AUGUST 2015 NEWSLETTER
Meet my Mrs. Watson!
Mrs. Watson was designed by Martina Behm for Berroco Yarn and is a garter stitch scarf,
using a series of short rows and strategic increases to create feather-like stripes.
I knit mine using Ultra Alpaca DK by Berroco.
It was time for a get-a-way so hubby and I rented a wonderful cottage in New Hampshire
and spent two weeks relaxing, reading books, watching movies and lots of knitting!
What could be better than that!
When we returned from vacation we added a new member to our family.
Meet our new kitten, Celia! She is 6 months old and beautiful.
Her mom is a seal point Siamese and her dad is a seal point Himalayan.
She LOVES to be held, she LOVES to talk to me and she LOVES to play.
She also LOVES my yarn stash : )
Rosa is not very happy sharing as she is a little spoiled and has had four beds all to
herself to choose from and Celia has now claimed one of them!
Rosa is definitely in charge so once and a while Celia has to give it up!
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
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 have added a few new yarns or added some new colors to existing yarn to show you this month.
Zephyr in 10 colors (top of unit)
50% Merino Wool Silk 2/18; 1120yds/100g
Lace Weight; Dry Clean
Super Lamb 4/14 in 13 colors (middle of unit)
100% Superwash Lamb’s Wool, 436 yds/100g
Fingering Weight, Machine Wash/Dry
Super Lamb 4/8 in 19 colors (bottom of unit)
100% Superwash Merino Lambswool; 248yds/100g
DK Weight; Machine Wash/Dry
Happy Feet Splash in 5 colors
90% Superwash Merino Wool, 10% Nylon, 384 yds/100g
Sock/Fingering Weight, Machine Wash/Dry Flat
Yarnimals (Owl and Monkey Hat Kits)
100% Acrylic, 180 yds MC; 33 yds CC
Worsted Weight, Hand Wash/Dry Flat
Freya in 12 colors
55% Cotton, 31% Acrylic, 14% Polyester; 120yds/50g
Bulky Weight; Machine Wash/Dry Flat
Naked Sock in 8 colors
93% Acrylic, 7% PBT
Sock/Fingering/Baby weight; Machine Wash/Dry
Poems Uno Superwash in 5 colors
100% Superwash Wool, 90 yds/150g
Super Bulky Weight, Machine Wash/Dry Flat
Pix in 8 colors
75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon; 459 yds/100g
Sock/Fingering/Baby Weight; Machine Wash/Dry Flat
ROSEMARY’S PROJECTS: I had a great time knitting while on vacation and had bagged up many projects to take with me. I am pleased with all I accomplished.
Knit a new cowl with a mohair and sequined yarn to display with my pattern and managed to do a little Fair Isle cup holder too!
I’m always trying to keep stock of my lamb and lion hats from my patterns to sell in the shop
so I managed to crank a few out.
I even did a little crocheting to add some gifts for the shop for the summer people. I do love to crochet, too!
I knit a few pair of socks using Sirdar’s Snuggly 4-ply to go with the hats in the next picture.
I decided to made a bunch of newborn hats for the shop using up left overs from some
fair isle striping sock yarn. I used the sock yarn around each centers
and Sirdar’s Snuggly 4-ply for the ribbing, rolled rims and crowns.
What a great way to use up the yarn and they came out so cute.
This is Mrs. Watson by Berroco. I finished it just in time for this Newsletter.
The pattern is from Berroco Portfolio vol 1 and
calls for Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca Light yarn that comes in 50g hanks.
I used 3 of Color 4214 Steel Cut Oats and 2 of color 4205 Dark Chocolate for mine.
SHARE YOUR PROJECT: Now you will find some wonderful projects that some of my customers have made from yarn purchased at my shop. Great work!
A while ago Joan come in the shop and picked out some Kudo yarn and look at
the dandy top she knit with it! Very nice, Joan!
You can see that Margie has kept her needles clicking for sure.
She has knit herself three hitchhiker scarves and this beautiful cardigan.
Joan knit these great slippers using Malabrigo Rasta and Drifting Garden yarn.
We sat together trying to figure out a pattern one night and she went home and made up her own!
They came out so beautiful, Joan!
Jess knit this GORGEOUS beaded shawl for her sister.
It was a surprise for her to wear with her wedding dress and what a lucky sister Jess has!
She used a pattern called “Out of Darkness” that she got from Ravelry
and used my Jaggerspun’s Zephyr Lace yarn.
This was her first attempt with stringing beads and didn’t she do a wonderful job!
Theo was in a mood for “Owls” and knit this hat from one of the patterns I wrote.
Cute hat if I may say so myself, Theo!
I guess Theo just couldn’t get enough Owls!
Here she is wearing some cute hats that are from a kit by Plymouth Yarn that I am selling in my shop.
Each kit comes with a free pattern and gives you the choice of knitting or crocheting them.
“Speak no evil…… Hear no evil …………See no evil”
These three monkeys are Theo, Jan and Louise. They are showing off the Monkey hats that Jan knit.
These hats are another kit by Plymouth Yarn that are also offered with a free pattern with a choice to knit or crochet.
YAH……Cindi finished the other sock! Everyone needs to give her a big hand!
Great job, Cindi. Now you can start your next pair……………
What can I say! These hats just took my breath away when I saw them.
Julie knit each one using Plymouth Galway yarn and didn’t she do a great job!
Linda has been busy again and brought in the two wonderful Afghans that she finished.
She used Plymouth Encore for each of these.
Merilee knit this cute child’s cardigan using my cotton Sugar n Cream.
Someone is going to love you, Marilee!
Susan sent me this picture of the lovely shoulder bag she made using my Over pattern I wrote and some Kudo yarn.
Val made this adorable Sweater and a cute matching Bunny using my Universal Uptown yarn.
Too cute, Val!
Linda knit this gorgeous Flag Sweater and Afghan.
She has knit and crocheted so many beautiful things but usually forgets to get me a picture.
I hope she will remember from now on so I can get them in my newsletters!
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.
Dorothy entered my shop with two big bags containing 95 hats and 63 pair of mittens
that she had knit for my donation programs.
Shortly after that Phyllis came in with 4 lovely sweater/hat/bootie sets that she
knit for my Operation Preemie program.
What wonderful people I have knitting for my donation programs.
Dorothy and Plyllis and all who bring me such wonderful knit and crochet projects for my programs,
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your hard work!
“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: 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. This is a nice way to say “Thank You” for your service.
NEW: I am also now supporting “WELCOME BABY” by providing baby items that will be added to a basket and presented to a Maine military family by the Maine Military Family Assistance Center when they have a new baby. I will be collecting year round for this and would love small size afghans or any baby items that you can knit or crochet to add to the basket.
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.