Today is a big day, and I’m feeling pretty anxious. We’re getting ready for a soft launch of our webstore, and some kind people will be beta testing it for us tonight. Between now and then, we’re frantically thoroughly checking it for issues, and making sure all of the pieces work. With any luck, we’ll be ready to make it public very shortly. Then, when you can’t sleep, you can head to the webstore for some yarn therapy!
This project has been in the works for a loooong time (I’m embarrassed to tell you just how long). I feel a bit like Dr. Frankenstein, anxiously watching the clouds gathering, hoping for a lightning bolt to jolt our creation to life. How will this experiement go? Will it tap dance and sing “Puttin’ on the Ritz”? Or will it end with a pitchfork-wielding mob? Only time will tell!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year here at the yarn shop, and not just because it’s spring. Yes, indeed, it is Yarn Rep Season at Over The Rainbow Yarn, and we’re having a great time.
Twice a year, representatives from our favorite yarn companies come to visit us. They bring enormous rolling suitcases and duffle bags, large enough that I could comfortably fit inside — except that the cases and bags are full to the brim with yarns, patterns, and color cards. Sometimes, they’re even full of buttons. These patient reps sit down with us for hours. They show us yarn after yarn, encouraging us to pet all of the delicious fiber, tempting us with beautiful patterns. Sometimes these meetings last all day. Sometimes we stumble out at the end of a meeting with glazed eyes, victims of “yarn overload”. (Luckily, this is a very temporary condition.)
Our reps really know what they’re doing, and they always bring wonderful things to show us. The big challenge is to be selective, and not get carried away. We start out with a big pile of things we want, and then have to whittle it down. Once we decide on a yarn, we still have to select the colors. So many colors!
If we had unlimited shelf space and a Scrooge McDuck style swimming pool of money, we wouldn’t have to choose. We could buy everything that caught our fancy, and then a few more things just for good measure.
But for better or worse, our space is finite and we aren’t doing the backstroke in piles of gold (and Ryan Gosling has yet to hand me his credit card), so we only buy the things we’re really, really excited about. No spoilers, but… I think you’re going to like the things we’ve chosen so far! Stay tuned for new product announcements in the newsletter over the next few months.
Developed by the Craft Yarn Council, I Love Yarn Day celebrates its fifth year on October 17, 2015. We missed the first year, but we’ll be holding our Fourth Annual “I Love Yarn Day” Community Blanket 24 Hour Knitting Marathon as well. This year is all about stitching it forward, and what better way to do so than by joining Over the Rainbow Yarn in our Community Blanket Marathon on October 16 and 17, 2015?
The fun starts at 12 p.m. on Friday, October 16 and goes until 12 p.m. the next day with teams of four knitters knitting around the clock in two hour shifts. Located in the Winslow-Holbrook Square in downtown Rockland, Maine, the marathon also benefits local non-profit groups and the AIO Food Pantry.
How does it work?
You can sign up for one or more two-hour shift with a team, some friends or by yourself. If you end up sitting down with strangers, I promise you won’t stay strangers for long. More than one lasting friendship has started over the Community Blanket.
After the 24 hours of knitting, the completed blanket will be displayed at our shop, where raffle tickets can be purchased, until the Rockland Main Street Festival of Lights. The raffle proceeds will go to one of the non-profit groups collecting canned goods at the Community Blanket Marathon
If you are a member of a local non-profit organization, you can contend to win the proceeds of the raffle for your group. Bring a box down to Winslow-Holbrook park on October 16th and mobilize your members to bring non-perishable food items to fill it. The non-profit with the most food items (by number, not by weight) wins. You can increase your gain by helping us sell raffle tickets. And all the food goes to AIO Food Pantry.
If you just want to support the knitters or help out the non-profits, come down to the park and vote with you non-perishable food items, buy some raffle tickets (or bring the knitters chocolate) and watch the blanket come into being. You could wind up winning a beautiful blanket!
The perfect way to celebrate this year’s theme of stitching it forward, we hope to see you at the marathon with us. If you can’t make it to the event, there are still plenty of other ways to celebrate I Love Yarn Day!
The Craft Yarn Council is hosting two contests: A photo contest and a video contest. The video contest takes place from August 31 to October 24 and the photo contest takes place from September 8 to October 24. The video with the most YouTube views will win, so get your video up right away and share your passion for yarn and I Love Yarn Day. One winner and two runner up videos will be chosen.
For the photo contest, share your original photo on Instagram with the hashtags #ILYD2015 and #stitchitforward. You can enter as many new photos as you want and winners will be chosen for the following categories:
The most people taught in a photo
The youngest person taught
The oldest person taught
The biggest Stitch it Forward failure
The funniest location for teaching
A winner will be chosen from each group, as well as five runners up. Visit Craft Yarn Council for contest rules and to check out the awesome prizes available.
Happy knitting and happy I Love Yarn Day to you all!