Northwest Wools Named Rowan Flagship Store!

Northwest Wools Named Rowan Flagship Store!

Rowan 40th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, September 22

You are about to see an explosion of all things Rowan at Northwest Wools! We are thrilled to be part of Rowan’s first wave of Flagship Stores, joining a select group of a dozen or so LYSs in the United States. We are honored to join forces with this well-known, iconic yarn brand. As a Flagship Store, we will have access to trunk shows, models and special events that will bring you the best in design right here in Portland, Oregon!

We’ll celebrate our Flagship status and commemorate Rowan’s 40th, “Ruby” Anniversary with a ruby-themed party on Saturday, September 22. Stop by to see the new yarn, and even try some out at our yarn tasting table. Plus there will be drawings for prizes throughout the day! We had so much fun celebrating our store’s 30th Anniversary with all our wonderful customers, we’re hoping you’ll join us for this party as well! Stop by and raise a glass of sparkling wine or water to Rowan while you are admiring their beautiful yarns and patterns.

As part of Rowan’s Flagship Store planning, they shared their new design strategy with us at an invitation-only event. While we have always loved their inspirational designs, we came away impressed with Rowan’s new focus on adding more approachable pieces. New this season are more accessories to compliment their garments. And a large number of their new garments are very wearable – and something we could all make! This new design strategy allows you to create a beautiful Rowan design with smaller yarn quantities and fewer hours. There are still those “drop dead gorgeous but super difficult” knits, but they’ve included just as many “real people will make and wear them” items. It’s a smashing collection that we just love!

You will see a number of new and new-to-us yarns hitting our shelves this month, including Cashmere Tweed, Valley Tweed, and the brand-new Alpaca Classic. We have new colors of Kid Classic, special colors of Felted Tweed from Kaffe Fassett, as well as new Rowan pattern books and magazines.

Rowan is known for its classic pattern collections, created by prominent designers such as Kaffe Fassett, Kim Hargreaves and Martin Storey. This fall, well-known knitting icons Arne & Carlos are joining Rowan’s stable of designers. The latest issue of Rowan magazine, No. 64, celebrates both these collaborations and their “Ruby” Anniversary with a collection of patterns designed by these and other Rowan favorites, all in shades of red.

Many of us at Northwest Wools are hard at work on brand-new shop models made with Rowan yarns. We can’t wait for you to see them! In the meantime, we have some tried-and-true favorites: Churchmouse’s Easy Folded Poncho in Rowan Felted Tweed, the Spin-Stitch Scarf and any number of Groovy Shawls and Bias Drape Cowls incorporating one of our favorite mohairs, Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze.

We are delighted to be serving as ambassadors for the Rowan brand! Stop by the store and we’ll show you our Rowan corner and all the great new yarns we have in stock. And be sure to come celebrate Rowan’s 40th Anniversary with us on September 22nd!

Shaggy Bear Farms Pop-Up: Sept 7

Shaggy Bear Farms Pop-Up: Sept 7

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

Shaggy Bear Farms Pop-Up Shop
Friday, September 7, 10 am – 6 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 fiber.

Cowl knit from Shaggy Bear Farms wool

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.

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. Many of Wendy’s yarns are blends of fibers from her many breeds of animals. There are a variety of yarn weights to choose from, as well as undyed roving from her unique breeds.

Whether you knit, crochet, spin 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.

Shaggy Bear Farms Yarns


30th Anniversary Celebration: August 3

30th Anniversary Celebration: August 3

Join North West Wools for its 30th anniversary celebration!
Northwest Wools 30th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, August 3, 10 am – 7 pm

Mark your calendars – you don’t want to miss this event at Northwest Wools, Portland’s Oldest Yarn Shop!

Thirty years is a long time to stay in business, and we couldn’t have done it without you, our fabulous customers! Join us for a day of special events as we celebrate 30 years in our current location. We’ll have exclusive yarn, prizes, wine and music – there’s so much going on, we’re staying open until 7 pm!

Limited Edition Canvas Tote Bag

Northwest Wools new limited edition tote bag available!

To commemorate our 30th Year Anniversary, we have commissioned Multnomah Village artist Veronica Casson of Salt and Fog to illustrate a limited edition tote. This adorable canvas bag will be on sale starting August 3rd. It’s just the right size to hold your latest project. Get yours while supplies last!

Special 30th Anniversary Yarn and Yarn Naming Contest

Wendy Hanson of Shaggy Bear Farms has created a special, limited edition anniversary colorway for us in her exquisite 50/50, Merino/Tussah Silk fingering weight yarn. This is one of our favorite farm-to-needle yarns, with a beautiful sheen and a super-soft hand.

What’s the name of the colorway? We need your help to think of just the right name!

A Name-the-Colorway contest will take place July 1st-31st on our Facebook and Instagram platforms. The winner will be announced on August 3rd, and will receive a free anniversary yarn kit, including a pattern and one skein of the special anniversary yarn that you helped name.

Two New Yarn Kits Just for Our Anniversary

We’ve written two new patterns for this special custom colorway, so you’ll know what to do with it once you get it home. The first pattern is the Half and Half Cowl, and uses one skein of our custom colorway. The second pattern is the 30th Anniversary Shawl, which uses three skeins of Shaggy Bear Farms yarn — one custom colorway and two complimentary tonal colors. Both yarn kits will be available for sale starting August 3rd during our anniversary celebration.


As a “thank you” for helping support our Local Yarn Shop for 30 years, we’ll be raffling off several $30 Northwest Wools gift certificates during our anniversary celebration. Raffles will be held throughout the day, so you can enter whenever you arrive. And yes, you must be present to win — because we want to see you here to help us celebrate!

Live Music by Seffarine

Live Music by Seffarine

From 5 to 7 pm, we’ll have live music from local group Seffarine. Husband and wife duo Nat Huskamp and Lamiae Naki play original music of the Mediterranean and Middle East, featuring a blend of Moroccan, flamenco, Persian, jazz, and world music. Their beautiful melodies will be the perfect accompaniment for our celebration!

We can’t wait to celebrate this important milestone with our favorite people – our customers! We’re looking forward to many more years of fiber fun with all of you!

“Foolproof” Knitalong: July 17 – August 28

“Foolproof” Knitalong: July 17 – August 28

“Foolproof” Knitalong
Tuesdays, July 17 – August 28
6:30-8:00 pm

Join us on Tuesday evenings this summer for a fun knitalong. The pattern is “Foolproof,” a customizable, two- or three-color, striped cowl with an unusual construction. Find the pattern on Ravelry.

The Ravelry description puts it this way:
“It’s an intriguing construction; a real mystery.
How about a cowl with no casting on & no binding off?
It’s made in rows but ends up all in one piece.
There’s no knitting in the round, no sewing, no grafting, no provisional cast-on, no picking up stitches. Promise.”

If you’re as intrigued as we are, join us to see how this mystery unfolds!

There is no charge to participate in the knitalong. 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 knitalong hours.

We look forward to knitting with you!

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!