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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Baby Girls

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

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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

 

 

One Day Only Giveaway-See details here!

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Head on over to the Plymouth Yarn Ravelry Group from 9am on July 9th to July 10th at 9am to enter our first ever Ravelry Giveaway.  The contest is ONLY open for 24 hours.  Entries submitted before or after this time frame will not be considered.  You will need to be a member of Ravelry to participate but don’t worry, setting up an account is super easy if you haven’t done it yet and they don’t get spammy! Here is a direct link to our group once you are a member.

Be prepared for your entry by checking out all of our available Galway Worsted, 100% Wool, made in Peru, colors at plymouthyarn.com.  See details on the group post.

We are giving away all of the supplies you need to recreate the Creative Knitting Fall 2013 cover project Cia’s Striped Vest.  This includes: 2 balls each in Galway 100% Wool, colors 704, 718, 762, 761 and 1 ball of 754 as well as needles, accessories and a copy of the Creative Knitting Fall 2013 (total retail value $102).

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Don’t Miss Creative Knitting Fall 2013!

Friday, June 28th, 2013

On newsstands soon- you will see the latest issue of Creative Knitting Fall 2013.  This is a special issue for us as it features Plymouth Yarn Galway 100% wool , made in Peru, for the cover project.  Open to page 104 and you will see our Design Director Extraordinaire, Cia and designer Vanessa.  It also contains other designs created with Plymouth Yarns!

Stay tuned next week to the Plymouth Yarn Ravelry Group for a special promotion (the hint is-we really hope you like that vest on the cover).  If you haven’t joined to conversation in our group, now is the perfect time to start! Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

Autumn Cover

So, You Want To See New Yarns…..

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

It’s that time of year again! Fall yarns are blooming! We have a wonderful mix of exclusive classics.  This season is sure to bring bold, rich and intoxicating colors just waiting to jump on your needles and hooks.  If you are ready to explore, let’s go!

First up, meet the Cape Town Collection, brought to you from the finest spinners and dyers in South Africa.  Johanne is Dk weight and 327 yard per skein. Contents are 40% Wool, 30% Acrylic, 30% Mohair blend.new 0770_johanne_12

Also from the Cape Town Collection, we have Toria. Light and delicate, lace weight 80% Kid Mohair, 20% Nylon blend.  The 229 yards per ball will knock your shawl off!

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I won’t lie, Revel from Grignasco is my personal favorite of the season.  275 yards of 85% Baby Alpaca, 15% Merino Wool sport weight delight.

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Revel in Action

Revel knit swatch

 

 

Bamtastic is 248 yards and 60% Bamboo Rayon, 40% Nylon.  You will love the drape with this cozy, machine wash and dry yarn.

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Beauty and warmth await you in Colca Canyon.  This chunky and soft 80% Baby Alpaca, 20% Merino Wool blend has a unique construction that will make every project a work of art.

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Next we have Just Fur Kicks,  all the delight of fur without the guilt!  88 yards of Nylon/Polyester blend fluffy goodness.  Perfect for all of your trims, boot cuffs and accessories!

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Last but surely not least, we bring you Monte Donegal and Monte Donegal Hand Dyed.  A lush blend of 40% Alpaca, 40% Merino Wool, 14% Acrylic, 6% Rayon.  These indulgent yarns are worsted weight with 109 yards per ball, perfect for so many projects.

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Hand Dyed

Hand Dyed

Color Cards and samples will be at your local yarn shop soon. Check out plymouthyarn.com to see available patterns and news.

Cleo Winner!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

We are pleased to announce the winner of our Creative Knitting Cleo Giveaway! Lucky knitter, Anita J. of Pennsylvania, took the prize.  Anita’s favorite shop is Butler’s Country Knit Shop ! Anita had such wonderful things to say about her favorite shop that I wanted to share a bit of it with you.

Marge is a wonderful person and friend, and it’s always a pleasure to visit her shop at the corner at Knit & Purl! Marge is always helpful whenever any of her customers have knitting woes! And holds special events such as “knit in public day” at the shop. Often,her husband, Don, is minding the shop and is equally knowledgeable about the stock on hand.”

Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments.  Your LYS  owners should be proud that you think so highly of them.  If you can’t find a shop in your area, check out our website and try the find a shop feature today!

Next up- we will be having a Thank You giveaway to celebrate reaching 10,000 fans on facebook.  Stay tuned for details!

 






Comment to Win! Creative Knitting Cleo Giveaway!

Monday, April 8th, 2013

I’m sure you have seen the Cleo Carefree Cover Up from the Spring 2013 edition of Creative Knitting Magazine.  How would you like to win everything you need to make it?  We have one prize that includes 10 skeins of Cleo in color 102, Starfish, needles, copy of the pattern and one issue of Creative Knitting Spring 2013.  **Please note that you will receive the color the pattern used.  Any other photos of Cleo are for reference only.

Carefree Cover Up as seen in Creative Knitting Spring 2013

Carefree Cover Up as seen in Creative Knitting Spring 2013

 

 

To Enter: Comment on this blog entry between 4/8/13 and 4/19/13.  Tell us your first name with last initial, your favorite Plymouth Yarn retailer along with their city and state.  Winner will be picked at random and notified by email or message.

Visit Plymouth Yarn’s Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest or Youtube Channel today.

Coming Soon…Creative Knitting Cleo Giveaway!

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Do you love Creative Knitting Magazine?  Do you love Plymouth Yarn Cleo? Stay tuned on April 8th when we announce an amazing giveaway just for you!

Carefree Cover Up as seen in Creative Knitting Spring 2013

Carefree Cover Up as seen in Creative Knitting Spring 2013