Thursday, May 31, 2012

Simple socks done 1

Simple socks done 1 by BlueDragon2
Simple socks done 1, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Going by Lebanon exit I5 northbound!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Knittin' the Rails and gathering loose ends

It's been a while since I've actually written a formal post, most of my activity lately has been uploading pics on the run. So I'm going to pull some things together and also write about the Knittin' the Rails Spring 2012 yarn crawl several of us went on yesterday (such fun!).

First, some pics from yesterday's trip. Here's the Amtrak Cascades pulling into Salem Station.

Can you tell I love trains?!?! My Dad worked for 45 years as a Conductor/Brakeman on Southern Pacific RR so it's in the blood, as they say. 

Mary Scott Huff, a fantastic person whom I took a kilt hose knitting class from at Sock Summit 2011, joined us at Union Station for the first two shops. Then she had to go on a bike ride with her 'littles' as she calls them. She was wearing the cover sweater from her new book and it's fabulous, but then everyone knows I love good colorwork! Here's a picture of Mary autographing a book at Dublin Bay, our first stop. They had fresh baked scones and cookies for us, hot tea, and lots of tempting yarns and notions. 

And here's Mary's new book! Picture is from her profile page on

Here's Karen taking some pics for inspiration and her blog.

And then she found the perfect yarn!

Next, we strolled down 11th Ave to Pearl Fiber Arts, newly renamed from Urban Fiber Arts. Seems some technical company was also called UFA and took exception to Cindy calling her shop that, even though they don't sell yarn. So she honored the area her shop is in (the Pearl District in downtown Portland) and renamed her shop Pearl Fiber Arts. She's moving about three doors south to a new location in a few weeks and will have about double the floor space - yay! The south wall of the shop, Cindy is standing by the Bigger on the Inside shawl shop sample, chatting with Debbie about yarn choices for projects.

Karen is checking out the goodies in the display case while Elaine checks out the Alpaca yarns from the Albany area. Yes, local Alpaca yarns are available in some gorgeous colors and weights!

Mary and Andrea discussing some color choices for several projects, it's so hard to decide when you're trying to spread your purchases among several shops on the same trip!

I chose a skein of the Caress Luxury Yarns sock yarn, colorway unlabeled, to indulge in a shawl to snuggle in.

And a pair of silver spinning wheel earrings, to wear to spinning events!

We had lunch at the wonderful Tea Zone, and I totally forgot to take pics inside there! I did find the perfect little Chinese style tea cup, with cup, saucer, and lid. Elaine explained the proper way to drink Oolong tea in it and I'm looking forward to trying it out while I'm on vacation.

After lunch, we took a leisurely stroll down to Powell's books, where several folks found books to add to their personal libraries, but I was waiting for our visit to Twisted, bwahahaha. We did have a minor adventure while walking to the connecting bus stop. The kiosk where we were buying our tickets decided to reject one person's bill, but some kind person had plugged the refund slot with a rock so we couldn't get the bill out and TriMet doesn't answer their phones on the weekend. We found another kiosk and got everyone their tickets, then walked a few blocks to the stop to wait for the bus to take us over the river and through the streets to Twisted to shop for more yarn.

I got two lovely skeins there, after learning that the Blue Moon Twisted yarn I had my heart set on getting wasn't carried there any more. But I drowned my sorrows in a beautiful skein of laceweight yarn to knit EZ's Pi R Squared shawl. 

I also narrowed down to one skein of sock yarn (just one, my DH was so proud of me not killing the vacation budget, lol!) and 8 cedar balls to put in the wool drawers. Meet Dream in Color Smooshy in colorway Emerald Darkness.

Oh, that's right, I didn't post pictures of the yarns I got at Dublin Bay! Two skeins of their very own, dyed in the shop, Solstice Luna yarns. First up is Rainier.

Then we have Dutch Iris, and I kept Karen away from this luscious rich purple skein the whole way home on the train, too!

So we had a great time and had a pretty quiet ride on the way home, knitting and sharing our purchases as we watched the scenery go by. Ah, bliss, thy name is yarn crawl!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Simple cabled socks

Simple cabled socks by BlueDragon2
Simple cabled socks, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Blue Moon Socks That Rock Rare Gem yarn. I need a simple pair of socks to work on while traveling and just love this colorway!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

GA afghan block #5

GA afghan block #5 by BlueDragon2
GA afghan block #5, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Still need to wash and block, but I sewed the diagonal seam this morning to make it into a square. While I'm not a big fan of bobbles, the instructions for these produce a crisp round bobble with minimal work. DH really likes this block a lot. This is my April block, now to cast on the May block.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Sock Yarn Sideways Swing Cardigan

Back is started. I needed something simple to work on while watching movies.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Troll Forest shawl

Troll Forest shawl by BlueDragon2
Troll Forest shawl, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

On fifth chart repeat for Increase Chart 1

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Goin' Shopping Spring Tam

Goin' Shopping Spring Tam by BlueDragon2
Goin' Shopping Spring Tam, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

To go with the chatelaine