Yarn train shenanigans

Saturday morning at 6:15 am found me on the way to the train station, where I and three friends boarded an Amtrak train destined for Portland, OR. With us, some hundred plus fellow knitters – enough to warrant two cars of our own. A chatty, happy bunch of fiber fiends descended on the hapless town of Portland just before noon. Our group’s first stop was lunch, at Pok Pok Noi.

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Properly fueled with the delicious lunch, we proceeded to yarn-store-hop around town, utilizing Portland’s public transit system. We visited Close Knits, Twisted, and then Happy Knits (all on the east side of the river), before hopping a tram to the west side and popping in to Knit Purl, and Pearl Fiber Arts.

I had my mad money saved up, so I did get yarn in each shop, acquiring stash yarns that I can’t get in Seattle. Bonus: all of the stores offered discounts to Yarn Train participants (woot!). I was too busy ogling yarn to take photos in the shops, but I did pause to snap a quick photo as we passed Voodo Donuts.

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The weather was typical Northwest spring – cool, damp, with intermittent sun breaks. We made sure we enjoyed those.

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Two of our group headed back to Seattle on Saturday night, while Suzie and I stayed the night, enjoying a shenanigan-free, leisurely evening and Sunday morning. Back on the train at noon, we headed home – Suzie dutifully reading the book club selection and I knitting on a fingerless mitt.

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Several fellow passengers stashed distinctive pink boxes in the overhead bins or under their seats. Think they’d notice if I grabbed one?

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