Heavenly Socks Yarns
Newsletter

April 2009

All sock yarn will be on sale in April at 20% off! New to the sock yarn shelves is a cotton/wool blend with stretch in fingering weight as well as some new sport-weight yarns! Pictured to the right is JKnits hand-dyed sock yarn. As you may remember from our September 2008 e-newsletter, we try to buy from companies as close to home as possible. JKnits is a small (but growing) Massachusetts company. We have a few hand-dyed sock yarns and we would love your feedback on them!

JKnits skeins, April 2008

New to the discount bin this month: Due to all the new yarns arriving, we are reluctantly putting regular Lopi in the discount bin. We find knitters substituting Brown Sheep Bulky for their Lopi patterns, because wool-sensitive people tend to find it less itchy than Lopi; but on the plus side, Lopi is lofty and warm for very little weight. Now, at a price of $4.00 per skein, consider purchasing Lopi for your next felting project.

Pansy

In Belfast this Sunday, April 5, noon-4 pm, celebrate downtown Belfast's spring open house, Come Spring we will be fine! Downtown Belfast is celebrating the spirit of year-round Mainers with a spring celebration. Yes! Spring has made it to the calendar!

It may be snowing, raining or sunny, but come to Belfast and share the joy of spring with our downtown Belfast merchants; hear our poet laureate and area musicians; enjoy treats at local stores; and smile at spring pansies. And don't forget to visit the Colonial Theatre to see international garden tours on the big screen.

Meet me in Belfast on April 5! Here, at Heavenly Socks Yarns, you can get a free sample of Eucalan Woolwash -- even if you received one prior to this date!

We would like to welcome new neighbors to Belfast: Jim, Amy and Zoe Grant of Good Karma Farm &Spinning Company, located at 67A Perkins Rd. (the former Little River Farm). They have a herd of nineteen alpacas and two sheep on their farm. On the farm they sell raw fleeces, fiber for felting or spinning, and yarn and soap. All of their fiber is grown in Maine and washed, carded and spun by them. They are open nearly seven days a week -- just look for the "Open" flag. For more information, telephone 207-322-0170, click the Good Karma Spinning Company Web site or e-mail jim@karmayarn.com if you would like to be kept up to date on farm happenings.

Good Karma Farm llama

Beginning March 30, on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Hope Spinnery welcomes everyone to their weekly knitting group to begin new projects, finish old projects or just to enjoy tea and conversation. Hope to see you there!

Hope Spinnery is a wind-powered fiber mill located on Rt. 105 in Hope, Maine. They source all their wool from local farms and always look for ways to support local business. For more information, write to Hope Spinnery, 725 Camden Rd. (Route 105), Hope, ME; telephone 207-763-4600; or click Hope Spinnery's Web site.

Almost All of the Shoe Heels I've Found in the Last 17 Years (Studio Detail), by Mark Kelly

Please join Aarhus Gallery for an opening reception for their new show, Dross, Dregs, Leftovers & Junk, on Friday, April 3, 5-8 pm.

Musing on the topic, the gallery says, "Trash. What to do with the stuff. We throw it away and in no time at all we have another barrel of it, right before our eyes, in our own kitchen, back hall, garage, pockets, and maybe too often in our minds. It's everywhere, in the streets, on the beach, it's omnipresent, and, it's at Aarhus from April 2-26. The show features some of the trashiest art we've seen and includes the work of twenty Maine artists from Portland to Stonington, working in the realm of found objects, detritus, flotsam and jetsam."

Shown at left is Almost All of the Shoe Heels I've Found in the Last 17 Years (Studio Detail), by Mark Kelly.

Our e-mail address has changed from heavenlysocksyarns@verizon.net to heavenlysocksyarns@myfairpoint.net. This is the last month we'll remind you of this change. Please let us know if your e-mail has changed as well.