Meet Mim:

MimHello there, my lovelies.  I’m Mim, and I’m the owner of Over The Rainbow Yarn.  I learned to knit when I was seven years old.  I also learned to crochet when I was nine and had my first student when I was nine, as well.  That means I’ve been a fiber artist and teacher for 40-mumble years. Knitting, crocheting and teaching all evolved together for me, and have really shaped the way I think.

I was also a homeschooling mom until my son turned 12, when he decided he wanted to go to school.  After my initial chock, I thought I might have a lot of time to get a lot of things done.  When I began to look around at what I might do, I came up with three choices:law school, MFA writing program or open a yarn shop.  Clearly yarn shop won out and, on my 50th birthday, I gave myself the gift of Over The Rainbow Yarn.

I am a high stash process knitter with a decided preference for rich intense color and textural knitting techniques.  I am a competent spinner, a beginner level weaver, and dabble in wet, nuno and needle felting, as well as a long, long list of other crafts you may or may not have ever even heard of (finger loop braiding, naalbinding or tambour work anyone?).  I’ve experimented with dyeing with wildly varying results.  I keep a notebook titled, “50 Things I Want To Do Before I Die.”  Every time I accomplish one thing from my list, I put another one on, but at any give time, more than half of them are textile or fiber related.

I love fiber and textiles in all their forms.  Even more, I love the making of them.  But my ultimate passion is knitters and crocheters.  There’s nothing so thrilling to me as talking with another knitter and finding out what she is working on or learning a new cast on, or teaching a new technique.  Lots of yarn on the shelves is a beautiful thing, but I am a fiber evangelist.  I worship at the church of yarn, and communion with others of my kind, or converting someone new to the yarn side, are what really lift my soul.

Come in and see me.  I’ll be delighted to look at what you’re working on.  Or, if you need anything, anything at all, you know it’s my mission in life to support your fiber dreams.

Mim’s Latest Blog Posts:


Anything With Pages

Hello, my lovelies.

Things are moving quickly, but we’re not done yet! It looks a lot emptier in here than it actually is. We still have some needles, books, notions, and other things…and lots of yarn. And you’ll see some old familiar faces back again. Remember Liz and Kaila? They’re reorganizing the books and they’d be delighted to see you again. We’re going to stay open until everything’s gone, so you can expect us to be here during our regular hours, 10 am-6 pm, for several more weeks. Our proposed closing date is actually February 10, 2018. Come down and see all the great stuff we still have.

And speaking of books, the great deal for this week will be the books, patterns and magazines. If it has pages…or even if it has one page!…we’re ready to make you a deal. Buy one of anything with pages, and get a second one for a penny. We’ll mix and match and pair things up any way you like. We’ll charge the already discounted price for the higher priced item, then you’ll pay only one red cent for a second item.

Please remember that if you have store credit, Buddy Bucks or gift cards, you’ll need to redeem them before February 10, 2018. We’re also not going to issue any new Buddy Bucks or store credit after this week. If you haven’t redeemed your active rewards punch cards by Saturday, January 6, 2018, then they will no longer be valid, though we’ll honor outstanding Buddy Bucks until the end of business in February.

I also want to remind you all that if you have a certificate for a class or private lesson, we’re making appointments for those. Just call the shop and we’ll set up a time. 

We’re going to miss all of you, but not until February. Right now, we’re still here, offering most of the same old services and some great new deals. Come see us and we’ll show you.

 

 

 

We're Going Out of Business

 

All good things must pass.

After much sober thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that Over The Rainbow Yarn is going out of business. I haven’t taken this decision lightly, but I am firm in my conviction. We’ll miss you all and the community we’ve built together over the last five and a half years, but OTR has grown less and less sustainable and I have to put the needs of my family first. It’s time for this endeavor to come to a close. 

We’ll be closed today, December 26th, 2017, but will open again tomorrow, December 27th, 2017 to start what we’re calling “The Sale To End All Sales.” Everything will be discounted and the discounts will be progressive over the next six weeks. Everything, all yarn, tools, notions, accessories, fixtures, furniture, samples, display items, everything must go. We’re liquidating everything to the bare walls. I’m inviting you, our faithful subscribers and regular patrons (matrons?) to a preview peek tomorrow before the general public is invited to join us on Thursday, December 28th, 2016.

For the duration of our Going Out Of Business Sale, we’ll be open our regular hours, 10 AM to 6 PM, seven days a week. We will not, however, be open late, nor will we continue to host Stitch N Spin circles or offer classes. If you have Gift Cards, Store credit or Buddy Bucks, they must be redeemed before the end of The Sale To End All Sales, which we anticipate will be February 10, 2018. All sales will be final and we won’t be able to do any special ordering. If you have certificates for classes, please call or drop by so we can make an appointment.

We’ll post details of the sale on our Facebook page and our website so you can keep track of when discounts change. I encourage to you come often and to make sure that, if you are planning projects, you get all you need at the same time. 

Together, we’ve built the yarn shop of my dreams, and I have so enjoyed serving you. I will not be leaving the church of yarn, altogether. I have three books in draft form and a stack of 100 or so designs all sketched with noted and rudimentary patterns to finish. I’ll be moving forward on creating a fiber festival here in Rockland. I’ll also be reworking the patterns on our Ravelry page and returning to regular blogging. I hope you’ll all keep in touch, and let me know what you’re working on; it was always my favorite part or being here at OTR.

As usual, if you have questions, comments, issues, concerns, poetry you want to recite, etc…

With deep affection,

Mim

Shortage of Prayer Shawls?

Hello, my lovelies. Do you know about Sussman House? It is the hospice facility at our local hospital here in Rockland, Maine. You probably won’t be surprised that their Facebook page is not really active. You probably won’t be surprised that their PR in general is somewhat quiet and deeply respectful. You see, they oversee the most private experience we humans share. When we die, we go alone. But the waiting can be a beautiful opportunity for intimacy and comfort. 

And do you know about Prayer Shawls?  Simple knitted or crochted shawls mindfully made with love can bring deep comfort to those who are dying and those who wait with them. Such a simple thing, yet it can help people celebrate and grieve at the same time.

Now…did you know that the Sussman House is out of prayer shawls? We have a few regular knitters here at OTR who volunteer at Sussman House and one of them just came in and told me she spoke with the chaplain. They have no shawls to wrap around the folks who are waiting to die and their loved ones. 

Are any of you out there able or willing to, mindfully and with love, knit or crochet a shawl? I’d be happy to host a prayer shawl stitch-in event if you’d like. You can also talk to me about yarn deals I might be willing to make. 

Another Blanket Marathon comes to a close

Well, my lovelies…we did it again. Another “I Love Yarn Day” Community Blanket 24 Hour Knitting Marathon has come to a close. After six years in a row, I’m still amazed and deeply moved by the outpouring of generosity and good will of our community. And I’m overwhelmed at how this event just keeps growing. This year, regulars like AIO Food Pantry and Pope Memorial Humane Society were joined by new comers Maine Cancer Foundation, (that’s them, on the left in their pink tutus leaving after the final shift) Midcoast Community Chorus, Coastal Children’s Museum and The Ripple Initiative. If you missed it, there are videos on our Facebook page.

All that said, Over The Rainbow Yarn is so pleased to announce that The Ripple Initiative has won the blanket marathon food collection challenge. TRI was able to mobilize their supporters to donate 1048 individual food items (and I didn’t even count the 4 boxes of diapers!) to AIO Food Pantry. Coming in a very respectable second, Maine Cancer Foundation had 476 items…which is still more than we’ve ever received from one non-profit before, too! Altogether, we were able to send over 1100 pounds of food to The Food Pantry. According to Liz Jenkins from AIO, this was the largest donation they have ever received, and the Food Pantry is full to bursting!

 

Thanks and more thanks to Berroco Yarn for the fabulous Vintage…we love you guys.

And thanks to the 60 knitters who filled 92 shifts to make these blankets possible. You lovelies make my world go ’round. It’s going to take a week or so to put the garter borders on the blankets, weave in all the ends, and bind everything off. Once I have that all done, we’ll have one blanket on display at Over The Rainbow Yarn, and the other will go to The Ripple Initiative’s storefront to show off. You’ll be able to see them close up and fondle them at will until Rockland’s Festival of Lights, November 25, 2017, when we’ll do the raffle drawing and two lucky people will get to take home these beautiful blankets. Raffle tickets are already on sale, and you can choose to vie for either the blue blanket, or the brown one. We’ll also accept direct donations, and all the proceeds will go directly to The Ripple Initiative. 

This extravaganza is a lot of work for a lot of people, but it is so much fun and so very, very satisfying. Oh, my lovelies…I’m so proud of all of us.


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