Shop Trivia

Thank you, everyone, for participating in our Shop Trivia series! We hope you enjoyed the contest and learned new facts about each of our 18 participating Shops. Learn more about each Shop by visiting each Shop page or checking out the 2013 Trivia below.

Shop Trivia & Fun Facts

Feb. 13, 2013 Trivia:
Which shop displays customers finished knitting, crocheting and spinning projects in large gold frames on the wall?
Answer:
Wynona Studios
Winner:
Elena L.
Feb. 14, 2013 Trivia:
This shop is trying to make a blanket, without doing any knitting! They are offering customers yarn to make a hexi-puff, if only customers make one for the shop.
Answer:
Twisted
Winner:
Debbie H.
Fun Fact:
Three about the Carver Bridge, the inspiration for Northwest Wools 2013 special pattern:
1) It crosses the Clackamas River
2) When it was a wooden bridge. it is reported to have been the longest covered bridge in the State.
3) The bridge can be seen in several scenes from the 2008 movie “Twilight”
Feb. 15, 2013 Trivia:
Which shop’s name was inspired by a birthday card the owner had received 10 years earlier?
Answer:
The Naked Sheep
Winner:
Eileen
Fun Fact:
The Oregon City Arch Bridge is the only Oregon bridge to be encased in gunite. This was done to protect it from the corrosive paper mills just downstream from it when it was built in 1922.
Feb. 16, 2013 Trivia:
Which LYS is based out of a former nail factory?
Answer:
Happy Knits
Winner:
Kim C.
Fun Fact:
The Sauvie Island bridge connects US Route 30 to Sauvie Island, over the Willamette river. This bridge is a tiered arch design, similar to the Fremont bridge. This current bridge is relatively new, it was built in 2008, to replace an older bridge with cracks in it.
Feb. 17, 2013 Trivia:
1). What shop is run by both Mother and Son?

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2). Which shop, with the help of 50 customers, created a crocheted coral reef display that was on display at OMSI for 3 months?
Answers:
Angelika’s Yarn Shop & Gossamer
Winners:
Toni H. (Angelika’s Yarn Store) & Kathleen C. (Gossamer)
Fun Fact:
Earlier this year, the Sellwood Bridge was physically moved over to make way for the construction of a new bridge. Even more surprisingly, this bridge, in its new location, is now open for automobile traffic.
Feb. 18, 2013 Trivia:
Which shop has a large painting of a sheep done by local artist Carol Grigg?
Answer:
Yarn Garden
Winner:
Tiffany S.
Fun Fact:
The Burnside Bridge was the only Willamette River Bridge in Portland that was designed with input from an architect? It’s true! That’s why the Burnside Bridge has Italian Renaissance towers and decorative metal railings.
Feb. 19, 2013 Trivia:
1). Which yarn shop has a diverse staff that includes 2 lawyers, a science teacher, two future nurses, a mathematician, and the daughter of of a woman who owned a knitting shop in Lake Placid during the 1980 Winter Olympics?

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2). Which yarn shop hosted Jeff Goldblum as shop proprietor of “The Doily Shoppe” in a recent Portlandia episode?
Answers:
For Yarn’s Sake & Close Knit
Winners:
Camille K. (For Yarn’s Sake) & Rachel N. (Close Knit)
Fun Fact:
At just 39 feet, the Lost Creek Covered Bridge is the shortest span in Oregon.
Feb. 20, 2013 Trivia:
Which participating yarn shop celebrates its anniversary on April Fool’s Day?
Answer:
Knitting Bee
Winner:
Tami H.
Fun Fact:
In addition to being the oldest vertical-lift bridge still in operation in the U.S., the Hawthorne Bridge also boasts the busiest bicycle and transit lanes in Oregon – with over 8,000 cyclists and 800 TriMet buses crossing daily!

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Built in 1910, the Southern Pacific Rail Bridge (located upriver of the St. John’s Bridge), is actually the oldest surviving structure that crosses the Willamette River in Portland.
Feb. 21, 2013 Trivia:
1). Which shop location was home to a vegan grocery store before it became a yarn shop?

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2). Which shop is set up in the living quarters of a building that used to be a Mechanic Garage?
Answers:
Yarnia & Northwest Wools
Winners:
Elena L. (Yarnia) & Nona L. (Northwest Wools)
Fun Fact:
The Bridge of the Gods, the inspiration for For Yarn’s Sake special patterns this year, is named after a natural geological event that temporarily created a bridge crossing the Columbia. It was called the Bridge of the Gods by local Native American tribes and lasted for several centuries. For the full legend, be sure to pick up a copy of For Yarn’s Sake’s special patterns during the Crawl.
Feb. 22, 2013 Trivia:
What Portland yarn store has classroom space downstairs, complete with a ‘Knitchen”?
Answer:
Knit Purl
Winner:
Megan K.
Fun Fact:
The St. Johns Bridge was the favorite achievement of renowned designer and structural engineer David B. Steinman, who was quoted as saying, “If you asked me which of the bridges I love best, I believe I would say the St. Johns bridge. I put more of myself into that bridge than any other bridge.”

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The Broadway Bridge was the first bascule bridge (drawbridge) built in Portland and the longest in the world at the time of its completion, on April 22, 1913 – at a cost of $1.6 million.
Feb. 23, 2013 Trivia:
1). Which shop has super-big, locally made knitting needles and crochet hooks to go with locally-milled super-chunky alpaca and wool yarns?

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2). Which shop has the largest number of finished samples on display?
Answers:
Pearl Fiber Arts & All About Yarn
Winners:
Holly K. (Pearl Fiber Arts) & Megan H. (All About Yarn)
Fun Facts:
The Fremont Bridge has the longest span of any bridge in Oregon.

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The owner of the Knitting Bee’s grandfather fell off the top of the arch of the Fremont Bridge into the Willamette during construction – and swam safely to shore!
Feb. 24, 2013 Trivia:
1). Stitchjones yarn & fiber is hand dyed on-site at which shop?

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2). Which shop spent its first 5 yrs on the Oregon coast before moving to its current location?

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3). Name those Irish Boys!
Answers:
Kathy’s Knit Korner, Wool ‘N Wares & Fergus & Seamus (of Dublin Bay Knitting Company)
Winners:
Candy C. (Kathy’s Knit Korner), Brinyon C. (Wool ‘N Wares), & Elsie E. (Dublin Bay Knitting Company)
Fun Fact:
The Steel Bridge was completed in July 1912 and replaced the Steel Bridge that was built in 1888. Its lower deck carries railroad and bicycle/pedestrian traffic, while the upper deck carries road traffic and light rail making the bridge one of the most multimodal in the world. It is the only double-deck bridge with independent lifts in the world.
The owner of the Dublin Bay Knitting Company’s Great Grandfather, Erick Nyberg, briefly worked construction on the bridge after emigrating from Sweden in 1910.