Celebrate I Love Yarn Day

Knitting MarathonDeveloped by the Craft Yarn Council, I Love Yarn Day celebrates its fifth year on October 17, 2015. We missed the first year, but we’ll be holding our Fourth Annual “I Love Yarn Day” Community Blanket 24 Hour Knitting Marathon as well.  This year is all about stitching it forward, and what better way to do so than by joining Over the Rainbow Yarn in our Community Blanket Marathon on October 16 and 17, 2015?

The fun starts at 12 p.m. on Friday, October 16 and goes until 12 p.m. the next day with teams of four knitters knitting around the clock in two hour shifts. Located in the Winslow-Holbrook Square in downtown Rockland, Maine, the marathon also benefits local non-profit groups and the AIO Food Pantry.

How does it work? 

You can sign up for one or more two-hour shift with a team, some friends or by yourself.  If you end up sitting down with strangers, I promise you won’t stay strangers for long.  More than one lasting friendship has started over the Community Blanket.

Knitting MarathonAfter the 24 hours of knitting, the completed blanket will be displayed at our shop, where raffle tickets can be purchased, until the Rockland Main Street Festival of Lights. The raffle proceeds will go to one of the non-profit groups collecting canned goods at the Community Blanket Marathon

If you are a member of a local non-profit organization, you can contend to win the proceeds of the raffle for your group.  Bring a box down to Winslow-Holbrook park on October 16th and mobilize your members to bring non-perishable food items to fill it.  The non-profit with the most food items (by number, not by weight) wins.  You can increase your gain by helping us sell raffle tickets.  And all the food goes to AIO Food Pantry.

Knitting MarathonIf you just want to support the knitters or help out the non-profits, come down to the park and vote with you non-perishable food items, buy some raffle tickets (or bring the knitters chocolate) and watch the blanket come into being.  You could wind up winning a beautiful blanket!

The perfect way to celebrate this year’s theme of stitching it forward, we hope to see you at the marathon with us. If you can’t make it to the event, there are still plenty of other ways to celebrate I Love Yarn Day!

Get Involved

The Craft Yarn Council is hosting two contests: A photo contest and a video contest. The video contest takes place from August 31 to October 24 and the photo contest takes place from September 8 to October 24. The video with the most YouTube views will win, so get your video up right away and share your passion for yarn and I Love Yarn Day.  One winner and two runner up videos will be chosen.

For the photo contest, share your original photo on Instagram with the hashtags #ILYD2015 and #stitchitforward. You can enter as many new photos as you want and winners will be chosen for the following categories:

  • The most people taught in a photo
  • The youngest person taught
  • The oldest person taught
  • The biggest Stitch it Forward failure
  • The funniest location for teaching

A winner will be chosen from each group, as well as five runners up. Visit Craft Yarn Council for contest rules and to check out the awesome prizes available.

Happy knitting and happy I Love Yarn Day to you all!

Mille Colori Socks & Lace, From Lang


This week’s featured yarn is Mille Colori Socks and Lace, from Lang Yarns. It’s a fingering-weight blend of 75% Wool and 25% Nylon. The nylon lends durability to socks, but this yarn is also an exquisite choice for light and lacy shawls and scarves. It has a gradient self-striping effect, and comes with or without a metallic strand for a bit of sparkle.

Browse Ravelry for pattern ideas using Mille Colori Socks and Lace: http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/lang-yarns-mille-colori-socks–lace/patterns

Or click on any of these photos to view the project pages and patterns:

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Linie Donita, from Knitting Fever


This week’s featured yarn is Donita from Knitting Fever and Euro Yarns. This one is a 100% Cotton DK-weight yarn. It comes in a bright, summery color palette which lends itself well to summer garments for children and adults. It has a delightful soft hand, and a playful speckled look. Browse projects which Ravelry users have made in Donita here: http://www.ravelry.com/…/l…/online-linie-362-donita projects ! Click the images below for links to these project pages/patterns.