Last weekend Roger & I went to Portland, Oregon for a long weekend. On Friday we went on a walking tour with most of Roger's office; more on that in another post. It is the yarn crawl on Saturday that matters!
First the back story. Through Ravelry I met Sara, a Portland knitter. I asked her if she was interested in a yarn crawl since I was going to be in town. Not only did she organize a great five shop crawl, but she recruited a bunch of other Portland knitters! We were a force!
Our first stop was Abundant Yarn & Dyeworks. The shop is large, light, and full of yummy yarn including some which is dyed by them. Somehow I managed to not get any decent pictures of the store. Maybe I was distracted by the cafe. The food looked great and the caffeine was quite satisfying.
A fellow knitter, Rodger was working at Abundant that day so we only got to visit for a short while. I did get a picture of him. Pictures of people taking pictures of you seemed to be the theme.
The next stop was a delightful pastry shop, Pix Patisserie. It happens that it was Judy's birthday! What great timing. The pastries were fabulous. I especially like the little lemon tart; I would probably eat anything with lemon curd on it (no that is NOT a dare!).
Our second yarn store, Yarn Garden, is a large store made up of several store fronts. It seems to go on forever. Why is that that some yarn stores apparently have everything and I can't find anything I want? Yarn Garden is one of those stores (for me at least). No purchase and no pictures.
Twisted was my favorite stop. It is fresh, fun, and has a wall of sock yarn. They have many of the usual yarns, lots of indie dyers including several from Portland. The space is large, the furniture is comfortable, and the staff couldn't be nicer. High marks all around.
We managed to get one organized group shot in front of the store. Back row from left to right: Cindy, Sarah, me, and Judy. Front row from left to right: our fabulous organizer Sara, Stephania, and Chrispy.
Knit Purl was a favorite of mine too. Could it be the plate of cookies and the welcome sign? Not just any cookies either; they put out macaroons for us. Yumm! Macaroons, lemon curd, yarn, and knitters in one day. You know that is good.
That is Judy and Cindy checking out the huge selection of Koigu. I don't think I have ever seen that much Koigu in one spot. If only I liked Koigu (am I the only knitter that doesn't own any?) Not shown is the lovely Shibui Knits yarn, made just for them. I might have snagged a bit of their sock yarn.
Farmhouse Knit Shop was our last stop. It is a cozy house re-purposed for our fibery satisfaction. Three front rooms are packed with yarn of all sorts. The back room is all about the sock yarn including a bunch of Blue Moon seconds.
Lia met up with us there. It was great to meet her and hand over her prize. She was one of the winners in my recent contest. I made her some fluffy spinning batts. Unfortunately, I was pretty tired by the time we got there and I feel like I didn't get to visit very much with her.
My purchases from the left: Bearfoot by Mountain colors in their Steelhead colorway (bought at Abundant Yarn & Dyeworks), Socks That Rock lightweight in 24 Karat (bought at Farmhouse Knit Shop), Knitted Wit fingering weight in the Going To The Mall Splatter colorway (bought at Twisted), and Shibui sock in Honey and Seaweed colors (bought at Knit Purl). At the back is a great scarf pattern called Japanese Vines by Michelle Molis (also a Twisted purchase).
A successful crawl! Thank you Sara for all the work you did setting it up.