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Thursday, September 27, 2012

PEI Seminar Trip - Day 2

Well, I got lost in Bangor but I then 'dyed' and went to heaven!  This sign was outside a building for  children's art and is so fun, the classes must be super!...there's a violin on the other side! Anyway, I digress. While hunting for Stephen King's house in Bangor I followed the directions of the lady on the desk...but it's difficult in a city that has a 'Broadway' and a 'West Broadway' which are two different streets. I drove around, across the Ponobscot River...and back and downtown, at least it meant I got to see enough to know I want to go back.... a lovely town. 

I came down a hill and stumbled upon this lovely little street with some whimsical stores on it and a bridge over a small river. I had to pull over and wander around looking at the stores and architecture which was old and beautifully preserved. I think this is Fairbanks St.

Here is a shot off one side of the bridge.

Around the corner from the bridge was Bagel Central, which looked to be a likely place for a sandwich for the road...boy, had I struck gold! I couldn't make up my mind, such an array food, but settle for a BLT with cheese on a whole wheat everything bagel...then I was offered a 'side' I chose potato salad, it all came with a pickle and the lot did me for my lunch in Maine and dinner in New Brunswick!!!

I popped back in for a drink and  huge crispy apple then carried on looking for Stephen King's house.

 I stopped a woman on the street for directions and in following them I drove past a shop with the word 'fiber' on its sign....of course I screeched to a halt and pulled into the first available parking spot...that's when I thought I had died and gone to fibre heaven!

Lori of One Lupine, welcomed me even though she was busy and had just opened...and had work on a wall in the studio happening today. She told me to go downstairs to the studio....
...this is what I found! Her yarn shop where there were bins and shelves of beautiful yarns, rainbow dyed, hand dyed, dyes, felted items...and her studio...I'm pea green with envy. Washing machines, (top loaders!!!), work space, tubs and room to hang stuff.
At the other side was a back door to this lower level where there was a nice sitting area, for classes, to peruse patterns? Also an alternative for ladies to reach if they have trouble with the stairs.

I spied this knitting machine box on the stairs...Lori said it wasn't all there but it looks like a predesesor to a Singer HK 100 (which I got in 1984). I picke up a Knit magazine and some packets of a dye I haven't used before, got some information on a fibre show she is doing this weekend and had to leave...I could have spent the rest of the day there. 
Scenic Maine view.

Now safely off the highways and in my room in Charlottetown I just saw a news item on TV about a moose which had to be shot as it was too close to the highway. The rangers said they couldn't tranquilize it as it's days away from moose hunting season opening and drugged it would have been an easy target. I remember passing a pick up truck with a trailer and a dead moose on it...right time, right part of the highway...I saw that poor moose!

Oh, by the way...I did find Stephen King's house!

A beautiful house on a swanky street.

There was a white Mercedes parked behind the spooky gates!

I know...looks like a Hollywood set!!!
I definitely want to return to this part of the I didn't make it to Bar Harbor.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

PEI Seminar Trip - Day 1

Well, damp and early I finished loading my car...sweaters, knitting machines, some promo stuff, extension cord at the last minute, some old mags that the ladies might like to dig through...and hit the road at 9am....of course half way through New Hampshire I realized I hadn't packed mylar sheets for the electronic machine...maybe Edith  - Glen Valley Knits  - can come to my rescue.

Hit the border at Prescott, where I picked up a Timmy's sandwich combo, and made sure I could get my stuff a)through the US legally and b) back into Canada with my all the right paperwork, (importer's number and checklist). Then headed off through New York state for the start of my excellent adventure. The scenery just kept getting better but Vermont is just the best!

So much to look at but I had to stop to take in this beautiful covered railway bridge, Fisher Bridge in Wolcott VT spanning the Lamoille River. I ran along where the tracks used to be (needed to move and take in some oxygen) to see that they are still in the bridge. I walked along and into the bridge and for some reason it really spooked big, old (1908)...I couldn't go deeper in, it's so huge when you are standing in it...and I've been in covered bridges before. Maybe it was the tracks...I dunno!

You can see how it is built and held together inside.
Some stone steps up from the park.

That's as far as I could go.
 One gas fill up (yes, it's cheaper) and a few towns later I pulled off the road to take in this great old General Store...there are a few of them in these states, that are quite old and have history.
This one was built in the 1880's but the same family has had it for 99 years. There is a lovely lady behind the counter who is third generation and I heard that the sixth generation has just been born! There is a picture of her grandfather in the store.
 They still have the old post office which came with the shop, though it was originally in the Western Union offices...wherever that was (the proprietor said).

They had shelves of books on the front porch with a sign telling you to help yourself. Then the far left end is a gallery/shop of beautiful handmade crafts and furniture from the area. Fine woodwork, the manager is a weaver who had her loom set up, two fiber artists, of course we had to chat. Then I couldn't resist some hand made soap and maple syrup. When I paid for the syrup I had to NOT look at the carrot cake on the counter!!!!

 Across the road from the store was this river flowing from a dam and off into the mountains. It's hard to tell but the colours are beautiful and nearly at their peak. I'm so sad to be through's so beautiful. We once heard on a NPR radio program that some Vermonters were trying to become Canadian!!!!

Later I saw this river (the same one?) and had to stop to take it in. Some people were climbing up the bank and I asked if there was a good vantage point down by the water, the lady opened her mouth and I asked her what part of the UK she was from!!!! We had a great chat and I recommended Canada...she said that was next on their list for their trip over here.

I'm sitting in a motel now which I had suggested when I pulled into a Bangor gas station, not having any idea where I was. I said I was from out of town and needed a place to nice chap said 'go here as I work there and really like it and it's cheap. Tell them Garret sent you'. Then I had a lovely chat with the bloke on the desk...who gave me a discount with my CARP card.

Well, I'm going to explore a bit and see if I can find Stephen King's house tomorrow before I head out.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Show & Road Trip....

Off to Toronto tomorrow to be a part of the Just for Us Originals show at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.  It will be another great weekend staying with my friend Sonja who is also at the show with her unique knits. It's great how two women can enjoy and pursue machine knitting designing and be so totally different in our styling...we love it.

Dates & Times.
I've been doing some knitting and felting but not enough. I have designs in my head and yarn on my shelves that are slated for new styles but they are time consuming to make. I'll do them after the show and post them on my web site and blog.

Following the show I'll whip home then reload my car to drive to Charlottetown PEI as guest demonstrator at the East Coast Machine Knitters Seminar. It's hosted by the The Island (PEI) Knitters Club. My gracious host is Edith Scott of Glen Valley Custom Knits. I was going to fly as I did last time, but when I ran into Edith at Peter Smith's in Toronto and found she had driven from PEI I figured that would be a really neat way to go! I have stops to make in Quebec and Montreal on the way back but plan to go via Maine on the way out. I'm looking forward to the (many) hours alone in my car..a bit of peace and quiet through the mountains, audio books in the CD player and fun & healthy munchies by my side. Being able to stop to look at things or pick up a coffe if I spy a cool cafè, then visiting friends on the way home. 

Never done this before but I'll log it on my blog and on my Facebook Page!

Now back to work....