Road Trip Projects

Road Trip Projects

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning those Road Trip Projects – even if the trip is to your local Pool or Baseball diamond! The ideal Road Trip Project is small and simple – you don’t want to miss out on the scenery because you’re too wrapped up in a complicated stitch. Something repetitive that doesn’t overly tax the brain is the perfect thing to keep your hands busy while you watch the miles go by, or your kid running bases.

Read on for some great Project ideas!

An easy and fun project that’s great for summer is the “6×6 Traveling Rib Cowl Kit.” This squishy-soft cowl features a simple, Zen-like stitch pattern that “travels” around the cowl. Shown here is the short version; modifications are available for a longer version as well. You can make either length with just one skein each of Shibui Birch and Habu Textile’s N-80 Silk- Wrapped Merino. The Kit includes the pattern, plus the two yarns in complementary color combinations. This is a really striking cowl, but one that is super easy to make. Great for knitting while chatting with your friends and family! And if you want to get ahead on your holiday gifts, this is a perfect candidate since it comes in so many lovely colors.

The elegant “Summer Silk Topper” is just the thing for chilly summer evenings, or for over-air-conditioned indoor spaces. The Topper is knit flat, holding one strand of Habu Textiles’s Tsumugi Silk together with one strand of Mohair throughout, and then seamed together at the end. This allows for more knitting and less purling, making the Topper faster and easier to make. And using a Size 10 needle, you can speed through this and have it ready to wear in no time! We have these made up as Kits with the pattern and yarn included, so you can just “Grab and Go”! But if you prefer to pick out your own color combo, you are welcome to do so – we have tons of colors in both the Silk and Mohair! Plus the pattern is free with yarn purchase at our Shop.

Knit a drawstring bag on your trip!
If you’re in need of a cute bag to tote your fiber projects around in, we have just the thing: the “Parrot Drawstring Bag.” Staffer Tracy designed this fun crocheted bag using two skeins of Berroco’s Modern Cotton and one skein of Pappagallo from Trendsetter. Pappagallo comes in a variety of fun, colorful combinations, the perfect thing to complement bright summer fashions. The pattern is for sale at our shop.


Next up is the “Elegant Luxury Scarf Kit” from Imperial Yarn. This luscious scarf kit includes the yarn and the pattern, so all you need is needles and you’re good to go! It’s made with two skeins of Imperial Yarn’s Our Back 40 American Classic Alpaca Yarn, a yarn so soft, your hands will thank you while you’re knitting it. And the kit bag even comes with a tiny bell, perfect for ringing for the Bar Menu while sitting Poolside! We really liked the simple lace pattern – it’s just challenging enough to keep your brain engaged, but repetitive enough for you to memorize it quickly.

The “Fresco Simple Slouchy Hat Kit” also features a super-soft yarn. This adorable hat is knit with two skeins of Classic Elite’s Fresco – a blend of alpaca, angora and wool. This project is so simple, you can create several while you travel, and have Holiday gifts all lined up by the end of the summer! We have kits for this highly wearable hat available in many different colors, to suit everyone on your gift list and, of course, one for you!

Any of these projects will make a perfect companion for your travels, even if you’re only going as far as your backyard! We look forward to seeing what you’re working on this summer – so please stop by and show us!

Next Steps in BriocheSpecialty Class with Michele Lee Bernstein(aka PDXKnitterati)

Next Steps in Brioche
Specialty Class with Michele Lee Bernstein
(aka PDXKnitterati)

Specialty Class with Michele Lee Bernstein, aka PDX Knitterati

Next Steps in Brioche
Specialty Class with Michele Lee Bernstein
aka PDX Knitterati
Friday, May 31, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Are you ready to take the next step with your brioche knitting? Michele Lee Bernstein of PDX Knitterati fame will be here to lead us through her “Heliotrope” patterns, an excellent way to learn about traveling brioche stitches.

You may choose either the Heliotrope Cowl pattern or the Heliotrope Hat. Both require the same supplies, and the brioche patterns are the same for both until shaping begins for the hat. You can preview Michele’s patterns on Ravelry.

Michele Lee Bernstein has been knitting since her favorite aunt taught her when she was 14. She began designing about 10 years ago, and designed “Rosaria,” the first-ever Mystery Knit-along Shawlette for the Rose City Yarn Crawl in 2014.

In addition to her design work, Michele also teaches at local yarn shops, fiber festivals and retreats. Her patterns are available on Ravelry.

Class Details
Friday, May 31
1:00 – 4:00 pm (3 hours)
$45 per person
If the minimum class size is not met, the class is subject to cancellation.

Pre-requisites
Must be very comfortable with two-color brioche rib. No Beginning Brioche students in this Level #2 class, please.

Homework
1. Purchase a copy of either Heliotrope Cowl or Heliotrope Hat by Michele Lee Bernstein on Ravelry. Please print a copy to bring to class.
2. Work through the cast-on round and the two setup rounds. Then everyone will be ready to jump into the increases and decreases all together in the Class. Please come to the Class with this knitting work fully completed.

Supplies
Copy of Heliotrope Cowl or Heliotrope Hat by Michele Lee Bernstein, available on Ravelry.

Worsted weight yarn, 2 colors in high contrast, 1 skein of each color. Here is a list of our Recommended Yarns:

  1. Malabrigo Rios
  2. Malabrigo Worsted
  3. Lambs Pride Worsted
  4. Manos Maxima
  5. Encore Worsted

Size US 6 needles (or size 5, if using Encore): 16” circular needles are needed for the hat, 24” circular needles are needed for the cowl.

Students purchasing supplies for this class will receive a 10% discount on your yarn, needle and the pattern if purchased from Northwest Wools using Ravelry In-Store sales. Please note that if you purchase the pattern directly from Ravelry we are not able to offer the discount on this pattern.

Ravelry from Top to Bottom

Ravelry from Top to Bottom


Instructor: Debbi Stone

Saturday, April 27, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Are you new to Ravelry or have you had an account for years? With this class we’ll explore everything there is to learn and know about Ravelry and which parts are best for you. We’ll look at your Notebook and learn how to get the most out of it, using Ravelry Pro and other tools. The class is designed so that no matter which device you use to go to Ravelry (computer, tablet or phone) you’ll be able to navigate the inner working of the site and find everything you need!

And once you’ve learned all there is to know about Ravelry, stick around and celebrate Local Yarn Store Day with us! In appreciation of our wonderful customers, we’ll have raffle prizes, free patterns, a “Rigid Heddle-In,” and much more! Come join the fun!

We are pleased to welcome Debbi Stone to our shop once again. Debbi is well known for having designed past Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery Knit Alongs and is active in the Portland knitting scene. She regularly teaches knitting and technology classes at local yarn shops in the Portland area as well as at Madrona Fiber Arts Festival.

Class Details

Saturday, April 27
1:00 – 4:00 pm (3 hours)
$40 per student

If the minimum class size is not met, the class is subject to cancellation.

This class is taught lecture style. Students should bring whatever device (fully charged) they would like to access Ravelry on, along with paper and pen/pencil for note taking.

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.

One of a Kind Buttons Pop-up Shop

One of a Kind Buttons Pop-up Shop

Come meet Candace Wilson, the Ceramic Artist behind One of a Kind Buttons. Candace’s buttons, pins and shawl pins are truly unique. She draws all her designs by hand, then creates the stamps to produce these fabulous ceramic items which are truly “one of a kind”!

Sunday, March 10th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Come and meet Candace Wilson, the ceramic artist behind One of a Kind Buttons, at a one-day Pop-up Shop on Sunday. Candace will have a selection of ceramic buttons, pins, and shawl pins, as well as her popular garden birds and bird ornaments.

We are so pleased Candace created a Limited Edition Shawl Pin for our Shop’s Featured Knit Pattern, allowing us to “Put a Bird on it”!   With the Yarn Crawl’s 2019 theme of “A Walk in the Park” as inspiration, we created a knit design called “Birding the Tualatin River Refuge”.  We wanted a bird shawl pin to support this pattern and knew Candace would create something special! Each of these Knit Pattern Kits will include the yarn and pattern, as well as one of these cute Bird Shawl Pins. Yowza!

Candace draws all her designs by hand, then creates the stamps to produce these fabulous ceramic items – which are truly one of a kind. They make great gifts for your fiber-obsessed friends, as well as wonderful mementos of this year’s crawl!