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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

Supplies:

Pattern:

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

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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!

 

 

 

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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.

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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 redlion.com/conventioncenter 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.

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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!

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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!

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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!



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

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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!