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Rosemary’s Newsletter

May and June 2015 Newsletter


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Mohair and Sequined Cowls are so much fun to knit!

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REGULAR OPERATING HOURS

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

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OPEN KNITTING:  I have set aside three separate times for anyone who wants to come and knit together at my tables.  I have also added a time when I am available to offer any help you may need with a project you are working on.  It is all Free!

Daytime social knitting: Wednesday 10 -12 noon or Thursday 10 – 12 noon
Evening social knitting or help: Thursday 5 – 7 pm

COME JOIN US!

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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!

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THE YARN SHOP NEWS:  I have a few new yarns to introduce to you this month.

ABRACADABRA

abracadabra  abracadabraSun
This is a new FANTASTIC yarn from Skacel Collection.  When it is exposed to the sun it changes color!
The picture on the left was taken inside the shop and then I walked out in the sun with the same hanks and took the picture on the right!
100 yards/50 g
5.5 sts=1″ on US 5
35% Superwash Merino, 50% Polypropylene, 15% Nylon
Machine wash cold.  Machine dry low.
DK Weight Yarn.

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STELLA JACQ
Stella_Jacq
A new jacquard self striping patterning yarn in 9 colors.
110 yards/50 g
4.75 sts=1″ on US 8
100% Superwash Wool
Machine wash.  Lay flat to dry.
Worsted Weight Yarn
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KID GLOSS SUPER MOHAIR
Kid_Gloss

This new yarn is composed of a soft super kid mohair and silk available in 9 colors.
229 yards/25 g
4.5-6 sts = 1″ on US 4-7
72% Super Kid Mohair, 28% Silk
Hand Wash and Dry Flat
Multiple Gauges

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GINA
gina
This wonderful yarn is vivid and sassy and comes in 16 self striping colors.
109 yards/ 50 g
5 sts=1″ on US 7
100% Wool
Hand Wash, Lay Flat to Dry
Worsted weight

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GINA CHUNKY
Gina_Chunky
Just had to bring in the Chunky version of Gina to make things complete!
Available in 12 colors.
131 yards/ 100 g
3-5 sts=1″ on US 10
100% Wool
Hand Wash, Lay Flat to Dry
Chunky weight
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GALWAY ROVING

This is single ply roving yarn great for knitting or felting and available in 18 colors.

54 yards/ 100 g
2.5 sts=1″ on US 15
100% Highland Wool
Hand Wash, Lay Flat to Dry
Super Bulky Weight

ALANA
alana
This beautiful tape constructed yarn comes in 5 gorgeous colors.

158 yards/ 100 g
4.25 sts=1″ on US 7
58% Viscose, 42% Polyester
Hand Wash, Lay Flat to Dry
Worsted weight

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AMPHORA
amphora
This new yarn is a Mohair Alpaca Blend and comes in 10 lovely colors.

306 yards/ 100 g
5 sts=1″ on US 6
60% Acrylic, 20% Mohair, 20% Alpaca
Hand Wash, Lay Flat to Dry
DK, Light Worsted weight

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COTTON GOLD
cotton gold
This new yarn features sequins, strands of gold or silver glitter on cotton thread. It is perfect alone or as a carry along.
It is available in 10 colors.

200 yards/ 25 g
6.5 sts=1″ on US 4
65% Cotton, 8% Metallic, 27% Payette
Hand Wash, Lay Flat to Dry
Fingering Weight

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POEM UNO SUPERWASH
poem_uno_superwash
This new roving yarn is a single ply super wash super bulky that comes in 5 colors.

90 yards/ 150 g
US 11 – 35 Needles
M – N Crochet Hook
100% Superwash Wool
Machine Wash, Lay Flat to Dry
Super Bulky Weight

 

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ROSEMARY’S PROJECTS: My hands have been busy as usual knitting and crocheting up a storm and I finished up a sweater I was working on.  This is what I did this past month.

AlpacaCardigan    FairIsleGlovelet        
Started out the month by finishing the Alpaca cardigan I had been working on.
GREAT…..just in time for summer : (
Then I wrote a pattern for a pair of Fair Isle fingerless gloves for a new class.

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CAM01594   RDLHat

 I wrote a pattern for a Visor Hat and made a few different sizes of it.
I’m still working on two other sizes of the pattern before it is ready to sell.
Then I had a customer beg me to sell her my Scrunchy Hat sample so I had to knit a new sample to advertise my pattern.

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RDLCrosses
I needed a change so decided a little bookmarker crocheting for Mother’s day gifts for the shop would be the thing to do.

ANgels

CrochetAngel

After the bookmarks I decided I needed to crochet a few Angels for the shop.

 

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SHARE YOUR PROJECT: As always I have the best customers in the world who are willing to share their finished products for you to see.
You can tell from their faces that they are all proud of the finished results.

CathyEncoreBlanketCathy knit this beautiful baby blanket using Encore Colorspun.  What a great job, Cathy!

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KathyFeltedBunnyThis is another Kathy and she felted this cute bunny that she named Rudy.  Adorable!

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LucindaPurseSocks

LucindaSocks
Lucinda knit the felted bag using Bartlett yarn and the socks using Berroco Sox.
Both were really great!

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LynnQuakerYarnStretcherLynn knit this “Quaker Yarn Stretcher” using Pinwheel yarn.  Fantastic, Lynn!

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SusanSweaterHatFlower

I lost my note with the name of the knitter who knit this adorable set.  So Sorry : (
She did such a beautiful job using Toybox Rainbow and a pattern that I wrote.

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TheoHitchhikerTheo has been busy knitting again this month turning out the “Hitchhiker” scarves
using my new Kimera yarn.  Simply beautiful, Theo!
Note she has another one around her neck.  She has everyone in our knitting group making it.

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Val1
Val2

Val is always busy knitting for baby.  Her hands never stop.
This month she knit two sweaters and another Lambie

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BettyAnnHat
Betty Ann knit this dandy hat using one of the patterns I wrote and some Gina Chunky.
Looking snazzy, Betty Ann!

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NancyBooties
Nancy came by the shop for her weekly visit to get more yarn for her next project.
She had to show me these cute booties she knit with my Snuggly 4-ply.  Awww!

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TheoCindi
Cindi is modeling the pullover that Theo knit using Remix yarn.
Theo decided it looked so good on Cindi she gave it to her!  Lucky Cindi : )

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CLASS SCHEDULE: Instead of listing all the classes that I have scheduled, you can check them out anytime at your convenience here in CLASSES or anytime by going to my web site home page and selecting CLASSES for the latest list. We’ve got some great classes going on and adding more all the time!

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Rosemary’s “Yarn Shop” is the home of “GATHERING HANDS”

BettyAnnDonation     EvelynBabyHats

Betty Ann and Evelyn brought me lots of goodies that they knit and crocheted for my donation programs.
They are wonderful to spend their time on such worthwhile projects and I am ever so grateful for ladies like these.

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:  I am now taking donation 2015.   If you can knit something to donate to one or all of my programs it will be very much appreciated.

MilitaryChildren
OPERATION MAINE MILITARY FAMILY
: (Now is the time to knit for the Military Families) My former program “Operation Homefront Kids” has been replaced with “Operation Maine Military Family”. 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 have started collecting for the 2015 Christmas and will need all items turned in no later than December 1, 2015 in order that I can get them distributed in time.  This is a nice way to say  “Thank You” for your service.

PreemieSet
OPERATION PRECIOUS BABY
: (I am in most need for the largest size that will fit 3-5 lb.)
I was approached by Melodie Provost, who heads Project Linus, Cumberland, Maine, and was told that she had been contacted by the Maine Medical Center, Neo-Natal Unit for sweater, hat and bootie sets to be used for their tiny preemies and for bereavement kits. This sounded like something I could help with, so I have added a new donation project to my “Gathering Hands” and I’m calling it, “Operation Precious Baby”. This new project is strictly for preemies and any preemie pattern you like can be used, however; I have written a pattern that I will give out free to anyone who will knit for my project. My pattern is for very small 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. I will turn over the sets I receive to Melodie and she will match a preemie afghan or quilt for each set and will deliver them to the Maine Medical Center, neonatal unit. I have already given her 25 sets knit by myself and the wonderful ladies from my Thursday knitting groups and some who have learned of the project through these gals and here on my web/newsletter, the need is more than I anticipated, consequently, I need more knitters for this project! Upon seeing what we delivered, the hospital has requested that the most needed sizes are the first two sizes (under 1 lb and 1-3 lbs) and suggested that we make these sets in yarn colors that are best suited for a girl or a boy and if using a solid white to add an accent of either pink or blue such as for the ties to identify boy or girl as that is what the parents would prefer. Because some of these sets may be part of a bereavement kit we want to be sensitive to the parents wishes. If you can help with this project please drop me an email at gifts@maine-crafts.com and I will see that you get a pattern!

Teddy_Bears[1]
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.

RichiesCap
OPERATION RICHIE’S CAP
(IT IS TIME TO THINK WINTER HATS TO KEEP HEADS WARM)
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.

OperationWarmHands
OPERATION WARM HANDS: (WINTER WILL SOON BE UPON US AND I NEED MITTENS
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This is another wonderful project of making mittens for donation for the 2015-2016 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……it’s a great summer project too!

IF YOU KNIT OR CROCHET……CAN YOU HELP AND BECOME A PART OF GATHERING HANDS?
Just drop me an email: gifts@maine-crafts.com

Together we can make a difference!

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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. To learn more about the Cumberland Chapter for Project Linus click HERE for their latest blog.

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GIFT SHOP……Maine & USA Made (No Imports)


In addition to all my yarn I also have a nice selection of Maine and USA made gifts to choose from.

Remember, when you purchase from the gift shop you are supporting a Maine or USA family. I think you’ll find we have a good selection of very inviting gifts and I appreciate your supporting these talented craftsmen.

I do sincerely thank you for your continued support of Rosemary’s Gift &Yarn Shop.

Rosemary



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