My name is Kerry Graber and Jorstad Creek is my company. This blog is my opportunity to share information, my thoughts, and many opinions about the yarn and fiber world. I am an avid knitter, spinner of yarn, dyer, and designer of patterns. I am also exploring the craft of crochet.
Jorstad Creek was started in my home in my basement dye studio, where I’ve been able to explore color and fiber to my hearts content. The name Jorstad Creek came from where I found inspiration. The small community of Jorstad (also spelled Jorsted!) Creek is found on the shores of Hood Canal on highway 101. The incredible view of the canal and the little fishing shack next to a sandy spit is where I often pulled off on my way to Port Townsend to take a break and admire the location. This simple, quiet place set me to dreaming about what I would do if I took my hobby and made it a business. Since this daydream of mine started at Jorstad Creek, I named my company after the place that launched it all.
Since starting the yarn and fiber company as a one-person operation, I’ve grown the company to a retail and wholesale endeavor. Now expanded to include 6 part-time staff, including three additional dye artisans, Jorstad is so much more than I dreamed. Jorstad is a local yarn store to our community of Olympia and surrounding areas, a stop-over for travelers on their way to Portland or Seattle, and a destination for knitters looking for our hand-dyed yarn and fiber. For the Jorstad team the Studio is an idea made real by our own hands.
From left to right, Kerry Graber, Leanna Saplan, Madison Simpson, Alena Reynolds.