Midcoast Mitten Tree

Date(s) - Tue, November 1, 2016 - Sun, November 27, 2016
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Over The Rainbow Yarn


Our 2016 Midcoast Mitten Tree Color is PURPLE!

Our major annual charity knitting event at Over the Rainbow Yarn is called the Midcoast Mitten Tree, in which we collect mittens (and hats, if you like) for all ages, and completely cover two wire-frame trees with them. Each year, we choose a color theme for our tree, and request that our knitters use that color of yarn. We collect mittens year-round, but we proudly display the handiwork of our community throughout the month of November. We donate the entire trees to AIO Food Pantry after Thanksgiving weekend. The Food Pantry distributes the hats and mittens to local families in need during the holiday season.

It began when we learned that local children are prohibited from going outside during recess if they don’t have mittens to protect their hands in the winter. We decided that every child should have a pair of hand-made mittens!

Crocheted, felted, sewn or other hand-made mittens are also welcome for donation.

For this event, we have the following policy:

You buy a skein of Berroco Vintage or Cascade 220 in any shade of purple, and return with a skein’s worth of mittens for Midcoast Mitten Tree. Then, we will replace the skein with one of the same type of yarn for free. We’ll replace it indefinitely, if you want to knit for charity forever! It must be nearly a full-skein’s worth of knitting– if you’re going to make baby mittens, then you’ll probably need to make a few pairs.

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