I think it’s official — Over The Rainbow Yarn really does have the best customers. I always tell people that a yarn shop is more than just a place to buy yarn; it’s a hub for the crafty community, and a second home for its regulars. When I first started working here, way back at the beginning, I had no idea that the shop would go from this:
It’s not just that the shelves are filled with yarn now, it’s also that the store is full of wonderful people. All of you, from the locals who stop in most days, to the loyal readers who popped in once on vacation but follow our blogs and social media, are the reason we’re still here.
While almost all crafters are good people (when traveling alone, I sit next to knitters) the folks who shop here at OTRYarn are really in a league of their own. I so value our community — you make our shop what it is.
The shop threw a 30th birthday celebration for me last week, and I was filled with such gratitude. I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who came out or passed along your birthday wishes! I appreciate all of you so much. From cards to snacks to a gorgeous carrot cake (and tiramisu), you all really brought the party, and made me feel so loved. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Waiting for summer in Maine is a little like being perched at the top of a rollercoaster. Things hang in a momentary lull, but you can feel the energy building and building, and you know there’s no stopping once you tip over the edge. Here at the shop, there are a few signs that tell me summer is allllllllmost upon us — and I have to say, I can’t wait.
The yarn starts arriving for our birthday party. This year we’re turning four, and we’ll be celebrating on June 18th and 19th. That Saturday happens to also be the Solstice Celebration on Main St in Rockland, so it’ll be a fun weekend! We’ll have cake, door prizes, and mystery yarn goody bags for everyone. Our beloved yarn companies provide us with skeins for you, and the arrival of the boxes always lets me know that summer is just ahead. (This year we’re particularly grateful to Universal Yarn, Cascade Yarns, Plymouth Yarn, and Brown Sheep for some truly lovely items.)
The yarn arrives for the J&E Riggin knitting cruise goody bags. Mim is teaching on the schooner J&E Riggin from June 8-11th, and this year they’ll be featuring a shearing demo with Dyan Redick at Bittersweet Heritage Farm (you know, the place with the adorable lamb from my recent post) and a hand spinning demo with Heather Kinne of Highland Handmades (more of Heather’s yarn & roving will arrive at the shop in two weeks!). The yarn this year was donated by Euro Yarns, and it is stunning. There are still a couple of spaces left on the boat, and more info here: http://www.mainewindjammer.com/maine-knitting-cruises. Nothing says summer quite like sailing on the coast of Maine.
And finally, the air conditioning comes on. I’m always chilly, so for me, air conditioning means summer scarves, shawls, and light cardigans. It’s the perfect time of year for those lightweight hand knits. As soon as I hear our old system roar to life for the first time, I reach for items like the Garter Trap, or our Featherweight Cardigan. It tells me that those sweltering summer days are right around the corner, and that it’ll be time for the Maine’s Fastest Knitter Race before we know it. Ready, set, summer!