Lolly has mentioned to me that I need to do a better job giving a head's up when I am going somewhere. I will try to work on that. In the meantime, I went to Maine over the weekend; and, I had a great time. Saturday was rainy, Sunday was perfect (if you are into that whole sun thing). I actually like the rain. And a rainy day is perfect for shop-hopping, particularly of the yarn variety. There are many yarny places of fun in Maine, I only had time for two places though.
First thing, fuel for the journey. Bintliff's American Cafe (best breakfast place EVAH), worth the 4 hour drive, all by itself. After breakfast and a brief stop in Freeport (L.L. Bean, anyone?), we headed up to Brunswick to visit Ms. Purl Diva.
I LOVED this shop.
Ellen has a great selection of yarn, she is really friendly and the customers all talk to each other like they are old friends.
Even Loki gets in on the fun.
My search for more Dream in Color yarn was what originally led me to Purl Diva, but I am so glad it was my first yarn shop stop. It was a great visit. And I will just say I was very successful in my purchases and leave it at that.
My other yarn stop was Halcyon Yarn.
Oddly enough, the store was smaller than I thought it would be. But, I have to admit, I was a little overwhelmed (which leads me to believe that a trip to Webs might not be the best idea for me, but I am willing to build my resolve).
I really liked the way the store was arranged.
Floor to ceiling color, gorgeousness everywhere.
I didn't go in with a plan and mostly just looked around. I wasn't planning to buy much, or anything in particular at all, actually. I had a vague idea about buying yarn for mitts for Special K and "maybe something suitable for lace." I ended up getting some gorgeous lace-weight silk orange-red stuff, some light orange wool for something fun (I have no idea, the color was fantastic), and then an inky skein of Malabrigo for mitts for the man. And then the man says, he doesn't think he'd have any interest in mitts that provide no finger coverage. Your loss buddy. I mean, Malabrigo, people.
After yarn shopping, eating, visiting with friends and sleeping, we ended the trip by looking at some lighthouses and playing in a few parks.
It was a good trip. Now, back to the knitting of socks.