Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mark your Calendars!

Before you know it, it will be fall here in Portland, Oregon, and that can only mean one two three things:

  1. This heat wave will pass and soon we'll be able to wear the warm things we've been working on (like my February Lady Sweater).

  2. Rain will return and we'll gripe about how we're sick of grey, wet days -- not to be confused with the griping we're doing now about temps in the 90-100F range.

  3. There are fibery events to attend on the horizon!
Here are a few events that I know are happening soon. You've probably got them on your calendar already, but just in case. . .

August 24 - Stitch 'n' Pitch with the Beavers versus Tacoma at PGE Park. Game time is 2:00 and there will be a collection point for Caps for Cancer. So knit up some chemo caps and come join the fun!

September 11-14 - Fall Knit & Crochet Conference at the Oregon Convention Center. I think there are still some openings in classes, if you're so inclined, and there are sure to be lots of goodies to peruse and purchase, whether you attend classes or not. Online registration closes on August 21st, so don't wait too much longer to git 'er done! There's a MAX station right next to the Convention Center, so getting there from just about anywhere in the Portland Metropolitan area is pretty simple. I'm registered for a Friday class (knitting backwards) and a Sunday all-day session with Joan Schrouder on Faroese shawls. Good times!

September 27-28 - Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby. This, my friends, is my Mecca. The thing I look forward to all year. The thing that makes my non-knitting friends roll their eyes even as mine light up like fireworks when I talk about it. Seriously, this is the place to be for fiber lovers in Oregon come the end of September! This year, the PDX Knitting Bloggers will have an official booth on the lawn where we'll be giving demonstrations of knitting, crocheting, and spinning (drop spindles and wheels) all weekend. We're hoping that this activity will help keep some money in our wallets, but it probably won't make that much difference!

October 3-5 - First Annual Beach Retreat, sponsored by Nestucca Yarns, in Lincoln City. If you need an excuse to go to the coast for a weekend, here it is. Classes with Helen Burros on aran knitting and Joan Schrouder on fair isle knitting are part of the fun. I won't be able to attend this one, but I sure wish I could!

October 13 - An evening with the Mason-Dixon gals at Powell's City of Books Burnside location. Yes, Ann and Kay are coming back, promoting their new book, Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines. Wish I could attend, but I work on Monday nights so y'all will have to be my proxies!

I'm sure there will be more, but for now, that's the list I've got on my calendar. Hope to see you at one or more of these fun gatherings!


Jocele said...

Hi. Jocele from the cruise here. Thanks for the tip on the retreat. We'll be at the coast then (going after Canby), so I just signed on for a few more days of knitting. Thanks!!!

Ann said...

Sounds like a busy season. You are so lucky that so many knitty happenings in your part of the world - nothing happens here!