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.

Written by mim


One Comment on “Another Blanket Marathon comes to a close

  1. This community blanket marathon is the most fun a knitter can have while also making great things happen for the food bank and other worthwhile agencies. I have loved being a part of each blanket and expect/hope to be part of many more. We laugh, share stories, eat, drink and are merry, we form new friendships while encouraging each other and assuring each other that there is no bad way to take part in this marathon, newbies, old hands, all are welcome and all share the joys of doing something so amazing. Our Mim, her husband, and son do so much of the setup and clean up work, huge thanks to them!!! Over the Rainbow is a place of community, compassion, help, and support for so much more than fiber arts, it is a place to rest, share, laugh and make a difference in our community, that is what I believe Mim envisioned and has made come to pass. So whatever your passion is, even if it is not fiber, come visit….Mim and her amazing Minions will make you feel welcome and help you explore your passion.

    Big thumbs up to Berroco Yarn, we love your yarn and can’t thank you enough for supporting Over The Rainbow’s Love Yarn annual marathon.

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