Local Yarn Store Day

Local Yarn Store Day

Local Yarn Store Day has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 12, for 2020. We’ll post updated information with details of our celebration on our Facebook and Instagram sites. We look forward to celebrating with you then!

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!

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!

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.