One of the coolest things I did this summer was participate in Yarn Along the Rockies. Over 9 days, 17 stores participated in this Yarn Crawl. I visited every one of them from Boulder to Colorado Springs. I beefed up my yarn collection a little bit at a time in each shop.
This was a ‘Need to Do’ event for me for several reasons. I have been promising myself that I would participate for the last several years, since I have gotten back into crochet again. Two of my very local and terrific yarn shops have closed down in the past six months. And finally there are shops that I had heard about but never went to explore. My husband was a great sport, being driver and seeker of places to stop for a meal or snack. He also had his Garmin Oregon 650 fully loaded with over 22,000 Geocaches to discover. (He made a tiny nick in the that number.)
If you do a yarn crawl you must have a plan of some sort. We decided that for the first weekend we would visit The Knit Knook in Conifer, where I purchased some Vintage Berroco, after breakfast. Breakfast was at our favorite place The Cozy Cottage on Tennyson in Denver. Just a few blocks down is Tea for Ewe a wonderful Tea and Yarn shop and that is where I purchased my Yarn Crawl Bag and two skeins of Magenta Cotton Supreme.
The bag is important. It is a sturdy canvas bag with places to attach all of the cool shop pins. It is a great way to announce that you are out shopping on the yarn crawl. At each shop you are invited to fill out a slip for a drawing for their prize basket with upwards of $500 of yarn, books and tools. You also pick up a pin for your bag and have your official Yarn Along the Rockies Passport stamped!
Sunday we had a big day of Crawling planned. We decided that we would attack all of the remaining Denver area shops. We started with Bags by CAB, a good one to do on Sunday since they are located in Downtown Denver. There is very limited free parking downtown. I tell my husband to drive around the block a few times while I pop in, as the owner of Bags by CAB is walking by. Cassandra, the owner, tells him to park right there, in a loading zone, and ushers me inside. What a wonderful shop. I purchased Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in dark red tweed. It is going to make great mittens. A bonus was a bottle of cold water gifted to my husband to give him stamina for the crawl.
It was off to Fancy Tiger. I love that store on Broadway. Any excuse and I’m more than happy to be there. The shop was busy as usual on a weekend. I found a huge mound of yarn on a table that screamed Sale! There was more on benches around the table, what a find. Many shops had sale yarns some cases it was their orphan skeins other times whole lines of yarn were included. I found two skeins of Malabrigo Finito in Aguas, a heather blue. I’ve been working on some crochet jewelry so I picked up a skein of Sparrow Sans by Quince and CO, it’s a linen.
Off to Lambshoppe on East 12th. It had been around a while but new to me. It is a large shop crowded with both yarn and people. Be sure to check out the sale corner in the back. That is where I discovered Jojoland Rhythm in the color Apple Tree. The owner’s young granddaughters were a great help to me. Art discovers a coffee shop next door where we sat in the cool for a few minutes and snacked on lemonade and a Gluten Free Cookie.
Then it was off to Fabric Bliss on Santa Fe. I spotted a wonderful sock yarn by The Lemonade Stand. It is a limited edition yarn just for Yarn Along the Rockies. They also had a sale bin of Lion Brand Heartland. There was a really pretty green I couldn’t resist. I learned a new term ‘work horse yarn’. And you know that is what yarns like Heartland are all about. Try a pattern in it, if you don’t like it, it holds up well to being frogged. If you find it in a very similar gauge to a more expensive yarn you want to use you can get the idea of the pattern gauge. It is very useful.
Finally, we were off to I Love Knitting on South Holly. This store is a real gem. Lots of yarn and a big work table. To get your crawl activities done at. But I was much more fascinated by the two tables of sale yarn piled high. There was enough in some yarns to complete a sweater. I know that my selection was influenced by the lateness of the day and the heat outside. I found this orange cotton yarn by Blue Ridge. No idea what I am going to do with it, but it definitely said, ‘Take me home.’
It was a great weekend with visits to 7 shops and a whole tote full of new possibilities.