29 January 2010

Seattle to Portland Yarn Train 2010, Part 2: The Stash

This year I decided to have a laser focus in my acquisition of new yarn: luxury or bust. Portland, as usual, did not disappoint. The rainy day definitely influenced my color choices and I ended up with a very Northwest palette with only one exception.

I came home with a shopping bag full of alpaca, silk, merino, and cashmere. Notice the new Jordana Paige bag? Purchased last week at her different-bag-an-hour seconds sale to benefit Haiti.

First up: ShibuiKnits Yarn, Sock, at Knit Purl. This is their own line, and the colors are amazing.

This is destined to become the Churchmouse Classics “Koigu linen stitch scarf”. Despite the hub-bub about Koigu, I prefer ShibuiKnits Sock.

Next, indulgence in the newer line at ShibuiKnits: 4 skeins of ShibuiKnits Baby Alpaca and 3 skeins of ShibuiKnits Silk Cloud (mohair/silk) to make the ShibuiKnits Cabled Rib Wrap.


At Dublin Bay Knitting Company, I found a few skeins left of their new luxury line: “Solstice”.  I picked up 2 skeins of Starlight Cashmere Silk in the “summer twilight” colorway. (The color is actually a bit darker than it shows up in my browser window.) I’m not sure what this will become – most likely something that will touch my skin. It is soooo lovely.

And finally, some wonderful stuff from Knit Knot Studio – Pur from Schoppel Wolle (left) and Karabell “Popcorn Merino”. I plan to design something that uses these two together.

I also purchased a pin that is by the same designer as the jewelry I purchased at Knit Knot Studio last year (here’s last year’s photo) – my pin this year is like this one, but smaller and has a dark patina.

I am so blessed to live in an area with so much creativity and art available to fiber folks. I hope next year you’ll consider joining us on the Seattle to Portland Yarn train.


  1. I would LOVE to take this trip next year! It looks like so much fun, and you got some great yarns.

  2. Beautiful yarn in wonderful colours. Wish I'd bought ShiBui now. Oh well, I'll just HAVE to make another trip!

  3. Charisa!
    Ha! I was looking at the Solstice and I couldn't decide between the Summer Twilight colorway that you got or Stormy Sky...I went with the Stormy Sky. The colors are gorgeous! Oh, if I were a rich man....
    I have no idea what I'll use mine for yet, but it'll be something good!


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