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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!




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.


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.


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.


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.

Joy Ruffle

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!

Neon Stripe      #fashion #styles

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…


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?


Small Business Saturday Special Offer

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

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 30th and the first 10 customers in each shop to purchase $50 of Plymouth Yarn products will receive a coupon to save $20 off their next $50 Plymouth Yarn purchase during the month of December.  This is a limited time deal and original purchase must be made on November 30th.  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.

Yarns Downtown, Trussville, AL
Unraveled Yarn and Gifts, Florence, AL

Phoenix Knits, Phoenix, AZ

Babetta’s Yarn and Gifts, Fair Oaks, CA
Lofty Lou’s, Placerville, CA
Yarn del Sol, Mission Viejo, CA
Needle in a Haystack, Montrose, CA
A Major Knit Work, Van Nuys, CA
Heartstrings Yarn Studio, Chico, CA
The Wool Lady, Temecula, CA
Raincross Fiber Arts, Riverside, CA
The Yarn Boutique, Lafayette, CA
Navarro River Knits, Fort Bragg, CA

Fiberspace, Sterling, CO
The Recycled Lamb, Golden, CO
The Stitchin’ Den, Greely, CO
Serendipity Yarn and Gifts, Buena Vista, CO
YarnWest, Evergreen, CO

Yarn Barn, LLC, Woodbridge, CT
Creative Fibers, LLC, Windsor, CT
Creative Fibers, Windsor, CT
The Yarn Basket, Branford, CT
Knits & Pearls, Avon CT

The Knitting Loft, Washington DC

Stitches with Style, Newark, DE

Knit’n Knibble, Tampa, FL
Needlecraft World, Kissimme, FL
The Knitty Gritty, Vero Beach, FL
Elegant Stitches, LLC, Miami, FL
A Stitch in Time, Jacksonville, FL
A Stitcher’s Haven, Plantation, FL

Needle Nook, Atlanta, GA
The Yarn House, Watkinsville, GA
Rare Purls, Duluth, GA

Blue Water Yarns, Arnolds Park, IA

The Yarn Connection, Idaho Falls, ID

Blue Beaker, Ottawa, IL
Woolly Lamb Yarn Shop, Chicago, IL
Blue Water Yarns, Arnolds Park, IL
Knitting Etc, Orland Park, IL
Gene Ann’s Yarn, Barrington, IL

River Knits, Lafayette, IN

Special Things Yarn Shop, Utica, KY

Tealou & Josephine, Hammond, LA

The Good Good Sheep, Princeton, MA
Yarn’s End, Hanover, MA
Creative Warehouse, Needham, MA
Metaphor Yarns, Shelburne, MA
Marji’s Yarncrafts, Braintree, MA

The Yarn Spot, LLC, Wheaton, MD
Vulcan Rest Fibers, Chesapeake City, MD

Crazy Moose Fabrics, Greenville, ME
The Yarn Sellar, York, ME

Basketful of Yarn, Clarkston, MI
Yarns to Go, Alpena, MI
My Craft Room, Troy, MI
Artisan Knitworks, Farmington, MI
Knotted Needle, Grosse Point Woods, MI
Nautical Yarn, Ludington, MI
Ivelise’s Yarn Shop, St Joseph, MI

Amazing Threads, Maple Grove, MN
The Yarn Garage, Rosemount, MN
Yarn Harbor, Duluth, MN
3 Kittens Needlearts, Mendota Heights, MN

Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe, Louisiana, MO

The Yarn Basket, Petal MS

Wild Purls, Billing, MT

Yarn Charm, Lincoln, NE

Yarn and Fiber Company, Derry, NH
Seacoast Sewing and Quilting, Portsmouth, NH

Woolbearers, Mt Holly, NJ
The Stitching Bee, Chatham, NJ
Yarn Crafters, Freehold, NJ
Fiber Arts Studio, Cape May, NJ

Knit One Needlepoint Too, Monticello, NY
Plattsburgh Yarn & Gifts, Plattsburgh, NY
Carol’s Crafts, Rome, NY
The Yarn Connection, Campbell Hall, NY

The Yarn Shop, Columbus, OH
Knots – Knitting on the Square, Chardon, OH
Busy Beaver Arts n’ Crafts, Beavercreek, OH
Silk Road Textiles, Cincinnati, OH
Main Street Yarns, Mason, OH
Sally’s Shop, Wadsworth, OH

SweetieWray’s Yarn Shop, Watonga, OK

Nancy Williamson Framing and Fibers, Clatskanie, OR
Middleford Yarn, Medford, OR

Stash, Ardmore, PA
The Lamb’s Wool, Lansdale, PA
Yarns By Design, Oakmont, PA
The Knitter’s Edge, Bethlehem, PA

Knit-N-Purl, Myrtle Beach, SC

Rainbow Yarn & Fibres, Germantown, TN
Mountain Hollow Farm, Tazewell, TN
Loopville, Knoxville, TN

Nancy’s Knits, Houston, TX

Kamille’s, Where Friends Wind Up, West Jordan, UT
Hemstitched Heirloom, Bountiful, UT
Heindselman’s, Provo, UT
Unraveled Sheep, Sandy, UT

Peaceful Heart Alpacas, Fancy Gap, VA
Baa Baa Sheep, LLC, Norfolk, VA
Never Enough Yarn, Winchester, VA
Wool Becomes Ewe, Monterey, VA

Allyn Knit Shop, Allyn WA

Magpie’s Cottage, Sheboygan Falls, WI

Prairie Stitcher, Douglas, WY

Aberdeen’s Wool Company, Ontario, Canada

Hey Yarn Shops! Small Business Saturday Happenings

Monday, November 25th, 2013



Small Business Saturday is one of my favorite days! Beat the huge crowds, long lines and support your community on November 30th!  There are so many benefits to shopping small.

  • Money you spend in your community usually gets put back into your community.   Shop owners are more likely to use that money to purchase from other businesses in the community.
  • Small businesses are 250% more likely to donate to local charities than large or big box businesses. That’s just good for everyone!
  • Local businesses are usually owned by the people who live in the community, they are less likely to leave and want to invest into the community’s future.
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  • It’s better for the environment.  Less transportation = less waste
  • THE BEST customer service

I can go on all day but I think you get the idea.

So on November 30th get out to Main Street, get a cup of coffee, and take a look at all the unique gifts you can buy and create this holiday season.

HEY YARN SHOPS or other local businesses…please post below your shop name, address, hours on November 30th.  You can also let us know of any specials or sales you have going on.  We’d love to share them! Also, Yarn Shops-check your email for a special event!



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:

Martingale - Successful Lace Knitting (Print version + eBook bundle)

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!).


Twitter I Love Yarn Day Giveaway!

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.