But the beauty of yarn isn't only in the color. Sometimes it's about texture, and that's where Shibui Yarns' make projects come alive. Based in Portland, Oregon, the company's name "Shibui" means "elegant with a touch of bitterness" in Japanese, and that translation encapsulates Shibui Yarns' aesthetic. The yarns are sophisticated in fiber and texture, and the patterns are developed to take advantage of those qualities.