So we were just on vacation in New Hampshire and Maine. I was secretly hoping that our sight seeing plans would revolve around towns with yarn stores. It apparently worked because we went to about a dozen yarn stores during our 9 day trip. Yup, I’m that obsessed. Anyway, I have the most supportive, understanding husband in the world because he not only drove me to these shops, he even suggested we visit others while we were in the area. I’m starting to think he’s more than just a “theoretical knitter”, as he calls himself.
The purpose of this post is, umm, there is no purpose other than to show you which yarn stores I visited and to tell you my opinions of them. New England is a big place, so I’m sorry if I didn’t get a chance to stop by your favorite store. And these opinions are my own, which I’m entitled to have. I can’t like every store, although it’s pretty hard not to like a store that sells yarn, right? 🙂
I tried to take at least one photo of each shop from the outside, and if I could, one of the inside. Although some stores wouldn’t allow photos inside. Strange.
The second day of our trip we drove through a town in Vermont called Irasville and stopped for lunch. It was a really scenic town that must be a big ski town in the winter. And… when we arrived I saw a sign for yarn! Yay, unexpected yarn store! We stopped at the Fabric ~ Yarns store. I was really surprised by the nice selection for such a small store. The owner said he bought the shop from an elderly woman and he and his wife were phasing out the fabric portion of the store. I was not impressed with the fabric. Which explains why they are phasing it out. Also, I don’t know if that is the actual name of the store. Sounds pretty generic.
The next store we went to was actually the only one destination I planned in advance. We went to the Patternworks store in Center Harbor, NH. I’ve always wanted to go to that store but thought, when am I ever going to be in NH? (This was one of the stores that didn’t allow photography in the store).
I also figured that they probably only have a fraction of the stuff from the catalog in the store. Well, I was wrong, they really do have everything from their catalog in the store, packed into every nook and cranny of the old building (although very neatly I might add). I was truly impressed with the place. I bought some KPPPM merino sock yarn in lovely shades of green. Not only was this an awesome store but next door was a quilting shop and a needlearts store. So you’ve got something for everyone.
The 3rd shop we went to was called Lamb’s Ear Yarns in Gilford, NH. We had a heck of a time finding the place, and had to stop in at the Gilford public library to ask the librarian where it was. (I wasn’t getting any cell phone reception, otherwise I would have called). Plus, that’s what librarians are for! So after a while we found the store. It was cute but small. She had some nice, standard yarn, the usual suspects. I did almost buy some Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn but thought about the yarn I just bought at Patternworks and the pile of sock yarn in my stash and thought better of it. Oh, and I forgot to take a photo of her store. So you’ll have to do with a picture of the business card and my thumb.
The next place totally made up for the previous store. We went up the street to Knit Wit Yarn Shop. This place was so sweet, although it was really tiny! They had some really gorgeous Fibre Co. yarn on sale for $6. From $15. Now I ask you, who could resist that? Apparently not me. I got 2 skeins of Khroma (baby alpaca and merino) in Bougainvillea which is a sort of redish/purplish. And it’s dreamy soft. Now what to make with it? Ravelry will have the answer.
While I was perusing the yarn, Markus was studying the tourist map of Portland and found yet another yarn store in the area. So we went there, of course. This place is called Seaport Yarn. They had actually a lot of yarn, more than I expected from the looks of the place outside. Some really nice sock yarn selections. What is it with me and sock yarn??
This is getting quite long, so I think I’ll call it a night. Only half way through my vacation. I’m saving the best for last, so stay tuned for my next post!