Friday, December 7
2:00 – 6:00 pm
We are excited to bring Candace Coleman to Northwest Wools to showcase her unique crocheted artwork! Join us on First Friday for an Art Show and Sale of Candace’s work.
Candace has worked as a fiber artist since the 1970s, first as a creator of tapestries, then as a mixed media artist, and more recently in crochet collage. She has been commissioned to create pieces for local businesses and private collections, and her artwork has been exhibited at a variety of venues, including the Portland Art Museum, the Henry Gallery in Seattle, and the Western Colorado Center for the Arts.
Candace’s artwork stems from a deep connection to nature. “Each piece of artwork I create is to honor the life force,” she says. “It is a celebration of the wonders and diversity of the natural world. It is a quiet form of activism – a plea to walk gently on the planet and a plea to care for the inhabitants.”
Candace’s crochet collages are inspired by her observation of the natural world. With an image in mind, she crochets hundreds of small spirals and uses them to form a design. Next, she pieces together a backing from cotton fabric and hand-sews the crocheted pieces to it. Tide pools, lichens, flower parts, and transition areas such as the edge of the sea are some of the subjects of her artwork.
“I am especially interested in the variety of species that live tightly packed together in apparent harmony,” says Candace. “There is such a sense of community and relationship.”
We hope you can join us on First Friday to see these original creations, meet the artist, and perhaps purchase one as the perfect holiday gift!
Multnomah Village’s annual Holiday Gala will also be taking place, so stick around and soak up the atmosphere! Special events include a tree-lighting ceremony, free horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, a strolling Santa, and more!
Rowan Trunk Show
Northwest Wools is excited to host a trunk show full of spectacular Rowan garments from Friday, November 16, through Saturday, November 24th.
In addition to the shop models we normally have on hand, we’ll also have additional garments sent to us from Rowan. These special models will include sweaters, wraps and accessories made from a number of Rowan yarns, including Kid Classic, Felted Tweed, Alpaca Classic and Valley Tweed. All of the models are from their Fall 2018 line, and patterns are available in Rowan books and magazines on sale at Northwest Wools.
Don’t miss this opportunity to admire, touch and try on some of the fabulous items we usually just admire on the pages of Rowan Magazine!
10,000 New Knitters Event
Saturday, November 10
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
At Northwest Wools, we’re passionate about all fiber arts — knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting, spinning – basically, anything involving yarn or fiber in any way. And we’re always looking for ways to share our passion with the world. That’s why, when we heard about 10,000 New Knitters Day, we knew we just had to be involved!
10,000 New Knitters Day is an event sponsored by Skacel Collection, the American distributor of Addi Needles. Skacel is providing yarn stores all over the United States with free kits for beginning knitters, in the hopes of teaching 10,000 people to knit. Kits include a set of knitting needles, a ball of Sueño Worsted yarn by HiKoo, and a simple pattern for a pair of fingerless mitts.
New knitters who come to our 10,000 New Knitters event will receive a free New Knitter’s Kit (while supplies last), plus a free knitting lesson from one of our experienced teachers. We’ll have plenty of staff on hand to share our knowledge and love of knitting.
To add to the fun, we’ll be raffling off five Maker’s Keeps courtesy of Coco Knits. These silicone slap bracelets have a magnetic metal plate on top. They’ll keep stitch markers, cable needles, pins or any other steel accessory handy while you’re busy “making”.
If your free lesson on November 10th gets you hooked and you’d like to learn more, you can sign up for one of our knitting classes. We offer classes Monday through Saturday, and we’re always happy to welcome new knitters to the fold! Plus, students at Northwest Wools receive 10 percent off items they purchase in the shop.
So spread the word! We’ll see you on November 10th with yarn and needles in hand!
It’s here at last: Fall project season! Our shop is filled with new yarn and new shop models – just in time for you to hunker down inside and fight the chill with cozy yarn. Big or small, we’ve got a project to keep your hands busy.
We love the interesting geometry – and the backstory – of the Night Shift Shawl. This Ravelry pattern was designed by Christopher Salas while working the night shift in Chicago. Though the new schedule was daunting at first, he came to enjoy the increased knitting time, and designed this shawl as “an ode to my new vampire-esque lifestyle.” The contrasting colors are meant to mimic the passage of day and night. Staffer Barbara created our version with Shibui’s Staccato in Tango and Ash.
What could be cuter than “Gramps,” a “grandpa” style sweater for the tiny folks in your life? “Gramps” is knit from the top down — always a plus when knitting for rapidly growing little ones! Staffer Marguerite made our version with Plymouth’s Worsted Merino Superwash, a machine washable wool. The pattern is available on Ravelry or in print at our shop. And no need to feel jealous that the little ones get all the cute things: the Gramps pattern is sized from newborn through adult!
We had a blast this summer making “Foolproof” at our weekly knitalong. This Ravelry pattern starts as a triangle but turns into a cowl – with no seaming required! It can be made with just about any yarn in any width or length you like. The pattern provides instructions for both a specified stripe sequence as well as a “Free Spirits” version, where you decide where to put the colors. Shop Manager Heidi followed the “Free Spirits” instructions using three colors of Classic Elite’s Fresco to create this super-soft, cozy cowl. Beware: this pattern is addictive!
When it comes to creativity, there is no shortage of it around Northwest Wools! Good Customer Hillary Beard designed this “One-strip Herringbone Twill Bag” using our 8/4 cotton carpet warp on a 4-shaft loom. True to its name, the bag is created with one strip of woven material, cleverly folded and sewn into this ingenious bag. Patterns for Hillary’s bag, along with a variety of 8/4 cotton carpet warp, are available for purchase at Northwest Wools.
“Free Your Fade” is another entry in Drea Renee’s popular “fade” series of projects. This one uses three skeins of fingering-weight yarn to create an asymmetrical triangular shawl. The garter-stitch pattern with occasional eyelet rows is easy, with just enough interest to keep you knitting. Heidi made this version with two skeins of MadelineTosh Twist Light and one skein of Knitted Wit’s Victory Sock. We have kits available for purchase, or we can help you choose your own colors to fade. The “Free Your Fade” pattern is also available for purchase on Ravelry.
Churchmouse’s “Library Vest” is a classic vest pattern written for two different lengths. We have put our own stamp on the pattern by adding a contrasting stripe along the front band and across the tops of the pockets. Our model was knit by Shop Owner Jackie with Rowan’s Felted Tweed. This is a great layering piece, perfect for the unpredictable weather of autumn. You may decide you need to work up several of them, and don’t worry: we have lots of colors of Felted Tweed! We have copies of the “Library Vest” pattern here at Northwest Wools, along with a copy of our modifications.
If you’re looking for a quick knit, look no further than “Fresa,” by Manos del Uruguay. This fun cowl was knit up quickly by Shop Inventory Manager Sophie in Manos Maxima, and makes a cozy and cute neck accessory. Stop by to see all the great colors of Manos Maxima we have in stock! The pattern is available in print at our shop, and on Ravelry as well.
We hope you’re as excited as we are about fall and all the wooly project fun it brings with it! If you’re looking for inspiration, need some help, or want to show off what you accomplished over the summer, stop by! We are happy to help with projects big and small, and we love to ooo and aaah over finished work!
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!