Meet Our Team
Lindsey Ross, Owner
Lindsey opened Yarnia, Portland’s only DIY yarn shop, in February of 2008. Originally inspired by her favorite yarn shop in Montreal, where she lived from 2002 through 2006, she returned to the West Coast where she researched like crazy, designed spreadsheets galore, found a cozy little spot tucked away under the stairs on a soon-to-be-booming stretch of Division Street, and started her own version of the “make-your-own-yarn-store” that she fell in love with in college, just four days before her 26th birthday. After eight years of fervent knitting, she decided to open this one-of-a-kind yarn shop in Southeast Portland, as a creative and affordable way for knitters and crocheters alike to achieve exactly the yarn they want for a project.
She is also the proud co-organizer of the Urban Craft Uprising, Seattle’s largest indie craft show, nine years strong. If you’ve never been to one of these amazing biannual Uprisings, you absolutely must come up to Seattle for the next show (always the first weekend in December, and the second weekend in July), and check it out!
The fusion of crafting, getting to work with creative people, and getting to run not one but two unique local businesses is pretty much all she could ask for. Living in Portland, she spends her free time biking, thrift shopping, crocheting, running in the rain, enjoying local microbrews with friends, camping, trying to keep up on her food blog, experimenting with fermentation in all its forms, knitting, and taking a minute to appreciate a really good cup of coffee.
Andrea Still, Crochet Instructor
One fine summer day, about 20 years ago, a friend taught me to crochet. She showed me basic stitches and the staple of crochet, the granny square. I was enraptured with the idea of creating wearable objects from yarn. I learned to read patterns and created many of my own. Ever since I started crocheting I have been gathering yarn and adding to my skills. You could say I’m hooked! Now I sell my creations online, at www.etsy.com/shop/WhateverWorks.
Besides being a crafty person, I’m a PSU graduate and a mom. I’m hoping to get into nursing school. I’ve had a hard time trading in my crochet hooks and other implements for my homework since I love making things. My daughter is also crafty. She has crocheted some fingerless gloves and is learning to make hats. Gotta indoctrinate the next generation.
I’m excited to be working with Lindsey from Yarnia and I’m looking forward to creating lots of pretty stuff!
Kayla Jones, Crochet Instructor
Now I enjoy creating my own designs. My favorite things to make include fingerless gloves, baby jackets, amigurumi and bikinis. In addition to being commissioned for unique crochet projects, I sell my original pieces on Etsy and on consignment at a local coffee shop.
I live in Portland with my fiancé and two cats and am currently studying to become ananalytical chemist. In my free time, I like to go consignment shopping, hike and travel.
Allison Ehle, Knitting Instructor
Allie is a life-long crafter and a lover of all things fiber. She taught herself to knit while in high school, then started taking classes with her Mom at a local yarn shop. Allie enjoys knitting for friends and family and often enjoys making “instant gratification” projects like hat, gloves, cowls and stuffed animals. The fun in knitting, and any handmade craft, is watching colors and design come to life!
Besides knitting, Allie fell in love with yarn-making from start to finish while working on an alpaca farm. It was there that she learned to spin yarn and also began to needle-felt. When Allie isn’t knitting, you can usually find her at the spinning wheel or creating another fuzzy needle-felt creature.
Allie enjoys sharing the joy of knitting and fiber through classes and demonstrations. She is patient and passionate when teaching and most of all loves to encourage more people to get involved with this timeless craft!
(More info: www.fiestacatyarn.com)