Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning those Road Trip Projects – even if the trip is to your local Pool or Baseball diamond! The ideal Road Trip Project is small and simple – you don’t want to miss out on the scenery because you’re too wrapped up in a complicated stitch. Something repetitive that doesn’t overly tax the brain is the perfect thing to keep your hands busy while you watch the miles go by, or your kid running bases.
Read on for some great Project ideas!
An easy and fun project that’s great for summer is the “6×6 Traveling Rib Cowl Kit.” This squishy-soft cowl features a simple, Zen-like stitch pattern that “travels” around the cowl. Shown here is the short version; modifications are available for a longer version as well. You can make either length with just one skein each of Shibui Birch and Habu Textile’s N-80 Silk- Wrapped Merino. The Kit includes the pattern, plus the two yarns in complementary color combinations. This is a really striking cowl, but one that is super easy to make. Great for knitting while chatting with your friends and family! And if you want to get ahead on your holiday gifts, this is a perfect candidate since it comes in so many lovely colors.
The elegant “Summer Silk Topper” is just the thing for chilly summer evenings, or for over-air-conditioned indoor spaces. The Topper is knit flat, holding one strand of Habu Textiles’s Tsumugi Silk together with one strand of Mohair throughout, and then seamed together at the end. This allows for more knitting and less purling, making the Topper faster and easier to make. And using a Size 10 needle, you can speed through this and have it ready to wear in no time! We have these made up as Kits with the pattern and yarn included, so you can just “Grab and Go”! But if you prefer to pick out your own color combo, you are welcome to do so – we have tons of colors in both the Silk and Mohair! Plus the pattern is free with yarn purchase at our Shop.
If you’re in need of a cute bag to tote your fiber projects around in, we have just the thing: the “Parrot Drawstring Bag.” Staffer Tracy designed this fun crocheted bag using two skeins of Berroco’s Modern Cotton and one skein of Pappagallo from Trendsetter. Pappagallo comes in a variety of fun, colorful combinations, the perfect thing to complement bright summer fashions. The pattern is for sale at our shop.
Next up is the “Elegant Luxury Scarf Kit” from Imperial Yarn. This luscious scarf kit includes the yarn and the pattern, so all you need is needles and you’re good to go! It’s made with two skeins of Imperial Yarn’s Our Back 40 American Classic Alpaca Yarn, a yarn so soft, your hands will thank you while you’re knitting it. And the kit bag even comes with a tiny bell, perfect for ringing for the Bar Menu while sitting Poolside! We really liked the simple lace pattern – it’s just challenging enough to keep your brain engaged, but repetitive enough for you to memorize it quickly.
The “Fresco Simple Slouchy Hat Kit” also features a super-soft yarn. This adorable hat is knit with two skeins of Classic Elite’s Fresco – a blend of alpaca, angora and wool. This project is so simple, you can create several while you travel, and have Holiday gifts all lined up by the end of the summer! We have kits for this highly wearable hat available in many different colors, to suit everyone on your gift list and, of course, one for you!
Any of these projects will make a perfect companion for your travels, even if you’re only going as far as your backyard! We look forward to seeing what you’re working on this summer – so please stop by and show us!
Friday, February 8
2:00 – 6:00 pm
Come indulge yourself at our Cardiff Cashmere Trunk Show. The show will include several sweaters and accessories, all made with 100 percent cashmere yarn. You’ll be able to admire, touch and try on these gorgeous garments – not a bad way to spend a Friday afternoon!
Cardiff Cashmere has been creating yarn in the Italian city of Biella since the 1980s. They produce fine yarns for both the hand knitting and manufactured knitwear markets, most of which are made entirely of cashmere. Cardiff’s corporate philosophy focuses on quality and excellence in every step of the manufacturing process.
At Northwest Wools, we searched for several years for a quality cashmere yarn we could offer to our customers at a fair price. Come see for yourself why we chose Cardiff Cashmere!
Northwest Wools is the place to come for holiday items. We make it easy for you to shop local while buying and creating great gifts! With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your gift lists: both what you plan to give others, and those items you want to put on your own wish list!
We’ve got a large selection of beautiful ceramic yarn bowls and matching mugs from Master Potter Frank Philipps. Frank has been making pottery in the Bauhaus tradition for almost 40 years, combining function and beauty in every hand-made piece.
Frank Phillips Pottery is based in Ashland, Oregon. When you buy one of Frank’s bowls or mugs, you are not only purchasing a unique piece of art, you are also supporting an Oregon artist. Northwest Wools is proud to support Frank Philipps Pottery, and thrilled to be the exclusive Portland vendor of these one-of-a-kind yarn bowls.
Interchangeable knitting needle sets are high on many knitters’ wish lists, and we have sets in a number of varieties and price ranges. We also have crochet hook sets for the crochet enthusiast in your life. And for crafters of all stripes, we have a variety of needle and hook storage cases, books, project bags and yarn caddies — some hand-made by Northwest Wools Instructor Judy!
We have lots of popular yarn kits to choose from, or we can help you build your own. And if you’re looking for something unique, browse our selection of locally dyed and sourced yarns. These exquisite yarns are the type of luxury item we don’t always buy for ourselves, but covet every time we’re in the yarn store! That special skein is sure to make any fiber artist smile.
Tools that make crafting easier are always a hit. We have umbrella swifts and ball winders so you can wind your yarn skeins quickly and neatly. Or treat your favorite crafter to a Maker’s Keep. This handy magnetic bracelet gives you a place to stick your stitch markers, cable needles and other metallic items so they’re right there when you need them.
And what better gift is there for a fiber enthusiast than a trip to the yarn store? If you’d like to give the gift of an experience as well as something material, consider a Northwest Wools Gift Certificate. We can create one for you in any dollar amount you choose. The recipient is sure to enjoy browsing our colorful, fiber-filled shelves, dreaming up new projects.
It’s not too late to create a handmade gift for that special someone!
There’s still time to make one-of-a-kind gifts for your family, friends and loved ones. We have one of the largest yarn and fiber inventories in town, including a large selection of beautiful bulky and super bulky yarns, and fast, easy patterns, so you can finish your handmade gifts quickly. Check out our shop models for inspiration!
The Golden Tickets Program offers great holiday deals and supports shopping local.
Once again, we will be participating in this popular shop-local program. Earn a 10% discount on commercial yarn at our shop when you bring us a Golden Ticket from someone else. Buy $20 or more of any yarn at our shop and we will give you a Golden Ticket to use at other participating businesses throughout Multnomah Village and Hillsdale. Everyone loves supporting local jobs and businesses with this fun holiday reward program! The Golden Tickets program starts November 26 and runs through December 31.
Stop by soon and we’ll help you pick out that perfect gift!