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!

Holiday Gifting

Looking for that perfect gift for the Fiber Artist in your life?

Check out all our unique gifts during this holiday shopping season!


We have a large selection of stunning ceramic Yarn Bowls and matching Mugs from Master Potter Frank Philipps, exclusive to our Yarn Shop.

We have a large selection of stunning ceramic yarn bowls and matching mugs from Master Potter Frank Philipps. Frank has been making pottery in the Bauhaus tradition for almost 40 years, combining the ethos of functional and beautiful in every hand-made piece.

We are proud to support Frank Philipps Pottery, an Ashland based Oregon Artist. And we are thrilled that Frank’s yarn bowls are exclusive for Northwest Wools customers!

We have tons of tools and accessories for knitters, weavers, crocheters, spinners and felters plus books for all of these Fiber Arts! Interchangeable knitting needle sets or crochet hook sets are gifts your crafty loved ones will treasure. We also have lots of needle or hook storage cases, knitting/crochet bags, tool holders, accessories, and more. Equipment, like ball winders and umbrella swifts, are high on many Fiber Artists lists and are always a thoughtful gift. And our felting kits and fibers will make your Felting Artist smile.

We have lots of popular yarn kits to choose from, or we can help you build your own. For knitters at all levels, we have yarn kits made with lots of popular yarns. These are fun gifts for the knitters in your life!

Weaving and spinning tools are always received with relish. Fun and affordable Zoom Looms and Holiday Zoom yarn kits provide a simple introduction to weaving. Older children and adults alike will enjoy this easy pin-style looms. We can even special order a rigid heddle loom, floor loom, or spinning wheel for you!

Wooden ornaments that are “custom knit” sweaters, socks and mittens are a clever gift tag or stocking stuffer for your crafter. They’re great as a small gift for your “Secret Santa”, friend or neighbor as well.

We just received a new shipment of darling ceramic gifts from One of a Kind Buttons, hot off Candace’s hands. Wait until you see these!

If you just can’t decide – we have Northwest Wools Gift Certificates for any dollar amount you choose.


Want to create a handmade gift for that special someone?

There is still time to make gifts for your family, friends and loved ones. We have one of the largest yarn and fiber inventories in town, as well as many yarn kits. All the big name yarns, plus lots of Local Indie Dyers. We have a huge selection of beautiful super bulky yarns and fast, easy patterns so you can finish your hand-made gifts quickly. Check out our shop models to inspire your ideas!

And if you don’t have time to make a gift yourself, then we have lovely handwoven scarves and cowls for sale from Silloway Weaving Studios.

Golden Tickets offers great holiday discounts and supports shopping local.

We will be participating again this year in this popular shop local program. Earn discounts at our shop, as well as throughout Multnomah Village and Hillsdale with this fun holiday reward program. Golden Tickets starts November 16th and runs through December 31st. Yowza!

Ponchos, Shrugs, Wraps & Shawls Oh My!

Fall is the time for light toppings! Ponchos, shrugs, wraps and shawls are the latest fashion trend and are perfect for our Pacific Northwest weather. These are all fun to make and will provide you with a lovely layering piece.

Our LYS is filled to the brim with shop models to inspire you! We have lots of knit samples for you to try on, as well as crocheted and woven items. We love this time of year with all the great colors and fiber choices from our many wonderful vendors. And we have received all our fall shipments, with lots of choices – so you can find the perfect yarn and pattern for your project!

Churchmouse “Twice Reversible Ribbed Poncho”
Knit with Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Charcoal Grey

Mentolat Wrap
Knit with Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in Multiple Colors

Mentolat Wrap - knit with Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend


Three Color Shrug Kit
Knit with Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool from KFI

Pattern free with yarn purchase – can be worn as either a shrug or a cowl.

NORO Shrug
Knit with NORO Silk Garden from KFI

Pattern free with yarn purchase.

NORO Shrug- Knit with NORO Silk Garden from KFI


Versatile Shawl Knit with Berroco Folio in Two Colors of Teal

Featuring a Jul Designs Shawl Stick

Churchmouse Easy Folded Poncho
Knit with Rowan Felted Tweed in Purple

The original Churchmouse pattern was used, but was lengthened by adding a basketweave edging. Modifications available for free from our LYS with CM pattern and yarn purchase.



Let us help you find just the right yarn and pattern for your personal Fall look. Along with these six shop models, we have lots more you can try on in our Yarn Shop. So come on in and visit us!

You can also see more samples posted to our Facebook & Instagram, with regular updates of new finished objects from our talented staff, students and customers.

We look forward to helping you find just the right knit, crochet or woven project! So please stop by our yarn shop here in cute little Multnomah Village – or phone our yarn shop so we can assist you at 503-244-5024. Our yarn shop hours are posted on our website and Facebook page.

Happy Fall!

Summer Tops & Accessories

Summer Tops & Accessories

We love making – and wearing – Summer Tops and Accessories. Yowza! As the weather heats up, we turn to blends of Linen, Cotton, Silk, Rayon, Bamboo and other plant fibers. These yarns create wonderfully cool tops and accessories. Many of our yarns are “all season” in the Pacific NW, so your hand-made item can be worn year-round. Another reason we love living here! We carry a large color palette in these yarns, so you can find just the right color for you.

We look forward to your visit to check out these fun items (and many more!) to Knit, Crochet or Weave for your summer wearing pleasure.

Here is Northwest Wool’s instructor, Judy, wearing the new shop model she knit using Juniper Moon Farm Zooey yarn. We just love the yoke on this lovely summer weight top! The pattern is called Derecho and is available on Ravelry. The combination of Linen and Cotton in the textured Zooey yarn is perfect for summer and is distributed by Knitting Fever and Euro Yarns. It comes in TONS of great colors, too, and we have a very large color palette to choose from – yowza! It’s an easy knit for a cool look!

Northwest Wools staffer, Beth, knit this great season-spanning vest called Sycamore Vest by Hannah Fettig, available in the Home & Away book and as an individual pattern on Ravelry. Beth used one of our favorite multi-season yarns Soft Linen from Classic Elite Yarns. The vest would be great over jeans or a summer dress or anything in between! We accessorized it with the Reversible Turkish Cowl. This pattern was created by Northwest Wools staffer, Sophie Bayard, and is also available on Ravelry. The cowl is knit with a variegated Silky Merino from Malabrigo yarn.

Tinaka crocheted this cool summer top using Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, another great season-spanning yarn. We love this easy and versatile crochet pattern called Seaside Blouse by Annie Dempsey of Oat Couture available on Ravelry. Can’t you just imagine this over a tee or a tank for a day of fun? Or how about with a dressy blouse or dress for an evening out? It’s a versatile look for all you Crocheters!

Northwest Wools Owner, Jackie, created this colorful and easy Crochet Cowl pattern with season-spanning in mind. It’s simple stitch allows you to “sit and sip” while crocheting, or chat with your friends at a baseball game or the pool. The beautiful variegated Silky Alpaca Lace from Classic Elite Yarns creates all the drama! Pattern is free with yarn purchase.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested in making any of these fun Summer Tops and Accessories. We are here to help you in any way we can. Our yarn shop is open seven days a week and late on Thursdays evenings for your convenience. Our phone number is 503-244-5024 if you are not local and wish to order any of these items – or anything we carry! And don’t forget to check out other great ideas for things you can make on our Facebook page.

Wishing you a great start to a fun, fiber-filled Summer!

2015 Holiday Time at Northwest Wools

2015 Holiday Time at Northwest Wools

Looking for that perfect gift for the Fiber Artist in your life?

Check out all our unique gifts during this holiday shopping season:  Ceramic “Knit-Out” Bowls and matching mugs from Master Potter Frank Philipps, Interchangeable Needle Sets and Needle Storage Cases, Ball Winders and Umbrella Swifts, Knitting/Crochet Bags and Tool holders, Books, Cards and more.

Gift Certificates for Looms, Spinning Wheels – or for any dollar amount you choose.

Want to create a handmade gift for that Special Someone?

Northwest Wools Knitting Bags

We have one of the largest yarn and fiber inventories in town, as well as many yarn kits.  All the big name yarns, plus lots of Local Indie Dyers. And we even have some limited edition hand-spun yarns from Master Spinner Laurie Weinsoft.  There is still time for you to make some quick and easy items for your friends, family or neighbors.  Check out our Shop Models to inspire your ideas!  And if you don’t have time to make it yourself – we have handwoven scarves and cowls for sale from Silloway Weaving Studios.

Golden Tickets and Little Boxes offer great holiday discounts and support Shopping Local:

We will be participating again this year in both of these Shop Local programs.  Earn Discounts at our shop, throughout Multnomah Village and greater Portland with these two fun holiday programs.  Golden Tickets starts November 16th and runs through December 31st.  Little Boxes occurs the two days after Thanksgiving from  November 27th and 28th. To learn more about these great Shop Local programs please visit  Golden Tickets and Little Boxes.

Yarn Bowls by Frank Philipps

Yarn Bowls by Frank Philipps