Heavenly Socks Yarns

October 2008

In October, all sock yarn will be on sale at 20% off. We have a free beaded scarf pattern from Schaefer Yarns which uses a beautiful hand-dyed "sock" yarn called Heather (shown at right). (Don't forget, we have an expanding selection of beads available at competitive prices.)

So, even if you aren't a sock knitter, don't hesitate to look in this section of the shop for good values this month. There are some very soft, worsted-weight, machine-washable wool blends available. Consider giving a skein of hand-dyed sock yarn to a special person in your life.

We'll also be offering sock books and patterns at a 20%discount.

Free beaded scarf pattern, Schaefer Yarns
American Doll pattern, Classic Elite Yarns

It's not too early to think about holiday gifts. The knitting magazines that have arrived this week have many nice gift ideas. In the past, we've had quite a few requests for American Doll patterns. Shown at left is a free matching pattern for girls and their dolls from Classic Elite Yarns. They have so many nice free patterns! And by the way, just this month, their most recent Classic Elite Knits book was published and is here at the shop.

Speaking of free patterns, our goal is to have most of our store models (sample items) be from free patterns. There are many free patterns on the Web, so we'd like customers to be able to afford yarn without budgeting for patterns as well. There are many inspiring patterns and books for sale, but for the basics (or twists on the basics) we'll bring as many free patterns to your attention as we can. If you know of a good free pattern you'd like to recommend to others, let us know.

Hats for Kids is alive and well! Create warm hats for our kids in Waldo County. They can be knitted, crocheted or sewn, in washable wool, acrylic or fleece. Mittens are needed too. Call Judy Kao at 207-338-1945 if you can make a hat or two. Hats and mittens may be dropped off here at the store for pickup.

Aarhus Gallery will be featuring the work of artist Mike Silverton through October 19, 2008, in a show tilted Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball). The opening reception is on Friday, October 3, 5-8 pm. The show's title, which is also the title of a Verdi opera, refers to two small works, and in a broader, metaphorical sense, to a taste for frivolity tempered by occasion and, of course, enigma. The image at right shows Silverton's sculpture/assemblage Houseplant, 5.5"x 5.5" x 11", which is made of ceramic, metal, wood, fabric, sand and acrylic paint.

In Silverton's words, "When Lee and I moved from Brooklyn to Belfast six years ago, the urge to make art graduated from marginal to obsessive. An abundance of materials and the space in which to play with them contribute to an explanation. I was drawn years ago to Dada and Surrealism, especially to Marcel Duchamp's insouciant aesthetic."

Houseplant, by Mike Silverton

"I've written poetry, some published in magazines and anthologies, along with a chapbook, Battery Park, published by Russell Edson's Thing Press in 1966. More recently, I narrated Analogue Smoque to Tom Hamilton and Al Margolis' musical accompaniment on Pogus 21029-2, a two-CD production issued in 2003. In addition to having produced poetry readings for the New School for Social Research, New York's municipal radio station and the stations of Pacifica Radio, I've written reviews of modernist classical music on recording for print and Internet publications, including LaFolia.com, of which I am proprietor-editor. I also write about high-end audio."

Belfast Poetry Festival 2008

Sometimes it's hard to sit down and just knit. Instead of watching television, sit and knit to the inspirational words of our local poets at the 4th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival, which will take place on October 17 and 18, 2008.
Friday Night Performance: 8 pm, American Legion Hall, $10 admission.
Performers and Poets: David Dobson and Karin Spitfire, Jacob Fricke and Shana Bloomstein, Beverly Mann and Linda Buckmaster, Alex McGregor and Chuck Smith, Andrea Goodman, Elizabeth Garber and Hila Shooter, Al Crichton and Michael Brown, Dina Petrillo and Barbara Maria.

Saturday Poetry Workshops: 10 am to 12 noon, $25 per workshop, call to pre-register.
Repetition, Pattern and Variation: Poems of Expectation, Change and Counterpoint with Joel Lipman, Belfast Free Library.
Reading Out Loud: Make Your Poems Jump Off the Page with Kathryn Robyn, Belfast Free Library.
Meditation and Poetry: Writing as an Extension of Your Practice and Vice Versa with Barbara Maria, Waterfall Arts.

Saturday Poetry and Art Walk: Gallery+Artist+Poets, 1 pm to 5:30 pm.
1 pm -- Aarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. -- Wesley Reddick and Valerie Lawson, Mark Kelly and Mandi Locke, Dina Petrillo and Barbara Maria.
2 pm -- The Belfast Framer and Gallery, 96 Main St. -- Kimberly Callas and Gary Lawless.
2:30 pm -- Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. -- Joy Vaughan and Andrea Read, Kate Buehner and Dave Moreau.
3:30 pm -- Phoenix Gallery, 157 High St. -- Archie Barnes and Marcia Brown, Diane Courant and Maggie Finch, Joan Braun and Ruth Bookey.
4:30 pm -- High St. Gallery, 149 High St. -- Susan Tobey White and Kathleen Ellis, Meredith Alex and Patricia Ranzoni.
5:30 pm -- Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. -- Cathy Melio and Michael Macklin.
6 pm to 7:30 pm -- Reception and Round Robin Open Mic: Fall Out Café at Waterfall Arts.
For more information about the participants and workshops, call 207-338-5634, or visit us online at Belfast Poetry Festival 2008.