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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!

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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.

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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!



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.

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


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!



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



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.

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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!