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Thursday we took off to go to the Portland area to visit family and for the Rose City Yarn Crawl. DDIL2 and I spent the evening at a fund raiser for Fact Oregon (Families And Communities Together.) The organization provides support and guidance for families that experience disabilities. The quilt was part of the silent auction.

Executive Director Roberta Dunn spoke to the crowd before the live auction about what was going on with the organization.


We had some delicious food, and the live auction was entertaining. I bought a bottle of wine in a paper bag (unseen). It cost $20, but I figured that even a cheap bottle of wine and my nice dinner would be worth it. I haven't tasted the wine yet, but I'm sure it's going to be good.

Friday morning I packed up my knitting and Mandy, and we headed out to visit the yarn shops. (It was raining. Mandy didn't want to get silver eye, so she wore a plastic bag.) 


The first shop was Blizzard in Vancouver, just over the border, in Washington. It was early, and the shop wasn't too crowded, so Mandy came out to have her photo taken in the shop. She was wearing her Stavanger Cardigan, because her St. Patrick's Day Cardigan wasn't finished yet. (I worked on it while we drove from one shop to the next.)


I bought some stitch markers and some repositionable highlighter tape (already in use).


At Starlight Knitting Society I picked up the official Yarn Crawl tote bag. The bag I had my cardigan in was a little too small for it, so this was a good addition. (That's a bird's nest. The theme for the Crawl this year was "Birds of the Pacific Northwest.")


Later we stopped at Fiber Rhythm.


After that we stopped at Twisted Yarn Shop, where I bought a kit for Which Came First (a wrap), although there's a version of the pattern that makes a cowl. Here are the colors I selected:


I also picked up a skein of lace-weight yarn on the sale rack for 25% off. I picked this color because I thought it would go with my "So Not My Palette Cardigan," which probably should be named "My Palette After All."


We stopped in at Close Knit Portland.


Close Knit is aptly named. It was a tight fit for all the customers.


For Yarn's Sake had a lot of mini skeins. Too bad Mandy was in the car. She would have appreciated them.

I found a kit for a hat I absolutely had to have. It's called the Roadside Beanie. It has sheep on it, so I thought it was cute.


Also included on Thursday were Knitting Bee,  Northwest Wools and Pearl Fiber Arts. At each place, we opened the door with a sleeve, handed our passports in to be stamped, entered our names and email addresses, usually on a laptop or a tablet, after which we used hand sanitizer. Then, if we bought something, we sometimes had to hand over a credit card, then take it back, then sign on a tablet or using a pen. It was a relief when a place accepted ApplePay, because then I didn't have to touch anything other than my own phone. After making a purchase, I always used hand sanitizer. The rain continued off and on for the whole day, and the car was wet. I started to notice after several shops that the car door handle felt slimy. I figured out that the residue from the hand sanitizer was rehydrating when I got it wet. It was good to wash it off when we finished our tour for the day. Here we are at the last stop.


Saturday morning, we only had one shop left: the Knotty Lamb in Forest Grove. I brought Mandy in so I could shoot some more photos. She attracted a lot of attention. Several people commented on how beautiful she was and wondered about the cardigan. One lady wanted to look it up on Ravelry, and when she saw my name, she recognized it. She said that she had made my Everyday Play Dress, but as a top. She asked me to wait while she went to her car to get her doll, who was wearing the top, as well as some leggings based on EZ's Nethergarments, but with short rows across the bottom. The dolls seemed to enjoy getting acquainted.


I think her name is Tiffany. She is an American Girl doll.


Later on Saturday, we had lunch at DDIL's parents' home, which was very nice, followed by a trip to Laurel Ridge Winery. I brought Mandy along to the winery, because she had never been to one before. The woman who brought the wine for tasting looked just like a grownup version of Mandy. Mandy didn't even pretend to have wine, because she knows she's too young.

We had more rain, but not as much as Friday, and we got to see this rainbow from the winery.


We had a nice tasting and a nice visit.

Sunday we took the boys to the gym for Johan's gymnastics lesson and Soren's "Sensory Sunday" activity. 


I missed the lesson because my alarm went off after we were already on the way. That meant it was time for Rocky's medication which I had forgotten (an hour later by the clock than usual because of the #@$*! time change), and I had to go back to the house.

However, because I finished the Cables and Herringbones Cardigan for Mandy, I'm back at work on my Maine Memories Cardigan for me, adding the third color to the bottom of the sleeve.


I hope I get done with the cardigan before I get the new coronavirus.


What's on my needles: Maine Memories. Almost done with first sleeve.

What's on my sewing machine: Put away for now.

What's in my hoop: Still the Whole Cloth Quilt. Another week with no progress.

What's in The Doll's Storybook: "Water, Water...." The dolls figure out where water comes from.


What's on my iPad/iPhone: Still Amy Snow by Tracy Rees. Still enjoyable.


What's in my wine glass: Terra d'Oro Red Wine Blend 2014. Not bad.

What's my tip of the week: If you are roasting vegetables with a small amount of oil, you can save time and mess by lining your baking sheet with parchment paper, spreading the cut vegetables on it, add the seasonings and oil, then mix it by pulling up the edges of the paper so the vegetables pile up, then spread them around again with a spoon or spatula. Halfway through, they can be remixed by the same process. When you're done, the parchment paper can be thrown out, leaving the pans with a small greasy spot at most.



Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals or dolls were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on March 11, 2020 at 9:26am

It's fun creating things, isn't it? My problem is, I want to do them all at once!

Comment by Irene Gallway on March 11, 2020 at 8:29am

Peggy my Mum taught me how to knit and crochet. I didn't like doing it. I would prefer the crochet but really don't care about it enough to make anything. I like sewing the best of any craft I have ever learned. But I admire those who knit and crochet. 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on March 10, 2020 at 8:04am

Pam, I was a little nervous about the coronavirus, because they have  some cases in the area, but there are so few right now, I decided to go. I may not go next year if it's bad, unless they have developed a vaccine by then. A year would be very quick, though. We have a very nice yarn shop here, and several quilt shops. I don't go out much, but I would miss being able to.

Comment by Pam/NY on March 10, 2020 at 5:48am

Always fun to meet new friends in a shop that you love! 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on March 9, 2020 at 9:27pm

Janet, we had no yarn shop in Park City when I lived there. That's when I discovered Knit Picks. I try to patronize the local yarn shops when I can, but Knit Picks is still my favorite.

Irene, knitting is a little more sedentary than quilting. For that reason, it's better for travel. It's never too late to learn. I find it satisfies a lot of the same creative urges as quilting.

Comment by Irene Gallway on March 9, 2020 at 5:36pm

Those yarn shops look inviting. I don't knit but if I did I would be super excited to shop in those shops. I'm glad Mandy had a good time with Tiffany. The rainbow was beautiful. Another great post.

Comment by Janet/MO on March 9, 2020 at 11:22am

What a joy to be able to do a yarn crawl with a beloved DIL.  We only have 1 close yarn shop, but it is a wonderful place with a fabulous owner so that makes it okay.  One of these days I am going to take a road trip to Kansas City to visit a huge yarn shop there.  From what I hear it is like a warehouse with less expensive yarns on one side & the higher end  yarns on the other.  It was neat that you got to meet up with another doll owner who knew you from the internet.  

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