Dear Sun Spots: I enjoy reading your column. It is helpful to all. Firstly, to Louise Pare of Lewiston: If you still have the jumper, I am willing to finish it. If someone is interested in the finished jumper, you can please contact me.

Secondly, a friend of mine spilled olive oil on a shirt and was wondering how to remove it.

Thirdly, there was a supply craft fair in a church in Lewiston-Auburn, and I was wondering when they were going to have the next one. I was thinking it was in the spring, but I can’t remember for sure.

Finally, does anyone have a dress form for making dresses or know where I can get one? Thank you. – Becky Tyler, Temple.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, regarding your second question, according to the Oprah stain removal chart posted online at, olive oil stains may be removed with white salt, which absorbs the oil.

Thanks to Sun Journal news assistant Anna Rodrigue who also located the following tip from Olive oil stain removal: Put cloth on flat surface, preferably on towel. Cover stain with thick layer of cornstarch, salt or baking soda. Allow to sit until dry ingredient begins to cake. Scrape off with table knife and discard dry ingredient, which will have absorbed most of the oil. Launder as usual, in hottest water recommended for fabric.

Regarding your third question, Sun Spots spoke with Judy McKinney who is frequently a contact for the High Street Congregational Church’s annual Fabric and Craft Supply Fair. She says that it is not being held this year. She has been very busy and, sad to say, there appears to be no one who’ll take it over. It’s been an annual event for the past six years.

Dear Sun Spots: In your Feb. 11 column, Kathy Peters of Sumner requested a Betty Crocker recipe for chili.

I not only have the recipe (from page 277 of the revised and enlarged edition of “Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book,” a ring binder, which lies flat on your shelf), but she is welcome to it if she’d like it. There’s no copyright date in the book, but I’m guessing it was from the very early 1960s.

We are old enough to be in the process of disposing of things and I’d be happy to have this find a home. If she’d drop a card to me at P.O. Box 220, Oquossoc, ME 04964-0220, I’ll be glad to mail it to her. Thanks for your usual help. … and your unusual help too! – Pat Northrop, Oquossoc.

Dear Sun Spots: Can someone find a garter men used to use to hold their shirt sleeves up with? I can’t seem to find any. I also can’t find addresses for Mary Maxim. They used to send me a book to order from, but stopped. We can’t find what we need at the craft store in town. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, try the following for sleeve garters:

The Vermont Country Store, P.O. Box 6999, Rutland, VT 05702-6999, (802) 362-8460.

River Junction Trade Co., 312 Main Street, McGregor IA 52159, (866) 259-9172 or via the Web at

Try reaching Mary Maxim by phone, Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m; Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (800) 962-9504. Or by mail at P.O. Box 5019, 2001 Holland Ave., Port Huron, MI 48061-5019, or via e-mail at [email protected] You can also go to the Web at

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