. A Farewell To Yarns

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A Farewell To Yarns

Category: Blanket Marathon

Dear Patrons of Over The Rainbow Yarn,

After almost five years of being your Local Yarn Shop Gal, it is with great sadness/excitement/trepidation that I write to inform you that the time has come for me to move on to something new. Getting to know all of you has been the highlight of my job — I don’t think any other business can claim to have such splendid patrons. Thank you all for sharing your stories, listening to mine, and generally being wonderful.

We’ve had some adventures, haven’t we? From yarn-bombing playground fences with flowers, to freezing our fingers off during wee-hour-of-the-morning shifts on the Blanket Marathon, to cozy heart-to-heart chats at Stitch ‘n’ Spins, we’ve had some glorious times. I value the energy that each of you bring to Over The Rainbow Yarn, and I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to get to know you. Those of you who met me when we first opened may remember that I started out as a very basic knitter. In fact, I originally told Mim and Kristin not to hire me — that they needed someone more qualified. Boy, am I glad that they ignored me on that one! I’ve learned skills right alongside some of you, and others of you have inspired me to keep stretching myself to learn new techniques.

Fun at work: sticker abs; swants!, Halloween

Now I’m leaping out of the nest in search of the next adventure. I’m not sure what it’ll be, but I’m hoping that it might allow me to use my archaeology degree, or involve museum work. I graduated from college almost 10 years ago(!), so I’m feeling like the time is now or never. Change doesn’t come easily to me, but the initial discomfort is usually worth it in the end.

Time to ride off into the sunset…

I hope I’ll continue to run into you all at the yarn shop and around town after my last day on April 6th. It has been a great pleasure to share these last five years with you, and I wish all of you the very best!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Woodman

Blanket Marathon 2016 Non-Profits

Category: Blanket Marathon

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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