Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Debbie Bliss is Coming to Yarn Garden...Next Week!

If you haven't already heard, Debbie Bliss is coming to Yarn Garden!
We will be having an In-Store Book Signing Wednesday Aug. 4th 11:00 – 1:00pm.
Bring your books, patterns and magazines to be signed!
We will have a HUGE collection of her books available for purchase too.

We are also having an exclusive D.B. Fashion Show with a Q&A session Wednesday Aug 4th from 6:00-8:00pm $35.00. Sign up here. Space is limited and time is running out, hurry up and get your ticket!

The latest Debbie Bliss Magazine, I've already started a collection!
(We have back issues so you can start your own)

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Monday, July 26, 2010

Knit 1, Drink 2...

Pub Knitting was so much fun! It was great to get out of the summer heat and inside Barley Mill's air conditioning for a night of knitting, gabbing, drinking and eating!

Such a fun group!

We love Pub Knitting!

Holding up their special Pub Knitting freebie, a Lantern Moon bag!

Lois holding her prize!

Join us for our next Pub Knitting, August 20th, at the Barley Mill from 7-10.

Seduce Flow Tank - Staff Pick

Two of our wonderful employees have fallen in love with the silky yarn Seduce by Berroco. A mix of silk, linen, rayon and nylon makes it the perfect summer yarn to knit with . The pattern, Flow, is featured in Norah Gaughan Vol. 2 booklet. The pattern is simple and easy, letting the color variegation shine through.

Same top, same yarn, different color! So cute!

Back detail. The color variation is gorgeous!

Ah, what a perfect summer top!

I love the way the colors slowly fade into each other.

Seduce, so lovely!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Charity Knitting Project - Caps for Soldiers

Picture of the cap on a cute model!

We are adding a new project, Caps for Soldiers to our charity list. Most of our projects are ongoing but this one has a deadline of August 26th, which is approaching fast.

The commanders of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, (approx. 1,500 Idaho soldiers and 1,200 from Montana and Eastern Oregon) leaving for Iraq in mid September would like to have a cap to put in each soldier’s pack at the time he/she is deployed.
These caps help keep the soldier’s heads warm during the cold season and when it’s hot, hot, hot, the caps can be soaked with water to help keep them cool. Due to burn danger from fire or explosions, caps must be knit with 100% wool. Please choose earth tone colors like beige, tan, black, dark green or brown for safety reasons.

You will find this pattern with the other charity patterns on our website at yarngarden.net. All of us at Yarn Garden hope you will set aside one evening to make a cap and support our troops. We are more than happy to help you pick an appropriate yarn to get you started. A big thank-you to Barbara Jennings and Carla Harwood for bringing this project to our attention.

You can find the pattern here.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Pub Knitting Tonight!

Yay! Pub Knitting is here!
We will see you all at the Barley Mill at 7:00PM tonight.
If you haven't RSVP'd yet or want to bring some friends, please e-mail us at sales@yarngarden.net or call (503) 239-7950 to let us know you will be attending. This way we can gauge how many tables to take over with our stashes and pints and how many special giveaways to bring to our Pub Knitting members.

See you tonight!

If you can't make it tonight...
Upcoming Pub Knitting Dates:
August 20th, September 17th, October 15th, November 19th and December 20th all at the Barley Mill Pub.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Big Thanks To Our Charity Knitters and Crocheters!

We are always impressed and touched with how many donations we get for our charity projects.
I had to post a few photos of a recent donation of crocheted preemie hats from Lynne Swartzlander.

Look at the flowers and ribbon!

The colors are so sweet!

*Check our website for free charity patterns, yarngarden.net
Thanks again to everyone that continues to knit or crochet for those in need!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Summer Yarn Spotlight! Reynolds Balmy

I love the soft and silky feel of Balmy.

It's a nice blend of 97% Cotton and 4% Elite (stretch).
Gauge: 6 sts/in on a US 5 needle with 135 yards.

It comes in wonderful colors and we carry this great pattern featured below for an easy and super cute cardigan that will make any new or experienced knitter happy!

Reynolds Balmy

Love the colors

Pattern for a simple and classic beginner cardigan.

Now, which color to choose...

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

"Take me out to the ball game..."

We have our tickets for Stitch N' Pitch tomorrow night...do you?
Join us, it's not too late! Knit, crochet, fly balls, peanuts and cracker jacks! Wednesday, July 21st, Beavers vs. Reno Aces.
Call Andy McCulloch 503-553-5443 to book your tickets at $10 if you mention "Stich N' Pitch"

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Buzz

My granddaughter Zoe loves hats! I have knit her a fun collection with many more to come.
A simple rolled brim hat with a sparkly novelty yarn sewed onto the end of the antennas. I used Plymouth Jeannee DK, a cotton/acrylic yarn that's machine washable. Knit on a US 5.
The inspiration for this bee hat comes from Lantern Moon's Bee tape measure.

- Jo, Yarn Garden

Bee Hat!

Antenna glitz!

The inspiration, Lantern Moon Bee tape measure

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I Dream of Feather and Fan, Staff Pick!

I've been itching to knit out of Punta Yarn's space-dyed cotton when suddenly the enormously popular Cloud Bolero by Ysolda Teague came to mind. This free pattern is easily modified for all body types (I knit the body longer than in the original pattern and knit the sleeves a little longer)

This sweater can be knit in a week and uses the easy-to-memorize feather and fan lace pattern to create a nice, open fabric. And it only took 2 skeins of yarn!

This versatile summer sweater can be yours for less than $28.00!

-Julie, Yarn Garden Staff

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Join Yarn Garden at Stitch N' Pitch!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Portland Beavers vs. Reno Aces
7:05 PM (gates open at 6 PM)

The Portland Beavers invite you out to PGE Park for a fun evening of two American traditions- Baseball and Needlearts!

$10 reserved special offer tickets when you mention "Stitch N' Pitch"
- Call Andy McCulloch at 503-553-5443 to book your tickets today!

Offer not valid at the PGE Park Box Office.
Deadline to order tickets is Tuesday, July 20 at 5 PM

Hot Summer Day!

Take a break from the heat today and knit or crochet in our cool air conditioning!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Summer Project Favorite!

Color Sicily, #7766

Color Hyacinth, #7754

I knitted this scarf after seeing the pattern in the Classic Elite pattern booklet, Picnic. I used the suggested yarn Firefly by Classic Elite and loved it. The scarf is self-fringing, meaning you get to drop stitches on purpose at the end!
Just takes 2 balls and the colors are gorgeous.
I have made 3 already and my mother has even made one in a hot pink!
When you find a good thing, you might as well have one in every color. (and I'm making 1 more...!)

-Annie Yarn Garden Staff

Join us at the next Pub Knitting!

We have changed the date for our next Pub Knitting to Friday, July 23rd at the Barley Mill.
Reminder: We like to have a ball park head count for each gathering, so please e-mail us at sales@yarngarden.net or call 503-239-7950 to let us know you will be attending.
Come join the fun!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Recycled Bags Back in the Spotlight

Summer Project Bag Trend!
We ordered a ton of our favorite Lantern Moon bags and totes to make your knitting/crocheting portable, fun. All of them are under $20, so they won't break the bank! So, fill your favorite one with your project, sunglasses, SPF and you're set!

Lantern Moon messenger bags made from recycled fish feed bags.

I love the way this bag looks!

Lantern Moon tote bags in bright sunny colors under $10.00!

Close up detail of the material, each one is unique.

Lantern Moon braided palm leaf tote
--Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Thursday, July 1, 2010

4th of July Weekend hours....

We will be closed Sunday, the 4th of July for Independence Day. We’ll have our regular hours Saturday (10am-5pm) and Monday (11am-6pm). We hope you all have a great holiday!