Even though OTR has closed, we can continue The “I Love Yarn Day” Community Blanket 24-Hour Knitting Marathon, October 12-13, 2018, to help raise money for a local non-profit, and supply AIO Food Pantry through the late fall. 

Most Of You Know The Drill

Starting at noon on Friday, October 12, In Winslow-Holbrook park in downtown Rockland, four person teams of knitters will work in two-hour shifts for 24 hours, until noon on Saturday, October 13. Together, they will create a blanket that will be raffled on behalf of a yet to be determined local non-profit. Any non-profit may contend to be the beneficiary of the raffle and interested people may vote for their favorite non-profit by bringing non-perishable food item to Winslow-Holbrook Park in downtown Rockland, and putting them in the appropriately marked box. 

Not Sure Who's Coming Back This Year

Previous beneficiaries have included New Hope For Women, Pope Memorial Humane Society, and The Ripple Initiative. Since its beginning in 2012, the marathon has collected thousands of pounds of food. According to Liz Jenkins, AIO Food Pantry director, in 2017 alone the blanket marathon donated over 1100 pounds of food, the pantry’s largest ever food drive. 

The Need Is Still Great

Over The Rainbow Yarn closed in February, 2018, but the community is still there and our blanket marathon has become a community event. Over the past six years, it has become a tradition for area knitters, with some traveling from as far away as New Hampshire, to participate. AIO has come to rely on the hundreds of pounds of food the event generates. Liz Jenkins, of AIO said they were worried about how they were going to stock their shelves without the marathon this year, and was relieved to learn it will go on. Small, local non-profits look forward to the opportunity to receive much needed cash. Sharon Setz of The Ripple Initiative, the 2017 raffle beneficiary, is planning on collecting even more food items this year to win the raffle proceeds.

A Little History

In case you never heard the story of how we started, or saw the video we shot in 2012 about the First Annual, take a look.

Happy to help.

If you have a non-profit and would like to be the beneficiary of the raffle, or want to sign up for a shift, or just want more information, please contact me at 

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