Rose City Yarn Crawl
The 15th Annual Rose City Yarn Crawl will take place in Portland March 7–10, 2024. During the four days of this event, hundreds of knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners from around the country will visit the 8 participating shops in the Portland area, meeting fellow fiber enthusiasts, shopping for yarn and fiber, and entering to win prizes.
Our regular shop hours are slightly changed for Yarn Crawl. Please note that we are closing early on Wednesday before Crawl to accommodate set up!
3/6: 10 am – 2 pm | 3/7 – 3/9: 10 am – 6 pm | 3/10: 12 noon – 5 pm
We've lovingly created the Vesper Shawl pattern, inspired by the theme of Pacific Northwest Flora and Fauna. This pattern and kit will be available for purchase when Yarn Crawl begins.
The Vesper Shawl is a celebration of Oregon's Little Brown Bat. This amazing animal is a vital part of our ecosystem, spreading seeds, pollinating plants, and capable of eating more than 1,200 mosquitoes in a single night. And it's a MAMMAL that can FLY!
Cobra Lily Kerchief
We've lovingly created the Cobra Lily Kerchief pattern, inspired by the theme of Pacific Northwest Flora and Fauna. This pattern and kit will be available for purchase when Yarn Crawl begins.
Darlingtonia State Natural Site, just outside Florence, is dedicated to the protection of Oregon’s only native pitcher plants — Darlingtonia californica. Also known as cobra lilies, these rare plants live in very specific environments along the Oregon coast. The Cobra Lily Kerchief draws inspiration from the strange shapes and vibrant colors of Darlingtonia’s mottled, semi-transparent pitchers.
Multnomah Village Prize Basket
Our shop will be awarding a total of six raffle prizes to customers who stop by Northwest Wools during the Yarn Crawl. We're especially excited about our third-place basket — our Multnomah Village Basket. This special prize is composed of donations from our lovely neighbors, who we hope you'll visit while you're Yarn Crawling:
- Annie Bloom's Books: neighborhood independent bookstore, carrying a broad range of new books across many genres.
- Consign Couture: inclusive, well-curated consignment store for high-end men’s and women’s apparel and accessories.
- Fat City Cafe: family-owned diner, established in 1976, featuring homemade cinnamon rolls and locally roasted coffee.
- Sarah J. Handmade: small business featuring over 30 local artists & select fair trade items.
- Thinker Toys: multiple award-winning toy store offering a wide range of toys for kids and adults.
Sharon Spence of Garage Dyeworks will kick off our crawl with her fetching collection of colors on a range of luxurious bases. A girl with a passion for color and yarn, Sharon uses only the finest quality fibers and professional-grade acid dyes in her creative process, and it shows in her creations.
Garage Dyeworks grew right here in Hillsboro! Sharon started offering hand-dyed yarns for sale in 2008 when she was branding herself as Stitch Jones. She draws inspiration from nature and the Pacific Northwest, which can be seen in her bright, vibrant colors and creatively named colorways. She loves seeing what customers create from her hand-dyed yarns, and we’re excited to see what she brings!
Three Fates Yarns
Steph Fregosi of Three Fates Yarns will join us again with her vibrant colors and lovingly crafted yarn and fiber. The daughter of two artists, Steph’s life-long obsession with color is apparent in her gorgeous colorways and ombre cakes. Many of her products are fine yarns, which can be used for a wide variety of projects but are specifically crafted to make stunning socks, gloves, or mittens.
The name Three Fates comes from the Greek Goddesses known as The Fates or the Moirae. They are sometimes known as the spinner, the weaver, and the cutter as they spin the thread of life, weave it into a tapestry, and determine its ending. Steph appreciates the connection between these goddesses and contemporary crafters, who make heirloom garments meant to last generations, following the thread of someone's family story through a knitted garment.
Favour Valley Woodworking
Martha Sunderland of Favour Valley Woodworking will be back with her beautifully hand-crafted buttons, toggles, shawl pins, and accessories. Her goal is to provide captivating accessories that complement all types of handwork, while at the same time protecting the environment by using sustainable materials, finishes, and technologies.
Favour Valley Woodworking began in the woods of New England, steeped in old-world craft and aesthetic. Having moved to the Willamette Valley, Martha has added wood from Oregon’s cherry, pear, plum, apple, walnut, and hazelnut orchards as well as fir, maple, and oak from our forests to her repertoire of fabulous materials.
Shaggy Bear Farms
Wendy Hanson of Shaggy Bear Farms runs a farm-to-needle business in Scio, Oregon, where she raises her animals and hand-dyes her yarn. Her trunk show is a staple for Northwest Wools, and we are so excited to have her incredible fibers on display for two full days. Wendy focuses on raising, promoting, and making yarn and roving from rare, endangered, and lesser-known fiber, so her unique and dazzling shows are not to be missed!
For almost two decades, Shaggy Bear Farms has raised, bred, and rescued animals from over 40 breeds of sheep, goats, rabbits, and llamas. All of the fiber, except for the silk and alpaca added to some yarn and roving, is from her farm and dyed by hand. All proceeds go back into the farm and help care for the over 400 animals that call Shaggy Bear Farms home.
Fiona Kay Knits
Fiona Kay is a one-woman dyeing operation in Portland, Oregon. She is drawn to bright, bright neons and the darkest of moody colors. Her work has been described as “Goth Lisa Frank” or “Dolly Parton meets Elvira.” She is often inspired by goth fashion, country western aesthetics, American traditional tattoo designs, and horror movies.
When she isn’t dyeing yarn or designing patterns, she’s working as a horse massage therapist (yes, it’s a real job!), specializing in rehabilitation and geriatric horse care. She’s the mom of a very opinionated and fashion-obsessed kiddo named Luna and two rescued mutts named Marceline and Hank. As a queer, plus-sized woman with ADHD, Fiona aims to cultivate a space with her work that welcomes the weirdos, the artists, and anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.
2024 Tote Bag
This beautiful 100% cotton canvas tote is 17.5 inches wide by 15 inches deep and was designed by local Portland tattoo artist Alice Kendall from Wonderland Tattoo.
This year’s Rose City Yarn Crawl theme is Pacific Northwest Flora & Fauna. Alice’s design captures it perfectly with the St. Johns Bridge surrounded by 8 roses — one for each shop in the Crawl.