Heavenly Socks Yarns

November 2007

November is the month to celebrate Maine products. All Maine yarn and also Maine products -- soaps and lotions, publishers and locally made buttons -- will be on sale at 20% off. Companies include: Bartlett, Bully Woolies, Friends' Folly, Knit One-Crochet Too, Peace Fleece, Starcroft, Bradeen Farm, Melanie West buttons, glass buttons and more! Please think of giving Maine products as gifts this holiday season. Melanie West's polymer clay buttons
Melanie West's polymer clay buttons
In honor of veterans, on Veterans Day (recognized on Sunday, Nov. 11 and Monday, Nov. 12), 10% of sales will be given to Maine Veterans for Peace. This is a non-partisan, non-profit humanitarian and educational organization dedicated to the abolition of war.
In December, all books, patterns and magazines will be on sale at 20% off. The discount yarn section will be kept full as well in order to make inventory as easy as possible this year.
A new Guernsey book from Downeast books, Cables, Diamonds & Herringbone: Secrets of Knitting Traditional Fisherman's Sweaters, by Sabine Domnick, should be on our shelves any day now. It will be on sale in November (Maine company) and December (monthly special). If you would like us to reserve you a copy let us know.
Cables, Diamonds and Herringbone: Secrets of Knitting Traditional Fisherman's Sweaters Simple cables stand for the ropes on board ships, diamonds for net meshes, horizontal lines for ladders or the many steps that people have to walk down from the village high above the North Sea for getting to the boats on the beach.

Traditional Aran, Guernsey (Gansey), Jersey and Filey sweaters have normally had very complicated instructions, but Sabine Domnick demystifies the process with clear directions and charts, and details how to make up these sweaters on smaller-than-usual, circular needles. The result is lighter weight, almost seamless garments that may be donned on dressy occasions or worn with a favorite pair of jeans. Known as a knitting expert in her native Germany and throughout Europe, Domnick picked up her first pair of knitting needles at the age of six and has been knitting ever since.
We are now carrying inexpensive glass "E" beads which are a little larger than seed beads. They work well incorporated into your lace knitting to give some weight and drape.
In December we are expecting Noro Sock Yarn -- 70% wool and 30% nylon in fingering weight and in the beautifully saturated colors you love and expect from Noro. We will keep you posted.
On Sunday, Nov. 11, 9 am-5 pm, there will be a global/local knit-in at Hope Spinnery to benefit Heifer International and local Midcoast children. You can gather pledges for every hour knit, each item knit or a set donation. Money raised at the Knit-In will be donated to Heifer International and designated for a "Knitting Basket" -- a gift of four wool-producing animals for a family in need, typically in South America. Click Heifer International to learn more about this remarkable non-profit and their successful work helping families around the world (including the US!) create sustainable sources of food and income. What will you knit for eight hours? Hats? Mittens? Scarves? Sweaters? All for local children in need of warm woolies for the coming winter. Create community and a spirit of giving with your fellow knitters. To join the knit-in, pre-register with the Hope Spinnery by calling 763-4600; use attached pledge sheet to collect as much money as you can; bring yarn (wool) needles, patterns and accessories, lunch and snacks (some to share?); and arrive in time to start knitting by 9 am.
Belfast Downtown Business Group news: This Saturday, Nov. 3, businesses in downtown Belfast will be having a Bargain Hunting sale designed to complement the Uptown/Renys Early Bird Sale that morning. Many downtown businesses, including Heavenly Socks Yarns, will be open and starting the sale at 9 am. However, we will not be targeting specific items at Heavenly Socks because we already have our monthly specials and a large discount section.