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Introducing Fiber of Maine
We are excited to introduce our new online business, Fiber of Maine. Through this website, we hope to support many of Maine's artisans and small businesses, while supplying knitters and crocheters with beautiful Maine yarns. Please spread the word, find us on Facebook and share the site.
To read more about what Fiber of Maine is and how it came to be, please read our blog.
A selection of this month's sale yarns, featuring Creative Focus Kid Mohair from Nashua Knits. Want a free pattern that uses mohair in small quantities? Try Classic Elite #456, Warm Fuzzy Mittens.
By the time February comes around, most yarn distributors have their warehouses filled with new spring yarns and are actively shipping their new yarns to stores. Because we are so north, we usually don't put the new spring yarns out until March. BUT WE FIRST HAVE TO MAKE ROOM!!!
So in February, we are having a clearance sale 25-40% off on a variety of items including all needle cases and project bags as well as selected needles, books and yarns in all gauges and fibers. The following list of sale yarns is not comprehensive, but the sale includes:
- All worsted weight and chunky mohair.
- Berroco's Captiva -- A cotton blend, textured to give a nice drape. 98 yards.
- Cascade Yarn's Fixation -- dk/worsted cotton with spandex. 100-yard ball.
- Dy Choice's DK with Wool -- dk weight, 75% acrylic/25% wool, 312 yards.
- Lucci's Cotton Tape -- Sportweight, 100% mercerized cotton, 210 yards.
- Noro's Taiyo Sport -- Sport/dk weight, self striping, cotton blend.
- Swedish Yarn Imports' Mandarin Petite -- Fingering weight, 100% cotton, 198 yards, soft, great for babies!
- Trendsetter Yarns' Lino -- Worsted-weight cotton/linen blend, 110 yards.
- Zitron's Filigran Lace -- 100% wool superwash, heavy lace/light fingering, 654-yard/100-gram hank.
Brian Horne began offering deep discounts on the first Saturday of February many years ago. Now, most downtown businesses participate in this annual event.
Cabin Fever Sale
On Saturday, February 6, and Sunday, February 7, most of Belfast's downtown shops will be offering great sales and incentives for you to shop locally.
Because of unpredictable winter weather and people's schedules, we will be offering a 20% discount on both Saturday and Sunday, and opening at 9 am on Saturday. We hope to see you!
- All About Games: 20% off storewide plus sale table
- Belfast Bicycles: offering 20% off of the tag price on all store merchandise
- City Drawers: 50% off the matching item (of lesser value), many new items added to sale rack
- Colburn Shoe Store: 40% off everything if you pay with plastic; 50% off if you use cash or check
- Country Blessings Gift Shoppe: 10%-20% off selected items. Lynn's Country Creations signs, buy one get second 1/2 off
- Eat More Cheese: 20% off storewide
- Katwalk: 40% off winter clothing and accessories, additional 10% off pieces already marked down -- up to 60% off!
- Man on Main: launching a winter sale with many new items added to 30% off sale rack
- MacLeod Furniture: 50% off regular price on furniture in stock, 30% off regular price on appliances in stock
- Nautical Scribe Books: 20% of all non-consignment items
- Out on a Whimsey: 20% off
- SueCakes!: GF vegan bakery and juice bar -- 20% off storewide, additional coupon savings
- The Meadow of Belfast: 50% off on all merchandise with the exception of Valentine's Day
- The Sail Locker: 20% off storewide
- Vinolio: 20% off storewide
Saturday and Sunday:
- Coyote Moon: Big sale on winter clothing and accessories
- Fiddlehead Artisan Supply: 20% off storewide
- Heavenly Socks Yarns: 20% off storewide excluding already-deep-discounted items
- Old Professor's Bookshop: 20% off storewide
- Rollie's Bar and Grill: will offer a 10% discount with a receipt from another participating business
- The Green Store: deep discounts throughout the store on both days
- Yo Mamma's Home: jewelry at 30% off, both days
- 1st prize: a collection of donated gifts from each of the fifty states;
- 2nd prize: a collection of donated gifts from each of the sixteen Maine counties;
- 3rd prize: a collection of donated gifts from Waldo County.
For more information, visit Our Town Belfast, phone them at 207-218-1158 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ushya Cowl, modeled for us by Brenda of the Belfast Free Library, who hosts their new Knit2Together group
Winter is here, but even if winter feels like it is waning in the next month, there is no better time to wear your knits. Why? Because they become even more visible for others to see and appreciate.
If you did not have the time or energy yet to knit yourself a heavy sweater for cool early spring weather, consider embellishing your store-bought sweater or fleece with a lovely, chunky, but lightweight cowl. If you are thinking "yes," then Mirasol's Ushya is the answer. It is a super bulky and soft yarn that knits up quickly on a #15 needle.
Acclaimed designer Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton designed the Clayton Cowl for Ushya and a long-repeat, self-striping, sport/dk-weight alpaca yarn called Paqu Pura. A skein of Paqu Pura contains 329 yards and sells for $18.95. If you only make one Clayton Cowl (though you will probably keep thinking of the color possibilities and continue to knit these cowls), you will have enough Paqu Pura yarn left over to make another Clayton Cowl, or a pair of fingerless mitts or beanie hat.
The Clayton Cowl pattern is for sale on Ravelry, which you can buy through us for the same price. We give you a color copy and plastic sleeve, and an electronic copy goes into your Ravelry library or your email. If you are not sure, come in and check out the cowl. We also have a store copy of the pattern if you would like to look at it before you purchase it.
Milanese Lace Topper, knit in Shibui's delicious Maai yarn; can be worn as shown, with a slight slouch
The Maai Hat
You'll want to get your hands on this yarn! We chose the free hat pattern, Milanese Lace Topper, to use with a single skein of the delicious Maai yarn from Shibui.
Maai (mah-ah-ee) is 70% super baby alpaca and 30% fine merino, and spun in a dk-weight chainette construction. Our shop model was worked on #4 and #6 needles to produce a lovely hat, light as air and cashmere-soft! Once you've worked with this yarn, there is no doubt you'll be looking for a second project ... it's that yummy!
A skein of Maai contains 175 yards of pleasure and sells for $14.95. This hat will be great for wearing in the spring -- lightweight yet warm.
Angora baby hat, knit with yarn from local hand-spinner Jolene Bryant
An Angora Baby
Angora yarn is fun to work with. Besides being soft and lightweight, it "blooms" when worked and washed. Knit in a hat, it gives a "halo" effect, and so where would a halo look best? On a young child of course!
Angora yarn has been difficult to stock, partly because of supply and demand, but also because a few years ago there was a public outcry about the supposed poor treatment of angora rabbits. After that public radio segment aired, one of our commercial vendors decided not to stock angora-blend yarns until the company can have verification that the angora fiber has been sourced from humanely treated rabbits. And so knitters of angora yarns must continue to wait.
However, we have some locally spun angora, blended with wool, by hand-spinner Jolene Bryant (find her on Facebook). For a toddler hat, we cast on 72 stitches on a #5 needle. After knitting a mock cable rib for 3/4" (we just wanted to try something different, but you can use plain ribbing or a roll edge), we continued in stockinette and knit for 5" before beginning the decrease. The hat used 73 yards, and when finished, it makes you smile.
We have Jolene's angora-blend yarn here in variously sized pull skeins, so it is hard to tell you the price. However, we figured that hat cost $9.00 to make.
Spinning wheel image from the 1890s, courtesy of The Graphics Fairy
Call for Artisans
Last month, when we put out a call for creative fiber people, we were deliberately vague because we hadn't debuted Fiber of Maine yet. Now that we have gone public, we would like to re-issue that call. If you are a creative fiber person, such as an indie dyer, hand spinner, or creator of notions or tools, we would like to hear from you. Please email us at email@example.com. We are looking for Maine-made products to feature on our new website, as well as yarn or wool products that can be featured as part of our Subscription. If you think there is an artisan yarn or product that we should be carrying, we want to know!
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The Knit the Community Knitting Circle
A community knitting circle will be held on Friday, February 5 from 4-6 pm at the St. Margaret's Church Library. Bring a project or just yourself. They are gearing up for KnitMaine-ia 2016. The theme is (but not limited to) the four seasons.
For information on KnitMaine-ia, the Knit-a-thon or the monthly Knitting Circle, phone Sara Brand-New at 978-325-0045 or visit Knit the Community. Also, find them on Facebook to see photos from the fashion show and stay up to date with all the knit happenings in our community.
At SPA Knit and Spin 2014
When: February 26-28.
Where: Freeport, Maine. Primary locations are the Hilton, Hampton and Harraseeket inns, but several local B-and-Bs also host their members.
Who: NETA (New England Textile Arts Network) members and friends and passers-by. No admission fees, no registration, just show up!
Why: Because who doesn't need to get away for some (mostly) girl talk and chocolate and pizza and hot-tubbing and time to work up the fibery stuffs with others who are just as obsessed as they are?
What: This is a RETREAT. Stay at one of the hotels, or come up for the day. YOU make the weekend what you want it to be. They provide the foundation, with great room rates, special hotel menus and lots of common space to hang out and work on projects. YOU decide to learn something, or stay in bed till 3:00 in the afternoon, or check out the sights and shopping and great restaurants in Freeport. The only schedule is for the Marketplace hours, and for the Fashion Show.
If you like the idea of reuniting with really cool people and getting some knitting/spinning/weaving/crocheting/hooking/felting done, this is where you need to be.
Antique sewing machine graphic from old Wanamaker's catalog, courtesy of The Graphics Fairy
Fiber and Fabric Crafts at Unity Community Center
Through April, at Unity Community Center, second Mondays at 5-7 pm and fourth Mondays at 1-3 pm, join in for sewing, knitting, crocheting and more. Machines, materials and guidance will be provided for beginners. Bring your current project and machines.
For more information, contact Mary at 207-948-9005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self-portrait with Novelty Hat, Margaret Sunday, 10.5 inches high x 12.5 inches wide, 2014, improvisational tapestry technique with natural and synthetic fibers
Finding the Organic Matrix: a Workshop with Margaret Sunday
May workshop in improvisational tapestry techniques with exploration of image development and design using a basic metaphor, the organic matrix. This workshop is open to adult tapestry weavers and artists at all levels who are interested in developing/refreshing their creative processes and ways of seeing and thinking about tapestry weaving. Heroncrest (Searsport, Maine) offers an ideal environment for learning and exchange of ideas in a comfortable natural setting. Fee adjusted for participants who do not need room and full board.
Visit Margaret Sunday Tapestry for images and details on the workshop, venue, Margaret's work, background and philosophy, fee schedule and contact form. Limited spaces. Fee deposit deadline is fast approaching on March 1.
Enjoy working with fiber at Fiber College!
Fiber College Seeks Class Proposals
Fiber College, September 7-11 in Searsport, Maine, is seeking class proposals on anything fiber related.
As always, they're searching for project classes on garments and accessories, baskets, quilts, yarn making, surface design, needle arts, wood working, weaving, and interesting knots and paper. As they celebrate their tenth anniversary, they'll continue to search for classes that are unique to Fiber College.
The jury will be looking for the majority of class proposals to be two-, four- or six-hour classes. Like last year, they'll also be looking for five 12-hour intensive classes for Wednesday/Thursday. If this option interests you, please talk with Astrig directly before submitting a proposal: Phone 207-548-6059 or email email@example.com.
To track the FC planning process, read the Fiber College blog, find them on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions. You can find Kathe on their Ravelry group too. The last day for submission will be March 1. You will be notified of the jurying committee's decision by March 20.
Fiber College is hosted by Searsport Shores Ocean Campground.
Gelatin printmaking, Abbie Read
Winter Classes and Workshops for Everyone at Waterfall Arts
Linda Stec will lead the ever-popular Wonders of Clay for ages 6 and up on Wednesdays beginning February 3. On Saturday, February 6. Abbie Read will teach gelatin print and Coptic bookbinding techniques. On the same day Becky Brimley will help families decorate mugs and tiles, which will be fired and ready to give as gifts for Valentine's Day. Felicia Cinquegrana will begin a new class, Hand-building with Clay, on Tuesday, February 23.
Jackie Ottino Graf leads a special School Vacation Art Camp, Fun with Fiber, a hands-on exploration of raw wool and fibers beginning February 15 for ages 8 to 15.
The Saturday Life Drawing group continues from 9:30 to noon each week; anyone can join this non-instructional, supportive group. Kris Engman offers Basic Drawing starting February 23, and three levels of Color Theory and Painting starting February 26.
Jon Tobiasz will teach Darkroom Photography Techniques on Tuesday evenings beginning February 23 and Gwen Tatro will lead Intaglio Printmaking beginning Thursday, February 25.
Baron Collins-Hill (left), Julia Plumb (right)
The Wheel Thing: Local Duo Velocipede at Belfast Flying Shoes
Join us on Friday, February 5, for an evening of contra dancing on Friday, January 1, 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.
This month's caller is Belfast's own Chrissy Fowler. A founder and leading light of the Belfast Flying Shoes dance series, Chrissy spreads the joy of contra dancing also at schools, community gatherings and private events.
An elegant and sprightly two-wheeled conveyance, Velocipede is propelled by the talents of fiddler Julia Plumb and mandolinist/tenor guitarist Baron Collins-Hill. Plumb has a fluid yet driving fiddling style and a keen sense for matching the tune to the dance. Collins-Hill grew up in Maine with a mandolin in his hands and graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in music performance and ethnomusicology. His playing reflects a sophisticated harmonic sense, a playful spirit and a knack for getting a really big sound. Sound provided by Edward Howe.
Contra Dance Classes in Belfast
Belfast Flying Shoes is sponsoring a session of contra dance classes to help relieve cabin fever and to give interested locals a boost on the dance floor. Caller and dance leader Chrissy Fowler will teach the six-week series, Thursdays 6:45-8:15 pm, starting February 4 at the Belfast Dance Studio, 109 High St. in Belfast.
The contra dance classes are open to all experience levels, with emphasis on learning the core figures and optional flourishes in a focused, small-group setting. Pre-registration is requested, at $55.00 for the six-week series. For more information, phone 207-338-0979 or email email@example.com.
BCC Volunteer Night, L to R: Robin Jones, BCC Board Member Elaine Bielenberg, Stacey White, BCC Executive Director Kimberly Callas, BCC Board Member Martha Piscuskas, BCC Volunteer Allison Harrell. Photo credit: Julia Clapp, Belfast Creative Coalition Member Coordinator.
Belfast Creative Coalition Thanks 2015 Volunteers and Welcomes New Volunteers
In 2015, Belfast Creative Coalition (BCC) brought art events to Waldo County, cultivated arts and promoted local artists, creatives and cultural organizations throughout the state of Maine. None of this would be possible without the help of BCC's dedicated volunteers.
BCC's mission is to cultivate arts and culture through coordination and promotion. Volunteers who particularly furthered this mission in 2015 were Elaine Bielenberg, Mary Mosier, Susan Guthrie, Katherine Cox and the entire BCC Board.
BCC wants to offer gratitude to Alice Seeger and Susan Coe, former members of the Belfast Creative Coalition board of directors, for all of their work and their dedication to local arts.
At this season's Fourth Friday Art Walks in Belfast, volunteers and Geneva Bielenberg (the Belfast Arts 2015 intern) kept visitors informed at the BCC table.
This fall, at BCC's third annual Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm & Arts Fall Tour weekend, their volunteers were a source of tireless help and support.
To learn more about supporting the BCC, attend a volunteer orientation on February 4 at 4 pm at the BCC's conference room at 26 Spring St., Belfast. For more information, visit Belfast Creative Coalition or phone 207-323-8692.
Victorian scrap hand holding a rose, courtesy of The Graphics Fairy
Habitat for Humanity Hosts Valentine's Day Fundraiser
Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County invites you and your sweetie to "Have a Heart for Habitat" on Saturday, February 13. For one night only, the First Church in Belfast at 8 Court St. will be transformed into a delicious and romantic restaurant, complete with entertainment. Guests will enjoy a delectable menu of prime rib, seafood lasagna or veggie lasagna, baked potatoes, pearl onions and peas, glazed carrots, salad, rolls and several delicious dessert options.
The meal will begin at 5:30 pm and the entertainment will start at 6:30 pm. "Have a Heart for Habitat" this Valentine's Day or you may find yourself at Heartbreak Hotel!
Tickets are $20.00 each, and are available at Mailloux and Marden Law Offices, 151 High St., Belfast; Camden National Bank, 156 Main St., Belfast; the Belfast Chamber of Commerce office; or by calling the Habitat office at 207-338-2344. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a chem-free event. All proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County and their 2016 construction efforts.
Edith & Bennett and Sugarbush
The Free Range Music Series Presents Sugarbush and Edith & Bennett
The Free Range Music Series presents two of Waldo County's own -- Edith & Bennett and Sugarbush -- on Saturday, February 20 at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. in Belfast.
Edith Gawler grew up in Maine as a member of the legendary Gawler Family Band, which has now grown to include her husband, Bennett Konesni. As a duo, she and Bennett play old-time fiddle and banjo music, Swedish dance tunes, and sing farmer's ballads and hollers. They teach worksongs together in a variety of settings across the country. Bennett Konesni is co-founder of Sylvester Manor, a 243-acre educational farm on Shelter Island, NY on a piece of land that has been in his family since 1652.
Together, Edith and Bennett balance their life on Shelter Island with their home in Maine. In January 2013 they started their own homestead in Belfast, Maine, and they still perform with several bands, including their Shelter Island-based group The Sylvester Manor Worksongers, their Maine groups the Gawler Sisters and Family bands, and their roots-music duo Edith & Bennett.
A rollicking soulful trio of musical mamas, Sugarbush (find them on Facebook) brings a variety of genres into their unique Americana Folk mix. Amy Green (guitar and vocals), Becca Biggs (banjo and vocals), and Camille Giglio (cello and vocals) came together during the long winter of 2015 and quickly found that they had a unique sound and a harmonized passion for speaking through music. The members of Sugarbush all grew up in Maine and are mothers, homesteaders and artists.
To read more about the Free Range Music Series and to find more upcoming events, visit Free Range Music Series.
Marjorie Peronto and Reeser Manley
Gardening in Tune with Nature
This illustrated talk with Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto, part of the Belfast Garden Club Winter Lecture Series at the Belfast Free Library, will focus on the major themes of their book, The New England Gardener's Year, including the garden as an ecosystem in which native plants predominate and all forms of life contribute to its success. Manley and Peronto will also discuss the practical aspects of gardening that are covered in the book, including pruning, composting and cover cropping. Books will be available to purchase at the program.
For information on more events at the Belfast Free Library, click Library Programs.
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Waldo County Woodshed Raffle
The Waldo County Woodshed is having a raffle. The Waldo County, Maine, USA! Raffle includes three prizes:
Tickets are $10.00 each and all proceeds go to the Waldo County Woodshed, a non-profit charity that provides free firewood for home heating to people in need in and around Waldo County.
To view the prize packages, visit Waldo County Woodshed. The drawing will be held March 31. For tickets, phone 207-338-2692.
Plaster Cast Hand with Dakota Black Popcorn Seed by McKayla King, Grade 7, Troy Howard Middle School
Belfast Co-op February Events
Exhibit of a show of mixed-media artwork titled Seed Stories, created by seventh- and eighth-grade students from the Ecology Academy at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast. Their artwork, inspired by heirloom seeds and the practice of saving them, was created utilizing a variety of media and processes including hand casting, painting, wheel throwing and mixed-media collage. On display in the Co-op Café through the month of February.
Common Cents Recipient
February 1-29: WERU Community Radio.
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%.
Wednesday, February 10, 6 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.: Belfast Co-op member-owners are encouraged to attend and bring a friend. Topics: Principle 2 -- Democratic Member Control + meet the 2016 Board candidates. All are welcome.
Monthly Love LOCAL Day
Friday, February 26: Lunch special highlighting local ingredients, 10% off ALL Maine-made products all day. As the featured Maine vendor, the Milkhouse (Monmouth) will provide organic dairy product samples from 11:30 am-3 pm.
Save the Date: Quarterly Member-Owner Super Sale Week
March 1-7: Belfast Co-op member-owners receive 10% off one transaction.
For more information about Belfast Co-op events, please 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.