Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Upcoming Class: First Sweater From The Top Down

A great first sweater project using the Tappan Zee pattern. This short sleeved sweater is perfect for layering in winter or wearing for a little style in spring.  Skills needed to take this class - CO, comfortable with knitting and purling, BO.  You will learn how to read a pattern, lace, shaping, buttonholes and finishing.  

Michelle's Tappan Zee was knit using 4 skeins of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, color #52 hunter's green. 
Silky wool is a blend of 45% wool, 35% silk and 20% nylon with a gauge of 5.5 stitches per inch.  It's a soft lightweight yarn with a nice drape, perfect for lace patterns.

Class Dates and Times:
Mon. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 2/27/2012
Mon. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 3/5/2012
Mon. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 3/12/2012

You can sign up online at  or call us 503-239-7950. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Mountain Colors

More Targhee Top from Mountain Colors has arrived!  Lots of beautiful hand dyed colors for spinning, felting, thrums or just petting.  Targhee Top comes in 4 oz. skeins, $17.95 and is unbelievably soft!
Here are a few of their stunning colorways.

From left to right:  Alpine, Lupine and Heather

From left to right: Ruby River, Northern Lights and Gold Rush.
Also available but not pictured:  Spring Eclipse, Sandstone, Indian Corn, Chocolate and Chinook.

-Annie, Yarn Garden

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Big Needles

New from SMC select is Dolce Vita.  A bulky weight loopy blend of 95% wool/ 5% polyamide.  The ball band comes with instructions for finger crocheting a scarf, pictured above, using one skein.  The yarn is very soft and the colors are wonderful.   

Here we made a cowl using the same kind of finger crocheting technique with added rows.  This is a free pattern with yarn purchase.

A single strand of the yarn shows how fun the loops and color changes are.
I love all the different colorways and tried to capture them below.

Color #3202, a floral mix of crimson, purple, ice pink, grey and merlot. 

Color #3205, a bright mix of teal, fuschia, brass, forest, brown and charcoal.

Color #3206, a mix of magenta, salmon, browns, purple and charcoal.

Color #3204, a mix of charcoal, coral, hunter and camel.

Cowl shown in color #3203


Here's another fun one skein scarf using Boulder, knit on size 35 US needles.  Each ball has several different colors that slowly fade into each other with beautiful heathered black undertones.  Pattern comes free with the yarn. 

Pictured from top to bottom: Northern Lights, Pueblo, Meadow and Lapis.

Boulder is a super bulky, 53% wool/47% acrylic plied blend of yarn that's oh-so-soft against your neck and surprisingly lightweight.  
With 77 yards in a 200 gram mega ball, one ball makes a fabulous scarf (pictured above). 

-Annie, Yarn Garden