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Imogen is knitting in our newly renovated machine washable wool area.

Imogen is knitting in our newly renovated machine washable wool area.

Books and Magazines at 30% Off

It took a little time, but serious knitting weather is here, not to mention that the holidays are fast approaching. We have lots of items for gift giving, whether you make the gift yourself or you choose to buy an already-made gift, ranging from beautiful skeins of yarn to shawl pins. Because our shop is small, and we like to bring new items in continually, there are always beautiful yarns on sale.

This month we encourage you to come in and check out our yarns -- both new yarns and sale yarns. Next month we will highlight non-yarn gift ideas.

Also, on sale all month are books and magazines at 30% off. They make a great gift for yourself or someone else. We also have binders of individual patterns at $2.00 (with values up to $7.50). We hope to see you!

Man Hat, modeled by Drew from New Jersey

Man Hat, modeled by Drew from New Jersey

Man Hat

The Man Hat is one of the most popular free patterns on Ravelry. We knit it in Trendsetter Yarns' Merino 12, which is a machine-washable chunky merino. It feels wonderful and we love the stitch definition and springy nature of the yarn. One skein (136 yards) will make this great hat. We have stocked sophisticated colors in this yarn, specifically with projects for men in mind.

Gusty Cowl, knit by Liz in Silk Garden, modeled by Mikele from Bangor

Gusty Cowl, knit by Liz in Silk Garden, modeled by Mikele from Bangor

Gusty Cowl

The Gusty Cowl was inspired by a pattern that we found on Ravelry that called for five different sizes of needles. Wanting to simplify and use just one needle from start to finish, Liz rewrote the pattern to include a series of decreases every couple of inches instead of a needle change.

Gusty is a tall cowl that can be pulled up around your face to keep those gusty winter winds at bay. It stripes a skein of Noro Silk Garden with a skein of Noro Silk Garden Solo. If you haven't been in to see the Noro Solo colors (a tonal solid) you must come see them in person. We've come up with so many ideas combining these two yarns -- imagination gone wild!

Garter Yoke Baby Cardi, knit in Rustic Tweed

Garter Yoke Baby Cardi, knit in Rustic Tweed

Garter Yoke Baby Cardi

The Garter Yoke Baby Cardi is one of the most popular free baby sweaters on Ravelry. The pattern is easy to follow, resulting in a quick and satisfying project. This is perfect for either a girl or a boy.

We had lots of yarn options in the shop. However, we tried one of our new yarns -- Queensland's Rustic Tweed. This machine-washable dk yarn is a wool/alpaca/acrylic blend. This 318-yard skein sells for $17.95, but it goes a long way and you only need one skein for the Garter Yoke Baby Cardi.

Fenced In Hat, knit by Liz in Quince and Co.'s Puffin

Fenced In Hat, knit by Liz in Quince and Co.'s Puffin

Fenced In Hat

We are excited to announce that over the next few months, we will be gradually stocking our Maine Yarn section with Quince and Co. wool yarns. The first to arrive is Puffin, a single-ply bulky yarn. Quince and Co. has this to say about its chunkiest yarn: "Puffin is a plump, chunky, single-ply yarn spun from sturdy American wool fleece. Its felted texture knits up into garments with a soft halo and a broken-in feel. Puffin is great for quick accessories or cozy, wear-all-the-time sweaters." We agree!

Liz knit the Fenced In hat out of one skein of Puffin a couple of years ago, and it has held up beautifully. Fenced In is a free pattern available on Ravelry. It's available in three sizes, and showcases a simple one-stitch criss-crossing cable pattern.

Glucksburg Cowl, modeled by Judy

Glücksburg Cowl, modeled by Judy

Glücksburg Cowl

Some of us just love metallic yarns -- certainly Helen does! Juli is a chunky alpaca-blend yarn by Plymouth Yarns that has a splash of metallic. This super-soft yarn originally sold for $11.95, but now it is priced at $8.50 per skein. Each skein has approximately 101 yards and knits on a #10 needle.

We knit the Glücksburg Cowl with it -- of course we want soft (and sparkle) near our face. Though this pattern may look a little complicated at first, this pattern is NOT difficult. The pattern adds a little texture, and we just love it!

Maybe someday there will be a Department of Peace?

Maybe someday there will be a Department of Peace?

Veterans Day Promotion

On 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 cannot make it to the shop on Tuesday, and would like to participate in this effort, please mention it to us on the preceding weekend and we will happily honor your request and veterans.

Knit-a-thon Planned in Belfast

The Women of St. Margaret's will host its bi-annual Community Knit-a-thon on Saturday, November 8, from 8 am-8 pm at the St. Margaret's Church library, 95 Court St. in Belfast. The fun event is open to all as a time for gathering to work on projects. Bring any type of handwork and come enjoy the company and the warmth of a cozy space. All fiber lovers are welcome, including crochet, spin and knit artists. Participants are welcome to join for any or all of the day, and bring a project, or not. There will be a trunk sale as well as a "comfort food" potluck dinner at 6 pm. Sponsorship forms and more information are available at Knit the Community.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County (HFHWC), a local Habitat for Humanity, International affiliate dedicated to the belief that all people deserve decent, safe, and affordable housing on terms they can afford. HFHWC builds simple, energy-efficient homes for Waldo County's eligible applicants with a spirit of hope and unity. Habitat Waldo County has built two homes in Waldo County, and is scheduled to begin construction on its third home in the spring of 2015.

For more information about Waldo County Habitat for Humanity, phone 207-338-2344, find them on Facebook or e-mail info@waldocountyhabitat.org.

Hats for Kids

The colder winds are beginning to blow, and before we have snow too, Hats for Kids would love some more lovely, warm hand-knit hats to give to our children in Waldo County who need them.

Many thanks to those who have already contributed several beautifully made creations.

Hats and mittens can be dropped off at: Heavenly Socks Yarns at 82 Main St., Belfast, or mailed to Hats for Kids, 20 Commercial St., Belfast, ME 04915. Before December 1, please.

Your efforts and generosity will be greatly appreciated.

Knitted item from the Stitch Out Cancer Pink and White Scarf Project

Knitted item from the Stitch Out Cancer Pink and White Scarf Project

Stitch Out Cancer Pink and White Scarf Project

The Boston Marathon Scarf Project began with a simple request for handmade blue and yellow scarves interwoven with love and courage. Old South Church in Boston collected over 7,300 scarves in 10 weeks that were given to athletes, survivors and first responders that participated in the 2014 Boston Marathon. SheJAMs (Portland, Maine's All Women's Club for active women) thought this privilege should be brought to the participants of the Maine Cancer Foundation Tri for a CURE.

SheJAMs has created the Stitch out Cancer Pink and White Scarf Project, and will be collecting pink and white scarves to donate to those participating the in the 8th annual Tri for a CURE. It will take a village to create over 1,400 scarves for the event. Those who do will be honoring a loved one, a co-worker, family member or friend who has had cancer, or are cancer survivors themselves.

The request is simple: Make a pink and white scarf, make it your own, no pattern needed -- just make it from love -- and honor someone you know who has had cancer or is going through cancer now. Please let SheJAMs know who you are and in whose honor you made the scarf. They will donate it to one of the 1,400 participants in the 8th Annual Tri for a CURE. They hope you will enjoy being part of this project and bring some joy to someone who will be working hard on race day.

Send your scarf to this address: SheJams, P.O. Box 6093, Falmouth, ME 04105, or arrange for delivery or pickup (Heavenly Socks Yarns is a dropoff/pickup location). Please include your name and address, and in whose honor you made the scarf.

Untitled Mixed Materials Collage, by Norman Tinker

Untitled Mixed Materials Collage, by Norman Tinker

Cut and Paste: Collage and Assemblage at Betts Gallery

Betts Gallery will be hosting an open house on Friday, October 31, from 5:30-8 pm at Betts Gallery, 96 Main St., Belfast, during the Final Friday Art Walk. The October show, Cut and Paste: Collage and Assemblage will be featured.

For more information, visit The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery.

Frederick Ross Sweetser, circa 1900, self-portrait

Frederick Ross Sweetser, circa 1900, self-portrait

Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light

There will be a photographic history conference on Saturday, November 1, 8 am to 2:30 pm, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast. The conference includes the following:

Evolution of the Photographic Snapshot

Michael Simon, Retired Professor of Photography at Beloit College

Stalking the Elusive Historic Photograph

Bill Bunting, Maine historian and author of A Day's Work: A Sampler of Historic Maine Photographs 1860-1920

Beyond Nostalgia: Four Maine Women Photographers at the Turn-of-the-Century

Libby Bischof, Associate Professor of History, University of Southern Maine

Documenting Fishing in New England 2005-2014

Sam Murfitt, Professional Photographer

Photography and American Literature: From Ideal to Real

Laura Saltz, Associate Professor and Director American Studies Program, Colby College

Close to the Land and Close to the Sea: The Photography of Kosti Ruohomaa

Deanna S. Bonner-Ganter, Curator of Photography, Art, and Archives, Maine State Museum

To register, phone 207-548-2529. For more information, visit Penobscot Marine Museum.

Detail from Hallo Week After poster

Detail from Hallo Week After poster

Hallo Week After

Hallo Week After, a post-ghost fundraiser, will take place on Saturday, November 1, from 7-11 pm at the Shrine Club on Northport Avenue in Belfast. Come in costume and enjoy a cash bar, raffle and fine food from local favorites. The event features high-energy blues from the Juke Rockets. Proceeds benefit the Belfast Maskers and the Waldo County YMCA. Tickets are $15.00 each, and are available for pre-sales at the Waldo County YMCA.

The Barns of Maine: Our History, Our Stories, by Don Perkins

The Barns of Maine: Our History, Our Stories, by Don Perkins

November Programs at the Belfast Free Library

Let's Talk Local

Monday, November 3, 6-8 pm: What's the Belfast You Want for Your Children? Your Voice, Our Future: What makes living in Belfast special? What needs to change? If you were asked what Belfast's future looks like, how would you describe it? Please join Let's Talk Local for cookies and conversation about what we want for our town in a forum where your opinion counts and you will be heard.

Camden Conference Discussion Series

Wednesday November 5, 6:30 pm: The 28th annual Camden Conference, Russia on the Global Stage, will take place on February 20-22, 2015. The Community Events Committee, in collaboration with the Belfast Free Library is sponsoring a four-part discussion series to prepare for this year's conference. The topic on November 5 is Russia's Politics.

The History of Barns in Maine

Thursday, November 13, 6:30 pm: Don Perkins, author of the book The Barns of Maine: Our History, Our Stories, will give an illustrated presentation about the history of barns in Maine. This program is co-sponsored by the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery and is offered in conjunction with the current exhibit That Ole Barn, on display through November 14.

The Russian Orthodox Church Today

Tuesday, November 18, 6:30-8 pm: Anthony Antolini will speak on The Russian Orthodox Church Today. This event is free and open to all.

This presentation is hosted by the Belfast Free Library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 28th Annual Camden Conference: Russia Resurgent, February 20-22, 2015.

Film Screening and Discussion: Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin

Monday, November 24, 6-8 pm: The Camden Conference free Community Events series continues at the Belfast Free Library with a screening and discussion of the documentary Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin, with co-directors Paul Mitchell and Sarah Willis. The event is free and open to all.

For more information on the above programs, visit Belfast Free Library's Programs page.

Firefly, a Massachusetts-based trio

Firefly, a Massachusetts-based trio

Belfast Flying Shoes Features Firefly, with Caller Chrissy Fowler

Join Belfast Flying Shoes on Friday, November 7, for an evening of contra dancing at the American Legion Post #43 in Belfast, 143 Church St.

The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a community dance. The contra dance begins at 8 pm and runs until around 11 pm. Belfast's own Chrissy Fowler will be calling dances, with music by Firefly.

Firefly is a Massachusetts-based trio consisting of Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle, Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens on clarinet, and Jon Cannon on guitar. Fiddle and clarinet weave together melody and harmony over the solid rhythmic groove, provided by Jon's guitar and foot percussion. They are recognized for their smooth but driving sets drawn from the Irish, New England, and Quebecois traditions.

For more information, phone Chrissy at 207-338-0979 or visit Belfast Flying Shoes.

Neighborhood Toy Store Day logo

Neighborhood Toy Store Day logo

Neighborhood Toy Store Day at Out on a Whimsey

Out on a Whimsey will join toy stores across the country in celebrating the joy of play during Neighborhood Toy Store Day on Saturday, November 8. The store will launch the holiday shopping season with community-minded fun. There will be activities, food and 20% off storewide.

Mention you saw this ad in OUR newsletter and get an additional 5% off.

Aarhus Extravaganza 2013

Aarhus Extravaganza 2013

Eighth Annual Extravaganza at Aarhus Gallery

The Eighth Annual Holiday Extravaganza at Aarhus Gallery in Belfast kicks off early again this year, and runs from November 7 through December 24. Come join the fun, meet the artists and help kick off the Extravaganza with an opening reception on Friday, November 7, from 5-8 pm.This jam-packed show features smaller artworks and a wide range of creative craftwork priced with gift giving in mind. Works in a dazzling variety of mediums, from over 70 talented Maine artists from throughout the midcoast and beyond, will be exhibited, including: pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, blown glass, fiber arts, handmade books, cards, calendars, ornaments, jewelry, music, Glass Plate images, chocolate and more.

Artists who have shown in the gallery and in the crafts section over the past year will be featured, along with some newcomers and the Aarhus partners.

Aarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main St., Belfast and is open Tuesday through Sunday 11 am-5:30 pm, Mondays by chance, and Friday nights till 7 pm for the month of December, and will close at 3 pm on December 24. Phone 207-338-0001 during business hours for more information or visit Aarhus Gallery for links to the artists and notice of special events.

Bethany Engstrom and Siglinde Langholz work on Experimental Comminglings

Bethany Engstrom and Siglinde Langholz work on Experimental Comminglings

Experimental Comminglings at Waterfall Arts

A new exhibit at Waterfall Arts, Experimental Comminglings, opens on Friday, October 31 with a reception from 5 to 7 pm. The exhibit is a hands-on installation by Bethany Engstrom and Siglinde Langholz: a hybrid of science lab and art studio, the artists invite the audience to fully engage with, alter and transform the materials. Visitors of all ages, including families and young people, are encouraged to get their hands on this work. As the opening occurs on Halloween night, there will be treats for kids and refreshments for adults. All are welcome. Costumes too.

Also, on Saturday, November 8, beginning at 10:30 am, Engstrom and Langholz will talk about their work and the Comminglings installation, and lead a field workshop. The workshop will look at socially engaged creative practices in relation to the exhibit. After the talk, they'll lead the group outside to forage for local plants and other materials to archive and add to the exhibit. The event is free though donations are always appreciated. All are welcome; families and young people accompanied by an adult are encouraged to attend.

Experimental Comminglings will be on display through November 26; gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, during special events and by appointment. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High St. in Belfast. For more information on the exhibit, classes, studio rentals and events, visit Waterfall Arts, stop by or phone 207-338-2222. For more information on the artists, visit their Web sites: Bethany Engstrom and Siglinde Langholz.

Dinner and Theater poster

Dinner and Theater poster

Dinner and Theater at First Baptist Church

There will be a dinner and theater on Friday, November 14, at 6 pm at the First Baptist Church, 95 High St., Belfast, to benefit First Baptist Church's community outreach. The event includes a four-course meal prepared by the Midcoast Regional Re-entry Center, and entertainment from the Belfast Maskers, a reader's theater of comedic plays based on works by Anton Chekhov. $15.00 includes dinner and show, or $25.00 for a couple. To order tickets, phone 207-338-2544.

The show only, with added scenes, will be presented on Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22, at 7 pm. $10.00 suggested donation.

For more information, visit Belfast Maskers/Cold Comfort Theater.

Small Business Saturday

Once again this year, Bangor Savings Bank will be supporting Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Shopping local keeps dollars circulating here in town. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 29.

To help promote shopping locally, the bank will hand out reusable shopping bags to customers the week prior. Heavenly Socks Yarns will be participating by putting a coupon in the bag.

Ursidae, from Audrey Broetzman's Sombras Gemelas/Twin Shadows art show

Ursidae, from Audrey Broetzman's Sombras Gemelas/Twin Shadows art show

Belfast Co-op November Events

Featured Artist

Audrey Broetzman's exhibit, Sombras Gemelas/Twin Shadows, is on display in the Co-op Cafe through late November.

Round Up for Community Recipients

November 1-15: Friends of the Belfast Free Library;
November 16-30: Maine Consumers for Affordable Health Care.

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%.

Guided Store Tour

Saturday, November 15, 10 am, Belfast Co-op, 123 High St.: Meet near the Co-op entrance -- guided store tours (every third Saturday of the month) which highlight the benefits of joining the Co-op and how to take best advantage of shopping there. All are welcome.

Growing Local Screening

Thursday, November 20, 6:30 pm, Colonial Theatre, Belfast: Three poignant vignettes about the interconnected fates of farmers and farmland, consumers, and the local food movement. Panel discussion to follow. $5.00 suggested donation. Co-sponsored by Maine Farmland Trust and the Belfast Co-op.

Love LOCAL Day

Friday, November 21, 11 am-3 pm: Toddy Pond Farm, located in Monroe (find them on Facebook) will provide free samples of their dairy products, lunch special will highlight local ingredients, 10% off ALL Maine-made products throughout the day at the Belfast Co-op, open 7:30 am-8 pm daily.

Wine Tasting and Art Opening

Friday, November 21, 7-9 pm, Belfast Co-op Cafe, 123 High St.: Free tasting of seasonal wines and art show opening. Featured wines will be 10% off all day; participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Belfast Co-op Closed Thanksgiving Day, November 27

Quarterly Member-Owner Super Sale Week

December 1-7: Belfast Co-op member-owners receive 10% off all purchases in one transaction during the first week of December, except beer, wine, tobacco and periodicals. Not yet a member-owner? This may be an excellent time to join.

For more information about Belfast Co-op events, please visit Belfast Co-op Store.

Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man

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.)

Yarn customers browsing inside our shop

Inside our shop, with yarn lovers examining a tempting skein.