One November, several years ago, I briefly thought about joining a friend in writing a novel in a month to honor National Novel Writing Month. (You can read about it here.)  It was an intriguing idea, but I bailed before even starting in favor of knitting boot socks for Christmas presents.  So, when I heard about National Sweater Knitting Month (get all the information and links you need here.)  I was pretty excited.  I missed it last year, but this year I was ready.  Thursday I cast on and I’m making great progress.  Here is Corinne from Knitty-Spring/Summer 2011.


I’m using Malabrigo Rios in Jupiter.  Isn’t it pretty?


I really love this warm red and, for once, I’m knitting this for myself.  I’ve only ever knit one sweater for myself and it was a disaster.  I was modifying it on the needles and my math was not all I could have wished.  It ended up too long in the arms and too short in the torso, too big in the bust and too small in the waist.  Then it got moths in it.  I have higher hopes for Corinne.  And I think I might be able to finish it in time to start a second sweater before November is over.

Meanwhile, at Over The Rainbow Yarn November is Thanks for Giving month.  We’re still selling raffle tickets for the Community Blanket to benefit New Hope For Women.  We’re still collecting non-perishable food for AIO’s Food Pantry.  And we’re collecting hats, scarves and mittens for Coats For Kids.  Here’s the deal with the hats scarves and mittens: if you buy a skein of Cascade 220, 220 Super Wash, Pacific or pacific Chunky, or Berocco Vintage, and bring back a skein’s worth of hats, scarves or mittens for children, we’ll replace the yarn for free.  And we’ll keep replacing it for as long as you want to keep knitting or crocheting.

And all that giving comes to a head at Rockland’s Festival of Lights, Saturday, Novemebr 24th.  We’re partnering with Harbor Family Services to be on Maine Street, right at the end of School Street, with Mrs. Santa’s Kitchen.  There will be a small present for everyone and something warm and comforting to drink.  We’ll have chairs around so you can sit and knit for a while.  We’ll draw the winning raffle ticket for the Community Blanket at 7:30pm and give all the proceeds to New Hope For Women.  We’ll give all the hats scarves and mittens to Coats For Kids.  We’ll give more non-perishable food to AIO for the Food Pantry.  It’s going to be great fun and we really want you to join us.


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