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Yarn Spotlight: CRAZYFOOT from Mt. Colors
July 24, 2013, 11:25 am
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We are so excited to carry another wonderful hand dyed yarn from Mountain Colors! Their newest sock yarn, Crazyfoot just arrived and it is gorgeous! As always, the color combinations are beautiful and numerous–so you have plenty of options to choose from! Crazyfoot is a blend of 90% Superwash Merino Wool with a touch of Nylon, which makes it ideal for socks, mittens, scarves, shawls and more–you could even make a matching sock/sweater combo!

Crazyfoot’s construction and content make the yarn not only soft, but strong and sturdy as well; giving socks (and garments) wonderful longevity wash after wash. There is plenty of yardage in each skein of for an average sized pair of socks, but remember you can use Crazyfoot for more than socks! Try knitting a fine gauge sweater with Crazyfoot for a beautiful and long wearing addition to your wardrobe. Crazyfoot is also perfect for shawl knitting or for a pair of fingerless gloves.

CRAZYFOOT

Fiber: 90% Superwash Merino Wool, 10% Nylon
Gauge: 7-8 sts = 1″
Needle Size: 1-3
Weight: Fingering
Yardage: 425


Creating a Family Heirloom
April 15, 2013, 11:40 am
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Manon's STOCKINGS

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!



Tie-Dyed Onesie Kits from Twisted Sisters
April 14, 2013, 11:00 am
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Tie-Dyed Onesie Kits from All About Yarn in Tigard, Oregon

We’ve got NEW COLORS and a FRESH SUPPLY!

Check out these adorable Hand Dyed Baby Onesie Kits from Twisted Sisters. Each kit costs $29.00 and contains the following items:

  • one skein of Oracle yarn (60% Superwash Merino Wool / 40% Bamboo)
  • a matching tie-dyed onesie
  • a digital pack of 10 baby patterns that feature Oracle (we email you the patterns once you’ve purchased the kit)

The onesies range in size from 6 to 24 months.

These babies are going like hot cakes–so come in and snag one (or more) before they’re gone! We also have in stock additional skeins of each Oracle colorway, as well as, coordinating Oracle solids for your knitting pleasure!



Rose City Yarn Crawl Wrap-Up
March 5, 2013, 12:33 pm
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Wow—what a weekend! We had such a fabulous time meeting and chatting with all the wonderful fiber lovers that visited us during the crawl. Thank you all for making this such an enjoyable event–we hope to see you all again soon!Super Cupcake CHIC Knits

We also wanted to thank Bonne Marie Burns, of CHIC KNITS, for spending Friday afternoon with us here at the shop with her gorgeous collection of patterns. Bonne was such a joy to talk with and gave wonderful advice to our crawlers–we can’t wait to have her back again! For those of you unfamiliar with Bonne Marie’s work, she is a multi-talented knitwear designer with a background in fashion and graphic design. Bonne’s Super Cupcake pattern (on the right) is just scrumptious–isn’t it!? To check out more of her sassy modern hand knit designs click HERE.

Another big thank you goes out to Deborah Hopkinson, author of KNIT YOUR BIT, for spending part of her Saturday with us signing books and greeting young and old readers alike. Deborah is an award-winning author of more than 40 books for young readers. Her latest title, KNIT YOUR BIT, is based on a real-life Knitting Bee that took place in Central Park in 1918. This entertaining and informative historical fiction book provides a fascinating glimpse into America’s home front during WWI and highlights an important piece of knitting history. This book is perfect for young knitters just starting to learn the craft, as well as veteran knitters and history buffs alike.

We also wanted to congratulate our three Rose City Yarn Crawl raffle winners: Reid Worley (not pictured) was the recipient of All About Yarn’s $20 gift card, and Barbara Creviston and Brian Sell were the recipients of All About Yarn’s amazing 2013 Rose City Yarn Crawl first prize baskets! I love their HUGE smiles!

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Let us not forget our daily in-store raffle winners who were each the lucky recipients of a $20 off coupon to use towards their next in-store or online purchase at All About Yarn! The 8 lucky winners were: Vivian W., Denise B., Eddy L., Tammy H., Beth M., Lerena, Judi F. and Julie R.–congratulations to you all!



2013 Rose City Yarn Crawl
February 13, 2013, 9:28 am
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We are so excited to be participating in the Rose City Yarn Crawl this March. If you’ve never attended, it is a four-day event where fiber lovers from all over will have the opportunity to sample 18 different yarn shops in the Portland area! This year there will be 18+ fabulous prize baskets, along with 18 Rose City Yarn Crawl patterns that you will be able to collect (with purchase) as you visit each shop!

The Crawl starts Thursday, February 28th and runs through Sunday, March 3rd.

Special Store Hours during the Crawl: Thur-Sun: 10am-6pm

For more information check out our Rose City Yarn Crawl’s website and/or Facebook page. You can also follow the Crawl on Twitter and Ralvelry.

This is one weekend you won’t want to miss–so mark your calendars and come visit us during this year’s Rose City Yarn Crawl!

2013 Rose City Yarn Crawl Dates



Sequin Heaven: POLARIS from Rozetti Yarns
December 17, 2012, 2:00 pm
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Polaris is a delightful wool blend yarn adorned with soft sparkly sequins. It comes in a variety of colorways, ranging from classic black and white solids to colorful self-striping blends. The sequins have been knit right into the yarn, providing a beautiful combination of matte and shine.  Polaris is a perfect yarn for lace, textured garments, sweaters, shawls, and even baby garments.

  • 65% Acrylic / 31% Wool / 4% Payette
  • approximately 192 yards (50 grams)
  • Gauge: 5.25-6 sts per inch on US 5-7 needles, DK weight yarn

Love the yarn, but aren’t sure what to knit or crochet with Polaris? Check out these FREE downloadable patterns from Rozetti:

polaris scarf pattern FREE



New Shop Hours
November 15, 2012, 12:09 pm
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Exciting news: All About Yarn is now going to be open on Sundays from 12 noon to 4pm starting November 18th, 2012. The new hours will be in effect throughout the holidays and into the new year–let us know what you think!



Need a Gift Idea? Visit All About Yarn’s Hat Kit Station
November 6, 2012, 12:53 pm
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We’ve got a number of stylish hats for men, women and children to choose from at our Hat Kit Station. Each kit contains the following items: a pattern, yarn enough to make chosen hat, a gift bag and matching tissue paper (blue or pink).

These kits make gift giving super easy and fun. Just pick out a style of hat you love, or you think your friend or family member will like, and either give the kit as a gift to a knitter or make the hat yourself and simply wrap in the provided gift bag and tissue paper.

Prices per kit vary depending on the type of yarn used and range from $14.00 – $19.95.



Technique Workshop Series with Kathleen Fajardo

All About Yarn is offering a different technique workshop once a month for 8 months starting November 17, 2012. So mark your calendars and join Kathleen Fajardo one Saturday each month from 10:00am-12:00pm.

You can “drop in” and pay $10.00 per workshop or sign-up for all 8 for only $70.00!

Below we have listed a brief description of each of the fabulous workshops:

#1. Matching Your Cast-On and Bind-Off to Your Project
Saturday, November 17th from 10:00am-12:00pm

Go beyond a basic backward loop cast-on and learn the long-tail, provisional, cable and knitted methods. In addition, we’ll cover binding off your stitches while maintaining a knitting pattern. Learn the 3-needle bind-off for smooth seams, the yarn-over bind off for toe-up socks and binding off with a crochet hook.

#2. Fix it & Finish it Techniques
Saturday, December 15th from 10:00am-12:00pm

Have projects that need help? Trying to get projects done by Christmas and run into problems? Bring them in and learn how to fix the problem.

#3. Substituting Yarns in Your Project
Saturday, January 12th from 10:00am-12:00pm

Love a pattern but can’t get the same yarn listed in the directions? Or do you have a great yarn and are not sure what pattern to use? Learn how to do just that with a variety of methods to determine just the right combination.

#4. Continental Knitting
 Saturday, February 9th from 10:00am-12:00pm

Learn a different method of knitting that is not only efficient, but can reduce the “wear & tear” on your wrists and hands. This is the perfect workshop for knitters who would like to learn a new knitting style. Basic beginner knitting skills required.

#5. Reading Knitting Charts
Saturday, March 9th from 10:00am-12:00pm

Learn how to use knitting charts successfully and add more versatility to your knitting. A general overview of chart reading, understanding how a pattern repeats with in a chart, and tips for keeping track of your progress. *Needed skills for “lace” knitting.

#6. Short Rows
Saturday, April 13th from 10:00am-12:00pm

Not quite sure how to complete a short row? Learn how to effectively use this technique in your knitting for everything from sock heels to shaping.

#7. Fixing Mistakes in Your Knitting or “Why Does It Look Like That?”
Saturday, May 18th from 10:00am-12:00pm

Learn to confidently undo and fix your knitting without having to completely restart your project. Undoing stitches, picking up dropped stitches, turning twisted stitches and identifying incorrect stitches will all be covered.

#8. Seaming Your Finished Knits
Saturday, June 15th from 10:00am-12:00pm

Learn a variety of different techniques to join your finished pieces together including mattress stitch and setting in sleeves. The Kitchener stitch, also called Grafting will be included as well.

Kathleen has requested that students bring the following materials for this
workshop:
* Two 4″ Knitted Squares in Stockinette Stitch
* Two 4″ Knitted Squares in Garter Stitch
* Worsted Weight Yarn
* US #8 Knitting Needles
* Yarn/Tapestry Needle



Staff Spotlight: Kathleen Fajardo
October 4, 2012, 11:52 am
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Kathleen Fajardo

All About Yarn’s first staff spotlight features the very creative Kathleen Fajardo, a woman with a true passion for fiber arts, teaching and travel.

Kathleen was born in New Hampshire and later moved to Southern California, where she met her wonderful husband. Upon his graduation from CalTech, the couple moved to Beaverton to start their life together. They now have their hands full with two sweet and precocious children, a 10-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son.

Sweetwater Shawlette

As a child, Kathleen was mentored by her grandmother, Nana Fernandez, in the ways of crocheting. This led her to the art of embroidery and later her aunt Maria taught her how to quilt. Before Kathleen’s daughter was born, she fell in love with the  “smooth professional look of the knit stitch” and thus decided to experiment with knitting. From the first click of her needles she was hooked for life.

After her son was born, a lovely acquaintance invited Kathleen to join the knitting group PDX Knit Blogger. It was through this group that she was introduced to All About Yarn and eventually joined our little flock as a teacher and staffer.

Since then, she has designed and published many personal patterns, some of which can be found on Ravelry and on her blog Busy Digits. Kathleen’s lovely design Pasarela, a casual and comfy shrug pattern, was recently published in Judy Becker’s book Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures with Judy’s Magic Cast-On. Also look for her gorgeous Sweetwater Shawlette pattern (which she designed for the 2012 Rose City Yarn Crawl) in the crawl’s upcoming e-book.

One of Kathleen’s current projects from Ann Budd’s Book of Patterns. She chose the ultra soft, mohair blend CaraCara as her yarn for this project.

One of Kathleen’s passions is teaching others the art of knitting. She keeps busy here at the shop with her weekly knitting class, monthly techniques workshops and bi-annual needle felting classes. Through an online job opportunity with Morgaine Wilder of Carolina Homespun, Kathleen also works 3-4 trade shows a year, where she demonstrates how to operate looms, hand spindles and spinning wheels (skills she was introduced to by the PDX Knit Blogger group).

Treasures from Manchester

Kathleen and her family have had the opportunity to travel and see many places around the world, such as Australia, New Zealand (the wool capital of the world) and most recently Manchester England, a “city rich in history” according to Kathleen. While visiting she got to watch a demo of the textile machinery used during the high point of cotton production in England. She said “the demonstration really highlighted the danger both children and adults endured at this time to make cotton textiles…items we all now take for granted.” One of her adventures took her to the local yarn shop called Purl City Yarns, where she purchased several British-made yarns. She reports that they also carry a nice selection of local indie dyers, specifically The Natural Dye Studio who produced a specialty yarn (which Kathleen of course purchased a skein of) in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee. Kathleen also had the chance to visit the Design and Craft Center, a wonderful community of artists who share a studio space and sell their wares directly to patrons of the arts. Kathleen was happy for the opportunity to purchase a work of art directly from one such artist. She said Manchester was a wonderfully inspiring place to visit, with an art culture reminiscent of Portland’s.

Back home, Kathleen is looking forward to creating something special out of her British yarns. She is “so pleased to work in a city with such a strong fiber community, constantly surrounded by new patterns and products,” and feels “lucky to have direct access to so many wonderful local dyers and designers.”

In closing, we want to thank Kathleen for sharing a bit of her history with us. She is one of our local treasures and we are the lucky ones to have the chance to work with her and watch her creative mind at work.

Kathleen in the process of designing a new pattern. Inspired by the beautiful colors of Litoral Sparkle, she plans on creating a tri-color neck wrap. Check back to see a photo of her finished design!