Road Trip Projects

Road Trip Projects

Your clothes are packed, all the travel arrangements double-checked, now it’s time for the BIG decision: What projects are going with you on vacation?

Nothing too big or bulky – save the sweater for when you get home. What you want is a small project that will fit nicely into a carry-on bag, or down by your feet in the car — one ball of yarn, two balls max.

We can help! We’ve got tons of suggestions for road trip knitting and crocheting!

Visitors to our shop have been falling in love with the Paintboxes Cowl, pictured above. The striking pattern is much easier than it looks! Our version uses two different colors of Malabrigo Sock. This Ravelry pattern is written for fingering weight yarn, but includes instructions for adjusting for other weights as well. The pattern is addictive – you may find yourself trying out all kinds of color combinations, just to see how they look!

You know how sometimes you fall in love with a skein of fingering weight yarn, and then need to find something to do with it? That happens to me all the time with Knitted Wit’s Victory Sock Yarn. There are so many great colors to choose from, it’s hard to keep up! If you also find yourself faced with this dilemma, then here are a couple of project suggestions, suitable for any fingering weight yarn:

Our Frisson shawl was made with one skein of Victory Sock. It’s a fun knit that incorporates garter stitch and a simple mesh stitch to create an asymmetrical triangle. Just think of all the great skeins you can dig out of your stash for this shawl! Enough to keep you busy on several vacations, if your stash is anything like mine. This pattern is available on Ravelry.

Our Zick Zack scarf uses two different colorways of Victory Sock. The two colors alternate in zig-zagging stripes for a colorful effect. When you purchase your Zick Zack yarn at our shop, we’ll give you a copy of the pattern for free.

The Araucania Nuble Paints Shawlette is another great vacation project. Cast it on at the beginning of your trip and maybe you’ll be throwing the finished shawlette around your shoulders by the end! The project is sold as a kit, including everything you’ll need to make this delightful shawlette: one skein of Araucania Nuble Paints yarn, a string of decorative ball trim from Spain, and a pattern.

If you’d prefer to crochet on your vacation, there’s the Crocheted Linen Stitch Loop. We used one skein of Alegria by Manos del Uruguay to create this colorful cowl. The pattern is by Churchmouse, and is available for purchase at our shop.

One of the best things about vacation knitting and crocheting is that the projects you create on your trip will carry the memories of that trip with them. Every time you wear that cowl or shawl, you’ll remember sitting on the beach, or driving through a forested mountain pass. So choose carefully, and have a great trip!

Hot Weather Projects

Hot Weather Projects

Hot weather may be here, but there’s no need to put away your hooks and needles! When it’s too hot for wool, we turn to cotton and linen blends to spruce up our summer wardrobes. Here are just a few of our ideas for spring and summer projects:

Judy just finished this gorgeous summer tee, pictured above. The pattern is “Edie,” and it’s available for sale on Ravelry. Judy’s model was made with two balls of Schoppel’s Zauberball Cotton. Zauberball Cotton is 100% organic cotton, and comes in a variety of long-striping colors. Edie is knit top-down, and Ravelry photos show it looking great on a variety of shapes and sizes. I can’t wait to get this sweater on my needles!

Another of our favorite go-to yarns for warm weather is Zooey by Juniper Moon. This yarn is a blend of cotton and linen, and has a great thick-and-thin texture. Stop by and see all the great new colors we just got in! This pretty blue tee is called “Derecho,” and the pattern is available on Ravelry.

The “Paulina” top by Coco Knits is a perennial favorite in our shop. Paulina is made with Habu’s Cotton Gima, a unique yarn that gives the top its crisp, structural look. You can wear it over a tank top in even the hottest summer weather. Come on in to pick up a pattern and choose from our variety of Cotton Gima colors.

Even in the summer, there are times when you need an extra layer. The “Sycamore Vest” is a great option. This seamless knit is a great layering piece, adding just the right amount of style and warmth to an outfit. Our model was knit with Soft Linen by Classic Elite, a linen/wool/alpaca blend that’s a perfect all-season yarn for Portland. The pattern is available on Ravelry.

We’re excited to help you choose YOUR perfect summer project! Come on in and let us hook you up!

Local Yarn Store Day

Local Yarn Store Day

Local Yarn Store Day is April 21st! Come check out Northwest Wools!Come celebrate all forms of the Fiber Arts at Northwest Wools for the first annual, LYS Day!  Local Yarn Store (LYS) Day is a time to thank all our staff, students and customers for supporting our little brick & mortar shop – so we can continue to be here to serve all of you wonderful Yarnistas!

We will offer free 15 minute hand massages through-out the day, courtesy of Nancie Hines, MA of Portland Reflexology.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get some extra care for your over-worked hands.  And Nancie is a National Board-Certified Reflexologist, so she really knows her stuff!  We are pleased to be able to offer you this small token of our appreciation.  And if you enjoy your intro to Reflexology, Portland Reflexology has their offices right here in Multnomah Village!

Free hand massages will be offered at Northwest Wools Local Yarn Shop Day courtesy of Nancie Hines, MA of Portland Reflexology.

Come on in anytime between 10am – 5pm on Saturday April 21st and join us in our celebration of all Fiber Arts! Hang out and knit, crochet, weave or spin with us, as that’s how we plan to honor our hand crafts and each other.   While you are here, check out all our new Spring lovelies – we have some fun new yarns and roving just for Spring!

Plus enter to win a $50 Northwest Wools Gift Certificate! Drawing will be held at day’s end.  And isn’t $50 of free goodies from Portland’s Oldest Yarn Shop the perfect end to Local Yarn Store Day?

Seattle to Portland Yarn Train: April 7 & 8

Seattle to Portland Yarn Train: April 7 & 8

Exciting times are ahead as Northwest Wools is participating in the Seattle to Portland Yarn Train. Toot toot!

Welcome to the Seattle to Portland Yarn Train April 7 & 8! We look forward to hosting the fiber enthusiasts of the Snohomish Knitters Guild at Northwest Wools for their annual Seattle to Portland Yarn Train Event.

For you Seattle to PDX Yarn Train Participants, we have a huge selection of all the big name yarns plus lots of local Oregon indies, too.  We also carry one of the largest Roving selections in the Portland area! Roving from Ashland Bay, Fiber Braids from Woolgatherings and Dicentra Fibers and even some rare breed, undyed Roving from Shaggy Bear Farms. Please check out our new Yarns & Fibers Page here to see our full list of yarns and fibers.

There are tons of new shop models to inspire, many of them in fun new Yarn Kits. Plus we will have a special discount available just for you Seattle to Portland Yarn Train-ers on this weekend. Please be sure to ask us about it!

More about the Seattle to Portland Yarn Train Event (info courtesy of the Snohomish Knitters Guild)

A small Washington Snohomish county Stitch ‘N Bitch group initiated the first yarn train in 2005 to spend time together knitting and yarn shopping. Since then the event has grown to more than 200+ folks who come to Portland to shop for their favorite product, knit while in transit and meet other knitters.


Toots LeBlanc & Co. Trunk Show

Toots LeBlanc & Co. Trunk Show

Michele and Mike Dillon of Toots LeBlanc and Co. Yarns.  Michele custom blends these un-dyed, all natural yarns for a unique, self-haloing effect.

Come meet Michele and Mike Dillon of Toots LeBlanc & Co. Yarns. Michele custom blends these un-dyed, all natural yarns for a unique, self-haloing effect. Yummy! We are the only yarn shop carrying these rare yarns. Great for knitters, weavers and crocheters looking for something super soft with a tight twist.

Michele LeBlanc Dillon has been working with a select group of micro-farms for many years and custom blends these all natural fibers to create her beautiful un-dyed yarns. Michele is like a Vintner in this respect, and she notes the terroir effect on her fibers by dating her yarns by year. How cool is that?! Fiber Artists in the know value her “Farm to Needle” yarns for their tight twist, natural colors and lovely hand.

We are thrilled at the chance to offer you some of these unique yarns with their self halo-ing effect. Quantities are limited, so come early for best selection. We are the only retail yarn shop carrying this very special yarn — so this is your chance to stock up on this highly desirable and rare yarn!