Jillian’s Spinning: A Quick Trip to Portland

Our family went to Portland to celebrate my in-law’s 50th anniversary, it was a blissful 3 days. Why is it so hard to get my brain and sleep back in sync traveling west to east? I’m still a little blurry, but here’s a quickie recap.


We drank, we ate, I bought books at Powell’s, we stayed at the Kennedy School , I even spun at the Japanese Garden.

I squeezed in a trip to Twisted!  A super fast the-husband-and-kids-are-in-the-car-outside trip.


Mer helped me pick out some Knitted Wit yarn for a little fair isle. I saw Quince yarns in the wild. I visited a wall of Blue Moon Fiber Arts and petted a whole bunch of fibers from new to me dyers. I wish this store was in my neighborhood!

But what did I buy?

Twisted haul
Twisted Haul

Fiber from Knitted Wit and Wonderland Dyeworks, Knitted Wit Rambouillete yarn, Hazel Yarn sock, Swans Island fingering weight yarn, Socks That Rock – I didn’t have time to meet up with Tina, so I worshiped her yarn instead. And some Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails for stitching.

I’ve been home a couple of days and am already trying to figure out how soon I can get back to Portland.

Now for another cup of coffee!

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

2 thoughts on “Jillian’s Spinning: A Quick Trip to Portland

  1. Anya

    My sister lives in Portland, and I’m always trying to figure out how to get back. Every time we go there, my husband and I hire a sitter for the kids just so that we can go to Powell’s! 🙂

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