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Monday, September 10th, 2012
“Crochet is alive and well in Minneapolis!” This is evident when you step foot into StevenBe, an elegant yarn workshop located at 3448 Chicago Ave in Minneapolis, MN. Many of you know Steven Berg as the “Glitter Knitter” and his beautiful shop lives up to his reputation with a sparkling chandelier and plush chairs to welcome you. Sit back, grab your hooks and needles and enjoy the lovely mix of animal prints and fine art that adorn the space. Imagine all this while creating your masterpiece with classical music or even a live harp playing in the background. There is lots of great Plymouth Yarn to be had. I think I’m in heaven.
I enjoy speaking to Steven every time he calls. So much so that when I saw this ad in a magazine a couple years back, I had to put it on the wall next to my desk. It reminds me of the rock band pictures I had on my walls as a teenager.
Our Design Director Cia stopped by the shop over the weekend and snapped a couple photos during her visit…..
Plymouth’s Alpaca Puffs, a great addition to any hat or scarf.
So the next time you are in Minneapolis be sure to visit SteveBe and if you happen to be in Rosemount, MN you can visit Steven’s other location, The Yarn Garage and say hi to his mother Christa while you are there!
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Friday, August 31st, 2012
Courtesy of Zingerbug
It is officially the unofficial end of summer. Labor day is one of my favorite holidays as it celebrates the American worker, which is me! A big thank you to Matthew Maguire and Peter J. McGuire, labor union officials who first proposed the holiday back in 1882 as a day of rest and celebration for workers and their families. I’ll gladly take a 3 day weekend, I have one UFO that needs tending to, a grill that is begging for some steaks and a blender just waiting to make some margaritas. We always stay close to home, trying to visit our swim club as much as possible before they lock the gate for the final time on Monday 8pm.
For the first time, my son is dreading this weekend, or at least the end of it. Now he’s a second grader, aware that back to school means homework, early bedtimes and tucked in uniform shirts. No more weeknight outings to the movies or miniature golf. I’m excited to meet his teacher and wondering if she’s a knitter.
Early bedtimes for the kid means uninterrupted knitting time for mommy. My goal over the next few weeks is to master crochet. I am a novice and I am ready to change that. There is way too much fantastic crochet out there that I am missing out on. I would like to replace my holiday knitting with crochet this year. Click here for one of the many videos I will be using as guide this weekend.
Make sure you call your local yarn store this weekend too. Many of them have received their fall orders and are having some amazing sales. If you get to your shop, check out some of our new yarns like Gina, Sakkie and Pasea, the hottest sellers right now.
Sakkie Crochet Pattern 2364, call your yarn shop for details
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Monday, August 6th, 2012
We would like to congratulate our 50 Shades of Yarn giveaway winner, Susan! She had guessed the closest numbers to our shades. Data was compiled from our accounting system by simply doing a search for the words red, grey and black. This was tricky, I know, due to so many mixed shades and lines of yarn we did not name in our accounting program. But the kicker for me, the thing that spawned this whole giveaway, was my amazement that we, in fact, had 50 active shades of grey yarn! We have 39 shades of “red”(descriptions only containing the word red, that is) and 45 black yarns. It was not shades of black, just plain black yarn was counted.
Susan has won 10 balls of Encore Worsted color 389!
Thanks so much for all of your responses. Here is a nice, quick little project for you to try. You can make one in every shade!
GALWAY- CHUNKY or WORSTED
F142 PDF Download
MATERIALS: 1 -100g ball of Galway Chunky or Worsted, set of double pointed needles size US 13, beads, needle & strong thread for sewing on beads.
GAUGE: 3 sts = 1 inch.
I-cord: Cast on 5 sts. Knit 1 row. Without turning, slide sts to other end of needle, wrap yarn around back and knit the 5 sts again. Slide sts to other end, and repeat wrapping of yarn, knitting, and sliding.
With either a single strand of Chunky, or a double strand of Worsted, cast on 5 sts.
Knit an I-Cord 11½” – 12” long (this will fit and average sized wrist of 7” to 7½”). Work to 12½” for an 8” wrist.
Cut yarn and thread end through a blunt point needle. Run needle through the five sts on knitting needle. Slide the 5 sts off the needle but do not pull them together yet.
I-Cord produces a hollow tube much like fingers in a glove. Place the beginning end of the I-Cord into the finishing end and gently tighten by pulling on the yarn threaded on blunt point needle. Sew together trying not to make the join too bulky as excessive bulk will cause a bump after felting.
Felt by hand as follows:
Wet bracelet thoroughly with hot water and dish detergent. Gently roll around in palms like a ball for several minutes adding hot water as needed. Unfold and refold bracelet to felt evenly several times during this process. Begin to felt more firmly rearranging the bracelet often and adding hot water and soap as needed. Turn on cold water and rinse bracelet for a minute.
Open bracelet and place over fingers with your palm facing you (like you are beginning to put in on to wear) Using hot water and detergent. Roll the bracelet back and forth on your fingers to felt in a different direction. Felt around the whole bracelet.
Continue this process until the desired firmness and size is achieved. Bracelet can be stretched while still wet to make larger. Felt is very strong and you will not hurt it.
Squeeze out excess water with a towel and allow to air dry. Sew on beads or whatever you wish. DO NOT sew beads on the inside of the bracelet (the part that touches you wrist) it will make the bracelet smaller.
Designed by Diana Shannon ©2005 102105jbt
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Thursday, July 26th, 2012
Win 10 skeins of Encore Worsted, read on for details.
Ok, I’ll admit it; I read the 50 Shades of Grey book series. My friends read it, my sister read it, my niece read it, my boss read it, and last but not least, my mom read it! (I’m pretty sure I won’t be accompanying her to the movies when that one comes out.)
Last week, I was chatting with a knitter looking to make a chevron blanket with various shades of grey Encore Worsted. As I searched in my computer system, I realized just how popular grey is, and that we have many, many shades of it. So for some fun this week, I decided to give away a bag but I am going to make your work for it! Give us your best guess to the questions below. One person, with the closest answers, will win 10 balls of Encore Worsted color 389. Comment with your answers to our Blog ONLY. Facebook and Twitter entries will not be accepted. In the event of multiple correct comments, a winner will be chosen among them at random. Plymouth Yarn employees, sales representatives and their immediate families are not eligible to win. Data on number of shades is collected from inventory reports. Winner will be notified via email on August 3rd 2012.
1. How many shades of grey yarn are active in our inventory?
2. How many shades of red?
3. How many black yarns are active in our system?
Have fun and happy guessing.
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Monday, June 18th, 2012
Are you looking for a great summer sweater? Do your friends & family always try to steal your knitted garments? This may just be the giveaway for you.
Up for grabs, we have a Covington Jacket. It’s short sleeved, 100% mercerized cotton and perfect for summer. Not only will you get the garment, already made, but you’ll also receive the pattern and enough yarn to make another.
Pattern 1974 This is the garment you will receive.
Pattern also includes instructions for longer length
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We will contact the winner on or about July 6th via direct/inbox message.
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Friday, June 8th, 2012
I only have 7 more days until my sweet, darling, little boy is on summer vacation. I am not looking forward to the extra dishes in the sink or my house looking like a toy store exploded when I get home. He’ll be going to camp 3 days a week. I chose a mainly academic camp, with sporting activities in the afternoons. When doing my research, I found so many cool camps! Sports, acting, farming, and knitting! Unfortunately, I don’t meet the age requirements for any of them. Yes, I know I can take a class but there’s something about these camps that just sounds so fun.
I wanted to share some of the links I found about kids knitting camps all over the country. I’m trying to talk the boss into letting me review each one in person, individually. I don’t think he’s going for it! After the links, check out a free pattern for a one ball purse in Boku. A popular pattern for workshops and classes.
The Whole Nine Yarns, Woodstock, GA
Baskets of Yarn, Charlotte, NC
Kids Knitwork, CA
Stitch House, Dorchester, MA
Knit Picky, Winston-Salem, NC
Pattern F184 PDF Download
Pattern F184 Boku 1 Ball Purse
Small 1-Ball Felted Purse
Size: Approx. Finished Measurements (after felting): 6” wide x 7” tall
Materials: Boku (shown in color 2): 1 – 50g ball
Gauge: 14 sts = 4” on a US 10 needle over stockinette st before felting.
Needles: US 10, or size necessary to obtain given gauge. Small amount of Galway for sewing needed.
Note: Use a flat wool yarn such as Galway to sew purse together.
With size 10 needles, cast on 30 sts.
Rows 1-8: Knit 8 rows.
Row 9: K7, bind off 16 sts, K7.
Row 10: K7, turn and using cable cast on technique, cast on 16 sts, turn back and finish knitting the row: 30 sts.
Row 11-16: Knit 6 rows.
Begin working in stockinette st: work 15½-16” in st st, leaving enough yarn to finish the handle at the other end. End st st section with a purl row.
Rows 1-6: Knit 6 rows.
Row 7: K7, bind off 16 sts, K7.
Row 8: K7, turn and using cable cast on technique, cast on 16 sts, turn back and finish knitting the row: 30 sts.
Row 9-16: Knit 8 rows.
Fold in half & sew up side seams using a flat wool yarn. (Use the Galway Worsted). Felt.
Set the washer to hot wash, cold rinse, and lowest water level. Add a small bit of soap. Place purse flat in mesh lingerie bag. Do not put anything else in the machine. Check on the purse every 5 minutes. Felting could take 20-25 minutes or so. Keep setting back the timer to make the wash cycle longer. When desired felting is achieved, rinse and lightly spin. Excessive spinning can set in creases. Remove purse, lay flat and block out to a nice finished shape. Straighten handle section. Let dry. With scissors or a razor remove any excess fuzz.
©2006 Plymouth Yarn Company. Design by JoAnne Turcotte. All rights reserved.
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Thursday, May 31st, 2012
I am so excited for our fall line-up of yarns this year. Many of you have seen them already and were kind enough to share some of your pictures and projects with us. When we introduce a new line, I normally pick a favorite and go with it. That is impossible this time around ! There are so many beautiful fibers and colors. It’s going to be a busy knitting season for sure! I figured I would share them all with you, in one shot. I will do my best to give the important information you need, even when I really just want to say “It’s just so pretty, I must have it.”
We have a fantastic crew who gets to pick these fabulous yarns. It takes a village you know. They travel to Italy, Turkey, and Peru, just to name a few, to find the highest quality fibers so Plymouth Yarn can offer these to your favorite yarn shops. We have a team of designers who get to play, I mean work, with all of the contenders. They are always hard at work visiting trade and fashion shows to see the latest styles. I consider myself a pretty good knitter but they never cease to amaze me when they demonstrate to us just what these yarns are capable of.
Without further ado…..fall yarns!
Soft and cuddly
Adore Color Card
Adore Pattern 2462
The beauty of Angora with a hint of sparkle
Angora Glitz Color Card
Angora Glitz Pattern 2383
Soft and lightweight Alpaca goodness
Baby Alpaca Aire Color Card
Baby Alpaca Aire Pattern 2353
Check out the video on youtube that features Bi-Use from Adriafil
Bi-Use Color Card
F437 Bi-Use Free Scarf Pattern PDF
Bi-Use Pattern 2354
Light and soft with a hint of glitz
De Aire Glow Color Card
F424 De Aire Glow Free Scarf Pattern PDF
De Aire Glow Pattern 2451
Fun, wild and unique.
Dakota Color Card
F423 Free Dakota Scarf Pattern
Dakota Pattern 2356
You can dye this with Kool Aid!
Great Hand Dying basics here
Roving style tweed, perfect for her or him!
Europa Tweed Color Card
Europa Tweed Pattern 2412
Europa Tweed Pattern 2407
Deep, saturated color. Let the yarn do the work! Customer favorite!
Gina Color Card
F430 Gina Free Cowl Pattern PDF
Gina Pattern 2415
Bulky and fabulous. Rich colors.
Grandiosa Color Card
F431 Grandiosa Free Hat Pattern PDF
Grandiosa Pattern 2421
A long time favorite in a new put up-in all of the best colors!
Jelli Beenz Color Card
Jelli Beenz Pattern 2452
Unbelievable colors, great Alpaca and Wool blend
Pasea Color Card
Pasea Pattern 2455
Your feet will thank you for making socks with this beauty. So many possibilities!
Sakkie Color Card
F447 Sakkie Socks Free Pattern PDF
Sakkie Pattern 2426
Soft and super bulky, I need a cowl!
Wilde Color Card
F429 Wilde Triangular Scarf Free Pattern PDF
Wilde Pattern 2429
Gorgeous colors and endless possibilities! Use with all your Worsted Merino Superwash patterns!
Worsted Merino Superwash Hand Dyed Color Card
Worsted Merino Superwash Hand Dyed Pattern 2432
Ruffles, ruffles and more ruffles! Make a one ball scarf in no time!
Joy Ruffle Color Card
F448 Joy Ruffle Scarf Pattern PDF
Big, bold and makes a statement
Joy Supreme Color Card
F444 Joy Supreme Scarf Free Pattern PDF
Ruffles and sparkles, you can't go wrong! One ball makes a scarf
Passion Ice Color Card
F445 Passion Ice Scarf Free Pattern PDF
Passion Nette Color Card
F443 Passion Nette Scarf Free Pattern PDF
Customers are having a blast with this one
Scandalicious Color Card
F415 Scandalicious Free Scarf Pattern PDF
Now that you have seen them all, get to your favorite yarn shop and get some! Color cards are available at plymouthyarn.com. Share your projects with us on Facebook and Twitter. Pin them on Pinterest! Have fun!
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Thursday, May 24th, 2012
In honor of Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer, we would like to give you a chance to win a patriotic prize! All you have to do to enter is check out Plymouth Yarn on Pinterest . Follow your favorite board while you’re there. Then, come back to our blog or facebook page and tell us what you like the best or what content you would like to see.
I have two prizes available. You will receive a copy of pattern P417
Encore Worsted Sock Pattern P417
and two balls of Encore Worsted in color 1009, Old Glory.
Old Glory, #1009
Your tootsies will love these socks, and think how great it will be to slip these on after a long day at the pool or beach! We know so many of you take part in charity knitting. How about making these for your local veterans’ association?
Winners will be picked at random on Tuesday, May 29th. Winners will be notified via email for blog submissions and inbox message on facebook. Tweeters will be notified by direct message. So be sure to keep your eye out on Tuesday! Have a great Memorial Day weekend.
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Friday, May 18th, 2012
We love to see and hear about your projects! We received an email from a charity knitter in Delaware named Julie. She is currently knitting preemie hats with Encore Worsted. Julie knits the hats for the babies in the NICU at Christiana Care Health System and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware.
What a wonderful reason to knit! Julie shared some pictures of the hats she creates, check them out below.
If you are a charity knitter, send us an email and tell us your story. You can share your pictures with us on facebook and twitter too! You can also find us on Pinterest.
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Friday, April 27th, 2012
“Is knitting easy?”…This is a question I get asked often. My son plays at least one sport every season so this means mommy gets lots of time to sit and knit. On the rare occasion a coach may ask me to help out when they are light on parent helpers, but after seeing me try to throw a baseball to a catcher from second base, coach tells me I can go back to my knitting. A couple of the moms have asked if I could teach them. With all of the time we spend at practices and games, we could knit entire wardrobes!
I am going to baseball practice tonight loaded up with Encore Mega and needles, for the students of course. After I get them started, I am going to pull out a skein of our new yarn, Scandalicious and get to work. I am excited for them to see what they can do after they have their basic stitches down.
What I love most about some of these ruffle yarns is that it just takes one skein and a couple hours and you have something that looks like a masterpiece. Don’t get me wrong, I have knit many a complicated pattern but since I am showing folks new to the craft, I want to wow them and Scandalicious will surely do that. It is a very versatile yarn. You can follow the instructions below, in both knit and crochet, for the scarf . But since it’s been flowing into the shops, some of the customer have shared their ideas and projects with me. I saw a great cowl made by sewing two lengths of it together and a shrug made from cutting off the ends and using the tube as the sleeve! Let your imagination run wild with this one and beginner knitters can look like they’ve been at it for years! Share your pictures with us on facebook, twitter or pinterest!
F415 PDF Download
Needles & Hook: Size 7 needle, Size H Hook
Knit Scarf – Shorter, heavily ruffled version
Length: about 36-40”
1. Unfold the ribbon. Fold the ending piece over about 4 inches. The original cast on sts will go through both thicknesses.
2. Cast on 3 sts by sticking needle through the top edge of the netting from right to left.
3. Turn the needle.
4. Insert the needle in to the most left hand st, pull netting through to create a new st, do not drop original st off the needle. Insert needle into middle st , pull netting through to create a new st, do not drop original st off of the needle. Insert needle into the most right hand st, pull netting through to create a new st, do not drop original st off of the needle.
5. Now there are 3 sts on each needle. Let the original 3 sts drop off of the needle.
6. Turn needle and repeat steps 4 & 5.
7. Continue repeating steps 4 & 5 until most of skein is used. At the end, fold the last piece (about 4”) over for the final set of sts so you will knit through both thicknesses. Without turning, bind off just before the end – pulling the middle st over the left hand st, then the right most st over the remaining one. Use a small piece of yarn to anchor the last st in place so it will not unravel.
Longer, less ruffled version:
Length: about 55”.
Work as for the shorter version, casting on and working 2 sts instead of 3 sts.
Length: About 55”.
1. Unfold the ribbon. Fold the ending piece over about 4 inches. The first sts will go through both thicknesses.
2. Loop over crochet hook. Go out about 2” and loop over crochet hook again. Repeat for a 3rd loop on the hook. Pull the 3rd loop through the second loop, then the second loop through the 1st loop. Only 1 loop is on the hook now.
3. Go out about 2” and loop over crochet hook again. Repeat for a 3rd loop on the hook. Pull the 3rd loop through the second loop, then the second loop through the 1st loop.
4. Repeat step 3 until most of skein is used. At end, fold over last 4” or so and work through both thicknesses. When final loop is left on needle, Use a small piece of yarn to anchor the last loop in place so it will not unravel.
©2011 Plymouth Yarn Company. 121211jbt
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