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I’m getting on a plane in a few days to go scout Portland.

What to take with? There’s a ton of projects all over the cabin in various stages of completion (or, heh, “rest” aka stalled?).

This one will probably be the best – just have to get winding the yarn…

This is a black sweater.

I like black sweaters. Am currently finishing the sleeves on a black cotton blend little number. ;p

But the wind is telling me it’s time to go for the Wool.

So here we have a bunch of skeins of Black Water Abbey worsted that have found a delightful new trajectory: UMA.

The UMA cardigan is something I’ve wanted to design for quite awhile. It is a very daily bread kind of garment; something you can have on hand to throw on to run to the mailbox (now across the road) or lounge around in the cabin (as it gets much cooler in the evenings).

Made with elbow length sleeves, it’s very go-to-the-office fashion friendly too. :)

Chic Knits UMA

I’m making this one with long sleeves (pattern includes directions for both).

But what’s really exciting about this is that this has top-down set-in sleeves — which I’ve fallen in love with. They seem to put the magic back into the project just when I traditionally hit a stall — and there’s no pesky sewing or having to fiddle with squooshing the cap into the hole. (How’s that for a scientific description?)!

Chic Knits Uma

Just gentle, balanced knitting.

And in this case, To-Go…

Any and all suggestions for exploring and enjoying Portland next week (through the 25th) give a shout?

7 responses to “Projects projects projects”

  1. Angela says:

    Eat at Ned Ludd, assuming it’s still there. Yum! You’ll dig the aesthetic.

  2. Pam says:

    I’m sad if I visit Portland and don’t go to Powell’s. The big bookstore. Take your time.

    And many people think a trip to Portland is not complete without a visit up the gorge to Multnomah Falls. It’s on my way home, so I don’t think about it that way. It’s a beautiful city. Enjoy! What are your Portland plans?

  3. Lisa says:

    Oh man where do I start. I’m from Portland. Here are my top three knitting shops, Twisted, Happy Knits & Knit Purl. Portlanders love their coffee, beer, and wine. So you’ll have to try some of that. And Voo Doo Doughnuts!! Places to shop, Pearl District, Hawthorne, NW 23 and more. Hope you have a great time!!

  4. TSKTSK says:

    A local recommended for dinner and we loved it. If you don’t have reservations ( we didn’t), you can sit in the back brew pub. We loved it!

    And shop the Pearl District. I’ll second that.

  5. TSKTSK says:

    One more thing… If you are a fan of the Chicago food truck, Portland has a food truck mecca! After shopping Pearl District, stop by the food trucks! They are all parked in one lot.

    Okay, one LAST thing. I always heard of the rose gardens and they were beautiful. What I did not know is that adjacent is a Japanese garden. Stunning! I recommend both. We walked from the waterfront up to the gardens. Great housing to walk by. Warning… Uphill the whole way…but worth it. Chicago couldn’t be more flat in comparison!

    Enjoy! I loved our trip and look forward to going back.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I love Portland! My favorite Portland yarn shop is Knit-Purl:
    Have a great trip!

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