Hello Downtown Portland

A few days ago my boyfriend and I took a small vacation to Portland for no other reason then to explore the city and enjoy the change in weather.  Yes - we went to a colder and rainy place voluntarily.  I'm a knitter, so I was prepared.

So Very Warm

One of the very first things I saw when getting to downtown was this statue.

Portland Statue Enduring the Cold

Thankfully for her, a knitter stopped by to graft on a pair of legwarmers.  Clearly this is my kind of city.

Keeping Warm

Food.  We ate so much great food.  Our breakfasts were the best I've had in a long time.  The first morning we started out simple with Blue Star Donuts.  The next morning we had waffles from The Waffle Window.  Our Uber driver let us know that the childhood home of Linus Pauling (arguably one of the most important chemists/scientists of all time) was nearby, so after breakfast we walked over to check it out.  Oddly enough the day before, I purchased one of Pauling's textbooks at Powell's Books.

Linus Pauling grew up in Portland

We also went to Pine State Biscuits, but their shrimp and grits are also really good. 

Food!

The Portland vacation also turned into an impromptu yarn crawl.  I visited three shops - Knit Purl, Pearl Fiber Arts, and Happy Knits.  All of them were great shops for different reasons and everyone was kind and helpful.

My first stop was Knit Purl.

Excited About Yarn

If you're like a modern aesthetic and higher end or yarn made of unusual fibers, this is your place.  They carry Brooklyn Tweed - a I haven't seen in a brick and mortar shop before.  I purchased three skeins of Madeline Tosh Prarie in Arctic after checking out a sweater sample they had in the shop.  I plan on knitting Westbourne with it.

Madeline Tosh Prairie in Arctic

I also purchased an American Sock Mini-Skein Set in Aquatic.  I'm going to use this for an Onami Cowl.

American Sock Mini-Skein Set in Aquatic

Next knitting stop was Pearl Fiber Arts.  This shop was a bit more crowded, but it was lively.  There was a group of women sitting and knitting who greeted me warmly.  They have a section in their shop that features locally dyed yarn.  I finally decided on a skein of Fierce Fibers in Dragons.  I usually gravitate towards greens and blues (see above) and wanted to get out of my comfort zone.

Fierce Fibers in Dragons

The next day we made an unexpected stop at a Happy Knits.  I didn't plan to stop here, but we walked around so much and so far that it was inevitably nearby and I had to check it out.  The best thing about this shop is that they have a huge room in the back with a large table as well as a fireplace with a couch and chairs surrounding it.  The room was filled with books, patterns, and a wall of swatches of various sizes of yarn.  It was so amazing that I forgot to take photos.  I would love to make this my yarn shop to sit and knit in because it looks so wonderful and cozy.  I picked up a couple skeins of Jill Draper Makes Stuff - I'd like to try to knit stranded socks.

Oops - these are my high school colors

I realized too late that dark green and gold are the colors of my high school, but whatever.  They'll contrast really well.

I had a fantastic vacation to Portland.  They have great food, lots of stuff for knitters, and many places to hang out and relax.  Their streetcar system in downtown is great.  I can't wait to go back!

Snapshots of Portland

I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday and new year!

Happy Holidays!