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KNIT-A-BIT originated as a machine knitting shop dealing in Passap knitting machines in the Seattle area in 1979 and moved to Oregon and the Oak Grove/Oregon City area in 1993. The shop eventually settled into a second building on property in a rural area just east of Oregon City in 1996. The goal was to keep machines running and provide continuing education for Passap knitters after the demise of the Passap factory in Switzerland.

In January 2009 the shop was expanded to 1350 sq. ft. to include a home for hand knitting yarn and supplies because of a lack of hand knitting shops in the surrounding area. The expansion also prompted the need for a partner to shepherd the hand knitting endeavor into being and tend its growth.

In keeping with our goal to provide continuing education for Passap knitters, we organize a seminar every two years called Pacifically Passap (for more information see www.pacificallypassap.com). It brings together knitters, from beginning to advanced, to learn new techniques, brush up old ones, energize the creative process and develop new friendships.

For hand knitters, the shop has a wide range of yarns (many that are used by machine knitters as well). Our experience at Sock Summit 2009 gave us the opportunity to feature sock yarns from several independent dyers in the shop and to promote sock knitting.

For both machine and hand knitters, classes and projects that will further the skills of our customers are always important to us.