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Treat Yourself! You deserve it!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Written on January 12th, 2013 by Cia

PHEW! The holidays are over, the pressure to knit something for everyone and their dog  is over. And all of the decorations are put away (well most of them-do you find a straggler when you move about the house-like one over the mirror? Maybe its a sign I should keep it up…)
Now let’s all sit back and figure out a project just for yourself…I KNOW! Take that cash you got from Aunt Anne and Uncle Loren and go buy yourself a skein of Plymouth’s Royal Cashmere.
One skein and you can make this simple but very decadent cowl.  Feather and Fan design at its most basic!

View as a pdf

F485 Royal Cashmere Cowl

Materials: Royal Cashmere-1 hank, 100 gm shown in color# 7531

Gauge:  14 and 28 rows  in Feather and Fan =4”on US size 9 circular needle, or size to obtain gauge.

Needles: US size 9, 16’ circular, 1 stitch marker.

Feather and Fan Stitch (multiples of 12 sts)

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: [k2tog]2 times, *[yo, k1] 4 times, [k2tog] 4 times; rep from * to last 8 sts, [yo, k1] 4 times, [k2tog] 2 times.

Round 3: Purl

Round 4: Knit

Repeat rounds 1-4 to complete pattern stitch.

Directions:

Loosely cast on 72 sts. Place marker and join being careful not to twist the stitches.

When piece measures approximately 9” end on a round 4 or 1.

Bind off as if to purl.

Weave in all ends.

YUM!

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Knitting with Carpal Tunnel

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

For those of you that follow my knitting adventures, you may have noticed I’ve been quiet on the blog front lately.  Lucky for me, I have many partners in crime who have great things to tell you about.  But I figured it was time to fess up about my silence.  I have been plagued with a knitter and blogger’s public enemy number one….carpal tunnel! It seems to be a flare up that doesn’t want to be extinguished.   It all came to a head in September when I sat down with my Christmas knitting plans and tried to start my projects.  My cast on to straight needles was okay but before  I got to the second row my hands were numb.  I shook them out and went again, this time after just a couple more stitches, pain  and numbness.  I only managed to get about 6 inches done on my scarf that first night.  Each night thereafter was the same story.  Talk about a labor of love.  Even now when I look at the scarf that never became a gift, it makes my hands hurt.

Due to this problem, this was the first Christmas in at least a decade that everyone did not get a little homemade gift from me.  Christmas just wasn’t the same.  I had hoped the break in knitting would help improve the hands but here I am, typing with numb fingers (please excuse my spelling errors!)

I have found some good tips online and in a few spots so I don’t have to give up my favorite hobby altogether.  I sleep in some very unattractive braces, they look like I can bowl a strike in my sleep. Knitting with them on is difficult too as some of the yarns get stuck in the Velcro.

Maybe someone can make this Diversity pattern (2551) for me to cover up my braces…hint…hint!

Some folks suggested using circular needles and bulky yarns. This is a great idea! I have tried it and using these along with Advil, I can knit a bit more.  My doctor is sending me for what I like like to call “the zapper test” and hopefully with some exercises and physical therapy and I once again blog about my knitting adventures.

Ways to knit safely and avoid injury

Knitting Guru’s Exercises for knitters

Knitty.com blog about this syndrome and arthritis.

I have seen that so many of you are suffering with the same problems and wanted to share some of the links I have found to help ease the stress on your hands and wrists while doing your needlework.  Hopefully I will be back up to snuff soon.  Have you seen some of these new yarns????

Bloom

 

Cleo

I am dying here not being able to play with them like I usually do.

 

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Maria Diaz Helena

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Easier to Find Than a Needle in a Haymarket…

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

All Ready for Fall

Needles in the Haymarket, in Haymarket, VA, after several years with Pam and Judy at the helm, has recently gotten a new owner, Marti Lawrence. Marti is uniquely prepared to be a yarn shop owner, since she has been a stay at home Mom to 3 (almost grown!) sons, has raised show dogs and horses, and considers herself a professional volunteer. In Prince William County for almost 30 years, she is originally from Western Pennslvania, and learned to knit and crochet from her mom when she was about 8. Of course, like many of us, she put it down, and picked it up again during her first pregnancy, and then again during the scarf craze. With 5 months yarnshop ownership under her belt, she loves the customers best, and is getting energized, organized, putting lots of things on sale, and ordering plenty of new inventory! Needles in the Haymarket also carries some needlepoint supplies and LOTS of crossstitch! There is a fabulous cupcake and coffee shop next door, (said the manic knitter)! New workshops and events are planned for each month. Check out the shop website at http://www.needlesinthehaymarket.com and Ravelry group http://www.ravelry.com/groups/friends-of-needles-in-the-haymarket

Marti Selecting New Yarns for You!

 

Baby Zhivago

Friday, October 26th, 2012

See this cutie! One of our sales reps decided to try out the Dr Zhivago hat by CiD Hanscom Designs.  Made with just one skein Passion Fur Yarn and  the pattern is found on Ravelry.  It just happens that her model was this adorable little guy who braved wearing the hat for long enough to snap the pictures!  What a trooper!

Little Zhivago

Moving Right Along…..To The Knitting Corner!

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

The Knitting Corner of Virginia Beach has been in business since 1948 and this is their second location, having started out in the Ghent section of Norfolk, Virginia. Sue Von Ohlsen, owner since 2008, is a Certified Master Knitter with a serious beading habit. Sue seems, like me, to have a wild side, and this suspicion was confirmed when one of her customers, Kim, referred to her as “off the chain.” Okay, there is more to Sue than meets to eye, lest anyone think yarn shop owners are dull. Sue’s beadwork has been on display at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and is part of the permanent “Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef” owned by the Institute for Figuring in Los Angeles, California. She also has several awards and a Beadwork magazine cover to her name as well. The Knitting Corner boasts a massive wall of Encore, pictured below, as well as a tremendous selection of “other” yarns, of course I am partial to Encore. Friendly help is always available, and plenty of inspiration is on tap. The shopping center, Kemps River Center on Kemps River Drive, is referred to as crafter’s central because it also has a quilt shop, bead shop, stained glass shop and embroidery shop all located in the same strip. Make a day of it! Oh, Starbucks is right nearby, too!

The website is www.theknittingcorner.com and classes are listed on the website.  You will love it at the Corner!

 

Plenty of Yarn, Neatly Arranged

 

Less Ends To Weave In!

The Yarn Club in Virginia Beach, VA…Anyone Can Join!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

This is the first episode of my travelling search for the most interesting and beautiful yarn shops in the Southeast. Feel free to comment or make suggestions for a future story on your favorite shop!
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Andrea Riddle,  illustrator, wife and mother of two amazing girls, opened her shop, “The Yarn Club” in Virginia Beach, in March of 2011. It is jammed to the rafters with beautiful yarns from all over.  Andrea is rightfully proud of her status as “the largest selection of hand dyed yarns” in the area. I would venture to say it is one of the largest selections of hand dyed yarns, anywhere. The store is filled with large name companies and many small companies and Indi-dyers.  Be sure to go and see for yourself. Like me, Andrea has had many different careers in the past, but I find it very interesting that her family has raised soft-shell crabs, a licensed aquaculture business, right on their property. In addition to their daughters, she and her husband Jeff are also raising many pets, including an adorable bearded dragon, named Lizzy.  The Yarn Club has several great instructors: Debbie, Kiki, Hazel and Chuck, and offers a full schedule of classes at www.yarnclubknits.com, and a really rockin knit nite, Thursdays. I have a feeling this shop attracts quite a few of the hip knitters of VA Beach. The shop is also active on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-yarn-club-inc and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/Theyarnclub.  Everyone is welcome to join them any
time in the store or online.

Andrea Riddle

 

Encore Wall at The Yarn Club!

 

Just Inside the Front Door!

Passionette about String

Monday, October 1st, 2012

On a recent visit, I asked Jenni at Tranqwool Kniting Provisions in Spencer, NC to show me how she created the crocheted Passion Nette Seaweed scarf on display. Now I’ve written up a pattern for it! Hope you like it!

Click here to download a free copy of the pattern: tranqwool seaweed scarf

Next on my needles: a sweater with an all over lace pattern from Plymouth’s Baby Alpaca Aire. Here is a sneak peek:  

Fall Yarns from Plymouth

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

I am so excited for our fall line-up of yarns this year.  Many of you have seen them already and were kind enough to share some of your pictures and projects with us.  When we introduce a new line, I normally pick a favorite and go with it.  That is impossible this time around ! There are so many beautiful fibers and colors.  It’s going to be a busy knitting season for sure!  I figured I would share them all with you, in one shot.  I will do my best to give the important information you need, even when I really just want to say “It’s just so pretty, I must have it.”

We have a fantastic crew who gets to pick these fabulous yarns.  It takes a village you know.  They travel to Italy, Turkey, and Peru, just to name a few, to find the highest quality fibers so Plymouth Yarn can offer these to your favorite yarn shops.  We have a team of designers who get to play, I mean work, with all of the contenders.  They are always hard at work visiting trade and fashion shows to see the latest styles.  I consider myself a pretty good knitter but they never cease to amaze me when they demonstrate to us just what these yarns are capable of.

Without further ado…..fall yarns!

001151

Soft and cuddly

Adore Color Card

Adore Pattern 2462

Adore Pattern 2462

angoraglitz

The beauty of Angora with a hint of sparkle

Angora Glitz Color Card

Angora Glitz Pattern 2383

Angora Glitz Pattern 2383

baaire

Soft and lightweight Alpaca goodness

Baby Alpaca Aire Color Card

Baby Alpaca Aire Pattern 2353

Baby Alpaca Aire Pattern 2353

biuse

Check out the video on youtube that features Bi-Use from Adriafil

Bi-Use Color Card
F437 Bi-Use Free Scarf Pattern PDF

Bi-Use Pattern 2354

Bi-Use Pattern 2354

daaireglow

Light and soft with a hint of glitz

De Aire Glow Color Card
F424 De Aire Glow Free Scarf Pattern PDF

De Aire Glow Pattern 2451

De Aire Glow Pattern 2451

dakota

Fun, wild and unique.

Dakota Color Card
F423 Free Dakota Scarf Pattern

Dakota Pattern 2356

Dakota Pattern 2356

dfmmerinobabyalpaca

You can dye this with Kool Aid!

Great Hand Dying basics here dfmsurialpacamerinoglow

europatweed

Roving style tweed, perfect for her or him!

Europa Tweed Color Card

Europa Tweed Pattern 2412

Europa Tweed Pattern 2412

Europa Tweed Pattern 2407

Europa Tweed Pattern 2407

gina

Deep, saturated color. Let the yarn do the work! Customer favorite!

Gina Color Card
F430 Gina Free Cowl Pattern PDF

Gina Pattern 2415

Gina Pattern 2415

grandiosa

Bulky and fabulous. Rich colors.

Grandiosa Color Card

F431 Grandiosa Free Hat Pattern PDF

Grandiosa Pattern 2421

Grandiosa Pattern 2421

jellibeenz

A long time favorite in a new put up-in all of the best colors!

Jelli Beenz Color Card

Jelli Beenz Pattern 2452

Jelli Beenz Pattern 2452

pasea

Unbelievable colors, great Alpaca and Wool blend

Pasea Color Card

Pasea Pattern 2455

Pasea Pattern 2455

sakkie

Your feet will thank you for making socks with this beauty. So many possibilities!

Sakkie Color Card

F447 Sakkie Socks Free Pattern PDF

Sakkie Pattern 2426

Sakkie Pattern 2426

wilde

Soft and super bulky, I need a cowl!

Wilde Color Card

F429 Wilde Triangular Scarf Free Pattern PDF

Wilde Pattern 2429

Wilde Pattern 2429

worstedmerinosuperwashhanddyed1

Gorgeous colors and endless possibilities! Use with all your Worsted Merino Superwash patterns!

Worsted Merino Superwash Hand Dyed Color Card

Worsted Merino Superwash Hand Dyed Pattern 2432

Worsted Merino Superwash Hand Dyed Pattern 2432

joyruffle

Ruffles, ruffles and more ruffles! Make a one ball scarf in no time!

Joy Ruffle Color Card
F448 Joy Ruffle Scarf Pattern PDF

joysupreme

Big, bold and makes a statement

Joy Supreme Color Card

F444 Joy Supreme Scarf Free Pattern PDF

passionice

Ruffles and sparkles, you can't go wrong! One ball makes a scarf

Passion Ice Color Card
F445 Passion Ice Scarf Free Pattern PDF

passionnette
Passion Nette Color Card
F443 Passion Nette Scarf Free Pattern PDF

scandalicious

Customers are having a blast with this one

Scandalicious Color Card

F415 Scandalicious Free Scarf Pattern PDF

Now that you have seen them all, get to your favorite yarn shop and get some! Color cards are available at plymouthyarn.com. Share your projects with us on Facebook and Twitter. Pin them on Pinterest! Have fun!

Interest in Pinterest? Win a prize!

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

In honor of Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer, we would like to give you a chance to win a patriotic prize!  All you have to do to enter is check out Plymouth Yarn on Pinterest . Follow your favorite board while you’re there. Then, come back to our blog or facebook page and tell us what you like the best or what content you would like to see.

I have two prizes available.  You will receive a copy of pattern P417

Encore Worsted Sock Pattern P417

Encore Worsted Sock Pattern P417

and two balls of Encore Worsted in color 1009,  Old Glory.

Old Glory, #1009

Old Glory, #1009

Your tootsies will love these socks, and think how great it will be to slip these on after a long day at the pool or beach! We know so many of you take part in charity knitting.  How about making these for your local veterans’ association?

Winners will be picked at random on Tuesday, May 29th.  Winners will be notified via email for blog submissions and inbox message on facebookTweeters will be notified by direct message. So be sure to keep your eye out on Tuesday! Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Happy 88th Birthday Betty!

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Many of you know our Betty.  Plymouth Yarn’s “original” employee!  Betty has been with us since about 1966 and today she celebrated her 88th birthday!

If you have gotten a color card or mailing from us ever, most likely Betty has had some part in creating it.

We celebrated her day with homemade chocolate cupcakes(a Plymouth Yarn Co. favorite), flowers, balloons, decorations, and a few gifts.  The boss might even let her knock off a few minutes early!

Thank you to Betty for all of her years of dedication and we hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Happy Birthday Betty!

Happy Birthday Betty!

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