. A new approach


A new approach


So, tell me if I’m crazy.  There is so much going on in our vibrant Mid-Coast area that folks are having a tough time committing to classes.  Oh, there are lots of folks who want to learn lots of stuff, and we have scheduled some great classes in response to requests.  But when it comes time, we’ve had to cancel most classes for lack of people.  We get it.  We all have really busy lives and there are so many wonderful things on offer.  It’s hard to choose.

The one area we’ve had success and a meeting of the minds is in our Beginner Drop In classes.  Every Monday evening from 5-7pm, there is someone here to teach beginner knitters and beginning crocheters their first stitches.  Then, since Stitch and Spin night overlaps from 6:30 to 8:30, the brand new knitters and crocheters can join the regulars and practice what they’ve just learned.  Neat, hunh?  It seems to work well for everyone.

So…we’re going to do the same with Intermediate Drop In.  Every Thursday evening from 5-7pm, we’ll be available for folks who are ready to move beyond the scarf.  Increasing, decreasing, yarn overs, traveling stitches and other intermediate techniques will be on offer.  Then, since Stitch and Spin overlaps from 6:30 -8:30, folks can join the group and practice their new intermediate skills.  If it works for Beginners, we’re hoping it will work with Intermediates as well.

Allison is ready to have Intermediate knitters and I am ready to have Intermediate Crocheters any old Thursday evening you want to drop in.  Come on; it’ll be fun.

Pass it on!


This is the poster we’ll be plastering all over town.  If you feel moved to print it and pass it to you friends, we herby give permission…in fact we encourage you to hang it anywhere you think it would be good and give it to everyone you know.

Copy and past into any format that works for you and print at will.



And thanks for your help in getting the word out.

Do you love yarn?


October 12, 2012 is national I Love Yarn Day.  We want to do something big to celebrate and we need your help.  We’re sponsoring a 24 hour Community Blanket marathon.  Here’s how it works: a team of four people work in a circle, all knitting at the same time on four circular needles that make up the sides of a square.  It looks some thing like this…

There is a pattern on Ravelry here with a more in depth description of how it works.  Anyone can tap in to put in a few stitches…or rounds…or tap out to take a break.  The blanket grows four rounds at a time and makes a lovely concentric stripe pattern that looks some thing like this…

We plan to start at High Noon on Friday, October 12, 2012 in Winslow-Holbrook square in down town Rockland, Maine on the corner of Park and Maine streets.  (It’s the little one next to The Brass Compass.)

…and knit through the day and night until noon on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

What do we need from you?  We need you to make a two hour commitment so no one gets stuck and everyone gets to take credit.  You can come alone, or with friends, and if you want to advertise your group’s participation we’ll have opportunities to network, pass out business cards or brochures, and recruit other knitters.

We will also be donating the blanket or its proceeds when it’s finished.  We will have a list of possible recipients and ask people to vote for the organization they would like to see the blanket go to by putting a can or box of non-perishable food into a box with their favorite charity.  If you want your special non-profit organization to be in the running to receive the blanket, let us know and we’ll put you on the list.  Then you can get all your organization’s network of folks to come out and knit or vote or both.  We will be selling raffle tickets at the Marathon on the day of the event ,and in the store after until we draw the winner at Rockland’s Festival of Lights (which is Thanksgiving weekend) with all the cash going to the winning non-profit, the blanket going to the raffle winner and all the food donations going to the local food pantry.

So you have a bunch of ways to be involved:

*  Come and knit alone or as a team

*  Come vote for your favorite non-profit

*  Come pass out cards, brochures of other information

*  Come buy a raffle ticket

*  Get your friends to come watch you knit, vote for your non-profit group or buy a raffle ticket

It’ll be fun.  You’ll get to meet other knitters.  And you’ll get to show off your love of yarn.

To get involved, drop by or call the shop, or email or Facebook or comment right here on the web site and we’ll sign you up for your two hour shift.  Come on over and knit a while!  We’ll fill the square with yummy yarny goodness.