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Rosemary’s Newsletter

January 2015 Newsletter

Here is Rosa showing off her Hair Cut for the New Year in her new sweater and socks.
She does not like the socks at all!



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

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.

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




Congratulations and a big “Thank You” to all my wonderful knitters and crocheters
who have taken part in “Gathering Hands” for 2014.

You have helped to make 2014 another very successful year!

Enjoy the pictures of all the projects completed for each donation program I offer and check out
the list of what was given from each project.  Well done knitters and crocheters!

TeddyBears    Mittens
Operation Sunshine Bears and Operation Warm Hands

MaineMilitary2 MaineMilitary
Operation Maine Military Families

Operation Richie’s Cap


15 Sweater, Hat & Bootie Sets
5 Baby Afghans
12 Hats

15 Baby and Child Size Sweaters
17 Afghans
7 Baby Bibs
60 Hats
5 Pairs of Mittens
5 Matching Mitten and Hat Sets
2 Fair Isle Double Knit Cowls
4 Scarves
2 Matching Scarf and Hat Sets
1 Pair of Slippers
5 Crochet Doilies
10 Matching Hat and Leggin Sets
1 Pair of Leggins

66 Chemo Hats to Maine Med Cancer Center, Scarborough
66 Chemo Hats to Sanford Cancer Center
Total: 132 Chemo Hats

32 Bears to Ronald MacDonald House, Portland
33 Bears for Barbara Bush Wing of MMC

66 Pairs of mittens to Windham Schools
66 Pairs of mittens to Westbrook Schools

If you are not part of “Gathering Hands” and would like to contribute during 2015, please check out my program descriptions at the bottom of this newsletter to see which program is best for you and give me a call.  I would welcome you with open arms. 


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: The shop is very well stocked with lots of great yarn for 2015!  Come by and see for yourself.
Don’t forget to ask Rosemary to demonstrate Arm Knitting for you.  It’s great way to knit a cowl very fast and is lots of fun.



ROSEMARY’S PROJECTS: I made a lot of cowls and a few hats to show off.  The cowls were mostly “arm knit” or crochet using a hugh “Q” hook.  If you come by the shop just ask me to show you how to “arm knit” or crochet the cowls.  You can make one in 15 – 30 minutes and it is a blast.  I used my ruffle scarf yarn to make some of these that are pictured and have placed all on this yarn on sale at 50% off!
It makes a beautiful cowl and is such a deal!

  Cowl  ArmKnitCowl2RDL CrochetCowlRDL2

CrochetCloseUP   CrochetCowlRDL1  ArmKnitCowl1RDL




SHARE YOUR PROJECT: I have some great projects to share with you from some of my customers.

AnnaWatsonHat2  AnnaWatsonHat1
Anna knit these beautiful hats using Galway from Plymouth yarn.

AmyBabyBlanketAmy finished another knit afghan for a friend’s baby.  She is getting really good with her needles!


BearsMittensSweatersCute teddy bear, mittens and beautiful sweaters all for my donation programs.
What wonderful customers I have!

ChristineArmKnitCowl Chris1stSocks
Christine learned to “Arm Knit” at one of my evening groups and knit her first pair of socks in my sock class!
She is looking quite happy with the results.


 CindiHat CindiHat2
Cindi knit this cute hat using Gina Chunky yarn and a free pattern offered by Plymouth.
She is also wearing a potato chip scarf she knit using Classic Shades by Universal!

Last month I posted a picture of Val wearing this lovely shrug, however I put the wrong name of the person who knit it : (
Cindi was the knitter and she had Val model it!  Sorry Cindi for not giving you credit for the beautiful job you did!

EllenFairIsleHat EllenOwl
Ellen knit herself a beautiful hat and a fun cute owl.  Great Job, Ellen!


Emmi kept herself busy knitting a number of these hats with a great pom pom.
She used Impulse yarn by Plymouth.


Kathy2Snugglysweaters2 Kathy2Snugglysweaters
Kathy sent me these pictures of the two sweaters she knit using Sirdar, Snuggly DK.
I’m sure they will look cute on the little ones.


KathyCrofterChunkyPulloverKKathy knit this wonderful pullover using Sirdar, Crofter Chunky.
I’d like to have this one for myself!


KathyFirstCableGloveletEllaRaeClassic KathyFirstSlipper
Kathy is showing off the 1st pair of wool gloveletts she knit and the 1st slipper!
Great job, Kathy.


KathyVneckSweaterKathy knit this lovely V-neck cardigan using Cascade Pima Cotton.
The detail is wonderful and does not show up nicely in this picture.


KellyComfortSweaterHatKelly sent me a picture of the sweet sweater and hat she made using Berroco, Comfort DK.
So lovely, Kelly!


MargieMarbleMarcia knit this beautiful wrap using James Brett’s “Marble Chunky”.
Simply stunning!


MarilynSchrunchieRDL2 MarilynScrunchieRDLs
Marilyn knit one of my patterns and used Encore Tweed yarn by Plymouth.
She vowed that she can’t wear a hat.
Don’t you think she looks great in her hat?

Mitten   ShelbyConvertableMittens
Claire knit these convertable mittens using Malabrigo Worsted.
These mittens will surely keep the hands warm.


NancyArmKnitCowlsNNancy learned to “Arm Knit” at my evening group and loved the cowl she made.


ValLambie ValKitty

ValBunnies ValScarf

Val is always busy with her needles!  This month she made lots of bears and cats using up her scraps.
She also made a ruffly scarf that looked real fancy.
Then to her surprise her two sisters showed up from Las Vegas one day at our group.
What a blast we all had!



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!


ElaineMittensHere is Elaine showing up with a bag full of mittens she knit for my program.
She had done this every year and I can always count on her for mittens!
Don’t know what I’d do without her!

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.


IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Winter will be here before we know it and I am in need of mittens for the schools and chemo hats for the cancer centers.  If you can knit some to donate to my programs they 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 will start collecting for the 2012 Christmas in January but do need all items turned in no later than December 1, 2012 in order that I can get them distributed .

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 and I will see that you get a pattern!

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.

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.

This is another wonderful project of making mittens for donation for the 2012-2013 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!

Just drop me an email:


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.


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