Heavenly Socks Yarns

November 2008

Missing book: The book The Manly Art of Knitting left the shop due to a miscommunication. If you have the book, please contact us.

On Veteran's Day, Tuesday, November 11, 10% of sales will go to Maine Veterans for Peace or any other non-partisan veterans' organization of the customer's choice. (Maine Veterans for Peace is a non-partisan, non-profit humanitarian and educational organization dedicated to the abolition of war.) If you can not make it to the shop on Tuesday and would like to participate in this effort, please mention it to us anytime you are in the shop that week and we will happily honor your request and veterans!

Twigs shawl pin, by Annie Adams

New items in the shop this month include:
-- Annie Adams pewter shawl pins (Twigs design shown at left)
-- Batik cloth buttons (made in Maine)
-- New yarns from Starcroft Fiber Mill in Monroe, including tone-on-tone Maine Island wool
-- Classic Elite's Wool Bamboo: a dk-weight blend of wool and bamboo with a lovely sheen and nice drape
-- Louet's Mooi, a lace-weight yarn of 15% bison/15% cashmere/70% bamboo
-- Many new books, including Interweave's Color Style featuring local designer MaryJane Mucklestone's sweater.

There will also be a variety of hand-knit socks for the Christmas season available at the shop.

Here are the workshops being offered in November. Please call or e-mail to reserve your seat. All workshops are $10.

Begin a beaded scarf with Cheryl Fuller, on Tuesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day), 10:30 am - 12ish. Last month's newsletter featured a beaded scarf pattern from Schaefer Yarns. Cheryl will help you get started on the scarf, and provide you with tips for knitting with beads. Materials: Fingering weight yarn, #5 or #6 needle, #6 or #8 seed beads (available at the shop); the pattern is free.

Introduction to Lace Knitting -- Bring Your First Project with Julie Rose will be held on Monday, November 17 at 10:30 am or 5:30 pm. Never tried lace knitting? Think it looks too hard? It's easy. If you can knit, you can knit lace. Bring a pattern, needles and yarn. We'll learn new ways to cast on, how to read knitting charts, and the different ways to decrease stitches.

Tubular (and other) cast-ons with Sally Halliday, on Thursday, November 13, at 4 pm: A tubular cast-on is very stretchy and resembles the top edge of commercially made socks. It works great for hats as well. Sally will instruct you in this method and other cast-on methods. Bring your "cast-on" questions!

We always buy mohair yarn in October when Classic Elite Yarns usually has a special pricing on mohair yarn. This lets us keep the price down at $6.95 per skein ($8.50 suggested retail price). They have offered a free pattern for La Gran mohair mittens (shown at right).

However, we would also suggest that instead of running two strands of mohair, use one strand of wool yarn from your stash with the mohair!

La Gran mohair mittens

Consider treating your out-of-town relatives (or suggest they treat themselves -- or you!) to a holiday stay at the Belfast Bay Inn, Belfast's only AAA-Four Diamond Award-winning boutique hotel.

Belfast Bay Inn, November 2008

Beautifully restored historic downtown building featuring eight all new luxuriously appointed two-person/one-king bedroom suites. All have AC, HDTV, CD and amenities galore. Elevator and private parking. Some with balconies and fireplaces. Surrounded by quaint shops and galleries, and just steps to the waterfront at the town pier. Non-smoking. Call for late fall/early winter rates and reservations: (207)-338-5600.