Friday, May 10, 2013

Fiber Arts Friday and Maine

It's Fiber Arts Friday and I actually have some progress to show on my Irish Coffee sweater thanks in part to a book I have been listening to called The Burgess Boys:


 This is the latest  from Elizabeth Strout who won the Pulitzer Prize for a previous book called Olive Kitteridge  and it was hard to put it down,  er, stop listening to, thus all the knitting progress on my sweater.   My trip included a few days in Maine and I thought it would be fun to listen to a book about a Maine family, the Burgess boys and their sister, and so I downloaded this from  The writing is well done, and accurately portrays life in a small town in Maine for the locals who are dealing with a declining economy and population and, at the same time,  adjusting to a new and growing population of Somali refugees.  The Burgess boys left Maine years ago and are New York attorneys who come back home to help their nephew through a crisis.  It's now on the NY Times Bestseller list.

Here's the progress on my Irish Coffee:


Lots more to tell about my trip to Maine and the yarn shops I stopped to visit, but more about that later.  I'll leave you with a picture of the historic Portland Head Lighthouse which is probably recognizable to just about everyone who has a lighthouse calendar or has seen the Edward Hopper painting of it :


To see what others are up to on Fiber Arts Friday, head over to Andrea's blog.                                                                                                                                                                  


  1. Lots to catch up from your trip! So nice that you had a chance to visit Fae. I have been looking at her pictures on Facebook, very interesting space she has there. What a great view from the rooftop.

    Did you see the Irish Coffee sample at Green Planet? Those cables look like a lot of fun to make.

  2. I've never been to Maine, but I have this fantasy that I would love it. :-)

  3. Oh, I need tips!!! We are leaving June 1st for our Maine week. We are flying into Bangor and then heading South to a place called Corea. What was your favorite place? Any whale watching? White water rafting? Love the Irish Coffee!!!

    1. The Old Port section of Portland is nice; lots of cute shops and restaurants. Tess' Yarn has a shop there. Of course, stop and have a lobster roll or a lobster dinner. Very affordable there! The Portland Museum of Art has a very nice exhibit going on - Picassos, Gaugin, and others. The Portland Head lighthouse is a short drive from there and is located in a beautiful spot on the ocean. Halcyon Yarns is in Bath and is a really nice yarn shop and is worth the stop if you are near there. I'll post more pictures on my blog in the next day or two. Have fun there!

  4. Love the progress on your sweater.
    One day I shall visit Maine. I know too many wonderful fiber artist there and want to meet them...and see the sites.