Sunday, October 21, 2007

Witchy, Piratey and Yarny Goodness ...

Day Trip

We went to Salem, MA for some Halloweeny goodness Saturday, but before we were even out of town we saw this guy trying to cross a fairly busy street. So my BF picked him up and put him in the back of my truck and we gave him a ride across the street. He didn't really ENJOY our help, but he was very nice and didn't try to bite.

I could only assume since he was trying to cross the street, that he was trying to get to this pond. So that's where we dropped him off. These man made ponds are nice to look at in between all the office buildings, but that means all these critters are walking in the streets! Lucky for this guy he was crossing in front of my truck today, not so sure anyone else would stop and get him out of the road!

So after saving the day we proceeded to our final destination! Salem, MA. It was very busy considering its October and they have all kinds of Halloween stuff going on. Plus it was a very nice day for weather.

In addition to all of the new age, witchy and piratey goodness that Salem has to offer, there's also WATER! Glorious ocean water! Here's us in front of a big pirate ship.

Now, as I'm sure all of you knitters can relate, I had to check and see if there were any yarn stores near where we were going to be ... and there was! Seed Stitch is right in the area we were going to be so I wanted to stop there. I checked their site ahead of time and saw that they carried Cascade 220, which I have been dying to try, but my LYS doesn't carry. So that was on my list to get. I got two skeins in color 7807 purple. Also I picked up a skein of sock yarn (more on that below) because I have recently seen ads for Alpaca blends and here I found one such yarn. Classic Elite Yarns Alpaca Sox in Fruit Salad.

Here's another view of the inlet at Pickering Warf and this is a nice little seagull who was posing for a photo. We ate at FINZ because you can't go near water and not get seafood! My BF and I split a Blackened Catfish Tostada appetizer (which was the size of a meal) and it was so delicious. A little spicy for my taste, but it did say CAJUN so that's just me, nothing they did wrong, LOL! Then I got Lobster Raviolis which were to die for.

We went shopping in several stores and I got another Salem t-shirt, my other one is practically falling apart its several years old and I wear it all the time. This time I got a one that says "Pirate Girl" on the front and the back says: "Pillaging, Drinking, Flogging, Wenching ... these are a few of my favorite things" LOL! I also got a nice zippered hoddie that says "Salem / Witch City" on the front.

Shopping was great, there are so many things to look at, but at times some of the stores were so crowded it was just too much congestion and foot traffic. I had wanted to go to the Pirate Museum, but we'll have to do that off season, when we got there the line was around the building ... no way was I spending my entire time standing in a line.


Before we left I finished the bag for the Hogwart's Swap! Now I am working on the strap, but the main part is done!! I am IMPATIENTLY blocking it at the moment, I just put it outside on the porch because I am hoping it will dry quicker outside (not in direct sunlight of course). I can't wait until it is received by my swap pal so that I can add it to my finished projects list! I don't want to spoil it and post photos now. I am also working on another small item for this swap that I will try and finish up in the next few days. Then this package will be ready to go!

Last week I sent out my Fall Into Autumn Dishcloth Swap package. That one was anonymous, so I will not post details until its received.

On to the more on sock yarn in my stash!
  • (2) Knit Picks Essentials - Meadow Multi
  • (2) Knit Picks Essentials - Pine
  • (2) Knit Picks Essentials - Dusk
  • (2) Knit Picks Memories
  • (1) Opal
  • (1) Trekking XXL
  • (1) Classic Elite Yarns Alpaca Sox - Fruit Salad
  • (1) Socks that Rock - Fire on the Mountain
  • (1) Smooshy - Ruby River
  • (1) Art Yarns
  • (2) Regia
  • (1) Sockotta
  • (1) Cherry Tree Hill - Maple Sugar
  • (1) TV Yarn - Meduim
  • (1) Tofutsies

And I am PRETTY SURE that's all of them ... I could be wrong. So that is 15 - FIFTEEN skeins of sock yarn and not one completed PAIR of socks yet!! I also have another pair on the needles for a co-worker that's not listed here. I have one pair of the needles for Magic Loop not listed here and the Art Yarns is also on the needles.


mamarara said...

Sounds like you had a good time. I haven't been to Salem in such a long time. I will be sending out your Autumn package on Monday. hope you like it.

Angela said...

Yipee! Thanks!!

jackie said...

it's always good to have plenty of sock yarn just in case you get inspired! love the pirate girl t-shirt. almost worth a trip cross country! sounds like you had a wonderful time!