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Summer Driving Gloves???

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

I’ll get to the title later…

One of our more popular yarns in recent years is a cotton/acrylic blend called JEANNEE WORSTED.  This is a multistranded yarn – very soft- very easy to knit.  The compostion makes for very comfortable summer knitting, and there are so many colors available.  

Riding on this yarn’s success, we added JEANNEE CHUNKY and JEANNEE DK to our line- up.  JEANNEE CHUNKY is great for heavier cold weather garments- still light weight enough to wear inside, yet warm & cozy on the body.  The DK weight version has been very well received as a substitute for the unfortunately discontinued Wildflower DK.  JEANNEE DK makes up terrific baby sweaters.  There are so many DK weight patterns available for babies as this weight is ideal for their size.  JEANNEE DK is a perfect, well priced yarn for this use.  See the color cards on our website for a closer look at these yarns.

Now for the driving gloves.  

One of our west coast sales reps called me one day last fall from her car.  She was just killing time running her air conditioning, waiting for her steering wheel to cool down enough to drive.  She said she wished there were light weight gloves to wear while driving. 

Well, why didn’t someone think of that? 

So, here is a pattern for lightweight fingerless gloves for those drivers who need to protect their hands while driving.  I made the tops long to protect the pads on your palms and fingers.

Knitted in Encore- these would make great cold weather fingerless gloves too.

Hope you enjoy. 

JoAnne

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Jeannee Worsted Eyelet Driving Gloves

Materials: 1-50g ball of Jeannee Worsted
Size: Approx 7 x 6.5”long
Knitting Needles: Size 6 needles.
Gauge: 20 sts = 4” measured over st st on size 6 needles.  

Right hand glove:
With size 6 needles loosely cast on 46 sts.
Row 1: *(K2, p2); repeat from * to last 2 sts, end k2.
Row 2: *(P2, k2); repeat from * to last 2 sts, end p2.
Row 3: K2, p2, *(K1, yo, k1, p2); repeat from * 3 more times, **(k2, p2); repeat from ** to last 2 sts, end k2.
Row 4: P2, *(k2, p2); repeat from * 5 more times, **(k2, p3); repeat from ** to last 4 sts, end k2, p2.
Row 5: K2, p2, *(Slip 1 knitwise, k2, pass the slipped st over the k2, p2); repeat from *  3 more times, **(k2, p2); repeat from ** to last 2 sts, end k2.
Row 6:  Repeat row 2.

Repeat rows 3-6 until total length is about 3”, ending with a row 6.
Next row: K2, p2, *(k1, yo, k1, p2); repeat from * 3 more times, bind off next 6 sts, work in ribbing as established to end.
Next row:  P2, *(k2, p2); repeat from * 5 more times, casting on 6 sts over the bound off sts, **(k2, p3); repeat from ** to last 4 sts, end k2, p2.
Repeat rows 5 & 6.
Begin working rows 3-6 again until length from thumb hole bind off is about 3½”, ending with a row 6.  Bind off in ribbing as for row 1.
Sew up side seam.

Left hand Glove:
With size 6 needles loosely cast on 46 sts.
Row 1: *(K2, p2); repeat from * to last 2 sts, end k2.
Row 2: *(P2, k2); repeat from * to last 2 sts, end p2.
Row 3: K2, *(p2, k2); repeat from * 5 more times, p2, **(K1, yo, k1, p2); repeat from ** 3 more times, end k2.
Row 4: P2, *(k2, p3); repeat from * 3 more times, **(k2, p2); repeat from ** to last end of row.
Row 5: K2, *(p2, k2); repeat from * 5 more times, p2, **( Slip 1 knitwise, k2, pass the slipped st over the k2, p2); repeat from ** 3 more times, end k2.
Row 6:  Repeat row 2.

Repeat rows 3-6 until total length is about 3”, ending with a row 6.
Next row: K2, *(p2, k2); repeat from * 3 more times,  bind off 6 sts for the thumb hole, p2, **(K1, yo, k1, p2); repeat from ** 3 more times, end k2.
Next row:  P2, *(k2, p3); repeat from * 3 more times, **(k2, p2); repeat from ** to last end of row, casting on 6 sts over the bound off sts.
Repeat rows 5 & 6.
Begin working rows 3-6 again until length from thumbhole bind off is about 3½”, ending with a row 6.  Bind off in ribbing as for row 1.
Sew up side seam.  Weave in all ends.

Knitta in Brooklyn

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Knitta Please - a group of knitters that have struck again. The following photo’s were taken by a fellow lover of knitting and yarn. She sent me these pic’s and I was really psyched. What an “off road” way to travel. A town in Brooklyn, New York; is sponsoring an event, “Meters on Montague Street”

Cute Flowers on a meter

Cute Flowers on a meter

From May 14th through mid-June. It is such a unique way to display knitting. I just hope those meter maids are nice enough to pass by the “expired meter”. I can hope, can’t I? I would appreciate some feed back on this group and looking for ideas from others….My mind is racing now (can you smell the smoke) lol.

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Street Meters

Street Meters

Bright Stripes on Meter

Bright Stripes on Meter

Summer Knitting

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Happy Memorial Day to all!  I hope many of you were able to get outside and enjoy some wonderful weather- maybe even a cook- out.  Most of all- I hope you did something enjoyable to celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer!

I spent the weekend as I have every Memorial Day weekend for the past 10 years – with my daughter at a large Dance Competition in Lancaster PA.  The weekend always gives me some much needed knitting time.  Since small easy projects are the best for me to work on in the subdued lighting of the resort’s large auditorium, I took yarn for a top down baby sweater, and matching bibs.  I got the baby sweater done to the point where I needed to sew up the sleeve seams (can’t do that in the dark) so I started a bib.  What I love about these small projects is that they are very portable, very easy, and very fast to knit. 

Since the weather is getting warmer, I choose Fantasy Naturale for my weekend knitting project.  This cotton is a wonderful hand knitting yarn- available in many colors, quite affordable, and easy to care for.  Fantasy Naturale is a mercerized cotton with a cabled twist.  It knits up best for adult garments at 4.5 sts to the inch,  but also works very well at 4 sts to the inch, which is where I like it best.  The more open gauge lightens the fabric for a baby garment. 

The baby sweater pattern I used is the top down cardigan available on our Plymouth website under free patterns.  I added a bib using the pattern included here.  I started a small one to go with the smallest size sweater, and might make a coordinating one in the larger size too.
Hope you enjoy this pattern- small projects make for great summer knitting.

JoAnne

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FANTASY NATURALE
Baby Bibs
Finished Size (Approx): 5 x 7 (8 x 10)”.
Materials:  1- 100g hank of Fantasy Naturale.  Shown in color 6399 (9951); 3 small buttons.
Gauge:  18 sts = 4” on a US 7 needle over st st.  
Needles: US 7, or size necessary to obtain given gauge. 

Cast on 25 (35) sts.
Knit 6 rows.
Row 1(RS): Knit.
Row 2:  K5, P15 (25), K5.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 – 13 (20) more times.
Knit 6 rows.
(RS): K8, and place these 8 sts on a stitch holder.  Bind off to last 8 sts, K8.

Working on the 8 sts on the needle:  Work button strap.
WS: K5, k2tog, k1.  Turn, knit back. 
WS: K4, k2tog, k1.  Turn, knit back. 
WS: K3, k2tog, k1.  Turn, knit back: 5 sts remain.
Knit for 42 (46) more rows.  Bind off.
Reattach yarn to 8 sts from the stitch holder.

Work buttonhole strap
Shape as for button strap, working the shaping rows as RS rows.  Work 8 rows of garter st. 
Make buttonhole as follows: K1, K2tog, YO, K2.  Continue in garter st, working 2 more buttonhole rows  every 14th (16th) row- always on a right side row.  Once 42 (46) rows of garter st are complete, and strap is same length as buttonstrap, bind off.  Weave in all ends.  Attach 3 buttons along strap as same intervals as buttonholes.    Bib can be buttoned at different lengths.
©2006 Plymouth Yarn Company.   Design by Linda Jones & JoAnne Turcotte.  All rights reserved.

Cotton Stripes

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

For Spring 2009, Plymouth introduced a new cotton/rayon/silk blend yarn with beautiful striping- KUDO.  Much like its winter cousin- BOKU- this yarn’s subtle transitioning from one color to another is intriguing. 

When setting the gauge for KUDO, I went with a somewhat looser look to allow the yarn to drape softly.  The garments knitted in this yarn work so well at this gauge- producing body hugging with the tighter fitting garments, and draping with the capes and shawls.  I had a shop owner tell me recently that several of her customers were knitting the Clapotis (see Knitty.com for the pattern) with KUDO because it would drape the shoulders so lovingly. 

KUDO is available in 8 colors.  The designs for KUDO are so fast & easy to knit that you can easily whip up a top for this summer, and make it do double duty as a layering piece this fall.  You will glow in the colorful fabric this yarn produces.

Try it!
JoAnne

Kudo Topper 1601

Kudo Topper 1601

Kudo Shrug 1610

Kudo Shrug 1610

Kudo Capelet 1609

Kudo Capelet 1609

Confusion

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Confusion is a wildly interesting yarn introduced 2 years ago by The Plymouth Yarn Co.  It is composed of up to 20 different novelty yarns- colorfully connected in a manner unseen until that day.  This yarn is much like some in the marketplace today that sell for more than twice the price.  For this reason alone, it is worth checking out Confusion.  Give your Spring wardrobe some pizzazz this year-with Confusion.  Visit our website’s pattern listings for several fun ways to use this yarn. 
Here is a very simple pattern for a versitile, fast, and fun wrap using 3 hanks of Confusion.  A quick knit- it can be worn in many different ways. 

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 Enjoy!

JoAnne

 
Confusion Pattern 1223

Finished Size:  Approx 18” x 50”.
Materials:  3—109 yd hanks Confusion
Gauge:  8 sts = 4” on a US 13 needle over pattern st with Confusion.  
Needles:  24” US 13 (and size 15 for cast on and bind off), or size necessary to obtain given gauge, 3 large buttons from Dill Buttons. 

With larger needle, loosely cast on 101 sts.  Change to smaller needles and begin pattern:
Pattern row:  P1, *(yo, p2tog); repeat from * across row.  Repeat row 1 for pattern.

Note:  Pattern row may also be worked as:
K1, *(yo, k2tog); repeat from * across row.

Work in pattern st until almost out of yarn and total length is at least 18”.  Change to larger needle and bind off loosely.   Sew on 3 large buttons along one end.
Wrap as desired, buttoning at any point, in any direction, as desired.

Stay Home and Knit

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Knitting has always been a relaxing hobby. But today, we are faced with changing economic times – flu epidemics – etc. This makes it a wonderful time to stay home – spend quality time with your family and knit!  Back to the basics.

Encore Knitting Worsted - it's my apple pie!

Encore Knitting Worsted - it's my apple pie!

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Baseball & Yoga Socks

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Baseball weather is here!

Oceanside Organic Yoga Sock

Oceanside Organic Yoga Sock

May 5, 2009.

Spring has hit hard here in NE PA. This past week has given us several days in the 80’s. Each year, once the spring weather arrives, my thoughts turn to one of my favorite things- Baseball!

My family is fortunate enough to have season tickets for our local Triple A team: Phillie’s affiliate: The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs!

Baseball games are a perfect time to pull out the knitting, and socks lend themselves to these times very well. They are small enough to carry into the ballpark, and if you keep the pattern simple, you will still be able to keep an eye out for those foul balls that often scream into the stands.

I’d like to start my blogging with a free pattern for socks knitted out of a new quality from our Plymouth Earth collection of organic yarns: Oceanside Organic Cotton. At DK weight, this certified organic cotton knits up quickly into this pair of yoga socks! It is a soft multi plied cotton with a slight sheen in the natural colors of grown fiber.

Yoga socks are strange looking beasts with a mission: Keep the toes & heel exposed for traction on the yoga mat, while keeping the ankles warm! If you have never knitted socks before, these are a great way to get hooked- no heel to turn, and no toe to graft. Remember- simple knitting for the ballgame.

Hope you enjoy this pattern and try it the next time you are out at the Ballpark. Enjoy the sun!

JoAnne


Plymouth Earth: Oceanside Organic

Twisted Rib Yoga Socks

Materials: Oceanside Organic- 2 balls (50g each).

Note:

These socks do not have heels or toes. They enable your toes and heel to grasp the yoga mat without slipping, while keeping your feet cozy warm.

Instructions:

Cuff:
Loosely cast on 48 sts. *(K4, p2); repeat from * around for the first round of sts, dividing onto 3 needles,
12-12-24. Join sts in a circle, taking care not to twist, and continue in the (k4, p2) pattern for 1”.

Begin Twisted Rib Stitch:

Row 1: *(K4, p2); repeat from * around.

Row 2: *(RT twice, p2); repeat from * around.

Row 3: *(K4, p2); repeat from * around.

Row 4: *(K1, RT, k1, p2); repeat from* around.

Repeat Rows 1 – 4 until sock measures 4”.

Continue working in pattern on needles 1 and 2.

Bind off needle 3 loosely.

Foot:

Continue working in pattern on needles 1 and 2.

Cast on 24 sts on needle 3.

Continue working in pattern on needles 1 and 2.

On needle 3, work in (k4, p2) rib.

Continue this way, until foot of sock measures 3”.

Work all needles in (k4, p2) ribbing for 1”.

Bind off, in rib, loosely.

Right Twist – RT: K2tog, leaving stitches on LH needle, insert RH needle from front between 2 stitches knitted together and knit first stitch again, then slid both stitches from needle together.

©2008 Plymouth Yarn Company. Designed by Toni Lipe. All rights reserved. 050109jbt

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Galway Yarn

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Galway New Label

Galway New Label

True and classic – Same quality, diverse color range.  The new label really gives this yarn the “face lift” it needed.  100% Wool in knitting worsted weight!  No winding necessary – yippee!!!!  One of my personal fav’s!

Look for this yarn and other Plymouth Yarn’s at a fine yarn shop in your area….

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