Friday, October 29, 2010

Bubble Ball Cowl

Designed by the wonderful Arwen, this beautiful cowl really compliments the yarn. The pattern uses 1 ball of Bubble Ball yarn by Be Sweet (we just love Be Sweet!) and a pair of size US 4 needles. It's knit flat while gently sliding the felt balls across the yarn throughout the cowl until they're all used up. In the end we have a one of a kind cowl. I think these would make great Christmas gifts!
Pattern is available on Ravelry or in the shop!

A super soft 100% handspun and hand dyed merino with 25 felted balls strung on the yarn.

We used color Wild Berries

I love the mix of garter stitch and felt balls.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Update: Debbie Stoller Night

The workshop with Debbie Stoller is now full. If you didn't get signed up in time you can get added to the waiting list by emailing us at or calling 503-239-7950.

If you can't get into the workshop, the book signing after the workshop is open to everyone and starts at 7:15PM.
We will have her new book Stitch 'N Bitch Superstar Knitting discounted to $16.00 for everyone that day.

Hope to see everyone there! It's going to be so much fun!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fix Those Mistakes!

Still room in Mary's Fix Those Mistakes class.
If you are paralyzed by fear any time a stitch slips off your needle, this class is for you. We will make a nice pot of herbal tea and calmly learn how to untwist stitches, pick up dropped stitches, rip back, and get those stitches back onto your needle. Conquer your fear of mistakes!
It's a 1 day class Monday, October 25th from 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Sign up at or over the phone 503-239-7950

Knitting Mochimochi Trunk Show

We have the cutest trunk show right now! From the book Knitting Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec. Each lovable plush toy is knit with one of our favorites, Cascade 220 worsted weight wool. Pictured above is the oh so cute couch with a sleepy bite-free bed bug!
Come in and check them out

We love this book!

Keep your conscience on your shoulders with Naughty and Nicey

Feet Eaters hippo slippers

Squirrels on Wheels

TV Guy

The Confused Moose

Love Muff

I have to make the Shyscrapers!

Pocket Protectors and Orbiting Oddity
Publish Post

Photo from Anna's website

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Pub Knitting!

A little late with the pics, but our October Pub Knitting night was so much fun!
It's great to see familiar and new faces. We had a lot of fun giving away Halloween themed yarns during our raffle and hope everyone enjoys the yarn and little sock pattern ornament we gave out. We've made quite a few of them just to hang around the shop because they're so cute.
The pics are a little dark, but it is a pub!

We took up the big table and then some...

Winning the official Pub Knitting Project Bag

Winner of the 1 hour scarf yarn

Wild knitters and crocheters!

Booths and orange sock yarn moustaches

Yarn Garden staff Mary and I, working on some fingerless gloves and playing with Mary's flashlight, ha ha.

Thanks to everyone that made it out and we'll see you next month at the next one, November 19th.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hairy Scary!

We love Halloween and have recently just finished Spider from the book Amigurumi Knits by Hansi Singh. He's a wonderful design that looks perfect in the window. We made him extra big using Cascade Yarns Magnum, a little La Gran Mohair in the legs to make him hairy and size 11 needles.

There's even a jackalope in this book!

He's kinda cute for a creepy crawly spider.

Happy Halloween!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

An Evening with Debbie Stoller

Saturday, November 6th
workshop 6-7pm
book signing - 7:15pm

Yarn Garden is excited to invite you to an Evening with Debbie Stoller November 6, 2010.

Debbie Stoller, a New York Times best-selling American author is a publisher and feminist pundit whose work includes magazines as well as books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

In 2003, Debbie authored Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook, the first of the best-selling Stitch ‘N Bitch series of knitting books, calendars and journals. It was followed by Stitch ‘N Bitch Nation, also a New York Times bestseller, Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker, and Son of Stitch ‘N Bitch.

Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook is still Yarn Garden’s top selling book.

The evening will include a technique workshop and a book signing. Debbie’s technique workshop will be from 6-7pm, The cost is $16.00 and a copy of Superstar Knitting is included. Please sign up online now, in the store, or by phone (503) 239-7950. Space is limited so please sign up early!

After the workshop, Debbie will do a book signing beginning at 7:15pm that is open to the public.

Magic Cowl

This Magic Cowl is a cinch 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 pattern with the purchase of the yarn.

The yarn comes from Be Sweet, a wonderful company that works with job creation programs to give artisans the confidence and the means to support themselves and their families in otherwise economically depressed regions.
Be Sweet’s mission; to bring socially and environmentally friendly products to fashionable consumers that evoke an individual style and help support community development around the world.
We can back that!

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

Each ball is unique. Lovely jewel toned colors.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Friday, October 8, 2010

Measure Twice, Cut Once

We're getting ready for Pub Knitting next Friday, October 15th in a big way! We're measuring out yarn for a really special Halloween themed give away so be sure to come!
Email or call us at 503-239-7950, let us know if you're bringing your friends or family so we have enough goodies to give out!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Sales

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Placed Cable Aran Sweater - Upcoming Class

There is still space in Martha's wonderful Placed Aran Cable Sweater class. Knit in worsted weight, the yarn possibilities are endless! Learn how to incorporate 3 simple cables into a beautiful cowl neck yoke sweater. She'll even teach you how to knit faster!
Sign up at and let the plotting begin...
Class begins Saturday, October 9th at 10:30am-12:30pm.

Sweater shown in Portland Tweed by Classic Elite Yarns in color Sweet William, #5061.

A simple rolled cowl neck.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Plastic Bottle Yarn?

Yep, we just got in a new yarn, LOL by Marks and Kattens made from recycled plastic bottles.
It knits up to 3.5 sts/in. with 68 yards and comes in wonderful bright colors and retails at only $3.25! It's soft and feels very light for a bulky weight yarn. Can't wait to use it!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Friday, October 1, 2010

Mountain Colors 2nd Annual Party

This weekend, October 2nd & 3rd marks our 2nd Annual Mountain Colors Party! Come join us at the Wild, Wild Northwest Show and take a gander at the entire Mountain Colors line.
You can order anything you want, no minimums.
We will have a trunk show up of tons beautiful sweaters, hats, socks and more!

Here's a peak at a few of my favorites...

My next project, the River Twist Hoodie in color Stillwater River.
Who doesn't need another hoodie in Portland?

Mountain Fair Isle Hats using Weavers Wool Quarters yarn.

White Water Socks using Crazyfoot yarn in color Wild Raspberry

Caryll's Cashmere Wimple in color Marias Falls.

Silk N' Ewe Lace Scarf in color Harmony Lake.

Socks, socks, socks!

Don't miss out!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff