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Read all about it…Worsted Merino Superwash

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Plymouth Yarn’s Worsted Merino Superwash yarn is the perfect choice for projects for the entire family.  It feels amazingly soft against the skin, washable, versatile and shows wonderful stitch definition.  It really is perfect for all knitting and crocheting projects.

We are excited that this yarn is featured in two magazines this month and wanted to share the stories with you.

Knitscene’s first-ever Winter 2011 issue delights with a collection of 22 must-have knits.  You can see the Wragby Cardigan color 29 by Carol Feller on newsstands October 25th.

Knitscene Winter 2011, Photo by Brad Bartholomew

Knitscene Winter 2011, Photo by Brad Bartholomew

You can make the outfit complete with this flirty skirt in the Fall 2011 Knitter’s Magazine, K104.  The entrelac and old lace skirt, an intermediate design by Gwen Bortner was made with Worsted Merino Superwash‘s color 6.

Knitter's Magazine Fall 2011 K104

Knitter's Magazine Fall 2011 K104

Sharing is Good Giveaway

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Sharing is Good Giveaway!

Sharing is Good Giveaway!

Sharing is Good Giveaway!

We want to reach 5000  fans on facebook and hope you will help us spread the word. Here’s how it works-Like Plymouth Yarn on facebook(if you haven’t already), share our page with your friends. If we hit 5000 by September 30th, one of our new fans will be chosen at random to win a mystery prize. We will ask the winner who shared our page with them and you can win a mystery prize too. Good luck and happy sharing!

Minnesota State Fair-Oh How I Wish I Was There!

Friday, September 9th, 2011

I wanted to wish a big congratulations to Linda from Kelley’s Quality Sewing Center in Rochester, MN.  She entered her Boku Mitered Square Afghan in competitions at the Minnesota State Fair.  Linda won both the sweepstakes for  Afghan Knitting and the Minnesota Knitter’s Guild.  She also won the blue ribbon for Best Wool Article.  The pattern she chose is 1063 and Linda used 5 different colors of Boku.

Mn State Fair

I have always heard such fabulous things about the Minnesota State Fair from many of our yarns shops who have participated over the years.  This year, it ran from August 25th to September 5th, in St Paul.  The fair was first held in 1859 and has been held every year with only five exceptions due to war and a polio epidemic! It hosts dozens of competitions for everything from needle crafts and canning to hogs and dairy products.  Not to mention all of the great exhibits, rides and food.  It is the second largest fair in the United States.  Many of our yarn shops were there. This year’s total attendance was 1, 769,872!  I really think I should be there next year, reporting live.  We’ll see if the boss will go for it!

You can get pattern 1063 at your favorite yarn shop that sells Plymouth products, or give Kelley’s Quality Sewing Center a call at 507-288-9051.  Visit their website here and like them on facebook to keep up to to date with all the latest news.

Congratulations again Linda, what a beautiful afghan!

Ciao from Italy! Pitti Filati Tour

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

This week, our Marketing Director, Christine had the opportunity to visit the Pitti Filati show in Florence, Italy.

Beautiful views in Florence

Beautiful views in Florence

another beautiful sight

another beautiful sight

Christine with our agent, Peri

Christine with our agent, Peri

This event demonstrates the latest innovations in yarns, yarn technology and stitch design.  You can see all of the newest fiber trends on the horizon in some of the pictures below.

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Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

Exquisite detail

Exquisite detail

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Lots of great hats to be seen

Lots of great hats to be seen

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We also wanted to share the color trend chart.

I'll take one in every color!

I'll take one in every color!

With over 100 yarn brand representatives in attendance, it proves to be one of the most diverse and exciting events we attend.
The show’s focus this year is in ethical quality.  Fiber prices are higher than we have ever seen.  This directly influences all of our choices. Plymouth Yarn Company strives to keep the quality you deserve and the affordability you crave. These decisions are difficult ones and we have discovered some fabulous fibers!

The yarn I love, the pants...not so much!

The yarn I love, the pants...not so much!

Knit & Crochet unite!

Knit & Crochet unite!

You won't catch me in this one but the colors are fabulous!

You won't catch me in this one but the colors are fabulous!

Keep any eye out for new colors in some of your favorite yarns.  We are also considering two new beautiful yarns from Peru and just wait until you can feast your eyes (and needles) on Mushishi Black. We would like to announce that coming soon…Plymouth Yarn will be the exclusive distributor for Grignasco Knits in the United States!

For more photos of Christine’s adventure, please visit our facebook page.

Free Pattern Friday!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

The tribe has spoken and Baby Alpaca Ultimo is the yarn with the most votes in our free pattern poll.  You click, we listen.  You will love this cowl in all it’s beautiful, cuddly, super chunky goodness! Since it’s knit on a size 13 needle, you can make it this weekend while sipping on some lemonade in the backyard.  If your thinking about your holiday knitting projects, this will make a wonderful gift. Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

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BABY ALPACA ULTIMO
Cabled Cowl

Approx. Finished Measurements: 20” tall  x 20 around”
Materials:  Ultimo- 2 hanks
Gauge:  8 sts = 4” in garter st on size 13 needles over st st.
Needles:  Size US 13 knitting needles.

Loosely cast on 50 sts
Row 1, 3, 5:  K1, p1, k1, p1, k12, p1, k1, p1, k12, p1, k1, p1, k12, p1, k1, p1, k1.
Row 2, 4, 6: P1, k1, p1, k1, p12, k1, p1, k1, p12, k1, p1, k1, p12, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Row 7:  K1, p1, k1, p1, cable 12 back, p1, k1, p1,  cable 12 back, p1, k1, p1, cable 12 back, p1, k1, p1, k1.
Row 8:  As row 2.
Row 9: As row 1.
Row 10:  As row 2.
Repeat rows 1-10 until total length is about 20” long, or desired length, ending with row 2.
Bind off.  Sew the cast on edge to the bind off edge.  Weave in all ends.

Cable 12 back:  Place 6 sts on a cable needle, hold in back, knit the next 6 sts, knit the 6 sts from the cable needle.
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Here are some other Baby Alpaca Ultimo patterns available at your favorite yarn shop that sells Plymouth Yarn.

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2104

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Employee Spotlight….Meet Betty!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Our Betty Boop

Our Betty Boop

Plymouth Yarn Company has been in business for just over 47 years and we’d like to introduce you to Betty, a fixture here since 1966. We thought it was time to honor our awesome octogenarian! Betty just celebrated her 87th birthday in May and we couldn’t be happier that she spent her day with us.

Betty on her 87th Birthday!

Betty on her 87th Birthday!

Betty is one of three sisters and moved to Pennsylvania from Buffalo, NY when she was 15. Betty was employed at The Hunter Arms Company during World War II, assembling parts for machine guns.  She was married to her late husband Francis for 30 years and has one very talented son, Jack who is a local artist. You can see some of his paintings in one of the shops on Historic Mill Street,  here in Bristol Borough.
Betty enjoys watching QVC, the Phillies, relaxing and cooking.  Her favorite singer is Frank Sinatra.  She loves her jewelry and is always wearing beautiful pieces.

Looking Good!

Looking Good!

Making color cards

Making color cards

Betty worked with us full time up until just a few years ago.  When she started at Plymouth, she would sort and wind yarn, pull orders and you can still find her five days a week making color cards.  She says that her least favorite job, of all the many she has done here, is using the yarn bailer.  Her favorite part (and this is why we love her) is all the friends she has made, especially Gloria.  She has always loved working for Dick Power Sr, Dick Power Jr and Butch.   She enjoys her work here and says “it keeps me young.”   Thank you to our “Betty Boop” for 45 years of dedication and friendship.

Tom Hank’s knitting prank on Julia Roberts

Friday, June 24th, 2011

I thought you folks might enjoy this link from accesshollywood.com.

http://www.accesshollywood.com/access-hollywood-live-tom-hanks-larry-crowne-knitting-prank-on-julia-roberts_video_1335958

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Tom Hanks plays a knitting prank on Julia Roberts!

The Royal Wedding Shrug

Friday, June 24th, 2011

It has been just a couple of months since The Royal Wedding and still all eyes are on Kate Middleton (her official last name is Mountbatten-Windsor; I’ll stick with Middleton for now!). She has such a wonderful sense of style and grace.  The future queen has become a fashion icon, as well as her sister, Pippa.  I always peek in the fashion magazines to see what they are wearing.

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Kate on her wedding day, wearing a beautiful shrug

Stylish sisters

Stylish sisters

A few days ago, designer Angela Juergens posted a picture of her Royal Wedding Shrug/Bolero finished project on Plymouth Yarn’s facebook page.

Angela's Shrug

Angela's Shrug

I absolutely fell in love with it and found myself on a mission to find out what I could about the pattern.  I was delighted to find that it was made with and written for Plymouth’s Angora yarn which has been a favorite of mine since the first day it landed in our office.
Angela designed the pattern for Absolute Knits on Ravelry where it is available for purchase.

Soft & Delicate detail

Soft & Delicate detail

You can find Plymouth’s Angora at your favorite yarn shop that carries Plymouth products.  If you need help locating a shop, you can use the “Find a shop” link at plymouthyarn.com or give our office a call and we will be more than happy to find one for you.
I Googled Kate Middleton’s wedding day attire and found that Angela hit a home run.  She captured the delicate and sophisticated qualities of the original.  It’s almost like Plymouth’s Angora was made for this shrug!  Check it out on Absolute Knits on Ravelry for the details and you’ll want it too!

If you are looking for a variation of the shrug with short sleeves, Plymouth’s Design team has taken care of that.

Pattern 2210, Wedding Jacket

Pattern 2210, Wedding Jacket

You can order pattern 2210 from your favorite yarn shop or contact our office for more information.

Stitch N Pitch 2011

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Stitch N’ Pitch brings together two traditions — Baseball and needle arts. Whether you knit, crochet, embroider, or cross-stitch, everyone is welcome from the beginners to the experts.  On Wednesday, June 15th, the Plymouth Yarn family attended the major league event at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia to cheer on our Phightin’ Phils! The weather was ideal and the moon was full.  It was perfect knitting weather for me.  With 16 Major League and 19 Minor League Stitch N Pitch events this baseball season, I hope you get the chance to attend a game.  It’s sew much fun!

Stiching the night away!

Stitching the night away!

Knit one, Pitch two

Knit one, Pitch two

Play ball (or skein)!

Play ball (or skein)!

If you know the Plymouth gang then you know we love our local sports.  We have had several company outings to Phillies games, Lakewood Blue Claws minor league games and quite a few “friendly” company softball games. We listen to the Phillies on the radio in the afternoon and sometimes our customers will hear some cheers in the background when they are speaking to our customer service team on the phone. We even try to attend a game when we go to trade shows.

Sales Rep Jennifer Phillips and Design Director JoAnne Turcotte

Sales Rep Jennifer Phillips and Design Director JoAnne Turcotte catching a game in Ohio.

Christine, our Marketing Guru and her husband enjoying a night out

Christine, our Marketing Guru and her husband enjoying a night out

But we get the most excited about Stitch N Pitch.  It’s a time when we get to meet some of our shop owners, colleagues, and fiber fans!

Some Stitch N Pitch swag

Some Stitch N Pitch swag

Goodies at the door

More swag

We were lucky enough that the Phillies won the game. They filleted the Marlins in the 10th inning which gave me just enough time to almost finish the Baby Alpaca Grande cowl project I brought and learn to knit with our new yarn, Joie de Vie!
Thanks so much to all who attended, the Phillies, and The National NeedleArts Association for taking part in such a great night.  Check out www.stitchnpitch.com for a game near you.  See you next year!

Chemo Clothes, Hope you can wear.

Chemo Clothes, Hope you can wear.

Visit Chemo Clothes facebook page to find out how to donate.

Summer yarn bug

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

I am always looking for little projects to do with my three year old son.  He enjoys helping me clean, bake and cook.  So I have tried to get him into the arts and crafts a little more.   So as usual I go on the internet and try to find some quick projects for us to work on.

As it turns out tonight is going to be a sleepover at my house and I wanted to have something for my son and his friend to do.  I always have a lot of left over pieces of yarn laying around so I wanted to do something to use up the scraps.  I found the cutest project. A summer yarn bug craft. You’ll find lots more of these adorable creatures for all occasions in Making Friends Yarn Bugs section.

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Supplies

Encore Worsted Yellow (1382) is the closest yellow to the picture
Pattern for Visor and Hands
Pink Craft Foam
Tan Foam Feet Pattern
Tan Foamie Hands Pattern
Wiggle Eyes — 20mm
2-1/2″ Styrofoam Ball
Black and Yellow Pipe Cleaner
Pink Paint Pen
Green Cellophane
5″ Square of Cardboard
Tacky Glue
Scissors (kid friendly)

Instructions

Make a pompom by wrapping yarn around a 5″ piece of cardboard at least 100 times. Mix colors or use all one color. Cut a 6″ piece of yarn and slide it under wrapped yarn. Tie tightly into a double knot. Turn cardboard over and cut completely through yarn on this side. Turn yarn blob sideways and smooth down strands.

Press Styrofoam ball onto a hard surface to flatten bottom. (You can also use an egg carton section.) Cover the top and sides of the ball with tacky glue. Separate the strands of the pompom to fit the Styrofoam ball up inside. Press pompon into place. Arrange yarn.

Print any patterns your bug might need. Staple all around patterns onto craft foam or felt as listed in the supply list. Cut out pieces. Glue the bottom of the Styrofoam ball on to the foam feet. Glue on eyes. For optional arms, cut the pipe cleaner in half. Glue on hands. Poke the pipe cleaners into the bug for arms. Bend at the elbows. Glue on the wiggle eyes.

Form glasses out of the black pipe cleaner. Cut pieces of green cellophane for each lens. Glue to the back of the pipe cleaner eyeglasses. Glue one hand around the eyeglasses, folding down the fingers. On the other hand, make the “hang loose” sign by folding down the index, middle and ring finger and gluing in place. Finish by placing the visor on the bug’s head.

If  anyone other then myself does this project I would love to see some pictures.  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend :)

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