Thank you for all of the Portland suggestions! There are some great ones in there. I am so looking forward to going through those and checking some new things out and putting a list together in the next couple of weeks. That will be really fun — thank you to those of you who took the time to contribute. Many classics in that list, and lots of places I've never been. Can't wait to have some time to check them out!
It's been such a busy week here as we work on the sampler kits. Everything looks fantastic and I am so pleased with how it's all coming together. We are still planning to ship mid-June, though most of the crewel yarn is still in England, where it is manufactured (crewel wool is not exactly popular right now, so there aren't too many companies left who even make it). Appletons has had to dye more wool to meet our demand, so we are just waiting for that to be finished and shipped from England to Texas and then to Portland, and in the meantime doing all of the cutting/ironing/screening/folding of fabric and all of the pattern printing and paperwork. Hopefully the timing of our finishing these things and the arrival of the wool will dovetail, and then we will start the assembly and shipping in mid-June. If the wool doesn't arrive on time, we'll have to wait for it [taps fingers]. But I'll keep you posted. I know Andy is writing a silk-screening post for you, too. If you're not familiar with the process, it's really pretty cool.