Toots LeBlanc & Co. Pop-up Shop

Toots LeBlanc & Co. Pop-up Shop

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.

Sunday, March 10th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Michele LeBlanc Dillon and Mike Dillon of Toots LeBlanc & Co. Yarns will be with us Sunday for a one-day Pop-up Shop. Michele purchases wool from small family farmers throughout the West Coast and custom blends the fibers to create her unique, undyed yarns.  We are sad to say this Event at Northwest Wools will be the last for Michele, as she will be retiring from yarn-making after these many years.  So please do stop by to say good-bye to Michele and to purchase some of her very special yarns directly from her for the last time.  Northwest Wools will continue to carry Toots LeBlanc & Co. yarns until we run out of our inventory.

Michele learned to spin in her early twenties, which led to a deeper awareness of the qualities of different types of wool and the purposes for which they are best-suited. Each batch of wool she purchases for her yarns is hand cleaned, sorted and inspected for color and fiber content. Fibers are custom blended to create a unique yarn. The wool is then minimally processed without the use of harsh detergents or chemicals, and spun into yarn at a local Oregon mill.

Toots LeBlanc yarns are undyed, letting the beauty of the animals’ natural colors speak for itself. Because animals and their coats change from year to year, the same “color” will not look the same from one season to the next. For this reason, Michele dates her yarns so you can match colors by their “fleece lots.”  Michele’s yarns also have a natural “halo” effect, creating super soft and lovely projects.

We are thrilled at the chance to offer you some of these exquisite yarns. Quantities are limited, so come early for best selection – especially since this is your last chance to purchase directly from Michele.

Shaggy Bear Farms Pop-up Shop

Shaggy Bear Farms Pop-up Shop

Come meet Wendy Hanson, and learn about her very special yarns and fibers from Shaggy Bear Farms. Wendy runs a “Farm to Needle” operation and manages a flock of over 400 animals.  We hope you will join us for wine and say

Saturday, March 9th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Meet Wendy Hanson on Saturday at this one-day Pop-up Shop, and learn about her very special yarns and fibers from Shaggy Bear Farms. Wendy runs a “farm to needle” operation, managing a flock of over 400 animals, many of which are rescue animals. So your purchases not only support Wendy, but also all of these wonderful animals she has saved.

Wendy knows all 400+ of her animals by name and sings to them as she shears them. She even has a one-legged duck that lives in her bathtub and suggests new yarn colors.

Cowl knit from Shaggy Bear Farms wool

Wendy’s inventory truly has something for everyone: Beautiful, vibrant colors as well as undyed, natural hues; buttery soft merino/silk blends and rugged, “crunchy” yarns. Most of Wendy’s yarns are blends of fibers from her many breeds of animals. There are a variety of yarn weights to choose from, as well as undyed roving from her many unique and rare breeds.

Come check out all of the many fiber combinations in Wendy’s yarns and fibers, and meet Wendy herself. You will leave knowing a lot more about the life of a small independent farmer and dyer and her many breeds of animals.

Favour Valley Woodworking Pop-up Shop

Favour Valley Woodworking Pop-up Shop

Friday, March 8th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Favour Valley Woodworking will be with us Friday for a one-day Pop-up Shop. Owner Martha Sunderland is a talented woodworker dedicated to preserving and celebrating her natural environment with her handmade wood and antler buttons, toggles, shawl pins and accessories.

Martha is inspired by the traditional New England woodworking craft and the beautiful wood available in her home of Favour Valley, New Hampshire. Her goal is to provide beautiful accessories that complement all types of handwork, while at the same time protecting her environment by using sustainable materials, finishes and technologies. No animals or trees are harmed in creating her beautiful buttons, toggles and pins. They are gleaned from natural antler shedding and tree fall.

The Favour Valley Scarf Buckle has been featured in Vogue Knitting, and her Antler Buttons were showcased in the Winter 2018 issues of both Interweave Knits and Knitscene. Here at Northwest Wools, we have carried all of Martha’s beautiful hand-crafted buttons, toggles and shawl pins for several years and love the distinct look they give our fiber art projects!

Mosaic Moon Pop-up Shop

Mosaic Moon Pop-up Shop

Mosaic Moon bringing unique yarns to Northwest Wools.

Thursday, March 7th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Mosaic Moon will help us kick off the 2019 Yarn Crawl with a one-day Pop-up Shop on Thursday! Started by Morwenna Palmehn of Ashland, Oregon, in 2003, Mosaic Moon has grown from a small custom-knitting business to become a top hand-dyer in the indie-dyed yarn and fiber world. Come see Morwenna’s amazing colorways, paired with soft and scrumptious yarn bases!

Morwenna’s whole family is involved in the business – she does all the dyeing while her husband David mixes dyes, rinses, spins and dries the wool. Their teen-aged sons do all the yarn winding/skeining, while all four of the older kids take turns reskeining and labeling. Morwenna’s mom does the bookkeeping, and applies her expert penmanship to each label. It’s truly a family fiber affair!

2019 Rose City Yarn Crawl Featured Patterns

2019 Rose City Yarn Crawl Featured Patterns

Get These 2019 Rose City Yarn Crawl Patterns at Northwest Wools

Our theme for the 2019 Rose City Yarn Crawl is “A Walk in the Park,” and it was so much fun coming up with patterns to go with the theme! This year we have something extra special: along with our Featured Knit and Crochet Patterns, we will also offer an “unofficial” Crawl pattern for Weavers! We’ll have Limited Edition Yarn Kits of all three of these items available for sale during the Crawl – or you can get the patterns for free with any Shop purchase during the four days of the Yarn Crawl.

 

2019 Rose City Yarn Crawl Featured Patterns

Birding the Tualatin River Refuge

Designer: Jackie Howard Kraybill

Our Northwest Wools Featured Knit Pattern has you take a walk in a local National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) versus a mere park! Called “Birding the Tualatin River Refuge,” it brings in all elements found in an NWR: water, grasses and trees. Full of interesting textures and patterns, this is a fun three-color knit made with Malabrigo Rios. And to finish it off, we are offering a Limited Edition Bird Shawl Pin from Local Indie Artist Candace Wilson of “One a Kind Buttons.”  So when you’re done knitting your infinity cowl, you can be a true Portlander and “Put a Bird On it”!  Woohoo!

Rooster Rock Mitts

Designer: Tinaka

And for our Northwest Wools Crochet Featured Pattern, we are challenging you to not merely walk, but to climb in this park! Our “Rooster Rock Mitts” pattern features two skeins of Trendsetter New York yarn in striking greens, to inspire your park aspirations. Topped off with a perky flower on the wrist, it will reward your crochet efforts with a very wearable and fun pair of fingerless mitts.

We wish to thank Northwest Wools Alumni Tinaka, who once again created our cool Crochet Pattern.

Sanctuary Shrug

Designer: Peg Silloway

We are excited to be offering a pattern for all of you weavers during this year’s Rose City Yarn Crawl! While it’s “unofficial,” it’s still well designed — and lots of fun to make on either a Rigid Heddle Loom or with a 4-shaft Loom.  And it’s a lovely and versatile piece to wear once completed!

The “Sanctuary Shrug” was created to honor the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, as part of the Yarn Crawl’s “A Walk in the Park” theme for 2019.  It was designed by our Rigid Heddle Weaving Instructor, Peg Silloway. Peg is also well-known in the weaving community as the artistic force behind Silloway Weaving Studio.

All three patterns are free to you during the four days of the Rose City Yarn Crawl with any Shop purchase. Or you can purchase any of the three as a Yarn Kit — which includes the pattern, plus the yarns needed to make the cowl, mitts or shrug. The cowl kit also includes the One of a Kind bird shawl pin, so you’ll be all set to hit the National Wildlife Refuge in style!