Meet Lauren:


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.

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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.

Halloween Knits

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!

NaKniSweMo 2017 is right around the corner

NaKniSweMo is right around the corner. Are you ready? If you’ve never heard of NaKniSweMo, you can read about it in the group on Ravelry. As usual, we’ll be doing our month long series, NaKniSweMo Sweater Workshop, where we take you through the basics of sweater construction.

I haven’t even started looking at patterns, yet. I’ve been working so hard on 12 Weeks of Christmas patterns and samples, and The 2017 “I Love Yarn Day” Community Blanket 24 hour Knitting Marathon extravaganza that I haven’t even thought of knitting anything for myself or for fun, since early spring. And I have so many things in my queue.

Right after The Marathon, I’m going to start Spiral Euphoria a true mobius with switchback twists that make delightful spiral looking chevron things in both directions. It looks like a fun knit that will keep my attention, but not so hard it’s going to keep me from chatting or watching tele while I knit. If you’ve never done a true mobius, starting with the cast on, I’m inviting you to join me on Wednesday evening, October 15, 2017 to learn the mobius cast on and knit this fabulous thing with me.

 

 

 

And since I plan to knit it in Lang’s Mille Colori 200 gm, I’m even more excited about how it’s going to work up. So much delicious color, just when and where I need it most.

 

 

But none of that helps me make a decision about what I’m going to knit fir NaKniSweMo. If you remember back that far, I never finished my 2015 sweater. And I didn’t even start one in 2016. So, I’m due, and I want to make it a dusey. (And does anyone know where the word “dusey” came from?)

 

What do my lovelies think of these? Top to bottom, they are 

 

Field Study by Ann Kingstone   

    Love the color work and the shaping.  

 

 

 

 

Poema by Vera Sanon

Love the simple elegance of the shaping and the lace interest on the sleeves.

 

 

 

 

 

Khione by Elizabeth Sullivan

Love, love, love the square neckline and the little bit of texture detail. 

 

 

 

November is almost upon us and I will be starting a sweater on the first of the month. I’ll have to pick soon. Will you be starting a sweater for NaKniSweMo? Which one do you think you’ll do?