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The Elegant Knitter at Goose Pond

Susan Pine started out as a jewelry designer in 1982 making Christmas ornaments out of polished brass sheet, although always a knitter.  Susan also makes earrings, necklaces and other gift items, but in 2002 she decided to add the love of her fiber to her brick and mortar store in Cumberland Maine.

In building the website, I’ve come across a lot of shop owners that combine their knit shops with other endeavors to make it work; art, quilting, beads, tea, picture framing, even books, but jewelry…..now you’re talkin’ my language.  Susan even makes jewelry for your knitting; her stitch markers are exquisite.   Take a look at her website to see all that she does – her talent is vast and deep! 

Another thing of great interest is Susan’s’ brass sheep needle sizer.  I’m sure you’ve seen them, you may even own one; Susan is the designer and developer of that product.  Out of her frustration to find a knitting needle gauge that went down to the smallest size, her design came into being; you could say “necessity is the mother of invention” fits this situation.  “I realized that even though I couldn’t find one to buy, I could design the tool I needed for myself” Susan said.  She loves the way her two passions, knitting and jewelry design, have been married in her business.

So part of Susan’s store is her jewelry and Christmas ornaments and part of her store includes yarn by brand name and also yarn that she spins, books, tools, magazines, knitting needle cases and other accessories like knitting bags.  Because Cumberland Maine is such a small place, she has an on-line store as well.  Susan loves lace knitting and the Zephyr line of yarn from Jagger is a favorite.  She favors strong gem colors in her own knitting, but loves the neutrals as well.

Cumberland is a rural area just north of Maine’s largest city Portland.  Cumberland is centrally located, 20 minutes from Portland, and 20 minutes from L. L. Bean in Freeport, and the coast.  Once a year, Cumberland has the Cumberland Craft Fair which lasts four days at their fairgrounds, which is just four miles from Susan’s store.  This fair has over 300 craftsmen.

Cumberland Maine is in Cumberland County.  Maine is home to more surviving forts like Fort William Henry in New Harbor, than any other state in the country.  Maine also has more than 60 lighthouses standing guard along their coastline.  If you are visiting Maine this summer, look up Susan and The Elegant Knitter at Goose Pond in Cumberland, or visit her online store for a look inside this quaint business!

www.elegantknitter.comwww.goosepond.com


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