Northwest Wools Named Rowan Flagship Store!

Northwest Wools Named Rowan Flagship Store!

Rowan 40th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, September 22

You are about to see an explosion of all things Rowan at Northwest Wools! We are thrilled to be part of Rowan’s first wave of Flagship Stores, joining a select group of a dozen or so LYSs in the United States. We are honored to join forces with this well-known, iconic yarn brand. As a Flagship Store, we will have access to trunk shows, models and special events that will bring you the best in design right here in Portland, Oregon!

We’ll celebrate our Flagship status and commemorate Rowan’s 40th, “Ruby” Anniversary with a ruby-themed party on Saturday, September 22. Stop by to see the new yarn, and even try some out at our yarn tasting table. Plus there will be drawings for prizes throughout the day! We had so much fun celebrating our store’s 30th Anniversary with all our wonderful customers, we’re hoping you’ll join us for this party as well! Stop by and raise a glass of sparkling wine or water to Rowan while you are admiring their beautiful yarns and patterns.

As part of Rowan’s Flagship Store planning, they shared their new design strategy with us at an invitation-only event. While we have always loved their inspirational designs, we came away impressed with Rowan’s new focus on adding more approachable pieces. New this season are more accessories to compliment their garments. And a large number of their new garments are very wearable – and something we could all make! This new design strategy allows you to create a beautiful Rowan design with smaller yarn quantities and fewer hours. There are still those “drop dead gorgeous but super difficult” knits, but they’ve included just as many “real people will make and wear them” items. It’s a smashing collection that we just love!

You will see a number of new and new-to-us yarns hitting our shelves this month, including Cashmere Tweed, Valley Tweed, and the brand-new Alpaca Classic. We have new colors of Kid Classic, special colors of Felted Tweed from Kaffe Fassett, as well as new Rowan pattern books and magazines.

Rowan is known for its classic pattern collections, created by prominent designers such as Kaffe Fassett, Kim Hargreaves and Martin Storey. This fall, well-known knitting icons Arne & Carlos are joining Rowan’s stable of designers. The latest issue of Rowan magazine, No. 64, celebrates both these collaborations and their “Ruby” Anniversary with a collection of patterns designed by these and other Rowan favorites, all in shades of red.

Many of us at Northwest Wools are hard at work on brand-new shop models made with Rowan yarns. We can’t wait for you to see them! In the meantime, we have some tried-and-true favorites: Churchmouse’s Easy Folded Poncho in Rowan Felted Tweed, the Spin-Stitch Scarf and any number of Groovy Shawls and Bias Drape Cowls incorporating one of our favorite mohairs, Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze.

We are delighted to be serving as ambassadors for the Rowan brand! Stop by the store and we’ll show you our Rowan corner and all the great new yarns we have in stock. And be sure to come celebrate Rowan’s 40th Anniversary with us on September 22nd!

Shaggy Bear Farms Pop-Up: Sept 7

Shaggy Bear Farms Pop-Up: Sept 7

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

Shaggy Bear Farms Pop-Up Shop
Friday, September 7, 10 am – 6 pm

It’s almost time for one of our favorite events at Northwest Wools! Wendy Hanson of Shaggy Bear Farms will be here once again with a roomful of fabulous yarns and fiber.

Cowl knit from Shaggy Bear Farms wool

Wendy runs a “Farm to Needle” operation in Scio, Oregon, where she tends a flock of more than 400 animals and hand-dyes her yarns. Wendy knows all of her animals by name, and sings to them as she shears them! She can tell you all about the various “characters” on her farm, many of whom are rescue animals.

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. Many 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 unique breeds.

Whether you knit, crochet, spin or weave, you are bound to find something you love at this First Friday event! Come on by and meet Wendy – you will learn a lot more about the life of an independent farmer and dyer.

Shaggy Bear Farms Yarns


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!