Shaggy Bear Farms Pop-Up Shop

Shaggy Bear Farms Pop-Up Shop

Come meet Wendy Hanson, and learn about her very special yarns and fibers from Shaggy Bear Farms. Wendy runs a “Farm to Needle” operation and manages a flock of over 400 animals.  We hope you will join us for wine and say "hello" to Wendy.

Friday, September 6
1:00 – 6:00 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 fibers.

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. So your purchases not only support Wendy, but also all of these wonderful animals she has saved.

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. No matter what project you have in mind, you’re bound to find yarn for it at this pop-up shop!

Spinners take note: Wendy will have lots of undyed roving from her unique breeds. This is a great opportunity to stock up on your favorite fibers!

Whether you knit, crochet, spin, felt 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.

Specialty Class: Felted Purse with Resist Pattern

Specialty Class: Felted Purse with Resist Pattern

Friday, July 19
1:00-4:00 pm

Are you interested in adding a new fiber art to your cache of crafts? Then join us for this fun introduction to Wet Felting!

We’ll create an adorable small, buttoned purse using merino wool roving and a “resist” pattern. Our instructor, Susan Zenier, will guide us through the steps while helping with color and design choices. You’ll be amazed at how these soft fibers hold together when subjected to hot water!

This class is designed for beginners, so if you’re curious about how to create a felted item, this is your chance to find out!

The class fee includes a one-ounce skein of merino wool roving in your choice of color – enough to make one purse. The Instructor will also provide additional accessory fibers for you to choose from for decorating your purse. These will be used to create the resist pattern on your project – and really give it that “Wow” factor!

All tools required for the project will be provided in class.

If you wish, you may purchase a button to finish off your purse (this is optional). As a student, you will receive a 10 percent discount on any additional supplies you purchase on the day of the class.

Our class instructor, Susan Zenier, is a passionate artist who works in many media. She has a strong aesthetic for mixing colors successfully to create high-impact results. Susan brings her eye for color and form to this specialty felting class.

Class Details

Instructor: Susan Zenier
Friday, July 19
1:00 – 4:00 pm
$35 per person
If the minimum class size is not met, the class is subject to cancellation.
Class fee includes one ounce of merino roving in your choice of color, enough to make one purse. The Instructor will also provide additional accessory fibers for you to choose from for decorating your purse. These will be used to create the resist pattern on your project. All tools and materials required to make a resist felted purse will be provided in class.

Button purchase is optional.

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!

Upcoming Events

Sep 06

Shaggy Bear Farms Pop-Up Shop

September 6 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Next Steps in BriocheSpecialty Class with Michele Lee Bernstein(aka PDXKnitterati)

Next Steps in Brioche
Specialty Class with Michele Lee Bernstein
(aka PDXKnitterati)

Specialty Class with Michele Lee Bernstein, aka PDX Knitterati

Next Steps in Brioche
Specialty Class with Michele Lee Bernstein
aka PDX Knitterati
Friday, May 31, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Are you ready to take the next step with your brioche knitting? Michele Lee Bernstein of PDX Knitterati fame will be here to lead us through her “Heliotrope” patterns, an excellent way to learn about traveling brioche stitches.

You may choose either the Heliotrope Cowl pattern or the Heliotrope Hat. Both require the same supplies, and the brioche patterns are the same for both until shaping begins for the hat. You can preview Michele’s patterns on Ravelry.

Michele Lee Bernstein has been knitting since her favorite aunt taught her when she was 14. She began designing about 10 years ago, and designed “Rosaria,” the first-ever Mystery Knit-along Shawlette for the Rose City Yarn Crawl in 2014.

In addition to her design work, Michele also teaches at local yarn shops, fiber festivals and retreats. Her patterns are available on Ravelry.

Class Details
Friday, May 31
1:00 – 4:00 pm (3 hours)
$45 per person
If the minimum class size is not met, the class is subject to cancellation.

Pre-requisites
Must be very comfortable with two-color brioche rib. No Beginning Brioche students in this Level #2 class, please.

Homework
1. Purchase a copy of either Heliotrope Cowl or Heliotrope Hat by Michele Lee Bernstein on Ravelry. Please print a copy to bring to class.
2. Work through the cast-on round and the two setup rounds. Then everyone will be ready to jump into the increases and decreases all together in the Class. Please come to the Class with this knitting work fully completed.

Supplies
Copy of Heliotrope Cowl or Heliotrope Hat by Michele Lee Bernstein, available on Ravelry.

Worsted weight yarn, 2 colors in high contrast, 1 skein of each color. Here is a list of our Recommended Yarns:

  1. Malabrigo Rios
  2. Malabrigo Worsted
  3. Lambs Pride Worsted
  4. Manos Maxima
  5. Encore Worsted

Size US 6 needles (or size 5, if using Encore): 16” circular needles are needed for the hat, 24” circular needles are needed for the cowl.

Students purchasing supplies for this class will receive a 10% discount on your yarn, needle and the pattern if purchased from Northwest Wools using Ravelry In-Store sales. Please note that if you purchase the pattern directly from Ravelry we are not able to offer the discount on this pattern.

Mother’s Day First Friday

Mother’s Day First Friday

Come celebrate Mother's Day with Northwest Wools this First Friday!Friday, May 3, 2019
2:00-6:00 pm

We’re kicking off May with a celebration of Mothers! In conjunction with our next-door neighbors, Uptown Property Management, we’re hosting an afternoon of pampering.

Stop by the shop between 2:00 and 6:00 pm for a free, 10-minute hand massage, courtesy of Nancie Hines, MA, of Portland Reflexology. This is a wonderful opportunity to give some extra love to those hands that do so much for everyone else.  Nancie is a National Board-Certified Reflexologist, so she really knows her stuff!   And if you enjoy your intro to Reflexology, Portland Reflexology has their offices right here in Multnomah Village!

Come get a relaxing massage at Northwest Wools.
We’ll also be showing our appreciation for Moms by raffling off a prize basket! No purchase is necessary, but you must be a Mother to enter. Take some time for yourself, Moms: Relax with a hand massage, enter to win a prize, and enjoy the afternoon and evening at this First Friday event.

We look forward to seeing you on May 3rd!