Can you believe that it is time for the Rose City Yarn Crawl again. Time Flies when you are having fun I guess. This year I thought I would give you what I think are the highlights of this years yarn crawl.
I bet some of you are asking what on earth is a yarn crawl. Well it's a lot like a pub crawl, with a little less beer and a lot more yarn! The Rose City Yarn Crawl, brings 18 of Portland's independent yarn stores together for 4 days of trunk shows, classes, parties and knit nights. Every year I am completely blown away by the number of awesome yarn stores we have here in PDX.
Every year the RCYC offers free with purchase patterns from all the participating shops. This year the patterns are based off the neighborhoods that each yarn store lives in. Being a suck for anything and everything portland themed i see myself knitting a few of these this year. Here are the top 5 that I can't live without.
Not only does this cowl scream wear me this spring! It is the offering from my neighborhood yarn shop, Close Knits. Sally has designed such a simple and gorgeous cowl that I can't wait to make one or two. Plus it gives me an excuse to knit with Spud and Chloe Outer! I love their color palette I just have never found a project for it.
Twisted yarn shop's Shannon Squire makes some of the most beautiful shawlette patterns out there. This little beauty is no exception. Shawlettes are something that I always wish I had come summer nights in June but never seem to finish knitting. This one however I already have a skein of yarn ready to go! 2014 the year i finish a shawlette or two!
Dublin Bay Knitting Co, had my favorite in store event at last year's yarn crawl. They had Scones and Tea and Downton Abbey playing. Seriously what more could a girl ask for during a rainy day of shop hopping! There Pattern for this year is inspired by one of my favorite parks in town Fields Park! I have already marked a skein of Bumblebirch that I picked up at last year's yarn crawl for this shawl. I am debating casting it on for my bus knitting during the crawl.
Ever since my leap into sock knitting last summer, I have been wanting to try a lace and cabled sock. Yarn Garden's toe up creation is perfect. It can be hard to find a good lacy toe up sock but this one is a home run!
So those are the patterns from this year's group that are Must Knits for me. Join me tomorrow when I will give you my suggestions for the best events and Trunkshows of this year's yarn crawl. See you then!