Friday, December 7
2:00 – 6:00 pm
We are excited to bring Candace Coleman 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 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.
Candace’s artwork stems from a 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 crochet collages are 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.”
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!
Rowan Trunk Show
Northwest Wools is excited to host a trunk show full of spectacular Rowan garments from Friday, November 16, through Saturday, November 24th.
In addition to the shop models we normally have on hand, we’ll also have additional garments sent to us from Rowan. These special models will include sweaters, wraps and accessories made from a number of Rowan yarns, including Kid Classic, Felted Tweed, Alpaca Classic and Valley Tweed. All of the models are from their Fall 2018 line, and patterns are available in Rowan books and magazines on sale at Northwest Wools.
Don’t miss this opportunity to admire, touch and try on some of the fabulous items we usually just admire on the pages of Rowan Magazine!
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.
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.
Northwest Wools 30th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, August 3, 10 am – 7 pm
Mark your calendars – you don’t want to miss this event at Northwest Wools, Portland’s Oldest Yarn Shop!
Thirty years is a long time to stay in business, and we couldn’t have done it without you, our fabulous customers! Join us for a day of special events as we celebrate 30 years in our current location. We’ll have exclusive yarn, prizes, wine and music – there’s so much going on, we’re staying open until 7 pm!
Limited Edition Canvas Tote Bag
To commemorate our 30th Year Anniversary, we have commissioned Multnomah Village artist Veronica Casson of Salt and Fog to illustrate a limited edition tote. This adorable canvas bag will be on sale starting August 3rd. It’s just the right size to hold your latest project. Get yours while supplies last!
Special 30th Anniversary Yarn and Yarn Naming Contest
Wendy Hanson of Shaggy Bear Farms has created a special, limited edition anniversary colorway for us in her exquisite 50/50, Merino/Tussah Silk fingering weight yarn. This is one of our favorite farm-to-needle yarns, with a beautiful sheen and a super-soft hand.
What’s the name of the colorway? We need your help to think of just the right name!
A Name-the-Colorway contest will take place July 1st-31st on our Facebook and Instagram platforms. The winner will be announced on August 3rd, and will receive a free anniversary yarn kit, including a pattern and one skein of the special anniversary yarn that you helped name.
Two New Yarn Kits Just for Our Anniversary
We’ve written two new patterns for this special custom colorway, so you’ll know what to do with it once you get it home. The first pattern is the Half and Half Cowl, and uses one skein of our custom colorway. The second pattern is the 30th Anniversary Shawl, which uses three skeins of Shaggy Bear Farms yarn — one custom colorway and two complimentary tonal colors. Both yarn kits will be available for sale starting August 3rd during our anniversary celebration.
Half and Half Cowl by Judy Smitke
The 30th Anniversary Shawl, in its beginning stages. Check out its progress on our Facebookand Instagram!
As a “thank you” for helping support our Local Yarn Shop for 30 years, we’ll be raffling off several $30 Northwest Wools gift certificates during our anniversary celebration. Raffles will be held throughout the day, so you can enter whenever you arrive. And yes, you must be present to win — because we want to see you here to help us celebrate!
Live Music by Seffarine
From 5 to 7 pm, we’ll have live music from local group Seffarine. Husband and wife duo Nat Huskamp and Lamiae Naki play original music of the Mediterranean and Middle East, featuring a blend of Moroccan, flamenco, Persian, jazz, and world music. Their beautiful melodies will be the perfect accompaniment for our celebration!
We can’t wait to celebrate this important milestone with our favorite people – our customers! We’re looking forward to many more years of fiber fun with all of you!
Tuesdays, July 17 – August 28
Join us on Tuesday evenings this summer for a fun knitalong. The pattern is “Foolproof,” a customizable, two- or three-color, striped cowl with an unusual construction. Find the pattern on Ravelry.
The Ravelry description puts it this way:
“It’s an intriguing construction; a real mystery.
How about a cowl with no casting on & no binding off?
It’s made in rows but ends up all in one piece.
There’s no knitting in the round, no sewing, no grafting, no provisional cast-on, no picking up stitches. Promise.”
If you’re as intrigued as we are, join us to see how this mystery unfolds!
There is no charge to participate in the knitalong. Just bring your supplies and prepare to make some new fiber friends. You are welcome to use yarn from your stash, but if you choose to purchase something new, you’ll receive a 10% discount during knitalong hours.
We look forward to knitting with you!