I Love Yarn Day….As opposed to what??? Who would dare say the opposite even out loud!!?
Even people who don’t knit/crochet/spin/weave/needlepoint walk into a Yarn Shop and are in awe of the beauty. The colors, the textures, the creativity just oozing out of every corner can make almost anyone swoon. Believe me, I have taken my husband into shops and when he comments about it, I know I am not half crazy.
So when you find yourself in a slump, doldrums, or caught between a rock and a loss of the next project, step into you LYS or better yet the next yarn shop down the street for variety, and see what transpires! Look over the shelves of yarns, gadgets, and then peruse the books. OH! The Books!!!
This leads me to a few we have found inspiring! Martingale and Plymouth are doing a cross promotion. Check out their website. We will be having a contest. To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post. (One winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday October 15th!) The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for any book from Martingale of your choice. Then head to Martingale and see what Plymouth will be giving away on their website! Cool?! Yeah, cool!! This one is my fave! Check it out:
Nice, huh? So, reply to our blog entry and you will be automatically entered into our random drawing for the Martingale gift certificate. Then go to Martingale’s website and see how you can win a great pattern and yarn from Plymouth! We will announce the lucky winner of the Martingale gift certificate on Tuesday the 15th of October (since Monday is Columbus Day!).
1. Knitters and crocheters-tweet and tell us your favorite local yarn shop! You MUST tag us with @PlymouthYarn and use the hashtag #ILovePlymouthYarn, you can also use #ILoveYarnDay. For example: @PlymouthYarn, The ABC Yarn shop is the best #ILovePlymouthYarnor @PlymouthYarn, The ABC Yarn shop is the best #ILoveYarnDay.
2. Yarn Shops-tweet and tell us your favorite Plymouth Yarn! You MUST tag us with @PlymouthYarn and use the hashtag #ILovePlymouthYarn, you can also use #ILoveYarnDay. Feel free to hastag your shop too! For Example:@PlymouthYarn the Gina yarn is our best seller! #ILovePlymouthYarnor @PlymouthYarn the Gina yarn is our best seller! #ILoveYarnDay
One yarn shop will win 10 balls of Encore Mega in I Love Yarn Day themed colors
Knitters and Crocheters, You can win one of 4 prizes that include 2 skeins
of a quick project and pattern, great for the holidays!
Winners will be chosen at random on Monday October 14th and notified by direct message if available.
Please join us in welcoming Britt-Marie Brehmer to our Sales Team, for the Northern California territory and Nevada.
In Sweden, where I was born, knitting and sewing was part of the weekly curriculum in 3rd grade. That’s where it all started for me. It has been a joyful hobby throughout my life, and after years of working with my husband in our Software Company, and children all grown up, I decided to take my love for textiles to the next level. I’m thrilled to be part of the Plymouth Team, and surround myself with people that share my passion. Weaving, cooking, baking and gardening also have a place in my heart.
Now that we have had a few nights in the 50’s, it makes me stop and think about all 4 of my baby girls (granddaughters) and their need for warmth and Nonnie lovin’! (This little one isn’t mine, but feels similar when I get to hold her!).
A few years ago, (actually probably 10!) I took a class from Nicky Epstein in Encinitas CA at Common Threads. She was teaching edgings from her Knitting Over the Edge book. Well, the simplicity and the brilliance of the corkscrew tassel has followed me thru the years.
Hence the cute “pompom” corkscrew tassels for this cute hat. It is shown here on our little model, Gianna. She is the granddaughter of one of our excellent test knitters. Watch her grow up with us. She is a dream baby to work with as well. Always in a good mood and very tolerant of the multiple wardrobe changes!
Back to the hat! It is made with a new yarn that Plymouth is showing for this season. It is called Baby Beenz. Our Jelli Beenz has been such a success over the years that we came to the conclusion we need Baby colors!!! And here it is! We love the fiber content’s durability wash after wash after wash.
Feel free to ask for it at your LYS and print off this free pattern. Trust me, you will make it over and over again as well as the corkscrew tassel!!!
Don’t forget to vote in our Knit A Long post on Ravelry. Join the Plymouth Yarn Group today, cast your vote. We will be getting started in August and you’ll get all the details then. I will share one secret….there will be prizes involved!
During the week of July 4th, Plymouth Yarn’s Marketing Manager, Christine and Design Director, Cia traveled to Florence, Italy for the Pitti Filati trade show. This event is “the main international event for the knitting yarn industry, a research lab and an observatory on global lifestyle trends.” They met with some of our current suppliers, visited some new ones and toured halls full of gorgeous designs. Our team is working hard to bring these new products to yarn shop shelves in the upcoming seasons.
This adorable little guy ended up in my office today and made my day! I think he’s just the sweetest thing and wanted to share him with you! Everything but his beard was created with Galway, 100% wool from Peru, and felted.
The Gnome was created by Swedish designer Britt-Marie Brehmer and word on the street is that she makes all sorts of these little cuties. I hope to be seeing more of them soon!
Packing up and flying home is always the saddest part of leaving a TNNA trade show. Plymouth Yarn staff and reps love seeing all of their customers and showing the new and exciting things we have coming. Our design team sent this video to me so I could see how gorgeous our booth is this year and I wanted to share it with you, just in case you were like me….at home holding down the fort!
Many years ago, felting seemed to take over the knitting community. I would spend evenings with two of my friends, Amy and Gloria, working on knit and crochet backpacks, flowers, beads, petals, and hats to be felted. I remember in particular a large felt tote I made using super chunky wool and a lattice design. The bag was so large that I could actually sit in it (yes, comfortably!) before felting.
The magical part of felting was that it appealed to beginner and advanced knitters alike. Beginner knitters didn’t have to have perfect tension or wonderful seaming abilities. Pretty much any mistake could be hidden once the knit was felted. Advanced knitters could appreciate the smooth and rewarding fabric from doing intricate shaping or colorwork (think tartans and plaids!).
Felting is asking for a resurgence. I have designed for the month of June a felt hand bag that uses a fun, easy to memorize motif: the triangle. Plymouth Yarn’s Gina is a 100% wool roving yarn that has a delicious stripey color transition. Gina really makes the construction of the triangles POP. You won’t need to change colors, tie in ends, or any of the normal striping techniques for this yarn. It does the work for you- and it will keep you interested in knitting the bag just to see what color will come out of the ball next.
Are you going on any road trips this summer?I will be going to the shore several time this summer, and this will be an enjoyable travel companion to my car ride.
10” wide 10” tall
(not including handle)
Materials: Gina: 3—50G balls, color 11 Spring Flowers
Gauge: 16 sts, 16 rows= 4” in st st on size 10 (6mm) needles (before felting),
5” x 5” = 1 triangle, before and after felting.
Needles: US Size 10 (6mm) DPNs (double pointed needles), stitch marker, yarn needle for sewing.
CO 66 sts, placing 22 sts each onto 3 DPNs.
Join in the round, being careful not to twist. PM. K one round.
Round 1: *Ssk, k to last 2 sts on DPN, k2tog; rep from * twice more. (6 sts decreased)- 60 sts.
Repeat the last round until there are 6 sts remaining- 2 sts on each needle. Cut yarn and draw through remaining sts. Fasten off.
Make 11 more triangles. Make 2 hexagon motifs by working a small (not too bulky selvedge) mattress stitch- stitching 6 triangles together. Set aside.
CO 14 sts onto a DPN. Work in garter stitch (knit every row) for 25”- this “gusset” will go around the perimeter of the bag.
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7 (WS): P all sts
Rows 2, 6: K all sts.
Row 4: Sl 5 sts to spare DPN and hold to front, k5, k5 from DPN, k4.
Row 8: K4, sl 5 sts to spare DPN and hold to back, k5, k5 from DPN. Repeat these 8 rows for braided strap until desired length- ours is approximately 26” + 25” for the gusset. End having worked row 3 of cable. BO in k on next row.
Sew the 25” of the gusset’s sides to the sides of the hexagons. Sew the CO and BO edges of the strap together- making sure there isn’t a twist in the strap.
Felting: Gina felts quickly and easily by hand.
Fill your sink with hot soapy water so that the bag is just submerged. Using your hands (put on some rubber gloves to protect them from the heat!) agitate the hand bag, rubbing it against the sides of the sink and against itself. You can shock the bag by running it in some very cold water to help merge the fibers together, but it isn’t mandatory. When the stitches of the handbag have disappeared and the bag has stiffened a bit from felting, wring out the excess water and roll in a towel to get most of the moisture out. Shape and let air dry.
ABBREVIATIONS: BO= bind off, CO= cast on, dec= decrease, DPN= double pointed needle(s), k = knit, m= marker, pm= place marker, psso= pass slipped stitch over, p = purl, RS= right side, sl = slip,SSK =slip 1 st as if to knit, slip a second st as if to knit, knit them together through the back loop, st(s) = stitch(es), st st = stockinette st, tbl = through back loop,tog = together,WS = Wrong Side, yo = yarn over, wyif = with yarn in front, wyib = with yarn in back.