|Bagdad cinema, Portland|
|Aladdin cinema, Portland|
The other photo is the Milwaukie Market - what we would call a corner shop in the U.K. I liked the array of gaudy ads all over the outside (mostly for beer).
While my daughter was busy with classes, I spent quite a lot of time in Powell's book store - a Portland institution. It sells new and used books side by side, so you can often choose between a new and a used copy of the same book. I bought a few books, including a (used) copy of Knitting Brioche by Nancy Marchant - I have knitted a scarf in a simple two-colour brioche stitch, but the book goes much further and has some patterns I'd like to knit.
I also spent some time in Knit Purl, a really nice yarn store in downtown Portland. I did buy quite a lot of yarn there, but for now I will only mention the Brooklyn Tweed Loft. The store has a good selection of patterns, and I loved Heidi Kirrmaier's Boardwalk design - a mostly stocking stitch pullover with a bit of complication around the neckline. I bought the pattern and four skeins of Loft to knit it with, in a lovely silver grey. (The nice people in the store wound it for me, on their electric wool-winder. It was mesmerising! I could watch it all day.) I started knitting it when I got home, and I am about halfway up the back - it's my current TV knitting.
I couldn't go to my usual Tuesday Knit Night in Huddersfield, obviously, but my daughter found another Tuesday Knit Night at the Yarn Garden on Hawthorne. It was a good evening - friendly knitters, interesting knitting. And I found out something very useful - one of the knitters was wearing her Color Affection shawl, and I looked at it carefully and discovered that I had misunderstood the pattern instructions and should have already started the border. So I am much nearer to finishing than I thought. (Though as she said, it will take a long time to knit the border - two inches of really long rows.)
I did lots of other things in Portland that weren't knitting related, of course. It was a good week. But the best part was spending time with my daughter.