Holiday Gifts at Northwest Wools

Holiday Gifts at Northwest Wools

Northwest Wools is the place to come for holiday items. We make it easy for you to shop local while buying and creating great gifts! With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your gift lists: both what you plan to give others, and those items you want to put on your own wish list!

We’ve got a large selection of beautiful ceramic yarn bowls and matching mugs from Master Potter Frank Philipps. Frank has been making pottery in the Bauhaus tradition for almost 40 years, combining function and beauty in every hand-made piece.

We’ve got a large selection of beautiful ceramic yarn bowls and matching mugs from Master Potter Frank Philipps

Frank Phillips Pottery is based in Ashland, Oregon. When you buy one of Frank’s bowls or mugs, you are not only purchasing a unique piece of art, you are also supporting an Oregon artist. Northwest Wools is proud to support Frank Philipps Pottery, and thrilled to be the exclusive Portland vendor of these one-of-a-kind yarn bowls.

Interchangeable knitting needle sets are high on many knitters’ wish lists, and we have sets in a number of varieties and price ranges.

Interchangeable knitting needle sets are high on many knitters’ wish lists, and we have sets in a number of varieties and price ranges. We also have crochet hook sets for the crochet enthusiast in your life. And for crafters of all stripes, we have a variety of needle and hook storage cases, books, project bags and yarn caddies — some hand-made by Northwest Wools Instructor Judy!

We have lots of popular yarn kits to choose from, or we can help you build your own. And if you’re looking for something unique, browse our selection of locally dyed and sourced yarns.

We have lots of popular yarn kits to choose from, or we can help you build your own. And if you’re looking for something unique, browse our selection of locally dyed and sourced yarns. These exquisite yarns are the type of luxury item we don’t always buy for ourselves, but covet every time we’re in the yarn store! That special skein is sure to make any fiber artist smile.

Tools that make crafting easier are always a hit. We have umbrella swifts and ball winders so you can wind your yarn skeins quickly and neatly. Or treat your favorite crafter to a Maker’s Keep. This handy magnetic bracelet gives you a place to stick your stitch markers, cable needles and other metallic items so they’re right there when you need them.

And what better gift is there for a fiber enthusiast than a trip to the yarn store? If you’d like to give the gift of an experience as well as something material, consider a Northwest Wools Gift Certificate. We can create one for you in any dollar amount you choose. The recipient is sure to enjoy browsing our colorful, fiber-filled shelves, dreaming up new projects.

It’s not too late to create a handmade gift for that special someone!

There’s still time to make one-of-a-kind gifts for your family, friends and loved ones. We have one of the largest yarn and fiber inventories in town, including a large selection of beautiful bulky and super bulky yarns, and fast, easy patterns, so you can finish your handmade gifts quickly. Check out our shop models for inspiration!

The Golden Tickets Program offers great holiday deals and supports shopping local.

The Golden Tickets Program offers great holiday deals and supports shopping local.

Once again, we will be participating in this popular shop-local program. Earn a 10% discount on commercial yarn at our shop when you bring us a Golden Ticket from someone else. Buy $20 or more of any yarn at our shop and we will give you a Golden Ticket to use at other participating businesses throughout Multnomah Village and Hillsdale.  Everyone loves supporting local jobs and businesses with this fun holiday reward program!  The Golden Tickets program starts November 26 and runs through December 31.

Stop by soon and we’ll help you pick out that perfect gift!

Crochet Collage Artist Candace Coleman Art Show and Sale

Crochet Collage Artist Candace Coleman Art Show and Sale

Friday, December 7
2:00 – 6:00 pm

We are excited to bring Candace Coleman to Northwest Wools to showcase her unique crocheted artwork! Join us on First Friday for an Art Show and Sale of Candace’s work.

Candace has worked as a fiber artist since the 1970s, first as a creator of tapestries, then as a mixed media artist, and more recently in crochet collage. She has been commissioned to create pieces for local businesses and private collections, and her artwork has been exhibited at a variety of venues, including the Portland Art Museum, the Henry Gallery in Seattle, and the Western Colorado Center for the Arts.

Candace’s artwork stems from a deep connection to nature. “Each piece of artwork I create is to honor the life force,” she says. “It is a celebration of the wonders and diversity of the natural world. It is a quiet form of activism – a plea to walk gently on the planet and a plea to care for the inhabitants.”

Candace’s crochet collages are inspired by her observation of the natural world. With an image in mind, she crochets hundreds of small spirals and uses them to form a design. Next, she pieces together a backing from cotton fabric and hand-sews the crocheted pieces to it. Tide pools, lichens, flower parts, and transition areas such as the edge of the sea are some of the subjects of her artwork.

“I am especially interested in the variety of species that live tightly packed together in apparent harmony,” says Candace. “There is such a sense of community and relationship.”

We hope you can join us on First Friday to see these original creations, meet the artist, and perhaps purchase one as the perfect holiday gift!

Multnomah Village’s annual Holiday Gala will also be taking place, so stick around and soak up the atmosphere! Special events include a tree-lighting ceremony, free horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, a strolling Santa, and more!


Rowan Trunk Show

Rowan Trunk Show

White Sweater with Rowan Wool
Rowan Trunk Show

Northwest Wools is excited to host a trunk show full of spectacular Rowan garments from Friday, November 16, through Saturday, November 24th.

In addition to the shop models we normally have on hand, we’ll also have additional garments sent to us from Rowan. These special models will include sweaters, wraps and accessories made from a number of Rowan yarns, including Kid Classic, Felted Tweed, Alpaca Classic and Valley Tweed. All of the models are from their Fall 2018 line, and patterns are available in Rowan books and magazines on sale at Northwest Wools.

Don’t miss this opportunity to admire, touch and try on some of the fabulous items we usually just admire on the pages of Rowan Magazine!Rowan Sweater Marshwood


10,000 New Knitters Event

10,000 New Knitters Event

10,000 New Knitters Event

Saturday, November 10
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

At Northwest Wools, we’re passionate about all fiber arts — knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting, spinning – basically, anything involving yarn or fiber in any way. And we’re always looking for ways to share our passion with the world. That’s why, when we heard about 10,000 New Knitters Day, we knew we just had to be involved!

10,000 New Knitters Day is an event sponsored by Skacel Collection, the American distributor of Addi Needles. Skacel is providing yarn stores all over the United States with free kits for beginning knitters, in the hopes of teaching 10,000 people to knit. Kits include a set of knitting needles, a ball of Sueño Worsted yarn by HiKoo, and a simple pattern for a pair of fingerless mitts.

New knitters who come to our 10,000 New Knitters event will receive a free New Knitter’s Kit (while supplies last), plus a free knitting lesson from one of our experienced teachers. We’ll have plenty of staff on hand to share our knowledge and love of knitting.

To add to the fun, we’ll be raffling off five Maker’s Keeps courtesy of Coco Knits. These silicone slap bracelets have a magnetic metal plate on top. They’ll keep stitch markers, cable needles, pins or any other steel accessory handy while you’re busy “making”.

If your free lesson on November 10th gets you hooked and you’d like to learn more, you can sign up for one of our knitting classes. We offer classes Monday through Saturday, and we’re always happy to welcome new knitters to the fold! Plus, students at Northwest Wools receive 10 percent off items they purchase in the shop.

So spread the word! We’ll see you on November 10th with yarn and needles in hand!


Fall Projects to Fight the Chill

Fall Projects to Fight the Chill

It’s here at last: Fall project season! Our shop is filled with new yarn and new shop models – just in time for you to hunker down inside and fight the chill with cozy yarn. Big or small, we’ve got a project to keep your hands busy.

We love the interesting geometry – and the backstory – of the Night Shift Shawl. This Ravelry pattern was designed by Christopher Salas while working the night shift in Chicago. Though the new schedule was daunting at first, he came to enjoy the increased knitting time, and designed this shawl as “an ode to my new vampire-esque lifestyle.” The contrasting colors are meant to mimic the passage of day and night. Staffer Barbara created our version with Shibui’s Staccato in Tango and Ash.

What could be cuter than “Gramps,” a “grandpa” style sweater for the tiny folks in your life? “Gramps” is knit from the top down — always a plus when knitting for rapidly growing little ones! Staffer Marguerite made our version with Plymouth’s Worsted Merino Superwash, a machine washable wool. The pattern is available on Ravelry or in print at our shop. And no need to feel jealous that the little ones get all the cute things: the Gramps pattern is sized from newborn through adult!

We had a blast this summer making “Foolproof” at our weekly knitalong. This Ravelry pattern starts as a triangle but turns into a cowl – with no seaming required! It can be made with just about any yarn in any width or length you like. The pattern provides instructions for both a specified stripe sequence as well as a “Free Spirits” version, where you decide where to put the colors. Shop Manager Heidi followed the “Free Spirits” instructions using three colors of Classic Elite’s Fresco to create this super-soft, cozy cowl. Beware: this pattern is addictive!

When it comes to creativity, there is no shortage of it around Northwest Wools! Good Customer Hillary Beard designed this “One-strip Herringbone Twill Bag” using our 8/4 cotton carpet warp on a 4-shaft loom. True to its name, the bag is created with one strip of woven material, cleverly folded and sewn into this ingenious bag. Patterns for Hillary’s bag, along with a variety of 8/4 cotton carpet warp, are available for purchase at Northwest Wools.

Free Your Fade” is another entry in Drea Renee’s popular “fade” series of projects. This one uses three skeins of fingering-weight yarn to create an asymmetrical triangular shawl. The garter-stitch pattern with occasional eyelet rows is easy, with just enough interest to keep you knitting. Heidi made this version with two skeins of MadelineTosh Twist Light and one skein of Knitted Wit’s Victory Sock. We have kits available for purchase, or we can help you choose your own colors to fade. The “Free Your Fade” pattern is also available for purchase on Ravelry.

Churchmouse’s “Library Vest” is a classic vest pattern written for two different lengths. We have put our own stamp on the pattern by adding a contrasting stripe along the front band and across the tops of the pockets. Our model was knit by Shop Owner Jackie with Rowan’s Felted Tweed. This is a great layering piece, perfect for the unpredictable weather of autumn. You may decide you need to work up several of them, and don’t worry: we have lots of colors of Felted Tweed! We have copies of the “Library Vest” pattern here at Northwest Wools, along with a copy of our modifications.

If you’re looking for a quick knit, look no further than “Fresa,” by Manos del Uruguay. This fun cowl was knit up quickly by Shop Inventory Manager Sophie in Manos Maxima, and makes a cozy and cute neck accessory. Stop by to see all the great colors of Manos Maxima we have in stock! The pattern is available in print at our shop, and on Ravelry as well.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about fall and all the wooly project fun it brings with it! If you’re looking for inspiration, need some help, or want to show off what you accomplished over the summer, stop by! We are happy to help with projects big and small, and we love to ooo and aaah over finished work!