Taking it all in ( PDX Part 1)

When I signed myself up to take the two classes at Happy Knits with Joji. I had no idea what I was getting myself in to.It turned out it was a weekend of “AWESOME”. I drove down fro, Seattle with my friend Ariel on Friday  and arrived early, so it was an easy call to visit some Portland’s local yarn stores.

Stop numero uno!
Stop numero uno!

First up was Twisted. It was a very nice place I have to say I have been to my share of yarn stores and I have to say that Portland has it “going on” in this department.  Simply put, Twist is beautiful. They have a wide selection of colors and indie dyers. What impressed me the most was the amount of colorways they stocked and the quantity that they keep on hand. Just some of the yarns that I got to see were Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Knitted Wit, Hazel Knits, and Quince & Company. I could go on (because there were a lot) but I will stop there because I have to talk about what really caught my eye. I have been trying to get some Quince Owl in the “Cielo” colorway from a local LYS and the couple times that I have visited they have not had it in stock or the quantity that I was looking for. Needless to say I had to snap up some skeins of that yarn.

Hazel Knits at Twisted, the selection and inventory was pretty amazing.
Hazel Knits at Twisted, the selection and inventory was pretty amazing.
Quince & Co.'s Owl in the "Cielo" colorway
Quince & Co.’s Owl in the “Cielo” colorway
Knitted Wit at Twisted
Knitted Wit at Twisted

One of the sweaters that I have been wanting to knit is the Hazelwood Cardigan which is one of  Twisted’s shop patterns. I really love this sweater and have every intention of making it this year, infact  have even swatched for it. Needless to say when I saw the mannequin in the shop I was very intrested in seeing it up close. The helpful ladies at the shop who they call “Twistedistas”  took the mannequin down and let me inspect it. It was a real treat. I was able to see how the details and design elements came together  and check out the overall shape and construction of the garment. I am super excited to knit this sweater. I think it will go very fast, but I have a few things on the needles that I need to work through first.

 

The shop samples used Blue Moon's BFL.. It is beautiful. I am going to try to make it in The Plucky Knitter's Cashmere. I am expecting a lot more drape to the fabric. I will have to wait and see...
The shop’s sample used Blue Moon’s BFL. It is beautiful. I am going to try to make it in The Plucky Knitter’s Cashmere. I am expecting a lot more drape to the fabric. I will have to wait and see…
Trying to study the shaping up close on the Hazelwood Cardigan
Trying to study the shaping up close on the Hazelwood Cardigan

Next up was Happy Knits…. after finishing up at Twisted I headed over for a meet and greet event with Joji and Veera at Happy Knits. While I can be outgoing at times I have to admit  that when first meeting people I sometimes have a bit of anxiety(yes its true) and can be a little more reserved. Knitters are so welcoming though so this feeling usually doesn’t last too long.

Happy Knits! The shop windows were dedicated to Joji and Veera’s designs

 

Madeline Tosh beautifully displayed at Happy Knits
Madeline Tosh beautifully displayed at Happy Knits
It was so great to see the Interpretations 2 trunk show at Happy Knits
It was so great to see the “Interpretations 2” trunk show at Happy Knits
Joji and Veera brought the samples from their original Interprations collection. I am so going to make this!
Joji and Veera brought the samples from their original “Interprations” collection. I am so going to make this!

In this case I got to finally meet some friends and some people I had seen or interacted with on Ravelry. It was a really great evening all around.

 

Nancy and I finally met after 3 years of PM'ing and chatting on Ravelry!
Nancy and I finally met after 3 years of PM’ing and chatting on Ravelry!
I had to document with my friend Ariel that I actually  met and greeted some of my Ravelry acquaintances (and now friends). Ariel, me, Thao, and Amy
The evening would not be complete without my friend Ariel and I documenting that I actually met and greeted some of my Ravelry acquaintances (and now friends). Ariel, me, Thao, and Amy

Acquisitions:

10 skeins of Quince’s Owl in “Cielo”

Clover tape measure

 

Work In Progress:

Ashby

Gideon ( Testknit)

Acorn Trail Customfit

 

Finished Objects:

None

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Taking it all in ( PDX Part 1)

    1. I am working from home today because Maya my daughter is sick, and I laughed so hard when I read this that my daughter said “Mom whats’s so funny?” This is the yarn haul from Day 1. Wasn’t I good? Some of the other yarns are still in transit. I have 3 days to post. Don’t worry there will be more sweater quantity yarn:)

  1. Smyoo- I have to tell you I kept looking for the love button! I loved seeing your pictures and reading your descriptions. Thank you for doing this!!! its awesome to read and inspiring too. time to go knit!

    1. Awww, Connie you have no idea what that means to me. Thanks so much. It is fun to blog, kind of cathartic, a little it of work and a labor of love. I have more stuff to most soon;)

      Steph

  2. Oh Smyoo

    I love taking this trip to Portland with you love all the yarn you bought now looking to some of the shops to buy some of the same yarn. Do you feel like I am a stalker

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