March 2014 Newsletter
Looking to one side of my shop to the business next door and all the snow.
We have had enough snow now, it’s time for it to go away!
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The shop will be closed from March 3 – 8, 2014.
I will reopen on March 9th at 12 Noon.
I’m heading to Florida and with Hubby.
Rosa is staying home all snug in her bed by the fire while being house set by someone she loves!
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
OPEN KNITTING: I now have three times during the week that are set aside for social knitting to come to the shop and knit together at my tables. We have a great time and welcome you to join us.
Daytime: Wednesday 10 -12 noon or Thursday 10 – 12 noon
Evening: Thursday 5 – 7 pm
COME JOIN US!
RAVELRY ……………I have my own group now and would love you to become part of it. You can see pictures of what others have made using the yarns purchased from my shop and post your pictures too! Just search for Rosemary’s Gift & Yarn Shop under groups to find it and join up today!
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 arrivals at Rosemary’s:
DONE ROVING FARM
Tapping Tootsees: 434 yards of DK/Sport Superwash Wool and is available in 19 colors.
Frolicking Feet: 480 yards of fingering Superwash Wool yarn and is available in 33 colors.
These yarns are from Charolette, Maine.
KNIT ONE CROCHET TWO
Kettle Tweed (now available in 16 colors)
436 yards, 60% Merino Wool/20% Baby Llama/10% Bamboo/10% Donegal, fingering weight yarn.
Milli Colori Baby (now available in 13 colors)
207 yards, 100% Merino Superwash Wool, machine washable, fingering weight yarn.
Tahiti (available in 8 colors)
306 yards, 99% Cotton/ 1% Polyester. machine washable, fingering weight yarn.
This is a no rinse, delicate wash that is great for all your fine wools!
A customer came in my shop to show me a wrist band pattern that she wanted to knit during the Olympics. As she left with her yarn in hand my mind started churning and that night I worked up a crochet version that uses single and tunsian crochet for the flag portion and has three button holes for the three red button. It was fun!
I worked on a sock pattern for my next class that is available in five sizes from baby to adult and knit with DK weight yarn. I plan to knit socks while on vacation. At least that is the plan today. I often change my mind so you will find out next month what ended up on my needles.
Worked up another top down baby pattern with matching headband with a crochet flower.
This worked up so lovely using DK weight, Maya yarn by Berroco.
SHARE YOUR PROJECT:
Betty knit this lovely aran sweater using Encore.
She came by to match it with buttons!
Theo knit this lovely lace weight top for her future daughter-in-law, Lauren. Lucky Lauren!
Of course Theo continues to amaze!
This is her first attempt at FairIsle yoked sweater and with just a little instruction on my part, look what she did!
June knit another Sweater, hat and booties set using Baby Beenz
and added my cute pink and blue little duck buttons.
Pat knit herself a kimono jacket using Coffee Beenz. It looks great just hanging down or with a pin to the side!
Val knit herself another beautiful sweater using Marble yarn. Such a clever gal!
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!
Rosemary’s “Yarn Shop” is the home of “GATHERING HANDS”
This is Betty with all her knit and crocheted projects displayed in front of her. This is only what she has knit the past couple months for my donation projects. I can’t thank Betty enough for all her hard work. She is a GEM!
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:
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 must have all items turned in no later than December 1st each year in order that I can get them distributed in time for Christmas.
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 email@example.com 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: (MITTENS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED WHEN YOU LIVE IN MAINE!)
This is another wonderful project of making mittens for donation for the 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. To learn more about the Cumberland Chapter for Project Linus click HERE for their latest blog.
GIFT SHOP……Maine & USA Made (No Imports)
I have placed many of my Maine & USA made gifts on sale from 25 – 50% off! to make way for some new gift products. This applies only to in-stock items and includes Kim’s Stenciled Slates, Metal Decor, Pewter Ornaments and many, many others. It is a great time to purchase at a great price and support a Maine or USA family!
I also have some neat gifts for knitters and here are just a few samples: The Knit Kit, a great selection of necklaces any knitter would love and a Yarn Wheel that makes knitting or crocheting a breeze.
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. I appreciate your supporting these talented craftsmen.
I do sincerely thank you for your continued support of Rosemary’s Gift &Yarn Shop.