Heavenly Socks Yarns

July 2009

New products: We are pleased to help debut Swans Island Blanket Company's venture into yarn.

They have just begun producing a beautiful organic merino yarn that is spun in Maine and dyed locally in Northport using organic dyes.

It is being made in worsted and fingering weight, but we are only stocking the fingering at this point (shown at right).

Swans Island yarn

The yarn is so new that it may not be listed on their Web site when you receive this newsletter. Please check Swans Island Blanket Company over the next couple of weeks to view this yarn or come by the shop to see and feel it!

Gondry hoodie pattern, in Berroco's Vintage Wool

Last month we featured another yarn so new that it wasn't yet on the company's Web site. It was Berroco's Vintage Wool.

We love the yarn, and we know it machine washes well, so we would like to send you that link: Berroco's Vintage Wool.

Shown at left is Gondry from Booklet #290, knit in Vintage Wool.

Skill level: Intermediate.

Description: "Sassy hoodie with abbreviated sleeves and a deep v-neck. Turned hemline and tree motif, easy first Fair Isle."

Back in 2007, Knitter's Review had a wonderful pattern and detailed discussion on how to make a lacy shawl with that one skein of yarn. Click The Secret of the One-Skein Shawl to get it. Let us recommend, if you don't have a skein in your stash, that you try a skein of the Swans Island yarn! We also recommend that you sign up for the Knitter's Review weekly newsletter. This newsletter is very informative and does not try to sell you products. It is also written from Blue Hill, Maine!

We would like to welcome a new shop to town: Wild Rufus Records, a full-service, family-operated record store since 1979, is now located right around the corner on High Street. They feature new and used CDs, and new and used vinyl.

Shown at right is store owner Nathaniel Bernier, still working on unpacking their extensive collection. Click Wild Rufus Records to view their Web site.

Wild Rufus Records

14th Annual Arts in the Park: Saturday, July 11, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, July 12, 10 am to 4 pm. Don't miss one of midcoast Maine's most popular arts and crafts festivals, with eighty fine artists representing a vast variety of arts and crafts. It all takes place at Heritage Park, downtown on Belfast's waterfront, with the harbor and Penobscot Bay as a backdrop (see panoramic view below). Continuous live music both days and a variety of delicious food add to the festive atmosphere.

Arts in the Park 2009

For more information, view the Friends of Belfast Parks Web site, e-mail them or telephone at 207-338-5900.

The 3rd Annual Celtic Celebration will be held on Friday, July 17, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19. The mission of the Maine Celtic Celebration is to renew the rich Celtic history, culture and hospitality found along the coast of Maine. The three-day celebration is planned as a "donation only" event; no admission to the shows or workshops will be charged. For their great, colorful poster, click Celtic Celebration 2009, and click Maine Celtic Celebration for detailed information.

The Sunday Concert Series presents Downeast Brass on Sunday June 28, 1:30 pm to 3 pm, at the Belfast Commons. Refreshments will be provided by Friends of Belfast Parks. Note: This is the first of a series of concerts at the Belfast Commons scheduled for June 28, July 26 and August 30. Sponsored by Belfast Parks and Recreation/Friends of Belfast Parks.

The Good Table

The Good Table will be hosting a Wüsthof knife sharpening clinic on Saturday, July 11, from 11 am to 2 pm. Bring one knife to be sharpened for free and up to three more for $3.00 each. Proceeds will be donated to United Midcoast Charities. (No serrated knives or scissors, please.) Learn how to care for your knives.

Make sure to check the Downtown Business Group Web site for ongoing updates of local events.