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Celebrating Crochet!


This month, we're celebrating crochet in our front window! We're featuring granny squares galore and Buddy's new best friend and possible love interest, who we've finally named Martha the Happypotamus. 

Granny squares are a whimsical and versatile component of all kinds of crochet projects. They're easy to learn and easy to customize. We'd be delighted to teach you during our Drop-in Hours or a 15-minute Mini Class. 

The Duffer sweater combines crocheted granny squares on the front with knitting on the back and sleeves. It's such a simple construction that it could easily be your first sweater and your first venture into crochet! We made ours in Cascade 220 superwash.

Shawls are a popular favorite project among knitters, especially in the spring when they can be worn over lighter-weight tops for a little extra warmth and elegance. Lacy shawls are a particularly beautiful way to show off crochet.

The Mine Once More shawl pattern is available through Ravelry (or in the shop), and we'd be glad to help you pick out the perfect yarn for it.
 
Upcoming Events

April 9, 2016
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Knitting for Felting with Tammy Hare

April 16, 2016
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Embellishments: Duplicate Stitch, Embroidery, Applied I-Cord

April 23, 2016
10:00am - 12:00noon
Cowl Club: Cozy Quilted Cowl

April 23, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Embellishments: Pompoms, Tassels, Applique


Every Mon. 6:30-8:30pm, Wed. 10am-12pmThurs. 6:30-8:30pm
Stitch 'N' Spin


Every Mon. 5-7pm, Thurs. 5-7pm
Drop-In Help Hours
Yarns for the Warm Season

You never know in Maine, but I'm determined to believe that Spring is Here! And Spring means cheerful colors, lighter-weight knits and warm weather fibers.

We've expanded our color palettes in three popular warm weather favorites: Modern Cotton(above), Bamboo Pop(below) and Remix(below-final).


Modern Cotton: A worsted weight 60% cotton/50% rayon blend. Comes in a wide array of classic colors, excellent for summer baby blankets, short-sleeved cardigans or any sort of spring garment. Browse project ideas here.

Bamboo Pop: A DK-weight 50/50 blend of cotton and bamboo fiber - very smooth and a little bit shiny. It makes a lovely summer baby dress, fancy hand towel, or spring shawl. Browse project ideas here.

Remix: An aran-weight yarn made of mixed recycled fibers (nylon, cotton, acrylic, silk, and linen), with a tweedy look. Good for casual style, durable children's garments, and all-season wear. Browse project ideas here.
 
Berroco Mykonos

Berroco has discontinued their Captiva line, but Captiva lovers will adore its brand new sport-weight cousin, Mykonos. You may have noticed it sprawled across the top of our Facebook page this week, as our featured yarn. It's a blend of linen and nylon, light-weight for summer garments with a body-flattering drape and an ethereal quality. 

Above: Chloe, one of our OTR minions, is working up the Odele sweater, a sleek summer top designed to perfectly show off this yarn, for shop display within the coming weeks. You can find Mykonos on display up front, and the Odele pattern in the Mykonos booklet at the shop.
Get to Know The Minions on the Blog

We have several missions here aside from selling yarn. First of all, we want to spread the love of yarn. Buying yarn isn't like buying groceries - yarn is a way of life and it fills us with joy. It's a common interest worthy of building a relationship around. Yarn means so much to us that sometimes we joke about the "church of yarn".

So, second of all, we want to get to know you and we want you to get to know us as individuals. Mim, Lauren, Jennifer, Catherine, and Chloe have begun sharing their stories on our blog, and each of us is planning on writing weekly.

• Find our latest posts: click the "Blog" link on the main menu on our website.
• Read posts by by your favorite minion: click their face on the "About" page.


This week,
Find Us At The Maine Business Expo!

Who's coming? Over the Rainbow Yarn will be at this year's Business and Community Expo at the Samoset Resort, Free and open to the public on Wednesday April 13th between 2 and 7pm.
 
Mim and Jennifer will be providing free knitting lessons on the spot. Mim promises to teach you to knit within five minutes, guaranteed. Listen for the sound of a bell ringing while you wander around; that means someone just learned to knit 

Ask us about how you and everyone you know can add a little more yarn to your life. We'll tell you all about the classes and events we offer throughout the year.
 
Yarn School: Superwash Wool

To learn more about the superwash wool process, read our latest blog post.

Superwash wool is certainly useful in our modern culture, with our busy lives and washing machines. But it doesn't grow on sheep. All wool will felt when exposed to heat and agitation unless it's treated with a superwash process. There are two kinds of superwash processes: the chemical bath and the polymer coating. Both have the effect of suppressing the grabby barbs on the surface of wool fibers.

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