Heavenly Socks Yarns

November 2009

We really like these herringbone mitts (shown at right) that Liz knitted using Queensland Rustic Wool DK, 100% machine-washable, kettle-dyed wool. The pattern is free at the shop.

On Wednesday, 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 cannot make it to the shop on Wednesday 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! We have been doing this for six years, and this year there will be more veteran events happening in downtown Belfast (see below).

Herringbone Mitts

New products:

  • Addi Turbo Lace needles: Now available in 8" and 16" lengths. They are well stocked at the shop.
  • Maine Clipper Bay Rum Lotion: This is an addition to our existing line of Maine-made lanolin/goat-milk knitters' creams and lotions. (With this "manly" scent now in stock, you can do one-stop holiday shopping at the yarn shop!)

New in discount:

  • Debbie Bliss Silk: This is a machine-washable, DK-weight 100% silk. There are enough skeins in many colors to make a garment -- a section of the first Debbie Bliss Magazine was dedicated to patterns using this yarn. However, we love it for putting a silky edge on a baby blanket or for making the lining of a hat. SRP is $14.95, now it is $7.50.

Veterans Day events:
On November 10, the day before Veterans Day, there will be a USO-type show featuring the Marsh River Singers from Brooks at the American Legion Hall, entrance on Church Street, at 6:30 pm. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome.

On November 11, Veterans Day, free breakfast will be served at Redman's Hall at the corner of Waldo Avenue and Main Street from 5:45 to 8:45 am, and all are invited. Activities are still being organized for the annual Veterans Day Parade, beginning at 10 am. The parade will start at Belfast Area High School then proceed to the Redman's Hall and down to the waterfront where refreshments will be served. By tradition, church bells will be ringing at 11 am.

All veterans are welcome to march in the parade, and those with disabilities may ride on floats being prepared for the parade. Veterans may also get a free ride to the parade and back if needed, and those interested may contact Sonny Sullivan at 323-1073 or Steve Brown at 322-5412. Advance registration for the parade is not required, and veterans may simply show up at the high school when the parade is being organized at 9 am. Those with any questions may contact Cliff Larrabee, commander of the American Legion Frank D. Hazeltine Post #43 at 207-338-1202 or 322-8899 (cell phone), or Steve Brown, commander of VFW Randall Collins Post #3108 at 207-338-2358.

The Out of the Woods store at 48 Main Street in Belfast is accepting donations of telephone calling cards (or cash to purchase them) to be provided to the Togus Veterans Hospital for distribution to Maine veterans who are homeless. There will also be veterans at Out of the Woods showing and selling items they have made for sale.

Beyond the Sea will donate 10% of Veterans Day sales to one of their regular charities, Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Other downtown businesses will also be having special sales related to Veterans Day.

There will be an open house in downtown Belfast on Friday, November 27 (the day after Thanksgiving), from 4-8 pm. Holiday window displays should be unveiled, and we hope the tree in front of the post office will be lit toward evening. There will be a drawing for two $50 gift certificates. Participating retailers will be listed on a card, available at downtown locations. Visit the stores and get your card punched, then drop it off at a collection location; on Saturday two winners will be drawn. This would be a nice event to bring your family to (and your family who may be visiting from away). Please check the Belfast Downtown Business Group Web site and your Village Soup for more specific information, as the time draws near.

Belfast Co-op Community Announcements, November 2009:

  • November 2-30: The Belfast Co-op Gallery presents "Blurring Boundaries" by Lisa Martin.
  • November 3: FRESH at Belfast Free Library, 6:30-8 pm. Movie and discussion with farmers Polly Shykja and Prentice Grassi, owners of Village Farm in Freedom, Maine.
  • November 5: Helping Kids Eat Well, 6-7:30 pm in Co-op Cafe with Health Coach Gretchen Heilman. Hands-on class includes scavenger hunts, snack-making session and healthy recipes to take home.
  • November 12: Bread Baking with Weeping Duck Farm, 6-7:30 pm in Co-op Cafe. Learn about bread baking with our local fermented-food expert Roy Antaki of Weeping Duck Farm.
  • November 19: Belfast Co-op Board Meeting, 6:30-8:30 pm at Waterfall Arts Center, Belfast. All welcome.
  • November 20: Co-op Wine Tasting, 7-9 pm in Co-op Cafe, free, must be 21 to attend. Featured wines 10% off during tasting. For more information, call Ron at 207-338-2532.
  • November 24-25: Turkey Pick-up Days. Fresh Thanksgiving turkeys, preorder at the register or by phone. Find out about turkey discounts and the lay-away plan at the Co-op Web site or stop by. Find all your holiday fixings at the Co-op: fresh cranberries, local and organic potatoes and winter squash, local pie pumpkins and apples, baking supplies, stuffing, holiday wines and more.
  • November 26: Closed Thanksgiving Day.

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

Upcoming Saturday Workshops at Waterfall Arts, Belfast:

  • November 7: Paste Paper and Gelatin Prints with Laurie Adams, 10 am to 3:30 pm with a break for brown-bag lunch. Age 13 through adult. Tuition: $50 plus $10 materials fee. Combs, brushes, fingers create patterns on paper coated with a mixture of paint and glue. Make collage, cards, wrapping paper, book covers. Make gelatin monotypes too.
  • November 14: Felting: Make a Wool Silk Shawl with Rose Whitehead, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm with a break for brown-bag lunch. Tuition: $50 plus materials fee, $25 (natural materials) $40 (dyed materials). Make a beautiful triangular wool silk shawl by wet felting through silk using carded wool and tufts of fleece. Lay out the design in the morning, take a lunch break and then do the wet felting process to finish the shawls. Requires some kneeling. A great parent/child project. Choose one or two wool colors and either white silk or silk dyed to match the wool color.

Waterfall Arts' Belfast location is 256 High Street. All classes require registration and full payment before the start of the first class. To register, request a printed brochure, volunteer or be added to the mailing list, or for more information, call Waterfall Arts at 207-338-2222. To view all courses, instructors, exhibitions and events, visit Waterfall Arts.

Stuntologist Sam Bartlett

Stuntologist Sam Bartlett will perform at Aarhus Gallery:
On November 7 at 1 pm, enjoy Stuntology (absurd pranks and pointless techniques to amuse yourself, amaze your friends and annoy everyone else), with musical entertainment by Notorious. $7 suggested donation.

Bartlett's Stuntology phenomenon started as a zine, now a collectors' item with absurdists around the world.

"I've always been fascinated with how people stay completely engaged using only what they have at hand," says Bartlett. "Whether it's balancing a napkin on the end of their nose or balancing potatoes over every door in a friend's house, boredom is unnecessary," His newest book, The Best of Stuntology, will be available for purchase at the gallery during the performance, and can be signed by Bartlett. "Packed with terrific pranks and stunts. The illustrations are hilarious," says Will Shortz, Crossword Editor, The New York Times. "I only wish I'd been given this book when I was nine," says Ira Glass, host of PRI's This American Life.

Bartlett, on mandolin, will be joined by Notorious musicians Eden MacAdam-Somer on fiddle, and Larry Unger (declared "guitar genius" by Sing Out Magazine) on guitar, to create dynamic sounds including swing, blues and Gypsy music.

Aarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main Street, Belfast. It is open daily 10 am-6 pm. For more information about the gallery and the Stuntology performance, call 207-338-0001.

High Street Studio & Gallery, "a gallery to make you smile," will be featuring the whimsical clay sculptures of Gail Savitz for the month of November. The opening celebration will be November 6, from 5-8 pm.

There is also a continuing show of Susan Tobey White, Sheep Jones and Julie Cyr.

November hours: Wednesday-Friday 10 am-5 pm, Saturday 10 am-4 pm, Sunday-Tuesday by chance or appointment.

For more information, click High Street Studio & Gallery or phone 207-338-8990.

Clay owl by Gail Savitz

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