The yarniest day

Saturday was the yarniest day of the year so far, at least for me.

The day started with a knitting party at Twisted, before the shop opened. It was a fundraiser event for the Grant High School Booster Club. Twisted provided the space and the teas, Lantern Moon provided the needles, Carole provided the treats, and Anna and I provided the knitting instruction. I also made party favors: the Checkerboard Scarflet pattern, and stitch markers in school colors. We had 15 people come to knit, some with previous experience, and some newbies. What a fun morning! Thank you to Shannon & Emily for hosting. I remembered to bring my camera, but I was moving so fast that I forgot to take pictures. Oops.

After the party I headed downtown to meet up with the Seattle to Portland Yarn Crawl. Knit Bloggers from Seattle came down on the train to meet up with Portland Knit Bloggers and check out yarn shops in the Pearl District and downtown. The shops on the list were Knit/Purl, Knit Knot Studio, and Dublin Bay. I joined the crawl late, so I went directly to Knit/Purl and met up with several Portland area bloggers that I’d met last September at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. We ended up at Starbucks for some knitting/chatting time. It’s funny, I know many of these women by their blogs and Ravelry names, but I’m still trying to connect the right faces with the right names!

I think my camera may have been in my knitting bag, but again, I forgot to take pictures. Bad blogger! Here’s a picture of a book I bought at Knit/Purl. It’s a calendar with a different stitch pattern every day. I’ve been looking for a stitch dictionary, but not one in several volumes. Just a little thing to inspire, to go along with the small section in my Vogue Knitting book.

calendar

What I didn’t realize, looking at that cute cellophane-wrapped package, is that the directions are written out row by row, without charts. I guess if I want to use any of them, I’ll have to chart them out myself. But the pictures are great, very clear.

By 3:30 I was pretty done, but I wanted to check out Dublin Bay since I’d never been there before. It’s a lovely shop down at the edge of the Pearl. Lots of natural fibers. But I was tired enough that I didn’t buy anything, despite the 20% discount they were offering to the Yarn Crawlers. I suppose it’s just as well, since I try not to stash. But the Sea Cell was really pretty…

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13 responses to “The yarniest day

  1. What fun!

    I love my calendar. Every once in a while I’ll see a blog picture of someone’s workshop with the calendar open to the day’s page, and recognize it. It’s like being a kindred spirit.

  2. Oh I am jealous, it sounds like a perfect day.

  3. Sounds like a blast!

  4. Wow, sounds like a great day. But I’m a bit floored that you don’t stash….Not at all? Or do you TRY not to but still do? Maybe I’m just feeling guilty about my recent yarn purchases…

    I also have that calendar and just look for the charts in my Barbara Walker books. Hate line by line instructions.

  5. What is this not stashing thing you speak of?? Does not compute…hm… ;)

  6. Dontcha wish every day was like this? Ok, maybe not every day, maybe every other day … cuz you do need a break to do other things too.

    I must be the minority, more comfortable with row-by-row instructions than charts.

  7. Wow – what a great day! Can’t believe you resisted new yarn!

  8. Oooh, sounds like so much fun! ^_^ I know I would’ve spent a boat load of money!

  9. silencepainter

    Fun day!

    My mom has that calendar, and I enjoy looking through it.

  10. Yarniest day…but you try not to stash… I am confused. I know not of such a thing….hehehehe

    Does sound like a fantastic, knitterly day!

  11. Wish I could have been there. I sounds like a really fun day!

    I have that same calendar sitting on my desk.

  12. I love stitch pattern books with or without the charts.
    I wish I could learn to not stash, but I have no will power.

  13. Sounds like a wonderful day. Now what’s this about you not stashing?! Does this mean you have no stash, very little stash, or you’re in it so deep you can’t buy any more yarn. Do tell!