Some of you Lovelies have been following my adventure very closely at the store, but for those of you who don’t know yet — My fiancé and I finally finally FINALLY were able to close on a house this past week! Our very first house, in fact. (Which, thankfully was unscathed after the storm. The mailbox was not so lucky, but I’ll take it.) After 6 months of torturous ups and downs, it’s finally over, and do you know what that means?
Yes, that’s right.
I have my stash back, and it doesn’t even have moths in it (knock on wood).
My first project in the new house?
Blaze orange hats and wraps, because it’s been about 2.5 years since I lived in the middle of the woods, and I forgot that hunting season existed. Whoops! Stay safe, Lovelies.
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.
Wednesday morning at Stitch ‘n’ Spin, Anne, one of our regulars, was crocheting a witch cap in orange and purple. I’d almost forgotten that Halloween was coming up! This time last year, Jennifer shared some fabulous knit and crocheted Halloween costume piece ideas and Catherine got into the Halloween knitting zone with some darling knit pumpkins. Halloween is a fun excuse to let loose in your real life and your knitting life – how about knitting something a little more playful than usual? There are so many ideas for Halloween decor and costumes big and small on Ravelry. It was hard to pick just a handful, so hopefully this post will be a feast for the eyes! Here are
a few of my favorites, by theme.
First, Candy Corn!
Whether or not you love eating candy corn, you can’t deny its iconic shape and color scheme! Why not celebrate Halloween with some squishy candy corn decor (possibly with a face, because it’s more fun that way) or a candy corn striped hat?
Next, Pumpkins! Because pumpkins are a Fall classic. And they’re not just for Halloween – unless we give them Jack-o-Lantern faces. These stranded colorwork pumpkin mitts are quite elegant, and these pumpkin booties are adorable, like little elf shoes!
Next, Spooky Critters!
Like ghosts, vampires, witches and spiders. For folks who like the scary side of Halloween – but really not too scary, when it comes to knitting. These stuffed toys are awfully cute, and these tiny Halloween stockings could grace your home straight through Christmas.
Last, Black and Orange!
The classic Halloween color scheme. If it’s black and orange, it screams Halloween no matter when you wear it. Since black and orange are highly contrasting colors, they’ll really make your stranded colorwork shine!