We’re off to the races.

Oh, my lovelies, we’re going to have such fun.  I just sent this to all the papers in the state, and you all can sign up, too.  I won’t be competing, but all the ladies in the store are sharpening their needles and their skills. And we’re speculating about whether a continental or an English knitter will be the ultimate winner. Feel free to share a link on Facebook or any other place.  The more the merrier.

Mim     xo



Maine’s Fastest Knitter Declared During Lobster Festival

Rockland, Maine – July 3, 2012, Aspiring speed knitters from all over Maine can enter the Maine’s Fastest Knitter race to be held Thursday, August 2, at 3:00 pm in Rockland, Maine during the 65th Annual Lobster Festival.  Over The Rainbow Yarn, also in Rockland, is sponsoring what they hope will become an annual event.

The popular online knitting and crocheting community Ravelry has sponsored non-competitive events entitled “The Ravelympics” until this year when the US Olympic committee required them to desist using an Olympic related title.

“There have been informal events in local yarn shops and online forums in honor of the Olympics for years,” says Over The Rainbow Yarn owner, Mim Bird.  “But we really wanted to do something more organized and actually competitive.  So, since the Olympics coincide with the Lobster Festival this year, we decided to do something with a broader reach and call it what it is.  We’re hoping folks will come from all over to see who’s the fastest knitter in Maine.”

“Like serious athletes and artists in other media, many knitters devote considerable time to gaining skills and pushing the boundaries,” says Over The Rainbow Yarn manager, Kristin Flynn.  “Knitting is really a lifestyle.  There are so many ways you can incorporate knitting and other fiber arts into every day.  We wanted to raise awareness and have fun at the same time.”

Knitters will be placed in two knit-off groups based on their style of knitting.  Continental style knitters will race continental style knitters and English style knitters will race English style to see who knits the most stitches over three minutes.  Then the fastest continental style knitter will face the fastest English style knitter in the final race to determine Maine’s Fastest Knitter.

Contestants can enter the Maine’s Fastest Knitter race at Over The Rainbow Yarn, 18 School Street, Rockland, Maine or through email at contact@overtherainbowyarn.com. Entries will also be accepted on race day. The race will be held on August 2, 2012, at the North Tent Stage at The Lobster Festival fair grounds.  The medal presentation will be held on the Maine Stage at 7-7:30 pm.  The winner will be declared Maine’s Fastest Knitter and will ride in the Lobster Festival Parade on Saturday, August 5.

Rules and requirements will be posted at www.overtherainbowyarn.com Over The Rainbow Yarn, 18 School St in Rockland is the newest yarn shop in mid-coast Maine. They stock a large range of yarn, tools, notions, books and patterns for hand knitters and crocheters as well as roving for spinners and felters.


Mim Bird,

Owner Over The Rainbow Yarn

18 School st. Rockland, Maine  04841



Adrienne Martini Book Signing–Saturday, June 30th, 2:00 pm

Guess what, my lovelies…Adrienne Martini, author of Sweater Quest, will be in our store June 30th at 2:00 pm.

Sweater Quest

She plans to read an excerpt, sign books and hang out to talk about her year long adventure with knitting Alice Starmore’s Mary Tudor sweater.  She’s even going to bring her Mary Tudor with her so we can all see it up close.

Tudor Roses












As noted in previous posts, I am a structuralist when it comes to knitting.  I love Aran stitches.  Reverse cables are my idea of a good time.  Charting out a 19 strand, asymmetrical braid with random crosses makes me giddy with joy.  But color?  Folks, I gotta tell ya…the thought of all that color work makes my head swim.  I can hold two colors in my head at the same time and I’ve been know to enjoy a self-striping sock yarn on occasion.  Mary Tudor would drive me to distraction.  Yet, there’s something oddly compelling about it.  And reading Adrienne’s book inspires me to make a long term commitment to something hard, and worth it.  I’ll be looking forward to talking with Adrienne and contemplating all that color.  Maybe I’m entering a new knitting phase; color anyone?

I want to be a Fairy Godmother

We just missed something important. In April, the Maine Cinderella Project  gave away over 150 dresses along with shoes, jewelry and accessories absolutely free to high school girls who are preparing for the prom. The Cinderella Project accepts donations of new or gently used formal wear year round. Then they clean, steam, press and mend until the clothing and accessories are beautiful and ready to be worn. On one magic day in the spring, they open their rented space in the Reny’s plaza in Belfast so girls can choose the perfect outfit to make them feel like a princess on their one magic night.

Proms are usually held in late May or early June. The evenings are often still cool to cold, and most of those dresses are pretty bare across the shoulders. What if each princess could include in her finery a hand knitted or crochet (or woven or nuno felted?) shawl, stole, shrug, capelet, or wrap of some kind? Could we get enough yarn donated so some of these girls could make their own? Or could we make enough pretty and warm wraps to send them to their proms warm and beautiful?

I’m sitting next to a pile of Universal Yarn’s Polaris, a light weight, tonal wool blend with embedded sequins. It is beautiful and would make a shawl fit for Cinderella. We also have Art Yarns shawl kits, and Louisa Harding-Grace Hand Beaded.  Very Yummy.  I can promise to knit up at least one before next season. Anyone else?