Yesterday our fiber group, the Salt Bay Treadlers, decided to take a field trip to Portland. Now, we are a very dedicated group of spinners, weavers and knitters and are motivated by fiber of all types, but we also can be swayed very easily by good food. So we decided to combine the two and have lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, Paciarino, and then go into Munjoy Hill and head for the Portland Fiber Gallery and Weaver’s Studio.
It was a stupendous day! There were 6 of us fiberistas, so we took two vehicles. We met up on the early lunch side at Paciarino’s.
That restaurant is such a great experience; all of their pastas and sauces are fresh. When you go in, there is a chalkboard that has the day’s menu, and they even have a little box showing the pastas and raviolis that are available. The menu is limited, but every time I am there I have a very difficult time choosing my meal! Yesterday I had their potato/gorgonzola ravioli with red sauce. Between that, a beautiful salad of fresh greens, and the capuccino, I was in heaven. Two of our friends had the Tiramisu dessert which they shared… it was amazing as well.
I would have been happy to leave it there, but then we headed over to the Portland Fiber Gallery and Weaver’s Studio. I have visited there on a number of occasions and I always leave with some beautifully dyed fiber or yarn, after having a lovely chat with Melodi. Thursdays is their day for a spin-in from 12-4. I am not sure that Melodi knew what happened for a few minutes when we descended on them! We had to move some looms aside, but then we got our wheels set up and got going. There were two other spinners there, one an employee of the gallery, and one a lovely young teacher from NYC who was visiting during the school break.
We did a lot of spinning, chatting, problem-solving, and a little bit of fiber shopping as well. The added bonus of the day was Melodi’s new puppy Annie Oakley, who was just as laid back and lovely as any puppy I have ever met. She sat with anyone who grabbed her, so we all had a little bit of a cuddle!
It was a wonderful afternoon of fiber and friends. The highlight of my vacation week so far. A lovely day out filled with fiber, friends and amazingly good food! We really have to do this more often.