I was grateful to have the opportunity to visit the Starlight Knitting Society for the first time last weekend, and to be a part of the Rose City Yarn Crawl. It’s a cozy knitting shop with shelves full of colorful yarn. (They had a spot all set up out front for taking pictures, so of course getting a family picture taken in the moon was a must!) There were fellow makers doing trunk shows on the same days, and we met some really kind folks. I was surprised by how many familiar faces we saw, from selling at different fiber festivals over the years, and we knew a few of the vendors too. Portland has such a fun knitting community, and I enjoyed connecting with people. (And seeing so many inspiring handknits being worn! I love that about fiber festivals too- so many handknits to see in person. The yarn crawl is during the perfect time of year to wear the handknits too, whereas many of the fiber festivals happen when the season is too warm to wear the handknits comfortably.)
We found a place to stay during the yarn crawl not far from the shop, and for part of the crawl Jeff and Bracken were able to have a little downtime there (appreciated after Stitches West and all our recent travels.) I hung out at the shop- knitting, chatting with folks, and helping people search for the perfect set of buttons for their projects. I felt great on Saturday, but by Sunday the exhaustion really set in and between that and some sinus pressure/allergies my brain was having a hard time forming complete sentences by the end. (I apologized a few times, luckily knitters are usually a pretty understanding bunch.) Thanks to everyone who came by to say hello! And a special thanks to Toni, a long time reader who has left comments here for years, who came by with her family (four generations all together that day!) and introduced herself in person. And of course, thank you to Starlight Knitting Society for inviting us to their shop for the yarn crawl!
P.S. On Sunday, Spincycle Yarns was at Starlight for the yarn crawl. I had the pleasure of connecting with those ladies at Stitches West this year and coming home with some of their gorgeous yarn. (I must say their yarn is truly unique and something special.) All you reading for awhile here know about my current pom pom obsession, so I had to show you Spincycle’s new Fixation Hat Kit that I think is so awesome because it has a skein of yarn with a pom pom (!) on top. The skeins of yarn are so beautiful as they are, but the pom pom on top is just too fun. There’s something really satisfying about having a skein of yarn and pom pom together, you just want to hold them in your hands and squish them.
P.P.S. Come back here this weekend for a giveaway from Sweet Skins– organic apparel!