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Dateline: Portland, Oregon

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Dear Kay,
As Loretta Lynn and Jack White put it, “Portland, Oregon, and sloe gin fizz/If that ain’t love, then tell me what is . . .”
After winging west from Nashville, we landed in Portland, Oregon, and immediately got our groom on:
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We did all these things, with the result that Kay’s poodle cut was really working for her:
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Good morning, Portland! With your host, Kay Gardiner.
One conclusion so far is that there is nothing more like a Fellini film than early morning local television. On Portland’s institution AM Northwest with Helen and Dave, we held forth on the thing we love along with other people who were there to talk about the thing they love or otherwise feel the need to promote very early in the morning: extreme fitness, relationship repair, playing the guitar.
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We didn’t get to hear his segment, but we wish this guy well and I hope he casts on for a sweater soon.
In scrolling down the juicy video archives of AM Northwest (we’re in there if you dig hard enough), I found an interview with Sarah Vowell, the author of a new book about Puritans (The Wordy Shipmates) and famed as the voice of Violet in The Incredibles. It’s a classic AM Northwest moment: Sarah Vowell sitting in the kitchen set with Helen and Dave, with the kitcheny doodads behind them, busting Puritan jokes and talking about animated movie voices.
Yarn Crawl
We didn’t manage to visit every single yarn shop in Portland because apparently that would take a week or so, but we did do some economic stimulus work of which we are proud.
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We had an impromptu edging seminar with Elizabeth Prusiewicz, proprietress of KnitKnot Studio. Brilliant energy in this lady; she has claimed the mantle of Fastest Knitter in the Northwest, and let me tell you, you can’t beat her.
We managed to wedge our way into Close Knit despite the fact that it’s closed on Mondays. The proprietress there, Sally Palin, opened the door, and that was that. We left with Rio de la Plata sock yarn and Blue Sky Organic Cotton. We were weak. Her shop is just a glory of good stuff.
And of course, Yarn Garden was a beautiful encyclopedia of yarns. Room after room. Everything, it seemed. If there’s no yarn left, it’s because it was absorbed by Yarn Garden.
Sightings
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La Super Eggplant Mariko, who inspired the Kiki Mariko Rug in the new book, among many other inspirations, was wearing another sweater that really ought to become a rug, too. She demonstrated a mysterious knitted object she unearthed while cleaning out her father’s things. We predict these pompom neck thingies are going to be The Next Big Thing. Or at least The Next Big Pompom Necky Thingie Thing.
We caught sight of the Angry Chicken, too, but like all rare and ephermeral things, we didn’t get a picture. She moves fast, the chicken does.
The Mothership: Powell’s Books
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Ah, you hear about it, you hear about it, but like Niagara Falls, you can’t believe it until you see it. Huge, huge bookstore, delights everywhere, and a big batch of knitters up in the Gray Room to hang out with. We really loved seeing everybody, were grateful for the company, and want to come back soon. Thank you, Portland!
We’ll tell you all about Seattle next. Seattle is, like, fab and everything.
Come Hang Out!
Meanwhile, we’re in New York for a few days and hope to see you guys hither and hon. Our schedule:
NEW YORK, NY, Thursday, October 16
6-8 pm, beloved Knitty City on the Upper West Side.
NEW YORK, NY, Friday, October 17
5:30-7 pm, sleek and fabulous Purl Soho. Information here.
RHINEBECK, NY, Sunday, October 19
1:15 pm talk, signing most of the day in the authors’ tent, the surreal experience that is the NY Sheep & Wool Festival
NEW YORK, NY, Tuesday, October 21
6:30pm, the beautifully bookish Brooklyn Public Library. 10 Grand Army Plaza, Dweck Auditorium.
See you all soon. Must go caffeinate.
Love,
Ann

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27 Comments

27 Comments

  1. Uh HUH, Uh HUH…….
    (and it truly does go mighty fast when you drink it by the pitcher and not by the glass uh HUHHHHHHHH).
    Beautiful memries.
    xox Kay

  2. I went to college in PDX and I miss it so much! I love that you called Powell’s “the mothership” — I feel exactly the same way.

  3. I am suddenly feeling an overwhelming urge to make the 3-hour 150-odd mile drive to Rhinebeck this weekend. (WANT.)
    IT would be do-able if there wasn’t going to be another 3-hour 150-odd mile drive home.
    (ARGHH.)
    Going to go knit something now. It may calm me down.

  4. Sarah Vowell looks nothing like she does in my imagination. I have, however, ordered her new book from my libary now, so thanks for that!
    It looks like you’re having a fun tour … wish you were coming to Boston!

  5. just three hours away from your appearance in big appleland and i’m wondering what to bring to knitty city. first thought: peace and tranquility. second one: something silly.
    guess you know which one wins. yours, naomi

  6. Oh, I’m so sorry I didn’t make it to Portland last Monday, it just wouldn’t work out in my schedule of having to go to work and having to be a mom, and the fact that it’s a bit of a drive.
    I’m glad you mentioned the AMNW bit so I could watch it in the archive. I don’t watch that regularly anymore, if I had known I would have tuned in. I would have had my mom who doesn’t knit tune in. She loved your first book and when I see her next I’ll be showing her your new one.
    Isn’t Powell’s awesome? I hope you got a chance to look around. Not all the books are even there, a few blocks away is their technical book store, plus they have smaller neighborhood stores. When I lived in Portland I went there regularly, it’s the one thing I miss now that I don’t live there, all the rest I can get along with out.
    I hope you all make it to the NW again soon!
    Amy

  7. Wow, with a schedule like that I would be one with the coffee machine! Sometimes I think the promotion of a book is a lot harder than the writnig itself!

  8. see you in Brooklyn!! yippeee!!

  9. I think you should come to Grabill, Indiana. In the middle of Amish country, beautiful in the fall, two great knit shops close by, a wonderful museum in an old one room church as a place to sit, knit, and kibbitz (used more by quilters but they’re good people and would share)…plus I live here and would LOVE it!
    Or if that doesn’t work for you, how about another trip to Mass Ave Knitting Shop in Indy? I didn’t knit last time you came through.
    Even the Democrats are coming to Indiana this year! It’s the place to be!
    (Did I sell you on the idea….)

  10. But, the coffee. How was the COFFEE? Was it everything you hoped it would be??

  11. What happened to Seattle? I made the ultimate mother sacrifice and went to my daughter’s high school soccer game instead – where I supported her while she sat on the bench for the entire game. Hope you’re having a great time racking up the air miles! I LOVE the new book.

  12. What happened in Seattle? I made the ultimate motherly sacrifice and went to my daughter’s high school game (to support her while she sits on the bench) instead of going to see you. I LOVE the new book. I hope you’re having a great time racking up the air miles.

  13. So glad I was able to meet you, if only for a brief moment. But at least I made it and could see you and the fabulous handknits in person.
    My friends tell me that the Margaret looks like it was knit for me, and that you should let me keep it. Just sayin’.
    Thanks for the tip on AMNW. That was fun to watch in the archives. Thanks for visiting! I wish you could have seen more yarn stores; we have an embarrassment of riches in that department.

  14. Any chance you’ll be out in the Hamptons for any book signings?? Book Hampton or the Historical Society?
    Thanks!

  15. No FAIR!!! You came to PDX just a few days AFTER I left to come back to Thailand. Just plain No FAIR!! And you didn’t mention you’d be on AMNW or I would have had my mom record it for me (she watches it regularly) … shucks (and I can’t watch it here in Bangkok because I have to watch at werk – only dialup at home – and they, out of the meanness of their hearts, BLOCK such things! Imagine! The only thing it slows down is stock trading (its a stock brokerage) and WHO CARES about stocks these days anyway, huh? KNITTING is much more important!
    *sigh* luv, Riki in BKK

  16. So good to see you again! And I’m glad you enjoyed your visit. Powell’s is definitely the mother ship!

  17. fun time we surely need a lot of time
    love the pom pom
    get some rest ham bones

  18. Ahmmmm Portland! What a great city!
    FYI the Angry Chicken link has an extra ” at the end and doesn’t connect until that is deleted.

  19. Yay for Portland! I wanted to drive to Portland instead of Seattle but it seemed a bit impractical on a school night (250 miles vs. 100 miles). Hey, i wrote y’all a letter about Tuesday in Seattle, come on over and read it!

  20. I wish my Star Trek thingy was working and I could beam over to Purl Soho today!

  21. My daughter would LOVE the pompom neck thingy. Must wade through the stash!

  22. THAT’S where I know Sarah Vowell’s voice from!!!! She did an interview on the Daily Show and she sounded so familiar! You learn something new every day :-)

  23. I just couldn’t make it to Powell’s on Monday night, so I was very, very happy to find one of the signed copies you left behind (for me!)
    The only problem is I still have a dozen tiny hats I was going to give you.

  24. omg, I’m so flattered you wore my pin on tv…
    xox, rhonda

  25. Hi – I have been raving about your new book to everyone and anyone who will listen to me – it’s fabulous!!! I am at the end of the “Periodic Table of the Elements” for the XXL sweater and I think I may have found an error. Please tell me if this makes sense. I think you’re supposed to end up with 145 stitches on the back, 4 stitches for the cable, 80 stitches on the sleeve, 4 stitches for the cable, 145 on the front, 4 cable, 80 sleeve and 4 cable – a total of 466 stitches. Then 84 are taken for each sleeve (168 total), and five cast on for each underarm (10 total added back) leaving you with 308 stitches for the body and 84 left for each sleeve.
    OK, and that information is in the instructions.
    HOWEVER, the table that you have for the size XXL leaves you short four stitches for the back and front(141 stitches each) and short 2 stitches for each sleeve (78 stitches each).
    So,I figured I’d do the following additional 2 rows to get me to those numbers:
    TBS (143/80) and B (145/80). Then I’m ready to divide per your instructions.
    Two rows are not a big deal in my plus-sized universe and it gets me to the right numbers in an orderly fashion.
    Whaddya think? Am I missing something?
    TIA,
    Joan Gavigan
    Ellicott City “Merlin”
    About an hour away from the Mason-Dixon line:)
    a/k/a fuguestateknits

  26. Hi – I have been raving about your new book to everyone and anyone who will listen to me – it’s fabulous!!! I am at the end of the “Periodic Table of the Elements” for the XXL sweater and I think I may have found an error. Please tell me if this makes sense. I think you’re supposed to end up with 145 stitches on the back, 4 stitches for the cable, 80 stitches on the sleeve, 4 stitches for the cable, 145 on the front, 4 cable, 80 sleeve and 4 cable – a total of 466 stitches. Then 84 are taken for each sleeve (168 total), and five cast on for each underarm (10 total added back) leaving you with 308 stitches for the body and 84 left for each sleeve.
    OK, and that information is in the instructions.
    HOWEVER, the table that you have for the size XXL leaves you short four stitches for the back and front(141 stitches each) and short 2 stitches for each sleeve (78 stitches each).
    So,I figured I’d do the following additional 2 rows to get me to those numbers:
    TBS (143/80) and B (145/80). Then I’m ready to divide per your instructions.
    Two rows are not a big deal in my plus-sized universe and it gets me to the right numbers in an orderly fashion.
    Whaddya think? Am I missing something?
    TIA,
    Joan Gavigan
    Ellicott City “Merlin”
    About an hour away from the Mason-Dixon line:)
    a/k/a fuguestateknits

  27. sorry about the duplicate – my computer just had the vapors or something!