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Visit These Yarn Shops For a Great Deal on Plymouth Yarn November 28th!

Written on November 23, 2015 at 10:34 am, by Allison



Happy Thanksgiving!  Shop small at your local yarn shop this Saturday, November 28th!  Plymouth Yarn is sponsoring a fabulous deal for your Small Business Saturday shopping!


Visit one of the shops listed below 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 28th.  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.

Alaskan Yarn Company,  Homer, AK
A Flyin’ Skein,  Seward, AK

Yvie’s,  Alexandria, AL
Yarn Boutique By Mitsie,  Decatur, AL
Mobile Yarn,  Mobile, AL

Grandma’s Spinning Wheel,  Tucson, AZ

Stitches in Time,  Bellflower, CA
The Yarn Boutique, Lafayette, CA
Knit Wits,  Paradise, CA
Lofty Lou’s Yarn Shop,  Placerville, CA
Ewe-Baa Street Yarns,  Redding, CA
Rumpelstiltskin,  Sacramento, CA
Needlecraft Cottage,  San Diego, CA
Dharma Trading Co,  San Rafael, CA
Purlecsence Yarns,  Sunnyvale, CA
Zoe’s Knit Studio,  Tarzana, CA
A Major Knitwork,  Van Nuys, CA

The Stitchin’ Den,  Estes Park, CO

A Stitch in Time,  Bethel, CT
The Yarn Basket,  Branford, CT
New England Yarn and Spindle,  Bristol, CT
Creative Fibers,  Windsor, CT
The Yarn Barn LLC,  Woodbridge, CT

Sew & Quilt Shop,  Bunnell, FL
A Stitch in Time,  Jacksonville, FL
The Yarn Shack,  Kissimmee, FL
Sheep Thrills,  Lauderhill, FL
Yarns & Things,  Milton, FL

Knitter’s Knitch,  Blairsville, GA

Aloha Yarn,  Kaneohe, HI

Knitting Next Door,  Ankeny, IA
The Sheep Baatique,  Cedar Falls, IA

Knit-N-Crochet,  Coeur D’Alene, ID
Alpaca Direct,  Hayden, ID
The Yarn Connection,  Idaho Falls, ID

Idea Studio,  La Grange, IL
Elemental Yarn,  Plainfield, IL
Wool and Company Simple Gifts,  St. Charles, IL

In A Yarn Basket,  Bloomington, IN
The Fiber Closet,  Rockville, IN

Crafty Hands,  Bowling Green, KY

Yarn Nook, LLC,  Lafayette, LA
The Needlework Vault,  New Orleans, LA

Stitch House,  Dorchester, MA
Iron Horse Inc., Natick, MA
Creative Warehouse, Needham, MA
Yarn Basket,  Mashpee, MA
Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center,  Merrimac, MA
Northampton Wools,  Northampton, MA
Suzi’s Fiber Cat, South Grafton, MA

Tempting Ewe,  Yarns Catonsville, MD

Yarn Sellar,  York, ME


Have You Any Wool, Berkley, MI
Beyond the Rainforest,  Grand Blanc, MI
Wool and Floss,  Grosse Point, MI
Old Village Yarn Shop, Plymouth, MI
The Little Yarn Shoppe,  Saginaw, MI
Gloria’s Happy Hooker,  Sault Sainte Marie, MI

Utrinkets, LLC,  Brainerd, MN
What in Yarnation!,  Cannon Falls, MN
Double Ewe Yarn Shop,  Circle Pines, MN
Mary Lue’s Yarn & Ewe,  Mankato, MN
3 Kittens Needle Arts,  Mendota Heights, MN
Needlework Unlimited,  Minneapolis, MN
Old Creamery Quilt Shop,  Randall, MN

Treasure Chest Yarn Shop,  Mexico, MO

Camas Creek Yarn,  Kalispell, MT
The Cultured Purl Yarn Shop,  Libby, MT
Back Porch Quilts,  Livingston, MT

North Carolina
The Needlecraft Center, Davidson, NC
Chix With Sticks,  Lenoir, NC
Elle’s Yarn Stash,  Wilson, NC

Imagiknit Yarn Shop,  Omaha, NE

New Hampshire
Covered Bridge,  Amherst, NH

New Jersey

Fiber Arts Yarn Shop, Cape May Courthouse, NJ
Jubili Beads & Yarns,  Collingswood, NJ
WoolBearers,  Mt Holly, NJ

New York
Village Yarn Shop,  Granville, NY
The Yarn Cupboard,  Jamesville, NY
Knitty City,  New York, NY
April’s Yarn Basket,  Oneonta, NY
Knitting Cove and Yarn Shop,  Port Jefferson, NY

Fiber Addiction,  Chardon, OH
Silk Road Textiles,  Cincinnati, OH
Knit Wit Knits,  Salem, OH
RaeMarie Yarns,  Vermilion, OH

Gourmet Yarn Co.,  Oklahoma City, OK

Fiber Rhythm Craft & Design,  Portland, OR
Nitro Knitters,  Portland, OR
Oregon Worsted Co,  Portland, OR
Knitting Bee,  Portland, OR
Creative Beginnings,  Seaside, OR

The Knitter’s Edge,  Bethlehem, PA
Kid Ewe Knot,  Bridgeville, PA
Marty’s Quilt Shop,  Lewistown, PA
The Ball & Skein Shop.  Lititz, PA
The Knitting Cottage,  Waynesboro, PA
Y-Knot Knit,  Yardley, PA

South Carolina
Beads and Yarn,  Lexington, SC

South Dakota
Framing and Fibers,  Rapid City, SD

Yarn Asylum,  Clarksville, TN
Rainbow Yarn & Fibers,  Germantown, TN
Yarniverse,  Memphis, TN
The Knaughty Knitter,  Murfreesboro, TN

The Sated Sheep,  Dripping Springs, TX
Knitting Fairy Yarn Studio,  Grand Prairie, TX
Yarnivore,  San Antonio, TX
Twisted Yarns,  Spring, TX

Hemstitched Heirlooms,  Bountiful, UT
Knit Unique,  Logan, UT
Needlepoint Joint, Ogden, UT
Heindselman’s Yarn,  Provo, UT
Unraveled Sheep,  Sandy, UT
Kamille’s,  West Jordan, UT

Peaceful Heart Alpacas,  Fancy Gap, VA
Yarn Cloud,  Occoquan, VA

Allyn Knit Shop,  Allyn, WA
Yarn Folk,  Ellensburg, WA
Rainy Day Yarns,  Gig Harbor, WA
The Black Sheep Yarn Boutique,  Olympia, WA
Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame, s Redmond, WA
Bad Woman Yarn,  Seattle, WA
Local Yarn Shop,  Sequim, WA
Sew EZ Too,  Spokane, WA

Thunder Willow Community Arts,  Hudson, WI
Yarns by Design,  Neenah, WI
Northwind Book and Fiber,  Spooner, WI

Ewe Count,  Cheyenne, WY
Cowgirl Yarn,  Laramie, WY

Georgetown Yarn and Crafts,  Georgetown ON


Plymouth Yarn’s Quick Gift Guide

Written on November 19, 2015 at 9:00 am, by Vanessa

Some of you may already be feeling it…that anxious the-holidays-are-right-around-the-corner time crunch. We all have high hopes of getting our knitting/crocheting gifts completed on time. If you are one of the lucky ones and are all caught up and ready to go…well, go treat yourself to some hot chocolate because you are ahead of the game!

But for those that aren’t, I’ve put together a list of my favorite 1, 2, and 3 ball/skein projects that are sure to keep you feeling sane and still merry.

BONUS- Many of these you can make the night before. Take a look at our list and check it twice (click on the image for the pattern link); then head to your favorite yarn shop and get crafty!

F603 stella jacq

Stella Jacq Fingerless Mitts 1 ball

F651 arequipa worsted 2

Arequipa Worsted Socks 1 ball

F616 baby angel 3

Baby Angel 1-2 ball cardigan

F641 Perlina

Perlina Fingerless Mitts 1 ball

f620 kid gloss cowl 2

Baby Alpaca Lace and Kid Gloss Cowl- 1 skein of each yarn

F548 encore chunky tweed

Encore Chunky Tweed 2-3 ball slipper socks

f688 mushishi big 2

Mushishi Big 2 skein hat (crochet!)

F586 grande hand dyed 3

Baby Alpaca Grande Hand Dyed 1 skein hat

F517 Baby Alpaca Magna

Baby Alpaca Magna 1 skein headband

F607 Encore Mega Colorspun

Encore Mega Colorspun 2 ball cowl

Mushishi Big Boot Toppers- a new yarn + free pattern

Written on November 4, 2015 at 9:38 am, by Vanessa

With the Fall season upon us, I want to tell you about a new exciting yarn we have at Plymouth.

Mushishi Big is a lofty wool silk blend with long stretches of color. The variations of white silk slubs throughout the softly spun woolen are whimsical and provide depth to this multi-faceted chunky weight.

(Psst, this is a BIG brother to our popular yarn, Mushishi.)

I designed a pair of boot toppers that feature a variation of a stitch called the “Umbrella Stitch.” The undulating nature of the stitch creates a stylish curvature around your calves. The bottom ribbed part of the boot topper will fit snuggly against your legs and provide extra cushion and warmth. It is important you bind off with a nice stretchy method- I like “Jeny’s stretchy bind off” or “tubular bind off” method. Do you have a favorite stretchy bind off method?

I think these would look equally cute with a pair of cowboy boots. Enjoy this free pattern using our new fall yarn!

f687 mushishi big 5 f687 mushishi big 2

Plymouth Pattern F687

Plymouth Pattern F687


Fort Wayne Fans! Win a Class at the Annie’s Craft Festival

Written on October 26, 2015 at 8:45 am, by Allison


Are you planning to attend the Annie’s Craft Festival in Fort Wayne, IN this weekend 10/30 through 11/01?  Annie’s and Plymouth Yarn would love to give you the chance to attend a class for free! One lucky winner will win a class! The Festival will be located at:

Fort Wayne Indiana
Grand Wayne
Convention Center

In order to enter for your chance to win, please comment on this blog (only if you will be attending the festival in Fort Wayne, IN this weekend) what you are most looking forward to seeing or learning at the festival. Plymouth Yarn will provide Annie’s with your first name, last name and email address. You will be receiving your free class award directly from Annie’s via email. You may enter once a day.  Contest closes 2pm EST on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015. 

There are two classes sponsored by Plymouth Yarn:

Crochet: Introduction to Tunisian Crochet Sponsored by Plymouth Yarns hosted by Ellen Gormley

Knitting: Knit Crocodile Stitches Sponsored by Plymouth Yarns hosted by Lena Skvagerson

You can find these and all of the classes that will be held during the festival right here.

While we would love for you to choose a class sponsored by Plymouth Yarn, you can have your pick from any, that aren’t already sold out, of course.

Good luck and happy knitting/crocheting/weaving/spinning!



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I Love Yarn Day Contest!

Written on October 13, 2015 at 2:34 pm, by Allison


It’s that time of year again! Just 4 days left until the 5th birthday of  I Love Yarn Day! The Craft Yarn Council is calling for all fiber friends to #stitchitforward by teaching at least one person how to knit, crochet, weave or spin.  It only takes a few minutes to share your love of yarn with another person and chances are, they are going to love it too! Post your projects across facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram!

To help you share your love of yarn, Plymouth Yarn is giving away one of it’s biggest prizes ever! One lucky winner will receive FIVE that’s right- FIVE, cowl kits containing our best selling yarns!

To Enter:  Comment on this blog post with 1. Your favorite yarn shop. 2.  Your favorite Plymouth Yarn  3. Your favorite place to knit/crochet/weave or spin.  You must include all 3 to be eligible for the grand prize.  Winners will be notified on October 19th via email.  One runner up will receive one Baby Alpaca Grande Cowl kit.

Here are the fabulous cowl kits that are included in the Grand prize.  They would all make fantastic gifts. Don’t want to wait to see if you win? Download the patterns here and run to your local yarn shop to get the yarn. Free pattern links are located under each picture.

F607 encore mega colorspun
Click here to download Encore Mega F607


F430- picture

Click here to download Gina F430

F635 galway sport 3
Click here to download Galway Sport F635


Unregistered RawShooter essentials 2005 1.1.2 bld 14
Click here to download Baby Alpaca Grande F297


Click here to download Homestead F637

Plymouth Yarn employees and immediate family members are not eligible to win. Contest open to U.S. residents only.

Happy 4th Anniversary to the Knitty Gritty!

Written on September 18, 2015 at 8:14 am, by Allison

On September 17th, The Knitty Gritty yarn shop, in Vero Beach, FL, celebrated their 4th anniversary. They partied in style with refreshments and door prizes.  They even had a visit from Plymouth Yarn President, Dick Power!

Dick Power and Knitty Gritty owner Anna Gales

Dick Power and Knitty Gritty owner Anna Gales


They are celebrating all month long with a Plymouth Yarn trunk show and sales on Plymouth products!  If you are in the area of Vero Beach, FL, be sure to stop in and say hi.  You can find the Knitty Gritty on facebook too.

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.

colorwallcolor photo 1 photo 2

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.

galway roving pillow galway roving pillow 2 galway roving pillow 3

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!


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….

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

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

FINALS B1302 copy.indd

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.


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.

ojo chunky shawl KAL

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!)