Heavenly Socks Yarns

September 2009

There are so many new yarns here this fall that along with 20% off the new yarns, some lovely yarns need to leave the shop at 40% or more off to make room.

New this month:
Blackstone Tweed by Berroco is shown at right in "Nuss," from Booklet #288. Berroco's description: "A basic cardigan with a gently flared shape. An easily memorized lace pattern decorates the fluted bottom. Finished with crochet and a cluster of buttons." This yarn is a worsted-weight wool/mohair/angora blend with a suggested retail price of $9.50. This month it is $7.60 for 130 yards. It has great pattern support (also at 20% off). Liz is knitting herself a sweater with this yarn -- an indulgence for someone who spins her own yarn. Feel free to ask her about it.

Nuss cardigan pattern, in Blackstone Tweed by Berroco

Chesapeake by Classic Elite Yarns. This is a worsted-weight 50% merino wool/50% organic cotton blend. We had something similar here a few years ago only slightly heavier. Helen knit a lace sweater from the Green Mountain Spinnery Book and loved how it knitted up and how it wears, and is excited that this yarn is slightly lighter than what she used. The suggested retail is $7.95, this month it is $6.36 for 103 yards.
Rustic Wool DK by Queensland is a soft, machine-washable, tone-on-tone DK-weight wool yarn. A suggested retail price of $7.95, this month it is $6.36 for 131 yards.
Samina by Gedifra is a "dressy yarn." When we showed some people the color cards before the yarn came in, they said, "Why did you order it?" So let us tell you about it! Samina is a metallic nylon tube, stuffed with wool. Made of 75% wool and 25% nylon, this yarn has beautiful pattern support, and since it has come in, there have been many "oohs" and "aahs"! The suggested retail for this light worsted/DK yarn is $8.95, this month it is $7.16 for 163 yards! We will take off 20% for the pattern book too.
Twice Tweed by Elsebeth Lavold is made from 100% recycled fibers. Its label states that it is made using a "patented manufacturing process: water saving, energy saving, with no discharge into the environment. No polluting dyeing is used in the process." It is made with 42% wool, 32% nylon and 26% cotton. This yarn retails for $5.95 for 82 yards of an aran weight (3.75-4 sts. per inch), but this month it will be $4.76. Although the label states hand-wash -- which often yarn companies print to cover themselves -- we believe it will soften with washing and is machine washable. Liz is swatching it up right now and we will let you know!
Willow Tweed by Louisa Harding is a new DK-weight blend of angora, merino wool and silk. A suggested retail of $8.95, this month it is $7.16 for 128 yards.
Duo by Järbo: We got this with the thought of prayer shawls in mind. It is a chunky-weight, 100% acrylic, with subtle striping. $14.95 for 340 yards; this month it will be $11.96.
Also, some new scarf yarns at 20% off!

We are saying goodbye to some nice yarns:
Blythe: 100% DK-weight camel $9.00 ($16.00 SRP).
Olympic: 70% acrylic/30% wool machine-washable aran weight $3.00 (4.99 SRP).
Portrait: An aran-weight variegated mohair $6.00 (10.50 SRP). Comes with a one-skein scarf pattern on label!
Starcroft's Superstar: 100% washable worsted merino -- made locally! $8.50 (originally $14.00).
Utopia: This was our 100% acrylic which we believed felt much nicer than Red Heart, but with limited space and possible mill issues, we have decided to discontinue this yarn at $2.75 (4.50 SRP).

Sue Wright is offering a workshop:
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, September 12 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.

Our knitting circle is back, Thursday nights 6-8:30 pm. No commitment or obligation, drop in for free project advice and socializing.

If you don't know about the online knitting community Ravelry yet, you are missing out on the most resourceful and exciting knitting Web site out there.

Whether you are looking for the perfect pattern to knit this fall, or need inspiration for a specific yarn, Ravelry is the place to start. We use it often here at the shop. Ravelry lets you browse patterns to see what they look like on "real" people, instead of models. You can create your own Notebook where you can upload photos of your knitting and crochet projects, keep a queue of designs you'd like to make, and make friends with fiber people in your local area and around the world. There are even special-interest groups that you can join, from Seamless Knits to Mainely Fiber Arts to fangroups for classic designers like Elizabeth Zimmermann and modern trend-setters like Jared Flood to lots of fiber-related activities and hobbies. There truly is something for everyone on Ravelry.

The Web site is easy to navigate, and in a short time you'll wonder how you knit without it. Join ASAP at Ravelry, and make sure to friend us when you do (helenofthorndike).

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 yarns

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.

Don't forget to visit our friends at Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm and the Alpaca Center of New England at the Unity-side entrance of the Common Ground Fair, September 25-27.

Shown at right is AG Space Cowboy, with his owner Corry Pratt, at Northern Solstice.

Also, September 26 is National Alpaca Farm Day. Their gift gallery will be open, and they will offer farm tours and refreshments.

Space Cowboy, with his owner Corry Pratt, at Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm

Belfast Co-op September Announcements:
September 2: Member 10% Off Day. Twice a year all members receive 10% off storewide. Exceptions are on alcohol, cigarettes and newspapers. No double discounting.
September 15: Local Food Talk with Sandy Oliver, 6:30-8 pm at the Belfast Free Library. Local food writer and historian Sandy Oliver will give a talk as part of the Co-op's November Eat Local Challenge. Sandy is passionate about growing and storing local food and even more passionate about cooking and eating it. Learn creative ways of storing and using our local abundance. For more information, call Brenda Harrington at the Library at 207-338-3884.
September 18: Belfast Farmer's Market Festival, 9 am-1 pm. Support local farmers and enjoy live music on Main Street in downtown Belfast.
On the same day, Co-op Wine Tasting, 7-9 pm in the Co-op Cafe, 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.
September 20: Pie & Story Festival at the Belfast Boathouse. Enter a pie in the pie contest, listen to storytelling and join in the judging of the pies at a dollar a slice!
September 24: Belfast Co-op Board Meeting, 6:30-8:30 pm at the Waterfall Arts Center in Belfast. All are welcome.
September 25-27: Common Ground Fair. Tickets and posters on sale at the Co-op. Click MOFGA for more information.
September 29: Climate Change Talk at the Belfast Free Library. Jim Merkel, author of Radical Simplicity, will give a talk on climate change as part of the Belfast 350 series that leads up to Climate Action Day on October 24. For more information, call Brenda Harrington at the Library at 207-338-3884.
September 1-28: Drawings by Ed Moffitt at the Co-op Cafe. Ed Moffitt is a local Belfast artist and art teacher. He is known for creating community among artists at the Badger Cafe in Union with weekly artists' gatherings.
October 24: 350 Climate Action Rally, 3-4 pm. This local event, sponsored by the City of Belfast and the Belfast 350 Committee, takes place along with over one thousand others around the world. For more information, contact Fran Clemetson at 207-338-2532 or e-mail Fran. To find out more about Climate Action Day, click 350.org.

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.

Combined photo of Mark Kuzio's mother and father, by Mark Kuzio

"An Alternate Vision," a show of Mark Kuzio's photography and work in other media, opens September 4 at The Belfast Framer & Gallery, 96 Main St., Belfast. Mark Kuzio has been involved with artistic concerns for over thirty years. Clay has been and continues to be his primary medium, but various other materials over the many years have attracted his attention. Clay, metal, mixed media, serigraphy, photography, and, most recently, video, have all provided means and methods of reflection and exploration.

Shown at left is a photo combining Kuzio's mother and father. Says the artist, "The individuals in this photo are 'conjoined.' It is an attempt to explore the visual relationships between individuals who are indeed in some form of existing relationship."

Gallerie Dufour (aka, Indigo Gallery) in downtown Belfast presents Coastal Curves, a two-part series of fine-art nude photographs by Charles Laurier Dufour with September and October exhibitions. The singular beauty of the Maine coast shares the spotlight with the curves of the human form in its natural state.

Coastal Curves 1, September 4-October 1, will feature images that look toward the sea for their inspiration. Water is the unifying feature across the photographs. The coast of Maine is captured in waters from Schoodic Peninsula down to Cape Elizabeth. Coastal Curves 2, on exhibit through October, places more emphasis on the shoreline itself whether it be cliff or beach, granite or sand. Shown at right: Belfast Blue (not part of the Coastal Curves series).

Belfast Blue, photo by Charles Dufour

Coastal Curves 1 is launched with an opening reception on Friday, September 4 during the BelfastARTS First Friday Art Walk from 5:30 to 8 pm. Refreshments will be served and as always, the artist will be on hand to meet and greet. For more information, call Gallerie Dufour at 207-338-6448, or e-mail Dufour.

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