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Fall Colors in the Window

Fall is in the air, and in our latest window display. Fall is an exciting time for knitters and for fashion-lovers, because it invites interesting combinations of layered clothing, warm knitwear, and rich natural colors. This month, we've filled our windows with shades of cranberry, plum and chocolate. And we're featuring gorgeous garments suitable for transitional Fall weather.

We're showing off the versatility of a simple pattern like the "Gemini" sweater, which we've knit in three different fibers, colors and sleeve styles. In 100% cotton Donita with short sleeves, it could be a cool summer sweater. Or in acrylic/wool blend Vintage DK with long sleeves, it could be a warm winter sweater.

Plus, Gemini is a free pattern on Ravelry, boasting a plethora of examples posted by Ravelry users which you can browse for inspiration.

It's cowl season! A cowl is an easy, approachable sort of project. It's the sort of thing you could knit mindlessly without a pattern - you really can't go wrong. Knit it flat or in the round. Use a fun, multi-colored yarn and a simple pattern, or incorporate fancy stitch work to your heart's content. A cowl will jazz up your cool-weather outfits and keep you warm through the winter. We can help you find the perfect pattern!

The Hitofude cardigan has been one of the most popular patterns on Ravelry in recent months. It's a flattering, drapey shape and the pattern can be continued to any length. Thanks so much to Kate Tagai for knitting this beautiful sample which we're thrilled to display in our front window! This one was knit in Painted Desert, a fingering-weight superwash wool yarn with soft, gradient striping effect which works perfectly in this pattern.

(Mini lesson time! Japanese words like "hitofude" are easy to pronounce. Every vowel is pronounced, and each vowel has only one possible sound: a="ah", e="eh", i="ee", o="oh", u="oo")
September 19, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Binding Off

September 26, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Building in Color: Make On Purl and Elongated Stitch

September 30, 2015
10:00am - 12:00pm
Nancy's Memorial Blanket
Stitch 'N' Spin

October 3, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Knitting Mawata

October 16-17, 2015
Noon - Noon
Community Blanket Knitting Marathon

October 17, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Be The Boss of Your Socks

October 24, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Building in Color: Mosaic and Butterfly Stitch

November 7, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Needle Felting

November 14, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Intarsia Cable + Washing & Blocking

November 21, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Finishing School

November 28, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Polymer Clay Buttons

Now - Nov. 29, 2015
Mid-Coast Mitten Tree

Every Monday
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Knit + Crochet Drop-in Class
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Stitch N Spin

Every Wednesday

10:00am - 12:00noon
Stitch N Spin

Every Thursday
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Knit + Crochet Drop-in Class
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Stitch N Spin

Sign up for classes on our website by clicking the links above, call us at (207)-594-6060, or come by and sign up in person!
A Blanket In Memory of Nancy

It’s funny how you can get to know someone by their knitting and feel intimately connected through the magic of yarn. Nancy Carr was a regular at Stitch 'N' Spin Circles and routinely prowled our shelves looking for the right shade of green, or a color that would play well against the right shade of green. Her singular sense of style and wild and free hand with color dovetailed beautifully with her empowered knitting expertise. Her busy mind and great sense of humor endeared her to many here at OTR. When she lost her battle with cancer in late December of 2014, our community lost a rare and wonderful friend.

In her memory, we would like to create a blanket that her husband can donate to the hospice ward that took such loving and gentle care of her in her last days. Please join us for a memorial Stitch 'N' Spin Circle on Wednesday, September 30th from 10 am to Noon. We’ll be sharing stories and memories of Nancy and working on pieces that can be assembled later into a blanket that tells the story of how much we miss her. 

Make a square...or a triangle or a any color or combination you like. Use yarn from your own stash, get something new in “just the right shade of green,” or if you like, we have some yarns from Nancy’s stash that can be worked in. Nancy was not one for conforming, so let your imagination run free in celebration; she would have liked that.

If you are unable to join us on Wednesday, September 30th, but would still like to add a piece in memory of Nancy, you can drop something off, either before or after, and we’ll find a place for it in the blanket. We’d like to have it all finished before the first anniversary of Nancy’s passing in December so we’ll need to have all the pieces assembled by December 1st.
"The Scoreboard" Knit-Along

Guys, it's football season! I know, I'm a bit late to catch on. Forgive me, I'm not a sports person, but this scarf concept still got me really excited. It's still early enough to catch up, if you want to participate in this brilliant Knit Along by Michelle Hunter of

It's called the Scoreboard scarf. You pick yarn in your favorite football team's colors, plus one neutral color (white in the photo above). You designate one color for your team's points, and the other color for the opposing team's points.

If you like to knit while you watch the game, then you knit a row for each point scored. So, when your team scores 6 points for a touch down, you knit 6 rows in the color representing your team. Then, when the opposing team scores 3 points for a field goal, you knit 3 rows in the color representing the opposing team. And so on.

Or, if you like to pay attention to the game and do your knitting afterward, you take the final score from each game and knit a row per point scored all at once.

At the end of each game, you purl one or two rows in the neutral color.

At the end of the season, you'll have a complete record of the scoreboard from every game your team participated in!

Visit to download the pattern and read more about the Scoreboard Knit Along.

If you need yarn, our Cascade 220 wall is sure to have your team colors. Plenty of red and blue for all the Patriots fans out there, but we're here to support knitters of all affiliations.

Is it just me, or is there something a little incongruous about this group of people apparently excitedly rooting for three different teams at the same time on the same sofa? So funny, though!
The Common Ground Fair
If you've never been to the Common Ground Fair, you may be in for a serious treat. In my humble opinion, it is the best fair in Maine. If you're lucky, the air will be crisp, and the leaves will have begun changing color, reminding you that Fall has arrived. Likewise, reminding you that it's time to start knitting with renewed vigor, because cooler weather calls for cozy knitwear.

The Common Ground Fair may not be on many fiber enthusiasts' radar because it's not billed as a fiber event primarily, but this astonishingly huge fair has enough fiber activity going on to occupy your entire day.

There will be folk art demonstrations, with practitioners of traditional fiber crafts ready to tell you all about it. You'll find rug hookers, quilters, knitters, weavers, felters and spinners! There are always a number of spinners gathered together with their exquisite spinning wheels, spinning together.

Like any good country fair, there will be an exhibition hall in which you can admire the award-winning works of local craft-makers.

If you're a spinner, you'll be thrilled by the quantity of fleece for sale. You'll find raw fleece as well as all sorts of roving, dyed and undyed, from numerous vendors. If you're a knitter, you'll be thrilled as well by the number of vendors selling beautiful and unique yarn. This is a farmers' fair, and what you'll find primarily is yarn made from the sheep and alpacas raised on Maine farms. If you like to see fiber animals (or even purchase fiber animals), then you'll find plenty of adorable sheep, alpacas and angora bunnies.

If you're interested in purchasing or perusing handmade crafts, then I promise you will be mightily impressed and perhaps even overwhelmed by the number of craftspeople selling their fine wares.

I always leave feeling inspired and I'm sure you will too.

Visit the MOFGA Facebook page or their website for more information.
Yarn School: Reading Cable Patterns

Last week, I told you what a knitted cable is. I think patterns are less overwhelming when you know the concepts in advance. This week, I've prepared this graphic which you can refer to in order to read most cable pattern and charts with ease.

Click here and scroll down to "Yarn School" to learn what a cable is.
Click here and scroll down to "Yarn School" to learn how to read a knitting chart.
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