Yesterday was my birthday and I chose to go yarn shopping. Jeremy and I went to Portland and met up with Chrissy, who acted as chauffeur and tour guide. We started off at Close Knit, where we bopped from one yarn to another, petting and oohing over practically everything. Toward the end, we chilled a little and stood chattng about the Artyarns Supermerino and silk. I realized that I was with someone who appreciates handpainted yarn, sock yarn especially, as much as I do.

As we were putting on our seat belts for the drive to Knit/Purl, Chrissy gave me a birthday gift. My first Opal sock yarn! It’s self-patterning and the natural colors of black, yellow, brown and white will match most of my casual wardrobe. I’ve been wanting to try it for a while. Thanks again, Chrissy!

At Knit/Purl, we briefly checked out the sale yarn downstairs, then headed back up. Here’s where we really went crazy. As much as we tried to look at other yarns, we kept going back to the sock yarns and ogling the Blue Moon colorways. We overcame the urge to grab armfuls of it, though I carried a hank around the store. I ended up with some handpainted alpaca for my shawl, which was my birthday gift from Jeremy.
Jeremy and I headed to Lloyd Center, to spend my birthday gift card and had dinner at Stanford’s. Before going home, we stopped at Yarn Garden.