RANGELEY — The women of the Rangeley region will show their knit, crochet and craft talents for the 13th year at the Knit and Crafts Show and Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum, Route 16, one mile east of Rangeley. Admission is free.

Celebrating the creativity of Maine fiber artists, the show also introduces visitors to the history of knitting in the logging woods of the Rangeley region.

Margaret Yezil of Oquossoc will offer a variety of handmade items such as moose and Christmas items. Knitter Daria Babbitt will return, along with several friends from the Salem area. Knit goods fashioned by the women of the Church of the Good Shepherd will be available, as will afghans donated to the museum by Barbara Priest.

Also on display will be sweaters knitted by Gladys Yocom Metka for the Guidepost Magazine project, Knit For Kids, which sends sweaters to children in need throughout the world. For information, e-mail [email protected]

The museum’s exhibit on knitting in the timberwoods of Maine, “Hand in Hand: Logging and Knitting in Maine,” will be on display, with gloves worn by local loggers as well as a pair of gray woolen double-thumb mittens from New Brunswick. Worn by woodsmen, the mittens, made by thrifty women, could be turned over and used on the other side once the palm-side had been worn out.

Many of the photography exhibits also show the sweaters and mittens, made by women and sometimes mended by men, that were used in the logging camps.

The Rangeley region also has a colorful knitting story to tell. Many of its native daughters, such as Lucille Haley Richard, Virginia Haley White and Bertha Lamb Haines, began knitting as girls and some cared for and dressed the dolls their mothers made for them. And once Rangeley’s hills were dotted with sheep, since there were 12 to 15 sheep farms in the area.

The museum will honor Lucille Haley Richard (1927-2006), founder of the event. Mrs. Richard was especially fond of making sweaters for babies and young children. An exhibit about her knitting, “Knit by Heart: The Art of Lucille Richard,” will appear at the show.

Tickets will be on sale for the youth four-wheeler fall raffle to be drawn at the Apple Festival and the youth snowmobile for the winter raffle to be drawn at the Sno-deo. The items can be seen on the Richards’ yard on Main Street.

The museum invites any knitters, crocheters, embroiderers or other crafters who would like to include their handiwork in the activities to call Peggy Yocom at 864-3421.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the logging museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in July and August and by appointment. Call the Richards at 864-5595. The Logging Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25.

Anyone who has knitted goods, patched clothing, needles, thread, or wax used in the logging camps, photographs of knitting or woolen goods in the camps or memories of knitting in the camps is asked to call Yocom.


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