Kay, you have done strong work in chronicling hi-lites from our trip, but I have more tidbits for the scrapbook.
Strolling along a street in downtown Portland, we came across a felted Thanksgiving by LeBrie Rich.
We came across this, too:
An unfelted cornmeal pancake. With unfelted butter. Delicious.
A Portland movie:
A Seattle movie:
Seattle Restaurant Moment
A late, unexpected supper at Lark. It should be noted that one of the proprietors of this beautiful restaurant, JM, is a knitter. JM’s husband, John, was so welcoming and such a fine chef that I considered the idea of hiding under the table and just waiting until they reopened the next day. I think I ended up with gout after this meal, but it was a good kind of gout.
Sometimes, the weirdest knitting can be the most satisfying. I was one skein shy of finishing my Yank coat, so one goal during this trip was to track down that final bit of Cascade Pastaza so I could make the collar and back belt.
Weirdly delightful to finish up these bits n bobs. Done and DONE! The Yarnery in St. Paul had just the skein I needed, and needles, too.
Once I finished that, it was time to finish up Veronik Avery’s Ribbon Lace Scarf that has been rumbling around since this summer. This is Hand Maiden Flaxen (50% silk, 50% linen/100% uniquely crunchysoft), colorway mysterious to me at this point as I look at the shade card. Glacier? Who cares? It’s gorgeous, twine-like yarn no matter what you call it. A tender souvenir of Cat Bordhi’s sock workshop last March.
It’s a good thing we ended up in New York back at your apartment when we did. It was the first time in my travel experience that my guest room amenities included a set of blocking wires. Always thinking of the niceties, aren’t you?
After the delicious moment of unpinning that scarf, I immediately went into Hand Maiden withdrawal and beelined it for the Hand Maiden Replacement Yarn that I had bought in Seattle at Tricoter. This yarn is called Great Big Sea (50% silk/30% merino/20% seacell/100% addictive), and it is the most delightful murky yarn I’ve ever used. This shade is Midnight. I can’t even begin to capture it in a photo. It’s much darker in real life, which is so great.
The pattern is Jo Sharp’s Misty Garden from Scarf Style, a straight-up feather and fan stitch. (Go see 580 of these on Ravelry if you want to see what fun different yarns can be.)
At this point, I have unpacked my things but not all my thoughts about our voyage. I still can’t get over all the knitters we met. It was an amazing, amazing trip, filled with amazing people. I can’t even think up a joke about it! Just amazing.