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Luck of the Irish Giveaway Rules

Friday, March 10th, 2017

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Check out Plymouth Yarn’s  facebook page from 3/13/17 through 3/17/17 for a chance to win a KnitCol kit,  everyday!  Colors may vary from picture. Like the post and comment to win.  Specific comment instructions will be on the daily post. Contest will post at 6 am daily and run until 11:59 pm on day of the post. One winner will be chosen(2 winners on 3/17/17) at random, using random number generator, for the pictured kit and one runner up will win a baby sock kit (pattern F193).  US residents over 18 years of age only.  Winner will be notified within 10 business days via facebook inbox message. Winners must respond to facebook inbox message within 30 days of initial contact. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited. Comments on this blog are not eligible to win. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

KnitCol kits and dates of giveaway are as follows:

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Kit 1, pattern 1147, 3/13/17 prize

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Kit 2, pattern F757, 3/14/17 prize

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Kit 3, pattern 2623, 3/15/17 prize

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Kit 4, pattern 1236, 3/16/17 prize

 

2 Prizes available! Pattern 1558, 3/17/17 prize

2 Prizes available! Pattern 1558, 3/17/17 prize

Daily runner up prize, pattern F193

Daily runner up prize, pattern F193

 

 

 

1, 2 & 3 Skeins…See Plymouth Yarns in Creative Knitting Special Issue

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

My hands are still recovering from all my holiday gift knitting so I was so happy to see the Creative Knitting Special Issue, 1, 2, & 3 Skein Solutions.

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It’s full of beautiful patterns for your head, body and home! Great stash buster projects. 30+ quick knits in one magazine. With so many fabulous designs, you’re going to want to get the e-edition and laminate your physical copy, you will use it over and over again. You can get it on newsstands now and the digital edition is available on Annie’s website. Here are our favorite Plymouth Yarns in their designs…..

Infinity & Beyond Cowl by Sarahlois Wilson

Infinity & Beyond Cowl, Baby Alpaca Grande
by Sarahlois Wilson

Ruffles to the Max by Beth Whiteside

Ruffles to the Max, Baby Alpaca Brush
by Beth Whiteside

Leaning Diamonds Tank by Patty Lyons

Leaning Diamonds Tank, Nettle Grove
by Patty Lyons

Just a Couple of Skeins Cardi by Britt Schmiesing

Just a Couple of Skeins Cardi, Linaza
by Britt Schmiesing

Wrapped in Lace by Meghan Jones

Wrapped in Lace, Mushishi
by Meghan Jones

Little Jane Slippers by Amy Niezur

Little Jane Slippers, Encore Mega Colorspun
by Amy Niezur

Mary Jane Slippers by Amy Niezur

Mary Jane Slippers, Encore Mega Colorspun
by Amy Niezur

Modern Cubist Baskets by Lena Skvagerson

Modern Cubist Baskets, Encore Chunky
by Lena Skvagerson

Fiore looks fabulous in all of Lena's headbands!

Fiore looks fabulous in all of Lena’s headbands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October Sweepstakes for Breast Cancer Awareness!

Friday, October 7th, 2016

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Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives.  Many of us have been touched by this disease.  Getting mammograms regularly can reduce your risk of dying from breast cancer.


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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Plymouth Yarn wants you to remember to get your mammogram. Comment on our blog and tell us you are getting yours! 3 random comments will be chosen to win this Cabled Pocket Scarf kit featuring our warm Galway Worsted yarn in Palest Pink!

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Sweepstakes Rules
Open to US residents 18 or older only. Valid email required to post reply or comment. Winner will be chosen using random number generator October 28th 2016 and notified via email. No purchase necessary. Contest valid 10/07/16-10/28/16. Duplicate entries will be deleted. For a list of winners, please send self-addressed stamped envelope to Plymouth Yarn Company, 500 Lafayette St, Bristol, PA 19007.

Free Poncho Pattern from Mobile Yarn

Monday, August 15th, 2016

I came into the office this morning and found this gem in my email from a cute little shop in Alabama.  The Garter Cable Poncho, by Heidi Sunday, is free for you to download!  The pattern was written for Encore Worsted but as you can see in this picture, it’s beautiful in Dynamo too!  I asked Heidi, the yarn shop owner, if I could share it with you and she said “of course!”.  Everyone needs a poncho…..this summer heat wave will be gone before you know it and the leaves will be turning…..perfect poncho weather.

Enjoy the Free PDF download of the Garter Cable Poncho of the pattern.  Looking for yarn? Don’t forget to check out Mobile Yarn’s website.

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Hand Crafted Artisan Bags from Thailand

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Plymouth Yarn Company is working with the hill tribes in Thailand to create unique handmade accessories. These hill tribes have a long tradition of creating hand crafted items having a rich display of unique patterns, designs, and textiles.

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The Hmong Village

The village that creates these items has a small population of about 100 families totaling 500 people. They settled 90 miles from the province of Chiang Mai. The village is rural, and economic opportunities are welcomed by the hill tribe people. The profits support local community projects and enrich the villagers’ lives. They have been producing vibrant fabrics and ribbons for many decades. Plymouth Yarn sought out this hill tribe to bring these beautiful handmade bags and accessories to you. 
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The Hmong are known for a wide variety of embellishments such as, applique, cutout, batik, cross-stitch, pom-poms, and tassels. You can see this in many of the artisan bags!

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Plymouth Yarn is also distributing Scissor Fob/Keychains. These are handmade, featuring coconut wood. The tassels are part of traditional hill tribe dress. The women often wear them for various celebrations. Tradition states that throughout the year, single girls make the tassels to wear while they dance at the celebrations. The goal is to have the most tassels to attract future suitors.

 

Contact your local yarn shop today to get one of these beautiful bags for yourself.

Cabling in Brioche Stitch

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

If you saw our previous post and video on how to work Brioche Stitch in the round, then perhaps you are ready to try cabling in brioche?

The cable comes from our free pattern for a cabled cowl using Gina and Galway Worsted.

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Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Plymouth Yarn would like to wish all the moms out there a very happy Mother’s Day!  We are celebrating by giving one lucky person a copy of Vickie Howell’s new book Wee Garter Stitch! This is a collection of must have knits for modern babies and toddlers!.To sweeten the deal, we are also including the Worsted Merino Superwash  for the Round Peg Blanket pattern in the book!

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All you have to do to enter is to comment on this blog, let us know your favorite gift you have ever given or received for Mother’s Day.  You can also enter by sharing this post but you must comment here that you shared it. Winner will be contacted from email associated with your blog comment.  Winner will be picked at random on May 9th, 2016.

BONUS-we will also give 5 second place prizes!  The winners will receive pattern 2913, Cottonation Mother/Daughter Poncho delivered to their Ravelry library.  Winners will be picked at random and contacted for their Ravelry username or email address for delivery on or around May 9th, 2016

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Vickie is also offering Knitmaker 101 & 102, and Crochet Maker 101 & 102 CreativeLive courses, featuring Galway, at a special 25% discount for Plymouth Yarn fans.  Use code VICKIE25 at checkout. Use this link  https://www.creativelive.com/instructor/vickie-howell

 

 

Brioche in action

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

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Brioche stitch (aka Fisherman’s Rib) is a fluffy, thick rib. The concept is simple- yarn over strands are worked together with stitches to create an extra luscious, reversible knit fabric. It is like normal ribbing with a bonus!

When I first tried brioche years ago, I was trying to help out a friend that had started what looked like a simple 1×1 rib scarf. She ended up having to be in the hospital for a couple days, so I wanted to surprise her/cheer her up since I knew she didn’t really like the project she was working on. I thought I knew what she was doing. A couple rows of working plain k1, p1 stitch found me befuddled and confused. Why was her ribbing so full and scarf wider? I hastily ripped out my rows. When I arrived at the last row she worked, a giant question mark might as well have been above my head! There were extra strands of yarn and yarn overs every other stitch. Well, fast forward to now and I am happy to tell you brioche is not only easy but addictive!

There are two steps that tend to get knitters hung up about brioche- how to start and how to end.

I’ve made a video featuring a simple cowl design with brioche stitch in the round. Because I am using two different yarns/colors in the cowl, it is a lot easier to see what you are doing. The yarns are very thick and create a project with a short turn around time. Encore Mega is the solid color, and Cannoli (NEW this year!) is the multi. The combination of the two yarns also creates a reversible project- one side shows Encore Mega more dominantly while the other side shows Cannoli as the lead.

Perhaps you will try your hand at this magnificent and misunderstood stitch? Here is the pdf. Enjoy the video!

 

 

Trend alert: Skinny Scarves

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Scarves don’t have to be heavy and cumbersome. A new trend that I’ve noticed in ready to wear is adorn your spring and summer wardrobes with fashion scarves. The scarves can be skinny, about 3″ wide, though I have seen some wider scarves that are about 7″ wide. They all have one thing in commong- they are lightweight and wispy. They are knit looser than you normally would knit the fabric, which creates a lot of drape, and keeps the scarves from being too overwhelming.

 

Here are some skinny scarf designs that we have designed at Plymouth. Click the photo to be taken to the pattern.

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Leap Year Traditions-The Yarn Edition

Monday, February 29th, 2016

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Traditionally, February 29th is the day that a woman can ask a man to marry her.  Sure, times have changed but this tradition isn’t so bad.  In some European countries, such as Denmark, tradition says any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves.  In Finland, it changes to fabric for a skirt. If it landed me some beautiful fingerless mitts, I might not mind having those instead of a husband some days! Here are some fun and free patterns to celebrate these traditions.  Enjoy!

Perlina Lacey Fingerless Gloves

Encore Worsted Fingerless Gloves
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Baby Alpaca Grande Fingerless Gloves

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Stella Jacq Fingerless Mitts

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