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We love Yarnboa!

Friday, December 5th, 2014

There is something very special happening at the Delaware Museum of Natural History! Designer Sharon Silverman has lead her team to create a beautiful and unique yarn bomb experience. Sign with leg warmers (small)
Our favorite component has to be Yarnboa!  This cuddly snake  is over 40 feet long and constructed mostly of Plymouth Yarns! Almost 9000 yards of yarn were used for this creature which was created to celebrate the museum’s exhibit Titanboa:Monster Snake.  The snake is filled with used newspaper and plastic bags.  Sharon plans to reconfigure the crocheted creations into blankets, which will be donated to the Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children in West Chester. You can meet her at the museum on Sunday December 14 from 1-3 pm.  The Titanboa exhibit will run until January 25th, 2015.Yarnboa on display (small) Yarnboa awaiting installation (small) Looking from the back end (Small)
Sharon has been creating beautiful yarn bombs for some time now, you can see some examples of her amazing work on her facebook page.  Here are a couple other creations you can see at the museum located at 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, De., 19807.

Shell Game (small) Polar Bear (small)

Shop Small with Your Yarn Shop 11/29!

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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Happy Thanksgiving from The Plymouth Yarn Company! We are sponsoring a fabulous deal for your Small Business Saturday shopping! Visit one of these shops on November 29th and the first 10 customers in each shop to purchase $50 of Plymouth Yarn products will receive a coupon to save $20 off your next $50 Plymouth Yarn purchase during the month of December.  This is a limited time deal and original purchase must be made on November 29th.  Get to your yarn shop early for best selection. Contact the shop for hours. This offer is available in store and only at the shops listed below.  See shop for further details.

  • Grandma’s Spinning Wheel, Tucson, AZ
  • The Black Purl, Devonshire, Bermuda
  •  Continental Stitch, Morgan Hill, CA
  • Heartstrings Yarn Studio, Chico, CA
  • Imagiknit, San Francisco, CA
  • Knit Wits, Paradise, CA
  • Knitting by the Sea, Carmel, CA
  • La Knitterie Parisienne, Studio City, CA
  • Stitches in Time, Bellflower, CA
  • Fiberspace, Sterling, CO
  • Creative Fibers, Windsor, CT
  • Knit & Purls, Avon, CT
  • Saybrook Yarn, Old Saybrook, CT
  • The Yarn Basket, Brandford, CT
  • Just Imagiknit, Lake Worth, FL
  • The Yarn Lady, Summerfield, FL
  • SugarFoot Yarns, Peachtree City, GA
  • Yarn Rhapsody Inc, Gainesville, GA
  • Aloha Yarns, Kaneohe, HI
  • Yarn & Needleecraft LTD, Kailua, HI
  • The Yarn Connection, Idaho Falls, ID
  • Betsy’s, Lockport, IL
  • Blue Beaker, Westmont, IL
  • Mosaic Yarn Studio, Mount Prospect, IL
  • Wool and Company, St Charles, IL
  • Always In Stickes, Noblesville, IN
  • River Knits, Lafayette, IN
  • Shabby Sheep & Ewe, Columbus, IN
  • Knit On! Newport, KY
  • Special Things By Dianne, Utica, KY
  • Needlework Vault, New Orleans, LA
  • Yarn Nook, LLC, Lafayette, LA
  • Creative Warehouse, Needham, MA
  • Putting on the Knits, W Newton, MA
  • Suzi’s Fiber Cat, South Grafton, MA
  • Webs, Northampton, MA
  • Yarn Basket, Mashpee, MA
  • Second Story Knits, Bethesda, MD
  • Country Needleworks, Jenison, MI
  • Gloria’s Happy Hooker, Sault Sainte Marie, MI
  • Have You Any Wool, Berkley, MI
  • My Craft Room, Troy , MI
  • PK Yarn Over Knit, Clawson , MI
  • The Elegant Ewe, Menominee, MI
  • Northfield Yarn, Northfield, MN
  • What in Yarnation, Cannon Falls, MN
  • HearthStone Knits, St Louis, MO
  • Wild Purls Yarns, Billings, MT
  • Friends & Fiberworks, Candler, NC
  • Make It With Yarn, Mars Hill, NC
  • A Stitch In Time, Farmingdale, NJ
  • Out of the Loop, Hopewell Junction, NY
  • Birds of a Feather, Westlake, OH
  • Knit Wit Knits, Salem, OH
  • Main Street Yarns, Mason, OH
  • RaeMarie Yarns, Vermillion, OH
  • Silk Road Textiles, Cincinnati, OH
  • The Yarn Shop, Inc, Columbus, OH
  • Yarn Cravin’, Perrysburg, OH
  • Loops, Tulsa, OK
  • Knitting Bee, LLC, Portland, OR
  • Knitty Gritty, Lebanon, OR
  • Nitro Knitters, Portland, OR
  • Northwest Wools, Portland, OR
  • EweNique Sheep, DuBois, PA
  • Lillie’s Yarns, Perkasie, PA
  • Rosie’s Yarn Cellar, Philadelphia, PA
  • Stash, Havertown, PA
  • The Ball and Skein Shop, Lititz, PA
  • The Knitter’s Edge, Bethlehem, PA
  • The Memory Tree, Monongahela, PA
  • Yarns By Design, Oakmont, PA
  • Knit-N-Purl, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Expressions Gallery, Watertown, SD
  • R & M Yarns, Georgetown, TN
  • Stitchin’ Post, Nashville, TN
  • Sunny Side Yarns on Depot, Rogersville, TN
  • The Yarn Patch, Crossville, TN
  • Yarntiques, Johnson City, TN
  • Knitting Fairy Yarn Studio, Grand Prairie, TX
  • Nancy’s Knits, Houston, TX
  • Hemstitched Heirlooms, Bountiful, UT
  • Kamille’s, West Jordan, UT
  • A Likely Yarn, Abingdon, VA
  • Aylin’s Woolgatherer, Falls Church, VA
  • Pinchknitter, Stanwood, WA
  • Yarn Folk, Ellensburg, WA
  • Ben Franklin Crafts, Oconomowoc, WI
  • Cowgirl Yarns, Laramie, WY
  • Ewe Count, Cheyenne, WY
  • Prairie Stitcher, Douglas, WY

 

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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. 

 

New England Yarn Crawl I-91 Fourth Annual!

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Hear Ye, Hear Ye,

All you New England Knitters!  Check out the details below of the 4th Annual I-91 Yarn Crawl!  Sounds like a weekend of fun, mystery and prizes galore!!

Please post your positive reviews here so we can live vicariously thru you!

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Click here for the Map of the Participating Yarn Shops:

 

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Twelve local yarn shops located along I-91 from Putney, VT to Branford, CT have
joined together for the Fourth Annual I-91 Shop Hop! A shop hop is a fun way to
visit new and interesting yarn shops in a defined geographical area.
The I-91 Shop Hop will take place June 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th.
All participating shops will be open from 10 am-6 pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday and
12 pm-5 pm on Sunday. Please note, many shops normally offer extended hours on
Thursday evenings and will do so during the Shop Hop.
The Mystery Tour
This year the I-91 Shop Hop will take you on a Mystery Tour. Each shop will hand out
an exclusive clue to the Mystery Knit Project. Collect all 12 and see what your knitting
needles can produce.
The Knitty Gritty Details
Within this passport you will find a dedicated page for each participating shop. As you
visit each shop, be sure you have the back cover stamped to show that you have visited
that shop. If you visit all 12 shops on the Shop Hop, you will be entered to win the Grand
Prize. When you receive your final stamp, the shop will tear off your back page and you
will be entered into the drawing. The drawing will take place on Monday, June 30, 2014.
Fabulous Grand Prize: $600 in Gift Certificates & More!
The Grand Prize will consist of yarn, books, tools & accessories from many of our wonderful
suppliers, PLUS a $50 gift certificate from every shop participating in the Shop Hop.
Two Incredible Runners-up Prizes, Too!
In addition to the Grand Prize, there will be two smaller prizes consisting of six $50 gift
cards to some of the participating shops along with a selection of yarn, tools, books and
accessories from some of our great suppliers!
Daily Raffles
Each shop will have a daily raffle drawing of items donated from many of our wonderful
suppliers. You are entered into the daily raffles by visiting the shop that day and completing
an entry form. You do not have to be present to win the daily raffle. New this year: on
Sunday afternoon each shop will take all raffle tickets from the weekend and draw one
winning ticket. The winner receives a Ball Winder & Swift.
The Fun Doesn’t Stop When the Shop Hop Ends!
Hold onto your souvenir Black 2014 Shop Hop Bag. Not only is it
great for all of your yarn shopping excursions throughout the year,
it will be your ticket to 10% savings on Saturday, March 15, 2015.
Stop by any of the participating shops and show your bag at checkout
for 10% off your purchase! Certain exclusions may apply.
Have Fun. Drive Safely. Good Luck! MYSTERY TOUR

Reflecting Back (and the moral of the story….)

Monday, June 9th, 2014

young girl knittingBy Cia Abbott Bullemer

This last weekend I was weeding in my garden and remembering when I did this as a child. I didn’t like it then because my mother made it a chore! And who likes chores…?!It got me thinking about my childhood in the summers.

Growing up in Minnesota, along the Mississippi River, we swam day and night! Literally! My fingers and toes would be shriveled from being in the water from 8 AM to 8 PM with breaks for lunch, one hour of reading time (mandatory with my parents-don’t want to get cramps-must wait at least one hour before you swim after a meal…).  Then a break for dinner and do the dishes.  Back on my bike and pedaled back to the beach to swim more!

Well, by the time August rolled around, the river water was becoming a bit murky, and the novelty of jumping off the diving board was wearing thin.

So at home in the back yard, Mrs. Kenitz tried to entertain a few of us girls in the neighborhood.  We would be sitting under an apple tree in the heat of the day and she was teaching us how to knit.  The other girls became bored and ran off. But I kept going to back to Mrs. Kenitz and asking for me assistance.

Fast forward almost a half century (!!!?? YUP!) and here I am working at Plymouth Yarn, still playing with yarn.

I recently found Mrs. Kenitz in the old neighborhood and I stopped and thanked her for her lessons. She was aware of what I had done with knitting from what my father told her.  She had a sweet smile on her face. And  I left feeling I had done my best to thank her for her patience so many years ago. I felt completed and content that she understood how much of an impact she had on my life.

So the moral of this story-? (Yeah! Get to it!)  Teach a child to knit.  You never know when it might stick and what doors it will open up for this person 50 years later.

 

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

 

 

Meet Nancy Stewart

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

NancyREVNancy Stewart is a physical therapist who retired in 2013.  She specialized in working with people who had been diagnosed with cancer. In 2008 she too was diagnosed with cancer and lost her hair from her treatment. In the Fall of 2013 Nancy noticed the basket of knitted hats at the nurse’s station in the infusion center at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. At the time Nancy had left over yarn from a sweater that she had just finished knitting and was wondering what she could make with it. When she saw the hats she decided to start knitting hats for patients who were experiencing hair loss from their treatments.

Since then Nancy has been donating about a dozen hand knitted hats in a variety of beautiful yarns and hat patterns every 6 weeks.  She takes them to the infusion center each time that she has an appointment in the infusion center. The nurses have told her that within minutes of the hats arriving, grateful patients begin to adopt the hats.  Nancy has received donations of many different kinds of yarn for her project from Plymouth Yarns, knitting stores and friends.  The warm hats that she knitted for the winter were more than appreciated.  She is now beginning to transition to knitting lighter weight hats for the Spring and then the Summer.

Below you will see samples of the hats she has made with Plymouth Patterns and Plymouth yarns.  Great Job, Nancy!

Arm Knitting

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Arm Knitted Cowl in Passion Nette, courtesy of The Knitter's Edge

Arm Knitted Cowl in Passion Nette, courtesy of The Knitter’s Edge

 

Arm Knitted Cowl in Passion Nette, courtesy of The Knitter's Edge

Arm Knitted Cowl in Passion Nette, courtesy of The Knitter’s Edge

This new craze has been popping up in yarn shops and on the internet lately. Talk about instant gratification! A cowl or scarf can take a mere 10-20 minutes. Arm knitting is great for everyone– even if you have never knit before! The process of arm knitting requires no knitting needles or previous knitting knowledge. You will use your arms as the “needles”. You will need super thick yarn. We cast on either 4 sts (for a longer, skinny scarf or cowl) or 9 sts (for a wider, thicker cowl or scarf). Plymouth has some great yarns for this technique, and we have made some to show you! View our video to learn how to arm knit.     Download the pdf

 

Colca Canyon is a really fun choice because it is a cable construction yarn that goes from thick to thin. It reminds me of a nautical fishing net! You will need only 1 skein for a gorgeous cowl. We simply made the cowl and joined the ends together with whip stitch technique and some cotton like Plymouth Fantasy Naturale or Cleo. Our cowl has 9 sts for cast on.

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Colca Canyon Cowl

Scandalicious make a very very warm and eye catching cowl! It is the warmest of all the cowls because it is the widest “yarn”. You will need 2 skeins to make a cowl, and only cast on 4 sts.

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Scandalicious Cowl

Passion Nette is a good choice if you are looking for a spring accessory! The passion nette is a cotton based “yarn”, so you won’t have to worry about feeling too warm. I think the colors are just so beautiful for spring- they almost have a tydy appearance. The finished cowl reminds me of a really cool necklace. We cast on 4 sts for our cowl and used only 1 skein. We joined the cowl together into a circle with a strand of Plymouth Cleo.

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Passion Nette

Lastly, you don’t need to join the ends together for a cowl. You can have a classic scarf. The Joy Ruffle scarf we made is with 1  ball and Cast on 9 sts.

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Joy Ruffle Scarf

 

These are just 4 choices that we have come up with. In our video, we use our Baby Alpaca Magna to demonstrate how to make your very own cowl or scarf. Warning: this is very addictive!

View our video to learn how to arm knit.

Download the pdf

 

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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