Summer Knit Along

Summer Knit Along

 

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
July 10-August 14

We had so much fun with last summer’s Knit Along, we decided to do it again!

This year’s pattern is “Oak Park,” by Laura Aylor, available for sale on Ravelry. Don’t be intimidated by all the color – the pattern is created with modular knitting, where you add new blocks of color by picking up stitches along the edges of what you’ve already knit. We’re looking forward to trying out this technique!

The pattern includes instructions for both a cowl and a scarf, so you can pick the item that’s more appealing to you.

There is no charge to participate in the Knit Along. 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 Knit Along hours.

Our Summer Knit Along will be led again by our talented Staffer Marguerite. She’s very excited about this pattern and it’s unique technique. And she’s definitely looking forward to spending fun and relaxing Wednesday evenings with you!

We all look forward to knitting with you this summer!

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2019 Rose City Yarn Crawl Featured Patterns

2019 Rose City Yarn Crawl Featured Patterns

Get These 2019 Rose City Yarn Crawl Patterns at Northwest Wools

Our theme for the 2019 Rose City Yarn Crawl is “A Walk in the Park,” and it was so much fun coming up with patterns to go with the theme! This year we have something extra special: along with our Featured Knit and Crochet Patterns, we will also offer an “unofficial” Crawl pattern for Weavers! 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.

 

2019 Rose City Yarn Crawl Featured Patterns

Birding the Tualatin River Refuge

Designer: Jackie Howard Kraybill

Our Northwest Wools Featured Knit Pattern has you take a walk in a local National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) versus a mere park! Called “Birding the Tualatin River Refuge,” it brings in all elements found in an NWR: water, grasses and trees. Full of interesting textures and patterns, this is a fun three-color knit made with Malabrigo Rios. And to finish it off, we are offering a Limited Edition Bird Shawl Pin from Local Indie Artist Candace Wilson of “One a Kind Buttons.”  So when you’re done knitting your infinity cowl, you can be a true Portlander and “Put a Bird On it”!  Woohoo!

Rooster Rock Mitts

Designer: Tinaka

And for our Northwest Wools Crochet Featured Pattern, we are challenging you to not merely walk, but to climb in this park! Our “Rooster Rock Mitts” pattern features two skeins of Trendsetter New York yarn in striking greens, to inspire your park aspirations. Topped off with a perky flower on the wrist, it will reward your crochet efforts with a very wearable and fun pair of fingerless mitts.

We wish to thank Northwest Wools Alumni Tinaka, who once again created our cool Crochet Pattern.

Sanctuary Shrug

Designer: Peg Silloway

We are excited to be offering a pattern for all of you weavers during this year’s 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.  And it’s a lovely and versatile piece to wear once completed!

The “Sanctuary Shrug” was created to honor the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, as part of the Yarn Crawl’s “A Walk in the Park” theme for 2019.  It was designed by our Rigid Heddle Weaving Instructor, Peg Silloway. Peg is also well-known in the weaving community as the artistic force behind Silloway Weaving Studio.

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 cowl, mitts or shrug. The cowl kit also includes the One of a Kind bird shawl pin, so you’ll be all set to hit the National Wildlife Refuge in style!

Road Trip Projects

Road Trip Projects

Your clothes are packed, all the travel arrangements double-checked, now it’s time for the BIG decision: What projects are going with you on vacation?

Nothing too big or bulky – save the sweater for when you get home. What you want is a small project that will fit nicely into a carry-on bag, or down by your feet in the car — one ball of yarn, two balls max.

We can help! We’ve got tons of suggestions for road trip knitting and crocheting!

Visitors to our shop have been falling in love with the Paintboxes Cowl, pictured above. The striking pattern is much easier than it looks! Our version uses two different colors of Malabrigo Sock. This Ravelry pattern is written for fingering weight yarn, but includes instructions for adjusting for other weights as well. The pattern is addictive – you may find yourself trying out all kinds of color combinations, just to see how they look!

You know how sometimes you fall in love with a skein of fingering weight yarn, and then need to find something to do with it? That happens to me all the time with Knitted Wit’s Victory Sock Yarn. There are so many great colors to choose from, it’s hard to keep up! If you also find yourself faced with this dilemma, then here are a couple of project suggestions, suitable for any fingering weight yarn:

Our Frisson shawl was made with one skein of Victory Sock. It’s a fun knit that incorporates garter stitch and a simple mesh stitch to create an asymmetrical triangle. Just think of all the great skeins you can dig out of your stash for this shawl! Enough to keep you busy on several vacations, if your stash is anything like mine. This pattern is available on Ravelry.

Our Zick Zack scarf uses two different colorways of Victory Sock. The two colors alternate in zig-zagging stripes for a colorful effect. When you purchase your Zick Zack yarn at our shop, we’ll give you a copy of the pattern for free.

The Araucania Nuble Paints Shawlette is another great vacation project. Cast it on at the beginning of your trip and maybe you’ll be throwing the finished shawlette around your shoulders by the end! The project is sold as a kit, including everything you’ll need to make this delightful shawlette: one skein of Araucania Nuble Paints yarn, a string of decorative ball trim from Spain, and a pattern.

If you’d prefer to crochet on your vacation, there’s the Crocheted Linen Stitch Loop. We used one skein of Alegria by Manos del Uruguay to create this colorful cowl. The pattern is by Churchmouse, and is available for purchase at our shop.

One of the best things about vacation knitting and crocheting is that the projects you create on your trip will carry the memories of that trip with them. Every time you wear that cowl or shawl, you’ll remember sitting on the beach, or driving through a forested mountain pass. So choose carefully, and have a great trip!

Local Yarn Store Day

Local Yarn Store Day

Local Yarn Store Day is April 21st! Come check out Northwest Wools!Come celebrate all forms of the Fiber Arts at Northwest Wools for the first annual, LYS Day!  Local Yarn Store (LYS) Day is a time to thank all our staff, students and customers for supporting our little brick & mortar shop – so we can continue to be here to serve all of you wonderful Yarnistas!

We will offer free 15 minute hand massages through-out the day, courtesy of Nancie Hines, MA of Portland Reflexology.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get some extra care for your over-worked hands.  And Nancie is a National Board-Certified Reflexologist, so she really knows her stuff!  We are pleased to be able to offer you this small token of our appreciation.  And if you enjoy your intro to Reflexology, Portland Reflexology has their offices right here in Multnomah Village!

Free hand massages will be offered at Northwest Wools Local Yarn Shop Day courtesy of Nancie Hines, MA of Portland Reflexology.

Come on in anytime between 10am – 5pm on Saturday April 21st and join us in our celebration of all Fiber Arts! Hang out and knit, crochet, weave or spin with us, as that’s how we plan to honor our hand crafts and each other.   While you are here, check out all our new Spring lovelies – we have some fun new yarns and roving just for Spring!

Plus enter to win a $50 Northwest Wools Gift Certificate! Drawing will be held at day’s end.  And isn’t $50 of free goodies from Portland’s Oldest Yarn Shop the perfect end to Local Yarn Store Day?

Seattle to Portland Yarn Train: April 7 & 8

Seattle to Portland Yarn Train: April 7 & 8

Exciting times are ahead as Northwest Wools is participating in the Seattle to Portland Yarn Train. Toot toot!

Welcome to the Seattle to Portland Yarn Train April 7 & 8! We look forward to hosting the fiber enthusiasts of the Snohomish Knitters Guild at Northwest Wools for their annual Seattle to Portland Yarn Train Event.

For you Seattle to PDX Yarn Train Participants, we have a huge selection of all the big name yarns plus lots of local Oregon indies, too.  We also carry one of the largest Roving selections in the Portland area! Roving from Ashland Bay, Fiber Braids from Woolgatherings and Dicentra Fibers and even some rare breed, undyed Roving from Shaggy Bear Farms. Please check out our new Yarns & Fibers Page here to see our full list of yarns and fibers.

There are tons of new shop models to inspire, many of them in fun new Yarn Kits. Plus we will have a special discount available just for you Seattle to Portland Yarn Train-ers on this weekend. Please be sure to ask us about it!

More about the Seattle to Portland Yarn Train Event (info courtesy of the Snohomish Knitters Guild)

A small Washington Snohomish county Stitch ‘N Bitch group initiated the first yarn train in 2005 to spend time together knitting and yarn shopping. Since then the event has grown to more than 200+ folks who come to Portland to shop for their favorite product, knit while in transit and meet other knitters.