Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A little getaway

Paul and I had a nice little trip to Maine the past few days! We left on Sunday (thanks to Jana for covering the shop) and when we got there is was snowing. It snowed most of the day Monday, too...
We took a nice pretty drive in the snow...

To Bath:

Where they have this huge shipyard, Bath Iron Works:

Although, my dad informed me that this is actually a very small shipyard, 1/10 the size of the one in Groton, CT and 1/100 the size of the one in Newport News, VA. A wealth of information, he is! (looked pretty darn big to us, though).

Then, we went to try and find some beach/ocean, which was hard to do since the roads were not great. We found this:

And, of course, what would one of our trips be without finding some yarn shops? Here is my loot:

We stopped in at Purl Diva in Bruswick (www.purldiva.com ):

A very nice shop and the owner, Ellen, was also very nice! Referring to the picture of the loot, I got the roving on the left from Loose Ends Fiber (a local roving from Brunswick), Trail Socks from Fleece artist (the blue/green yarn in the middle, from Nova Scotia), Shibuiknits sock yarn (pink/orange yarn on the right), and Madelinetosh worsted (plum yarn toward the top). She also has an adorable shop dog, whom I didn't get a picture of, sorry to say.

Next it was on to The Knitting Experience Cafe (www.theknittingexperience.com ):

The women at this shop were also very nice. Here are a couple of cutomers on the big red couch:

The sock yarn I bought here was dyed for the shop by Unwind Yarn Company and named "Big Red Couch"! (the red-but-sort-of-looks-pink-in-the-picture yarn next to the roving)

Finally, we went to Grace Robinson and Comany in Freeport(www.yarnandneedlepoint.com ). I forgot to take a picture of this shop! A rather larger shop than the other two with some nice, elegant pieces in the windows. I splurged on some Rowan Classic Pure Cashmere DK (dusty blue yarn on the top in the above picture) and Colinette Iona in colorway "monet" (blue multi on the bottom).

Our main incentive for choosing Maine was the gift card Paul got to LLBean for Christmas. So, off we went:

Paul was looking for moose all weekend, but the only ones we saw were in the windows at LLBean.

Freeport is a quaint little town with lots of shops:

Talk about keeping an historic, small town feel....Check out the McDonald's!

And the Friendly's:

(sorry about the blur)

And, did I knit, you ask?

Made lots of progress on my Ishbel Lace Shawlette! This new laceweight from Holiday Yarns is just wonderful (silk and wool).

Customer Show and Tell:
Iryth's wonderful double knit hat:

Love the circles!

Ariele's first knitting project:
She is 9 and is well on her way to becoming a wonderful knitter!
Sally's Toasty Neckwarmer (a Spinning Room pattern!) made with Akapana:
Love the red!


Ellen said...

It was nice to meet you and Paul! Your photos really capture winter in Maine! (Perhaps next time you can bring better weather...please?)

Lisa said...

Liz, you do know there's an LLBean in Albany, right?

Liz said...

Yes, I know there's an llbean here! But, this was more fun -- plus it's bigger in Maine!