Heavenly Socks Yarns

August 2009

Are novelty yarns and metallic yarns out of fashion now? Not here at Heavenly Socks Yarns! We would like to let you know that many yarn companies are not carrying the inventory on these novelty yarns that they did five years ago, and so they are dramatically lowering prices. We are picking up many of the old favorites at discounted prices and passing those discounts on to you. Next time you are making a felted project, a prayer shawl, a hat or a scarf, take a look in our novelty yarn section (shown below) to see what can add interest, sophistication or whimsy to your project.

Novelty yarns

The new fall yarns start arriving in mid-July. We are expecting about a dozen new yarns; at the time of this newsletter, these are the ones which have arrived so far:

Classic Elite's Chesapeake: 50% organic cotton/50% wool, 5 sts. per inch on #7 needles, 50-gram ball/approx. 103 yards, made in Italy. We had a yarn with a similar fiber content last year, only slightly heavier. Helen loved knitting with it and made a fabulous sweater out of the Green Mountain Spinnery book.

Louisa Harding's Willow Tweed: Shown at right in Slate, 40% alpaca/40% merino wool/20% silk, 50-gram hank/128 yards, suggested needles: #6, suggested tension: 22 sts./30 rows, made in Peru. This yarn is so new, it's not even recognized on Ravelry yet. Be the first!

SWTC's Terra: 50% bamboo/50% cotton, 50-gram skein, 6 sts. per inch on #5 needles, made in China. The bamboo adds luster and softness to this yarn.

Louisa Harding's Willow Tweed

Discontinued yarns: Our discontinued section is overflowing. New this month is Katmandu Worsted, a merino/silk/cashmere blend.

Sue Wright is returning again to offer workshops (since the last class filled up before we could accommodate everyone).

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, August 8 from 9:30-11:30 am. $20.

Mitered Squares: Expand your horizons, start modular knitting with mitered squares. Learn several methods of doing double decreases and become expert at picking up stitches, while creating a garment or blanket one square at a time. Bring DK or worsted-weight yarn, plus #7 and #8 DPs, and join us on Saturday, August 22 from 9:30-11:30 am. $20.

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

The Annual Fiber College is happening again, on Penobscot Bay in Searsport (just five minutes from our shop). You'll recognize the familiar faces of Liz Sullivan, Mary Jane Mucklestone, Kelly McKenzie and plenty of other friends. Classes are scheduled from Thursday, September 10 to Sunday, September 13 and include an all-day sock design class, MJM's stranded color knitting, freeform knitting, crocheted edging, lace and so many more.

Fiber College 2009

Want to bring a new project into your winter plans? You can stretch your fiber muscles and explore all of the spinning, chair caning and wood carving, silk fusion and papermaking, fiber dyeing and creative embroidery classes.

Even the full-day class is only $65 and most are $25 and $35 so that you can take more than one for a complete fibery feast.

This wonderful weekend is appropriate for all members of the family and is hosted by Searsport Shores Ocean Campground. The entire weekend is open to the public and includes a Shopper's Boulevard, free scheduled demonstrations, self-guided tours at the beach and freshly cooked food.

The Belfast Downtown Business Group Street Party, scheduled for Monday, August 17, is shaping up into a big event. The Colonial Theatre will have a raffle for free tickets and a 15% off sale on gift certificates.
Rides and games: Kiddie rides from Fiesta Shows are expected to cover most of High Street; a bunch of fun carnival games will be available; a climbing wall is under contract; a putting contest is on tap; a big piñata will be ready for whacking; Colburn Shoe is doing a "nastiest old shoe" contest; All About Games will offer a colorful beanbag toss, with prizes; there is a rumor of a pony for kid rides and petting, maybe a fleet of goats also!
Refreshments: Fiesta Shows will have two food stands (get your 100% organic fried-dough fix!); Trillium Caterers will have a pulled-pork BBQ sandwich stand; a smoked-turkey sandwich purveyor will be slicing; Beyond the Sea will be doing a marinade sampling; the Belfast Lions will be dishing up eats; the Coffee Man will be keeping people perked up; there will be an ice cream eating contest all night long at Scoops and Crêpes.
Music and dance: The All Comers Band will host a country dance at 7 pm; Dancing Queen Courtney Porter will lead a Michael Jackson Thriller tribute; Irwin Brown and Bill Cook's Incredible Kazoo Band will perform; a strolling accordionist is expected; the group Sistalicious will perform live for your dancing pleasure; Club 132 will have a great band to invite people in; DJs Matt Bixby and Denis Howard will share double DJ dance music duty all night long; a mime will be there but not expected to say much.
Learning and fun: The Belfast Farmers Market will have eight booths with an educational/entertainment twist; Bonnie Lateiner of the Intuitive Past will do readings; Karin Spitfire will host a Red Herring Caper self-help game.
Grand finale: The Drum and Rabble Marching Society will fire up at 10:30 pm for a parade to the waterfront. Bang a gong! Campfire and free marshmallows for kids on the waterfront at 10:45 pm.

Waterfall Arts events and classes:
Summer Art Classes for Children: August 3-7, five different classes for kids age 4 and up: Drawing, Printmaking and Ceramics; Dance with Lisa Newcomb; Puppet Theater with Nancy Tyndall; Glass Beads; Young at Art with Rachael Littlefield.
Summer Art Classes for Adults and Teens: August 4-14 at Waterfall Arts, Montville. Hot glass and sculpture with Marta Bernbaum, Drawing/Painting People in Motion with Nancy Barnes, Illuminated Journal with Susan Newbold, Art from Nature: Recycled Paper Casting with Kathy Levine, Still Life Painting with Adele Drake.

Waterfall Arts

Artist Lecture Series: Monday, July 27 at 7 pm. Maine Artist/Activist Natasha Mayers will show her work and discuss the creative process. Monthly lecture series is held the fourth Monday of every month. $7 at the door, students free.
Life Drawing Groups: Every Tuesday evening, 6:30-9 pm. Non-instructional, rotating models. Bring your own materials. $12 drop-in or purchase a punch card for lower rates.
Open Mic: Next Open Mics are Wednesday, July 22 and August 12 and 26 at 7 pm. Open Mics are held the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Come to play or come to listen. Free. Bring some snacks to share.
Open Jazz Jam: Next one is August 19 at 7 pm. Open Jazz Jam is held the third Wednesday of every month. Come to play or come to listen. Free. Bring some snacks to share.
Pecha Kucha: Friday, August 14, starting at 8 pm at Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street, Belfast. Fast-paced presentation by eight creative thinkers and artists. Free, outdoors; bring a blanket or cushion to sit on.
Summer Sonic Tonic: Sunday, August 16, 12 noon-6 pm. 10th Annual Celebration of the Arts at Waterfall Arts, Montville. Waterfall Arts and Maine Fiddle Camp bring together traditional Maine-based music of Frigate, Perpetual E-Motion and the Belfast Bay Fiddle Group with neo-traditional experimental acoustic bands 12,000 Trees, Big Blood, Daniel Higgs and others. An afternoon of fun, music, friends and food!
For more information on the above, call 207-338-2222 or check the Waterfall Arts Web site.

Photo of Penobscot Bay by Christopher Lyman

Belfast Co-op August Announcements:
Photographs by Cricket Lyman: Showing at the Belfast Co-op August 1- 29. Cricket (Christopher) Lyman has been taking photographs around Penobscot Bay for forty years (example shown at right). He has lived on various islands in the past, and now lives in Searsmont.

To see more beautiful bay photos, view Christopher Lyman's Web site.

Donate Books: Raise money for local charities. Books accepted from August 2-8 (in fair condition, no textbooks or magazines). Questions? Contact Caryn Knudsen at 207-338-2532 or e-mail Caryn.
Customer Appreciation Day: August 15, 10 am-6 pm, free massages and health coaching, local music, local foods cookout, fundraiser booksale and raffles, free samples, door prizes, bloodmobile and more. Want to volunteer? Contact Erica Buswell at 207-338-2532 or e-mail Erica.
Tour the Co-op with Health Coach Gretchen Heilman: On Saturday, August 15, 9-10:30 am (morning of Customer Appreciation Day). Meet her in the produce section for her meal planning tips and shopping secrets, and learn more about produce, bulk grains, beans and herbs, supplements and health food products, and labels and marketing claims.
Belfast Farmer's Market Festival: August 21, 9 am-1 pm. Support local farmers and enjoy live music on Main Street in downtown Belfast.
Co-op Wine Tasting: August 21, 7-9 pm 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. For more information call Ron at 207-338-2532.
Save the Date: October 24 is Climate Action Day around the world. Join us in downtown Belfast as we rally our local support. Visit 350.org to find out more. E-mail Fran for local updates and/or to be involved.

For information regarding Co-op announcements please contact Fran Clemetson at 207-338-2532 or e-mail Fran. Post comments at the Belfast Co-op blog. Visit the Belfast Co-op Web site for community resources and Co-op information.

The Good Table: On Saturday, August 1, Paul Drowns will be doing Provençal appetizers: fig and olive tapenade, roasted eggplant roti, and two more.

Drowns has years of experience as a professional chef and has taught traditional cookery for fifteen years.

The Good Table

Using various regional Mediterranean cuisines as a format, his understated style of teaching focuses on taste, nutrition, common sense and the absurdity of an industrial food chain. On Sunday, August 9, there will be a cookbook signing with Julia M. Usher, author, stylist, pastry chef, signing copies of her new cookbook, Cookie Swap.

On August 14, the Eco-Motion street-art project will feature the third year of Hidden Valley Camp's "live statues." Each "sculpture" is invented by its performer and they are incredibly varied. The performers are 13-16 years old. They set themselves up along Main Street, from the Post Office to the water. Their leader is Leda Mast, a longtime veteran of Hidden Valley Camp. The kids work on this piece for their entire three-week session. Performances are free, but donations are appreciated, and all proceeds go to Eco-Motion.

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