Although I was in Portland and at the marketplace for Sock Summit, I feel like I didn’t really have a Sock Summit. The Yarnery got word that it would be a vendor long after any hope of attending any classes or events was gone. We spent lots of time in the marketplace, had fun, met lots of great people, (Knitting Linguist/ Jocelyn was just as I imagined, and I hope to meet again when we can sit and chat) but other than spotting Barbara Walker having lunch with Lucy Neatby, it could have been any marketplace.
But not just anywhere. The food in Portland is fabulous, so we stuffed our feelings about missing out on so much by stuffing our faces. I cruised Chowhound for recommendations, but the locals we talked to had so many recommendations additional research wasn’t necessary. My favorite meal? The lunch Maura and I ran out to get on Saturday at the Farmers Market. Fruit, cheese, bread and brownies. The fruit was unlike any I have ever tasted. Peaches, nectarines, berries galore, all at the absolute peak of perfection. This picture says it all.
The best news — after all that togetherness, the Yarnery staff that went still had fun and still like each other. Well, I still like them, anyway. My # 1 recommendation for solving the dilemmas of packing up huge amounts of stuff for shipping – get yourself a North Dakota Farm Girl. (Or two!) Their awesome spatial skills and creative problem-solving knows no bounds.