I’m convinced there are few places on earth as craft-oriented as Portland. “Handmade” is kind of a big thing in these parts. In fact, you may have heard about our acquisition by Etsy a few years ago (check the date on that article before you take it too seriously).
The city goes a little goofy for yarn one weekend every year. This year, eighteen yarn shops in the Portland/Metro area participated in the Rose City Yarn Crawl. This is yarnie heaven. My best friend and I try to get out to visit at least a few of our favorites. The first year we went on the crawl, we visited ten shops in one day. We were exhausted. Last year, I got sick in the middle of the day, so we cut things short. This year, we learned from past mistakes and took it easy on ourselves, just taking in four of our favorite shops with a leisurely break for lunch and an early return home.
As we traveled today, I thought of some Rules for future Yarn Crawl endeavors:
First Rule of Yarn Crawl: Thou shalt be adequately fueled with appropriate caffeination from a local purveyor of the bean.
Second Rule of Yarn Crawl: Thou shalt read all yarn warning labels:
Third Rule of Yarn Crawl: Thou shalt avoid fibers that must be treated as if they are made from cotton candy and fairy wings, even though said fibers are often quite shiny, sparkly, or soft.
Fourth Rule of Yarn Crawl: Thou shalt not be lured by the 45% off sign on the silk laceweight yarns.
Fifth Rule of Yarn Crawl: Thou shalt always read the yardage on every skein, hank, or ball of fiber before falling madly in love.
Sixth Rule of Yarn Crawl: Thou shalt repeat Rules Three, Four, and Five as many times as necessary.
Seventh Rule of Yarn Crawl: Thou shalt buy something new:
Eighth Rule of Yarn Crawl: Thou shalt buy something useful and reliable:
Ninth Rule of Yarn Crawl: Thou shalt laugh often.
Me, looking at little boy sleeping in a stroller: Don’t you wish you could just sleep in a chair and other people would push you around all over town?
Best friend, without missing a beat: Don’t worry. We’ll get there someday.
Tenth Rule of Yarn Crawl: Thou shalt take pictures of all the projects you want to do eventually:
Eleventh Rule of Yarn Crawl: Thou shalt also take pictures of the stash thou hast acquired throughout the day:
Twelfth Rule of Yarn Crawl: Thou shalt go home when thou hast spent all thy allotment of currency which hast been dedicated aforehand to the acquisition of said stash.
Thirteenth Rule of Yarn Crawl: Thou shalt determine to shun all requests of husbands, children, schools, volunteer organizations, workplaces, and churches for one day the following year that one might return to Yarn Crawl when it doth descend upon thy fair city.
It would appear that I have some hanks to wind.
Till next we meet . . .