Heavenly Socks Yarns

December 2009

We begin this newsletter by wishing you and your loved ones warmth, peace and health this holiday season.

Shop -- eat -- play this Christmas season during Downtown Belfast's Early Bird Sale, on Saturday, December 5, 6-9 am, with specials ALL DAY at many locations, as the holiday season arrives in full force with Belfast Old-Fashioned Christmas 2009. We always participate in the Early Bird Sale -- but not too early! We will open at 8 am on December 5, and we will offer a 20% discount all day! (Does not apply to already-discounted items.)

Events and activities are scheduled all over the town, getting underway before the sun comes up in the pre-dawn and lasting all day until the sun goes down. The downtown, stores and streets are decorated with wreaths, greens and lights, and everything sparkles. Join Belfast in celebrating the holidays.

Belfast Old-Fashioned Christmas 2009

Belfast Old-Fashioned Christmas 2009 Events:

  • 6-9 am: This is way better than Black Friday! This is the famous Downtown Business Early Bird Sale: progressive sales throughout the downtown. Wear your pajamas!
  • 8 am-3 pm: Belfast Boathouse Christmas Craft Fair & Benefit 50/50 Raffle for Waldo County Home Health & Hospice (see detailed article below).
  • 10 am: Performance by the Flannery Brothers at the Belfast Free Library. The acclaimed musicians and children's entertainers will drive the audience wild.
  • 11-11:30 am: Father Christmas visits the Belfast Free Library. Also, "make your own Christmas ornament" lessons and crafts workshop,
  • Free movie at the Colonial Theatre: AstroBoy, shown at 12:30 and 3 pm. (Also, on Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, there will be free family matinees at the Colonial Theatre. Take advantage of this for the kids while you shop.)
  • Roasted chestnuts free at the corner of High and Main streets throughout the day, courtesy of Belfast Parks and Recreation.
  • 4:30-5 pm: Christmas caroling and annual city tree lighting: Join your neighbors at City Hall's front steps. One lucky child will be chosen to light the tree. Arrive early to enter the "tree lighter" drawing.

Belfast Old-Fashioned Christmas is co-sponsored by the City of Belfast and the Belfast Chamber of Commerce.

We are fortunate to be in a business that is surrounded by all good things: creativity, beauty and generosity of spirit (creating for others). We constantly experience one or more of these good things, which makes the retail part easier to do.

Lexie Barnes needle cases

With that said, we are often asked at this time of year for gift ideas. So we have made a list of suggestions this year:

  • square knitting needles
  • a needle felting "kit" -- book, needles and fiber
  • a needle case, such as the Lexie Barnes line shown above. We may be the only yarn shop in Maine carrying these designer needle cases. A Lexie Barnes case may cost a little bit more, but it will be the last one you ever need to buy.
  • a project bag
  • a ball winder or a cherry yarn swift (an heirloom and locally made in Camden)
  • a single skein of hand-dyed or luxury yarn such as buffalo fiber or beaded silk
  • Maine yarn
  • a shawl pin
  • polymer clay or dichroic glass buttons made by local artists
  • a gift certificate

Appreciated smaller or stocking gifts (under $10.00) include:

  • Maine-made knitter's lotion or soap
  • a bent-tip yarn needle
  • a knitting or crochet magazine
  • beads
  • tape measures (fancy or plain)
  • stitchkeepers
  • highlighter tape

In December, we will have weekly specials with a focus on the gift-giving ideas. We will begin with Nashua and Pure Merino Superwash yarns, on sale at 25% off. Also, for the whole month of December, we will be offering all our single patterns that are in binders at 50% off!

Kimono shawl

Introduction to Lace Knitting -- Start Your First Project with Julie Rose will be offered on Thursday, December 10 at 10 am and Tuesday, December 15 at 6 pm, at $10.00 per class. 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 are planning on choosing a project during the class, please bring an assortment of knitting needles with you, either straight or circular, depending on your preference.

Chemo hats for hospital: Waldo County Hospital is in need of hats for patients undergoing chemotherapy. We know this is a busy time of year, but we are just letting you know to keep it in mind. We have some free patterns here for chemo cap knitting. You can drop off your hats here or directly at the hospital.

There will be a 4th Annual Christmas Craft Fair & Benefit 50/50 Raffle for Waldo County Home Health & Hospice at the Belfast Boathouse, December 5, 8 am to 3 pm, featuring:

  • over twenty vendors of local Maine-made arts and crafts, baked goods and more
  • live music with Laura Campbell throughout the day
  • free blood pressure checks, 9 am to 1 pm, provided by WCHH&H
  • raffle tickets (your chance to win holiday cash), winner drawn at 2:45 pm
  • hourly door prizes

Belfast Old-Fashioned Christmas events will be held around the city all day. Bring the family and enjoy the day on Belfast Bay. For more information, e-mail Laurie or phone her at 207-525-4421, or e-mail Shari or phone her at 207-525-4559.

The Belfast Framer & Gallery's Holiday Gala will showcase the work of over thirty local artists and include painting, photography, sculpture, collage, book art, prints and more. The show will hang from December 3-31. A reception to meet the artists will be held on Friday, December 4 from 5-8 pm. This final Friday Night Art Walk of 2009 promises to be a joyful celebration with art, live music and festive refreshments.

Three Pears, watercolor by Greg Dunham

Shown above is the watercolor Three Pears by Castine artist Gregory Dunham. Till December 18, the gallery will sell raffle tickets to win a framed etching by Italian artist Giorgio Ferrari. The drawing will be held on Friday, December 18 and all proceeds will benefit the St. Francis Soup Kitchen in Belfast.

The Belfast Framer & Gallery is located at 96 Main St., Belfast. Hours are Monday-Friday 10 am-5 pm and Saturdays, December 5, 12 and 19, 10 am-2 pm. For more information call 207-338-6465 or visit The Belfast Framer.

Aarhus Gallery's 3rd Annual Extravaganza, November 27-December 24, features over seventy Maine artists, musicians, poets, and craftsmen. The opening reception will be Friday, December 4, from 5-8 pm.

Aarhus Gallery Extravaganza 2009 panorama

This show of small works and gifts includes pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, turned wood, fiber, stone and assemblage, cards, calendars and chocolates, ornaments, new Glass Plate images, jewelry, music and more! Aarhus Gallery will be open daily 10 am-6 pm, and Fridays until 8 pm with musical entertainment and refreshments. The Friday Night Music schedule is:

  • November 27: Scot Cannon, guitar
  • December 11: Tom Luther, piano
  • December 18: Dan Beckman, guitar
Cast and Found exhibit at Waterfall Arts

Cast and Found: the Art of Wooden Foundry Patterns, circa 1900 at Waterfall Arts opens Friday, December 4 with a reception from 5 to 8 pm, and will be on display till February 26.

On exhibit will be over one hundred examples of beautifully made, masterfully created wooden foundry patterns dating from the turn of the 20th century. They were made at the Waterville Iron Works foundry, last located at the foot of Temple Street near the Two Cent Bridge. Selected pieces will be for sale at reasonable prices; the proceeds will benefit both Waterfall Arts and the Belfast Maskers.

The exhibition also includes hands-on activities, interpretive and historical text and a display of period hand tools used by patternmakers and foundrymen, on loan from the Davistown Museum in Liberty.

The opening reception and sale on December 4 is part of Belfast's First Friday Art Walk. The Clifford Gallery is located at Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High St. Gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Friday, Tuesday evenings until 7 pm and by appointment. For more information call 207-338-2222 or visit Waterfall Arts.

The High Street Studio & Gallery Holiday Show: New for December: Small works by Sheep Jones, Julie Cyr and Susan Tobey White, and fine crafts from local artisans. The opening celebration is December 4, 5-8 pm.

Ladies Night is Thursday, December 10, 5-8 pm. An evening to indulge, with wine, chocolate, good company and massage. Hope to see you!

The High Street Studio & Gallery is located at 149 High Street. For more information, e-mail Susan White or phone her at 207-338-8990.

High Street Studio & Gallery Holiday Show 2009

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