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Turkey Tracks: Road Trip to Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, Belfast, Maine

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Turkey Tracks:  October 29, 2011

Road Trip to Fiddlehead Artisan Supply

Belfast, Maine

A few weeks back, a quilting friend and I decided to go see the new quilting/artisan supply store in Belfast, Maine.  It was the perfect day–pouring rain.  We looked forward to seeing the store, having a warm and cozy lunch at Chase’s Daily, and shopping in the Belfast Coop.  As predicted, we had a wonderful time.

Fiddlehead Artisan Supply is a terrific addition to our local quilting scene.  How many people have access,within 45 minutes, to so many good quilting stores:  Fiddlehead in Belfast, Nancy’s just outside Belfast, Quilt Divas in Rockland, Mainely Sewing in Nobleboro, and Alewives in Damariscotta  Mills.  Each of these stores is very different from each other.  We have nearly as many really fabulous yarn stores as well.  Truly, I live in an area rich with fiber arts materials.

Fiddlehead carries a unique variety of items.  Yes, there’s fabric–both quilting and decorator–but also other, electic goods, like fabric paints and unique ribbons.  There’s a nice book and pattern section as well.  And, they are selling consigned quilts.

When my sister visited this past summer, she thought our little towns were very European in nature.  I agree with her, and I think that’s part of why I like New England so much.  Here’s what the street scene looks like where Fiddlehead is located:

Here’s what you see when you go inside the door:

Here are some of the unique ribbons:

And, Fiddlehead has ALL 500 embroidery colors:

Makes you want to start a new project, doesn’t it?

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October 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Turkey Tracks: Finished Debbie Bliss Sweater

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Turkey Tracks:  October 29, 2011

Finished Debbie Bliss Sweater

One day last spring, I think, several of us took a road trip down to Halcyon Yarn in Bath.  I saw a sweater made up  there that I really liked.  I found the pattern in a Debbie Bliss book and bought it.  The sweater called for wool, but I wanted a nice heavy cotton sweater for spring/summer.

Here’s the book:

And here’s what the sweater looks like in the book–sorry about the flash on the page:

Helen at Heavenly Socks in Belfast helped me find a cotton/wool blended yarn she thought would be a good substitute for the wool in the pattern.  I had a hard time with tension, however.  But, the finished sweater is also kind of funky, and I do like it.  And, it fits, though the sleeves are perhaps a tad too long–I’m getting more confidence with measuring and deviating from the pattern as I go along making things.  Helen told me later that sometimes with cotton, knitters say to unknit your last row when you pick up your knitting after stopping.  That doesn’t sound like fun.  And, the tension issues happened all through the knitting anyway.  I think it’s more about this particular yarn…since I don’t usually have tension problems.

Giovanna McCarthy showed me how to sew the pieces together properly and oh! what a difference!

And, there is a mistake in the pattern, but when you get to it, you’ve done enough of the pattern to figure it out.

Anyway, here’s the finished sweater–with me with wet hair!

Written by louisaenright

October 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm