Heavenly Socks Yarns

June 2009

New products:

This is the time of year when many sales reps have been visiting shop owners to show off their new Fall yarns. It is also a chance for the shop owners to look again at older -- and proven -- yarn lines and reconsider whether they may fill a need for customers or offer something that currently does not exist in their shops. We hope that you continue to feel that we work hard to bring you good-quality and good-value yarns at the best price we can.

New in the shop this week -- and we expect new yarns to be arriving weekly -- is Berroco's Vintage Wool, shown at right.

This yarn is the machine-washable blend of our dreams, made of 50% acrylic, 40% wool and 10% nylon. It is a true worsted-weight yarn, knitting at 5 stitches per inch. It is available in a sophisticated palette of thirty-plus heathered and solid colors. Although we have begun with twelve colors, we will happily expand our offering after we receive feedback from our customers.

Berroco's Vintage Wool

This yarn is perfect for the (insert family member) who does not know how to do hand laundry (yes, we often hear this in the shop), perfect for the college student, and perfect for anyone who may be tough on sweaters. The price of all this buzz? $5.95 for a 217-yard skein! We think this yarn is a great value and hope that you do too. We wanted to show you a picture of it knitted up, but the yarn is so new that the yarn company hasn't yet posted anything about it on their Web site. See it here first!

We realize that many of you -- particularly those who live in Maine year round -- tend to put the needles down during the few months of warm weather. We encourage you to drop in next time you're around and just see the new offerings -- including the square sock needles we expect next week!

Discontinued yarn:
Cotton Chenille by Crystal Palace Yarns, 100% cotton, 98 yards per skein, 3.5-4 stitches per inch on size 6 needles. We are offering it at $4.25; the suggested retail price is $7.50. Again, we're sorry to see a longtime yarn leave our shop. Consider making fancy washcloths for future gift giving. This would be a great non-bulky summer project to bring on your travels. (And we have lovely Maine-made soaps to include with your gift package.)

Knitting Workshops reminder: There is still space in our two workshops with Sue Wright.

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.

Breakfast at Darby's Restaurant

Darby's breakfast: Darby's Restaurant is now open for breakfast seven days a week, 7-11 am, in their newly expanded space.

This is not your ordinary breakfast! They have: assorted benedicts, steel-cut oatmeal, their own hash, twenty choices for your omelet, latte espresso, oh boy waffles and much, much more. Pictured here at left are Edna (formerly of Belfast Office Sales and Service) and Bonita.

Calendar of local events:

Artist Kenny Cole's show IMPROBABILITIES opens at Chase's Daily's Perimeter Gallery on June 4, 6-8 pm. The show runs from June 3 to July 19 and features ink, gouache and watercolor drawings of words and text ... rantings, ravings, truth, lies and revelations. All new work! Shown at right is Letter From the Grave 6, 22 X 30 inches, ink and watercolor on paper, by Kenny Cole.

Letter From the Grave 6, by Kenny Cole
Red Shoes Tonight, by Susan Tobey White

Friday-night art walks begin Friday, June 5 from 5-8 pm and will continue every Friday in July and August.

Shown at left is Red Shoes Tonight, 18 X 24 inches, acrylic, by Susan Tobey White of High Street Studio & Gallery, which is kicking off the season with the first Friday Opening Celebration from 5-8 pm, June 5.

Two neighboring Belfast stores, Coyote Moon and The Good Table, invite you to celebrate their twenty-year anniversaries on June 5, 6-8 pm, in their Lower Main Street stores. Coyote Moon will offer refreshments, music and fun, including raffles for Coyote Moon products and gift certificates, music by Seth and Tyler Yentes, and giveaway of eco-friendly bags inscribed Love Who You Are. "We are so blessed to be part of a community that appreciates the importance of a vital downtown for the health of our city," says owner Michelle Walker. The Good Table will celebrate their theme, "Good food and good friends make for a good table." The public is invited to stop by to chat and offer a toast to community. There will be gifts and door prizes, great food and drink. "The loyalty and support of my customers has allowed me to grow and become a viable business," says owner Vicki Tarbell. For more information, call Coyote Moon at 207-338-5659 or The Good Table at 207-338-4880.

The 9th Annual Maine Fiber Frolic will take place on June 6 and 7, 9 am-4 pm, Windsor Fairgrounds, Rt. 32 in Windsor. Admission: $4/adult, $2/senior adult, children under 12 free. This is the tenth anniversary of the Llama Drill Team! Click Maine Fiber Frolic for more information.

The 25th Trek Across Maine is coming through town! The Trek, June 19-21, is a three-day, 180-mile bicycle tour from Sunday River Ski Resort in Bethel to our scenic Belfast coastline.

There's a lot happening in Belfast this summer. Click Belfast Events List for a printable Word file of upcoming events. Also keep track on the Calendar page of the Belfast Downtown Business Group Web site, which will be posting more updated information. Please check it regularly for exciting happenings.