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Good Karma Yarn's beautiful hand-dyed merino/alpaca blend

Good Karma Yarn's beautiful hand-dyed merino/alpaca blend

Handspun, Hand-Dyed, Handmade

Summer is in full swing here in Belfast. We know many of you are busy enjoying the beautiful weather. However, if you are in town to attend one of the many events happening in Belfast, stop in and say hello.

If you are visiting Belfast, or bringing visitors to your local yarn shop, we would like to remind you that we have a range of prices (starting at $2.25) and a large selection of fibers -- including over fifty lines of cotton yarn!

We also have a large selection of Maine-based yarns, including local hand-spun yarn. We are committed to buying as local as possible, for many reasons. Some of these companies not only dye their yarn but make it too! Good Karma Yarn, located in Belfast, makes a beautiful hand-dyed merino/alpaca blend. We feel very fortunate to have them in Belfast, especially since they are very welcoming of visitors to their farm.

Enjoy the rest of the summer -- and we hope to see you!

Monet baby sweater, knit in Berroco's new yarn, Colora

Monet baby sweater, knit in Berroco's new yarn, Colora

Monet Baby Sweater

If you follow us on Facebook, you may have seen our post about the Monet baby sweater, which we said we were going to use to create a new store model.

The pattern, as presented on Ravelry, was knit with a cotton yarn. But we used Berroco's new yarn, Colora. Colora is a very soft 70% wool/30% acrylic yarn that knits at a light worsted/DK gauge. It is machine-washable on a delicate cycle, although by the time you read this, we will have a test swatch at the shop for you to see how it fares in a regular wash, should you decide to make a child's garment for a family that does not have the time to wash knit items separately.

The color palette on this yarn is sophisticated enough for an adult garment that can be worn against the skin. As a matter of fact, Berroco's introductory pattern booklet that supports this yarn (#364 Berroco Colora) does not include any children's patterns. The 50-gram ball has a generous 153 yards and retails for $8.95, enough for a one-skein hat, short cowl or pair of mitts.

Raitahullaannus Shawl, knit in Boboli Lace

Raitahullaannus Shawl, knit in Boboli Lace

Raitahullaannus Shawl, Knit in Boboli Lace

We know that there are a lot of shawl patterns out there, and we like them too, because many of them are very interesting in either shape or colorwork. Shawls are also very versatile because they are often worn as a scarf, or shoulder wrap, depending on your needs on any given day.

We like the pattern Raitahullaannus, free on Ravelry, because it can show off the interplay of one's favorite pairing of colors. Berroco's Boboli Lace, a wool/acrylic/rayon sportweight blend, now comes in semi-solids. We wanted to knit it paired with its multicolor counterpart, and this pattern was perfect. You will need only one ball of each color, with a very minor adjustment to the pattern which we can explain to you here at the shop.

Boboli Lace has a lovely drape, and the 100-gram 350-yard ball retails for $15.95.

Wool Rug made by Mary Delano. Standing Wool Rugs 1790-2016 with Rose Ann Hunter and Mary Delano:
Class offered at Fiber College on Sunday, September 13, 9 am-4:30 pm

Wool Rug made by Mary Delano. Standing Wool Rugs 1790-2016 with Rose Ann Hunter and Mary Delano: Class offered at Fiber College on Sunday, September 13, 9 am-4:30 pm

Fiber College of Maine: Save the Date

On September 9-13, at Searsport Shores Ocean Park and Campground, Searsport, Fiber College of Maine, the annual fiber festival that celebrates the sharing of fiber arts in all forms, will take place.

The five-day event offers students nearly seventy textile and fiber classes varying in length from two hours to two days: Sewing, knitting, weaving, embroidery, tatting, dyeing, surface design, felting, rug hooking, sock cranking, book binding, chain mail, amigurumi and papier-mâché.

2015 Featured Artists are basket makers from Maine. Somalian Bantu women of Lewiston/Auburn will be making African Market Baskets and Pamela Outdusis Cunningham of the Penobscot Turtle Clan will be teaching the Spirit Basket.

New in 2015: Friday Fiber Fiesta and Makers' Market 5:30-8 pm. Also new: rolling workshops in ceramics, sock cranking, chain mail and mentored fiber dyeing.

A few of the notable names you'll meet at Fiber College 2015: Antique Quilt Expert Bonnie Dwyer, Mixed Media Artist Sally Savage, Weaving Instructor Daryl Lancaster and Knitting Artist Katharine Cobey.

For more information and photographs, write to Astrig Tanguay, Director, Fiber College of Maine, 216 West Main St., Searsport, ME 04974; phone 207-548-6059; e-mail director@fibercollege.org; visit Fiber College or find them on Facebook.

KnitMaine-ia is coming on October 3. Let's

KnitMaine-ia is coming on October 3. Let's "knit the community"!

KnitMaine-ia: Save the Date

KnitMaine-ia is coming on Saturday, October 3 at 2 pm at the Belfast Boathouse. Don't be shy -- they want your knit and crochet clothing and afghans to display at their show. Also, because knitting hugs, please consider giving to one of the many "knit the community" causes. Mittens for kids, hats and mittens for men from the re-entry center, fall and spring knit-a-thons for various causes including fuel assistance and Habitat for Humanity, and most recently knit lobsters to help preserve Penobscot Bay. Get involved! For more information, find them on Facebook or contact Jillian at jillianliver@gmail.com.

Acclaimed historian David McCullough

Acclaimed historian David McCullough

David McCullough at Left Bank Books

Please join Left Bank Books this Saturday, August 1 from 10 am to noon when they welcome acclaimed historian David McCullough to sign and celebrate his newest best-seller The Wright Brothers. This will be his only bookshop appearance in Maine this summer.

Mr. McCullough has been widely hailed as a "master of the art of narrative history" and a "matchless writer." He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, two-time winner of the National Book Award, a recipient of both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Humanities Medal, an Officer of the French Legion of Honor, and the recipient of more than fifty honorary degrees -- not to mention a beloved voice on PBS as host of The American Experience and narrator of The Civil War.

From The Johnstown Flood to John Adams, 1776 to The Greater Journey, he has so captivated readers all across the world that not one of his books has ever been out of print. Left Bank Books is thrilled to be part of his summer schedule for The Wright Brothers, and will have all his other books on hand as well.

Parade on Church Street: Historic photo of marching band on Church Street, courtesy of the Belfast Museum.

Parade on Church Street: Historic photo of marching band on Church Street, courtesy of the Belfast Museum.

Seventh Annual Belfast Street Party

On Monday, August 3, 5-10:30 pm, or the next sunny day, the Our Town Belfast Street Party (now in its seventh year) will take place, featuring carnival rides, food and music all night. Admission remains free, with tickets sold for activities like the climbing wall, bucking bronco, bungee jump and (new this year) person-sized hamster ball course. Wristbands are available for unlimited use of the bounce houses and rat race in the brand new children's area on Church Street. The Street Party is expanding from High Street up to Church Street (between Key Bank and the American Legion Hall). This new area, dedicated for kid-specific fun, will include its own stage with all-night DJ Erik Klausmeyer spinning tunes and keeping the crowd going.

Down on the High Street Stage, in front of Belfast City Hall, returning favorites Captain Obvious and Don Nickerson and Country Mist will entertain at 5 pm and 7 pm respectively, with a break for a live performance of the national anthem, sung by Mica Einhorn.

The evening closes out on High Street with DJ Matt Bixby from 9-10:30 pm. In addition to music and rides, attendees can look forward to great food from dozens of local vendors, family-friendly activities, games and giveaways by local businesses and nonprofits, and a beer garden hosted by Rollie's Bar and Grill for those of age.

Vendors and activities are still welcome; for more information, visit Our Town Belfast or phone 207-218-1158.

Fermented Books, by Abbie Read

Fermented Books, by Abbie Read

Fermentation and Lexicon of Sustainability at Waterfall Arts

Fermentation, an exhibit inspired by the process of fermentation in its many forms is at Waterfall Arts' Clifford Gallery, and the Lexicon of Sustainability, a pop-up art show featuring visual narratives exploring key sustainable food terms like "food miles" and "edible school yards" is in the Corridor Gallery. Part of a national effort, the show generates community dialogue about key terms in sustainable farming to help strengthen local food systems. The show highlights links to the Belfast Farmer's Market and to the Fermentation exhibit.

Fermentation and the Lexicon of Sustainability, which run through September 11, can be seen Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, on Saturdays in July and August from noon to 4 pm, and by appointment. Phone 207-338-2222 to arrange.

Food Fermentation demonstrations, talks and other related events will be held in August; visit Waterfall Arts for times and details. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High St. in Belfast.

Anadama (left to right): Emily Troll, Amelia Mason, and Bethany Waickman.

Anadama (left to right): Emily Troll, Amelia Mason, and Bethany Waickman.

A Toast to Summer! Anadama to Play for Belfast Flying Shoes

On Friday, August 7, join Belfast Flying Shoes for an evening of contra dancing 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. With wit and good cheer, Chrissy keeps things spicy enough for veteran dancers while making novices feel equally welcome.

Sharing the Flying Shoes stage with Chrissy will be Boston-based contra dance band Anadama (Amelia Mason on fiddle, Emily Troll on accordion, and Bethany Waickman on guitar), who root their sound in the traditional music of New England, Ireland and Quebec. As the trio say: "Infusing old and new tunes alike with a distinctly modern kick, it is dynamic, earthy music, played with vigor and honesty, and dance at its heart." Sound will be by Glen Loper.

For more information, phone 207-338-0979, e-mail belfastflyingshoes@gmail.com, visit Belfast Flying Shoes or find them on Facebook.

Hospice Volunteers Art Show poster

Hospice Volunteers Art Show poster

Hospice Volunteers Hold Juried Art Show

Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County is holding an award ceremony and reception and invitational pop-up gallery for its juried art show on Saturday, August 15 at 6:30 pm at the Belfast Free Library. The public is invited to enjoy art, food and music. Vote your favorite in the People's Choice Award.

The exhibit will be open from August 3-31. For more information, visit Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County.

Poet Gary Lawless

Poet Gary Lawless

Poet Gary Lawless at Belfast Free Library

Maine Writers Talk About ... Poetry and the Natural World: At the Belfast Free Library, on Tuesday, August 18, at 6:30 pm, poet Gary Lawless will read from and discuss his new book "Caribou Planet."

The environment looms large as a theme in Gary's poems -- the natural world is sacred. Animals of the world are populations, cultures and beings as much as we are. His work tends to more brief than dense and that gives them more air and space for the reader and the cosmos to enter. Gary Snyder, Ted Enslin and James Kohler are mentors.

For more information about Belfast Free Library events, click Library Programs.

2014 Peace Walk participants; Dan Avener photo

2014 Peace Walk participants; Dan Avener photo

Second Annual Belfast Peace Festival

Plans are well underway for the 2nd Annual Belfast Peace Festival to be held August 28-29 on the waterfront in Belfast. The festival kicks off on Friday night with a live musical broadcast by WERU for an outdoor party and dance. Saturday's activities begin early with meditation, followed by a peace processional parade created in collaboration with With Breath Puppetry; the afternoon offers speakers, music, food, vendors, children's activities and a puppet pageant. There is no charge for admission to any part of the festival.

This year's presenters include Peggy Smith on Non-Violent Communication, Seeds of Peace and Peace Jam -- informative and fun for all ages. Children's activities will proceed through the day as well as performances by local musicians and entertainers with food and shopping vendors. The festival concludes with an evening concert with Maine singer-songwriter Lynn Deeves and local friends.

There are several ways you can begin participating in the festivities now. With Breath Puppetry founder Willow Cordes-Ecklund will hold free puppetry workshops for families, individuals, organizations and businesses through August to prepare puppets, banners and signs for the Peace Parade through Belfast at the Festival on Saturday morning, August 29. To find out more about these workshops or to donate supplies, contact Willow at withbreathpuppetry@gmail.com or phone 207-691-5153.

All festivities will be held at Steamboat Landing and in the Boat House on Commercial Street in Belfast. The parade will begin at Waterfall Arts and proceed through downtown, across the Harbor Walk to the Steamboat Landing. Become a Peace Dove now with a donation of $15.00. For more information and a festival schedule, visit Belfast Peace Festival or call Susan Coe at 207-691-5153. Help sow the seeds of peace.

Mother Word 1, by Clarity Artists

Mother Word 1, by Clarity Artists

Belfast Co-op August Events

Featured Artist

Clarity Artists' exhibit Return of the Mother from "Fish File Codex," their twenty-six-book series. On display in the Co-op Café through late August.

Round Up for Community Recipients

August 1-15 VFW Post 3108 Pet Food Pantry; August 16-31 HeartSong.

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%.

Vegetable Seed Saving Workshop

Tuesday, August 18, 9-11 am, Troy Howard Middle School (THMS) Garden, 173 Lincolnville Ave. (Rte. 52), Belfast: Free workshop with Jon Thurston, Ag Coordinator of the THMS Garden Project (find them on Facebook), meet at the greenhouse; no registration required.

Community Appreciation Day

Saturday, August 22, 10 am-4 pm, Belfast Co-op, 123 High St.: Scaled-down this year due to financial and staffing constraints, but will still include free live local music, local vendors with free samples, a cookout, and Freedom Village Farm selling local organic produce; also, 5% of the day's sales will be donated to: Avian Haven, the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center, Belfast Soup Kitchen and Maine Farmland Trust.

Monthly Love LOCAL Day

Friday, August 28: Last Friday of each month. Local vendor product samples, lunch special highlighting local ingredients, 10% off ALL Maine-made products all day.

Wine Tasting and Art Opening

Friday, August 28, 7-8 pm, Belfast Co-op Café, 123 High St.: Fourth Friday of each month, free monthly sampling of highlighted seasonal wines and art show opening. Featured wines are 10% off during the tasting.

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

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.