Rose City Yarn Crawl 2019

10 Mar

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The first shop, The Knotty Lamb, opened at nine. It was the furthest away, so I decided that I would start the 2019 Rose City Yarn Crawl (RCYC) in Forest Grove.  I was excited as I got into the car because, I was determined to finish the Yarn Crawl (something I have only done twice) and because this ear, I had a navigation system in the car to help me out.

Snow was falling as I drove the country roads to Forest Grove. Miraculously, it stopped once I arrived at the Knotty Lamb. A sign? Who knew but I was ready for a day of yarnamania.

Although it was early, the shop was packed. I thought I’d been so crafty, starting out early. I browsed and touched and squeezed skeins of all sorts before deciding on my purchases. A yarn crawl can be a dangerous thing, so I always set out with a finite amount of cash to help with my self-control. It means I have to make judicious choices because, at each shop where you make a purchase, you get a coupon code for a free pattern from the 2019 RCYC collection. Of course I wanted all the patterns as well as the pin each shop handed out.

From Forest Grove, I drove to Beaverton, into Portland, then to Vancouver, and back to Portland where I finished the Yarn Crawl at Twisted, my LYS (that’s Local Yarn Shop for the uninitiated) where I turned in my passport for the grand prize drawing.

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Entering each shop, the routine was the same. I got my passport stamped, signed in for their shop prize drawings, got my pin, then looked around before deciding what to buy. In addition to getting the free pattern, buying something at each shop is a way to support local small businesses and makers. Each shop had trunk shows of various dyers and yarn related crafts people – bag and button makers, soap and lotion makers. Some were at one shop one day and another the next. The yarn crawl is a four day event, after all. Crazy me, I did it on one.

I was exhausted when I got home, but I took the time to sort through my purchases and add them to my yarn stash. Now, I have to finish the projects I have before I can dip in to the new yarn.

 

 

8 Responses to “Rose City Yarn Crawl 2019”

  1. arjeha March 10, 2019 at 8:36 am #

    Congratulations. I know how tiring this can be and how miles are covered in the course of such an event because Kathy has participated in several quilt Shop Hops.

  2. Christine March 10, 2019 at 8:49 am #

    Your header had me wondering what could happen at a yarn crawl. I love it. As a very tactile person I appreciated your words: “I browsed and touched and squeezed skeins of all sorts before deciding on my purchases.” Its all about how it feels in your hands.

  3. terierrol March 10, 2019 at 1:46 pm #

    Sounds like such a great morning. Happy knitting now!

  4. Brian Rozinsky March 10, 2019 at 3:10 pm #

    Yarnamania!! This sounds like a fabulous day, immersed in one of your passions.

  5. readingteachsu March 10, 2019 at 4:06 pm #

    I love yarn crawls. I went on two when I first moved here. They weren’t nearly as planned out as your. So many yarn shops have closed that they haven’t had them in awhile. So full of good ideas. There isn’t a shop near my house. I also went on a library crawl two years ago. That was really fun. Most of the libraries near here are historic.

  6. Lisa Corbett March 10, 2019 at 6:06 pm #

    Do you visit the same shops each year, or are they new? And do you shop at these stores between the crawls? I am not a knitter, but I do love to sew. I’ve had to put a hold on buying fabric though because I have more projects on the list than time to do them!

    • Adrienne March 11, 2019 at 8:22 am #

      It varies a bit. A few shops have disappeared and then new ones emerge.

  7. Danielle March 10, 2019 at 9:26 pm #

    This sounds like such a cool event! Congrats for getting to them all!

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