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Employee Spotlight….Meet Betty!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Our Betty Boop

Our Betty Boop

Plymouth Yarn Company has been in business for just over 47 years and we’d like to introduce you to Betty, a fixture here since 1966. We thought it was time to honor our awesome octogenarian! Betty just celebrated her 87th birthday in May and we couldn’t be happier that she spent her day with us.

Betty on her 87th Birthday!

Betty on her 87th Birthday!

Betty is one of three sisters and moved to Pennsylvania from Buffalo, NY when she was 15. Betty was employed at The Hunter Arms Company during World War II, assembling parts for machine guns.  She was married to her late husband Francis for 30 years and has one very talented son, Jack who is a local artist. You can see some of his paintings in one of the shops on Historic Mill Street,  here in Bristol Borough.
Betty enjoys watching QVC, the Phillies, relaxing and cooking.  Her favorite singer is Frank Sinatra.  She loves her jewelry and is always wearing beautiful pieces.

Looking Good!

Looking Good!

Making color cards

Making color cards

Betty worked with us full time up until just a few years ago.  When she started at Plymouth, she would sort and wind yarn, pull orders and you can still find her five days a week making color cards.  She says that her least favorite job, of all the many she has done here, is using the yarn bailer.  Her favorite part (and this is why we love her) is all the friends she has made, especially Gloria.  She has always loved working for Dick Power Sr, Dick Power Jr and Butch.   She enjoys her work here and says “it keeps me young.”   Thank you to our “Betty Boop” for 45 years of dedication and friendship.

Tom Hank’s knitting prank on Julia Roberts

Friday, June 24th, 2011

I thought you folks might enjoy this link from accesshollywood.com.

http://www.accesshollywood.com/access-hollywood-live-tom-hanks-larry-crowne-knitting-prank-on-julia-roberts_video_1335958

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Tom Hanks plays a knitting prank on Julia Roberts!

The Royal Wedding Shrug

Friday, June 24th, 2011

It has been just a couple of months since The Royal Wedding and still all eyes are on Kate Middleton (her official last name is Mountbatten-Windsor; I’ll stick with Middleton for now!). She has such a wonderful sense of style and grace.  The future queen has become a fashion icon, as well as her sister, Pippa.  I always peek in the fashion magazines to see what they are wearing.

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Kate on her wedding day, wearing a beautiful shrug

Stylish sisters

Stylish sisters

A few days ago, designer Angela Juergens posted a picture of her Royal Wedding Shrug/Bolero finished project on Plymouth Yarn’s facebook page.

Angela's Shrug

Angela's Shrug

I absolutely fell in love with it and found myself on a mission to find out what I could about the pattern.  I was delighted to find that it was made with and written for Plymouth’s Angora yarn which has been a favorite of mine since the first day it landed in our office.
Angela designed the pattern for Absolute Knits on Ravelry where it is available for purchase.

Soft & Delicate detail

Soft & Delicate detail

You can find Plymouth’s Angora at your favorite yarn shop that carries Plymouth products.  If you need help locating a shop, you can use the “Find a shop” link at plymouthyarn.com or give our office a call and we will be more than happy to find one for you.
I Googled Kate Middleton’s wedding day attire and found that Angela hit a home run.  She captured the delicate and sophisticated qualities of the original.  It’s almost like Plymouth’s Angora was made for this shrug!  Check it out on Absolute Knits on Ravelry for the details and you’ll want it too!

If you are looking for a variation of the shrug with short sleeves, Plymouth’s Design team has taken care of that.

Pattern 2210, Wedding Jacket

Pattern 2210, Wedding Jacket

You can order pattern 2210 from your favorite yarn shop or contact our office for more information.

Stitch N Pitch 2011

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Stitch N’ Pitch brings together two traditions — Baseball and needle arts. Whether you knit, crochet, embroider, or cross-stitch, everyone is welcome from the beginners to the experts.  On Wednesday, June 15th, the Plymouth Yarn family attended the major league event at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia to cheer on our Phightin’ Phils! The weather was ideal and the moon was full.  It was perfect knitting weather for me.  With 16 Major League and 19 Minor League Stitch N Pitch events this baseball season, I hope you get the chance to attend a game.  It’s sew much fun!

Stiching the night away!

Stitching the night away!

Knit one, Pitch two

Knit one, Pitch two

Play ball (or skein)!

Play ball (or skein)!

If you know the Plymouth gang then you know we love our local sports.  We have had several company outings to Phillies games, Lakewood Blue Claws minor league games and quite a few “friendly” company softball games. We listen to the Phillies on the radio in the afternoon and sometimes our customers will hear some cheers in the background when they are speaking to our customer service team on the phone. We even try to attend a game when we go to trade shows.

Sales Rep Jennifer Phillips and Design Director JoAnne Turcotte

Sales Rep Jennifer Phillips and Design Director JoAnne Turcotte catching a game in Ohio.

Christine, our Marketing Guru and her husband enjoying a night out

Christine, our Marketing Guru and her husband enjoying a night out

But we get the most excited about Stitch N Pitch.  It’s a time when we get to meet some of our shop owners, colleagues, and fiber fans!

Some Stitch N Pitch swag

Some Stitch N Pitch swag

Goodies at the door

More swag

We were lucky enough that the Phillies won the game. They filleted the Marlins in the 10th inning which gave me just enough time to almost finish the Baby Alpaca Grande cowl project I brought and learn to knit with our new yarn, Joie de Vie!
Thanks so much to all who attended, the Phillies, and The National NeedleArts Association for taking part in such a great night.  Check out www.stitchnpitch.com for a game near you.  See you next year!

Chemo Clothes, Hope you can wear.

Chemo Clothes, Hope you can wear.

Visit Chemo Clothes facebook page to find out how to donate.

Summer yarn bug

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

I am always looking for little projects to do with my three year old son.  He enjoys helping me clean, bake and cook.  So I have tried to get him into the arts and crafts a little more.   So as usual I go on the internet and try to find some quick projects for us to work on.

As it turns out tonight is going to be a sleepover at my house and I wanted to have something for my son and his friend to do.  I always have a lot of left over pieces of yarn laying around so I wanted to do something to use up the scraps.  I found the cutest project. A summer yarn bug craft. You’ll find lots more of these adorable creatures for all occasions in Making Friends Yarn Bugs section.

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Supplies

Encore Worsted Yellow (1382) is the closest yellow to the picture
Pattern for Visor and Hands
Pink Craft Foam
Tan Foam Feet Pattern
Tan Foamie Hands Pattern
Wiggle Eyes — 20mm
2-1/2″ Styrofoam Ball
Black and Yellow Pipe Cleaner
Pink Paint Pen
Green Cellophane
5″ Square of Cardboard
Tacky Glue
Scissors (kid friendly)

Instructions

Make a pompom by wrapping yarn around a 5″ piece of cardboard at least 100 times. Mix colors or use all one color. Cut a 6″ piece of yarn and slide it under wrapped yarn. Tie tightly into a double knot. Turn cardboard over and cut completely through yarn on this side. Turn yarn blob sideways and smooth down strands.

Press Styrofoam ball onto a hard surface to flatten bottom. (You can also use an egg carton section.) Cover the top and sides of the ball with tacky glue. Separate the strands of the pompom to fit the Styrofoam ball up inside. Press pompon into place. Arrange yarn.

Print any patterns your bug might need. Staple all around patterns onto craft foam or felt as listed in the supply list. Cut out pieces. Glue the bottom of the Styrofoam ball on to the foam feet. Glue on eyes. For optional arms, cut the pipe cleaner in half. Glue on hands. Poke the pipe cleaners into the bug for arms. Bend at the elbows. Glue on the wiggle eyes.

Form glasses out of the black pipe cleaner. Cut pieces of green cellophane for each lens. Glue to the back of the pipe cleaner eyeglasses. Glue one hand around the eyeglasses, folding down the fingers. On the other hand, make the “hang loose” sign by folding down the index, middle and ring finger and gluing in place. Finish by placing the visor on the bug’s head.

If  anyone other then myself does this project I would love to see some pictures.  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend :)

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