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Littleton, NH

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Summer at Yarn Garden

It has been a busy summer thus far!  We started with our Yarn Bombing on June 7th, hanging 42 shawls and lap blankets from the rafters of the covered bridge in Littleton.  
The dedication follows:

Dedication for “Share the Love” Yarn Bombing

These shawls and lap blankets were the works of many women who knitted and crocheted them at home and at work, so that eventually they would bring comfort to someone in long-term care.  They will wrap around the shoulders or lie across the lap of a person whose life has shifted, who has had to shift with it, settling, unsettling, fluttering perhaps like the hands with yarn, stopping, starting, unknotting, unknitting, making mistakes, feeling frustrated, running hands over the stitches of their lives, fingering worriedly the mistakes that are too far back to fix, wondering who will notice them and whether they matter. 

Thank you for participating in this project.  We are so proud to be a part of a community of creative women who take time out of their busy lives to make a shawl or lap blanket for someone we don’t even know--not because we are caregivers, though many of us are, but because we appreciate caregivers and we empathize with those who are in need of care.  Many of us have family members and friends who need care or we, ourselves, have needed care.  These shawls and lap blankets connect us imperceptibly, like a blown kiss.

We are already planning next year’s yarn bombing.  We will be knitting and crocheting children’s toys and finger puppets and pairing them with children’s books.  After displaying them in shops and libraries, we will donate them to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHAD).  Look for the knit-alongs after the new year.

Book Club

Our book club is reading The Dirty Life for July 24th.  This fascinating book charts the first year of a CSA in northern New York.  We will be having a lunchtime discussion from 12-1:30.

Christmas in July!

This year we are kicking off our weekend with a Yarn Tasting on July 18th  from 6-8. We will start a knit-along for Christmas Ornaments that night and swap our Secret Santa names.  Customers who want to participate in the swap should come  fill out a questionnaire in advance.  Saturday we will work on Christmas stockings.  The Saturday class is from 10-3 and includes lunch, instructions, and 20% off yarn.

Upcoming classes:

Americana Wristband—just in time for the Fourth of July!  Susan is hand-dying yarn for kits to go with this Skacel pattern.  Tuesday, July 1st from 4:30-6:00, she will be teaching a class for $20 which includes the kit.

Knit a Baby Sweater—Casey will take you through your first sweater in this beginner class.   Thursday, July 10th and 17th from 4:30-6:00.  $25 includes pattern and instruction.

Minami Top—Paula is teaching this sweet top with Berroco’s Folio, a beautifully soft alpaca and rayon blend.  The three classes will include instruction in lacework and seaming.  Starting July 21st from 4:30-6:00 for $35, includes pattern and instruction.

Wingspan—What a beautiful shawl!  Casey will teach you how to do a short-row in one class.  Friday, July 25th from 4:30-6:00.  $15, plus $6 pattern.

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