Rose City Yarn Crawl late recap

I wavered on whether or not I should do the yarn crawl. I spent most of last year on a yarn “diet”, trying to not buy yarn; but truthfully I still haven’t knit-down my stash to my satisfaction (frogging projects doesn’t help matters). But then that Thursday afternoon I thought, “I have the time now, so why not?”. I went and took some money out of the ATM with a goal of only spending that cash. I had a few things in mind that I was looking for (a few patterns I’ve been eyeing, a very specific skein of yarn). Due to my last minute decision this was a solo project.  Being solo was one of the reasons I was hesitant, 18 yarn shops, a few on the perimeters of the metro area (in my eye anyway), it felt a little bit wasteful. Also, the first year I just went to a couple shops, and while I am decidedly an introvert, I still find it hard to do solo events when I am surrounded by groups of buddies. But I rallied my spirits, swallowed my pride and did it by myself.

I’m so glad I did. I visited shops that I wouldn’t have (even though sometimes I do go on epic yarn-hunts in the city searching for that perfect yarn for a project). And having some gorgeous nearly 60 degree and sunny weather didn’t hurt either. I visited all 18 shops, spread out over all four days (I also managed to go to PMQG’s all-day sew on Saturday too). And I splurged a little bit, but really I didn’t go very far over my initial budget. I got things I had been looking for (sock yarn, shawl pin) and things I had not (yarn, and my  perennial weakness, buttons). I made mental notes of many yarns that I want to try…eventually. I feel like I have better sense of different shops strengths & weaknesses. I got to hold a two-week old lamb!

I am sad to say, however I didn’t get any good shots of places/things that aren’t yarn-related (like the very cool leaning abandoned house in the country, darn you rain + truck following me or the bridge in Oregon City). The haul:


Impulse yarn: Malabrigo Rastita in Indiecita. Planned yarn: Cascade Heritage Sock in White. Nifty notions from Hiya Hiya: pretty colored tapestry needles with bent tips (my fav tip) and interesting bulb shaped safety pins. A Shawl Pin. Vintage buttons. A fat quarter (I wonder how many yarn crawlers bought fabric). Patterns (it turns out I just got the patterns that were designed specifically for the crawl).

One of the things that attracted me to this particularly skein of Indiecita was the blends of blues and aquas. I knew from a past purchase of that colorway that it could vary quite a bit, and I wasn’t sure I’d find that combination again (or when). I never thought I’d fall for such a variegated yarn. Take a look (the shawl is knit out of malabrigo sock, but still):


March 25, 2013. Tags: , , . Knitting, Life.


  1. bookishbiker replied:

    ooh that shawl is gorgeous. I kind of want to knit the Tardis shawl, but I don’t know that I’m a shawl-wearer. I am sure that resistance is futile!

    I love the Malabrigo yarns – I’m knitting a sweater right now out of their stuff, and it’s so fun seeing all the colors they tuck into one skein. I think your shawl is showing their colors crazy well.

  2. sarahkerners replied:

    Yes, that shawl IS gorgeous! I always think of shawls as needing to be knit out of solids or semi solids to show off the pattern, but clearly that isn’t always the case. Do you wear your shawls much, or do you just like to knit them?

    • anotheryarn replied:

      I’ve only knit 2 shawls (oops 3, the one-skein aran weight shawl didn’t work for me though), though I have loads more in my Rav favorites and one specifically in my queue. I wear them a fair amount as I’ve found wearing scarves keeps me warm while not looking overly bundled up and I wear my shawls in a very scarf-like manner. While I love how lightweight my lace-weight shawl is, I think fingering weight shawls meet that sweet spot of delicate yet sturdy. I’m going to take a wild guess that Indiecita works for lace because while it is variegated it stays fairly evenly valued. But mostly I feel quite stymied by variegated yarns.

  3. africankelli replied:

    I LOVE that shawl! So pretty!

    • anotheryarn replied:

      Thank you!

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