Meet Lauren:


I've been working at Over the Rainbow Yarn since January of 2015, but I've been a loyal fan since the early days. I am an avid crafter with a fervent wish to collect all of the craft skills (except perhaps the messy ones...). I am hopelessly obsessed with adorable things. To name a few of my favorite things in life: vintage dresses, polka dots, pastel colors, picot edging, cupcakes, and kittens. I was inspired to learn to crochet when my husband and I received a beautiful hand-crocheted doily as a housewarming gift, upon my move to Maine in 2011. Knitting is a relatively new addition to my repertoire, but it is my dearest crafting love of late, and I consider myself a very competent knitter. My favorite way to make things is by experimenting. I find crafting fulfilling because it is an opportunity to invent things, and to see my whimsies become physical things. So, I dabble in knit and crochet design on the fly. I intend to write patterns for my more successful experiments ASAP! Sometimes I fail completely, but that's ok. It's only yarn. Here are Over the Rainbow Yarn, I am in charge of maintaining the website; I write the weekly newsletter; and I seek graphic design opportunities everywhere I look. Have you ever noticed our store signage? I made that. I also take a lot of photos for our social media pages.

Get to know Lauren by reading her latest blog posts below.

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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. We are expecting a large audience to visit the page, as the discounts would amaze anyone. Having said that, I was still surprised to see my facebook likes counter after talking to, as their work exceeded my expectations. Nevertheless, I encourage you to come often and 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,


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.