Design and Knit a Top-Down Raglan Sweater Instructor Ann Chaves

Design and Knit a Top-Down Raglan Sweater
Instructor Ann Chaves

Session One (Wait List)

Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
5 Session Class held on: January 10, 17, 24; February 14, 28

Session Two

Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
5 Session Class held on: March 13, 20; April 3, 17, 24

Do you see sweaters in stores that you would like to knit yourself? Have you ever wanted to combine elements of two or three different sweaters into one project? Have you always dreamed of designing the perfect sweater to fit you? Then this class is for you!

Instructor Ann Chaves will guide you through all the steps of taking your ideal sweater from dream to reality in this five-session class.

Ann will show you how to design your own sweater based on your gauge, so that you won’t have to depend on a pattern to know what to do. You will be able to make the sweater you want with the yarn you want. She will guide you through the ins and outs of gauge, so you can confidently calculate all the numbers involved in creating a sweater.

The class consists of five sessions stretched over seven weeks – so that you have some weeks off to work on knitting your creation. You can choose to design either a cardigan or a pullover for your project. And Ann has created a special Workbook just for this Class, so you can use it to make this sweater – and use it for future sweaters, too!

Instructor Ann Chaves has been knitting all her life. She earned a degree in Art Education with an emphasis on Fiber Arts. A love of embroidery in the Arts and Crafts style led her to teaching and designing, and she now teaches embroidery workshops all over the country. Ann also teaches Group Knitting Classes here at Northwest Wools. We are delighted to have her as part of our Teaching Staff!

This class will not only introduce you to sweater design, it will also give you a higher sense of control over your knitting even when following someone else’s pattern. This is a great opportunity to learn something new in the New Year!

 

Class Details

Session One (Wait List)

Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
5 Session Class held on: January 10, 17, 24; February 14, 28
$75 for five sessions – includes class workbook

Session Two

Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
5 Session Class held on: March 13, 20; April 3, 17, 24
$75 for five sessions – includes class workbook
Class is limited to 6 students, to ensure a high level of attention to each student. Due to the popular nature of this class, please don’t wait to register. Sign up by calling our LYS: 503-244-5024.

Homework

Be sure to pick up an information sheet when you register for the class. You will need to purchase yarn for your sweater, and knit and block a swatch prior to the first class session.

Holiday Gifts at Northwest Wools

Holiday Gifts at Northwest Wools

Holiday Gifts at Northwest Wools

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your gift lists: both what you plan to give others, and those items you want to add to your own wish list! For either one, we’ve got you covered with an array of items that will delight any Fiber Artist.

We’ve got a large selection of beautiful 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 function and beauty in every hand-made piece.

Frank Phillips Pottery is based in Ashland, Oregon. When you buy one of Frank’s bowls or mugs, you are not only purchasing a unique piece of art, you are also supporting an Oregon artist. Northwest Wools is proud to support Frank Philipps Pottery, and thrilled to be the exclusive Portland vendor of these one-of-a-kind yarn bowls.

Interchangeable knitting needle sets are high on many knitters’ wish lists, and we have sets in a number of varieties and price ranges. We also have crochet hook sets for the crochet enthusiast in your life. And for crafters of all stripes, we have a variety of needle and hook storage cases, books, project bags and yarn caddies — some hand-made by Northwest Wools Instructor Judy!

Bags and mugs available for purchase as well.

We love our new Northwest Wools Project Bags. These stylish bags were designed exclusively for our shop by Heidi West Designs, and come in two different patterns. They feature internal pockets and plenty of space for your projects, and the zippered top stands open like a doctor’s bag! What a chic and practical gift for anyone on your list (including you!)!

Knit Plant Cozies

We have lots of popular yarn kits to choose from, or we can help you build your own. The Plant Pot Cozy Kit comes with yarn, pattern and adorable ceramic button. You can give the kit itself as a gift, or, if you have time, crochet it yourself and add a plant for an extra special present.

And if you’re looking for something unique, browse our selection of locally dyed and sourced yarns. These exquisite yarns are the type of luxury item we don’t always buy for ourselves, but covet every time we’re in the yarn store! That special skein is sure to make any fiber artist smile.

Tools that make crafting easier are always a hit. We have umbrella swifts and ball winders so you can wind your yarn skeins quickly and neatly. Or treat your favorite crafter to a Coco Knits Maker’s Keep. This handy magnetic bracelet gives you a place to stick your stitch markers, cable needles and other metallic items so they’re right there when you need them.

And what better gift is there for a fiber enthusiast than a trip to the yarn store? If you’d like to give the gift of an experience as well as something material, consider a Northwest Wools Gift Certificate. We can create one for you in any dollar amount you choose. The recipient is sure to enjoy browsing our colorful, fiber-filled shelves, dreaming up new projects.

It’s not too late to create a handmade gift for that special someone!

There’s still time to make one-of-a-kind gifts for your family, friends and loved ones. We have one of the largest yarn and fiber inventories in town, including a large selection of beautiful bulky and super bulky yarns, and fast, easy patterns, so you can finish your handmade gifts quickly. Check out our shop models for inspiration!

The Golden Tickets Program offers great holiday deals and supports shopping local.

Once again, we will be participating in this popular shop-local program. Earn a 10% discount on commercial yarn at our shop when you bring us a Golden Ticket from someone else. Buy $20 or more of any yarn at our shop and we will give you a Golden Ticket to use at other participating businesses throughout Multnomah Village and Hillsdale. Everyone loves supporting local jobs and businesses with this fun holiday reward program! The Golden Tickets program starts November 29th and runs through December 31st.

Stop by soon and we’ll help you pick out that perfect gift!

Rowan Trunk Show

Rowan Trunk Show

Friday, November 15
2:00 – 6:00 pm

Come see what’s new from Rowan!
We’re excited to share an abundance of hand-crafted Rowan garments with you at our Fall Rowan Trunk Show. We’ll have sweaters, wraps and accessories created by some of Rowan’s best-loved designers from such yarns as Moordale, Felted Tweed, Kidsilk Haze and Kid Classic.
The Trunk Show is a great place to explore how the various yarns feel when knitted or crocheted, and to try on some of these amazing styles. We also have plenty of Rowan books and magazines to give you some ideas for your next project.
So join us on November 15, and get your Rowan on!

Specialty Class: Felted Purse with Resist Pattern

Specialty Class: Felted Purse with Resist Pattern

Specialty Class: Felted Purse with Resist Pattern
Friday, October 4, 1:00-4:00 pm | Sat, November 2, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Are you interested in adding a new fiber art to your cache of crafts? Then join us for this fun introduction to Wet Felting!

We’ll create an adorable small, buttoned purse using merino wool roving and a “resist” pattern. Our instructor, Susan Zenier, will guide us through the steps while helping with color and design choices. You’ll be amazed at how these soft fibers hold together when subjected to hot water!

This one-session class is designed for beginners, so if you’re curious about how to create a felted item, this is your chance to find out!

The class fee includes a one-ounce skein of merino wool roving in your choice of color – enough to make one purse. The Instructor will also provide additional accessory fibers for you to choose from for decorating your purse. These will be used to create the resist pattern on your project – and really give it that “Wow” factor!

All tools required for the project will be provided in class.

If you wish, you may purchase a button to finish off your purse (this is optional). As a student, you will receive a 10 percent discount on any additional supplies you purchase on the day of the class.

Our class instructor, Susan Zenier, is a passionate artist who works in many media. She has a strong aesthetic for mixing colors successfully to create high-impact results. Susan brings her eye for color and form to this specialty felting class.

Susan Zennier

Class Details

Please note: This is a one-session class; please choose one of the two dates to attend class.
Instructor: Susan Zenier
Friday, October 4
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Or
Saturday, November 2
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
$35 per person
If the minimum class size is not met, the class is subject to cancellation.

Class fee includes one ounce of merino roving in your choice of color, enough to make one purse. The Instructor will also provide additional accessory fibers for you to choose from for decorating your purse. These will be used to create the resist pattern on your project. All tools and materials required to make a resist felted purse will be provided in class.

Button purchase is optional.

Next Steps in Rigid Heddle Weaving

Next Steps in Rigid Heddle Weaving

Next Steps in Rigid Heddle Weaving
Specialty Class
Saturday, October 12, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

You have a Rigid Heddle Loom and you’ve learned the basics of weaving. Now what?

Weaving Instructor Sylvia Emard will help you answer that question with this Specialty Class for weavers. She’ll show you how to take your weaving to the next level with a variety of special techniques. You’ll be truly amazed at all the things you can do on your Rigid Heddle loom!

In this one-day Specialty Class, Sylvia will teach you some great new tricks and guide you in making your own “Woven Sampler” to learn several new weave structures. These new techniques will help you “up your game” on your Rigid Heddle loom – and you will leave with a great sampler to take home for future reference. This Class is guaranteed to add more fun and inspiration to your Rigid Heddle weaving, as well as some “Wow” to your finished projects.

Class Details:

Saturday, October 12
10:00am – 1:00pm (3 hours)
Costs $35
Please phone our LYS at 503-244-5024 to register.

Note: If the minimum class size of three is not met, the class is subject to cancellation.

Materials Required:

A pre-warped Rigid Heddle loom. Please use worsted or DK weight yarn for warp. Recommended yarns:

  • Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece
  • Juniper Moon Farm Zooey
  • Tahki Cotton Classic
  • Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash
  • Erica Knight Studio Linen
  • Lamb’s Pride Worsted
  • Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 Wool

Please also bring to Class:

  • Approximately 50 yards of matching warp yarn for background weft
  • Approximately 50 yards of contrasting colors and/or novelty yarns for pattern weft
  • 2 pick-up sticks
  • 2-3 stick shuttles
  • Note-taking materials
  • (Optional) Paper tags and locking stitch markers to label portions of sampler

You will be provided with a Homework sheet upon registration for this class.