July 2014 Newsletter
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 (This is also the time to come if you need some free help with your project.)
COME JOIN US!
Here are a couple pictures I took of my Wednesday and Thursday morning groups.
Some gals stepped out of the picture as they don’t like to be posted but as you can tell we have a great time together each week.
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: I’ve had many new yarns that have arrived in the shop that I know you will love. Not all are on my web site yet but I’m working on getting them all on.
Avalon (comes in 26 colors)
A lovely worsted weight, 50% cotton/50% Acrylic, that is machine wash and tumble try.
Stella Jacq (available in 6 colors)
A great new worsted weight, 110 yds, 100% superwash wool yarn that creates stripes and jacquard pattern.
Kid Gloss Super Kid (available in 8 colors)
A new lace weight, 229 yds, 72% super kid mohair/28% mulberry silk yarn that is hand wash.
Rekor Mini (available in Pastel or Bright packs of 10 skeins per pack)
An assortment of 10 mini skeins of Sport Weight with 39 yds per skein, 100% Acrylic yarn that is machine wash. Perfect for color stranding.
KNIT ONE CROCHET TOO
Fleurtini (available in 7 colors)
A great year-round self-striping worsted weight, 219 yds, 34% wool/26% cotton/34%acrylic/6% nylon yarn that is a hand wash.
Cozette (available in 16 colors)
A sport weight, 273 yds, 62% silk/30% cotton/8% polyamide, hand wash.
ROSEMARY’S PROJECTS: I try to keep myself busy knitting and crocheting projects for the shop to display and sell.
I knit this adorable “Lamby” which is a free pattern from Cascade Yarn and uses their “Pluciscous” yarn that I stock.
I was in the mood to knit some hats for my shop using my “Cute Hat” pattern and a variety of cotton blend yarns from my stash.
I decided I needed to make a couple things to hang around the neck for display.
The first I knit from Berroco’s Boboli and the second from some bright orange and blue yarn I had left over from another project.
Both have free patterns with the yarn purchase.
I didn’t have any of my “Love my Lion” hats left to sell in the shop so made one using my pattern.
I also wrote a new pattern for DK weight glovelets and used Silk n’ Blue by Great Adirondack.
SHARE YOUR PROJECT: I’m sure you are going to love the projects that my customers have made for you to see this month.
Betty Ann knit this beautiful shawl from DK weight Malabrigo Silky Merino.
She did such a great job and took it with her on a trip to Alaska!
Believe it or not but this is Ellen’s FIRST sweater. She used Plymouth Encore
and the pattern was from Sirdar’s Aran Country Book, Design D.
You go, girl!
Theo knit this lovely baby sweater, socks and blanket set using Plymouth, Baby Beenz.
Theo always does such a lovely job.
Christine is looking so sharp in this poncho she knit using Kudo yarn.
Great job Christine!
Dan came to one of my “Learn to Knit” classes and look what he made for his girlfriend!
Way to go, Dan. Great job! Lucky girlfriend!
Sharyn knit this gorgeous bag using a combination of many novelty yarns and a pattern from my shop. She lined it with silk and
used curtain ties for the handles. It is such a fantastic bag and I know she will be proud to carry it on her arm!
Christine knit this lovely shawl using Done Roving’s Frolicking Feet and a pattern called “Amsterdam Lace” she got from Ravelry.
She said she used a size 4 needle and blocked it aggressively. Deffinitely a stunning wrap!
Rosemary knit this cable vest using Plymouth Encore Tweed.
It looks great, Rosemary.
Christine sent me this picture of Holland wearing the sweater she knit for him using
Berroco’s Maya and the hat with Plymouth’s Gina.
So, so cute!
Kimberly knit this soft baby blanket using Westminster Fiber’s Flutterby yarn.
Then she knit a little pair of pink socks to go with it.
Such a lucky baby!
Theo knit another beautiful pullover using Marble yarn.
What can I say…..she always looks great!
Val keeps those needles clicking. Here is her latest hoodie for some lucky little guy!
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”
A HUGE THANK YOU to Dorothy for knitting 130 Hats/Mittens for me to donate.
I don’t know what I would do without all the generous people who donate to my projects.
You truly are a blessing to so many!
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 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: (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: 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)
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.