All About Yarn

Technique Workshop Series with Kathleen

All About Yarn is offering a different technique workshop once a month for 9 months starting October 22nd 2011. So mark your calendars and join the fun one Saturday each month from 10:00am-12:00pm.

You can “drop in” and pay $10.00 per workshop or sign-up for all 9 for only $80.00!

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

#1. Matching Your Cast-On and Bind-Off to Your Project
Saturday, October 22nd 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. Increasing and Decreasing – Beyond the Basics
Saturday, November 12th from 10:00am-12:00pm

Learn the various methods to increase and decrease your stitches and learn when and why each of these methods are used in a particular pattern. Right  and left slants, increase between stitches, increasing in established stitches and more.

#3. Fix it & Finish it Techniques
Saturday, December 10th 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.

#4. Continental Knitting
Saturday, January 14th 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.

#5. Reading Knitting Charts
Saturday, February 11th 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. Fixing Mistakes in Your Knitting or “Why Does It Look Like That”
Saturday, March 10th 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.

#7. Beading & Knitting
Saturday, April 14th from 10:00am-12:00pm

Add a little sparkle to any knitted project with beads. You will learn two
methods of this technique and in the process brighten up your knitting!

#8. Seaming Your Finished Knits
Saturday, May 12th 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
* Two 4″ Knitted Squares in Stockinette Stitch
* Two 4″ Knitted Squares in Garter Stitch
* Worsted Weight Yarn
* US #8 Knitting Needles
* Yarn/Tapestry Needle

#9.  Customize a Shawl in Any Weight
Saturday, June 9th from 10:00am-12:00pm

With a modified triangle design, learn to incorporate any stitch pattern into
the back panel of a shawl in any weight of yarn.

Yarn Spotlight: Marina
May 31, 2011, 12:36 pm
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Free scarf pattern from Universal Yarn.

$14.00 a skein

Back by popular demand Marina, from Rozetti, is a fun and bright webbed ribbon yarn perfect for showstopping scarves and shawls! Check out this video to learn how to easily knit this long, luscious scarf out of one skein of Marina! Think about making all your friends a scarf as a birthday or Christmas gift–they will love it!

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.

2011 Portland Yarn Crawl
February 28, 2011, 12:44 pm
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2011 Portland Yarn Crawl

We are excited to announce that All About Yarn is participating in the second annual 2011 Portland Yarn Crawl! The Crawl takes place the first weekend in March, which will be Friday, March 4th through Sunday, March 6. Since this is an all weekend event, we will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

All About Yarn’s Crawl Hours:
Friday, March 4th: 10am-5pm
Saturday, March 5th: 10am-5pm
Sunday, March 6th: 10am-5pm

If you are unfamiliar with what a Yarn Crawl entails, it is a FREE event meant to “acquaint all fiber enthusiasts and artists with regional independent retailers and the companies that supply and distribute the yarns and accessories they carry. This is done by creating a self guided itinerary for the exploration of participating stores over the course of a weekend.” *Portland Yarn Crawl

This year 20 local shops are participating and at each shop you visit you will have a chance to enter into a raffle drawing for a lovely basket full of fiber-tastic goodies!

All About Yarn will be offering the following fabulous promotions and discounts during the 2011 Portland Yarn Crawl:

  • a large selection of discounted yarns up to 50% off
  • daily in-store drawings Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • FREE surplus patterns and magazines, while supplies last
  • our “Sample Sale” starts Friday, March 4th at 10am and will feature a selection of our lovely hand-knit shop samples
  • a special FREE GIFT for any shopper that spends $50 or more!

Not only will you be able to enjoy the raffle drawings and savings offered during the Crawl, but there will also be a cowl themed Scavenger Hunt with one lucky winner! Each of the participating shops will have a special cowl on display with a specific number attached to it. Once you have visited all the shops and collected all the numbers, you will be able to email your list to The Portland Yarn Crawl people at: If you have correctly identified each shop’s cowl, you will be entered into the Scavenger Hunt drawing giving you a chance to win a fabulous prize from the Crawl’s wonderful sponsors!

Good luck to all those participating in the drawings and scavenger hunt! We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces alike–come join in the fun!

Yarn Spotlight: Bambino Taffy
January 18, 2011, 9:21 am
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Sweetie Pie Hat Pattern in Peppermint Stick

Bambino Taffy, from the wonderful company Be Sweet, is a combination of five coordinating colors of Bambino (a soft organic blend of organic cotton and bamboo) that self stripes as you knit, plus it’s machine washable!

Sweetie Pie Hat Pattern in Sweet & Sour

In addition, Be Sweet has included their adorable “Sweetie Pie Hat” pattern on each Bambino Taffy label! What a wonderful treat!

Hot Chocolate Toddler Hat in Cocoa

On Be Sweet’s blog I came across an article that featured an alternative hat pattern that uses Bambino Taffy’s Cocoa colorway. The designer, Irina Lawrence, shared her “Hot Chocolate Toddler Hat” pattern with Be Sweet for free! If you’d like to have a copy of Irina’s pattern you can go directly to Be Sweet’s blog by clicking on the following link: Enjoy!

Yarn Spotlight: African Bead Ball
January 13, 2011, 11:45 am
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Pink African Bead Ball

Pink African Bead Ball

Be Sweet’s African Bead Balls are a combination of delicate boucle mohair yarn and a thin metallic strand with African glass beads hand strung throughout. This beautiful mohair yarn comes from the fleece of Angora goats that are the descendants of a breed originally from Tibet and brought from Turkmenistan to Turkey, where the Turks reserved the rare and precious yarn for royalty. In 1830, The Turks shipped a group of does and castrated bucks to South Africa, not knowing that one doe was pregnant and would give birth to a male kid. Interbreeding with local breeds eventually resulted in a hardier Angora goat, and now South Africa produces 65% of the world’s mohair.

“You may be asking yourself, “What’s so special about mohair anyway?” Mohair usually refers to a silk-like fabric or yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat. The word “mohair” was adopted into English before 1570 from the Arabic mukhayyar, a type of haircloth, literally ‘choice’, from khayyara, ‘he chose’. Mohair fiber is approximately 25-45 microns in diameter and is one of the oldest textile fibers in use. It is both durable and resilient. It is notable for its high luster and sheen, and is often used in fiber blends to add these qualities to a textile. Mohair also takes dye exceptionally well. Mohair is also warm as it has great insulating properties. It is durable and resistant to moisture-wicking, stretch, flame and creases. It is considered to be a luxury fiber, like cashmere, angora and silk, and is usually more expensive than most wool that comes from sheep…. Mohair has been used for garments and wares since the 16th century. This amazing fiber has so many redeeming qualities, it’s no wonder we still use it today.”*

* “Be Sweet Love’s Mohair.” Weblog entry.Waggle Dancing. August 31, 2010.

African Bead Balls are hand spun and dyed by women in South Africa under a job creation program that has offered opportunity in an economically depressed rural region with a 75% unemployment rate and little opportunity aside from hard labor in pineapple fields. So, enjoy this beautiful product knowing that you have brought hope into a South African community and that a portion of your purchase is helping support the local school!

Yarn Spotlight: Woodland
January 3, 2011, 12:56 pm
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“Blending plant fibers with wool has long been a wonderful way to marry the bounciness of animal fiber with the silkiness of cellulose fibers. Classic Elite’s new Woodland yarn takes a cue from history for its composition: Stinging nettle, used as a fiber for centuries in Asia, lends its strong bast fibers to soft, lofty wool in an airy spun singles yarn. Like other plant fibers, nettle takes dye differently from wool, lending a subtle heathered effect to the yarn.”

“Yarn Spotlight.” Interweave Knits Winter 2010: 14. Print.

Woodland is part of Classic Elite’s eco-conscious Verde Collection because of its use of environmentally-friendly nettles. Nettles are a perennial that requires low levels of water and little or no pesticides. Nettle fibers are similar to linen and hemp but produce a softer, silkier fabric. Nettles show color well and when mixed with wool add lightness, minimize shrinkage and are breathable.

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.

Addi Click Circular Needles
November 16, 2010, 9:51 am
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We are proud to announce that in addition to the very popular addi Turbo Click system we regularly carry, All About Yarn is now offering the addi Click Lace and addi Click Bamboo needle sets from Skacel.

addi Turbo Clicks

The wonderful thing about the addi Click interchangeable circular needle systems is that they provide various sizes of tips which allow knitters to quickly and conveniently switch between needle sizes without the hassle of taking their project off the needles. The Click tips require no tools to change; simply insert the cord deep into the tip, twist and release. The tips will remain secure until you change them, thanks to the Click’s revolutionary locking mechanism!

Each addi Click system comes in a sleek simulated leather case. These convenient wallet-like cases are portable and the perfect size for traveling!

addi Turbo Clicks

The addi Turbo Click system provides 10 different sizes of addi Turbo® tips (3.5mm, 3.75mm, 4.0mm, 4.5mm, 5.0mm, 5.5mm, 6.0mm, 8.0mm, 9.0mm, and 10.0mm), three different lengths of extremely pliable blue cord (24”, 32” and 40”), and one connector piece which helps to either store stitches or combine your cords.

addi Lace Clicks


The addi Lace Click system provides 8 different sizes of addi Lace tips (3.5mm, 3.75mm, 4.0mm, 4.5mm, 5.0mm, 5.5mm, 6.0mm, 8.0mm), five different lengths of Skacel’s extremely pliable blue cord (16″, 20″, 24”, 32” and 40”), and one connector piece which helps to either store stitches or combine your cords.

The addi Lace Click tips are nickel plated, which creates a smooth, rounded edge where the tip and cord “click” together.

addi Bamboo Clicks

The addi Bamboo Click system provides 8 different sizes of addi Bamboo tips (3.5mm, 3.75mm, 4.0mm, 4.5mm, 5.0mm, 5.5mm, 6.0mm, and 8.0mm), three different lengths of Skacel’s extremely pliable blue cord (24”, 32” and 40”), and one connector piece which helps to either store stitches or combine your cords.
The addi Bamboo Click’s case comes in a fresh Granny Smith apple green shade and is finished off with a cute tree-like motif on the inside.
These Click needle sets would make a wonderful gift. Come into the shop today or shop online for more information.