Hi Craftsy Peeps,
A few days after my trip to Stitches East, my VP, Alex and I went on a whirlwind visit to our vendors in the Pacific Northwest. I was very excited because I haven't been to Seattle in over 20 years, and I've never been to Portland. We were only in each city for one day, but I enjoyed every second of both of those days.
Our first stop was to meet with Rob and Shannon Dunbabin, the very warm and friendly owners of Cascade Yarns. We received a quick tour of the offices and warehouse and were then treated to an amazing sushi lunch at Miyabi in Tukwila. You might not guess it from the outside of the restaurant, but the sashimi was maybe the best I've ever had.
(Clockwise from top left) 1- This photo doesn't properly show the enormity that is Cascade's warehouse. See those white bales between Alex and Rob? Many of those bales contain over 900 skeins of yarn, and there are rows and rows of them. You do the math. 2- This entire row and the one next to it (on the right) are all Cascade 220. That's a whole lot of afghans and sweaters! 3- This is Rob and Shannon and their new kitten, Carusou. 4- Falinda, my super-amazing sales rep, and one of the office kitties- Taj. (We woke him up from a nap for this photo. Isn't he the cutest thing ever? Go back to sleep now, Kitty.) Don't worry fearless readers! The kitties aren't allowed to play with the yarn!
After lunch we headed over to Skacel Collection, Inc. to meet with Rob Delmont, Chuck Wilmesher and Karin Skacel. We were greeted by this little guy in his fancy sweater.
Alex and I also received a tour of the offices and warehouse, and I was quite surprised and touched to be sung happy birthday to by the entire Skacel crew. I had mentioned jokingly to Rob that my birthday was the day before our visit in an email at some point. He not only remembered, but planned this little event that included cupcakes baked by Karin's daughter, who is opening a gluten-free bakery soon! You lucky Seattle peeps! They were so delicious you'd never know they were lacking in both gluten and dairy. They later took us out to a delicious dinner at Joey's where I had salmon that practically melted in my mouth. Thanks, guys!
The fantastic crew at Skacel Collection, Inc. They were all so kind to us. Rob is on the far left, Chuck is the tall guy in the back, Karin Skacel is the blond woman in glasses two heads to the right of me and the lovely brunette on the far right is Cirilla Rose, who is Skacel's Creative Director and also a fabulous pattern designer.
The next morning Alex and I jumped on a tiny little commuter plane and headed down to Portland, Oregon to meet with the awesome folks at Lantern Moon.
After our meeting and tour, we were treated to some of the best sushi rolls I've ever had and a quick driving tour of Portland. I was so excited to see the city. We did a quick loop of downtown (the line outside of Voodoo Donuts was half way down the block, so we didn't stop just in case you were wondering), toured the famed Rose Garden, raced across a couple of bridges, and drove through a few lovely neighborhoods. It's a gorgeous city and I can't say that I would be disappointed if Craftsy ever decided to move its offices there. Just sayin'. *wink wink*
(Clockwise from top left) 1- One of the delicious sushi rolls we had at Hana on NE Alberta Street in Portland. 2- Barista Fine Coffee also on NE Alberta- the decaf, soy latte I had there was ambrosia, pure and simple... 3 & 4- Lovely views of the famous Rose Garden from my Instagram feed (yes, I'm an Instagram addict).
Thanks so much to Cascade Yarns, Skacel Collections, Inc. and Lantern Moon for their generosity and hospitality. I collected quite a bit of swag on this trip- too much for me to keep! So I've made up three special boxes containing goodies from each company we visited on our trip and I'm giving them away to some lucky yarn lovers! To enter for a chance to win one of the three special boxes, click here and register or sign in on Craftsy!