Welcome to Heavenly Socks Yarns!

The Heavenly Socks Yarns storefront

Our shop on Lower Main Street

Christmas card image of poinsettias, courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

Christmas card image of poinsettias, courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

Holiday Greetings

It seems that not too long ago, we wished you a warm and happy holiday season and good health in the new year. Time seems to go by increasingly faster each year, don't you think?

The wonderful thing about our shop is that we can feel the generous spirit of this season all year long. Customers come in continually and buy yarn to make something for someone, in the spirit of love and giving. We get to experience the holiday season all year long and we wish the same for you in the upcoming year.

Illustration from an old coloring book, courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

Illustration from an old coloring book, courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

Holiday Gift Ideas

This time of year, we often have people come in looking for a gift idea for their loved one. We thought we would try something a little different this year. We wrote up a printable wish list, containing some gift suggestions, which you can fill out and leave somewhere visible around the house. You don't even have to have a conversation about it!

Books and Magazines 30% Off

We are continuing our books and magazines sale at 30% off. A book makes a great gift and magazines make a great stocking stuffer!

Early Bird Sale

Early Bird Sale

Early Bird Sale

The annual Early Bird Sale in downtown Belfast will take place on Saturday, December 6, 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 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!

We realize that the weather is unpredictable, and that some customers may have prior obligations for Saturday, so we will be offering 20% off on Sunday as well.

Fleurette Cowl, in progress

Fleurette Cowl, in progress

The Quince Yarn Line

Last spring, we were given the opportunity to carry Quince and Company's linen yarn. We took the offer up and enjoyed seeing all the wonderful items made from this yarn line and its harmonious color palette. We were not offered the wool line because at that point, the company was having difficulty stocking the one storefront in Portland that carried their yarn, other stores nationwide, and for sales through their Web site. This fall, they caught up with production and offered us their wool line.

We are excited to be bringing in the Quince wool line for many reasons. First and most importantly, we have heard great feedback about the quality of this yarn from local knitters who have traveled to Portland to purchase this yarn. Also, the company was started by Pam Allen, a once Camden knitter (who has friends still in the area) and former editor of "Interweave Knits." The company seems intent on using American wool, which of course makes us happy. We will be bringing in a line a month. (The reason for the gradual introduction is of course finding the space!) In October, we stocked Puffin (a bulky single-ply), and two weeks ago, we stocked Piper (a fingering wool/mohair blend that will make a very soft and lightweight garment or accessory). The 305-yard skein retails for $14.50.

We are knitting up the Fleurette Cowl with Piper. It is a relatively simple pattern that uses one skein of Piper and a 16" #3 needle, but the result is elegant. We learned about the match of this yarn to the pattern by a Maine-loving customer named Sarah Solomon who works in a yarn shop in New York City. She and her mom -- who is also an amazing knitter -- visit us many times a year. She is an incredibly lovely and inspiring young woman and we give a shout-out to her by knitting her pattern. She also has a great knitting blog, Into the Wool, full of great photos, patterns and discussion of techniques.

The Fleurette Cowl pattern -- as well as many other Ravelry patterns -- can be purchased here at the shop for the same price you will pay on Ravelry. You will get a digital copy sent to your e-mail address or Ravelry Library, but we will print you a copy (with a plastic sleeve).

Super bulky infinity cowl, created by Helen and modeled for us by Chris

Super bulky infinity cowl, created by Helen and modeled for us by Chris

Super Bulky Cowl

We love to have a large supply of "stock yarns" that are good value, quality, base yarns. But then we add to our inventory with new and sometimes very different yarns.

Knit Collage is a company that offers unique, super bulky yarns. This fall, we brought in their Sister yarn (a thick and thin super bulky), and their Castaway (a multicolor handspun).

Helen created a super bulky infinity cowl (double wrapped) by casting on 80 stitches on a #13 needle and knitting two ridges of garter. She then changed to stockinette (and a #15 needle) and knit two rows alternately with the Castaway yarn (14 rows total), ending with two ridges of garter on a #13 needle before binding off very loosely.

Instant gratification in knitting is fun once in a while. And perfect for a last-minute gift -- either knit it up or give it as a skein. It is that unique and fun!

White openwork shawl modeled at this year's KnitMaine-ia Fashion Show at the Belfast Boathouse. Photo copyright Victor Salvo 2014.

White openwork shawl modeled at this year's KnitMaine-ia Fashion Show at the Belfast Boathouse. Photo copyright Victor Salvo 2014.

Thank You from KnitMaine-ia

The organizers of the KnitMaine-ia Fashion Show would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated in this super-fun event. There were over 30 models, numerous designers, and many, many amazing pieces. They also raised $1,000 for New Hope for Women. Mark your calendars: Next year's date will be October 10, 2015, and the theme is Rainbows.

They would also like to thank everyone who supported the Women of St. Margaret's Knitathon. They raised over $700, with donations still coming in. It's not too late to send a donation in honor of this event, all proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County.

Please join them for the monthly knitting circle on the first Friday of each month from 4-6 pm at the St. Margaret's Church Library. There is no cost to attend; bring a project or work in progress and enjoy some company. For more information on KnitMaine-ia, the Knitathon or the monthly Knitting Circle, please phone Sara Brand-New at 978-325-0045 or visit Knit the Community. Also, find them on Facebook for photos from the fashion show, and stay up to date with all the knit happenings in our community.

Acorn ornaments by worthygoods

Acorn ornaments by worthygoods

Roost: Fine Handmade and Vintage Goods

Roost, a holiday gathering of fine handmade and vintage goods, will take place on Friday, December 5, at 5-8 pm, and on Saturday, December 6, at 9 am-5 pm, at UM Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave. (Route 3), in Belfast. There will be live music, yummy food and fun shopping, For more information, visit Roost, or find them on Facebook.

Flight #1, by Willy Reddick

Flight #1, by Willy Reddick

Wrap Up the Holidays at Betts Gallery

Betts Gallery features 25 Maine artists in the annual holiday show of small works entitled Wrap Up the Holidays. Fine art treasures include works in oil, watercolor, collage, pastel, assemblage, sculpture, wood turning, metal, graphite, ink, smoke, coffee and more -- all wrapped up for the holidays. The show will run through December 31, with an opening reception on Friday, December 5, from 5:30 to 8 pm.

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

Tom Luther

Tom Luther

An Evening of Chocolate Tasting, Art and Music at Aarhus Gallery

Please join Aarhus Gallery for an evening of chocolate tasting, browsing music and conviviality on Friday, December 5, from 5-7 pm. This will be their last event. There will be samples of Dean's Sweets delicious hand-dipped chocolates and the all-natural, flavor-packed Bixby Bars produced right here in midcoast Maine. Tom Luther's unique hybrid blend of original music, as well as his take on some traditional seasonal pieces, will be featured.

The jam-packed Extravaganza show features smaller artworks and a wide range of creative crafts priced with gift giving in mind. Over 70 talented Maine artists from throughout the midcoast and beyond are represented in a dazzling variety of mediums, including: pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, felted and knitted fiber works, assemblage, cards, calendars, ornaments, Glass Plate images of Maine, affordable jewelry, music and more.

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. Visit Aarhus Gallery for a list of the artists and a slide show of the current show, or phone 207-338-0001 during business hours for more information.

Crowfoot, a trio of acoustic musicians

Crowfoot, a trio of acoustic musicians

Crowfoot at Belfast Flying Shoes Birthday Contra Dance

Join Belfast Flying Shoes on Friday, December 5, 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 till around 11 pm.

Vermont's Adina Gordon will be calling dances, with music by Crowfoot. Hailing from England, Canada and the United States, Crowfoot is a trio of acoustic musicians who love to create new music inspired by their collective cultural roots. Jaige Trudel does fiddle, Nicholas Williams does flute and accordion, and Adam Broome is on guitar.

This dance marks the ninth birthday of the Belfast Flying Shoes Dance Series. Bring your cupcakes for the ninth annual cupcake tower (e-mail Phyllis if you can bring some: bucha006@fairpoint.net).

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

Free Shows at the Colonial Theatre

The 20th Annual Free Family Matinee Series has been made possible thanks to the generosity of many area business sponsors. There will be shows are each Saturday and Sunday afternoon through Christmas. A different PG movie plays each weekend. At 12:30 pm there will be 275 free seats, since the movie shows in two theaters, and at 3 pm there will be 150 free seats.

Matinee Series Schedule

December 6 and 7: The Book of Life.
December 13 and 14: The Box Trolls.
December 20 and 21: Iron Giant.

For more information, visit Colonial Theatre.

Santa arriving in Belfast -- by boat

Santa arriving in Belfast -- by boat

Santa Arrives by Boat

On Saturday, December 13, Santa arrives by boat at the Belfast town landing at 11:30 am, then the group moves to the Boathouse where there will be many children's activities and photos with Santa until 2 pm.

For more information about local holiday-time fun, visit Our Town Belfast's An Old-Fashioned Christmas in Belfast page.

Danielle Paus, harpist

Danielle Paus, harpist

Penobscot Bay Singers' Christmas Program

The Penobscot Bay Singers are busy preparing their annual Christmas program, to be presented on Saturday, December 13, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 14, at 3 pm, respectively at Union Hall in Searsport and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Belfast. This year the Singers will offer a varied selection of seasonal music, including John Rutter's "Angels' Carol: and Matthew Culloton's "God's Mother Be," both with harp accompaniment, and Matthew Culloton's beautiful arrangement of "Silent Night," with accompaniment by flute and harp. The guest harpist will be Danielle Paus of Phippsburg, Maine, a well-known and widely experienced young musician who has recorded extensively and is currently applied music instructor in harp at Colby College. The flutist will be Diana Brown of Stockton Springs. In addition to the pieces for chorus and harp, Ms. Paus will also offer the beautiful "Interlude" from Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols. Other pieces in the program include Britten's "Hymn to the Virgin," along with works by Robert Farrell, Jan Sweelinck, Josef Rheinberger, Alan Hovaness, John Joubert and Reginald Jacques. The Penobscot Bay Singers are conducted by Richard Dostie of Fairfield, and their pianist is Linnea Johnson of Belfast.

Suggested donation is $10.00-15.00 per adult. Children are always welcome accompanied by an adult, with no donation expected. The Penobscot Bay Singers is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, find them on Facebook.

Nutcracker photo taken at M.M. Julz Christmas Shoppe in downtown Belfast

Nutcracker photo taken at M.M. Julz Christmas Shoppe in downtown Belfast

Join-In Nutcracker at Belfast Dance Studio

On Sunday, December 14, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, the 4th Annual Join-In Nutcracker will take place at the Belfast Dance Studio. This event is fun for all ages. Hear the story, follow the ballerinas, leap and twirl to highlights from the classic holiday ballet. Bring your tutus (and extras to share). Nutcracker-inspired dress is encouraged. No ballet experience necessary.

The event costs $5.00 for individuals, $10.00 for families; proceeds will benefit Belfast Dance Studio's Children's Dance Scholarship Fund. For more information, phone 207-338-5380.

Disparity, from Kelsey Floyd's Stand Still art show

Disparity, from Kelsey Floyd's Stand Still art show

Belfast Co-op December Events

Featured Artist

Kelsey Floyd's exhibit, Stand Still, is on display in the Co-op Cafe through December. To learn about her work, visit Kelsey Floyd.

Round Up for Community Recipients

December 1-15: Help Autism Now Society;
December 16-31: MaineShare.

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%.

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.

Early Noon Closure on December 14

The Co-op will close at noon on Sunday, December 14, for a worker-owner holiday party.

Love LOCAL Day

Friday, December 19, 11 am-3 pm: Frontier Maple Sugarworks (Jackman) will provide free samples of their certified organic maple syrup, the lunch special will highlight local ingredients, and there will be 10% off ALL Maine-made products throughout the day. Store open till 9 pm.

Wine Tasting and Art Opening

Friday, December 19, 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.

Guided Store Tour

Saturday, December 20, 10 am, Belfast Co-op, 123 High St.: Meet near the Co-op entrance for 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.

Early Closure Christmas Eve

The Co-op will close at 6 pm on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24.

Closed Christmas Day

The Co-op will be closed on Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25.

Late Closure New Year's Eve

The Co-op will close at 9 pm on New Year's Eve Wednesday, December 31.

Closed New Year's Day

The Co-op will be closed on New Year's Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015.

For more information about Belfast Co-op events, 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.