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Hey Yarn Shops! Small Business Saturday Happenings

Monday, November 25th, 2013

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Small Business Saturday is one of my favorite days! Beat the huge crowds, long lines and support your community on November 30th!  There are so many benefits to shopping small.

  • Money you spend in your community usually gets put back into your community.   Shop owners are more likely to use that money to purchase from other businesses in the community.
  • Small businesses are 250% more likely to donate to local charities than large or big box businesses. That’s just good for everyone!
  • Local businesses are usually owned by the people who live in the community, they are less likely to leave and want to invest into the community’s future.
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  • It’s better for the environment.  Less transportation = less waste
  • THE BEST customer service

I can go on all day but I think you get the idea.

So on November 30th get out to Main Street, get a cup of coffee, and take a look at all the unique gifts you can buy and create this holiday season.

HEY YARN SHOPS or other local businesses…please post below your shop name, address, hours on November 30th.  You can also let us know of any specials or sales you have going on.  We’d love to share them! Also, Yarn Shops-check your email for a special event!

 

Marge Simpson working at Plymouth today!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Posted by Cia Abbott Bullemer

F021 GUSTO 10 HAT

Make this easy Marge Simpson wig.  Using the pattern attached, work until the hat is 16″ or so, randomly adding cables, then finish the crown as written.  Stuff with quilt batting and you got it!  I used Plymouth Yarn Encore Mega color # 133, 2 balls!  You will have Homey all a-gog!

 

Margesimpson and red queen 2013 halloween

 

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

I refuse to admit that I am behind on my Christmas knitting so I’m celebrating Halloween a little extra this year.  I have severe carpal tunnel that has been plaguing me .  Surgery on righty has been completed, lefty is going under the knife in just a couple of months.  Knitting has been slow going and crochet has been a little easier for me.  That being said….here are some things that make me happy about Halloween.

This guy hangs out at the Destin Yarn Shop, Miramar Beach, FL 850-650-0006.

This guy hangs out at the Destin Yarn Shop, Miramar Beach, FL 850-650-0006.

Encore Worsted color 1008

It’s time for Encore Worsted color 1008 to shine

Jan Lewis’ Free Pumpkin Pattern on Ravelry

 

Encore Worsted.  Click on link above for free download

Encore Worsted. Click on link above for free download

and one more thing I love about Halloween-this sweater! Free download is available at plymouthyarn.com

Encore Worsted free pattern!

Encore Worsted free pattern!

Maybe next time I’ll be willing to admit that Christmas is less than 9 weeks away.

 

 

 

30 Day Sweater Challenge

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Choosing Yarn for YOUR Sweater

Yarn choice is arguably the most important part of planning your sweater but how do you know which yarn is suitable for your sweater? Lets look at a couple factors that will affect the yarn you choose to make your sweater.
1. Who Are You Knitting For

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The first thing you’ll want to consider is who you are knitting this sweater for. Think about where they live, is it warm or cool? Where will you (or they) wear this sweater? Is it going to be for your next dinner party or for backpacking through the mountains. Once you have an idea of who will wear it and where they will wear it you can choose a yarn that will be suitable.
2. Care

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The next thing you’ll want to think about is how much time you have to take care of your new favorite sweater. Do you want to take the time to hand wash or would you prefer to have a machine washable yarn? If you would rather have a machine washable yarn, look for superwash wool or cotton yarns. If you were thinking of using something a little bit more luxurious but want a sweater that is easy to care for, try using buffalo yarn as it can be machine washed and dried! If you are knitting for children, washable is probably a good option.
3. Fiber Content

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The type of fiber you choose will greatly affect the feel and warmth of your sweater. Animal fibers like wool, alpaca and cashmere tend to be warm and soft to the touch. Plant fibers like cotton, bamboo and hemp tend to be cooler on the skin but great for those who are allergic to some animal fibers. To get the benefits of different fibers try using a blend.
4. Color

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This is my favorite part of choosing yarn for my next sweater! Take a look at your wardrobe before you go to buy yarn and find something that will work with the clothing you wear most often. There is nothing so exciting as getting to wear your new sweater all the time! When you buy your yarn be sure that all of the skeins are from the same dye lot so you don’t end up with a section of a slightly different color. If you are using a hand dyed yarn with a lot of color variation, try alternating skeins every few rows so that your color blends nicely. One last thing to consider when you are choosing a color for your yarn is skin tone. Be sure that the yarn you choose compliments your skin tone so that you will look fabulous in your new sweater!
5. Price

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The last thing you’ll need to think about when you are choosing yarn for your sweater is how much you are comfortable spending on yarn. My advice is, don’t skimp on yarn. You will be spending a lot of time and energy to create your sweater, choose a fiber that matches the care you have taken to create the sweater. The nicer the fiber, the more you will want to wear it. On the other hand if this is your first sweater and you are just testing the waters of sweater knitting maybe an inexpensive yarn would be prudent.

If you’d like to learn more about choosing the perfect yarn for your sweater, download our free Sweater Planning Guide. In this guide we talk about choosing a suitable yarn, how much yarn to buy and how to plan a sweater that you’ll love!

Click here to download

This guest post is a part of the 30 Day Sweater Challenge promo tour. Join us this month as we help 5,000 knitters around the world knit a sweater they’ll love, in 30 days. To sign up just visit 30daysweater.com/plymouthyarn and download your free Sweater Planning Guide. It will help you get started on the right foot! See you in October!

Plymouth Yarns in Creative Knitting, All Seasons Throws

Monday, October 14th, 2013

I’m sure by now you have seen Creative Knitting’s beautiful All Season Throws issue released in August.   It’s an amazing edition full of gorgeous throws that are perfect for every occasion.   Plymouth Yarn can be found throughout the entire magazine in 14 different designs ranging from beginner to expert.   Each and every one of them would make a perfect gift or treasure for yourself if you don’t want to share!  Take a look at your favorite Plymouth Yarns featured in these pictures below. Photos courtesy of Creative Knitting Magazine.

 

Woven Ribbon in Encore Worsted

Woven Ribbon in Encore Worsted

Star Bright in Jeannee Worsted

Star Bright in Jeannee Worsted

Seeds & Leaves Throw in Worsted Merino Superwash

Seeds & Leaves Throw in Worsted Merino Superwash

 

Sand Dunes Throw in Encore Chunky

Sand Dunes Throw in Encore Chunky

Patchwork Trio Afghan in Encore Worsted

Patchwork Trio Afghan in Encore Worsted

Pastel Pinwheel in Dreambaby Dk

Pastel Pinwheel in Dreambaby Dk

Make It Mitered in Boku

Make It Mitered in Boku

Lillies and Lace in Jeannee

Lillies and Lace in Jeannee DK

Laced-Up Cables Afghan in Galway Chunky

Laced-Up Cables Afghan in Galway Chunky

Field of Green in Baby Alpaca Grande

Field of Green in Baby Alpaca Grande

Easy Modular Blocks in Coffee Beenz

Easy Modular Blocks in Coffee Beenz

Bright Baby Squares in Encore Chunky

Bright Baby Squares in Encore Chunky

Braided Vines Throw in Encore Mega

Braided Vines Throw in Encore Mega

ZigZags & Cables in Encore Worsted

ZigZags & Cables in Encore Worsted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I HEART Yarn Day GIVEAWAY!

Friday, October 11th, 2013

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:

Martingale - Successful Lace Knitting (Print version + eBook bundle)

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!).

 

Twitter I Love Yarn Day Giveaway!

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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We are so happy it’s almost  I Love Yarn Day! Head on over to our twitter page on October 11th to win some yarn!

Here’s what you have to do…..

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 #ILovePlymouthYarn or @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! #ILovePlymouthYarn or @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.

 

30 Day Sweater Challenge and Baby Alpaca Grande

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

We are happy to be a sponsor of the:

30 Day Sweater Challenge

Click the above link to find out more details.

You can try Plymouth Yarn’s  Baby Alpaca Grande  a great hand knitting yarn.

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We have well over 50 colors available in solids and melange.

Baby Alpaca Grande is also available in Tweed, Hand dye, Hues and Glow.   The yarn is just beautiful, soft and voluminous.

Give it a try, it is not to late to begin.

Visit Noble Knits to find out more information on purchasing the yarn.

#30daysweaterchallenge

sign up to our RSS feed.  We will be posting more information about how to win free stuff!!! Free pattern give away…coming soon!!!!

 

 



Upcoming Yarn Crawls and Events

Friday, September 27th, 2013

It’s Yarn Crawl season and if one of these events is happening in your area, you should surely make the time to go!

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Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl

 

Ending September 29th

Denver, CO area

Yarn Along The Rockies

September 26th-29th 2013

San Diego, CA

San Diego Yarn Crawl

September 27th-October 6th 2013

Charlotte,  NC and surrounding area

Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl

October 4th-6th 2013

Boston, MA

Greater Boston Yarn Crawl

October 4th-6th

Western Connecticut

Friends & Fun Yarn Crawl 2013

October 5th & 6th 2013

New York, NY

NYC Yarn Crawl

October 11th-20th 2013

Central Texas

Hill Country Yarn Crawl -the best little yarn crawl in Texas!

 

Yarn Shops-if there is a crawl in your area, please leave it in the comments.

Please email yarn crawl info to Plymouth Yarn! We’d love to share your event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to BRITT- MARIE BREHMER

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Please join us in welcoming Britt-Marie Brehmer to our Sales Team, for the Northern California territory and Nevada.

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Her Bio:

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.

You can find Britt-Marie on Ravelry. 

Here are some of her most recent projects:

Baby Alpaca Aire:

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Baby Alpaca Magna:

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Bamtastic:

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We are happy to welcome you to the Plymouth Yarn family and wish you much success in your territory!