Going by Lebanon exit I5 northbound!
Sunday, May 27, 2012
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 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.
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.
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
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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.