October 2013 Newsletter
Looking out my shop window, I see the trees starting to change color.
Makes me want to knit even more! Could that be possible?
Hours of Operation
Monday 10 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday…..Open by chance only, so please call ahead before making the trip!
Wednesday 10 AM – 5 PM
Thursday 10 AM – 7 PM
Friday 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday 12 Noon – 5 PM
I have three groups that meet during the week for social knitting.
Morning Groups meet:
Wednesday from 10 – 12 noon
Thursday from 10 – 12 noon
Thursday from 5 – 7 pm
GRAB YOUR PROJECT, NEEDLES OR HOOK AND COME JOIN US!
RAVELRY ……………Have you joined my group on Ravelry yet? If not please do and post as well as show pictures of the things you have made using the yarns purchased from my shop! You’ll love all the great things that have been knit or crocheted so far. Just search for Rosemary’s Gift & Yarn Shop under groups to find me.
FACEBOOK ……………I’m also on Facebook and you can be part of my page by searching “Rosemary’s Gift & Yarn Shop”, and clicking “Like”. This will allow you to get updates of what I am posting of things that are happening at the shop in between my newsletters! I try to keep up with it as best as I can and I’d love to hear from you in between your visits to the shop.
TWITTER ……………I have just got myself on twitter and am trying to learn more about it. Remember I’m not a young chick so these new things take me a little time but if you want to get my tweets, I’m under Rosemary Libby and I’d love to read your tweets too!
THE YARN SHOP NEWS: Latest product to arrive at Rosemary’s:
New Yarn Arrivals:
FROM CASCADE YARNS
128 Superwash Multis
220 Superwash Aran
220 Superwash Paints
Lace Merino Chunky
JAMES C BRETT
KNIT ONE CROCHET TOO
Ty Dy Sandbox
Classic Shades Frenzy
ROSEMARY’S PROJECTS: I’ve been pretty busy and did get a few samples done for the shop. I knit all you see except for the beautiful Wingspan Shawl. A very dear friend was knitting it for my shop and I only finished up the last two spans for her after her dear husband passed away. Every time I look at it I think of “Angle Wings for Rick” who was a very special person and friend. I’ll be very proud to display it in my shop.
I had fun knitting this cute bib using Snuggly Baby Cotton and then this little hat and Jacket set using Flutterby Chunky.
I really enjoyed knitting this little sweater using Dungrease for a shop sample
and then knit the hat with what yarn I had left over to sell in the shop.
Knit the hat using Eco Duo that is such a wonderfully soft yarn by Cascade.
It was knit from a free pattern they offer on their website.
The socks I knit from yarn in my stash and they are for ME!
This wingspan was knit for my shop by Janice, who is a very good friend and I only helped with the last two spans
after the death of her husband. We used Lang Jawoll Magic Degrade fingering weight yarn a pattern on Ravelry.
It is so lovely and special to me.
.After my Beginner Crochet class I was asked to set up a class for crocheting hats so this is the pattern
I wrote for my Crochet Hat Class. The five samples I made are the sizes offered in the pattern.
I wrote a new pattern with little owls and used little black buttons for the eyes.
It is written in sizes from baby to adult and is knit with worsted weight yarn.
SHARE YOUR PROJECT: I have some great projects that were knit with yarn from my shop to share with you!
Cindy knit another pair of socks using Manos Algeria and I made her place them right in
front of her bag so you could see her dog, Shamus, on the front of her bag.
Next is Amy wearing her beautiful top that she knit with Plymouth Kudo.
Love both of their smiles!
Nichole Crocheted these cute animals and I just had to share them with you too! They will be part of a baby carousel.
Pat knit this really nice pullover with hood using Encore by Plymouth and when I took the picture
I didn’t know my camera was set on black/white. Sorry Pat : (
Sally knit this beautiful pullover and I had to take a close up so you
could see what a great job she did and what a pretty stitch pattern.
She used Snuggly Baby Bamboo by Sirdar.
Patricia knit this beautiful afghan using a different stitch for each color. She used Encore by Plymouth.
Who wouldn’t like to snuggle up with this?
Theo is such a great knitter and I almost always have something beautiful to show from her.
I think she outdid herself this time.
The cardigan was knit with Plymouth Encore and the gorgeous shawl was knit with Manos Algeria.
What can I say? BEAUTIFUL!
Jan is another great knitter that knit this darling outfit for her
granddaughter using Snuggly Crofter Baby by Sirdar.
Of course Jan would not leave out knitting something for her granddaughter’s American Girl doll!
Pam knit this cute Jacket and Hat set for her lucky grandson using Snowball by Sirdar.
She did such a great job and I’m sure this set will be much loved.
Brynna knit this gorgeous top using Cascade Pima Cotton. It is simply stunning!
Betty knit this wonderful merino wool sweater for her granddaughter to wear
while showing her sheep at the Cumberland and Fryeburg Fairs.
She knit it with Sublime’s Luxurious Woolly Merino.
Love the fence and flower Betty!
Jeannie came in the other day wearing the beautiful top she had knit with Berroco’s Maya.
The pattern is in Norah Gaughan, vol. 12 and is called “Niche”
Nancy has discovered my shop and is a frequent visitor.
She knit this beautiful jacket using Thick n Quick Merino Wool by Euro Yarns for a friend.
We put our heads together and picked out just the right buttons from my button collection.
What a lucky friend!
Julie is wearing her lovely cardigan that she knit using yummy Malabrigo.
Malabrigo make me smile, too!
CLASS SCHEDULE: Two separate classes are now being taught on Sunday afternoons, one from 2 – 3:30 and the next from 3:30 – 5 and will take two Sundays to complete each class with homework completed in between sessions. Instead of listing all the classes that I have scheduled, you can check them out anytime at your convenience here in CLASSES or anytime you visit my website home page and select classes to see the latest list.
We’ve got some great classes going on and adding more all the time so check often!
Rosemary’s “Yarn Shop” is the home of “GATHERING HANDS”
Gathering Hands is comprised of knitters and crocheters who share a common goal of helping others through various projects. You don’t need to live close by to be part of Gathering Hands. Our hands can reach many!
Everyone is invited to be a part of GATHERING HANDS. You can help from your own home or your own knitting/crochet group and if in Maine or within driving distance of the Windham area please drop by and say hello.
“GATHERING HANDS” PROJECTS:
IMPORTANT NOTICE: That time of year is coming and I am in need of mittens for my Operation Warm Hands project.
OPERATION MAINE MILITARY FAMILY: (Now is the time to knit for the Military Families) The intention of this project is to make a difference in the lives of active duty Maine Military men & women whose families are living in Maine. I’m working together with the Steven’s Avenue Armory to provide knit and crochet items for the families at Christmas time. I can use anything that you think they would like from birth through adult. I will start collecting for the 2013 Christmas in January but do need all items turned in no later than December 1, 2013 in order that I can get them distributed .
OPERATION PRECIOUS BABY: (I AM IN NEED OF SIZES TO FIT 3-5 lbs OR 5-8 lbs AND NO MORE VERY SMALL SIZES. WHEN I AGAIN NEED THE VERY SMALL SIZES I WILL POST IT HERE!
I have written a pattern that I will give out free to anyone who will knit for my project. My pattern is for preemies and written in three sizes. The first size is done on fingering weight yarn using a size 2 needle and will fit a preemie under 1 lb. The second size is done using DK/Sport weight yarn using a size 3 needle and will fit a preemie between 1-3 lbs. The third size uses worsted weight yarn and a size 4 needle and will fit a preemie between 3-5 lbs. Each set will be delivered to the Maine Medical Center, neonatal unit. If you can help with this project please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will see that you get a pattern!
OPERATION SUNSHINE BEARS: (I ALWAYS NEED BEARS)
This is such a touching and fun project. I have a free one-seam knit Teddy Bear pattern available at the shop or by email at your request. The bears will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House and Maine Medical Child Life Program Barbara Bush Wing in Portland, Maine, and to Police and Firemen to give to children in crisis. These are wonderful Teddy Bears and I hope you will participate by making them too and help bring a smile to the face of a child. I want to give a very special “Thank You” to Eva McDonald who created this pattern and gave me permission to use and alter it for this project.
OPERATION RICHIE’S CAP: (Don’t forget men and boys need hats too!)
This is a project for making chemo caps for cancer patients in memory of my friend, Richie Aaron. I have created a knit and crochet pattern and it’s free when you’ll make a cap to donate. This project continues to be such a success as I receive hats from all over the country from customers that have come by the shop or read about it on-line and mail them on to me. I encourage soft yarns for warm caps during winter months and cotton, bamboo, etc. for summer months to protect against the sun.
OPERATION WARM HANDS: (WINTER WILL SOON BE UPON US AND I NEED MITTENS)
This is another wonderful project of making mittens for donation for the 2013-2014 winter season to those with a need. What a great small project for the knitter with little time and so worth while to a child with cold hands! I invite you to help in this project!
IF YOU KNIT OR CROCHET……CAN YOU HELP AND BECOME A PART OF GATHERING HANDS?
Just drop me an email: email@example.com
Together we can make a difference!
Deliver or ship Preemie Sets, Mittens, Richie’s Caps, Sunshine Bears
and Maine Military Family items to:
Rosemary’s Gift & Yarn Shop
39 Roosevelt Trail
Windham, Maine 04062
PROJECT LINUS……ROSEMARY’S GIFT & YARN SHOP IS ALSO A PROJECT LINUS DROP OFF LOCATION: Please drop off quilted blankets or knit and crochet afghans for Project Linus at my shop.
GIFT SHOP……Maine & USA Made Gifts
It is a great time to purchase and support a Maine or USA families. I think you’ll find we have a good selection of very inviting gifts and I appreciate your supporting these talented craftsmen.
I also have some neat gifts for knitters such as The Knit Kit, Yarn Wheels, Blocking Boards, etc. that makes knitting or crocheting a breeze.
Hope to see you soon,