Visiting Maine

Boothbay Harbor at sunset

Sunset from the porch.

We are off for a few days of vacation to Maine. We have been coming here for over 15 years, usually to the Boothbay Harbor area. Maine is a chance to slow everything down - take long walks along the coast, read good books, do some stitching and knitting and completely relax. So today's post, similar to my Favorites for the Beach post is a collection of the things I am reading, knitting and stitching as well as some recommendations if you make it up to Boothbay! First up, Maine has a reputation for oddities, the little offbeat, and here is one of my favorites.

Taste of Maine

We always know that we are getting close to our destination as we past The Taste of Maine on route 1. My parents always stop here for dinner and recommend the Clam Chowder. This year to celebrate their 40th year, Larry, a 700 pound balloon in the shape of a lobster has been installed on the roof!

Camira Knitting Pattern

A trip to Maine also means starting a new knitting project. Boothbay Harbor used to have the most wonderful yarn store, but sadly it is not gone. Yet, starting a new knitting project no matter how many I currently have under way is a long standing tradition! This year I have started working on Camira from Stolen Stitches. Carole Feller is an Irish designer who designs and writes amazing patterns. I have made her Ravi sweater and wore it to death. Choosing my next knitting pattern is often something I agonize over. There are the sweaters you would like to own, and the sweaters that you would like to knit and finding the intersection of those too can be difficult! Camira combines an interesting construction that isn't difficult with a wonderful A-line shape that I will wear throughout the winter! I am knitting with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. If you have a rainy day or want to stop on your way headed north, Halcyon Yarn in Bath is an amazing shop for both knitters and weavers. The Bath Maritime Museum would be a great place to send your hubby so you can lots of time to browse for yard and look through pattern books!

Books I am enjoying

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The books I am reading include excepts from The Maine Reader, a collection of essays from E.B. White and Meet me at the Museum. I always try and read a Maine book when I am here. I started with The Country of the Pointed Firs years ago and have really been enjoying One Man's Meat this year. E. B. White (of Charlotte's Web fame) moved from New York City to Maine in 1938. The essays were a monthly column he wrote for Harper's magazine. it is interesting to read his thoughts on that unsettled time with World War II approaching contrasted with his life on a salt water farm in Maine.

Ocean Point, Maine

One of my favorite places to hike in the area is Ocean Point. You can climb way out on the rocks and take in the breathtaking view out to the Atlantic!

For fabric stores there is On Board Fabrics which is mostly home dec, but also some quilting fabrics and notions as well. Alewives Fabric which is up by Damariscotta, is a lovely quilt store with lots of modern quilting fabrics. Of course I am smocking while I am here as well. I am working on finishing up two new patterns for this fall and will have a sneak peak soon! Have a wonderful week and I will soon be back with more sewing and smocking!

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