Heavenly Socks Yarns

August 2008

New yarns in the shop this month are:
Joseph Galler's Peruvian Tweed: Unbelievably soft DK weight alpaca at $27.00 for 600 yards. Knitters on Ravelry just love this yarn!
Ella Rae Jaspe Wool: 100% color patterning wool, heavy worsted weight
Limerick: 100% sport/DK superwash merino wool with subtle color changes

And four new sock yarns:
Berroco's Ultra Alpaca Fine
On Your Toes (bamboo)
Noro's Silk Garden sock yarn
Misti Alpaca sock yarn
Dream in Color Baby: beautifully hand-dyed lace-weight wool
Jaspe Wool by Ella Rae, Color #10
Jaspe Wool by Ella Rae
Color #10: greens, turquoise, navy.
Fiber: 100% wool. Yardage: 88.
Stitches: 4.5. Needle size: 7-8.
Crochet workshop with Michelle Boulier: On August 18, from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, Michelle Boulier will be offering a crochet class. You'll learn how to read a crochet pattern, and will make an infant hat and booties by Kreative Kathy. The name of the pattern is Hodgepodge Baby Hat and Hodgepodge Baby Booties. What supplies will you need for this sweet little set? Babyboo yarn (available at Heavenly Socks Yarns) or any sport-weight baby yarn, in a main and a contrasting color (about an ounce of each); a size G crochet hook (Susan Bates hooks are the best to work with), also available at Heavenly Socks Yarns; a stitch marker (Michelle will bring some with her just in case), and snips or scissors. The cost is $15 per student, please pre-register as space is limited.
Cast-on/bind-off workshop with Sue Wright: Ever wondered how cheap cotton sweaters can have a nice rounded bottom edge and your cast-on is not that nice and often is too tight and makes your sweater pull in around your hips, just where you don't want it to? Join Sue Wright at Heavenly Socks Yarns and learn that cast-on and its complementary bind-off on Tuesday, August 19, at 10 am. Cost of the workshop is $20, please pre-register as space is limited.
Lace knitting has gained popularity in the past few years because it can be very easy. In the simplest terms, it's a series of yarn overs (YO) and knitting stitches together. By adding lace to your basic sweater you can add beauty and interest as well as save on the yardage needed. As a case in point, many of the projects in the book Designer One Skein Wonders contain lace. We have a model of a baby sweater with a lace bottom on display, created from a pattern in this book. This has inspired Helen to make her next sweater with a lace pattern on the bottom. (Be looking for it, it will be a fitted cardigan knit in black sparkly wool.)
Cable and Eyelet Baby Sweater
Cable and Eyelet Baby Sweater
This was knit with two skeins of Olympic by N.Y. Yarns, 70% acrylic/30% wool.
Yarn cost for this project is $7.90.
Helen has just finished writing and knitting a Cable and Eyelet Baby Sweater that uses less than 300 yards of yarn! Come in and see it in person; the pattern will be available for free as soon as she gets it proofed. If you can't get in to the shop, look for it on next month's e-newsletter.

Click Knitter's Review, 1-25-07, to see a short primer on lace. Click Feather and Fan to see how to adjust that popular pattern's count to more easily fit stitch counts.

Do you have a lot of stash yarn you would like to use up? We have a free pattern for a scarf/shawl/throw that uses the Feather and Fan pattern, and a model at the store.
Members of the UU Church of Belfast are knitting shawls for people at the Jefferson Valley UU Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, who experienced a tragedy last Sunday. If you would like to make a shawl or offer any extra yarn to the project, leave it at the store.
On September 4-7, Fiber College on Penobscot Bay in Searsport will launch an end-of-summer fiber event. Forty low-cost classes will be offered to fiber enthusiasts of all skill levels. Classes will be small, diverse and casual. Subjects include knitting and crocheting, beading, fiber dyes, various quilting techniques and even fly tying.
Fiber College, 2008
In addition to classes, attendees will be able to shop, eat local foods, participate in scheduled demonstrations and engage with a fiber artist in residence. On the grounds will be a collection of textiles and handwork from Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan housed in a colorful Afghani celebration tent. Saturday night, after the lasagna dinner with organic salad greens provided by the Troy Howard Middle School, Maine author and fiber artist Mary Ellen Kranz will talk about bringing photo technology to the traditional art of quilting and bringing her vision to an international audience. For more information visit the Fiber College Web site or call 207-548-6059.
Mosey Handmade is a cute new shop right next to us on lower Main Street. They offer a variety of eco-friendly and handmade goods with a healthy dash of vintage goodness. Their artisans sew every stitch, polish every stone and turn every piece of pottery by hand. Limited-edition artists' prints round out their collection. They love to support local artists and feature many Maine artisans, though one of their favorite artists hails all the way from Oslo, Norway! Mosey Handmade
A view inside Mosey Handmade
See their blog for more information at Mosey Handmade or their online shop for more handmade goods at Mosey/Etsy.
On Friday, August 15, from 5-8 pm, on Main and High streets, Hidden Valley Camp is going to have 25 "Live Human Statues" as part of Belfast Co-motion. Please note that most of Belfast's art galleries stay open late every Friday night in July and August, and often there are music and dance performances on the streets. This is a free event.