All About Yarn

Creating a Family Heirloom
April 15, 2013, 11:40 am
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We love seeing our customer’s finished projects and wanted to share a special one with you today. The stockings on the right were made by one of our on-line customers, Manon from Dorval.

Manon purchased the Sarah James: Multi Motif #820 Christmas Stocking pattern, from All About Yarn, earlier this year to make for her daughter-in-law. As you can see, she very creatively modified the pattern to feature many of her daughter-in-law’s favorite sporting activities, including hockey sticks and a colorful golf scene. On the sole of the stocking Manon knit a bright yellow star to signify that to the family her daughter-in-law is a star–it’s that just wonderful!

Manon was so inspired after finishing the first stocking that she decided to make a second one for her son as a surprise. His stocking features his favorite hockey team (the Montreal Canadian team), him jogging and watching his local football team, as well as, his love of dogs.

These stockings are sure to become treasured family heirlooms–thank you Manon for sending us photos and the story behind your lovely project!

We hope that Manon’s creativity has inspired you as much as it has the flock here at All About Yarn. Thanks for reading!

Salvation Army SAFE House Christmas Donations
December 27, 2011, 10:30 am
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In a joint effort with the Salvation Army SAFES House, located in downtown Portland, All About Yarn set out in early November to collect 55 hats and/or scarves for the battered and abused women that live there. If you are not familiar with Portland’s SAFES House, otherwise known as Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter, it provides a safe and welcoming place for homeless women. Not only does the SAFES House offer these ladies shelter, but they also provide food, a shower, guidance and a friendly face. For more information about this wonderful organization, click HERE to check-out their website. When the SAFES House came to the owner of All About Yarn, RaNaye, with the idea, she immediately loved the project and started gathering up beautiful yarn to donate. She set-up a “knit-an-inch” basket, which encouraged students, staff and customers to sit for a minute and knit an inch on a scarf. It was wonderful to see all the donations pouring in from customers, students and staff.

Well, due to the generosity of you all, we were able to not only meet our goal of 55 items, but we nearly double it–WOW! We send out a heartfelt “thank you” for all your time and effort making not only hats and scarves, but mittens as well! You helped bring a bit of warmth to the bodies and hearts of the women at the SAFES House–a much-needed gift during this season–THANK YOU! The photos you see here are all the wonderful hats, scarves and mittens donated to the SAFES House this Christmas!

Works in Progress
April 20, 2011, 8:54 am
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"Sprout" color #4304

Spring is in full bloom, bringing with it a desire for lighter fibers and summer styles.

Looking forward to Oregon’s tepid summer evenings, Lieanne was inspired to knit a raglan cardigan with eyelet details and bell edged sleeves that she found in CEY’s booklet “Seaside.”

She chose to make her project using “Sprout,” an eco-friendly, 100% organic cotton yarn from Classic Elite’s Verde Collection. Since “Sprout” is a heavy-worsted to chunky-weight yarn, it knits up super quick! We are all excited to see her finished “Lobster Cove” cardigan!

  Kathleen is happily knitting away on version of Knitting Pure & Simple’sGirls Cap Sleeve Cardi Vest” that she has altered for her adorable daughter, Mellie. Her yarn choice was, “Coast,” an all-season wool/cotton blend fiber from Tahki Yarns. When you feel the knit fabric, it almost feels like suede! Kathleen explains that in order to make fittings more comfortable for her daughter, she uses salvage yarn in-place of stitch holders for the arm holes. This allows Mellie to try on the work in progress without getting poked or pinched by a regular holder. Kathleen suggests using a contrasting color of salvage yarn in order to better see all your off-needle stitches. So far, the vest has only taken 3 balls of Coast, but Kathleen has a fourth ball waiting to be work-up into the cap sleeves and collar. We can’t wait to see the finished project!

Student’s Personal Projects
April 12, 2011, 12:16 pm
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Alisa and Betty HAT

Our students (and instructors) at All About Yarn continue to be sources of inspiration and joy here at the shop. They have been knitting up a storm and have completed some fabulous projects we’d like to share with you.

The first comes from a new knitter, Alisa, who decided to create a cozy hat for her very first project. She used Berroco’s “Sundae” for her main color and the lovely “Aquarella,” from Malabrigo, for her fun fuzzy filler. As you can see, both Alisa and her teacher Betty were very pleased with the final outcome.

This verdant vest is the first garment that Roxie, an accomplished knitter, has ever made for herself and we think she did a fabulous job!

She created this lovely pull-over from a pattern she’d wanted to make for years. Before starting her vest however, Roxie tested out the stitch designs by using them to create scarves. If you look closely, the garment features multiple stitch designs that make this vest a real work of art.

Roxie’s stylish vest is a good reminder to all knitters, that we should take time to make personal projects in addition to all the gifts we make for our friends and family members.

Patsy decided to knit a pattern from Jenny Watson’s second “Queensland Collection,” which features designs inspired by the lovely surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales.

Patsy created her stunning waistcoat using Cascade’s “128 Superwash,” a bulky merino wool that is super soft, machine washable and quick to knit!

If you are interested in joining one of our classes, you can find more information on our website or feel free to call or stop by the shop! Our number is: 503-684-4851.

Student Projects
December 13, 2010, 1:08 pm
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We are so proud of our knitting students here at All About Yarn and thought we would share some of their finished projects with you!

Ponchos by Patsy

The first comes from Patsy, who knitted ponchos for her two adorable granddaughters, Allie and Ripley. The novelty yarn around the edges adds a playful fringe that highlights the twin’s cute little faces–well done Patsy!

Earflap Hats by Laurena

Earflap Hats by Laurena

The rainbow of earflap hats were made by Laurena to give as gifts this Christmas. She chose 5 different colorways of the beautiful self-stripping Covington yarn by Cascade to make the hats. Both the pattern and yarn are super hot items this year–very poplar with the ladies and the gents!

Linda's Jojoland Socks

These lovely stockinged feet belong to Linda, who just finished her first pair of socks. She used Melody from Jojoland, a stunning fingering weight yarn that blends several coordinating colors together.

If you are interested in joining one of our classes, you can find more information on our website or feel free to call or stop by the shop! Our number is: 503-684-4851.

Fun Fall Fashions
September 23, 2010, 8:47 am
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Need a fun October themed project to work on? Check out these Halloween inspired garments to get your creative juices flowing!

Trick or Treat by The Sassy Skein

The first garment is a cute children’s sweater pattern called “Trick or Treat” by The Sassy Skein. The design is complete with creepy crawly spiders, orange pumpkins and spooky ghosts–perfect to keep your little ones warm this fall. We recommend using a DK weight yarn like “Cotton Classic” in the following colors: Black #3002, Orange #3401, White #3001, Yellow #3553, and Green #3764. The pattern is sized for 2T, 4T and 6T and is knit of a 24” circular needles size 6-7.

The second project comes from the “Stitch ‘N Bitch Handbook” (page 160) by Debbie Stoller, published by Workman Publishing. This type of design is called “shadow knitting” or “illusion knitting” which means that depending on the angle you look at your finished garment at, the pattern will disappear and reappear. Shadow garments are always knitted sideways which helps to create the “illusion” design. For any shadow knitting project it is highly recommended that you use two strong contrasting colors of yarn. As you can see in our black and orange Alien Scarf, the contrast of colors allows the design to really stand out when view from the correct angles.

Hats For Everyone
February 15, 2010, 9:15 am
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We have knitted up some of our favorite hats to show you. The Hooded Scarf from Classic Elite is really popular with the young crowd. No worries keeping track of a hat and scarf , this all-in-one combo is fast, warm and oh so snuggly.

The second hat is from KnitSimple Magazine (Winter 90/10) We made the hat with Portland Tweed and it worked up so nice. The cables just popped and the fit is perfect.

The next hat is a pattern from Knitscene (winter/spring 2010)”special addition”. Had to try the picot edging as it is an unusal edging for a hat. It is so cute. The eyelet row for the ribbon is easy to do and adds such a great touch. We used “Class” by Lana Gotto with merino and angora. IMG_5090IMG_5093IMG_5086

Socks, Socks and More Socks
January 24, 2010, 2:37 pm
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IMG_5072Donna’s Monday class decided they wanted to learn the “Magic Loop’ method of sock knitting, so she put together a class to teach them just what they wanted to know.

Donna teaches the fundamentals of sock structure or “sock math” as she calls it. It is important to measure the foot, do a gauge swatch and come up with a sock formula for your individual foot. You can then choose a “pattern” or “design” and end up with a perfect fit.

Would like to meet our teachers?
January 24, 2010, 2:25 pm
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IMG_5074We have 8 terrific teachers and I would like to introduce you to a new one each week. Two of our teachers, Mary and Leianne, also work part-time in the shop. You probably see them or talk to them often so I will start with our Monday morning class teacher. Donna not only teaches Mondays am classes, she also teaches Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00pm.Donna says that the proper techniques are so important and she enjoys learning “new” techniques to share with her students.These classes are so fun and really inspiring.

Madeline Tosh Worsted
January 12, 2010, 1:58 pm
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IMG_5065Isn’t this a beautiful color? Sharon chose this for her daughter. It’s called Lichen and the depth of colors is remarkable. Several shades of green like avocado, moss, olive, grass with a hint of pale lavender and touch of gray. The pattern designs shows really well and displays the color depth nicely. Bonus! It’s superwash!