Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year!

We will be open today until 3pm so come in and pick out your project for 2012!
We are closed New Years Day and open our regular hours Monday, Jan. 2nd.  

Happy New Year from all of us at the Yarn Garden!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Last Minute Shopping

We're open today, Christmas Eve, from 10am-3pm.  Come in for your last minute gift shopping or treat yourself to a new project to work on over the holidays.  We have gift cards too!

New from Knitter's Pride is this wonderful set of Symfonie Dreamz double points made from densified laminated birch that's strong and smooth.  We love that each size is a different color and they are neatly organized in a little portable pouch. 
The set includes sizes US# 0, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 all 6" in length. 

The interchangeable set from Knitter's Pride would make any knitter happy!  Includes sizes US #4-11, 4 cords in different lengths, 1 set of size markers, 8 end caps, 4 cord keys and a case.   

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Yarn Garden!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Woolly Penguins

We are in love with Marie Mayhew's felting patterns. We've had so much fun making these Woolly Penguins and Snowmen! 
Get creative with accessories, here my mom made little ear muffs and a scarf with pom poms!

The Woolly Snowman pattern includes the corn-cob pipe, nose and instructions to make a top hat. We added a little smoke too!

We made our little penguin chicks using a skein of  Cascade 220 in gray, doubled with a skein of  Fresco in cream for the body and a skein of Cascade 220 in black for the head, tail and feet.  

Both patterns are knit in the round on big needles.  I knit my penguin in one evening and it took about a day to dry after felted.   

These would make great gifts!

Come in and check out some of her other felting patterns.  The gnomes are especially adorable.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Gift Ideas - Cowls

Cowls have been so popular and what a great gift idea too. They keep you warm and looking stylish. There's still plenty of time to knit up some of our favorites and a couple of them in just an evening! Here are a few ideas:

The Cozy Como Cowl is a great last minute gift. Knit in the round on US #17 needles, it can be done in an evening! We used two balls of Debbie Bliss Como, a baby soft blend of 90% merino wool and 10% cashmere.
Free pattern with yarn purchase!

Refashion Cowl is knit with one skein of Refashion, a bulky weight soft and textured yarn made from recycled wool/cashmere/nylon/rayon. We used one skein of Refashion and size US #10.5 needles. A fun and unique cowl!
Free pattern with yarn purchase.

Arwen's Horai Scarf by Hiroku Fukatsu, a free pattern featured on Hiroku's blog and Ravelry.
Knit on a US 10 1/2 knitting needle, she doubled the yarn and used 3 balls of Luna in color Sunbeam #26. 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.

Treat a loved one or yourself to the Cloud 9 Cowl. Appropriately named because it feels light as a feather and soft as a cloud around your neck. Knit using one ball of Superior, a lace weight blend of 70% cashmere/ 25% silk/ 5% merino on a US #9 needle.
Free pattern with yarn purchase.

Add a little glitz to your outfit with the Constellation Cowl. A squishy garter stitch cowl knit flat, twisted and seamed together. We used two balls of Lanalux, an aran weight blend of merino and nylon on US #11 needles.
Free pattern with yarn purchase.

The Burberry Inspired Cowl is a great gift idea. We had a lot of fun with this pattern last winter using different yarns and decided to revisit it this season because we love the classic pattern. This one is so soft, it's hard to take off! Knit using 1 skein of Cascade Eco Duo, a blend of 70% undyed alpaca/ 30% undyed merino wool and $12.45 a skein. It's a quick gift knit on US# 10 needles and just lovely!

Parapluie is a fabulous cowl designed by our Emilly. Knit in seed stitch with a soft cable running down one edge. It's knit flat and seamed together, making it easy to change the length. She used two ball of Ariosa, one of my favorite yarns and US #11 needles. Ariosa is a bulky weight single ply 90% merino/ 10% cashmere. The colors are all beautiful and this cowl will look fabulous on anyone!
Free pattern with yarn purchase.

Fez Cowl designed by Debbie Bliss from her booklet, Fez is a wonderfully warm and cozy cowl with a fun stitch pattern to follow. Knit with two balls of Fez, a blend of 85% merino/15% camel on US #8 needles. This is one of my favorites.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff