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Catching Up

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Whew.  Almost three weeks since my last post.  That’s crazy.  And now it’s September.  That’s even crazier.  Where did the summer go?  As I’ve told you, things have been crazy around here for a few months and now that things are sort of, kind of, a little bit not as crazy, I’m trying this:


Here’s what’s been going on….

I made some more pickles:


I worked on my Rhombus Feather Shawl:


It’s coming along nicely, however I keep wanting it to be the color of the pattern picture on Ravelry (click up there to see it).  I love this color green, and I love, Love, LOVE this Quince & Co. Chickadee yarn, but I want it to be that purple color.

I’ve also been obsessed with these two things, which also happen to be relaxing:

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And I got this, so now I’m making all kinds of plans for fall baking:


Then, to really get into the relaxing theme, we went on a little weekend jaunt to Cape Cod.  On the way, we drove through my alma mater:


So much has changed since I went there frffrmphr years ago.  What’s that? You didn’t hear how long ago that was? Sorry you missed it. (Twenty-four.)  Many more buildings and amenities and restaurants and cafes and stores.  I kept telling Paul, “When I went here there was Domino’s and a Wawa.  That’s it.”

Now?  Price Chopper, Moe’s, Jamba Juice, Mooyah burgers, Geno Auriemma’s restaurant and this:


THIS!!!  I would have LOVED to have this when I went here.

We, of course, couldn’t skip this:


So. Good.  This picture makes those cups look kind of small.  We got “two scoops”.   I think their scoopers are half-gallon sized.  But So. Good.

On the way to the Cape, I worked on my One-Way Tee, which has been in time out since the ripping-out-two-times-because-I’m-an-idiot-knitter-sometimes incident:


While we were there, I finished the back, finally!


We did a lot of looking at this:


Then, at low tide, walked waaaaaaay out on the flats at Rock Harbor:


(We walked from waaaaay back there.)  And watched some people harvesting oysters:


Later, at a restaurant, we heard someone ask where the oysters were from and they were from here!

We ate our favorite fried foods.  Twice.

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The second picture is from Arnold’s.  Hands down the best onion rings, fish fry and fried clam strips.  (And salad.  We had to have some sort of vegetables eventually.)

And of course, this:


We had a nice morning view from our motel room:


Then we did some more of this:


So we would remember this:



The Rest of the Vacation That Didn’t Include Yarn Shops

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So, after our two-day trek, we were FINALLY at our hotel.

Ok, but first let me tell you this:  Before we left, I organized all the knitting I was going to take:


That is SEVEN projects, plus a needle for the potential project for the Quince & Co. yarn I was going to buy.  You just never know which project will be the best to work on at certain times, so I wanted to be prepared.

I started the Fractal Danger shawl on the car ride, because that was a great car-knitting project:


But, then I bought all that yarn on the way up, and I wanted to start knitting with it right away.  So, forgetting about the bag with the 7 other projects in it (I seriously did not even look at it or open it the whole time we were there), on the first day at the hotel, I got out my swift, whose name is Paul:


…. wound up some Chickadee yarn and started the Rhombus Feather Shawl.

And this was our favorite spot:


Sitting on the balcony off of our room, looking at the water, listening to the water lapping on the rocks, watching (with our binoculars) the fishing boats and kayaks and sailboats and tour boats go by, people watching (as they walked on the path along the water), knitting, having a beer or a soda.  We did this for many hours, until this:


…and we finally went inside because it got chilly.

EVERY. DAY.  So nice.

But we did other things too.  We went to a car cruise at a local burger/ice cream joint:


Where we got the one and only ice cream of our trip (shocker!) (and no picture).

We went to Jordan Pond and walked on the carriage roads for a bit:




And had lunch at the Jordan Pond House, with their famous popovers:


The popovers were gone before I remembered to take a picture.  So yummy with butter and strawberry jam.  The meatloaf sandwich and turkey BLT were good too.

We obsessed about this boat (while sitting on our balcony for hours):


How many passengers? (1100) How many staff were there? (500 – no kidding. Practically half the number of passengers.) Were those lifeboats that they were using to ferry everyone back and forth to the harbor? (yes, they fit 90 as a ferry, 150 as a lifeboat) How many floors are there? (11, but we could only count 8) Where the heck would they fit a pool? (on top, near the back)  Can we see any people on there? (yes, if we used our binoculars)  When will it leave?  (when we were at dinner. Damn.)

We saw the movie Inside Out at Reel Pizza:


Great pizza.  FUNNY movie.

We visited a lighthouse:


We (really, I) shopped for tea:


And then we did this again:

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It. Was. Great.  We didn’t want to leave.

The Unintended Yarn Crawl

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Paul and I went to Maine last week for a nice, relaxing vacation.  We went to Bar Harbor, where we have been several times before.  Apparently, we like it there.  Since it is an 8 hour drive, we like to break it up by staying in Freeport on the first night so we can go to LLBean.  We had a lovely drive up the coast, stopping at some popular beaches and unintentionally driving by the Bush compound in Kennebunkport (none of which did I get pictures).  Stopped for lunch at the Portsmouth Brewery where Paul had his first of many blueberry sodas:


And I had the best sandwich I’ve ever eaten in my life:


Fried eggplant, blistered cherry tomatoes, sprouts, pickled shallots and basil pesto mayo. Oh. My. Gosh. So. Good.  I wished I could have taken one home with me.

We had left the house at 6:30am and finally got to Freeport at 4:30.  Ha!  So much for breaking up that 8 hour drive to Bar Harbor.

But then, fun was had at LLBean:


The next day was terribly rainy, so our continued drive up pretty, picturesque, historic Route 1 was a little foggy.  I had planned to stop at a yarn shop called Over the Rainbow Yarn in Rockland because they carry Quince & Co. yarn which is based in Maine. (**Note: This is seriously the only yarn shop I had planned to stop at.)  I’ve been hearing about this yarn for ages on the Knitting Pipeline podcast and have been wanting to try it.  Before we left, I researched the types of yarn they have and looked up potential projects so I knew how much yarn to potentially purchase.  What an incredibly pretty yarn shop, living up to its name:

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(even the buttons are organized by color)

Here is what I got there:


Quince & Co. Chickadee, a sport weight yarn, to make the Rhombus Feather Shawl (green yarn on the left).  And Cascade Venezia Sport to make the Piper’s Journey shawl (eggplant yarn on the right), which is a design by the woman who hosts the Knitting Pipeline podcast.

Once we were done at Over the Rainbow, we were making our way along the coast and it was still raining.


We decided to stop in Camden for lunch. What a beautiful town.  And since we were there, and since they have a yarn shop called The Cashmere Goat, we decided to stop.


There was a scarf/shawl/poncho-y thing there as a sample of the Manos del Uruguay Fino yarn.  Just a long rectangle, seamed along one part.


(Don’t ask me why I didn’t get a picture of it on the mannequin.  You really would get the idea better if I had.)

I had to make it, so I got some yarn for that:


The Fino is the blue and green yarn on the right and middle.  Fingering weight yarn, knit for this pattern on a size 8 needle to make it soft and drapey.  The pattern was made up by an employee of the yarn shop so I took pictures of it to get an idea of when to change colors for the stripes.  I also had to get the Araucania Huasco yarn on the left because I loved the color.

Then we had lunch with a view of the harbor.


That’s our lunch, not the view of the harbor.  I tried lobster spring rolls which were very tasty.

We left there, with plans to see downtown Belfast.  Paul’s family went to Belfast for vacations when he was young, so he wanted to see the downtown area again.  Another pretty little harbor town.


And since we were there, and since they have a yarn shop called Heavenly Socks Yarns, we went.


A small shop packed with yarn and buttons and samples, including this cute, felted mobile:


…which I pretty much took a picture of so I could show the doodlebugs the felted turtle.  (They have four little plastic turtles they got from the dentist, named Timmy and Twimmy, Tammy and Twammy, and they loooooooove them.)

And since they had a The Fiber Company yarn called Acadia (the national park in Bar Harbor) in the blueberry colorway (Maine has blueberry everything), I had to get it:


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Everyone was so friendly at these yarn shops.  So helpful and pleasant to talk to, asking us where we were from and where we were going and making suggestions for things to do while we were in Maine.  This is not surprising, really, because knitter’s are awesome.  If you go to Maine, stop at these shops!!

After that, it was finally on to our hotel in Bar Harbor where we were welcomed with a misty view:


But, hey, I’ll take a misty view over no view any day!  We left Freeport at 8:30am and got to Bar Harbor at 4:00pm.  So, it took us two days and 17.5 hours to get there.  Didn’t seem like it.

More on our trip in the next post…