Dear Sun Spots: I love your column and read it every day. I am looking for a little help from readers. I hand knit 600 to 700 pairs of mittens per year and sell them at various craft shows in the area. I have been asked to make hats to go with the mittens. I need a very simple hat pattern (age 1 year to adult) using Red Heart 4-ply yarn, single strand not double-knit. If anyone has a simple, easy pattern, I would love to hear from you. Also, if anyone has a pattern for Raggedy Ann and Andy mittens I would like that too. I can be reached at 296 Munson Road, Wilton, ME 04294, (207) 645-2906. – Lu-Ann Marston, Wilton.

Dear Sun Spots: To S.F. Lewiston (Sun Spots request) I have an extra computer and printer. You can have it. I can be reached at (207) 836-2455. – Sid Murphy, Gilead.

Dear Sun Spots: If Doris D. of Auburn will call me at (207) 933-2115, I will be happy to give her my recipe for homemade honey, which was given to me by my mother-in-law. – Natalie H. Jones, Monmouth.

Dear Sun Spots: Could you please give me the address of Erik Lindbergh, grandson of aviator Charles Lindbergh? – C. Harold Newcomb, Livermore Falls.

According to, Lindbergh is president of The X PRIZE Foundation and can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] You can also reach him by mail at The X PRIZE Foundation, 722-A Spirit of St. Louis Blvd, St. Louis, Mo. 63005, (636) 519-9449.

Dear Sun Spots: In reply for the recipe to make honey (Dec. 16 column): I made it years ago and it tasted just like honey.

10 cups sugar, 2 cups water, 1 teaspoon alum, 36 white clover, 18 red clover, 9 white roses, 4 red roses. Method: Boil to a rolling boil for 1 minute. Strain into jars. I cannot remember how much this made. – Marilyn H., No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I have a piece of jewelry that is not only of value itself, but has historical value. I need to have it appraised. I need an appraiser who can take both values into consideration. I am not willing to send it or leave it anywhere, i.e. they must be willing to appraise it in my presence. Do you know of anyone in Maine or New England who would be able to do this for me? Thank you. – No Name, No Town.

Sun Spots spoke with Dan Poulin of Orphan Annie’s, 96 Court St., Auburn, (207) 782-0638 who does offer this type of service. However, Poulin recommends you take care with something of this historical value. He says you should contact the Portland Museum of Art. You can reach them at Seven Congress Square, Portland, ME 04101, (207) 775-6148.

Dear Sun Spots: I’m looking for any owners of a cheap, Charlie Pellet stove. I have a brand new one and my representative is in Canada. I am having trouble fine-tuning it and have an excessive amount of heat going out the exhaust. I need someone who can answer my questions and see how one works.

Also, for the reader who was looking for an angel quilt pattern: If you send me a self-addressed envelope, I will photocopy and send it back for free. I can be reached at 60 Farmers Hill, P.O. Box 562, East Andover, ME 04226. – Helen Glover, East Andover.

Answer: You may want to contact your distributor or where you purchased the stove for starters. In addition to responses from readers, try contacting Fireside Stove Shop, 1220 Center Street, Auburn, ME, 04210, (207) 784-9249 to see if they can help you with your questions.

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