Last weekend Tess and I were invited by some of my very talented girlfriends to tag along with them on The Rose City Yarn Crawl. What is a Yarn Crawl? So glad you asked.
It’s like a Pub Crawl, but instead of consuming mass amounts of alcohol, your brain is inundated with the magic and creative spirit of knitting. (My son did note that several of the shops sounded like pubs. The Naked Sheep, Knit Purl, Twisted… he might have a point.)
I should probably tell you that as much as I want to be good at it, I struggle with knitting. I just can’t seem to get it. My grandmother was a crocheter and she tried to teach me several times to knit and crochet. That proved more frustrating than either of us wanted to be, so we skipped it. Now that she is gone, I am very thankful to own her crochet hooks. Maybe someday I’ll learn to use them… maybe.
But back to knitting. A few years ago I finally learned how to do a simple knit stitch and I can make a basic scarf. However, if you throw in a knit and purl combo, I’m completely lost. Thankfully, the fact that I am such a beginner did not diminish the experience of joining my friends for The Crawl.
Over two days Tess and I hit 13 different shops and each one had a truly unique flavor. Some were very upscale… others more urban. One shop took their craft to an art form with sculptured felting. And another was decorated with an array of stitched banners and bunting.
Forgive the iPhone photos, but I took some pics of the more random things we saw:
This artist and her mini-me.
She had Sherlock too.
Side note: Have you seen Sherlock on BBC? It’s a total MUST, but that’s a discussion for another post.
There were mustaches.
Jumbo knitting needles. For reference, that is Tessa’s almost adult size hand holding a size 50 knitting needle. And they had needles that went up to size 99!
And something extra special for those that like foxes.
A month or so before The Crawl, a mystery pattern was released with only certain sections being shared each week right up until the event. The idea is to make something, just following the instructions and not knowing what it would be until the very last week. Everyone that finished then wore their creation (this year it was a wrap) to The Crawl. Each store also displayed their take on the project and it was so fun to see the variation in color combos and embellishments. Who knew that knitting could be so diverse?
Probably knitters… they probably know that.
Tess and I came home with several patterns and yarn for new projects for each of us. Mine will be another scarf, but I’m determined to figure out the knit/purl combo.
And for those that are curious… I chose purple and gray because they are the school colors of the college my son will be attending in the fall.
He has picked a university and is even registered with a dorm room. (How is this possible?!) It is out of state and I’m hoping this scarf will distract me from the fact that a chunk of my heart will be living 1200 miles away. A girl can dream, right?
Have you ever been to a yarn crawl? Are you a knitter or crocheter? Any tips for an novice like me?