Sunday, October 31, 2010

Portland Stash Enhancement - yay!

Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of hitting some Portland area yarn stores with four of the members of our Ravelry group, the Sock-aholics. What fun to get to meet these ladies face-to-face after having developed online friendships for quite some time now!

We started with a great breakfast at the Cadillac Cafe, where we feasted on such treats as Hazelnut French Toast and Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pancakes. Great food! We had no problem at all keeping lively conversation going, and enjoyed lots of great laughs together. In the photo from left to right are, knitsterchick (seated), SueHauser, yours truly, yohmama, and GmaX4. We were escorted by Mr. GmaX4 and Mr. Wendy, who I'm sure were wishing we would talk about something other than yarn every now and then :-)
Our first stop on the Yarn Trail was a shop called Twisted. The initial thing that catches your eye as you walk in this shop is this awesome wall of sock yarn! Our escorts waited patiently in the "man chairs" by the front door while we browsed all types of yarns, featuring many brands of Indie yarns - which means you can truly find something special here. They had nice couches and tables and chairs where several ladies were enjoying some social knitting, a huge selection of teas, and in the back they had a small classroom area where a beginning knitting class had just begun. (Yay! New knitters!) I didn't make any purchases here, but I did get my head around what I wanted to buy for the two projects I had in mind to shop for.

Next we headed to the Yarn Garden. OMG this shop is huge! I don't think I even went into all the rooms of yarn. After I got over my initial yarn overload, I buckled down and focused on finding yarn for my projects. The first project on my list is a shrug for my sister who teaches ballet and needs a little something to keep her arms warm. The pattern I chose requires worsted weight, and I wanted something washable. I found Malabrigo Rios which is superwash merino, and is about the softest wool I think I've ever touched! The colorway is a smoky tealy-green tonal blend that should be beautiful. My other score was DK weight Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool (45% Wool/35% Silk/20% Nylon) which I'm going to use to make a cute summer top called Siesta. This yarn is in a bright apple green that yohmama helped me select.

I should mention that yohmama was really a trooper to come out with us in her leg cast today! She wasn't able to stand and check out the yarns in the shops, but she found a good place to put her leg up and knit in each store, and she was a great armchair shopping coach!

While we were in Yarn Garden, our escorts got clever and looked ahead to see what diversions they could find near our next destination, and bugged out to go play some pool at one of the many cool McMenamin establishments.

Our next stop was Happy Knits! Someone had knitted a cozy for their front door handle - ha! This shop was run by a couple of really friendly gentlemen who, pardon the expression, had some really big balls! Giant wire balls adorned with Cascade 220 in all colors decorated the tops of their displays. This is a newer shop, and it has a huge class/knitting room in the back with a fireplace. Awesome :-)

Our final stop was Dublin Bay Yarn Company. I made an "unscheduled" purchase here, when I found I could just not leave without these cute snowman buttons. Of course, I had to get yarn for a project to put the buttons on, so I selected these red and white skeins of Lorna's Laces Sheperd Worsted superwash that is really soft and squishy. I plan to make a hat and mittens set for my niece, and I'll put the cute buttons on the hat.

What an enjoyable day we had! The other ladies will have to show and tell their purchases - I got so excited about my finds that I don't even remember everything else that was tucked into shopping bags.

I really look forward to meeting other Sock-aholics on future trips!














2 comments:

  1. What fun we had, Wendy! I posted more pictures on the Ravelry group, too.

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  2. OMG! Color me jealous! Maybe next time I can join you! :) I will be in WA then after all, with in-laws in Vancouver lol

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