I had the amazing chance to visit Portland, OR last week before the madness of the Sock Summit would take over this beautiful city. I know, you're probably thinking WHY did you not wait another week? Well, while I know I am missing the West Coast Yarn Event of the year (outside of Stitches West, so I've heard) and Portland's Official Sock Knitting Week, I enjoyed having Portland ALL To my SELF. I kept imagining the hoards of sock knitters that would be walking the streets today! I bet is a glorious sight. 

Portland is a fascinating city. Located in the northern tip of Oregon it's got a bustling downtown with an undeniable vibe to it. It's definitely a crafters paradise with many yarn, fabric and art stores. Sadly, I only got to venture to one yarn shop this trip but hope to visit many more next time!

Knit Purl

Knit-Purl was steps from my hotel. Such luck! It was a beautiful shop. I especially loved the clear signs above the yarns showing you to what weight you were browsing through. Plus, they even have an automatic yarn baller.  

Alpha B

I purchased a skein of the Alpha B sock yarn. The independent dyer is from Vancouver, WA and apparently can't keep her yarn on the shelves. I bought this limey green to make a Stripe Study shawl for myself. Am thinking of adding a grey skein…  

Powell's Books

I also went to their gargantuan bookstore Powell's. I was totally unprepared for what was a mini city of books!! Room after room after room filled with everything you can think of. They were even preprared for the Sock Summit members by tagging all the instructor's books!

Powell's knew what was right!

If for nothing else I will SO be going back to Portland for another trip to Powells. Amazing.

I leave you with a little story. My husband asked me to check our flights going back to SF to see if we would have time to go visit one of our favorite wineries, Erath. I did and saw that we were leaving at 8:30pm. He was done at 3 which gave us plenty of time to go for a quick tasting! YEA! So off in our rental car we went!  

Can't go anywhere...

Their property sits on a high hill in the Willemette valley Region. SO beautiful. If you have a chance to get to Erath or to try their wine, DO! We had a lovely time and even got a few bottles sent to our home. 


So we make our way to the airport and begin to check in, only neither of us can find our reservation. We go to the airline agent and he gives us this quizzical look. "San Francisco? That flight left about an hour ago!"  

I certain of an injustice done to us by the airline* quickly got out my phone and began to search for my confirmation – I was positive that it said 8:30. When I got the email up I proudly displayed it to the agent and my husband who both looked at my phone then at me. "It says we arrive at 8:30 in SF. Our flight was at 6:30."


Hey, at least we got to taste some really good wine.

*btw, we flew Alaska airlines which has incredible customer service! They put us on the next flight out without making feel bad or having us pay a cent more. Quite a change from some of the other airlines we've flown with!

9 thoughts on “Portlandia

  1. kate says:

    Oh Portland. Sigh. I miss living close enough to visit a couple times a year for a lot of reasons, but the great yarn shops and Powells are definitely high on the list.
    And a big vote yes of pairing grey with the green. One of my fav color combos.


  2. Melissa says:

    I love Erath wines ~ what a great reason to miss a flight (very funny by the way!)
    I visited Knit Purl and Portland for the first time in January and loved it!! Glad you had a good time!


  3. Maryse says:

    I would feel so bad were I to miss a flight! It’s great that you could fly on another flight without having to pay, fiou… Nice new yarn too! It goes well with the Erath logo ;-)


  4. Liz says:

    I live just down the Willamette Valley from Portland and visit that city often. It’s truly one of the best cities in the country! Thanks for highlighting it here! And I’m glad you had such a great trip! (Alaska IS the best airline, isn’t it? And don’t you love the free drink?)


  5. meppybn says:

    Yea AlaskA, they are the best!!! Wish I’d known you were whizzing past us before you got to Sequim – would have had you in for tea :) Glad you’re getting a chance to see our beautiful West Coast – knitting and books – what a great combination!


  6. Snarkapuss says:

    Yay Portland! Just had to chime in because I’m a PacNW native marooned on the east coast, and I get excited when people show love for my homeland. Sadly I did not start knitting until later in life so I have never visited a Portland yarn store! But I’m glad you enjoyed your time there.


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