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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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Stitching For America

Friday, March 9th, 2012

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Stitching for America is an event for all to participate.  It’s a collaboration of thoughts from Tarie Williams, www.yarnheaven.com, a person near and dear to Charity Knitting  and The Plymouth Yarn Company.  It is to help our neighbors who have been affected by the recent devastation of the floods, tornadoes, etc.  If we all unite together, we can help.

The following Local Yarn Shops have been generous to offer their services for receiving donations and distributing to those affect by the recent tragedies.

Wildflower Yarns, www.wildflowerknits.com, 300 Poyntz Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502. Tel # 785-537-1826

Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe, www.hillcreekyarnshoppe.net , 1414 N. Range Line St. Suite D, Columbia MO 65201. Tel #573-449-5648

Sealed with a Kiss, www.swakknit.com 109 E Oklahoma Ave, Guthie OK 73044. Tel # 405-282-8649

Stringtown Yarn & Fiber,www.stringtownyarn.com,  900 S. Greenwood Ave #C , Fort Smith, AR 72901. Tel #479-434-2617

Knutty Knitters, 1339 Lake City Rd, Yazoo City, MS 39194. Tel #662-746-7555

Serendipity Needleworks, www.serendipityneedleworks.com 412 Queen City Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. Tel #205-758-0108

Yarn Heaven, www.yarnheaven.com W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington, TX, 76013, Tel # 817-226-9276

Of course, there are many other areas in the USA that have been affected.  This list is not limited to the above.  All are welcome to participate.  This is an event to help those in need.

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Graphics donated by: www.Heatherink.com

The following patterns have been donated from Plymouth Yarn:

Click to image to download the pattern as a pdf

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Encore Worsted Toddler Hat SFA-04

Encore Worsted Ribbed Hat SFA-01

Encore Worsted Ribbed Hat SFA-01

Encore Worsted Scarf

Encore Worsted Scarf SFA-02

Encore Worsted Ladies Slipper Socks SFA-03

Encore Worsted Ladies Slipper Socks SFA-03

Encore Worsted Family Mittens SFA-05

Encore Worsted Family Mittens SFA-05

Penn State Pride

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Our company is located in Bristol, Pennsylvania.  We are local sports fans and show our pride throughout our offices and warehouse.  On January 22, Penn State University lost their ” winningest coach”  Joe Paterno to lung cancer.  In honor of  “JoePa’s” career, that spanned 61 years at the school, we wanted to share this pattern with you as it was originally designed with Penn State in mind.

Pattern P260

Pattern P260

P260 Pdf Download

ENCORE WORSTED
Team Hat and Scarf

Actual Finished Measurements:    Scarf  8 X 50  , Hat  23 X 8    inches
Materials: Encore Worsted (50g) Color A/Color B  Scarf   1/1  ,  Hat  1/1    balls

Gauge: 12 sts = 4” in garter stitch on a US 11 needle, or size needed to achieve gauge.
Needles: 24” circular size US 11 for the scarf, 16” circular size US 10½, and size US 10 or US 10½ double pointed needles for the hat.
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Team Scarf:
With 1 strand of color A, very loosely cast on 150 stitches, leaving an 8” tail.  Cut yarn, leaving another 8” tail.  Attach a strand of color B, leaving an 8” tail.  Knit 1 row.  Cut yarn leaving another 8” tail.  Attach a strand of color A, leaving an 8” tail.  Knit 1 row.  Cut yarn, leaving another 8” tail.  Continue in this manner, knitting only 1 row with a color before changing to the other color.  Leave an 8” tail at each end of every row.  Continue until almost out of yarn, or until desired width, ending by knitting last row with color B.  Bind off very loosely with color A.  Knot tails together in such a way as to give you 5 groups of fringe on each end.  Trim fringe as desired.

Team hat:
With 16” size 10½ needle and color A, loosely cast on 70 sts.  Join. **Drop color A, attach color B, knit 1 round.  Drop B and purl 1 round with color A.  Repeat from ** until total length is 8”, ending with a purl round.
Begin decreasing, changing to double pointed needles when necessary:
With B, *(knit 8, k2tog), repeat from * to end of round.  Purl 1 round with color A.
With B, *(knit 7, k2tog), repeat from * to end of round.  Purl 1 round with color A.
With B, *(knit 6, k2tog), repeat from * to end of round.  Purl 1 round with color A.
With B, *(knit 5, k2tog), repeat from * to end of round.  Purl 1 round with color A.
With B, *(knit 4, k2tog), repeat from * to end of round.  Purl 1 round with color A.
With B, *(knit 3, k2tog), repeat from * to end of round.  Purl 1 round with color A.
With B, *(knit 2, k2tog), repeat from * to end of round.  Purl 1 round with color A.
With B, *(knit 1, k2tog), repeat from * to end of round.  Purl 1 round with color A.
With B, *(k2tog), repeat from * to end of round.   Cut yarn and pull through remaining sts. Draw up tight and fasten.  Weave in all ends.

©2001 Plymouth Yarn Company.  Designed by JoAnne Turcotte.  All rights reserved.  No portion of this design may be photocopied or stored in an electronic retrieval system without prior written permission.

Joy-full Knitting and Glorious Free Patterns!

Monday, December 5th, 2011

You can tell the holidays are right around the corner. The phones are ringing off the hook in the office, the fax machine is practically smoking and email boxes are bursting at the seams. I am more excited this year then ever before. Why, do you ask? Well, it’s the new Joy collection of yarns we have been shipping to our shops. I finally was able to get a ball of each and I whipped the scarves up in no time this weekend. I wanted to share the yarns and patterns with you. Call your favorite local yarn shop TODAY because everyone is telling me it’s flying off the shelves.

First we have Joy Metallic. It’s a super quick knit full of ruffles and sparkly goodness. It’s perfect for New Year’s Eve out on the town or with a pair of blue jeans.

Joy Metallic

Joy Metallic

Free Pattern

F390

F390

Joy Metallic Scarf

F390 Joy Metallic PDF

Scarf

Materials:  1 hank.
Approx. Finished Size:  4” x 48”
Needles:  Size US 10.

Knitting Instructions: Spread open the mesh. Turn sideways so that the glitter effect is at the bottom. Cast on 8 sts across the top edge using a size US 10 needle. Knit through the top edge openings – one opening per stitch. Knit every row.

Next up we have Joy Prism with it’s sweet ruffles and delicate loops of sparkle. The color palette will go with everything in your wardrobe.

Joy Prism

Joy Prism

Free Pattern

F391

F391

Joy Prism
Scarf
F391 Joy Prism Scarf PDF Download

Materials:  1 hank.
Approx. Finished Size:  4” x 55”
Needles:  Size US 9.

Knitting Instructions: Spread open the mesh. Turn sideways so that the prism effect is at the bottom. Cast on 7 sts across the top edge using a size US 9 needle. Knit through the top edge openings – one opening for the first stitch of every row, then skip a track hole each time for the other stitches of the row.  Knit every row.

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Last but not least, we have Joy Rainbow.  Lots of beautiful ruffles in feminine color combinations without the sparkle.

Joy Rainbow

Free Pattern

F392

F392

Joy Rainbow Scarf

F392 Joy Rainbow Scarf PDF Download

Materials:  1 hank.
Approx. Finished Size:  3” x 48”
Needles:  Size US 10.

Knitting Instructions: Spread open the mesh. Turn sideways so that the rainbow effect is at the bottom. Cast on 6 sts across the top edge using a size US 10 needle. Knit through the top edge openings – one opening for the first stitch of every row, then skip a track hole each time for the other stitches of the row. Knit every row.

2011 Plymouth Yarn Company.  092711jbt

If you would like a little guidance on how to knit with ruffle yarn, you can check out Plymouth Yarn‘s YouTube page and view the “How to knit with Joie de Vie” video as the instructions are similar.  Always knit through the top edge with the effect at the bottom.

I hope you have as much fun as I am with our Joy collection of yarns, keep your eyes peeled for new additions to the line.  Have you made scarf already with one of these yarns?  Come visit our facebook page, post a picture and tell us all about it.

Fashion Show

Friday, November 18th, 2011

We were very happy to be part of the Vogue Knitting recent Vogue Knitting Live event.

Yarn Happens(and Happenings!)

Friday, November 4th, 2011

I subscribe to just about every knitting magazine or at least get a chance to peek at them here in the office(don’t tell the boss).  This week, I found a real gem and wanted to share it with you.

One of my favorite yarns, DeAire, a super bulky, soft, luxurious, fine merino wool is featured in Vogue Knitting‘s Holiday issue on newsstands November 6th.  Check  out their special Collector’s Issue featuring an A to Z guide of the latest knitting styles.  P is for Poncho! Designer Marcia Cleary, sizes small/medium(15 hanks), large/X-large(16 hanks), 2X/3X(17 hanks).  Using DeAire white, color 100.  You can see the entire collection on VK360°

Vogue Knitting Holiday 2011, photo by Paul Amato

Vogue Knitting Holiday 2011, photo by Paul Amato

On another note, did you know that Plymouth Yarn is now the exclusive North American distributor for Grignasco yarns? We carry 9 varieties of this gorgeous yarn and 3 of their beautiful books.  Ravelry is chocked full of fabulous patterns for these yarns.  I couldn’t just pick one to share so click here for the link to all of them!  Find a shop in your area to purchase any of the items mentioned.