Knit a pair of easy fingerless gloves with Black Sheep at Orenco in Hillsboro, Oregon.
How did you get started?
While renting the neighborhood we used to walk past this row of houses. I would tell friends and family that it would make the perfect yarn store. One day there was a for sale sign up. My husband was on board and we bought the place. I waited six months to make sure and went for it.
Where are you located?
The Orenco Station neighborhood in Hillsboro, Oregon (20 miles west of Portland, Oregon). You can use this link to look at a satellite view of the neighborhood :). http://www.blacksheepatorenco.com/findus.html
Which products do you specialise in?
We have yarn, tatting supplies, crochet and knitting tools, fleece and tools for spinners and needle felters. I also sell consignment finishes goods, hand spun yarn, and estate sale fiber craft equipment.
Do you have a particular favorite product that you sell?
The yarn and fleece are my favorite. I love the indie dyer yarns and rovings. A few products that are unique to our store: Donegal Tweed (we have all of the colors all of the time). Lilliput yarn (she is small and local and only sells here and online). Spinners Candy (candy colors yarns and fleeces). The PCC Flock yarn and roving: Every year we donate money to help keep and shear the local vet tech community college program sheep and alpacas. We then take the unsaleable fleece that would normally be thrown away and have it processed. The result is lovely creamy white and natural gray brown yarn to play with.
What's on the stereo?
Whatever the mood strikes that day. I have the speakers tuned to my computer and can listen to radio stations from around the world. Often it is is BBC Radio 4 or oldies while other times it is The Bare Nakes Ladies, Maroon Five, or Robbie Williams.
Where else should we visit in your area?
The Portland Oregon Area is a fiber artists dream come true. We have more than 18 shops in the larger metro area and several events throughout the year. Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival is in October and the Rose City Yarn Crawl is the first weekend in March. In my immediate area there are several nice areas to eat, drink wine or shop for organic groceries and fancy kitchen/home gadgets. We have a lovely local bed and breakfast just around the corner that is a lovely place to stay when coming to visit. There are several nice parks within walking distance and the max train is just down the road so you can get all over quite easily without a car. The Portland Area is very beautiful and fun!
Do you host any workshops, classes or special events?
We have a full calendar of events and classes each month. My favorites are the open hand-work groups on Mondays from 4:30-6:30, Tuesdays from 10:30-noon, Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 and Chardonknitting on the second Friday (we drink wine, work on our projects).
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
Other computer links include:
Blacksheep Blog: http://www.blacksheepatorenco.blogspot.com
Ravelry group is called: blacksheeporenco
If you ever want anything from the shop just give us a call. We do not yet have online sales but we are more than happy to do it the old fashioned way over the phone and through the post.
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