2017 Rose City Yarn Crawl

6 Mar

For the first time in more than four years, I finished the Rose City yarn Crawl.

img_0603That grin on my face is the real thing. I can’t even begin to tell you how proud and excited I felt when  go the last stamp, lucky #13, on my 2017 RCYC passport.

A Yarn Crawl is an organized event focused on exploring the yarn shops of an area over a specific time period. The Rose City Yarn Crawl is a four-day event for fiber enthusiasts (knitters, crocheters, spinners, and felters) to explore the many shops in and around Portland, Oregon.

The RCYC began on Thursday. It is hard for me to get to many before the weekend, but I was determined to get a few stamps in my passport before Saturday. Although  was tempted to leave school early on Thursday, I left at my regular time and got my first stamp at the shop closest to my school and more or less on the way home.

As I drove to work Friday, I planned to visit the two other shops west of Portland, but as the day passed, I began to doubt my master strategy. As I drove out of the school parking lot Friday afternoon, I made my final decision: I would visit the two in North Portland, so I could concentrate on the downtown and outlying shops.

Friday night, I mapped out my route and I was ready to go by 9 a.m Saturday morning. Overall, the day was excellent. I had two down times. Once, I got turned around approaching a shop from the opposite direction I usually do. I retraced my route and got myself oriented the way I usually do and got to the shop just fine. The second down time was, about halfway through, when I was feeling hungry and the rain was pelting sideways. I almost gave up and went home, but I persevered. By the time I arrived at my destination the rain had stopped and when I left the shop, the sun was shining. I was raring to go again.

I left the last two shops for Sunday and told everyone in the final shop that I;d just finished, I was that giddy.

I spent more than I had planned, but that is all right because I wanted to get some yarn for myself and for the items I plan to make as Christmas gifts. Here’s my RCYC stash:


 If idle hands are the devil’s workshop, I’m safe for a while.

10 Responses to “2017 Rose City Yarn Crawl”

  1. terierrol March 6, 2017 at 7:27 am #

    Wow! You certainly had a busy week-end. I love your purchases and wish I could make time to knit again. Maybe when I retire! Happy knitting!

  2. isbergamanda March 6, 2017 at 8:21 am #

    I had so much fun reading your post! I am from Portland, but I’m teaching third grade in Venezuela right now and I had no idea that PDX had a yarn crawl! Right before I left Portland I was knitting scarves for my friends and family and would have loved the opportunity to do a crawl like this. Thanks for sharing!

    -Amanda at https://teachingwanderlust.com

    • Adrienne March 6, 2017 at 8:34 am #

      You can join in when you move back. I taught in Medellín, Colombia for 3 years. it is the reason I moved to Portland!

  3. arjeha March 6, 2017 at 9:14 am #

    Congratulations on finishing. Kathy has participated in a few Shop Hops for quilters but never finished, Looking forward to seeing what you make but realizing some can’t be shown until after Christmas.

  4. Lisa C March 6, 2017 at 9:46 am #

    I love your last line! I became interested in this sort of thing a few years ago, but with fabric. I spent a whole day getting lost in Toronto trying to find the Fabric District. I didn’t have projects in mind, so I actually still own that fabric, completely uncut. Every time I see it, I remember that day and it stops me from using it. It’s become too special to use! 🙂

  5. djvichos March 6, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    Wow, what a trek you made for those badges and you endured some weather and hunger, too. What beautiful yarn you have after your journey. Whoever is on the receiving end of those gifts is lucky!

  6. vendija723 March 6, 2017 at 11:01 am #

    What fun! I live near PDX myself, and hadn’t heard of this event. I grew up going to NW Wool in Multnomah Village; were they on your list?

    • Adrienne March 6, 2017 at 11:47 am #

      Yes, the were. In fact, they are the store I got lost going to. I usually approach from I-5 SB, but I was coming from Wool N Wares and my Google directions were weird. I ended up going N on I-5, turning around and going south ( they way I know). and that;s when the sideways rain came.

  7. Clare and Tammy March 6, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

    Gorgeous! I used to knit and needlepoint and I have lost the habit in recent years. Working with kids just keeps me too busy. Seeing that photo of all the yarn … makes me want to go shopping right now. I think I will wait until after the March Challenge. I loved feeling your excitement each step of the way.

  8. Akilah March 6, 2017 at 7:41 pm #

    Fiber enthusiasts! I love it. New band name? Memoir title? Congrats on reaching your goal and on the impressive stash.

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