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Maritime Family Fiber:

  • Silly Snake Friends Free Pattern

    The second free pattern in our Christmas KAL is for the little'uns: a snake friend suitable for snuggling, playing, bopping siblings over the head, and using up scraps of yarn. It uses Briggs and Little Heritage, a worsted weight yarn.
  • Reversible Boot Topper Socks

    Have you ever worn boot toppers and went about your day stylishly but felt slightly disingenuous? You know what I mean: it looks like you’re weari...
  • The Legacy of Maine Island Shepherding

    Look at a map of Maine and amongst the ragged, island-sprinkled coastline, you'll find many names related to sheep. Why? Because for generations Maine shepherds have known islands to be some of the healthiest places for sheep. 
  • It's a Wicked Good Day to be a Mainer.

    The birds are singing, the temperature is rising out of the 30s (at least during the day), the sheep are round with lamb and fleece, and it's a great day to be a Mainer. 
  • Connected by the Sea

    The definition of the word maritime, according to dictionary.com, is as follows:

     

    "connected with the sea, especially in relation to seafaring, commercial, or military activity."

  • My Rooster Attacked Oprah

    Growing up on a farm in Maine, I didn't really think my childhood was that different than anyone else. In fact, the average Mainer has a garden, perhaps some chickens pecking around, maybe even a few sheep or a pig rooting up the dooryard. The local census in Bucks Harbor Maine growing up boasted of 75 residents, give or take a few. So most of my friends ended up being my animals. Each of them has a story of their own to share; some more glorious than others, like Rocky the Rhode Island Red Rooster here:
  • The Fisherman's Boot Socks

    It's a magical moment - I'm finally writing down my boot sock pattern! It's hard to say why, but I'm actually a tad emotional about this. This is the pattern I have knitted hundreds of times over my short years. At this point, whenever I pick up the needles I pretty much automatically start casting on 15 stitches per needle. That's not to say that I'm some sort of sock guru, in fact I have been doing some sole-searching (snicker) and I think I need to branch out and try more ways of knitting socks. But in the mean time, I give you - the Fisherman's boot socks!
  • Independence Day in Cutler Harbor

    Happy fourth of July! The town of Cutler really knows how to celebrate Independence day, and for good reason! The first naval battle of the revolutionary war was fought - and won - right in our dooryards (over by Bucks Harbor) by a rag-tag bunch of fishermen.  My favorite revolutionary character is a woman named Hannah (Watts) Weston. She is my great x 8 aunt. During the battle, she gathered 40 pounds of cups, plates, and spoons to be melted for ammunition, put them in a pillowcase and stuffed her apron full, and traveled 16 miles to the site of the battle all while 6 months pregnant. They were tough, hard-working people: selfless and not scared by much, and I'm proud to say I'm descended from them.