To Portland City…
Gonna buy some yarn there,
To make somethin’ pretty… "
-from the Yarn Train Song by Katie, theknittingmama
Tomorrow has an adventure that is a Northwest knitter's dream come true: a magical yarn crawl that starts in Seattle, Washington, and arrives in Portland, Oregon, by Amtrak train.
No boss. No kids. Just you and over 125 like-minded knitters with three blissful hours to knit, chat, and mingle while viewing gorgeous Northwest landscape outside your window. What heaven!
Wait, it gets even better:
Upon arrival in in the Rose City train station you are greeted by Portland knitters bearing Voodoo Doughnuts and love. If you're in the know you will have pre-ordered a Voodoo Maple Bacon Bar to eat when you arrive.
You first gather in the station to see if you've won a doorprize and then you're off to explore Portland's Pearl District with lots of yarn shops, restaurants, Whole Foods, and Powell's City of Books. There are three yarn stores in the Pearl District and two easily accessible-by-bus yarn stores just across the river.
While in Portland you can be on your own or with a group from the train. You can even have a Portland knitter join your group to show you around. There will have been some Portland knitters who traveled to Seattle just to take the train with you to their fair city. They will have special name tags so you will know who they are.
Shop 'til you drop but don't forget to head back to the station 'cause the train heads back to Seattle at 6:15 sharp. Knit your way back to Seattle with a 9:45 arrival.
The Snohomish Knitters Guild has put up an informative page that has a Pearl District walking map with yarn stores marked. There's even a You Tube video with Katie's ukulele yarn train song.
If you are a Portland knitter and have the time tomorrow, go greet the yarn train around 11 a.m. at Union Station.
No matter where you live, maybe next year you'll want to fly to Seattle to take the train to Portland. Knit on!