APRIL 2015 NEWSLETTER
First picture was taken mid March. Had to get the roof shoveled and you couldn’t even see the
shop from the road because the snow banks were just so high. Second picture taken April 1st and
we still have snow piles melting everywhere but the flowers are popping through the ground.
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
MY APOLOGY TO ANY CUSTOMER WHO CAME TO MY SHOP AND FOUND IT CLOSED: All I can say is I’m glad that Spring has arrived! The past few months have not been easy months for any of us with all the snow we have had but as if that wasn’t enough we also had major problems with our shop computer and ended up having to get a new one. That means we had to re-install all the company software and update all the information from our backup. If you have ever had to do this as a business you know what we went through and we both just wanted to run away. Then I ended up in the hospital with a bad case of the flu and they discovered a little problem with my ticker while there so I had to close the shop unexpectedly per doctor’s orders. He wanted me to close for two weeks but I decided one week was all I could stand. Then my hubby got the flu but because he was treated right away with Tamaflu, it didn’t last too long, thank God. Once we got the shop back open again we had a pipe burst that soaked our carpet in one room in the shop and we had to have specialists come in to get all the water up in hopes of saving the carpet and not having to remove it along with all the display units in that room. It was rather a nightmare for a week but we did save the carpet and I lost only a small amount of yarn. Although it seemed horrible at the time, I now realize it could have been a lot worse. Hoping your winter had been better than mine : )
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!
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 did get a few new yarns in that I hope will be of interest to you:
Fiora in 15 Colors
This new yarn is a welcomed blend offering definition, drape, bounce and shimmer in this combination of fine fibers.
246 yards/100 g
5.5 sts=1″ on US 5
40% Cotton, 30% Rayon/Viscose, 15% Alpaca, 10% Nylon, 5% Wool
Machine wash. Lay flat to dry.
DK Weight Yarn
DONE ROVING FARM
Frolicking Feet Transistions in 4 Colors
This hand-dyed sock or shawl yarn has been prepared with a specific graduation of 4 transitions of complimentary colors that not only make beautiful socks but are perfect for stunning shawls.
480 yards/113 g
6-8 sts = 1″ on US 2-4
100% Superwash Merino Wool
Machine Wash and Dry
Gold Rush in 6 Colors
This new arrival is considered a Novelty yarn but can knit as a fingering using a US 5. It is full of sparkle and works great as a carry along or can be used as a stand alone.
110 yards/25 g
80% Rayon/20% Polyester
Machine Wash Regular
Cashmere Passion in 12 Colors
This is an increditably soft blend of wool and cashmere that will knit luxurious projects to add to your wardrobe.
164 yards/ 50 g
4.75-5sts=1″ on US 8
80% Merino Wool, 20 % Cashmere
Hand Wash, Lay Flat to Dry
Baby Alpaca Cherish in 23 Colors
This lovely alpaca blend is a wonderfully soft yarn for knitting all your projects needing DK weight yarn.
136 yards/ 50 g
5.5sts=1″ on US 6
50% Baby Alpaca, 50% Acrylic
Hand Wash, Lay Flat to Dry
Snuggly Baby DK in 18 Colors
This yarn knits the most perfect gifts for baby as it is so soft and screams to be cuddled.
179 yards/ 50 g
55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic
5.5sts=1″ on US 6
Machine Wash and Dry
Snuggly Baby Sparkle DK in 9 Colors
This new yarn is acrylic with a sparkle and perfect for baby.
284 yards/ 100 g
97% Acrylic, 3% Polyester
5.5sts=1″ on US 6
Machine Wash and Lay Flat to Dry
WISDOM YARN BY UNIVERSAL
Angora Lace in 11 Colors
If you like to wrap your feet in softness, this is the yarn for you. The angora gives it a wonderful feel against your skin. I can imagine a shawl knit with it wrapped around my shoulders too!
462 yards/ 100 g
6.5 sts=1″ on US 2
50% Superwash Fine Merino, 30% Nylon, 20% Angora
Machine Wash, Lay Flat to Dry
Uptown Tapestry in 12 Colors
This is the latest addition to my Uptown line. Like others in the Uptown line it is anti-pilling and comes in vibrant colors.
180 yards/ 100 g
4-5 sts=1″ on US 7-9
Machine Wash and Dry
Journey in 14 Colors
This is a space-dyed cotton blend yarn is super cuddly. It has a knitted tube construction for ease in working any project.
98 yards/ 50 g
4.25 sts=1″ on US 10-11
44% Cotton, 36% Acrylic, 20% Polyamide
Machine Wash Cold, Lay Flat to Dry
Regia Jeans Style Color in 6 Colors.
460 yards/ 100 g
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Polyamide
7.5sts=1″ on US 1-3
Machine Wash and Dry
ROSEMARY’S PROJECTS: I spent most of my time lately writing patterns for the American Girl and knitting up samples for the shop. Then I made a custom order for my cable hat pattern for a customer and was happy that she loved it. Last but not least I made a pair of fingerless gloves to use up some of my stash yarn. I’ve been working on a cardigan for a few weeks on the side that I hope to have completed to show you next month.
SHARE YOUR PROJECT: I have some great projects this month to share with you that were made by some of my great customers from yarn purchased at my shop. Enjoy!
Christine took my Entralac class and knit this beautiful scarf for her husband from a cotton blend called Kudo.
You can tell he is proud of the great job she did!
Amy has been so busy knitting baby blankets. She knit this one from Cotton Supreme in the colors of Saint Joseph College!
Great job, Amy!
Cathy is proud of the afghan she knit for her home using my Plymouth Encore.
She said everyone just loves it! Hope they won’t fight over who gets to wrap up into it next.
Suzette has learned to arm knit and made herself a great cowl.
As an accountant looking at tax season, I’m sure this hobby will help her to relax!
Vicky knit this fantastic pullover using my Berroco Remix.
She did such a wonderful job and I’m sure she is very proud to wear it.
Chris is a new knitter who has joined my evening group. The green scarf was his first project and
then came the orange scarf. Perhaps next month you will see the hat he is working on now.
Chris keeps me young at heart and I just love his smile!
Jaime came in the shop wearing this great hat that she knit with some
yarn she had purchased here a little while ago.
She told me that this is her own design and I told her to put it up on Ravelry.
It is adorable!
Bonnie came in the shop with a cute crochet pattern for Owl hats and we picked out some Encore yarn by Plymouth.
Next thing I knew she was coming through the door with a big smile and two hats all done!
So cute Bonnie!!!
Theo is such a great knitter. She made this wonderful purple cardigan for a gift and asked Jean to model it for her.
She used Cascade Avalon which is 50% Cotton, 50% Acrylic and a dream to knit with.
Patty knit this lovely hot pink sweater with Encore by Plymouth.
I’m sure whoever wears this won’t be missed!
Cindi is a regular and she is expanding her knitting skills all the time.
This time she knit herself a really cute hat using Plymouth’s Gina Chunky yarn and a
pattern Plymouth provides on their website for free!
Gail has been busy designing her own pullover. For this one she used Plymouth’s
Coffee Beenz and it came out so nice!
Peggy came in the shop wearing her lovely glovelets that she knit with Plymouth’s
Jelli Beenz. and I had to get a picture for you. I just love the flower on each one!
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.
“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: (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.
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 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: (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 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: 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)
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.