Thursday, February 7, 2013

Yarn Garden 2013 Sock Challenge

We’re all super obsessed with socks, and are thrilled to invite you to join our 2013 Sock Challenge!

January was for finishing up (or recovering from) holiday knitting, so starting in February, we’ll be knitting one pair of socks each month, to end up with 11 new pairs of socks by the end of the year! Get a start on your Christmas presents, or stock up on your own sock collection.

You can sign up for this challenge in store during the month of February. Everyone who finishes the challenge will be entered into a raffle at the end of December for a $50 Yarn Garden gift card, and will have warm, cozy feet for all of 2014!

We’ll have yarn and pattern suggestions posted on our blog throughout the year. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cascade Paints

Cascade's Magnum yarn has been flying off our shelves this season for quick projects on big needles (US #15-17) such as cowls, hats and mittens.  We are happy to announce it now comes in colorful paints!

From left to right: Magnum Paints in colors Purple, Denim and Salt & Pepper.
 Caramel and Forest
 Orange and Reds
From left to right: Wild Honey, Olympic Forest and David's Eyes
Of course we had to get more sock yarn too.  Cascade's Heritage sock yarn has been popular at the shop for a long time for socks to shawls with it's broad solid color selection.  We now carry it in Paints!  

Londonberry, Forest and Tropical Seas
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, machine washable and has 437 yards per 100 gram skein, plenty for a pair of socks.  It's incredibly soft, warm and strong!
Dark Sunset, Fall Foliage and Dahlia
 Knit a pair of the B&B socks designed by Betty Balcomb using one skein of Heritage Paints.  A wonderful combination of basketweave and cables. Pictured here in color David's Eyes #9922, free pattern from Cascade Yarns.
We also have lots of Magnum and Heritage solids and Quick Knits books in stock too!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Upcoming Class: Learn to Knit Fingerless Gloves

Class #03 Teacher: Emily Devlin

Learn to knit while making a pair of trendy fingerless gloves in this class. You'll learn how to knit, purl, read a pattern, and sew a seam. These fingerless gloves are a great first project, and they're small and quick enough that you'll be impatient to start a second set.
 Sign up at or call the shop 503-239-7950
 *Students receive 20% off class materials

Class Dates and Times:
Wed. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 1/9/2013
Wed. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 1/16/2013
Wed. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 1/23/2013

Friday, December 28, 2012

Auld Lang Syne

We will be open New Years Eve until 3pm so come in and pick out your project for 2013! 
We are closed New Years Day and open our regular hours Wednesday, Jan. 2nd.  
Treat yourself to a ball winder and wooden swift, Stitchionary books or the Addi Turbo Click Interchangeable needle set.  Get inspired!
Happy Holidays from all of us at Yarn Garden!

Upcoming Class: Learn to Knit Scarf

The New Year is just around the corner and with it comes resolutions for 2013.  
My mother is always encouraging me to take a class and learn something new.  Since our mother's know best, I take the annual challenge and sign up for something different and always have the best time.  So, if knitting is something you've always wanted to learn, I encourage you to sign up for the Learn to Knit Scarf class.  
Learn the basics of knitting while creating a stylish scarf perfect for men or women.

 We will use a pattern that includes many more scarf and wrap options that you can knit later on - it is full of design possibilities!  You will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, read a pattern weave in ends.
We will be making this lovely Textural Scarf.
 Class Dates and Times:
Tue. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 1/8/2013
Tue. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 1/15/2013
Tue. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 1/22/2013
* No knitting experience required to take this class
Sign up at or call us 503-239-7950
Students receive 20% off all class materials.  

Friday, December 21, 2012

Gift Idea: Knit and Crochet Classes

Our Winter Classes for 2013 are here and there is one for everybody!  
My mother signed me up for a class 10 years ago to learn to knit while I was visiting her.  I'll never forget my patient and hilarious teacher and the first scarf I made with knits AND purls!  Knitting is a huge part of my life now and I still continue to take classes and now teach them myself.  

There's nothing else like a room full of people bonding over a first scarf so take a look at our class schedule and sign up for one today or gift a class to a loved one for the holidays!
For the last minute shoppers, pick up a Yarn Garden gift card along with a printed out class schedule.

Sign up for classes at or call us 503-239-7950.

Teacher: Michelle Corcoran
 Learn the basics of sweater construction as you knit this cozy v-neck pullover. In addition to reading a pattern, you'll also learn increases and decreases, seaming, and a decorative ribbing that adds a special touch to this sweater. Knit on larger needles, you'll find this sweater a fun and quick knit!  
This is a great class for new knitters.  Skills needed: cast on, knit, purl and bind off.

Class Dates and Times:
Mon. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 1/7/2013
Mon. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 1/14/2013
Mon. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 1/21/2013
Mon. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 2/4/2013

 -Annie, Yarn Garden

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Last Minute Gift Ideas

 Hand made Serendipity knitting needles crafted from Northern White Birch with handcrafted polymer clay finials on top from animals to snowmen!  We carry sizes US #7-9.  

 The ASAP (five hour sweater) from Classic Elite Yarns is a
stylish and warm quick knit using La Gran double stranded (pictured in color Iris).
La Gran is an aran weight blend of 76½% Mohair, 17½% Wool, 6% Nylon, soft and fluffy!

 The Cozy Como Cowl from last season revisited in Classic Elite Yarns Ariosa held double.  Knit this cowl in a couple evenings with circular US #17 needles, two balls of Ariosa.  Pictured above in color Tannin.  Free pattern on our Yarn Garden Ravelry page.

 A simple hat for women or men in a classic tweed yarn.  The Chunkeanie, a free pattern on, designed by Woolly Wormhead was a fun knit with easy to read instructions and nice decreases at the top.  We knit ours with one ball of Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran in color Sienna and size US #8 needles.  This hat can be worn slouchy or with a folded brim.

The Tivoli Twist, the perfect accessory for her.   Ribbed with a simple twist in the front and buttonhole closure in the back.  Knit with one ball of Tivoli in color Amber from Tahki Stacy Charles, a luxurious blend of  52% Silk, 48% Mohair.  Free pattern with yarn purchase!

We have wooden swifts in stock too!  Who doesn't want one of these?

-Annie, Yarn Garden