April 2016 Newsletter
SPRING HAS SPRUNG AT ROSEMARY’S GIFT & YARN SHOP!
Here are a couple pictures of crocus and daffodils in front of the shop.
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
OPEN KNITTING: I am inviting knitting and crocheting groups to come from 10:00 to 12:00 noon any day I am open during those times and enjoy a relaxing time together at my table. Just check my operating hours above, grab a friend, your project and come enjoy a time together surrounded by lovely yarn and music. I have to run my shop so will not always be available to join you but I guaranteed you will have a great time surrounded by the comfort of thousands of skeins of yarn.
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: Sunday 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:
Jojoland “Remembrance” Fingering in 8 colors.
355 yards/50 g
7 sts=1″ on US 2
50% Alpaca / 25% Wool / 15% Silk / 10% Cashmere
Hand wash. Lay flat to dry.
Fingering Weight Yarn
MORE Regia Sock Yarn
Arne & Carlos Beltestakk
Just delivered more lovely Yarn Bowls. Hand thrown pottery from Wong Pottery right here in Portland, Maine.
WELCOME VISITORS: Meet the Hillcrest Retirement Fiber Arts Group who visited my shop. It was wonderful to see them and hope they had a great time!
ROSEMARY’S PROJECTS: Worked this month on a few things for the shop and gifts.
Made up a little pattern for some crochet dishcloths for gifts and crocheted some Lovey Mice for the shop.
Wrote a moebius cowl and with matching hat pattern for a moebius class.
Knit my son a Red, White, and Blue Patriot Hat and it put me in to mood
so I knit four more hats and crocheted a headband before the mood changed!
SHARE YOUR PROJECT: I have some wonderful projects to show off this month by such talented knitters who are using yarn purchased from my shop. Enjoy!
Mary knit this stunning shawl with beads using Malabrigo Sock yarn!
Such a beautiful job!
Inge knit this lovely Poncho but I can’t remember which yarn she used. My bad!
Jane Ann knit this cute Earflap hat using Marble Chunky yarn.
Margaret knit this hat with a sweet brim using Ultra Alpaca.
Didn’t she do a great job!
Nan used one of the patterns I wrote for a Scrunchy Hat using Peru yarn
and then decided to match it with a cute cowl!
Patty knit herself and Tony a hat using Classic Shades.
These are her first hats and didn’t she do a great job!
Cindi crocheted both these hats and Val helped to model the purple one!
Cindi did it again! Finished her socks and a great crocheted hat.
Alison knit this lovely Feather Fan scarf using Ultra Alpaca Light by Berroco.
Karen knit this special baby pullover using Snuggly DK by Sirdar.
It came out great, Karen!
Susan knit this great top using Polaris with sequins. Simply stunning!
Samantha crocheted this lovely cowl using Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky Paints yarn.
Love it, Sam!
Doloris should be very proud of this beautiful Miter Square afghan she knit using Classic Shares.
As usual, Val has been busy knitting more baby things. Such lucky babies!
These were knit with Sirdar and Plymouth yarns.
Theo knit this gorgeous afghan using Encore yarn, then made herself the pullover using Marble yarn.
She still found time to knit two beautiful children’s sweaters and a hat to match
using Snuggly Baby Crofters yarn!
On top of all, look below to see all the other things she has made for my donations!
Rosemary’s “Yarn Shop” is the home of “GATHERING HANDS”
Thanking two great ladies for all the beautiful projects for my donations programs!
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 2016. 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, 2016 in order that I can get them distributed in time. This is a nice way to say “Thank You” for your service.
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 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: 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.