I headed down to HCW early Sunday morning to bid a bon voyage to the two Yarn Crawl buses that were heading out into the Hill Country full of fiber fanatics. And though I arrived not long after the ungodly hour of 8 am, I was hardly the first to show up. Oh no, things were in full swing. Inside the shop, Lindsay was holding down the fort, stamping passports, and entertaining the crowd gathered around her to get info on their free gifts-- a booklet of patterns designed by the HCW staff and yarn to go with it.
Outside, Pam, Latifa, and Val served as Ground Control, distributing box lunches, getting folks situated on the buses, and fielding an endless stream of questions. Suzanne shuttled back and forth, inside and out. Really, the whole scene was totally abuzz.
Last minute crawlers dashed for the buses already nearly full of early birders. In the end, about 60 enthusiastic stash builders set out with two brave bus drivers to conquer eight hours worth of yarn shopping at shops all over the place.
I captured some of the excitement for those of you who couldn't make it (and for those of you who could, and wish to relive the most thrilling weekend of the year):