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Starting Fresh For 2017

Category: Berroco

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m ready for 2017 to be fantastic, how about you? Let’s make it the best year we possibly can.

If projects or tasks are lingering towards the end of the year, I always like to try to wrap them up before New Year’s Eve. It’s always satisfying to complete stuff, and even more so when you have the incentive of a clean slate and a fresh start when the clock strikes midnight. With that in mind, I’m pleased to announce that I have finally completed my Caribou Cowl, and the pattern should be available shortly! (Stay tuned on Facebook!) Made from one skein each of Berroco Folio Luxe and HiKoo Caribou, this cowl is cozy and sophisticated at the same time, and easy-peasy to knit.

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And now… I get to start something new. You guys, I swatched. I did. Usually I skip this rather important step, because I’m impatient/lazy, but today, I decided “New Year, new me”. (Also, I really want this to fit.)

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SWATCH!

Since this is Plymouth Encore Mega on size 13 needles, it took me all of 10 minutes. It’s making me think that I should swatch more often. Also, don’t be like old me — always, always swatch if you’re making a sweater. Be like new-2017-me.

Tonight or tomorrow, this adorable little swatch will be ripped out, and I will CAST ON FOR MY AZEL PULLOVER! At last! It shall be mine! All miiiiiiinnne! (And by “mine” I mean “the store’s”.) Mwahahahahahahaaaa!

Here’s wishing you a triumphant fresh start to this new year. It’s going to be better. We’re going to make it better.

 

Work-In-Progress Tuesday

Category: Berroco

This is a hectic week, so please forgive this short post. I’ve been busy preparing for our Black Friday/Local Saturday Sale (25-75% off selected yarns on 11/25 and 11/26!) and I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is the day after tomorrow! My family does a delicious but low-key Turkey Day, so I’m anticipating having some good knitting time on Thursday.

Normally it’s WIP (Work-In-Progress) Wednesday, but I never get to blog on Wednesdays, so I’m declaring today WIP Tuesday. I’m really excited to share my latest project with you for two reasons: one, I’m designing it myself, and two, IT’S SO SOFT!!

I’m using one skein of Berroco Folio Luxe: img_7561

And one skein of Caribou by HiKoo: img_7562

It’s going to be a simple cowl (simple enough to knit while playing trivia and talking with friends), and it’s going to be soft, and cozy. Like, fleece-blanket-and-pajamas-on-the-sofa-while-watching-Miss-Fisher’s-Murder-Mysteries-and-drinking-hot-chocolate cozy. But at the same time, it’s going to look ultra chic because of the sheen and subtle sparkle in the Folio Luxe, so you can wear it out to your holiday parties and have everyone ask, “Where did you get that?”.

So far it looks like this: img_7559

But soon it will be the ultimate in glamor and comfort! Stay tuned for the finished item and pattern to come.

Blanket Marathon 2016 Non-Profits

Category: Berroco

The countdown to this year’s 24-Hour Community Blanket Knitting Marathon has begun! The yarn (donated by Berroco) is being wound, the roster is all filled up, and the non-profits are busy decorating beautiful boxes in which you can place your non-perishable-food-item votes! This event is one of my favorite Over The Rainbow Yarn community outreach projects, because it feeds the hungry, benefits a local charity, and is just plain fun. The blanket is always beautiful, too. (Have I mentioned lately how much I love knitting with Vintage?) This year, all of the spots filled up really quickly. If you missed out on a chance to sign up, bring a non-perishable food item over to the event to vote, and while you’re there, offer to give someone a little break. When you’re knitting for two hours straight, it’s healthy to stand up and stretch every so often, and the opportunity for a coffee or bathroom break is much appreciated.

We have seven non-profits on board this year, and I don’t know how I’m going to choose who to vote for — I may have to bring enough food items to vote for each one! Let me tell you a little bit about each of the groups:

Area Interfaith Outreach: AIO runs our local food pantry and offers emergency assistance. They try to make sure that no one goes cold or hungry, which is a tough job in our community where more than a quarter of the schoolchildren don’t know where their next meal will come from. AIO sends backpacks of food home with kids on the weekends, distributes the lovely mittens that you all knit for our annual mitten tree, and makes sure that when things get tough, families have enough food on the table. http://www.aiofoodpantry.org/index.html

Midcoast Habitat for Humanity: This local chapter of Habitat for Humanity International works to build homes for low-income families in Knox County. Their vision is “A world where everyone has a decent place to live”, and they get the community involved in making it happen. Finding decent, affordable housing in the midcoast can be a big challenge, and Habitat for Humanity is stepping in to help provide a safe roof over the heads of families in need. http://www.midcoasthabitat.org/

New Hope for Women: This organization supports those dealing with domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. They offer a 24-hour hotline, an emergency shelter, advocacy and education services. Domestic violence remains an appallingly common problem in Maine, and New Hope for Women is an amazing and essential resource for people (not just women) in our area. http://www.newhopeforwomen.org/

OUT Maine: OUT Maine/Out As I Want to Be works to support LGBTQ teens and youth in the community. They offer a safe space and educational services, and are “passionately committed to creating a welcoming and affirming Midcoast Maine”. One of their main goals is reducing harassment and bullying in schools, which can make a huge difference in a teen’s life. http://outmaine.org/

Pope Memorial Humane Society: Pope Memorial is a fantastic humane society that goes the extra mile for the animals that come through their doors. They’re a no-kill shelter, and they often are able to reconnect lost animals with their humans. The folks who work there really care, and are great at promoting responsible pet ownership. They give homeless animals a chance at a forever home. https://www.humanesocietyofknoxcounty.org/

Rockland District Nursing Association: RDNA provides “in-home nursing and community health services” to people in our community who might not otherwise have access to medical care. They offer financial assistance to those who can’t afford the services they need, and work to assist the elderly to live at home for as long as possible. http://rocklanddistrictnursing.com/

Trekkers: Trekkers is a mentoring program with an emphasis on outdoor adventure. They connect students with caring adults and take them on trips to expand their horizons. Trekkers emphasizes the importance of a providing a steady presence in their students’ lives, working with them from 7th grade through graduation. Local teens are given wonderful opportunities to learn about cultural diversity and community service. http://trekkers.org/

Please come out with a non-perishable food item (or several!) this Friday or Saturday to vote for one of these incredible non-profits! Help make this year’s Blanket Marathon a success!

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