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!
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.
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!
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.
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
and two balls of Encore Worsted in color 1009, Old Glory.
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 facebook. Tweeters will be notified by direct message. So be sure to keep your eye out on Tuesday! Have a great Memorial Day weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 haveJoy Prism with it’s sweet ruffles and delicate loops of sparkle. The color palette will go with everything in your wardrobe.
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.
2011 Plymouth Yarn Company. 092711jbt
Last but not least, we have Joy Rainbow. Lots of beautiful ruffles in feminine color combinations without the sparkle.
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.
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
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.