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?

Holiday Gifting

Looking for that perfect gift for the Fiber Artist in your life?

Check out all our unique gifts during this holiday shopping season!


We have a large selection of stunning ceramic Yarn Bowls and matching Mugs from Master Potter Frank Philipps, exclusive to our Yarn Shop.

We have a large selection of stunning 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 the ethos of functional and beautiful in every hand-made piece.

We are proud to support Frank Philipps Pottery, an Ashland based Oregon Artist. And we are thrilled that Frank’s yarn bowls are exclusive for Northwest Wools customers!

We have tons of tools and accessories for knitters, weavers, crocheters, spinners and felters plus books for all of these Fiber Arts! Interchangeable knitting needle sets or crochet hook sets are gifts your crafty loved ones will treasure. We also have lots of needle or hook storage cases, knitting/crochet bags, tool holders, accessories, and more. Equipment, like ball winders and umbrella swifts, are high on many Fiber Artists lists and are always a thoughtful gift. And our felting kits and fibers will make your Felting Artist smile.

We have lots of popular yarn kits to choose from, or we can help you build your own. For knitters at all levels, we have yarn kits made with lots of popular yarns. These are fun gifts for the knitters in your life!

Weaving and spinning tools are always received with relish. Fun and affordable Zoom Looms and Holiday Zoom yarn kits provide a simple introduction to weaving. Older children and adults alike will enjoy this easy pin-style looms. We can even special order a rigid heddle loom, floor loom, or spinning wheel for you!

Wooden ornaments that are “custom knit” sweaters, socks and mittens are a clever gift tag or stocking stuffer for your crafter. They’re great as a small gift for your “Secret Santa”, friend or neighbor as well.

We just received a new shipment of darling ceramic gifts from One of a Kind Buttons, hot off Candace’s hands. Wait until you see these!

If you just can’t decide – we have Northwest Wools Gift Certificates for any dollar amount you choose.


Want to create a handmade gift for that special someone?

There is still time to make gifts for your family, friends and loved ones. We have one of the largest yarn and fiber inventories in town, as well as many yarn kits. All the big name yarns, plus lots of Local Indie Dyers. We have a huge selection of beautiful super bulky yarns and fast, easy patterns so you can finish your hand-made gifts quickly. Check out our shop models to inspire your ideas!

And if you don’t have time to make a gift yourself, then we have lovely handwoven scarves and cowls for sale from Silloway Weaving Studios.

Golden Tickets offers great holiday discounts and supports shopping local.

We will be participating again this year in this popular shop local program. Earn discounts at our shop, as well as throughout Multnomah Village and Hillsdale with this fun holiday reward program. Golden Tickets starts November 16th and runs through December 31st. Yowza!

Ponchos, Shrugs, Wraps & Shawls Oh My!

Fall is the time for light toppings! Ponchos, shrugs, wraps and shawls are the latest fashion trend and are perfect for our Pacific Northwest weather. These are all fun to make and will provide you with a lovely layering piece.

Our LYS is filled to the brim with shop models to inspire you! We have lots of knit samples for you to try on, as well as crocheted and woven items. We love this time of year with all the great colors and fiber choices from our many wonderful vendors. And we have received all our fall shipments, with lots of choices – so you can find the perfect yarn and pattern for your project!

Churchmouse “Twice Reversible Ribbed Poncho”
Knit with Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Charcoal Grey

Mentolat Wrap
Knit with Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in Multiple Colors

Mentolat Wrap - knit with Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend


Three Color Shrug Kit
Knit with Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool from KFI

Pattern free with yarn purchase – can be worn as either a shrug or a cowl.

NORO Shrug
Knit with NORO Silk Garden from KFI

Pattern free with yarn purchase.

NORO Shrug- Knit with NORO Silk Garden from KFI


Versatile Shawl Knit with Berroco Folio in Two Colors of Teal

Featuring a Jul Designs Shawl Stick

Churchmouse Easy Folded Poncho
Knit with Rowan Felted Tweed in Purple

The original Churchmouse pattern was used, but was lengthened by adding a basketweave edging. Modifications available for free from our LYS with CM pattern and yarn purchase.



Let us help you find just the right yarn and pattern for your personal Fall look. Along with these six shop models, we have lots more you can try on in our Yarn Shop. So come on in and visit us!

You can also see more samples posted to our Facebook & Instagram, with regular updates of new finished objects from our talented staff, students and customers.

We look forward to helping you find just the right knit, crochet or woven project! So please stop by our yarn shop here in cute little Multnomah Village – or phone our yarn shop so we can assist you at 503-244-5024. Our yarn shop hours are posted on our website and Facebook page.

Happy Fall!

High Tech Your Fiber Arts

High Tech Your Fiber Arts

Knitting/Crocheting with Your iPad
Specialty Class Taught by Local Designer & Guest Instructor Debbi Stone

Debbie Stone, local instructor and designer

Tired of hauling your patterns and books around with you? Use your iPad for more than email and games!

Debbi will teach you how to maximize your iPad’s use in knitting and crochet. This class will cover importing and storing your patterns, how to maximize your iPad for ease of use while knitting/crocheting, the benefits of Ravelry at your fingertips, and much more!

We are pleased to welcome Debbi 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 at Madrona and other Fiber events.

Seating is limited to eight, to ensure plenty of individual attention.
You can reserve your spot by contacting Northwest Wools at 503-244-5024.

Class Details:

High Tech Crafting: Knitting/Crocheting with your iPad – 2 hours
Date/Time: Friday, October 6 from 1:00 – 3:00pm
Location: Northwest Wools Classroom
Cost: $30/student
Class Size: Limited to eight, to ensure adequate attention is given to all. If the minimum class size of three is not met, the class is subject to cancellation.

Materials (Please bring the following):

  1. iPad/iPad mini
    • Please come with your iPad fully charged.
    • You must have a valid Apple ID and password.
    • Please make sure you are running the most current software update.
  2. A hard copy of a pattern –on paper–that you own.
  3. Paper plus a pen or a pencil for note taking.