The morning came far too early for this night owl. Husband, transported daughter and I to the Mt. Vernon Train Station (Mt. Vernon, WA State), where daughter & I boarded the Amtrak to Portland.
It is about a 5 hour journey, so we brought our hooks and yarn to keep us company!
Please note the very cool skull cap I crocheted, most of it in Bernat Glow in the Dark yarn. It’s a cool cap, which doubles as a night lite 🙂 (Just kidding it doesn’t glow that long, but it does glow brightly!)
We met some lovely ladies from Bellingham, WA along the way, most of them older than I, and most mystified by crocheting, or knitting, a few were quilters. We decided we could all live in the sisterhood/brotherhood of textile love.
We had a few stops along the way, first was Everett, then Seattle, then Tacoma and a few more. I missed a couple cause I was taking a well earned nap! Sara got a neat shot of the Seattle stop.
We arrived in Portland in good time, the rain having turned to beautiful blue skies. We met up for dinner with some very good friends. I won’t say how long I’ve known by dear sister/friend and her hubby, but let’s put it this way, it makes us feel old to say it! Then, I got back in time for the Market Show Preview! WOW some really great stuff folks! More on that later…but here’s what I’ve gotten so far:
Several skeins of Newton’s Country Yarn, one of them a lovely bamboo/brushed cotton, 950 yds! WHOOT. I also picked up a Laurel Hill Ebony hook, looks like an M to me, love it! The gentlemen from Laurel Hill are really neat folks, good to meet them and hear the story behind this really cool company!
After that we free formers started to “hook up”, and I got to see dear Mel from Connetticut, Bonnie & Bill Pierce from Washington State, as well as Jacqui from Australia who I got to meet in 2007 in Oakland, she looks great! and a new addition to our little cadre of crochet madness, Sarah who works for Crown Mtn. Farms!
Tommorrow I have my first class in the afternoon with Jennifer Hansen looking forward to that, and this should just be fun! Ooooh and tomorrow night is the Free Formers official party. Hoping to hook up with more folks. I’m hear hanging around the hotel…I’ll leave a note in the hospitality room so folks can find me 😉
Anyway, goodnight and sweet fiber dreams! Capt’n out! (Sorry, I’m exhausted and I was feeling all trek-ish 🙂 )