Mosaic Moon Pop-up Shop

Mosaic Moon Pop-up Shop

Mosaic Moon bringing unique yarns to Northwest Wools.

Thursday, March 5th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Mosaic Moon will help us kick off the 2020 Yarn Crawl with a one-day Pop-up Shop on Thursday! Started by Morwenna Palmehn of Ashland, Oregon, in 2003, Mosaic Moon has grown from a small custom-knitting business to become a top hand-dyer in the indie-dyed yarn and fiber world. Come see Morwenna’s amazing colorways, paired with soft and scrumptious yarn bases!

Morwenna’s whole family is involved in the business – she does all the dyeing while her husband David mixes dyes, rinses, spins and dries the wool. Their teen-aged sons do all the yarn winding/skeining, while all four of the older kids take turns re-skeining and labeling. Morwenna’s mom does the bookkeeping, and applies her expert penmanship to each label. It’s truly a family fiber affair!

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
MODE at Rowan Trunk Show

MODE at Rowan Trunk Show

Friday, February 7
1:00 – 6:00 pm

Join us for an exclusive look at Rowan’s latest design line. MODE at Rowan is a new collection that highlights Rowan’s modern takes on classic pieces. The models are presented in soft, neutral tones so you can imagine how they’ll look on you in your favorite colors.

These designs are super wearable, and supremely knittable, too! The MODE pattern book shows all 18 designs combined in a variety of ensembles, so you can plan a whole Rowan MODE outfit. These are all so cool, you will want to sit down with your needles and start knitting immediately!

In addition to the main MODE pattern book, we also have a limited supply of mini pattern collections featuring MODE designs (pictured below). These booklets are free with the purchase of yarn to knit one of the four projects featured inside. True to the MODE design aesthetic, these patterns are beautifully wearable pieces. Come get yours while supplies last!

And we’ll see you on February 7th, to see and feel these gorgeous garments in person!

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

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

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

More dates to come!

Class is limited to 6 students, to ensure a high level of attention to each student. 

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.