A couple of weeks ago, Nichole, Julia and I took ourselves on a little yarn crawl through the Portland metro area. I say little because we only hit three stores, but in reality it turned out to be a BIG trip for yarn!
Our first stop was Dublin Bay Knitting Co, in the Pearl District of downtown PDX. I'm not quite sure what to say - this shop was so beautiful, and so full of the most lovely and inspiring yarns. Most importantly - they carry Fleece Artist and Handmaiden Yarns - mmm, mmm, mmm. Nichole and I both snatched up Ottowa, a wool tweed in luscious hand-dyed colorways, and my Ottowa is becoming this:
The Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. It swatched perfectly to gauge and I cast on the very next day! I also procured some Casbah - a cashmere blend washable sock yarn that I can't stop squishing between my fingers. Long story short: Fleece Artist/Handmaiden will be on my list of yummy yarns to get for Fall!
I'd love to tell you all about our other two stops, but they were such HUGE disappointments (one had such an unfortunate odor all three of us gave each other panicked looks and we made a quick tour through and escaped for fresh air!) that I'm not going to go into it here.
Instead I'll tell you about our other, non-yarn-related stop - Andina. Ay ay ay - this Peruvian restaurant in the Pearl is quite possibly the best place I've ever eaten (and that is NOT just the pitcher of sangria talking). Amazing, amazing food. I left thinking I could quite happily eat there for breakfast, lunch and dinner the rest of my life. They may not appreciate me eating breakfast there, however, being that they're not actually open for breakfast. . .
Anyway- it was a great day thanks to the great company and the great yarns at Dublin Bay!