May 21, 2018
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Lend a hand to the Scarf of Tranquility

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

The public is invited to join the Thursday night knitters for a final night of knitting before the group breaks for the summer. The group will gather at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at the Blue Hill Public Library to celebrate all the knitting accomplished during the winter. Bring current projects to work on as well as finished projects to show, or just stop in and knit on the community knitting project, the Scarf of Tranquility.

A library official said the Scarf of Tranquility was inspired by a similar project that was published in Heifer International magazine. Those who wish may find sponsors to make a monetary pledge to a knitter to raise funds for worthy causes such as Heifer International, which works to end world hunger.

Marjorie Yesley and Brooke Minner of Blue Hill are credited with the idea of knitting at the library. Yesley provided a basket of yarn and knitting needles for knitters to use when working on the Scarf of Tranquility. To date, the scarf is 6 feet long.

The world record for the longest knitted scarf is held by 2,000 knitters in Wales who knit a 33-mile-long scarf several years ago over a period of 18 months, so Blue Hill Library knitters have a ways to go to equal that record.

All knitters are welcome to knit at the library, and a special invitation is extended to those who have attended during the winter. For information, call the library at 374-5515.


An informal Quilt and Fiber Arts Exhibit and Tea will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 540 Essex St., Bangor.

Baby and lap quilts made for local distribution, miscellaneous quilts made and-or owned by members and fiber arts items will all be on display.

A raffle will be conducted and a tea party will convene in the church’s Morning Glory Diner, where freshly baked scones and other desserts will be available.

General admission is $3; the tea party is an additional $3.

Proceeds will benefit efforts to provide relief to Haiti.


The Whistler House Museum of Art, in conjunction with the Lowell Quilt Festival in Lowell, Mass., is calling for entries this summer for its juried art quilt exhibit “From Fine Art to Fiber: Reinterpreting the Masters.” The exhibit will consist of quilts inspired by famous works of art. E-mail to receive a prospectus. Entry deadline is Saturday, May 15. Information also is available at


An enterprising mother in New York City wanted an easy way to keep her hands warm while pushing her daughter in a stroller. So, she invented the Mommy Mitten, a fleece-lined hand warmer that is secured to the handle of the stroller, eliminating the possibility of lost gloves or mittens. Visit for in-formation.


Those who love creating lace will be inspired and informed by the current issue of Piecework magazine which features all things lace — knitted, crocheted, tatted, Dresden, Spanish, Maltese and the Netherlands. Visit for free needlework projects.

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