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.
“Rust,” in Kidsilk Haze, from Rowan Magazine No. 64
“Soane,” in Cashmere Tweed, from New Vintage DK
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.
“Pennybridge,” in Alpaca Classic, from Rowan Magazine No. 64
“Dagny,” Designed by Arne & Carlos for Rowan’s New Nordic
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.
Churchmouse’s “Spin-Stitch Scarf” in Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze
Churchmouse’s “Easy Folded Poncho” in Rowan’s Felted Tweed
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!
Come meet Michele and Mike Dillon of Toots LeBlanc & Co. Yarns. Michele custom blends these un-dyed, all natural yarns for a unique, self-haloing effect. Yummy! We are the only yarn shop carrying these rare yarns. Great for knitters, weavers and crocheters looking for something super soft with a tight twist.
Michele LeBlanc Dillon 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. How cool is that?! Fiber Artists in the know value her “Farm to Needle” yarns for their tight twist, natural colors and lovely hand.
We are thrilled at the chance to offer you some of these unique yarns with their self halo-ing effect. Quantities are limited, so come early for best selection. We are the only retail yarn shop carrying this very special yarn — so this is your chance to stock up on this highly desirable and rare yarn!
Come and meet Candace Wilson, the ceramic artist behind One of a Kind Buttons. Many of you know Candace from her beautiful buttons and shawl pins. Along with those, this year Candace will be showcasing her unique ceramic gift items. These are quite lovely and related to the you as a fiber artist. They also make great gift items for the yarn junkies on your list!
Candace draws all her designs by hand, then creates the stamps to produce these fabulous ceramic items – which are truly one of a kind. So this is your chance to find that perfect little something from One of a Kind Buttons!
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. And many of these are “rescue animals”! So your purchases not only support Wendy, but also all of these wonderful animals she has saved. Yowza!
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.
Shaggy Bear Farms creates many lovely yarns and roving with unique fiber combinations – some from 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.
Favour Valley Woodworking is a small independent business in New Hampshire creating unique hand-made wood and antler buttons, toggles, shawl pins & accessories. Owner Martha Sunderland is a talented Woodworker who is also dedicated to preserving and celebrating her natural environment.
Martha is inspired by the traditional New England woodworking craft and the beautiful wood available in her Favour Valley. Her goal is to provide beautiful accessories that complement all types of handwork, while at the same time protecting her environment by using sustainable materials, finishes and technologies. No animals or trees were harmed in creating her beautiful buttons, toggles and pins. They are gleaned from natural antler shedding and tree fall.
The Favour Valley Scarf Buckle was recently featured in Vogue Knitting. And her Antler Buttons are currently showcased in the Winter issues of both Interweave Knits and Knitscene. Here at Northwest Wools, we have carried all of Martha’s beautiful hand-crafted buttons, toggles and shawl pins for several years and love the distinct look they give our fiber art projects!