|Mt. Hood Yarn and Wool a crafty addition posted on 01/01/2020|
Mt. Hood Yarn and Wool presented an exciting new option for
mountain crafters with the shop’s grand opening on Dec. 5. Jen Andersen’s
decidedly modern store is filled floor to ceiling with colorful and unique
hand-dyed yarns, wool and gifts from local artists around the pacific
“(It’s) not your grandmother’s knit shop, but she sure is
welcome,” Andersen announces on the shop’s Facebook page.
Mt. Hood Yarn and Wool is located at 24403 East Welches
Road, Suite 104 between the U.S. Post Office and Pub 26. Andersen intends for
the shop to become a comfortable place for crafters to gather and work on
projects while enjoying a glass of wine or beverage at the shop’s knit bar, or
a sweet from Seattle Chocolate Company.
“I’m super excited about how many good, crafty people there
are on the mountain,” Andersen said. “I want (my shop) to be part of the
community, where people are able to share and create.”
Andersen’s appreciation for knitting began at a young age by
observing the knitted sweaters her grandmother made. She began knitting 18
years ago after the birth of her son and has been spinning for 12 years.
In 2005 she began producing hand-dyed, spun and knit yarn
and wool under the label “Hanks in the Hood knits” (HITH). She sold HITH yarn
and wool wholesale to shops and online through Etsy as a work-at-home mother.
Andersen has resided in Rhododendron for 15 years and wanted
to have a shop that offered her HITH wares to the local community as well.
“What’s unique in a sense is that all the yarn is hand-dyed
on the mountain,” Andersen said.
In addition to HITH knits the store stocks hand-made goods
by Get Spun, Wy'East Woolens, Knitted Wit, TSD Bags and Seattle Chocolate
Company, as well as regional pottery and goods bearing the shop’s cheerful
Andersen intends to offer classes at the shop in 2020 and
plans on hosting spin-ins and other community events.
“People have already come in and knit,” Andersen said. “It’s
been a great response.”
Mt. Hood Yarn and Wool is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with
hours varying seasonally. More information about the shop is available online
at www.mthoodyarnandwool.com. The shop can be contacted through the website or
by phone at 503-676-4492.
By Ben Simpson/MT