Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New From Classic Elite

New from Classic Elite is Cricket. A 60% cotton, 40% linen worsted weight yarn with a gauge of 5 sts/inch on US 6 (4mm) needles.
With 105 yards in a 50 gram ball, $6.50.
Cricket has a unique tweed look with it's tone on tone colors and with the blend of cotton and linen, it should have a nice drape.

CEY Cricket booklet has five beautiful spring patterns.

Christie is my favorite! Knit in color Daffodil #3950.

From left to right: Daffodil, Manzanilla, Natural and Blush.

From left to right: Celadon, Sky, Teal Blue and Navy Blue.

From left to right: Pumpkin, Cardinal, Bright Cerulean and Budgie.

We added a few new colors of Solstice by Classic Elite.
It's a blend of 70% organic cotton and 30% merino wool. It's so soft and the new colors are wonderful! We also got the latest pattern booklet using this yarn.

CEY Rocky Coast features four cute patterns using Solstice.

Daily Catch from the Rocky Coast booklet is the perfect summer cardigan with sweet lace detail.

CEY Shoreline features four designs using Allegoro, a sport weight 70% organic cotton, 30% organic linen. We added the new spring colors to the collection and they're beautiful!

CEY High Seas features 9 patterns using Silky Alpaca Lace, Pebbles, Firefly and more!

The Parkhurst shawl in the High Seas booklet is to die for! Knit with Silky Alpaca Lace, 1 ball each of colors Lake Chad and Cameroon.

Appledore, also from High Seas is a sweet shawl with a ruffled edge knit in Firefly, color Venice.

CEY Meadow is the new Firefly booklet! There are five cute summer patterns inside.

The Chicory & Clover cowl is adorable. What a perfect summer scarf. A quick lace knit and picking two colors to go together will be so much fun since with the addition of the new colors!

Firefly was probably our most popular yarn last summer so we were very excited to get the new colors this season! It's a sport weight 75% rayon, 25% linen that knits up to 24 sts/inch on a US 5 needle and is $8.50 a ball.

From left to right: Chicory, Hyacinth, Sour Apple, Cyprus, Sicily, Corsica, Capri and Linum.

From left to right: Crimson, Delos, Padua, Pink Petunia, Thistle and Brittania.

Here's my Firefly Fringed Scarf from last summer in color Hyacinth.
The pattern is from the CEY booklet Picnic. I love this scarf and made three different colored ones for myself!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

101 Hats!

Today we sent out 101 hats and 5 cowls all hand knitted and crocheted for the Transitions Project! That's a lot of hats!
A BIG thank you to everyone that found the time to make a warm item for the homeless.

If you're interested in charity knitting/crocheting we are currently taking donations for the Transitions Project, Project Lighthouse, Preemie Beanies and Chemo Caps. We have free patterns for the charity projects on our website

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Spring/Summer Yarns

Our spring and summer yarns have started to arrive! Here are a few that I just love...

Stacy Charles, Crystal is a lace weight yarn studded with shimmering sequins. It's a blend of 75% polyester/25% cotton with a gauge of 8-12 sts/in on a US #2-7 knitting needle and 144 yds per 25gm ball and is $29.95.
Who doesn't love a little glitz?

From left to right: Sunbeam, Silver Mist and Milky Way.

The Elsa Lace Scarf pictured here is currently on my mom's knitting needles and only uses one ball of Crystal. Each side of the scarf is knit separately then seamed together in the middle so the lace pattern falls the same on each end. It's just gorgeous! Can't wait to post pics when she binds off.

The Elsa Lace Scarf is one of many cute patterns in the new Tahki Stacy Charles book, Knitscape.

Tahki Stacy Charles, Ripple is a worsted weight thick and thin 100% mercerized cotton yarn.
With a gauge of 4.5 sts per inch on a US 7 knitting needle or a H-8 crochet hook and 142 yds per 50 grams and is $8.95 a ball.

Really excited to use this. The texture will make the simplest stitch look really neat!

From top to bottom: Driftwood, Sage, Fog and Pearl

From top to bottom: Ebony, Ocean, Coral and Sunshine

The Warren 2-way jacket in Ripple shown here worn in the short version can be flipped and worn as a longer jacket too.

Urban Renewal from Tahki Stacy Charles features the Warren 2-way jacket among other lightweight Spring knits.

From top to bottom: Geisha, Ginger Lily, Avocado and Pagoda

Sublime Yarns, Bamboo & Pearls DK is a blend of 70% bamboo/30% pearls. The pearl fibre in this yarn is made by using a viscose yarn blended with pearl powder during the spinning process. The pearl powder is from natural pearls, raised in rivers or lakes.
There are 104 yds in each 50 gram ball with a gauge of 5.5 sts/inch on a US 6 knitting needle and $8.95.

The yarn has a nice drape and beautiful shine.
Would make the perfect summer scarf!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Sparkling Halo - Staff Favorite

Arwen recently finished the Horai Scarf by Hiroku Fukatsu, a free pattern featured on Hiroku's blog and Ravelry.

Luna, color Blue Moon #25

The Yarn:
Luna by Stacy Charles is a lace weight blend of 71% mohair/20% silk /9% metallic making it fluffy, soft and just the right amount of sparkle. Each ball has 232 yds with a gauge of 23 stitches per 4 inches on a US 4 knitting needle or a size 2.75mm (C) crochet hook. Luna is $13.95 a ball and comes in beautiful colors.
We all love this yarn!

The Cowl:
Arwen changed the pattern a bit to make the scarf into a cowl, knitting it flat then seaming it together at the end. Knit on a US 10 1/2 knitting needle, she doubled the yarn and used 3 balls of Luna in color Sunbeam #26.

It turned out lovely!

© EmilyDevlin

Emily also used Luna recently for her New Year's sweater. The pattern is called Lalou by Rosemary Hill.
She used color Stormy Skies #23 along with beads. It's such a beautiful sweater.

© EmilyDevlin

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


New and already very familiar is Marina by Rozetti. Much like Triana, Marina is a net yarn that easily and quickly knits up into layers of ruffles! We have easy instructions on how to cast on with this yarn and create a fluffy boa scarf using just 1 ball!

On the needles, the fabulous spring boa scarf in the color Spectrum.

Rozetti's Marina is a 100% acrylic webbed ribbon yarn. 4-5 sts/in on a US 7-9 knitting needle and 2.75 - 3.50 sts/in on a I-K crochet hook. There are 33 yds per 100 grams and are $11.95 a ball. We have every color in stock and are just in love with this yarn!

Clockwise from top right: Poppies, Bronze Age, Carnivale and Spectrum

Clockwise from top right: Blue Monarch, Opal, Pink Pearl and Garden Path.

Clockwise from top right: Creme, Bright White, Classic Film and Noir.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Raffle Winners

Amee, the winner of the big basket!

The Portland Yarn Crawl came and went this past weekend.
We had so much fun meeting new people, hiding the scavenger hunt cowl, drawing the winning raffle tickets and seeing so many hand knits and crochets!

We drew raffle tickets for each day of the Crawl and handed out gift baskets with hand dyed sock yarn to Devon Burton, Niki Steckley and Debbie McKenzie. The final drawing at the end of the weekend for the big raffle basket put together by all the sponsoring companies went to Amee Pacheco. Congrats!

A big thank you to everyone that Crawled and to the sponsoring companies!

Can't wait for next year!

Friday raffle winner Devon Burton.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Portland Yarn Crawl March 4-6th

The Portland Yarn Crawl begins tomorrow through Sunday and we're excited!

Come by Yarn Garden or any of the 20 participating yarn stores and sign in. Signing in will enter you in the drawing for one of the giant prize baskets put together by the sponsoring companies. The more stores you sign in at the better your chances are of winning one of the baskets!
There will also be a scavenger hunt! It's free to join the Yarn Crawl. More info on the Crawl here:

On top of the big prize baskets, we will also be giving away Yarn Garden prize bags each day of the Portland Yarn Crawl, so don't forget to sign in when you arrive. There are 3 bags, so remember to sign in every day you come may win more than one.

We will have complimentary coffee, tea, patterns and magazines in our classroom. The free patterns and magazines are first come first served; take as many as you like. Our sale area will be restocked each day with new bargains! We're putting lots of delicious yarns on sale up to 50%off.

Since the crawl scavenger theme this year is cowls, the shop will be filled with these fluffy delights and many of our cowl patterns are free with yarn purchase. Good luck finding the right cowl!

Can't wait to see everyone!

In our pattern room you'll find lots of great yarns like Vivaldi, Dove, Ranco and many more on sale up to 50% off!

In the classroom we've filled the table with free patterns and half off balls of yarn and in the cotton/baby yarn room we have patterns on sale 60% off!

The BIG basket raffle prize! Full of fabulous yarns, books needles and more from all the sponsoring companies.

Yarn Garden's raffle prizes for each day of the Crawl!

Here is a map with Yarn Garden, our favorite spots to eat and bus stop information. If you are bicycling, SE Salmon St is a designated bicycle street just a few blocks north of us. We have bicycle parking in front of the shop! Ride safe.

View Yarn Garden in a larger map

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff