Shortage of Prayer Shawls?

Category: Rockland Maine Yarn Shop

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. 

Another Blanket Marathon comes to a close

Category: Rockland Maine Yarn Shop

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.

NaKniSweMo 2017 is right around the corner

Category: Rockland Maine Yarn Shop

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?