Knit-a-thon raises money for charity, spirits of participants
Rockland — The Midcoast may have been battened down against frost Oct. 12, but adverse weather didn't stop participants in Over the Rainbow Yarn's 24-hour Knit-a-Thon.
Volunteers worked in two-hour shifts to knit a blanket that will be raffled off during Rockland's Festival of Lights Nov. 23-25.
Proceeds from the raffle will go to New Hope for Women, which received the greatest amount of non-perishable food donations among several participating charities. Food items have since been donated to Area Interfaith Outreach, a volunteer organization based in the Midcoast.
The blanket will be embroidered with commemorative information by Over the Rainbow Yarn owner Mim Bird.
"What we're selling is a lifestyle, an experience, and a community," Bird told assembled participants and passersby.
"Mim for mayor!" added knitter Consuelo Stacy.
Over the Rainbow Yarn's November charity beneficiary will be Coats for Kids. Anyone who purchases a skein of four select types of Cascade yarn and uses it to knit scarves, hats, and/or mittens for needy children will be entitled to a replacement skein if they return the knitted items to Over the Rainbow Yarn before the Festival of Lights.
Participants described the experience as "so much fun," and agreed that "the night shift [was] definitely the naughty shift."
Several knitters said that they would return for the event next year, at which time, according to Bird, contributors will attempt to set a Guinness-verified world record for longest continuous knitting by a team.
Courier Publications reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.