Wednesday, May 22, 2013

More Traveling in Maine

Spent my last few days in Maine visiting some of the small towns along the coast.  These towns are so charming and quaint, I felt like I was in an episode of "Murder She Wrote",  although that was actually filmed on the Universal lot in Burbank with scenes filmed in Mendocino in Northern California.  Of course, I had to stop at LL Bean in Freeport:


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.  

For those who can't make it there, email them and ask for their annual yarn catalog, which is really well done.

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:



  1. Everything looks wonderful. I have never been to Halcyon Yarn but the next time I'm in that area I'm going! Right now I wish I was sitting in the last photo you posted. What a gorgeous view!

  2. oh. that all looks lovely, but the last pic is my fave. so jealous! :)

  3. i know i've said it before....but i LOVE Maine!!!! Love love love love love it!!! Halcyon was a fun stop for us, too.....I actually took a photo of a string of adirondack chairs over looking Boothbay Harbor....brought back memories!!!

  4. Can't wait to see how the Irish Coffee turns out!

  5. My Sister and her Husband live in New Brunswick and are always hopping over to Maine to "shop"... So THANKS for the heads-up on HALCYON! -- Now I just have to get myself a new Passport and go "VISIT" her around when They go Border-Crossing!! :-D

  6. No offense but I am way more interested in that amazing yarn store! I never thought I'd say this, but it may very well rival Webs! Now I must find a reason to visit Maine! I'm dying to know what you bought there!

  7. I don't even want anymore yarn, but I feel a great urge to visit Halcyon. It looks like a magical place.