November and December 2015 Newsletter
Maine…..The Way Life Should Be!
Here are some beautiful pictures that I took of the lovely foliage this year.
CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY AND CHRISTMAS DAY.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: BLACK FRIDAY (Nov 27th) & SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY (Nov 28th) SALES ON SELECTED YARN THROUGHOUT THE SHOP. YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IT!
Open 10 AM – 5 PM.
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
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 free help: Thursday 5 ? 7 pm
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: I have added a few new yarns or added some new colors to existing yarn to show you this month.
AUNT LYDIA CLASSIC CROCHET COTTON #10
in 30 colors!
KNIT ONE CROCHET TOO
Cozetti now in 19 colors
Elfin Tweed now in 16 colors
Fleutini now in 10 colors
Kettle Tweed now in 20 colors
Soie et Lin now in 10 colors
Sock yarn galore!
Regia Arne & Carlos in 6 colors
Regia Pairfect Edition 1 in 8 colors
Regia Pairfect Edition 2 in 8 colors
Regia Camouflage in 12 colors
Regia Metropole in 12 colors
Regia Digital Color in 11 colors
Regia 4Ply 100G in 8 colors
SMC FLEECE BANDS
Bands available in 6 colors for sewing inside your hats.
JAMES C. BRETT
ROSEMARY’S PROJECTS: My project this month has been working on our house. We have gutted the inside and are in the remodeling stage so I have not had a lot of time to knit or crochet. I’m thinking the house will keep me busy through to the New Year. If any of you have ever remodeled a home you know what I’m going though!
GROUP VISITS: It is always wonderful to see knitting groups visit my shop and this month I had two groups drop by. See who you can recognize!
SHARE YOUR PROJECT: You will find some wonderful projects that my customers have made from yarn purchased at my shop. I just love to share them with you each month. They are all so wonderful!
Anne’s knit this beautiful fair isle hat.
Michele is a customer who visits my shop whenever she is in town and posted these
beautiful pictures of her daughter modeling what she crocheted from original designs and yarn
purchased from my shop. I don’t know which is more beautiful, the shawls or the daughter!
The first picture is the Shawlette/scarf made using Frolicking Feet Transitions in #10 Garden Walk.
The second picture is of a beautiful shawl that was crocheted using Frolicking Feet Summer Sky
along with some solid sock yarn. The last picture is of a stunning shawl that she crocheted using Malabrigo sock yarn in Playa.
Kieran knit this beautiful Lopi Sweater and I had to insist that he model it for you!
Cindi knit this hitchhiker scarf and Theo is the model!
Christopher knits in one of my groups and came by to show me
his new tattoo and I have to share it with you.
What a great tattoo, Chris!
Judy knit Jaden the gorgeous red cable sweater. What a great sweater and great picture!
Lorette has knit yet another child’s sweater and this time she used Coffee Beenz!
Susan emailed me this great picture of the sweater she knit. Really nice job, Susan!
Here are some of my students proudly displaying their first sock and mitten after taking a class!
Each did such a great job and hopefully are busy knitting all their Christmas gifts this year.
Peggy knit this lovely set for baby that included a sweater, hat, socks and mitts.
She used Snuggly DK and they are all so adorable!
Linda wanted to make sure someone wouldn’t be lost wearing this hat!
She used a Neon Orange yarn and made a cute flower on the side which is hard to see in this picture.
Val is always busy knitting something cute. Here are some adorable caplets that she knit along with
matching pillows and Teddy Bear using my new Wildcat Chunky yarn.
Deborah knit herself a beautiful cowl just like my shop model using Folio yarn.
Caryn knit this nifty scarf and modeled it for me using Marble Chunky yarn.
Harriet knit this beautiful blanket using Encore yarn and then knit this fantastic top using Bamboo Pop yarn.
Wonderful job on both!
Judy crocheted this stunning scarf using Tinseltown Ruffle yarn!
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”
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.
Here are just a few wonderful people who have dropped off the items this month that they knit or crocheted for one of my many donation projects.
You are not seeing all their pretty faces as not all wanted their pictures taken.
I can’t begin to thank them enough for the love they are spreading through their talented hands!
“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.
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.
NEW: I am also now supporting “WELCOME BABY” by providing baby items that will be added to a basket and presented to a Maine military family by the Maine Military Family Assistance Center when they have a new baby. I will be collecting year round for this and would love small size afghans or any baby items that you can knit or crochet to add to the basket.
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 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: (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.
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 2015-2016 winter season to those with a need. What a great small project for the knitter with little time and so worthwhile 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: 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. To learn more about the Cumberland Chapter for Project Linus click HERE for their latest blog.
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.