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Yarn & rails

The Seattle to Portland Yarn Train was a lot of fun! I enjoyed every minute of it – the leisurely train trip with fellow fiber fans, the delightful lunch at Thai Peacock, the numerous yarn stores we visited, Powell’s, Moonstruck Chocolates, the hot tub, the lovely hotel, the amazing breakfast at Pine State Biscuits, and equally leisurely (but much quieter) train home on Sunday. Oh, and the amazing parking karma I had all weekend! We rented a car to maximize our shopping efficiency, which was one of our more brilliant ideas. Here are some photos from the weekend:

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Sock scraps, squared

Yarn train, ahoy! We are on our way to Portland for a day of yarn store hopping, and I needed 5-6 hours of easy knitting – so I grabbed a bunch of scrap balls and am making mitered squares.

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Much of the trip is quite lovely, and all of it is entertaining (as is to be expected, with a hundred knitters on board).

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More later!

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WIP Wednesday

It’s another use-up-the-old-stash project: more socks. Nothing fancy, just simple 3X1 rib across the instep and contrast toes & heels. Building up my inventory of warm socks for next winter!

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Go outside and play!

We’re pretty sure the birds building the nest in our filbert are Bushtits. Very small birds, they spent the weekend making the inside cozy with fluff from a ball of wool we hung on the porch, and giving us the ol’ stink eye because we were working on the front porch.

Yep, you read that right: we’re back to working on the porch! We got a couple of soffits up, and re-papered the gable end (a winter storm blew off the paper we had up). I’d hoped to get more done, but as is always the case, everything took¬†longer than we thought.

I also got a fair bit of yard work done — lots of weeding, and planted swiss chard and tomatoes and petunias. I clipped back all the plants overflowing the front rockery and pulled out four yard waste bags of ivy, vinca minor, and ground covers. We spent pretty much the entire weekend outside, so no housework got done and only minimal cooking.¬†Amelia didn’t care that we were outside; she had a prime perch in the window, where she could bask in the glorious sunshine!

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A nest

Some little birds have built a lovely nest in the contorted filbert, with bits of fluff and moss. It’s too high to see into so I’m not sure if there are eggs yet, but the nest is very new so I think not yet. Once the filbert leafs out it will be completely hidden.

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A misunderstanding

Seems that Amelia thought I was laying out my Hitchhiker scarf for her enjoyment, when really I was just trying to take a quick progress photo.

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I thought maybe if I fold it up a bit, she won’t think it’s as fun.

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No such luck – she tried to burrow under it. I pushed her away.

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And she grabbed the circular needle and rolled with it.

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Who, me??

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