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Free Knitting Pattern- Homestead Christmas Stockings Trio

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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It’s that wonderful time of year again- a mixture of joy and panic for the holiday season. What do I mean by this? Specifically, the joy of seeing family, eating pies, cakes and delectables; all the while listening to the sounds of the season. In contrast, panic settles in because I may have under-budgeted my knitting and crafting time (ha! whats new?!) Thus, I begin to realize I may have to forgo one of my many gift-giving ideas.

With that being said, there is a truly special gift you can give that will be used every year, since it doubles as useful and ornamental!

I present…the obligatory Christmas Stocking.

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Truly, a stocking can be made year-round, yet I always find myself in the mood to knit them this time of year. There is nothing quite like a handmade stocking, and they can be customized to suit your holiday theme in your home. Imagine hot pink and orange for a modern-colorful Christmas, or cream and brown for a rustic-lodge kind of Christmas. This is a large part of why we craft, isn’t it? Customization.

So, even if your knitting list seems daunting and never-ending… imagine the smile you can give to yourself year after year when you unearth the ornaments and baubles from your holiday decorating stash trove, to find a Christmas stocking that you took the time to make for your home and family.

Our Christmas Stocking Trio is knit in Homestead, a true aran 100% wool. It blocks wonderfully, so even if your intarsia colorwork skills aren’t quite where you’d like them to be, you can steam the stitches and they will all uniformly move into place. You can mix and match the colors of Homestead Tweed, too, for a rustic addition. One skein of each color is needed for any one of the stockings.

This pattern is a gift from Plymouth Yarn Company to you…wishing you happy and safe holidays.

Download Pattern Here

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Visit These Yarn Shops Small Business Saturday for a Great Deal on Plymouth Yarn!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Small Business Saturday

After waiting in all those long lines on Black Friday, wouldn’t it be nice to visit your favorite yarn shop and get the supplies you need for those special gifts (or the gift you give yourself)?   Shop small at one of these shops this Saturday, November 26th and get a deal too!  Plymouth Yarn is sponsoring a fabulous promotion for your Small Business Saturday shopping!

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Visit one of the shops listed below and the first 10 customers in each shop to purchase $50 of Plymouth Yarn products will receive a coupon to save $20 off your next $50 Plymouth Yarn purchase during the month of December!  This is a limited time deal and original purchase must be made on November 26th.  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.

Alabama
Mobile Yarn, Mobile, AL

Arizona
Grandma’s Spinning Wheel, Tucson, AZ

Arkansas
The Yarn Mart, Little Rock, AR

California
Stitches in Time, Bellflower, CA
Babetta’s Yarn and Gifts, Fair Oaks, CA
The Slipt Stitch, Hawthorne, CA
The Yarn Boutique, Lafayette, CA
Yarn del Sol, Mission Viejo, CA
ImagiKnit, San Francisco, CA
Yarning for You, San Marcos, CA
Cast Away and Folk, Santa Rosa, CA

Colorado
Ewe & Me A Yarn Boutique, Colorado Springs, CO
Lambshoppe, Denver, CO
The Sitchin’ Den, Estes Park, CO
FiberSpace, Sterling, CO

Connecticut
The Yarn Basket , Branford, CT
Pamela Roose, Middletown, CT
In Sheeps Clothing, Torrington, CT
The Yarn Barn, LLC, Woodbridge, CT

Florida
A Stitch in Time, LLC, Jacksonville, FL
Knit or Knot, Jupiter, FL
Sheep Thrills, Lauderhill, FL
Raging Wool, Inc, Pembroke Pines, FL

Georgia
Yarn Rhapsody, INC, Gainesville, GA

Idaho
The Yarn Connection, Idaho Falls, ID

Illinois
Closeknit Inc, Evanston, IL
Ideas Studio, La Grange, IL
Elemental Yarn, Plainfield, IL

Indiana
In A Yarn Basket, Bloomington, IN
Yarns Unlimited, Bloomington, IN
River Knits, Lafayette, IN
Erica’s Craft & Sewing Center, South Bend, IN
Sheep’s Clothing, Valparaiso, IN

Iowa
Knitting Next Door, Ankeny, IA

Kentucky
Fiber Frenzy, Berea, KY
Crafty Hands, Bowling Green, KY
Native Twist, Mount Sterling, KY
Knit On!, Newport, KY

Maine
Yardgoods Center, Waterville, ME
The Yarn Sellar, York, ME

Massachusetts
Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center, Merrimac, MA
Creative Warehouse, Needham, MA
Craftworks, Northboro, MA
Dee’s Nimble Needles, Wapole, MA
Knitscape, Worcester, MA

Maryland
Cloverhill Yarn Shop, Catonsville, MD

Michigan
Have You Any Wool?, Berkley, MI
The Knotted Needle, Gross Point Woods , MI
The Wool and the Floss, Grosse Pointe, MI
Stitch in Time, Howell, MI
The Elegant Ewe, Menominee, MI
Gloria’s Happy Hooker, Sault Sainte Marie, MI

Minnesota
Utrinkets, LLC, Brainerd, MN
Silver Creek Cabin, Buffalo, MN
Lila and Claudine’s Yarn & Gifts, Mahtomedi, MN
Mary Lue’s Yarn & Ewe, Mankato, MN
Nadelkunst, New Ulm, MN
Knitting from the Heart, Woobury, MN

Missouri
Hearthstone Knits, St Louis, MO
Knitorious, LLC, St. Louis, MO

Montana
Pam’s Knit n’ Stitch, Great Falls, MT
Back Porch Quilts, Livingston, MT

Nebraska
ImagiKnit Yarn Shop, LLC, Omaha, NE

New Jersey
Fiber Arts Yarn Shop, Cape May, NJ
Woolbearers, MT Holly, NJ
Knitapestry, Ridgewood, NJ

Nevada
Pioneer Yarn Company,Minden, NV

New York
Spinning Room of Altamont, Altamont, NY
Cornwall Yarn Shop, Cornwall, NY
Yarn Cupboard, Jamesville, NY
April’s Yarn Basket, Maryland, NY
The Knitting Store, Oceanside, NY
Knitting Cove and Yarn Shop, Port Jefferson, NY

North Carolina
Friends & Fiberworks, Candler, NC
Cozy, Inc, Durham, NC

Ohio
Silk Road Textiles, Cincinnati, OH
The Yarn Shop, Columbus, OH
Rabbit Hutch, Englewood, OH
Main Street Yarns, Mason, OH
Knit Wit Knits, Salem, OH

Oklahoma
L & B Yarn Company, Norman, OK
The Gourmet Yarn Co., Oklahoma City, OK
Get Stitchin’, Tulsa, OK

Oregon
Soft Horizon Fibers, Eugene, OR
The Knit Shop, Eugene, OR
Knitty Gritty Yarn Store, Lebanon, OR
Oregon Knitting Company, McMinnville, OR
Fiber Rhythm and Craft Design, Portland, OR
Knitting Bee, Portland, OR
Mill End Store, Portland, OR
Apples to Oranges, Silverton, OR

Pennsylvania
The Knitter’s Edge, Bethlehem, PA
Kid Ewe Knot, Bridgeville, PA
The Ball & Skein Shop, Lititz, PA
The Knitting Cottage, Waynesboro, PA

Tennessee
Bliss Yarns, Brentwood, TN
Yarn Asylum, Clarksville, TN

Texas
Fleece, Dallas, TX
Holley’s Yarn Shop, Dallas, TX
Yarn and Stitches, Dallas, TX
The Sated Sheep, Dripping Springs, TX
Fiber Circle Yarn Shop, Farmersville, TX
Jennings Street Yarns, Fort Worth, TX
West 7th Wool, Fort Worth, TX
Merribee Needle Arts, Houston, TX
Twisted Yarns, Spring, TX

Utah
Hemstitched Heirlooms, Bountiful, UT
Knit Unique, Logan, UT
Needlepoint Joint, Ogden, UT
The Wool Cabin, Salt Lake City, UT
Unraveled Sheep, Sandy, UT

Virginia
Carodan Farm & Wool Shop, Chincoteague, VA
Needles in the Haymarket, Haymarket, VA
Dances With Wool, Midlothian, VA
Baa Baa Sheep, Norfolk, VA
Wool Workshop, Roanoke, VA
Yarn Explosion, Roanoke, VA
Knit Wits, Virginia Beach, VA
The Yarn Club, Virginia Beach, VA
The Red Thread, Warrenton, VA
The Flying Needles, Williamsburg, VA
Knit One Purl Two, Winchester, VA

Vermont
Handknits, INC, Brattleboro, VT

Washington
Allyn Knit Shop, Allyn, WA
Northwest Yarns, Bellingham, WA
Town Square Fabric & Yarn, Burien, WA
Yarn Folk, Ellensburg, WA
Great Yarns, Everett, WA
Rainy Day Yarns , Gig Harbor, WA
Sheep’s Clothing, Kennewick, WA
Acorn Street Yarns, Seattle, WA
Tea Cozy Yarn Shop, Seattle, WA
Sew E-Z Too, Spokane, WA

West Virginia
Bluefield Yarn Company, Bluefield, WV
Kanawha City Yarn, Charleston, WV
Yarn and Company, Elkins, WV
Needlecraft Barn, Morgantown, WV
Wisconsin
Firefly Fibers, LLC, Beaver Dam, WI
ThunderWillow Community Arts, Hudson, WI
Northwind Book and Fiber, Spooner, WI
Intertwined, Two Rivers, WI

Wyoming 

Ewe Count, Cheyenne, WY
Prairie Stitcher, Douglas, WY
Cowgirl Yarn, Laramie, WY

Giving Back Giveaway

Thursday, November 17th, 2016


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This time of year, so many of us are busy finishing holiday gifts. Some of us, like me, are just getting started. But what is important over the holidays and the chilly winter days is the knitting and crocheting we are doing for charity. At Plymouth Yarn, a cause near and dear to our hearts are chemo caps but, there are so many in need. Lap blankets, baby hats and blankets, helmet liners for our soldiers, prayer shawls and the list goes on.

Plymouth Yarn wants to hear about your charity projects. What are some of your favorite items to knit and crochet for your area? Where do you see the most need? We are avid supporters of charitable giving and would like to reward one lucky commenter for all of their wonderful work. We have just one prize this time…a copy of Dora Ohrenstein’s new book Top-Down Crochet Sweaters, Fabulous Patterns with Perfect Fit, featuring the Isabel Sweater in Bio Sesia 5 (photos courtesy of Storey Publishing and Melinda di Mauro on Ravelry) and 10 balls of organic cotton Bio Sesia 5 to complete the project!

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The book is full of elegant and classic designs. You can also buy your own copy here and see Dora’s designs on Ravelry.

How to Win: please comment on our blog about your charity knitting/crocheting and tell us your favorite item to make for charity. One person will be chosen at random to win the book and the 10 balls of Bio Sesia 5 needed to make the stunning Isabel sweater. Contest is open from now until November 28th, 2016. Winner will be picked November 29th, 2016 and notified via email provided with comment. US residents over 18 years of age only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Plymouth Yarn employees and immediate family are not eligible.

You can also check out the Ravelry group Crochet Insider where they are doing a Top Down CAL for the book!

From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful Holiday season.

October Sweepstakes for Breast Cancer Awareness!

Friday, October 7th, 2016

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Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives.  Many of us have been touched by this disease.  Getting mammograms regularly can reduce your risk of dying from breast cancer.


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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Plymouth Yarn wants you to remember to get your mammogram. Comment on our blog and tell us you are getting yours! 3 random comments will be chosen to win this Cabled Pocket Scarf kit featuring our warm Galway Worsted yarn in Palest Pink!

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Sweepstakes Rules
Open to US residents 18 or older only. Valid email required to post reply or comment. Winner will be chosen using random number generator October 28th 2016 and notified via email. No purchase necessary. Contest valid 10/07/16-10/28/16. Duplicate entries will be deleted. For a list of winners, please send self-addressed stamped envelope to Plymouth Yarn Company, 500 Lafayette St, Bristol, PA 19007.

Free Poncho Pattern from Mobile Yarn

Monday, August 15th, 2016

I came into the office this morning and found this gem in my email from a cute little shop in Alabama.  The Garter Cable Poncho, by Heidi Sunday, is free for you to download!  The pattern was written for Encore Worsted but as you can see in this picture, it’s beautiful in Dynamo too!  I asked Heidi, the yarn shop owner, if I could share it with you and she said “of course!”.  Everyone needs a poncho…..this summer heat wave will be gone before you know it and the leaves will be turning…..perfect poncho weather.

Enjoy the Free PDF download of the Garter Cable Poncho of the pattern.  Looking for yarn? Don’t forget to check out Mobile Yarn’s website.

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50th Anniversary Drawing Winner Announced!

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

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It’s time to announce the winner of the Plymouth Yarn Company’s 50th Anniversary Drawing!

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Richard Power, President (pictured right) alongside Melvin Smith from Roberston Company, Certified Public Accountants drew the winner!

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Please join us in congratulating Arabella Perry from Woodbridge, CT. It was an exciting contest with over 1,300 participants. We wish to thank all who entered.

Hand Crafted Artisan Bags from Thailand

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Plymouth Yarn Company is working with the hill tribes in Thailand to create unique handmade accessories. These hill tribes have a long tradition of creating hand crafted items having a rich display of unique patterns, designs, and textiles.

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The Hmong Village

The village that creates these items has a small population of about 100 families totaling 500 people. They settled 90 miles from the province of Chiang Mai. The village is rural, and economic opportunities are welcomed by the hill tribe people. The profits support local community projects and enrich the villagers’ lives. They have been producing vibrant fabrics and ribbons for many decades. Plymouth Yarn sought out this hill tribe to bring these beautiful handmade bags and accessories to you. 
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The Hmong are known for a wide variety of embellishments such as, applique, cutout, batik, cross-stitch, pom-poms, and tassels. You can see this in many of the artisan bags!

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Plymouth Yarn is also distributing Scissor Fob/Keychains. These are handmade, featuring coconut wood. The tassels are part of traditional hill tribe dress. The women often wear them for various celebrations. Tradition states that throughout the year, single girls make the tassels to wear while they dance at the celebrations. The goal is to have the most tassels to attract future suitors.

 

Contact your local yarn shop today to get one of these beautiful bags for yourself.

Happy Feet is bigger and better

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Our beloved Happy Feet has an updated look! Happy Feet has been a consistently popular yarn for us at Plymouth Yarn. We have used it throughout the years as a sturdy sock yarn and for comfy lightweight sweaters. Not to mention it is ideal for the very popular fingering/sock weight shawls that everyone seems to be making.

Brand new for Fall 2016, Happy Feet is now available as 100 grams/384 yards a skein. What does this mean? Well, you can make a pair of socks with one skein. Or, that shawl pattern you have been dying to make that requires 100 (or 200) grams? You won’t need to weave in as many ends since you’ll only need 1 or 2 skeins! We added brand new colors (and kept some of the best selling colors) to present a collection of 18 colors; 4 solids and 12 multis.

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To celebrate our revival of this classic yarn, here are some fresh patterns we’ve designed- click each photo for more details and photos…

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Pattern 3045 Slip Stitch Hat and Cowl

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Pattern 3016 Crochet Poncho

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Pattern F724 Brioche Stitch Scarf

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Pattern 3015, crochet toddler poncho

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Encore and Charity Knitting….Perfect together

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Here’s a great little news story out of Idaho Falls, ID about a young man learning to knit and making chemo caps.  Encore is the perfect yarn for these projects.  The Yarn Connection has quite a variety of colors too!

Ask at your local yarn shop about charity knitting projects.  There are so many organizations in need and many knitters and crocheters who want to help.  You guys rock! It always warms my heart to see the amount of good and kind things the makers in this world are doing.  Keep up the good work!

 

Cabling in Brioche Stitch

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

If you saw our previous post and video on how to work Brioche Stitch in the round, then perhaps you are ready to try cabling in brioche?

The cable comes from our free pattern for a cabled cowl using Gina and Galway Worsted.

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