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Visit These Yarn Shops For a Great Deal on Plymouth Yarn November 28th!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015



Happy Thanksgiving!  Shop small at your local yarn shop this Saturday, November 28th!  Plymouth Yarn is sponsoring a fabulous deal for your Small Business Saturday shopping!


Visit one of the shops listed below 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 28th.  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.

Alaskan Yarn Company,  Homer, AK
A Flyin’ Skein,  Seward, AK

Yvie’s,  Alexandria, AL
Yarn Boutique By Mitsie,  Decatur, AL
Mobile Yarn,  Mobile, AL

Grandma’s Spinning Wheel,  Tucson, AZ

Stitches in Time,  Bellflower, CA
The Yarn Boutique, Lafayette, CA
Knit Wits,  Paradise, CA
Lofty Lou’s Yarn Shop,  Placerville, CA
Ewe-Baa Street Yarns,  Redding, CA
Rumpelstiltskin,  Sacramento, CA
Needlecraft Cottage,  San Diego, CA
Dharma Trading Co,  San Rafael, CA
Purlecsence Yarns,  Sunnyvale, CA
Zoe’s Knit Studio,  Tarzana, CA
A Major Knitwork,  Van Nuys, CA

The Stitchin’ Den,  Estes Park, CO

A Stitch in Time,  Bethel, CT
The Yarn Basket,  Branford, CT
New England Yarn and Spindle,  Bristol, CT
Creative Fibers,  Windsor, CT
The Yarn Barn LLC,  Woodbridge, CT

Sew & Quilt Shop,  Bunnell, FL
A Stitch in Time,  Jacksonville, FL
The Yarn Shack,  Kissimmee, FL
Sheep Thrills,  Lauderhill, FL
Yarns & Things,  Milton, FL

Knitter’s Knitch,  Blairsville, GA

Aloha Yarn,  Kaneohe, HI

Knitting Next Door,  Ankeny, IA
The Sheep Baatique,  Cedar Falls, IA

Knit-N-Crochet,  Coeur D’Alene, ID
Alpaca Direct,  Hayden, ID
The Yarn Connection,  Idaho Falls, ID

Idea Studio,  La Grange, IL
Elemental Yarn,  Plainfield, IL
Wool and Company Simple Gifts,  St. Charles, IL

In A Yarn Basket,  Bloomington, IN
The Fiber Closet,  Rockville, IN

Crafty Hands,  Bowling Green, KY

Yarn Nook, LLC,  Lafayette, LA
The Needlework Vault,  New Orleans, LA

Stitch House,  Dorchester, MA
Iron Horse Inc., Natick, MA
Creative Warehouse, Needham, MA
Yarn Basket,  Mashpee, MA
Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center,  Merrimac, MA
Northampton Wools,  Northampton, MA
Suzi’s Fiber Cat, South Grafton, MA

Tempting Ewe,  Yarns Catonsville, MD

Yarn Sellar,  York, ME


Have You Any Wool, Berkley, MI
Beyond the Rainforest,  Grand Blanc, MI
Wool and Floss,  Grosse Point, MI
Old Village Yarn Shop, Plymouth, MI
The Little Yarn Shoppe,  Saginaw, MI
Gloria’s Happy Hooker,  Sault Sainte Marie, MI

Utrinkets, LLC,  Brainerd, MN
What in Yarnation!,  Cannon Falls, MN
Double Ewe Yarn Shop,  Circle Pines, MN
Mary Lue’s Yarn & Ewe,  Mankato, MN
3 Kittens Needle Arts,  Mendota Heights, MN
Needlework Unlimited,  Minneapolis, MN
Old Creamery Quilt Shop,  Randall, MN

Treasure Chest Yarn Shop,  Mexico, MO

Camas Creek Yarn,  Kalispell, MT
The Cultured Purl Yarn Shop,  Libby, MT
Back Porch Quilts,  Livingston, MT

North Carolina
The Needlecraft Center, Davidson, NC
Chix With Sticks,  Lenoir, NC
Elle’s Yarn Stash,  Wilson, NC

Imagiknit Yarn Shop,  Omaha, NE

New Hampshire
Covered Bridge,  Amherst, NH

New Jersey

Fiber Arts Yarn Shop, Cape May Courthouse, NJ
Jubili Beads & Yarns,  Collingswood, NJ
WoolBearers,  Mt Holly, NJ

New York
Village Yarn Shop,  Granville, NY
The Yarn Cupboard,  Jamesville, NY
Knitty City,  New York, NY
April’s Yarn Basket,  Oneonta, NY
Knitting Cove and Yarn Shop,  Port Jefferson, NY

Fiber Addiction,  Chardon, OH
Silk Road Textiles,  Cincinnati, OH
Knit Wit Knits,  Salem, OH
RaeMarie Yarns,  Vermilion, OH

Gourmet Yarn Co.,  Oklahoma City, OK

Fiber Rhythm Craft & Design,  Portland, OR
Nitro Knitters,  Portland, OR
Oregon Worsted Co,  Portland, OR
Knitting Bee,  Portland, OR
Creative Beginnings,  Seaside, OR

The Knitter’s Edge,  Bethlehem, PA
Kid Ewe Knot,  Bridgeville, PA
Marty’s Quilt Shop,  Lewistown, PA
The Ball & Skein Shop.  Lititz, PA
The Knitting Cottage,  Waynesboro, PA
Y-Knot Knit,  Yardley, PA

South Carolina
Beads and Yarn,  Lexington, SC

South Dakota
Framing and Fibers,  Rapid City, SD

Yarn Asylum,  Clarksville, TN
Rainbow Yarn & Fibers,  Germantown, TN
Yarniverse,  Memphis, TN
The Knaughty Knitter,  Murfreesboro, TN

The Sated Sheep,  Dripping Springs, TX
Knitting Fairy Yarn Studio,  Grand Prairie, TX
Yarnivore,  San Antonio, TX
Twisted Yarns,  Spring, TX

Hemstitched Heirlooms,  Bountiful, UT
Knit Unique,  Logan, UT
Needlepoint Joint, Ogden, UT
Heindselman’s Yarn,  Provo, UT
Unraveled Sheep,  Sandy, UT
Kamille’s,  West Jordan, UT

Peaceful Heart Alpacas,  Fancy Gap, VA
Yarn Cloud,  Occoquan, VA

Allyn Knit Shop,  Allyn, WA
Yarn Folk,  Ellensburg, WA
Rainy Day Yarns,  Gig Harbor, WA
The Black Sheep Yarn Boutique,  Olympia, WA
Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame, s Redmond, WA
Bad Woman Yarn,  Seattle, WA
Local Yarn Shop,  Sequim, WA
Sew EZ Too,  Spokane, WA

Thunder Willow Community Arts,  Hudson, WI
Yarns by Design,  Neenah, WI
Northwind Book and Fiber,  Spooner, WI

Ewe Count,  Cheyenne, WY
Cowgirl Yarn,  Laramie, WY

Georgetown Yarn and Crafts,  Georgetown ON


Fort Wayne Fans! Win a Class at the Annie’s Craft Festival

Monday, October 26th, 2015


Are you planning to attend the Annie’s Craft Festival in Fort Wayne, IN this weekend 10/30 through 11/01?  Annie’s and Plymouth Yarn would love to give you the chance to attend a class for free! One lucky winner will win a class! The Festival will be located at:

Fort Wayne Indiana
Grand Wayne
Convention Center

In order to enter for your chance to win, please comment on this blog (only if you will be attending the festival in Fort Wayne, IN this weekend) what you are most looking forward to seeing or learning at the festival. Plymouth Yarn will provide Annie’s with your first name, last name and email address. You will be receiving your free class award directly from Annie’s via email. You may enter once a day.  Contest closes 2pm EST on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015. 

There are two classes sponsored by Plymouth Yarn:

Crochet: Introduction to Tunisian Crochet Sponsored by Plymouth Yarns hosted by Ellen Gormley

Knitting: Knit Crocodile Stitches Sponsored by Plymouth Yarns hosted by Lena Skvagerson

You can find these and all of the classes that will be held during the festival right here.

While we would love for you to choose a class sponsored by Plymouth Yarn, you can have your pick from any, that aren’t already sold out, of course.

Good luck and happy knitting/crocheting/weaving/spinning!



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May Giveaways! Crazy for Cotton!

Friday, May 1st, 2015



At Plymouth Yarn, we are so excited for spring! We have decided to celebrate by hosting a few giveawaysFollow us and keep your eyes glued to our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram and our blog Mondays in May to see what we want you to win!  We’ll have little kits, big kits, and lots of kits complete with the patterns and yarn you need to complete the project!


Fall 2015, Earthy and Natural Color trends

Monday, February 16th, 2015

By now you may have seen the gorgeous colors in the Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2015.  The trend is beautiful, earthy natural colors that make a bold statement.  The designers have spotlighted progressive movements in American history while keeping the tones appropriate for both masculine and feminine designs.


Plymouth Yarn provides these warm tones in our 100% wool, Galway, made in Peru.  We chose this yarn because of it versatility, warmth and it’s an absolute pleasure to knit or crochet.  Here is a list to assist you in finding the right shade for the upcoming season!

Galway #114 Pantone Colorway Cashmere Rose Gently persuasive.

Galway #114
Pantone Colorway Cashmere Rose
Gently persuasive.

Galway #749 Pantone Colorway Amethyst Orchid Bold, Creative

Galway #749
Pantone Colorway Amethyst Orchid
Bold, Creative

Galway # 728 Pantone colorway Desert Sage Greenish Gray, Brave, Real

Galway # 728
Pantone colorway Desert Sage
Greenish Gray, Brave, Real

Galway #194 Pantone Colorway Marsala Rich, Wine Brown

Galway #194
Pantone Colorway Marsala
Rich, Wine Brown

Galway #155 Pantone Colorway Oak Buff Nurturing and Natural

Galway #155
Pantone Colorway Oak Buff
Nurturing and Natural

Galway #136 Pantone Colorway Cadmium Orange Warm and Optimistic

Galway #136
Pantone Colorway Cadmium Orange
Warm and Optimistic

Galway #134 Pantone colorway Stormy Weather Constant and Enduring

Galway #134
Pantone colorway Stormy Weather
Constant and Enduring

Galway # 116 Pantone Colorway Biscay Bay Soothing, Oceanic

Galway # 116
Pantone Colorway Biscay Bay
Soothing, Oceanic

Galway #106 Pantone Colorway Dried Herb Earthy and fragrant.

Galway #106
Pantone Colorway Dried Herb
Earthy and fragrant.

Galway #10 Pantone Colorway Reflecting Pond Stable and Secure

Galway #10
Pantone Colorway Reflecting Pond
Stable and Secure


Simplicity Sells

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

After all of the years that Plymouth has been selling Book # 638, Done By Monday Afghans, it proves that simplicity sells.  This book was originally published in 2008 and it still sells just as strong as it did back 7 years ago if not more.

There are 15 easy afghan patterns for any skill level of knitter.  And each blanket is produced using 10 balls of Encore Worsted. You are double stranding the yarn and using up around size 13 needles to accomplish your project. Truly capable of knitting one in 3 days!  (Binge TV may be the other pleasure to accomplish during this exercise).

There are so many choices now in the Encore Family since this book was first published: Coffee Beenz, Encore Worsted Tweed, Encore Worsted Colorspun,Encore Dynamo, and for a more playful result consider Jelli Beenz, Baby Beenz, or even the new Toybox Collection!

Jump to the Plymouth Website and check out all the different possibilities.
Ask for it at your local yarn shop!





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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



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!


Click here for the Map of the Participating Yarn Shops:


new england I 91 shop hop poster_2014

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.