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The addition of beads to a simple hat pattern. More details are in the article. (Modeled by Lauren.)
Stash Busting with Beads
There are a lot of events happening this month -- especially in the first week of December -- so we hope that you will take a few minutes to read the newsletter.
Here in Maine, we have been fortunate so far not to be dealing with the difficult weather that we have had the past two years during the holiday season. For most of us, this makes the holidays easier to enjoy. Besides the joy of spending time with family and friends, good food, good health and warm houses, the other joy many people experience this time of year is beautiful yarn.
This month all yarns with a metallic thread will be on sale at 20% off! This includes carry-along metallic threads and sequins too -- as well as some of our beautiful and unique handspun. Also all beads will be on sale at 20% off their already great price of $3.95 a tube. (This month they are $3.16 a tube.) We will be happy to show you how to put beads into your knitting project. The extremely simple technique of putting beads in your knitting helps to turn something rather plain into something special. It is even a great way to use some of that uninspiring yarn in your stash. Yes, it can be a stash buster, making room for new yarn in the new year.
The same hat pattern, in progress, with 90 stitches and a rainbow of beads. (Come see in person how much it looks like Lite-Brite!)
The hats shown in both photos use our basic hat pattern, Roll- or Rib-Edge Hat. We used Juniper Moon's Gabriella yarn. This 100% superfine merino wool yarn is made in Italy from recycled men's suit fibers. It is absolutely not itchy at all, and though the label says it is more of an aran weight, we cast on 80 stitches and knit the ribbing on #5 needles and the body of the hat on #7 needles. We used a #5 seed bead, sometimes known as an E bead, and a #7 steel hook. Because we think you will love the fit and non-itchy quality of the Gabriella yarn, we are offering that yarn at a discounted price. Regularly $15.95, now $11.50.
However, most importantly, we wish you warmth and love in this holiday season and throughout the year.
Early Bird Sale
Early Bird Sale
The annual Early Bird Sale in downtown Belfast will take place on Saturday, December 5, 6-9 am.
As usual, we will not be getting up super-early. Instead, we will open at 8 am, and offer a 20% discount all day until 6 pm.
However, many of our fellow businesses have deals you may want to get up early for! There will be ads in all papers, plus radio, Web and TV ads.
If Saturday turns out to be a snow day, we will offer this discount on Sunday beginning at 10 am.
If you haven't bookmarked it already, you may want to put Our Town Belfast on your Bookmarks tab. They keep their Web site very up to date with the latest happenings in downtown Belfast. We have made it a promise not to e-mail you more than once a month, so we sometimes miss some information you may want to have!
Jessica models the Saint Anthony Cable Hat, knit in Cozy Alpaca Chunky by Ella Rae
Saint Anthony Cable Hat
The Saint Anthony Cable Hat features a new yarn, Cozy Alpaca Chunky by Ella Rae, a machine-washable alpaca blend. It's amazingly soft, and perfect for anyone who has wool sensitivities or is looking for next-to-skin comfort. The hat pattern, a simple cable repeat, is easy to memorize, and knits up quickly on size 10.5 needles.
The Saint Anthony Cable Hat pattern is free on Ravelry and takes only one skein to make. We have many colors of Cozy Alpaca Chunky in stock, for $9.50 a 120-yard skein.
Emphasis Cowl, knit in Noro's Transitions and modeled for us by Ravelita
This luxury yarn is so fun to knit because both the color and fiber changes, and since you are on a #11 needle, this can be a one-night project. Besides the wool, there are six other luxury fibers that take their turn between your fingers. We sell Transitions for $22.95 ($24.95 suggested retail price).
Berroco's #ShopLYS promotion
Berroco: Shop LYS, Get a Free Pattern
Is yarn on your holiday shopping list? It should be! Berroco's #ShopLYS promotion runs through Thursday, December 31. For every $25.00 spent on Berroco yarn (pre-tax), you'll earn a coupon code for a free single-pattern download from the Berroco Web site.
How it works: Buy $25.00 or more of Berroco yarn from our shop and submit a copy or photo of your receipt online (form also available at Berroco). Berroco will send you a one-time coupon code for every $25.00 spent, which can be used to purchase any of the patterns in their PDF Store. Example: $25.00-$49.99 = one coupon code; $50.00-$74.99 = two coupon codes.
Rules: This promotion applies to Berroco yarn only. Qualifying purchases must be made in-person, at a retail store between November 28 and December 31. All receipts must be received by January 10, 2016.
Bug in Red, by Sheep Jones at Betts Gallery
Belfast Holiday Art Walk
The Belfast Art Walk gets festive for the month of December with a Holiday Art Walk on Friday, December 4, in downtown Belfast. Every gallery has small artworks and crafts for your holiday giving. Activities include Christ the King Community Chorus caroling, a children's costume parade led by Mrs. Claus with caroling by Concepta and chocolate tasting at Quench.
The children's costume parade, hosted by Our Town Belfast, will start at 5 pm at the Post Office and end with hot cocoa and cookies. All interested may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come share the holiday spirit of Belfast, enjoy the art and performance, and celebrate another great year of art walks. This will be the last art walk for the season. For more information, visit Belfast Creative Coalition or phone 207-323-8692.
Promotional photo for Cookie Bake Off Contest at Waterfall Arts
Cookie Contest at Waterfall Arts
Waterfall Arts announces the first annual Cookie Bake Off Contest. The cookie tasting and voting takes place during the Handmade Show Opening on Friday, December 4 from 5 to 8 pm. They're looking for bakers who can make the most delicious and beautiful cookies. Taste testers will make donations to sample the cookies and then will vote for their favorites. The Bake Off winner will receive a $30.00 gift certificate to use at the popular Handmade Show, which features handcrafted items made by more than one hundred artists from all over the state. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High St. in Belfast. More information can be found at Waterfall Arts.
Leather purses by Patricia McDonald
2015 Handmade at Waterfall Arts
Waterfall Arts' annual Handmade Show returns to the Clifford Gallery on Friday, December 4, with a highly festive opening from 5 to 8 pm. The juried show includes work from over one hundred artists and craftspeople from all over the state of Maine. Some of the treasures they've made include unusual jewelry using new and vintage materials, ceramics, glass pendants, sculptures, lampshades, wine stoppers, coasters, bold prints, teas and tinctures, pillows, scarves, small paintings, handcrafted cards, soaps, specialty food items, textiles, hats, homewares, décor and more. All prices are under $100.00, with most items well below that. There is truly something for everyone at the Handmade Show.
The opening will be a merry occasion open to everyone, with refreshments from local vendors, including the Moody Dog, Belfast Soda Company and more. There's a cookie contest, ornament making and wrapping paper made by young artists. Fast Food Prints and Shawn Brewer will be on hand to help design and print T-shirts, and Pen Chen will make tintype portraits and deliver them the same evening. And there's time to shop in the gallery, which will be transformed into a sleek urban bazaar full of wonderful things.
Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High St. in Belfast. For more information on the Handmade Show, classes, exhibitions, studio rentals and events, visit Waterfall Arts, stop by or phone 207-338-2222.
Detritus, by Julie Rose
Betts Gallery's 2015 Holiday Galleria
Betts Gallery's 2015 Holiday Galleria is now open through Thursday, December 31 with the Holiday Art Walk Opening Reception on Friday, December 4 from 5:30 to 8 pm.
Over twenty local artists offer small treasures for the holidays in this show where all works are available at the time of purchase. Kenny Cole, Susan Cooney, Julie Cyr, Ingrid Ellison, David Estey, Jaap Eduard Helder, David Hurley, Kevin Johnson, Sheep Jones, Mark Kelly, Bennett Konesni, Kathleen Mack, Richard Mann, Petrea Noyes, Dina Petrillo, Joan Proudman, Abbie Read, Willy Reddick, Julie Rose, Carol Sloane, Lesia Sochor, Janalee Welch and others feature works of watercolor, oil, collage, graphite, acrylic, mixed fiber, sculpture, assemblage, photography, pen and ink, printmaking and more.
Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main St. at The Belfast Framer, with a second entrance on Beaver Street.
Belfast Flying Shoes 10th Anniversary
Celebrate the Belfast Flying Shoes Dance Series' 10th anniversary with a special night of contra dancing, Friday, December 4 at American Legion Post #43, 143 Church St. in Belfast. The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a community dance called by Chrissy Fowler. The contra dance begins at 8 pm and runs till around 11 pm.
Calling the contra dance will be Will Mentor, a contra and square dance caller from northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit and relaxed stage presence.
Sharing the Flying Shoes stage with Will will be Night Watch, featuring Naomi Morse on fiddle, Owen Morrison on guitar and Jeremiah McLane on accordion. Vermont fiddler Naomi Morse and Nashville-based guitarist Owen Morrison share a background in classical music and have studied genres as diverse as Renaissance song, flamenco and jazz. Accordionist and pianist Jeremiah McLane was a founder of the innovative New England dance band The Clayfoot Strutters and of Le Bon Vent, which specializes in Breton and French music. Together, the trio lights up dance halls with music that is inventive, spirited, and soulful. Sound provided by Eric Weest Johnson.
The Early Bird Breakfast at First Church includes bacon and eggs, among other buffet-style offerings. (Photo courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.)
Early Bird Breakfast at First Church
The 8 O'Clock Club of the First Church in Belfast is hosting an Early Bird breakfast on Saturday, December 5 from 6:30-9:30 am in the downstairs Parlor. The menu will include eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy, sausage, French toast casserole, fruit, juice and coffee, served buffet-style.
Cost is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 10 and under. Donations of ingredients, supplies or helping hands will be much appreciated. Proceeds will benefit the many church projects of the Club.
The First Church is located on the corner of Spring and Court streets and is handicapped accessible using either entrance. All are welcome.
For more information, phone the church office at 207-338-2282.
Waldo County Humane Society welcomes pets for Free Rabies Clinic
Free Rabies Clinic
The Waldo County Humane Society hosts a free rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, December 5 at the Lincolnville Fire Station, 470 Camden Rd., Lincolnville from 9-11 am. Sarah Caputo of the Belfast Veterinary Hospital will administer the vaccine.
Rabies shots are free to animals with owners residing in Waldo County. Pets from other counties are welcome to come for shots for a small fee. Donations will be gratefully accepted. Please bring all animals on leashes or in portable pet carriers.
In addition to the rabies shot, coupon discounts toward the cost of having pets spayed or neutered can be picked up at any Waldo County Humane Society Rabies Clinic.
For more information, phone 207-852-5033 or e-mail WCHS479@gmail.com or find them on Facebook.
Visit with Santa in downtown Belfast
Christmas Tree Lighting
Join in on Saturday, December 5 at 4:30-5:30 pm for carols, cookies, cocoa and a visit with Santa as the tree downtown by the Belfast Post Office is lighted. Dress warmly!
A lighted menorah
First Annual Chanukah Celebration
This year, Our Town Belfast is making an effort to be more inclusive with their holiday offerings and is excited to be hosting their first annual Chanukah celebration. Sunday, December 6 at sundown is the start of Chanukah. It goes through the 14th. On December 6 there will be a community menorah lighting in the same area where the Christmas tree is lighted the night before (Saturday, December 5).
Mark your calendars for Chanukah this year, and show some Chanukah love by lighting candles in your store window or putting up decorations. There are lovely ideas for decorating via Google image search or on Pinterest.
Waldo County Healthcare Hospital Aid logo
Hospital Aid Silver Tea
Waldo County Healthcare's Hospital Aid will present a Silver Tea on Wednesday, December 9, 2 to 5 pm, at Belfast Breeze Inn, 192 Northport Ave., Belfast. This is the perfect way to kick off the holidays, with tea, coffee, punch and light refreshments. Donations accepted.
Note that the upstairs rooms at the Inn, newly redecorated, will be open for viewing.
For more information, visit Waldo County Healthcare's Hospital Aid page.
Socks at Roost
Roost is a curated handmade and vintage gathering coming to Belfast on Friday, December 11, 4-8 pm and Saturday, December 12, 10 am-4 pm. The show will be held at the iconic American Legion Hall at 143 Church St. in downtown Belfast.
Twenty-five artisans and designers from the Midcoast and beyond will display and sell their unique items for your shopping pleasure. Find handcrafted soaps, upcycled totes, quilts, screen-printed apparel, jewelry, pottery, organic body care, home decor and more. Ready-to-eat food vendors will keep your tummy from rumbling and music will create a shopping experience like no other.
Victorian Santa Claus (image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy)
Holiday on the Harbor
Come join the festivities and holiday fun on Saturday, December 12.
10:30 am: Grouch That Stole Happiness by the Cold Comfort Theater at the Boathouse.
11 am: Elf Erica reads a Belfast Christmas story at Belfast Harbor.
11:20 am: Santa arrives by boat at the harbor and travels by horse-drawn wagon to the Boathouse.
11:30 am-1:30 pm: Holiday fun at the Boathouse for children and families. Photos with Santa, reindeer ornament making, cookie decorating, games, balloon artist, kettle corn, horse-drawn wagon rides in Steamboat Landing Park.
Friday. December 11, 7 pm; Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13 at 2 pm: Belfast Maskers performance of Miracle on 34th Street -- Live Olde Time Radio Show at UU Church of Belfast, 37 Miller St.
Penobscot Bay Singers Music for the Holidays poster
Penobscot Bay Singers Music for the Holidays
The Penobscot Bay Singers will present their annual holiday concerts on Saturday, December 12, 7:30 pm at the Searsport Congregational Church and Sunday, December 13, 3 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Belfast. This year's program encompasses five hundred years of sacred and secular music from the United States and abroad. The newest piece, "Sleep, Holy Babe," was written by Robert Farrell, published in 2014, composed in Pennsylvania. The oldest is "Noe, noe, psallite," written by Jean Mouton, a French Renaissance composer, around 1500. The men of the Penobscot Bay Singers will sing "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" from the poem by Robert Frost, music from the "Frostiana Suites" by Randall Thompson.
Fifth Annual Join-In Nutcracker flyer
Fifth Annual Join-In Nutcracker Twirls into Belfast
Pirouette and curtsy at Belfast's fifth annual Join-in Nutcracker! Children of all ages (including ballet-loving grown-ups) are invited to dance along to highlights from the holiday classic on Saturday, December 19 from 11 am-noon at the Belfast Dance Studio, 109 High St. in downtown Belfast. The event costs $5.00 for individuals and $10.00 for families, and all proceeds benefit the Dance Studio's Children's Dance Scholarship Fund.
The event is geared toward children, but anyone with a love of ballet, dancing or the holiday spirit is encouraged to attend, whether or not you have children in tow as an excuse. The Join-in Nutcracker begins with a brief telling of the classic ballet from a storybook. The overture plays while everyone gussies up, stretches and gets ready to dance. You'll dance chronologically through the ballet to highlights from the score, with demonstrations of ballet moves for inspiration by professional local dancers. But no ballet or dance experience is necessary to participate in the Join-in Nutcracker: this event is purely for fun (though you may still end up burning some holiday calories).
The Join-In Nutcracker is a chance to leap across the dance floor in your holiday finest: tutus, holiday sweaters, nightgowns (in honor of Clara, the Nutcracker heroine), royal garb, mouse ears, peppermint stripes, tin soldier costumes, Victorian Christmas outfits and leotards are all welcome, but you can certainly just come as you are. If you have extra tutus or dress-up clothes to lend out for the event, please bring them along!
For more information, phone the Belfast Dance Studio at 207-338-5380.
Painting of downtown Belfast by Carol Mathieu Fowler
Belfast Co-op December Events
Iconic Works exhibit of paintings by local Unity artist Carol Mathieu Fowler. On display in the Co-op Café through late December.
Round Up for Community Recipients
Senior Discount Day
Every Tuesday, Belfast Co-op customers 62 years young and up receive a discount upon informing the cashier of their eligibility. Co-op member-owners receive a 10% discount; non-member-owners 5%.
Member-Owner Quarterly Super Sale Week
December 1-7: Member-owners choose one transaction to receive 10% discount.
Early Closing for Staff Holiday Party
Friday, December 4, 6 pm
Monthly Love LOCAL Day
Friday, December 18: Lunch special highlighting local ingredients, 10% off ALL Maine-made products all day. Bixby & Co.will provide samples from 11 am-3 pm as the featured Maine vendor.
Wine TastingFriday, December 18, 7-8 pm, Belfast Co-op Café, 123 High St.: Free wine sampling. Featured wines are 10% off during the tasting.
Early Closing for Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 24, 5 pm
Closed Christmas Day
Thursday, December 25
For more information about Belfast Co-op events, visit Belfast Co-op.
Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man
Our Shipping Policy
Even though our Web site is not designed with a shopping cart, we will happily ship anything to you.
At this time, we only ask for the exact cost of the shipping; there is no handling charge.
By the way, the man in the photo is our well-loved UPS deliveryman. He is always smiling and happy, even when hauling heavy boxes down the stairs. (He must be a secret wannabe knitter.)
Inside our shop, with yarn lovers examining a tempting skein.