I finally got around to developing the film from the disposable camera I used during our trip to Portland, OR for Markus’ supercomputing conference. And wow, the cost for developing film including the digital CD is astronomical, considering the fact that the photos came out less than stellar. Gees, I can take mediocre pictures for free on my digital camera! Heh. We sent our digital camera to Canon today to have them fix the CCD sensor. Hopefully it’ll arrive back here all shiny and new before the holidays! So now back to Portland.
First of all, where were all the sock knitters??? I showed up at the Oregon Convention Center with my sock yarn at the ready but the only people there were supercomputing people. Hmmm, I guess I missed the Sock Summit by about 3 months. (see above, I’m holding a skein of purple Hazel Knits sock yarn)
We stayed at a super hotel, the Ace Hotel. Our room was wallpapered with pages from a dictionary. The lobby is attached to a coffee shop, and as you can see in the mediocre photo above, there is a photo booth in the main lobby. I spent a few hours sitting in the lobby sipping coffee on the spacious couch while knitting, just watching people get their photos taken. Funny stuff! If you’re going to Portland and want to stay in the coolest, most unique, hip, and modern hotel ever, then I recommend the Ace Hotel wholeheartedly. If for no other reason than postage stamps are complimentary for guests. That’s a Dealbreaker right there.
I knew Star Athena at Twisted was giving a class on sock design while I was in town and fortunately there was still space in the class. I bought the Hazel Knits yarn from Twisted’s wall of sock yarn to use in class.
Me and Star in front of the wall of sock yarn. Let me point out that this is only 1/3 of the wall of sock yarn. Do you know how long it took me to decide which yarn to buy? Anyway, Star was gracious enough to pose for a photo with me. I really enjoyed meeting her and I recommend taking a class from her if you’re in the Twisted area.
Susan’s Top 8, yes 8, list of non-cultural things to do in Portland because who wants to see another museum when you can go to a yarn store?
1. Go to Twisted and drool over the wall of sock yarn (not literally, that would just be gross)
2. Stay at the Ace Hotel which is connected to Stumptown Coffee Roasters
3. Go to Powell’s bookstore and try not to hyperventilate
4. Eat a yummy lunch or dinner at Santeria Mexican restaurant, 703 SW Ankeny, then pop next door to the Tugboat Brewing Company and quench your thirst
5. Go to Powell’s bookstore again now that you’ve grasped the full extent of the bookstore and this time, choose from one of the thousands of knitting books, order coffee and read your book in the cafe
6. Stop by Costello’s Travel Caffé which is a few doors down from Twisted for a bite to eat and a cup of coffee. Do you see a coffee pattern developing here?
7. Have a delicious pancake breakfast at Byways Cafe in the Pearl District
8. Go to Oblation Papers & Press, 516 NW 12th Ave, and watch them do letterpress printing on antique presses
Markus says: “These swag sunglasses from Microsoft are hot”