Rose City Yarn Crawl at Twisted

March 5-8, 2020

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Hours

Wednesday 3/4 - closing at 3pm to set up. Thursday 3/5 - Saturday 3/7 10am-7pm. Sunday 3/8 10am-5pm.

Featured Patterns

Each participating shop's 1 or 2 featured patterns are free with any purchase at that shop during the Crawl. The RCYC theme this year is Birds of the Pacific Northwest.

Which Came First?  by Cheri Clark  (knit)

Chickens and eggs abound in Portland’s backyards, in an assortment of sizes and colors. For this pattern the answer to an age-old riddle is clear: first comes the egg, followed by a pitterpat of chicken feet, and finally wire for the coop… with a feathering of colors in between. There is a second question, too: Which came first: the cowl or the wrap? Luckily, there’s no need to choose, with instructions for both styles, as well as 1 or 3 color versions!

Designed by our very own, very beloved Twistedista par excellence, Cheri! <3 <3 <3 Her birthday is this weekend, too, so be sure to wish her a happy one when you see her during the crawl!

Shop Which Came First Kits

Or, create your own color combination in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight or Super Sparkle:
Wrap uses about 1200 yards fingering weight split between 3 colors. That's 3 skeins (1 each of 3 colors) of either of our featured yarns.
1-Color cowl uses about 400 yards, which is 1 skein.
3-Color cowl uses 400 yards split between 3 colors, however we recommend at least 150 yards of each color to be safe. So, not quite 1/2 a skein.

See full pattern details on Ravelry.

woman outside wearing a yellow dress and large rectangular knit wrapwoman outside wearing denim jacket and pink and blue knit cowlwoman outside wearing denim jacket and multi-color knit cowl

Calliope's Wings  by Malaika Gabriel  (crochet)

This airy triangular crocheted shawl features lush texture and delicate scalloped edging. It is inspired by the Calliope Hummingbird, in turn named for the wisest Greek muse. Notable as the smallest birds in North America, their glossy green and iridescent magenta feathers encourage bold color choices when crocheting your own wings. The Audubon Society predicts that climate change will largely push Calliopes out of their summer nesting habitat in Oregon’s high mountain meadows by 2080.

This is Malaika's second year designing our RCYC crochet pattern, and we're absolutely in LOVE with it!

Shop Calliope's Wings Kits

Or, go your own way with 2 skeins of either Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight or Super Sparkle.

1-Color Shawl uses about 800 yards, which is 2 skeins of our featured yarns.
2-Color Shawl uses 400 yards in each of 2 colors, which is 1 skein each.

See full pattern details on Ravelry.

woman outside wearing gray triangular crochet shawlwoman outside wearing magenta and white crochet shawlcalliope hummingbird in flight Hummingbird photo: Richard Pick/Audubon Photography Awards. Learn more about the Calliope Hummingbird at the Audobon Society.

Featured Yarns

Each participating shop's 1 or 2 featured yarns will be 10% off during the Crawl.

At Twisted, our featured yarns will be Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight and Super Sparkle. All colors of both yarns will be on sale for 10% off March 5-8.

Which Came First? Kits and Calliope's Wings Shawl Kits (our featured patterns in our featured yarns) are also 10% off during the Crawl.

Tina, the color genius behind Blue Moon, has once again created two special colorways to celebrate the 2020 Rose City Yarn Crawl. These colorways will debut the first day of the crawl and are Twisted Exclusives! This year's colors are: Hipster Hen and Portland Cluckers. WE LOVE THEM!!!

More Special Colorways

To try to spread out the crowds, this year at Twisted we're trying something new! Instead of special events that are just a few hours one day (after all this whole weekend is the MOST special-est event of the year) we've asked our hand-dyer friends to make us special, brand new colorways to celebrate! These colors will all make their world debut at Twisted on the first day of the crawl - Thursday, March 5. They'll be available both online and in-store. Per Rose City Yarn Crawl rules, these yarns may not be discounted. But they will be super duper extremely awesome!

Black Cat Fibers
Essential DK
Tastes Like Burning

This one won favorite special colorway name among the Twistedistas...

Black Cat Fibers
Essential DK
Stay Weird

Neon for dayyyyyyyyyyys. AND speckles, too. Can you hear that? It's our hearts skipping a beat.

Chubs & Squeak
White Tweed Sock
A Murder Most Fowl

Chubs & Squeak is dyed by one of Twisted's managers, Anny! She likes very bad puns. She is a nerd, and we love her.

purple and pink and aqua yarn

Hazel Knits
Artisan Sock
Flutter

Emily's mom, Carol, immediately grabbed one of these to make her very own. High praise from a tough cookie!

Knitted Wit
Victory Sock
Willamette Rose

Knitted Wit is owned by Twistedista Emeritus, Lorajean! This bright and saucy color really captures something about Portland.

Onyx Fiber Arts
Sock
Twisted Thunder

The Twistedistas are all fans of a good gray, so this color from Adria was an instant hit.

Traveling Yarn
Sport
RCYC 2020

We're psyched to have a sport-weight special color option! The deep navy and rose make us think of romantic love letters written with a fountain pen...

Twine.
Sock.
Flamingo Fever

This is Twistedista Emeritus Rachel's third year creating an exclusive colorway for us to celebrate the Rose City Yarn Crawl! Check out her past years' colors below, too.

As a last minute surprise the day before the Crawl, Tina from Blue Moon dropped off a limited quantity of a VERY special colorway she named "Thank You, Emily" to celebrate our final yarn crawl. TINA. YOU'RE MAKING US CRY, DANG IT. Thank You Emily is available on BMFA Featherlight while it lasts!

Plus - in-store only - see a very special sneak preview of new colors coming soon in Arbor from our friends at Brooklyn Tweed.

Limited Edition Tote Bag

Pre-order your limited edition RCYC 2020 tote bag and it will be waiting for you (or shipped out) on the first day of the crawl. The perfect way to save a tree and avoid Oregon's new 5 cent bag law.

Prizes

Sign in at each shop you visit to be entered to win one of that shop's six prizes. No purchase necessary! Twisted's sign in table is up front, just to the left as you walk in.

Get your Rose City Yarn Crawl 2020 passport stamped at ALL ten shops to be entered to win one of six GIANT Grand Prize Baskets! At Twisted we do our best to have a volunteer right at the front door with a stamp. All Twistedistas will also have stamps and be able to stamp your passport.

Read more about prizes at the Rose City Yarn Crawl website.

Memory Lane

2020 marks the 11th Rose City Yarn Crawl. Twisted is transitioning to being online only at the end of March, so this will be our final year as part of the Crawl. Take a stroll down memory lane with this look at past years' colors and patterns. #forevertwistedpdx

2019

Crawl Theme: Parks


The Moon & Other Satellites
by Larissa Brown

see pattern (knit)
shop kits


Old Growth
by Malaika Gabriel

see pattern (crochet)
shop kits


Blue Moon Fiber Arts - Shed A Little Light

See it in BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight
See it in Super Sparkle
Look for it on other BMFA bases


Blue Moon Fiber Arts - Red Dawn

See it in Socks That Rock Lightweight
See it in Super Sparkle
Look for it on other BMFA bases


Twine - Wild Abandon

See it in Sock.
See it in Bulky.

2018

Crawl theme: Waterways


Waterside Shawl
by Kat Archer

see pattern (knit)
shop kits


Fish Ladder Cowl
by Anna Leander

see pattern (crochet)


Blue Moon Fiber Arts - Sunrise Over Multnomah Channel

See it in BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight
Look for it on other BMFA bases


Blue Moon Fiber Arts - Portland Puddles

See it in BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight
See it in Super Sparkle
Look for it on other BMFA bases


Twine - I'm Not Really a Mermaid

See it in Sock.
See it in Bulky.

2017

Crawl Theme: Portland Pastimes


Queueing Cowl
by Kat Archer

see the pattern


Fernhill Park Cowl
by Megan Parrish

see the pattern


Blue Moon Fiber Arts - Dress Like Your Pet

See it in BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight
Look for it on other BMFA bases


Blue Moon Fiber Arts - The Breakfast Club

See it in BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight
Look for it on other BMFA bases

2016

Crawl Theme: Native Plants


Oregon Lupine Shawl
by Kat Archer

see pattern


Oregon Moss Shawl
by Megan Parrish

see pattern


Blue Moon Fiber Arts - Mossy Plaid Portland

See it in BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight
Look for it on other BMFA bases


Blue Moon Fiber Arts - Leapin Lupine

See it in BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight
Look for it on other BMFA bases

2015

Crawl Theme: Portland Landmarks


Lan Su Garden
by Kat Archer

see pattern


Yasgur's Farm Bag
by Megan Parrish

see pattern


Blue Moon Fiber Arts - Saturday Market

See it in BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight
Look for it on other BMFA bases


Blue Moon Fiber Arts - Lan Su

See it in BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight
Look for it on other BMFA bases

2014

Crawl Theme: Neighborhoods


Margaret Sullivan's Shawlette
by Shannon Squire

see pattern


Sullivan's Spring Shawlette
by Shannon Squire

see pattern


Blue Moon Fiber Arts - Gulchtastic

See it in BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight
Look for it on other BMFA bases

2013

RCYC Theme: Bridges


Sellwood Cowl
by Shannon Squire

see pattern


Sellwood Cowl
by Megan Parrish

see pattern


Blue Moon Fiber Arts - Ka-POW-pa-TINA

See it in BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight
Look for it on other BMFA bases

2012


Cracklin Rosie
by Shannon Squire

see pattern


Blue Moon Fiber Arts - PDX Rose City

See it in BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight
Look for it on other BMFA bases

2011

We were just a baby crawl this year - there were no featured patterns or yarns.

2010

We were just a baby crawl this year - there were no featured patterns or yarns.

Helpful Hints for Happy Crawling

It's no secret that we're all thinking a lot about health right now! At Twisted, we'll be disinfecting all oft-touched surfaces a LOT during the crawl. We'll have hand sanitizer available, however we're likely to run out as it's become difficult to purchase. We're confident that with basic precautions we'll all get through this crawl healthy and happy! Please:

  • If you're sick, you might need to sit out this crawl and shop online to avoid passing along a bug to others.
  • If you're immune-compromised, you also might consider sitting out this crawl. We hate to even suggest it, but we love you and want you to stay healthy!
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer if you have it.
  • Wash hands frequently (30 seconds).
  • Our employees have been asked to stay home from work if they have so much as a sniffle. So be patient with us if staffing levels are lower than ideal!

General tips from the Rose City Yarn Crawl website:

The Rose City Yarn Crawl is a very busy and exciting few days! To keep things flowing as smoothly as possible, some things you’re used to will work differently at our participating shops during the crawl. Thank you for understanding!

  • Many shops close early on the Wednesday before the crawl to set up. Shops may also close early Sunday night to clean up. In between, many shops have extended hours. Check the shop pages or call your LYS to confirm special crawl hours.
  • As eager as all the shops are to help everyone who walks through their doors, several thousand guests during just four days mean wait times and lines will be much longer than usual. Imagine a huge birthday party at which you have a fantastic time but may not get to spend as much time as usual with the birthday girl.
  • If you need intensive help with a project, consider waiting until after the crawl. Staff members will be doing their very best to help as many people as possible and may not have time to sit down extensively with one person.
  • Occasionally, some smaller shops may need to temporarily restrict occupancy to adhere to fire safety regulations. Better safe than sorry!
  • If you’d like to try to avoid crowds, evenings and Sundays are usually less busy than other days and times during the crawl. However, they’re still likely to be much busier than an average day at your LYS.
  • Due to space and time constraints, shops cannot wind yarn during the crawl. This enables staff members to help more people more quickly, allows some shops to set up extra registers to reduce lines, and avoids many-hours-long waits for winding, lost bags, and chaos.
  • Similarly, some shops will be unable to print Ravelry in-store pattern purchases during the crawl.
  • Shops may rearrange to better accommodate large crowds during the crawl. Tables, chairs, sofas, and other resting spots you’re used to may be unavailable during the crawl.