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.
Come meet Michele and Mike Dillon of Toots LeBlanc & Co. Yarns. Michele custom blends these un-dyed, all natural yarns for a unique, self-haloing effect. Yummy! We are the only yarn shop carrying these rare yarns. Great for knitters, weavers and crocheters looking for something super soft with a tight twist.
Michele LeBlanc Dillon has been working with a select group of micro-farms for many years and custom blends these all natural fibers to create her beautiful un-dyed yarns. Michele is like a Vintner in this respect, and she notes the terroir effect on her fibers by dating her yarns by year. How cool is that?! Fiber Artists in the know value her “Farm to Needle” yarns for their tight twist, natural colors and lovely hand.
We are thrilled at the chance to offer you some of these unique yarns with their self halo-ing effect. Quantities are limited, so come early for best selection. We are the only retail yarn shop carrying this very special yarn — so this is your chance to stock up on this highly desirable and rare yarn!
Come and meet Candace Wilson, the ceramic artist behind One of a Kind Buttons. Many of you know Candace from her beautiful buttons and shawl pins. Along with those, this year Candace will be showcasing her unique ceramic gift items. These are quite lovely and related to the you as a fiber artist. They also make great gift items for the yarn junkies on your list!
Candace draws all her designs by hand, then creates the stamps to produce these fabulous ceramic items – which are truly one of a kind. So this is your chance to find that perfect little something from One of a Kind Buttons!
Meet Wendy Hanson and learn about her very special yarns and fibers from Shaggy Bear Farms. Wendy runs a “Farm to Needle” operation, managing a flock of over 400 animals. And many of these are “rescue animals”! So your purchases not only support Wendy, but also all of these wonderful animals she has saved. Yowza!
Wendy knows all 400+ of her animals by name and sings to them as she shears them! She even has a one legged duck that lives in her bathtub and suggests new yarn colors.
Shaggy Bear Farms creates many lovely yarns and roving with unique fiber combinations – some from rare breeds! Come check out all of the many fiber combinations in Wendy’s yarns and fibers, and meet Wendy herself. You will leave knowing a lot more about the life of a small independent farmer and dyer and her many breeds of animals.
Favour Valley Woodworking is a small independent business in New Hampshire creating unique hand-made wood and antler buttons, toggles, shawl pins & accessories. Owner Martha Sunderland is a talented Woodworker who is also dedicated to preserving and celebrating her natural environment.
Martha is inspired by the traditional New England woodworking craft and the beautiful wood available in her Favour Valley. Her goal is to provide beautiful accessories that complement all types of handwork, while at the same time protecting her environment by using sustainable materials, finishes and technologies. No animals or trees were harmed in creating her beautiful buttons, toggles and pins. They are gleaned from natural antler shedding and tree fall.
The Favour Valley Scarf Buckle was recently featured in Vogue Knitting. And her Antler Buttons are currently showcased in the Winter issues of both Interweave Knits and Knitscene. Here at Northwest Wools, we have carried all of Martha’s beautiful hand-crafted buttons, toggles and shawl pins for several years and love the distinct look they give our fiber art projects!