Rose City Yarn Crawl 2018

4 Mar

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.IMG_0001

I set out with a budget and a time limit. I brought only cash, to ensure I didn’t exceed my budget. Fortunately, I approached my limit of money and time almost simultaneously.

I actually started the crawl Friday night on my way home from work, stopping at the shop closest to home. That evening, after I got home, I planned my route for the next day. Although I finished the crawl last year, I knew I wasn’t up for a full day of shopping – and I had errands I needed attention this weekend.

Saturday, I rose early and puttered about as I looked over my master plan and packed my bag. I arrived early to my first stop, Dublin Bay Yarn Shop. I listened to an audiobook in the car, while I waited for the doors to open. As soon as they did, I was out of the car.

There was browsing and a lot of touching. Fibre people love to touch. Surrounded by so many beautiful colors and textures, it can be hard to make a decision, but I finally made my purchase.

I had paid for a 30 minute ticket to park, but decided to walk to the next shop, a mere 8 blocks away. I bought another ticket but accidentally pushed the 2 hour button.  Well, better too much time than too little.

It was a beautiful brisk morning. The sun was making an effort to peek through the clouds and there was no rain. I wore a hand-knit hat and gloves and had a spring in my step.

At the second shop, Pearl Fiber Arts, I had the chance to talk with two local yarn dyers before deciding on my purchases. I had an equally enjoyable walk back to the car. As I arrived, I saw another car parking across the street. More yarn crawlers, I said to myself as I dashed over to offer them my parking receipt, which still had an hour on it.

Two more stops followed, and, by the end, I had quite a stash.

I bought yarn for a sweater I will knit for myself (the yarn on the left). The photo on the right is yarn for some Christmas gifts – you can’t start holiday knitting too early- and for some other as yet undetermined projects.

Maybe next year, I will have time to finish the Yarn Crawl and fill my passport, but I arrived home very satisfied with my experience this year.

 

10 Responses to “Rose City Yarn Crawl 2018”

  1. terierrol March 4, 2018 at 6:50 am #

    Sounds like a fun morning leaving you with lots of plans. I’m not a great knitter, but I too get inspired seeing and touching arrays of fibers. Maybe this year??

  2. khays41 March 4, 2018 at 7:01 am #

    Sounds like a great way to spend a weekend! I am so jealous–I am not a knitter, yet, but someday I will be!

  3. Brian Rozinsky March 4, 2018 at 7:24 am #

    I enjoyed this sub-culture glimpse, and the phrase “fiber enthusiasts” is awesome!

  4. Connie Lindsey March 4, 2018 at 7:30 am #

    Your title drew me in, and I’m glad it did! I’m a quilter, not a knitter, but I would love to have been at your side seeing all the colors and running my fingers over the strands. You will make some special people very happy this Christmas.

  5. elsie March 4, 2018 at 7:43 am #

    Even non-fiber enthusiasts like to touch. 🙂 What a fun day for you and so kind for the car receipt offer. Will we get to see the end result of the sweater some day?

    • Adrienne March 4, 2018 at 8:03 am #

      I have one small project to work on, then I will cast on the sweater. I should be there before the end of March. If not, you’ll see it some Tuesday.

  6. arjeha March 4, 2018 at 7:45 am #

    Kathy does Shop Hops like this. Each quilt store has a special block designed for them and if you visit each shop and buy each block kit you have the makings for a queen sized quilt when you are finished.

  7. Lisa Corbett March 4, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

    This sounds fun! I am a fibre enthusiast too, but for fabric. I have dreams of starting up my quilting habit again soon, but my writing habit keeps getting in the way.

  8. Sally Donnelly March 4, 2018 at 6:19 pm #

    Your hobby and the idea of a crawl is new to me. I loved following you on this adventure. It felt like I touched it too! So glad you included photos and how kind of you: “I dashed over to offer them my parking receipt, which still had an hour on it.”

  9. JudyK March 4, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

    I couldn’t figure out what a Yarn Crawl was (I was picturing it literally — a person crawling, with yarn, to get to a finish line), so I’m glad that I read your Slice! It sounds like fun! I like the yarn that you got — very pretty. 🙂 ~JudyK

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