Archive for the ‘Happenings’ Category
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
Category Design/Patterns, Happenings, Magazines, Yarn | Tags: Tags: 30 day sweater challenge, color, Encore, handknit yarn, plymouthyarn, ravlery, washability, wool yarn, yarn value,
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
Star Bright in Jeannee Worsted
Seeds & Leaves Throw in Worsted Merino Superwash
Sand Dunes Throw in Encore Chunky
Patchwork Trio Afghan in Encore Worsted
Pastel Pinwheel in Dreambaby Dk
Make It Mitered in Boku
Lillies and Lace in Jeannee DK
Laced-Up Cables Afghan in Galway Chunky
Field of Green in Baby Alpaca Grande
Easy Modular Blocks in Coffee Beenz
Bright Baby Squares in Encore Chunky
Braided Vines Throw in Encore Mega
ZigZags & Cables in Encore Worsted
Category Design/Patterns, Happenings, Magazines, Plymouth Sales Reps, Plymouth Staff, Yarn, Yarn Shops | Tags: Tags: all season throws, cables, Coffee Beenz, creative knitting, dreambaby dk, Encore, Galway, hand knitting, Jeannee, knitting, Plymouth Yarn, worsted merino superwash, Yarn,
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:
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!).
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Happenings, Plymouth Sales Reps, Uncategorized, Yarn, Yarn Shops | Tags: Tags: book, contest, free, Free Pattern, gift certificate, give-away, I love yarn day, lys, martingale, pattern, Plymouth, Yarn,
Thursday, October 10th, 2013
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.
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Happenings, Magazines, Plymouth Sales Reps, Plymouth Staff, Uncategorized, Yarn, Yarn Shops | Tags: Tags: crochet, crocheting, Encore, encore mega, hand knitting yarn, I love yarn day, knitting, Plymouth Yarn, twitter,
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
We are happy to be a sponsor of the:
Click the above link to find out more details.
You can try Plymouth Yarn’s Baby Alpaca Grande a great hand knitting yarn.
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.
sign up to our RSS feed. We will be posting more information about how to win free stuff!!! Free pattern give away…coming soon!!!!
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Happenings, Yarn | Tags: Tags: 30 day sweater challenge, Baby Alpaca Grande, Free Patterns, noble knits, Plymouth Yarn, wool yarn, Yarn,
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!
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
Greater Boston Yarn Crawl
Friends & Fun Yarn Crawl 2013
October 5th & 6th 2013
New York, NY
NYC Yarn Crawl
October 11th-20th 2013
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!
Category Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Happenings, Plymouth Sales Reps, Plymouth Staff, Yarn, Yarn Shops | Tags: Tags: Boston, charlotte, crochet, hand knitting yarn, knitting, NYC, Plymouth Yarn, san diego, Yarn, yarn crawl,
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
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.
You can find Britt-Marie on Ravelry.
Here are some of her most recent projects:
Baby Alpaca Aire:
Baby Alpaca Magna:
We are happy to welcome you to the Plymouth Yarn family and wish you much success in your territory!
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Happenings, Plymouth Sales Reps | Tags: Tags: accessories, babies, baby alpaca aire, baby alpaca magna, bamtastic, hats, Plymouth Yarn, shawls, Yarn,
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Post by Cia Abbott Bullemer
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!!!
F527 Baby Beenz Corkscrew Hat Pdf Download
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Happenings, Magazines, Plymouth Sales Reps, Plymouth Staff, Uncategorized, Yarn, Yarn Shops | Tags: Tags: Baby Beenz, cia abbott bullemer, Epstein, free, Free Pattern, hand knitting, hat, jelli beenz, Plymouth, Plymouth Yarn, tassles, Yarn, Yarn Shops,
Friday, July 26th, 2013
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!
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Happenings, Plymouth Sales Reps, Plymouth Staff, TNNA, Yarn | Tags: Tags: hand knit, knit along, knitting, Plymouth Yarn, ravelry,
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
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.
Bold colors were everywhere!
Creative colors and design work
Classic beauty and elegance
Love the fur and fringe details!
Delicate sparkle and softness
Beautiful bows and braids!
Of course there are fun and funky looks too!
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Happenings, Plymouth Sales Reps, Plymouth Staff, TNNA, Yarn, Yarn Shops | Tags: Tags: design, fashion, fashion trends, Firenze, florence, hand knitting yarn, Italy, knitting, patterns, Pitti Filati, Plymouth Yarn, trade show, Yarn,