Monday, August 22, 2016

2016 Yarn Along the Rockies yarn crawl, Part I of III

I had told myself I wasn't going to do the yarn crawl this year (I have way too much yarn already) but I was sucked in again because I really feel like it's important to support our local shops (and it's just too darn fun to pass up).

So on Sunday, August 21 (day 2 of the crawl) I printed out a list of the Denver shops (9 of them), found a willing partner in crime and hit the road.

First up was Colorful Yarns (their Facebook site is more up to date than their blog). They just finished remodeling earlier this year and the new shop looks great! Lots of room and lots of yarn! I ended up with two balls of DMC's Top This! in the snowflake and owl.

I also got a "Sweet Little Nothing" shawl kit (yarn + beads + pattern)
And they were having a trunk show of Three Irish Girls yarn so some of that might have fallen into my bag.
(CW: Springvale DK, 270 yards)
And, of course, I picked up the yarn crawl bag. It was a much sturdier bag this year.

Next up, Blazing Star Ranch. This is one of those places I probably would never have gone if it weren't for the yarn crawl. It's tucked away inside a vacuum shop but don't let that fool you. She has lots of lovely handspun yarns, fiber, and spinning wheels as well as commercial yarns. I grabbed a blue and purple skein of the Abracadabra color changing yarn by HiKoo by Skacel. I had picked up the pink version at last year's yarn crawl and love the effect so I wanted to get the other two colors before this was all gone (you never know when they might discontinue it!). I think I will make the Trick or Treat Shawl out of it.

Back into the car to head to Wooden Spools. They had a really cute Colorado pillow kit which I decided would make a great Xmas gift so into the bag it went.
I also picked up a couple balls of Sunshine Coast By Queensland collection (CW flagstaff) for a baby surprise jacket (I can't believe I haven't knit one of those up yet).

Then I came across this super cool Single disk cat print by Schoppel-Wolle! Of course they had a sample sock knit up and it was too cool to pass up so that fell into the bag as well.
On to our next stop, Fancy Tiger Crafts. I picked up a couple of Geilsk Tweeds (in moss and copper) that were on clearance (can't pass up on 30% off)!
After all this yarn crawling we decided we needed some refreshment so we popped across the street to Sweet Action Ice Cream and had a scoop of Artisanal ice cream (along with some annoying hipster conversation - e.g., "I haven't been a vegan since I was, like, seven").

Next it was on to I Love Knitting. Their pattern was for a lovely cross stitch cowl knit up with one skein of Rasta by Malabrigo.
After that we went to Lambshoppe which was crazy busy so we just were in, got our stamp, and then off to Fabric Bliss where I found a lovely little "limited edition" colorway from the Lemonade Shop
They had a cute little shawl knit up but I forgot to ask what the pattern was so I'm not sure what I will end up making with it.

After 7 shops we were exhausted! And it was getting late so we decided 7 out of 9 was good and called it a day. I may do more crawling next weekend - I get a little obsessive about getting all the stamps! (and that's why I don't play Pokemon go).

Guess I better get knitting!

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