Heavenly Socks Yarns

February 2010

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

February is the month that yarn companies ship their new spring lines, so think about making a spring or summer garment, for you or a baby! We are expecting new yarns all month, and we will help you find a project that will keep your hands busy while we wait for the 50-degree weather to be in our gardens and out kayaking again. (Only in Maine does 50 degrees seem balmy!)

Toward the end of this newsletter, we have included a listing of some of the events happening in Belfast in February, with some Valentine's Day specials. If you can, treat yourself to a day in Belfast.

Saucy Sundress

This easy, original pattern allows you to play with color without having to strand yarn.

At this time, it is sized for a 1- or 2-year-old., and can be made for under $15.00!

The pattern is available for free at the shop, no purchase necessary.

The dress is shown here knit in Reynolds' Saucy Sport, which is made in Brazil, 100% mercerized cotton, 6 sts. and 7.5 rows = 1" on #5 needles, 50 grams = approximately 123 yards.

Saucy Sundress, Heavenly Socks Yarns pattern
Good Karma Farm yarns

New Yarns

During the month of February, all books, individual patterns and magazines will be on sale at 20% off. Also, during this month new yarns begin to arrive.

New items in the shop in the past month include:

  • Good Karma Yarns: This is a Belfast spinnery located on the Perkins Road, off Route 1, past Aubuchon Hardware heading south.
  • Noro's Aya yarn: a cotton and silk dk-weight yarn in lovely colorways.
  • Araucania's Lonco: a kettle-dyed fingering cotton yarn.
  • Angora sock yarn (fingering): expected any day!
  • The Spring/Summer issue of Debbie Bliss Magazine.

Discount Yarns

New in the discount bin:

  • Noro's Silk Garden Lite (dk weight): regularly $10.95, now $6.57.
  • Nature Wool Chunky: regularly $10.95, now $6.57.
  • Also: Schaeffer's Kathleen, Laurel and Heather; Sheep Shop Three; and Rowan's Pure Life Organic Cotton.
Story Time, by Bob Nichols

Our Workshops: Needle Felting

Introduction to Artistic Needle Felting: Local artist Bob Nichols will introduce you to needle felting, giving you tips for making 2D or 3D needle-felted works of art.

Shown at left is Story Time, a sample of Bob's artistry.

Learn basic techniques and make a small teddy bear and/or a picture in the first class! If you don't have your own felting supplies, they are available at the shop.

Date/time: Sunday, February 14, 2-4 pm. Location: Heavenly Socks Yarns. Cost: $20.00. Space is limited, so please e-mail or call the shop to register.

Marilyn McLelland's Knitting Classes

Learn to knit, brush up on skills. Learn the secrets to successful projects. Learn how to read knitting patterns. Learn how to make lace, cables, Fair Isle -- they aren't that hard! Or just hang out with other friendly knitters. All skill levels welcome!

Date/time: Wednesday, February 3, 10, 17 and 24, at 2-4 pm. Location: Belfast Adult Education, 6B Lions Way (modular building at the entrance to Belfast High School). Cost: $25.00 for all classes. Call 207-338-3197 to register (the required minimum is five students). For more information, call Marilyn at 207-505-5737 (cell phone).

Dr. Jane's "Ray of Light"

Dr. Jane Robertson offers clinical thermography for women who want breast (or full body) screening to be 100% safe and 100% painless, radiation-free, accurate and affordable, and FDA-approved. Improve your odds: Detect earlier without harmful radiation. Thermography was FDA approved in 1982 for adjunctive breast screening. It measures the infrared rays emitted from your body to detect abnormal heat patterns associated with injury or illness.

There will be a free presentation on Thursday, February 25 at 6 pm, at the Belfast Free Library. Imaging is available on Saturday, March 13, at Robertson Chiropractic. For more information, call Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 207-338-2024.

February Thaw Days

On Saturday, February 6, Colburn Shoe Store will be having their annual half-price shoe sale all day long. The store will be open on that day from 9 am-5 pm.

Click Colburn Shoe Store for more information on the oldest shoe store in America.

Just across the street, Molly Amber Gifts will also be having a sale on February 6. Hours: 10 am-5 pm. Most everything will be 30% off.

Next door at Beyond the Sea, a Medieval Magic/Organic Maine Skin Care "Spa Day" is planned on February 6, 12 noon-4 pm, with snowdate on February 13.

People will be treated to facial washes and/or facial masques. It's fun and informative about organic skin-care products.

Colburn Shoe Store, Belfast, Maine, February 2008

Around the corner at the Belfast Co-op, local handmade chocolates will be available for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day, featuring Woody's Truffles with assorted platters, Sun Hollow Farm Truffles and Power Chocolates. Also available: chocolate roses, fresh strawberries for dipping, sparkling wines and fair-trade gifts. And take your sweetie to brunch on Sunday, February 14, Valentine's Day, when the Co-op will serve up a fabulous homemade brunch from 9 am-1 pm. (For more Co-op events, see the Belfast Co-op Jan/Feb Newsletter.)

At the Belfast Dance Studio, February is Sweethearts and Friends Sauna Month, two people for $12.00. Call 207-338-5380 for sauna hours and reservations.

Please support our independent local businesses, which support our tax base and keep the storefronts alive!

The Castaways Adventure

Castaways, an R.D. Stover Enterprises production, is hosting a new adventure at the Belfast Boathouse, featuring antiques, collectibles and a flea market. It's catered, featuring soup, sandwiches and coffee; muffins and pancakes; and homemade desserts. So far, the 2010 schedule is February 13 and 20, March 6 and 20, and April 3 and 17.

Good Table Classes

On February 27 from 6 pm-8 pm, upstairs at the Good Table, you are invited to experience a hearty cold-weather Italian dinner. Come learn while savoring delicious foods and enjoying good company, with local chef Paul Drowns.

Paul grew up in France just outside of Paris, and there began a lifelong love affair with food. He has worked as a professional chef, cooked at sea, sold food to the chefs you read about in magazines, and has taught traditional cookery for the past fifteen years. He is now Director of Comestibles and Resident Chef at New Forest Institute in Brooks, Maine.

Maiale al Latte (pork cooked in milk)
Radicchio Cotto (baked radicchio)
Bietola e Patate Piccanti (spicy chard and potatoes)
Fichi Arrostiti in Sciroppo del Vino (roasted figs in wine sauce)
Wine pairings

The cost of the class is $45.00 per person. Space is limited, so register early by calling 207-338-4880.

Upcoming classes:
March 6: Michael Salmon, chef and proprietor of The Hartstone Inn in Camden.
April: To be announced.
May: Julia Uscher, author and pastry chef.
June: Matthew Kenney, author and chef.

Michael Pollan, by Robert Shetterly

Maine Farmland Trust Show

After a successful gallery season in 2009, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is launching the new year with a provocative exposé. From January 8-April 19, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will be hosting Food for Thought 2, featuring work by Susan Camp, Kenny Cole, Robert Shetterly (whose portrait of Michael Pollan is shown at left) and Barbara Sullivan.

This group show offers a "taste" of last fall's exhibit Food for Thought, Time for Action, curated by Maine Farmland Trust as a visual commentary to a College of the Atlantic conference on sustainable food systems.

The exhibit consists of a mix of art that is hopeful, celebrating sustainable food and farming, as well as art that is provocative, making people think about the delicate balance on our planet and our current food culture.

Please join the artists for an opening reception with locally produced refreshments, on Saturday, January 30, from 5-7 pm.

The gallery is located at 97 Main St., Belfast, and is open weekdays from 9 am-4 pm. For more information or other gallery inquiries, please phone gallery coordinator Anna Abaldo at 207-338-6575, or e-mail her.

Aarhus Gallery Exhibit

Neicy at 90: A retrospective of Bernice Arthur with friends, February 4-28, with an opening reception Friday, February 5, 5-8 pm.

Neicy has entered the building! (Bernice "Neicy" Arthur that is.) For her 90th birthday, Aarhus Gallery is having a retrospective show of her life's work.

Neicy at Ninety, from the Bernice Arthur show at Aarhus Gallery

Bernice has taught workshops on creativity and is the author of several magazine articles and two self-published books. This interesting show will include work by many of Bernice's artist friends, young and ... not so young. Work by her son Al Arthur, her daughter Willy Reddick and the other Aarhus partners will be on view as well.

Shown above right: Bernice Arthur, Anecdotes and Illustrations of My Favorite Clothes and Not So Favorite (detail), 1991-2002.

Be a mensch, see the show already!

Also at the gallery, on Saturday, February 13 at 7:30 pm, Seth and Tyler Yentes play original acoustic music as Whiffletree, a violin and cello duo. A $10.00 suggested donation includes hot cider, tea and snacks.

Aarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main St., Belfast, and is open year round. Winter hours are Thursday-Sunday, 12 noon-6 pm, by chance or by appointment. For more information, call 207-338-0001.

Smile, Waterfall Arts

Waterfall Arts Classes Starting Soon

Classes for kids, families and adults are starting up again at Waterfall Arts. Listed below are classes for kids. Adult classes include Shake Up Your Art with Marcie Bronstein, The Sustainable Artistic Garden with Abbie Read, Story Telling a la Moth with Larraine Brown, Painting with Adele Drake, Open Clay Studio, Raku Clay Workshop with Linda Stec and Professional Development Skillbuilding for Artists. Check Waterfall Arts for details, dates and costs, or call 207-338-2222.

Winter Vacation Art Camp for Kids

February 15-19, Monday-Friday, 9 am-12 noon. Ages 8-12 with Lesia Sochor. Creating with Wood: Forms inspired by Louise Nevelson. Come learn about this amazing internationally known artist raised in Rockland, Maine, and make art inspired by what you see. Led by an experienced, energetic teacher, the class will create/construct 3D sculptures from an assortment of wooden shapes, and paint them. You'll learn the language of 3D design: form/shape geometric, organic, abstract, conceptual. The class will work on a large wall piece, as well as smaller take-home masterpieces. All materials provided. Outdoor breaktime everyday. Tuition: $90.00/child/week (additional sibling $80.00).

Wonders of Clay for Kids

Eight weeks, Wednesdays 3:30-5:30 pm from February 24 to April 14. All ages and levels with Linda Stec. Clay is a magical material that responds readily to your touch. Under the guidance of an exceptional teacher, learn to throw pots on a wheel, build vessels and sculpture by hand, then how to fire, glaze and finish a piece. There will be time to experiment, collaborate and create. All materials provided. Tuition: $150.00 (additional sibling $130.00).

Family Art Saturdays with Deb Pickering

10 am-12 noon, three Saturdays: February 27, March 20, April 10. Ages 3-7 must be accompanied by an adult. Come one Saturday a month to create together and side by side with your young ones. Themes include: Reduce, Reuse, Recreate; Animal Yoga; Keepsake Art. Each session includes songs and stories related to the theme of the morning. Get ready to enjoy making art from everyday materials with a leader who really knows how to keep things fun for everyone. All materials included. Tuition: $45.00 pair (one child, one adult), $15.00/additional family member, price covers all three sessions.