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Archive for October, 2011

Oh yeah, we love crafts too.

Monday, October 31st, 2011

I started my Christmas knitting but I’m also planning which cookies I am making and starting to piece together some of my holiday cards.  I realized there are probably lots of other knitters and crocheters out there just like me.  Your craftiness doesn’t end with yarn and you aren’t always using it with hooks or needles.  I was first introduced to yarn while making plastic canvas tissue box covers with my grandmother when I was 6.  Then, a decade or so later, I used a furry, eyelash type of yarn and wrapped it around a large wreath form.  That wreath, which is a bit tattered, still goes on my inside door every Christmas season.  It wasn’t until my early days at Plymouth Yarn that I started knitting almost daily.  I am always looking for deals on blocks of paper and scrapbook supplies.  I’ve tried at least half of Martha Stewart’s recipes.  I own hundreds of buttons but rarely use them in clothing.  Finally, anytime I go on vacation I try to find a ceramic studio to take my son to, as they are few and far between where I live.  My yarn stash lives down in my basement but I have 3 shelves of non-yarn goodies too.

Where am I going with this?  Most of us who like to play with yarn, also like to craft, bake and create.  We had a rare snow in Bucks County, PA over the weekend and it was a wet, cold, slushy mess.  I opted to stay in and found a fun website that caters to all of my crafting needs.  If you are looking for a project, of any type, check out Craftfoxes.  I found this adorable free pattern for a crochet zombie from the book  Crobots: 20 Amigurumi Robots To Make by Nelly Pailloux. Image by Andrew Perris.  Encore DK would be perfect for this project.

Crobots: 20 Amigurumi Robots to Make  by Nelly Pailloux

Crobots: 20 Amigurumi Robots to Make

I also found this fun free pattern for a crochet sandwich from the book Yummy ‘Gurumi: Over 60 Gourmet Crochet Treats to Make by Christen Haden and Mariarosa Sala.  Image by Jeremy Hopley.  You’ll find the perfect colors in Encore Worsted.  Everyone needs a crocheted sandwich, it has only a fraction of the calories a real sandwich has!

Yummy 'Gurumi: Over 60 Gourmet Crochet Treats to Make by Christen Haden and Mariarosa Sala

Yummy 'Gurumi: Over 60 Gourmet Crochet Treats to Make

I also found how-tos on recycling old books, DIY decor, recipes from pickles to cookies, and so much more.  They even have instructions on coffee dying!  So if you want to make your holiday gifts this year, craftfoxes is the place to start. Become their fan on facebook and follow them on twitter.   Find a yarn shop near you to start with those knitting and crochet patterns!

Read all about it…Worsted Merino Superwash

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Plymouth Yarn’s Worsted Merino Superwash yarn is the perfect choice for projects for the entire family.  It feels amazingly soft against the skin, washable, versatile and shows wonderful stitch definition.  It really is perfect for all knitting and crocheting projects.

We are excited that this yarn is featured in two magazines this month and wanted to share the stories with you.

Knitscene’s first-ever Winter 2011 issue delights with a collection of 22 must-have knits.  You can see the Wragby Cardigan color 29 by Carol Feller on newsstands October 25th.

Knitscene Winter 2011, Photo by Brad Bartholomew

Knitscene Winter 2011, Photo by Brad Bartholomew

You can make the outfit complete with this flirty skirt in the Fall 2011 Knitter’s Magazine, K104.  The entrelac and old lace skirt, an intermediate design by Gwen Bortner was made with Worsted Merino Superwash‘s color 6.

Knitter's Magazine Fall 2011 K104

Knitter's Magazine Fall 2011 K104

Custom Fit Knit Jackets

Friday, October 7th, 2011

I have a tough time knitting garments for myself, some parts are short, some parts are round, well you get what I mean.  If you are like me, you’re always busy knitting a gift for this baby and a hat for that charity, but that beautiful yarn in your stash that you know would make the most gorgeous jacket, still sits there, waiting for the perfect pattern to come along.  The time has come!

Jean Frost, a recognized master of hand knit jackets,  has created a fabulous collection of custom-fit, hand knit jackets.   Isn’t it time that you could knit for your body and not the industry standard?  With Custom Fit Knit Jackets you can turn your measurements into dimensions.  From casual to couture,  this is like 3 books in one.  The first step takes you through the process of measuring for your custom creation, the second is a collection of jackets in 10 sizes and 4 gauges and lastly, it’s a source that helps with the details and finishing of your custom creation.

On page 108, you will find a woven jacket created with Plymouth’s Worsted Merino Superwash(a machine washable, fine merino wool) in charcoal and off white.

A Woven Jacket, Page 108

A Woven Jacket, Page 108

Check out this description from the pattern in Custom Fit Knit Jackets.  Look for it soon in your favorite yarn shop, bookstore, or online retailer.

"Let’s pretend! Slip stitches can fool the eye.  
Here, 2-row stripes appear to be interwoven bands. We chose black and  
white for head-turning, graphic elegance. The Chanel styling and  
simple, hidden-snap closure are perfect for office dressing."