Friday morning after Thanksgiving, I wake with a sense of purpose, a sense of excitement and anticipation.
Being with my sister Jackie, being in Maine, knowing that I just might score at the early morning sale at Lamey Wellehan had me a bit giddy.
After about 40 minutes of boot trying on, I fall in love with a pair of Dansko boots…. $235.00 boots. Yes, 20% off, but still the most I have ever paid for shoes for me, or for anyone for that matter. Uh, and I also get a pair of patent leather clogs for me. Feel very indulgent and even a bit smug.
Breakfast next… off to a Mister Bagel for fresh bagels, rich cream cheese, and goooood coffee. Plans are made for the next shopping strike. Girls and Jackie inclined to go to Macy’s and Forever 21 at Maine Mall. I crave the ability to go to Knit Wit alone to savor the experience and to avoid ridicule when the drooling and impulse shopping commences.
I am given the go ahead, and set off in my lovely, luxurious ride (albeit a rental, it is mine for the weekend!), with my choice of music playing. Bob Marley, Jack Johnson and Adele… magic at 65 mph. At least while on the highway.
Arrive at destination. Streets are wet with dew, making it look a bit like a movie set (they watered the streets down while filming RIPD in Boston and giving a fresh and vibrant edge to the scene).
|Knit Wit Yarn Shop, Portland Maine|
|Amazing needle stock!|
.....Sweet sweater clad woman says, “Can I help you find…… wait….. you’re…. you’re from Boston?….YOU’RE the Beantown…..You’re the BEANTOWN BLOGGER!!!!!!! ……I follow you now”!
(I am melting, my shoes have begun to get squoooshy and my knees are wavering…..)
“A number of my customers told me I had to follow your blog because you always write about my shop…”
My tongue has become sodden, words aren’t forming… I am stuck on the conceit of the moment… someone other than a few blogging friends reads me and follows my every post? (Ok, maybe not every post... )
|Bulky yarn + big needles = quick gifty gifts!|
|Interesting hats, inspiring displays....|
|I WANT that crochet cap!|
What do I spy but the latest IW Knits magazine. I flip open to a page displaying a peplum jacket. Wait, the knitting powers are convening…. this is the pattern submitted by my Netherlands friend from Ravelry, the one I met at Stitch House Knit Night in June. Wow! Who needs recreational drugs, I am high on fiber and knit creativity!
|Peplum and Pleat Jacket, Erica Patberg|
|God's Eye Wreath|
|Close up view|
|This scarf will become a gift for someone!|
|Needle supply at the ready near the communal knitting space.|
So off I go, driving my premium ride back to Maine Mall, texting when I get there to see if I should brave the crowds and meet my girls inside, which means my debit card is needed, or should I wait in the parking lot? I brave the throngs, and, because my face is beaming, my sister says….”Ok what did you do, rob the place?” So I try my best to relay the feelings of pride, wonderment, happiness, and general squeee as I tell them she knew who I was, the Beantown Blogger!
I get these stares from my family of “Oh God more knitting stories”, “Why can’t my mom be normal?”, “Yarn is that exciting?”, and “How did she know who you were?”
Only a fellow yarn aficionado, blogger, or Lover of Quince would be able to understand.
So this is my tale of a long awaited visit to Knit Wit. When I enter this space the creative energy is palpable, the yarn stock is unique, literally, Quince Yarn is sitting there waiting to be caressed and hugged. Most of us have to order online and wait for this experience, but at Knit Wit, (and Purl Diva, Brunswick Maine) you can see, touch and delight in the Quince brand of yarns. They also carry a number of other yarns, Manos del Uruguay is always siren calling to me, pleading for me to take them home....I found a silky soft yarn from Knit One Crochet Two that I have never held before and got two skeins for a hat.
Knit Wit also has an impressive selection of knitting notions, needles, patterns and magazines. The displays around the store will inspire you if you walk in without a specific project in mind.
If you are ever in the vicinity of Portland, please stop in and browse around this shop, you won't regret it! They are warm, welcoming, helpful, and so endearing. And who knows, you might just rub elbows with one of the many knitwear designers living in the Portland area!