May June 2016 Newsletter
May June 2016 Newsletter
NEW OPERATING HOURS
Note the new changes in RED
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
VACATION UPDATE: Last year we took vacation in May and closed the shop for two weeks and had planned to do the same this year, however; hubby discovered something we couldn’t live without and a choice had to be made. We are both happy with our decision and will be spending our sunny evenings on Sebago Lake throughout the summer and running the yarn shop during regular hours. I have hired a helper to make life easier so it is the best of two worlds with hubby and I being able to enjoy mini-vacations each evening all summer and all my customers finding the shop open to feed their yarn habits! Of course I’ll make sure that my knitting bag will be the first thing loaded on the boat as we head for the water!
Social Knitting/Crocheting Time: I am inviting all knitters and crocheters to come join us from 10:00 to 12:00 noon any day of the week that I am open during those hours and enjoy a relaxing time together at my table. Just check my operating hours above, invite your knitting group or a friend, grab 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 guarantee you will have a great time surrounded by thousands of skeins of lovely yarn.
I have also added a time when I am available to offer help you may need with a project you are working on and it is FREE!
Daytime social knitting: Monday – Saturday 10 to 12 noon (Tuesdays by chance only, so call ahead)
Evening social knitting with free help: Sundays 5 to 7 pm
COME JOIN US!
RAVELRY ……………Have you joined my group on Ravelry yet? If not please do and post pictures of the things you have made using yarn 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 I’d love you to “Like” me by searching “Rosemary’s Gift & Yarn Shop”, and clicking “Like”. This will allow you to get updates of what is 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 managed to get 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 lots of new yarns to introduce you to this month. Hope you’ll come by and see them in person!
Here is a “Great” selection of Opal Sock Yarn!
Sport Panorama in 6 colors
Soundscape in 8 colors
Sweet & Spicy 3 in 8 colors
MORE Regia Yarn Has Arrived!
Baby Smile Cotton in 25 colors
All Time Colors Sock in 8 colors
4-fadig 100 g sock in 7 colors
Took a trip up to Harmony, Maine, to bring back more colors!
2-Ply in 32 colors
Fiora in 20 colors (free pattern on Berroco.com)
Brio in 9 colors (free pattern on Berroco.com)
Flutterby Animal Prints in 6 colors is a great superbulky soft yarn!
Tahita in 14 colors
Slipper Soles in 20 sizes!
Yashi in 7 colors (Free pattern on Universalyarn.com)
Yashi Iro in 4 colors (Free pattern on Universalyarn.com)
Amphora in 10 colors (Free hat pattern on universalyarn.com)
Cotton Gold (with sequins) in 10 colors (Free shell pattern on universalyarn.com)
Nako Baby Angel in 10 colors (Free pattern on plymouthyarn.com)
Nettle Grove in 8 colors (Free pattern on plymouthyarn.com)
Bio Sesia 5 in 11 colors (Free pattern on plymouthyarn.com)
Happy Feet Splash 100g in 7 colors (Free pattern on plymouthyarn.com)
Stiletto (with sparkle) in 10 colors (Free pattern on plymouthyarn.com)
Tuscan Aire in 12 colors (Free pattern on plymouthyarn.com)
Arya Ebruli in 12 colors (Free pattern on plymouthyarn.com)
Arya Ebruli Sim Glitz in 13 colors
Cannoli in 8 colors (Free pattern on plymouthyarn.com)
I worked up a pattern for a Chevron Skirt and Short Sleeve Top
and one for a Pant and Short Sleeve Top set for my American Girl Dolls.
Rosemary still loves her dolls!
SHARE YOUR PROJECT: I have a few great projects that some of my customers finished up this month to show you. I know you will be impressed!
Cathy knit this beautiful shawl using Ultra Pima DK by Cascade Yarn.
I know you have to agree she did a fantastic job!
Marianne knit and felted Alaina, Joelle and Liam these gorgeous self designed hats!
She used Malabrigo yarn. What cuties!
Val’s did it again! Her sweater sets were knit with Universal Uptown.
She knit the cute bibs using up some of her left over stash.
She is such a great knitter and makes the cutest things.
Connie crocheted her granddaughter this precious Mermaid blanket using Plymouth Encore yarn.
I’d like to cuddle up in that myself!
Sharon knit this beautiful red, white and blue pullover and hat set. She used Plymouth’s Select Merino DK.
I love this!
Rosemary’s “Yarn Shop” is the home of “GATHERING HANDS”
Betty dropped off some wonderful things she made for my donation projects this month.
A big “Thank You” to Betty!
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 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 2016/2017 seasons. 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 2016 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 email@example.com and I will see that you get a pattern!
OPERATION SUNSHINE BEARS: (I ALWAYS NEED MORE BEAR KNITTERS)
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 LIGHT WEIGHT HATS FOR SUMMER)
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: (IN MAINE WINTER COMES SOON AND I WILL 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: 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
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.