Just got back from a trip to Portland, Oregon where I was visiting a friend. What a fun place to visit! Lots of interesting little neighborhoods with many, many small restaurants (does anyone eat at home in Portland?) and some nice touristy things to do with visiting out of towners such as this:
A visit to the Portland Rose Test Garden in Washington Park, which is spectacular. Oregon's climate is conducive to growing all kinds of things and roses, in particular, thrive there.
Now we know why Portland is called The Rose City.
A visit to the Lan Su Chinese Garden in the middle of downtown Portland which is the most authentic Chinese garden outside of China. What a lovely peaceful place.
This city is home to some serious artsy craftsy DIY folks and it seems everywhere you go there are people making things - furniture, clothing, jewelry, small cottages from recycled goods, artwork and, of course, needlework. Trust me, you all would love it.
Of course we stopped to check out the local knitting shops and my friend took me to her local hangout, Twisted. What a great shop! This is definitely a must see for any knitter visiting Portland:
That sock display is from Chrissy Gardiner's Indie Sock book. This is a pretty large shop with a very good inventory of yarn including some interesting hand dyed yarns and lots of samples to give you inspiration.
Saw this Rockefeller shawl in a window and had to include this, although it's not the best photo. Love these colors! This pattern is Stephen West's mystery KAL project that everyone has been doing.
I have been working on a sweater for my grandson, but I don't have any pictures to show. Here is my progress on the Modular Afghan:
Have a good weekend everybody and go check out Andrea's blog to see what other fiber folks have been up to.