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Rosemary’s Newsletter

February 2017 Newsletter

February 2017 Newsletter

Kitty
Caught Kitty looking out the window at the Yarn Shop just as it was
getting light the day after the snow storm.
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NEW 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 – 5 PM
Friday 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday 12 Noon – 7 PM

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Social Knitting/Crocheting Time/Private Lessons:  Come join us!

NEW…….Private Lessons “One on One” can be scheduled for $15.00/hour.
You tell us what you want to learn and we will assign an instructor to you.  You can schedule the day and time that is convenient for you!

Daytime Social Knitting: Wednesday and Thursday, 10 to 12 noon.
Evening social knitting plus FREE help from Rosemary: Sunday 5 to 7 pm.

Chicks
Here is my “Chick’s with Sticks”, Thursday morning group.
They welcome you to join them!

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RAVELRY ……………Have you joined my group on Ravelry yet? If not please do and post pictures of the things you have made using yarn 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 I’d love you to “Like” me by searching “Rosemary’s Gift & Yarn Shop”, and clicking “Like”. This will allow you to get updates of what is 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 managed to get 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:  A few new yarns that have arrived at the shop you might want to come and see 🙂

BERROCO
Millefiori in 8 fantastic colors!

DONE ROVING FARM (Maine Yarn)
Frokicking Feet Mini Gradients in 6 color!
Frolicking Feet Transitions 16 colors!

JOJOLAND
Splatter Dash in 8 wonderful colors!

MANOS del URUGUAY (Fair Trade Yarn)
Alegera space dyed yarn in 9 gorgeous colors.

PLYMOUTH YARN
Bio Bimbo
Totes

THE ALPACA YARN CO.
Classic Alpaca

SIRDAR
Snuggly Spots DK

SWANS ISLAND YARN (Maine Yarn)
Fingering, Worsted and DK

UNIVERSAL YARN
Bella Chenille Dots
Deluxe Worsted Tweed
Deluxe DK Tweed
Stanza

ROSEMARY’S PROJECTS: Here are some things that I made for the shop.

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SHARE YOUR PROJECT:  Here are some great projects to show you that were completed with yarn from my shop.

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Mechell knit this great cable vest using Cascades Tivoli which is a bulky weight wool/silk blend.
Looking good, girl!

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Christine knit these great Fair Isle hats and Christmas Stocking at our Sunday night group.  I told her she was ready to challenge herself and she did!  I had to show you the Christmas Stocking both “Right Side Out” and “In Side Out”.  Look at those great floats………..beautiful job!!

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 Tamilyn crocheted this beautiful shawl for her daughter’s wedding from using fiber from her own alpaca.  She did a wonderful job!
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JanAmericanGirl
Jan knit this cute American Girl outfit out of Naked Sock yarn.
She is making some little girl very happy!
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SONY DSCEllen’s Fairisle sweater that she knit with Encore Worsted yarn.  Really nice, Ellen!

 

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Lorrette knit all these projects using various yarns from the shop.  Can’t say which I like most because I love them all!

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SONY DSCNancy knit this seed stitch throw using James Brett’s Marble yarn.  Lovely, Nancy!

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Debbie knit these two adorable sweaters using my Berroco Comfort DK!
Before starting she came to see if I had any patterns with a fire truck
and a whale on the front and I told her how she could
make her own designs using graph paper.  Didn’t she do a great job!

 

Betsy  BetsyMalabrigo
Betsy used Malabrigo Worsted and self designed her hat.  Great job Betsy!

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MerileePlaidSweater
Merilee knit this fantastic Plaid Sweater using Cottonade.  She should be proud of that one!  Lovely job Merilee.

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ValBib  SONY DSC
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Val is at it again!  So many cute baby knits.

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Rufus knit his first fair isle fingerless gloves.  Looking good, Rufus!

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Marianne knit and felted these great hats using Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride
and Plymouth Galway!

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Michelle knit this great hat using Brown Sheep Nature Spun and pullover
using Sirdar Snuggly DK.

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kimberly
Kimberly knit this cute jacket.

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

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Ruth and Dorothy dropping off their knit donations…..FANTASTIC!!!

 

Below are pictures taken of what was delivered for donation to all my programs for 2016!

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED!

 

Operation Richies Cap

Operation Richies Cap (Chemo Program)

 

Maine Military Program

Maine Military Program

 

Precious Baby Preemie Program

Precious Baby Preemie Program

 

Warm Hands Project

Warm Hands Project (Mittens for Schools)

 

 

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 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 2017/2018 seasons.   If you can knit or crochet 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 2016 Christmas and will need all items turned in no later than December 1, 2016 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!

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OPERATION SUNSHINE BEARS
(I ALWAYS NEED MORE BEAR KNITTERS)
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 LIGHT WEIGHT HATS FOR SUMMER)
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.

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OPERATION WARM HANDS: (IN MAINE WINTER COMES SOON AND I WILL NEED MITTENS
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This is another wonderful project of making mittens for donation for the 2016-2017 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 


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.



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