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All About Yarn is officially closed!
May 22, 2014, 11:23 am
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Thank you all for your years of support and friendship. We will miss being a part of your crafty lives.




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Slouch & Ruched Sky Bound Hat Alternative Finishes

Below are All About Yarn’s alternative finishes for our 2014 Rose City Yarn Crawl Sky Bound Hat pattern by Kathleen Fajardo. Enjoy!

Slouchy Style

To make this hat a little more versatile, block the finished Sky Bound hat in the same fashion as a Tam or Beret.  

Soak hat in warm water with a bit of wool wash such as Eucalan. Remove hat from water and gently squeeze out excess water. Place hat in a bath towel and roll up. Press firmly to remove all remaining water from hat. Hat will be slightly damp. 

With a 9” dinner plate, insert plate into inner side of hat and gently center the plate so that the opening at the brim will be centered over one side of the plate. If desired, with a yarn needle and extra yarn, thread yarn on needle through bottom edge of brim and gently pull the yarn to help keep the brim opening in shape and secure. Once hat is dry, place jauntily on head and enjoy!

Ruched & Flowered Style 

For a sweet feminine look, the Sky Bound hat can be ruched and embellished for added style. 

To start, block and dry hat the same as Slouchy Style.

With a 12” length of same yarn used for hat and a yarn needle, thread yarn onto needle. Choose one of the vertical “seams” of the hat and insert needle at start of “seam” right above brim. Alternating back and forth over rows, thread yarn upwards for 6 inches. Then, going back in the opposite direction, thread yarn back toward starting point. Remove needle and leave a tail for both the starting and ending points. Pull gently on both tails to create the ruching making it as loose or tight as desired. Tie both ends together, fasten off and weave in ends.

Add desired embellishment at the base of the ruching.

For a quick and simple addition, use this crochet pattern to make a cute flower.  Use the leftover self-striping yarn used for the hat.

Simple Crochet Flower



Chain 5.  Sl st into beginning chain to form ring.

Ch1, sc10 st into ring. Sl st into first sc.

Ch1, in next sc work the following, *(hdc1, dc1, trc1, dc1, hdc1), sl st in next sc*, rep from * to * to end of round.

Cut yarn leaving a 6 inch tail, pull tail through final loop. Weave tail through the back side of flower following the ring stitches until tail is opposite the beginning chain tail. Use both tails to secure flower to bottom of ruching on hat.  Fasten and weave in ends.

If desired, add a button to the center the hat for added decoration.

Events at All About Yarn During the 2014 Rose City Yarn Crawl
February 24, 2014, 1:52 pm
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We are so excited for this year’s fifth annual Rose City Yarn Crawl. The prize baskets are crazy fantastic this year and are literally overflowing with fiber goodness! Be sure to enter at each shop for your chance to win! Also, don’t forget to collect your free patterns (knit & crochet) this year, whenever you make a purchase at each shop. There are some gorgeous patterns this year. For a sneak peak, CLICK HERE



The Stitches of My Life Designs Trunk Show

Saturday, March 1st from 1pm-3pm

Meet owner and designer Debbi Stone and get a peek at her gorgeous designs! Debbi’s patterns are all inspired by “special people and events” in her life. Let her story inspire you this Crawl and all year long!





AA Harrison’s Ceramics Trunk Show

All Weekend | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (while supplies last)

AA Harrison’s Ceramics’ yarn bowls will be on display and for sale during the crawl. These beautiful hand thrown stone/porcelain bowls are designed to hold your yarn while you work, so it doesn’t run wild around your workspace! These one-of-a-kind yarn bowls are not only highly functional, but also add a touch of whimsy to your home. Supplies are limited–so stop by and grab your favorite before it’s gone!

2014 RCYC Tote Bag
January 13, 2014, 2:52 pm
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Carry all the yarn!

We’re offering 2014 Rose City Yarn Crawl collectible totes once again. These are even better than last year’s – the canvas is thicker, they are a bit smaller (15” X 16”), and they have our new logo. Each shop will have a very limited number on hand during the yarn crawl, but if you order now, you ensure you will be one of the lucky crafters to have one, PLUS you’ll pay less.

Bags are available for $15 now, ($18 during the 2014 Rose City Yarn Crawl).

Tote bag pre-sales end January 17th! Order yours now!

Have a (Yarn) Ball with us!
January 13, 2014, 2:48 pm
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Ready to unravel Portland? Get a headstart at tickets to our first ever pre-crawl Yarn Ball! Join us high above the city in the Windows Skyroom at the Red Lion Hotel Portland Convention Center for an evening celebrating yarn in the Rose City. Meet local shop owners and designers (including the designers of our mystery shawls), preview the 2014 free pattern designs and Grand Prize baskets, pick up your 2014 tote bag (sold separately), knit & crochet with fellow crawlers and show-off your finest handiwork. We’ll have a festive dessert buffet and beverages, a no-host bar, door prizes, games, and lots of yarny goodness. Tickets are limited, so get your tickets early.


Tickets are on sale now!

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
PlaceWindows Skyroom at the Red Lion Hotel Portland Convention Center
Price$18.00 per person


Discounted hotel reservations for RCYCrawlers!
January 13, 2014, 2:45 pm
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For the second year, the Red Lion Portland Convention Center is the Rose City Yarn Crawl’s official hotel sponsor. This fantastic hotel right in the heart of Portland is offering discounted rooms of only $85/night (plus taxes) for RCYC crawlers. Call the Red Lion Hotel at 503-235-2100 or 800-343-1822 before February 3 and mention the Rose City Yarn Crawl for $85/night rooms during the 2014 RCYC.

PLUS, each Wednesday night room reservation at the Red Lion Convention Center comes with 2 free tickets to the Yarn Ball. That’s a $36 value for free, on top of the room discount!

Find out more details or call the Red Lion Hotelnow at 503-235-2100 or 800-343-1822 OR book online at and enter the coupon code: ROSE0226.

2014 RCYC Mystery Knit/Crochet-Alongs!!!
January 13, 2014, 2:38 pm
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RCYC Mystery Knitting

Attention all knitters, crocheters, Portland, Oregon yarn shop fans, folks coming to the 2014 Rose City Yarn Crawl, and anyone who likes a good mystery-along!

We are excited to announce that, as a part of the 2014 Rose City Yarn Crawl, there will be both a Mystery Knit-along AND a Mystery Crochet-along. We have teamed up with two fabulous local designers,  Michele Bernstein the knitter and Laurinda Reddig the crocheter, and we could not be happier with what they have come up with for us. Two very different and very Portland designs. The patterns are being sold through Ravelry, but even if you’re not a member, you can purchase them and get updates. If you’re not a member, you may want to consider joining – it’s a fantastic resource for all crafty folk.

RCYC Mystery Crochet

The Knitty (or Crochet-y) Gritty:

  • Presales of the patterns have already begun, to give you plenty of time for swatching, and picking your color choices!
  • Both -alongs will begin in January 2014.
  • Below you will find links to the yarns All About Yarn is recommending for each, which you can purchase either in-store, or online.
  • We will be taking a group picture at the Wednesday night reception before the crawl (more info to follow), so make sure to get your tickets to the Yarn Ball as well!
  • Oh, and did we mention PRIZES?!?!?! Yeah, we will have those, too.
  • Not in Portland? No worries – you are welcome to Knit-along with us! (You are also very welcome to come to Portland for the 2014 RCYC, which is Feb. 27 – March 2, 2014) Special discounted rooms for 2014 Crawlers at the downtown Red Lion Inn.

So, get your needles and hooks polished, clear your calendar, and get ready to join in a Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery this January! Final clues will be released with enough time to bind off, block and wear to the 2014 Rose City Yarn Crawl.

All About Yarn is using the following yarns to make these wonderful mystery patterns come to life:

For the knit pattern we are recommending Panda from Wolf Creek Wools, a fantastically soft sock yarn, composed of a merino/bamboo/nylon blend. It comes in a stunning color palette and has a lovely drape–perfect for shawls or a luxurious pair of socks!


For the crochet-along we are recommending La Jolla from Baah!, a beautifully hand painted finger-weight yarn with a color palette that focuses on sophisticated color combinations inspired by nature. Each skein has ample yardage for a scarf, a pair of soft cozy socks or a small lacy shawl. You will LOVE working with and wearing this beautiful yarn!


Yarn Spotlight: Opal-The Little Prince
September 26, 2013, 10:17 am
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The makers of Opal sock yarns, Zwerger Garn, has done it again and created another fun and creative new Opal collection called, “The Little Prince.” The colorways were inspired by the vivid world and characters depicted in the beloved novella, The Little Prince, by the French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. His book, The Little Prince, has been translated into more than 250 languages and dialects, and has become one of the best-selling books ever published.

Each skein contains a snip-it from the story, as well as an illustration from the original book art. If you have read the story and love sock/fingering weight yarn–this is the PERFECT product for you! Click HERE to check out the gorgeous colorways!

Yarn Spotlight: Ultrafine Lace from Colinton Australia
September 16, 2013, 2:53 pm
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Fiber: 100% Pure Unbrushed Fine Kid Mohair

Yardage: 335

Knitting Gauge: US Size 2 (2.75 mm) = 31 sts, 40 rows (4 x 4 inch)

Crochet Gauge: US Hook E4 (3.5 mm) = 23 sts, 40 rows (4 x 4 inch)


Mohair is an all-season fashion fiber: in lightweight airy structures that breathe with the body for summer days, and in wonderfully warm knits for cold weather. Colinton Australia’s unbrushed mohair imparts a unique signature in your completed garment. Mohair is a naturally soft protein fiber which is enhanced by current expertise and modern processing methods.

Ultrafine Lace, from Colinton Australia Yarns, is an extremely fine and unusually soft lace-weight yarn! The 100% mohair base has the least amount of halo you’ll find around. It will conform to washing and blocking, softening to set off your most detailed lacework!

This yarn is custom made from the first and sometimes second shearing (6 months/12 months old angora kids) and it is rarely utilized in knitting yarns. The mohair is grown from the youngest Angora goats, which produce the finest of micron levels (20-25 micron)–you will NOT fine anything like it around. 

You will actually enjoy working with and wearing this mohair–give it a try today!


Click on the following link for FREE Ultrafine Lace patterns:




Happy Choices from Plymouth
August 12, 2013, 11:47 am
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Plymouth brings you Happy Choices, the same yarn as Happy Feet, machine knit into fabric that you unravel and knit/crochet into beautiful socks or mittens! You’ll love the color combinations and the super soft yarn. Click on image below for larger view.

Happy Choices WP

Wear it as a scarf or unravel and knit into a favorite accessory–it’s your choice!

Here is a link to Plymouth’s free mitten pattern for you ease of use and convenience! Enjoy!