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Shop Small with Your Yarn Shop 11/29!

Written on November 24, 2014 at 2:40 am, by Allison

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Happy Thanksgiving from The Plymouth Yarn Company! We are sponsoring a fabulous deal for your Small Business Saturday shopping! Visit one of these shops on November 29th and the first 10 customers in each shop to purchase $50 of Plymouth Yarn products will receive a coupon to save $20 off your next $50 Plymouth Yarn purchase during the month of December.  This is a limited time deal and original purchase must be made on November 29th.  Get to your yarn shop early for best selection. Contact the shop for hours. This offer is available in store and only at the shops listed below.  See shop for further details.

 

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Galway, but as a Roving!

Written on November 6, 2014 at 8:00 am, by Vanessa

Our Galway Worsted weight yarn has been in the Plymouth family for a long time. I remember being a teenager, working at my mom’s yarn shop, and selling galway during the felted bag craze. Fun times! It was the perfect yarn for most projects- a durable, 4-ply (feltable) worsted weight with many colors and excellent yardage (210 yards for 100 Grams, to be exact.) It was well loved for fairisle projects, cabling, and held up well to pilling and wear. Oh! And who remembers Galway in a hank?

We’ve expanded the Galway yarn in more than one direction recently. I’ll talk about only one today…..but stay tuned for a smaller (hint hint) Galway version in my next post.

Galway ROVING! Galway Roving is new to Plymouth- it is a singly ply bulky weight yarn that knits up at 2.5 sts= 1″ on a size 15 (10mm) needle.
We love it for chunky weight accessories and outdoorsy kind of knits.

Please enjoy the free pattern for this drop stitch cable cowl. It requires only 3 balls and an evening or two to make. The cowl is worked flat and then stitches are dropped to make a looser, less dense fabric. The ends are then sewn together to make a cowl-loop. Super fun and stylish! Download the free pattern

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Easy Dk Merino Superwash Tri Colored Triangle Scarf

Written on October 1, 2014 at 9:00 am, by Vanessa

I love garter stitch. It’s reversible. It’s squishy. It’s easy to stripe with.

New for fall, our lovely DK Merino Superwash makes an effortless triangle scarf. Styling triangular scarves is fun. You can wear the point in the front with the ends doubled around your neck (like a kerchief) or you can wear the point to the back, having the ends tied loosely in the front. Or you can wear the point on your shoulder, and pin the ends in place with your favorite shawl pin.

We have brand new colors in stock of DKMSW, so check them out. There are lots of color combinations to match with coats. –Enjoy! Vanessa

Download the pdf

DK Merino Superwash Triangle Scarf

DK Merino Superwash Triangle Scarf, shown in colors 1133, 1132, 1131

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Crawl, Hop or Taste. ‘Tis the Season for Great Events!

Written on September 11, 2014 at 10:00 am, by Allison

No matter where you live, there is sure to be a yarn event somewhere near you over the next couple of weeks.  Since there are so many, we’ve decided to list as many as we can right here in a neat little post.  Click on the links for each event for more detailed information.  Have fun and happy knitting!

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September 5th -20th The 7th annual Yarn Discovery Tour has begun with hundreds of fiber enthusiasts starting to crisscross Northeast Ohio

September 12th  6:30-8:30 pm The Knitter’s Edge in Bethlehem, PA will be tasting the newest and finest yarns of The Plymouth Yarn Company

September 13th-21st Yarn Along The Rockies is a 9 day yarn crawl with a Passport Tour of 24 participating yarn shops across the front range of Colorado.

September 13th-21st Gather your friends together and have a fun time as you visit great yarn shops and vie for a chance at terrific prizes at the 8th annual Atlanta Shop Hop

September 18th-21st San Diego Yarn Crawl. Come join in on a fun and exciting yarn crawl in San Diego, California. Meet lots of friendly shops and alpacas. Then shop for lots of exciting new yarns.

September 19th-21st North Country Fiber Fair Watertown, SD. The mission of the North Country Fiber Fair is to host an annual event, on the 3rd weekend of September, that provides educational and marketing opportunities for producers, fiber artists and consumers of natural fibers

September 19th & 20th Indiana and Illinois Fall Bus Shop Hop.

September 26th-28th The Western Connecticut Yarn Council presents the Fiber, Friends and Fun Yarn Crawl! 7 shops and 3 fiberlicious days of fun!

October 10th-19th The 8th annual Hill Country Yarn Crawl, the best little yarn crawl in Texas!  Ten fun-filled days crawling your way through 13 yarn shops around and about central Texas.

October 21st-26th Central Kansas Yarn Hop The Central Kansas Yarn Hop lets you gather your friends and support local yarn shops across central Kansas. Shop local!

I’m sure this is just a fraction of the many wonderful yarn related events happening, comment below or contact us if you’d like us to add your event.

So get in your car and go!  There are great prizes and new yarn discoveries just waiting for you in your local yarn shop.

 

 

 

Repurpose Your Swatches into a Blanket

Written on September 2, 2014 at 9:00 am, by Vanessa

Swatches swatches swatches. I’ve got tons of swatches. But what do you do with them after you get your gauge information? I usually take my swatches and place them on an O ring, and hang them up for future reference. It’s almost like a time capsule when I looks through them– some were for sweaters, some for cowls, other were just to see how the yarn would perform. Since I’ve got an abundance of swatches (as I am sure most knitters do- especially if you are making something to a specific size!) I thought it would be so cute to make a little patchwork blanket. Some yarns I used in my swatch blanket are Monte Donegal, Baby Alpaca Grande, Worsted Merino Superwash, Baby Alpaca Aire.

Separate your swatches by singling out a nice color palette. Don’t color shame yourself– buying similar colors is now a good thing!

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I’ve got 12 swatches, each of which are 6″ x 6″. It’s ok if your swatches are all different weights, as long as they are relatively the same size.

 

Block your swatches.

Block your swatches.

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Weave in any ends. Apparently I don’t weave in my swatch ends very often!

Arrange your swatches in a pleasing order.

Arrange your swatches in a pleasing order.

Thread your tapestry needle and stitch edge square together using whip stitch method. It's ok if you need to skip sts to produce an even finish.

Thread your tapestry needle and whip stitch each square together using. Go ahead and skip sts to produce an even finish.

 

All finished! My blanket looked great without a border. You can add a simple garter stitch border or single crochet along the edges. I am going to keep the blanket edges unfinished so that I can add more swatches!

All finished! My blanket looked great without a border. You can add a simple garter stitch border or single crochet along the edges. I am going to keep the blanket edges unfinished so that I can add more swatches!

 

 

 

Plant Cozy Pattern in Cleo Cotton

Written on August 1, 2014 at 8:00 am, by Vanessa

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Late summer is wonderful for gardeners. Usually by August, summer’s bounty of herbs, fruits, and veggies have sprouted, been picked, and tasted. The bittersweet part of late summer, living in the northeast of the United States, is that my potted plants time outside is dwindling.

Pictured above are my aloe vera plant and cactus. These two plants can’t take the bitter cold. I will be bringing them inside to stay cozy warm with me. To give them a little refresher for the indoors, I have designed a cozy for them in our Cleo cotton. Cleo is a mercerized cotton, which means if you happen to get a little dirt on them, the cozies can be machine washed. The cozies took only an ounce of yarn– which is incredible because if you use 2 colors, you can essentially make 3 cozies out of 2 skeins. I’m also loving the linen stitch I used for the cozies. It has this really neat woven look. Not to mention, when you stripe with linen stitch the colors muddle together. Below is the pattern I used for the cozies. You can easily customize the size of your cozy by following a simple multiplication explained in the pattern. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

–Vanessa

Linen Stitch Plant Cozy

Download the pdf

To Fit: Small Potted Plant
Approximate Dimensions:
2 ½” tall x 8” circumference

Materials:
Cleo: 1—50G skein each of 2 colors,
we used color 172 with 170, and 138 with 139
(please note- each cozy weighed 1 ounce each so you could essentially make many of these for your other pots or share with friends!)
Gauge: 25 sts, 37.5 rows = 4” on size US 7 (4.5mm) needle in linen st.
Needles/Notions: US Size 7 (4.5mm) DPNs, 1 st marker (m).

Linen St (Odd # of sts)
Rnds 1, 3, 5: MC: *K1, sl1 wyif; rep from * to last st, k1.
Rnds 2, 4, 6: MC: *Sl1 wyif, k1; rep from * to last st, sl1 wyif.
Rnds 7 and 9: CC: *K1, sl1 wyif; rep from * to last st, k1.
Rnds 8 and 10: CC: *Sl1 wyif, k1; rep from * to last st, sl1 wyif.
Rep these 10 rnds for pattern.

Begin
Designate which color you’d like to be the main color (MC) and contrast color (CC).
With smaller DPNs and MC, CO using long tail method 47 sts. Join in the rnd and pm.
Work 2 rep of the 10 rnd linen st pattern (20 rnds total). Then work rnds 1-5 once more.
BO in k on next rnd with MC. Weave in all ends.

To widen- measure your pot and multiple by 6.25. Then, round that number up to the nearest odd number. That is your cast on amount.

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ABBREVIATIONS: beg= begin(ning), BO= bind off, CC= contrast color, CO= cast on, cont= continue, MC= main color, m= marker, pm= place marker, p = purl, rem= remain(ning), rep= repeat, rnd=round, RS= right side, sc= single crochet, sl = slip,  st(s) = stitch(es), st st = stockinette st, wyif- with yarn in front

Embellishing Jewelry Tutorial

Written on July 1, 2014 at 8:30 am, by Vanessa

Embellishing Necklaces

Every knitter and crocheter knows how precious and special our yarns can be to us. In fact, I consider myself an official collector! But after you make something with that oh-so-special yarn, there is usually some bits and bobs leftover that are too hard to toss. There’s got to be a way to use the scrap, right? Right! Our tutorial will give you some ideas to embellish chains to add new life to your jewelry.

Embellishing Necklaces

What you will need:

- necklaces chains with large holes for the needle/hook to fit through.

- crochet hook took fit necklace chain and/or tapestry needle to fit through chains. My hook size was 2.5mm

- scissors

- scraps of yarn- a couple yards of each will do the trick. We used Grignasco Sahara and Gold Rush

Embellishing Necklaces

To make the chain version, simply thread your tapestry needle with yarn. Start at either end of the chain. Proceed to go up and then down every other chain.

Try not to pull the yarn too much or else the yarn will bunch of oddly. Continue threading the whole chain. Cut the yarn, leaving tails to tie in. Knot into place.

Try not to pull the yarn too much or else the yarn will bunch up oddly. Continue threading the whole chain. Cut the yarn, leaving tails to tie in. Knot into place and weave in ends.

Voila!

Voila!

To make the crochet version, I used 2 strands of yarn together. You can use just one. Start at either end of the chain,

To make the crochet version, I used 2 strands of yarn Gold Rush yarn held together. You can use just one. Start at either end of the chain.

 

Begin working in single crochet through each chain across.

Begin working in single crochet through each chain across. Once you work the first row, Chain 1, turn. Then work 3 single crochets in each single crochet across to the end of the row. Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in ends.

 

So pretty!

So pretty!

If you were wondering about the crochet flower on my necklace, I bought it that way! But of course you can make your own stacked flowers! Here is a tutorial I found that looks very similar to my necklace.

Enjoy!  –Vanessa

New Fall PlymouthYarns for Winter 2014/15 and a GIVE AWAY!!

Written on June 27, 2014 at 8:26 am, by Cia

Wow! Wait until you see this line-up! We have been so busy working on our new line of yarns this year. And we found so many that we had trouble keeping it down to a decent # of yarns.

We have 15 all said and done. I KNOW!!! 15!!!

Here is a description of these yarns for you to read about. NEXT I would like for you to check them out on Ravelry,  tell us your favorite new yarn and what it inspires you to make.

We will select a winner by random draw-so enter often if you like!

Essex: Chunky weight 100% wool wrapped in a charcoal or black thread in a fascinating subtle stripe.  Stitches melt together to create a wonderfully muted, but colorful, substantial fabric. This yarn is great for chunky weight accessories that you’d like to have a pop of color. 

Gina Chunky: We developed a chunky weight version of one of our favorite and best-selling yarns, Gina. Gina Chunky is a single-ply roving in bright, cheerful self-striping colors. This 100% wool will make cozy winter accessories in a snap. Charmingly fresh and bright in a quick to knit gauge.

Homestead: A true Aran! Homestead is a classic 3-ply wool with a design oriented color range. We love this yarn for many reasons. Surprisingly soft yet rustic, homestead will wear well and be a knitters favorite.   

Cashmere Passion: Cashmere never felt so good! In fact, we think this 80% Merino, 20% Cashmere blend feels better than most 100% Cashmere yarns (without the price tag, too!). Cashmere passion knits up at a light worsted gauge. The soft halo produced from the fabric yearns to be knit in a luxury accessory or classic knit. A truly cuddly yarn.

Cashmere: We have taken our Royal Cashmere to the next level. It is the same high quality Italian 100% cashmere in a new ball put-up. Best of all we have redefined the entire color palette. 10 colors ranging from classic to fun! Check it out. This is for that very special project-hopefully for yourself! 

Sophia Tweed: A multi colored binding thread twines around thick and thin Acrylic and Wool. Sophia Tweed is like a party in a ball. Stockinette and garter knits are soft and nearly weightless. We love this one for women’s garments and accessories in easy to knit patterns.

Spago: A light-as-a-feather novelty yarn with a bulky gauge. Spago self-stripes, and will knit well in simple stitches. Spago is ultra-textured and very fast to knit with.

Kid Gloss and Kid Gloss Hand Dyed:  We tested many Silk/Mohair blends to bring to you the finest of the lot. Kid Gloss is 72% Super Kid Mohair and 28% Mulberry Silk. Accept no substitutions! You need to knit this yarn to know it is the best! The color palette is very inspirational for mixing together yarns, for either double or single stranded projects.

Stella Jacq: We are so excited about this self-patterning worsted. If you are familiar with our Knitcol yarn, you will love its big sister, Stella Jacq. Jacq is taken from the word jacquard, which is a textile term for intricate patterning. 100% Machine washable wool. Exciting and stunning shades bring unexpected results. Suitable for babies, kids, and adventurous adults.

Baby Alpaca Cherish: 50% Acrylic and 50% Alpaca blended together to create the best of both worlds. A versatile DK weight, Baby Alpaca Cherish is a great yarn for the family. The alpaca lends its softness and drape, while the acrylic lends its wash-ability.  Stitch patterns and color-work alike work well with this new yarn.

Rekor Mini: This is a fun crafting packet of little balls of 10 yards each, in great color ranges. Bust out the imagination for these: duplicate stitch, granny-style square crochet, jewelry, etc.  Check out our free pattern booklets to get you started F557 and F558. 

Inspire and Impulse:  Stock up on these kits for holiday shoppers. 2 different yarns packaged with a pom-pom. And the ball band has the pattern inside for cute hats. 

Scozia: Brought to you from Adriafil, this tweed blend of wool, viscose and nylon has a great hand and a rustic outcome. Chunky for fast knitting, but a light weight finished garment.

Riflessi: Also from Adriafil, this 4 to the inch blend of wool, acrylic and nylon has a metallic thread braided into the chainette structure-subtle but very effective. 

 

New England Yarn Crawl I-91 Fourth Annual!

Written on June 27, 2014 at 7:36 am, by Cia

Hear Ye, Hear Ye,

All you New England Knitters!  Check out the details below of the 4th Annual I-91 Yarn Crawl!  Sounds like a weekend of fun, mystery and prizes galore!!

Please post your positive reviews here so we can live vicariously thru you!

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Click here for the Map of the Participating Yarn Shops:

 

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Twelve local yarn shops located along I-91 from Putney, VT to Branford, CT have
joined together for the Fourth Annual I-91 Shop Hop! A shop hop is a fun way to
visit new and interesting yarn shops in a defined geographical area.
The I-91 Shop Hop will take place June 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th.
All participating shops will be open from 10 am-6 pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday and
12 pm-5 pm on Sunday. Please note, many shops normally offer extended hours on
Thursday evenings and will do so during the Shop Hop.
The Mystery Tour
This year the I-91 Shop Hop will take you on a Mystery Tour. Each shop will hand out
an exclusive clue to the Mystery Knit Project. Collect all 12 and see what your knitting
needles can produce.
The Knitty Gritty Details
Within this passport you will find a dedicated page for each participating shop. As you
visit each shop, be sure you have the back cover stamped to show that you have visited
that shop. If you visit all 12 shops on the Shop Hop, you will be entered to win the Grand
Prize. When you receive your final stamp, the shop will tear off your back page and you
will be entered into the drawing. The drawing will take place on Monday, June 30, 2014.
Fabulous Grand Prize: $600 in Gift Certificates & More!
The Grand Prize will consist of yarn, books, tools & accessories from many of our wonderful
suppliers, PLUS a $50 gift certificate from every shop participating in the Shop Hop.
Two Incredible Runners-up Prizes, Too!
In addition to the Grand Prize, there will be two smaller prizes consisting of six $50 gift
cards to some of the participating shops along with a selection of yarn, tools, books and
accessories from some of our great suppliers!
Daily Raffles
Each shop will have a daily raffle drawing of items donated from many of our wonderful
suppliers. You are entered into the daily raffles by visiting the shop that day and completing
an entry form. You do not have to be present to win the daily raffle. New this year: on
Sunday afternoon each shop will take all raffle tickets from the weekend and draw one
winning ticket. The winner receives a Ball Winder & Swift.
The Fun Doesn’t Stop When the Shop Hop Ends!
Hold onto your souvenir Black 2014 Shop Hop Bag. Not only is it
great for all of your yarn shopping excursions throughout the year,
it will be your ticket to 10% savings on Saturday, March 15, 2015.
Stop by any of the participating shops and show your bag at checkout
for 10% off your purchase! Certain exclusions may apply.
Have Fun. Drive Safely. Good Luck! MYSTERY TOUR

Patriotic Patterns

Written on June 13, 2014 at 8:30 am, by Vanessa

Summer is a really fun time to knit crafty, smaller projects. Portability is key- especially if you are taking a road trip, going to the beach, or just having a picnic. To spice up your summer, try this patriotic coaster for the fourth of July designed by Joanne Turcotte of The Knitter’s Edge. The coaster may look familiar, because we already having a matching hot pad pattern!

Fantasy Naturale, our 100% cotton, was used for both designs. We love Fantasy Naturale for its washability (it won’t shrink in the wash because it is mercerized!) Fantasy is also a quick to knit aran weight gauge, which means you can be finished with your crafty crafts in no time. Click on the photos to enjoy our free patterns, and have a happy holiday! –Vanessa

F338 Flag Hot Pad

F338 Flag Hot Pad

Fantasy Naturale Flag Coaster

F572 Flag Coaster