Haul

So last time I showed off (just a bit) of the pretty from the trip to Maine.  But I know you guys are here more for yarn than for general travel festivities.  And don’t worry, there was yarn.  No really I checked.  There was.

4 copyFirst up, a bit of Malabrigo.  And no, it’s not local to Maine, but I strongly prefer to buy Malabrigo in person, and these four were too lovely to pass up!

1 copyAnd when in Maine, you’re pretty much contractually obligated to get a bit of Seven Sisters Arts.

3 copyThat contract?  It totally covers String Theory too.

2 copyAnd new to me (and firmly in the ‘ooooooh, speckles, pretty’) is On the Round.  I have a feeling there will be more of this later.

Influence

So a little while ago, a friend said something along the lines of ‘have you seen this yarn?’  I allowed as how I had not and took a look.  It was indeed lovely.

Then I happened to notice that the yarn company happened to be vending at the Maine Fiber Frolic and asked, in a causal sort of way, why I hadn’t had the foresight to arrange to be in Maine that weekend.  A few minutes later, it was brought to my attention that air fare was shockingly reasonable.  As was lodging.  A few hours later, the trip was booked.

And so we found ourselves in Maine.

Now I confess, I did not lug the camera off to the fiber frolic.  It’s heavy, and I wanted my hands free for yarn (besides, there are only so many pictures of goats and sheep and bunnies you really need to see).  But I did catch a bit of water.

coastAnd a few flowers too.

lupinAnd even a wee little heart rock.

heartAnd yes, there was much yarn to be had.  Don’t worry, that’s coming next time!

Acquisitions

We’ve been away for a bit.  We were up in Maine.  (Yes, again. No, I’m not at all sorry. Yes, we are actually considering just moving there and saving everyone quite a lot of driving time.)  Rather than bore you with the details (water, oh so many rocks, sea treasures, cocktails, pumpkin fest, beer week), I thought I’d be all noble and restrained and mostly just flash some yarn.  Because no one actually wants to hear about anyone else’s vacation.  It’s almost as boring as hearing about someone else’s dream.  Yarn on the other hand, everyone wants to know about yarn!

maine yarnOur trips to Maine have usually meant I pick up piles and piles of String Theory.  But this year, when I went to check their site, I saw the physical store was no longer open (don’t worry, you can still order through their website).  But then I learned that Karen Grover, one of the two folks who used to run String Theory, had started her own company, Seven Sisters Arts, and it was in the former String Theory location.

Let’s just say this was an exciting discovery and led to much squee-ing.  Shortly after that came much yarn buying.  The colors are every bit as gorgeous as you’ve come to expect from String Theory, with lots of fun new bases.  And gradients…oh goodness me the gradients.  Let’s just say they’re officially on my list of Yarn I Must Play With Soon.

We also stopped by One Lupine in Bangor and snagged a skein of yarn with the same name as the area we stay in (The Boy and I are opening discussions regarding a fingering weight hat for him, and this seemed like a lovely place to start).  And of course you can’t go to Maine without getting a bit of Quince, so I grabbed two skeins in a lovely chartreuse that I swear is a neutral and goes with everything.  I suspect I’ll have some socks in much that shade some where down the line.

There was actually a bit of knitting and quite a bit of taking pictures of knitting, too.  But that will have to wait till next time.  For now, I’ll content myself with subjecting you to just one lone vacation picture, which really is all it’s fair to inflict upon anyone.

Sea Treasures

Because we all know the real point of travel is snacks

You should probably go now.  This post is of absolutely no interest to anyone but me.  This post is possibly the most boring thing on the whole site.

But, I am constantly finding myself looking stuff up on my own blog, so I’m going to take shameless advantage of the ‘my party, my rules’ aspect of having one’s own website and make a quick list of the nifty restaurants we went to in San Francisco.  This really is just so we can remember the next time we’re out there or someone asks us where we liked.  Sorry for not being more entertaining, but you have been warned.

I’ll even provide a hideously cliched picture to round out the shame.  Next week there will be actual knitting, I promise!bridgeTacolicious: required by law to have both cocktails and the bread and chocolate dessert, you may even like it so much you buy their cookbook.

Woodfour Brewing: their sour beers will will console you in the face of horrible traffic.

Bull Valley Roadhouse: so good you’ll go twice (and very likely wish you could go yet again).

Farmer Brown: brunch, make reservations, do the buffet, and go now.

Bar Agricole: sit outside, because a restaurant with wool blankets is too neat not to enjoy.

Central Kitchen: where you needn’t make any pesky decisions, they’ll just bring you food.

Coqueta: you do have to make decisions here, but there are no wrong ones.

Flour + Water: another place where you can just say ‘feed me’ and sit back and relax (they also have a cookbook).

A16: rumor has it the one in Rockridge has the better cocktails, but I bet both are grand (oh and also cookbook).

The Commissary: surprise hit of the trip, dearly wish we could have gone back and had yet more sherry cocktails.

The Progress: overcame my natural resistance to late dinner to grudgingly accepted super late reservation, glad I did.

Report

Oh yeah, I sort of bought some yarn while we were away.  Not too much (the soul of restraint, that’s me), but a bit.

DSC_1520First up, Tosh DK by Madelinetosh in the color Stargazing (which doesn’t show on their website, not sure if it’s a one off or discontinued).  It’s the brightest non-orange yarn in my stash and I will never in a million years be able to get an accurate reflection of the color of this yarn.  Let’s just say it’s blue enough it pretty much vibrates.  It is totally outside my normal gray with hints of green and beige color range, and I’m itching to do something fun with it.

I found the Tosh at Verb, and while I was there, I also picked up a skein of their Floating in Topological (that color is listed on their website, but the picture there is an olive green whereas my skein is much grayer with just the very slightest hint of sage).  I’m feeling the need for a lovely, slouchy hat, though there is enough yarn here that it could turn into socks if I change my mind.

A more likely candidate for socks is the Cricket by Anzula in Aspen that I picked up at ImagiKnit.  This has all the makings of a favorite fat sock yarn (80/20/10 content, nice and round, interesting color but will still show off stitches), and I have a feeling it may wander onto my needles fairly soon.

And of course, just to keep things from being too practical, I had to get one little indulgence skein.  The Sensai by Ito in the color Goat (total points for the color name by the way, that’s grand).  I haven’t the slightest idea what I’ll do with it, but it told me it simply had to follow me home, so I listened.

Admirable self control all around I think.  Now, let’s just see who gets on the needles first.  Do you guys think I’ll embrace the blue?  Or will it turn out to be a mistake?  And what is that fuzzy bit of business going to turn int?