Heavenly Socks Yarns

May 2009

New in the shop this month is Manos "Naturals," pictured to the right. We love Manos; it is exceptionally lightweight and warm, and the colors speak for themselves.

Also, they were one of the first companies to engage in socially responsible business practices -- since 1968. In our view, many companies have emulated their yarn and business model. We are excited about this new addition to the Manos line.

Manos Naturals

Discontinued yarns: We're sad to see 127 Print (Filatura di Crosa), with its unique shots of color, being discontinued. Dale of Norway (Falk) is also on the discontinued list, in neon colors only. (Doesn't this sound like a contradiction -- wool yarn that's machine-washable and fluorescent?) It's DK weight, 116 yards per skein. We will be offering both yarns at 40% off suggested retail price.

Our May-June Classes with Sally Halliday and Sue Wright:
Sock Heel Techniques: Interested in an alternative to the sock heel flap? Local master knitter Sally Halliday will lead the group in an exploration of exciting alternative techniques for turning a heel. Join us on Saturday, May 30 from 9:30-11:30 am. $15.00.

Seaming Techniques: Have you ever enjoyed knitting on a project only to dread or get frustrated seaming it? Or have you ever sewn together a sweater only to feel discouraged by the finished results? Certified instructor Sue Wright will lead you through techniques which will give your final efforts a professional look. Join us on Saturday morning, June 6, from 9:30-11:30 am. $20.00.

Short Rows and Buttonholes: Knowing how to use these techniques will open many knitting opportunities to you. Certified instructor Sue Wright will lead you through techniques which will give your knitting a well-fitting and professional look. (You will be amazed at the number of ways to make buttonholes depending on the knitted fabric.) Join us on Saturday morning, June 13, from 9:30-11:30 am. $20.00.

Space is limited, so please call us at 207-338-8388 to reserve your seat.

We have a new interactive feature on our Web site, our Swap/Seek/Sell customer blog. Seek, share, swap or sell your fiber stash, or other yarn-related goodies! Here's how to post your listing: E-mail our blog with your post. The subject line of the e-mail becomes the title; the text of the e-mail becomes the text of the post. Attach an image, too, if you wish. Your title, text and image will appear on the blog automatically.

On Saturday, May 16, many of the downtown merchants will be participating in the First Annual Downtown Belfast May Sidewalk Sale. This is a rain-or-shine event. Hopefully, it will be pleasant weather, because there will be many free activities for children and those young at heart, such as sidewalk chalk art, a hopscotch contest and kite making.

Treasure Hunt begins 9 am at Fertile Mind Bookshop.
Children's Art Activities, 12 noon-3 pm, at Darby's Restaurant, sponsored by Waterfall Arts.
Sidewalk Chalk Drawing, judging at 12 noon-3 pm.
Hopscotch Tournament, 1-3 pm behind City Hall.

Here at the yarn shop, we will likely deeply discount most of our individual patterns and many of our books. Those not at a deep discount will be on sale at 20% off. Please mark your calendars.

Check out the Belfast Downtown Business Group Web site for more details and the latest schedule as the date approaches.

The Good Table

The Good Table is excited to announce their May-July schedule of cooking demonstrations:

May 2, 1-3 pm: Sandra Oliver, who writes "Tastebuds" for the Bangor Daily News, will be making chowder. One recipe -- ten chowders!

May 9, time TBA: Lyndsey Schortz from Let them Eat Cake will be showing us how to bake tarts just in time for Mother's Day.

May 23, 12 noon-2 pm: Gretchen Heilman's approach: delicious, nutritious, quick 'n' simple meals for real life. Gretchen is a holistic health counselor and herbalist. She has a master's of science in herbal medicine. She will be making baked salmon with quinoa, Queens' greens, creamy tahini dressing, herbal tea and date-almond coconut balls for dessert!
Coming in June: More spring rolls, specialty cookies.
June 27: Gratitude foods, raw foods with a Vita-mix and much more.
July 11: Knife sharpening with Wustof.

Keep checking back, or check the Good Table Web site, as they are adding classes all the time and would love to have as many people enjoy them as possible!

Belfast Co-op May Announcements:
May 3, 1-3 pm: Free Hands-on Cooking Class, Eggs and Dairy, at the UU Church in Belfast. As part of the Eating Healthy on a Budget Series, Erica Buswell and Fran Clemetson (pictured at right) will walk participants through the process of making huevos rancheros. Learn how to make a simple cheese, corn tortillas, refried beans and eggs seasoned with salsa to create a tasty and healthy economical meal. Preregister at the Belfast Co-op. Space is limited.

Erica and Fran of the Belfast Co-op

May 10, 9 am-1 pm: Enjoy a Mother's Day Brunch at our Deli/Cafe Art Gallery. Huevos rancheros, omelets, pancakes, waffles, breakfast burritos, homefries, eggs to order, fresh baked muffins and scones, fair trade organic coffees and teas.
May 15, 7-9 pm: Wine Tasting in the Co-op Cafe. The Wine Tasting is free to the public. You must be 21 years old to attend. Featured wines are 10% off during the tasting.
May 21, 6:30-8:30 pm: Belfast Co-op Board Meeting at the Waterfall Arts Center in Belfast. Meeting Agenda (when available). All are welcome.
For information regarding Co-op announcements please contact Fran Clemetson at education@belfast.coop or 207-338-2532. Also, you can visit the Co-op Web site or post comments at the Co-op blog.

Waterfall Arts classes for kids

Waterfall Arts Spring 2009 Classes for Kids run from the last week of April to the first week of June.

Painting Spring, Lesia Sochor. Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, six weeks: Apr 28, May 5,12,19, 26 and June 2. Ages: 8-12. Fee: $100, materials included. Students will let the colors, textures, patterns and images of spring excite their imaginations, using a variety of art media: watercolors, oil sticks and pastels.

Introduction to Clay, Linda Stec. Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, six weeks: April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4. Ages 6-12. Fee: $100, materials included. Throwing pots on a wheel, building vessels and sculpture by hand, firing, glazing, learning and making. Clay responds to your touch and can seem alive. Let your imagination flow with this ancient material under the guidance of a great instructor.

For more information or to register, call Waterfall Arts at 207-338-2222. Limited scholarships available; call for application.

At Aarhus Gallery's upcoming Creatures show, creatures, great and small, imagined or tangible, loathed or beloved, are coming to Aarhus, in all their be-feathered or furry, scaly or fiery glory, stretched, matted and framed no less, with some even put upon pedestals, all for the beguilement of the general public, which is invited to an opening reception Friday, May 1, from 5-8 pm, to peruse the zoological amalgam and meet the artists, most of whom are fairly tame.

The show runs from April 30 to May 31.

Shown at right is Corn Snake by Willy Reddick, white-line woodblock print.

Corn Snake, by Willy Reddick