And if a Girl needs to go yarn shopping, she needs to go with friends.
Carol and I also tried the much-vaunted Dar Essalam in Wilsonville, which everyone in the whole wide world recommended. We went for lunch, which meant we missed the Tagine they’re famous for, but reveled in the Casablanca, a dessert of a perfect phyllo pillow filled with gorgeous fruit that absolutely curled our toes:
This may have been where I fell down on my lack of sewing skills, but all around it was six sacks of fun and I had lunch with a great veteran spinner and knitter, Betty, who gave me a ride to the MiniChef where we ate, surprise, some pretty mean biscuits.
It's Fly Design's Monarch (Purple and Black) and Shoe Fly Sock (Rainbow) super wash, self-striping yarns that made me tap-dance like an elf in the crowded corner booth.
Looted up, we headed home, where Abby made the best tomato soup ever:
...and we snuggled up to watch Bridesmaids. Siiiiighhhhh Chris O'Dowd is one of my favorite actors ever, as being at turns hysterical and heart-rending is the Irish Gift. And he’s Cute. And Irish. A distant second to GingerMan, but an entirely similar sensibility and a hilarious movie. I now feel really terrible that I avoided it for so long and grateful to Abby for making me watch it!
This is intended for the Bandwidth Hat from Stephen West’s Book Two, which I reviewed the very first time I ever appeared on Knitmore Girls as “That Squirrel Girl They Know On Too Much Coffee”. It’s one of my favorite of his designs and I’ve been looking for the perfect yarn for, what, two years? Local dyer Black Trillium's beautiful swirly-coffee yarn will be the cabled headband with the gorgeous olive for the patterned crown.
... And if the Upstairs needs to be painted and decorated, a Girl might need more yarn.