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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Quick Gift Idea!

Our Two Hour Hat pattern makes a quick and easy gift. We used Cascade's Lana Grande for our pink one. What color will you choose?

Finished Projects!

Yay! Vivian finally finished "Iced" from and the classy necklace / scarf from the Be Sweet African Bead Ball. They were both fun, fast knits!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Just a reminder for those who aren't on Ravelry, the Aran Knitting KAL starts this coming Monday, November 1st. Folks are choosing a design they like from the book, buying the yarn at the shop (we are offering a 10% discount for the KAL supplies), and we will be converting the patterns to be knit in one piece from the top down. Some of the advantages to knitting a sweater this way are being able to try the sweater on as you work to get the fit correct, no seams to sew up after the knitting is done, and the excitement of watching the sweater take shape as you work. Come join the fun and friendship as we work on our projects at our Knit Night on Thursdays . Helen Burros is leading the KAL and can be contacted on as Bluedragon on or

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Shibui Yarns!

We just received some beautiful Shibui Sock yarns and Shibui's baby pattern book. Shibui is a local Portland yarn company. Very cute!

This single Shibui pattern is adorable!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Autumn Display!

I love the new autumn display in the shop! It was created by our newest employee, Heather. Heather recently moved to Salem from Chicago and works at the shop Tuesdays and Wednesdays mid-day. Stop by and welcome her to Salem and Tangled Purls!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I love the new shop sample sweater that Sharon knit in Madelinetosh Vintage!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

New Things!

New things are arriving each week! "We love these One of a Kind" buttons!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fun Weekend!

The Northwest Needle Market in Tukwila this past weekend was a fun experience! We took some classes (Jogless Stripes, Fair Isle, and Artfelt), meet many nice vendors, and petted so many different yarns! We did some shopping, so you will see some new items introduced to the shop over the next week.

We have also added some crochet classes, so come get inspired for holiday gifting!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Go Team!

Time for team colors! Free patterns with purchase of Cascade Greenland yarn.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Malabrigo Chunky!

This hat was so much fun to make (and fast, too)! The"Foliage" pattern is free on (Fall 2007).

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bluegirl Trunk Show!

Our "bluegirl trunk show" is featured in the Oregonian (online version) today! Here is a closeup of the samples that Nichole knitted for us.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Hand Dyed Sock

Here is another basket of beautiful local hand dyed yarn! This yarn is a bamboo/merino blend from Alexandra's Crafts of Silverton, Oregon.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dicentra Sock!

Lisa, of Dicentra Designs, knit us a very fun sock featuring five of her hand dyed colorways. Very clever marketing!

bluegirl trunk show!

Come see the samples of Nichole Reese's great patterns!

Thursday, August 12, 2010


All of these little baby items from one little ball of Fixation!

Needles, Anyone?

Monday, August 9, 2010

Cotton Corner!

We redecorated our cotton corner! The old wringer washer is a fun addition!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Local Yarns!

If you have out of town knitters or crocheters visiting this summer, bring them to Tangled Purls to "shop local" yarns and fibers.

We have:
Three Fates (Salem) - merino/cashmere blend sock weight
Stitch Jones (Hillsboro) - merino sock, merino worsted, merino blend sock
Abstract Fibers (Portland) - merino blend sock and spinning fibers
Dicentra Designs (Dallas) - merino sock and spinning fibers
Alexandra's Crafts - merino/bamboo sock weight

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Customer Project!

Never Not Knitting's "Playful Stripes" sweater, knitted in Spud & Chloe, by one of our talented customers, Carolyn. Isn't it adorable?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Ishbel in Kauni!

Look at the gorgeous "Ishbel" shawl that Carol knit up in Kauni EY! She has let us borrow it for the shop, so stop by and see it in person. We also have her "Ishbel" shawlette on display in Kauni EQ.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

July Mystery Project Revealed!

The July Mystery Project was a cute "Tea Cozy for One" complete with goodies in the bag. What will August bring???

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Summer Sunshine!

Summer has finally arrived in Salem! We have some new yarns and air conditioning! The beautiful Amy Butler Belle Organic DK and Amy's new book "Midwest Modern Knits" are in stock. Come see the lovely sample sweater. We also have received a nice linen, Baby Twist alpaca, lots of new dishcloth cotton, more books, and new, fun patterns.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Trunk Show!

The "Never Not Knitting" trunk show has finally arrived! Come check out the beautiful creations by Alana Dakos!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Opening Days!

We have had a wonderful welcome from the Salem knitting, crochet, and spinning community! We are receiving new items each week, so stop by and explore!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tarah Campi, from the Statesman Journal, wrote a nice article today about Tangled Purls!

In the News!

Here is a picture of our two newest knitters!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

New Pictures!

We are doing some "soft opening" events this week. Still a few things left to do, but it's looking good!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

We have a sign!

Our sign is up and we have new pictures to give you a glimpse of the shop!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Painting Progress

Here are some before and "in progress" pictures from the shop.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Making Progress!

We are very excited to announce that we have a lease and keys!!! Our location is in Century Plaza, on the corner of Commercial Street SE & Hoyt Street SE, in the old Super Suppers space (below Fast Signs). We have been busy painting and cleaning, arrranging (and rearranging!), building shelves, and changing out lighting. Yarn, needles, patterns, and more are arriving. Before and "in progress" pictures will be posted soon!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Knitting Fashion From Britain

Dani is visiting London and Scotland. Here is her fashion report (hopefully, some pictures soon):

London - People aren't wearing much knitted, maining just really big scarves with chunky yarn.

Scotland - All the men here wear these striped scarves. Everyone wears peacoats, short trench coats or bomber/army jackets. All the women wear tights or skinny jeans with tall boots and thick chunky scarves.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Icing Swirl Hat from Ysolda's "Whimsical Little Knits"

Still Waiting.......

So, we are still waiting to finalize our lease. We have signed the papers on our end and submitted our deposits, but as of today, the landlord is still on vacation.

But, progress is being made! We have 14 boxes (BIG boxes) of yarn already and more on the way. We are talking Frog Tree, Manos del Uruguay, Malabrigo, Brown Sheep, Misti Alpaca, Crystal Palace, Universal, Wisdom, FibraNatura, and several more! It is like Christmas opening the boxes and seeing all the wonderful colors and textures.

The Yarn Market News Smart Business Conference in Seattle was fabulous! It was great to meet and network with some amazing speakers and shop owners. The yarn crawl was fun (5 shops), the reception at Julep (sponsored by DellaQ) was relaxing, the open house at Skacel was eye opening, and we even were able to squeeze in a shopping trip at Ikea!

The next challenges are getting all the inventory checked in, working on shop models and displays, and meeting with a couple more company reps.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Good News! 2/10/10

Our Letter of Intent to lease was accepted today! Final lease signing should happen next week, so now we can make some serious connections with the yarn companies. We have found a great location, with good parking, easy access, a large shop area, two bathrooms, and a huge "kitchen" area with 6 sinks (think fiber dyeing and felting), plus a dryer hookup! It is a little dark (gold walls), so painting and updating the lighting will be first on our "to do" list.

Monday, February 22, 2010

30 Shops!

Newport was gorgeous this weekend! Two more yarn shops were added to the visited list, Nestucca Bay Yarns in Lincoln City, and Yarn For All Seasons in Newport. The count is now at 30! Visiting so many shops has helped define the vision for Tangled Purls. We hope to reflect many of the positive qualities of the unique places & personalities that we have experienced.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Location, Location

We have made an offer to lease a space, and so far, it looks promising! We will know more on Monday, stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Yarn Sampling

Spent the afternoon matching new yarns to patterns to do some sample knitting and swatching. It is amazing how each yarn knits up. Some look so beautiful in a skein, but look entirely different when knitted. Other yarns don't look so promising, yet turn out to look and feel lovely. Some pictures will be posted soon!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Logo Love

Our logo is finished and we love, love it! It was fun watching it all come together. Henry does great work! Our yarn crawl count is up to 28, adding Fiber Nooks & Crannys in Corvallis and Teaselwick Wools in Salem. I bought some great display stuff from Donna. After the basketball game last night, Chad was appalled to find naked female mannequin parts in the backseat of the car where he throws his bags! "What the ----!" I think he was happy it was dark outside so no one could see him get in the car with them.

Tomorrow is the day to check out a couple more options for places to lease. Hopefully, one will be a good fit.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Planning, Planning, Planning

We have been meeting with reps, exploring locations, tweeking this blog, and creating our logo (our graphics design guy is amazing to work with). Next step, getting the software and conquering the Quickbooks monster!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Shops We Have Visited

These are the 26 Oregon yarn shops we have visited in the last year or so:

Have You Any Wool (now closed)

Artistic Needles (now closed)

Rose and Ram

Purl District


Woodland Woolworks

Pacific Wool and Fiber

All About Yarn

Molehill Farm

The Stitching Post


Juniper Fiberworks

The Yarn Garden

Mill Ends Store

Abundant Yarn (now closed)


The Naked Sheep

Kitt'n Kitten

Coastal Yarns

For Yarn's Sake

Knit Purl

Dublin Bay Knitting Company

Close Knit


Happy Knits

Make One

Yarn Crawl

We visited 8 yarn shops in Portland this weekend! And, we managed to fit in Pier One and Ikea, too! We had a yummy dinner at Hot Pot & Sushi and awesome accomodations at the new Residence Inn by the airport. It was interesting to experience the different "flavors" of each shop that we visited. The stash of new yarns, patterns, and needles to try out is growing quickly!