Maine II

I wanted to share my opinions on the yarn stores I went to while we were in Maine before I completely forget about each one and start confusing them.

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The first yarn store I went to was Shirley’s (Route 1, Hancock, ME) – she apparently doesn’t have a web site.   I was a little wary about going to this store as it advertised itself as the largest yarn store in Maine, and also said it had candy and tourist items.  But we drove right by and I was curious.  Great store – definitely worth stopping.  A lot of yarn – and although I expected something else (I don’t know why – I just expected Red Heart) – a lot of high end yarn.  Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Opal, Dale.  Lots of good yarn.  I bought a pattern and Dale Svale to make a summer top they had displayed, and then some sock yarn – Tofutsies (the pink) and Panda Wool from Crystal Palace (the blues).  They were extremely friendly, and the shop had enough to entertain the rest of the group (who bought fudge and Maine touristy stuff).  I didn’t spend a lot of time there as it was 5:00 on a Sunday (and they didn’t make me feel rushed at all), and I had hoped to go back – but I never had a chance.  If you are in the area, definitely worth a stop.

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OK, next up was Bee’s Inc in Bar Harbor (also no website but she’s located on Cottage Street).  This was another combo candy/yarn store – very nice.  Only Larry was with me, but he was excited because she had Puff candy.  So half of the store was candy, and half was yarn – very nice.  Mostly Plymouth, but with some exceptions.  I bought three shades of Plymouth Suri Brush (at the top) for a shawl for someone.   The middle and bottom right yarns are Aussi sock– I’ve never seen it before, but its very pretty.  From Austrilia (to state the obvious!) – 90% Aussie merino, 10% nylon so its superwash.  Very soft, very pretty colors.  I can’t wait to make socks with the yellow/red/orange/green/blue.  And Bee’s also had Malabrigo.  OMG – why did no one tell me how great this yarn is?  (Laurie buys it all the time and never said anything – I think she was trying to keep it to herself!).  I bought enough to make someone (me) a scarf.  Beautiful.  Anyway, Bee’s was a great store – very nice people, and I’d recommend a stop if you are in Bar Harbor.

OK, last shop was Heavenly Sock Yarns in Belfast.   I really thought it would just be sock yarns, but although she does have a lot of sock yarns, she also has a lot of everything else.   Noro, Manos, Mountain Colors, Debbie Bliss….list goes on and on.  The owner was working (sorry – didn’t get name) and was friendly without being pushy (well, everyone in Maine is really friendly).   I bought a couple of things….

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The dark blue on the left is Neveda Scheepjes  – I have no idea what this means, or the language but the yarn is so nice.  I think its going to be socks for my oldest stepson.  The yarn at the bottom is more sock yarn from Scheepjes (ok, its apparently a brand).  Very pretty.  And the yellow and blue is J. Knits.    I think its pretty obvious I’m moving from a red phase into a blue phase all but two of the projects I bought this trip were blue or blue tones. 

The shop also had amazing (you should smell this stuff!) hand cream and soap from Bradeen Farm.  Its called Ellie’s Knitters Cream.    I bought the extra hand cream as a give-away for my knitting group – but ….I think I’m going to hide it away and “forget” where I put it. 

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When I was paying, I noticed the owner was working on a pair of fingerless gloves.  The yarn was so pretty and soft – I thought it was handspun but it was Noro Kochoran (50% wool, 30% angora, 20% silk – ahhh).  I just had to buy some for me too – I hope to make pair of fingerless gloves for someone (maybe me again!).  Beautiful stuff.  I really do love Noro.

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OK, so that was it – now I’m can put it all away in the stash before I cast on for a new project instead of finishing everything else that has been sitting in the basket waiting patiently.  I would highly recommend these three stores – very nice yarns, friendly staff (and candy!).  

We had a hectic weekend -it was just Larry and I all day yesterday – Cieara was out with a friend, Andrew went to Maryland, and the stepsons went home to California.  Its always a hard day – from kids everywhere to no kids – it was so quiet in the house we didn’t quite know what to do.    So we went out to research something, and ended up buying something we didn’t expect.  Can you guess what it was?

OK, off to put my yarn away – and get the lace yarn out and mailed that I promised Chris months ago (she’s been very patient), and also the stitch holders for Lisa!  Have a great week!

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15 Responses to Maine II

  1. chris says:

    Nice Yarn! Which one is for me??? I forget.

    You bought a new Edge – what color did you get?????

  2. Opal says:

    What beautiful yarns! I think your yarn shop exploration voyage was a complete success!

  3. Terri says:

    These new yarns look gorgeous. Lucky you! :o)

  4. Jen says:

    Nice haul! I see we have similar taste in stash! Don’t you just want to roll around in the Malabrigo?

    Scheepjes is a Dutch yarn company and the word would loosely translate to “little sheep.” You pronounce it more or less like scape-chas. Neveda is just one of their lines, but I think it used to be a separate company. Dunno what language that is, though. 😉

  5. hakucho says:

    You certainly did get to do lots of yarn shopping in Maine. You sure have many beautiful projects ahead of you. Can’t wait to see all your finished items:) Sometimes when I buy yarn I have something in mind…but by the time I end up using it I change my mind and then end up with something totally different. I guess that’s what stashes are for, right. Mellow and ripen and lots of ???? 😉

  6. Lorraine says:

    Wow- I’m wiping the drool off my keyboard.

    I think selling yarn and candy in the same shop is great. It’s all candy isn’t it?
    Yarn confectionary!

  7. stitch-dom says:

    Nice haul! We don’t have ANY malabrigo here which means…darn it…trips to Romni wool in Toronto. I’m excited about the stitch markers. I am also guilty of not getting your sock yarn in the mail yet. I have made a great step towards eventual mailing by forwarding your mailing address from home to work. Now actually moving the yarn OFF the table and INTO my work bag is next.

    (some people operate in smaller baby steps than others)

  8. Laurie says:

    You bought another Mazda?

    I’m going to have FUN looking for all of that yarn on Saturday. And I think you should put the hand cream out for everyone to sample. I wanna try it!

    What color is the Malabrigo? It looks like something I might have…in case you wanted another skein. 🙂

  9. tiennie says:

    How cool – vacation and pretty yarn acquisition!

  10. Rebekah says:

    That is a good idea to do a yarn/touristy stuff store, especially when one is travelling with family.

    I’ll have to remember that if I ever go to Maine, which is on my list of places int he US I’d love to visit, but most likely a place I won’t get to until I’m retired. 🙂

  11. donyale says:

    Evil evil woman – to show all that yarn from places that are not online. I am in love with Malabrigio – MUST GET SOME.

  12. Beth says:

    Wow… lots of pretty 🙂

  13. lobstah says:

    Oooh, I’ve never been to any of those shops. Somehow the candy/yarn combo seems particularly appealing. I love all the stuff you bought, it’s gorgeous!

  14. donna lee says:

    What a good haul you made. Some beautiful items are waiting for you to knit.

  15. knitxcore says:

    that noro and malabrigo are fantastic! I can’t wait to see the gloves.

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