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Crawl, Hop or Taste. ‘Tis the Season for Great Events!

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

No matter where you live, there is sure to be a yarn event somewhere near you over the next couple of weeks.  Since there are so many, we’ve decided to list as many as we can right here in a neat little post.  Click on the links for each event for more detailed information.  Have fun and happy knitting!

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September 5th -20th The 7th annual Yarn Discovery Tour has begun with hundreds of fiber enthusiasts starting to crisscross Northeast Ohio

September 12th  6:30-8:30 pm The Knitter’s Edge in Bethlehem, PA will be tasting the newest and finest yarns of The Plymouth Yarn Company

September 13th-21st Yarn Along The Rockies is a 9 day yarn crawl with a Passport Tour of 24 participating yarn shops across the front range of Colorado.

September 13th-21st Gather your friends together and have a fun time as you visit great yarn shops and vie for a chance at terrific prizes at the 8th annual Atlanta Shop Hop

September 18th-21st San Diego Yarn Crawl. Come join in on a fun and exciting yarn crawl in San Diego, California. Meet lots of friendly shops and alpacas. Then shop for lots of exciting new yarns.

September 19th-21st North Country Fiber Fair Watertown, SD. The mission of the North Country Fiber Fair is to host an annual event, on the 3rd weekend of September, that provides educational and marketing opportunities for producers, fiber artists and consumers of natural fibers

September 19th & 20th Indiana and Illinois Fall Bus Shop Hop.

September 26th-28th The Western Connecticut Yarn Council presents the Fiber, Friends and Fun Yarn Crawl! 7 shops and 3 fiberlicious days of fun!

October 10th-19th The 8th annual Hill Country Yarn Crawl, the best little yarn crawl in Texas!  Ten fun-filled days crawling your way through 13 yarn shops around and about central Texas.

October 21st-26th Central Kansas Yarn Hop The Central Kansas Yarn Hop lets you gather your friends and support local yarn shops across central Kansas. Shop local!

I’m sure this is just a fraction of the many wonderful yarn related events happening, comment below or contact us if you’d like us to add your event.

So get in your car and go!  There are great prizes and new yarn discoveries just waiting for you in your local yarn shop.

 

 

 

New Fall PlymouthYarns for Winter 2014/15 and a GIVE AWAY!!

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Wow! Wait until you see this line-up! We have been so busy working on our new line of yarns this year. And we found so many that we had trouble keeping it down to a decent # of yarns.

We have 15 all said and done. I KNOW!!! 15!!!

Here is a description of these yarns for you to read about. NEXT I would like for you to check them out on Ravelry,  tell us your favorite new yarn and what it inspires you to make.

We will select a winner by random draw-so enter often if you like!

Essex: Chunky weight 100% wool wrapped in a charcoal or black thread in a fascinating subtle stripe.  Stitches melt together to create a wonderfully muted, but colorful, substantial fabric. This yarn is great for chunky weight accessories that you’d like to have a pop of color. 

Gina Chunky: We developed a chunky weight version of one of our favorite and best-selling yarns, Gina. Gina Chunky is a single-ply roving in bright, cheerful self-striping colors. This 100% wool will make cozy winter accessories in a snap. Charmingly fresh and bright in a quick to knit gauge.

Homestead: A true Aran! Homestead is a classic 3-ply wool with a design oriented color range. We love this yarn for many reasons. Surprisingly soft yet rustic, homestead will wear well and be a knitters favorite.   

Cashmere Passion: Cashmere never felt so good! In fact, we think this 80% Merino, 20% Cashmere blend feels better than most 100% Cashmere yarns (without the price tag, too!). Cashmere passion knits up at a light worsted gauge. The soft halo produced from the fabric yearns to be knit in a luxury accessory or classic knit. A truly cuddly yarn.

Cashmere: We have taken our Royal Cashmere to the next level. It is the same high quality Italian 100% cashmere in a new ball put-up. Best of all we have redefined the entire color palette. 10 colors ranging from classic to fun! Check it out. This is for that very special project-hopefully for yourself! 

Sophia Tweed: A multi colored binding thread twines around thick and thin Acrylic and Wool. Sophia Tweed is like a party in a ball. Stockinette and garter knits are soft and nearly weightless. We love this one for women’s garments and accessories in easy to knit patterns.

Spago: A light-as-a-feather novelty yarn with a bulky gauge. Spago self-stripes, and will knit well in simple stitches. Spago is ultra-textured and very fast to knit with.

Kid Gloss and Kid Gloss Hand Dyed:  We tested many Silk/Mohair blends to bring to you the finest of the lot. Kid Gloss is 72% Super Kid Mohair and 28% Mulberry Silk. Accept no substitutions! You need to knit this yarn to know it is the best! The color palette is very inspirational for mixing together yarns, for either double or single stranded projects.

Stella Jacq: We are so excited about this self-patterning worsted. If you are familiar with our Knitcol yarn, you will love its big sister, Stella Jacq. Jacq is taken from the word jacquard, which is a textile term for intricate patterning. 100% Machine washable wool. Exciting and stunning shades bring unexpected results. Suitable for babies, kids, and adventurous adults.

Baby Alpaca Cherish: 50% Acrylic and 50% Alpaca blended together to create the best of both worlds. A versatile DK weight, Baby Alpaca Cherish is a great yarn for the family. The alpaca lends its softness and drape, while the acrylic lends its wash-ability.  Stitch patterns and color-work alike work well with this new yarn.

Rekor Mini: This is a fun crafting packet of little balls of 10 yards each, in great color ranges. Bust out the imagination for these: duplicate stitch, granny-style square crochet, jewelry, etc.  Check out our free pattern booklets to get you started F557 and F558. 

Inspire and Impulse:  Stock up on these kits for holiday shoppers. 2 different yarns packaged with a pom-pom. And the ball band has the pattern inside for cute hats. 

Scozia: Brought to you from Adriafil, this tweed blend of wool, viscose and nylon has a great hand and a rustic outcome. Chunky for fast knitting, but a light weight finished garment.

Riflessi: Also from Adriafil, this 4 to the inch blend of wool, acrylic and nylon has a metallic thread braided into the chainette structure-subtle but very effective. 

 

SPRING!!! FINALLY!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

From the Desk of Cia Abbott Bullemer

Kid Gloss (1)

OK, I don’t know about you, but this winter has been beyond brutal, beyond excessive-just down right wrong!

Well, here in Pennsylvania, we can finally say it is Spring with almost 100% certainty.  So of course, my knitting brain decided it was time to work up something pastel-y, something simple so I can look up from my knitting and something that will take the not-quite-warm chill off my neck.  A cowl, of course.  My favorite and essential accessory of choice. (Free Pattern attached below).

We just brought in a new lace weight mohair blend. OOOOOH! Wait till you see it, feel it and work with it.  It is called Plymouth’s Kid Gloss and Kid Gloss Hand Dyed (monochromatic color ranges in the Hand Dyed) from South Africa.  The composition of it is mainly SUPER Kid Mohair.  Which means the mohair’s micron count is even finer than kid mohair resulting in an even softer hand.  Mulberry silk is a silk fiber coming from a silkworm that eats only mulberry leaves. One of the unique benefits of Mulberry Silk is that it is 100% natural, odorless and hypoallergenic. Mulberry silk is so desirable because of its shine and fluidity.  Take the super kid and blend it with mulberry silk and you have Kid Gloss!

Another study I am working on is Gradation Knitting.  Working with 2 strands of yarn and switching different color strands to produce an easy transition of color ranges.  They play on colors was fun…so fun I want to try more combinations!

Here is the pattern.  We are just getting it in front of your favorite shop owners.  Ask for it!

F567 KID GLOSS GRADATION COWLpdf dowload

 

 

MN Shop Hop Results and Free Pattern

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Were you one of the lucky ones to visit the Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop  shops earlier this month?  Well the numbers are in and 1150 people started the hop over the four day event! 403 of these fine folks visited every participating shop.  Each one saw and average of 680 customers come through their doors. The best part is however, over 3100 pounds of food was donated and $22, 000 was raised for area food shelves. Plymouth Yarn was happy to donate towards giveaways and door prizes for the 8th annual event.  Thank you so much for shopping this wonderful shop hop.  Once again, if you talk to my boss, tell him I need to be there next year.

Participating shops included:

3 Kittens Needlearts, All About Yarn, Amazing Threads, A Sheepy Yarn Shop, Lakeside Yarn, Darn Knit Anyway, Lila and Claudine’s, Needlework Unlimited, Skeins, The Yarn Garage,  and Unwind.

I found this awesome crochet pattern when peeking into our designer’s office.  I’m making mine in white Goldrush for my newly remodeled beach theme bedroom.  I already bought my jars and battery operated candles! Enjoy the pattern and be sure to share your finished products with us on facebook, twitter and ravelry! We love to see projects!

Pattern -
F540 Gold Rush Candle Jar Covers PDF DownloadF540
MATERIALS
1 cone of Plymouth Gold Rush
Crochet hook 3.25 mm
GAUGE
Jar # 1 (shown on right): 6 DC = one inch. Check when you have done a few rounds of the tree pattern that it fits properly around the jar.
Jar # 2 (shown on left): 1 shell and 1 DC = one inch. Check when you have worked a few row of the shell pattern that it will fit properly around the jar.

BEGIN– BASE FOR BOTH JARS:
Ch 2. Work 6 SC into the first chain stitch. Sl st into the first SC st that you made.
Ch 1. Do not turn but work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and then continue working 2 SC into the next 5 SC. Sl st into the first SC. (12 SC.)
Ch 1 (It may be helpful to put a pin into this ch after each round so that you know where each round beg. Skip over this ch when joining rounds.) *Work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and work 1 SC into the next SC. Rep from * 5 times. Skip over the ch 1 and sl st into the first SC of the round. (18 SC)
Ch 1, Work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and work 1 SC into each of the next 2 SC. Rep from * 5 times. Join to the first SC of that round. (24 SC)
Ch 1, *Work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and work 1 SC into each of the next 3 SC. Rep from * 5 times. Join to the first SC of that round. (30 SC)
Cont in this manner working an extra SC between each inc (2 SC in the same st). When you have 8 SC between the inc, the bottom of the jar will be finished. (60 SC), This completes the base.
Jar #1 (shown on the right)
The rest of the jar cover will be worked in blocks and spaces.
Space: DC, ch 2, skip 2 sts.
Block: 3 DC.
Round 1: Ch 5. skip 2 SC (this counts as a DC and 2 ch, forming your first space.), 1 space, *1 block, 4 spaces , rep from * 2 times, 1 block, 2 spaces, sl st into the 3rd ch of the previous round.
Round 2: Rep Round 1.
Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as a DC), DC in each DC and 2 DC in each space, (20 blocks) sl st into the 3rd ch of the previous round.
Rounds 4 and 5: Rep Round 3. When you finish the round, sl st into the top of the ch 3 in the previous round.
Round 6: Ch 5, *3 blocks, 2 spaces, rep from *2 times, 3 blocks, 1 space, sl st into the 3rd ch of the previous round.
Rounds 7 and 8: Rep Round 6.
Round 9 and 10: Rep Round 1.
Round 11: Work 20 spaces around. Fasten off.
Jar #2: (shown on the left)
Beg shell pattern as follows:
First round: Ch 3 (counts as a DC) *skip 2 SC, 5 DC in the next SC, skip 2 SC, 1 DC in the next SC. Rep from * 8 times. Skip 2 SC, 5 DC in the next SC, skip 2 SC, sl st into the top of the ch 3 that beg the round.
All other rounds: Ch 3, 5 DC in the top of the shell in the previous round, 1 DC in the 1 DC in the previous round. End each round by working a sl st into the top of the beg chain of the previous round. When shell pattern measures 3.5” (about 10 or11 rounds), fasten off.

(IMPORTANT: not recommended for open flame. Plymouth Yarn has not tested for flammability.)
©2014 Designed by Sue Hilger for Plymouth Yarn Company. 022014cab

Creative Knitting Summer 2014

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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The Summer 2014 issue of Creative Knitting is chocked full of beautiful knits, six of which are made using your favorite Plymouth Yarns. This issue is on newsstands April 8th but the digital issue is available now! Click here for details.

Won’t the kiddos look adorable in these? Little Sailor Boy and Girl are made using Cleo.

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The Cirrus in Kid Seta….

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The Dayflower scarf made with Sakki
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Nantucket Vest In Jeannee
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Periwinkle in Happy Feet
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Be sure to get your copy before they are sold out! Find a yarn shop in your area here!

Neon NOW!!!!!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

From the Desk of Cia Abbott Bullemer

Spring is Springing!

And after our trip across the country to participate in the Spring Show of The National Needle Arts event, we here at Plymouth Yarn are PUMPED! We had a tremendous response for our neon colors in Encore Worsted and our new sock yarn called Neon Now!

After returning from Italy in July on a Yarn Sourcing trip, we witnessed the same about trends. Neon is still wildly out there!  It is hot, it is now, and it is available!

Here are a few examples of neon for color combos.  I love the one below with the black and grey-see how it makes the orange pop but yet not read completely neon? LOVE THAT!

And then putting orange and fuchsia together? Who’d have thought that worked. But it does! Tell us what you do with neon!

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Neon on the runwayThis spring, is all about neon



2013 Count Down of Best Selling Patterns

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Reflection is a common pass-time around this time of year.  Looking back on 2013, we have run a report on what sold the best this year.  Here you have it! In the reflection of the year 2013, we selected the top 13 best sellers.

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#12 2526   Linen Concerto    

#11 2555 EncoreColorspunandWorsted Encore Worsted and Encore Worsted Colorspun

#10 2496 Colorando

# 9 2436 Encore Colorspun

#8 NO26PLYMOPATSN026.zoom.1 Baby Alpaca Grande

#7 2466 Cleo

#6 2514Gina

#5 2437 Baby Alpaca Grande Hand-dyed

#4 2515 Gina

#3 1530EncoreWorsted Encore Worsted

#2 1873EncoreChunkyEncore Chunky

#1 2516Gina Gina

 

 

Just Announced-Pantone Color of 2014

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

From the Design Director’s Desk- Cia Abbott Bullemer

This is the color chosen via Pantone the Color Experts. They predict what the colors will be-or do they set the trend-? What follows what? The chicken or the egg…

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Here at Plymouth, we have several different yarns that fill this color range already.  Consider using one of these  for your next cowl, cardigan or baby girl’s cuddly blanket that she will drag around for years to come.  It is just a color that radiates warm sunshine, peace and tranquil emotion.

Baby Alpaca Grande color 834 Baby Alpaca Worsted color 8620, Cleo color 139, DeAire color 7713, Dynamo color # 3, Encore color 958 or color 458, Eros color 7107, Galway 132 or 177, Gina color 1 or color 8, Heaven color 55, Jeannee Worsted color 25, Johanne color 10, Kudo color # 54, Oh My color 9624, Pasea color 1014, Toria color 56, Whitney color 2001, Worsted Merino Superwash color 64 and Sahara color 1312.

Is that enough to choose from?

 

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

Price
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