Design and Knit a Top-Down Raglan Sweater Instructor Ann Chaves

Design and Knit a Top-Down Raglan Sweater
Instructor Ann Chaves

Session One (Wait List)

Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
5 Session Class held on: January 10, 17, 24; February 14, 28

Session Two (Wait List)

Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
5 Session Class held on: March 13, 20; April 3, 17, 24

More sessions coming soon!

Do you see sweaters in stores that you would like to knit yourself? Have you ever wanted to combine elements of two or three different sweaters into one project? Have you always dreamed of designing the perfect sweater to fit you? Then this class is for you!

Instructor Ann Chaves will guide you through all the steps of taking your ideal sweater from dream to reality in this five-session class.

Ann will show you how to design your own sweater based on your gauge, so that you won’t have to depend on a pattern to know what to do. You will be able to make the sweater you want with the yarn you want. She will guide you through the ins and outs of gauge, so you can confidently calculate all the numbers involved in creating a sweater.

The class consists of five sessions stretched over seven weeks – so that you have some weeks off to work on knitting your creation. You can choose to design either a cardigan or a pullover for your project. And Ann has created a special Workbook just for this Class, so you can use it to make this sweater – and use it for future sweaters, too!

Instructor Ann Chaves has been knitting all her life. She earned a degree in Art Education with an emphasis on Fiber Arts. A love of embroidery in the Arts and Crafts style led her to teaching and designing, and she now teaches embroidery workshops all over the country. Ann also teaches Group Knitting Classes here at Northwest Wools. We are delighted to have her as part of our Teaching Staff!

This class will not only introduce you to sweater design, it will also give you a higher sense of control over your knitting even when following someone else’s pattern. This is a great opportunity to learn something new in the New Year!

 

Class Details

Session One (Wait List)

Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
5 Session Class held on: January 10, 17, 24; February 14, 28
$75 for five sessions – includes class workbook

Session Two (Wait List)

Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
5 Session Class held on: March 13, 20; April 3, 17, 24
$75 for five sessions – includes class workbook

Stay tuned: More sessions will be added soon!

Class is limited to 6 students, to ensure a high level of attention to each student. Due to the popular nature of this class, please don’t wait to register. Sign up by calling our LYS: 503-244-5024.

Homework

Be sure to pick up an information sheet when you register for the class. You will need to purchase yarn for your sweater, and knit and block a swatch prior to the first class session.

Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery Knit Along and Crochet Along

Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery Knit Along and Crochet Along

Now that your Holiday projects are out of the way, how about creating something for yourself? It’s the perfect time to take flight with something new, so how about the Rose City Yarn Crawl’s Mystery Alongs?

This year’s Yarn Crawl theme is “Birds of the Pacific Northwest.” Marie Greene of Olive Knits has designed the Mystery Knit Along, while Laurinda Reddig is back with another Mystery Crochet Along design. We can’t wait to see what these two talented designers have put together for this year’s Crawl!

To join either Mystery Along, purchase the pattern you are interested in on Ravelry. Then pick out your yarn, grab your hook or needles and get ready to rock! Here at Northwest Wools we have several yarn choices – in lots of colors and price points – for you to pick from for your MAL. ‘Cause we know you love choice!

MKAL Yarns:

Shaggy Bear Farms Tussah Silk/Merino
Knitted Wit Sock
Malabrigo Sock
Madelinetosh Twist Light

MCAL Yarns:

Berroco Folio
MountainTop Vail
Malabrigo Sock
Madelinetosh Twist Light

We would be delighted to help you pick out your yarn combination from this large recommended selection. Come on in – or phone us – anytime, so you can get started!

Clue #1 arrives mid-January, followed by four more weekly clues. Then comes the best part: Wearing your Mystery Along and sharing it with other Yarn Crawlers! It’s always fun to see the variety of colors and interpretations that everyone brings to their Mystery Alongs! It’s one of the best parts of our Rose City Yarn Crawl!!

So sign up for a Mystery Along today – and begin your own Countdown to Yarn Crawl!

Upcoming Events

Feb 07

MODE at Rowan Trunk Show

February 7 @ 9:00 pm - February 8 @ 2:00 am
Toots LeBlanc & Co. Pop-up Shop

Toots LeBlanc & Co. Pop-up Shop

Michele and Mike Dillon of Toots LeBlanc and Co. Yarns.  Michele custom blends these un-dyed, all natural yarns for a unique, self-haloing effect.

Sunday, March 10th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Michele LeBlanc Dillon and Mike Dillon of Toots LeBlanc & Co. Yarns will be with us Sunday for a one-day Pop-up Shop. Michele purchases wool from small family farmers throughout the West Coast and custom blends the fibers to create her unique, undyed yarns.  We are sad to say this Event at Northwest Wools will be the last for Michele, as she will be retiring from yarn-making after these many years.  So please do stop by to say good-bye to Michele and to purchase some of her very special yarns directly from her for the last time.  Northwest Wools will continue to carry Toots LeBlanc & Co. yarns until we run out of our inventory.

Michele learned to spin in her early twenties, which led to a deeper awareness of the qualities of different types of wool and the purposes for which they are best-suited. Each batch of wool she purchases for her yarns is hand cleaned, sorted and inspected for color and fiber content. Fibers are custom blended to create a unique yarn. The wool is then minimally processed without the use of harsh detergents or chemicals, and spun into yarn at a local Oregon mill.

Toots LeBlanc yarns are undyed, letting the beauty of the animals’ natural colors speak for itself. Because animals and their coats change from year to year, the same “color” will not look the same from one season to the next. For this reason, Michele dates her yarns so you can match colors by their “fleece lots.”  Michele’s yarns also have a natural “halo” effect, creating super soft and lovely projects.

We are thrilled at the chance to offer you some of these exquisite yarns. Quantities are limited, so come early for best selection – especially since this is your last chance to purchase directly from Michele.

One of a Kind Buttons Pop-up Shop

One of a Kind Buttons Pop-up Shop

Come meet Candace Wilson, the Ceramic Artist behind One of a Kind Buttons. Candace’s buttons, pins and shawl pins are truly unique. She draws all her designs by hand, then creates the stamps to produce these fabulous ceramic items which are truly “one of a kind”!

Sunday, March 10th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Come and meet Candace Wilson, the ceramic artist behind One of a Kind Buttons, at a one-day Pop-up Shop on Sunday. Candace will have a selection of ceramic buttons, pins, and shawl pins, as well as her popular garden birds and bird ornaments.

We are so pleased Candace created a Limited Edition Shawl Pin for our Shop’s Featured Knit Pattern, allowing us to “Put a Bird on it”!   With the Yarn Crawl’s 2019 theme of “A Walk in the Park” as inspiration, we created a knit design called “Birding the Tualatin River Refuge”.  We wanted a bird shawl pin to support this pattern and knew Candace would create something special! Each of these Knit Pattern Kits will include the yarn and pattern, as well as one of these cute Bird Shawl Pins. Yowza!

Candace draws all her designs by hand, then creates the stamps to produce these fabulous ceramic items – which are truly one of a kind. They make great gifts for your fiber-obsessed friends, as well as wonderful mementos of this year’s crawl!

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

Saturday, March 9th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Meet Wendy Hanson on Saturday at this one-day Pop-up Shop, 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, many of which are rescue animals. So your purchases not only support Wendy, but also all of these wonderful animals she has saved.

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.

Cowl knit from Shaggy Bear Farms wool

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. Most 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 many unique and 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.