Unexpected snow, and 2009 knitting wrap-up

We had a little surprise snowfall on Tuesday. It wasn’t in the forecast. Traffic got snarly (PDX isn’t used to snow), but I whisked DH out to Edgefield for the night, as planned. This was my Christmas gift to him.

Edgefield used to be the Multnomah County Poor Farm, a long time ago. Now it’s a property owned by the McMenamins, who take old places and make them into fun and funky pubs, restaurants and resorts. There’s a lot of art on the doors and walls. I love the knitter in this painting. I also saw her in another painting, in which she was knitting the chess board as the players played.


My friend’s mom, Sharon Nesbit, is a local historian, and she wrote a history of Edgefield. Here’s her door on room 3.

room 3

And portrait, too! I love her title, Queen of Troutdale.


I have another connection here. My friend Dawn Phelps McConnell used to paint for McMenamins. She passed away two years ago, from cancer. There’s a portrait of her in one of the hallways. (excuse the flash; it was dark)


We had a lovely stay. Snow makes everything a bit magical.


We enjoyed music down in the Winery. The walls are glass, and there are barrels behind one set of windows, and stainless steel vats behind the opposite windows. A really cool space.


My favorite amenity? The soaking pool at Ruby’s Spa. We had to don our snow boots to go down the driveway to get there. But it was worth it! I loved how the steam rose off the hot water.


soaking pool



There are a lot of great nooks and crannies in which to hang out, read, knit, whatever. I did do some knitting. I’ll show you next time. But here’s the obligatory 2009 FO mosaic, to tide you over. Whoops! I see that my log cabin blanket made it in there twice. Sorry. But it was a big project! I was surprised to see that I finished it in January; I thought it was a 2008 FO.

2009 FO Mosaic 2

I see a lot of repeat items here, and a lot of small items. Time for a big project! I want to knit a sweater, soon. I’ve ordered yarn, and can’t wait to cast on. Soon.

Happy New Year!

24 responses to “Unexpected snow, and 2009 knitting wrap-up

  1. the trip looks nice!

    I don’t see Henry’s hat! See you next year for knitting!

  2. WOW! McMenamins/Edgefield looks like a wonderful place! What a great gift for BOTH of you! And I read about your friend, Dawn-what a talented woman-sounds like she was a gem of a person. Happy 2010!

  3. That place looks like absolute magic. That’s an amazing gift.
    Love the project mosaic.
    Have a very happy new year!!!!

  4. Happy New Year!!

    How fun to be at Edgefield in the snow!

  5. Whoa, that pool picture looks magical!

    Love the knit goodies. Maybe quite a few small projects, but they represent many hours of knitting and much love. Happy New Year, Michele! From “Stitch Jones” 😉

  6. What a fabulous way to end the year. I’m so jealous! 🙂 Happy New Year to you and yours. (p.s. I have gotten SO many compliments on my Pippi hat… just thought you would like to know!)

  7. Halfway Crafter

    What a great getaway… I’m very jealous! The hot spa looked quite inviting and very atmospheric with the steam.
    Such a lot of FO’s too…. you put me to shame!

  8. How fun! Looks like you had a lovely time. Happy New Year!

  9. Happy New Year! I really like the mosaic, it’s fun to see them all together.

  10. Wow, what beautiful photos. Happy new year!

  11. Great photos! The spa looks terrific, and so do all of your FOs. Happy New Year!

  12. Ah, that pool looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for all the great blogging in 2009. Also, finally, thanks for the designing advice. I have my very first pattern (for free!) on my blog today. I was greatly inspired by your success. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  13. Happy New Year! That spa looks sooooo nice and warm!

  14. I love the things you’ve made. Happy New Year, and I look forward to reading your blog in 2010.

  15. Looks and sounds like a wonderful getaway!

    Love seeing all the projects again.

    Happy New Year!

  16. You forgot the new skill you learned in 2009 – spinning!

    Happy New Year!

  17. what a great way to spend such a beautiful night. the snow was just stunning (those large floaty flakes).

    beautiful FOs! inspiring me to work on mom’s lap blanket a bit this afternoon.

  18. Happy New Year! Edgefield looked like an amazing place. You are a great gift giver!

  19. That looks like a fun trip. Happy knitting in 2010

  20. It looks like a wonderful place – thanks for sharing your pictures! And your knitted items are lovely, I know what you mean about craving a big project after a lot of little ones. Look forward to seeing what sweater you cast on for!

  21. Amazing photos of McMenamins Edgefield! I was just there in July during the heat spell, and it was a completely different world.

    Looks like a productive year of beautiful handknits.

  22. Edgeheld looks amazing!

    Your projects from 2009 are really beautiful – love the blanket!

    Happy New Year!