12 Weeks of Christmas 2014

Date(s) - Sat, October 4, 2014 - Sat, December 20, 2014
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Over The Rainbow Yarn

Welcome to our Second Annual 12 Weeks of Christmas series.

Like last year, we wanted to get a bunch of holiday knitting done with minimal fuss and we set out with three criteria.

• $25 or less to fit most budgets

• Finish in a week, if you are moderately diligent

• Makes a nice gift, for multiple ages genders and tastes

So, we’re picking the yarn. We’re designing original patterns specifically for the yarns we’ve chosen with an eye to fitting most skill levels. We’ll be meeting every Saturday here at the the shop to encourage each other with tea and cookies. We’ll be hosting a forum on our Facebook page and a group on Ravelry. In short, we’ll be doing everything we can to make your holiday knitting simple and fun. 

And if you come every week, and do your homework, you’ll have 12 finished gifts ready for holiday giving by our last meeting, December 21, 2013. There’s no fee for the workshop/get together. You don’t even need to sign up ahead of time. Just come over to the the shop, get the yarn, we’ll give you the pattern and we can all settle down to some serious knitting. 

We’re ready. Bring it on!


Here’s the catalog with dates, yarn requirements and recommended needles:


12 Weeks Of Christmas

Saturdays from 2-4 pm 

          beginning October 4, 2014 

Week 1, October 4: Cloisonee Hat


A lovely and easier than it looks hat inspired by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s Cloisonee Mittens.  3 Skeins Universal Deluxe Worsted, US Size 7 DPN or 16” circular

Week 2, October 11: Table Top Tree 


A lovely center piece or holiday decoration featuring simple traveling stitches.  1 skein Berroco Lustra (Optional:some yellow roving for a star) US Size 7 DPN or Magic Loop

Week 3, October 18: Market Bag


A dropstitch market bag with simple backpack straps.  2 skeins Elsabeth Lavold Hempathy  US Size 7 24” circular

Week  4, October 25: Latvian Braided Cowl


A two color cowl using the technique “twined knitting.”   2 skeins Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Laicester  US Size 7

Week 5, November 1: Lacey Votive Cozies


A set of three mason jar covers featuring three different lace patterns. Put a tea light in them and watch the light shine gently out through the lace work.  1 skein Juniper Moon Findley  US Size 2 DPN or Magic Loop

Week 6, November 8: Fisherman Rib Leg Warmers


A super chunky, super quick leg warmer in a simple but interesting ribbing.  2 skeins Knitting Fever Ushya US Size 13

Week 7, November 15: Cuddliest Fuzziest Bear


An adorably furry bear that lets the yarn do all the work for you.  2 skeins Lang Felice  US Size 10

Week 8, November 22 : Acadia Surprise Scarf


A simple and scrumptious scarf with a surprise at the end.  1 skein The Fiber Company Acadia  US Size 5 (1 skein makes a 36 inch scarf.  2 skeins is, of course, twice as long)

Week 9, November 29: Slipper Sock


A cute cabled slipper sock perfect for lounging around your house during a cold Maine winter.  2 skeins Berroco Voyage Us Size 10.5 DPN or Magic Loop

Week 10, December 6: Mitten Twin Set


A simple ribbed mitten with a fuzzy muffatee to add warmth and cuteness.  1 skein Made In America Wayfarer and 1 skein Berroco Andean Mist

Week 11, December 13: Hexipuff Hot Pad


A cozy hot pad made out of mini knitted hexagons called “hexipuffs.”  1 skein Knitting Fever Hacho

Week 12, December 20: Tablet Rest


A knitted resting place for your tablet!  1 skein Juniper Moon Farm Sabine US Size 7


9 Comments on “12 Weeks of Christmas 2014

  1. I live in Pennsylvania but my family has a house on Vinalhaven so I stop every summer at your shop in Rockland. I really like the slippers and would like to make them for Christmas. Would you share the pattern with me?
    thanks Jodi Donovan

    • Hi, Jodi,

      The patterns will be available on Ravelry early in the week we’ll be knitting them. The slippers are in week nine, s the pattern will be available Monday, November 29…just in time for knitting over thanksgiving weekend. We’re happy to ship yarn to you in KY if you can’t get it locally. Just let us know what you need.

  2. Does this mean we can get the instructions to the patterns, and maybe some hints of how to do them on Ravelry? I am a summer person who lives in KY for the winter so can’t get to the shop, but the ideas look Wonderful! I’d be willing to pay for shipping for the yarn for some of the projects. I can’t do them all; not enough time!

    • Hi, Mollie,
      We will be posting each pattern to Ravelry early in the week we’ll be knitting it. The patterns will have tips and tricks and all you need to know to knit the projects independently, though you are always welcome to come in or call the shop if you have questions. We’re at 207-594-6060. There is no commitment to knit all the projects; you can pick and choose. And we’ll gladly ship the yarn to you if you can’t get it locally. We’re on a mission to support you fiber lifestyle so we’re happy to do what ever we can.

  3. You all are BRILLIANT! I am one of your summer peeps, too and will be looking forward to your “release” dates. If things slow down a bit for me I will call you to order yarn in advance so I’m ready. I wish that I could be there to knit with you!

    p.s. I recently purchased a couple of kits (pattern and yarn) through Craftsy. Have you considered doing that for your own of town knitters?

    • Hi, Whitney,

      I’m so glad you’ll be knitting along with us, where ever you are. Yoiu know if yoiu have troubles, you can always email, message or call the shop, right?

      We periodically try kits and sometimes they work out great. We’re about to put together another kit for boot toppers packaged as a gift for the holiday season. keep watching our Google+ or Facebook pages to see it when it makes its début.


  4. Hi,
    I’ve tried to find the pattern for the cabled slipper socks on Ravelry and am unable to do so. Can you send me by email the URL for it?

    Mim, you helped re-created a sweater pattern for me to use on a sweater I was copying for a friend. I wanted you to know I finally finished it and the recipient is so pleased and happy with it. Many thanks to you again for that help. See you this summer.


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