This is the famous Bean Boot that really put the company on the map when it went from being standard footwear for hunters and fishermen to the trendy thing to wear for just about everyone else during rainy weather and "Mud Season"in the Spring. I remember visiting LL Bean in Freeport years ago and it was a small, rather shabby place that was beloved by men, including my father. Now it is a huge retail campus with buildings devoted to outdoor gear, home and garden and clothing. It's a must see when you come to Maine and it's only about half an hour north of Portland. Don't forget to pick up a canvas Boat and Tote bag while you are there; this is their other famous product and we must have ten of them that we use for everything and they last forever. You're going to need one to hold all the yarn you will be buying at Halcyon Yarn in Bath:
Halcyon is located in the coastal town of Bath which was once a major ship building center. Today it is another pretty town along the coast of Maine and if you are a knitter who is doing the tourist thing along the southern part of the state, it is definitely worth the drive and not too far from Freeport where your husband got to load up on sports stuff and now it's your turn to hit a really nice yarn shop.
This shop was quite a surprise - I wasn't expecting such a large enterprise with such a varied selection of yarn and fleece. It's a most attractive place with lots of samples for inspiration and an extensive selection of books and magazines. They have rug wool, rug making supplies, yarn on cones, weaving supplies and lots of fleece.
They had a really nice display of ski hats and I bought yarn to make the Alpine Topper Hat.
Almost finished with my Irish Coffee - no seams to deal with!
To see what others are knitting on WIP Wednesday, check out Tami's blog, and I'll leave you with one last picture from my trip: