Mim Bird is the owner of Over the Rainbow Yarn and a knitting genius extraordinaire. In June of 2011, on her birthday, she opened this shop in Rockland, Maine in order to share her love of fiber crafts with the world. Mim is the creative mastermind behind almost everything that we do. She's a knitting history enthusiast as well.
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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.
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.