I’m back bearing yarn!

I had been doing so well on my yarn diet, but vacation yarn doesn’t count, does it? How about if you make a Webs cart just to buy the yarn you found on vacation but didn’t buy then?

I made it back from Portland at midnight last night. It was a rain and yarn filled visit. Here was problem #1:

Yes, I was knitting gloves on the plane and forgot to bring my thousands of stitch markers, so I had to improvise with my rings.

Saturday after lunch we headed straight for Yarn Garden (who knew there was a Yarn Garden in my home state of Maryland, too?) I did a couple of passes and found some great yarn to buy:

I bought some black Kabuto that I hope will mean I actually can make something out of the green Kabuto I already have. I love this yarn, so squishy! I also found some gorgeous Schoeller & Stahl Volare Mouline. That was all they had in that colorway, and Ravelry says it’s discontinued. This sucks! My friend ARM does have good taste, though, as he picked up a skein of Koigu at Yarn Garden and told me I had to knit him socks.
The yarn is posing with the Ugly Dolls my kids now expect to receive every time I go to the Portland airport!
We did stop by Knit/Purl, but I didn’t buy anything, and Lint is now a vintage clothing store. Oh well.

The next day we went over to my ARM’s work’s area of Portland to have lunch, and randomly drove past a yarn store. Of course we had to stop! However, it was Sunday morning, and raining, so I ran in to the first door I found. We were inside for a few minutes before someone came over and said “Are you here to knit?” we said no, and found out that they weren’t even open yet! Unfortunately for my diet they let me window shop and I actually found yarn that I “had to” come back and buy. So after lunch we came back to Abundant Yarn & Dyeworks to shop.

Let me just say here that we have tons of LYS near me, but why is it that two, yes two, of the Portland LYS have attached cafes and none of mine do? I would love to be able to knit at a cafe within a yarn store. And at Abundant Yarn any purchase you make at the cafe counts towards their frequent buyer card. I’m moving, I tell you. It’s not like I’m getting a job here anytime soon, I may as well start looking farther North.

Anyway, I was very good. I found a lot of yarn I was interested in, but I decided to only buy yarn that I couldn’t possibly buy online. Meanwhile, I really really wanted the Rowan Tapestry that I’ve never seen in person, and there were a few similarly dyed yarns that I liked as well. Also, I was very surprised that my favorite yarn, Cascade Pastaza, now has new colorways. Have you seen the Pastaza Paints? Gorgeous!

So even though I am no longer really making socks, since I got a request and wanted to support the local yarn dyers, I bought some Abundant Dyeworks yarn, one for ARM’s socks:

and for me:

These posters were in their bathroom. They even supplied diapers! I love this store!

Meanwhile, ARM was visiting the cafe. He ordered coffee and a scone, and the lady there asked if he wanted his scone “brought up to room temperature”. He said yes. While he was gone, I decided I wanted some cake, and he decided we should buy it together. I ordered my piece of cake, and got, I kid you not, microwaved cake handed to me in a paper towel! I was so disappointed – since when do you microwave cake? It was ruined, and I couldn’t even enjoy it. The dark spot of the yarn store trip I enjoyed so much. Of course you know I’ll go back, but just for the yarn.

The trip was rounded out by a a trip to a bakery ARM’s wife raved about. (Yes, Chris, they even have gluten free cake!) A Piece of Cake didn’t disappoint. I ordered a chocolate cupcake and it was amazing. I wish I brought more back with me, but they probably wouldn’t have made it home. The good news is that BR was great with the kids, and even said it wouldn’t be a problem for me to go back soon! I’d better take him up on his offer while he’s making it.

Next yarn crawl – D.C. and maybe the Yarn Garden in Annapolis, just because, over Christmas.

(Stash accounted for: 149 skeins)


9 Responses to “I’m back bearing yarn!”

  1. December 3, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Yarn Garden in Annapolis is a nice store. A bit cramped, but very nice. While you’re in the DC/MD area, how about a drive south into La Plata and visit the new yarn store there?

  2. December 3, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    It sounds like you had a great time! You’ve picked up some really pretty yarn there!

  3. December 3, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Mmmm…. gluten-free cake….

  4. December 3, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Microwaved cake?!?!? *choke*

  5. December 6, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    I love the attached cafe. Doesn’t the Yarn Garden have one? Whichever one it is, they have the best soup EVER.


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