Birthday Knitting (and a Trip)!

I am about to head home for my birthday next weekend. This will be the first time I have been home for a birthday in about 6 years. I have no clue why this is such a big deal for me this year but I am so excited to celebrate with my family.

Besides being home with my family I am also super excited to show my boyfriend around my hometown. I have been educating him about my upbringing through episodes of Portlandia but there are still some things he just needs to learn by being there. On our agenda is a hike at Multnomah Falls, Voodoo Doughnuts, Stumptown Coffee, Powell’s Books, the Cascade Brewery, and a day trip to the Oregon Coast. On my personal birthday agenda is a tour of Portland yarn shops in search of a yarny birthday gift to myself. I can’t decide on a pattern to knit because there are several that I have been drooling over lately. I have one week to decide between these:

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Khajiit Cowl by Lili Aghabeik

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Ease by Alicia Plummer

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Hitch by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

Input is greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone has any Portland yarn shop recommendations they are greatly appreciated. I grew up there but my fiscal ability to afford nice yarn didn’t mature until I moved away.