Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What I did on my summer vacation.

     When I was in grammar school we didn't get reading lists for summer vacation but we did get the same essay every year on the first day of school - What did you do on your summer vacation?
It had less to do with travel and more to do with time spent away from school.  I have long left school both as a student and as a parent yet I feel a school type essay coming on.

     I spent part of my summer vacation visiting family in Oregon. We enjoyed their company and hometown greatly.  First, I found out that Multnomah is the name of a county in Portland Oregon.
It's also a rather famous waterfall in the same county and a fabulous and simple shawl inspired by the magic that is Portland.

     Portland is also a yarny place.  I developed a stiff neck from all the times my head whipped around at the sight of another yarn store.  It seems that every neighborhood has a yarn store.  We visited 3 (hey we only had a week).

     Twisted is my favorite of the 3.  The vibe, the people and the yarn selection were all great. They have a lot of indie dyers here.  I found Socks that Rock, Trillium and Hazel Knits - all right there on the wall - in living color!  The store is very laid-back and homey.  I had fun. I could have hung out here for days - its that inviting.

     KnitPurl was in the Pearl District.  Another great store.  They carry Jared Floods' Shelter and Loft lines as well as Habu. I purchased a nice pink skein of Shibui and a nice blue MadelineTosh lace there.  Very nice selections of yarns and books.  The store has a little more polish in its decor but the yarn love is just as evident throughout the store.

Honorable mention goes to Yarn Garden for having the best selection of commercial yarns I've seen anywhere.  There are 4 or 5 storefronts all joined together.  Malabrigo, Blue Sky Alpaca, Cascade, Classic Elite, Rowan - the list just goes on and on.  Also a place I could see myself in often were I a resident of this beautiful rose city.

BTW  This is Multnomah Falls

and this is my Multnomah Shawl

What did you do on your summer vacation?

1 comment:

  1. You visited some of my favorite places, including Multnomah Falls! I usually take visitors there, or along the old Columbia River Highway for a multi-waterfall viewing. Twisted is my favorite LYS (I teach there), and Yarn Garden is located where my uncle had a hair salon when I was growing up. It was named after me!