Yes, what was missing from yesterday’s pictures was knitting. (And me, I guess, but I have the excuse of taking the pictures.) But don’t you worry; I’ll make up for that today. Pictures are smallified again because there are a LOT of them and this is a very long post!
Day 2 of our Birthdaycation to the eastern shore was made up largely of a little yarn crawl that my crafty husband knew very well should be part of any surprise trip to just about anyplace. So Tuesday morning, after our leisurely continental breakfast, we left in good time to get to the closest shop on the list soon after they opened.
Don’t you love clear signage? This is Kent Island’s yarn shop, and it’s been around for about two years. We had a nice chat with the owner, Susan, who is working her tail off and has a lot of good brands in store. But this is what made her a woman after my own heart:
She’s got a table in the back devoted just to consignment from local fiber artists. There were wee baby rovings, hand dyed sock yarn, yarn from local alpacas, and… what’s the in the front? Let’s zoom in.
That tag, if you can’t read it, says “Ye Olde Church House.” I saw that and had to repress a squeal of delight. These are the happy sheep that we petted the day before in Stevensville! And this, of course, is how I knew they were Romney. Pretty cool, yes?
On the way to our final destination we passed through Easton, MD, to hit up yarn store #2. But we got distracted when we parked by this cool looking place.
They did not fail to have lots of neat Celtic hand-knits. Though I hope very much that whoever knit these is being paid well. Sheesh.
Just down the street is Yarns & Company. They had a good selection of normal stuff, but what really blows your mind when you visit is the back of the store:
Which is almost completely devoted to novelty yarn and novelty yarn scarves. Now, if you know me, you know that novelty yarn and novelty yarn scarves are not exactly my cup of tea, but they’re a big part of the knitting craze, and lot of people love them. And at this display, I really couldn’t help but be seriously impressed.
Also, these were by the register. CUTENESSES. Suddenly i know what is going to happen to all of my sock yarn leftovers.
Our final destination for the day was St. Michaels. It’s a very very old place, but fairly touristy, with a ridiculous number of cute shops. And, of course, one in particular that we were aiming for:
Frivolous fibers is a very cool knitting store that specializes in carrying yarn from a local yarn company called Blue Heron Yarns.
Blue Heron is very pretty – I’ve seen a good bit of it, though I don’t own any; it’s not really the kind of stuff I get a lot of mileage out of, and it’s rather expensive – But it’s very, very pretty. Did I mention it looks nice? I wanted some sparkly sock yarn, but anticipation for sheep and wool kept my hand out of my wallet. Maybe I’ll cave once I get there.
The main event once we arrived in St. Michael’s was the Chesapeake Maritime Museum. A cool place on a normal day, it got extra coolness points for having the HMS Bounty in port, which we got to visit.
This ship is a reconstruction of the original HMS bounty, and was used in the movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” back in the ’60s. But what makes it dear to me is that it was in the first Pirates of the Carribean movie.
For the most part, I was able to restrain myself from wigging out and saying about everything “oH EM GEE Maybe Johnny Depp touched this ooooh my gooosh!” But my knitting showed less restraint. Here it is, after insisting on having its photo taken with the lifelines, which probably have more mass in about two inches of cord than the finished shawl will have in its entirety.
The thickest cord on the ship was this stuff amidships. It’s almost as thick around as my wrist. How big of needles would you need to knit this with?
The museum was awesome and I took way too many pictures, but I’ll show you this – the only other knitting specimen on the place was inside the Hooper Straight Light house – which is not a repro, they actually moved it here from the Hooper Straight – it’s a very old looking little rug, knit with short rows and scraps. For some reason this strikes me as very cool and clever.
Afterwards we got tastings at a local brewery, a local winery, and crabs at a local dive. MD through and through. Yummmm.