It takes place in Portland, Oregon (North Western part of USA). Each year in March, for a few days, takes place the “Rose City Yarn Crawl“.
Usually organised by knitters, this event is specific because it was created by local yarn stores. We don’t talk here about the big chains stores and supermarket where you can buy yarn, but about little (or not so little), locally owned store, who sells specific yarn, created usually by local artist. (dyer, spinner, sheeps !) 🙂
If you compare the size of Portland to a French city, it will be like LYON. Knitting in France is popular, but definitely not as much as in Portland. It is really impressive how many yarn store you can find in Portland (I love it!), but also how many knitters, dyers and spinners too (I love it even more !) 🙂 and this is why I’ve spent some time around here, Learning hoping to practice this even more once back in France.
This year, 15 shops were part of the Yarncrawl ! (I am not quite sure you can find as much stores in Paris, even if you count the big chains like Phildar)
So what is the Yarncrawl about ?
– Several weeks before the event, a “mystery knit along” project is launched, and every week some clues are given to knitters… 2 different projects can be made, knitting and crochet. The goal, of course, is to be done by the beginning of the Yarncrawl, and wear it when visiting the shops ! 🙂
I’m still having a hard time to follow patterns (especially in English), so I didn’t dare trying, but it was really lovely to see all my knitter friends working on theirs, comparing color choices, and helping each other too ! 🙂
And so, what about the Yarncrawl, what is it? Why ?
For 4 entire days (yes, 4!!!!) :
– Each store had created a specific pattern (sometimes 2, for knitting and crochet) and give a 10% discount on the yarn they used for it.
– Everytime you purchase in these stores, you get the patterns that store for free
– Events are organised in these stores : party, trunk show, some special guests too (dyer, spinner, lamb or sheeps !)
– Each store has its own contest, and withdrawal, where you can register (without needing to buy anything). Prize to win ? hugeeeeeeeeeeee basket of yarn !
– A “Passport” is created and if you get it stamped by all the participating stores, you can register to the huge contact and with the even bigger prize (yarn, again, would you have guessed it ?)
So now that you know all about it, you probably can guess how excited I was when learning about this event, right ?
This is an amazing idea to promote local yarns, local stores, and help to discover new products, but also to meet new knitter around town ! 🙂
And so, here is how my Yarncrawl went…. I finished it in less than 2 days !
I spent the 1st day with new knitter friends, met thanks to MEETUP, by car, and then doing the 2nd day by myself by bus.
It all started at 10am, and already a line of knitters, waiting for the opening ot a store 🙂
STOP #1 – At the opening of Littlelamb and Ewe 20 NW 3rd Street, Gresham, OR 97030
My friends Mary and Peregrine were alreay totally excited about it (just like me !) 🙂
Here is the big basket prize….
A spinner artist with Peregrin, she had some lovely yarn work 🙂
and some really lovely yarn, seen in that store:
this one was interesting : ABRACADABRA yarn is a UV yarn that changes its colors when in the light (becomes light pink or light purple)
I didn’t buy any but now I do regret it….
STOP # 2 : WOOL ‘N WARES – 21580 Willamette Dr – West Linn, OR 97068
That store was surrounded by flamingos, yarnbombed, and it looked really funny (I loved it !) 🙂
and here are the 2 shawls, I really like the yarn they used for this 🙂
yarn yarn yarn! 🙂
Spinner ! 🙂
But also, and I felt in love at first sight : JENKINS SPINDLE : a great spindle hand made that you can take into pièces (and for this, I didn’t resist) 🙂
STOP #3 : – oh, wait, nope, we needed a burger from Burgerville first, eaten in the car to save time while driving to the next yarn shop! 🙂
YUMM ! 🙂
STOP # 3 then : NORTHWEST WOOLS – 3524 SW Troy – Portland, OR 97219
And a crochet tea cozy, inspired by Benson Bubblers, which are to Portland, what Wallace fountains are to Paris 🙂
That yarn shop? a knitter dream ! Walls are all covered with skeins and yarn…. every -where ! 🙂
I really really loved the way this knitter looks, and the way she matches her mystery knitted shawl to her hair ! 🙂
STOP # 4 : FOR YARN’S SAKES : 11767 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy – Beaverton, OR 97005
Who created a knitted hat pattern, that tells so much about Portland! :)tout à fait dans l’esprit de Portland 🙂
This store was really huge, with an impressive choice of yarn ! 🙂
There was also a booth with creation made by Plover Designs, that looked really pretty on a shawl! 🙂
STOP #5 : BLACK SHEEP AT ORENCO 6154 NE Brighton Street – Hillsboro, OR 97124
Everything in front of that store was yarnbombed and I loved it!, I also get to see a cute customized spinning Wheel 🙂
Midnite Oils had a trunk show there. It’s a family business that sells hand made and natural creams, soap and oils for body and hands, and they also had this specific thing for spinners…. quite interesting ! 🙂
When we get out of this shop, we were exhausted! Yarngasm, or yarn overdose, I don’t know, but it gets us getting a bit crazy… Mary felt great about it ! 🙂
Peregrine was in extasis with her last purchase 🙂
And then, one think leading to another, Jaski had to show us her socks, knitted by herself (of course !) 🙂
We had to have a break before going to
STOP # 6 : THE KNITTING BEE – 10934 SW Barnes Road – Portland, OR 97225
Here was the big prize basket ! (fingers crossed)
So much yarn, everywhere, no doubt, it started to get us a little bit crazy (and silly) (yarngasmic, I told you so).
1 skein becomes a caterpillar, and another needs to be shown for its amazing golden yellow color) 🙂
STOP 7 : THE NAKED SHEEP (yes, because here, sheeps are naked!) 🙂 2142 N Killingsworth – Portland, OR 97217
yarn yarn yarn yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn !!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
It was getting late, and all that yarn get us tired and over excited…..
STOP #8 : CLOSE KNIT 2140 NE Alberta St – Portland, OR 97211
That store was really tempting, but I resisted (and I’m proud) 🙂
and we ended that 1st day, totally exhausted, with a quick stop at
STOP #9 : YARNIA : 3773 SE Belmont St – Portland, OR 97214
And so, that’s on the next day that I get to pursue this Yarncrawl in Portland, by myself this time, riding the bus and walking around 🙂
STOP # 10 : HAPPY KNITS 1620 SE Hawthorne Blvd – Portland, OR 97214
and then, heading to :
STOP # 11 : YARNTASTIC – 6802 SE Milwaukie Ave. – Portland, OR 97202
A lovely yarn shop, with plenty of fiber for spinners 🙂 They launched 2 patterns for this event :
I get to meet NEW HUE, a spinner and dyer, with pretty nice fibers !
But also Theresa Silver‘s creation, aka ARGENT GAL 🙂
and so I went then to
STOP #12: KNIT PURL – 1101 SW Alder – Portland, OR 97205
who had a lovely hat pattern (knitting)
and then, few blocks away, STOP #13 : PEARL FIBER ARTS – 428 NW 11th Ave – Portland, OR 97209
Very related to spinners, and local dyers, this little store had one pattern made for the event :a knitted stole, and if you knit 2 and sew them together, it can look like a pretty poncho 🙂
and only few blocks away was the 3rd yarnstore downtown Portland. I didn’t know this one, and it was pretty, I’ll definitely go back to
STOP # 14 (almost done yarncrawling!) : DUBLIN BAY KNITTING CO. – 1227 NW 11th Ave – Portland, OR 97209
and at last, the very last shop of my yarncrawl, which is also one of my favorite :
STOP # 15 : TWISTED – 2310 NE Broadway – Portland, OR 97232
and appart from finishing my yarncrawl, Twisted yarn store had that day a cute surprise for their visitors:
My pictures are blurry because I was too happy to see that baby, and so I was shaking 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
So here is my filled passport, and with no hesitation I can say that this was an AWESOME event ! (that is almostworth flying from France for) Let’s cross my fingers so that I can winn one of the big prizes! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
As for the things I bought during this event, I’ll probably be able to tell you all about it on the blog for the next month, because I do think I have plenty of yarn to knit for at least…. a year ! 😉
But please, if you have any good excuse allowing me to buy more yarn, feel free to share that on a comment below 🙂