Thursday, October 27, 2011

Upcoming Class: Double Knitting 101- Portlandia Hat

Hat pictured in Berroco Vintage DK, Navy and Split Pea Melange. Just one skein of each color.

There's still time to sign up for the Double Knitting 101-Portlandia Hat class. You'll learn to make and shape a completely reversible fabric by knitting a double knit hat. The perfect gift for your loved ones to keep warm while learning a new technique!

Skills needed to take this class:
knit, purl, cast on, knit in the round.

Sign up online at , come in or give us a call 503-239-7950.

Here are the dates and times for this class:

Thu. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 11/3/2011
Thu. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 11/10/2011
Thu. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 11/17/2011

Here is the hat turned inside out, a nice light background with the navy for the bird. It looks so good both ways!

Here you can see the magic reversible fabric it makes. "Put a bird on it!"

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Andes Scarf

We love revisiting yarns around the store and coming up with new ways to use them. Andes has always been a staff favorite because of how soft and silky it is and the jewel toned colors are just perfect. My mom played around with it in my favorite mustard yellow and came up with this beautiful scarf that really shows off the yarn.

A simple garter stitch scarf knit from end to end using two skeins of Andes shown in the color Mustard. It's one of the softest scarves I've ever felt, everyone should have one around their neck!

This is a free pattern available with yarn purchase.

The Yarn:

Andes by Debbie Bliss is a blend of 65% baby alpaca/ 35% mulberry silk. It's a single ply dk weight yarn with 110 yards per 50 gram skein. Here are the colors:

Fuschia, Red and Dusty Pink

Denim, Eggplant and Mauve

Salmon, Moss Green and Mustard

Light Sweet Pea and Aqua

Black, Tan and Off White

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Kidsilk Haze Creation Scarf

New from Rowan is Kidsilk Haze Creation. We are in love with it.
This dreamy scarf is knit using only one skein and an easy technique that will fly off your needles in less than an hour!

Kidsilk Haze Creation is a net tubular yarn made from Kidsilk Haze, a 70% mohair/30% silk and $24.95 per skein. It's a limited edition yarn that comes in six beautiful colors with lovely names like dewberry and candy girl.

This will make the perfect gift!

Kidsilk Haze Creation colors: clockwise from top left: Cream, Candy Girl, Dewberry, Smoke, Trance and Jelly.

Kidsilk Haze Stripe

We also received Kidsilk Haze Stripe! A self striping version of Kidsilk Haze in six beautiful colors put together by Kaffe Fassett in a 50gram ball with 460 yards.
The scarf pattern pictured above comes on the yarn label and just uses one ball of yarn to make!
Another great gift idea.

From left to right: Sugar, Cool and Forest

Circus, Twilight and Frost

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Friday, October 14, 2011

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Arwen designed this cowl in honor of Kimberly Swartzlander, a Yarn Garden family member, who just completed her radiation treatments. Many of you have never met Kim because she is working behind the scenes keeping track of all the yarns coming in and out of the shop and making sure the yarn on the floor is in the best possible place. Kim is the cornerstone of Yarn Garden, who's memory and knowledge is put to the test every day when customer's call looking for one more skein of a yarn they purchased from us eight years ago!

The Kimberly Cowl pattern is free with purchase of yarn and Yarn Garden is donating $2.00 for each ball of Kid Seta purchased to breast cancer research.

Materials: One ball of the light and airy Kid Seta by Cascade Yarns in color# 838 rose pink.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Upcoming Class: Easy Baby Cable Knit Hat

There's still time to sign up for the Easy Baby Cable Knit Hat class!

This is a great class for knitters who are comfortable knitting and purling and want to learn some new skills. The hat will introduce you to a very simple cable pattern. Cables are a lot of fun and provide endless variety! You have the choice of doing this hat on double pointed needles (no seaming!) or on straight needles.

Pictured above is little Jimmy in his cabled hat knit with Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.

The fee is $45.00 and the class will meet Thursdays, Oct. 13th, 20th & 27th from 6:30-8:30pm.
You can sign up online at or give us a call at 503-239-7950.

This hat makes a perfect gift - once you knit one, you'll want to knit more!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Upcoming Class: Top Down Vest

Learn how to knit a simple and stylish sweater vest in Mary's Top Down Vest class.
Knit from the top down so there's no seaming (yay!) and it's easy to try on as you knit to get the perfect length.
The class starts Wednesday, October 12th at 6:30pm and meets the following two Wednesdays.
You can sign up online at or give us a call at 503-239-7950.

Pictured above is a warm and toasty version of the vest knit with one skein of Cascade Yarns Eco Wool in color #9408.

This vest was knit using 3 skeins of Malabrigo Twist in color Lettuce.

Shown here with a cute wooden shawl stick.

The class will be using Knitting Pure & Simple's pattern, Cap Sleeve Cardigan Vest. We love their patterns.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Upcoming Class: Retro Gloves

Pictured above: Knit with Noro Retro in color Majestic Purple

There's still time to sign up for Emily's Retro Glove class which starts Monday, October 10th. Made in a worsted weight yarn, they are fairly quick to knit. You will learn how to make fingers and cables! These would make great gifts for the holidays too.

Sign up for her class online at or over the phone, 503-239-7950.

This is an intermediate class. The skills needed to take this class: knit in the round, purl, cast-on, bind-off. The class fee is $45.00.

The class will meet the following dates and times:
Mon. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 10/10/2011
Mon. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 10/17/2011
Mon. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 10/24/2011

She will teach you how to make them with or without fingers for indoor or outdoor wear!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff