Heavenly Socks Yarns

July 2008

New yarns this month include:

Misty Acres Alpaca -- from Sidney, Maine. A DK-weight alpaca in natural colors!

Eastport Alpaca Company -- a worsted-weight, 70% alpaca/30% merino yarn dyed in the muted "Colors of Maine." This is a Maine company using American alpaca fiber.

Sierra Quatro -- a worsted-weight tweedy 80% cotton/20% wool yarn, is back. We had this years ago, and it's now back with new bold colors.

Berroco Moss Agate, No. 3657

Brown Sheep Superwash Sport -- a 100% machine-washable wool. It is very soft and has a great price!

Berroco's Pure Merino -- now in DK weight! Their heavy worsted has been a customer favorite.

Berroco Geode -- Moss Agate, #3657, is pictured above at right. This yarn is a subtle self-striping worsted in beautiful colorways. (It machine washes beautifully!)

Cheryl Fuller will be offering a Beaded Lace Knitting class for three weeks beginning Tuesday, July 15 at 10:30 am and Thursday, July 17 at 5:30 pm. We will start with both days, and continue with whichever day has more students. Please call, e-mail or stop by to register.

So delicate and exquisite, the beauty of lace combined with tiny beads! This is a class in bead placement techniques to complement and enhance the knitted lace fabric.

Learn about design approaches for embellishing lace stitch patterns with beads, selecting beads and thread, and stringing and efficient handling of beads while knitting.

A sampler of several techniques will be made during class -- an ideal way to clearly see the effect of each technique and learn when and where you want to use it in your own designing. Students have the choice of working in miniature scale, or with larger beads and needles.

-- Prerequisites: Some experience in knitting lace is helpful but beginners are welcome too. This class is perfect for intermediate to advanced knitters wanting to learn to knit lace with beads. You will learn how to read charts, knit with beads and get started on a lace scarf that you will be able to finish on your own.

-- Students supply their own yarn, beads and knitting needles. You will need lace-weight or fine-weight sock yarn, approximately 25 grams of size 8/0 seed beads (about 1000 beads), and size 4-6 knitting needles. You will also need a size 11 or 12 steel crochet hook to use in placing beads on yarn.

Course is 6 hours total. The cost is $30.

Do you have any nice, clean extra yarn, leftover or new, to donate to the Hats for Kids project? Also, it's not too early for knitters to think about knitting a hat or two, or some mittens. Our store will be a drop-off point for your yarn and projects.
Belfast Bay Inn, July 2008 Please welcome these new downtown Belfast businesses:

Lily, Lupine and Fern (located in the space which formerly housed The Garden Cottage, on lower Main Street), offering wine, cheese, gourmet foods and flowers.

Belfast Bay Inn and Luxury Suites (located next to Brambles), offering first-class suites in a boutique hotel atmosphere. A photo of the hotel is shown at left.

Beyond the Sea (located in the space which formerly housed The Clown), offering relaxed shopping for books, gifts, art and espresso.

Old Professor's Book Shop (located next to Alexia's Pizza and across from Chases Daily), offering scholarly and other books: new, used and rare.

Aarhus Gallery is pleased to feature the established and prolific, bold experimentalist Stew Henderson as their first guest artist of the summer season.

The show will run from July 1-20, with an opening reception on Friday, July 4, from 5-8 pm. Stew will be debuting works from his colorful Graphica series, as well as the engaging muted Corplast assemblages.

The image shown at right is GRAPHICA #3.

Graphica No. 3, by Stew Henderson
The Graphica series started as a material-driven idea: Large-scale, commercial castoff rolls of Moss paper, previously printed with images of corporate logos, advertisements and other designs, are rolled out on the studio floor, cut into sections and painted or printed with linoleum blocks. The result, he explains, "displays a tangible middle space between my crude hand work and the highly polished imagery produced by a computer-driven press."

Stew Henderson has been exhibiting his artwork since 1977. He has had numerous one-person exhibits throughout Maine, including: Waterfall Arts in Belfast, Icon Gallery in Brunswick, and Caldbeck Gallery and the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland.

Stew will also be giving a talk about his work on Tuesday, July 8, at 7 pm.

The work of Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Annadeene Konesni, Richard Mann, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick will also be on view.

The 13th Annual Arts in the Park will take place on Saturday, July 12 (from 10 am-5 pm) and Sunday, July 13 (from 10 am-4 pm). Our shop will be open that Sunday as well! This is a festive fine arts and crafts show, complete with continuous musical entertainment and food for two days downtown on Belfast's scenic harborfront. Eighty artisans will exhibit and sell handmade wares ranging from spectacular oil paintings to rustic furniture, and including ironwork, jewelry, pottery, baskets, decorative arts, fiber art, photography and more. Arts in the Park is the chief fund-raising vehicle for Friends of Belfast Parks in their support of the city's nine public parks and Belfast's off-leash dog park. For more information, click Friends of Belfast Parks or call (207) 338-3580.
Bagpiper at Maine Celtic Celebration

The Maine Celtic Celebration will take place in Harbor Park, Steamboat Landing and Belfast Commons on July 17-20. The first event will be an informal dinner with live music in and around The Boathouse on Thursday night beginning at 7 pm. This dinner is open to the public, and it is the only event at the Celebration where admission is charged.

Highland Games will take place on Sunday at the Anderson School fields, and a road race starting and ending at BAHS on Saturday morning. There will be a parade Saturday morning beginning at 10 am, from the Anderson School along High Street to Main Street, and then down Main Street to the waterfront. There will be live music most of the weekend, including the main stage on Front Street at the base of Belfast Commons; food and craft vendors set up at Belfast Commons and Harbor Park; and fireworks at 9:30 Saturday night, from the footbridge.