This post is out of order, as it happened on April 25th, but I’m writing about it on the 27th. I have a favorite yarn store, Spinning Yarns in Dover, NH. I buy all of my yarn there and I love their selection, their prices, the owners, their help and so many of the other wonderful customers I’ve met while shopping and hanging out there. Since I’m so enamored with the place I have little reason to stray elsewhere. I have a couple projects that I wanted to do that nothing in “my store” was jumping out at me to become those projects. So I decided to go on a road trip to some lovely stores in Maine.
I had a great time and got some lovely things. Malabrigo always seems to woo me, and I found an absolutely gorgeous Orangy Peach Silk Merino Wool blend. It’s just luscious! It is much more vibrant in person. My daughter seems to be fond of Orange, it’s the color she most often talks about and always identifies it correctly, so this is will become a sweater for her for this fall.
Also a Malabrigo Chunky yarn that looks like it was painted with water colors. I wanted to buy all of it they had, but controlled myself, considering it was the first store on the trip. This is a swatch from their site, but it does not do this yarn justice! It’s amazing.
I went to two other spots that were nice, but not exceptionally note worthy, except that one of them had fabulous decorations knit up for the walls, including these enormous mittens! How fun.
Knit Wit is the store name and they had a nice selection of organic yarns, but by that point I think I was a bit spent (it was the last stop) and none of them suited the projects that I still have in my head, so I didn’t get anything there. I do think I’ll wander back there some time, but mainly because it’s near another store that took my breath away, nearly literally.
Tess’ Designer Yarns is a sweet little shop, that looks so simple and unassuming from the outside, but don’t be fooled, this place is packed to the gills with amazing HAND DYED yarns in the most amazing hues and they are anything but unassuming!! The yarn in most stores I’ve been in is arranged by weight, which is a very nice and practical way to arrange yarn, easy to shop and a great way to see all your options in one area for the particular project you have in mind. Tess’ yarn is arranged by color and due to this is a delightful attack of the senses, at least your sense of sight. Reds pop out in the front and then you follow the wall to the sweetest pink you’ve ever seen, aquas and greens that make you want to collapse into them for the mos relaxing rest you could ever have, the neutrals leave you with a passion for them that is anything but neutral. I loved this store. The yarn is sold by what I would call a hank, because it reminds me of seed beads. The hanks are huge, so while the price per “skein” is between $30-$50, that is a lot of yarn, many are in the 300-400 yard range.
I got decided to hold off on going crazy here, and waiting to come back with projects in mind, now that I know what is available. I did buy some black alpaca, enough to make a sweater for my husband, that is amazingly soft and such a deep shade of black.
I also picked up a beautiful skein of sock yarn with the intentions of making knee high socks for the baby. Also for the baby, I got a pattern to make this adorable Irish Knit Baby Dress:
If you are ever in Portland Maine, I highly recommend taking a browse through Tess’ located on Spring Street.
All in all, I had a great time and while I did buy other yarns and am in awe of Tess’ I’m still very delighted that my Local yarn store is what it is, and it’s still my favorite yarn store!