Saturday morning I made my way down to the train station.  Our train was scheduled to leave at 7:30.  I got down there at 6:45 and the place was filled with knitters.

We checked in and were handed a swag bag!

And in the bag, we got three coupons for discounts at some Seattle area yarn shops, 3 little sock stitch markers, a yarn lollipop that knits up into a mini sock, a tape measure, a little zipper pouch to carry it all in and a tea sample.

It was a quiet ride down.  I think everyone was planning their shopping or napping.  We arrived in Portland and were met by some local Ravelry folks.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find my friend Oliveknits.  Perhaps the next time I go down to Portland I’ll be able to meet up with her for a cup of coffee (or a pint of beer) and some yarn shopping and knitting.

Once we got all the info we needed (the “make sure you’re back by a certain time” and “make sure you have fun” speeches) we were off and running.  I first went to Dublin Bay Knitting Co.  Which might be my new favorite Portland yarn shop.  I had planned ahead of time as to what i wanted to get.  And they had everything I wanted (and then some)!  They also had coffee, tea, water, cookies, and chowder for us.  I walked out with 2 skeins of Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock yarn in the Roisin Colorway, 1 skein of SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock yarn in Orchid and 1 skein of Yarn Love Marianne Dashwood sock yarn in Blueberry Festival (and yes, I am that big of a Jane Austen fan).  The Three Irish Girls yarn, I was thinking of using for the Ene’s Scarf.

Then it was off to pick up the Voodoo Doughnuts.  I walked over to their NE Davis st location.  Which was about a 2 mile walk.  It was well worth it.  Before I got their I decided that I needed to eat.  Actually my stomach was demanding food.  So I stopped at Old Wive’s Tale for brunch.  I got a oatmeal, cornmeal buttermilk pancake with apple, cinnamon, honey compote on top and a side of bacon.  It was heaven.  So unbelievably good.  And cheap.  I high recommend it.

I get over to Voodoo and stand in line for what feels like an eternity.  It was about 30 minutes.  For some reason everyone in front of me just had several questions about every doughnut they make or they just couldn’t decide.  If you stood in line for 30 minutes I would think you would know what you wanted to order, but I’m crazy that way.  Sidenote – everyone I have talked to at Voodoo Doughnuts, from the gal who emailed me back, the guy at their downtown location who very correctly suggested that I place my order at their other location because the wait would be much shorter (30 minutes compared to at least an hour – one of the ladies in our group waited for over an hour at the downtown location) and he also gave me all the bus routes and a cab company phone number, to the gal who took my order and finally the gal working the counter when I bought the doughnuts, were incredibly nice and helpful.  I can’t say enough good things about this place.  It’s sooooo worth the trip and the wait.

from the top left of the photo – the first container has 2 memphis mafia fritters and a triple chocolate penetration.  The next container has a portland cream, a voodoo doughnut and a dirty snowball.  The bottom two containersm the infamous maple bacon bars.  I came prepared and brought ziploc containers and an envirosax to carry them in.  Which was perfect.  Now I wish I had ordered more…

After loading up on doughnuts, I headed over to Happy Knits.  The new yarn shop on the block.  It was a great little shop.  A really great selection of yarn and just a beautiful store.  I didn’t really see anything that I couldn’t live with out there.  I did run into one of the gals from out Tuesday night group and we ventured back over  the Hawthorne Street bridge to head over to Knit-Purl and Powell’s City of Books.

I parted ways with my friend, as she had already gone to Knit-Purl.  I wasn’t really planning on buying anything at Knit-Purl.  There was a pattern that I had my eye on and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy it.  The funky thing about this sweater pattern is that it can be worn right side up or upside down.  Sounds strange, I know, but I am totally fascinated with this pattern.  And for a pattern it’s pretty darn expensive – $20.  So I asked one of the sales ladies, if she had seen it knit up and what she thought.  Her enthusiasm was all I needed.  So  I decided to give it  a try.  And then, I made a fatal mistake.  I turned around and was staring face to face with the Habu Textiles yarns.  Last year the only yarn I bought was the Habu Textiles Lamb Wool and Linen jacket kit that I now wear all the time.  So I ended up with two cones of their Tsumugi silk yarn as well as that $20 pattern.  On the plus side, the pattern came with buttons.  Which, if you’ve had to buy buttons cost about $20.  Now I’m thinking I may use the Habu yarn for Ene’s scarf….

While I was in Knit-Purl I met up with another gal from our Tuesday night knitting group and we walked over to Powell’s together.  I had planned for Powell’s too.  I had a list of books that I wanted and if I could get them cheap, I would.

So I got a couple of books and a few other little things.

Yeah, two out of three books are Jane Austen related.  The Home is Where the Wine is book, is the new book by Crazy Aunt Purl.  I read her first book, Drunk, Divorced and Covered in Cat Hair, and loved it.  So I had to read her new one.  That was on the only book I paid full price for.  I also got these cute little hooks that were on sale.  I’ve been looking for hooks to put by the wall of my closet in my bedroom to hang purses and bag on.  These were perfect!  And of course a little something for kitties.  As soon as that thing hit the ground, Kink was off and running.  You would think that that damn toy made some offensive comments about her family, the way she was beating the hell out of it.

After leaving Powell’s I headed over to Knit Knot Studios.   Which is a sweet little yarn shop.  Again, they had beautiful yarn and some handmade local jewelry.  But again, there was nothing that really called to me.  By this point it was around 4 and I was getting tired.  I walked towards the train station and decided to make one last pass thru Dublin Bay Knitting Co.  Which, might have been a bad idea, but I did it anyway.  Yup… I bought more yarn.  This time I bought 4 skeins of Fleece Artist Ottawa yarn.  2 skeins are the Nova Scotia colorway, one is in the Paris colorway and the other is in the Burgundy colorway.  I was hoping that they had one more of Paris, but they didn’t.  But the burgundy colorway will work well with it.  Perhaps I’ll use these skeins to do the Ene’s scarf pattern… too many choices!

After that, I was done.  I was hungry and ready to get on the train and head back home.  I stopped for a couple of slices of pizza at Hot Lips Pizza in the Pearl District.  It was amazing pizza.  I got a slice of cheese and a slice of pear and ham.  That’s right, I said pear and ham.  It was to die for.  It was NY style, the kind you fold down the center and eat.  Between the yarn, food and just overall non-car transportation friendly town, Portland Rocks!

After eating, it was time to head back to the station.

All in all, it was a great trip.  I had a blast and I can’t wait until next year!

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