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Contest for Portland Metro knitters!

A lot of components go into creating great photos for our catalog and web site, and one important component is location. (It's not just true for real estate!) We like to get out of the studio as much as we can to capture the natural lighting and inspiring backdrops of the area in which we live. Since we're headquartered in Vancouver, WA, we do a lot of shooting in Portland, the gorge, Camas, and Vancouver. It really brings that "Pacific Northwest" feeling to our photos I think. Anyway, remember my blog post a while back about our October photoshoot at Hopworks Urban Brewery? Well, now that the October catalog is out, I can show you some of my favorite shots from that location shoot.

Line-by-Line Mittens to Gloves Kit

Biker's Silk Scarf Pattern from Knitting and Tea

Twisted Rib "Reversi" Socks Pattern from Tops & Toes

Don't Forget Your Mittens Scarf Pattern from Pints & Purls

To celebrate the HUB and the success of our October location shoots, we've decided to have a contest! We're going to give away a $75 HUB gift certificate and a couple of HUB t-shirts to one winner. To enter you must post a suggestion for a photoshoot location in the Portland/Vancouver Metro area. The person with the most creative/inspiring/awesome suggestion (as decided by me, Christina, Alison, Marci & Angela) will win the HUB loot. Even if you don't drink or are under 21, you are still eligible. (The HUB makes their own delicious rootbeer and awesome grub--I sampled it.)

Other details:
-Deadline for posting a suggestion is midnight on 9/30
-We will PM the winner on 10/1 and they must respond with a mailing address for us to send the loot to.

I look forward to reading your suggestions!

PS: We're looking for a colorful backdrop for our Winter catalog right now, so you get bonus points for lots of color and indoors.

PSS: The folks at the HUB had a good time too, and they would love to start hosting a regular knitting group. There's lots of space, and a great cozy corner with cushions, a fireplace, and big windows. Let me know if you're interested, and I can pass the info on to them.

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Comment by David Castillo on September 30, 2009 at 12:06pm
I think The Ace Hotel would be a great location due to the rich colors and textures they've used to decorate it's interior. they'd provide a great backdrop for handknits.

I also feel that Timberline Lodge could be nice. I know it's not in portland, but it's very close, and as the winter months approach it's only going to get prettier there.
Comment by norichan on September 29, 2009 at 9:06pm
I think that Saint Cupcake would be an awesome place to do a photoshoot.

You could also check out Hotel Modera:
Comment by knittingloulew on September 29, 2009 at 10:48am
Forgive me for commenting twice, but I just had another thought -- how about the carousel at Jantzen Beach Shopping Center. It is a great piece of Portland history, which may be slated for removal when the remodel of the shopping center is done (at least that's the current rumor).
Comment by WhatKatyDid on September 28, 2009 at 7:24am
I have to plug my stomping grounds, Multnomah Village in southwest Portland, A very photogenic neighborhood, imo :)
Comment by Kristi Falkowski on September 25, 2009 at 6:28pm
Pittock mansion. faancy pants.
Comment by knittingloulew on September 25, 2009 at 3:49pm
At Hoyt Arboretum, off of Washington Park, there is a living tree sculpture, called "House for Summer". It's made entirely of birch trees and is a great spot for meetings, picnics, etc. From their website: "...Lessick’s living tree sculpture, House for Summer. Located on a grassy knoll on the south side of the Arboretum, this birch “tree house” has long been a special place for children, neighbors and regular Arboretum visitors." From the website of the artist who initiated the project over 20 years ago: "Still growing in Hoyt Arboretum, House for Summer is part of the Public Art Collection of the City of Portland, OR. Parks & Recreation arborists maintain the work under a joint agreement with the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Located on the southwestern knoll above the intersection of SW Knights Road and Fairview Boulevard, it can be visited year ‘round."
Comment by gldelx on September 25, 2009 at 1:27pm
in and around the books at Powells would be colorful (and so Portlandy!)
Comment by CUF on September 24, 2009 at 10:01pm
Esther Short Park in Vancouver, The Central Library in Portland, the craft museum in the park blocks (heck, the park itself is pretty sweet - sitting on the elephant is a classic), Westmoreland Park (if you can dodge the goose poop), The University of Portland down by the bluff, Oaks Park (how much fun would *that* be???), Columbia Park, Cathedral Park (are you sensing a theme here?), Sauvie Island (one of the u-picks would be super cute), Portland University with the giant diatoms...
Comment by Jung Eun Kang on September 24, 2009 at 8:40am
How about the OHSU skytram? I think the stark metal surroundings would accentuate colorful knits.
Also, either the Chinese Gardens in Chinatown or the Japanese Gardens in Washington Park seems like a very serene place to do a photo shoot. But for colorful and indoors, I think the children's play area inside OMSI seems perfect.
Comment by Sock Girl on September 24, 2009 at 7:49am
I also think a trip to the Oregon Coast would be a great way to show off those warm rustic sweaters for the winter. You know how blustery the coast can be!

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