Heavenly Socks Yarns

December 2008

Christmas bird

Shop -- eat -- play this Christmas season in downtown Belfast! There will be an Early Bird Sale on Saturday, December 6, 6 am to 9 am, plus specials ALL DAY at many locations. We will be open at 8 am, and will offer 20% off all day. We recommend that you first shop for the "deep discounts" offered at participating shops, then come and see us!

For the "Old-Fashioned Christmas" events on this day and free family matinees at the Colonial Theatre, see the posting below with the old-fashioned Father Christmas picture.

Warm holiday wishes to you from the members of the Belfast Downtown Business Group!

Introduction to Lace Knitting -- Start Your First Project with Julie Rose will be on December 11 at 3 pm and Monday, December 15 at 11 am.

Never tried lace knitting? Think it looks too hard? It's easy. If you can knit, you can knit lace. We'll learn new ways to cast on, how to read knitting charts, and the different ways to decrease stitches. Bring a project, yarn and needles you already have, or choose them at the workshop. If you have sizes 4-6 circular needles, bring them along or purchase what you need at the class.

Kimono shawl, by Julie Rose

We posted this before, in the April 2008 newsletter, but it bears repeating: Here's a nice Web site for free felted patterns.

Hope Spinnery windmill

Hope Spinnery's Winterwork 2008, a Maine artisan holiday sale and fundraiser, will take place on December 13 and 14, from 10 am to 4 pm, at Hope Spinnery. The sale will feature artisan chocolates, soaps, hand-sewn cards, jewelry, ornaments, fiber wear and accessories, woven pieces, bags, glass beads, pottery, recycled wool fabrications, and much more. This annual event is a great pportunity to BUY LOCAL this holiday season. Stop by for a cup of sweet and spicy cocoa and browse the gifts from our local vendors!

Hope Spinnery is a wind-powered fiber mill located on Route 105 in Hope, Maine. We source all our wool from local farms and always look for ways to support local business. Five percent of all proceeds from Winterwork 2008 will be donated to Partners for Enrichment, a local organization that supports arts in the schools.

For more information, contact Hope Spinnery, 725 Camden Rd. (Route 105), Hope, ME. Telephone: 207-763-4600. Web site: Hope Spinnery.

Thaïs Priestas tells us about her knitting poem: "Here is the poem I recently wrote for a dear family member who passed away. She spent many hours knitting for her entire family, and teaching others her craft."

Knitter Par Excellence

Some people count their time in days and years
And family memories by joys and tears
But, au contraire, a knitter knows
That time is counted by stitches and rows.

She wrapped her family in her love
By knitting sweaters, hats, and gloves
Each grandchild wore a cozy hood
On a snuggly sweater, so so good.

And knitting is forgiving even when it doesn't fit
You unravel the piece bit by bit
Then re-knit the work, nothing's lost
Recycle is best, there is no waste.

What of the time spent, is it gone?
Well maybe so, but oh what joy
There is in the rhythm of the needles clicking
It's the music of a heart of giving.

And when she no longer knits
But only rocks and waits and sits
Her craft continues, never fear
Because she taught her skill so dear.

What does the future hold?
No one really knows
But I will count my time
In stitches and in rows.

With regret, we announce that Stitches & Stuff is out of business as of November 30. We will carry her line of DMC embroidery floss and possibly the store's inventory of sewing thread.

The Third Annual Craft Fair at the Belfast Boathouse will take place on December 6, from 8 am to 3 pm, and will include a benefit cash raffle, door prizes, food and FUN! The raffle benefits a local nonprofit fuel assistance program, and hourly door prizes will be drawn. Join us after the Early Bird Sale downtown to finish off your holiday shopping with some local crafting talent.

Here are some An Old-Fashioned Christmas events happening in Belfast!

Friday, December 5
5-9 pm: Belfast Arts Gallery Walk Holiday Celebration showcasing Maine-made art, wine, cheese and music at the local art galleries.
7:30 pm: Pen Bay Singers at the First Congregational Church, 8 Church St., Searsport.

Saturday, December 6
8-9 am: Father Christmas and complimentary Toys for Tots breakfast to collect toys at Weathervane Restaurant, 3 Main St.
9-11 am: Candy Capers with entertainment, cookies and punch for children 3-12 years old at the Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane.
10 am-noon: Pet pictures with Santa at Aubuchon Hardware, 231 Northport Ave.
11 am-1 pm: Father Christmas, storytelling, craft activity and cookie walk at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.
1-3 pm: Horse sleigh rides at Aubuchon Hardware, 231 Northport Ave.

Belfast Old-Fashioned Christmas

1- 4 pm: Belfast Parks and Recreation roasted chestnuts, corner of High and Main Streets.
2 pm: All-Holiday Parade down Main Street.
5 pm: Tree Lighting Ceremony including clam chowder, hot chocolate and caroling at City Hall, 131 Church St. (Glow sticks and tickets to light the tree will be distributed to children.)
7:30 pm: Pen Bay Singers at the Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane.

Sunday, December 7
3 pm: Pen Bay Singers at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 47 Court St.

Wednesday, December 10
3-6 pm: Holiday Silver Tea at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Terrance Smith, 208 High St.

Friday, December 12
5 pm: Live Nativity, carols and refreshments at the First Church, 104 Church St.

Saturday, December 13
9:30 am: Fernald's Neck Hike, meet at YMCA to carpool, by Coastal Mountain Land Trust.
4-8 pm: "Loving Our World" Christmas by Thurston Ministries with dinner, jumpy house, prizes and music at the Armory in Belfast.

Sunday, December 14
1-2:30 pm: BAHS Christmas Concert at the Belfast Boathouse, Front Street.

Sunday, December 21
10 am: Children's Christmas Pageant at the First Church, 104 Church St.

Additional Events
-- Free Family Matinees at the Colonial Theatre.
-- Toys for Tots toy drive November 29 to December 19, Weathervane Seafood Restaurant, 3 Main St.
-- Belfast Maskers Production of Wind in the Willows, November 27-30 and December 4-7. All shows 7 pm, with Sunday shows at 2 pm.
-- Footbridge wreath lighting by Belfast Historic B+B Association, December 1 to New Year's.

Aarhus Gallery Extravaganza

The Aarhus Gallery's Extravaganza runs from November 28 through December 24, and features creative small works and gifts from over fifty talented Maine artists in a variety of exciting media including: pottery, etching, painting, collage, photography, woodblock prints, assemblage, fiber, stone, turned wood, cards, calendars, books, ornaments, music and more. A new selection of images from the Glass Plate Archive will be available as well.

Extravaganza Music Nights will feature acoustic music for your browsing pleasure. The gallery will be open until 8 pm on Fridays (with refreshments!) from November 28 to December 19, and will feature live performances. On November 28, 6-8 pm: Uke of Spaces Corners; on December 12, 6-8 pm: George Fowler (fiddle) and Will Brown (guitar); and on December 19, 6-8 pm: The Kitchenhounds.

We wish you happy holidays and peace and health in the new year.