Favour Valley Woodworking Pop-up Shop

Favour Valley Woodworking Pop-up Shop

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!

2020 Rose City Yarn Crawl Patterns

2020 Rose City Yarn Crawl Patterns

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!

Upcoming Events

Sep 01

Local Yarn Store Day

September 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery Knit Along and Crochet Along

Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery Knit Along and Crochet Along

Now that your Holiday projects are out of the way, how about creating something for yourself? It’s the perfect time to take flight with something new, so how about the Rose City Yarn Crawl’s Mystery Alongs?

This year’s Yarn Crawl theme is “Birds of the Pacific Northwest.” Marie Greene of Olive Knits has designed the Mystery Knit Along, while Laurinda Reddig is back with another Mystery Crochet Along design. We can’t wait to see what these two talented designers have put together for this year’s Crawl!

To join either Mystery Along, purchase the pattern you are interested in on Ravelry. Then pick out your yarn, grab your hook or needles and get ready to rock! Here at Northwest Wools we have several yarn choices – in lots of colors and price points – for you to pick from for your MAL. ‘Cause we know you love choice!

MKAL Yarns:

Shaggy Bear Farms Tussah Silk/Merino
Knitted Wit Sock
Malabrigo Sock
Madelinetosh Twist Light

MCAL Yarns:

Berroco Folio
MountainTop Vail
Malabrigo Sock
Madelinetosh Twist Light

We would be delighted to help you pick out your yarn combination from this large recommended selection. Come on in – or phone us – anytime, so you can get started!

Clue #1 arrives mid-January, followed by four more weekly clues. Then comes the best part: Wearing your Mystery Along and sharing it with other Yarn Crawlers! It’s always fun to see the variety of colors and interpretations that everyone brings to their Mystery Alongs! It’s one of the best parts of our Rose City Yarn Crawl!!

So sign up for a Mystery Along today – and begin your own Countdown to Yarn Crawl!

Upcoming Events

Sep 01

Local Yarn Store Day

September 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Crochet Collage Artist Candace Coleman Art Show & Sale

Crochet Collage Artist Candace Coleman Art Show & Sale

Friday, December 6
2:00 – 6:00 pm

We are excited to bring Candace Coleman back 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’s beautiful crochet collages reflect her 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 artwork is 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.”

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.

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!