We’re Going Out of Business


All good things must pass.

After much sober thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that Over The Rainbow Yarn is going out of business. I haven’t taken this decision lightly, but I am firm in my conviction. We’ll miss you all and the community we’ve built together over the last five and a half years, but OTR has grown less and less sustainable and I have to put the needs of my family first. It’s time for this endeavor to come to a close. 

We’ll be closed today, December 26th, 2017, but will open again tomorrow, December 27th, 2017 to start what we’re calling “The Sale To End All Sales.” Everything will be discounted and the discounts will be progressive over the next six weeks. Everything, all yarn, tools, notions, accessories, fixtures, furniture, samples, display items, everything must go. We’re liquidating everything to the bare walls. I’m inviting you, our faithful subscribers and regular patrons (matrons?) to a preview peek tomorrow before the general public is invited to join us on Thursday, December 28th, 2016.

For the duration of our Going Out Of Business Sale, we’ll be open our regular hours, 10 AM to 6 PM, seven days a week. We will not, however, be open late, nor will we continue to host Stitch N Spin circles or offer classes. If you have Gift Cards, Store credit or Buddy Bucks, they must be redeemed before the end of The Sale To End All Sales, which we anticipate will be February 10, 2018. All sales will be final and we won’t be able to do any special ordering. If you have certificates for classes, please call or drop by so we can make an appointment.

We’ll post details of the sale on our Facebook page and our website so you can keep track of when discounts change. We are expecting a large audience to visit the page, as the discounts would amaze anyone. Having said that, I was still surprised to see my facebook likes counter after talking to TheMarketingHeaven.com, as their work exceeded my expectations. Nevertheless, I encourage you to come often and make sure that, if you are planning projects, you get all you need at the same time.

Together, we’ve built the yarn shop of my dreams, and I have so enjoyed serving you. I will not be leaving the church of yarn, altogether. I have three books in draft form and a stack of 100 or so designs all sketched with noted and rudimentary patterns to finish. I’ll be moving forward on creating a fiber festival here in Rockland. I’ll also be reworking the patterns on our Ravelry page and returning to regular blogging. I hope you’ll all keep in touch, and let me know what you’re working on; it was always my favorite part or being here at OTR.

As usual, if you have questions, comments, issues, concerns, poetry you want to recite, etc…

With deep affection,


Written by mim


14 Comments on “We’re Going Out of Business

  1. Oh Mim!
    I’m so sorry to hear this! OTR is, and has always bee,n one of my favorite places! I’m sure this was not an easy decision. I so wish I were closer.
    Good luck in your future endeavors and please let us stay in touch.

  2. I am so sad to hear this. I have just returned to the knitting world and was looking forward to being part of all that OTRhas to offer.

    You will be sorely missed but I look forward to reconnecting with you in other formats.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear this, Mim. I so enjoyed sailing with you on the J & R Riggin. Best wishes for the next chapter of your life!


  4. Omg Mim I am so very sorry to hear this. I truly value the lesson on socks knitting I received from you & cherish all the wonderful items I bought from your store. Am earnestly hoping you maintain an internet presence, your beautiful shop will be truly missed <3

    • I’m not keeping the online store open, but I’m going to rework most of our Raverly patterns, and I’m starting a special mailing list for folks who are interested in ongoing education. Keep in touch!

  5. Oh Mim, I respect your decision and know you must have agonized over it. How difficult this must be for you.

    I am selfishly dismayed, where will I buy yarn, get help with fixing my boo boo’s (you know I hate to travel, homebody that I have become) and who will make sure I learn to knit Brioch before I die????

    As plans for the Fiber Festival progress please call on me to help in whatever way I can, I loved the time we spent sitting in your amazing shop talking about those plans…

    How I will miss your shop and all the community that grew from it.

    Love, Alice

    • Alice, I will make it my mission for you to learn Brioche before you die. I’m not going to completely disappear. Let’s stay in touch.

      • Really this news was so unexpected, I sat, jaw dropped before I could even respond. That is why the last line of my post reads that I will miss your “shop and the community that grew from it,” what I meant to say in addition is that I will miss YOU! Your light, YOUR determination to teach, to share your love of our craft, YOUR determination to help our community and, YOU, did I this time say YOU?

        More than once you ‘acted as’ my Jewish worried mother, more than once I needed to know I that and had a place where I was safe and a person who cared. YOU.

        There is not another shop in Rockland (that I know of) that has done so much in such a short time to contribute to our community. I am very proud to have been a small part of the greater good you have done.

        Brioche is my goal and needle poke me as often as it takes. LOL. Not.

  6. I respect your decision. I truly admire not only your contributions to the yarn/fiber community but your clear vision to serve the larger community with much generosity. Carry on to new endeavors!

  7. Mim,
    I am saddened by this. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for you to make this decision. I am excited to hear that you have plans to continue being creative and staying connected. I wish you the best.

  8. Just as I have met you for the first time, and discovered your shop for the first time, and fell in love with OTR, I hear that you are closing ! I have no doubts that you have your reasons and that is so understandable, for we each must live our lives as circumstances dictate. Our community in Vermont has watched favorite knit shops come and go and have always supported new endeavors. It sounds like you have great plans for the future and I am certain that you will find full support. Meanwhile, I am looking forward to knitting with you on the J&E Riffin in June !!

  9. Dear Mim, I too regret but respect your decision to close the shop. Thanks to you and Lauren and the Wednesday morning knitters, I was able to create some wonderful knitted gifts for my family members this Christmas and overwhelm them all. You taught me to finally be the boss of my knitting, but – even more – I learned in a few short weeks last summer the skills and confidence to be a much better knitter. Over the Rainbow is the best yarn shop I have ever visited, and I selfishly wanted it to always be there for me when I visited the area in the summer. However, I am relieved that you are not leaving the knitting world and will be an online presence for us, your “groupies.” I wish you joy and success in your future endeavors and thank you for all the help and encouragement you have given me. Please keep me on your list of knitting supporters/followers. Diane

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