne is a master knitter, and a great teacher. I was amazed at how many techniques, tips and tricks Anne snuck into the Argyle Sock class she taught. We are also pleased to have Judy Herndon teaching a Drop Spindle Spinning class. If you would like to learn to spin, this is the class for you! It is on October 16th from 11am-1pm and includes an recycled CD spindle and fiber to get you started. Judy will be bringing in some her her husband Carls hand-turned wooden drop spindles (they are GORGEOUS!) and some of her pygora goat fiber, so if you end up falling in love with drop spindle spinning during the class you can purchase some of each and keep on going at home!

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