Thursday, December 30, 2010

Auld Lang Syne

Tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 31st we will be closing early for New Years Eve.
Our hours will be 10am-4pm.
Come in to pick out your 2011 project!

Happy New Year from Yarn Garden!

DIY glitzy pom pom sparkler!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Red Scarf Project

We've been rounding up all the scarves, knit or crocheted, that have been donated to us for the Red Scarf Project. Look how lovely they are!

If you are new to this project it was started in 2005, by Orphans of America (OFA). They launched a unique initiative to warm the hearts (and necks) of college-bound foster youth. They began taking donations of handmade red scarves to put into their Valentine's Day Care Packages.

We have been participating since it started and have had wonderful results thanks to all of you!

This years deadline for Red Scarf submissions is January 31st.

For Red Scarf guidelines click here.

Just got in a donation of wonderful hand knitted warm cowls too!

Thank you and continue to drop off your scarves at Yarn Garden until January 31st.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Friday, December 24, 2010

We're Open Christmas Eve!

Each stocking was designed by one of our creative Yarn Garden employees!

Patterns available free with purchase of yarn.

Today we're open from 10am-4pm. We will be closed tomorrow, Christmas Day.
Come in and we'll help you pick out the perfect gift or find that extra ball of yarn you need to finish your project.
Happy Holidays from everyone at Yarn Garden!

Sock herd coming through...

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Gift Idea - Ball Winder & Swift

To our amazement, we received ball winders and swifts, just in time for the holidays!
A Christmas miracle!
These are on so many wish lists this year so we ordered a ton of both. No more tangled skeins of yarn or hand winding balls with the yarn wrapped around your feet.

The swift is a light weight, collapsing metal umbrella that attaches to any table or bookshelf, vertically or horizontally and winds from a handle on the top. It's very easy to use and when closed, fits in the smallest spaces.

The ball winder is made of plastic and adjusts to fit onto any table, bookshelf or even a chair. One end of the yarn is placed through the metal loop hole for tension and then fit into a slit on top of the winder. This winds yarn into a great ball that is flat on the bottom with the end pulling from the middle of the ball so it doesn't roll around.

One of each, please!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gift Ideas - 1 Hour Scarf

I've been saving this one for a very last-minute knitted gift. It's the One Hour Scarf by Sirdar.
A super soft, super bulky chenille, 100% nylon that literally does knit up in one hour on a size US 15 needle. The finished scarf is nice and long, about 8 ft, so you can wrap it around your neck a few times to stay warm and cozy.
This scarf only uses 1 ball and the pattern comes with it, printed on the yarn label.

This would also make a great gift for any knitter!

We have the pink and purple made up in the shop hanging on our "Gift Ideas" wall.

I love how soft this is!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gift Ideas - Gift Cards

Only a few days left until Christmas and I'm sure you're all knitting or crocheting as fast as you can to finish...I know I am!
To make your last minute shopping easy, Yarn Garden has gift cards!
Perfect for any fiber lover in your life.
We ship anywhere too, so you can go ahead and add a Yarn Garden gift card to your wish list and use it on that project you've always wanted to make for yourself.
Order one online at or give us a call at 503-239-7950.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Gift Ideas- Staff PIck Gift Bags

For anyone trying to find the perfect gift for a knitter or crocheter, we've put together a few gift bags based on our own personal favorites.

In the Crochet Kit there are 2 skeins of Lush, a very soft wool/angora yarn,
1 birch wood Brittney crochet hook and a really cute hat pattern by Classic Elite.

In the Sock Knitters Bag there is 1 skein of Alpaca Sox Kettle Dyed yarn, a set of Brittney birch wood US 1 sock sticks, sock and lace ring stitch markers and a sock pattern.

For the lace lover we have a Lace Knitter's Deluxe Gift Bag. This has 1 skein of hand dyed Mountain Colors "Winter Lace" yarn, US 5 24" Addi Turbo Lace needles and sock and lace ring stitch markers.

Each one comes in a beautiful silk Lantern Moon bag with a blank gift tag, wrapped and ready to give!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gift Ideas- Shawl Pins

We just got a whole bunch of these gorgeous shawl pins in stock, so many different styles to choose from, I had to add these to our gift ideas. Hand blown glass, hand carved wood, mother of pearl, you name it! These make a great gift because they have so many uses. Great for closing shawls, cardigans, or even using as fancy hair-sticks!
My favorite right now is the black Lantern Moon wire safety pin. It's like a modern take on the kilt pin. Must have stocking stuffers!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

More Triana Colors!

New colors of Triana arrived today! We posted this yarn a couple weeks ago featured as a knitted Triana Boa Scarf. This scarf only takes one ball of Triana and knits up in just a couple hours on US 11's and the pattern is free.
I love the new colors!

The Triana Boa Scarf

Pink variegated. The yarn is net-like and you only knit into the edge making a fluffy fabric.
Come in and check out the new colors! This would make a perfect last minute gift...

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gift Ideas- Man Hat

I recently finished the Man Hat by Haven Leavitt in one night using only one ball of Ragazza Metoo Print. (Excuse the terrible photo, it was dark and I was excited to post about it) The pattern called for a bulky weight yarn knit down on a US 8 needle for warmth, so I thought I'd give this new yarn a try. Metoo Print is a chainette blend of 80% merino wool, 15% acrylic and 5% nylon. It's machine washable and the color changes are slow and subtle. I really liked working with the yarn and watching the colors fade from olive to forest.

I'm really liking chainettes, they make such a soft and lightweight fabric but still warm.

Ragazza No. 2 features Metoo Print. This hat and jacket on the cover are both knit in color 105, mottled petrol.

Hat, snood, sweater and arm warmers all in Metoo Print, color 101 mottled plum. Featured in Ragazza No. 2 booklet.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Gift Ideas- Lantern Moon Silk Needle Case

It's time to get elegantly organized with the Lantern Moon silk needle case.
The case has room to hold both straights and circulars with a zippered pouch for stitch markers, scissors and anything else. It measures 15" x 6" and is made using raw and patterned silk.
This is a great gift for yourself or your favorite knitter!

We only have the black and gold case in stock, but we have plenty of them because it's our favorite color combo!

We also have a case for double points or crochet hooks...

This is a silk fan case also from Lantern Moon. Forms a fan when closed, the case opens to reveal a big wheel of ultimate storage. 13 pockets in translucent organza help make tool selection a breeze and the magnetic closure keeps them safe and secure.

Open, it measures 17" in diameter, and folds to a compact 8.5"h by 12"w triangle. In iridescent taffeta, with your choice of six colors.

You can put these on my wish list!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Sales

Friday, December 10, 2010

Gift Ideas- Ragazza Lei Hat and Cowl

New from Lana Grossa's Ragazza line of yarn is Lei. It's a super bulky 100% merino wool that knits up on a US 15 or 17. It's surprisingly light weight for how bulky it is and really soft.
This cowl is knit flat using three different shades of purple and then seamed.

Ear flap hat in three shades of purple, just one ball of each color.

Ragazza Lei Color in a heathered purple, color 101. We also
carry the Lei Print and Lei Solid.

The booklet, Ragazza No.2 has the pattern for the Ragazza Lei hat and cowl, along with some other really cool patterns.
A lot of hats, scarves and over sized sweaters.

Another color combo idea.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Gift Ideas- Magic Cowl

Magic Cowl

I mentioned this cowl a while back, and I think it would make a fabulous gift!
It's really easy to knit and looks so one-of-a-kind, people will stop you on the street! As you knit this, the yarn changes from ribbon to sparkly mohair to boucle to big nubs and in some skeins, beads! The hand dyed colors blend together beautifully and change along with the texture. We used 1 skein of Be Sweet's Magic Ball and a pair of 24" circular US 10.5 and 11 needles. This is a free Yarn Garden pattern with the purchase of the yarn.

The cowl looks gorgeous worn long like a necklace or wrapped around your neck twice to keep you warm and stylish.

New colors have arrived! Dark shades of reds, browns and more.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gift Ideas- One Skein Wonders

What can be knit with just one skein you ask? We have the answer! Hundreds of fun projects can be knit with just one skein of yarn. These books are overflowing with creative patterns that will turn you into a "one-skein wonder" in no time!

The original One-Skein Wonder features 101 great favorites to help you use up those leftover balls from your last big project!

The second title brings you 101 stylish designer patterns to create with that irresistible single skein you couldn't pass up!

Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders, 101 beautiful pattern possibilities help you use up that gorgeous cashmere or exquisite qiviut!

And the latest of the series, Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders. This book is filled with patterns to make with sock yarn from scarves to fingerless gloves and yes, even some sock patterns!

Stop in and see our gift idea wall! Whether you're shopping for that special knitter in you life, or making your loved ones a heart felt gift, we've got you covered!