Passing Down Crazy

Because Sometimes the Best Thing You Can Give Your Kid is an Addiction…To Yarn

Advice, anyone???


I need some free advice.  Yes, I’m fully aware that you get what you pay for.  If I don’t like your advice, I’ll just ignore it!

The Genius has her fall break next week and she and I are running away.  We’re spending some time in Boston and Portland, Maine.

I’m looking for advice on

*Yarn Shops (most important!)

*Quilt Shops



Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as we’ve never been to the Northeast before.  Can I tell you how excited we both are?  We’re planning on doing lots of bonding over our knitting.  We just haven’t seen much of each other since last Christmas.

Speaking of knitting.  (We were talking about knitting, weren’t we?)  I’m almost finished with the body of my Looking Glass sweater.

I think I’m going to do a picot hem on the bottom instead of the ribbing.  Then it’s on to the sleeves.  If I stick with the pattern, the sleeves are just straignt.  I’m going to have to think about that for a while.

I’m in the process of digging out the boys room today.  I’ve almost filled my second garbage bag.  They’ve been “cleaning” their own room for about 6 months.  I’ve decided that Frankie is a good stuffer.  I’m finding junk in and under everything.

And then there’s Ms. In Charge’s room.  Just shoot me now!!!


Author: mariajhmom

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19 thoughts on “Advice, anyone???

  1. is in Harmony Maine. Not sure how close that will be to where you will be.

  2. If you’re going to be near the common in Boston Windsor Button is nearby. They have a nice selection of yarn and a fabulous selection of buttons.
    You can find lots of yarn shops on the knitmap. Some have reviews. There is a quilt shop map too.
    Becky’s Diner in Portland ME is tasty and very much a locals place. We had breakfast on a visit a few years ago and everyone loved what they ordered.
    Have a great time!
    Your Looking Glass sweater is coming out wonderfully.

  3. If you are in Boston on Thursday night- come knit with us! South End Knitters on Ravelry! We love visitors. and we meet at a great bakery/restaurant!
    I second Windsor Button as a convenient downtown yarn store. I also love A Good Yarn in Brookline- it’s on the Green Line.
    Have a great trip!

  4. Just go downtown in Boston to the “Aquarium” stop on the T (subway). Quincy Market is down there, you can eat at Cheers among loads of other places, lots of places to shop, and loads to see down there.

  5. If I were going to Portland, ME, I would definitely think it would be worth the half hour trip up the coast of Maine to visit Ellen’s Purl Diva yarn shop

  6. Wish I had some advice for you. I’m going to stalk the comments as Greg and I plan on going to Maine next year. Enjoy your time with your daughter. Sounds like a good time!

    Cleaning boys rooms on the other hand…I’d rather clean toilets!

  7. Delurking…I third the recommendation for Windsor Button — it’s right by the Boston Commons. I also like A Good yarn in Brookline (it’s where i learned to knit!), but there isn’t much to see there.
    I haven’t lived in Boston for a few years, so I’m not up on the restaurants, but the South End has some great places to eat. Legal Seafoods is a great seafood chain that started in Boston. If you want Italian, then you need to head to the North End. I can’t remember the name of the place I liked — it was on Hanover, which is the main street. You can look into a Duck Tour, which is a fun way to see Boston or you could walk the Freedom Trail and see lots of the historical highlights that way.
    If you are driving up to Maine, you may want to stop in Portsmouth, NH — it’s considered one of the hidden gems of the east coast. This is a great time of the year to visit New England — enjoy your trip!

  8. Also, if you head to Cambridge/Harvard Square, Woolcot and Co ( is another nice yarn store, but the staff always seemed a little moody.

  9. My daughter lives just outside of Portland. Becky’s IS the best place to eat. If you love breakfast you’ll LOVE Becky’s. There are other menu selection’s but you can get breakfast all day. As far as yarn shops go…..the Purl Diva in Brunswick,ME is my all time favorite. Visit the web site at Ellen has a great blog. You can find her on Rav too “PurlDiva”. There is also Central Yarn Shop on Congress Street in Portland. If you are looking for buttons this is the place to go. There is one entire wall of bottons. A little north of Brunswick is Bath where Halcyon is. It doens’t have the charm of the Purl Diva but if you are looking for wool or roving this is the place to go. Make sure you visit some of the light houses (if you have time). The Portland Headlight of course would be the closest for you. There is also Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth. The Lobster Shack is right there too and may be open until Veteran’s Day. Have a GREAT time. P.S. I am in Oregon with my daughter right now. She is moving to Corvallis at the end of the month. I am trying to figure out how I can make it to The Purl Diva one more time before she moves on the other side of the country.

  10. You’ll be about two hours away from Mecca (WEBS in Northampton)!

  11. You’ll be about two hours away from Mecca (WEBS in Northampton)!
    Oops…forgot to say great post! Looking forward to your next one.

  12. I have to echo the recommendation to visit the Purl Diva in Brunswick, Maine. Ellen’s shop has loads of charm, great yarns and Ellen herself is the nicest person and extremely helpful! It’s worth the extra drive up North from Portland, Maine.

    In the Boston area, A Good Yarn in Brookline is an excellent yarn store. I always enjoy browsing through their incredible yarns and I never leave empty-handed. I also recommend Wild & Woolly in Lexington, Mass. They have lots of Rowan yarns and book and it’s a great place to go as a tourist as it is right near the Lexington Green where the “shot heard ’round the world” was fired and started the Revolutionary War. You can also see the Minute Man statue proudly guarding the Common from the door of Wild & Woolly.

    Woolcott & Company (in Harvard Square) used to be a great yarn store, but the new owners are somewhat disorganized and so it’s hit or miss in terms of what you can find there. And, I agree with the comment that the staff is moody — sometimes they are incredibly cheerful and helpful and then at other times they are inexplicably sullen. I can’t figure it out!

    Anyway, have a great trip!!

    Liesl aka “knittingtx” on Ravelry

    PS I love your blog and read it regularly! Keep on knittin’ and bloggin’!

  13. love the area you are going too, haven’t been there since the knitting bug took over, but the shops and restaurants are wonderful Have a really fantastic time! Do you ever miss your own bed??? I would miss mine! (probably why we stay home so much)

  14. Go down to the waterfront in Boston, Maria. And the suggestion to go to Portsmouth is EXCELLENT – all manner of handmade things, beads, yarns, buttons. I’ve lived in Boston and NH and you don’t want to miss out on the waterfront. The Parker House Hotel (Boston)has an incredible oyster bar.
    Swing by and pick me up!
    Have fun!

  15. ….hi maria, if you go to there is a City Guide tab on the left tool bar that has cities from all over the US and the world on it….the guides are written by people who live in the cities and tell you about places to eat, shop, etc….have a great time with your daughter….

  16. You are amazing! You can knit a whole sweater in the time it takes me to decide what to knit!

  17. Do the Freedom Trail. It’s a great way to move at your own pace and also to get around Boston. You just step off it when you want. As has been mentioned-Windsor Button. I was sewing more than knitting when I lived in Rhode Island, so yarn other than a discount place that closed, wasn’t on my list. In Maine, well, just soak up being in Maine. Harmony and Bartlett Yarn looks about 1/4 to 1/3 of the state away. Also-make sure it is the kind of yarn you like. Not everyone is into the lanolin smell that my Bartlett’s still has. YMMV If they give tours of the mill, that would be cool. Enjoy New England and especially the time with your daughter.

  18. I echo that of the Boston recomendations and if you venture north of Boston, there is Yarns in the Farms in Beverly and Seed Stitch in Salem and there is a quilt shop in Hamilton, but I don’t know the name of it.

    Also, if you feel like it, Rhinebeck is the weekend of 11/17 if your in the mood for road trip

  19. Sounds like great fun. I’ve never been to the NE, but would love to go. Have a fabulous time! Will we get to see pictures???

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