Wednesday, May 26, 2010

yarn tour

Today we went to Marblehead, MA and strolled around downtown. I love colonial style houses. First, we had great breakfast at Foodie's Feast. I had a delicious blueberry banana scone that looked more like a giant chocolate chip cookie that swallowed a pancace than a scone that I know from the UK. They had different brewed coffees and it's a funny little place that is a liquor store as well. In fact, we were sitting at an adjacent room surrounded by shelves and shelves of alcohol. That doesn't bother us. A pity it was that early in the morning.

Afterwards we stopped at the Abbot Hall and took a look at The Spirit of '76 (IPhone pic here).

On our walk through the town I discovered a yarn store - A Yarn Over Marblehead. I didn't pick any yarn from here. They carry Cascade, Noro, Debbie Bliss, Plymouth and others. I wasn't able to choose any appropriate sock or lace yarn, so I just looked around. There seemed to be a knit gathering going on, so I felt a bit like intruding.

We then set on our day tour that included a planned stop at Seed Stitch in Salem (they were closed on Monday). I got some Spud & Chloe's Fine yarn in light blue and some Silky Wool by Elsebeth Lavold (I'll add some pics here once I get back). As to the shop, I found it to be a nearly-perfect LYS. The yarn selection is great, the interior is colourful and spacious. There's enough seating for those who have to wait. ;-) And the staff is helpful and friendly.

We then drove to the Plum Island and enjoyed some beach time. Yes, out of all places, it seems that here we're getting sun tanned and the brave one even jumped into the cold ocean water. Not me.

Before driving off to Portsmouth, our stop for tonight, we visited Newburyport. The city has quite a different feel to it. It looks grey and gloomy compared to the colourful houses of Marblehead.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

shopping in Salem

Sorry, this will have to be a picture free post - those will be added once I get back home and can use my own pc.

So, the flights went well, none of the bags went missing and knitting needles were allowed. I actually got quite a bit knitting done - simple striped socks for him, no particular pattern used. I got up to the heel, but then could not seem to get the short rows right. The heel looked just not right. So, I ripped back and waited for landing so that I could go online and check it out. I ended up using this tutorial and it was great - no wraps are used, go check it out.

Yesterday we spent a day in Salem - a beautiful town. We quickly realized that we were not prepared for such warm temperatures (well, we had only rain for weeks and weeks and weeks in Zurich, so we kind of forgot what the sun looks like). We hit the mall and got some shorts. Two weird things that happened there:
- My husband wore flip flops and when he sat down and waited for me outside the store, he slipped one foot out of it. Promptly, there was a policeman who told the sir to please put his shoe on! Now come on! What's that about? Although, I  was happy that my dear one did not question this authority (see, he normally does).
- I tried some stuff on, did not like most of it, but wanted my dear to see how one pair of shorts looked like on me. So I asked him to come and check it out. Now, the lady at the dressing rooms looked at us as if we were going to do hell-knows-what in there and got really emotional about us not-doing-that. And this I also do not get. We've had this experience in the UK as well. I think it's annoying. I can decide on my own if stuff suits me or not, but sometimes I like my husband to have a look at it as well. And I do not want to put the piece of clothing on and get out of the dressing rooms on display for all to see. It's either a very German/ Lithuanian to do or else we just happen to meet weird shop keepers. I wonder if it were the same if we were older, like erh... 80?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

FOs: socks yet again

I have two finished knits to show today. Again, two Cookie A's designs. Above is the Kai-Mai pair that I absolutely love. It was fun to knit as it went super fast, there were rows and rows of ribbing and just when it was about to get boring, I reached the heel and the great lace pattern. Just a note: I am not sure if this pattern works well for people with smaller feet.

Below are the Sam socks.I am not that happy with this project.First, for some reason the cable pattern was really annoying. Not sure why, but I had to keep putting this project away. Secondly, the yarn is not as great as I thought it'd be (it's Plymouth Happy Feet). Also, just a note for those who might want to knit this - you might want to go up a needle size for the cable section. The sock becomes quite unstrechy due to all the cabling and it's a bit hard to get the foot in. Once in, it fits nicely. Also, I used up pretty much all the yarn and did only two cable repeats instead of three.

All other details, as always, on Ravelry.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

trip planning

Quite an unexpected vacation to plan, but a very welcome one. We're not quite sure yet if these are the final stops we will make, but this will be finalised soon as we will be in Boston next Sunday already!
What I am not sure of is places to visit in Vermont. Is it worthwhile driving all the way to Burlington? And since Connecticut is also a New England state, I surely need to build a stop there as well.
The important thing is though highlighted -  a stop in Northhampton. This gives me yet another urgent task. I need to check my Ravelry queue and make plans for all the beautiful yarns to buy. :))))