Sunday, March 8th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
We are pleased to welcome another Oregon-based Indie Dyer to the group of Indies we regularly carry. Erica Roberts, Owner of In the Deep Hue Sea, will be here on Sunday for a Pop-up Shop showcasing her beautiful, vividly dyed yarns.
Erica loves being a full-time Fiberista, so she can spend more time with her children. She started knitting when her first child was a baby and then decided to try her hand at dyeing. She kept experimenting until she got the deep, saturated colors she wanted. Once she started dyeing yarns she was hooked!
Erica has always been a Working Mom, but once she was able to successfully grow her business from a part-time to a full-time operation, that meant she could stay at home full time, too. She loves being a Business Owner and says dyeing yarns allows her the perfect creative outlet. And she loves the flexibility of being able to stay home with her kids!
We love Erica’s use of colors and the vivid results she is able to achieve. We are excited to be carrying her yarns at Northwest Wools, so we can offer these yarns to our Customers looking for that “special skein”!
Saturday, March 7th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Meet Wendy Hanson 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 of her animals by name, and sings to them as she shears them! We always enjoy listening to Wendy’s tales of life on her farm, and hearing about the various “characters” that inhabit it. Talking with Wendy is just as much fun as looking at (and touching!) the gorgeous yarns she has created!
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. There are a variety of yarn weights to choose from, as well as a variety of fibers and fiber blends.
Spinners take note: Wendy will have lots of undyed roving from her unique breeds. This is a great opportunity to stock up on your favorite fibers!
Whether you knit, crochet, spin, felt or weave, you are bound to find something you love at this Pop-up Shop! Come on by and meet Wendy – you will learn a lot more about the life of an independent farmer and dyer.
Friday, March 6th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
We invite you to join Stephania Fregosi of Three Fates Yarns for a one-day Pop-up Shop on Friday featuring her fabulous yarns and fibers. Steph is an indie dyer from Salem, Oregon, well-known for her use of colors – especially notable in her gradient yarns and fibers.
Three Fates offers gradients prepared in single cakes, where long stretches of color blend smoothly from one to the next, as well as packages of multiple gradient skeins. Some even have sparkles!
Steph’s yarn was recently featured in Bristol Ivy’s latest book, Knitting Outside the Box: Drape & Fold. “Eponymous,” a fingering weight, 100% superwash merino, was used to knit “Mihara,” a beautiful, origami-style shrug. Once you’ve seen (and felt!) Steph’s yarn, maybe you’ll be inspired to knit your own version of “Mihara”!
The name of Steph’s company, Three Fates, comes from the three Greek goddesses, also known as The Fates or the Moirae. Their names are Lachesis, Clotho and Atrophos, and they are sometimes known as the Spinner, the Weaver and the Cutter. They spin the thread of life, weave it into a tapestry and determine when it’s cut off. What a fitting name for a yarn company!
Friday, March 6th
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!
Get These 2020 Rose City Yarn Crawl Patterns at Northwest Wools
Our theme for the 2020 Rose City Yarn Crawl is “Birds of the Pacific Northwest,” and it was so much fun coming up with patterns to go with the theme! Once again we have something extra special: Along with our Featured Knit and Crochet Patterns, we will also offer an “unofficial” Crawl pattern for Weavers! Yowza!!
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. We will also have a large selection of the “One of a Kind” Feather Shawl Pins for sale, so you’ll be all set to celebrate the “Birds of the Pacific Northwest” in style! These shawl pins are sold separately and were made especially for this Event by Oregon Ceramic Artist Candace Wilson. So be sure to snag one for your finished item – they look great on all of these lovely patterns!
Lazuli Bunting Asymmetrical Shawl
Designer: Jackie Howard Kraybill
Our Northwest Wools Featured Knit Pattern is named after the Lazuli Bunting, an extremely pretty songbird. It gets its name from the blue gemstone Lapis lazuli. This native bird can be seen in a wide range of blue shades and includes many colorful secondary hues.
The shawl has an asymmetrical shape, which can be worn several ways. Full of interesting textures and patterns, this is a fun, two-color knit made with two skeins of “Mariquita” from The Alpaca Yarn Company (TAYC). “Mariquita” is 50/50 Baby Alpaca and Tencel in fingering weight, with lots of drape and sheen. And we love supporting TAYC, a small Alpaca Co-op with heavenly yarns!
To finish it off, we are offering an optional Feather Shawl Pin from “One a Kind Buttons” for purchase. Every Feather Shawl pin is unique and part of a Limited Edition for our shop.
Mountain Bluebird Cowl
Designer: Tinaka Schwendiman
Our Northwest Wools Crochet Featured Pattern is named after the Mountain Bluebird, a medium-sized bird in lovely shades of blues and greys. We picked this Oregon bird to emphasize the importance of conservation efforts. Since the 1960s, the population of this bird has stabilized with the construction of Nest Boxes to replace lost habitat. To learn more about how you can help, contact the Audubon Society.
Our “Mountain Bluebird Cowl” pattern features one skein of Malabrigo Sock yarn in a lovely blue-grey color. You will really enjoy the fun crochet stitches Tinaka has employed in designing this very wearable Cowl! Yowza!!
We wish to thank Northwest Wools Alumna Tinaka, who created this cool Crochet Cowl pattern for us.
The Berwick’s Wren Scarf
Designer: Peg Silloway
We are excited to once again be offering a pattern for all of you weavers during the 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. It’s a lovely and striking piece to wear once completed!
The Berwick’s Wren Scarf honors this familiar backyard bird. Browns and creams are the bird’s dominant colors, which provide the colors for this design. The scarf is made using the Clasped Weft method, with hemstitching and twisted fringe. If you haven’t done Clasped Weft before, this is a great way to give it a try! It’s easy and a lot of fun with striking results.
The pattern uses three skeins of “Mountaintop Vail,” an un-dyed fingering yarn from Classic Elite. “Vail” is a luxurious combination of 70/30 Baby Alpaca and Bamboo for incredible drape and softness. You truly must feel the finished scarf to believe how nice it is!
Thanks to Peg Silloway, one of our Rigid Heddle Weaving Instructors, for this lovely pattern. Peg is also well-known in the weaving community as the artistic force behind Silloway Weaving Studio.
In Summary …
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 shawl, cowl or scarf. The One of a Kind Feather Shawl Pins are sold separately and were made especially for this event by Oregon Ceramic Artist Candace Wilson. So be sure to snag one for your finished item — they look great on all three of these lovely patterns!