Friday, August 29, 2014


What a lovely morning!
Just back from a wonderful vacation in Bayside, a small vacation village on the shores of Penobscot Bay near Belfast, Maine. 

Maine is a source of many wonderful things. The number of small farmers is growing and the state is planning to get up to 40 percent of its produce from local farms in the next decade or so.
Good Karma Farm

Being on vacation and relaxing, doing some hiking, running, and reading were high on my agenda. But I was also curious to see what the local area had in terms of yarn. I was not disappointed.

Good Karma Yarn
Delightfully, a sheep and alpaca farm was only a few miles away. Good Karma Farm is an all-in-one farm from sheep and alpaca to fleece to spun and dyed product. And they love to have visitors. My sister, husband and I found it fascinating. Their small mill is one of only a few left in the New England area. Lovely, lovely yarn. They'd had a great season and so had limited quantities of their yarns, but my sister and I were able to get enough for a sweater each. I was delighted to support them. Make sure you check out the video of their operations.

Another yarn delight was the home of String Theory in Blue Hill. I'd come across this yarn at a yarn shop in Bethesda, Maryland, and knit a sweater for a friend and two pair of socks. It was really fun to see the store and to meet one of the women who run it. They make deep, luscious colors.
String Theory yarn

Getting to this store reminded me of my trek in Scotland to locate the Skye Shilasdair Shop. They exist in remote areas that require concerted effort to find. Of course, when you do arrive, it's like opening a treasure chest.

Rural Maine seems so civilized. They have "honor-system" produce stands where you pick up vegetables, fruit, eggs, bread, jellies, etc. and put your money in a can--sometimes an open jar so in case you need to make change.
Purple Fleece yarn

We came across a remote yarn shop while driving to meet my sister's friend at String Theory. We passed a little sign that said Purple Fleece yarn shop. We decided to stop on our way back. This lovely shop is situated in a home near a lake in Stockton Springs, a village that you could easily miss. We were grateful we pursued it. Along with the full gear for a knitting store, she has her own yarns that knit into lovely designs plus supplies for weavers and dyers. She is a weaver and has many items for sale.
Purple Fleece Yarn Shop

Of course, Belfast, Maine sports its own yarn shop: Heavenly Socks yarn. I discovered this thriving shop during my first visit to Belfast in 2008 and I always look forward to shopping there during my Maine vacations, even though they may be years apart.

And just so that you don't think that's all I did during this wonderful week, we also climbed Mt. Megunticook and kayaked.

So many, many wonderful yarns!! Let's just say all in all I helped the local economy. ... and had lots of fun doing it.


Reah Janise
Heavenly Socks Yarn Shop


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