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You can find Design Details from Vanessa Ewing and Marketing News from Kaelin Hearn - Find out our newest ideas and thoughts. We plan to talk about all aspects of the industry from yarn, knitting, crocheting, design, patterns, etc. If you are looking to purchase yarn, please click the "Find a Shop" link to the right. We are wholesale only. To always be in the loop, be sure to subscribe to our blog by clicking here. We welcome all to join and participate. Let's have fun:)

Pitti Immagine Filati July 2015

Written on July 28, 2015 at 8:07 am, by Allison

At this years Pitti Filati show in Florence, Italy.  Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Terry Phillips along with his lovely wife, sales rep, Jennifer, arrived to splashes of color in all sorts of interesting mediums.  Stuffed animals, traffic cones, and multicolored smoke were just a few ways they were displayed.

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They met with long time friends and the folks who make that decadent Baby Alpaca and beautiful Galway. group mitchell

There was emphasis on natural fibers spun into luxury yarns.  The colors were earthy and regal. sweater orange dress

It was a long, hot week and Plymouth Yarn is excited to develop new products to share with you in the coming months.

Debriefing about all of the beautiful yarns!

Debriefing about all of the beautiful yarns!

Galway Roving Woven Pillow

Written on July 15, 2015 at 9:00 am, by Vanessa

During my vacation last month, I ran across this really cool DIY blog post for a woven pillow. I just had to make it!

I dug through my stash but I couldn’t find any roving laying around (how is that possible? I am ashamed to call myself a yarn stasher :) ). But, because necessity is the mother of invention, I realized I had everything I needed when I pulled out some complimentary colors of Galway Roving.

I followed the directions on the blog, but used 4 strands of Galway Roving held together in place of using the actual roving. It took 2 full balls of the Tan and a little more than 2 balls of the Grey.

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I do like the results, and the finished pillow is so soft and fluffy!

 

Slip-Stitch Knits Giveaway!

Written on June 26, 2015 at 12:14 pm, by Allison

We are happy to share a giveaway hosted by Martingale Publishing!  Check out their new book Slip-Stitch Knits by Sheryl Thies, with 12 lovely designs, 5 of which use your favorite Plymouth Yarns!

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Head on over to Martingale’s blog for your chance to win!  Here are just two of the beautiful Plymouth designs that you can find in the book….

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Jeannee, 2 skeins. one in color 1 and one in color 57

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Encore Worsted. 1 skein each in colors 688 and 240

 

 

Ojo De Dios Chunky- KAL and giveaway!

Written on June 15, 2015 at 8:10 pm, by Vanessa

Ojo De Dios Chunky using Gina Chunky by Plymouth Yarn

Photo credit of Harper Point Photography/Interweave Knits

I am pleased to announce the release of my new shawl knitting pattern, Ojo De Dios Chunky. Plymouth Gina Chunky self stripes into modular-motif triangles. The seamless triangles form the border of the shawl. A v-shaped garter stitch body is picked up and knit afterward. Some of you may know of my original, “little sister” shawl, which is the original Ojo De Dios knit in Plymouth Gina (a worsted weight).  I really enjoyed re-designing this shawl concept. Since this is knit in a chunky weight,  you’ll be able to knit at a faster pace. I think it took me 3 evenings.

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Photo credit of Harper Point Photography/Interweave Knits

The design is part of a collection of 5 accessories that feature motifs in Interweave Knit’s newest e-book. Designs are from Grace Akhrem, Quenna Lee, Paula B. Levy and Daniela Nii. Just click the link to purchase your copy. You can also purchase a kit for the shawl from Interweave.

Now that I’ve introduced you to the new design……I want to announce I will be hosting a KAL (knit-a-long) and giveaway for my shawl on ravelry in the Plymouth Yarn Group.

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To Participate in the KAL:

To Participate in the giveaway:

 

Everyone who completes the above requirements will be entered into our drawing at the end of the KAL.

The giveaway is a surprise and will be revealed at a later date. (Hint: There will be multiple winners!)

 

 

 

 

Columbus TNNA Highlights

Written on June 15, 2015 at 2:05 pm, by Allison

We had a great time at the TNNA show in Columbus this year.  There was lots of love to be had for our new fall yarns. It was great to see so many of you at our booth and we are looking forward to a successful year and hope that you share all of your projects with us on our social media outlets.
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Memorial Day Hat Giveaway!

Written on May 26, 2015 at 9:23 am, by Allison

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So many of us just love our hats and with the Cleo Summer Tam you don’t have to wait for cool weather to wear them! Made using 100% Mercerized Pima Cotton this hat is an adorable addition to your collection.  Knit it on your way to the beach and wear it that night!  This is your chance to win the Plymouth Yarn Cleo  yarn to make it too!  Comment here on our blog and tell us your favorite summer knitting project.  Several winners will be chosen at random Monday, June 1st.   You can download the pattern here for free.

Need ideas for summer knitting? Check out our Short and Sweet Summer Knitting Board on Pinterest for inspiration.

Free Baby Hat Pattern and Giveaway!

Written on May 18, 2015 at 9:00 am, by Allison

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It’s just about summer time here in Bristol.  It’s hot and humid during the day but the evenings are still slightly cool.  If you have a wee one, it’s still nice to cover their sweet, little heads on those cool nights by the fire pit or during a walk on the famous boardwalks of the Jersey shore.  Plymouth Yarn has them covered!  Pattern F597, made using Sesia Bimbo,  a soft cotton rolled brim hat is just perfect for those nights.  It’s available in 6 beautiful, baby friendly shades.  We want to celebrate this yarn and the season by sharing the pattern and giving 5 lucky winners the yarn they need to make it!  The hat is available in sizes preemie to 6 months.  To be eligible to win, comment on our blog, or share the post on facebook, retweet and tag us on twitter, or you can even pin this post on pinterest.   Winners will be chosen at random on or about May 26th 2015.

Win What You Really Wanted For Mother’s Day

Written on May 11, 2015 at 9:54 am, by Allison

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My 9 year old son was given the task of picking out my Mother’s Day gift all by himself with his very own money this year, for the first time.  I have to say, he did very well.  I received an array of nail polishes in every shade of blue (my favorite color) imaginable and a beautiful orchid.  He’s growing into a sweet young man, that’s for sure.  I adore and treasure all of the homemade picture frames, pipe cleaner flowers and finger painted works of art from the past years but I think the fact that he really put thought into my gift that made it so very special to me.  I honestly thought I’d end up with a Lego set!

For three lucky ladies out there, we have the gift you really wanted! All you have to do is win it! This beautiful Bio Sesia 5  CROCHET cardigan kit, pattern 2804, comes in so many sizes it will fit and flatter just about every mom.  The luxurious, 100% organic cotton Bio Sesia 5 is super soft with a beautiful drape.  It will be your spring/summer/fall go-to coverup for that night around the fire pit with mommy drinks after the kiddos are asleep!

Would you like a chance to win this kit? Just comment on our blog with the best or “it’s the thought that counts” gift you’ve ever received for Mother’s Day.  Not a mom? You can play too! Tell us the best or worst gift you ever gave your mom/teacher/Grandmom/Aunt.

Colors will vary.  Winner chosen at random on or about May 15th 2015.

 

May the 4th Be With You Giveaway!

Written on May 4, 2015 at 9:30 am, by Allison

Happy Star Wars Day! It’s the first week of our Crazy for Cotton Giveaway! Like and share the post on Facebook you will. A chance to win market bag pattern 2287 and the Fantasy Naturale yarn to make it you will get!

Winner will be notified by inbox message on facebook (please be sure to check your other folder!) May 8th. Several prizes available, colors will vary

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Don’t have facebook? No worries….comment on this post with your favorite Yodaism or your go-to Fantasy Naturale project and you too will be eligible to win! Blog entry winners will be notified via email on May 8th.  Winners chosen at random.

May Giveaways! Crazy for Cotton!

Written on May 1, 2015 at 11:06 am, by Allison

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At Plymouth Yarn, we are so excited for spring! We have decided to celebrate by hosting a few giveawaysFollow us and keep your eyes glued to our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram and our blog Mondays in May to see what we want you to win!  We’ll have little kits, big kits, and lots of kits complete with the patterns and yarn you need to complete the project!