Welcome to Heavenly Socks Yarns!

The Heavenly Socks Yarns storefront

Our shop on Lower Main Street

A bird gathered pieces of yarn to feather its nest -- something Helen has been waiting to see for almost two decades!

A bird gathered pieces of yarn to feather its nest -- something Helen has been waiting to see for almost two decades!

Signs of Spring

The calendar said that the season changed on March 20. Many of us have spent that time looking for signs of spring, hoping that this season will relieve the stress of a long winter. Here in midcoast Maine, the tease of warmer weather and greening vegetation is finally happening, and we wait for a bloom of sun, warmth and flowers -- any day now!

A sign of spring in the shop is an annual slowdown of customers. We know that we all need/want to spend time being very physically active outside after many months inside. By contrast, this is the time in the shop that we do cleaning and rearranging, and spend time deciding which yarns we will carry forward into the fury of fall knitting. For customers, this is the time to stop in and get some great deals on discontinued yarns -- small projects that you can do when you are taking a break from physical activity. Fingerless mitts/mittens, hats/headbands, shawlettes and socks are all small (one-skein) projects that are portable and are easy to pick up and put down frequently -- which is nice when traveling or visiting.

If you want a larger project for this time of year, we are offering a coupon. Also, we are reminding you again that we have a large selection of cotton yarns in a variety of gauges that span a price range from $3.50-$46.00! We hope to see you!

Linus Shawl, shown over Prickly Poppy cardigan, knit in Indigo, a new yarn from Berroco

Linus Shawl, shown over Prickly Poppy cardigan, knit in Indigo, a new yarn from Berroco

Linus Shawl

We love our new-to-us yarn called Tahiti by Schachenmayr. It is a fingering-weight cotton with gradual color changes. A 50-gram ball contains 306 yards and retails for $8.95, making an affordable two-skein project.

We thought it would make a great shawlette, and it did, using the Linus Shawl pattern. It is a basic pattern but that is all you will need to showcase this beautiful yarn.

Tahiti is a yarn worth considering especially when creating a garment or accessory for a wool-sensitive person who also happens to like natural fibers. We have seen this yarn knit with #6 beads (which we stock) added to the edges and included in some eyelet rows that the knitter inserted into the Linus pattern. Add your own ideas to this basic pattern!

The Monthly Knitting Circle logo

The Monthly Knitting Circle logo

The Knit the Community Knitting Circle

Please join 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. The May knitting circle will be on Friday, May 1. Hope to see you there!

For information on KnitMaine-ia, Knit the Community, or the monthly Knitting Circle, phone Sara Brand-New at 978-325-0045 or visit Knit the Community. Also, find them on Facebook to stay up to date with all the knit happenings in our community.



Patina: Arts, Accessories, Furnishings

Over the next couple of months, we will be highlighting businesses which have opened since last summer. Patina opened its doors late last fall.

Patina is a unique collection of arts, accessories and furnishings located in the heart of downtown Belfast. Combining antique, vintage, modern and repurposed items, each piece is hand picked and chosen for its quality of materials and craftsmanship.

A patina is defined as a fine surface layer produced by age and use, which can only be created by the test of time. Whether you are decorating, collecting or seeking that perfect gift, Patina strives to provide a high level of quality merchandise at an accessible price, bringing the past to your future.

Patina is open seven days a week, and is located at 69 Main St. in Belfast. For more information, find them on Facebook, phone 207-338-8333 or e-mail patina@myfairpoint.net.

Velocipede: Baron Collins-Hill (left), Julia Plumb (right)

Velocipede: Baron Collins-Hill (left), Julia Plumb (right)

Belfast Flying Shoes Takes a Spin with Velocipede

On Friday, May 1, 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. The contra dance begins at 8 pm and runs until around 11 pm. This month, Chrissy Fowler will call the dances, with music by Velocipede.

An elegant and sprightly two-wheeled conveyance, Velocipede is propelled by the talents of fiddler Julia Plumb and mandolinist/tenor guitarist Baron Collins-Hill. Sound provided by Velocipede.

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

Belfast Flying Shoes is an affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society and an official Destination in the CDSS Passport to Joy program. Bring your CDSS passport to the dance for a Flying Shoes stamp.

Yellow-bellied sapsucker (Dan Avener photo)

Yellow-bellied sapsucker (Dan Avener photo)

Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition Celebrates Bird Week

Learn to identify and appreciate our feathered friends. Join Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition on bird walks and watches during Bird Week, May 9-16. Phone 207-338-1147 to help guide some of the outings. Please, no pets.

Saturday, May 9, 7-10 am. Birds and Flowers of the Little River Trail. Meet at Walsh Ball Field on Rt. 52 in Belfast. Ron Harrell, Cloe Chunn.

Sunday, May 10, 7-10 am. Birds of Sears Island. Meet at the island end of the causeway in Searsport. Friends of Sears Island and BBWC. Ron Harrell, Tom Aversa.

Monday, May 11, 7-10 am. Birds and Amphibians of Meadow Brook Preserve. Meet at 399 Oak Hill Road, Swanville, a Coastal Mountains Land Trust preserve. Matt Vance, Cloe Chunn.

Tuesday, May 12, 7-10 am. Bird Cloe and David's farm, 210 Oak Hill Road, Swanville.

Wednesday, May 13, 6:30-9:30 am. Bird Ducktrap RiverTrail on Rt. 52 in Lincolnville with Kristen and Cloe. Coastal Mountains Land Trust preserve.

Wednesday, May 13, 7:30 pm. Woodcock Watch with Mike Shannon at Cloe and David's farm, 210 Oak Hill Road, Swanville.

Thursday, May 14. 7-10 am. Bird Hurds Pond and Hauk-Fry Preserve by canoe. This requires preregistration by calling 207-338-1147. Gary Gulezian.

Friday, May 15. 7-10 am. Birds of the In-Town Nature Trail. Meet at The Muck in Belfast. Aleta McKeage, Cloe Chunn.

Saturday, May 16, 9 am-1 am. Paddle/bird the Goose River. Meet at the put-in behind Swan Lake.

Grocery off Rt. 141 in Swanville. Bring boat, paddle, PFD, water, lunch, protection from rain, wind, sun.

For more information for all events, visit Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, phone 207-338-1147 or write to Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, P.O. Box 152, Belfast, ME 04915.

Jim Merkel

Jim Merkel

A Culture Of Cycling: Talk by Jim Merkel

On Monday, May 11, at 6 pm, at the Belfast Free Library, this National Bike to Work Week opening lecture will address the benefits of cycling, creating bike-friendly communities, Belfast's initiatives to improve bicycle safety and stimulate bicycle transportation, and how to make bicycle commuting a way of life. Merkel initiated the Cycling for a Sustainable Future national speaking tour and serves on the Belfast Pedestrian, Bicycle and Hiking Committee. For more information, phone 207-323-1474.

For more information on this or other library events, visit Library Programs.

All Roads Music Festival poster

All Roads Music Festival poster

All Roads Music Festival

All Roads is a one-day festival and celebration of indie music, featuring some of the most talented local music artists from across the state and region. The festival features performances in a variety of genres including indie rock, folk, pop, bluegrass and indie folk musicians, as well as performers from related contemporary genres, such as alternative country, punk and hip-hop.

All Roads 2015 will take place on Saturday, May 16 at various venues throughout the city of Belfast including the Colonial Theatre, the Belfast Free Library, the American Legion Hall, Waterfall Arts and more. A full listing of venues will be posted with the full schedule.

For more information, visit All Roads Music Festival, find them on Facebook or e-mail allroads@wearelaunchpad.org.

Young students at the Belfast Dance Studio

Young students at the Belfast Dance Studio

Third Annual Summer Dance Camp at the Belfast Dance Studio

The Third Annual Summer Dance Camp will take place at the Belfast Dance Studio on July 27-31, 9 am-3:30 pm. Ages 10-15, all levels.

The Dance Camp features a fun, noncompetitive and friendly atmosphere with instruction from the area's most renowned dance teachers. Learn the discipline of dance while building confidence, self-esteem, positive body awareness and connection with others. The camp is designed for dancers of all levels, and beginners are welcome.

The faculty of highly qualified instructors with professional dance experience will offer daily classes in Ballet and Modern (Sunny Hitt), Hip Hop (Jenny Cobuzzi), and Composition + Choreography (Shana Bloomstein), as well as a special class to be announced. The week will culminate in a performance on Friday.

Classes will be held Monday through Friday, 9 am-3:10 pm, with pickup by 3:30 pm. Performance on Friday at 3 pm. Cost: $210 early-bird special if registered before June 15, $225 after June 15. Sibling discounts offered. Partial scholarships available; please apply before July 1.

For more information and to register (final date July 15), phone 207-338-5380. E-mail info@belfastdancestudio.com for class descriptions and teacher bios.

Acrylic on paper painting, Trois Cousins, by Dan Kirchoff from his exhibit Une Production de Produits on display in the Co-op Cafe through late May

Acrylic on paper painting, Trois Cousins, by Dan Kirchoff from his exhibit Une Production de Produits on display in the Co-op Cafe through late May

Belfast Co-op May Events

Featured Artist

Dan Kirchoff's show, Une Production de Produits, includes works in pen-and-ink and acrylics inspired by the fruit and vegetable selection at the Belfast Co-op, as well as pen-and-ink drawings of downtown Belfast. On display in the Co-op Cafe through late May.

Round Up for Community Recipients

May 1-15: Come Boating;
May 16-31: Waldo County Open Space Festival.

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%.

Annual Organic Field-grown Perennial Plant Sale with Rebel Hill Farm in Clifton

Catalogs available in-store and online at Belfast Co-op Store. May 4 order deadline; May 9 9-11 am plant pickup at Co-op; extra plants will be available for purchase. All proceeds go to farm.

Growing Local Screening

Tuesday, May 5, 6:30 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.: Free screening of this film about the struggles farmers face to carry on the Maine farming tradition; followed by discussion with Matt Tremblay, general manager of the Unity Food Hub, and Ellen Sabina of Maine Farmland Trust. For more information, visit Growing Local. Sponsors: Maine Farmland Trust, Library, Belfast Co-op.

World Fair Trade Day

Saturday, May 9: 2015 theme: Stand with Small-Scale Farmers: Together We Can Cool the Planet.

Tick Talk

Tuesday, May 12, 6 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.: Free presentation with Lyme disease specialist Dr. Beatrice Szantyr will provide an informative look at ticks, the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi which causes Lyme disease, the incidence of Lyme disease in Maine, the difficulties of medical diagnosis, and steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. Sponsors: Library and Belfast Co-op.

Belfast Co-op Monthly Guided Store Tour

Saturday, May 16, 10 am, Belfast Co-op, 123 High St.: Meet near Co-op entrance for guided store tours (every third Saturday per month) which highlight the benefits of joining the Co-op and how to take best advantage of shopping there. All are welcome.

Wine Tasting and Art Opening

Friday, May 22, 7-8 pm, Belfast Co-op Cafe, 123 High St.: Free monthly sampling of highlighted wines and art show opening. Featured wines are 10% off during the tasting.

Eating from the Maine Landscape Presentation

Thursday, May 28, 6:30 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.: Free presentation with local chef Frank Giglio of Three Lily Farm (Thorndike) about incorporating nutrient-dense wild foods into your diet. From harvesting to preparing, he will share some of his favorite local wild plants, share samples and provide recipes to take home. Sponsors: Library and Belfast Co-op.

Monthly Love LOCAL Day

Friday, May 29, from 11 am-3 pm: Appleton Creamery will share artisan cheese samples, lunch special highlighting local ingredients, ALL Maine-made products 10% off throughout the day.

Quarterly Member-Owner Super Sale Week

June 1-June 7.

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

Felted fish

Felted fish

Felted Fish Are Back

They're back! Felted fish are fun to make and they make people smile. Make them yourself, or buy them while they last.

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.