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.

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

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A Farewell To Yarns

Dear Patrons of Over The Rainbow Yarn,

After almost five years of being your Local Yarn Shop Gal, it is with great sadness/excitement/trepidation that I write to inform you that the time has come for me to move on to something new. Getting to know all of you has been the highlight of my job — I don’t think any other business can claim to have such splendid patrons. Thank you all for sharing your stories, listening to mine, and generally being wonderful.

We’ve had some adventures, haven’t we? From yarn-bombing playground fences with flowers, to freezing our fingers off during wee-hour-of-the-morning shifts on the Blanket Marathon, to cozy heart-to-heart chats at Stitch ‘n’ Spins, we’ve had some glorious times. I value the energy that each of you bring to Over The Rainbow Yarn, and I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to get to know you. Those of you who met me when we first opened may remember that I started out as a very basic knitter. In fact, I originally told Mim and Kristin not to hire me — that they needed someone more qualified. Boy, am I glad that they ignored me on that one! I’ve learned skills right alongside some of you, and others of you have inspired me to keep stretching myself to learn new techniques.

Fun at work: sticker abs; swants!, Halloween

Now I’m leaping out of the nest in search of the next adventure. I’m not sure what it’ll be, but I’m hoping that it might allow me to use my archaeology degree, or involve museum work. I graduated from college almost 10 years ago(!), so I’m feeling like the time is now or never. Change doesn’t come easily to me, but the initial discomfort is usually worth it in the end.

Time to ride off into the sunset…

I hope I’ll continue to run into you all at the yarn shop and around town after my last day on April 6th. It has been a great pleasure to share these last five years with you, and I wish all of you the very best!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Woodman

Felting the Galway Worsted

After a two-swatch experiment, I’m very excited to announce my findings in regards to hand felting our new Galway Worsted! 

As you can see, I only knit a small swatch. I knit them on US #3 dpns despite the recommended US #8. I prefer to have a tighter fabric for my felted objects so the stuffing doesn’t show afterwards. The verdict?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compared side-by-side, you can see that it shrank a fair amount, but I love it! It only took about 3 alternations between hot and cold water with a generous amount of liquid soap to get it as felted as it is in the photo. It wasn’t too rough in my hands while I did it, and there doesn’t appear to be too much of the stitch definition left. I’m sure if I went at it a little longer, it could be gone completely. I’m definitely be excited to see how it fairs  in future  non-swatch felting projects down the road! 

Knits for Forest Elves

Actually I bought two yarn duos, but the nature tones on the left spoke to me first.

During our recent sale I scooped up a pair of pretty skeins that sparked my imagination with images of woodland elves. On their own, these two didn’t call out to me, but paired together with a pom pom on top, they were magic. I’m always picking up pairs of yarns that look like they belong together. I feel like a professional matchmaker for yarns. Just let me know if you ever need my services in that department.

This weekend and early this week, I knit furiously as usual. I went on a hat-making spree, also as usual. Finished that striped hat I started last week. Finished a surprise hat for my sister, Mollie. Finished a new Mock Rib Watch Cap in Galway Worsted for the shop. Finished a few crocheted flower pins to decorate my hats.

Ok, we all know how awkward selfies are, but I know I prefer to see hats on actual heads.

But best of all, I finished my very own forest elf hat that I’ve been wearing for three straight days now. And a pair of matching boot cuffs to use up the leftover yarn. I can’t be the only one who wears freshly knit items for days on end, right? I am so tickled by the little leaves on the ends, and the confluence of the colors and the style, and the realistic faux fur pom pom on top, and the fact that the moss stitch looks like actual moss when knit in a mossy green.

I don’t have a pattern for my hat or matching boot cuffs. Should I write one? Anyway, in case you also want to feel like a forest elf (not a Christmas elf),  I just went perusing on Ravelry for lovely little things that fit the bill. I even found an elven leaf pussy hat. It’s all about the nature tones, the variable nubbly textures, and the leaf and vine motifs. Here are a few of my favorites. Tiny Owl Knits in particular is a gem for knit designs that will make you feel like an elf or a fairy or an otherwise sweet, magical creature from a fantasy universe.

Click the links in the captions to see these patterns on Ravelry.