Fall Projects to Fight the Chill

Fall Projects to Fight the Chill

It’s here at last: Fall project season! Our shop is filled with new yarn and new shop models – just in time for you to hunker down inside and fight the chill with cozy yarn. Big or small, we’ve got a project to keep your hands busy.

We love the interesting geometry – and the backstory – of the Night Shift Shawl. This Ravelry pattern was designed by Christopher Salas while working the night shift in Chicago. Though the new schedule was daunting at first, he came to enjoy the increased knitting time, and designed this shawl as “an ode to my new vampire-esque lifestyle.” The contrasting colors are meant to mimic the passage of day and night. Staffer Barbara created our version with Shibui’s Staccato in Tango and Ash.

What could be cuter than “Gramps,” a “grandpa” style sweater for the tiny folks in your life? “Gramps” is knit from the top down — always a plus when knitting for rapidly growing little ones! Staffer Marguerite made our version with Plymouth’s Worsted Merino Superwash, a machine washable wool. The pattern is available on Ravelry or in print at our shop. And no need to feel jealous that the little ones get all the cute things: the Gramps pattern is sized from newborn through adult!

We had a blast this summer making “Foolproof” at our weekly knitalong. This Ravelry pattern starts as a triangle but turns into a cowl – with no seaming required! It can be made with just about any yarn in any width or length you like. The pattern provides instructions for both a specified stripe sequence as well as a “Free Spirits” version, where you decide where to put the colors. Shop Manager Heidi followed the “Free Spirits” instructions using three colors of Classic Elite’s Fresco to create this super-soft, cozy cowl. Beware: this pattern is addictive!

When it comes to creativity, there is no shortage of it around Northwest Wools! Good Customer Hillary Beard designed this “One-strip Herringbone Twill Bag” using our 8/4 cotton carpet warp on a 4-shaft loom. True to its name, the bag is created with one strip of woven material, cleverly folded and sewn into this ingenious bag. Patterns for Hillary’s bag, along with a variety of 8/4 cotton carpet warp, are available for purchase at Northwest Wools.

Free Your Fade” is another entry in Drea Renee’s popular “fade” series of projects. This one uses three skeins of fingering-weight yarn to create an asymmetrical triangular shawl. The garter-stitch pattern with occasional eyelet rows is easy, with just enough interest to keep you knitting. Heidi made this version with two skeins of MadelineTosh Twist Light and one skein of Knitted Wit’s Victory Sock. We have kits available for purchase, or we can help you choose your own colors to fade. The “Free Your Fade” pattern is also available for purchase on Ravelry.

Churchmouse’s “Library Vest” is a classic vest pattern written for two different lengths. We have put our own stamp on the pattern by adding a contrasting stripe along the front band and across the tops of the pockets. Our model was knit by Shop Owner Jackie with Rowan’s Felted Tweed. This is a great layering piece, perfect for the unpredictable weather of autumn. You may decide you need to work up several of them, and don’t worry: we have lots of colors of Felted Tweed! We have copies of the “Library Vest” pattern here at Northwest Wools, along with a copy of our modifications.

If you’re looking for a quick knit, look no further than “Fresa,” by Manos del Uruguay. This fun cowl was knit up quickly by Shop Inventory Manager Sophie in Manos Maxima, and makes a cozy and cute neck accessory. Stop by to see all the great colors of Manos Maxima we have in stock! The pattern is available in print at our shop, and on Ravelry as well.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about fall and all the wooly project fun it brings with it! If you’re looking for inspiration, need some help, or want to show off what you accomplished over the summer, stop by! We are happy to help with projects big and small, and we love to ooo and aaah over finished work!

RCYC: Toots LeBlanc & Co. Yarns Trunk Show

RCYC: Toots LeBlanc & Co. Yarns Trunk Show

Toots LeBlanc & Co. Yarns

Rose City Yarn Crawl

Come meet the lovely Michele and her husband Mike Dillon of Toots LeBlanc & Co. Yarns. We are the only retail yarn shop carrying this very special yarn, blended with care by Michele LeBlanc Dillon. Michele 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. We are thrilled at the chance to offer you some of these limited edition yarns with their unique halo-ing effect. Limited quantities, so come early for best selection.

RCYC: Shaggy Bear Farms Trunk Show

RCYC: Shaggy Bear Farms Trunk Show

Shaggy Bear Farms

Rose City Yarn Crawl

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. She knows them all by name – and sings to them as she shears them! Many of these are “rescue” animals, who have found a happy home with Wendy and her husband.

Come check out all of the many fiber combinations in Wendy’s yarns, and meet Wendy herself. You will leave knowing a lot more about the life of a small independent Farmer and Dyer.

RCYC: Knitted Wit Yarns & Shannon Squire Designs Trunk Show

RCYC: Knitted Wit Yarns & Shannon Squire Designs Trunk Show

Knitted Wit Yarns

Rose City Yarn Crawl

Come meet the zany and creative proprietor of Knitted Wit – Lorajean Kelley!  She has aptly named her company Knitted Wit, as LJ is always up to something clever with her hand-dyed yarns.  Whether it’s creating a new yarn category called Gumballs or dyeing yarn to match the carpet at PDX Airport, Lorajean’s creativity always equals FUN, and we love her new Gradients!!

We are pleased to be using Knitted Wit yarns in both our knitted and crocheted featured Northwest Wools patterns for the 2016 Rose City Yarn Crawl.  So exciting – and of course a secret to be unveiled soon!

Shannon Squire Designs

Shannon Squire Designs

Shannon Squire is a creative force for fun and knitting!  She says she always has “…a bazillion projects on the needles at any one time, and always dreaming up new designs.”  Shannon used to co-own a yarn shop in Portland, Oregon and remains an active participant in the creative knitting scene in the Portland area.

She has been designing since 2010 and has been published in Knitty.com, Quince & Co., and the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin’ Sock Club.

Shannon frequently collaborates with Lorajean of Knitted Wit to create unusual and fun knitting kits and events.  She knows how to put the Kool in Knitting!

Please note these Trunk Shows are ending early at 3:00pm, so that Moms Lorajean and Shannon can get home to their kids.