Thursday, May 19, 2011

All Aboard for a Portland Yarn Crawl

Of course I'd like Salem knitters to buy yarn from me but when I heard about this yarn crawl I thought it sounded so fun! I'll open up Teaselwick Wools early, at 9:30, and will have coffee and cookies for you crawlers. We've made arrangements for crawlers to park in the museum parking lot. Kudos to Helen for organizing such a fun trip! Here's the info:

Knittin’ the Rails – An Urban Yarn Adventure
Saturday, May 28th, 2011
Join us as we travel by train to Portland’s historic Union Station, then visit several yarn shops in Portland, with a trip to the Tea Zone for a quick break, before having a light early dinner and heading back to Salem on the train.

We will be meeting at the Mission Mill Museum on Saturday morning at 9:30am, stopping for coffee & cookies at Teaselwick Wools, then walking across Mill St. to board the Amtrak Cascades #504 10:12 morning train to Portland, approximately an hour’s journey
away. Leaving the train at Union Station, we will walk and use TriMet buses to visit Urban Fiber Arts, Dublin Bay Yarn Company, Twisted (home of the entire Blue Moon Fiber Arts line!), and Yarn Garden with a quick hop to Happy Knits. We will stop for a snack at the Tea Zone mid-afternoon to restore our energy, before continuing our urban adventure. About 4:30 we will have an early dinner at the Lloyd Center food court, before boarding the #507 6:15 train for the early evening run back to Salem, arriving in Salem about 7:15pm.

Important things to know -
Knitters must purchase their train tickets in advance of the trip, to assure their seat on the train. There is a Bistro car on the train which has drinks and light snacks available.
Please wear shoes and clothing appropriate for walking in town and for the weather. Please remember to carry only what you can comfortably carry on the buses. This trip is not suitable for toddlers or young children but babes in arms are welcome! Bags will be checked at the
yarn shops for security and to make shopping easier. Remember that Portland has hills but relatively small downtown blocks. And don’t forget your cameras! Knitters should bring $10.00 in change for the buses. We will be buying all day passes but the price could change. Bring only the bank cards you intend to use, in a wallet you can put in your pocket to avoid leaving it on the bus or in a yarn shop. Bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated – walking is hard work and you don’t want to get tired too soon!
Please contact Helen Burros – or Bluedragon on to sign up and for more information about this fun excursion in ‘green’ travel!


  1. There's still time to buy your train ticket and join us on this fun trip! We'll be traveling around Portland on Tri Met, so no worries about driving, parking, or the price of gas! And we're stopping at a fabulous tea shop for lunch, I'm really looking forward to a great cup of tea to recharge me between yarn shops. Come ride the rails with us!


  2. Thanks Tracy for opening up early, serving us coffee and goodies, and making a great start to a really wonderful day! I'm looking forward to knitting up the Trekking Hand Art sock yarn I bought at Teaselwick, just need to decide which of the sock patterns on my faves list will do the beautiful colors justice, lol.