Rose City Yarn Crawl Happenings

The Rose City Yarn Crawl is quickly approaching, and we are all excited for the little extra happenings we have taking place during the Crawl.

We will be starting the Yarn Crawl with a happy hour event on March 2 at 5 p.m. with North Light Fibers. They will be sharing the story behind their micro mill and the lush yarn they produce, answering questions, and passing around samples. There will also be a trunk show and giveaways so get here early!

If giveaways, new yarn finds, and the possibility of winning a grand prize basket wasn’t enough, we will also have three amazing trunk shows going on in-store during the Yarn Crawl.

Woolfolk: Hygge is a collection of comforting, gentle, and warm patterns. Comprised of a sweater, hat, cowl, and cardigans, these will become some of your coziest pieces you’ve ever knit.

Andrea Mowry:  A collection of texture, brioche, and cables. We have all been gushing about the Yoga Shawl by Andrea Mowry, and this will be a great time to come and see why.

Brooklyn Tweed: Winter 16 Collection—cardigans, sweaters, cables, oh my. This collection has some of my favorite Brooklyn Tweed patterns of all time.

We have our stamp ready, so get your passports printed and join in on the fun of the Rose City Yarn Crawl.
February 29, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin

Rose City Yarn Mystery Knit Along

Who is ready for the Rose City Mystery Knit Along? The first clue comes out on Wednesday and I’m really excited since this is my first MKAL. Being a MKAL newbie I’ve been reading the 2016 MKAL and MCAL Pre-Clue Discussion! post on the Rose City Yarn Crawl Ravelry group. It’s been a great resource since many people have been posting color combination ideas and the designers have been answering all questions.

A few clues have been provided to help when it comes to picking out yarns.

  1. It’s a cowl.
  2. There is a main color and a contrast color.
  3. The lovely description on how to pick out the MC and CC. This is what sold me on joining in on the fun:
    “Think of the main color as the road you travel, where you make your tracks. Will it be over wooded trails, urban streets, grass, concrete, sand? Choose a yarn that will show texture and pattern. Tonal colorways or solids, not extremely dark, will work best. Imagine the contrasting color as something curious or brilliant you see on your bike ride. The gem tones of fall leaves, colors in coffee shop windows or the subtle variegation of light reflected in a stream.”
    Can all patterns come with lovely descriptions on how to pick colors?

Thanks to those three helpful hints, I’ve narrowed my pairings down to three options.


Big Pink: Sunday Knits Angelic in Smoke (MC) and Melon (CC). When I saw these two colors together, it made me think of being on I-84 when the setting sun hits Big Pink just right.


Coastal Retreat: Sunday Knits Nirvana in Ocean (MC) and Rain (CC). This made me think of the coast right after a storm when the first sunray breaks through the clouds. If I go with this color pairing, I will do a textured swatch first to make sure that the stitches will be visible in Ocean. If they aren’t as noticeable, I will make Rain the MC.


Into the Woods: Sunday Knits Eden in Garnet (MC) and Bronze (CC). These two colors made me think of going on my first hike right before spring hits. When the ground is still muddy from all the rain and the bright colors are just ever so slightly starting to pop-up. Depending on how the CC is used in this cowl, I feel as though these two colors could really work out nicely together.

Now comes the hard part—making a decision!

If you are joining in on the MKAL or MCAL, please share your color choices. We would love to see all the amazing pairings!


January 25, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin

Virtual Store Tour

While many of our local knitters are mapping out their route for the upcoming Rose City Yarn Crawl, we didn’t want those of you who can’t come to Portland (or perhaps would have a much longer route to travel), to miss out on seeing the store. So we thought we would share with you a […]

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February 18, 2014 by Hannah Thiessen

Don’t Miss the Rose City Yarn Crawl!

It’s time again for the annual Rose City Yarn Crawl! This event is a fun way for fiber lovers of all stripes and stitches to connect with yarn stores and other enthusiasts in Portland and the surrounding area. 2014 is the fifth year the RCYC has been held, and it continues to be a fun […]

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February 11, 2014 by Hannah Thiessen

Portland Yarn Crawl – prize winners!

We’ve drawn the winners for both the Portland Yarn Crawl prize basket and for our own exclusive Knit Purl raffle.  If you’re one of the winners, please contact us to receive your prize! Chane G.: Portland Yarn Crawl prize basket Rebecca B., Anna B., Jane W.: A $25 gift card Susan N.: Mistletoe sock kit […]

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March 09, 2011 by Sara M

Portland Yarn Crawl – this weekend!

That’s right, this weekend we’ll be participating in what is becoming an annual tradition in the PDX area, the Portland Yarn Crawl.  This year, we’ve teamed up with 19 other area yarn shops, indie dyers, and local knitting companies to put on a knitting event that is not to be missed! Join other local (and […]

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March 03, 2011 by Sara M

Tips, Tricks, & Tutorials

So, by now, you may have seen our Provisional Cast On tutorial.  If not, check it out, since it seems that Sandy Kay and I are odd ducks (well, you knew that already) and we do it differently than anyone else.  And, as you never know when the odd technique will come in handy, we’ve […]

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March 03, 2010 by Sara M