Tuesday, June 28, 2011


New yarns will start arriving before we know it, so we put some yarns on sale to make room!

Emily in her latest sweater, Breezy Cardigan holding Mountain Colors, Weavers Wool Quarters which is 30% off. This yarn makes the best boot socks.

Brown Sheep, Legacy Lace is 30% off!

Rowan, Ribbon Twist is 30% off. A super bulky wool/acrylic with a ribbon twist. This yarn is discontinued, so make sure you get enough!

Here you can see the variegated ribbon twisted with the wool.

Punta Yarns, Mericash Thousand Colors is 40% off! A luxurious blend of merino and cashmere. This is one of my favorite yarns.

Sirdar, Crofter DK is 30% off. A machine washable, wool/acrylic/cotton blend that makes a fair isle effect.

Here are some patterns from the Crofter booklets 349 and 365 that I just love:

Open front short sleeved cardigan. A sweet summer knit.

Boot socks using 2 balls of Crofter DK.

These wrist warmers are so cute! Such a great easy pattern that really shows the fair isle effect.

There is also a kids wrist warmer pattern. How cute!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer Project #1

Summer is finally here! It's time to grab your knitting or crochet and take it outside.
Lightweight portable projects are perfect for warm weather so we thought we'd start to hopefully inspire by sharing a fun project idea each week.

Shawlette's have been so popular and such a great way to knit with sock yarn at a looser gauge making a soft, lightweight fabric.
Emily designed this very cute Alpaca Sox Shawlette using just one ball of Alpaca Sox by Classic Elite Yarns in color dried herbs. Knit from the top down with a random mix of garter and stockinette rows, finished with a picot edge. The pattern is available free with yarn purchase.

I really like the way the picot edge adds a little "girlie" flare.

Here you can see the fun she had with alternating garter to stockinette.

The yarn, Alpaca Sox in color dried herbs. A fingering weight yarn at 8 sts/in and a soft mix of 60% alpaca, 20% merino wool, 20% nylon with 450 yards in a skein.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Pub Night 6/17/11

Last week's Pub Knitting was so much fun, my mother and I are always looking forward to it. I love seeing what everyone is working on and just the sight of that many knitters and crocheters taking over the bar is amazing! Thanks to everyone that came and thanks Barley Mill for being so wonderful to us every month!
The next Pub Knitting Night will be Friday, July 15th at the Barley Mill. (Always the 3rd Friday of the month)
Give us a call, 503-239-7950 or email sales@yarngarden.net to sign up for the next date!

Here are some pics from last week:

Raffling off some goodies!

Deb's work-in-progress using Fez yarn by Debbie Bliss. So soft!

Knitting and a couple of reading lights.

Raffle time!

Jared, our wonderful waiter. We love him!

Michelle looking wonderful in her knitted Firefly top!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Friday, June 17, 2011

Pub Night!

The third Friday of the month is here at last!

Join us tonight for Yarn Garden Pub Knitting at the Barley Mill located on 17th & Hawthorne from 7-10pm.
Bring your knitting or crochet and have a drink and some laughs.

If you haven't signed up yet, shoot us an email sales@yarngarden.net or give us a call 503-239-7950 to let us know you're coming so we can reserve enough space.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Yarn Garden Love

I was happy to find that ball hank n' skein had written a lovely review about us on her blog.

"I ended up going to the most amazing yarn shop ever - the Yarn Garden in Hawthorne!!! Huge selection of tons and tons of great yarns at all different price ranges and really nice sales people. People from Portland are probably tsk tsking me right now for not having gone sooner, I have heard that it is great, but seriously I didn't know that it would be that great. Worth crossing the river for this place."

Thanks for the nice words!

Here's a pic of her project, the beginnings of a meditation floor cushion requested from one of her Etsy customers crocheted using the soft and squishy Cascade 128 wool. Love the colors.
Can't wait to see the finished pillow!

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Donna, one of our lovely customers, came in today and I got a peak of her progress on the Christie short sleeved cardigan she just cast on. I love the color she chose, Blush. It's kind of a muted rose with a light tan plied with it, giving the fabric a subtle tweedy look. I got a pic of her work-in-progress next to the model we have in the shop, pictured above. She also had some other fabulous projects I should have snapped some pics of.
Everyone here loves to see what everyone is making, it's probably the best part of working at Yarn Garden, aside from being surrounded by beautiful yarns all day.

Thanks for bringing in your projects today Donna!

Christie cardigan from the Classic Elite Yarns booklet, Cricket.

Cricket has become a staff pick for summer yarns around here. It's soft and has a wonderful drape and the colors are wonderful.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Friday, June 10, 2011

Marina is Back!

Marina is back in stock after completely selling out of every color!
If you're not familiar with this popular yarn, 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!

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.

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

We have the new colors as well as old favorites.

Clockwise from top left: Halloween Glam (new!), Blue Monarch, Galaxy (new) and Aquarius (new)

Clockwise from top left: Blackjack (new), Opal, Vineyard (new) and Blue Monarch

Clockwise from left: Spectrum, Masquerade (new), Halloween Glam (new) and Poppies

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

More Colors Please

More wonderful colors have arrived from Malabrigo and Classic Elite! A few new ones and a few that were back ordered. All beautiful.

Silky Merino

Cumparista, a mix of reds and purples

Malabrigo Rios

Archangel (one of our most popular colors) and Solis

Purpuras and Piedras

Malabrigo Worsted

Polvoriento (my new favorite color) and Uva

Nostalgia and Tuareg

Navidad and Rich Chocolate

Classic Elite Yarns - Sprout

New colors arrived in Sprout, from left to right: Mint, Wisteria and Glacier

Sprout is a wonderful bulky weight 100% organic cotton yarn with a wide range of beautiful colors. It's one of the softest cotton yarns I've ever felt!

We all fell in love with Parker the Frog when he arrived at our shop for a recent Classic Elite Yarns trunk show featuring all the garments and toys from the booklet Wee Ones. Parker is knit with 3 skeins of Sprout in color Galapagos Green.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Cricket Trunk Show

Hanging in the shop right now is the Cricket trunk show from Classic Elite, featuring all of the garments knit from the booklet Cricket and each one is beautiful.
Cricket, a 60% cotton/ 40% linen, worsted weight yarn has been so popular with the weather warming up.

Christie is my favorite. A simple cap sleeved cardigan, worked in one piece with sweet little pockets and a shawl collar. I love the texture, the fit and especially the color (daffodil)!

Hope is a another summery short sleeved cardigan with lace detail and ribbed shaping.
Pictured here in color Natural in a size small.

The button band is knit using a simple eyelet pattern. Very cute.

Shanda is a two color square neck pullover with 3/4 length sleeves. I like how the designer took a simple shape and had fun with color (shown in colors Manzanilla & Teal Blue). This has a great fit too!

Faith is a reversible leaf stitch wrap worked from side to side, shown in color Celadon.

Last is Carina, a tank top with rib and leaf detail on the front and back knit in color Budgie. The perfect summer top.

We love Classic Elite's pattern and it's even more exciting to see them knit up in person, so come in and check them out! We will have them hanging in the shop until the 13th, then even more CEY summer trunk shows to follow.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff