Ooo…Aaah…Fabulous prizes!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

We’re still hoping knitters will sign up for a two hour shift for our Community Blanket Knitting Marathon on October 12, 2012.  (See I Love Yarn Day page for details)And we’re hoping some prizes will entice you.  Yesterday we promised three yarn items and a book.  Today we have even more goodies.  First up…

This is a big fatty hunk of loveliness from Malabrigo called Rasta in Purple Mystery.  Photos don’t do justice to this kettle dyed pure merino beauty but, at a gauge of 2 stitches to the inch on size 17′s you’ll fall in love.


Second, we go to the other end of the spectrum with Ella Rae Lace Merino.  We have fallen in love with this delightful 100% Extra Fine Merino, tightly spun sweetheart.    The stitch definition is amazing and it’s bouncy hand is a dream to knit with.  And with 460 yards, there’s enough to make a pretty scarf or shawlette.


And then there’s Baby Alpaca Chunky from Cascade.  Soft.  So satisfyingly soft you’ll want to roll around on it.  We’re thinking fingerless mitts…or a hat…or a snuggly cowl you’ll want to wear every day.


And last up for today, a Fiber Trends Needle Felting starter kit.  If you’ve been meaning to take up a new hobby…and really, which of us hasn’t contemplated yet another way to bring fiber into our lives and homes?…this kit has everything you need to get started.  You’ll be making felted christmas gifts before you know it.

We’ll be posting more enticements tomorrow.  And we still have openings for two hour shifts. Surely there’s something here that would make it worth your while to come knit on our Community Blanket.

On your marks…

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Okay, my lovelies…  Today is monday and four days from now we will be celebrating National I Love Yarn Day by knitting a Community Blanket in a 24 hour Knitting Marathon.  We have had a lot of folks enthusiastically interested but not enough committing to actual knitting shifts.  We still need 30 knitter to make this idea a reality.  Now my staff are all good knitters and we are doing our part, but we can’t do it alone.  So, in order to entice you to sign up for a two hour shift, we’ll be offering a prize at the change of every shift.

Every time we seat a new team, the four names from the outgoing team will go into a hat and we’ll draw to see who get the goodies for that shift.  That’s a one-in-four chance of taking home something great.  Then, at the end of the whole thing, all the knitters names will go into the hat and we’ll draw for one big Grand Prize.

For the rest of this week, I’ll be posting what the prizes will be…  First up is the lovely skein of hand-dyed, hand-spun from Rachel at On The Round.  It’s a merino wool, Rambouillet fleece, firestar, mylar, flax, bamboo and silk noil so it has some sparkle and some soft, some bounce and some drape.  It is all the best things we like about yarn all spun up into one magic skein.  Single ply, 240 yards.


Next, we’re offering a brand new copy of Debbie Bliss’s new pattern book, Blue Faced Leicester Aranwhich supports her new Heritage Breeds BFL yarn.  Thirteen designs, mostly in textured stitches, showcase the yarns traditional wool qualities.

Pretty, right?  Debbie does great designs and we carry the yarn.  Speaking of which, next, we have three balls of Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester yarn in a lovely blue called “Denim”


And last for today, we have a pretty project bag from Pipsqueaks.  These darlings are big enough for most things and have nice pockets on the inside for notions and such.  The vintage inspired fabrics are adorable and we especially love the polkadots.

I’ll be back tomorrow, posting more prizes to entice you.  Meanwhile, let us know what two hour shift you’d like to knit.  It’ll be fun to celebrate I Love Yarn Day together as a community.

I’ve always depended upon the kindness of knitters…

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

I live in Maine.  Our states marketing tag line is, “The way life should be.”  And it is beautiful here.  The light is golden this time of year and shimmers in a wide swathe on Glen Cove that catches my breath every day as I drive my son to school.  The sky is a poignant,heart swelling deep blue that makes the changing leaves seem to float in mid-air even before they swirl down from the trees and carpet everyones yard in yellow and red and orange and brown.  Here at the shop we are knitting scarves in our favorite yarns and planning sweaters and making lists of folks who will be receiving socks for Christmas.

So, we are enjoying the fall transition and hunkering down for the cold season.  But while we’re breaking out the shawls and scarves, while we’re dreaming of pots of tea and sitting by the wood stove with our slippered feet on the hearth and luscious yarn on our needles, there are other households where people are going hungry.  Right in our own back yard.  Yup.  Right here in the good old US of A, right here in “Maine, the way life should be” there are hungry people.  Here are some heartbreaking numbers compiled by The Good Shepherd Food-Bank that show a stark reality for the folks here in Maine.

“Food insecurity rate:  14.7 percent of households, or approximately 200,000 people

Child food insecurity rate: 23 percent, or nearly 1 in every 4 children, are food insecure (61,020 children)

Since 2005 there has been a 25 percent increase in the number of Mainers facing hunger”

There’s more, but that’s enough to be going on with.  While we are all used to the idea that there are starving children in faraway places, it is less comfortable to know that the little boy who sits next to your third grader has not had a proper meal in days.  Folks think someone is taking care of it all; I mean there’s Snap and WIC and AFDC and other assistance, right?  But in these days of dwindling resources, with more and more people in need and deeper and deeper funding cuts, assistance scarce.  The local organizations who fill in the crack are strapped.   This is a topic that enrages me and breaks my heart.  I could go on and on about it and make this blog a long rant.  And that would not help.  A soapbox will not feed a hungry child.  So here’s what I want to do…

As of today, Over The Rainbow Yarn will have a donation jar on the counter and a box in the entry.  You can donate cash in any amount into the jar, and non-perishable food into the box and 100% of it will go to The Area Interfaith Outreach who administers our local food bank.  I know times are hard all over.  I know we all are making tougher choices than we were five years ago.  You may even be one of the people who rely on the helping hands of your neighbors to feed your kids and make ends meet.  But I promise you that if you are reading this, there are folks in your neck of the woods who are worse off than you.  And everything you can manage will go directly to helping feed the hungry in Maine.  And pardon me for saying so, but that’s the way life should be.  Neighbor helping neighbor, taking care of our own.

And we won’t stop there.  Every First Friday of every month from now until forever, Over The Rainbow Yarn will be donating 5% of our gross sales for the day directly to AIO.  That means you can help even more by shopping on Friday.  See, I have faith in your kindness, your generosity.  If Knitters Without Borders can raise 1.1 million dollars (see Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s blog here for up to date KWB tallies) I’m sure the Knitters of Maine can work on feeding the hungry right here in our own back yard.