Cat’s Corner: My Visit to Cascade Yarns, Skacel Collection Inc. and Lantern Moon

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.

 

Craftsy visits Cascade Yarns

(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!

 

Skacel Collection FlamingoAfter 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!

Craftsy visits Skacel Collection

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.

Skacel Collection Warehouse

Those are all containers filled with Addi Turbo knitting needles of one kind or another. It was pure Addi heaven!
That is an entire row of Zauberballs. I think it may be the most beautiful sight in all of the Pacific North West.

 

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.

Craftsy visits 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*

Craftsy visits Portland

(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!

Craftsy Northwest Giveway Box 1
Craftsy Northwest Giveway Box 2
Craftsy Northwest Giveway Box 3

43 Comments

Diane Addams

Lucky! The Pacific Northwest is beautiful. I visited Seattle many, many moons ago. The people that you encounterd seem very nice and their working environment is to be envied! The cats were an added touch…such handsome fellows and good hosts! Your trip was a success!

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Cat Stolzenbach

Hi Diane,
The trip was a success and lots of fun. I hope to go back to that part of the country again soon! It’s so lovely! Thanks for reading.

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Sheila Zachariae

What a GREAT blog today! So fun to see where all my supplies and squishy goodness comes from!

Sheila

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Cat Stolzenbach

Thank you, Sheila! I enjoyed seeing where all of the squishy goodness comes from, as well as meeting all of the people in person that I talk to on a daily basis. I’m glad you enjoyed the blog.

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Margay

Looks like you had a great trip! I really enjoyed seeing the pictures!

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Cat Stolzenbach

I’m so glad you liked the photos, Margay. It was a very fun trip.

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Kae

Thanks for sharing your trip with us. It’s fun to visit, if only from the armchair.

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sharon Woodcock

Cat,
You write a great travel journal – Thank you for sharing it
… and you have inspired us to bring our pets into work.
We miss you! Please do come back soon!
I don’t think we’ve ever had such an enthusiastic NW visitor :))
Think about coming back in March for the Spa Retreat!
All the knitting best,
Sharon

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Cat Stolzenbach

Hello Sharon! I miss you guys also. I look through the photos on my phone everyday. I had such a lovely time. Thank you so much for your hospitality! We couldn’t have asked for better hosts. The drive around the city was one of the best days I’ve had all year.

I’m working on the spa thing. There has to be a way for me to go! ;) I’ll keep you updated. See you at TNNA!

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Lori

What a fun trip. So great to see these great US companies in my back yard. Know when I or give a hand knit item, I know that it is truly Made in the US!

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Cat Stolzenbach

Hi Lori,

Not all of their products are “made” in the US, but it is great to be able to support local companies! These are three of my favorites, for sure! Thank you for your comment!

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Rhonda Rogalski

Thanks for sharing your fun visit to those great suppliers! I live in So. Oregon so it’s nice to read about some of the local businesses that supply those luscious yarns.

By the way, I looked on both the Knitting and Crocheting Club FB pages and didn’t see any posts about the contests. Are they not on yet or am I not seeing them? Do you have direct links for them?

Thanks,
Rhonda

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Cat Stolzenbach

Hello Rhonda,

My apologies. We had some issues with the website yesterday so we’re a little behind. It will go up today! I’ll put the link into the blog when it’s up also, but keep a lookout on Facebook for it. There may be another give-away next week, too, so look for that, too!

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Cat Stolzenbach

It’s on the blog post now, Rhonda. It won’t go up on Facebook until tomorrow, though.

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Nancy Staub

FASCINATING!!!! I’d LOVE to do this!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us! <3

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Cat Stolzenbach

You’re very welcome, Nancy! Thank you for reading and for your comment.

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Jenny

What a wonderful trip!!! To be able to go to the “source” of all these great yarns and products is just overwhelming.
Thanks for the blog!

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Cat Stolzenbach

Hi Jenny,

You are so welcome! It was a great experience. Seeing Cascades enormous warehouse just blew my mind. There were literally millions of skeins of yarn. It made my stash seem a whole lot smaller. ;)

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Barbara Schultz

Who doesn’t like pictures, stories and give aways?

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Cat Stolzenbach

Right???? ;) Stay tuned for more. I can’t guarantee that there will always be giveaways, but I’ll do my best. Thanks for reading.

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Shari

What a dream field trip! How did you leave with your soul intact?! Where will you go next? Don’t forget to take us all with you ;)

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Cat Stolzenbach

Hi Shari,

I think my soul left better than when it arrived. Portland was AMAZING! I have two trips coming up in the early part of next year. I promise to “take you with me”! Thanks for reading.

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Melanie Hayes

I read all that and as I was reading I found myself wanting to be able to visit all those places. What fun it must have been

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Cat Stolzenbach

It was fun! I hope to go back again soon! Thanks for reading!

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Jessie

Sounds like a great trip. Thank you for showing me the faces behind some of my favorite products..

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Cat Stolzenbach

Jessie-

You’re so welcome. They are such nice faces. Thank you for reading!

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judy grove

Hopefully I will win the yarn giveaway. I live in hoodsport, wa but originally from Puyallup. After signing in to crafsty to sign up I found the exact pattern my granddaughter asked me to knit for her. She is going to college at Montana Tech but is from Puyallup, Wa. She said it is already snowing and very cold. So far I’ve made 4 hats for she and her friends and am now making wool head bands and then fowls for she and her best friend.

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Cat Stolzenbach

Hi Judy!
Thanks for reading and thank you for sharing. I’m so glad you found the pattern you wanted. I hope your granddaughter enjoys wearing it! Have fun with your projects.

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Pat Smith

It’s always fun to visit new places and take your knitting along. I like to scout out new yarn shops if I have time. On this past trip to Spokane, I met up with the folks from The buffalo Wool Co and now am the proud owner of several skeins of their buffalo wool blends. On the route back we came across an artisan that sells homespun yard. I’ve got a lovely skein that I’m trying to figure out what to do with once Christmas projects are completed. Travel is so much fun. Just wish I could go along with you on some of your ventures.

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Cat Stolzenbach

Hi Pat-

I agree! I wish I had had more time to scout out the LYSs in Portland and Seattle. I know they have some good ones! We walked by one CloseKnit, but I didn’t have time to go in and poke around. Next time!

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Bonnie Gustafsson

I’m trying to enter, but there doesn’t seem to be an actual link. Perhaps I’m missing something?

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Cat Stolzenbach

Hello Bonnie,
The link is on the word “here” in the first sentence of the blog. If you just click the word it should open up a new page and register you in the giveaway. If that isn’t working for you, you can click here: Good luck! Thanks for reading.

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Terri -TN

Hi Cat! I can’t imagine getting to go and see all that yarn and other goodies, you must have felt like you were in yarn heaven!!! I’m keeping my fingers crossed I might be lucky and win this time! I’ve never won anything in my life, so I’d probably pass out for excitement if I ever won something!!! When will the drawing take place?

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Cat Stolzenbach

Hi Terri,

Thanks for reading! Sadly, the drawing is over. The winners were chosen a few weeks ago. Normally the entry time for these giveaways is one week. I’m sorry you missed it. There is still time to enter the latest giveaway on my last blog post here- http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2012/12/cats-corner-happy-st-nicks-day/

Good luck and keep reading! There will be many more giveaways to come!

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