Cottage Craft

When I lived further east, Mom and I used to go to St Andrews by the Sea, New Brunswick on an irregular basis. But whenever we went, we always went to Cottage Craft. It is located right on the harbor and always had colorful skeins tied to a huge old rope fence. It was bright and cheery and made me want to knit all the colors. The little shop sells hand knits by locals and also locally produced tweeds with matching yarn in a gorgeous array of colors. Two weights of yarn, a one ply and a two ply, so roughly a fingering and worsted. The yarn is a bit rough, with hay bits in it, but that alway seemed to lend authenticity. And with washing and wearing, the garments I have knit with it softened up beautifully.

I have not been in several years  but I have “some” of their yarn in my stash, and have made several sweaters with it.

Lately I have been contemplating a sweater, and so this week with time off I went stash diving. I found five of the Cottage Craft two ply skeins in a color way called “Live Lobster” and just sat and  loved it for a while, in all its blue-ness. It is a dark inky blue with purple undertones, and with bits of teal and red fibers.  But I would be playing yarn chicken if I made a sweater for me with just these 5 skeins, I know.

I kept digging in the stash bins and then I found it. Three quarters of a sweater. Knit with Live Lobster single ply held double. I briefly considered finishing it but then realized it would be way shorter than I want now. Which says something about when I started knitting it. Can you say 90’s cropped sweater? It’s so old it is way, way, way pre-Ravelry.  🙂   I decided to frog it and wash the yarn for reuse.

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That is one of my major crafting projects this week- carefully pulling it out, winding the yarn into skeins and washing it to get the kink out.

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It is a bit complicated by the fact that I held it double, so the winding means I do two separate skeins at once.  And it is “woolly” wool so it wants to stick to the other piece. But I love the results! In fact it looked so nice that I also washed the 4 unused skeins that were waiting for me to finish up the sweater.

imageWhile I waited for it all to dry, I looked for a pattern. I am determined to knit something from “New England Knits” this year – I think it’s the only 1+1+1 goal I haven’t hit. None of the ones I like call for fingering weight, of course, so I think I will be holding the yarn double again. I have narrowed it down to the Derry raglan pullover or the Augusta cabled cardigan. I do love cables but I think Derry has a slight edge, as I also was thinking I wanted a pullover… And that cute cowl would make the perfect gauge “swatch” a la Elizabeth Zimmerman and her swatch hats.

But I probably won’t completely decide until I swatch and actually cast on. Because you just never know where the yarn will lead you.

And now now I am wondering what I will make with the 5 skeins of two ply I found?  I suppose I could wash it and de-stash it… Or I could go back to St Andrews by the Sea and get a couple of skeins in either red or teal (or both!) and do a pretty color work sweater. That might be the plan. I wonder if Mom is up for a road trip?

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(Sadly, I went to look for a link to Cottage Craft to share with you and learned that the building had been sold, was being renovated, and burned to the ground last month.  Not sure what will happen to this wonderful old business.)

weekend update

As you may have guessed – no Friday list – it was tax day. I was in Milbridge, and had a busy day – all good!

Friday night I went to a fundraiser for a local non-profit. It was a GREAT way for an introvert like me to help out. For two $20 tickets, we each got a handmade pottery bowl and a take out cup of homemade soup. I basically bought the tickets, chose the bowls from those available from local potters, and picked out two to go containers of soup. I chatted for a few minutes with a few ladies I know, and came home, heated up the soup and had supper. It accomplished a few good things – supported a local non-profit, did a bit of networking, got a yummy supper AND we now have two pretty blue bowls from one of my favorite local potters.

Saturday was a funny kind of day – we had to stop at the bank and sign a few papers for our refinance – YEAH!!!, then we went over to EBS so I could show A the tiles I would like to use for our backsplash, and we puttered around the store looking at things. I got a few seed packets, always optimistic that spring will arrive.

We went to Martha’s cafe for brunch, and then to Home Depot for more aisle wandering. Still looking for the perfect lights for our headboard which exists only in my head. A found something she has wanted for a while – battery operated skill saw, and some kind of sealer for the table saw deck. From there, we went to Marden’s, and wandered a bit. I found a few spools of ribbon, but not much else. I really have a hard time with salvage style stores. It just all looks like junk to me sometimes. Other times, I am full of creativity about what I can do with these things in the wrong colors and shapes. Saturday was not one of those days.

All of this shopping was a way to kill some time, until I met up with one of my coworkers, to go to the local farmers market annual meeting. They had asked us to come and talk about ways to raise funds to support their “double SNAP” program. We were glad to do that, as we have worked with them for years to offer the program with grant funding. That funding is nearly through, and we want the program to go on. So, we did that, and then she dropped me back of to meet up with A, who, although I thought she would be shopping without me, actually was taking a nap in the sun in the parking lot. Not a bad way to spend a beautiful late winter afternoon.

Today is a low-key home day. A did some work up in that big closet of hers, getting the insulation in right. I finished reading a suspense novel – a Lisa Gardner, titled Catch Me – that I could NOT put down, even though, it turns out, I had figured out who did it, and even why, before the end. It still was really good. This afternoon, after I get offline heeheehee I will head up to clean up the craft room. Two reasons. I do need to start making the easter cards for the family, and think about the April birthday cards. But also, next weekend, I want to get painting the loft, and so there needs to be a place to put the things that are there. I think that will be the craft room. I am getting excited about getting that room done – and the books unpacked. I will get to see my old favorites, and maybe some I have forgotten I have… it’s weeks away, but in the foreseeable future.
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Somewhere in there, I finished another hat. I have a vision of a new hat in my head. This isn’t it, although it has some of the elements I want in it. Same basic shape I always do, but I want to figure a way to make it a little more feminine, without going overboard. So the roll brim is supposed to be more like a ruffle – I will work on that – and the cable cuff is supposed to show more. That it doesn’t is my fault, I didn’t worry too much about what yarn I used, and the tweedy combination made by a thread each of gray and green wools makes details hard to see. I plan to work on this pattern again in some plainer yarn, and see how it comes out. I’ll keep you posted, and if it ever is worth sharing, you will be the first to know.

I am almost done with the sweater I am working on for a coworker. I will need her to try it on to make sure I have the lengths of things right, but I might get it done, other than that, today, which would be great! After that, it is on to leg warmers for niece C. Then, I think socks for me, or maybe back to the big red sweater. Also for me. With hats in between. Not for me. And somewhere in there is the blue-green cowl with last weeks yarn. For me. 🙂

So. Tomorrow is Monday, start of another long work week. Next Friday it’s taxes in SW Harbor again – so no fun Friday list. But I hope to remember to get before and after pictures of the painting project to share with you.