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SPRING!!! FINALLY!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

From the Desk of Cia Abbott Bullemer

Kid Gloss (1)

OK, I don’t know about you, but this winter has been beyond brutal, beyond excessive-just down right wrong!

Well, here in Pennsylvania, we can finally say it is Spring with almost 100% certainty.  So of course, my knitting brain decided it was time to work up something pastel-y, something simple so I can look up from my knitting and something that will take the not-quite-warm chill off my neck.  A cowl, of course.  My favorite and essential accessory of choice. (Free Pattern attached below).

We just brought in a new lace weight mohair blend. OOOOOH! Wait till you see it, feel it and work with it.  It is called Plymouth’s Kid Gloss and Kid Gloss Hand Dyed (monochromatic color ranges in the Hand Dyed) from South Africa.  The composition of it is mainly SUPER Kid Mohair.  Which means the mohair’s micron count is even finer than kid mohair resulting in an even softer hand.  Mulberry silk is a silk fiber coming from a silkworm that eats only mulberry leaves. One of the unique benefits of Mulberry Silk is that it is 100% natural, odorless and hypoallergenic. Mulberry silk is so desirable because of its shine and fluidity.  Take the super kid and blend it with mulberry silk and you have Kid Gloss!

Another study I am working on is Gradation Knitting.  Working with 2 strands of yarn and switching different color strands to produce an easy transition of color ranges.  They play on colors was fun…so fun I want to try more combinations!

Here is the pattern.  We are just getting it in front of your favorite shop owners.  Ask for it!

F567 KID GLOSS GRADATION COWLpdf dowload

 

 

Meet Nancy Stewart

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

NancyREVNancy Stewart is a physical therapist who retired in 2013.  She specialized in working with people who had been diagnosed with cancer. In 2008 she too was diagnosed with cancer and lost her hair from her treatment. In the Fall of 2013 Nancy noticed the basket of knitted hats at the nurse’s station in the infusion center at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. At the time Nancy had left over yarn from a sweater that she had just finished knitting and was wondering what she could make with it. When she saw the hats she decided to start knitting hats for patients who were experiencing hair loss from their treatments.

Since then Nancy has been donating about a dozen hand knitted hats in a variety of beautiful yarns and hat patterns every 6 weeks.  She takes them to the infusion center each time that she has an appointment in the infusion center. The nurses have told her that within minutes of the hats arriving, grateful patients begin to adopt the hats.  Nancy has received donations of many different kinds of yarn for her project from Plymouth Yarns, knitting stores and friends.  The warm hats that she knitted for the winter were more than appreciated.  She is now beginning to transition to knitting lighter weight hats for the Spring and then the Summer.

Below you will see samples of the hats she has made with Plymouth Patterns and Plymouth yarns.  Great Job, Nancy!

MN Shop Hop Results and Free Pattern

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Were you one of the lucky ones to visit the Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop  shops earlier this month?  Well the numbers are in and 1150 people started the hop over the four day event! 403 of these fine folks visited every participating shop.  Each one saw and average of 680 customers come through their doors. The best part is however, over 3100 pounds of food was donated and $22, 000 was raised for area food shelves. Plymouth Yarn was happy to donate towards giveaways and door prizes for the 8th annual event.  Thank you so much for shopping this wonderful shop hop.  Once again, if you talk to my boss, tell him I need to be there next year.

Participating shops included:

3 Kittens Needlearts, All About Yarn, Amazing Threads, A Sheepy Yarn Shop, Lakeside Yarn, Darn Knit Anyway, Lila and Claudine’s, Needlework Unlimited, Skeins, The Yarn Garage,  and Unwind.

I found this awesome crochet pattern when peeking into our designer’s office.  I’m making mine in white Goldrush for my newly remodeled beach theme bedroom.  I already bought my jars and battery operated candles! Enjoy the pattern and be sure to share your finished products with us on facebook, twitter and ravelry! We love to see projects!

Pattern -
F540 Gold Rush Candle Jar Covers PDF DownloadF540
MATERIALS
1 cone of Plymouth Gold Rush
Crochet hook 3.25 mm
GAUGE
Jar # 1 (shown on right): 6 DC = one inch. Check when you have done a few rounds of the tree pattern that it fits properly around the jar.
Jar # 2 (shown on left): 1 shell and 1 DC = one inch. Check when you have worked a few row of the shell pattern that it will fit properly around the jar.

BEGIN– BASE FOR BOTH JARS:
Ch 2. Work 6 SC into the first chain stitch. Sl st into the first SC st that you made.
Ch 1. Do not turn but work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and then continue working 2 SC into the next 5 SC. Sl st into the first SC. (12 SC.)
Ch 1 (It may be helpful to put a pin into this ch after each round so that you know where each round beg. Skip over this ch when joining rounds.) *Work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and work 1 SC into the next SC. Rep from * 5 times. Skip over the ch 1 and sl st into the first SC of the round. (18 SC)
Ch 1, Work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and work 1 SC into each of the next 2 SC. Rep from * 5 times. Join to the first SC of that round. (24 SC)
Ch 1, *Work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and work 1 SC into each of the next 3 SC. Rep from * 5 times. Join to the first SC of that round. (30 SC)
Cont in this manner working an extra SC between each inc (2 SC in the same st). When you have 8 SC between the inc, the bottom of the jar will be finished. (60 SC), This completes the base.
Jar #1 (shown on the right)
The rest of the jar cover will be worked in blocks and spaces.
Space: DC, ch 2, skip 2 sts.
Block: 3 DC.
Round 1: Ch 5. skip 2 SC (this counts as a DC and 2 ch, forming your first space.), 1 space, *1 block, 4 spaces , rep from * 2 times, 1 block, 2 spaces, sl st into the 3rd ch of the previous round.
Round 2: Rep Round 1.
Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as a DC), DC in each DC and 2 DC in each space, (20 blocks) sl st into the 3rd ch of the previous round.
Rounds 4 and 5: Rep Round 3. When you finish the round, sl st into the top of the ch 3 in the previous round.
Round 6: Ch 5, *3 blocks, 2 spaces, rep from *2 times, 3 blocks, 1 space, sl st into the 3rd ch of the previous round.
Rounds 7 and 8: Rep Round 6.
Round 9 and 10: Rep Round 1.
Round 11: Work 20 spaces around. Fasten off.
Jar #2: (shown on the left)
Beg shell pattern as follows:
First round: Ch 3 (counts as a DC) *skip 2 SC, 5 DC in the next SC, skip 2 SC, 1 DC in the next SC. Rep from * 8 times. Skip 2 SC, 5 DC in the next SC, skip 2 SC, sl st into the top of the ch 3 that beg the round.
All other rounds: Ch 3, 5 DC in the top of the shell in the previous round, 1 DC in the 1 DC in the previous round. End each round by working a sl st into the top of the beg chain of the previous round. When shell pattern measures 3.5” (about 10 or11 rounds), fasten off.

(IMPORTANT: not recommended for open flame. Plymouth Yarn has not tested for flammability.)
©2014 Designed by Sue Hilger for Plymouth Yarn Company. 022014cab

Creative Knitting Summer 2014

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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The Summer 2014 issue of Creative Knitting is chocked full of beautiful knits, six of which are made using your favorite Plymouth Yarns. This issue is on newsstands April 8th but the digital issue is available now! Click here for details.

Won’t the kiddos look adorable in these? Little Sailor Boy and Girl are made using Cleo.

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The Cirrus in Kid Seta….

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The Dayflower scarf made with Sakki
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Nantucket Vest In Jeannee
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Periwinkle in Happy Feet
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Be sure to get your copy before they are sold out! Find a yarn shop in your area here!