Thursday, May 31, 2012


We are happy to add Sanibel to our wall of spring and summer yarns.  New from Classic Elite Yarns, Sanibel is a worsted weight 42% cotton/ 58% viscose tape that alternates from shiny to matte throughout the ball.  It has a wonderful drape, it's very soft and the colors are delicious!

 We have all 12 colors in stock, pictured above are some of our favorites.  From top to bottom: Cerulean, French Rose, Shrimp, Pistachio, Maize and Ivory.

Pattern Ideas:
 The Sanibel Lace Shawl is a free pattern from Classic Elite Yarns.  
Pictured here in color Redwood, 4 balls.

 A triangular shawl worked from the bottom tip up in a simple lace pattern.  The perfect summer shawl.

Check out the latest Classic Elite booklet, Sanibel # 9767.  It's filled with 6 summery designs all knit using Sanibel. Captiva pictured above is an open cardigan worked from the bottom up in one piece to the armholes with a nice wide rib band. 

-Annie, Yarn Garden

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Upcoming Class: Great American Afghan: The Sock Square!

 There is still time to sign up for Emily's class, Great American Afghan, covering The Sock Square.
This afghan square is jam-packed with knitting skills: making a toe-up sock, duplicate stitch, picking up stitches, following a chart, increases, decreases and simple color work!
 Make your first miniature toe-up sock and learn colorwork!
Class Dates and Times:
Mon. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 6/4/2012
Mon. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 6/11/2012
Mon. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 6/18/2012
Mon. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 6/25/2012
 This class covers just about everything but lace!  Students get 20% off materials.
Sign up online at or give us a call 503-239-7950

-Annie, Yarn Garden

Friday, May 25, 2012

Memorial Day Sale!

Sock knit with ONline Supersocke 6ply Caribbean Color 1356
Come in and get a head start on holiday gift knitting and crocheting during our Memorial Day Sale!
Starts today, May 25th-28th.  Lots of beautiful yarns on sale to make room for the new fall yarns ( which we are really excited about!)
Get enough for your project since some of these are discontinued, all sale yarn purchases are final.

Here is a peak at a few of our yarns on sale this weekend:
 Clockwise from top left: Filatura Di Crosa Zarina, ONline Supersocke 6ply Caribbean-Color, Knit One Crochet Too Douceur et Soie, Elsebeth Lavold Silky Flamme, Cascade Yarns Arcadia and Punta Yarns African Summer all 30% off

 Clockwise from top left: Jo Sharp DK (one of my favorites), Ella Rae Classic Superwash Chunky, Sublime Organice Merino DK, Araucania Milodon and Tahki Coast all 30% off

 Clockwise from left:  Opal Antonia Hand Dyes , Lang Yak, Punta Yarns Mericash Hand Painted and Ella Rae Classic Sand Art all 30% off.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Yarn Garden KAL's

Cast off your Tupelo shawl by Saturday, May 19th to be entered into the drawing for a gift basket from Classic Elite Yarns!  Pictured above is a finished Tupelo in color Linum #7706.
Everyone has had so much fun with this knit-a-along that we are going to start another one on Sunday, May 20th. 

Sign up and join us every Sunday at the shop starting May 20th from 2-4pm for our next KAL, the Camellia shawl, a free pattern from Classic Elite.  Knit with 1 ball of Classic Elite's Silky Alpaca Lace in color Garnet #2432.  Complete the shawl by July 17th to be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift card to Yarn Garden.

 This KAL is part of the Stitch Red campaign to "stick it to heart disease."  When you buy Silky Alpaca Lace in Garnet CEY will donate 5% of proceeds to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in support of The Heart Truth.

 -Annie, Yarn Garden

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Heart Walk

In memory of Linda Carter, my sister and founder of Yarn Garden, we have put together a team for this years
Portland Heart Walk.

Date  May 19th
Location:  Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade
Time:  Festival Area Opens: 8:30am, Walk Begins: 10:00am
The Route:  3-mile walk and 1-mile optional Survivor Route

To join our team click Team Yarn Garden
If you would like to contribute to this years Heart Walk click on the link below:
Donate to Heart Walk

 -Jo Hartman, Yarn Garden

Friday, May 11, 2012

Upcoming Class: Parfait Cardigan

This cute short sleeve cardigan in garter stitch is worked from the top down in one piece with a slipped stitch detail around the yoke and a one button closure.  Sign up online here, or call the shop at 503-239-7950.

Skills needed to take this class are cast on, bind off, knit and purl.  A great project for beginner and first sweater!

Class Dates and Times:
Wed. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 5/16/2012
Wed. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 5/23/2012
Wed. • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • 5/30/2012

From left to right: Painter's White, Lavender and Gloucester Green
From left to right: Penny Lane and Carmine.

The Yarn 
 Katydid, part of the Verde Collection of environmentally conscious yarns is a 100% organic cotton ribbon.
Katydid's ribbon construction gives it a quick knitting gauge and sophisticated look. This warm-weather yarn comes in a bright, summer-friendly palette and knits up quick on 10 1/2 knitting needles.
Parfait pictured in color Carmine

Friday, May 4, 2012

Spring Favorites

 Here are a few staff picks for warmer weather, Mother's Day gifts and your stash of course!

We are excited to introduce Bamboo Soft from Lotus Yarns.  A sport weight 100% bamboo with 109 yards/ 50 gram skein.  It has a wonderful drape, perfect for a summer scarf.  

 The most delicious cappuccino color.

I'm partial to any gray yarn after growing up in rainy Seattle and this color is gorgeous.  The bamboo really makes the silvers shine.
 A cheerful sorbet mix of orange and coral.
 Berries and pink lemonade.
 Icy blue, periwinkle and lavender.  Pretty!

 We also introduced a couple Anzula yarns this season out of Fresno, California.  Breeze, a lace weight blend of 65% silk/ 35% linen with 755 yards per skein has been very popular.  It's soft, airy with the right amount of drape and the hand dyed colors show off a simple lace project so well.  We also love how each one is wound into little yarn cake.

 Prince and Raspberry.

 Arizona and Emerald.
 Au Natural and Clay

 Also from Anzula is Wash My Lace.  100% Merino machine washable lace.  Yes, please!  
Each one is hand dyed creating a tonal effect and has 980 yards per 115 gram skein.  Summer shawl time!
 One Red Shoe

 Another favorite is Reflections.  100% alpaca lace hand dyed specially for Yarn Garden in colors inspired by the reflections off of some of our favorite Portland bridges.
There are 437 yards/ 50 gram skein, plenty to make a lacy shawl or scarf. 
Colors pictured above: Broadway, Burnside and Hawthorne.

Morrison, Hawthorne and Steel.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Berroco Captiva

Pictured above: Pear # 5517
New from Berroco for spring is Captiva.  A worsted weight, silky blend of  60% Cotton/ 23% Polyester/ 17% Acrylic with 98 yards/ 50 gram skein, $6.50 each.
Created by wrapping a shimmering filament around a smooth cotton blend, this machine washable yarn comes in a wide range of elegant shades.  We are all in love with this yarn
Honey #5520
Polished Iron #5507
 Silver Coin #5503
 Bronze #5506
Venetian Lace #5501

 The new booklet, #318 features eight beautiful warm weather patterns designed by the very talented Norah Gaughan, Amanda Keep and Berroco Design Team.  Here are two of our favorites:

A wide drawstring encircles the neckline of the Frascati cardigan with short raglan sleeves, giving the option to tie it at the front or leave open.  We have this design hanging up in the shop, come in and try it on!  Knit in size small using 8 skeins.

 Giulia is one of my favorites.  A modern poncho with raglan sleeves, open stitches and a nice wide ribbed edging.  Pictured is the XS/S, 9 skeins.

Pern, a free pattern from Berroco is a relaxed tee knit mostly in garter with slipped stitches creating shaping and detail.  A very wearable top for warmer weather!  So many cute tops to make.  This yarn would also make the most lovely cowl or scarf.

-Annie, Yarn Garden Staff